Beauty Hacks to Get You Beach Ready


As you’ll know if you’ve read my Winter Growler Guide, I’m keen on getting seasonal grooming right. With that in mind, if you have a holiday booked this summer and you don’t feel beach ready and that’s important to you, don’t panic. There’s still time to perfect your look so that you ooze confidence whether you’re taking a splash in the ocean or hitting up the beach bar.

In this blog post, you’ll find three beauty tips that are guaranteed to make you feel fab just in time for your upcoming trip. The good news is, you can easily purchase the products you need to get gorgeous from online retailers. For example, you can order toiletries from HiHouse and have them delivered straight to your doorstep. 

  1. Prep Your Skin in Advance

So that you’re totally holiday ready, it’s important that you prep your skin – especially if you plan on strutting around in a bikini. Before you jet off to your destination, get rid of dry, flaky skin using an all over body exfoliator with a pair of scrubbing mitts. Each time you hop in the shower, gently rub your skin from top to toe, focusing on the areas that are particularly prone to dryness, such as your elbows, knees, ankles and heels.

Afterwards, use a rich moisturiser to hydrate your skin. Doing this in the run up to your holiday will ensure that you’re ready to strip down to your swimsuit when you arrive at the beach.

  1. Get your Beach Tan Off to the Best Possible Start

Sometimes, it can take a couple of days for the sun to work its magic on your skin, leaving you feeling a little pasty at the beginning of your holiday. So to get your tan off to the best possible start, and to give you the confidence boost you might need to feel your best on the beach, why not faux your glow? Fake tan is a great way to give yourself a little bit of colour, and it’s a much safer alternative to lying out in the sunshine.

There are a variety of different types of tan on offer, from tanning mousse, to gradual cream, to in-shower lotions. You could even treat yourself to a professional spray tan. The tanning product you use will determine how long before your holiday you should bronze up. For example, if you’re planning on using a gradual tanner, you may want to start using it in the weeks leading up to your trip, while a spray tan should be done a couple of days before to make sure it lasts you all holiday.

  1. Schedule in Enough Time for Hair Removal

There’s no doubt you’ll want to be fuzz-free for your beach holiday, so it’s essential that you schedule in enough time for your hair removal session before you leave. This is especially important if you plan on visiting a salon. It’s likely you’ll need to book an appointment, so make sure you give them plenty of notice. Leaving it to the last minute could mean that they’re unable to squeeze you in.

If you’re taking your hair removal matters into your own hands, it’s just as important that you time it right. For example, if you’re going to be using wax, you should allow your hairs to grow as long as possible for optimum results, so it might be a good idea to skip a few shaves in the run up to your holiday.

As long as you feel great, there’s nothing holding you back from having the holiday of a lifetime. If some extra preparation and grooming does that for you, these tips area good place to start.

The Lady Garden


photo by baboonâ„¢ via PhotoRee

Apologies in advance to any gardening enthusiasts who have have happened upon this post looking for hints and tips on sprucing their garden up. This IS about bush trimming but is probably not what you are looking for.

The trimming of the bush!

It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us have decided to ditch the crap and lose weight, becoming healthier as we go. After reading a post by Liz Jarvis about wanting to ditch the bigger knickers, I vowed to ditch the M&S belly grabbers and get into smaller and more lady-like knickers. The only problem with this is… what do I do about the topiary?

I’m a Northern gal; it gets cold up in here in Yorkshire and I believe that the fuzz is there for a reason. That said, there is a difference between warm and protected and looking like there is an escaped fur-ball on the loose in your granny pants.

What IS the “best” way to sort the shrub? I vividly remember someone telling me once about their Brazilian Wax appointment (we don’t talk any more, clearly we had nothing in common), and I’m told that you can indeed shape your bush topiary-style if you wish. What do you do? I’m quite happy as an established married woman to give myself a quick short back and sides with a razor but is it enough? What if my lady garden is no longer up to spec in the design department? Should I be shaping, tweezing, waxing and buffing?

More to the point, how does one know what is fashionable? I am not going to Google “how to shave my Mary” because I am pretty sure my laptop will explode. I have never seen a tweet that reads, “Hey guys, my bush is overgrown, what do I do?” so I’m guessing that is not the done thing to do either. I know, I’ll do a post about it, that’s nice and discreet!

So come on ladies, what is the right way to spruce the bush?