TOP 9 SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
It may be time to say bye to summer for another year but I thought that now was a good time to reflect on my top 9 summer beauty essentials. These are the products I have used time and time again this summer, both on holiday and back home too.
1. CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL BRONZER
First up, let's start with make up. Without doubt the best summer beauty buy I made recently was the Chanel Soleil Tan bronzer. I picked it up in Debenhams after I teamed up with St Enoch's Centre for a shopping haul earlier this summer (you can see the video here). Rachel has been using this bronzer for a while and spoke about how long it lasts her so, although at £40 it's more than I would normally spend on a bronzer, I thought I would give it a try. All of my previous bronzers that I've tried, I've ended up smashing as I'm apparently quite clumsy and prone to dropping things. The heartbreak you experience when you drop a pressed powder and it smashes rendering it pretty much useless is REAL... you hear me, right girls?!
This little beauty is more of a mousse texture in the jar (which is mega sturdy, phew!) but definitely dries more like a powder. I've used it at least once a day since for the last two months and, as you can see, it barely looks like I've used it. It comes in just one shade but adjusts to your skin tone and there is absolutely no hint of shimmer or sparkle which is a must for me when it comes to bronzer. It's great for just giving your cheeks a little bit of definition if you want to go otherwise sans make up.
I've recommended this to so many friends since I started using it and they're all completely converted now too.
2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY UNISEX HEALTHY GLOW TINTED MOISTURISER
As with all Charlotte Tilbury products, there is a lot of hype but I wasn't sure how good the Unisex Healthy Glow could actually be. I was so wrong. And at £35 for a tinted moisturiser, believe me it pains me more than anyone how much I love this product. It comes out white but changes colour when it goes on your skin and works with your own pigmentation meaning that it's never too dark for your skin tone. When I'm on holiday or out in the sun, I usually have my face covered and factor 50 on ('cos, ya know, wrinkles) so my face is always so much paler than the rest of me. This is the perfect product for when you don't want to wear make up but would also like your head to look like it's attached to the right body. It's super hydrating and really does give you a healthy glow but you don't look like or feel like you've got make up on, just that you've got glowy, dewy skin - the DREAM, right? Not cheap but, in my opinion, worth every penny and is definitely a summer beauty essential. I use a pretty cheap foundation (Bourjois, Healthy Mix) so this is my way of justifying a re-purchase of Healthy Glow.
I talk more about my favourite skincare products to help achieve the glow in my other blog post here.
3. URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT PALETTE
I'm a big fan of Urban Decay make up and have never been disappointed in a product but something always held me back from buying the Naked palettes as I just couldn't decide which palette I would use the most. But, when the Naked Heat palette was released, I knew this was the palette for me.
Before I buy any make up palette, I usually do a quick search on YouTube for reviews and tutorials to see if I like the looks people have created and to see if it looks relatively straightforward to re-create. I loved this tutorial by Pixiwoos and this one by Hello October so I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I also knew it would be perfect for taking with me to Ibiza and I think I've used it maybe four or five times a week since I bought it a couple of month ago. I love the copper shades and can't wait to experiment with all the deeper Autumnal plum shades in the coming months. The shades with shimmer and just the right amount of sparkle and aren't too 'glittery'. There is hardly any product fallout and the pigmentation is just perfect too. Yup, I'm obsessed with this palette.
4. PIXI BY PETRA EYE REFLECTIONS SHADOW PALETTE
Another eyeshadow palette? Um, yeah - sorry about that! But as with the Naked Heat Palette, the shades are just so dreamy and the pigmentation is also fabulous. I was given this Eye Reflections palette at dinner with the Pixi Beauty PR team a couple of months ago (you can see the video here) and it's honestly the exact shades I'd include if I was designing my own palette. I love the pinky/plum shades and the colours are really buildable too if you wish a more intense look. The matte shades are perfectly matt and go on like a dream. I think £24 for a palette of this quality is actually really good value for money and a great eye shadow palette will forever be a summer beauty essential for me.
5. URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY
This is a product that I've been using for years and have recommended to so many people as it's a complete game-changer. I use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to, funnily enough, set my make up and it really does work. The first time I used it was about four years ago when I went to Dubai and, if it manages to keep my make up from sliding off my face in forty degree heat, it really does work!
I also spray a little bit on my eye shadow brush when I'm using lighter shades as it acts as a primer and stops my eye shadow from creasing as much. I normally go for the bigger bottle but I spotted this little handbag size version before I went to Ibiza and knew it would be perfect for my handbag on holiday.
6. MUA SETTING POWDER
I picked up this setting powder when I was waiting in queue in Superdrug the day before I went on holiday. At just £4, I didn't hold out much hope for this product but it is actually fantastic! It gives a slight airbrushed/filtered look and, as the powder is white, it doesn't change the colour of your make up under it and you can't looked 'caked' as the finish is beautiful. I quite often use this over the my Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow tinted moisturer and it's a great no-make, make-up look. It prevents any build up of shine so it's perfect if you're prone to an oily t-zone. An absolute bargain at just £4!
7. ICE ROLLER
In those amazing few weeks at the beginning of summer this year when Scotland was seriously HOT, this Ice Roller was a life saver! I bought mine from Amazon and costs less than £10. You remove the roller head and keep it in the freezer and just take it out and re-attach it when you want to use it. It's great for de-puffing your skin but I often put on quite a heavy moisturiser and then used the roller on top of it to really keep your skin hydrated during the summer. I kept it next to my pillow at night and it really helped cool me down before I went to sleep... not something we have to worry about that often in Scotland but for the price it's definitely worth the investment.
8. FOX TAN RAPID MIST
Honestly, I'd never really properly had a real tan until I started using Fox Tan Rapid Mist. I used it when I was in Italy and Ibiza last year and felt like I got a much better tan than I normally get. I was keen to try it again this year to see if it was just a fluke but I'm now definitely convinced it was because of Fox Tan.
I was lucky that we had so much good weather before I went on holiday this summer and I used it all the time. I'd pop it on over my suncream even if I was just going for a run around the park on walking round to the shops. I continued to use it in Ibiza and feel like I got a really good tan this year... well, for me, anyway. I also used the Caramel Kiss by Fox Tan but it's so messy! It stained all the towels on holiday (sorry hotel) and just made me look a bit dirty. I wouldn't buy it again but would definitely use Fox Tan Rapid Mist for every holiday.
9. LANCASTER TAN MAXIMISER
If you're like me and it takes a while to build up a natural tan, then you'll want to make sure you hang onto it for as long as possible. I tried this Lancaster Tan Maximiser for the first time this summer and my tan has lasted really well. I got back from my holidays about six weeks ago and still haven't had to use any fake tan yet which is amazing.
I used it as an aftersun in Ibiza and then everyday when I got my holiday after my shower and, if nothing else, it leaves your skin silky soft and I didn't suffer from any peeling. Again, I would definitely buy it again for future holidays.
These are my summer beauty essentials but what are yours? If there are products that I need to add to my summer beauty regime then let me know in the comments below.