Since arriving in Dublin, I have to say I've been quite lucky with the weather and it's actually been sunny most of the time (which is quite a rare thing here in Ireland but I'm definitely not complaining). It just means I'm in full summer mode at the moment and so is my makeup, as I'm keeping things quite minimal yet trying to create that bronzed kind of look. I've been trying out a lot of new makeup recently and this combination right here has been my go to. I'm simply loving some of the products and they are definitely agreeing with my skin, not to mention that they sit well through the warmer days also. So let me talk you through some of the new makeup additions and show you my finished makeup look...
To start off, I decided to prime my t-zone as well as my chin with a sample of Benefit's Professional Primer*, which I have been seeing around the blogosphere for a long time now but never actually tried it out for myself. I usually stay away from silicone primers so I wasn't sure how I would get on with this, but still wanted to see what all the fuss was about. A little goes a long way, which is great considering it's high-end and due to the silicone feeling, it's definitely the kind of primer I would stick to using only on my t-zone since this is an area where I may experience oiliness after some time. Saying that I absolutely loved the blurring effect it created on my pores and just how soft it left my skin feeling. I wouldn't use it everyday but when I have some extra time to spare on my makeup and I want to make my skin extra smooth than I will definitely add this into the mix.
For my base I have been trying out this new Claudia Louch High Definition Liquid Foundation* for close to a month now. I'm pretty sure this is the first HD foundation in my collection (I've gone through quite a few different foundations but I don' remember using a HD one before, so that was a new experience). HD basically means that the foundation has been created in such a way to provide you with a completely flawless finish, since cameras these days can pick up the slightest amount of streaking, speckling and hyper-opacity, which may occur with regular makeup products. The coverage is pretty good, I'd say medium but it can be build able if you add more layers for that higher coverage. For my personal preference a light layer is more than enough and in this particular makeup look, I didn't even have to bother with concealer.
The texture of the foundation is super lightweight and it just feels luxurious on the skin once it's all blended in. The superfine, micronised pigments create a luminous and slightly dewy finish, which is right up my street. Since my skin is on the dry side and having used the Benefit Porefessional Primer, I even decided to skip powder and I have to say that the foundation still lasted up to 6 hours before any fading started to come through, which is quite good considering. I have no complaints about the foundation to be honest, other than the high price tag (20ml for £52.50 ouch...). However like with all the Claudia Louch products I have tested in the past, prices have always been high-end since it is considered a luxurious brand.
Next I used one of my all time favourite sculpting duo, in the form of Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Palette (I don't think I'll ever get sick of this beautiful palette to be honest). This duo is perfect for not only adding definition to your face but also for bronzing up the skin for that sun-kissed look. I have a full review in an older post here if your interested, but of you're thinking whether it's worth the splurge then I'll be a further enabler and say that it really is worth the money (just go out and buy it already).
To add a flush of colour to the cheeks I used the Laura Geller Baked Blush* in shade Tropic Hues, which I received in my Debenhams goodie bag from their Beauty SS16 Press Release and I have to say I'm delighted to finally have the chance to try out the brand. This blush is just beautiful with swirls of coral, pink and bronze throughout (it actually kind of reminds me of MAC's LE Stereo Rose). It has a shimmery finish, without the chunks of glitter just a slight sheen and it gives off a warm glow to the skin overall. I think it's the perfect shade for summer, especially on sun kissed skin, not to mention that the pigmentation is fantastic also.
When it came to the eyes I opted for none other than theBalm Nude Tude Palette, which I raved about last week and it's definitely my go to palette at the moment. I just love how all the shades included, plus the pigmentation is fantastic too. If you want to read a full review including swatches than head over to my detailed post here. To create the makeup look below I used the shade Sultry in the crease, Sleek in the outer-V and Seductive over the rest of the lid, for a soft bronzed eye makeup look. It was super quick to blend together yet it looks like I actually made an effort for the day (win win).
To finish off the eyes I used a couple of coats of the new Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara* which I've been trying out ever since the Debenhams Beauty SS16 Press Release event. This mascara has an exclusive slim double fibre brush, to help you apply mascara from the very root of your lashes to the tip. I don't usually opt for fibre brushes but since this is so slim, it's actually very easy to work with and it doesn't clump my lashes either, which is great. The mascara is great for adding length and will hold the lashes once you curl them before hand. I've experienced no flaking or smudging with this, so I'm really excited to try more from the brand in the future, since my first experience has been a great one.
For my brows I quickly added some volume and colour with my all time favourite Benefit Gimme Brow*. You probably know by now just how much I love this product so I won't go on about it too much. The fibres in the formula are perfect for adding some much needed volume to my brows and the tinted gel is great for an everyday brow shape.
Last but not least I used my new favourite lippie, the TooFaced Melted Lipstick in shade Melted Chihuahua (name is definitely a weird one, but to be honest I don't really care since the lippie is just amazing). I have the deluxe sized version of the lipstick in case you are wondering about the size and this particular shade is a gorgeous nude with brown undertones. I love the applicator, the squeeze tube and off course the cute packaging. The formula is quite unique since it doesn't dry down to a matte finish like other liquid lipsticks. It has more of a satin finish, which I do like since it's super comfortable to wear. I will definitely have to pick up more shades soon, looking at Peony as we speak.
So that's it from me and my simple, summer makeup look and my go to routine for the moment. I'd love to hear what products you've been loving for the warmer weather?