As Summer draws to a close, I wanted to take a second to recap the ‘essentials’ that were actually essential during this past season. In the lead up to any season, I get excited with the must-haves and have-nots that I can imagine myself using time and time again, but looking back from the other side on what I ended up using is something I’ve been excited to do for a while.
Lightweight Linen Pants
You might remember that at the start of Summer I published this post on lightweight linen options for the season. Boy, did these come in handy. I practically lived in my H&M stone linen pants. Especially during hot work days where I couldn’t or didn’t feel comfortable going in shorts. They’re the perfect blend between breathability and professionalism (when paired with the right things).
Olay Whip Moisturiser (with SPF)
You might have seen this post a few months back on my obsession with this moisturiser. Yep, I’m still in love with it. Olay’s Whip is lightweight, non-greasy and sinks in almost immediately. Which are all factors that I love about it. The cream also includes SPF, which may not be nearly enough to use solely, but it’s a great step towards protecting your skin from the elements.
I seem to average a pot every month or two, and each time I buy it I go from one variation to the next. They’re all fantastic and I can’t actually decide which version I love the most! This type seems to be the one I pick up most frequently, though.
Sunscreen for Your Face
Alongside the Olay Whip, I’ve been ensuring that each day I’ve been using SPF separately. It’s the last thing to go on in my morning routine, and the first thing to come off at night.
For products, I’ve been switching between Piz Buin’s Face Fluid with its light and quick-drying formula, and the Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF Dry Mist. Lightweight products that are quick and easy to apply, and are non-greasy is what I aim for through the Summer months. Especially with the heatwaves that we got this year in England!
Guys, I finally did it. I embraced the Birkenstocks. Some of you may be repulsed, but some of you may be cheering me on. *Ha*. I fell in love with Birkenstocks about a year ago, but never actually made the purchase until Summer rolled around this year. It took me a few weeks to bed them in, but now they’re the shoes that I reach for immediately when I get home during the week, and you can almost always catch me in them through the weekends.
The more you wear them, the comfier they get. And at this point it’s like slipping on little cloud sandals. I picked up the Eva’s in Black. But I was also eyeing up these Milanos for the longest time (they might become next year’s snag… )
Infused Cucumber Water
England has had a funny Summer this year. It went from being pretty mild to quite literally the hottest day on record here. And through all of that, keeping on top of hydration has been key. One tool that I’ve loved has been fruit and water infuser bottles. Quite simply, you chop up your fruit, place them in the container and leave them to infuse with your water overnight.
My favourite water to infuse has been with cucumber. It’s like a little spa day every time I reach for the fridge *hahaha*.
I’d love to know what essentials you’ve actually used this Summer. What have you been reaching for, or getting the most use out of a lot more than you thought you would have? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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