A beauty/lifestyle blog By Kate Emma

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My Summer Essentials

summer products

With the seasons changing and the weather growing warming, my skincare and makeup have a big change up, so I thought I would take you though some of my essentials for the Summer.

My lips become so dry in the Summer, so lipbalms become my most used beauty product in the summer. I love my Kiehl's lip balm, which creates a nice barrier on mu lips, I'm currently on the lookout for a good lip balm with SPF in, so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know!

Who really has time for over complicated eye looks in the Summer? I love to just scribble a bit of eyeliner onto my lower waterline and smudge some along the top of my upper lashes. Team this with a bit of mascara and a bright lip and you're set to go! I Love this look with fresh skin,.

Bright lips in the Summer is a must for me, MAC's Lady Danger is my ultimate summer lippie. It is a matte, so your lips have to be super hydrated but this orange/red colour really helps to bring out the blue in my eyes, and when you offset it against a tan its just simply stunning.

Surf sprays are the way to go for me. I love the wavy texture they give and hey are as simple as spray and go. My one right now is the John Freda surf spray, I don't find this to be to sticky, but beware that if you overstay you hair can go slightly more crispy.

I love to change up my scents in the Summer months to something a bit more fresher and less heavy. Some of my faves are

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, this is one of a few fragrances that last all day on me!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, its just a holiday in a body. This doesnt last as long on the skin but its just beautiful.

Creed Virgin Island Water, this is definitely more of a higher price point but the vanilla/coconut scent is just intoxicating!

Gradual tan,
I love to use a gradual tanner in between tanning, as i'm quite lazy with tanning in general even though I love the effect. So using a gradual tanner helps keep my tan looking topped up in and also keeps the costs down, as tanning all the time can end up bad for the purse strings.
I've used Dove gradual tanner for years, it does have the typical fake tan smell but I quite enjoy it.

Body Oil,
Nothing beats a good body oil, my skin is always dry, especially with all the fake tanning, and this just helps to add moisture when needed and also adds a lovely sheen. I have been using Nuxes body oil which I got free with a beauty box, its absorbs fast and leaves a devine scent on the skin. I'm soon to be purchasing the full sized product!

This may be the last but its certainly the most important. My skin is so fair and I frequently suffer from heat bumps (GRR), they only thing I have found to keep them away and my skin protected is the Piz Buin Sensitive suncream. I wrote a review about this a few years ago here.

What are you Summer Essentials?



  1. All wonderful essentials, I love the gradual tanner. I need to buy some more of that. Gemma x

    1. Yes! It makes tanning life so easy x

  2. I used to swear by gradual tanners, I've not used any in ages but maybe I should get back on that!

    Corinne x

  3. I also love body oil (Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a favorite of mine), but I tend to use sheer and light lipsticks or glosses.


    1. Its so nice! I love a lipgloss, but I live near a river and all the little midgets come out in the summer. You can imagine what happens. Yuck! x

  4. I love the blush suede and peony from Jo Malone, without a doubt my favourite :) In summer all I tend to do is apply SPF and skip foundation, nothing much else changes for me - my hair is so thick that I usually tie it up for summer :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Its so nice, I may have to treat myself to a new Jo Malone scent soon x

  5. I love to use body oils in summer, I love the feeling it gives you and the nice glow on the skin!!!


    1. So much more refreshing then a lotion to I find x

  6. All wonderful thing !! I love to use body oil no matter what the season is :) I think they makes the skin looks very glowy :) x

    1. I just read your review on the VS body oil! Perfect! x

  7. I've never tried Jo Malone. We don't get it here easily but I'd love to try.

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Yorker


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