HOW I PREP FOR A SUMMER HOLIDAY

Summer makes me happier than any other season. Waking up to sunshine every day, being able to whack on a pair of shorts and a tee, eating Almond Magnums all day ehhr day (BECAUSE IT’S TOTALLY OK TO DO SO!), beach hair - omg salty, effortless, beach waves you da one - and generally having all the good, happy summery vibes... it makes me happy!

But then summer means hot weather and hot weather means all the cute summer dresses (yay for life) and cute summer dresses mean bare legs and bare legs mean having to not walk around looking you've got Hagrid's hair glued to your legs/making sure they're not as white as Casper and as scaly as a snake and that's when I get I excited for my trusty routine to come into play.

So I thought I'd put together a list of the quick and simple but very effective steps that I do when it comes to prepping for a summer holiday.
Exfoliation. I know it's as basic as basic gets but honestly, a deep exfoliation can totally change the texture of your skin. I am pretty lazy when it comes to looking after the skin on my body (ps a friend of mine mentioned that she moisturises her whole body twice a day yesterday, is she even human? Can I disown her as a friend for having more hours in a day than beyonce?) but exfoliation is something I make sure I do at least once or twice a week. My current favourite is the Aveda beautifying radiance polish which not only smells incredible, but also works amazingly at buffing away the dead skin cells without feeling like you've been body buffed with a sheet of sand paper. Oh, and it also smells more babe'in than Derek Shepherd so we're onto a winner here guys!
Epilation. If you haven't jumped on the epilation train then book a ticket and enjoy the ride because I promise you it's a game changer. I have - and do - use all different types of hair removal products, and I think certain methods are best for certain body areas/times of year/occasions (for example, I use IPL which I love, but as it takes longer to show long lasting results, I use different methods depending on what I need at the time, so this includes shaving and epilating too). I have to say, Epilation is my summer saviour right now, the micro tweezers of Braun epilators capture hairs as small as a grain of sand - impressive, huh? - so you don't need to wait for hair to grow back making sure there's no more awkward in between hair removal/stubble days!

If you've never tried epilation before, there is a slight misconception that it's very painful, and I get it. I've used products in the past that have not been comfortable to use in any way, but over the last few weeks I've been using the Braun Silk epil-5 Starter Kit with Beginner Cap and this is what I have been missing/waiting for my whole life! (I mean, my whole life is a slight exaggeration, but, you know, a long time). The new Beginner Cap is an amazing idea as it shaves and epilates in one go. In one week 60% of the hair is epilated and the rest is shaved, the shaved hair grows back much quicker and is then epilated in the next treatment. I love it because it helps you to get used to the sensation of epilation, easing yourself in if you will. After 4 weeks every hair will have been removed from the root, you will be used to the sensation of root hair removal and that's when you switch to the normal epilation cap.

It has an anti slip grip which is incredible as you can use it wet or dry - I love using it wet as I find it more comfortable to use - as well as a very snazzy Micro-grip technology which uses 28 micro tweezers to remove even the shortest of hairs. Basically, if you're new to epilation, the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Starter Kit with Beginner Cap is your perfect option as it's not at all uncomfortable or painful to use due to the Gillette Venus blade which eases you in to the sensation of root hair removal gently. Plus Braun is the world's most trusted epilation brand so you know you're in great hands!
I'm going to be totally honest with you - because I lack the capability to be anything but - after a long day, the last thing I actually want after showering off and feeling lovely and clean is to whack on a load of sticky, tacky moisturiser. However, I am aware that whilst croc print is fashionable, flakey crocodile-esque legs aren't, so it just has to be done. The Clinique Deep comfort body lotion is my absolute fave as whilst yes, you definitely can still feel it on your skin, it does sink in well, it isn't too sticky at all and oh my god so much moisture and comfort and loveliness. I love that it's very subtly scented too so it's never too much/over the top. I took this away travelling America with me and I still haven't stopped using it since. An absolute babe of a product.
Me and Fake tan have a love/hate relationship. I absolutely adore the outcome of being bronzed and "just back from the caribbean huns" looking, but I absolutely hate the process. I can't sleep whilst it smells like a digestive biscuit and I can't get on with my day when I feel stickier than a... errrr, child's hand after ice cream (I've had 3 hours sleep so that's the best I could do, no judgement). Which is why when I heard about the Vita Liberata 10 minute tan, I pretty much ran home from meetings to give it a go because literally, "Dear Marketing team, did you make this product just for me?" (I am beyond aware the answer to that is no but I'm going to go with it anyway). In short, the product is a fake tan that you apply, leave for 10 minutes, wash off, and over the next few hours the tan develops into the most gorgeous golden glow. If you're in need of a healthy boost of colour but also have very limited time, swipe right for this guy.

