When Fenty Beauty launched their Moroccan Spice Palette (full review here) it seems only right that the brand would couple the release with their new Pro Flit’r Amplifying Eye Primer. After all, with colours as gorgeous as the ones in the palette (hello Evil Genie) you’re going to want them to last all night long!
Packaged in the brand’s signature blush matte packaging, complete with forefoot applicator, the primer is colourless so it’s perfect for using on all skin tones. After applying my foundation of choice, I swipe a little of the primer on my lids, then blend with my fingers. The result is a smooth, slightly matte canvas perfect for creating a dramatic smokey eye look.
The Primer is completely weightless, and has a slight silicon feeling, which allows shadows to sweep on, amplifying colours beautifully. One days when I use the primer, eyeshadows stay looking perfect all.day.long. There is no creasing or smudging. Instead, everything just stays put until it’s time for cleanser!
I’m never done being impressed by Fenty Beauty. Far from being your typical ‘celeb’ brand, Fenty is producing a whole line of products which have been well though out, and perfected, and the fact that all skin tones can enjoy the products is just incredible.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For me, I feel like this summer has been a season of facial mists. I’m not sure I’ve ever relied on a product more, but between priming makeup, setting my face, and cooling down in general, I’ve not been without a bottle of the stuff all summer. My newest acquisition is Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist – a brand new release from the brand which promises to act as a primer, a setting spray, toner and serum substitute. Genius!
Inspired by Korean Beauty the Essence Mist provides skin with nourishing vitamins that are effectively drawn deep into the skin leading to smoother texture. Due to this, I love applying a light mist of the essence to clean skin, straight out the shower. I’ve also been keeping the bottle in my gym bag, so once I give my face a quick wash after working out, I spritz a little on before smoothing on a light moisturiser.
For such a refreshing product, the formula packs a serious punch! The appearance of skin is improved by Chronocyclin which encourages cell turnover. The famous Dragon’s Blood soothes, moisturises and replenishes skin, whilst Vitamin B boosts skins elasticity, supports collagen production, and reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone. The Essence Mist also hydrates skin thanks to the Rice Protein which helps to instantly restore and balance dehydrated complexions and improves moisture retention. The Essence Mist feels so cooling and soothing to use, and one of it’s benefits is redness reduction – a must post-cardio!
Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist is priced at £38 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to fake tanning, I’m a complete wuss. I’m scared of turning into an Oompa Loompa, and there is nothing worse than sporting the giveaway orange knees and knuckles. So, when I headed through to Glasgow to learn from the St Tropez experts, I would have said the Extra Dark Tanning Mousse was certainly not the product for me. I’m wary when it even comes to sitting beside dark bottles of fake tan, let alone slapping some on.
But after learning about the best ways to prep skin, as well as to apply the tanner, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. After rigorously exfoliating, and adding a little moisturiser to my knees, ankles and feet, I added a few puffs of mousse to a tanning mitten, and applied in upwards sweeping motions, making sure I didn’t miss an inch.
Since I’m so pale, I keep applications to my legs, leaving it to develop for the recommended four hours. The result was a golden tan which looks completely natural. It’s not dried out the skin, or started to look patchy, instead I just look like I’ve been somewhere terribly exotic!
St Tropez Extra Dark Mousse is priced at £34 and is available here.
When it comes to summer beauty, nothing feels more effortless than a new lipgloss. Whether you’re sunning yourself on an exotic beach somewhere, or just want to give your makeup bag a seasonal update, there is nothing easier than grabbing a new gloss. I couldn’t resist the newest from uber luxe brand Sisley, who have just launched a trio of juicy Phyto-Lip Delight glosses which are just too pretty to resist!
Available in three summer-perfect shades, you can choose from 01 Cool, a perfect neutral beige (which I’ve also got lined up to review), 02 Pretty, this perfect petal pink shade, as well as 03 Sweet, a warm melon which is just aching to be worn with a tan. I couldn’t resist 02 Sweet, as it looked like the perfect seasonal pink with blue undertones to make sure teeth look super white!
Packaged in a chic golden tube, Sisley’s Phyto-Lip Delights feel like the perfect gloss. Not only do they look super glamorous rolling around in your makeup bag, but on the lips the Phyto-Delights feel gloriously balmy, without a hint of that sticky, gloopy feeling you get with most glosses. Instead lips look plumper, with a subtle pink sheen.
Yes, the gloss, as you might expect, isn’t the longest-wearing piece of makeup in my arsenal, but when the packaging is as pretty as this, I don’t mind reapplying on the go! Layered up you can achieve quite an opaque pink, but I like mine worn as a sheer wash of colour.
Sisley Phyto-Lip Delights are priced at £37 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)
When Glossier launched a couple of years ago, I’m not going to lie, I rolled my eyes, marked it as a publicity stunt, and kept scrolling. Then I saw the pictures of models wearing the products – heard the ‘skin first’ mantra, then promptly fell in love. I had to then wait until they began shipping to the UK, and since October, I’ve slowly been building up my collection.
The product I swayed over the most was the Skin Tint. Available only in a handful of shades, it’s not your normal tinted moisturiser. In fact, I’m not sure this even really counts as makeup – this is the sheerest formula you can imagine – more a veil than anything else.
For best results I’ve been squeezing the skin tint directly from the bottle onto my face – a stripe down my nose, across my cheeks and on my chin and forehead. Then I get to work blending with my fingers. The result is skin which is gently evened out, and beautifully glowy. For sure, this isn’t for anything other than good skin days. It doesn’t cover blemishes, but it just makes skin look prettier.
Once blended, I then top with a little of Glossier’s Stretch Concealer (review here) then finish off with a little bronzer. It makes the perfect easy ‘weekend’ beauty look, and I love it for how easy it is to use. If you’re looking for a new base, which won’t cover summer freckles – this is the tint for you!
Glossier Skin Tint is priced at £20 and is available here.