Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Summer Beauty Favourites

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (both @kathrynsloves), you may have realised I am a bit of a makeup addict, and am always on the hunt for brand new products to try out. I wanted to share with you some of the products that I have recently been loving, some new releases, some old favourites…
Since my operation, my skin has improved dramatically and so I have been trying not to wear a full foundation all the time, so the Embryolisse Complexion Correcting Care Cream* (£29.99) is perfect for this, and it even includes SPF20! This is a complexion perfector which corrects imperfections and is formulated with self-adjusting pigments to re-plump the skin and give a soft focus effect to blur the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dilated pores. It can be used over the whole face or on targeted areas, and as it feels so light on the skin, this is also perfect for holidays!
When I am wanting a full foundation, I have been reaching for the Joan Collins First Base Foundation* (£25), a youth promoting skincare and foundation in one! It goes onto the skin so smoothly, even without the use of my trusty Beauty Blender, and creates a smooth, flawless base with a radiant, natural finish. It has been formulated using the wonder ingredient which is hyaluronic acid and feels so comfortable on the skin. Coverage-wise, it gives a light, natural cover, but I found it was more than enough, and if you do prefer a heavier coverage, it builds really well too.
Something else you may notice about me on social media is that I am also obsessed with cats! I have two, Millie and Daisy, and so anything with cats on is always a winner for me, including this Paul & Joe Limited Edition Silky & Highlighting Pressed Powder Set* (£28). It arrives in a gift box, so makes a lovely present, if you can bare to part with it! It comes in two colour ways - beige and pink, and here I have the pink, and comes complete with a drawstring pouch and a sweet silky puff pad applicator. The compact has a mirror on the inside of the lid and the powder is so silky and finely milled it gives a beautiful luminous finish to the skin to illuminate the face and add a hint of glow.
When travelling, we still need make-up brushes, but the full-sized ones can be a bugger to pop in a makeup bag, so I always look for travel-sized alternatives, and the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F01 Quick Brush* (£14.31) is all that plus excellent quality. It is a chubby, short-handled brush which can be used with both wet and dry products, to apply foundation, bronzer, blush and even highlighter if you so wish. I adore the hot pink handle and gold shiny finish and the easy to clean, synthetic fibres are so soft and silky on the skin.
I am a highlighter fiend, and have two full drawer-fills, no exaggeration, so when I saw the delectable Huda Beauty Summer Solstice Highlighter Palette (£40), I knew it had to be mine! I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know a whole lot about the beautiful lady behind the brand, but these shades are insanely pretty! The palette includes four full-sized highlighters, including three shades of pearlescent powder and one creamy hue. They are beautifully pigmented, and soft on the skin, and a little goes a long way. I thought the purple shade Mykonos would be far too deep for my fair skin, but it is really pretty when used sparingly and makes a great eyeshadow!
Moving on to the eyes, I was super excited to get my hands on the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara* (£21). Lancome know their stuff when it comes to mascaras, and I have been using theirs since I was about 16! Monsieur Big is a volumising mascara, which gives thicker looking, smudge-resistant (great for Summer!) lashes. I have very fine, practically non-existent lashes, and yet just one coat of this champ definitely made a big difference to them, making them look longer, and much thicker, yet without the look of clumps and super dark, black intense lashes. The brush is quite a chunk, and has those natural bristles, which I much prefer, rather than the plastic ones. If you are a contact lens wearer or have sensitive eyes, both like myself, this will definitely not cause you problem, which is always a bonus. 
I have been experimenting much more with eye colour recently, and so the NYX Vivid Brights Liquid Eyeliners (£5.50 each) have been right up my street! They are available in around ten different shades, and here I have Vivid Petal, a baby pink, and Vivid Halo, a bright-ish yellow shade. They come with a long handle and so are easy to manoeuvre along the lash line, and I find that they have great staying power without smudging or fading away.
Moving on to lips, and starting with a good, natural, nude shade, I have been loving the Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition Chrome Summer Lipstick (£16) in the shade Skin Tight. People go on about Jeffree Star in a negative way, but to be honest when it comes to beauty, I just go for products I like, and products that work, without having interest or giving thought to the person that creates them. Even with the Huda palette. The shade of this lipstick is really pretty and natural, and it feels creamy on the lips and longevity of wear is spot on! 
For a pop of colour, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipsticks* (£19.50). I have quite a few of the original Lancome Shakers, and so I was excited to try a matte version. There are around seven shades in this new formula, and here I have the shade Magic Orange, the prettiest coral pink when applied to the lips. The formula is super nourishing on the lips, to keep them looking in tip top condition, yet the formula dries to a stunning matte finish, and meaning that there’s no stickiness, just a lovely lightweight feeling and finish. And of course, the packaging makes me want to be enjoying a cocktail somewhere warm!
Pre-operation, I always used to go for Shellac putting on my nails, but it was getting expensive every fortnight, and because I was at home so much during my operation, I started to paint my own nails again, which I quite enjoyed in the end, as it meant I could switch up colours more frequently. One polish I have been wearing a lot lately is the Orly Lacquer in Silken Quartz* (£11), a soft, delicate peach-beige with iridescent micro-shimmer, giving a beautiful pearlescent finish. It goes with almost everything and looks super elegant on the nails, and I love how it doesn’t chip within 24 hours of applying it like some of the other nail polish brands.
All the Loves,
Kathryn x


*Please note, products marked with an asterix are PR samples, however, all views are my own 

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