My Summer Essentials

Okay, I hold my hands up… I’m addicted to Love Island (but who isn’t?) Ever since the reality show hit our screens I’ve been glued and thanks to the sea of bikinis, views of the tropical villa and the many garden parties, I’m certainly feeling those summer vibes. Especially, since we’re in the middle of a heatwave too. With the hope that this sunshine continues and with weeks of Love Island left to go (come on Jack and Dani), here are my must-have summer essentials…

Beach Here I Come

When River Island dedicates an entire wall to swimwear you know it’s time to get poolside ready. I love the wide range of styles our high street has to offer – one pieces, bikinis and even mix and match two pieces – and there’s something to suit all budgets. When it comes to my beach wardrobe, I personally love combining high end items with budget pieces to make sure I have swimwear that’s both statement and comfortable. With so much choice it’s easy to get carried away, but remember these two words; tan lines. That bikini style maybe cute, but is it worth it if it gives you strange tan lines? PS. Remember ladies, no matter your shape, or size we ALL have a bikini body, so embrace it!

One piece £36 / Bikini £36 / Shorts £20 – All River Island

Fluid Fashion

Thanks to my favourite TV programme at the moment (you know the one I’m talking about) water bottles seem to be the IT accessory this season. I believe this is a super positive thing and if having a fashion-forward H2O carrier is what we need to encourage us to drink more water, then I’m all for it.

Drinks Bag £2 / Palm Jar £2 – both Flying Tiger

Bronzed Goddess

No matter if you’re heading on holiday, or sitting at home enjoying this hot weather, we all know suncream is an essential, but – to me – another essential is false tan. I’m a redhead with super-pale skin, so you can imagine that I don’t tan very well and what’s summer without a little glow? At the moment I’m obsessed with the new St Tropez Purity Water – it’s a natural-looking tan, smells like a tropical paradise and does not come off on your clothes!

£31 – Boots

Shimmering Touches

I’ve been obsessed with glitter and metallic tattoos way before the #Islanders started wearing them for their garden parties, and this season you’re going to see them EVERYWHERE. Whether you’re jet-setting to Ibiza, heading to a festival, or tearing up the cobbles of Sunderland on a night out, these simple stick-ons make a BIG impact – plus they’re totally Insta-worthy.

Barry M Pick ‘n’ Glitz £4.99 Superdrug / Glitter Eye Mask £3 Primark

Summer Sun

One thing I change when the weather gets warmer is my fragrance because, for me, my scent has to suit each season. I love fresh, warming scents that remind me of being on holiday. At the moment the scent I’m loving is Summer Sun from Next. I’ve touched on this before, but I find fragrances from Next such a bargain for the quality you receive. Plus, I’ll let you in on a little secret – this perfume smells EXACTLY the same as Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess.

Summer Sun £14 / Ice White £14 – both Next

What are your summer essentials and more importantly – who do you want to win Love Island? Tweet me @sarah_adams24