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Summer saviours: 8 hair and beauty essentials for the season

Belfast beauty blogger Carolyn Henderson picks her top summer saviours.

By Carolyn Henderson

The summer season is an exciting time for avid fashion and beauty fans as it offers the prime opportunity to update your wardrobe and makeup drawer with fresh vibrant colours, new styles and products.

However, with warmer, humid weather conditions comes dry, frizzy, pouffy hair (a la Monica from Friends) and unwanted perspiration, leading to the dreaded makeup slide.

As a pale skinned girl with thick, unruly hair, a rosy toned complexion and naturally oily skin, the Summer hasn’t always been a friend of mine. I’ve went through a ridiculous amount of products hoping to look like a beautiful, bronzed goddess with beachy waves and shimmering, flawless skin.

Whilst I’m no Giselle, I do think I’ve secured a number of beauty saviours that have helped to tame the frizz, cement the makeup and add a pretty summertime glow.

1. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer 

Cost: £34 from

A cult beauty buy and it’s not hard to see why. It’s mostly matte with a little shimmer, so it’s perfect for bronzing up your skin during the summer months. I would apply it as contour, blush and anywhere that needs a sun kissed hue. It’s expensive, but it will last for ages.

2. Bellamianta Skin Perfecting Instant Tan

Cost: £14.99 from

If you’re pale skinned like me and you want something that will help give you a natural tanned glow, then this is the product for you. I would apply it with a mitt for even coverage and the subtle highlight means that it’s great for summer evenings and nights out.

Hair and beauty essentials for the summer.

3. Bellamianta Shimmer Dry Body Oil

Cost: £19.99 from

If you prefer an intense highlight that sparkles in the sunshine then you need to pack this beauty treat in your suitcase. It smells beautifully fragrant, it nourishes the skin and it also helps to combat cellulite with skin firming ingredients. Dab a few drops along your collar bone and along the front of your legs for a glistening glow.

4. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Cost: £56 from The Fragrance Shop

Capturing the scent of summer in a bottle isn’t easy, but this fragrance gem has managed to do it. Notes of bergamot, warm amber, vanilla and coconut blend seamlessly into a really pretty fresh, sweet scent. Again, expensive, but definitely worth having.

Hair and beauty essentials for the summer.

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Cost: £10 from

This is my all time beauty essential because once applied, my makeup is literally cemented to my face. It will not budge. A few sprays in the evening will make sure that your makeup stays put on a hot summer’s day.

6. Urban Decay Vice Lip Topcoat

Cost: £15.50 from

A recent purchase that I have already fallen in love with. It’s not an essential per se, but it is a pretty addition to your makeup bag. I would pop this over my lipstick for an intense shimmering effect.

Hair and beauty essentials for the summer.

7. Joico Luster Lock Instant Shine & Repair Treatment

Cost: £13.95 from

If you have dry, damaged and brittle hair, this product will come to your rescue. It deeply nourishes the hair without leaving it feeling oily and greasy. Especially important for combatting the drying effects ofthe sun’s rays.

8. Joico Restorative Drying Oil

Cost: £13.95 from

Styling your tresses in hot, humid conditions can be tricky. Tame the frizz with this conditioning hair oil. One or two pumps is all you need, simply run through the mid lengths and ends to stop any pesky flyaways from ruining your look.

Hair and beauty essentials for the summer.

For more beauty tips, you can follow Carolyn's blog Forever Scarlet and on Instagram.

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