We are in the heart of summer and if you haven’t yet – it’s time to get those feet on show. Check out the most Insta-worthy summer sandals/shoes at sale prices. This collection will blow your mind (but not your bank balance).
Perfect for pairing with that flowing maxi in the daytime or teaming up with your LBD during the romantic summer evening date. Either way you will look gorgeous – and at £15, what could be better?
2.Asos Design Hadley Bare There Block Heeled Sandals, Was £40 Now £21, www.asos.com
Need some incredibly sexy sandals to finish off your evening look? With these sassy black strappy heels, you will impact the hell out of your fella. Team with that gorgeous dress or playsuit and a cute clutch bag.
3.Embellished Strappy High Heel Sandals, Madonna-Silver, Was £90, Now £75, Dune London
Okay, so these are quite pricey for sandals (even at reduced rate), but are so unbelievably awesome they ought to be priced wayyy higher. Also, the sparkly sandals (with which I have fallen head-over-heels (pardon the pun) in love with)) are so amazing, everyone should get a chance to see them! Love, love, LOVE!
These snake-effect ankle boots are the go-to solution for when you have slightly cooler days and work well with cotton trousers and, leggings, jeans and jumpsuits. Furthermore, the beautiful boots are not just a total steal, but they are set to be a key trend this autumn/winter too! Win, win and win again!
Bring out the summer vibes and nod to this summer’s brightly-coloured trend with this pair of gorgeous Multicolour Sandals. Team with a flowing white dress or simply a pair of sassy shorts and t-shirt. Cool, pretty and so on-trend!
Hot enough for you? We have embarked upon a heatwave that puts the UK well and truly in a siesta-worthy situation (about time, I say). But how do we ensure our makeup remains intact, so we stay looking incredible this summer? No, people we are not trying out at Alice Cooper impersonation auditions! Check out these 5 top tips to keep our hard-earned flawless makeup looking awesome.
1.Preparation is Key
Okay, after applying a hydrating moisturiser and SPF, it is vital to prep your skin with a primer that is perfect for both your skin type and the weather conditions. Look for a product that is long-lasting, sweat and waterproof. For info on this you can read my Best Primers For Every Skin Type here. I love Mac’s Prep+Prime. £23 (Look Fantastic).
Oil-based foundations and extreme sweating do not mix. Therefore, it is better to opt for a light and water-based foundation, whilst we are in heat that could win in a Pepsi challenge with the temperature of Egypt right now. A great one is Lancôme’s Teint Miracle Foundation SPF 15, £33.50, John Lewis. The formula feels lightweight and yet luxurious, is long wear with a matte finish and provides a super-boost of hydration your skin will appreciate. Awesome!
If you are planning on going for a dip, Urban Decay’s new Waterproof Foundation is a dream £22, Urban Decay. Lightweight, long-lasting and available in 50 shades. Urban Decay – you rock!
3.Don’t Overdo Products
Layering is not a great idea during the el scorchio weeks. Keep your makeup routine light and simple. Too much and it won’t end well. Believe me! A little dab of mineral-based powder once you have applied your foundation will go a long way.
4.Mascaras and Eyeliners
Steer clear from eyeliners if at all possible. When it comes to mascaras opt for a good waterproof one like Diorshow Waterproof Mascara £28, Dior. This mascara speaks volumes (pardon the pun). No clumping, no smudging just a luscious look that stays put even when droplets of sweat are forming on your forehead – 39 degrees – bring it on!
Choose a good setting spray that will guarantee your makeup is in the same place as when you applied it (rather than an inch lower on your face). I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter, £24, Look Fantastic.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts?
When it comes to achieving a flawless look, primers are key. Summer is officially here, bringing with it the greatest test for long-lasting makeup; thus, this product is now of ultimate importance. We don’t want a cakey finish, sweat-induced streaks of foundation or liner that looks more like your 5-year-old has taken a marker to your face. We just want our flawless look to remain as gorgeous as when we first applied it. Too much to ask? Not with these amazing summer primers for every skin type/concern.
