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The quick fix guide to a stress-free and stylish summer

Who doesn't want instant pornstar martinis on tap this summer?

Who doesn’t want instant porn star martinis on tap this summer?

Freedom day 2.0 is fast approaching, as are summer holidays and relaxed travel rules – but with so much uncertainty and last-minute changes of plan, you’d be forgiven for not being quite as prepared as usual. This summer it’s all about low-maintenance, stress-free and no-fuss – ready-made drinks, easy-on beauty products that really work and even some speedy ways to de-bloat for unexpected beach trips.

Here are our top hot weather hacks to make living as easy as it should be this summer.

The cocktail keg

The answer to ‘do you want a porn star martini’ is always ‘yes’ – keep them flowing with a ready-mdae keg (Picture: Liberation Cocktails)

Want to serve cocktails but don’t want to be slave to the shaker all night? We’ve got you covered.

These impressive 5-litre expertly blended cocktail party kegs each hold 33 mixologist grade cocktails and last over a month once tapped – the garden party gift that keeps on giving.

Comes in Gin Garden, Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pornstar Martini.

Pornstar Martini 5L Party Keg, £99, Liberation Cocktails

Fuss-free al fresco

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No time to plan a picnic? Just order a picnic kit.

Delivered nationwide, these beauties are bursting with a seasonal selection of crudités and crunchy pickles, with much-loved Middle Eastern-inspired dips such as silky hummus and smoky baba ghanoush, vibrant salads and baklava.

Everything comes prepped (apart from the boregi which you just have to bake) which makes them ideal for fuss-free al fresco.

The Picnic Kits, from £50, Arabica

Insta-Pimm’s

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As Wimbledon kicks off, it’s the perfect time for Pimm’s.

This iconic symbol of British summer (come rain or come shine!) is made from a closely guarded recipe with gin and fruity notes of bittersweet caramelised orange with a fresh citrusy finish.

Just drink chilled in the can or serve over ice.

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup & Lemonade Ready to Drink, £1.60, Sainsbury’s

Cute cocktails

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Fun and zesty, this range of RTD cocktails are as delicious looking as they are tasting.

Made from the finest and freshest ingredients with zero added preservatives or extras, every cocktail is hand-made, with 8 flavours to choose from.

Garnishes included.

Box of Four Cocktails, £26, Mixtons

Mix it up

Two keys Grapefruit mixer

The perfect mixer.

The geniuses behind this alcohol-free elixir took 5 months and innumerable trips to Spain before they latched on to the right Andalucian orchards to make this gorgeous pink mixer.

It has the perfect notes of bitter and sweet and a naturally sweet fresh pink grapefruit taste. Just add your favourite alcohol to create a memorable cocktail.

Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Mixer, 4 bottles, £6.95, Two Keys

3 calorie vitamin drink

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Good tasting, high-vitamin drink with zero sugar, zero caffeine and only 3 calories per can – what’s not to like?

A zesty sparkling water, each can provides 100% RDA of Vitamins B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D and Zinc, along with 15% of your RDA of magnesium – one of the highest vitamin concentrations on the market.

Acti-Vit Vitamin Water, £16.99 pack of 12, Acti-Vit

H2O freedom

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Going glamping?

This portable purification bottle removes a minimum of 99.99% of bacteria and even dangerous viruses too, (!) giving you peace of mind that dodgy water will not ruin your holiday.  

The same size as a standard sports water bottle, it is super portable and the advanced filtration technology is approved by Oxfam and the British Army.

Lifesaver Liberty Water Bottle, £124.99, Icon Lifesaver

Plane saviour

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The ultimate in over-ear headphones, these are perfect for WFH, zoning out in the sunshine or travelling on a plane.

The Apple-designed tech is top notch and every detail has been designed for an great fit with memory foam ear cushions and breathable mesh.

They look the business and feel great – but the sound here is the real scene stealer.

Apple AirPods Max, £549, ao.com

The charge set

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Nolii has a whole range of gadgets but their set battery is the bomb.

It’s a magnetic plug and power bank, with an integrated apple lightning cable and USB-A port so you can charge two devices simultaneously AND you can charge your bank at the same time you charge your phone.

Design is smart and sleek sleek and comes in three colourways.

Set Battery, £59.99, Nolli

Waterproof pouch

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Never miss out taking picture perfect Instagram moments in bad weather or by water with this 100% waterproof pouch.

