I have been set the exciting challenge (by vouchercodes.co.uk) of creating the ultimate ‘Summer Beauty Bundle’. This means choosing my absolute favourite skin, hair and beauty products that are perfect for Summer and will keep you looking and feeling great all Summer long. I love tasks like this and I love the task of finding the top products within a criteria so I am very excited about this and I hope it helps a few of you who are yet to go on Summer holiday or deserve a summer treat.
For this task, I have been set the budget of £70, which at first might seem like a lot, but actually, if every product is around £5-15 then you can only really choose a few products with it. With this in mind, I have decided to search for the best bargains (that work!) so you can get as much quality for your money.
The Body Shop/Kleenex Blotting Pads £2.99 – If you are anything like me, then you will need to carry blotting pads everywhere in your handbag in the warmer months. I have dry skin, but am prone to oilyness on my t-zone, so in order to keep the shine I bay I rely on blotting pads. My new favourites which I have discovered are by Kleenex and do the job superbly.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect + SPF30 Transparent Sun Protection Spray £14 – Sun protection is THE most important thing on my list when it comes to holidays and I normally take around three bottles if I am travelling abroad. My favourite sun protection brand by Garnier Ambre Solait and I have just discovered this new Clear Protect Range. This SPF spray is like no other that I have tried, because it is clear! This leaves you with no white marks at all and sinks into the skin so quickly you won’t even realise that you are wearing it! After testing this out at a festival last weekend, I am now a convert and would recommend it to anyone! £14 is a lot to spend on a sun cream for this budget, but these products are normally on offer in Boots as I buy one get one free, so you can also purchase a lower SPF or an after sun to go with it (I also chose the Golden Protect SPF30, pictured above).
VO5 Dry Shampoo £3.49 – I have been using Batiste’s dry shampoo for the past five years of my life, but I think I’ve actually discovered something better. VO5’s new Dry Shampoos are incredible – firstly, they smell amazing, secondly they leave no white residue on your hair (if you use it properly) and thirdly – it works! The spray gets rid of greasy roots whilst also adding volume. Dry shampoo is definitely one of my must haves for the summer as you can also use it to add volume to your hair after a swim in the sea or before a night out.
Balmi Lip Balm £4.99 – I don’t know about you, but I always get dry lips in the summer. Balmi lip balms are a bit of a craze at the moment but do a great job of keeping lips soft and supple. I have the raspberry smell and it is just delicious. The balm is a dome shape so you won’t need to dip your fingers into the pot to apply (meaning less germs!) and it is a good size to just pop in your handbag.
Superdrug Flirty Body Spray £1.09 – Instead of taking a big perfume on holiday I always prefer taking a body spray instead. I just find perfume bottles too heavy and delicate to carry around all day (especially in the heat) so it makes more sense to carry a light (affordable) body spray instead. My all time favourite body spray is actually a Superdrug own brand and it’s called Flirty. Superdrug do many different fragrances of spray but this and '’Delicious’ are my favourites – they smell so sweet and lovely and are so easy to wear that I find myself reaching for these more than perfumes anyway. Also – my boyfriend always compliments me when I am wearing this, so it must be good!
Barry M Nail Paint in Pink Flamingo £2.59 – Every girl needs a bit of colour on their nails in the summer and this is my favourite pink shade. Barry M are famous for their affordable, great quality nail varnishes and this is no exception. Give yourself a mani and pedi before you set off abroad with this shade and it’ll definitely get you in the summer mood.
Head and Shoulders Citrus Fresh Shampoo £4.99 – On holidays I try to get away with not washing my hair, for as many days I possibly can without looking ridiculous (that’s what dry shampoo is for, right?!). With this in mind, I chose this affordable Head and Shoulders shampoo. I’ve been testing this for a few weeks now and it really does the job of clearing any build up or product residue you might have on your scalp, leaving you with squeaky clean hair.
L’Oreal Ever Sleek Smoothing Anti-Frizz Serum £7.99 – L’Oreal have recently released a few new hair serums and so I couldn’t wait to try them – you guys know how much I love hair serums right? This Anti-frizz one is perfect for when your locks get a little too hard to handle from either humidity (Monica from Friends annyyyone?!) and obviously the sun and sea can really dry your hair out. This pops some condition back into your hair and leaves it silky but not greasy (just don’t use too much). This also smells gorgeous, I would wear it as a perfume if I could.
Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant £5.30 – Deodorant is a must on holiday. Sure’s Maximum Protection Deod is by far my favourite because it works. You apply this before you go to sleep and you will not sweat at all the next day.
GOSH BB Cream All in One SPF15 £7.99 – I see my holidays, regardless of the location, as a chance to let my skin breath, so I normally ditch a heavy, full coverage foundations and instead opt for a light cream. This new BB Cream by GOSH is perfect as it is a moisturizer, primer and foundation all in one AND it has an SPF15 so you can protect your face as well as your body. I’ve been using testing this one out recently and it leaves my skin feeling and looking natural, but helps to even out my skin tone at the same time.
Dove Summer Glow Moisturizing Lotion £5.69 – I hadn’t tried this since the age of 17 (when it left me horribly orange and biscuit-y smelling), but since it has been repackaged and even has a new scent and formula so I thought I would try it out for this post. This moisturizer is a gradual tan so the more you use it, the more of a ‘glow’ you gain. I’ve been using this before bed most nights and I’m happy to say that it leaves me feeling soft and I wake up with a slight glow, but not orange in the slightest (which is great). It does still have the slightest fake tan scent after you first apply it, but this fades soon after. I think this would be great on holiday to keep your skin moisturized but to also help keep up your tan too!
The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel £4– A shower gel isn’t the most exciting of products, but lets face it, we need to use it everyday, especially on holiday after a hot, sweaty day in the town or to help wash your sun cream off. I chose this one as the smell is ridiculously summery and because it does the job!
Johnson’s Baby Wipes £1 – A staple of mine all year round, I adore babywipes. These are perfect to use to cool down after a long, hot day walking, or for taking your makeup off before bed (if like me you sometimes get a little lazy!). Johnson’s baby wipes are normally on offer in store so I always stock up when I’m running low.
Total Spend - £66.11
So that’s it – what did you think of my top affordable holiday picks? I’m surprised at how many products I bought within in the budget and even have a few pounds left. I hope this has helped and given you a little inspiration on what to pack if you’re going on holiday soon!
I have linked most of the products above to an online store where you can purchase them. You can grab yourself some vouchers to use on these online stores (like Boots or Superdrug) for free from vouchercodes.co.uk to save yourself some money too!
What are you’re favourite holiday beauty products? Have you used any of the products above?
P.S I was set the challenge by voucher codes but this is not a sponsored post!