Summer body beauty blitz

How to be a beach goddess women's fitness July issue

How to be a beach goddess women's fitness July issue

Whether you’re still waiting for your big summer getaway or not, it’s never too late for some DIY beauty prep. Ditch the salon and get ready for sun, skin and sangria in the comfort of your own home – that was the message in my feature for Women’s Fitness magazine this month.

With some expert advice and awesome beauty products you can transform limbs and locks into something that’s ready for the beach, patio or sun-lounger.  The tips and tricks covered in this summer beauty blitz included: how to de-hair legs, how to apply a home tan, how to protect sensitive skin, how to prettify feet and how to master melt-proof make-up (with tips from one of my favourite make-up artists, Ruby Hammer).

There were so many products to mention but one I would never go away without is Lavera Organic After Sun Gel – a must-have natural aloe gel for home or away. Not only does it soothe sun-soaked skin but also calms general irritation, bug bites, burns, sores and even spots… it’s a true skin saviour as it reduces inflammation gently and naturally – don’t go anywhere without this product!

Whatever the rest of your summer plans, I hope you’ve had and will continue to have, a very body beautiful season…x

Holiday time…

I was at the beautiful Limewood House hotel in New Forest a few weeks ago and then embarked on an amazing trip to Kosovo with a women’s charity. Before I tell you about both of those let me reveal the wonderful beauty products that proved their power in Spain this week. If you’re off on holiday soon, take note!


The sunscreen…Korres Yoghurt Face Sunscreen Cream SFP50…rich, moisturising, glow-giving and not a white lightening streak in sight. This smooth talker didn’t leave my sight, it fitted perfectly into any small day bag and it didn’t clog or change the colour of my skin. I couldn’t fault it if I tried.

Lavera_Sun_After_Sun_GelThe after-sun gel…Lavera Organic After Sun Gel…this aloe vera juice based gel is non-sticky and quick drying. It also doubled up as a soothing, anti-itch remedy for mosquito bites during the day and night.

Pai Rosehip_Bioregenerate_Oil
The skin nourisher… Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil… slathered on at the end of each day to replenish skin after 32 degrees heat. The fruit and seed oils, rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids make this clean, wholesome skin food.

Bamford Geranium Minis RangeThe shower gel…Bamford Geranium Body Wash…take a good showering product to  revive you when hot and sweaty, which is why I loved using this Bamford product – the uplifting essential oils in the geranium range are unbeatable. Take a mini version (full sizes are available) and use with a loofah so there’s no need to take an extra scrubbing product.

High Potency Night A Mins Mineral-enriched Oil-free Renewal Cream
The end of day moisturiser – Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins. Available from next month (August), this cream was a dream to use after sun-soaked days. The oil-free version was light and gel-like and soaked into skin effortlessly and smoothly.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

The hair protector…Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil…I misted this over my hair before going into the sun or the pool (an occasional dip here and there). Although it could smell better, it makes hair bounce up in waves which is always nice.

Ojon Color SustainThe shampoo…Ojon Colour Sustain – this shampoo is really really worth investing in. Extremely moisturising, making it great for dry as well as coloured hair and leaves hair shiny, shiny, shiny! The perfect way to treat tresses on holiday or at home. It’s my number one favourite shampoo. I also use the conditioning cream – perfect for perking up dry hair and last for ages too.

What have I missed? Got anything you love or can’t go on holiday without? Let me know!