Big enough to store your keys, wallet and phone but small enough to not get in the way of your fun.

Waterproof pouch, £64.95, Red Original

The bronzing body balm

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Limited edition fun for the summer, this nourishing and subtly shimmery body butter is a beach skin saviour for pasty lockdown limbs.

Infused with skin-softening Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk, Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Oil and Glycerin, it smells divine with Tiare Flower Extract and Vanilla.

No visible tint on the skin – just shimmer.

Awesome Bronze Luxe Shimmer Body Oil Balm, £15.18, Beauty Pie

Probiotic face mist

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This refreshing spritz delivers potent doses of nutrients and hydration, instantly picking up tired skin.

With an alcohol-free aloe and rosewater base, it’s blended with probiotics, antioxidants and actives and works to beat jet lag and tiredness.

Use it daily before you do your moisturiser, or spray on sporadically during the day to rescue dehydrated skin.

Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist, £57, Space NK

Tanning drops

(Picture: Beauty Pie)

Want instant ‘been on a holiday’ face? These sun-kissing drops can do it.

Full of natural DHA with Hyaluronic Acid, prebiotic Banana Flower Extract and resurfacing Red Seaweed (to prevent streaks), they also offer skin boosting super nutrient Spirulina AP, Amino Acids and Oligopeptides.

Massage a few drops onto a well cleansed and exfoliated face and watch a gorgeous glow-y tan develop.

Awesome Bronze Sun-Kissed Glow Self-Tanning Drops, £8.48, Beauty Pie

Instant refresh concealer

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Instant coverage and no sharpener needed – it just twists up from the bottom – this cream concealer is perfect for summer.

It fills fine lines and wrinkles and works magic on imperfections, dark spots, discolorations and signs of fatigue on both eyes and face.

Enriched with moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients, it makes skin feel hydrated and silky soft.

Farewell Cream Concealer, £24, Delilah Cosmetics

Bug off sun protection

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A new mineral suncream combined with an insect repellent packs a double whammy.

In addition to offering SPF 30 protection, this non-greasy lotion provides a powerful camouflage from biting insects, including mosquitoes, midges, ticks, sand flies and land leeches. The smell is not bad either, with a light citrus scent.

Vegan friendly, can be used by anyone age 6 months onwards.

Mineral Suncream Insect Repellent/SPF 30, £22 Incognito Spray

Bespoke vitamin stacks

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Launched on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, these chewable vitamins are now the UK’s highest rated. Made using a 3D printing method, the vegan formula combines seven active ingredients – out of a choice of 30 – to create a chewable vitamin stack that’s personally tailored.

As well as being vegan, they are also They 100% vegan, sugar-free and allergen-free, source 98% of ingredients from within the UK and have a no single use plastics manufacturing process.

Nourished Shape Up Stack, £29.99 for a one-month supply,  Nourished

Power boost

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The market is full of these but there’s a reason why this one won the Best Buy option on BBC2’s What to Buy and Why – defeating the Nutribullet 900 Pro, NutriNinja BL490 and Vitamix S30.

Powered by an impressive 1000 W it works fast and efficiently to make beautifully blended smoothies and juices. As well as being BPA-free, the cups and lids are light to carry and dishwasher safe.

Salter Nutri Pro Super Charged Multi-Purpose Nutrient Extractor Blender, £79.80, Amazon

Sippy time

(Picture: The Silicone Straw Company)

Don’t want to mess up your lipstick on an iced coffee? No problem!

These rainbow-coloured straws are made with the highest quality silicone and are dishwasher safe, vegan and child-friendly. They can be cut to any size, come in multiple colours, and include a useful cleaning brush.

Reusable Silicone Straws and Cleaning Brush, £13.73, Amazon

Refresha yourself

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Starbucks’ new summer range are sure to fuel a summer of fun.

Starting at just 61 calories, flavours include Pink Coconut, Strawberry Acai and Cool Lime Starbucks.

Available in stores and via Uber Eats on 1 July.

Starbucks Summer Refresha Drinks, £3.75, Starbucks

Sweet sleep

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Sweet dreams are made of silk eye masks.

This one feels like a cloud and instantly relaxes and comforts skin. Made with pure silk, it is also wide cushioned and fully adjustable, so it effectively blocks out all sleep-interrupting light for weary eyes.

The Drowsy Silk Sleep Mask, £37.13, Drowsy Sleep Co

The summer fix shampoo

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Basically the perfect shampoo.

