I know I keep going on and on about how I like my skin to look natural and dewy in Spring and Summer, but it’s true, and I think it just looks so fresh and so pretty. So, to achieve it on a daily basis, I play around with the foundations, concealers and highlighters I use, but something that has stayed the same, is the fact that I’ve kept a little packet of blotting tissues in my makeup bag for the past few years.
If you suffer from oily skin, or just tend to get a little shiny by mid-afternoon, you need to keep this Mary Kay envelope of blotting tissues in your handbag. They’re so easy to keep in there, and they keep makeup looking so fresh, and the best part is that they are so easy to use.
Whenever I’m feeling a little too shiny, I simply press a blotting paper on my skin and then I’m good to go! I tend to focus them around my forehead and nose, but they can really be used anywhere. My little box of Beauty Blotters is especially pretty, as it’s part of the new Into the Garden Collection
I just love these Mary Kay Beauty Blotters, as they’re bigger than many other brands I’ve tried. They also don’t leave any residue on the skin. Instead, skin just looks refreshed, and makeup looks like new! They’re such a great little trick to keep up your sleeve in warmer weather – you can look super calm and collected with no effort at all!
Mary Kay Beauty Blotters are priced at £5.50 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
So if you’ve read any of my recent posts (and really, you should, I’ve been featuring some really rather awesome products!), you’ll have noticed that I’ve been banging on about the better weather. For the past few weeks, the UK has been bathed in the most gorgeous of springtime sunlight, and I’ve been loving all the blossom in the air and golden evenings.
So, in something of a celebration, I’ve been brightening up my makeup a little. My routine usually consists of a pinky-nude lip shade that I’m sure would be boring to many, but I felt it was only right to opt for something a bit juicier looking. So, I plumped for one of YSL’s rather iconic Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks in the shade 41. It’s a really stunning warm toned coral shade which can, in the right light verge on pink.
It’s such a great choice if you’re looking for a summer lip colour, as it’s both incredibly pretty as well as ridiculously easy to wear. I’ve been applying mine straight from the bullet, and I’m just in love with YSL’s Rouge Volupte’s formula. If you’ve never tried it before, you’re really missing out! Rather than many lipsticks which have heavy, creamy formulas, YSL’s feels incredibly light and nourishing. They apply almost like a balm, and leave lips with a light glossy veil of colour.
I’ve already amassed quite the collection of Rouge Voluptes as the formulas are just so dreamy! Infused with oil, lips stay hydrated throughout the day, meaning that they are just the perfect choice for throughout the summer, and there is such a wonderful choice of colours too! So, if you’re looking for a new way to way a pink lip right now, definitely give number 41 a go, and let me know what you think!
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 41 is priced at £26.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I’m not sure that there is anything that looks prettier than super clean, fresh, dewy skin. And in the summer, it feels almost compulsory to have it, so, in a bit of preparation, I’ve been barreling through my concealers to find some that are real multitaskers. And my current favourite might just be Rodial’s Airbrush Concealer.
Packaged in one of the brand’s signature black and silver compacts, the Airbrush Concealer is both super glamorous and really rather effective. I take a little of the formula, and pat it under my eyes to disguise darkness and circles, whilst a touch of the concealer over a blemish makes it nigh-on disappear. It gives skin a real perfected, almost airbrushed quality which stays luminous all day. I love the fact that it never feels too dry or cakey, meaning that your skin looks so healthy even if you’re covering up a rather late night!
Rodial Airbrush Concealer is priced at £32.00 and is available here (UK)
Ok, so I think it’s fair to say that I have something of a Chanel problem. I can’t get enough of their leather goods or beauty, and even though their Vernis formula has been seriously lacking in the quality department, I can’t stop myself buying new ones. Despite the fact my manis chip hours after being completed, I just can’t get enough of the brand. So, when I read that the entire nail polish line was getting a makeover, I couldn’t resist trying it out!
To someone not quite as obsessed with the brand, the bottles might look the same, but, if like me, you’re a bit of a buff, you’ll notice that they’ve been paired back and now no longer have the colour names or numbers on the front. They also claim to be super long lasting when used alongside the Le Gel Coat, so of course, I had to grab both!
Honestly though, I kind of wish I hadn’t. I tried Roubachka for the first time last week, and it’s the same as it’s always been. The colour itself is a truly beautiful inky purple which looks black in some lights and almost egg-plant in others. It applied smoothly and was a rich opaque in two coats. I started the manicure with a Chanel base coat, and finished up with the new Le Gel Coat, and was so impressed with how quickly the polish dried, and how shiny it was. Unfortunately though, that’s where my gushing stops. In under 12 hours I had my first chip, and within 15 every scrap of polish had been peeled off. It’s something of an understatement to say I’m disappointed. I absolutely adore Chanel’s colours, and I was really looking forward to collecting a few more, but, considering this one didn’t even last a full day, I don’t think I’m prepared to fork out again.
Chanel Le Vernis is priced at £18.00 and you can find it here (UK) and here (US)
I’m so excited to share some real newness from Lancome – they have just released their brand new Energie de Vie line, and I’m pleased to say, I’ve been trying out two of their products, andI’m obsessed! The first product I thought I would share is the Le Masque Nuit, which is perfect if you’re a dry skin girl like me.
Packaged in the most gorgeous vibrant green jar, the Le Masque Nuit is a product which has been taking Far Eastern Beauty by storm. The idea is that you cleanse as normal, then apply a little of the Le Masque Nuit. Sleeping in the masque gives it hours and hours to get to work; hydrating, healing and nourishing skin, and you wake up with skin that looks and feels amazing!
As someone who has pretty dry skin, when I felt the texture, I wasn’t sure it was really going to be nourish enough for me, happily though, I was seriously wrong! The Le Masque Nuit has a super light, almost gel-like texture that just melts into skin. The texture is meant to cool and calm skin, whilst it gets to work, and you wake up looking and feeling so well rested and calmed!
I just adore the light, refreshing scent, and it’s become a real nightstand staple! I tend to use it three to four times a week – or just whenever my skin is feeling a little blah or stressed. I also really like the fact this isn’t an age-targeted range, all skin types can benefit from the line, and when I’ve passed it around my friends to see what they think, they’ve all fallen in love too!
Lancome Energie de Vie Le Mask de Nuit is priced at £42.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)