In terms of summer make up I tend to wear a lot less when the warmer weather kicks in. I'm a big advocate of keeping my face out of the sun, but I really love a healthy sun kissed glow. These days it's so easy to achieve that perfect shade of golden without a ray of sun in sight, and with a myriad of products on the market, here are a pick of my personal bunch of favourites.
FACIAL SELF TANNERS.
I've tried a lot, and without doubt the one that comes out tops for me is Chanel Soleil Identite. It is expensive, but you only need a dot, and like a lot of other facial tanners it doesn't cling to imperfections, dry your skin out or go into your pores.
Less expensive, but still gives a natural even looking light glow, is the Clarins Eau-Lactee Auto-Bronzante self tanning milk. Specially formulated for the face and decollete, so it's a very light, and also has the gorgeous Clarins skincare fragrance. Plus you get a whopping 125mls which will last you the whole summer.
Foundation in the summer really doesn't work for me, but I'm a big fan of tinted moisturisers. The one I can't without, and have used for years is by Laura Mercier, it has an SPF of 20, and put simply it is the best.
Bobbi Brown always does natural so well. Her Tinted Moisturising Balm with an SPF of 25 has the lightest coverage I have ever found. It feels like it's doing your skin good, smells divine, and is perfect for my dehydrated summer skin.
When I haven't had enough sleep, and my skin looks a little under par, I always reach for Nars illuminator in orgasm. It's a cult favourite for all the right reasons, and a little goes a long way. I've tried using something less expensive, but it's not nearly as good.....Any suggestions welcome?
This product was a new discovery for me this year, after reading so many amazing reviews. It's unlike traditional bronzers, (which can make you look as if you have fallen in a glitter pot) it's virtually undetectable on your skin, and does exactly what Hourglass say......'Radiant light is a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and extends a summer glow'. I gulped when I handed over my credit card to the girl in Liberty's for this one, but now I'm converted.
I have used this Nuxe dry oil since I can't remember, and I dare you not to love it too?....The fragrance is pure South of France in a bottle. Lot's of alternatives on the market, but for me there is nothing like this gorgeous golden original. It's a true summer multi tasker, I mix a little in with my tinted moisturizer when I want to up the glam, and you can even use it on your hair as well!
Finally one of my favourite discoveries over the past year has been beauty guru industry insider Caroline Hirons amazingly informative skincare blog. In fact I would go so far as to say, it has completely revolutionised my skincare regime (sounds like another post coming up?) If I'm honest when I first started reading her advice I was a bit of a cynic, but even after a few basic changes (i.e. bin the make-up wipes and double cleanse properly) my skin has really changed, and looks glowy and looks fresh again, even when I'm knackered! If you haven't found 'Queen Caroline' yet, waste no time, apart from her wealth of knowledge she is also hugely entertaining on her You Tube channel. It will change the way you think about looking after your skin forever.....I promise!
The sales are a great time to make smart investments in your wardrobe. Follow this 8-step guide to keep you on track.
NET-A-DRESSER'S 8-STEP GUIDE
1. It's a battleground out there, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are easily removable (essential when trying on those 70% off Louboutin's!)
2. Stay hydrated, sounds silly, but if you are dehydrated your ability to make rational decisions becomes impaired. Also have a few snacks to hand, a banana, some nuts or cheesy oatcakes will help bridge the gap until you can eat properly.
3. Be armed with a list, and do your research into the coming season, but, only buy if it's really 'YOU'. If you wouldn't normally wear crochet flares, or towering disco platforms.....Don't even go there.
4. As simple as it sounds, look at where the gaps are in your wardrobe, only buy what you really NEED, and stick rigidly to it.
5.Now is the time to invest in those forever designer pieces. Buy the best you can afford, and it will stand you in good stead for a long time. 6. If it doesn't fit don't buy it just because it's a bargain. It will end up at the back of the wardrobe, and eventually go to the charity shop!
7. SHOP ONLINE........PUTTING ITEMS INTO YOUR BASKET GIVES YOU TIME TO REALLY CONSIDER IF YOU NEED IT, BEFORE HITTING THE 'PURCHASE NOW' BUTTON?
8. And finally those few impulse sale bargains can add up to one much needed new season item. Always try and weigh up which you want more.