1.Sweat-Proof Primer for Oily Skin Choose: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer, £28 (40ml), www.spacenk.com
Should you suffer from particularly oily skin or sweat a lot, this is will be like your secret beauty weapon. Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless PerfectingPrimer is a massive hit amongst celebrities and makeup artists alike. The formula is drying and so the idea is to dab a pea-sized amount on your most oily areas such as the T-zone. For those with dry or more mature skin, I would advise to add this primer to a hydrating moisturiser or facia oil. This product is both mattifying and so long-lasting.
2.For A multi-Tasking and Vegan Primer Choose: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, £22 (116ml), www.lookfantastic.com
Okay, if you are super-lazy like me and want an all-singing, all-dancing primer this is a true hero product just waiting to be in your life forever more. This formula makes easy work of prepping, priming and setting your makeup. Smashbox’s 3-in-1 primer combines refreshing electrolytes that fully hydrate the skin. Furthermore, you can expect a gentle yet powerful spritz of moisture to softly transform your complexion into a beautiful canvas in moments. Ready set action, makeup. Once applied, the finished look will be locked firmly in place for the entire day. When lunchtime arrives and the sun is too hot to bear, bring out this spray and spritz for the ultimate revival of cooling radiance. YYYAASSSS.
This product is vegan, cruelty free
3.For Fine Lines/Wrinkles Choose: The Hero Project Double Blur HD Ready Skin Perfecter, £24, www.amazon.co.uk
Lines, lines, go away – don’t come back another day. I was sent the Hero Project’s products a year ago and have been a fan ever-since. If fine lines and wrinkles are your beef, this little gem warrior will quickly blur, diminishing any evidence of their existence.
Ensure your skin stays flawlessly radiant throughout summer. MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin offers an incredibly lightweight gel that both greatly reduces redness whilst enhancing a gorgeous luminosity you will love. Combined in MAC’s formula is caffeine, green tea extract and sucrose which aids in calming the skin. Also included are powerful and proven antioxidants sourced from algae extracts and mulberry to nourish, pamper and even skin tone. You will be amazed at the results.
5.For Large Pores Choose: Dr. Brandt. Pores No More Refiner Primer £50 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk
All of you who suffer similarly to me with irksome enlarged pores, listen up: this primer is where it’s at. Seriously. Tried and tested, the formula instantly decreases the appearance of pores, fine lines and pesky imperfections – both instantly and over time! This product also absorbs excess oil whilst mattifying any shine; thus, it is the perfect primer for summer sweatiness too. Close-up pic for Instagram? No sweat!
Note: Another great tip is for those with extremely oily or sweaty skin types to opt for mineral based products that further reduce shine and mattify the skin. However, should you suffer from dry or mature skin these are products to give a miss.
Have you tried any of these primers and what are your thoughts?
Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a great day xx
These days, the general rule of thumb is shop vegan if at all possible – making this natural ingredient formula a winner, winner, (without the chicken dinner). Some oil makes hair feel like you’ve accidentally slathered on superglue instead, but this is almost weightless. Combined within the little oil-spray treat are antioxidants, argan oil and vitamins. These offer serious nourishment and protection for your hair, whilst simultaneously reflecting light. The outcome is gorgeous beachy textured locks and some generous shine to boot.
2.For Those Dreaded Pores Choose: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, £31.92, www.amazon.co.uk
The world appears to be spinning that bit faster and it’s because people are literally falling over themselves to get hold of the multi-award-winning mask by Auzzie brand Sand & Sky. I finally got my hands on this amazing product and let me just say – WOW!
With summer here those pesky pores are in their element, and we want rid! No sweat hunnies – just slap on a little of the pink clay mask and within minutes your complexion is brighter, clearer and pores…what pores? We know the existence of pores cannot be banished but their imprint can certainly be reduced. So, what can you expect? Expect them to appear reduced and smaller, expect your skin to be thoroughly detoxified and clearer and expect some beautiful compliments. Hooray!
3.For That Summer Glow Choose: Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, £35 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com
Are you looking for a self-tanner that makes your skin look that extra bit special? Yes, this does contain dihydroxyacetone in order to provide the tan (minus the skin cancer risk). However, its formula also offers a surge of hydrating hyaluronic acid and a plethora of naturally-sourced antioxidants and nutrients. The result is spectacular anti-aging, hydrating and nourishing qualities absorbed into your skin, achieving nothing less than an inspirational glow. Easily absorbed, buildable and lightweight – the perfect companion for your summer handbag.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have an awesome week people xx
Checking out summer foundations that offer serious staying power.
