I promised to be a beauty blogger and now that you’ve all got to know me a bit here it is – my first beauty related post! To start off these are my Summer beauty essentials and most of them are lip products because I’m a lip product junkie but there’s an eyeliner and a couple of bronzers thrown in for good measure. Hope you enjoy!
|From top to bottom – Illamasqua skin base, Bourjois Bronzer, Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet, MAC Creme Cup, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in CHerish, Bourjois Color Boost in Peach on the Beach, Rimmel Kohl in Stormy Grey|
1. Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in 064 Stormy Grey
This eyeliner is great for Summer because it’s not quite as full on as a black liner and it looks better smudged. I wear it almost everyday on bare eyelids, I just do a thick line on my upper lash line and smudge it out with an eyeshadow brush. It gives a really nice effect as you can see there is something on the eye but it’s not so obvious if you’re just going to the beach or out with friends.
2. Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in 04 Peach on the Beach
I love the crayon style lip colours which have been so popular this year, they’re easy to use and most have great colour payoff. This one by Bourjois is expensive to buy in Australia (see my rant on makeup prices here) but it’s worth it for the amazing consistency (think lipgloss shine but applies like a lip balm) and the great colour. It’s perfect to wear with a bronzed face and just mascara and looks really shiny with an SPF of 15 all while not drying your lips out!
3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish
Another crayon style but by Revlon this time, in the most pretty pink colour. It’s like a muted Barbie pink and I find the best way to apply it is to just smooth over your bottom lip, press your lips together and then use a finger to spread it evenly. Applying it this way lets your natural lip colour show but enhances it just the right amount. Perfect with the grey eyeliner and a pink blush.
4. Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 053 Sorbet
Another Revlon product but this time in the infamous lip butter form that divided beauty bloggers in 2013. I think Revlon does these “lip butters” – to me glorified, higher pigmented lip balms – the best as they were the originals (Maybelline followed with Colour Whispers and then it seemed that every brand had one) and they do actually moisturise my lips. The colour of this one is an amazing flamingo hot pink which is much easier to wear than a lipstick and lasts for ages. Looks great with lots of mascara and a touch of bronzer.
5. MAC Cremecup
This belongs in every favourites category, it is my perfect “your lips but better” nude which can be worn with any other makeup look or even on a lazy day by itself. Not much else to say about this but if you’ve got fair skin go to a MAC counter and try it out!
6. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation with Gold Shimmer in AU
The girl at the Illamasqua counter recommended this to me because I wanted a darker foundation for the Summer months. She said to mix a little with foundation and apply as normal to deepen the shade and eliminate the need to buy a new foundation for each season. When applied like that it gives a great glow like Chanel Soleil de Tan but for a much cheaper price. But, I’ve been using it as a bronzer/contour hybrid – squeeze a line out onto your finger, press under cheekbones and onto temples (one inch long line does your whole face) then I blend it out with my Real Techniques buffing brush (I blend up from my cheeks and down from my temples) and apply my foundation over the top as normal.
7. Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder in 12 Fair/Medium Skin
A beautiful barely there bronzer to make it look like you’ve been in the sun. Such a lovely shade for fair skin, I just sweep it over my cheeks, then use the excess around my forehead, on my chin and down my nose (only on days I haven’t used the Illamasqua bronzer though, otherwise it’s bronze overload).
Hope you’ve enjoyed this very long post as much as I enjoyed writing it! And sorry about the dodgy pictures (hopefully my photography skills will improve as I blog more).
Love, Holwa x