Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Summer Essentials for under £20



Although autumn is very much fast approaching, summer seems to have made its presence known again recently with the recent sunny weather and warm evenings; something that I thought was long gone! I know it's probably a bit late in the year to be posting things about summer but seeing as I've had this in my drafts for weeks it's better late than never, eh? 

Here’s a selection of items for under £20 that can help you embrace what’s left of the summer whether you’re going to a festival, a mini break or a nice relaxing holiday somewhere, here are a selection of eight different essentials that will be perfect for a variety of your summer holidays!

If you want to add some real volume to your lashes then these will be right up your street! Although they’re a tad on the heavy side for everyday use (Unless you fancy going for a very heavy eye look as that might be your style…) I would recommend them more for an occasion or night out wear. Another thing to be aware of is that these don’t come with lash glue so ensure that you either buy some or already have some as there will be nothing worse than trying to get ready and then finding that you don’t have any!



These blue nail polishes are great for adding some bright and bold colours to your nails for summer. The brighter blue is what I would describe as a much more “daytime” colour whilst the other one is much more of an evening blue. I’ve been using them both on my toe nails to add a bit of colour to them especially when I’ve been wearing sandals. The nail varnish is of good quality that lasts for around 5 days so enough time to match several outfits with it.



Glitter Dust – Barry M

I saw these beautiful glitters in an edition of Boots Magazine a couple of months ago and thought that they would be perfect for festival make up or even a night out as we can all bring out our inner Tinkerbell or Elsa with these! The silvery glitter is a much finer glitter than the pink but both are beautiful nonetheless. They stick quite well to the skin but be warned when using your finger that the glitter will stick to it!


I’m not really one for fake tanning as I’m so pale and I used to use bronzing lotions back in my college days which resulted in me having very streaky legs! However, seeing as I got sunburnt a few weeks ago and it’s kind of faded in to a tan, I thought I had better even out my pasty white milk bottles that are referred to as legs. After doing a little research in to what are the best tanning lotions for those with pale skin, I discovered a blog post from Forever Amber who also suffers from incredibly pale skin and suggested Asda’s own bronzing lotion.


As it only costs around £3.50 I thought that there was no harm in giving it a go! You know that old saying “Less is more”? Well, I’ve found that this applies to this tanning lotion. In order to give my legs some colour, I’m only needing a squirt from the bottle on my thighs and calves. All you need to do is apply it like you would a moisturiser and then it sinks in to the skin. It only gave me a minimal amount of colour to just take the pastiness off of my legs and make them look a little healthier which is exactly what I wanted it to do. If you have darker skin than me then perhaps you could get away with applying a little more but for the price of it, I’m pretty happy with the results.


These beauties are priced at £18. But how could you not resist these!? The packaging is a beautiful gold colour that has a vintage feel to it. Although that probably is a given considering they are part of the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Collection. There is a complete selection of timeless classic colours in this range varying from nudes and baby pinks to deep reds. These two specifically are a bright pink and a baby pink colour which are both perfect for spring and summer outfits. The lipstick glides on the lips easily and can be worn with or without a lip pencil. Depending upon how quickly I’m applying my make up, I find that I can just use the lipstick itself to outline my lips and it can still give them a defined edge. Although you will likely need to reapply the lipstick several times during the day, the actual colour stays on the lips well and leaves them feeling well moisturised. The only reason you need to reapply is due to it transferring when you drink or eat but it only causes the lipstick to fade slightly. It simply just depends how bright you want your lips to look. We all need some timeless classic lipsticks in our make-up collections so I thoroughly recommend investing in some of these as they will not disappoint!


I was invited to the press launch of the So? Body spritz for Superdrug (You can read it here) for their pre-launch last September and when I attended the Blogosphere event a few months ago, I was given a goodie bag of samples of their spring launch for Boots. These spritz have a selection of floral, fresh and sweet scents and are perfect scents for summer. They fit easily in your handbag and last for ages so you can’t go wrong for £1.98!


(So I was a complete idiot and forgot to take a photo of these or include them in the initial photos but I've included a link above!) Do you constantly lose your sunglasses so have to invest in a new pair every year? Yeah, me too and because of this exact reason, I often end up buying a new pair every year. This year, I snapped up this pair from ASDA for £4. They look like they are of higher quality than they feel but they don’t feel cheap enough that they will break easily. I quite often just shove them in my handbag along with my purse and house keys, etc. and they haven’t broken or gotten scratched. So for £4 and if they only last this season, you can’t really go wrong!

Going away for a mini break but can only pack light? That usually means the GHDs go out the window! Although I have naturally straight hair, I do like to straighten my fringe as there’s nothing worse than having awful kinks in it where it sticks out the wrong way! I found these bad boys in Primark the other day for grand total of £5. They are mini, light, heat up relatively quick and perfect for shoving in a small bag for a weekend away somewhere. The only downside I would say about them is that as they are so tiny and when you have thick hair like me it will probably take longer to straighten your whole hair but that is something that can be overlooked when you’re packing light. For £5, you can’t really go wrong!




What items have been your summer essentials?


*PR samples but all opinions are my own. 






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