Much like the way our wardrobes need to be altered to suit the summer months many ladies forget that their handbags need updating also. Below I have compiled a list of key items that your handbag should not be without. (Oh my gosh it’s such a novelty talking about beauty for once)
Hand Cream: I find that in the summer I need a good hand cream as my hands get very dry. I love the range from L’Occitane. I normally use the shea butter hand cream for the winter months, and the rose hand cream for the summer months as it is a lighter cream and more suitable for summer.
The hand creams from L’Occitane are legendary. I love the shea butter hand cream pictured in the middle, but it is more of a winter product as it is quiet dense. I love the products to the left and right, they are the desert rose and the coco flower.
Sunscreen: As we all know sunscreen is an essential to protect the Irish pasty skin, but really don’t be without a good body sunscreen and face stick. Your skin will thank you.
This sunscreen from ROC is amazing. It feels so silky and smooth, it won’t cake onto the skin and make you look like a ghost.
Le Roche Posay have this great face stick. I love how it’s not too oily on the skin and doesn’t cake.
Sunglasses: While adding some major style points at the beech a good pair of sunglasses can be both stylish and practical. Make sure you get a pair that will block 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays. This will ensure you don’t get a headache and give your eyes maximum protection.
Whatever frame you choose to suit your face, Ensure that it also has enough protection for your eyes.
Hydration: Ensure you carry water in your bag. Make sure it has a fluid measurement on the bottle so you know how much you are drinking. If you can’t remember there are some apps you can download to track how much water you drink. If you are not a fan of water stay away from fizzy drinks as they do more harm than hydration. My advice would be to stick to something like Vita Coco Coconut Water, they taste amazing and come in a range of flavors. They even do a kids line to keep the little ones hydrated.
I always carry a Bobble Water Bottle. It has a little charcoal filter to purify the water, So you save having to buy bottled water all the time. It is a 500ml bottle so I drink 5 to 6 bottles daily.
Vita Coco are my go to brand of coconut water to keep me hydrated when I’m sick of water. There are so many refreshing flavors and they all taste amazing!
Lip Balm/ Gloss: Whatever lip balm or gloss you use should be very hydrating to the lips. You should use one with a good high SPF to protect your lips from sun damage, It’s something that we would never think of but is very important all the same. I love the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protection Stick because it’s very sheer when applied, I think a sheer lip look is better when you are going for minimal face make up. It is also very hydrating to the lips and has an SPF 15 which is good for protection.
I love these Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick. They come in a variety of colors and have a Sunscreen SPF 15. Perfect for those beach days.
Hand Cream: I find the summer is a time when I myself suffer from really dry hands. I still hate putting on a thick cream that really is for winter. My firm favorite hand cream comes from L’Occitane, it is great as it is small to fit into your bag and absorbs into the skin very quickly.
Make Up Base: The summer sun is the perfect time to ditch that complicated make up routine so I would say just use a loose powder which is great for soaking up excess oils produced in the heat. I also love MAC Face & Body as it is light but can be worked on the skin to give a more made up look. It is water based and water resistant so it’s perfect for a day at the beach but beware it does not have a built in SPF so ensure you wear sunscreen before you apply it, also finish with some MAC Select Sheer Loose as it maintains that naked look on the skin but adds a summer glow.
MAC Face and Body is perfect for that minimal make up routine. Pictured here are the 50ml bottles but you can get the 120ml bottle in Brown Thomas Dublin or Here
Face Wipes: We all know the sand at the beach gets everywhere and those long summer days can make you sweat a hell of a lot. A good pack of face wipes will instantly refresh you and make you feel like a new woman.
A great way or refreshing your face while adding hydration with vitamin E available from The Body Shop
Deodorant: Ok, I know you all carry a little bottle anyway in your bag, but a tiny little bottles of deodorant will keep you smelling sweet and also avoid any embarrassing situations.
I love this deodorant by CK One. It’s compact and smells great.
Sanitiser: On a practical note sanitiser is very important as bacteria tend to flourish in the hot summer climate and from snacking at the beach and all those ice creams. It’s important that you clean your hands before indulging in a little snack.
Purell Hand Sanitizer to stop all those bacteria thriving at the beach.
Face Mist: Provide yourself with some instant refreshment with some face mist. Le Roche Posay- Thermal Spring Water is my favorite.
Le Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water provides a great way to cool down on those hot summer days.