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:
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).