Rachel The Hat’s Summer Beauty Essentials

So far this summer has been hot and humid here in the UK..which in itself is a rarity, but a rarity that i welcome as i love summer and sunshine. Its sure does make for a happy if not slightly sweaty , Rachel.
So i thought today i would show you guys some of my saving graces this summer so far. I don’t know about you but in summer i hate to wear my full face of make up because its too hot for one, and well, all my good work seems to run off my face within about 10 minutes of applying. So with that in mind i have mastered a few lighter options that i am truly loving.

 Lets talk Body:


Bodyshop Coconut Bodymist

Johnsons Face Wipes

Ambre Solaire False Tan spray

Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Soap

Johnsons wipes are a life saver to me, any beauty blogger will probably be cursing me here as i hear wipes are apparently terrible for you, but these ones? I love, they smell great, do not bring me out in spots like some others do and they are great for getting every last bit of make up off at the end of a long hot day. 

And the Ambre solaire false spray tan is the best i have tried. Very little (or no) streaking, dries fast and comes as a really natural colour rather than a bright-you’ve been-tangoed orange.

 OK so i am obsessed with coconut scented/flavoured stuff, like anything coconut at all from soaps to yougarts! i can not get enough of it. Maybe it reminds be holidays and summers gone by, but i sure do love the memories and feelings that lovely smell evokes. These above are just a few of my current faves!

For the Face: Make up

 L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream

L’Oreal Million Lashes

Bourjois Touch Illuminance

Coral & Teal Nail polish

Benefit Hoola

Max Factor Touch Up

Kabuki Brush

Rimmel Eyebrow pencil

Collection 2000 Fix Me Up

 SO i have just discovered this new L’oreal Nude Magique BB Cream and it is amazing!! I have tried a few BB creams previously and have not rated them well at all, infact i ended up throwing them away as i just couldn’t take to them. So reluctantly i bought this one as i was after a light coverage and fed up of wearing full foundation. I have to say it is glorius to wear. It smooths and evens colour and gives such a beautiful glow i just want to swim in the stuff,haha! Its great and lasts pretty well too. Highly recommend this if you are looking for a BB cream. Plus it has spf 12 which is perfect for me!
Then of course a bit of Max factor Master Touch concealer as these bags don’t cover themselves. I definetly need help in the ark bags department. This one i have used and re bought multiple times. Tis good and value for money

 Now, Benefit Hoola has been with me for years and yet i have never bothered with it much, until now. This is so great for giving you that tanned look and is now constatly adorning my face to make me look like i’ve just spent the weekend in a beautiful Tropical location. I then like to top it off with a bit of Bourjouis Touch illuminance to give a little sparkle as Hoola is quite a matt colour and this is great for a little light catching.

And Lastly in the facial department, this little bottle of Fix Me Up by Collection 2000. 

You spray a few squirts over your made up face and it works like a hairspray for the face. It actually works, i was shocked and impressed. Seeing as i have to draw my eyebrows on every day (Rimmel eyebrow pencil above) (i’m severly eyebrow challenged having overplucked as a teenager and they never grew back!!) this stuff makes sure they don’t slide down my face in a puddle of sweat. Perfect for the summer!

Any good mascara is a must for me, this one i got on sale and i don’t love if im honest, it has microfibres which are supposed to build you eyelashes up, but these microfibers are terrible if you have contacts in or suffer from hayfever as i fins they make my eyes extra irritable.

And then some teal or coral nail polish… my favourites! Definitely my summer colours!!

Lets talk Hair

 Alberto Balsam Coconut shampoo and Conditioner

Schwarzkopf Beach Matt

Tail Comb

Hair ins

Obviously when i saw coconut shampoo i had to try it and even though it may not be the totally best shampoo i’ve ever used (its literally £1!!) its cheap and smells super cheerful and feels cleansing and gets all product build up out so it works for me.
The last product i’ve discovered this years is this:

 Retailing at about £5.00 you get a large spray bottle of salt spray, which i have discovered i love! My hair is wavy and frizzy, so this gives me control over that and makes it look beachy and a bit wind swept in a nice way, all without feeling like there’s loads of product on my head. I really like this and will totally be buying this again!

And lastly:

A cute small bag and a ton of turqoise jewellery, my favourite every summer. This is a few of my favourites that i literally wear every day and just complete any outfit for me.
So there we have it, my summer essentials!

Have you discovered anything this summer, do tell! I would love to check out some of your recommendations! And have you tried any of the above?



  1. July 24, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    OOh fab -shall definitely be trying that BB cream and the face spray too:) Thanks for the recs! xx

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