Cheap & Cheerful: Summer Essentials

As I've mentioned about a thousand times before; I'M GOING ON HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK! (I missed out on going abroad at all last year and I love travelling so I have every right to be excited). Therefore I decided to make a post doing mini reviews on 6 of the 'essential' beauty products I'll be jetting off with.

Aussie 'Lucious Long' Leave-In Conditioner:

I've been using this for about 6 months now and I'm hooked. I'll admit I've never been particularly good at treating my hair with a lot of care but after bleaching it so much it got to the stage of being a knotted, tangled mess that I had to spend half an hour combing my way through after every shower. This product really is a godsend though and although it doesn't make a massive deal of difference to the overall condition of my hair the knots are almost non-existent. I'm also still on my first bottle after using it almost every day for such a long time; bonus!

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets:

I actually received my first packet of these in my Christmas stocking and tossed them aside for a few months before trying them out. I don't have particularly oily skin - in fact most areas are pretty dry - but these really come in handy at times when my skin might get a little shiny towards the end of the day. I don't ever use powder on my face as I find it makes my skin look even paler and chalkier than it is already so these are perfect for me. They soak up any oils and prevent shine without affecting my make up at all and will definitely get a lot of use in such hot weather.

Carmex Cherry Lip Balm:

This seems to be the only lip balm that has any affect on me but I hate the taste of cherries so much that I barely use it. I always take a tube away with me though because of the SPF; I have a tendency to burn pretty easily so I need all the help I can get!

Wet 'n' Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturiser:

I did a much more detailed post on this product


 but since I reviewed it I've actually stopped wearing foundation altogether. Opting for a tinted moisturiser instead has had a massively positive impact on my skin after only a few weeks and it feels so much more comfortable in hot weather. I love the amount of coverage and the natural, sheer glow that this gives.

Tea Tree Facial Wipes:

I actually picked these up in Poundland the other day in a buy one get one free deal (at £1 for a pack of 50 I figured I couldn't go too far wrong). For some reason I've always been a bit of a snob about make up removal products but I have no idea why; these are by far the cheapest face wipes I've ever dared buy. Since I started using these my skin has seen massive benefits however and I really couldn't rate them enough. Although I don't have huge problems in terms of spots and blemishes any that I did have appear to be fading super fast which I assume is down to the tea tree. They make my skin feel twice as soft as many of the expensive facial wipes I've tried before and are super refreshing. The wipes even include peppermint extract; not the kind of smell you'd normally expect from face wipes but for me it makes a welcome change!

VO5 'Plump Me Up' Dry Shampoo:

I have a real thing about having clean hair and I usually choose to wash mine at least once a day, whether I actually need to or not. On holiday though this can be a massive pain in the backside, not least because it means packing full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner instead of the travel size ones everyone else brings! This time therefore I've decided to stock up on dry shampoo to save both time and effort. I've used various dry shampoos before but I've never been particularly impressed. This is the first time I've purchased a VO5 one though and I really have been converted! The spray comes out lightly so it doesn't feel at all heavy on the hair; nor does it appear white or chalky. I spray it onto the roots and backcomb lightly which gives my hair just the right amount of 'oomph' and a lot of refreshment. I also spend most of the day sniffing my hair because it smells so lovely... just saying.