• July Must Haves 

    Summer has finally started to show its face in most parts of the UK (with occasional bouts of rain) and I am in shock that it’s already time to be sharing my July must haves. Of the four seasons that we experience in the UK, summer is my most favourite except for the occasional heat rush I get due to being subjected to so much cold my body rejects the sun for a couple of days then it remembers I was born in a really warm climate during the summer. Another thing that leaves a lot to be desired is how much effort and care we need to put into looking after our bodies during the summer.

    July must haves

    For the July must haves, I aim to share some of the products I am using this summer to keep my body inside and out protected from the elements. I am interested to hear what you’re using to protect your body inside and outside.

    July Must Haves the Inside items

    Staying hydrated

    Those who know me, know how much I struggle to drink water. I don’t know why but it started over 15 years ago when we moved to the UK. I think prior to this I was happily drinking water especially since our winter was 20-25 degrees on any given day and summer was a lot worse than that. Fast forward to the present, I still can’t drink unflavored water. I feel like I need to down it and force myself so I always have flavoured water around, but now I don’t have to stick to just flavoured normal water anymore.

    I was recently sent a pack of Vita Coco water to try out this summer. Most of this coconut water will be used for cocktails but the ones have tried so much has made me realise I can still stay hydrated whilst consuming these natural drinks which is a huge plus for me and don’t have to worry about not drinking enough water everyday.

    The Vita natural coconut water (flavoured or original) is never made from concentrate, is a great source of potassium, no fat and is goodness filled. It doesn’t get any better than this, well, except when in a cocktail. The drink is gluten-free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians.


    One thing I am quite bad at is remembering to take my vitamins. During summer you’re getting your vitamin D from the sun but at the same time losing some through sweat and dehydrating as well as environmental damage to the outer layer of your body – the skin. It doesn’t hurt to top up your immune system with some natural pills of your choice. (Always check with doctor before taking some vitamins).

    July Must Haves the outside list

    As I have mentioned above, the sun shining is always a good thing (except for those sensitive to the heat) and you get to boost your Vit. D deficiencies. As much as I love rocking my sunnies and wearing fewer clothes, I know I am endangering my skin so something has to give.

    Face Mask

    Due to the sun rays which can cause direct damage to your skin, it is important to ensure your face is well protected. This could be using products with spf in them or wearing sunscreen before every exposure but you don’t have to stop there. I know I don’t as my step forward is catching a few minutes a couple of times a week to wear a face mask.

    I was sent two face masks from When® and I am very impressed with how wonderful and moisturizing they were. My face felt soft, refreshed and alive to conquer it all. I was sent two types of masks: Snow magic – helps your skin find its radiance and charm with key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Vit. B3), Aloe Vera Leaf Extract. The last choice – helps moisturise your skin with key Ingredients: SaccharideIsomerate

    From the makers.

    ★What mask sheets are we using?
    When® face masks are created by using advanced bio-cellulose technology. The all-natural, coconut-derived bio-cellulose sheet is gentle enough to treat burn patients, and are super hydrating as it can hold fluids up to 100 times its dry weight (which is 10 times more than your average fabric sheet masks). Also, the bio-cellulose sheet’s superfine, 3-dimensional fibers allow exceptional dermal contact enabling perfect fit, preventing evaporation and wastage of the serum, locking moisture and effectively delivering the serum’s nutrients to the skin.

    ★What serum are we using?
    Each When® mask sheet is infused with intensely hydrating, yet gentle, lightweight serum containing sodium hyaluronate (fine hyaluronic acid), ginseng extracts, and top quality effective ingredients and plant extracts to help keep your skin happy, healthy and glowing. All masks are Parabens and Benzophenone free.

    The When®  masks are easy to wear, cleanse your face and dry. Remove the mask sheet from its pouch then place it on your face as is shown on the pack. Leave on for 30 minutes then remove and no need to rinse just massage the excess into the skin.

    Garnier Face Wipes

    Most people when they think of face wipes they think they are only makeup removers but they have come a long way since. Now there is face wipes for everything from makeup remover to cleansing. Now that I go to the gym (sometimes twice in one day) I seem to wash my face too often which is not always the best. For my early morning gym sessions, I get dressed at home so I have to wash my face at home. I then have the gym class and after I shower and cleanse my face. If I have another class that’s another cleanse then when I get home I do the same. You can see the pattern so I decided to reduce my face washing to once a day and use the wipes for the remainder of the day.

    The inside outside

    I have mentioned I attend the gym now, it’s been almost two months since I started and I am loving it. Working out has really changed my overall outlook on life, I look after myself by eating a bit better and not junking all the time but I am not restrictive either. It’s such a great feeling to be able to go to the gym and sweat it out all the junk and burn off the excess fat.

    And there you have it, my July Must Haves list. What do you have on your list this July?

    Disclaimer: I was sent the products in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed are my own.



