19 Aug 2011

Guest Post: A Taste of the Topics

Today's guest blogger is Skin Deep Beauty Blogger

 

As Lauren jets off to Thailand, I thought that those of you opting for a stay-cation this year might appreciate a little taste of the tropics so for my guest post, I’ve selected some of my favourite beauty treats which are guaranteed to add some sunshine to your regime.

Inevitably, the scent of coconut conjures up images of tropical holidays but luckily, it can be found in numerous wallet friendly beauty brands so that you can capture the experience without the long haul price tag and jet lag! The Body Shop’s bestselling Body Butters, from £5, have long been a favourite of mine for hydrating dry summer skin. The Coconut option is available either in the original format or with a touch of shimmer. The scent of the shimmer version is more artificial than the original but it’s great for perking up the appearance of bare legs after months in black opaque tights. A little of the rich formula goes a long way.


Or why not inject a sense of the exotic into your daily shower with The Pink Cow’s Coconut Creme Bath & Shower Gel, £2.99 from Boots? The “homage” to Philosophy’s pricier Coconut Frosting shower gel maintains the familiar scent of coconut but combines it with vanilla for a sweet treat which smells good enough to eat.


That’s not to say that coconut is the only fragrance to consider when choosing tropical beauty. Another range which is undeniably similar to Philosophy is Treacle Moon.  My favourite out of the range which I’ve tried so far is undoubtedly One Ginger Morning, £3.03 for the Bath & Shower Gel from Tesco, which combines a zesty awakening scent with warm and spicy ginger. If you like this scent then be sure to check out my next suggestion...


Although I tend to prefer balm-style salt scrubs which I can apply directly onto dry skin, I’ve found myself revisiting Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush time and time again. The incredible fragrance is reminiscent of sundowner cocktails, with a lime hit. It’s a huge tub for just £9 making it fantastic value for money.


Another fab summer scrub which always puts me in the holiday spirit is Hei-Poa’s Black Sand Body Scrub, £12, which contains exfoliating grains
of Tahitian black sand suspended in a gel formula.


Once I’ve exfoliated my skin, I love nothing more than to add a seductive gleam using a body oil. Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse, £23, is my “scent of the summer”. Although it’s an oil, it’s not greasy and despite containing shimmer particles, these are subtle enough to enhance a tan without looking immature.


Personally, I prefer to give my hair a break from heat styling in the hot summer months, when it’s easier to get away with laid back waves or braids. However, if you opt to straighten your locks, check out Fudge Urban Instant Smoothie, £6.99 from Superdrug. Intended as a final smoothing spray after straightening, Instant Smoothie adds shine with the added benefit of an amazing tropical scent. Keeping on the hair theme brings me full circle back to the perennial tropical ingredient, coconut. I’m a big fan of Bumble & Bumble and have just invested in a tube of their Creme de Coco Masque, £20.50.

 

Finally, for a more grown-up take on tropical beauty, be sure to check out Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, £29.70, one of my all-time favourite products. Pricey, yes but worth every single penny- I start to panic when I’m running low on this and always have a bottle spare in
my bathroom. I adore the ritualistic element of melting the oil before use and it feels wonderfully indulgent to pour the warm liquid onto your skin.


 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my guest post. What are your tropical beauty favourites?
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