Beauty Picks for Late Summer/Holidays

As we move into late summer (not that there has been much of it here), some of you may be flying off on a late holiday, or simply milking every last drop of sun we may get in the UK. So, here are a few picks for quick, easy beauty for wherever you end up in the sunshine.

Some of you may know I am a fan of cruelty-free range Pixi Beauty, and recently have been trying out some more of their summer pieces. So I am sharing these, as they are super handy when on the go, and great for holiday travel.

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist – this lovely facial spritz with Rosewater and Green Tea, is a fab multi-tasker for summer. Good as a setting mist for keeping makeup in place or freshening up your look, yet also a treat for hot skin, to calm and soothe.

See more info on this in my post – Pixi Mists

Pixi Quick Fix Powder – £18

Great for keeping with you on the go, this easy to use lightweight powder, has a fuss-free delivery system and gives skin a soft focus finish. This is a microfine powder to absorb shine and give your makeup that airbrushed look, simply by tapping onto the skin using the attached powder puff. No-mess so great for travel.

Ingredients : Mica, Corn Starch Modified, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Hydrolyzed Mango Juice Extract, Hydrolyzed Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Anona Cherimolia Fruit Extract, Pearl Powder, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentyldiol. [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. 5.5g / 0.193 oz.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish – £14

Another multi-tacker, this clear lip balm contains Shea Butter & oils of Sweet Almond, Apricot and Evening Primrose to nourish the lips. It has a plastic applicator with tiny rounded spikes to rub over the lips which exfoliates the skin, whilst the balm can be left on to hydrate and soften. If you get dry lips in the heat, this will sort it and prepare them for that fab gloss for an evening out.

Pixi Multibalm – £12

Infused with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil, this multi-tasking cream-to-powder formula can be used on the cheeks and lips. There are 5 colours to choose from, the one I have been trying is Baby Petal, a warm nude.

See swatch below..

Ingredients : Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Candelilla Cera, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cera Alba, Mica,Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis, Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter. [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), D&C Red 6 Ba. Lake (CI 15850:2), D&C Red 7 Ca. Lake (CI 15850:1), Iron Oxides (CI77499, CI 77491, CI 77492)].5.5g / 0.19 oz

These sticks go on as a cream, allowing you to work them into cheeks and lips for a touch of colour, and then dry down to last. Dab on and press into skin for blush and lip balm, easy uniform colour for quick and pretty summer looks.

DHC Eyelash Tonic – £11-50

DHC have some pretty awesome products, so I was happy to trial this lash tonic. As I have been going through Menopause, I now find my hair is finer than it has been and that includes my weeny lashes! So, I have been testing out this little number for several weeks now to see how it helped.

Ingredients : water/aqua/eau, butylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, carbomer, aminomethyl propanol, placental protein, xanthan gum, allantoin, swertia japonica extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, nasturtium officinale flower/leaf extract, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract

I apply almost every day, before using mascara in the day and then, along with my skincare routine before bed at night. Containing botanicals of Aloe Vera, Ginseng, and Swertia Japonica extract, this clear serum helps strengthen and condition lashes. I have found I do not loose the odd lash like I did, and this conditions my lashes. I would not say it has added any volume to my lashes, but it has increased the length a little, as I notice the difference when apply my mascara.

I think with regular use, this is a good conditioner/strengthener for the lashes, especially when using products on them regularly. Another handy little product from DHC.

Ekia Micellar Cleansing Water – £18.99 for 200ml

I was recently sent some  Ekia products to trial, a cruelty free and natural brand that carries the EcoCert mark. They are designed for different stages of skin, not necessarily types, with a range of organic products aimed at treating skin depending on age and changes. I will be sharing some more from this brand soon in another post, but his is a handy product for cleansing with speed.

I am a huge fan of micellar cleansers, as they cleanse deeply, pulling out dirt like a magnet. This is suitable for all ages, normal, combination and sensitive skins. Containing Samphire water for radiance, natural Hyaluronic Acid to rehydrate, plus certified organic Dragon’s Blood Sap to help with skin regeneration .

Shake well, then apply to cotton pads wiping over face and neck (including eyes), and remove all traces of makeup/dirt. Micellar waters are such an easy product to use when tired, or as part of a double cleanse routine.

Ingredients : Aqua (water), Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract*, Crithmum Maritimum Extract*, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Sodium PCA, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder*, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Levuliinic, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Levulinic Acid, Parfun (Fragrance) Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Citral.

Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians, 99.7% of the total ingredients from natural origin, 68% of the total ingredients from organic farming.

I find this ever so slightly denser in viscosity than many micellar waters, and very gentle on my sometimes sensitive skin. It cleanses, calms and leaves the skin bright and soft. Ideal for those who do not want water on their skin and very refreshing for summer/travel. Plus, it has a handy pump dispenser so there is no spillage when transporting!

Tigi have a number of new products out this year for summer hair.  Although my hair is relatively straight, I do have some natural wave, so I tried out these two Bed Head products for curly and wavy hair.

Tigi Bedhead ‘Calma Sutra’  – £17.95 for 375ml 

Great for speed and holidays, this is a conditioning cleanser, so no need for shampoo. It has a gorgeous smell, as do most Bed Head products, with a sulphate-free formula to cleanse, remove build-up, whilst detangling and conditioning curly/wavy hair.

Ingredients : Water (Aqua/Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Amodimethicone, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool.

To use : Thoroughly wet hair, then apply quite a generous amount, massaging well into scalp then rinse. It can also be used as a treatment, combing through with a wide toothed comb and left on for a few minutes.

Having fine hair (with a slight wave), I found mine was left incredibly soft after use. I do not usually like these 2-in-1 hair cleanse/condition products, but this was pleasurable to use and my hair felt good after use. I think for someone with curls that can be difficult to wash/manage, this would be worth a try to cleanse the hair, whilst protecting and defining curls at the same time. Good for holiday and curly haired gym bunnies for speed.

Tigi Bedhead ‘Screw It’ – £13.75 for 100ml

This is a leave-in hydrating curl jelly to help condition and boost curls. Containing Babassu and Brazil Nut Oils, this smoothes the outer hair shafts to tame frizz and flyaways. Again, this has a gorgeous fruit fragrance making it enjoyable to use.

Ingredients : Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Vp/Va Copolymer, Steartrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Peg-4, Laurtrimonium Chloride, Linalool.

I used a tiny amount of this on my dry hair, after waving with a GHD wand, just to add shine and definition to the waves. For curlier hair, this would be good to work through curls on


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