Summer Skincare Favourites

Every season I get a lot more excited to see what new makeup products have been released than I do skincare, I have a slight weakness for highlighters and lipsticks. As a blogger I feel I should be trying new beauty products more than I do, but when I find something I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many skincare items, I know it can’t be good for my skin. However I wanted to talk through some of my current skincare favourites for the summer.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup and I’m absolutely loving this one from No7. I’ve repurchased it so many times in the last few years and it’s become my holy grail cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’m been into town or on the train to London. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation, I just pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – Even during the warmer month I still find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day. If I’m going to be having my photo taken for my blog then I’ll make sure to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum, I have my full review here if you’d like to know why it’s also one of my skincare essentials.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer* – I wasn’t too sure about this serum at first as the website states it gives a matte finish, and normally I’m all about the glow. It’s designed to be applied after using a moisturiser, almost like a makeup primer. I’ve used it mainly down the centre of my face and across my forehead, which is an area that tends to get quite shiny and where my foundation needs to be touched up. I’m not sure how it can be both matte and glowing at the same time, but some how it works. My skin didn’t feel dry and tight, plus my makeup stayed put just that little bit longer. I don’t usually believe a beauty product can completely reduce signs of ageing but believe me ladies, if you have any fine lines or wrinkles then you’ll want to try this product. I have a few around my chin and this almost made them disappear, now I’m not just saying that because I was kindly sent this product, if I genuinely love something then I will be totally honest about it. The serum is full of bio-actives, silicone-free and your skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled, making it the perfect base to apply makeup.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – I started using this about a month ago, applying in both morning and evening. I’ve been really impressed with how incredibly hydrating it is on the delicate skin around the eyes. For years I suffered with dark circles that even the thickest concealer couldn’t hide. This is better than any eye cream I’ve used before, my eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels extremely hydrated and the puffiness has really started to improve. As I’ve gotten older I also worry about fine lines and wrinkles, This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift and reduce any signs of ageing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil really helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a really deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Handbag essentials

The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist – This has been an absolute life saver during the extreme hot weather recently. A quick spritz of this feels so refreshing and also helps to freshen up my makeup. It also comes in different fragrances if you’re not keen on the smell of rose, personally it’s one of my favourite scents.

Dior Lip Glow –  I’ve been wearing the shade 001 a few times just on it’s own for a natural look, It’s a really pretty, pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them, leaves them incredibly soft and looking slightly fuller and plumper. This lip balm is also great for priming my lips to stop them drying out when I’m wearing a matte lipstick.

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream –  One thing I can’t stand is the feeling of dry skin on my hands, I have a hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag too. I’m currently using this one from the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Set as it’s the perfect size to carry with me during the day. The lavender fragrance makes it smell incredibly relaxing, the cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

Summer Skincare Favourites

 

Summer Skincare Favourites

Tanning

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2 – 3 week Tan Mouse – Now I’m no expert when it comes to fake tanning but I do prefer doing it myself at home instead of going to a salon. I’ve been using this one from Vita Liberata in the shade medium, I have just ordered myself a full size bottle after trying out the mini version. I apply it at night so it develops over night into a gorgeous colour that’s a couple shades darker than my natural skin tone. I find it doesn’t make my skin feel dry like some fake tans have done. It’s completely organic, so you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin and can be used on the face. However, being the sensitive thing I am I’ve been applying a thin layer of Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask all over my face and neck a couple of times a week to give my complexion a holiday look.

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my beauty cabinet and seeing what products I’m using this summer.
Do you switch up your skincare depending on the season? What beauty products are you loving right now?

 

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Touch In Sol

I’ll often choose a fresh, natural makeup look if I’m meeting friends for coffee or busy running errands in town. So today I thought I’d let you get ready with me, right down to the finished look and my simple everyday fragrance.

To prep my skin I’ll start off by cleansing and moisturising using some of my skincare essentials. Then I’ll apply a small amount of Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum*, I have mentioned this a few times already, but it honestly feels beautiful on my skin. I’ll leave the link to my full review here if you want to find out more.

Kathleen Skincare

 

Touch In Sol is a new brand I’ve recently discovered, I’d literally seen it everywhere and decided to make a few cheeky purchases. I’ll apply the Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base which is super hydrating and illuminating, I love the glow it gives to my skin then I’ll apply a few drops of Touch In Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat and blend it in with my fingers, as it reacts better to the warmth of my skin and I’ll get a more natural finish. The great thing about the Skin Top Coat is you don’t need separate products, it’s a three in one base: BB Cream, foundation and powder. It’s a lightweight liquid which you can build up to get the coverage you want and it doesn’t look cakey or too heavy.

