My most popular blog post to date has been one I wrote over a year ago on my summer holiday tanning regime. Read it HERE. I figured now would be a good time to follow on from that and cover the rest of my favourite summertime products. A few years ago I gave up sunbathing completely and have become obsessed with protecting my skin and wrinkle prevention. The following products are my favourites for protection from the sun and/or sweatproof!



Coola Primer

I received this primer in a goodie bag at an event and had no idea how much I would love it. It’s so silky on the skin and the best part is it’s SPF 50! I even prefer this to my holy grail, Laura Mercia primer.


Coola Primer

CC Cream for the Day

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Ok, where do I begin with this one? This CC Cream is my favourite find of 2017. I was never really a fan of cc creams because I don’t like light foundations. I have red cheeks and freckles and I like to cover them…. The problem is most foundations only have SPF of 15 to 30 tops. I’m so OCD about the sun on my face so this just won’t do. When I came across raving reviews of It Cosmetics CC cream I decided to give it a try. It’s on the expensive side compared to most other CC creams’ I’ve bought but I can honestly say it is worth every penny. It is the perfect consistency and coverage but feels super light. The staying power is pretty amazing, and trust me I have put it through the test day after day on the 35-degree subways. I like to apply it with my fingers as I find my beauty blender and foundation brushes soak too much product up. I don’t want any of this stuff to go to waste!


It Cosmetics

Foundation for Day to Night

For the night, I usually wear a foundation without SPF because SPF makes your face look ghostly in photos. I love Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

But if you need something you can wear day to night then I recommend MAC Studio Water weight SPF 30 Foundation. It’s great coverage, long-lasting and SPF 30. Just apply lots of bronzer before photos in DA club!




Eye Shadow

I suffer from watery eyes 365 days of the year. I’m so used to strangers asking if I’m crying it’s a joke! So you’ll find me wearing waterproof eye make all year and I have tried and tested them all! In the end, I always go back to either MAC Paint Pots or Charlotte Tilbury pots. I have been reaching for Charlotte Tilbury pots the most lately.



When it comes to mascara, it’s Too Faced Better Than Sex every time! I’ve loved both the regular and waterproof versions for years.


Best Mascara

Eyeliner is tricky, I tend to avoid it in the summer. But if I need to wear one it’s probably going to be Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push Up Liner. But be warned, this stuff is a bitch to remove when you eventually want to.


Eye Liner


For me, I’m naked without filled in brows. So no matter where I am, including the beach or pool I need a little something. I think brow gels are the best for staying put through sweat and swimming. My favourites include Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gels. There are definitely a bunch of other lower-end options too but these are the sample’s I have tried and use all the time.



Your lips can burn just like any other part of your skin. I’m constantly applying my Coola SPF 3 lip balm throughout the day. If you need something a little thicker I love Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colors.



Oil perfumes

Ok so new discovery for me is oil perfumes. Game changers!! Oil-based perfumes are said to stay on skin far longer than regular perfumes. That means when your sweating in the sun, the oil-based scent will stick around! The only one I have tried so far is Maison Margiela REPLICA in Blur and I love the scent! I’m on the hunt for more budget-friendly options if anyone has any suggestions!


If you’re preparing your tan before a holiday then make Vita Liberata your main gal, just like I already mentioned in my summer fake tan tips post HERE.


If you’re like me and live in a hot and humid country you probably can’t face the stickiness of thick fake tan. Right now, I know if I were to put a developing tan on I would sweat the whole layer off overnight leaving a disgusting mess both on my sheets and my skin. The only tanning products I use when it’s so hot is a tinted moisturizer and tanning wipes. I’ve talked about St. Tropez Gradual Tan Moisturiser HERE but I have also used Coco Brown’s Gentle Bronze version and love it just as much. It’s also the Cocoa Brown tanning wipes I use. They dry fast and I’ve had little to no tan lines from using them.

These are also my favourite products to maintain a fake tan while away. I made sure to stock up in Primark when I was home recently!

And there you have it. My summer saviours when it comes to sun and sweat!

What are your favourites? Let me know below 🙂

Sophie x


  • Posted July 31, 2017 1:51 pm
    by nicholle demag

    That IT cc cream is one of my favorite products!

  • Posted July 31, 2017 5:31 pm
    by Rachel

    I’m so incredibly allergic to what the “SPF” ingredient in sun blocking products is that I just have to stay out of the sun, period! Big hats for me, all the way!

    • Posted August 3, 2017 4:06 pm
      by admin

      I hate the sun! I try avoid as much as possible xx

  • Posted July 31, 2017 11:28 pm
    by Bella Bucchiotti

    I have never used any of these products before I hardly wear any makeup! but they sounds great.

  • Posted July 31, 2017 8:11 pm
    by Emily

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything bad about better than sex mascara. I also loveee It cosmetics products, they have an under eye cream I love! That eyeshadow sounds like something I need to try- my eyes water a lot too!

    • Posted August 3, 2017 4:05 pm
      by admin

      Ooh I need to try the under eye cream!

  • Posted July 31, 2017 8:49 pm
    by Rachel

    Thanks for sharing these picks! I’ll need to check them out when it’s time to restock my makeup!

  • Posted July 31, 2017 11:01 pm
    by the sophia diaries

    I wish I had the money to try more CT make up products haha what a great list! I gotta try some of these!

  • Posted July 31, 2017 11:44 pm
    by Kristin

    You have so many great products here! I love that CC Cream and am dying to try Coola products!

    The Blush Blonde

  • Posted August 1, 2017 1:12 am
    by Nicole Booz

    I’ve never tried a Coola products but I love the It Cosmetics CC cream!

  • Posted August 1, 2017 12:43 pm
    by Anna

    Wow, these all sound like great products! I might have to try out that brow gel!

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:56 pm
      by admin

      It’s the best!

  • Posted August 1, 2017 8:06 am
    by Annaliese

    IT products are just fantastic all around! So fun to hear about your beauty favs.

    xoox A

  • Posted August 1, 2017 10:11 am
    by Samantha

    I really need to find some great makeup products for the beach and for summer in general! Love these recommendations.

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:56 pm
      by admin

      My summer makeup is definitely different to my winter makeup!

  • Posted August 1, 2017 12:23 pm
    by Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    I need to try that CC cream! Love your picks!

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:56 pm
      by admin

      Thank you xx

  • Posted August 1, 2017 5:10 pm
    by Kayla

    I want to try the IT Cosmetics CC cream! I just bought my first product from them last week, we’ll see how it goes!

    Kayla |

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:51 pm
      by admin

      This was my first product by them, I can’t wait to try the rest xx

  • Posted August 1, 2017 8:22 pm
    by Tori

    This is super helpful! I am pale as hell, and this is a great list for translucent people like me!

    Tori || Victori Media

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:50 pm
      by admin

      I’m as pale as it gets haha xx

  • Posted August 3, 2017 3:35 am
    by Sami | The Classic Brunette

    I am completely obsessed with the IT cosmetics CC cream, seriously amazing! Will have to try out some of these products!

    The Classic Brunette

    • Posted August 3, 2017 3:40 pm
      by admin

      It’s the best! That was my first time trying it xx

  • Posted August 3, 2017 8:37 pm
    by amy

    Sounds like great products! I need to try that mascara out, I have been on the hunt for a good one.
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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