Beach Beauty Edit: Face

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The beach is a place where we can be free: Free-spirited, stress-free, and make-up free! If you are a beauty junkie who can’t go bare-faced, or simply want to look extra gorgeous on your beach vacation, look no further. I have rounded up my favourite beach-beauty products which won’t budge with sweat and sea-salt, and won’t melt in the heat of the sun. From gorgeous creamy blushes and surfer girl shimmers, to waterproof concealer to cover any flaws. This is your beach make-up, sorted!

Beach make-up edit

Beach make-up edit

Left to right, from top left:

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara, £21.

Nars illuminator in Orgasm, £23.

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Moisturiser Tan Booster SPF 15, £27.90.

NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer, £5.50.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Tone Perfecting Booster, £58.

Bourjois Aqua Blush 12hr, £8.99.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm, £16.

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Eyeshadow Stick in Fresh Water Pearl, £19.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, £15.

Beach beauty

Beach beauty

Smile, Look Gorgeous, and Enjoy the beach!

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Beach beauty edit: body

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Life in a bikini: What a dream. But for many of us stripping off isn’t that simple. Winter dryness, pale skin, and wobbly bits can taint this should-be blissful notion of letting all our worries slip away and heading for the beach. Instead of spending hours fretting, prepping and preening, the right products can minimize this and work wonders on all of our body hang-ups. These prep, beach-time, and post-sun basics will help you achieve a beautiful body and leave you much more time to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.

beach body

beach body

Here is my edit of the best beach-body products, just in time for your summer vacation.

Beach Body Essentials

Beach Body Essentials

Left to right, from top left. 

Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, £37.

Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming Tinted Body Spray, £30.

Molton Brown Pampering Body Polisher, £34.

Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolade, £20. 

Nars Body Glow Oil, £44.

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Dry Body Mist in Medium, £11.69.

Mio Skincare Natural Body Brush, £15.

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, £27.50.

Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Mist Wetskin Applicator Sublime Tan, £13.95

Worry less. Smile More. Life’s a beach!

Pop back soon for my beach beauty edit: face and find out my recommended make-up and skincare products for the sea, sun and sand!

Aspirin mask

DIY beauty essentials for every travel girl! 

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Backpacks are great, everything you need on your back, leaving you hands free to roam any mountain. However, they leave scarce space for your toiletries. The usual lotions and potions stacking the shelves of your bathroom cabinet are reduced to the bare essentials. But, there are a few cheap and easy DIY tricks that can deliver just as good a treatment as the expensive products you left behind. Pack, or pick up along the way, the below, and let the hostel, tent or plane-ride pamper commence.

Aspirin mask

Aspirin mask

– Coconut oil –

So many beauty products in one. Use it as a make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser, hair conditioner, frizz controller, lip balm, cuticle oil, shaving cream, to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and even for oil pulling (rinsing your mouth with oil)! My favourite is Biona Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

Biona Coconut oil

Biona Coconut oil

– Tea –

Cold green tea bags are great for reducing puffiness under the eyes, and a green tea spritz or applied with a cotton pad twice a day helps draw out impurities, detox the skin and give it a healthy glow. I also like using the good old fashioned cucumber trick for parached eyes. It sorts out redness and jet-lag bags better than any eye drops or expensive creams.

– Baking soda –

It comes in handy sachets which are perfect for rucksacks. Add this to any toothpaste and it naturally whitens teeth! It is also often used as a gentle exfoliator for congested skin, just mix it with water and apply in circular motions to the face and then rinse. And as a desperate ‘in the jungle’ measure it can even be used as a dry shampoo!

– Rosehip oil –

My ultimate skin saviour. Moroccan women have been using it for centuries, and Miranda Kerr hails it as the reason for her dewy complexion. An excellent moisturiser for adding the glow back to travel exposed skin, use it nightly, or add it to your usual moisturiser in hot weather when an oil seems too heavy. Adding a few drops to a water spray makes a great skin mist to refresh and soothe skin throughout the day. Try Trilogy’s Organic Rosehip Oil, available here.

