Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner! The days are brighter, the trees green again and the colours of the cherry blossoms and bluebells are delightful. With so much sunshine and colour outside, it's time to ditch the blacks and dull greys of the winter and add some life and spark to your Spring-Summer wardrobe and beauty regimen. Here are a few picks to help you do just that!
Let's start with swimwear/ beachwear because 'tis the season to show off those tanned-and-toned bods and sexy swimwear. If you haven't heard of UK Swimwear yet, go check them out. It's a one-stop online shop for swimsuits, bikinis and stylish beachwear and beach accessories in a range of brands.
If you're looking for sexy, this Gottex Couture Athena swimsuit spells HOT.
If bolder geometric prints are more your style, the Roidal Geometric Bisur swimsuit is both casual and sexy. Team with accessories to up the oomph factor.
Get colourful and cute in this Maryan Mehlhorn Fleuri Bikini…
Or go simple yet sexy in this bold red Monntide Contours Ruched bikini.
And last but not the least, there's also a stunning range of beach dresses and accessories, like these…
After months of covering up your feet in thick socks and warm boots, it's time to let them air a bit. And what better way to show off those pretty pedicured feet than with some prettier sandals? Choose from heels to flats to wedges in a range of bright and subtle colours at Fashion World.
These square heel crossover mule sandals are great for a fun evening out with the girls…
… while these gold espadrille wedges are perfect for a casual BBQ or dinner.
For daytime chic, these are a definite headturner, while being comfortable at the same time.
Casual n' colourful leggings
We women can't go a day without our leggings, can we? Trendy, versatile, practical and comfortable all at once. But it's time to ditch the blacks for these rainbow colours, available in classic, cropped and high-waisted from Love Leggings. From intense pink to tiger orange, buttercup yellow to wine red, add some colour to summer. Or stay cool with a white pair teamed with stripes – always a classic!
Suncare, with a difference…
My skincare routine is, at best, just remembering to moisturise. But in summer, it's essential to remember the sunscreen as well. And hey, we all want that healthy tanned look when the sun's out, but we mammas don't have time for self-tanning and make-up. Which is why I hail Tancream as the summer must-have this year!
This luxury face and body cream has been awarded the Best New Sun Care and Tanning Product, so I put it to the test. It is a moisturiser, sunscreen and bronzer packed into one. Offering high sun protection (SPF50) while simultaneously moisturising the skin and adding the healthy glow of a natural tan, it is also proven to help prevent premature ageing and sun-damaged skin. It's win-win-win all the way!
Skincare professionals Dermacare Direct also have a sun-protection tinted cream on the market, which also nourishes and cares for the skin. The Derma Defense Daily Defense Cream has an SPF 50, and intensely hydrates skin while protecting against UV rays. The tinted effect helps homogenize skin tone.
Other summer beauty must-haves…
Post-winter skin needs a lot of TLC, and this Age Defying Hydro Creme Gel by Beauty Natural is the perfect antidote to winter. Containing extracts of pomegranate and aloe vera amongst other ingredients, and with a lovely rose geranium fragrance, this ultra-light yet luscious creme gel provides intense hydration while smoothing and softening. The perfect preparation for plumped up summer skin!
And let's not forget our hard-working hands, shall we? Those pretty painted nails wouldn't look half as good on rough, callous skin, so wipe out winter's dry skin with the luxurious Seams Hand Cream. With shea butter, macadamia oil and fragonia oil, have smooth, soft hands all season – now all you need to worry about is accessorizing them!
This Eye Shadow and Liner crayon by Palladio in Blue Suede is my pick of the season. I've always loved a spot of blue on the eyes, especially an electric blue, but this more subtle blue has taken my fancy this time. It's cool enough to wear at night, yet not too OTT for some daytime drama.
This three-in-one eye wonder can be used as an eye shadow, eye liner or colour-enhancing shadow base. The thick crayon tip allows for easy glide application and results in a creamy texture. And… it's herbal!
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