With autumn starting in a couple of weeks time I though I would quickly recap some of my non-beauty favourites. I totally missed Augusts beauty favourites on my YouTube channel but that just means I’ll have extra items to talk about next month so don’t forget to keep an eye out for that.
In terms of clothing I love summer but I have a fairly large summer wardrobe which only gets worn a few months a year so I don’t end up finding too many favourites. The said I fell in love with my Daniel Black Leather Gladiator Sandals, I wore them with everything, they were really comfortable and great quality. Even after wearing them religiously all summer they’re still in great condition and I now have my eye on some Daniel over the knee boots for the colder months.
My go-to bag for everything was this bright Ralph Lauren Bag from My Bag. I always take a bright coloured handbag away with me and this one was perfect, it added a pop of colour to my usually boring outfits but was a great shape and size for a day sightseeing or even for a day at the beach and I’m a little disappointed I didn’t pick up the smaller version too.
I took a fair few pairs of sunglasses away with me but ended up only wearing my Quay ones, I have two pair; one from Topshop and the other from ASOS but love them both equally. They’re affordable, good quality and really fun, I haven’t had a pair of sunglasses that I like this much for years and I’m so tempted to buy a few more pairs.
I’ve also been trying out Esthechoc which is suppose to be a daily portion of chocolate designed to increase the level of antioxidants in the skin, I’m not too sure if it really does this but I think day size portions of chocolates is a great idea and it really stops me eating too much chocolate like I usually would if I were to start an entire bar.
I haven’t been watching much on TV but have recently finished Modern Family and could not recommend it enough, it’s a great series for almost any age and has won numerous comedy awards. I also started to re-watch Hart of Dixie which is potentially my favourite ever series but I don’t think gets enough recognition. I’m think about starting Pretty Little Liars once I have finished but I would love some recommendations too.
Now I’m ready for autumn candles and spiced lattes….
Morange, Peach Blosson, Vegas Volt, Pure Zen, Lady Danger and Brave
Packing lipstick is probably the hardest decision I have to make when packing, if I could take a small suitcase of lipsticks, liners and gloss I probably would. Even though that isn’t possible I ended up with six MAC lipsticks this summer and a couple from other brands too.
I’ve mentioned before that I am currently in love with MAC lipsticks so although I only originally packed four I ended up buying two more at the airport. I ended up with three everyday colours and three brighter real summer shades.
First lets talk nude everyday colours…
I packed Brave and Pure Zen but ended up getting Peach Blossom at the airport as it came highly recommended on Instagram. MAC Brave is a great everyday colour all year round with a beautiful semi-matte finish. It’s a mauve shade which everyone seems to be going crazy for but which I think works really well with most of my eye looks and can really be toned down (made less Kylie Jenner) with a good nude gloss. Pure Zen is a MAC shade which almost confuses me a little, I love it but I think it really doesn’t work on me by itself. Instead I use it to soften lip liners or tone down lipsticks but it’s actually a colour I probably couldn’t live without. Peach Blossom is one of my newest MAC lipsticks and although it didn’t blow me away it’s a fabulous everyday peach nude shade which has been living in my handbag for weeks now.
The bold shade I ended up reaching for the most was my airport purchase Morange, it really isn’t the easiest colour too as it’s a really bright neon orange but it’s just perfect for holiday with a tan. I’m not sure I’ll be reaching for this again until next summer but it’s the perfect airport MAC lipstick purchase. I also took Lady Danger as my summer time red but didn’t end up wearing Vegas Volt as I forgot my orange liner and felt that Morange offered a more intense orange. Vegas Volt is a great more wearable orange which can really be intensified with an orange liner.
Now it’s time to start thinking about autumn/winter lipstick shades, leave your recommendations in the comments please….
I love a good summer bright nail polish and the Electric Nights collection from China Glaze really delivered!
I hadn’t used a China Glaze polishes in a while but have always found the quality to be excellent and these were no different. I have the shades Red-y to Rave and Glow with the Flow; Red-y to Rave is a real neon reddish-orange and Glow with the Flow is neon true pink. The application was great and I quite like the brushes to, I didn’t end up wearing the colour for very long as I got a manicure soon after but I did get lots of compliments on it whilst I was wearing it.
What is your favourite neon polish?
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…
It does seem to be cooling down just a little in London but I feel that we can’t complain too much as we have had some glorious days filled with sun and sometimes almost unbearable heat. I must admit that I like that sun. I feel that I shouldn’t but getting a real tan still fills me with joy although i am trying my best to stay sun safe and I should probably point out that I am very lucky that I don’t typically burn.
I am always most careful with my face and really try to avoid having my face in the sun as the thought of wrinkles and age spots scares me. If I am not wearing makeup than I love the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for face but otherwise go for the Radical Skin Perfecting Screen as I find it sits perfectly under makeup. When I am sitting out in the sun I always have a hat, I picked up this straw one from New Look recently and I really like it, if I forget my hat or I’m at the beach then I often use a scarf/towel/t-shirt to shield my face as well as always wearing a pair of sunglasses, I am in love with my Quay pair at the moment!
I am slightly less careful with my body and do like to tan a little although I am making an effort to use a higher SPF, recently I have been going for the Clinique SPF 30 Body Cram which isn’t sticky and has protected my skin really well over the last few weeks.
To stay hydrated I think refillable bottles of water are the best, I always have one in my handbag and one in the fridge along with a facial spray to keep me cool throughout the day.
The Vichy Capital Soleil is in my opinion the best aftersun and I always take a bottle on holiday with me for any burns and it has helped some of my family/friends that have really been quite significantly burnt. If there is no sign of redness but I just want to cool the skin a little and keep it hydrated then I reach for Garnier After Sun and the Nivea Sun In Shower Refreshing Aftersun which is quite a nice summer body wash. I don’t usually keep my aftersun in the fridge but I completely get why people do, might start doing it too.
I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll do another similar post with what sun care products I am loving on holiday.