The Spring/Summer Beauty Update

I have to say I'm really excited that Spring/Summer is finally underway! I'm already loving the lighter, milder evenings and I just have so much to look forward to over the next couple of months. Obviously I've taken the new season as an opportunity to update my makeup bag a little and have tried a few new products; some of them were winners, others not so much! I thought I'd share with you the latest additions and whether I rate them or not. I was also  kindly sent several things by Fragrance Direct, so for these products I've put their price and the RRP in brackets because they sell some of my favourite brands for that bit less (which always helps).


Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Complexion Cream | £25

It was love at first application with this! I have really gotten into using a lighter base for day-to-day wear this year, so decided to pick this up when I had a Feel Unique discount code. I have the shade Medium Dark (I wear Medium Dark Warm in the concealer) and it's a decent match though it's a little darker than my current skin tone and slightly more orange-based than yellow-based, however I'm sure it'll be spot on come Summer. It's neither dewy nor matte in finish; I'd describe it as Satin as it gives me a glowing but shine-free finish. I'm actually really impressed with the coverage. I was expecting it to be less than a tinted moisturiser from the name, however you can actually build this to a good light-medium coverage. I absolutely love how natural but flawless this looks one the skin - think a more lightweight Nars Sheer Glow. I was also impressed with it's wear-time as I don't feel the need to powder my t-zone when I use this and I don't notice it wearing away in the usual places (my nose and under the eyes) during the day. All in all this is well worth picking up and might just have stolen the crown for my go-to Summer base!

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation | £9.99

I snatched this up the second it hit the shelf in my local Boots as I've heard so much about it. I was pretty confused because it said it was £9.99 online but there was no offer indicated and £14.99 in-store (a difference of 1/3), also the shades online are listed only as names with no numbers and in-store they're only numbers but no names (and additionally the number is only on a sticker so the majority of them had come off and it was really difficult to tell what's what). However it's since been released through Superdrug, who have made things a bit clearer, and hopefully by the time this is posted Boots will have fixed the confusion. I picked up Shade 11 Amber which falls into my usual drugstore trap of being slightly too dark and nowhere near yellow enough in tone - I really need to just stop bothering! To be honest, at £10-15 it isn't even that cheap so I won't be picking up a different shade. The finish is quite nice - it's healthy-looking but not overly greasy. It's pretty light coverage but can be built on and the wear-time is decent. Overall though, I have much better foundations, even just in this post so I'd recommend the Clinique or Urban Decay over it. It's also easy to get discount codes to purchase either of those for less, as I did, so you may as well spend £5 or so more for a superior product.

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick | £23

This is a real surprise love for me! It was on 10% off in Debenhams, plus I had £5 on my BeautyClub card so I was only paying about £15 for it and thought 'why not?' There weren't that many shades so I wasn't convinced I'd find a match. I was just curious about it, wandered up to the counter and swatched the only yellow-based shade they seemed to have and by some miracle Grandest Golden Neutral was perfect. It's pretty light coverage and I love it for those minimal makeup days. Even if you're very much a fuller or medium coverage fan, I think this is so handy for just popping into your bag for on-the-go touch-ups. I feel like it has a very natural finish and will kind of mimic your skin or whatever primer you're wearing. It isn't greasy or dewy at all but I wouldn't describe it as matte either. It doesn't have the best longevity in the world (it has broken down a little on my nose by around the 6-hour mark) but it's decent and given the packaging I'd happily throw it in my bag to touch-up later. Overall I really rate it and it's perfect for this time of year!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Sin | £19

When I went to get my click and collect with the Clinique foundation I was given a £5 in-store voucher with my order. I'd had my eye on this since I first heard about the Urban Decay Summer collection so took the opportunity to get my hands on it. Although it's a golden shade, it has a cooler undertone than the types of highlighters I usually go for. It's a little lighter and icier and has a slightly iridescent sheen. When I first applied this I didn't realise how pigmented it was and definitely went overboard! It's one to be applied with a light hand but if you do then it's very pretty on the skin. It has a smooth formula but isn't as creamy as say the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors.

