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I'm not sure if it's the heat and / or the fact that I just want to get out there but if it's the height of summer or I'm on holiday, I like to keep my beauty routine a little simpler and more lightweight. So this is a little look at it...
I'm a morning cleanse person, especially during the summer months, but I like to opt for something gentle. My go-to is the Cipher Cloud Melt Cleanser* | $68 | full review | because it's non-foaming and non-stripping (with ingredients like panthenol and amino acids) but really does leave my skin feeling fresh and clean so it's ready for the rest of my routine and for the day. Whilst my skin is still damp, I give it a nice misting with the Sioris Falling into the Rose Mist* | £17 (15% off with code JASMINETALKSBEAUTY (affiliate)) | full review. This dual-phase mist has light, refreshing-but-hydrating formula that softens my skin and gives it a glow boost with just a quick shake - to mix together the plant oils and green tea water - and a generous spritz. It also contains antioxidant-rich ingredients to protect the skin from free radical damage.
For my. moisturiser: a 'two birds, one stone' kind of formula tends to do the trick! The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Cream* | £60 | full review | is a lightweight but satisfying moisturiser enriched with a gentle and stable (but still effective) Vitamin C derivative. It's that perfect formula that feels lightweight but doesn't dissipate on the skin and you're going to reap the antioxidant and skin-brightening benefits without the need for a separate serum. Plus, it just leaves my skin looking juicy and healthy! But if you have oilier skin, you could definitely just use the Ultra Violette Supreme Screen Hydrating Skinscreen SPF 50+* | £34 | full review. This hydrating lotion sunscreen has a peachy tint, a high level of protection for the skin and makes a dreamy base for makeup, which is really important to me in a product for everyday use.
Moving onto makeup, for a light base, my go-to is always the Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum* (060) | £36 | full review. This has a hydrating gel base with bursting pigments suspended within it, so as you work the product into your skin. you get a light bit of coverage. It's a glowing 'your skin but better' look; perfect for letting your skin breathe in the warmer weather. My go-to concealer for a while now has been the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer* (240) | £18 | full review. It's not too heavy but gives enough coverage for my dark circles! I just do a couple of little dots under my eyes and blend it out (this creamy formula is a dream to work with) before setting it using the Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder (Cushiony) | £32. This ensures my concealer stays crease-proof all day and the power is non-cakey and non-drying; perfect for dry skin like mine. It keeps the shine at bay and my makeup locked in without looking or feeling at all heavy.
In terms of colour products: they're obviously all creams! I find that creams make my dry skin glow, they last really well and they completely meld with my complexion products. I apply a bit of the Saie Sun Melt Natural Cream Bronzer in Medium | £20 | to my cheeks and quickly run a bit of it through my eye crease to add some definition. It's blendable, not overly-pigmented and adds a natural warmth to my skin. A quick makeup tip is to mix together a bit of a liquid blush with your liquid highlight and my perfect summer-ready combination is the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn | £15 | plus the Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Illuminator in Outshine | £21 | full review. Dawn is a pigmented red-orange that can be sheered out into an even flush of colour on the skin and Outshine is a glitter and silver-shift-free light gold that brings a dewy, dimensional glow to my skin.
Finally, I enhance the eyes and add something to my lips. For my brows, I use a bit of the Refy Brow Sculpt | £26 | full review | to softly hold, define and fluff them up so they look fuller in seconds. I then use a bit of the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Vivid Smoky Quartz | £16 | which is a transfer-resistant warm dark brown shade that's a little softer than black. Used along the waterline, it defines my eyes in a way that looks really natural. Then I like to finish off with a bit of the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara | £14 | full review | which I repurchase every summer because it's a tubing mascara so lengthens my lashes and defines them but won't smudge, smear or transfer during hayfever season. Then finally the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Punch | £17.50 | gives a lovely wash of red-orange in a moisturising base with a bit of SPF in it too.
And that's a pretty typical summer morning skincare and makeup routine for me! What does yours look like?