5 to try

Barry M Surfboard Nail Polish
I’d been struggling to find the perfect nail polish for this not so summery summer we’re currently experiencing in London. Barry M Surfboard is the perfect soft pink with a hint of lilac and really inoffensive, plus it lasts surprisingly long!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
I’m not usually a huge fan of waterproof mascara but as it’s summer I think it’s good to always have a tube to hand, in case of water flights, beach trips or hayfever. I love the original Better Than Sex Mascara and have been loving this one over the last month. I don’t think I would ever switch full time over to the waterproof one as it is so much harder to remove but it held up really well with my extreme hayfever yesterday, the rest of my makeup didn’t do so well. I’ve made a whole video dedicated to this mascara so check it out here.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate
A few months back I had a skin consultation in Kiehl’s Regent St, where they recommend lots of products to help improve my dehydrated skin. One of the recommended products was this Kiehl’s oil which helps correct the visible appearance of Skin Fatigue. I’ve been using it on days that I feel my skin needs some extra TLC and have found it to really help make my skin look more glowy and healthy!

L’Oreal Cushion Foundation & Cushion Bronzer
I’ve been raving about this to anyone that will listen as I just think it’s the perfect, lightweight, buildable, summer product. The foundation is nice a glowy, just how I like it but can easily be powdered down for a more matte look. The bronzer adds a really natural looking glow/tan to the skin which I just love and can be really intensified with a powder bronzer.

Collection Deluxe Lipsticks
I always say that drugstore nude lipsticks are just as good as high-end ones and these really prove it. They remind me a little of the MAC Lustre finish lipsticks, they’re relatively sheer but buildable with an almost gloss finish. I love this sort of finish when the rest of my skin is quite matte and I think in nude colours it can look really beautiful (I would go for matte bold colours). The three that caught my eye are Baby Doll, Chicago and Liberty as they’re all beautiful, everyday nudes. I would even say Chicago is a great dupe for MAC Patisserie which is one of my favourite ever lipsticks!

Would love to hear which five products you’ve been loving recently in the comments.

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?

I’ve shared a few posts now about the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, although I think they’re great I think they are a little too much hard work for me but was still instantly interested in the Dual-Intensity blushers.

Similarly to the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows the blushers can be used wet or dry, there is a range of six different palettes with a range of colours which can be used as blushers, contours, bronzers and highlights. Although instantly drawn to them I was also a little scared of them as I have never even thought of using a blusher wet (FYI- it’s not recommended unless the blush is designed to be wet)

My first choice was Jubilation which has two beautiful shades which I would use as highlighters; a gold and a peachy nude both of which are both quite warm. I think because they are both highlighters (although the one on the right could possibly be used as a blush) I was a little thrown off but once I got a few of the other shades it all made a little more sense.

My favourite of the ones I own is probably Frenzy (wearing a light dusting above) which has a much more standard blush/highlighter combo and I really love bright tangerine blush colour, especially on more tanned skin. One I haven’t had much of a chance to play with is Fervor which I have heard work particularly beautiful on dark skin and although at first glance they appear to be two blushers the darker shade can supposedly be used as a contour on medium-dark skin.

After having a bit of a play with them I am still both in love and terrified of them. Dry I find some of the colour to be really beautiful, silky and pigmented but also find that they shimmer particles don’t look as seamless as they do when wet. When using them wet I find that you get the most beautiful, almost water colour like finish, the shimmer turns the blush into an almost metallic shade but I find that it gets less pigmented and I struggle to apply it without moving my foundation.

I think this is a beautiful blusher to use dry but think it’s more tailored to makeup artists when wet, that said I’m actually looking forward to trying it on holiday when I’m more tanned, I’m using a lighter base and want a real glow to the skin.

Everyone has been raving about these so I am going to keep trying, I do see potential there.

The Nars Dual-Intensity Blushers, £30 are currently exclusive to Liberty’s but will be available on all NARS counters soon

Delilah is quite a new British brand to my collection but I have fallen in love with every product I have tried quite quickly. The packaging is beautiful; a gun metal with beautiful rose gold detailing and the quality is very luxurious.

The first product I tried was the Brow Line (£20), a retractable brow pencil with a spooly on one end. It’s really thin and on the harder side which I find allows for more control and a more natural look. The colour isn’t too dark or warm making it one of the brow products I currently reach for the most, especially if I am in a rush but want a well polished brow (please excuse my brows looking a little crazy in the above photo, I’m just letting them grow out a little).

I have three of the lipsticks Honest, Whisper and Stiletto (£24) which are a creamy with a matte finish. There are eight shades in the whole range and although there is a nice variation they are all still very wearable. My personal favourite out of the one I have is Stiletto which is a beautiful bright pink (photographed above) but I also love the look of Tango and Brink.

The powder cheek products however are the stand out products for me; I have the Sunset Bronzer in Medium Dark (£34) and the Colour Blush in Clementine (£26). The bronzer is the darker of the two shades available but isn’t too dark although buildable, so I think the lighter one would probably be ideal for paler skins. Its a soft matte warm brown that sculpts the face really nicely without making it look dirty as it is so finely milled. The blush in Clementine is just a finely milled and adds the most beautiful, effortless hint of colour perfect for spring/summer.

The blusher and bronzer are my top picks which I will undoubtedly be using all the way through to autumn.

It is a premium brand, with higher prices but the blush and bronzer are worth every penny. I’ve now got my eye on the eyeliner which looks right up my street.

Delilah is now also available at Space Nk 

 It’s no secret that I like to be bronzed and although I usually prefer to fake tan and contour sometimes I need something that will just make me look healthier, tanned and more glowy all over. Although I try new ones regularly I have a few staples that almost outshine the rest.

It’s Chanel so naturally I think it’s a beautiful item to have out on my dressing table but more that that the Chanel Bronze Universel is one of my all time easy to use bronzers. I usually apply it with my Real Techniques Blush Brush and find I can get a light all over glow or build up to a more defined cheek. It’s also a great product to bring down the neck and decolletage. I can’t believe I put off buying this for so long and although sometime it goes a little unloved I would most definitely repurchase.

When I am looking for a powder product I usually go for Benefit Hoola which is a beautiful matte shade which I use for both contouring and as a bronzer. The brush inside isn’t the greatest but it applies beautifully with any other good blush brush.

My newest addition and summer love has been the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bronze Light which is a liquid bronzer with a very light shimmer which almost more of a sheen. It brings a beautiful highlighted bronze finish to the skin and is perfect for anyone with medium skin or even light skin as it blends beautifully to almost nothing but can also be built up easily.

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