I love a dewy liquid highlight for this time of year and this is a really pretty, unique option. It comes out of this spongy applicator and applies very subtly to the skin. It's a very light gold shade which has this gorgeous pearly sheen. It's a natural option but I'm really enjoying it for day-to-day wear.

MAC Mineralise Blush in Lovejoy* | £19.50 (RRP £22)

This is just the perfect 'do it all' cheek product; it's a blusher that's gorgeous bronze shade with a subtle gold highlight running through it. It has enough slightly pinky-peach colour in it to be a blusher and it's what I reach for when I just want a really natural look on my cheeks or I'm in a rush and just want something I can easily throw on without having to go in with three different products. It's nicely pigmented but so easy to blend out and work with. I also find it doesn't go patchy on my skin throughout the day, which is a deal-maker for me.

KIKO Flawless Fusion Bronzer in 05 Biscuit | £12.90

I'm such a big fan of KIKO's limited edition (and now discontinued) Rebel Romantic bronzer that I stockpiled multiple backups when it went into the sale! However I thought I'd give one of their other, permanent offerings a go. This is a really good size and has a matte finish (though I think it may have the tiniest bit of sheen). I tried one of the blushers from the range and although it was matte it just gave me the most gorgeous, luminous glow to my cheeks. KIKO is one of the few brands I can quite happily order online without checking it out in store. I randomly went for the shade 05 Biscuit, which is the second-to-darkest. The shade is actually really similar to the outer ring of the Rebel Romantic one I have, which was a good start. It's a really lovely option if you're after a bronzer that's a nice balance between cool and warm; you can use this for bronzing or for a very subtle, natural contour. All in all I do still prefer my Rebel Romantic (maybe the lilac perfecting powder in the centre of it really does make all the difference) but this is still a great option. I find it blends out really easily on my skin and doesn't look patchy. The pigmentation is pretty much perfect - it's not too intense but definitely shows up without me having to layer it up.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in Rapunzel, Chickadee, Preppy, Cherry Cola, Americano, Tiki Hut, Wild West and Brownie Points | £4.95 each

These aren't the most obvious Spring/Summer shades but I picked up a few that were new from this season as well as some of the older shades (inspired mainly by LPage Beauty) and thought I'd round them all up together! I love Makeup Geek eyeshadows and I've picked up quite a few mattes because their formula is one of best out there. They're just so creamy, easy to blend and pigmented that they honestly beat eyeshadows I have that are twice their price or even more! The shimmers are also gorgeous and smooth, though this time round I only picked up one. Makeup Geek also one of the most long-wearing eyeshadow formulas I've ever come across.

I don't think Rapunzel is new but I've just never personally come across it. It's a very light, slightly yellow-toned gold with a really subtle sheen to it. I think it'll be great, warmer alternative to Shimma Shimma. Chickadee is a really warm, almost sunshine-yellow matte crease shade. Preppy is a muted mid-brown matte with a hint of mustard. I picked up Cherry Cola as a slightly more brown and muted alternative to Bitten; it's a deep purple matte shade with a hint of dark brown. I actually didn't pick up Americano for ages as I thought it would be really similar to Mocha (which I already have) based on BeautyBay's website. However it's not at all! It's a deep matte colour that's somewhere between a muted purple with a hint of cool-toned brown.

Onto the new shades for Spring/Summer 2016! Tiki Hut is a warm mid-tone brown matte with a slightly yellow undertone. Wild West is one of my favourites as it's just such a unique purple-red-brown matte shade. Brownie Points is a taupe matte with a tiny hint of cool-toned purple. With the exception of Tiki Hut, these seem a little more sheer than my other shades but that kind of works for me as a crease colour.

