I’m really trying to stick to a skincare routine a little more than usual although the usual isn’t really that bad. I love a good cleanser but sometime skip face mask (still been skipping them, oops) and serums but I’m working on it. I think putting in a little more effort can really make the world of difference and adding a few extra steps has meant getting lots of lovely compliment on my skin so today I am sharing a few of my current favourites.

My current cleanser of choice is the Radical Hydrating Cleanser and I feel like I’ve been raving about it for months now but it’s just my favourite pampering cleanser that my skin loves too. A completley new product to my skincare regime has been the Rodial Super Acids x-treme pore shrink cleansing pads, which Rodial claim do pretty much everything from cleansing the face and removing makeup to improving hydration and reducing pore size. I use these after I have cleansed to make sure everything has been removed and find it’s helped reduce blemishes whilst keeping my skin hydrated. I haven’t been using them for too long so haven’t seen much difference in pore size but think they are a great addition for anyone especially someone who has a slightly lazier take on skincare.

My moisturiser of choice has been the Ole Henriksen Truth Creme Advance Hydration as I really help it helps balance out my dehydrate skin, isn’t too heavy and sinks into the skin almost immediately. That said I don’t love the smell, it smells of oranges but with a slightly off-ness to it although it’s years within its use-by date and I only recently opened it. I’ve done a whole blog post on the Sarah Chapman Morning Facial here  but it really does give my skin a beautiful glow no matter how I feel in the morning. 

Everything I’ve spoken is a little on the higher end of the price scale but I just haven’t tried any drugstore skincare in a while. I would love some recommendations in the comments! 

What are your current skincare favourites? 

I’m not claiming you need a whole new makeup wardrobe and of course you don’t have to chose to make any changes but just incase you are struggling a little this summer I thought I would share a few tips.

It’s essential to start by clearing out your makeup bag (I have a whole post on it here). Remove any products you don’t use, may have broken or have gone off, it’s just clutter and you don’t need it. Now onto the good stuff…

The first thing to think about is the base, obviously you’re going to want to add an SPF if you haven’t already (whole post of face SPF’s). In terms of foundation a lot of people like to go a little lighter with coverage try a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream. I personally quite like The Body Shop BB Cream, Rodial BB Cream or the Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser. Also don’t forget you will probably get a little darker so go for one that reflects that as these products are quite sheer and can be blended in.

Personally I usually still stick with a medium coverage foundation which I often sheer out with a moisturiser, I also like to buy one that’s significantly darker and then mix it in with my usual foundation colour to make a shade tailored to me which I can make darker as the summer goes on. My go to summer foundation is either Bourjois Healthy Mix in shade 52 and 57 or Chanel Vita Lumiere. If you are finding that your foundation doesn’t last long enough then use a primer such as Benefit Porefessional especially as powder can often look a little too much in the summer.

Since we’re on the subject of looking a little too much, go easy on the brows. I personally tend to swap my eyebrow powders and pencils for a eyebrow gel as I find it’s a little softer, I love the Eyeko Brow Gel which lasts really long too. I’d say the same goes for eyeliner although I personally still wear lots, I think you can get away with just a few coats of mascara but you may want to change over to something a little more waterproof such as Clarins Truely Waterproof.

Now for the fun part- adding colour!

Bright lips are summer essentials; corals, pinks and even reds all look beautiful in the summer. You can go for a matte statement lip, a glossy fun one or a sheer more subtle colour. Personal favourites if you are looking for fun colours are Revlon Just Bitten, Clinique Long Last Soft Lipsticks and YSL Sheer Candy Lipstick.

On the cheek I love to add bronzer to either contour or actually make my face appear a little more tanned but peach/coral blushers wether cream or powder look particularly beautifully and can really give the face a beautiful glow. I have a whole post on bronzers coming up soon but Benefit Hoola or Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder are both great depending on your budget.

To finish it all off I love a good facial spray, not only are they refreshing but really helps reduce the appearance of heavy makeup. My favourite to use both over and under makeup throughout the day are Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, Neal’s Yard White Tea Facial Mist or Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

What are you tips for summer makeup?

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With the sales finally started I thought I would pick my favourite beauty items that have been discounted. They are old favourites, new discoveries of my own or products top of my own wishlist.