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder

To add colour and warmth to my complexion I’ll sweep The Body Shop Bronzing Powder (shade 3) all over for a sunkissed look. It looks incredibly natural, as though I’ve spent all day out in the sun.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

 

As I’m using a 3 in 1 base product, I don’t need to use a powder to set my makeup but I’ll apply a light dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Dim Light to make my skin look even more luminous, instead of mattifying my complexion. I’ll apply a couple of tiny drops of Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter for a dewy glow, I absolutely love the pearly colour and creamy consistency.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

I’ll apply a light dusting of blusher from the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette, which is such a gorgeous palette. Today, I’m using the dusky pink shade (bottom row, second from the right) on the apple of my cheeks. The soft, creamy powders are extremely pigmented, blend in beautifully and aren’t drying in the slightest.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Keeping my eye look really simple I’ll apply the shade Toasted (fourth from the right) from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I’ll sweep it all over my lid, going in a little heavier on the outer lid and along the crease. To add definition I’ll take a thin eyeshadow brush and run the shade Darkhorse close to my upper and lower lash line. A few coats of brown mascara and my eyes are done. I’m currently using one from Ted Baker which came in a makeup set, but another one I use lot for a super natural eye look is My Favourite Mascara by GOSH.

Joan Collins Beauty Glorious Gloss

I simply adore these two lip products from  Joan Collins Beauty. The one I’m wearing today is the Glorious Gloss* in the shade Piper, which is a stunning soft, rosey pink colour and just perfect for the look I’ve chosen. It applies lovely and feels comfortable to wear without being sticky like some lip glosses. I could easily adapt this to an evening look just by changing the lip colour. The Joan Collins Beauty Divine Lips* in the shade Lady Joan is a gorgeous deep pink shade and would look amazing if you wanted to feel slightly more glamorous on a date night.

Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour

Some days I’ll have gone all out natural, right down to my nails. I have found the perfect blush pink nail polish from Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour in the shade Rosewood Forest. Guess what, it cost’s a grand total of £1.60! I’ve not had much luck with some budget nail polishes but this one is an absolute dream. It’s easy to apply, one coat and it’s done, plus it last a good 4 days before showing any signs that it’s time to re-do my nails.

Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Spray

To finish off I’ll spray a spritz with a light fragrance to make me smell nice, such as this Ted Baker Body Spray in Blush Pink. It has a really pretty feminine smell, with soft florals and notes of jasmine, sandalwood and musk. The nail polish in this photo is by Sally Hansen Color Therapy in the shade Powder Room, which is a beautiful pearly pink shade and another favourite of mine.

GRWM: Everyday Makeup Look

It’s a super, simple makeup look, I feel dressed and ready for the day ahead. No fancy background, just me in my bedroom doing my makeup. Do you know what? I’m feeling good, and that’s what matters.

What one beauty product do you reach for everyday?

Items marked with an * have been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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The Body Shop Oils Of Life

There’s something really special about doing a nightly skincare routine just before I go to bed, it’s not only beneficial to my skin but also helps make me feel relaxed and ready for sleep. I’ve been using various products from The Body Shop for years and until recently I have been using their Vitamin E Night Cream, which is light enough through the warmer months. I was after a deep, hydrating over night cream that doesn’t clog up my pores and came across The Oils Of Life range, I decided to give the Sleeping Cream a try.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Range Sleeping Cream

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream is a deep hydrating over night cream that get’s to work on your face, neck and decollete. It’s packed with 3 precious seed oils and 7 essential oils from around the world, this cream helps to repair and restore your skin  while you sleep.

The 3 Precious Seed oils are:

Rosehip oil – rich is Omega 3 and 6

Black Cumin oil – high in antioxidants

Camellia oil – rich in nutritive oleic acid

The Powerful Blend Of 7 Essential Oils:

Lavender Oil – known for it’s calming properties

Rosemary Leaf Oil – helps to improve the skins tone

Geranium oil – boosts the skin’s radiance

Orange Peel Oil – revitalises the skin

Lavandin oil – stimulates collagen

Majoram Leaf oil for it’s fragrance

Roman Chamomile Oil – for it’s calming properties

When I first got this I thought it was going to be rather oily, instead it’s a light, creamy gel like consistency and the most gorgeous fragrance that almost made me feel like I was in a Spa treatment room. Naturally I did wonder if I’d be able to use this as I have sensitive skin, luckily I had no reaction what so ever. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping cream had quite the opposite effect, the essential oils helped calm down any redness I had after cleansing.

After applying my usual serum I’ve been gently massaging this into my face and neck every evening so the cream could work over night. It absorbs in really quickly, not like some heavier creams that take ages and seem to sit on top on my skin. This one didn’t feel sticky or greasy afterwards and definitely made my complexion look more radiant, I love the soothing feeling it had on my skin.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The following morning I woke up with super soft, hydrated skin, which also looked plumper. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream had completely got rid of any dry patches and evened out my skin tone, basically anything that makes me look as though I’ve had a full 8 hours sleep will always get my vote.

