As a travel blogger, I am so lucky to be sent gorgeous travel-related beauty products for people to try. That is wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to try out a luxurious new product that they could never afford on their own!?
But realistically, I would never recommend anyone to spend £100 on facial serums, so I rarely feature them on the blog. What I want is to spend £100 on a bargain flight ticket, not a tiny tube of ‘miracle cream’. I’m completely shot in the foot right now. Because this blog post probably means I’ll stop reaching for those nice, expensive beauty products. But bloggers have to be honest, right?
So today I would like to share with you some of my favorite beauty products. I actually use it, I love it, I’ve used it for years, and I’ve bought it many times. None of them cost more than $10, and they can all be picked up at your local Boots. Or, if you’re like me, you can pick it up at Boots at the airport, where you’ve forgotten everything and are in a hurry.
Here are my favorite affordable summer beauty products. We’d also love to hear about your go-to beauty products, so let us know in the comments below!
I have a lot of fancy containers of body butters and moisturizers, but they all leave my skin as smooth as a baby and smell like a rose garden, candy shop, or fruit bowl. I promise. They’re all great, but this has been my go-to moisturizer since I was about 10 years old. It’s a standard Nivea lotion that’s very moisturizing, easy to apply, and doesn’t smell like a 5-year-old girl.
I have really dry skin so this is a must have in the winter, but it also gives my skin a nice glow in the summer.
As I said above, my skin is very dry so I have to moisturize, but I’m also very lazy and often can’t be bothered. On those days, I use baby oil. Apply this when you’re still damp from the shower and it will keep your skin soft all day long. Do not apply on dry skin. It will become oily!
Travel Hack Tip: To make a really good body scrub, mix baby oil with 1 tablespoon of salt or sugar. I discovered this while backpacking and had grabbed some sugar sachets from a cafe and mixed them with baby oil. It’s also great for removing makeup, so it’s convenient to take with you when you travel!
Baptiste Dry Shampoo
Of course, being a favorite of most women, this should be included in your budget beauty shopping list. My hair can get a little sticky in the summer, and it’s a pain to blow dry and style my hair when it’s hot, so I try to let it go as long as possible between washes, but dry shampoo really does useful. I also use it on clean hair to add a little volume.
Piz Buin Face Cream 50+
I use this sunscreen when I’m skiing in the winter and at the beach in the summer. It’s a bit thick and sticky for daily use, but it’s necessary if you’re going to be spending all day at the beach.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect 50+
If you hate sunscreen, this is for you!
Once you apply it, it doesn’t feel sticky so you won’t even know it’s been applied. It’s also great for kids because it’s quick to apply and doesn’t leave you covered in sand if you’re at the beach. I also use the cheaper ones from Aldi, but I swear these are real sand magnets.
I also like aerosol sunscreens, but they can be quite expensive since most of the product is lost when blown away by the wind. If you’re looking for a cheap aerosol sunscreen, try Primark’s sunscreens. It costs £4 and I used it every day during my stay in Turkey when it was 35 degrees and it didn’t burn me at all. It doesn’t last long, so you’ll need a few cans for a week’s vacation.
Soleve Sunburn Relief
Every year, I’ve gotten a little more used to wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunburn (I’ll finally get a sunburn when I’m around 60!), but I still get sunburns in weird places. I always get irritated early in the evening. I completely forget that I have to wear sunscreen even at 5pm!
For minor burns, use Solave Sunburn Relief. It contains ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory painkiller, and isopropyl myristate, a moisturizer that soothes discomfort.
Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer
I like this fake tan because it’s easy to apply. This is a 2 hour aerosol, so it’s perfect if you’re not quite ready for an overnight aerosol.
Note: This is not completely perfect, so I think this is good if you already have a base tan and want to add more to it. It is not suitable for very fair skin as it may show strange spots.
Veet Hair Removal Cream
I’d love to be the kind of person who books myself in for a monthly leg waxing session, but I just can’t seem to get around to it. I used Veet years ago and completely forgot about it until I found it on sale at Boots at the beginning of the summer (a few years ago he gave Nair the name was changed and I was disappointed!). I bought a few because they were cheap, and I fell in love with them all over again.
It’s that easy! Just apply a generous amount, wait a few minutes, then rub it off to get silky smooth legs. It lasts a little longer than shaving, but it’s much easier and you’re less likely to miss a patch or get a shaving rash.
Garnier Micellar Gel Wash
I’m sure you’ve tried my other favorite, the Micellar Cleansing Water, but this gel wash is new to me so I wanted to share it with you. If you’re a water fan, you’ll love this one too. It’s inexpensive and removes makeup and sunscreen quickly and easily. The panda eyes will remain, so be sure to have some cleansing water on hand!
No7 Protect and Perfect BB Facial Sun Protection
This is new to me and I love it. It’s a factor 50 BB cream, perfect for summer. The coverage is light, but perfect if you’re a bit tanned and don’t want to wear heavy foundation.
Carmex Moisture Plus
I love this blush moisturizing lip balm. Other tinted lip balms get smudged quickly, but this color doesn’t fade and doesn’t dry out your lips even in the sun.
Benefit Coralista Blush
This blush is perfect for when you get sunburned. It’s a lovely coral color with tiny glitters so you can shine without looking like a glittery teenager. At £25.50, I’m not sure if it needs to be on my list of affordable beauty products, but it’s definitely worth the money.
These are my favorite affordable summer beauty products that I buy over and over again. What is your favorite?