The beautiful hot summer weather has returned (discounting the odd thunderstorm, obvs). So, what foundation do we put on our faces? From a little light coverage to maximum concealing powers, these are some summer foundations you will love. Rest assured they will not be sliding down your cheeks by lunchtime!
Are you be looking for a product that is packed with antioxidant and hydrating qualities? Are you in search of nourishment for your skin, minimal coverage, but with added glow? This is the kitty for you. This travel-sized product is great for all newbies out there who are thinking of trying it out. Perfect for any skin tone, the formula works incredibly well on dry/dull skin in need of a boost. Furthermore, you will find it provides exceptional protection for the skin and thwarts those pesky signs of aging. If you don’t want much coverage, something light with a beautiful healthy glow, this is a must-have!
2.For Medium Coverage: L’ancome Teint Idiole Ultra 24 Hr Long Wear Foundation, £33.50, www.lancome.co.uk
I absolutely love, love, love this foundation as it achieves great coverage, is easily buildable (without clogging up pores or enhancing them), and feels like you are just wearing your normal skin. Perfect for summer – this is a fab product for dry or mature skin types who don’t want to go matte (as this can emphasise dry or mature skin). The amazing foundation is available in 45 different shades; thus, guaranteeing you will find a hue to suit. This best-selling cult product is a hit with the celebs and was used at the BAFTAs too!
3.For Full Coverage: Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup For Face And Body, SPF15, £33.50 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com
This foundation is hands-down amazing. If you suffer from age spots, blemishes varicose veins and such-like, the formula will feel like a big miracle in a little bottle! Achieving full coverage with a gorgeous matte finish, this product provides ultimate coverage for up to 12 hours. Say bye bye to problems ranging from imperfections all the way through to tattoos you may not want on display – I highly recommend this foundation.
Have you tried any of these foundations and what are your thoughts?
Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar day people. xx
Oily skin and worried about staying moisturised as summer approaches? Never fear – check out the best gel lotions that guarantee your moisturiser won’t use your face as a slide. Instead, you can rejoice in a beautifully hydrated, moisturised and radiant complexion – even if the weather reaches el scorchio levels. (A girl can dream!).
My skin seems to forever suffer from being oily and also the treat of dry patches. As soon as I believe I’ve eradicated them for good and breathe a sigh of relief, they return from the dead for a repeat performance. So, when I discovered this new product from IT Cosmetics, I was literally beside myself with joy (yes, a little sad, maybe). It Cosmetics truly deliver on their promise – this lotion provides 72 hours of hydration. It deals with dryness and moisturises without causing an oily riot on your skin.
This almost weightless liquid is readily absorbed into the skin, taking with it a host of highly nourishing skincare ingredients that really take care of your complexion. Infused with ceramides, glycerine and cactus flower, the formula offers antioxidants, moisture-locking properties and nourishment. This liquid ensures your skin looks healthy and luminous. Perfect for the summer sun. Verdict: Impressed!
Oily skin types work better with gel moisturisers due to the fact that they are lighter and not oil-based. Kiehl’s Gel Cream intensively hydrates, moisturises and conditions the skin. Enriched with Imperata Gylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to firmly lock in moisture. Once you apply this cream you will notice fast absorption and an immediate cooling effect.
This formula offers 4-hour hydration and effectively keeps control over shine. I love this!
If you have read any of my favourite skincare posts, you will know how much I love this brand. SkinCeuticals is at the top of its game, consistently providing optimal results. They have cleverly combined 2 incredible ingredients of which work in unison to guarantee superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities, without the fear of clogged pore syndrome. B5 nurtures your skin and hyaluronic acid provides and maintains that much-needed moisture. This product is suitable for all skin types, but if you have oily skin, skip for joy!
Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this oil-free gel/serum works a treat. Particularly great for age spots, blemishes, dry skin, oily skin with dry areas and extremely sensitive skin, the formula intensively soothes and moisturises, leaving you looking and feeling nothing but beautifully radiant. And my life is complete. #Lifegoals.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you use any others you think are great? Lave me a message in the comments below. xx