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Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

There are two things I do with my beauty routine when summer rolls around: 1. Increase SPF to protect my skin, and 2. Decrease the amount of makeup I wear because… Summer.

 

This is a paid partnership with Boots. Full disclosure

 

Having been an avid sun worshipper for all my life up till my early 40s (when the reality of my baking-in-the-sun days hit me in the face with forehead pigmentation from hell), I’ve somewhat gone the other way and now make sure I Protect My Skin At All Costs. Now, despite me saying that I wear less makeup in summer – I do – it doesn’t mean that I drop it altogether, oh no.

I will never be one of those “I woke up like this!” girls with bright eyes and glowing skin, so there are a few items that I couldn’t do without, and would never want to do without, even in hotter weather or on holiday when I want to make minimal effort but get maximum results. (Yes, I want the impossible.)

 

Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

I’ve chosen three essential items from Boots because they’ve got travel and summer beauty essentials down to a fine art (you know it, I know it, everybody knows it). I’ve put these products through their paces and can tell you that they’re the bumblebee’s knees. Plus a couple of bonus items that I selected randomly, or not so randomly once you know that these beauty products are my (literal!) desert island products, if you will.

So if you’re going away on holiday (lucky you) or a staycation here in lovely Blighty or EVEN enjoying your back garden or local park, I can highly recommend these products. They’re also reasonably priced, no outrageously expensive designer products here. And without further ado, they are…

 

Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

SPF foundation

It goes without saying that we need to protect our skin from the sun all year round, not just in the summer. I’ll wear SPF15 moisturiser in winter and then as soon as spring hits I switch to SPF30 or 50. But did you know that you can get SPF foundation? Why did nobody do this before? It’s a genius idea. So as well as my SPF50 moisturiser I’ll wear a foundation that also gives me protection, and the one I’ll adore forever more is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50. (To stay fully protected ensure you’re using your regular SPF and reapply regularly.)

Now, do NOT be put off by the fact that they describe it as “full coverage”… it is, but it doesn’t look it, or feel it. I honestly don’t know how they’ve managed it but this foundation really does cover well – so much so that I haven’t worn concealer since I first started using it – but somehow, when you’re wearing it your skin still looks like skin. And I promise you that’s the case, because I am generally not a fan of foundation. Given the choice of no foundation with uneven skin tone and blemishes showing, or heavy, cakey foundation with full coverage, I’ll always choose the former.

It doesn’t cover my freckles but it evens out my skin tone (and the colour Light is the best foundation colour match I’ve ever found). I love it and you’d be hard pushed to get me to change to another brand.

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Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

Waterproof mascara

I think most women would agree that mascara is the one thing they can’t go without, and for me, it has to be waterproof mascara. I am forever on the hunt for the holy grail of waterproof mascaras, and the NYX Professional Makeup Worth the Hype Waterproof Mascara comes close. It was new to me, but with all its glowing reviews I thought I’d give it a go.

Two things to note about why it’s so great: Firstly, it’s not all over the top of my cheeks halfway through the day. It doesn’t smudge or run (I should hope not, being waterproof!) or flake off which I find many waterproof mascaras do. And secondly, it makes my lashes look incredible. I know that should be the number 1 priority, but I’m the sort of person who’d rather have subtle lashes if the mascara stays where it should, i.e. on my lashes. With this, you get both. Just look at the picture of my lashes: as I said, incredible. Maybe the best bit: IT’S LESS THAN A TENNER. Fabulous.

 

Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

Waterproof eyeliner

Now I wouldn’t have considered eyeliner as an essential before I discovered the one that I tested for this blog post. If you’d have said But what about waterproof eyeliner, I might have said, Go on, I’m listening…!  For me, I don’t mind my eyes without eyeliner. Mascara yes, that’s a necessity (who doesn’t want big, long lashes?). Eyeliner, I’m happy without. But I chose to test the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Long Lasting Liner Stick (yes, NYX again), and ERMAHGERD it’s a game-changer. I have vowed to find the extra minute or so every morning to put this on because – waterproof? Check. Wide range of colours? Check. Reasonably priced? Check. Goes on softly [doesn’t drag older eyelid skin], blends beautifully without disappearing and perfectly pigmented? Check, check, check.

