There’s something about summer beauty which has me feeling all efficient. There’s nothing I love more than fitting all my beauty bits in a singular bag, although that’s become far less of an accomplishment, now that I’ve got my hands on Misslyn’s Travel Kit in Globetrotter.
Available in two colour ways, the Travel Kit makes up about half of all the makeup you really need to take on holiday – blush, highlighter, bronzer and fixing powder – there’s even a good sized mirror in there, so you can fix your face on the go!
The selection of colours the Globetrotter palette feels seriously premium – I’m getting Nars’ Orgasm vibes from the mix of bronzer and blush shades. The warm-toned trio is perfect for enhancing a summer tan too!
I’ve never tried facial powders from Misslyn before, and I have to say – I’m seriously impressed. After applying a quick slick of Skin Tint (review here) I brush the bronzer all over the high points of my face. The bronzer is nicely matte, with a silky texture – so it smoothes onto skin beautifully.
A touch of the blusher is perfect for waking my complexion up on early mornings, and the highlighter gives skin a lovely sheen rather than a full-on metallic shine. The effect of all three products is a natural, healthy glow. It’s exactly what you need for a summer beauty look, and I love the fact that I can just tuck it into my makeup bag for easy touchups.
The last product in the lineup, which has its own little compartment is the finishing powder – completely translucent and perfect for combatting hot-weather shine. It’s perfect to use on areas like my nose and forehead which can become a little too shiny in warm weather.
Misslyn Tavel Kit All in One Teint Palette in Globetrotter is priced at £14.50 and is available here.
On a daily basis, I’m not the biggest foundation wearer. I like to look and feel as natural as possible, but there are times where I need something with a higher level of coverage. Usually it’s a Skype meeting, where I need to look polished on the other end of my laptop webcam, and I’ve been looking for a product which leaves me looking ‘finished’ rather than too shiny, which doesn’t really translate on camera.
When Huda Beauty opened their first (and only) Scottish counter in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh a few weeks back, I was colour-matched to their famous #FauxFilter Foundation. Designed to act like an instagram filter but in real life, this is a full-coverage formula which smoothes skin, covers imperfections, and gives you a truly flawless finish. Available in 30 shades, this is possibly the fullest coverage I’ve ever tried. Prior to smoothing on the foundation with a beauty blender, I make sure that my skin is super hydrated, and I add a pump of primer to a pump of foundation to sheer it out a little. Since it’s a full coverage finish, I don’t need to bother with concealer, and it’s just a case of adding a bit of bronzer, mascara and getting down to that Skype meeting. The foundation lasts all day too! I went for a spin class after being colour matched, the foundation did.not.move.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation is priced at £32 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Right now, I’m bang slap in the middle of hair maintenance mode. I’ve got a hairdresser appointment in under a fortnight, and in the meantime, I’m all about getting my hair as healthy as possible in preparation for a full head of highlights. In addition to cutting down to washing my hair every other day, I’ve been adding in masque and treatments every few days, and most recently I’ve been loving ikoo’s Thermal Treatment Wrap – a nifty little product which feels salon-worthy, and had left my hair looking and feeling a whole lot healthier.
Using the wrap couldn’t be easier – after washing hair as normal, I towel it dry, so it’s not soaking wet, then put the wrap on. It’s perfect if I’m having a lazy evening, or am spending the morning at home, as the wrap stays on for about half an hour for maximum effect. Every couple of minutes, I massage the wrap to really work the product into my ends, and once I’ve reached half an hour, I give the whole thing a blast with the hairdryer, then hop back into the shower to rinse my hair. The difference in my hair feels like I’ve taken a trip to the salon – ends feel soft and hydrated, and my hair feels softer and bouncier overall.
If you’re looking for a product to cure summer hair sadness, why not give ikoo wraps a go? They’re priced at £5.95 each, and they’re available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to weekly rituals, one of my most sacred, has to be my Sunday evenings. With music on and a few candles burning, I get myself ready for the week ahead – to do lists are written, my calendar is laid out, and I treat myself to a face mask. It’s something I’ve done since I was at school, and it lets me get my head around what’s coming up.
The newest addition to my Sunday evening lineup is L’Occitane’s new Purifying Mask – a startlingly green product which leaves skin squeaky clean, and cleansed of any makeup and gunk from the past week. Using the mask couldn’t be easier – just smooth it onto clean, dry skin, leave it for five minutes, massage it into skin, then wipe off with a clean warm, damp flannel.
The result is skin which looks and feels perfectly clean. Unlike other purifying masks I’ve tried, L’Occitane’s doesn’t leave skin feeling stripped or raw. It’s perfect for applying to areas which you want to mattify or exfoliate, and it smells absolutely incredible thanks to the freshly-cut, organic thyme from Provence which is included in the formula.
L’Occitane Purifying Mask is priced at £29 and is available here.
When it comes to summer skincare, keeping everything moisturised feels just as important as sun protection – after all, nothing quite dries out the skin like seawater, chlorine and sunshine. So, in an attempt to avoid ashy elbows and knees, I’ve been on the hunt for a heavy duty moisturiser which will keep skin in top condition.
I’ve already spoken about my love for the original Skin Food formula here, so it felt like a no brainer, when Amazon suggested the body version, and I’m so glad to say I haven’t been disappointed. With the same fresh, slightly zesty scent as the original it’s perfect for the warm weather – but one small caveat. The formula is seriously thick and rich, meaning I do prefer to smooth it on before going to bed – clothes would stick if I applied it in the mornings – but it means I get to wake up to silky skin each morning.
Weleda Skin Food Body Butter is priced at £18.95 and is available here.