Summer Skin

With summer well and truly here, schools are finished, the sun has appeared and everybody, except me, seems to be jetting off to exotic locations, I thought it was a nice idea to share how I keep my skin feeling healthy and the simple makeup I like to use during the warmer months.

Skin Care

My top tip? Drink lots and lots of water! During the summer I make a conscious effort to drink more, as it is always good to stay hydrated and it has multiple benefits, one of which, being that it helps your skin to look healthy and glow! The recommended average for the amount of water you should drink everyday is 3L for men and 2.5L for women. Obviously, I don’t get all 2.5L in everyday, but I do try to get at least 1.5L, and on especially warm days, or if I am at work, I try harder to hit that higher target.

With direct regards to skin care, I use Essential Waitrose 4 in 1 Cucumber Facial Wipes  (£1.59) to remove my makeup in the evenings, and then wash my face with lukewarm water. I only use a soap on my face in my morning shower and it will be one of two favourites of mine; the Nivea Facial Wash Gel (£3) or the Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Cream Wash (£3.15). I find both really gentle on my skin, which isn’t especially sensitive, but I still have to be careful using harsh face washes and scrubs and these two from Nivea are really kind on all skin types.

I then use a water gel moisturiser, as I find these really refreshing in the summer months. My most recent favourite, as inspired by the television advert (I am a sucker for ads!) is the L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water (£6.99). What drew me in was the fact it is a water based formula, and that I am mildly obsessed with anything containing Aloe Vera. I have always used my Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Gel in previous summers to treat multiple sun burns that I have suffered, so I knew it worked well with my skin type. They have 3 variations, Normal – Dry, Normal – Combination and Normal – Oily. My skin type varies quite a bit depending on the weather and how well I have been looking after it, so I went for the combination option as it gives a fair chance of being right for a variety of skin days!

Makeup

As for makeup in the summer, I have always really liked to keep it to the bare minimum and of what I am comfortable in being out publicly, which usually consists of a little mascara and filling in my brows. This means I generally get out of the house quicker and my skin thanks me in the long term for not being caked in foundation everyday under the baking sun! My go-to brow product is the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Brow Contour (£9), which has a wax pencil at one end and at the other, a sheer and glittery highlight/concealer that you can pop on your brow bone and blend. For mascara, it can vary depending on how I want my lashes to look, but I usually stick to the Clinique Chubby Lash (£18) as mentioned in a previous post.

If I do decide to go a little glam during the day, or even for an evening out, I still like to keep it light and simple, so I am not clogging my pores in the heat and makeup. Recently I have been using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (£32) in shade Mont Blanc paired with the Nars Creamy Concealer (£23) in shade Light 2. They give amazing coverage without feeling heavy on my skin, like many other creamy formulas can do. For eyeshadow, I am channelling burgundy or sunset vibes, so I like to use either my NYX Full Throttle quads, again, I have mentioned these in previous posts, or one of my newer additions, the MAC Burgundy X9 Palette (£25). For powder I use the Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Setting Powder (£6.99), which is an excellent dupe for the Laura Mercier Setting Powder. Contouring & bronzing, I use the Nars Bronzing Powder (£29) in Laguna and for blush I use the Nars Blush (£23) in Orgasm. To highlight, I use the Morphe 134 Fan brush and the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlight in either Peach Diamond or Pink Shimmer. These are both only £3 each, and have incredible pigmentation. I use these on the tops of my cheekbones, my brow bone, just under my brows, and lightly on the end of my nose. Finally at the moment I am liking the MAC Lip Liner in Whirl and on top the Tom Ford Lip Colour (£40) in Sable Smoke.

After writing the process I go through, every time I do ‘going out’ makeup, I am now wondering if anybody will find it remotely interesting or helpful, but I have been really excited about sharing some of my newer products with you all!

I hope I have inspired you enough for a small shopping trip, albeit online, and that to ensure your skin looks beautiful and radiant all year round, it isn’t only about the makeup you use but the way you look after your skin whilst not wearing any makeup at all!

Thank you for taking a moment to read my latest post and I hope you enjoy the summer months. One final thing though… Please! Don’t forget sun cream!

Imogen ❤

Maybelline Fit Me

A friend once introduced me to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and I had a bit of a rough start with it. I found it cakey and thick, clinging to the dry patches on my skin and turning orange, even though I had the correct shade.

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6 months after I had sworn that I would never use it again, I found myself out of my old concealer and the Fit Me tube was staring at me, begging to be given a second chance. So I prepped and primed my skin using the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer, and dotted the concealer cautiously on my skin. To my shock, it blended beautifully and covered the redness and scarring from previous blemishes. I finally understood why my friend continuously raved about this product and I am so happy to say; it is now my everyday, go-to product.

I was in Tesco with a friend the other day browsing their limited range of makeup, and spotted the concealer and eagerly told her about my little journey with the product but how I now love it. I then looked to the left slightly and discovered they do a Fit Me Foundation. I was very excited at the prospect of a foundation with coverage as good as the concealer. My excitement heightened when I saw it was only £6! I don’t often purchase products that I haven’t had a little look online for reviews and ratings. However this time, I was too impressed at the price and rapidly made the decision that £6 wouldn’t hurt my bank account too much if it was a flop.

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I rushed home and quickly cleared my face of the day’s makeup, ready to try my new purchase. I started with my primer once again, concealer and then I applied the foundation with my normal technique, dot it around my face with a brush and blend. It blended into my face really well and had amazing coverage. As well as this, it didn’t feel heavy or thick on my face, as some high coverage foundations can do. It says it gives a natural, seamless finish and for once, I agree!

Its main selling points advertised by the company are:

  •  Mattifies and refines pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin,
  • Matches skin tone and texture,
  • Natural, seamless finish

I can safely say I agree with all three of these statements, especially the one about mattifying your skin as this was one of the first things I noticed. I have never used a dewy foundation, however some show signs of having a less matte finish than others. Fit Me has a seriously matte finish, but as I mentioned before, this doesn’t make it cakey or thick.

This foundation is recommended for people with Normal-Oily skin and I would say that the concealer is also aimed at people with this same skin type. I would highly recommend using a primer, or at very least a moisturizer, before applying both of these products, otherwise any dry skin will be highlighted and will stand out like a sore thumb!

Overall these products are the two I use for my skin, and with careful and thorough removal, neither leave your skin with endless blemishes or blackheads.

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I hope you guys will take my word on this and go out and find your new favorite products! Have fun shopping!

Imogen ❤