Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Summer Budget Beauty Guide For Mums


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Rexona.

Summer's a great time of year isn't it? So warm, fresh and pretty. Great weather means a whole lot of freedom in so many ways: Great clothing choices, great entertainment choices, more outdoors, less indoors...sooo good!

Bring on more greatness!

It's also the time of year to reveal our pale Winter bodies (kind of frightening though that is) and to feel the warmth of the season on our skin in a real 'tentative pleasure' kind of way.

Now that the cold is finally behind us, have you considered a whole new skincare routine for the Summer months? You might find your Winter make up and rich skin and hair care items just look and feel wrong in the bright sun and heat of the day. The 'melted wax candle' effect is really unappealing at any time of year and feels even worse than it looks come Summertime.

Time to aim for dewy and fresh instead.

Switching skin care products at the turn of the season is wise but it can also be costly in the same way that buying a new-season wardrobe is. For us Mums who generally have to live within the sad confines of a dull budget, skincare essentials can really pack a painful punch.

About now, (Spring time), I begin to wade through my hoarded collection of beauty items and do a bit of a check on what I do and don't have. With the coming of Summer, it's a good time to do a big cleanout and discard your older items and colours in favour of products that are lighter and more suited to the season.


So in preparation for the heat to come, I have up-ended my very substantially packed toiletries bag and let the contents of my over-stocked bathroom cabinet spill to the floor. What's left, after a bit of a rummage, are my top picks for a Summer beauty collection of must-haves that mostly fall in the budget end to comfortable price range. These are my favourites, my essentials and my recommendations. I wouldn't be without them because they are either beautifying or required.


First up, for hair, my latest fab find product is an inexpensive shampoo from The Body Shop: Ginger Scalp Care. I have baby fine hair and I also suffer from eczema which affects my scalp. Sometimes my hair is dry and then suddenly oily in a maddening switchy combo. I bought this shampoo recently out of sheer desperation and I am so happy with it. It really settles the itch and leaves no residues. Plus it's a Body Shop product. Need I say more? - Just great.


My latest favourite conditioner is by Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil. I have been using a certain brand for several years and they recently changed the formula. (Don't you loathe when manufacturer's do that? WHY?!) What followed was a desperate and expensive search for the perfect conditioner that could deeply moisturise my hair and leave it detangled and smooth as well as completely rinse out and not aggravate the eczema. For some reason that's a big ask for a conditioner; they all promise to wash out but it's a trait that's rarely delivered. Happy so much now that I have discovered this one. It's creamy so you only need a small amount which makes it a double-barrelled budget friendly choice too. You can pick up a bottle of this for around $22 from specialist hair care stores.


I wouldn't be without my Clinique Super City Block 40 Plus sunscreen for the face in Summer. This product has been around forever and it's priced at $40. It has an invisible skin tone tint which is undetectable but works to prevent the silvery glow of regular sunscreens. It is light and suitable to be worn alone or under makeup. This is such a good base that when the really hot days arrive, I just wear this on my skin alone. BB creams are a great alternative choice or you can combine and wear both. You can read a previous post where I road tested several BB creams here.


Shimmery things are really good for giving you a fab glow where there's otherwise none and I have two products that I love for making me look healthy in Summer without weighing my skin down with noticeable makeup. I like the Body Shop's Radiance Highlighter and Benefit's Sunbeam for highlighting cheeks and brows in place of powdery blush and shadows. These are metallic magic and I highly recommend you check them out.

For all over healthy skin I can't recommend Clinique's Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream scrub highly enough. It contains peppermint and gives your skin an all over buff with a lingering sensation of being super clean. This is great for priming you for your Summer tanning products by removing all traces of dead skin. I even use this on my face. It comes in a jumbo tub and I think it's a worthwhile buy at around $40.

Tanning products - do you use them? Being so darn white is the pits and for pretending to look a tiny bit like a Summer bronzed goddess without looking ridiculous, I go for the budget moisturising tanning lotions that you can pick up in any supermarket. My current product is Johnson's Holiday Skin. (Old packaging pictured below.) Great for building up a slow developing, light golden glow without any obvious streaks while keeping your skin supple too. These are super-cheap in any supermarket at around $10 a bottle. There are several big brands to choose from and these products take care of two skin care tasks in the one product.


As a Mum, I've just got to have hand cream available all year 'round. Having a toddler in the house means that I am hand washing constantly following frequent, epic poop and booger episodes. I bought some pretty scented gems at The Body Shop again recently. (Okay, it seems I have been hanging around their stores a little too much lately but can you blame me?) These were well priced and small enough for my handbag and nappy bag. They make me hungry too, especially the almond one that smells like marzipan. (I am guessing it does not taste like its namesake though?)

Sunscreen is a Summertime essential - ain't no-one denying that! My favourite budget brand that I think has the best texture of all is Nivea's Light Feel Every Day Lotion 30 plus which is sold at Priceline and supermarkets. This brand really does soak in leaving no greasy film and it won't saturate your hair with oil when you wear it around your neck and shoulders. This is an everyday essential product. It comes in two streams - non waterproof and waterproof. I use the non waterproof for everyday wear. This sunscreen is around the $14 mark. Good luck if you can actually find this one in stock when you try to purchase - it has been discovered by many Mums along with me.


