When it comes to summer beauty, my number one product is always going to be lip balm. No matter if I’m dressed up, or just out to grab a coffee, I will always have at least one on me – after all, there is nothing worse than the feeling of dried out lips. I’ve been a fan of Paw Paw ointments for a while, so when PapayaGold sent over their new Lip Balm which is enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey, I couldn’t wait to give it a go!
Packaged in a dinky little pot, this is a balm small enough to fit into any bag – and for good reason! The balm itself has a smooth, lightweight consistency, which doesn’t feel too heavy or goopy on the lips. Instead, it provides a dose of much needed hydration which leaves lips feeling silky smooth.
I’m a long-term fan of Paw Paw balms, as I feel like they really work in healing lips in the longterm, as well as provide an immediate hit of hydration. The inclusion of the Manuka Honey in the formula is adds to this feeling of healing everything up. The balm works well as a base for lipsticks too – creating a smooth base for colour. And the best part? The balm is super affordable!
PapayaGold Paw Paw Lip Balm with Manuka Honey is priced at £3.69 and is available here.
Personally, I don’t think you can even start to think about makeup until you’ve got your skin care figured out. There’s no better canvas, and I’m obsessed with natural glowy looks which appear effortless. Of course, they’re the ones which always take the most work, so to make sure my skin is as primed as possible, I’ve been turning to Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant.
Coming packaged in a relatively boring tube, the magic of this exfoliator truly is on the inside. After cleansing, I douse my face in water, tap a little of the Daily Microfoliant into my hands, then press onto my face. The Microexfoliant is a fine power, which gently foams on contact with water. The gentler you’d like the scrub, the more water you can then add. It’s such a great, simple concept, and it works like a dream too! Once the granules get wet, they slight to foam slightly, and I work them into the skin, until everything feels smooth, then wash with a clean flannel. I can’t even begin to tell you how good my skin feels after using it – soft and even, with no bumps or dry bits, it’s perfect to use prior to applying makeup for that perfect summer glow.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is priced at £49.50 and is available here
In an admission which feels very anti-beauty blogger, I apply about 85% of my makeup using my fingers. Primers, tinted moisturisers, concealers and highlighters all get slapped on using fingertips, and I normally reserve my brushes for a swirl of bronzer or perhaps a smokey eye look.
As a result of this, my everyday makeup bag only has one or two brushes kicking about in it. So, when I got my hands on It Cosmetics’ Superhero 4-in-1 Brush it felt like fate. Rather than having to have a handful of tools overtime you want to rock eyeshadow – It Cosmetics has made a universal tool which incorporates 4 brushes into 1!
Made of super soft artificial bristles, the double ended brush has a fine liner tip on one side, with a second head on the other. This is where the magic comes in. So that you get the three brush heads, the brush has a clever little cap which you click into place depending on how you want to use the brush. Whether you’re after ‘all over’, ‘crease’ or ‘smudge’ the brush gets denser each time you click it down.
The ease of using the brush is incredible, and I absolutely love how convenient it is. Not only does it take up nearly no real estate in my makeup bag, but it’s a seriously great brush too! The bristles are incredibly soft, and they give an even wash of colour over the lid, even when using the darkest or sparkliest shades.
The Liner end is incredible at giving eyes a sharp line of definition, and I’ve even used it to fill in brows. It’s wonderfully precise as well as being easy to control.
Summer beauty also always makes me think of packing, so if you’re after a tool which will slip into your makeup bag and leave you looking flawless all season long – this is most definitely the brush for you!
It Cosmetics Superhero 4-in-1 eyeshadow brush is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Years and years ago, before blogging was even a ‘thing’ I remember reading a magazine article all about how you should pair new fragrances with fun new experiences. Whether you were starting a new job, or simply jetting off on holiday, pairing it with a fresh scent, the article explained, would mean that in years to come, a spritz of the perfume would bring back memories more vivid than a simple picture. It’s something I’ve taken to heart, and certain periods are strongly tied to fragrance for me – first year at uni is bound up with Agent Provocateur’s signature scent, whilst holidays spent in East Hampton will forever smell of Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom. And now, the summer of 2018 will go down as Clean Reserve’s Acqua Neroli.
Clean Reserve are a brand I’ve loved for a few years now, and I’m obsessed with the ethos of the brand. Rather than creating scents which are immediately identifiable, they produce fragrances which just smell good. Warm Cotton, Sueded Oud and Blond Rose are all favourites of mine, and I cycle through on a near daily basis, so when I found out that they were releasing new scents for this summer I couldn’t wait to try them! I was very kindly sent Acqua Neroli, and it’s everything you could ever want from a summer fragrance!
Even from the photos, you can tell how much I love this scent! I normally wait to make sure everything is brand new in pictures, but with Acqua Neroli, I just couldn’t wait! Sprayed directly on the skin, the first notes I get are strong neroli and bergamot. It’s punchy and zesty and wonderfully fresh. As the perfume dries down I get the zesty citrus notes of lemons and limes. It’s one of those rare perfumes which almost get better with wear, and I’m completely obsessed with it!
Clean Reserve Acqua Neroli is priced at £82 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When I visited the Zen Lifestyle Anti-Ageing event a week or so ago (you can read about it here) not only did I get to learn about the multitude of anti-ageing treatments on offer, but I also got to find out a little more about the brands stocked in the salon. As you can imagine, each product has to pull its weight, so when we left laden with goodie bags, I was ecstatic to find a tube of Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser in there!
Murad is a brand I’ve not explored too heavily, but I’ve only heard good things about their products, and honestly, their AHABHA Exfoliating Cleanser has become a bit of an HG product. The tube contains a generous 200ml of product and the formula is gentle enough to use both morning an night. What I love most about it is the mix of chemical and physical exfoliation it gives skin – gently gritty, I use it on damp skin each morning and evening. It’s gentle foaming, so it effectively removes makeup, and once it’s on, I leave it on skin for a minute or two, to let the chemicals get to work. After wiping off with a damp flannel, skin feels super soft, smooth and clean and never too dried out or stressed. I finish off with a good dose of moisture afterwards, and my skin feels like I’ve had a facial. It’s perfect for keeping skin in check all summer long!
Murad Age Reform AHA/BHAExfoliating Cleanser is priced at £35 and is available here (UK) and here (US)