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Saturday 30 August 2014

Give your daily grind a dose of sunshine

Rowena Walsh

Published 13/08/2013 | 05:00

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Ciate paint pots €10.50
Ambre solaire no streaks bronzer, €15.39
L'Occitane sun verbena fresh summer face mist, €11.95

Is it just me or does it seem that absolutely everyone is either on holidays, just back from the sun or on their way to the airport? Perhaps they've simply mastered the art of juggling those precious days (and their budgets).

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One thing's for sure, they have that glow of freedom around them. The kind of glow that's normally sported by outdoor-loving A-listers such as Cameron Diaz.

Still, I'm a firm believer in making the most of what you've got – so you may not have any holidays on the horizon, but that doesn't mean you can't brighten up the daily grind with a little dose of sunshine.

What do holidays mean to you? Pre-packing pampering? A tan? A renewed zest for life? Check these out.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray, €7.03

After a few days in the sun, my hair may look brighter, but it can also feel like straw. Get the look but not the feel with this new spray. Apply to wet hair and then blow dry. It takes two uses, but dark roots definitely benefit.

Ciate Paint Pots, €10.50

It's all about bright nails this summer. Yellow is having a moment, and this custard shade from the latest Fairground range certainly looks fab with tanned toes. But I've got a crush on the juicy Glossop polish, mainly because it would be the perfect accessory to those metallic wedges I'm coveting.

A golden glow requires a little effort, y'know. But once you exfoliate properly first and follow up with a generous helping of body moisturiser, you should soon be sporting a lovely, even tan, thanks to this dry mist. The spray formulation makes it easy to colour those usually hard-to-reach areas, aka your back and bottom. It dries quickly, too.

Bullet Pedi Pro, €23.99 (from Boots, Debenhams and

Pedicured toes are a summer requirement. Keep your feet in good condition with this handy little device. It quickly buffs hardened heels and bunions. Use on dry skin before your shower.

L'Occitane Sun Verbena Fresh Summer Face Mist, €11.95

Keep your cool when the temperature rises (in the office) with a spritz of this refreshing alcohol-free mist. Lemon- and rose-scented, it's a perfect pick-me-up for that 4pm slump. Limited edition.

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