1 Jun 2015 34 comments

Pre-Holiday Prep.


It’s that time of year where I stack up all my beauty samples (from all the GWPs!), stock up on suncream and shake up my routine to make way for the beauty products that will help me look and feel a little more holiday ready. My summer holiday isn’t for a few weeks yet, but I do like to get the prep in early…

As I always say, no pamper routine is complete without a good body polishin’ – I am really tucking in to my & Other Stories Belleville Bakery Body Scrub (£5) at the moment. I can’t even sum up how much I love this stuff, it’s the best exfoliating scrub ever. Imagine a polishing, gooey scrub that lathers up on contact with skin, resulting in an effortless routine for instantly smooth, supple skin – and then multiply that by a million. You’re getting there. Then there’s the scent… good Lord, the scent. You get the idea.

I also have a lot of time for the latest Clarins tanning release, the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (£23.40). Clarins do the best self-tanners ever, in my humble opinion, and these tanning drops are something else. I’ve had the face version for a while, and I’m so happy there’s a body version to match. You can tailor the result to suit you, I use maybe three drops per blob of body lotion and that works for me. It’s a simple way to get a lovely dose of colour!

One product that I absolutely swear by for pre-summer preening is the This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm (£16), easily the best foot cream ever. After spending an entire winter in boots, my feetsies need some TLC – which is where this comes in. It’s an exfoliating balm that works to reduce hard skin and overall pamper the feet – even one use (I apply it at night and put some cotton socks on) really does wonders for unsightly feet!

Finally, a new release and something I just have to have a small squeal about – Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil. Yup, it’s a thing and it’s just as delicious/incredible/nourishing as you would expect – it smells heavenly, has just the right amount of shimmer, and a whole lot of softening action from the dry oil. Plus the packaging is SO pretty.

Have you tried any of these?


  • Love the sound of that heel balm! I have the Clarins face drops too and LOVE them, so excited to try the body version! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  • That shimmering body oil looks amazing!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Esther Imbula

    I haven’t tried any of these products but I think you’ve convinced me, mostly with that body scrub lol, I love to feel my soft skin.x http://style-krush.blogspot.com/

  • I usually stock up on Soap & Glory body scrubs, as they smell good enough to eat, but I’ll have to pick up the one from & Other Stories! I wouldn’t mind smelling like amazing pastries and cakes…

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  • Thanks for sharing the scrub! I’ve been looking for a new body scrub for a while and I hate buying without recommendations. This one sounds like a bargain :).

  • I have a very nice body oil from a natural beauty french brand called Completely Nuts. It is really a dry oil ( so not silicones or things like that) and it gives a really nice shimmer on the skin. I have not reviewed it yet, but here other products I used. Check it out :-):

  • The scrub sounds so good and the price is fab! I need to crack out some sort of tanning product, might need to head to Clarins….

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • I haven’t used any of these before, but I’d love to try the body scrub! Oh gosh, my skin really needs a pamper 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • emily couture

    Love the sound of the scrub 🙂

    emily xx


  • I’ve had my eye on the Estee Lauder Oil – I definitely think I need to treat myself! A couple of weeks back I picked up a couple of & Other Stories products and they’re lovely.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  • Thebeautyspot

    Great products to get ready for the summer!


  • The Estee Lauder body oil sounds incredible, I’m already obsessed with the perfume!


  • It’s great that you mentioned heel balm because most people don’t actually take care of their feet and we obvs walk around all day everyday! Great tips!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • Fantastic tip about Clarins , I’d never thought of them when deciding on self tanning products but I think I need to give them a shot before I head off on my holiday too!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • This post has got me so excited for Summer. I really love the sound of the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. I may have to go out and purchase it.

    Beth x

  • I haven’t tried these but a scrub that lathers? It sounds amazing! I just do a homemade scrub because it works so well but costs next to nothing

    Nabihah | thesundaywardrobe.blogspot.com

  • Allison

    I’m tempted by The Body Shop’s take on that Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess because it looks so good for less!
    Allison from Mercuteify

  • The balm sounds perfect!


  • You pictures are always stunning! I really like the look of the Clarins self tanning lotion.

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

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  • Vivian Yuen

    perfect pre holiday prep products!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Eloise Balazs

    Going to try the this works foot cream, I love that their products are natural and I sure need this after pregnancy destroying my poor feet!
    Eloise x|eloisesvilag.blogspot.co.uk

  • Love the Clarins facial tanning drops so definitely want to try the body version too!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • I love the Clarins glow booster for face and definitely need to pick up the one for body!


  • I definitely am in need of a heel product, this sounds great!

    Kendal | Life With Kendal

  • Definitely needing that scrub in my life ASAP!! Sounds amazing. I’ve been loving the Tom Ford shimmering body oil myself, so good!

  • Love this! Saving ready for when I need to start getting ready for my holidays


  • I’ve been really looking for a nice foot cream because my tootsies just aren’t ready for sandal weather yet!

    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk / / x

  • Adele Miner

    They all sound really good, always looking for a good exfoliator x

  • Ooh the This Works foot cream sounds brilliant, I need that!!


  • louise ❅

    Living in New Zealand, I haven’t heard of any of these brands but boy am I interested in that body scrub!


  • Beautiful products! I love the sound of the Clarins Tan drops, what a great idea, super duper easy for an instant glow! I can’t be without my & Other Stories body scrub, absolutely amazing stuff & so affordable!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

  • Katie

    Love this post! I’m definitely going to scoop these up. I miss your makeup tutorials on youtube. Love your website!! 🙂