Pampering Beach Day and a BIG Night In

When the sun is shining and I’ve got a day off, I love nothing more than packing up my beach bag with some pampering treats and heading down to the seaside with the girls before heading home for drinks and a BBQ with Mr WLL and our friends.  We’re all loving the heatwave that we’re having in the UK and hope it is here to stay!  Today I thought I’d share with you the contents of my pampering beach bag and the yummy treats we enjoyed later that night.

When it comes to a trip to the seaside, my friends and I like to play about in the sand and splash around in the sea which is refreshing and fun until it comes to having lunch and there aren’t any bathrooms around to freshen up and clean our hands.  Antibacterial products are great for this purpose.

Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Wipes and Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel

I like to take the Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Wipes with me on trips out and about  as they’re really quick and easy to use, feel silky smooth and the packet is slim line so it doesn’t take up a lot of room in my beach bag.  They are quite wet and have a really fresh fragrance.  They are antibacterial and antiviral and they are alcohol free as well so they don’t irritate my psoriasis which is something that normally puts me off antibacterial wipes as they usually burn my skin but these don’t at all.  Whilst these are hand wipes, they can be used on other parts of the body.  I used them on my feet when I’ve been at the beach before putting my sandals on as I am not a fan of the sand and I like my feet to feel clean!  I also use them on my desk at work to sanitise the area that I’m working at.  These hand wipes are £1.49 from Superdrug.

Another option for cleaning your hands while at the seaside is the Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel.  I really like the new Passion Flower and Mango hand gel as it has a gorgeous fruity fragrance that isn’t apparent when you first apply it but can be easily smelled when it dries down.  Scented hand gels reminds me of all of the American YouTubers that I watch who all have a million and one different hand gel fragrances from places like Bath and Body works.  It’s great that a fruity hand gel is now available in the UK!  I prefer to use hand gel when I’ve been using public transport and I always keep a bottle in my bag when I’ve been on the tube in London as I tend to feel minging afterwards!!  It is really easy to use, simply squirt into the palms of your hands and rub them together ensuring the hand gel covers all of the hands and nails where dirt and germs tend to gather.  The Cuticura Hand Gel is available in three sizes- 99p for 50ml, £1.49 for 100ml and £2.79 for 250ml and it is available from Superdrug, Boots, supermarkets and independent pharmacies.

Sun In Gentle with Lemon

If you’re looking to add some subtle highlights to your hair then the Sun In Spray-In Hair Lightener could be a way for you to create that sun kissed look without spending a fortune at the hairdressers.  Spray on the ends of your hair to create an ombre look or around the frame of the face for a natural sun kissed lightening effect.  This is the gentle formula with lemon which can be used on blonde to dark brown hair to create subtle golden highlights which will vary in intensity from person to person.  The spray is heat activated so if you spray it on before heading out into the sunshine then the heat from the sun will work its magic.  Failing that, you could always use a hair dryer on your hair.  It is £5.56 for 150ml from Boots.

Miaflora Moroccan Argan Oil

After being out in the sun all day and playing in the water, I often find that my blonde locks are dried out and crispy.  A few drops of the Miaflora Moroccan Argan Oil through the mid lengths to ends of my hair usually sorts the dryness out and keeps the crisp, frizz at bay.  This is one of my favourite hair oils as it acts as a great blow dry lotion too if used on wet hair.

The Miaflora Moroccan Argan Oil is available from Holland and Barrett for £12.99.

Corn Silk Original Satin Translucent Pressed Face Powder

I tend to go to the beach make up free but if you’re looking for something to keep the shine at bay then the Corn Silk Original Satin Translucent Pressed Face Powder is a good option.  This is a little vintage wonder as it reminds me of the powders my grandmother used to wear- it has that powdery scent.  I have the Original Satin finish and find that it leaves my skin looking matte but not flat, very natural and flawless looking.  It helps to keep the shine from my oily skin at bay and it doesn’t clog my pores.  I am yet to find the ultimate face powder and I’m still on my quest but I do like this one and will keep using it throughout the summer.

