summer beauty favourites

When it comes to all things beauty I am a very, very simple girl. For years i just used face wipes and hardly ever moisturised (shame on me). But as i’m getting older, i am noticing that my skin needs a little tlc. Combine lack of sleep with a crazy busy life means lacklustre skin and big black baggy eyes. Not a good look.
I set out to find products that i loved in order for me to carry on using them daily and not falling by the wayside,like i’ve done previously.(have i mentioned i am LAZY when it comes to beauty stuffs)
So with some trials under my hat i have found some amazing products that  i reach for daily. Things i love and also work for all my beauty needs.

summer beauty favourites

summer beauty favourites by rachel-the-hat featuring maybelline face makeup

Maybelline face makeup, $12 / Voluminous mascara, $12 / Online Food Shopping – ASDA Groceries, $14 / Online Food Shopping – ASDA Groceries, $14 / Online Food Shopping – ASDA Groceries, $14 / No7 Cleansing Body Polish, $16 / Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist Dark 150ml, $13 / Online Food Shopping – ASDA Groceries, $14 / benefit hoola bronzing powder, $40 / Lee Stafford Argan Oil 50ml, $22 / Lee Stafford Sun Kissed Lightening Spray 100ml, $14 / Rimmel London Colour Rush Balm| Long lasting and vibrant color – Boots, $10 / Rimmel London Nail Nurse Base and Top Coat | – Boots, $7.69 / Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $11 / Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil, $8.54 / Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer| Illuminates and conceals – Boots, $12

I have been using face wipes for years (even wet wipes in some cases, you know when they’re just to hand and i’m being a lazy bum) but have been told they aren’t very good for the skin. I have very oily/combination skin. Like i mentioned, my skin had been so tired looking, it needed a bit of love to bring it back to life which set me on my search.

After sampling Liz earle Hot polish (which i loved) i found (actually my bestie told me) an extremely similar product range that works tremendously well and i can buy it in the supermarket for a third of the cost. Win!
Nspa cleanser, hot cloth polish, serum and moisturiser. In 4 clear easy steps. And i abslutely adore it. My skin feels wonderful, it smells so so pretty and its right on the money from Asda

Having never used fake tan before (successfully anyway) i decided this year i wanted to look a bit tanned and like i’d been on a lovely exotic holiday.
I read some reviews and bought Garnier Ambre Solaire no streak spray and it is amazing. Great natural colour, subtle not to wiffy fake tan smell and never streaks! It’s build-able too so after a few applications i get a stronger colour, but comes off easily in the shower with a good scrub too.
My routine now with tanning is; Shave, exfoliate, spray tan, moisturiser. This seems to be working very well for me this summer and is extremely fuss free and no orange hands or dodgy patches!

I am lazy with hair also(are you seeing the pattern develop here?). Simple styles that take 5 minutes are my thing. I have been loving Lee Stafford Beach Salt spray for scrunching in to towel dried hair. Also i have been using the no heat curl method over night and it is the laziest styler but works so so well( do you know the no heat styler? i can link if you like)
Finishing and sleeking things off with a little Argan Oil, I’ve been using the Lee Stafford one again also.
Top tip, carry one of these with you in your hand bag, it acts as a great moisture boost for skin as well as hair. If i have flyaways i will tame them with a pump of oil. If i have dry looking legs i will use a pump per leg and it gives them a fabulous gloss finish without being sticky!
It took me a while to ‘get’ argan oil, but i swear by the stuff now.

Through summer i love to switch from a heavy foundation to a lovely BB cream. I’ve been using the Maybelline BB cream above for about 6 months. It has the right amount of coverage and evens my patchy face skin tone out really well. Its also an spf, perfect for this mamma on the go.
From the base i then like to use very little lately. Benefit Hoola for a bronzed cheek, Maybelline Dream Lumi for brightening under the eyes, a good black mascara and my favourite red lipstick (The Rimmel colour rush is my absolute favourite, if i’m ever in a red lippy it will most probably be that one!) Oh and lastly, my eyebrow pencil… i have terrible eyebrows and I just don’t look right when they aren’t filled in, eyebrow pencils are my vice, i normally have about 6 on the go scattered around the house and in my handbags… that’s weird isnt it?! lol

The Rimmel Nail Nurse nail base and top coat in one is speedy and chip resistant all in one go.
And i am crushing on all the Revlon scented polish’s. They smell so good and the colour is so vibrant and true to the bottled colour that i have recently bought 2 more shades and i have not been disappointed.

So there we have it. My summer beauty favourites.  I am all about very little time/effort put in but maximum results. And all these products do just that for me, i’m actually really pleased!

What are you loving this summer? 

Do share as i love to pick up tips from you guys!


  1. July 9, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, Rachel! I am a busy mum (okay, I'm just lazy!) and use baby wipes but have been thinking about getting some new products. I've recently discovered tesco's own exfoliant which I love! And it's a bargain.
    And I completely agree with you about the Revlon parfumerie nail polish. Boots have 2 for £10 on Revlon at the mo so I treated myself the other day…love it!
    Thanks for the tips. �� x

    • July 9, 2014 / 7:42 pm

      Ahh Adele, im so pleased these have been of some use to you. As a busy (*ahem* lazy) beauty person, i am all about convenience. These products never fail me.
      I shall definitely check out tesco's own exfoliant, im always in tesco!! And yay!! revlon
      2 for £10! i must get my bum down to boots asap!XXX

  2. July 10, 2014 / 11:15 am

    I like the simplicity of your routine! I don't think its necessary to have a ton of product myself.

  3. July 10, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I love seeing what products other women use! I've been blessed with good genes & have also been terrible in the past with my beauty routine but as I've approached 40 I've been stricter with myself! Love the sound of the nspa products & will peek next time I'm in Asda! xx

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