It's getting to that time of year where, if you haven't already been, everybody's getting ready to jet off somewhere nice and hot for some time in the sun. So I thought I'd do a collection of my top 10 picks for a summer holiday.

Holiday essentials

1. Sun cream. Aside from choosing the perfect lotion for your body, it's also important to get a good cream for you face. I've picked Benefit's Dream Screen, which at SPF 50 provides great protection while also being lightweight on the skin.

2. Cute swimwear. Find swimwear that suit's your body and makes you feel confident! This is a favourite of mine from Triangl, but I know New Look do good dupes and River Island always have good swimwear picks.

3. Waterproof mascara. One piece of make-up I can't go without is mascara, and in hot weather it has to be waterproof. Max Factor Calorie 2000 is one of my favourites, and they do a waterproof edition which is ideal.

4. Neon bag. I love a bold, bright, statement bag for summer! It adds a little something to your outfit when you don't feel like dressing up. This neon yellow one is from New Look and ideal for day or night in the sun.

5. Face spray. A good face spray is a dream in hot weather. They cool you down and stop your skin becoming dry/dehydrated. The Clinique Moisture Surge is my favourite choice.

6. Dungaree shorts. I think I'm obsessed with dungarees? But a loose fitting short pair like these from Topshop are ideal for throwing on over swimwear throughout the day. 

7. Mirrored sunglasses. I'm really loving the look of mirrored sunglasses lately. They just look a bit more fancy that ordinary lenses, and these two pairs are from the QUAY range at Topshop where they have a really great selection.

8. Epilator. Personally, I hate having hairy legs when relaxing on the beach. Shaving just doesn't last long enough and home waxing is too much of a farce, hence the perfect choice of epilating. 

9. Bright nail polish. Bright nail colours are the ultimate choice for summer and these three from Essie are perfect! 

10. Birkenstocks. I love nothing more than a good pair of really comfy shoes on holiday and birkenstocks are perfect for this. They're easy to pair with anything and can look stylish and cool in an edgy sort of way.

What are your top summer holiday must-haves?

Loves. Emma.