There’s a place I know where we should go hidi-hidi-ho gonna take you there.....yes it’s that time of the year when Boney M is blaring from my playlist, my Earl Grey tea has been replaced by Pimms and my little angels have gone on holiday for a week with their dad. Whilst at times I’ve pined for them I also have felt a sense of freedom, in fact it was only last night whilst in bed I had the sudden urge to go to Tesco’s 24 hour store – just because I could. It’s not dissimilar to the feeling of rebelliousness in my teenage years when my parents used to leave me in the capable hands of my sister, when we used to hold parties the moment their backs were turned, parties so wild police were called, empties were unceremoniously dumped in the woods and rugs covered cigarette burns - I do believe in Karma which is why I’ll never leave my kids and go away. Anyway with only a few more days until they return I’m off to my back garden to catch some rays, in the meantime if you’re lucky enough to be going away here are some products to take you from the beach to the bar!
Mavala have provided all the colours you need for summer toes with their gorgeous Pacific Dreams Collection £4.50 (stockist 01732 459 412). Dazzle your tootsies in stunning corals, ethereal sea blues and petal pinks, it’s hard to choose just one colour so make the most of the tiny bottles and pack a few!
Show off your pedicure in breath-taking flip flops by Sweeties4Feeties. Heavily adorned with crystals, feathers, pearls and bows simply email your size and requirements and they’ll be hand- made and delivered straight to your door – you can even get matching headbands and sunglasses. Prices start from just £7 for sunglasses and £8 for flip flops - to view samples check out the Facebook page Sweeties4Feeties or contact Helen Sweeties4feeties@gmail.com.
For those who love glamour there’s only one place to visit www.bijouxbikiniboutique.co.uk. I love the Dubai inspired black bikini £45 adorned with sparkling pink and silver crystals, whilst for a total wow factor the Disco Bikini Top £80 is an clubbing must have – worn alone if you dare, or under a black vest this jewelled incrusted top is guaranteed to turn heads. Also available are personalised crystal Havianas from £35 available in all sizes and colours.
There’s no point showing off a stunning bikini if you’re sporting a shade of lobster, aside from damaging your skin it looks rather unattractive. To protect your skin slather Hawaiian Tropics new range of Silk Hydration products from just £11.99 (available major retailers nationwide). With ribbons of natural silk proteins and glycerine the lotion gives 12 hour moisturisation to keep skin soft and hydrated. The After Sun is infused with cooling Aloe Gel to help soothe burnt skin and contains nourishing Mango and Shea Butter to give continuous moisturising action eliminating any dryness, all the products smell utterly divine leaving your body smelling good enough to eat!
All skin-types will benefit from using Heaven’s After Soother £9.20 www.heavenskincare.com. This organic face cream not only nourishes dehydrated skin but also works wonders on ingrown hairs, acne and eczema – it’s a multi-purpose product and completely organic.
Love al-fresco dining but spend most of the time squatting midges? Delphi’s After Sun contains added Insect Repellent from £4.79 (available independent retailers), again with cooling Aloe Gel to reduce any inflammation and with added Vitamin E this will keep your skin looking its best.
Waterproof makeup is a must in this hot weather, so prevent your mascara from sliding down your face with a coat of Locked and Coated from BareMinerals £12.00 (available Debenhams). One swipe over your favourite mascara instantly transforms it to waterproof by wrapping an invisible coating around each lash! Lord and Berry have created a collection of smudge-proof eyeliners £7.50 which are highly pigmented so can be used to create a heavy kohl look or lightly for daytime. The on-trend colours last beyond 24hours and are perfect for those who like to exercise, swim or simply don’t have the time to re-apply makeup - available from www.lookfantastic.com
Can’t sleep due to the humidity? Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist £25 100ml www.thalgo.co.uk is a fine, mist spray which instantly refreshes you throughout the day and night. Whether you’re travelling, sunbathing, need a quick pick-me-up or wanting some restful sleep then one spritz of this sea water with added Sepitonic and Grapefruit extract revitalises and tones skin cells.
The sun, salt water and styling tools can take their toll on hair leaving it fragile and brittle, leading hair brand Paul Mitchell has compiled a limited edition three part system to protect, hydrate and soften all hair types. The Sun Recovery Shampoo £12.25 is sulfate free, locks in hair colour and contains UV protection whilst the After Sun Replenishing Mask £14.25 gives instant hydration to sun damaged locks. Lastly pop inside your pool-side bag the Sun Shield Conditioning Spray £13.25, again with added UV protection this is excellent for maintaining vibrancy to colour-treated hair and leaves it glistening– to view the entire collection visit www.paul-mitchell.co.uk.
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