Don’t Forget to Pack Suncream…

I’ve just got back from my holiday to Mallorca and it was wonderful. But with the temperature reaching the mid-30s and the UV rating Very High, protecting my skin was a top priority. While I do try to tan, my pale skin is not always cooperative (!) so making sure I don’t burn is the main thing.

This year for the first time I’ve used Piz Buin suncream. Usually I’ve always gone with one of the old favourites, like Garnier Ambre Solair or Nivea, but I recently read an article about the grades of protection in suncream and I wanted to make sure I bought a product that was giving me the best protection.

The SPF is the most important factor when choosing suncream and I usually have a bottle of factor 30 for sensitive areas such as my face and places which tend to be exposed more, such as my shoulders, and then I get a bottle of factor 15 for everywhere else. The SPF will protect you from UVB rays, which as I understand it, are the rays which cause burning and can increase your risk of skin cancer.

The second thing to consider is the star rating, which until recently I was completely unaware of. I chose the Piz Buin suncream because it has a superior rating (4 out of a possible 5 stars). The star rating shows how effective the suncream is at protecting you from UVA rays, which can also cause damage to your skin. UVA rays penetrate deeper into your skin and can be responsible for premature ageing. Therefore you want to use a suncream that protects from both.

The best thing about this suncream is that it didn’t cause any adverse reaction for my skin. Unfortunately I’ve had bad experiences with Boots Soltan and Hawaiian suncreams in the past, where they have caused a very itchy and red rash, so I tend to be cautious with using a new brand for the first time. No such problem for Piz Buin! I also found it to be quite moisturising, leaving my skin nice and soft, with a noticeable difference in certain areas, such as my upper arms, where my skin can sometimes feel bumpy and dry.

I also love the smell of Piz Buin! It definitely smells better than other suncreams I’ve used previously and it makes it feel like you’re using a more luxurious product rather than just one that is a necessity. Overall I think it is a really good product and I will definitely use the brand again.

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Summer Nails

I only moved to London a few months ago and I couldn’t bring all my stuff straight away so a lot of my non-essentials, e.g nail varnish, were left behind. I did bring a few colours with me – a couple of my current favourites from Topshop: Rainy Day (grey), Pendragon (bottle green) and Moonshine (metallic) – but none of these felt summery enough or looked particularly good on my toes!

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I decided to try a nail varnish from OPI. I’ve always quite fancied trying this brand and because I just wanted one colour to last me the through the summer, I thought I would treat myself.
The colour I chose is called Shorts Story (£12) which is actually a bit of weird name and certainly didn’t attract me to buying it – I only noticed the name afterwards – although I guess it is kind of apt because I’ve definitely been wearing shorts and sandals a lot so far!

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The colour can best be described as Barbie pink and I’m really pleased with it! I actually had in mind a more berry pink shade but now that I have this one, I love how vibrant it is as it instantly makes me feel in a summer, holiday mood.

The colour looks exactly like it does in the bottle which is good because often nail varnish dries a slightly different shade to what you expect. It also paints on really nicely, although I think I would have preferred a wider brush as I find this makes it easier to get even coverage. I’ve also been very pleased with how long it lasts without chipping. I’ve had it on my toes for almost 2 weeks now and it looks pretty much as good as when I first did them! I do think this is the main thing that you get from a high quality nail varnish that you just don’t get from cheaper versions. I love the Topshop colours I have and they last pretty well but certainly not as long as this one.

I prefer this colour on my toes as I usually like something that feels a little bit more grown-up for my hands, but I wore some peep toe wedges the other day and my toes now have some rather unsightly blisters so here’s a photo of the colour on my hands instead!