Exclusive: TOWIE's Danielle Armstrong shares her summer essentials

Published Tuesday, Apr 14 2015, 00:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
It's not long until the cast of The Only Way Is Essex jet off on their annual trip to Marbella for some sun, sand… and plenty of drama.

All the TOWIE girls need to look their best, whether they're lounging on the beach, having fun at a glam pool party or spending the night in one of the resort's top clubs.

We asked gorgeous Essex babe Danielle Armstrong, 27, to share her summer essentials and tips for looking great on holiday…

What do you pack for a holiday?

"I pack really well. I think maxi dresses are essential and I can't have enough pairs of wedges. I take my whole make up bag and then I end up buying loads of Mac and Bobbi Brown products at the airport."

Danielle Armstrong arriving in Tenerife to film TOWIE


Danielle Armstrong arriving in Tenerife to film TO

What are your pre holiday rituals?

"Because I go to the beauticians and have everything done every two to three weeks, I'm not someone that needs to get everything done at once before a holiday.

"Every few weeks I get my toenails and my nails done, I have my hair done every eight weeks and a blow dry every other week. I use false lashes, but I do them myself."

What about holiday hair?

"I always have a blow-dry done before I fly out. It lasts about a day and then I will get someone to do it while I'm out there."

Danielle Armstrong on holiday with Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope


Danielle Armstrong on holiday with Chloe Sims and

What's your key to a great beach look?

"I think a tan is essential. I have a nice little spray tan before I go, so I look my best.

"All us girls go and have a Fake Bake tan. Exfoliating is the main thing, you have to exfoliate two or three days before you have your spray tan. Then it comes off gradually while you're away – not in patches. And by they time it wears off you'll have a natural tan from the sun.

"The only thing I would say is don't wear a white bikini when you first get there!

"Clothing wise, I like a nice a kaftan, to bring out the colour of your bikini. You don't have to be 'matchy matchy', but wear one with a pattern that picks out the colour.

"I don't like jewellery on the beach, but I don't mind a nice watch. My Cartier one is my favourite.

TOWIE Christmas party, London, Britain - 11 Dec 2014
Danielle Armstrong

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What about make up?

"I wouldn't wear make up on the beach, but I think lashes are important. I think once you have your fake tan, lashes and a bit of gloss, you're good to go."

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What's the key to a great evening look?

"I would go for anything that suits your figure. My waist is quite small, so I go for figure hugging things. Something that shows off your figure, a great pairs of heels, a good blow-dry, smokey eyes and you're done."

What's your signature holiday scent?

I love Hermes Eau Des Merveilles Elixir perfume and it's perfect for a holiday. The new TOWIE Marbella edition fragrance is gorgeous too. It's very fresh and citrusy, but quite musky too – it would be great on the beach or for a night out.

The Only Way Is Marbs fragrance will be available from The Perfume Shop and Superdrug at the end of April

To read the diet and fitness secrets that are getting TOWIE's Lydia Bright, Lauren Pope, Georgia Kousoulou and Ferne McCann summer ready, pick up a copy of the magazine, out now