SPF is a must for me all year round but especially in summer when I'm out and about more, taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine and hot summer days we're being treated to recently. There's two SPF's I rely on, one specifically for my face and one which I slather on my body, ensuring I am protected from head to toe. The Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection Day Screen SPF50 is my go-to facial SPF, a favourite of mine since it's release, I'm now on my second bottle. Available in a 30ml size I find it lasts a good 4-6 months with daily use, so it makes the £32 price tag easier to bare - although you can snap it up at a cheaper £28.15 over on Escentual.com. A 100% mineral sunscreen, it utilises Organic Cantaloupe Melon which has both antioxidant and anti-ageing properties, alongside an Anti-Pollution Complex which helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It's super lightweight and oil-free, great for both makeup free days and under makeup. I pop this on my face, neck and decolletage.
For body I have been trying a new SPF which has joined my beauty stash, the Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF40 High Protection Cream protective broad spectrum for both face and body; although I stick to using this one as a body SPF. A luxurious cream SPF, it combines UVA and UVB sunscreen ingredient technology with Jurlique's new Superberry Complex; a blend using fruit extract which works to provide your skin with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. As well as protecting you from harmful UV rays, this Jurlique offering helps to keep skin hydrated and nourished. At £27 per 100ml it's not the cheapest SPF on the market, but the ingredients and benefits make it one which is worth the splurge if you can afford it.
I've been loving pink as my go-to colour for lips and nails recently, opting for pale pinks for my nails and bold brights for my lips. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer is a lovely powder pink that can be applied for a more subtle semi-sheer nail, but works well as a more opaque shade if you build up the coats. I find two coats is perfect for a really lovely opaque finish. I'm new to Smith & Cult polishes, with a post coming up on my favourite shades from the range, but so far I am definitely a fan. Streak-free, long-lasting chip free formula and a lovely shade selection. Not the cheapest polish out there, they'll set you back £19, but one for a treat buy or birthday wishlist!
I absolutely adore Urban Decay lipsticks and the new Urban Decay Vice Lipstick range, which features 100 incredible shades, is spot-on for any lipstick fans. At £15 they are a high-end product, but definitely on the more affordable end of the scale in comparison to other high-end brands. I've been loving the vivid flash of colour I get from Firebird, which features a delicious cream finish.
A good primer is an essential for me, even more so when we have lovely hot weather and I want to stop my makeup disappearing throughout the day. Over the past couple of months I have found myself really enjoying my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, a primer which I initially dismissed because I preferred the oil-free version, but now I've been using it regularly, I actually really like it. With a very light-weight formula it feels lovely and weightless on my skin, more of a ultra-thin consistency lotion, easily keeping my makeup in place from morning to night. 30ml will set you back £29, but it's definitely up there as one of the best high-end primers I have tried.
If I want a bit of colour without having to spend the afternoon in the sun, a lovely buildable tanning alternative is the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster which can be added to your moisturiser morning and night. 15ml costs £19, although you can grab it for just £16.70 over on Escentual.com, and it's set to last a long while as you only need a couple of drops for each application. With a concentrate of active tanning ingredients, it provides a lovely natural looking glow whilst still receiving the full benefits of your skincare. Really easy way to get a lovely summer glow without risking damage from UV rays.
Last but not least, scents. Over the past 18 months I have found myself becoming a huge fan of Michael Kors fragrances, building quite a collection with scents perfect for all year round. The latest scent to join the ever-growing range is the stunning Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer Eau de Parfum, which is available in two sizes; 50ml which comes in at £58 and 100ml which costs £79. A sweet summer Oriental fragrance, this is a limited edition scent which features key notes of Quince, Vanilla and Peru Balsam. The bottle is just incredible; a deep navy blue adorned with golden shimmer. My go-to fragrance over this summer.
Everything I need, all in one place. My Ted Baker Wash Bag fits everything in perfectly, and room for more if I decided to select my makeup for the day ahead the night before. It makes getting ready so much quicker and fuss-free! Ted Baker is one of those brands that always catches my eye when it comes to cosmetics bags whenever I head to the House of Fraser Makeup section in Nottingham. I love how easy they are to keep clean, too! A simple wipe down and it's like new again.
What are your summer beauty essentials?
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