estee lauder bronze goddess 2016 estee lauder bronze goddess 2016 paletteThe new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-cheek palette has been in my everyday routine for a few weeks now and I’ve fallen so in love with it that I feel it needs it’s own blog post.

There have been quite a few blush palettes pop up this season but I love that this one has a highlighter. blush and bronzer/contour powder.

The blush takes pride position in the middle of the palette and is a medium, warm, rosy pink with very fine golden sheen. The coverage isn’t too opaque which is why I have been loving it, it adds a great rosy glow without being over the top. The contour/bronzer shade is also a similar sheerer product which looks really natural, it’s supposed to be a contour shade but I think it’s a little orange for a contour and works really well as a bronzer, adding a beautiful natural sheen to the skin. Sticking with the semi-sheer theme is the highlighter, a warm soft being with a beautiful luminous finish, this isn’t for you super-strobing-queens but more for those looking for a more natural alternative.

I’ve been reaching for it so much as it really adds that low-from-within look, natural but pretty. No need for extreme blending or even spending too much time, just perfectly bronzed, blushed and highlighted cheeks effortlessly. Particularly good for fairer skins but since the bronzer is quite light I would avoid if you’re a little darker.

I’m not really saying this palette is a must have or life-changing but it is beautiful and if you’re looking to add a little more glow to your summer makeup without adding too much time, this is the palette I would go for!

PS. Whilst searching for a link I realised this product has sold out online (good sign) but should still be available in store, it’s worth having a good look for one.

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