Made in Sweden, this repairing algae based shampoo has 100% vegan ingredients and leaves hair feeling lightweight and bouncy.

Great for damaged, dry and chemically treated hair – which let’s be honest is most of us – it hydrates and strengthens hair structure. Free from sulphates and parabens, it protects hair and reduces the loss of colour associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals. They also make a silver range to help with the brassy tones you can get when you dye at home. Obsessed.

Maria Nila Structure Repair Shampoo, £20.99 Amazon

The Hair mask

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This after-sun saviour from Kérastase is a deep recovery hair mask that is intensely moisturising and replenishes hydration after exposure to sun, sand and salt.

Enriched with coconut water, it has a unique gel texture and lightweight finish that avoids weigh-down even if your hair is super fine.

Smells of jasmine and tuberose.

Kérastase Soleil Masque Apres Soleil, £29.15, Look Fantastic

See in the sea

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Need glasses? Now you can swim and see at the same time!

New from Speedo, these goggles features a large lens you can customise to your prescription -1.5 to -8.0.rom.

Super-soft seals give you a comfortable, cushioned fit around the eyes and the interchangeable nose bridges make it comfortable and personalised.

Adult Hydropure Optical Goggles Bondi Blue, £25, Speedo

Swimwear for speed

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For the girl who buys a swimsuit to please herself.

Inexpensive, flattering and great for actual swimming, this new vivid blue suit from Speedo has a muscleback design that offers flexibility and freedom of movement for swimming with confidence.

100% chlorine-resistant, it’s vibrancy will match yours stroke for stroke.

Women’s Boom Logo Splice Muscleback Swimsuit, £35, Speedo

Summer staple

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Whether you’re planning to staycation or head off on a foreign holiday, this one is a luxury, consciously clean sun care brand to have on your radar.

Their lightweight cream absorbs quickly and the set includes SPF50 Face Daily Protection Formula and an ultra-hydrating SPF30 Body Sea & Sun Lotion that includes tan accelerator MelinOil.

Plus they smell like holiday heaven.

Face & Body Daily Sun Collection £48, Saltee

Tinted Sun Stick

(Picture: Madara Cosmetics)

The little, easy-to-use sunscreen stick fits neatly into a pocket and keeps you protected all day long.

The application couldn’t be quicker and the tinted texture appears invisible on the skin. Ceramides and oils of black cumin and sea buckthorn add a nice boost of antioxidants and hydration.

SPF50 Pro-Active Mineral Sunscreen Stick £17.75, Madara Cosmetics

Hat’s off

(Picture: Hex)

Everyone needs a summer sun hat that says Hailey Bieber.

An Instagram favourite, this Hex Triple Butter Caged distressed cap is made with premium cotton and features hand-embroidered 3D HEX logo and Cage design in triple butter.

One size fits all.

Triple Butter Distressed Hat, £40, Hex

Comfy but cool

(Picture: Sweaty Betty)

These throw-on trousers are a summer staple for the lazy girl.

Lightweight and crease-free Italian fabric makes them smart enough for the office, perfect for a plane and comfortable enough to wear when working from home.

High elasticated waist with drawcord, they have a tapered leg for a flattering fit.

Explorer Trouser, £95, Sweaty Betty

Terrific trainers

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These cute and casual trainers give a bit of glitz to any summer day. The star detail comes in a snazzy animal print with enough glamour to take you through to night too.

Lace up, faux leather, they are super comfortable too.

White Animal Print Star Trainers, £27.99, Quiz Clothing

Light as Air

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These sandals by Crocs are called the ‘Tulum’ and slipping them on makes you feel like you are already on the white sands of Mexico.

With soft Matlite straps they won’t cut into your freshly pedicured feet and you can dress them up or down. The heel is slightly raised for a comfortable, flattering silhouette.

Women’s Crocs Tulum Sandal £31.99, Crocs

Quick Boost

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Too many Aperols? Feeling lethargic and puffy from the heat but have yet another summer party to get to?

A couple of drops of the Pure Sport boost oil might help. A combination of 1500mg CBD, Lions Mane, Ginseng & Vitamin C work together to produce one punchy product. Ginseng in particular is said to fight fatigue and stimulate energy levels and Vitamin C boosts immunity, Lion’s Mane and CBD both have anti-inflammatory effects and help calm the nervous system.

