I had been waiting for the Summer Bank Holiday to sit down and write this post, however now that it has come down to it, the sun has all but disappeared and I am sat here in my new autumn jumper with the heating on; oh, the irony! Nevertheless, I am still hopeful that we will have a little bit more sunshine before autumn truly arrives, therefore I am fairly content in sharing with you some of my new summer makeup essentials. This is the second and final part in this little series, whereby in the first instalment I shared with you some of my skincare essentials along with perhaps my favourite fragrance of all time. You can find that here. Generally speaking, in the summer I do wear less make up as it is warmer, and my skin tend to be clearer, therefore naturally I want to and need to use less.
My current base of choice is my much loved Erborian CC Creme* which I absolutely adore, it is one of my favourite discoveries this year and it is perfect for summer, especially with the added bonus of SPF 25. Aside from that I am mostly using the Clarins Instant Concealer which I picked up over a year ago,. There is just a little bit left which I think will see me through to the end of summer. I would like to repurchase this as I have really enjoyed using it, however I have recently picked up a few new high street concealers to try therefore I had better hold off for now. In terms of eyeshadow I must admit that I have not been reaching for it as much this month, despite having far too many palettes than I care to admit, I have mainly being using eye liner and mascara and have rarely reached for any eyeshadow barring one.
The By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Stick* in Bronze Moon is one of my favourite cream eyeshadow products to date. This particular one has been gifted to me, however I do have this shade already which is much loved along with Misty Rock, this is another shade that I would highly recommend to anybody. They are without doubt some of the prettiest eyeshadows I own which have fantastic longevity and gorgeous, sparkly pigment. They are really easy to use, gentle when applying (I find some cream eyeshadow sticks can be a bit hard) and they also blend beautifully, the only criticism I would have is that they are expensive, however By Terry is a luxurious brand with price tags that do reflect this. I have to say, there are a lot of products I really want to try from By Terry, everything sounds fantastic therefore if you do have any recommendations I would be delighted to read them.
The second item is actually a release which somehow managed to go under my radar. I love NARS and generally find that I am quite up to date on their launches, however the Orgasm Liquid Blush* completely slipped past me therefore when I saw these for the first time just a couple of months ago I found myself wanting to go and try them for myself. Generally speaking I am not very good with liquid blushes, I for some reason find myself not being able to blend them very well as opposed to a cream and powder blush. That being said, I am getting the hang of it much better, although I think it helps that this product is so good that it really does require little work on my part. I would advise remembering to shake this up before you use it as it can separate ever so slightly, however after one quick shake it is good to go. I have to say that at £23 I think these are really great value for money, the reason being is that you need the tiniest amount due to the fact that it is so pigmented, I can see this lasting me a really long time. I also wanted to comment on the packaging as I think it is really nice, I love the frosted glass finish and unlike their rather popular Sheer Glow foundation, this does come with a pump.
The final two products are once again cheek products, although the latter leans towards that of a highlight. The third item I have really been enjoying is the Burberry Lip and Cheek Bloom* in the shade Poppy. This is a multi-use product which as the name would suggest can be used on the lips and the cheeks, however personally I only use it on my lips for a hint of colour. I have to say that the texture of this product is like no other that I have ever tried. It almost has a velvet/waxy feel to it but not in a greasy or sticky way, it is so smooth; although I do find that when I apply it straight from the pot with my fingers that it does ball up a little bit in the pot. That being said, it is a lovely product, although I personally think it works better as a lip product for me than a cheek product as the shade I have is a bit too pink for my cheeks. On the lips it adds a really nice natural colour, it looks much darker in the glass pot than it does on the lips so I think it is safe to say that this shade would suit most people. The finish of this is matte, yet it does not feel drying on the lips at all, in fact the finish looks really smooth and blurred and I rather like it.
To round things up, the final product is the Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlight* in the shade Show Gold from MAC. This is the first product I have used from this line and I have to say that I am super impressed with the quality, although let’s face it, it is MAC and they rarely disappoint. This is a creamy powder formula which as you would expect from MAC blends beautifully, I have used this to create a nice dazzling highlight which it achieves magnificently; it is striking! What I would say about this shade in particular is that it isn’t very natural looking on my skin. That is to say it isn’t very natural compared to what I usually opt for. The shade itself is peach based which is perfectly fine, however what it does have within the formula is a multi-dimensional shimmer which consists of gold and pink glitter. The shade overall is gorgeous, it truly is and it happens to go very nicely with the orgasm liquid blush, however for somebody like me who is quite pale I do think that I struggle to pull this off. If I had a nice tan this would be much better suited I think, however judging by the weather over the last few days the chances of that are rather slim. At the moment I am not quite sure how to go about using this, I love the formula and finish, it is just the shade which just isn’t quite right therefore I would include the product itself within my simmer essentials albeit just a different shade as I cannot fault the actual product in the slightest.
So, there we have it, some of my most recent make up essentials which I have been using throughout August.
What have been your go to beauty products this summer?
*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer.