summer favourites

Summer time favourites. That seems like a lovely post idea, I thought. Like a really well thought out, planned and scheduled for post that totally wasn’t the brain child of the realisation that I’d totally forgotten to do a June or July favourites.

[insert guilty face emoji here]

But despite being the world’s worst blogger, a forgetful cow, a dozy bimbo temporarily forgetful, I thought that I’d combine both of those months and bring together something a little different. You see, there’s lots of different things I love each month – give a girl the option of 100 different Mac Eyeshadows and I should bloody well hope that she’d be opting for a different one each month – but there are certain things for me that I just can’t live* without each summer. And those items are the ones in question today.

*Let’s just take a moment to appreciate exaggeration at it’s absolute finest right there!

orange mirrored aviators
orange mirrored aviators

Superdry Mirrored Aviators – Not only are they essential for keeping your peepers healthy (you know, because obviously us bloggers’ first thoughts when it comes to sunglasses are healthy eyes and not because they look cool. Obviously...) but as just mentioned, they look amazing and can totally make an outfit. As much as I love my classic Raybans, I also adore Primark/highstreet sunglasses which is probably why my collection is so ridiculously embarrassing. My current favourites? These gorgeous Superdry mirrored aviators.

gladiator sandals

The perfect sandals – This will come as no surprise to you because I have worn these Linzi Delilah sandals in so many posts/video’s recently. They’re comfortable, they look fab, they make me feel like a Grecian goddess – well, Grecian… definitely not a goddess – and I am totally OK with that.

asos flowy white dress festival style

The perfect summer dress –  I wore this ASOS dress in a post last week and I’m not sure an item of clothing has ever received such love. It probably had something to do with the photographyDear Joe, can you take all of my photo’s please? thanks… – but it’s just so flowy, so comfortable, the navy and red pattern provides that bit of chic… love!!

astral original moisturiser
astral original moisturiser
Astral moisturisers – If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ll know that despite having all the body lotions/butters/[insert your own choice of body product here] products in the world, I am very lazy when it comes to using them. However, when these little beauties entered my life, I found that they just slipped into my routine perfectly. The Astral soft lotion not only smells incredible – as do all Astral products fyi – but it’s so light. It really does sink in so quickly whilst still managing to nourish the skin.
Now, the Astral original on the other hand does not sink in/absorb quickly. This stuff is thick, it’s intense, and if that’s not your thing… you ain’t gonna’ like it. However for me, this is an absolute essential after being fried in the sun out in the sun all day. I suck it up, prepare for the greasiness/tackiness and just slather this on and in the morning? Plump, nourished, hydrated skin. Good, classic, basic moisturisers that just work.
Essie maximillian strasse her
Essie maximillian strasse her

Essie Maximillian Strasse her – Considering how much Instagram, Youtube, blog etc. love this polish has received from me, I don’t really need to wax lyrical over how perfect it is. But I will anyway – because this is me, gobshite rambling Elle – this is the most perfect grey/green/pastel/murky but stunning colour (murky? sexy…) that I am clearly finding impossible to describe. It’s just so unique and rather than butcher it to death, I’ll leave you with photo evidence of said beauty.

Zoella beauty tutti fruity spritz
Zoella beauty tutti fruity spritz

Zoella Tutti fruity Let’s spritz – This is another item I raved about on my Youtube channel – you can find the video here if you wish to watch make a tit out of myself – but in short, this a sweet, fruity (but not overly so) fresh fragrance that is beyond perfect for a summer’s day. I genuinely haven’t stopped using this since I received it, so pretty.

zoella tutti fruit scrub
Zoella tutti fruity scrub

Zoella Tutti Fruity Scrubbing me softlyAgain, another product I’ve spoken about on my channel, the scrubbing me softly scrub really is one of my favourites from the line. It’s not too abrasive so it’s fab for sensitive skin, but there’s also enough abrasion for a good exfoliation. It’s quite an oily scrub so your skin is left feeling so nourished and soft and my favourite part? The scent – which is beyond stunning – really lingers on the skin after. You go Glen coco Zoe! (… I’ll stop using that joke one day I promise).

