Don’t know about where y’all live, but here in Italy we’re fully experiencing some proper Summer heat! These last few days have been so hot that I barely had the strenghts of moving my body around the house, let alone all things that involved stepping outside or, well, in the kitchen (living hell!).
But this proper Summer weather is leaving me feeling like I really need a proper holiday. With sand between my toes, sea salt in my hair and properly tanned skin. And a front-sea pool if it’s possible too!
It felt totally appropriate today, to share my current Summer favourite beauty and style picks so far. And this year I’m all about the tanned look, coral nails, flowy skirts/dresses and airy tops!
Tanned Healthy Skin
I’m not really the biggest fan of getting a natural tan, not if it doesn’t involve being a couple of steps away from the sea. My skin is naturally so pale and white that, even with SPF on, sunburns are always behind the corner for me. On the other hand noone likes to look as pale as mozzarella cheese in full summer when there’s no way you’re going to hide those white legs without sweating the hell out of you!
So self-tanning it is. I’ve tried a lot of self-tanners in the last few years, but one I’m still quite fond of since last year is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion. I find it easier to go for natural looking gradual self-tanner instead of the instant options: they give you a more natural glowy look and, if applied well, they rarely look streaky! This Garnier gem, in particular, builds up a lovely tan in only a couple of applications, but being a gradual tanner, it allows you to decide how dark you want to go (which, for someone with such a pale skin, is always a bonus).
And with self-tanning, you can’t really go without a good quality scrub to keep your skin smooth and, also, to fix any self-tanning mistakes (although I’d also suggest a cotton pad drenched in lemon juice – it does miracles!). I’ve recently discovered the amazing Frank Body Coffee Scrubs and I can already picture their incredible scents as something that will always reminds me of Summer – because of how essentials they’re being lately! Their Grind High Club kit is perfect for summertime, allowing you to try out three different products in one – plus it’s perfect for travelling!
And lastly, this is another favourite from last year, I couldn’t really live without the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream that is treating my pesky and sensitive underarm skin so well! I’ve never found a natural deodorant that worked so nicely, always leaving me fresh and smell good!
Like with lipsticks, Summer is the only time I usually like to experiment with slightly brighter colours. This year I’m loving a bit of coral on my nails and toes (especially!). I’m such a fan of the Ciaté Encore! Nail Polish formula and colour against slightly tanned skin, that I’m sure I’ll see it on my fingertips all summer long!
The Maxi Dress
This is a huge deal for me, as being petite, I never really thought a maxi dress would have looked some sort of good on my body figure nor I’ve ever found a maxi dress “short” enough for my height. But after deciding midi skirts was definitely my kind of thing, I thought I’d venture in the maxi dresses department as well, and now I think they’re all of what I want my summer wardrobe to be made of!
I’m especially fond on beautiful patterns, if they’re tiled or floral, even better! The one I’ve my eyes on now? This blue/red bargain from H&M!
Flowy & Airy
With my wardrobe, I’ve been finding myself dusting off some old loves more than everything this Summer, but I have definitely implemented a couple new pieces to it that have quickly become essentials. This ASOS Peplum Sun Top is definitely one of my favourite things, with all those lovely pastels implemented into one single piece, and the fact that is so light and airy it seems to wear nothing at all!
I’m also all about this Zara Pleated Midi Skirt of dreams, which, more than a statement piece, has become a basic I’m sure I’ll keep wearing in the years to come. And lastly, denim dresses are still my favourites, and although I did had quite a few in my wardrobe already, since I get so much wear out of them, this year I invested in a couple more, and I couldn’t really say no to this ASOS Denim Cold Shoulder Smock Dress!
These are all my current Summer favourites!
Would love to know what you’re liking as well! x