Wow with our go-to summer essentials & glow from head to toe

This article is sponsored by Dove, Smashbox, bareMinerals & Maybelline

We don’t know about you, but things are starting to heat up and we're here for it. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to dust off your flip flops, grab your summer essentials and refresh your routine.

Not sure on what to add to your bathroom shelf? We know the choices can be endless, so whether you’re looking for a glow-boosting tan, a new flawless primer, a volumising mascara (aren’t we all?), or a top-up of your favourites, we’ve got you covered with some of our go-to beauty essentials. After all, we want you to feel your best this summer.

Here are 4 of our summer beauty must-haves
Take control of your tan this summer

Try: Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Mousse (£4.99)

• Size: 150ml

• Non-greasy

• Suitable for all skin types

Say hello to year-round summer skin with this lightweight, fast-absorbing gradual tanning mousse. Beautifully scented with sun-ripened fruits and locking in up to 48 hours of moisture, get that sun-kissed glow and enjoy fair to medium and medium to dark results. Plus, the unique streak-free formula gives skin a natural-looking tan without staining your clothes – it’s the glow of your dreams.

I applied this every day over the course of three days, and I have a lovely natural-looking tan. I have fair skin and wanted a lovely, glowy colour. I have previously spent lots of money on fake tans, but this has beaten them hands down.


The perfect prime, every time

Try: Smashbox Photo Finish Primers (£12 - £29.50)

• Size: 10ml – 30ml

• Vegan & cruelty-free

• Oil-free

• Velvety texture

The final step of your skincare routine and the first step of your make-up routine, ace your base with Smashbox Photo Finish Primers. With skin-defending innovation, primers are enriched with skin-loving ingredients and formulated without parabens to protect and prep your skin for a beautiful, flawless finish. It even comes in a travel size, too so you can get that oh-so-smooth base anywhere, anytime.

Wow! It really does smooth and blur. When you squeeze it from the tube and apply to your face, it seems to melt! Honestly it feels lovely on your skin and is a fantastic product for under your foundation.


A multi-tasking tinted moisturiser

Try: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 (£30)

• Size: 35ml

• 20 shades

• Non-chemical

• Vegan formula

Combining hydrating skincare benefits with radiant, sheer-to-medium coverage, this mineral-based moisturiser is powered by clean, vegan ingredients that nourish and boost skin’s natural beauty. Providing everyday protection, it's perfect for summer. Just effortlessly blend the dewy, lightweight formula for a finish that's always photo ready.

If you hate wearing foundation in hot weather, you MUST get this. I have combination/oily skin but tend to get dry rough patches during the day, but this is so hydrating and so good for providing that glowing, even complexion. This and a bit of concealer = perfect base for summer.


Sky high lash impact from every angle

Try: Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Black (£11.49)

• Size: 7.2ml

• Suitable for sensitive eyes

• Allergy tested

From root to tip, Lash Sensational Sky High mascara delivers full volume and a limitless length look. Infused with bamboo extract and fibres, plus an exclusive Flex Tower mascara brush that bends, volumize lashes without weighing them down and take your lashes sky high. What’s more, easily remove mascara with a washable formula that’s kind to your eyes.

I've bought this product twice and it never fails to amaze me! The brush is perfect for that extra length and the product isn't cakey. It flows onto my lashes and I can even layer it up for added volume.


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