Mitchum review
Mitchum review

Mitchum Deodorants – I was very kindly contacted by Mitchum and asked if I wanted to receive some products. Now, deodorants are something that I would never ever usually receive as a PR sample however, as I’ve used Mitchum’s roll on constantly for at least 6 years, it made sense to receive something I would have to go and stock up on in a couple of weeks anyway, right? I know it’s a little strange to include deodorant in a favourite but ladies… these.things.are.incredible! The roll on has been my go to for years because it dries quickly, it’s invisible and it keeps me fresh all day long. The spray is incredible for when you’re in a rush and don’t have any time to wait around for it dry, and just like the roll on, keeps me so fresh and dry all day. Finally we have the stick anti-perspirant/deodorant which is kinda special. (A special deodorant #SaddoSays) This is what I like to use when it’s time to call in the big guns. When you know you’re going to be out all day, if you’re going to be stressed, hot, sticky… basically, when you know that you’re going to be a sweaty mess – attractive… – this is what you need. This leaves me feeling more protected than any other deodorant I’ve used so once you get over having to wait a few minutes extra for it to dry, it’s totally worth it!

Cocoa brown 1 hour tan

Cocoa brown 1 hour tan
Cocoa Brown 1hour tan mousse – If you follow my Instagram – oh, you don’t and you’d love to know what it is, you say? I’m @ellenextdoor πŸ˜‰ – then it’ll come to no surprise to you that I’m a huge fan of Cocoa brown. Their gradual tanner is my absolute favourite tan so obviously I needed to branch out and add the 1 hr tan to my collection right? right… This, in short, is perfection. It dries in minutes, it applies so evenly and seamlessly and after an hour, a gorgeous olive/brown/totally non-orange glow has developed. You can of course leave it on longer for a deeper glow depending on what you’re going for. I am forever on a quest to be (shorter, stubbier) Victoria’s Secret Model so this stays on a fair few hours for me πŸ˜‰

So that is the end of my Summer favourites. I have absolutely loved using these and it’s safe to say, I’ll be praying to the weather gods that I get to enjoy them for a little while longer.
I would love to know what you have been loving this summer? Any summer essentials I need to try out? I always love hearing your thoughts πŸ™‚
As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

79 responses to “SUMMER TIME FAVOURITES”

  1. Those Aviators are amazing, what a gorgeous pair of sunnies! I didn't realise Zoe had a body scrub in her collection, definitely want to try it as it sounds perfect for my sensitive skin, I can never find a scrub to work!

    alice x // beautybyalicee

  2. BerryBloomXO says:

    The asos dress is so pretty!! I love how comfortable it looks too, totally got that boho vibe going on!
    I haven't yet tried Zoe's products yet, but I do adore the packaging! She's doing so well for herself, it is quite inspiring!
    Oh, and I've been hearing of Mitchum products EVERYWHERE recently and might just need to pick up that roll-on and stick deodorant you're raving about!
    I guess you're forgiven for forgetting your June and July favs! haha! Lovely Post <3
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  3. Holly says:

    I absolutely loved this post Elle, I always enjoy seeing which products & items bloggers have been most enjoying for a season πŸ™‚ That Essie nail polish looks like such a beautiful shade and has just gone straight to the top of my Essie wishlist!! I'm a huge fan of Zoe' tutti fruity range too, the scent is so gorgeous and I can't stop using the fragrance mist πŸ™‚
    Love Holly x

  4. Your sunnies looks nice Elle. I love it and suit you well
    That gladiator shoes is super cool too– i want one like that πŸ™‚

    And hat essie nail polish is perfect for summer

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  5. Great post Elle, as always πŸ™‚ I am loving the Essie color and those sunnies!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  6. I'm looking forward to trying these new Zoella products. Her last one was great! Love your favourites Elle!

  7. Beautylyme says:

    Love the aviators! Also had a flash back when I saw the Astral – I remember smothering myself in this from head to toe on a girlie holiday in Cyprus years ago when I got too much sun! Cheap & cheerful option! xx


  8. Sheree Ho says:

    What a great post of your personal favs Elle, adore those aviators and the dress is darling.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  9. Lauren S says:

    Maximillian Strasse Her is a shade I need asap in my life, it's just PERFECT! And you do look lovely in the floaty dress and sandals Elle, so so gorgeous <3

    Lauren x
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  10. The sunnies and the shoes are my summer staples too! I really need a new pair of sunnies actually, this has been a good reminder! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  11. Nicole Marie says:

    Lovely post! I love your outfits and those shoes, you pull them off better than I could ever do!