The combination of the NYX mascara and the NYX eyeliner is a match made in summer makeup heaven, because these two ain’t going anywhere whether you’re swimming, sweating or sunbathing. And above all I think they make my eyes (for want of a better phrase) look pretty. Pretty eyes that don’t slide down my face in hot weather? I’m in.

 

My desert island luxury extras

Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

As well as the three essentials I chose from Boots’ list of SPF foundations, waterproof mascaras and waterproof eyeliners, I chose two products that I ADORE and think you’d like to know about as well. I’ve written about both before, and they both come highly recommended.

 

Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

Self-tanning lotion

First up is the Dove Summer Revived Self Tanning Body Lotion – another bargain at under a tenner. But the results are worth much more than that: I use the Medium to Dark colour, and if you’re on the paler side like me then don’t be put off by the shade “Dark”. You won’t go orange, you won’t smell of biscuits (it just smells like a lovely moisturiser) and you’ll get a subtle, glowy colour overnight. I use this before bed after showering and make sure that I apply SPF sun cream before going outside in the morning. And you’ll be moisturised to the hilt. Win, win, win.

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Travel and Summer Beauty Essentials from Boots | Catherine Summers, Not Dressed As Lamb over 50 fashion and lifestyle blog

Light summer fragrance

The other product is the delicious Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 62 Perfume Mist: if you’ve ever smelt this you’ll know what I mean when I say it smells like a golden age summer. It’s a light body mist that smells like sweets, sun cream and cocktails all rolled into one. Its actual smell is pistachio and salted caramel, and as it’s my life’s purpose to try every single salted caramel-flavoured foodstuff in the world ever, then it’s only right that I wear this in summer to continue that sweet-flavoured theme and keep smelling myself because I smell goooooood.

 

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A word about sun protection

Although I mentioned wearing sun cream before, I want to reiterate the huge importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Your face will thank you for it; your [future] health will thank you for it. Baking yourself outside is not worth the risk when there are so many incredible fake tan and self-tanning products on the market as well as the all-important sun creams with high SPF. If you’re going on holiday – home or abroad – or just staying at home, then please make sure you practice #SafeSun.

But above all, enjoy yourself and enjoy your protected, waterproofed and gorgeous-smelling self!

 

Your turn – what are YOUR travel and summer essentials? Are you a waterproof mascara and self-tanning product fan like me? Share with me in the comments below!

 

Thanks for reading xoxo

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24 Comments

  1. 30 August 2023 / 9:23 pm

    I’m always looking for something that evens out my skin but still leaves it looking like my skin! So this sounds great and I’ll definitely check it out as like you I’m a stickler for SPF having had a cancerous mole removed this year.

    • Maria
      31 August 2023 / 1:56 am

      Thank you for the reviews and tips. I’ve never been a sun worshipper and at 62, my skin gets lots of compliments. I will definitely try the self Tanner from Dove and the eyeliner.

      • Catherine
        Author
        31 August 2023 / 4:00 pm

        Pleasure, Maria – glad you liked the recommendations! How wonderful that you’ve never been a sunworshipper: it’s the only piece of “advice I’d give my younger self”, to avoid the sun at all costs. But at least I started when I did rather than never…!

        The self tanner is such a subtle colour and so easy to use. I can’t wait to get the eyeliner in more colours, it’s just so gentle on your eyelids but is packed with pigment! x

    • Catherine
      Author
      31 August 2023 / 4:07 pm

      If that’s what you’re after Sandie then I think you’ll be SO pleased with the IT Cosmetics CC foundation! I swear angels came down and sang to me the first time I used it, lol 😉

  2. Lynne Farrage
    30 August 2023 / 7:12 pm

    going out to our local Boots tomorrow to buy all of these items. Thank you!

    • Catherine
      Author
      31 August 2023 / 3:52 pm

      Oh that’s fabulous, Lynne! You’ll be so pleased you did…! x

  3. 24 August 2023 / 6:56 am

    The IT foundation is very good! I like NYX mascaras, didn’t know there was a waterproof eyeliner. Must get it. I still use Dove Summer Revived when I need a bit of colour. Thanks for linking

    • Catherine
      Author
      25 August 2023 / 3:24 pm

      The NYX eyeliner is SO good, Gail – I’ve never known an eyeliner be so soft on my eyes but also actually do something, if that makes sense 😉

      And yes to still using the Dove self tanner after our lovely few days in Bath at the product launch… must be a few years ago now! It’s such a brilliant product, it’s always been my go-to to keep the winter whites at bay!

