Summer Beauty Essentials 2018

Finally! The rain is gone, the sun is shining and summer seems to be on its way......well, we've had a few good days at least although it doesn't look set to last but it has got me thinking about what products I'll be using this summer. I often prefer light, simple make-up that looks bronzed and glowy in the warmer months so I'm going to talk about all the products I'll be using to achieve this.

Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30
I think we all know we should protect our skin all year round but it's especially important in the summer months when sun exposure is much more prominent. This year I'll be using Simple Protecting Moisture Cream in SPF 30, I like this cream as it doesn't feel too oily and it absorbs easily into the skin. You don't need to use this particular sunscreen but I highly recommend finding one that works for you, some sunscreens can cause you to break out but I haven't found this with the one from Simple. My other suggestion would be Ultrasun Anti-ageing Sun Protection which is more expensive but has added skincare benefits.

MAC Strobe Cream 
Okay, we all love highlighter...right? But in summer I prefer having glowy skin achieved with creams and liquids as opposed to strong, more harsh looking powder highlights. MAC Strobe Cream is just one of the products I'm loving at the moment, you can apply this under foundation, mixed in with foundation or on top as a traditional highlighter, I love to wear this under my foundation especially with more matte formulas to add a bit more life into my skin, I find as you get older it's more flattering to opt for a more satin/dewy finish especially in summer. MAC Strobe Cream adds a beautiful sheen without any glitter or shimmer, it's very soft and natural, additionally, it works as a nice base for foundation and feels hydrating.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Make Up Base
This is a pretty expensive product but it will last you a lifetime, you only need to use a tiny amount for each application. This is another multi-use product that can be worn alone, under or on top of make-up, my favourite way to use this at the moment is blended on the cheeks, temple and jawline give my face a bronzy glow. The cream is pigmented but blends easily to give you a seamless finish, it's one of my favourite products for summer and I have a full review here if you want to learn more.

Superdrug Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist 
Technically I'm loving any refreshing face mist for summer but the Superdrug one is what I've been using currently. These are great for applying after you've finished your make-up especially if you've used too much powder, they add some hydration to the skin and give you more of that glow that we all want. This mist is a total bargain and a really good alternative to the MAC Fix Plus, you can also use it to intensify eyeshadows and refresh the skin on warm days. It contains glycerin and vitamin E so it's great for keeping the skin moisturised, I've almost finished the bottle I have and I'll definitely be buying more to see me through the summer months.

Essence Colour Boost Vinylicious Liquid Lipstick
I recently spoke about this lipgloss in a post talking about Essence products which I will link here, this lipgloss in the shade Woody Rosy is the perfect natural nude shade. I usually love matte lipsticks but recently I've been enjoying wearing lipgloss again and I think it looks more lightweight and flattering for summer rather than those super pigmented, dry liquid lipsticks we've all been loving for so long.

So, there you have it.....some of my favourite products for summer!
All of these products work great together and help you to achieve that natural, tanned glowy look so if you're looking to achieve that this summer then you should check some of these out! Let me know any of your favourites and what I should try!

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