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Summer beauty favs

Summer beauty favs

So although summer is almost over in the UK, and yes we have actually had more than two days of sun this year (some kind of miracle I know), many countries continue to be blessed with weather we could only dream of. I thought I'd share some of my favourite beauty products to use when the weather is too hot to enjoy a full face of make up, a more natural but definitely not understated look. 

I am probably THE most agitated person you will ever come across. Somehow pretty much everything ends up annoying me and top of that list is the heat. I HATE being hot. I am the person who sleeps with all their windows open even if it's December and 2 degrees, I'm pretty sure this has something to do with my allergy to the sun (blog post here about that odd subject). I couldn't imagine anything worse than having a full face of makeup literally melt off of me, so here are the products that I use when it's 100 degrees but are great for travelling too.


I start by washing my face with cold water and exfoliating with Pixi - Glow Tonic as it helps firm, tone and tighten the skin, removing dead skin cells (recommended day & night). I then massage Bobbi Brown - Hydrating Face Cream into my skin, I use this because my skin tends to be pretty dry, leaving my face hydrated and ready for seamless make up application. 

I've never been a fan of heavy full coverage foundations. Until two years ago I'd only ever used tinted moisturisers (I know, who am I) but I wanted something that had the feel of a tinted moisturiser and lasted longer throughout the day. Hallelujah for Chanel - Vitalumiére Aqua, shade 30. This is honestly a gift sent from god, it feels like you're wearing nothing but the results are incredible instantly awakening your skin with a dewy glow. Tip: mix this with a small blob of NARS - Illuminator, Laguna if you want more of a bronzed look. Pair this foundation with Bobbi Brown - Tinted Eye Brightener

I am all about the glow. Obsessed with the dewy, radiant look no matter what the season I grab my go to highlighter NARS - Illuminator, Copacabana and blend into my cheekbones, under my eyebrows, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow. Now, you can pretty much stop here but I have the roundest face in the world (my brother undeservedly was blessed with the cheekbones) so I tend to go in with my Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze & Glow to create a very subtle contour along my cheekbones. 

I finish with my No 7 - Lash & Brow Perfector just to shape my eyebrows as they're naturally quite dark compared to my hair colour and coat my eyelashes with YSL - Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect because if there was only one make up product I could have for the rest of my life it would be mascara. 

Lightly spritz Pixi - Glow Mist throughout the day to freshen up your look and hydrate your skin. 

I thought I'd also share some products I've bought this summer, the first were some lips products from Charlotte Tilbury. When I saw that the new Hot Lips collection had launched I was desperate to get my hands on one, the colours and quality kept drawing me in. I went for Very Victoria, inspired by Victoria Beckham, as I can't get enough of taupe nudes it looked perfect. I combined this with the Seduction Lip Lustre and the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat

I love all three of them together and individually paired with different brands. The quality is undeniable and lasts throughout the day with just a touch up of the lip lustre after eating. I would highly recommend, although I also purchased a NYX lip liner at the same time in a similar colour and prefer the way it applies, especially with a significant difference in price.  

My next purchase was a collection of Zoeva brushes. I am the first to admit brushes can be a little intimidating with so many different brands and brushes out there I felt a little lost. Since I started with make up I've always used MAC brushes, a well established brand I felt these were a general go to. However since scrolling through Instagram and watching numerous YouTube tutorials I started to explore Zoeva brushes. They sell numerous sets and also individual brushes, great whether you're investing in your first range of brushes or adding to your collection - be sure to check out their brush guide, this helped me a lot on deciding which ones I needed to buy and not waste my money whilst I was deciding on whether the quality and application they delivered was what I wanted. 

I actually lost a few of MAC brushes on a plane coming back from Egypt (ALWAYS check your seat before you get off a plane instead of rushing to a club when you land at 11pm) so I need to buy a few staples. I went for:

101 - Luxe face definer

109 - Luxe face paint

112 - Face curve

232 - Luxe classic shader

I was a bit skeptical of how these would actually apply my make up but they applied flawlessly and the quality of them was far better than I expected (I have trust issues with online orders). They look beautiful, they feel beautiful and most importantly they make your make up beautiful (and they match my room so there's a massive bonus). 

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