It is available for £7.40 from Boots.

Dr Organic Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream

Dr Organic make the most delicious body creams that really rival the high end brands.  I have found that the Royal Jelly Cellulite Cream improves the firmness of the skin when massaged into the thighs and bottom twice per day.  I don’t believe that any cream will really get rid of cellulite but this cream does make the skin feel firm and supple.  It is designed to be regularly massaged into the area affected by cellulite and the massaging action is designed to stimulate and support circulation and penetrate through the subcutaneous fat cells that are trapped in the collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, with the view to improving the appearance and condition of the skin.  I’m going to keep on using this to see if it has any lasting effect on my dreaded cellulite.

At £9.29 from Holland and Barrett, this cellulite cream wont break the bank but it will give you super soft skin.

Mudd Original Mask

After a day at the beach, applying sun cream and getting a little bit hot under the sun, it is easy for our pores to get a little bit clogged.  The Mudd Original Mask is a great way to deeply cleanse your face and unblock those pores.  Simply apply a thick layer to the face, leave to harden for 15 mins then remove using a face cloth or muslin cloth.  This is a clay based mask that helps to remove black heads and unclog the skin whilst removing excess oil.  These single application packs are £1.01 but they also sell five application packs for £3.05 and ten application packs for £5.10 in Boots, Superdrug, Asda and in pharmacies.

After the beach it was time to get the party started…

With the weather being as lovely as it is and the late nights being light and warm, staying in is definitely the new going out and my friends and I had a great night in courtesy of Money Supermarket.  After the beach, us girlies took to the jacuzzi and popped on our Mudd Face Masks while the boys got down to the cooking.  A few quick snaps later and they were around the barbie like

We do the vast majority of our food shopping at Marks and Spencers as it is local to us and the meat is already seasoned which is great for evenings like this where we get home late and don’t have time to leave it to marinade.  We opted for The Grill Burger Combo, The Ultimate Steak Burgers, Lamb Kofta Kebabs and the Sticky and Spicy Asian Pork Belly.

For veggies and salads, we opted for Spinach and Potato Gratin, Garlic Mushrooms, Red and Yellow Santorini Tomatos and peppers for roasting.

A huge bag of Italian Baby Leaf salad leaves with some Tzatziki and Beetroot and Mint Dip were thrown into the mix while the boys nibbled on some Walkers Sensations while the meat was barbecuing.

While the meat cooked, all that was left for us to do was to crack open a bottle of Desperados with plenty of lime for the boys and for the girls to enjoy a glass of rose.

Of course a big night in wouldn’t be complete without a few games.  We love playing Hum Bug which is a game where you have to hum a song and your team mates have to guess the song you’re humming.  Its a great ice breaker to use at parties as it gets everyone involved and feeling a little silly.  We always ends up with us sitting in fits of giggle!

What is your favourite way to spend a big night in?  What are your favourite BBQ foods?  What are your beach bag pampering treats?

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  1. Sharon
    July 24, 2013 / 9:01 am

    My friends and I love that humming game. I actually have a game where you draw a card and have to hum the tune. It's the funniest game ever – people's faces when they are humming are hilarious!

    • WhatLauraLoves
      July 24, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      Haha we have the one off Amazon, such a laugh xxx

  2. Anonymous
    July 24, 2013 / 11:00 am

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. I've been a reader of your blog from the start and its amazing to see how far you have come. Your photography is great, I love the idea with the sand!!Em x

    • WhatLauraLoves
      July 24, 2013 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks Em. I know nothing about photography but I got a Nikon One for Christmas so I'm trying to learn a little!! xxx

  3. Anonymous
    August 5, 2013 / 12:29 am

    Have you tried Bare Minerals face powder/foundation on your quest for the ultimate powder? It is AM-A-ZING! They do an original version or a matte version and in twenty shades it suits everyone xxx

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