I’ve previously discussed my wardrobe staples in my easy California packing list and wanted to follow up with my beauty essentials. Similar to my clothing, my beauty routine here is equally as low key. There is a handful of products that I keep with me and that’s it. The days of packing 10kgs worth of products and makeup is long gone (I am yet to wear a slick of makeup).


Probably my most used product is sunscreen. For my body, my family and I swear by Coola’s spray sunscreens which are clear, not sticky and believe it or not actually smell divine. What’s more, this is hypoallergenic, free from gluten, oxybenzone, parabens, formaldehydes and any other yuck. My favourite scent is Tropical Coconut but Mimosa comes in a close second.

For my face, I’ve sworn by Heliocare’s Oil-Free Sunscreen in SPF 50 for years. Wearing sunscreen daily has quite literally changed my skin which is prone to redness. I have noticed that the texture and colour of my skin has dramatically improved and unlike other sunscreens this doesn’t leave my pores feeling clogged up and my skin feeling like I have a film covering my face. Without a doubt, this is a holy grail product that I will never be without.


Even though in the summer I stay clear of the hairdryer, curling tongs and anything that add unnecessary damage, I like to maintain my weekly routine of using Olaplex and a conditioning treatment. Each week I use Olaplex overnight which keeps my hair in check after long hours spent on the beach and generally avoiding a hairbrush. Partnered with using a deep conditioning mask my hair stays in wonderful condition over summer. My current mask of choice is Kerastase Olio Relax which keeps my hair moisturised, as frizz free as possible and norished without being too heavy, weighing it down and overloading it with product that’s hard to wash out (don’t you hate that?).


Other than cleansing I use my favourite Evan Healy Rose Serum day and night to keep my skin from drying out. This keeps me glowing and isn’t too heavy and greasy looking. This is a snip at $29 and I stock up on these from my local Whole Foods before travelling back to the UK. If you have sensitive skin that tends to get dry then this is most definitely the oil from you. Again this is free from nasties and about as pure as you can get.


When makeup is on the back burner I like to keep my nails short and bright to offset the fact that it takes me under 30 seconds to get ready in the morning. I’ve been loving corals recently and reds with an orange undertone to showcase my tan. Essie’s California Coral (no such thing as coincidence right?) has been on constant rotation and I doubt that I will find another colour quite like it until I get home to grey London weather.


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