  4. Lisa
    21 August 2023 / 5:48 pm

    Oh, I love that foundation and eyeliner too! Now I need to try the mascara and the scent!!!

    • Catherine
      Author
      22 August 2023 / 12:02 pm

      Aren’t they both SO good, Lisa? I was so lazy with eyeliner before but this NYX is so good I want to wear it every day now. The scent is so yummy I almost want to eat it, LOL x

  5. Sarah Clarke
    21 August 2023 / 8:38 am

    Catherine, you have inspired me to try eyeliner again! I stopped a few years ago, getting lazy I guess! Thanks for the recommendations and tips.

    • Catherine
      Author
      21 August 2023 / 1:24 pm

      Glad you liked the post, Sarah – and yes I was the same about eyeliner… but I’m super impressed with this NYX one, it was really soft on my eyelids and didn’t budge. Think I need a few more in different colours! TY x

  6. Therese
    19 August 2023 / 9:20 am

    Thanks for the recommendations-just a question on what you use/recommend to remove waterproof make up that gets it all off with no residue? I find I have panda eyes in the morning no matter how I cleanse and remove it.

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:17 pm

      Pleasure, Therese – hope you found some good items to try!

      I’ll copy and paste what I wrote to Sanja below… she mentioned the same sort of thing, hope it helps:

      I’ve only ever used waterproof mascara pretty much my whole life… I think because I’ve always slept with a slick of Vaseline round my eyes, any residue left over easily wipes off in the morning. But I both double cleanse (always, unless I’m wearing zero makeup) and use an eye makeup remover especially for waterproof eye makeup: https://www.boots.com/nivea-double-effect-waterproof-eye-make-up-remover-125ml-10306397 – I’ve used it for several years now and it works a treat, I highly recommend it x

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:20 pm

      P.S. Make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly before using, it’s like oil and water and they have to be mixed to work effectively!

  7. 18 August 2023 / 9:26 pm

    With a bit tanned gave now, I do wear less makeup. Less heavier eye makeup. But I never use foundation. Your skin looks pretty good! Hoe to see you at my Fancy Friday linkup party.

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:16 pm

      I’ve eased off on the heavier eye makeup as I’ve got older too, Nancy… it just doesn’t look right on me anymore!

      And thank you re. my skin, it’s not my best feature but that foundation works wonders! x

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Danielle, hope you found some new-to-you products to try! x

  8. Sanja
    18 August 2023 / 8:00 pm

    Love this post. Inspired by the self tanning moisturiser. The Bum Bum scent is my must have… number 62 for sure.

    I seem to have had my eyebrows disappear (no colour but still there) and dyeing them looked awful. I splurged on the hourglass eyebrow pencil and it has lasted for ages (6 months and going).

    Mascara for me too, I like the Cover Girl Clean lash one, I would love to use a waterproof one, but I have never found an easy way to remove it… no matter what I have tried.

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:13 pm

      Sanja I haven’t tried the Bum Bum range yet, I really should as I’ve only heard good things!!

      I’ve only ever used waterproof mascara pretty much my whole life… I think because I’ve always slept with a slick of Vaseline round my eyes, any residue left over easily wipes off in the morning. But I both double cleanse (always, unless I’m wearing zero makeup) and use an eye makeup remover especially for waterproof eye makeup: https://www.boots.com/nivea-double-effect-waterproof-eye-make-up-remover-125ml-10306397 – I’ve used it for several years now and it works a treat, I highly recommend it.

      And thank you, glad you liked the post! x

    • Catherine
      Author
      20 August 2023 / 9:19 pm

      P.S. Make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly before using, it’s like oil and water and they have to be mixed to work effectively!

  9. 18 August 2023 / 5:57 pm

    Ah fabulous post Catherine. The foundation sounds particularly good. It’s nice to see you back btw xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 August 2023 / 7:47 pm

      Liz thank you! It’s good to be back doing this more regularly 😀

      And honestly, that foundation is the MAN. I’d never found a foundation that I’d wear in summer before (due to them being too thick) and so I love the IT Cosmetics one! It having SPF is the icing on the cake…!

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