      • July 18, 2016 / 8:20 am

        I will be stocking up on this soon

    1. July 17, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      I love coconut water but I’ve never actually tried he vita coco water before. I keep seeing it around and really need to buy some!

      • July 17, 2016 / 8:25 pm

        You should try it the flavours make it even more special

    2. July 16, 2016 / 10:14 am

      Hydration is so important, I wish I liked coconut water! The When masks sound lovely 🙂

      • July 16, 2016 / 10:20 am

        Hydration is very important and yes I am loving the When masks

    3. July 16, 2016 / 6:44 am

      I become addicted to Face masks after my trip to Seoul and realised how it enhanced my skin. So I also consider it as one of my must haves.

      • July 16, 2016 / 6:55 am

        I came to the same conclusion and addiction and now I can’t get enough of their face masks

    4. July 15, 2016 / 9:38 am

      A BIG ole YES to coconut water. 100% a must-have for staying hydrated in the heat!

      • July 15, 2016 / 9:44 am

        So true, I am loving my coconut flavoured water

    5. July 14, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      I adore the Chocolate cococnut water, it is just so so nice and so refreshing x

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:10 am

        I am yet to finish trying that one but can’t wait

    6. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
      July 14, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      The coconut water sounds awesome! I don’t drink enough water either, the coconut water would be perfect for me! YUM! Great selection of goodies! I love a good face mask too 😀 xx

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

        You and me both, I like wearing them at least one a week

    7. Jessica McDonnell
      July 14, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      I really need to try those Vita Coco drinks, I’m always dehydrated. I’m not a fan of coconut water, but I think I would probably like the flavoured ones.

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

        I never used to be a fun but surprised myself now

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

        So true

    8. July 14, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      These coconut waters look great. They have a great variety of flavours 🙂

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:08 am

        They sure do and I love it

    9. July 14, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      I love coconut water but never tried this brand! I need to check them out!

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:08 am

        You should they are awesome

    10. July 14, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      Some super suggestions here, especially the coconut water. Now, if only that sun would come to where I live!

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:06 am

        I know right, the sun is playing hide and seek (well more hide really)

    11. July 14, 2016 / 12:55 pm

      I love the sound of those wipes – I will have to give them a try!

      • July 15, 2016 / 6:05 am

        You should they are awesome

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:26 pm

        I have not tried it in smoothies so thanks for the tip

    12. nicol
      July 14, 2016 / 10:55 am

      vita coco does mocha??? I’m trying to imagine the taste but can’t. very intrigued that i need to try it out

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:25 pm

        Apparently so, I am loving it

    13. July 14, 2016 / 2:31 am

      Those coconut waters sound great! I’ve never tried Vita Coco. Trying those When face masks must have been so nice!

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:23 pm

        First time trying both the coconut water and the masks and I loved them both

    14. July 13, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      I hadn’t realised that Vita Coco did a Cafe Latte verson, I bet my daughter would be interested in this. I do like experimenting with their waters in cooking and smoothies!

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:22 pm

        I didn’t either until they sent it through

    15. July 13, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      What a great post! what is coconut water like I’ve always wanted to try it and is there any cheap sheet face masks you would recommend?

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:21 pm

        Most drug stores have 99p face masks and they are not bad either. Coconut water is exactly that, water from a coconut lol

    16. July 13, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Great selection of products – we still don’t have much sunshine here though. Kaz x

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:21 pm

        Here we getting enough for the legs and arms lol

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:20 pm

        It sure is

    17. July 13, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      I have tried the plain vito coco coconut water, nut not over keen on it. My 5 year old son loves it though. I wouldn’t mind trying the chocolate one out

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:20 pm

        I have surprised myself because I actually like them, usually I am fussy

    18. July 13, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I’m the exact same with water I definitely don’t drink enough I so wish I could like coconut water xxx

      • July 14, 2016 / 12:19 pm

        I am glad to have coconut water as a substitute

    19. July 13, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      I love the coffee Vita Cocos – such a lovely treat!

      • July 13, 2016 / 7:54 pm

        I know right

    20. July 13, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      This all sounds so fantastic. I’ve heard a lot about coconut water, never tried it. Maybe I’ll pick up a pack today.

      • July 13, 2016 / 5:56 pm

        You should as this coconut water is awesome and comes in different flavours

    21. July 13, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      I always have a bottle of water to hand in the hotter weather, I have tried coconut water and was not keen, but not tried the flavoured ones that sound lovely

      • July 13, 2016 / 5:53 pm

        I was keen on coconut water back in the day but surprised I actually like the vita coco water

    22. July 13, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Staying hydrated is always at the top of my list. I’m a water addict. Not that keen on coconut water although I love a coconut scent lol x

      • July 13, 2016 / 5:53 pm

        I am opposite, love the coconut water more than water itself

    23. July 13, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      I’ve been wanting to try Vita coco coconut water but never got round to it. I do like their coconut oil though.

      • July 13, 2016 / 5:52 pm

        I am yet to try their coconut oil but their coconut water is simply amazing

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