I'm a big fan of Clinique's Intense Chubby Sticks and although I had one of the originals in a nude colour - it was a little bit 'meh' and didn't really add much for me personally. I decided to try one of the more vibrant shades because I think that a sheer formula is the perfect way to play around with some brighter tones. I picked out this pinky-orange colour that's pretty much exactly the same colour as a cantaloupe melon and has a slight shimmer to it (don't worry, this doesn't translate to the lips - it just helps them look a little more glossy without any stickiness). I actually really love this! I thought I'd go out on a limb and try something new and I'm very glad I did as it's just the perfect lip shade and formula for the warmer months.

KIKO Creamy Comfort Lip Liner in 303 Tea Rose | £5.90

I was honestly trying since Christmas to get my hands on this so was really excited when it arrived. It's a little more vibrant and less muted than I'd expected but still so gorgeous for Spring. It does have an extremely creamy formula which means you can easily wear it on its own. However the downside is that it's missing that waxiness that helps your lip products to last longer - it definitely doesn't have the longevity but it is very comfortable and non-drying on the lips.

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks in 1995 & Everything Nice | £9.50

These were purchases I immediately felt guilty about (though they were on buy-one-get-one-half-price!) however as soon as I tried them, I was so glad I picked them up! I really like the Gerard Cosmetics liquid lipstick formula as, though 'hydrating' is probably an exaggeration, they're so non-drying. They have a slightly tacky finish that's completely matte and doesn't transfer. They're also just so long-lasting - I cant get a good 6 hours of wear out of them before needing to touch up. These shades are absolutely beautiful too - I probably wouldn't say they were that Spring-y but they are new for this season. Everything Nice is a very warm-toned brown nude that's pretty much perfect for me. 1995 is similar but deeper with a more plummy-mauve tone. I actually have it in the standard lipstick, which I like but I never quite got on with the formula. I'm not sure if I got a bad batch but it's just really 'solid'. Either way, I'm really please to have the beautiful colour in liquid form.

Bourjois Soufflé de Velvet Liquid Lipstick in 08 Carmeli Melo | £8.99

I'm decidedly undecided on this... I was really intrigued by the concept of a sheer matte lipstick so gave this a go. It's got a very strange, slightly slippery formula, which is unfortunately not hugely long-lasting. True to its description it has a soufflé texture that's matte in finish but has a sheer quality to it. It's really unlike anything I've tried before, but I'm not quite sure if that's in a good way! The shade I picked up is a lovely brown-toned red.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colours in Seduction & Devotion | £8.99 each

This is another really unique liquid lipstick formula. It's actually fairly glossy but very opaque and pigmented when first applied. It does dry down a little more matte but I still think this is misnamed. The longevity is decent - more than a normal lipstick but less than a true matte liquid lipstick. Seduction is a brown-toned nude that's a little too close to my natural lip colour to really be flattering. I much prefer the muted pink tone of Devotion - it's a gorgeous shade for Spring.


Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion Fragrance Mist* | £8.99 (RRP £12.99)

When I go to Spain I'm definitely going to be spritzing this liberally and pretending I'm Candice Swanepoel on the beach to be honest! This is just that gorgeous, sensual blend of coconut and vanilla that lingers on the skin really nicely. It's a mixture of sweet (from the coconut) and a little bit heady (from the deep vanilla scent). Overall I just love this and even now it's getting me into the holiday mood.

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum | £43.50

I'm honestly the biggest fan of Nuxe's products and the incredible scents they always seem to have, so it made sense to pick up their fragrance when I saw it on sale via Feel Unique. This is such a beautiful scent but so hard to describe! It's a really deep fragrance that just transports me to being on a beach somewhere amazing. Nuxe says it contains Orange Blossom, Magnolia and Vanilla. I also love how long-lasting this is and how I can still smell it when I get home after a long day.

This is a very different kind of seasonal scent to the Nuxe. I actually got it for Christmas but have only just started wearing fresher scents in the past month or so. First of all; I love the packaging. It isn't the most practical or travel-friendly but it's something different and looks really lovely on my shelf. It has Fresh's sweet but slightly citric Brown Sugar scent as a base, which is blended with the fruity Lychee notes. This lasts really nicely on my skin - I'd say it's a good 10 hours before it's properly faded.

Skincare & Everything Else

Crystal Clear Revitalising Tonic* | £21

As I've mentioned before, I've been really obsessed with face spritzes lately and this is a fantastic all-rounder. It's definitely a 'spray' as opposed to a light mist so I use it as a skincare product as opposed to over makeup. It's a really great all-rounder as it has the zinc to help reduce blemishes and enflamed skin but it's also packed full of vitamins to hydrate and plump out the skin (it's also free from alcohol). When the weather went cold again at the end of last month, my sensitive skin went back into meltdown and this is one of the products I feel helped get things back on track. It's slightly on the pricier side but you get so much product in there, however the down-side of that is that it isn't something you can easily travel with or just throw into your bag for an on-the-go refresh. It'd be great if they brought out a mini version as this really is a good do-it-all face spray.

EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruits* | £3.99 (RRP £5.99)

I managed to completely use up the EOS lip balm I bought last y
ear so decided to try a new flavour this time round. I find EOS lip balms so hydrating but lightweight on the lips so can easily be worn underneath a lipstick. I find the domed shape makes it so easy to apply lip balm on the go. This one has a really nice fruity scent and is perfect to throw in my handbag.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polishes in Starfish, Surfboard, Aloha & Tiki Hut | £4.99 each

I must admit I wasn't really sold on these when they first came out as I wasn't sure if it might be a bit of a gimmick. However I picked up one (Starfish initially) in a 3 for 2. As you may have guessed; I liked it enough to rush back out and pick up three more shortly after! The formula of these is so opaque that even the light shades only need one coat, which is something I rarely come across. They have a high-shine finish and even without a top and base coat, I get a good 3 days wear out of them (which is pretty good for my nails!) The shades I picked up are Starfish (a light beige nude), Surfboard (a light lilac), Aloha (a vibrant pink) and Tiki Hut (a deeper caramel nude).

Soap & Glory Shower Jellies in Original Pink & Sugar Crush* | £5.50 each

I'm always here for new Soap and Glory and the release of these two new products came at the perfect time as I was running low on my Rich and Foamous shower gel and wanted something a little more fresh for Spring and Summer. These have a really nice, thick formula that foams up amazingly - you really don't need much to get maximum bubbles! Of course I love the scents too: Sugar Crush is a gorgeous mojito scent that's my favourite for Summer and Original Pink is that classic Soap & Glory bergamot fragrance. I find the scents linger really nicely on the skin after and I often layer them up with the matching body butters.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Golden Shimmer Dry Oil | £19

I picked this up with a Space NK discount because I had the Body Shop Honey Bronze shimmering dry oil last year. I didn't really need it but as I mentioned, I'm a big fan of the scent of Nuxe products and couldn't resist picking up the matching oil. It's a mini version, which makes it a little bit more travel-friendly. It's really nourishing and gives a gorgeous, subtle gold shimmer to the skin.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil | £17

My mum knows me far too well, as no sooner had I bought the shimmer version, she bought me the original back from her holiday! We really are on the same beauty wavelength... Anyway, this is pretty much the same but doesn't contain the shimmer. I think this will be really good for when the shimmer is a bit too much! It also means I can use this on my hair because I get pretty dry ends. It's really moisturising and can be used for so many different purposes. If you have dry skin then this is a must!

Mandara Spa Coconut and Mango Body Butter* | £5

I really love all of these body butters (check out the rest of them here) but my favourite for the warmer months looks like it's going to be Coconut and Mango! It's such a lovely, lightweight formula that absorbs into my skin beautifully but it's still so moisturising on my dry skin. It has a beautiful but light and fruity scent. It sort of reminds me of Pina Coladas and I just can't get enough of this fragrance!

