Saturday, 9 August 2014

Best Bombshell Buys | Summer Essentials

1. Chantecaille Primer & Sun Protection / 2. Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Berry Bliss / 3. NARS Bronzer in Laguna /
4. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray / 5. Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero / 6. Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive /
7. MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium / 8. MAC Fix+ Setting Spray /
9. Lancome Hypnose Star Waterproof Mascara in Black / 10. Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil in Golden Shimmer

I am back today with a summer essentials guide. As you can see from the above picture I have compiled my favourite products that help make my summer beauty regime quicker and more importantly bulletproof and long-lasting.

Sadly we have all experienced the dreaded make-up meltdown during a long summers day and my top ten items will help you combat that.

1. If you don't have much time to get ready, simply rub in a pea-sized amount of the Chantecaille Primer and Sun Protection over your entire face and neck. Even if you don't apply any foundation over the top, you will still notice a huge difference in the look and feel of your skin, as the silky matte texture will give you a flawless base and appearance - whilst the SPF will help protect your skin from the sun.

2. Next to look a like a true blushing beauty, apply the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Berry Bliss onto the apples of your cheeks. Try and leave a two finger wide gap between your nose and where your blusher starts - as that way you will look naturally flushed, rather than looking artificial with a ton of make-up on.

3. Then to warm up your complexion, why not try the NARS Bronzer in Laguna around the outer parts of your face and hollows of your cheeks. For a subtle bronzed look, apply it in an E3 motion, making sure you start at your temples, bring it down onto your cheeks and finally finish under your jawline. With that method you are sure to look like a bronzed goddess in no time.

4. For those of you out there that are looking for sexy beach waves then look no further than the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Not only does it add body to fine hair, but it is also great for anyone wanting surfer-worthy waves. The product works both on dry and damp hair. Either style it with your fingers adding lift around your crown and scrunching at the ends of your hair for a tousled vibe. Or use a blow-dryer with a diffuser on damp/wet hair for a more dramatic bombshell look.

5. Black liner is a must own product no matter what time of the year it is, as it works on absolutely everyone. Sweep on a touch of the Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero to define and accentuate your eyes (and let me tell you they don't call it 24/7 for nothing, as this beauty has tons of lasting-power and will not budge until you remove it). Also if you are after a smokey sultry look during evenings out, smudge your liner with either a brush or a cotton bud.

6. This summer its all about lips from neutrals to neon's. My current favourite is the Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive, as not only does it add a hint of velvety pink, but it also conditions your lips and the shade works from day to night. Apply it to clean bare lips and simply build coverage as desired.

7. Sick of having a greasy face during the summer? Then grab the Pressed Blot Powder by MAC in whichever shade is right for you. If unsure which colour to pick, go with the Medium, as its MAC's most popular shade, because it covers a wide range of skin-tones. Luckily all of the shades come out pretty transparent, so you can't go wrong. Either use a powder brush to blur pores and imperfections, or with a sponge for intense shine control.

8. If your skin is thirsty and needing a hit of hydration, spritz your face and body with a cooling mist. I recommend MAC Fix+ Setting Spray, as it contains vitamins and minerals to benefit your skins overall well-being and condition. Not only will it set your make-up in place (which is a must during the summer months), but it will also add radiance.

9. In the summer waterproof mascaras are essential! I highly recommend the Lancome Hypnose Star Waterproof Mascara in Black for long luscious lashes without any product transferring onto your skin. Another way to keep your eyes looking perfect all day is to apply a clear mascara over your usual product. Simply think of it as a topcoat for your eyes!

10. Finally, nothing says you've come back from a holiday more than a glossy glow, so why not use the Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil in Golden Shimmer which combines a body oil that will nourish and hydrate your body, whilst the gold flecks make your skin shimmer softly.

With all of that heat, we need our make-up to withstand the elements and these products will certainly help you do that!

Lastly, I am going to share with you my five top tips to maintain your summer sexiness:
  • Always use a high SPF (even on cloudy days), as the suns rays are highly damaging and ageing.
  • Next, don't forget to apply sunscreen to your ears, nose and also along your hairline and parting, as these areas are delicate and can burn easily.
  • For a gorgeous glowing tan, apply a body oil everyday to help keep your skin hydrated.
  • To stop the sun damaging your luscious locks, simply twist your hair into a bun to protect the ends of your hair.
  • And remember to set your make-up with a setting spray to help stop it slipping and sliding.
So there you have it - my summer essentials.

I would absolutely love to know your go-to products, so please leave a comment telling me your faves.

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  1. Loving the idea of the MAC Setting Spray but I've used a few setting sprays and they've not made any difference - does this one actually work? Really liking the shade Laguna, I'm a sucker for NARs Blusher's Super Orgasm is my favourite shade it's so versatile!

    1. I absolutely love MAC Fix+ and I have tried so many setting sprays. It will leave your skin with a subtle dewy glow. If in doubt, buy the travel size so you can test it out.