Quick and Easy Ways to Get Summer Ready


Yesterday was officially the first day of Summer, although you wouldn’t have believed it looking out of the window! But fingers crossed we will have some nice weather eventually…please! So with that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about getting summer ready.

As a busy mum of two I don’t have much time to pamper myself these days. Face masks, painting my nails every other night and booking in a bikini wax are all pretty much out of the question. I need quick and easy ways of getting myself ready for the Summer.

Gradual tan 

Much cheaper and easier than finding the time to get an appointment for a spray tan. I’m not really a fan of spray tans anyway, as I have very fair skin it just doesn’t look natural on me and I hate how patchy it goes when it starts to wear off. I find gradual tans much more natural looking and its so easy to just whack some on when you get out of the shower.

I’ve been using the Dove Derma Spa gradual tanner and I’m really liking it. It has a nice smell, none of that horrible fake tan smell and it looks really natural.


Bikini trimmers

If you’re going on holiday this Summer then you’ll need to thing about trimming the old bikini line! And again, rather than spending time and money on a bikini wax at a salon, an easier option is to use a bikini trimmer in the comfort of your own home.

Startifacts.com has some fantastic advice on how to trim your bikini line, things to consider when you’re shopping for a bikini trimmer and even reviews of the best products on the market.

316vP1f9tOLGel manicure

I love having my nails painted, there’s something about it that just makes me feel more put together. But like I’ve already mentioned I struggle to find the time to keep up with it these days, by the time the kids are in bed in an evening I’m too tired to be bothered with it so it just ends up a chipped mess.

So I occasionally have my nails done with gel polish at a local beauty salon, it costs about £30 for both fingers and toes but it is so worth it. It lasts for about three weeks so I made sure I had it done before we went on holiday. Although going to a salon to have your nails done may not always be convenient for us mums, I would say that if you can make the time, it is definitely worth it!

Brighten up your lipstick

In winter I tend to wear darker, more plumy colours on my lips but a quick way to get yourself looking ready for summer is to try a brighter shade.

My current favourite is this one from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, in number 37. And at just £5.49 each they are well worth the money.


Summer fragrance

My husband bought me the Tom Ford Black Orchid perfume for Christmas and I absolutely love it but it’s more of Winter fragrance, with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, dark chocolate, incense, amber, vanilla and balsam.

So for Summer I’ve been wearing DKNY Be Delicious, it’s a gorgeous fresh and most definitely summery fragrance.

What so you think to these tips? Do you have any to add?

Thanks for reading.

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The Pramshed


  1. June 21, 2016 / 8:29 am

    I love gradual tans too, I use a garnier after sun lotion that works as a tan extender, so it has a tiny bit of fake tan in it but it’s lovely.
    I’ve never had gel polish done though, I’ve wanted too, but I change my nail polish so often I think I would get bored lol

    • June 21, 2016 / 9:08 am

      The tan extender sounds great, might have to try it x

      • June 21, 2016 / 9:23 am

        I love it, I’ve used it for years 🙂

  2. June 21, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I might have to try the gradual tanner, I am so pale naturally and I do get a bit self conscious of showing my legs off at the beginning of the summer as they look so pasty!

    Stevie x

    • June 22, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      My legs are so pasty and they don’t tan either ? x

  3. June 26, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Oooo this has made me want to dig out the colourful lippy.


    • June 30, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Haha I love a good bright lippy! x

  4. June 27, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    ah yes, beauty mama posts are my favourite!! i have a couple as well if you’d like to read them. I love this. i agree about the gel manicures, so worth it! and i dont think i could live without a little bit of perfume <3 #fortheloveofblog

    • June 28, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Oooh I’ll have to check your posts out later. Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  5. June 30, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I’m a big fan of a gradual tanner and gel nails. They are my go to items, particularly in the summer. The Dove one smells a bit too biscuity for me though I’m afraid. I’m loving the fake bake one. Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

    • June 30, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Ah really? I don’t mind the smell of this one too much x