  12. I'd definitely try Zoella's scrub, and I love the Essie nail varnish tooI I've been trying out English Mineral Make Up's Fairy Godmother powder, it's great and I'll be posting on it soon

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  13. Maddie S says:

    Love this post! I've started trying the zoella beauty stuff recently and was pleasantly surprised with how good it all is! I'm yet to try the perfume so I think that will have to be the next thing I pick up.

    Maddie //

  14. Kimberly Ann says:

    LOVE those sandals! And that tanner sounds great!

    Kim .. FAVORITES!

  15. So many things I have to say so little time so lets cut to the chase haha, I really want to try the zoella collections as I haven't tried a darned thing, I think mitchum smells lovely and it doesn't crumble like my other deodrants anddddd aren't mirrored sunglasses just the best? xxx

    • Haha Jess your comments are always the best! Definitely try some Zoella beauty, so lovely. So right about the mitchum deodorants too, I never really thought about that before!


  16. Rubi Ani says:

    The Essie polish is such a pretty colour!
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  17. Anonymous says:

    The Cocoa Brown 1HR Tan is one of my all time fav's but recently, I have been using Vita Liberata and that just steals the show – such a gorgeous tanning mousse!! I have yet to try any of the Zoella range – I have the (possibly misconception) that it will be too young/sweet for me but I guess I ought to give it a spritz next time I am in Superdrug πŸ™‚ x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Travalo Perfume Atomiser

  18. That dress is beautiful! I've also heard so many good things about Essie nail polishes, I really need to try some out I think! I'm the same when it comes to the Mitchum deodorants, used it non-stop for however many years now! You have a lovely blog πŸ™‚ xxx

  19. amazing post ang blog! πŸ™‚


  20. I love this post and finding out your summer time favourites. I love those sandals and the nail polish colour.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  21. Kelsey Bang says:

    so many fun picks! I like your cool sunglasses!

  22. bryony grace says:

    That essie nail polish is such a gorgeous colour, not that I need any more! Absolutely love those sandles too, and haven't tried Zoe's perfume but definitely would like to give it a try! x

  23. Alina Bostan says:

    Oh I love that Essie nail polish, such a gorgeous shade and I've never heard of Astral moisturisers but I'm super intrigued. I also ran out of body scrub the other day so I think I may just have to go and buy the Zoella one since the scent sounds amazing x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

  24. Missy May says:

    Great summer favs!! I want that glasses and I have the same gladiator in black. Love it! πŸ™‚

  25. I wish they would sell Zoe's products here in Germany, I really want to try them out! Great post πŸ™‚

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  26. LBG says:

    So many cool things! Love the dress! Always a fun post, love your style

  27. The Mitchum deodorants are amazing and Essie nail polishes can never let me down x

  28. Another great post!!! There are so many things I like in this post! First that dress and your sandals look gorgeous. Also the nail polish is such a lovely shade and all other bits… I don't know where to start or stop haha πŸ™‚ xx

  29. Danielle says:

    i still haven't tried any of zoe's products, need to get on that!

    danielle | avec danielle

  30. That aviator, sandals and dress of yours is a fab. I have always want one. And let me mention that bag on the background. πŸ˜€

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  31. You've totally sold me on the Cocoa Brown tan. I've meaning to try one of their tans for a while! In love with the sunglasses too.

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  32. Rachel-Beth says:

    Oh my gosh Elle I need to try this one hour tan! It makes the three hour one I use seem waaay too long πŸ˜› Lovely favourites, I especially like that ASOS dress- it's so pretty πŸ™‚

    Rachel xx

  33. I love your favorites! Especially the sunglasses!

  34. crafty-zone says:

    I always love to see your favourites, this deodorant sounds so good, just like this one hour tan (even I had no idea that there is such a product!) and I wish that they will be available in my country someday! πŸ™‚

  35. Wow how awesome!! These products look great! πŸ™‚

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  36. Tara B says:

    I LOVE the Asos dress. It's absolutely stunning!

  37. Jordan says:

    I still have to try some of the Zoella beauty stuff! Looks gorgeous and I adore those sandals so much <3<3 xx

  38. Jess W says:

    I really want to try some of the products from Zoe's new range! Loved this post, and I especially loved the ASOS dress – so pretty!


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