I just made a tinder reference on my blog, I think I might have just reached an all time low...
I don't know about you, but salty, beachy, wavey, just stepped off the beach hair is my thing. So when the sun comes out to play - which is lol, about 3 days a year in London - I am straight in that sea water and letting it dry off in the sunshine. When I can't do this, I'm using every tong, waver, straightener I can find so in short, my hair needs all the help it can get when it comes to keeping it in good condition. I discovered the Pantene Pro V smooth and protect hair mask a while back now and it's just one of those classics that I always return to. Left on for 15/20 mins - or if you're patient, whack a whole load on, put a hair net/towel on and leave overnight for super silky locks - it genuinely leaves your hair so smooth and nourished and in beautiful condition.
I very rarely take makeup with me on holiday. Or, correction, I take it, but I very rarely use it. I recently came back from Miami and it is still to date one of my absolute favourite trips for relaxation because apart from the odd Insta shot here and there, we relaxed, ate every calorific item in sight and wore absolutely no make up and oh my god it was the dream. However, I am very aware that sometimes you want to capture the perfect moment when in a stunning place and for that, you don't really want to be looking like shrek / the back end of a bus you're absolutely exhausted. So prepping a mini makeup bag is something I always do.

When it comes to holiday makeup I go very basic and very minimal but I always love the outcomes. First up, mascara. Nothing quite makes you look and feel awake like a good lifting mascara and the Max Factor Voluptuous False lash effect mascara does exactly that. It lifts the lashes, fans them out and adds a hefty dose of volume and that is something I can always get on board with. My next necessity is concealer - because hey dark circles, can you just leave please?! - and I have been obsessed with Max Factor's mastertouch concealer recently. It lasts all day, gives really beautiful coverage but is incredible natural and seamless. Perfect for no makeup makeup on holiday or when you're going minimal at home. Finally, because this is me after all, I always finish off with a slick of lippie and a beautiful blush nude is always the call of order. In all honesty, I have 38453058 + nearly identical nude pink lipsticks but I have really been enjoying the Max Factor Velvet matte lipstick in Nude as the formulation is gorgeous; matte but non drying and the colour is absolute perfection!

And that's it for my summer holiday prep. Apart from spending far too long searching for an instagrammable wardrobe - sorry not sorry - I think investing in your skin is one of the best ways of feeling good in the summer and I cannot do this without the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Starter Kit, it really is my summer skincare hero that leaves you feeling silky smooth and confident to enjoy everything that summer has to offer. Now bring on those impromptu parties and get me to the beach!!

I would love to know what you do to prep for a summer holiday? Have you ever tried epilating before? Does the Braun Silk-Epil 5 Starter Kit sound like it's right up your street too? I always love hearing your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading!

xx


This post was kindly sponsored by Braun. All thoughts, photos and love of incredible hair removing products, my own.


23 comments

  1. Great tips , love the sound of the body polish and I'm a big fan of epilating, always get great results.

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    1. So with you there Jade, definitely try both, they're fab!

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  2. The Braun epilator sounds handy and I'd love to try Vita Liberata too

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    1. You should definitely try both Suze, highly recommend!

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  3. Yess loved this post Elle! I can never be bothered moisturising my body after a shower, literally do it once or twice a week lol! Love the sound of the Vita Liberata tan!! I normally use the Saint Tropez build up one as it doesn't actually smell tooo bad but this one sounds so easy I definitely might need to give it a go when I run out! xo
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    1. Haha I was exactly the same lovely and then all of the travelling made my legs look like snakes haha, this one is so good though!

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  4. I love this comprehensive beauty guide for summer! I love some of the products you mentioned but I have to try some of these too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Thanks Jessica, really glad you liked it!

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  5. That epilator looks so interesting, I need to try it
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. I'd definitely recommend Laura, perfect if you like epilators or you're a beginner!

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  6. Nice tips, these products looks really good :))

    MERI WILD BLOG

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  7. Great post, I'm all about epilating!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  8. Yep, I'm one of those people who are afraid to epilate! I just feel like for me I'm going to cry in pain or something, but that Braun kit sounds super good for a sook like me, haha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  9. I'll be honest, I've only epilated once and I found it so painful! My mum swears by it though and she says you just get used to it over time so I probably need to bite the bullet and give it another go. Also massive bathtub appreciation for the one in this post!
    Amy xx
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  10. Such great tips in this post Elle! i have been hearing about epilators for years, you've definitely motivated me to try it out now! Also I am so bad for skincare on the rest of my body aswell, going to try and make a regular effort to exfoliate, it clearly has worked wonders on your skin, it looks so smooth!

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  11. Oh HELLO sassy-tanned-hair-free-pins! Babes I first tried epilation when I was like 15 and it was the most painful thing ever (things have come a long way since then haha!), and I tried it a few years back with a Braun product and was so surprised and how virtually pain free it was! I had an epilator that you could use in the bath which I loved as it's so convenient and I found it didn't hurt at all.. winning! Looking gorge as ever!

    Hayley xo
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  12. I've also recently jumped on board the Epilator-train (also by Braun!) - totally blown away by how effective it is, and massively regretting now how much I've spent on waxes over the past years, haha. Ahh, getting holiday-ready skin can be so much fun, right!? Lovely post! :)

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  13. I need to take the plunge when it comes to epilation - getting rid of those awkward in between days sounds very appealing! x

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  14. Really very informative. Though there are many latest techniques such as waxing, laser hair removal, electrolysis, etc. are available for unwanted hair removal, they are costly and cannot be accessed by many women. There are many creams like Dermology hair removal cream available for efficient removal of unwanted hair from different parts of the body. As they don't have any side effects and are much cheaper than the methods available from beauty clinics.

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