Boost Oil, £79.99, Pure Sport

Even Tan

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The world’s first exfoliating gradual tan with 1% salicylic acid works to slough off old skin cells and old fake tan – at the same time it moisturises and gives you a glow.

Just apply as you would a regular body moisturiser to exfoliate and tan in one step. Bonus: it smells lovely, like coconuts.

utan Exfoliating Tan Mylk, £20, utan

No more waxing

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Easy and effective, this at-home hair remover was developed with dermatologists and clinically tested to ensure comfortable hair removal even on sensitive areas.

Studies show up to 92% hair reduction after three treatments and after 12 treatments, you can sit back and relax with six months hair-free.

Lumea IPL 9000 Series IPL hair removal device, £399, Philips

Wild women

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If you occasionally miss your 5 a day, these little guys have got your back.

Specifically designed for women, these nutrients and superfoods support hormonal activity, the maintenance of healthy bones, reduce tiredness and fatigue, a healthy immune system and a healthy thyroid.

Multivitamin & Minerals For Women £16.99, Wild Earth

Support yourself

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If the goal is weight-loss or maximising the results from the gym there are many sustainable ways you can encourage your bodily processes to act in your favour.

Rather than jumping on the latest fad diet trend, these nootropic capsules contain research-backed ingredients that gently raise your metabolism, reduce cravings and promote sustainable fat-loss. No nasties, just natural things like matcha green tea, yerba mate and vitamin B6.

Tone Capsules, £18.95, Innermost

Brazilian bum bum

(Picture: Sol de Janeiro)

Pronounced ‘boom boom’ this super-rich cream has a serious cult following.

Enhanced with guaraná, a native Amazonian plant that is one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet, it is perfect for stimulating circulation and keeping posteriors at their smoothest. Unleash your inner Brazilian goddess – or at least start the hunt for her with a pot of bum bum.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream £18, Cult Beauty

Reef-friendly SPF

(Picture: Coola)

A broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also smells like Pina Colada, which is pretty much spot on for ideal summer scents.

Water resistant for up to 80 minutes, it’s also lightweight, with a vegan, reef-friendly 70% organic formulation.

Coola Pina Colada SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray, £25, Space NK

Hangover cure

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Because no summer party with a keg of cocktail is consequence-free… This is hailed by its makers as a super pre-workout drink and a hangover cure.

The Energy Booster contains: BCAA Complex amino acids, Citrulline Malate (increases blood flow and oxygen which can help reduce headaches of hangovers), Maca, Guarana and Vitamin B Complex.

The Energy Booster, £24.95, Innermost

Spruce it up

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This artificial hedge instantly upgrades your garden fence.

UV stabilised and weatherproofed, it is woven onto a durable, green-coloured, plastic chain link mesh which makes it easy to attach onto walls, railings and fences.

Perfect for enhancing privacy when you decide to sunbathe without the bikini.

Artificial Foliage Hedge £132.99, Wayfair

Holiday at home

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Dreaming of foreign holidays and faraway shores but no chance to get away this year?

Get in the holiday spirit at home with these National Geographic bath and body treats from Tisserand. From Retreat diffuser oils to Paradise bath oils there’s something for everyone.

Tisserand Aromatherapy x National Geographic Retreat Bath Oil £10.66, Amazon

Go With Your Gut

Holiday-style eating and drinking can mean uncomfortable bloating – but that’s no good for swimwear. Here are some powerful ways to de-bloat and feel better fast.

Take your shot

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The trillions of good bacteria in your gut need a diverse menu of real foods to thrive. These tasty shots have raspberry, lemon and baobab mixed with supercharged prebiotics and plant fibres that are proven to survive the stomach and reach the lower gut where they can get to work on your army of good bacteria.

4 X Prebiotic Dosing Bottle, £27.80 (£0.84 per shot), MOJU

Gas be gone!

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Boosts energy, speeds up digestion and reduces gas.

When taken with the first bite of food, this broad spectrum digestive enzyme helps to ensure that everything you eat is effectively digested, helping to alleviate bloating and other issues.

A gentle supplement, it improves the entire pH range of the digestive system

Digest Gold, £10.99, Enzymedica

Pop a Probiotic

(Picture: Innermost)

Beat the bloat with this powerful combination of prebiotics and probiotics to promote a healthy gut microbiome, with digestive enzymes and ginger to improve digestion and reduce the after effects of overindulging.

The Digest Capsules, £18.95, Live Innermost

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