I’ve been using this cream for a few weeks now, my skin feels more nourished and looks more radiant that it’s done in a while, it will be perfect for the colder months when I need something a bit more intense than my normal night cream. Massaging it into my skin is such a wonderful experience and combined with the gorgeous smell of essential oils that do actually work makes me want to use The Body Shop Oil’s Of Life Sleeping Cream night after night. I’d definitely recommend it, plus it’s suitable for all skin types including oily and combination skin. It’s reasonably priced at £29.00 for an 80ml tub and it will last quite a while as you don’t need to use too much.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

I can’t wait to try out some more of the Oils Of Life Range from The Body Shop. You may also like to read My Skincare Routine where I also talk about thier Vitamin E range.

Have you tried this range before? What’s your favourite night cream?

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Skincare products I can't live without

My obsession with skincare started when I was in my teens and I began by trying my Grandmothers various lotions or creams as she always had beautiful clear skin. Later I began experimenting for myself to see what skincare suited me best. Like many  young women I read magazines or blogs to see what new wonder product was on the market and felt I had to buy every single item that promised amazing results. At one point I had three different night creams, four different cleansers and a number of other serums, tonics, toners and buffers, all on the go at once and this probably wasn’t doing my skin any good what so ever.

Luckily I’ve never suffered with any major problems, I have dry, sensitive skin with the odd breakout and a few areas of eczema on my body which usually flares up if I’m stressing about something. I also don’t want to pay over the top prices for my skincare products when I know there are some amazing brands out there that do the job just as well.

These are the skincare products that I’ve been using over the past couple of months.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and No7 Gentle Toner

I first fell in love with Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser after buying a mini sample size and I’ve been using it to cleanse my face ever since. It’s a gorgeous rich, creamy consistency, full of natural ingredients and it’s super gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling so soft, yet still very effective at removing all of my make up. It gently exfoliates your skin too, without being too harsh and stripping all the natural oils from your skin.

If I’m wearing heavier makeup then I’ll occasionally use Boots No7 Micellar Water first, just to remove the top layer of dirt and grime. It’s also been a brilliant cleanser to take on holiday with me, it’s quick and easy to use plus I usually only wear tinted moisturiser, mascara and bronzer when I’m away.

I use No7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner after I’ve cleansed or used a face mask to make sure that every scrap of product or makeup has been removed. It’s super gentle and doesn’t sting my skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum and Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin E range has been around for a number of years and one I keep going back to. After I have cleansed or used a face mask I’ll apply the Moisture Serum, followed by the Moisture Day Cream, both are light enough to wear under makeup, leaving my skin feel so soft without being sticky. In the evening I’ll switch to using the  Vitamin E Over Night Serum In Oil, this has the benefits of a serum and oil all in one, it’s lightweight and non greasy. To finish off I’ll use the Moisture Night Cream it’s super rich but absorbs into my skin beautifully. I absolutely love the Vitamin E range, it’s fantastic, it almost feels as though I’m having a mini pamper session every time I complete my skincare routine. My skin feels hydrated and nourished, it looks radiant and healthy, what more could a girl ask for?

It’s important to me to look after the delicate skin around my eyes as I get older. I’ve been using Superdrug B Nourished Eye Cream, it feels incredibly soothing and helps reduce any puffiness and dark circles. It’s a delicate, lightweight cream and makes my eye area feel so soft after gently dabbing on a few drops.

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Once a week I love to apply a face mask for a real deep clean and right now I’m using  Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask. It’s been quite hard to find a face mask that’s gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t cause any irritation, but this one is absolutely amazing. My skin feels extremely soft and looks positively glowing after I use it. It’s incredibly relaxing to pop on a face mask while soaking in the bath, listening to music and I have to say this one also smells absolutely delicious!

Lush Lip Scrub and The Body Shop Rose Hand Cream

There are a couple of extras I use as part of my skincare routine including Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub as it helps to remove any dry, flaky skin. I mainly use this if I’m wearing a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, as they can be quite drying. I gently apply the scrub using my finger tip and it leaves my lips feeling super soft. It smells incredible and leaves your lips with a gorgeous sweet taste afterwards. Then I apply my favourite lip balm before applying whatever lip colour I’ve chosen that day.

I have to say The Body Shop British Rose Soft Petal Hand Cream  smells divine, before I even mention how wonderful it is! It’s a thick, creamy constancy and it melts into into my skin really quickly. I like to look after my hands just as much as I do my face, this hand cream is super nourishing and leaves my hands feeling so soft. I use it after I’ve washed my hands or whenever they feel a bit dry, I’ve even chucked a tube of it in my handbag so I can apply some when I’m out!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence on my skin before I go out in the sun. It’s a lightweight milk that makes my skin feel so soft, it contains SPF 50 so it will protect my skin against sun damage. It’s seen a lot of use recently and came with me on a few trips away.

I apply The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream after my morning shower, it’s super creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It has a slightly different fragrance compared to the plain rose one, this body cream has less of a sweet smell due to rose mixed with warm spices and amber, so it’s a really comforting fragrance. It’s helped sort out any dry areas, especially my elbows, knees and ankles. Plus it’s a wonderful body cream to apply after having a relaxing bath!

Do you have a regular skincare routine? What products are you really enjoying at the moment?

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