I've been loyal to L'Oreal Solar Expertise for years (smells good, easy to rub in, no heat rash) but fancied trying something new. Having used P20 and Ultrasun once-per-day sunscreens in the past and been unconvinced (P20 was okay; Ultrasun was thick, white and sticky) I saw Fleur de Force recommend Piz Buin 1 Day Long in a YouTube video. The Boots website showed positive reviews and Superdrug had it on buy-one-get-one-free. £40 later I have two SPF 30s and two SPF 15s for my boyfriend and I to use. I'm a bit worried about going as low as SPF 15 but there was nothing in between and I didn't want to return as pale as I left! I might take some backup Solar Expertise just in case.
For my face I'll be using La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ Fluide Extreme and SPF50+ Melt-in Cream. The former I have been using every day for the last month. It has a light texture and smell, doesn't make me breakout and moisturises sufficiently for me to bypass moisturiser most days. It tints skin slightly paler than normal and does make your face feel a tiny bit chalky if you touch it with your hand but it's still superior and more pleasurable to use than any other facial sunscreen I've tried. It also provides a good base for makeup. I've not tried the Melt-in Cream yet but will report back on both after my holiday. The weather in England this summer isn't much of a test!
I spotted this huge stripy beach towel in John Lewis when getting the ingredients for a cake and knew I'd be coming back for it. I'm obsessed with stripes! It's also big, thin and fluffy – perfect beach towel material.
The natty little nautical bikini is an Accessorize purchase. My breton stripe fetish remains unstemmed and even though I'm a bit worried about this style on me, I couldn't resist. Must diet and fake tan.
Illamasqua 'Collide' is a polish I've wanted ever since May. A retina-burning neon pink; I've yet to try it on fingers but it's perfect for toes.
If you're lucky enough to have been abroad this year and have any 'vacation' product recommendations, please leave a comment. I still need to sort out some colour and UV-protecting hair products to look after my bleached-out, dry old hair. 16 days to go!