I’ve been doing a lot of traveling over the past month and as a result I’ve been lured into duty free and not so accidentally spent a small fortune buying beauty products I’ve had my eye on for summer. On the way out of England I ran quickly to the Lancome counter for a Lancome Juicy Shaker before my flight took off. I’d been toying with the idea of oil lip products ever since the Clarins Instant Light Lip Oils came out, but these little shakers really got to me. I’d not been able to get these cute little lip stains out of my head and I think it was down to the bright colours and the huge variety on offer that had my handing over my money. I ended up with Great Fruit which I’ve been using non-stop since purchase and I feel like this is the one product out of the three here that I’ll get the most wear out of over the summer. It offers a warm orange-red tint to the lips while the oil works on keeping the lips moisturised and glossy. The sponge applicator is amazing and helps builds up the colour to a warm red hue, that looks like I’ve stained my lips with some berries.
And since I seem to have it in my head for orange coral lips I picked up a lipstick to further my coral addiction, the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in 46 Orange Perfecto. I’m all for matte lips but my true love lies in super glossy lipsticks. And this was exactly what I was craving colour wise, bold blood orange that screams out for a tan to accompany it.
And lastly, something I bought on a whim because I was at the Clarins counter buying sunscreen, I got hold of one of the newer colors of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade Toffee Pink Shimmer which is like a soft pink which closely matches my natural lips colour. If you’ve never tried these before, they are a gloss with a sponge applicator that the product come through, so you can softly swipe it onto your lips. An easy lip product to throw in a bag and use on days when natural moisturised lips are in order.
What are your favourite summer lipsticks?
This is a luxury skin care item there’s no doubt about it, but if you invest in anything invest in a serum. Once you’ve cleansed your skin this is the first step in a skincare routine and therefore its the product that needs to pack the biggest punch. I bought the Clinique Smart Custom Serum before and used it nonstop, even going so far as to keep the bottle upside down for a few weeks hoping to get the very last bits of the product out. Then it finished, I vowed once I had the money again I would get hold of it and 6 months later I went state side, found a special offer two pack in TJ Maxx for around $80 which is an insane, did a little happy dance and now it’s back in my life.
The serum is beautiful to apply, it borders on being a gel and a cream which gives it a substantially quality. It applies easily and feels smooth on the skin immediately. Like all Clinique products it’s fragrance free which I usually don’t like but I don’t seem to mind with this.
The serum is supposed to react to your skin and find problems and repair them, bold claims. It also says it takes 10 weeks to have noticeable effects, and by this I mean it’s supposed to reduce fine lines, lasting scars, even skin tone and texture, lift and firm skin. I’ve only had this for 4 weeks so I don’t know about long term changes but I feel a perky little difference the next day and I’m all for a fast result. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated and incredibly smooth. I love applying this in the evenings because I know It’ll have the desired effect of super soft skin the next morning.
This is a mask that I’ve loved for years. The Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is a peel off mask and is there anything more satisfying in life? Answer: No. No there is not.
This is a clay mask that helps draw out impurities along with any dirt or oil trapped under the skin. If my skin gets overly congested this is what I reach for because you see results literally straight away as you peel off the mask. Disgusting but deeply satisfying. I do need to make sure I moisturise afterwards as it can strip away moisture but the results are instant and did I mention that it’s a peel off mask?
Whats your favourite mask?
There’s an important part of the skincare routine which I always forget about and I think it’s because it’s not a daily thing. The Exfoliating toners and acids step are what glowing skins are made of and I’m all about glowing dewy skin. I’ve known for ages they should be part of my skincare routine but I’ve never found any that don’t irritate my sensitive skin or that I can use on a daily basis. Something that’s not an everyday step gets forgotten about in my weird and wonderful mind.
Then Pixi Glow Tonic came into my life, which is a mild glycolic acid which I’ve been able to use everyday. So now forgetful old me can slot it in nicely to my daily skincare routine and feel smug that I’m finally nailing the scary acid step in skincare. I think the difference in this acid toner over others is the Glow Tonic has aloe in it which helps soothe and hydrate. And there’s the fact that there are mild levels of glycolic acid, which are good for sensitive skins and even twice daily use. No redness, tightness or burning here, just healthy, bright skin. I can really see a difference from using it consistently over a few weeks. And to top it all off, for once it’s from an affordable skincare brand, go me!
This month I’ve barely worn makeup, I was on holiday for the first two weeks in Palm Springs, California with family where I wore bare minimum at all times. And the second half of the month I didn’t leave the house all that much, we’ve just moved and building work was still happening all around us and then we had to unpack, I left the house to basically go to Ikea and walk to the dog. Exciting times. When I’ve worn make-up it’s been simple and quick. As a base I’ve been smothering on Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain because I can use my fingers, it covers up redness and it has SPF 20, which isn’t much but its better than nothing when the suns out. This is my fail safe and this month its been a saviour.
The last two items couldn’t look more battered up if they tried. But that’s the love showing through. These are two makeup items I always revert back to. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black is lengthening but at the same time very natural looking. It really defines and lifts up the lashes. And to finish off the look is the Revlon Balm Stain Lip Crayon in Honey, it’s an almost perfect colour match, so when it fades it doesn’t matter. It’s a balm lip crayon, so the colour is quite sheer and the crayon is moisturising and a little glossy.
Overall a nice easy breezy makeup trio wouldn’t you say? What do you wear on days when you can’t be bothered to put a full face of makeup on?