So there you have my beauty updates for the new season! I really fancy trying out a new SPF this Spring/Summer too - if you have any recommendations (I tend to be a Vichy or La Roche-Posay kind of girl but I'm open to trying new things!) then please let me know in the comments as that's the one thing I'm yet to update. I'd say my favourites from the entire bunch are the Urban Decay One and Done, Nuxe fragrance, Barry M Starfish and MAC Lovejoy.

What have been your new purchases for Spring and Summer?

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  1. Oh my, this post has induced some serious beauty shopping mood! I'm a huge Nuxe fan, too, and I don't know how come I've never tried their fragrance - need to remedy that asap! I loved reading your honest and detailed reviews - it always helps to get a genuine point of view from someone who actually tried the products!
    Have a lovely Monday!

    1. It's beautiful - if you're a fan of their products you'll love it! And thank you, hope you had a lovely day too xx

  2. The Urban Decay highlighter looks amazing!! That swatch really speaks for itself!!! <3 I really want to try this and the Naked Skin Foundation! Lovely post!! I love that you're honest about all of these products!

    Amelia |

  3. Literally loving everything you mentioned, especially the UD One and Done, haven't tried the Chubby Stick from Clinique, what is your favourite MAC Mineralise Skin Finish, I don't know which one would be the best suited to me. Do you think I should go for Soft & Gentle? Great post, beautiful photo x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. Soft and Gentle is gorgeous, though I really love Global Glow too - why is a deeper, more bronzed shade (that would probably be my recommendation for summer!) xx

  4. UD Sin is so pretty isn't it! I can't stop wearing it and Aura! I also love the Revlon HD Liquid Lipsticks, I like that they don't dry matte matte haha, more semi-matte. Im loving my MUG shadows Cosmopolitan, Desert Sands, Jester and Mango Tango for Spring. Mango Tango is such a gorgeous shade it scared me at first but now I can't stop wearing it.

    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

    1. I will have to check out Mango Tango! xx

  5. Oooh I need to pick up the Clinique foundation to keep in my bag for touchups! I love the sound of the Soap & Glory shower jellies as well x


  6. The L'Oréal Nude Magique Cushion foundation sounds lovely, despite for the usual shade tragedy, I really want to try some Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip colours as their formula seems much more adapted to an everyday life!

  7. Great selection of products; I love the look of the Gerard Cosmetics lipstick shades. It's a shame you found them so solid as I love them xo

    Emily |

  8. Barry M nail polishes look and sound great!!

    I have a new post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *


  9. I really want to try the L'Oreal Cushion Foundation, it sounds so lovely! x

  10. I love changing my make up as the seasons change it's so much fun, I need to try the Loreal cushion foundation I had no idea it was out in the UK now!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

    1. I snapped it up literally the day they put it out in my local Boots. I do feel like there are just better foundations out there though so why spend £15 on this when I can get a really great one for £5-10 more? xx

  11. I've been looking at the new L'oreal foundation and it just confuses me to be honest, but after reading your review I think I'll save my money. I've been loving the Barry M Coconut Infusion paints and definitely want to pick up more. Also on my wishlist right now is the Soap and Glory Shower Jellies x

    Darling Jordan

  12. I can't believe I'm mentioned in here! Thank you :) Glad your liking the MUG shades. I recently got Tiki hut to. I thought I ordered brownie points, but i somehow didn't. I need Americano too. The Clinique foundation stick sounds intriguing, I must check it out. I'm loving the UD one and done too. I actually really like the L'Oreal cushion foundation, how strange about the shades though xx

    LPage Beauty

  13. Wow, so many beautiful picks! I am so curious about the UD One and Done base and I recently swatched the new UD highlighters and they're beautiful! I'm also a big fan of the Revlon HD Matte liquid lipsticks- not totally matte, but a nice texture :)

  14. I'm tempted to try the Clinique chubby stick foundation having read this & am toying with the idea of UD One & Done but might hold out & buy the IT Cosmetics CC cream instead. So many really beautiful products here! xx


  15. That Clinique chubby stick is such a pretty color! I love that it's slightly more sheer than you'd expect, too!

    She Likes to Shop

    1. It's such a wearable way to add in a little colour :) xx

  16. I love the new UD base - perfect for summer!
    Philippa x

  17. I wanted to purchase Urban Decay One and Done last week but for some reason unable to find it on :-( I hope it was only temporarily out of stock. Virtous Gold is stunning, soft and subtle and I have nothing similar in my stash, will add it to my Kiko list.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  18. Ahh this post has urged me to do a bit of a beauty haul! and I deffo need the Victoria's Secret mist for my holls!

  19. I love how extensive this, so many skincare related bits I want to try now. I love Clinique chubby stick mega melon, and for a lighter base I've been really enjoying using bareMinerals complexion rescue

    Emily x |

    1. That's been on my wish list for a while! xx

  20. Those shower jellies just sound phenomenal! I hope they hit the states soon, or I'm about to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for them.

    brooke | brooke elise

    1. I'm sure they'll make their way over as I believe Ulta is the US stockist for S&G now :) xx

  21. All of these products look absolutely amazing! I checked out the latest loreal foundation and I was wondering what it would be like! Looks like I need to buy it!

  22. Urban Decay Sin looks like such a fabulous highlighter Jasmine!
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

  23. I just picked up a few of the Barry M nail polishes yesterday but haven't had a chance to paint my nails yet! I'm trying out a new Eucerin Anti-Age fluid at the minute and I really like it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  24. Every time I read your blog I'm reminded that I need to place a Makeup Geek order! Cherry Cola looks really pretty, I love burgundy shades. 1995 looks like a gorgeous shade as well!

    1. Cherry Cola is gorgeous! So wearable :) xx

  25. Ooh so many gorgeous things to look at, I don't even know where to begin. Love the look of UD Sin highlighter and I'm very excited to hear that you love the Gerrard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick, as I recently ordered Serenity and waiting for it to be delivered x

    Beauty with charm | Benefit Cheekathon Giveaway

  26. You're making me feel good about summer being on its way to, which I never do :)
    Allie | RainyAllie

  27. I definitely need to try out the L'Oreal cushion! It sounds so, so amazing and I adore the packaging. x

  28. I really want to try the urban decay one and done! Lovely post :)

  29. I'm also loving the Victoria Secret mists at the moment too, i recently bought pure seduction and love spell! I've been meaning to try the L'Oreal Crushion Foundation but after reading this i may reconsider, its a shame that its not amazing for the price.


    1. I need to check out more of the VS scents I think :) xx

  30. I like it!

  31. Oh my god, I'm trying to go on a makeup hiatus, and this post is doing no good. I feel the urge of going out and spending a little now :| Oops!!! Specially wanting to get my hands on that Loreal cushion foundation, only sad thing is you can test out the drugstore make up here before buying, its such a bummer.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    1. You can return it though right? I would kind of prefer that to be honest because at least you can try it on in your own time/lighting! xx

  32. Brilliant post! All those products you've selected looks amazing!

  33. Ok, so I apparently I do NEED to get the Gerard Cosmetics liquid lipsticks too. I wasn't sure if they were as non-drying as everyone claims but I trust you :) I just picked up an S&G shower jelly. Can't wait to try it...they look so fun! And also, UD Sin...why you so pretty!!???! xxx

    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  34. I've loved switching around my make-up in preparation for the spring and summer months, goodbye purples, hello pinks and bronzers!
    Charlotte //

  35. Thank you for your comments :) xx


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