Beauty Essentials £10 and Under – The Summer Edit

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Summer is coming…. 

It’s been coming for almost as long as winter has been coming in Game Of Thrones, well maybe not as long as that but it feels like it. However, fear not dear people, our wait is not too long now, for both UK British Summer time and The Game Of Thrones impending winter/doom. 
GOT references aside, Summer really is on its way. June will soon be upon us and when it comes it always brings with it some warmer weather, YAY.
 So what better time to start stocking up on Summertime beauty essentials!
 I for one will be, before the sun makes its surprise visit (aren’t we always shocked when summer does happen?) and I’m sniffing last year’s SPF with hopes that it might not be off (it always is, dont risk it!).
piz buin sun allergy
Sun Cream – *Piz Buin Allergy SPF 50+£7
Starting with the most obviously important product first, sun cream. I suffer horrendously with heat bumps. If the sun gets a glimpse of my naked skin, my skin immediately freaks out and covers itself with itchy, lumpy, red hives. Not quite the accessory that I want going with my sun hat. Piz Buin Allergy sun cream is the only sun cream that I have tried so far that prevents the pesky bumps from appearing. It also smells like sun, sea and sexy men all bottled into one. 
dove derma spa

Moisturiser – *Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Medium to Dark Skin Body Lotion 200ml – Currently on offer for £3.89 
I’m a massive fan of Dove skincare in general so perhaps im a bit biased in saying this, but I do truly believe they do one of the best gradual tanners on the market. Not only is it simply the best at keeping you hydrated and not drying like some others, but im personally also a huge fan of the smell. The colour is always very natural looking ( I use it as a top up in between fake tanning) and if you blend it in properly it’s always streak free. 
estee lauder perfectly clean multi action foam clenser
Cleanser – *Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask 30ml £10 Currently on a buy two get a free gift bag full of goodies offer!! 
I love Estee Lauder’s skincare, they just get it so right. And now that they’ve released these little treat sized versions of some of their iconic skincare, I cannot wait to give them all a whirl! This cleanser not only works extremely well at removing makeup, but it also doubles up as a purifying face mask! This is perfect if you still wear makeup during the summer, but are worried about sweaty blocked pores (we have all been there, no judgement is passed here).
rimmel london fix and protect
Now I’m not going to tell you any fibs here, this is not my favorite primer. That would be Laura Merciers primers and particularly at this time of year her protect version with SPF 30 in it. However that one costs £30 and I would much rather be spending thirty quid on cocktails. 
The Rimmel Fix and Protect, has a high SPF in it, which for drugstore is amazing, and it does its job well enough. Its biggest selling point is the SPF included, which for 6,99 is fab.
revlon colourburst
Lips – *Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain £7.99
I cannot bare the thought of wearing a matte lip this summer. In fact I think my lips just shriveled up a bit just typing that! Hydrated, plump lips are definitly on the agenda this summer, and I’ll be getting my Revlon Balms back out. The hydrating formula changes in opacity depending how many layers you apply, and is surprisingly long lasting. 
barry m gelly polish
If you follow my Instagram, you would know I’m having a real love affair with this white nail polish. When I purchased it, I thought it was going to just be another wishy washy faded white, but wow was I wrong! After two coats of this paint, I look like I’ve dipped my nails in Tippex. I may even go as bold as saying this may be the best white nail polish I have ever tried, and it has some serious staying power behind it. White nails against a tan is definitly one of my favorite summer time looks. 
benefit rollerlash
Mascara -* Benefit Rollerlash £10.50
Ok, Ok, I’m very aware this is 50p over, but it’s 50p well spent! I’m not a huge Benefit lover, but I was fortunate enough to try this mascara when it first came out and I’ve loved it ever since. I tend to get smudgy under eyes in the summer if i wear mascara on my lower lashes, but this is one of the very few mascaras that doesn’t create that problem. It’s also classed as water resistant. In other words, sweat proof.
bumble and bumble surf spray

Set the scene. Your swaggering out of the sea, with the sun glistening off of your sun kissed skin. Your hair swishes from side to side, like some mighty majestic lions mane. 
You are smokin!
Now back to reality. I’m not going away (as of yet!) this year, so im going to have to recreate this fantasy with a million and one products instead of the sun, sea and sand. Bumble’s surf spray does give you that fantasy hair look, but unfortunately it will also leave your hair minging to the tough. 
It’s the price we pay to look beautiful.
 I haven’t met a single salt spray that hasn’t done that mind you, so this is no offense to Bumble and Bumble. 
So there’s eight of my best beauty buys that I’ll be stocking up with in time for summer! What will you be buying?
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*Please note: This post is not sponsored by Boots or any of the brands mentioned above. All opinions are my own as always. The Links are affiliate links. 
All images are taken from Boot’s website, and prices/offers may vary from those stated online compared to in stores. 


  1. May 4, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    That nail polishes looks so gorgeous. Perfect color for me, haha. I also wanted to give a try to those very popular spray for beach waves. Thank you for the recommendation.

    Michelle Morchella

  2. May 4, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Wow wonderful post, love it! ♥
    Maybe follow for follow? 🙂

  3. May 5, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    My mum and my brothers grilfriend really suffer with the heat lumps, so I'll have to get this for them to try out for the next time we're away! Thank you for this, it is really helpful!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  4. May 5, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    You are a woman after my own heart because I rather spend money on cocktails too. LOL! This is such a brilliant post, my Summer essentials are sunscreen, tinted moisturizer and a hydrating lip lipstick.

  5. May 5, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    I'd love to try that Dove lotion, the packaging alone is so pretty and looks like a great summer lotion. I'll have to keep it in mind the next time I'm at the drug store. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



    • May 9, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks lovely! And you! x

  6. May 6, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Great choices! I love Benefit Roller Lash! My Summer essentials are Sun Cream, Lip Balm and Salt Spray for my hair.


    • May 9, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Hopefully they will release it soon! x

  7. May 8, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Definitely not the Benefit mascara, I really don´t like it on my lashes. A salt spray maybe, lots of self tan and a big hat. Oh, and juicy, plump lips are what I go for as well. Will use all that and then watch GOT. I literally can´t wait for both.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • May 9, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Its a bit of a hit and miss the mascara. I for got the big hat!x

  8. May 8, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I'm literally wearing that shade (SO gorgeous!) of Revlon's Colourburst Balm Stain right now – and totally with you on how surprisingly long lasting the formula is.

  9. May 8, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Anything from Bumble & Bumble is a summer must-have!

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