Soleil Toujours Hydra Volume Lip Masque – Sip Sip*

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When it comes to summer beauty staples, I can’t be without a great lip gloss. It feels perfect when paired with beach-messy hair and a hint of a tan, and it’s not as high maintenance as a lipstick. Soleil Toujours takes the classic to a new level with their Lip Masques which are available in six shades which range from clear to plum.

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In addition to bringing a bit of shine to your summer beauty routine, the lip masque also has an SPF 15, which means it’s perfect for popping in your beach bag, or wearing when you’re out sight seeing. Vegan-friendly and hypo-allergenic, not only does the Lip Masque protect your lips from sun damage, but it stimulate collagen so your lips always look and feel their best.

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It’s possibly the cleverest lip gloss I’ve tried – the formula is infused with organic oils and the brand’s signature Hyaluronic Filling Spheres to soothe dryness and minimize the appearance of fine lines for a fuller look, so lips alway look their juicy best. It’s seriously comfortable to wear too. Silky rather than sticky, it feels nourishing to apply, just make sure you pop it on 15 minutes before heading outside to really benefit from the sun protection.

Soleil Toujours Hydra Volume Lip Masque is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Rodin Luxury Illuminating Powder*

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When it comes to summer beauty, there’s nothing better than being bronzed and glowing. It feels so effortless when the temperatures begin to climb, and whether you’re heading for a day or want to enjoy a glitzy evening, you’re going to want to apply Rodin’s new Luxury Illuminating Powder.

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Part of the brand’s summer Goddess Aurora Collection, it’s part highlighter, and if you’re brave enough, part bronzer. With a casing decorated with sunshine doodle, it’s a beautifully fun way to enjoy a little whimsy this summer, and it gives skin the most glorious, natural-looking glow.

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A swirl of gold and bronze make up the illuminator, and it’s been pressed with the cartoon of a face, making it feel even more special to use. I’m obsessed with the slick acrylic case, which means I know exactly what I’m reaching for when it’s in my makeup bag.

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Alongside the Luxury Illuminating Powder, Rodin also sell a beautiful brush which you can use to apply it with, but I’ve just been using my regular highlighter brush. Swept over the high points of the face, the powder gives skin a real boost. Unlike other powders I’ve tried, Rodin’s gives a really believable glow – like you’ve just stepped off the beach. There’s nothing metallic about – it’s much prettier and more subtle than that. Buffed into eyelids, it’s the perfect summer eyeshadow, whilst on the sheets, it brings the perfect amount of warmth to skin.

Rodin Luxury Illuminating Powder is priced at £38 and is available here.

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil – new shades!

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When it comes to brow products, I’m ridiculously picky. I need products which help give a little shape and definition without looking or feeling too heavy. I need something which lasts all day, and which looks completely natural, and for the past few years, Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil has been my daily pick.

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It’s an absolute joy of a brow pencil – one end had a great spool brush, perfect for fluffing hairs up before rustling them into shape, and the pencil is super-fine, which means creating natural, hair-like strokes is a breeze. As a blonde, I need to be pretty fussy about the colours I use too – I like my brows cool-toned, so number 3 has always been my choice.

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If you’re as picky as me when it comes to brows, I have some news – Benefit have released a handful of new shades, which means there are now 12 shades ranging from light blonde to cool grey to choose from. This means that no matter if you’re a baby blonde, red head or brunette, you’ll be able to find your perfect brow match!

Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil is priced at £21.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Hourglass Veil Primer*

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If you’re not currently in the UK at the moment, you might not know that there is currently a bit of a heatwave. By other country’s standards, it’s typical summer weather, but in the UK it means that conversation circles around whether the temperature will reach 80 or even 90, and not a whole lot else. If you’ve been in Edinburgh this week, you’ll have seen the outside seats on George Street  positively groaning under the weight of all those sun seekers, and everyone has really just been making the most of a sunny few days – which is exactly where Hourglass’ Veil Primer comes in.

Admittedly, I’m not the heaviest makeup wearer – the thought of spending a day in a full-coverage foundation makes me itch, but when it comes to summer products, I’m always on the lookout for something which will keep everything in place when the mercury starts to rise.

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A few weeks back, Hourglass very kindly invited me to a very swish brunch at Harvey Nichols, where they talked about the brand, as well as hero products and new launches. We were also sent home with some of the most generous goodie bags I’ve ever seen, and nestled inside was this bottle of Veil Primer. On a daily basis, I usually just smooth a little Skin Tint (review here) straight on to skin after moisturising, but with the increase in temperature, I wanted something which would keep everything in place, and honestly, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the primer.

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Packaged in a rather chic glass bottle with pump dispenser, at first the Veil Primer looks a bit worrying. It’s white. Very white, and even as I smooth it on, I can still see it on the skin, casting a bit of a white glow. The magic only starts to happen once I layer my Skin Tint on top. Now, anyone who’s even sniffed at Glossier knows that the tint has the consistency and colour payoff of basically water, but when combined with the Hourglass Veil Primer, it transforms into an almost tinted moisturiser consistency, with higher than normal levels of coverage. The primer really seems to work to amplify the makeup you’ve already got on – keep it looking fresh and in place all day (and night) long. It doesn’t dry skin out, or leave me looking cakey, like others I’ve tried, instead it gives skin a glowing, satin finish, and keeps everything perfectly in tact.

It’s an oil-free formula, which has been designed to repel water – so if you’re looking for something to wear round the pool – this is it! With SPF 15 protection, and a vegan-friendly formula, this is the primer of choice which I’ll be wearing all summer long!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is priced at £49 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

 

Filorga NCEF Reverse Eyes*

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When it comes to skincare, there are certain products you can cheap out on (I’m looking at you sheet masks) whilst you want to throw your cash behind others (namely face and eye creams). Basically, if you take off a product within an hour of applying it, you don’t need to spend a tonne on it. Eye cream, however, is an investment. Since the skin around your eyes is the thinnest anywhere on the body, it’s susceptible to wear and tear, and for me, it’s the first spot which starts to look puffy if I don’t get enough sleep, or if I go a little heavy on the carbs or salty food.

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For the past decade or so, I’ve gone to bed wearing eye cream each night, but I’ve started dotting a little cream under my eyes in the morning too, and I’ve noticed that despite tapping away in front of a laptop all day, my eyes don’t feel as dried out or tried, and they look smoother too. My most recent eye cream of choice has been the Filorga NCEF Reverse Eyes – a formula which feels lovely and lightweight, smells amazing and beats the signs of ageing too!

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With a light, almost gel-like consistency, this feels like the perfect choice for summer skincare. It’s not gloopy or sticky, and it smoothes into skin beautifully. It’s got a light, slightly floral scent, and once it’s on, the skin around the eyes feels silky smooth. It means than skin feels properly primed for makeup – I can smooth on my Glossier Stretch concealer, dust with bronzer and be out the door within a few minutes.

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As if the texture wasn’t glorious enough – the Filorga NCEF Reverse Eyes cream is a product packed full of skin science. Reverse Eyes works to stimulate regeneration of the eye area, improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness – and really, who doesn’t want that? Just tapping the formula into the skin around the under-eyes delivers anti-ageing actives deep into the skin, transporting a powerful blend of Hyaluronic acid, collagen, vitamin C, escin and caffeine to deeply moisturise, plump, brighten and tauten the delicate skin surrounding the eyes.

Filorga NCEF Reverse Eyes is priced at £55 and is available here

 

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