Summer is just around the corner (FINALLY!) and I honestly can't wait. After the last couple of weeks spent at home studying for my university exams, there's nothing I'm craving more than a good day at the beach with a cocktail in my hand! So, today I thought I would let you in on some of my personal must haves for this time of the year. Adore Me have approached me and asked me to join in on their #BeachDayMusts project to hopefully give you some inspiration for the upcoming beach season.
First of all, I can't mention beach must haves, without mentioning bikinis. Personally, this is one of the things I struggle with the most when preparing for summer. Being a bit heavy-busted, it's not always the easiest thing to manage to find a bikini which sits in all the right places and doesn't reveal too much. BUT, after a lot of roaming around I managed to find the perfect one! With swimwear, my style tends to be very classy and simple so I decided to go with the black two-piece as shown in the picture above. It includes an underwired twist bandeau style top and tie-side bikini bottoms. I think it's going to look really nice with a tan! If you're still looking for yours, I would suggest heading over to Adore Me's Instagram for more inspiration and check out their site for a wide variety of pieces ranging from petite to plus sizes.
The next must have is sunscreen! Everyone knows how damaging the sun can be so as much as possible, I always try to protect against it. For my face my go to product is the Vichy Ideal Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50. This is a tinted water resistant sunscreen product which is perfect for enhancing and evening out my skin tone. For the rest of the body then I use the Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF50, a hydrating spray which dries in seconds, leaving an invisible finish on the skin.
If like me, you are a bit of a makeup fanatic and would like to use a little extra something on your face to make you look more awake, I would definitely suggest investing in a good waterproof mascara. Currently I'm trying out the Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara and I'm loving it! It separates and gives great definition to my lashes. If you want to take a step further and use eyeliner as well, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner is still my favourite by far. This will stay put on for hours and it's so easy to use with its thin marker-like tip.
Sunglasses are another big requirement for me. I usually just chuck a pair in my bag and get out the door (got the ones shown in the picture from Polaroid about a month ago.) And of course, my phone battery extender to boost my phone's battery life when I'm not home. You never know when an Instagram worthy photo might me needed!
That's it! What are some of your must-have items for the summer? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
P.S. This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
Some people might think that wearing makeup everyday is too much, and I can understand that to a degree. Personally, I think you should do whatever makes you happy and more confident and if that means putting on some concealer and mascara, I say go for it! Talking about myself, I like to put on makeup only if I'm going somewhere where I think it'd be nice to look a bit more put together, so when I'm at home I don't bother doing anything. But to each, their own!
If I do feel like making an effort for everyday use, I tend to put a pump of the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer on my hand and then spread that across my face using my fingers. After that, I reach for my beloved MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation. I've been using this foundation for more than a year now and it's definitely the best drugstore foundation that I have come across so far. So much so, that I own this in two shades: Golden and Bronze, depending on the season. Then I love to take my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and apply that right underneath my eyes, as well as on the bridge of my nose to highlight and give a bit more dimension to my face.
To make sure that my face is set and it will HOPEFULLY stay on all day, I like to set it using the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. I then apply a tiny bit of bronzer to add some warmth to my face. I'm currently loving the Bourjouis Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, for a more subtle and natural look. To finish off my face, if I have the time, I might even use my MAC blush in Margin, a peach toned blush with very subtle golden shimmer which gives you a very natural glow.
I usually never have time to put anything on my eyes except for mascara (at the moment I'm using L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara), but when I do, I like to use one of the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream Eyeshadows as they're so easy and quick to apply with your fingers. I then take a blending brush and just blend the edges. My most used ones are On and On Bronze and Pink Gold. To finish off, I put on NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake on my lips and I run out the door!
That's it! What about you? Do you wear makeup everyday? And if you do, what are some of your mostly used products? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
21 year old beauty blogger and University student. I've always loved makeup and anything beauty related so I've decided to share my passion through this blog.