Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Best of Summer 2014 - Beauty Edition

Gone are the long hot days and light mornings. The evenings filled with alfresco dining are just a distant memory. Autumn is only a stones throw away, so while we're all looking forward to adorning our UGG boots and dreaming of cosy nights in with mulled wine, lets look back at the past season and see what have been the highlights with all things beauty related..

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream I know I've banged on about this far to many times to mention, but this has been my summer face. The formula is light and the coverage is excellent, it neutralises all redness and gives the skin a lot more even appearance.
Revlon Matte Balms These were my go to lipstick for the best part of the summer. I absolutely loved the colours and the formula was matte without being overly drying like some matte lipsticks can be. My favourite was 'Unapologetic' which is just the perfect bright fuchsia pink.
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - this has kept my brows looking their best all day in the heat and sweat. The gel/mousse formula also helped tame any stray hairs and kept them in place.
Laurens Way Solution 60 Rapid Tan* I have worn this nearly every week since the start of summer. The colour is dark (when left on for 4 hours) which I love, and the fact that it takes so quickly means I didn't have to sleep in it -another bonus!
Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow Scrub  I have loved this scrub ever since I got it at the start of summer. Number 1. it smells amazing, which lets face it we all look for in a bath product. And Number 2, it makes my skin feel soft and silky, while not leaving it dry or dehydrated. It scrubs away all the dead skin cells making it perfect as a pre tan prep and also for prolonging the life of a real tan.
Nars Laguna. I won't harp on too much coz we know how good this baby is. I use it to bronze up my skin and add definition by contouring and sculpting my face. It's the perfect shade without being too orange or too muddy looking, and transfers to a satin finish on the skin.
Nspa Eucalyptus and Sea Mineral Body Gel* is this a new discovery and one I wish I'd had it sooner. The light weight gel formula sinks into the skin within seconds leaving a cooling refreshing sensation behind which smells fresh and uplifting.
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder This has been a god send when the weather was a lot hotter. Normally when the heat turns up my face resembles that of a melting Salvador Dali painting, but this pot of goodness saved me. It mattified and locked my foundation in place, serving me well for the good part of the day.
Soap and Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF50 Wearing SPF is essential in summer and this one is different to any I have tried before. Forget thick greasy creams, this is thin and lightweight on the skin,  leaving no greasy residue at all. A must for summer and something I'll definitely be using next year.

The Body Shop Pomegranate Refreshing Eye-Roll-On This is a cool and refreshing eye gel that was perfect for reviving those tired eyes, and especially nice in hot weather as the cooling effects were a nice addition to hot mornings and evenings. 
Makeup Geek 'Peach Smoothie' has been an eye shadow which has literally taken over my life. I am now unable to apply eye make up without it - I definitely understand why so many people rave about it, I'm obsessed! It's just the perfect transition colour for any makeup look and goes with every colour imaginable!
La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat. This is the best moisturiser I've tried for oily skin. It helps to keep pores clear and stops unwanted shine peeking though, and is also the perfect base for applying makeup too!
Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt. I know I've only just purchased but there's no way I could do a post without including it! I so wish they had released it earlier because there's no doubt I would have worn it all summer!
Mac Pro-Long Wear Concealer. This is a bit of a boring item but one I have relied on throughout the heat and sweat. The long wearing formula sits nice and evenly under my eye area with minimal creasing and lasts a pretty long time too!
Mario Badescu Drying Cream. You'll probably know if you've read my blog before that I had some trouble with my skin and this little gem helped dry up and reduce the redness of those pesky spots. it true was a life saver
Bobbi Brown Blush in 'Coral'. This has been my most worn blush, and a shade I revert back to time and time again when I don't know which shade to choose. It's one of those colours that's seems to go with everything, and just gives my cheeks a natural flush with a coral hue.
What have been your favourite products this summer?
*Pr Samples. All thoughts are of course my own.


  1. Ah lovely products and fab pictures. xx

  2. We do miss the early morning, always much more difficult getting out of bed when it's dark and you're all cosy! Would love to try the Nspa Eucalyptus and Sea Mineral Body Gel. You've mentioned so many great products in your summer favourites :-)

    x Roch & Tash x


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