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

– Coffee scrub –

I’ve raved about this before. Simply mix your used coffee granuals with olive or coconut oil and voila, the best, most organic scrub for your body. Plus, coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so the benefits go deeper than simply glowing soft skin.

– Asprin mask – 

This is my favourite rejuvenating peel, which costs just pennies and the results rival £100+ masks. See my how –to guide here!

– Honey –

Honey is one of my staples to carry when travelling. It spruces up breakfast, is a great natural sweetner for coffee, is great for the throat if you get a flu, and works wonders as a natural beauty product. It works wonders on dry skin and as is a versatile ingredient to add to a face mask for an extra soothing treatment. As well as in the aspirin mask, you can add honey to a few teaspoons of milk for a gentle mask. Also, for a mid-trip pamper add a few drops of lavendar oil and honey to a bath and relax!

– Surf spray –

For gorgeous, textured surfer-girl waves, surf-spray is a must. Use on damp ends, and let the beach breeze or your fingers do the work. Keep a conditioning spray to hand to refresh throughout the day to stop your hair from drying out. My favourites are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray, and John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. I prefer however to make my own. Use saltwater and lavender oil and store in a spray bottle… it’s an authentic surfer girl hack!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above, and of course feel free to share your own DIY travel beauty hacks!

Go travel and be beautiful!

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Idea 5: Make Your Own Coffee Body Scrub

I think a body scrub is absolutely imperative for gorgeous skin and to get rid of toxins. I don’t like spending a lot of money on them however as I like to use a lot at once, which means a tub never lasts very long, and I begrudge watching expensive products was down the drain. I have always made my own. There are so many recipes out there to try I am sure, but this is a tried and tested formula that I have been using for many years. It is the most simple, effective, delicious way to scrub for absolute minimal cost and maximum benefits.

It is perfect for the coffee drinker, as uses the byproduct of your coffee habit, and means minimum waste all round! And the  benefits of using coffee on your skin are amazing. To name a few:

Brightens, Tightens and Smooths Skin: Coffee plays a crucial role in regulating cell re-growth and repairs tissue, leading to retained hydration (increased collagen) and increased skin elasticity.

A rich source of antioxidants: Coffee protects and boosts skins natural defenses against free radicals that wreak havoc on the skin. In fact, a study showed that coffee bean extracts can be responsible for skin cell energy preservation due to its free-radical properties.

Enhances circulation: Coffee promotes blood circulation leading to healthy and energised skin, effectively reducing the swelling of tissues and de-puffing areas of the skin.

To make this wonder scrub, you will need to keep the ground coffee after use. I use a cafetiere at home when drinking coffee, and I keep the grounds at the bottom after use. You can get the grounds out of your coffee machine, or even out of the capsules if you use those to make your coffee. Put the grounds in a little mixing bowl, and add a few tablespoons of a good quality olive oil. This is a wonder product for the skin in itself as it is a natural moisturizer for even sensitive skin. It is silky when applied, and after using this scrub you will find you won’t need any moisturizer afterwards.

I then add a tablespoon of course sea salt for an extra scrub, but this is optional. It will be just as effective without this. If you don’t like olive oil, you can use coconut oil as an alternative which gives a delicious smell. Both work equally well. I just personally prefer olive oil and it is cheaper to buy.

Once you have mixed it together get scrubbing! I always do it in the shower as it is quite messy, and you can apply to dry or damp skin. I recommend applying to damp skin to start as it is quite a abrasive scrub in comparison to shop-bought scrubs. Remember the coffee doesn’t dissolve, so you won’t need to scrub too hard, just gently exfoliate with it and you will be amazed at the results once you wash it away. Rinse in the shower, and towel dry your skin. The bathroom will smell delicious, and your skin will feel silky, smooth and moisturized. Slip into the bath after you have rinsed it away for a relaxing, extra silky bath with a nice coffee aroma.

So try it yourself and make your own skin smoothing, toxin-eliminating, two-in-one scrub. Enjoy!

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