LtoR: NARS Orgasm, MAC Speed Dial, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte with Love, Essie Signature Smile, Benefit Dew the Hoola, MAC Soft & Gentle, MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, MAC Lady Danger, Benefit Ka-Brow, MAC Oil Control Lotion
Well summer has officially started - apparently! I'm not quite sure given the fact that the weather has been very wet, but then again isn't that a typical British summer? Well despite the wet summer we are experiencing let's just relish in the fact that we have had some nice summery days, which call for a change in makeup - whether it's swapping those wintery mattes for bright summer hues or just opting for a dewy base it's a welcomed change, and with that I wanted to share with you all my top picks for my summer beauty edit.
I love switching to a shimmery blush when the weather picks up, as I just feel they help perk my complexion, and my blush of choice has to be NARS Orgasm which is a stunning rosy pink shade which applies seamlessly onto the apples of your cheeks and has to be one of the most flattering shades I have ever come across. The speckles of gold infused in the formula really help to instantly lift and perk your complexion giving you a beautiful summery glow.
An oldie but a goodie is MAC Speed Dial, this is such a stunning blue toned pink that is perfect for everyday wear. When the summer months arrive I do tend to opt for a creamsheen formula when I wear MAC lipsticks purely because they are creamier on the lips and slightly more pigmented than a lustre formula.
You know me I can't resist a good MAC lipstick and next up is MAC To Matte with Love, which is a gorgeous bright raspberry shade that whilst being on the bright side is very wearable and flattering. I love that this is so long wearing, meaning that I don't have to worry about it melting off my lips at the slightest sip of a drink or bite of food. Whilst being a matte formula I find these more comfortable to wear in the summer as my lips are less prone to drying so I don't have to worry about my lips cracking afterwards.
There seems to have been an influx of high street gel polishes popping up lately and one of my favourites comes in the form of Essie Signature Smile. As part of their Gel Couture range, Essie have released a two-step formula that is said to last up to 14 days of wear, now I won't review this too much as I'm going to do a post on the range. However Signature Smile is a stunning bright rose that is opaque after a couple of coats and dries fairly quickly once the top coat is applied. This is a great summer mani shade, and while it doesn't last 14 days it does come close!
Next up is Benefit Dew the Hoola, a liquid face bronzer designed to give you a stunning summer glow! Let me warn you a little definitely goes a long way and blending is key to keeping this looking natural on the skin. What I love about this is that it dries to a semi matte finish as I tend to opt for a bronzer with less shimmer in the summer as I'm all about highlighter and shimmery blush so I don't want to go all glitter ball on anyone so it's great to keep it subtle. I think this is a great product for when you've got a tan going on also, and you want to keep your makeup looking natural, as I know recently the top of my forehead has caught the sun and this helps keep it all looking natural to give my complexion that bit of extra colour to match.
A summer staple has to be MAC Soft & Gentle, a stunning peach gold that melts like butter into the skin, leaving your complexion glowing! You only need the smallest amount when applying and I find that a fan brush helps to avoid you going overboard. This is a little warmer in comparison to my other highlighters but none the less looks amazing with a tan to accentuate the high points of your face!
I think I have found my holy grail summer foundation in the form of MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, where a little goes a long way and blemishes, redness and scars are hidden with the buff of your brush. Now normally I'd opt for a lighter base during the warmer months - and this is definitely not one - however this does feel lightweight on the skin to the point where you wouldn't feel you were wearing anything, and the finish is very natural with a slight hint of dewyness. Now in terms of being waterproof I wouldn't full on have a shower in it but if you do get hot during the day you don't have to worry about this melting off the skin, in fact it's rather long lasting and will keep your base looking on point during the day.
Last lip product, I promise! A summer staple for me is MAC Lady Danger, a vivid bright coral-red that surprisingly sits nicely against my skin tone. This is one of those shades that is bright without being too overpowering, and despite being a matte formula this doesn't feel dry or heavy on the lips and as long as your lips have been scrubbed prior to wear you're good to go!
As much as I love my trusty Anastasia Brow Whiz I do need something a little more waterproof and durable to wear throughout the day. I've recently discovered the Benefit Ka-Brow and I'll let you know now it's all good things! This cream gel colour is definitely impressive, once applied you don't have to worry about it budging or melting off leaving your brows looking less than on fleek. Apparently this lasts for 24 hours and the formula is waterproof, but let's be honest no one is going to be wearing this for 24 hours, but I've found that I can get away with 12 so we're definitely on to a winner!
Last but not least is the MAC Oil Control Lotion, being an oily lady I always despise summer for the fact that I feel my face becoming oiler within a matter of minutes. I tend to apply this before my primer and base products, and I find that this instantly mattifies my skin and helps to keep shine at bay for an extra few hours which in the summer is definitely a great thing! The lotion is very runny so a little goes a long way, and because the texture is so runny this feels very light on your face, and is definitely worth picking up a mini!
So there we have it my summer staples, I'd love to know what you've been switching up for the summer?