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I feel like there’s already been a lot of seasonal content on my blog but I’m not going to apologise because I’m 100% a summer person! Today is a little round-up of the products I’ve been using the death this season…
For foundation, I’ve been loving the BareMinerals Original Mineral Foundation SPF15* (14) | £28 | full review (sponsored post for Boots). This is a great option for hot weather because it doesn’t feel like a lot of makeup, it gives a bit of coverage and a perfected finish to the skin, and keeps the shine at bay without looking matte and flat. It’s been really nice to use something like this on a day-to-day basis to let my skin breathe.
In terms of cheek products – I actually still love a couple of the same makeup I mentioned in last year’s summer edit, as well as having a new addition that knocked my socks of when I first tried it a couple of months back. First up we have the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Dreamsicle (discontinued) | £30. Unfortunately, you can’t get this anymore, however I have dupes for it in this post (I’m just mentioning it here because it’s genuinely what I’ve been reaching for!) I love the Becca formula – it gives an intense, dewy highlighter and the consistency of this powder is so smooth it almost feels like a cream. I love this warm peachy-gold tone for a summer makeup look. I’ve also been using the Mii Celestial Skin Shimmer Blusher and Highlighter in Coral Haze* | £27.50 | swirled together as a natural, radiant pop of colour for the cheeks. It has a smooth, easy-to-blend formula that's sheer enough to build up whilst still having good colour payoff. It isn't anything too bold, which I like because with a coral makeup look it's more about the lips and you just want your cheek colour to tie things in. It wears well and if you wanted to, you could take each shade individually. I then bronze with the Fenty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Bajan Gyal | £23 | full review. This is my favourite matte bronzer formula – it’s so smooth, so creamy, goes on evenly and blends like a dream, staying put all day long. It isn’t too orange but still has a lovely warming quality. Unfortunately, I realised the hard way on holiday that I apparently missed the very edge of where my forehead and hairline meet with the sunscreen and I think the amount of hay-fever-induced nose-wiping I did rubbed the sunscreen off my nose, so I’ve ended up with a tiny bit of burn in those areas. My trick has been using bronzer to cover up the slight redness!
In terms of eyeshadow – I have one palette and one cream (because I really love a cream formula for the summer months). First up is the Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette | £60 | full review. This is the perfect summery warm-toned pop-of-colour palette, in my personal opinion! Purples are pretty hard to get right formula-wise but these are close to perfection. I love using this palette to create something with a gold lid and a pop of yellow, red or purple in the crease or as liner. I also picked up the Tom Ford Aqua Metal Shadow in Reflects Gilt | £30 | in Duty Free when I was flying out on holiday to Portugal. It has a gorgeous pearly formula that you can blend out and then leave to set down to a long-wearing, crease-proof finish. This is a really pretty light gold shade.
Finally – for lips we have an old favourite: the MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic | £17.50. Some of MAC’s brighter matte shades can be a bit questionable formula-wise, however this glides on smoothly, is comfortable to wear and lasts well without transferring too much. It’s a vibrant, almost neon-y coral shade that’s partway between bright orange and bright pink.
- SKINCARE -
I’m all about fuss-free skincare that does the job for summer! We have a couple of products that are still favourites from last year because I genuinely haven’t found anything new that’s quite as great. For summer: I love a face mist – they’re quick, easy, fuss-free and soothing on the skin when you’ve had a day out in the sun. The Dr Roebuck’s Bondi Face Mist* | £22 | fullreview | is a great lightweight hydrator and complexion refresher formulated with cucumber and Vitamin B3. I’ve mentioned this so many times that it will come as no surprise that the Dr Roebuck’s No Worries Moisturiser* | £30 | full review | has again made the cut for this post. It’s a lightweight, fast-absorbing, dry-touch hydrator infused with macadamia oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. It’s gentle, soothing, smoothing and hydrating on my skin without being too heavy for the summer months.
My favourite facial sunscreen is Coola Sport with White Tea SPF50* | £30 | full review. It isn’t thick, it melts on the skin and doesn’t take ages to rub in! You barely know you’re wearing it and it doesn’t pill up into a mess when I apply my makeup on over the top of it. Best of all it provides broad-spectrum SPF50 so there’s no compromise on the protection level to get such a fuss-free product.
- BODY ETC. -
My go-to body product for summer has been the Nuxe Huile de Prodigieuse Or Shimmering Dry Oil* | £34.50. As I’m sure regular readers will know: I’ve been through lord-knows-how-many bottles of the original formula but for summer I’m switching it up and adding a bit of shimmer. It’s still intensely nourishing but not greasy or slippery, making it perfect for the very dry skin on my body. This version contains a very slight golden-bronze sheen, so it makes your legs glow and shimmer, completing that sun-kissed look without being messy or transferring.
Of course it’s become something of a tradition to mention my seemingly never-ending bottle of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess | £61 | annually in this post! It’s not summer without a spritz of this stuff and it brings back so many great holiday memories for me. It’s a gorgeous summery blend of coconut, amber, vanilla and more – giving a warmer, spicier Pina Colada type scent.