Juicy Couture Malibu £16 (was £47)
It’s no secret that I adore the Juicy Couture Perfumes and I can’t get over how much of a bargain this one is! It’s not very often you can a good quality perfume for less than £40 and especially not under £20! Perfect summer scent, I own this and have been using it loads.

SISLEY Phyto–Touche Tinted Body Sun Glow gel £60.30 (was £67)
Not really the most generous of discounts especially as it is an expensive product to begin with however I have heard this is one of the best fake tans going, just a little out of my price range.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Rich Cream £21.25 (was £25)
I love Nuxe and actually have been using this cream for a while now, its ideal for anyone with very dry skin but looking for something that isn’t too heavy or going to irritate their skin.

Weleda Skin Food £6.96 (was £9.95)
I’ve fallen in love with this recently and although it’s reasonable priced to begin with the discount means it would simply be rude to not add one (or three) to your basket.

Benefit Hoola Set £30 (was £43)
This set comes with the classic Benefit Hoola Bronzer and They’re Real Mascara which alone retail for £40 and since both products are amazing it makes this a bargain! I also think the smaller size primers are ideal to travel with.

Rodial Brazilian Tan £31 (was £39)
I used this tan a while back and it offers a beautiful natural looking tan and the discount helps make this expensive tan a little more affordable.

Tweezerman Tweezer & Mirror Set £12 (was £24)
Tweezerman Tweezers aren’t cheap and I wasn’t too sure they were worth the money initially but they are life changing, nothing else I have ever tried compares to these. They make what I usually find to be a chore, much easier and less painful. Since this set comes with a mirror for just £12 I think it’s very reasonable, I also know it’s a slightly christmasy print but I don’t think that should be a problem.

The Body Shop Body Butters £5 (was £13)
This is a favourite with most and an excellent body cream but at the normal £13 it isn’t the most inexpensive which is why it’s a great time to stock up. They aren’t all discount but there are still some great ones to chose from.

What Sale Beauty items have you picked up recently? 
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When I go away I like to pack a mixture of old favourites and products I have never tried, I realise this is a little risky but it forces you to try products you never have before. These five products are a mixture of old favourites and new found loves…

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh £43.33
I’ve had this perfume for a few years now and I am so glad I decided to take it away with me. The smell reminds me of summer like not much else can and it’s just the perfect light scent for a hot summers day.

Weleda Skin Food £9.95
I really needed my tan to last 5 days with absolutely no uneven fading which is why I committed to this morning and evening. It hydrated my skin like nothing else could and although it is a little heavy it left my skin looking great all day!

Halo Eye Makeup Remover Pads £1.50
I’m not going to start using these on a day-to-day basis but for travelling these are absolutely essential. I didn’t want to take my eye makeup remover and cotton pads as the bottle is big and I didn’t want to run the risk of it spilling. These pre-soaked pads worked perfectly and removed all my eye makeup quickly and efficiently although they took up minimal space in my wash bag.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm £16.80
This is a new product which I really enjoyed using to keep my lips soft and moisturised, I also didn’t back a cuticle oil so it doubled up as that!

Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint in Medium £45
I threw this in last minute and wasn’t sure I would get much use out of it but as the weather was so warm I decided to switch a base that was a little lighter than a foundation. It applies beautifully with the fingers and offered a good enough coverage without seeing too heavy on the skin. It worked beautifully on my dry skin and lasted most of the day with a light powdering. Only downside is it’s a rather expensive £45.

What products did you fall in love with on your last holiday/weekend break?

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A while ago I fell in love with the Rodial bathing balm, it is ultimate in luxury bathing. It smells amazing, has beautiful packaging, provides a gorgeously relaxing amount of bubbles and has a price tag to prove it. £35 is a little more expensive than my usual Radox bubble baths so I soon tucked it away for special occasion when I really needed a pamper.

Recently I discovered The Body Shop HoneyMania Bubble Bath Melt which is a more affordable but still luxurious, smells A-mazing and leaves the bath filled with bubbles. Although I still think there is something a little more luxurious about the Rodial Balm, I think The Body Shop HoneyMania is a great alternative. If you are looking for a bath which smells of honey and is filled with bubbles this is your product.

What is your favourite luxury bubble bath? Have you tried the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee?

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