I don't like the thought of picking beauty products based on the season, but ultimately, they do change because of the weather. In the Summer, I like to keep things simple and fairly stripped back and in the Winter, I prefer a little heavier makeup but still simple. My overall year theme is to keep things simple, as my skin reacts best to that. This Summer, I've maxed out the glow & bronze factor already.
This Summer I've kept my skincare routine the simplest it's ever been, mainly because I've found a fair few staples which will be around for a while. I've been using Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser day and night since purchasing it earlier this year, I'm already on my second bottle and have another bottle waiting to be opened. Believe the hype when people say it's the best cleanser ever, as hands down, it's my favourite cleanser ever. It properly cleans your skin, all while keeping the skin soft and conditioned. If I'm not wearing any makeup, I will cleanse using Avene Anti-Redness Cleansing Creme or alternatively use Garnier Micellar Water if I'm wearing lots of makeup to remove it all. I've been a fan of the Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray Toner for a while, which I like to spritz after cleansing to calm the skin. I'll usually go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic Pads which are the best option for on the go, as they are pre-soaked with the product. In the morning, I'm a fan of using Glossier Priming Moisturiser and in the evening, I have been reaching for either Elemis Marine Cream Ultra-Rich or Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Both in the AM and PM, I am an avid fan of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, which I have been using every single day for months now and will preach forever for. As it's the Summer months, I have been reaching for the La Roche Posay Anti-Shine SPF 30 to apply after my morning moisturiser to ensure I'm protected against the UVA & UVB rays. I'm not a religious user of eye cream, however, I heard Alessandra Steinherr recently say on a panel that she only uses eye serums/gels. Based on how good her skin looks, I trust her opinion and have swapped to start using Clinique Smart Eye Serum.
Aside from the usual daily routine, I like to add in The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid every other day and use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peel Solution on alternative weeks to ensure my skin is exfoliated. On the alternative weeks when I'm not using The Ordinary peel, I have been reaching for Glam Glow Super Mud, a super stronger version of Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (which I still love to this day).
I have a constant need to look glowy and more tanned than I usually am. I've been switching between three different bases, YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, Glossier Skin Tint and Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tint, throughout the past few months and often mixing them together to get the best shade. As all of those bases are fairly light, with the exception of YSL, I have been reaching for a little more concealer in areas I need in the form of Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium (when I'm not tanned, I will be switching back to Light), Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. I usually carry the Laura Mercier concealer around with me on a day-to-day basis as it's great for touch ups and I'm obsessed with using the Bare Minerals Spot Concealer as I find it does actually help with blemishes. Stretch Concealer is my most used concealer as it's the perfect lightweight moisturising concealer. Once the base is perfected, I've been piling on the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer to bronze up my skin to match my body as my face tan always fades first. For highlighter, I use Glossier Haloscope in Quartz every single day as I love it and have sometimes been adding Haloscope in Topaz on my temples for a little extra bronze highlight.
Brows will always be a mixture of Eylure x Fleur De Force Brow Define (just out in stores and I love the dual ended pencil with two shades) and Glossier Boy Brow in Brown in terms of product. I have to shout out to Nails and Brows in Mayfair for perfecting my brow shape and finally making them even, so I only add in the product for a little further definition. One of my favourite things about Brows and Nails is their signature brow shape 'The Audrey', which naturally is inspired by Audrey Hepburn. Although there is no one brow shape fits all, each one is suited to your face and I couldn't be happier with mine. For my eyes, I have often been reaching for a little bronze to contour the lid or using the Tarte Tartelette Tease palette which I picked up in Sephora. I have been mainly using Crush, which is a taupe shimmer, across my lid and adding a little brown kohl above my lashes for more depth. In terms of mascara, I have fallen back in love with Too Faced Better Than Sex, which I actually started to dislike but somehow its made its way back into my everyday makeup.
I haven't been feeling any lipstick for my lips and going for a more natural or subtle look. I carry Glossier Balm Dot Com in Original and Cherry in my bag every day, so I'll always use those throughout the day. For a little colour, I have been layering Cherry with Generation G Lipstick in Zip or for something neutral I have been going for Dior Lip Glow or Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Believer.
My hair had a summer makeover at the beginning of the summer at Live True London in Hampstead. I was a little nervous about going to a salon I hadn't heard too much about and letting someone new touch my colour, but wow, I was seriously impressed. I was in the safe hands of Marianna and after explaining that my ideal hair colour is 'champagne cool', she smashed it on go! She used the traditional balayage technique but with no foils as that always creates the most natural look. Over the course of the next few days, I have never received so many compliments on my hair colour before so that's how I knew she did such a good job. Plus I've certainly recommended a few people head over there for colour as it's so great to find somewhere local to me. Even better too, if you quote 'Blogger Offer' when booking your appointment at any salon, you will receive 25% off all hair services across all salons if you're a new client!
At my hair appointment, I didn't cut too much off my length as I always prefer to keep it a little longer for my holidays, but I did make sure to have enough to keep it looking and feeling fresh. It was a few months ago since I was last there and with a holiday looming, I'm feeling the need for some more babylights to be added so I'll be making another appointment there soon. Since my appointment, I've been using the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer or Living Proof Timeless Pre-Shampoo Treatment weekly before washing with either Rahua Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner or Ouai Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner. When it comes to styling products, I don't tend to try new products as I use the Davines Definition Spray on dry hair and Nexxus Leave In Conditioner on wet hair, with a little of the Ouai Hair Oil every now and then.