My go-to cleanser this summer so far is Monday Muse's the Cleanser | £28 | full review. So much so that I opened this towards the end of May and it's pretty much gone now I'm back from my travels! What I really enjoyed about this product is that it's a kind of non-foaming milky gel with a creamy quality to it. It's gentle, non-stripping and works. It's formulated with lots of moisturising and soothing goodness to give sun-exposed skin some TLC. I use it in the morning or as a second cleanse after removing my makeup in the evening. I then follow up with the Laneige Cream Skin Mist | £19 | full review. This is a milky, moisturising face mist, rather than something that's watery and evaporates off into nothingness. It's not sticky or tacky, it just adds a very welcome extra layer of hydration and softens my skin with ingredients like glycerin, Vitamin E and meadowfoam seed oil.
For summer, I really like an active moisturiser that removes the need for a separate serum when I just want to get up and get out there. I've been reaching time and time again for the Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturiser* | £42 | full review. This is lightweight but still substantial with a mix of actives, hydrators and skin softeners, including ceramides, niacinamide, peptides, glycerin and more. It softens and nourishes my skin without overwhelming it in the heat and helps to streamline my routine. I follow this up with a new favourite: the Ultra Violette Fave Fluid Ultralight Skinscreen SPF 50+* | £37 | full review. This is a super-fluid milky sunscreen that offers a high level of protection, no cast and an incredibly lightweight feel on the skin. It's not shiny or greasy and it works really nicely under my makeup, making it an everyday staple in my routine at the moment.
I'm all about a light base and the Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum* (060) | £39 | full review | is perfect. It's a dewy, water-based serum with spheres of pigment that burst and disperse into a lightweight, natural tint as you blend the product into the skin. It offers a very light coverage that just serves to even out redness and boost your skin's radiance.
On my cheeks, this trio has been my go-to look for a few weeks now. I highlight with the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Goldgasm | £30 | demo. This has a gorgeous molten-metal, pearly finish, containing no glitter but still creating a striking highlight. This warm gold tone is perfect for a sunkissed summer makeup look. For blush, I'm loving the new Summer Fridays Blush Balm Stick in Warm Desert | £28. I love how foolproof this is to apply; it has a true balm texture, which is nothing too pigmented and needs almost no blending in. It looks natural and wears well on my skin. This is a warm tan nude colour, which I honestly love all year round but the effortlessness of the formula makes it a quick summer makeup favourite. I then finish things off with the Refy Cream Bronzer in Tan | £18 | demo. This is probably my favourite bronzer of all time, and I don't say that lightly! It's quite pigmented, but I apply it with the duo fibre brush from the same brand and it works a treat. I love the warm-but-not-orange tone of this bronzer and the way the product stays on the skin and doesn't go patchy throughout the day. It just brings a really natural 'just caught the sun' look to the skin, which I love!
As I'm sure you've gathered, I like to keep my summer routine pretty fuss-free so cream shadows are my go-to on the eyes. The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Copper | £26. This is pigmented and has a beautiful metallic finish in just one swipe; I use it over my lids and across my lower lash line and you get a few seconds of playtime to blend out the edges with your finger before it sets down into a long-wearing, crease-resistant finish. I love this warm gold colour because it really compliments my bronzed makeup looks. I've then been enjoying the Huda Beauty Lip Blush Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain in Apricot Kiss* | £21. This goes on glossy but as the hours wear on, it leaves behind a stain - I like to apply a lip oil on over it (either clear or in a complimentary shade) throughout the day. This is a warm apricot tone which is somewhere between a neutral and a bright. The formula makes it long-wearing and when it fades, it does so evenly, making it a great low-maintenance summer lip option.
My go-to scent lately has been the classic Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum* | £64 | full review. This is a long-wearing, intoxicating, warm blend of amber, vanilla, white flowers and bergamot. I've been wearing this every summer for many years now and I'm sure I'll continue to for many more to come.
As a body sunscreen, I've been reaching for this supersized bottle of the Bondi Sands Fragrance Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ | £18.99. I love finding a cheap and cheerful sunscreen that works when I'm on holiday because I'll be doing so much applying and re-applying that I want to freely slather! This is a fast-absorbing lightweight lotion that can be slapped on and rubbed in quickly. It has a high level of broad spectrum protection and offers a good amount of water resistance, making it good for days when you're breaking a sweat.
And, lastly, something a little more fun in a summery scent: the Sundae Orange Crush Whipped Shower Foam* | £12.99. This comes out like whipped cream but melts down into something foaming and delicious-smelling. The citrus lingers nicely on the skin after use and it cleanses off even waterproof sunscreen without leaving my skin parched.
What are your most-used skincare products of the summer so far?