Curash Powder is something I make sure I always have nearby in Summer as it relieves and clears heat rash immediately. This is fantastic for my bubba too, especially after bouts of skin on skin breastfeeding in the heat. This has put us out of our misery yearly and I always make sure this is in the house. Cool and fresh and family friendly with so many valuable uses at around $6.

Deodorant is a must too. Prevent hyperhidrosis by choosing a good brand such as Rexona to avoid embarrassing wet patches and odours. I find the sweat factor of Summer is really the only unpleasant part of the whole season and it's unfortunately a significant one for Mums who have to continue working at it no matter what the temperature.

Choosing a light moisturiser is a must in Summer. I prefer gel moisturisers that allow my skin to breathe but still give me loads of protection. Try Biotherm's Deep Hydration Replenishing Cream or Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel in the mid price range (around $50 each), or go for something by Olay or L'Oreal at your supermarket that fits the bill for 'light' and preferably contains a sunscreen too for something a little more purse friendly.

I am always on about lip balm and I can't get enough of it, especially the flavoured ones that I tend to sniff and snack on. I have recently bought some yummy scents by Cath Kidston online from the UK for just $15 for a selection of three. Choose a lip balm for the warmer months with a good to high sun protection factor. It's amazing how quickly lips can burn and dry out in the tiniest amount of sun.

By far the best budget beauty tip of all is to drink loads of water, wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses daily and stay out of the sun's harmful ray's during the hottest part of the day - from 10am til 3pm.
Common sense is a freebie.
 
What are your best budget beauty buys for Summer?
Got some great budget beauty finds or tips for the warmer months? Please share them below.
I am always keen to discover new products!

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23 comments:

  1. Body glitter - that's my budget beauty tip for this summer...and it's cheap!

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  2. I love the sound of your Clinique Super City Block 40 Plus. I always have difficulties finding a sunblock that doesn't leave a greasy film on my face. I'm going to try this one. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's just the best. I have been using it forever and plan to continue. Do grab yourself a tube.

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  3. Deodorant and rose hip oil ~ caqnnot live without them over summer!

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    1. I haven't used rose hip oil in ages and must get some. Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. I usually just buy whatever moisturiser is on sale, and also suncream. We are outdoors people, so we need the protection!

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    1. Love sales and I always browse the cheap shelves at the supermarket - where they throw away all the reduced stuff. Great place for sunscreen there too.

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  5. I have a flaky scalp at the moment and will definitely take your advice on the Ginger Shampoo. I love the smell of ginger too :)

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    1. This shampoo has a very light fragrance but it is so gentle on the scalp. I was surprised how good it is in fact.

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  6. I am actually a non-toxic product kinda girl....
    Coconut Oil is used for all over the body, for sunburn to rashes, to moisturizers, to even a massage oil.
    And I use Bi-Carb Soda with vinegar for my hair - as well a green tea mixture {with honey and clay} for when it needs a good clean.
    Paw Paw cream is used for the face as well as lips.
    We avoid all sunscreen cause its ingredients are very dangerous, and use hats for when out and about.
    I love natural products as much as possible - they feel so much better on the skin :)

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    1. I used to use many of these things too. (I am a qualified Aromatherapist.) These days I don't have the time sadly, to source all of my elaborate ingredients. One day I will head back to it all though. It was such a joy concocting things that smelled fantastic. I'd love to know some of your recipes though.

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  7. You've certainly done your research here. I don't have any tips, but I'll take yours thanks. I'm a big fan of Matrix products and that conditioner sounds like just what I need. I really need to invest in a lighter moisturiser in these warmer months too.

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    1. Renee, I can't speak highly enough of this one. You only use the smallest amount and it completely does the job. So happy with this discovery. Try a bottle next time you are shopping and let me know what you think. :D

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  8. Body Shop always brings up some lovely memories. My boyfriend at uni bought me some perfume oils as a going away present (Fuzzy Peach!). Such great products.
    My skin gets so dry in the summer - especially after a run. So thanks for all these recommendations.

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    1. I honestly had not shopped there in years but found myself killing time in a store recently. I spent a packet in there! I am such a fan again.

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  9. I love love love Super City Block, I've been using it for about 12 years now!!

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    1. I think I have been using it for this long too - maybe longer. People don't believe my age so maybe it's working? :D

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  10. Urrgh, I am such a crap girl when it comes to makeup and skin products. Rose hip oil is an essential for me though, and I have just come across a natural deodorant paste which is perfect for me.

    Hello from #teamIBOT

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    1. Another rose hip oil mention here. I shall have to invest in a bottle.

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  11. My mum swears by the Clinique range of skin care and I always sneak a little dab, when I visit. It's interesting to see what others use as part of their daily routine.
    Carolyn

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    1. I swear by it too. I think it is also well priced compared to other luxury brands on the market. I also like to sneak a peek into the bathroom cabinets of others! Thanks for visiting Carolyn.

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  12. Sat here...reading this...with about a foot of snow on the floor outside. Wish we could have summer here right now!

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