My summer beauty essentials

Summer is already here and we were so lucky to get a feel of it last weekend. We all got the summer feeling and ended up spending most of our weekend out in the sun without actually thinking for once the damage that the sun can do to our skin. It was very funny to see all of my friends being sun burnt on Monday, myself included. It is strange that we all are so well prepared when we go on our summer holidays, carrying all sorts of SPF protection with us, but when the sun comes out in Ireland we are all left to the mercy of the sun.

According to the City Sun Report conducted by Garnier Ambre Solaire up to 80% of a person’s annual UV exposure happens in day to day city life and not when we are on holidays.  32%  of Irish women admitted that they only apply sun protection when on holidays abroad. Last weekend was a good example waking us up on the damage that the sun can cause and how important it is to carry sun block with us.

Even though I was one of the few people carrying sunblock in my bag for the entire weekend I actually got a bit burnt when I least expected it, an hour of being exposed to the sun without protection was enough to get burnt. The good thing is that all beauty brands have now launched travel size SPF creams or sprays so we can no longer have an excuse of the products being too big to carry.

Ambre Solaire Sensitive Hydrating Face Mist – SPF 50

With the Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Hydrating face mist, you can no longer complain that you forget to wear SPF. Even if you daily moisturiser doesn’t have any SPF, even if you have already done your make up and walked out of the door, the only thing you have to remember is to pop the Ambre Solaire Spray in your bag and just spray your face while you walking out of your house. Applying SPF on your face throughout the year is the best thing you could do for your skin so don’t forget it.

  • Suitable for men with beards – as it easier to apply
  • Suitable to wear over make up
  • Easy to carry in your bag while walking in the city on a hot sunny day
  • Spray it on in a few seconds
  • No need to rub it in
  • Can reapply on the go
  • RRP 15 euros for 50 ml

Garnier Ambre Solaire spray 50

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Declare sun protection & Anti-wrinkle care

Declare which has been one of my favourite skin care brands lately and you can read more about it here and here, has added to its beauty range sun care products that not only protect us from the sun but are also anti – wrinkle.

Declare Sun protection

Declaré Anti – Wrinkle Sun Spray SPF 25

The Anti – wrinkle sun spray with SPF 25, is a great medium coverage sun spray that can protect you every day and you can wear it over or under your makeup and have it always in your bag. It comes in two sizes in 50 ml and 200 ml and it gives a more cosmetic sun protection to your skin.

  • Suitable for men with beards – as it easier to apply
  • Suitable for children that don’t have the patience to get their sun block on
  • Suitable to wear over make up
  • The 50 ml bottle is easy to carry in your bag
  • The 200ml bottle would be better for the beach and will last to use on all your family.
  • Spray it on in a few seconds
  • No need to rub it in
  • Can reapply on the go
  • RRP 29.95 euros for 200 ml

Declare sun block spray

Declaré Sun Sensitive Anti-Wrinkle Sun Protection Cream SPF 30 with lipstick

The Declaré Sun sensitive anti wrinkle sun protection cream is so great to have as it is two products in one. On the lid of the cream, there is sun block lipstick! We always tend to forget the lips so it is very nice to see a product that can cover specific protection for both our face and lips.

  • Two products in one
  • Great to have with you on the beach so you can reapply
  • The lipstick is very moisturising and also protective
  • Medium coverage
  • Small packaging, travel size
  • Cost 9,95 euros for 20 ml

Declare sunblock lipstick and face cream

Thalgo Sun Repair Cream Mask

After all the sun exposure either you are on your holidays or in the city you should always think of the after sun care. You need to help your skin repair itself after being exposed to the sun and one of the best ways is by using face masks. The Sun repair mask by Thalgo is one of my latest favourite masks as it a leave in mask. This is a two in one product as it can also be used as a moisturiser if applied in a thin layer or as a mask if applied in a thicker layer.

  • Soothes skin after sun exposure
  • Two in one product
  • Use it as a moisturiser if you apply a thin layer
  • Use it as a leave-in mask if you apply a thick layer
  • Helps prolong  your sun tan
  • RRP 22 Euros


Thalgo masque

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Lidl Tropical Summer – Limited Edition

Tropical Summer Self Tanning Cream

F0r those that are not big fans of the heat or don’t like spending hours under the sun to get a bit of colour there is always the option of fake tan. This year Lidl launched a limited edition range called Tropical Summer which included a Self Tan. I was lucky to get to try some of these products including this self-tan for the face or body.  At the starting price of 1,99 euros, you will get the safest tan for your skin and pocket.

  • Limited Edition tan by Lidl
  • RRP 1,99 Euros
  • Easy to apply
  • No need for tanning mit
  • Make sure to wash hands after
  • Colour can build up with the uses

Lidl tropical summer self tanning cream

Tropical Summer Sweet Pineapple lip balm

Lip balms might be very popular during the cold months but our lips need moisture even during the summer. The new limited Edition lip balms by Lidl were just too good to not mention coming at a price of 0.99 Euros.

Lidl cien tropical summer lip balm

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