current beauty staplesThe posts have been lacking a little on ALO recently, especially the beauty ones and I feel it’s because I haven’t been trying anything new recently. After years of trying new products over and over again I’ve gotten a little bored of it. I’m quite enjoying using products I know and love on a daily basis, some do change daily but there are six which I have been sticking to religiously.

Sisley So Intense Eyeliner– This eyeliner is stupidly expensive but it’s the best and I really think I am going to be repurchasing it soon, it’s that good. I love the tip and find it really easy to use but what makes it stand out is just how black it has remained. I’ve been using it for a surprisingly long time and it’s still blacker than some liners are a week after buying them.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer– I’m not sure this is the best eyeshadow primer ever but I have been reaching for it over all my other ones. It keeps my eyeshadow in place and really helps with the vibrancy of the shadow, I’ve had it for a while and its lasted really well too.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow– Another stupidly expensive product which I have been using daily. The contour is a perfect natural shade which can be built up whereas the highlight adds a nice glow without going overboard.

Benefit Speed Brow- This is one of those products that people don’t really get why I love it do much. Most people love Benefit Gimme Brow as it does more than Speed Brow but since my brows are already quite dark and defined I just need something that will keep them in place but still look natural.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer– I wasn’t expecting there to be two Benefit products in this post but I have been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer for years and it has a special place in my everyday makeup drawer. It’s a really beautiful, natural looking bronzer which I sometime even use to add shape to my face or to add depth to my crease.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder- Not the best powder even but it’s always in my handbag, it’s affordable so I’m not too precious with it, it has a great mirror and get the job done.

What are your go-to makeup staples?

When Sure heard about my busy last month they offered to help stamp out the stress and get me through the day stress and sweat free. That day I had to attend my boyfriends graduation and then get on a plane to Lisbon before hopefully making my next plane which left only 45 minutes after.

They kindly sent me a kit to get through the day which really helped keep me organised, on time, looking presentable and sweat free. The travel wallet helped keep all my tickets organised both for the plane and the graduation. We were short on time all day therefore the DKNY watch helped keep us on time and I managed to get everywhere on time. The Benefit Primping with the Stars kit was also ideal as the primer and powder all helped my makeup last all day and the size meant I could take them on the plane.

Surprisingly the item that came in the most use was the Cath Kidston bag, it has two size bags; a small clutch like one and a larger holdall which I have used both at the airport and even now on holiday- I can’t believe I didn’t have one before!

Along with taking the stress out of my bust day they kindly also send me a Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the new stress control variant. I’ve used the Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the past but the new Stress control formula has a really calming lavender and white flower scent, extra moisturisers to help prevent skin irritation as well as twice the protection of the best selling antiperspirants.

Would be nice to have parcels sent to help me through every stressful day…

*This post was sponsored by Sure

My makeup doesn’t change too drastically from season to season but there are still some items which I come back to every summer and that barely get used throughout the rest of the year.

An obvious one is sun care, particularly body sun care which I don’t use in any other season but summer. I love Piz Buin, I’ve been known to spray it in winter just because the smell reminds me so much of summer and makes me so happy. I don’t usually find a huge difference between sun creams but I like Piz Buin, it’s a good, affordable suncream option. More recently I have also been reaching for Clarins Sun Care and Clinique Sun Protection both of which are excellent, light weight but offer UVA/UVB protection.

In terms of aftersun I have been using Garnier Aftersun Soothing Lotion and Vichy Capital soleil Aftersun SOS Balm for a while. If you are prone to burns then you simply can’t go away without the Vichy one but Garnier is a great affordable option. As a body cream I also love Garnier Oil Beauty, it leaves the most perfect sheen on the body but is still light weight.

There are three cheek product which i also use religiously in summer; Benefit Hoola, Benefit Coralista and Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel. Although Hoola is a bronzer I use all year round, I find myself reaching for it a little more in the summer. Coralista however is one I rarely use outside the summer months but find it gives the most perfect glow and coral tine to the skin which I find goes particularly well with tanned skin. After putting off buying Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel for a few years when it originally came out I am almost finished mine and still really loving it. I find it to just add a natural looking bronze look to the skin without making makeup look cakey.

