Finally us Brits are seeing some sunshine!! I am so chuffed about this - after countless rainy summers it's about time too. So whilst sipping on glasses of vimto and ice and sitting out on my boyfriends balcony in this summer heat, I can't help but get excited about my soon- to- be trip to Malaysia. Of course before every holiday comes preparation to make it all worth while. I obviously have been looking up every ol' trick in the book to achieve that beach body perfection.
Daily exercise and healthy eating is an absolute must - but there is so much more that needs to be taken into account! And this is my favourite part...
Bikni shopping and holiday beauty buys. Yippee.
A new bikini for me please...
I've been eyeing up these bright beauties from Topshop recently and at just £14 for a bikini top they are definitely being snapped up by yours truly. Nothing fits better whilst on a gorgeous beach than being in some rather beautiful and flamboyant swimwear. I've opted for the whole tropical green look - but with an array of different shades from the rainbow out there - the choice really is yours.
Team your bikini with a printed kimono (I chose this cute tie dye one from RI) and a pair of cat eye sunnies and you'll really look the part - not to mention oh so glam. ( I'm hoping to achieve this come my holiday).
Now, now, you're dressed the part - but does your skin feel it too? I'm hoping to get a rather large tan whilst I'm out there - but using the right products for you is important so to avoid any sun damage, wrinkles, pigmentation, or dry and broken hair. I have selected just a few of my holiday favourites which I will need to top up on for my trip shortly.
So, you may or may not have heard of Philip Kingsley's Elastacizer - a pre shampoo treatment perfect for those of you who are like me and have colour-treated hair. Use Bubble and Bubble shine shampoo and conditioner afterwards and your tresses will never look or feel so good.
Now on holiday your nails may need a little maintenance. I usually take with me a clear strengthening nail polish (Sally Hansen's is brill) and one pretty, bold nail colour - my favourite atm would have to be O.P.I's Cajun Shrimp.
Sun screen is crucial to keeping the skin free from sun damage and burning. I love La Roche Posay's SPF gel cream for face and body and will definitely be packing this one in my suitcase.
Finally, I'm a massive fan of Caudalie Paris's creme cleansers and find the smell and texture is deliciously revitalising on the skin. But I've also been wanting to try Caudalie's beauty elixir - a gorgeous spritz which sounds perfect for cooling down and giving your skin a healthy, dewy glow. I don't tend to wear much make up on holiday during the day - to get the most out of the sun rays! But I do like to use a bit of bronzer- this shimmery bronzer from Bobbi Brown should do the trick! My face is paler than the rest of me so I like to give my cheeks a bit of colour later in the day or in the evenings. To set this in the evenings when it's still hot but not trying to catch a tan use MAC fix plus - this will assure that your make up doesn't melt or run and is a surefire way to looking fantastic on your hols!