Although I love the Juicy Couture perfumes for summer I find them to be quite heavy to travel with which is why I have been reaching for my Stella McCartney Fragrance more, its the perfect light summer scent which isn’t too sickly sweet but instead is quite floral and that I have in a perfect smaller, handbag friendly size.

Theres something I love about using the products I reserve more for summer, it makes me so happy…

I haven’t featured a Birchbox in a little while but July’s one caught my eye instantly as it isn’t even a box! It came in a pink, clear bag, perfect for the beach or pool in the summer, inside theres a whole range of mini summer essentials too.

The Barely Prep, Blot & Blend Sponge caught my eye first as I love a makeup sponge, it’s a full size sponge and although I haven’t had a chance to try it it, it does look great. There is also a mini Benefit Cosmetics Dream Screen sunscreen which has SPF45 and is ultra lightweight with a matte-finish, it isn’t quite big enough to take away but it’s a good size to try the product out or even to keep in your handbag for a bit of a top up.

There is also a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel and a UNANI Aloe Vera Gel which is great as an aftersun. I was also very impressed by the POP beauty eyeshadow Trio in Peach Parfait, it isn’t a full size palette but is the perfect travel size one if you’re only going for a few days!

I also picked a few bits of the Birchbox website which I’m taking away on holiday with me. I’ve heard so many people talking about the The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and it’s as good as everyone says it is, perfect for adding a bit more of a glow to any look. I’ve also been using the The Balm Nude’tude palette which has such an adorable design, twelve wearable shades and is perfectly streamline to travel with.

Birchbox has also been kind enough to offer £5 off to my readers on their first box using the code SUMMERLO 

With Christmas officially next week I thought I would share a few new beauty bits which I have received recently which I think would make fabulous gifts for any beauty addict. Although I liked every item in my video gift guides (which are the bottom of this post) I absolutely love every single item in this post and would love to have seen them under my Christmas Tree.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Nighttime Ritual £52– This item seems to be sold out everywhere but it’s still available on Birchbox and for the special price of £52 (RRP £65) and it’s worth the money. You get a full size oil, a balm and a beautiful candle but be quick as I’m sure they’ll all be gone very soon. It’s the perfect pamper kit, particularly if you have a friend that struggles to sleep.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot £29.50- I must admit this is sold out in most places (/everywhere!) but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it, you could just get lucky in store somewhere. It’s only £29.50 for 6 Benefit Blushers which usually retail for £23.50 each- I feel like you’d be crazy not to pick this up if you managed to find it. Any beauty addict would fall head over heels for this palette!

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Bath Honey £32– If you know a bath lover than this is a great product to buy. It’s a little more affordable than the Aromatherapy Associates but still very luxurious. It’s a beautiful moisturising, pampering and indulgent bath product- everything you’d want from a Christmas present.

Nails Inc Victoria Beckham £45 – The queen that is VB has collaborated with her first beauty brand, Nails Inc. The collection is made up of two equally beautiful polishes that any nail polish lover would be proud to add to their collection. At £45 it’s pricey but I think it’s quite a collectable item.

Philosophy Glowing Day Ahead £70 & Peppermint Stick £18– One of the newest brands to me this year is Philosophy, although I have wanted to try their products for years. The glowing Day Ahead set is a great introduction to their skincare but the Peppermint Stick Set is perfect for anyone.

Soapsmith Soap– I’m not really a soap person however if I were I’d refuse to use anything else! These smell like heaven in a box, they are made of the finest ingredients right here in London.

Babyliss Soft Waves £30– For anyone that loves curly hair and is on the hunt for a new curler than the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves is the one to chose. It has a long barrel, perfect for long hair and creates stunning, last all day curls.

Yankee Candles (here)- I’ve been burning these non-stop all month and they’re so affordable!

If you need more ideas check out my picks on the Birchbox website and my Gift Guide Videos below.




What’s on your Christmas Wishlist? Have you finished your Christmas Shopping?