summer beauty favourites

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

When it comes to all things beauty I am a very, very simple girl. For years i just used face wipes and hardly ever moisturised (shame on me). But as i'm getting older, i am noticing that my skin needs a little tlc. Combine lack of sleep with a crazy busy life means lacklustre skin and big black baggy eyes. Not a good look.
I set out to find products that i loved in order for me to carry on using them daily and not falling by the wayside,like i've done previously.(have i mentioned i am LAZY when it comes to beauty stuffs)
So with some trials under my hat i have found some amazing products that  i reach for daily. Things i love and also work for all my beauty needs.



summer beauty favourites



Maybelline face makeup, $12 / Voluminous mascara, $12 / Online Food Shopping - ASDA Groceries, $14 / Online Food Shopping - ASDA Groceries, $14 / Online Food Shopping - ASDA Groceries, $14 / No7 Cleansing Body Polish, $16 / Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist Dark 150ml, $13 / Online Food Shopping - ASDA Groceries, $14 / benefit hoola bronzing powder, $40 / Lee Stafford Argan Oil 50ml, $22 / Lee Stafford Sun Kissed Lightening Spray 100ml, $14 / Rimmel London Colour Rush Balm| Long lasting and vibrant color - Boots, $10 / Rimmel London Nail Nurse Base and Top Coat | - Boots, $7.69 / Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, $11 / Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil, $8.54 / Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer| Illuminates and conceals - Boots, $12


I have been using face wipes for years (even wet wipes in some cases, you know when they're just to hand and i'm being a lazy bum) but have been told they aren't very good for the skin. I have very oily/combination skin. Like i mentioned, my skin had been so tired looking, it needed a bit of love to bring it back to life which set me on my search.

Face:
After sampling Liz earle Hot polish (which i loved) i found (actually my bestie told me) an extremely similar product range that works tremendously well and i can buy it in the supermarket for a third of the cost. Win!
Nspa cleanser, hot cloth polish, serum and moisturiser. In 4 clear easy steps. And i abslutely adore it. My skin feels wonderful, it smells so so pretty and its right on the money from Asda

Body:
Having never used fake tan before (successfully anyway) i decided this year i wanted to look a bit tanned and like i'd been on a lovely exotic holiday.
I read some reviews and bought Garnier Ambre Solaire no streak spray and it is amazing. Great natural colour, subtle not to wiffy fake tan smell and never streaks! It's build-able too so after a few applications i get a stronger colour, but comes off easily in the shower with a good scrub too.
My routine now with tanning is; Shave, exfoliate, spray tan, moisturiser. This seems to be working very well for me this summer and is extremely fuss free and no orange hands or dodgy patches!

Hair:
I am lazy with hair also(are you seeing the pattern develop here?). Simple styles that take 5 minutes are my thing. I have been loving Lee Stafford Beach Salt spray for scrunching in to towel dried hair. Also i have been using the no heat curl method over night and it is the laziest styler but works so so well( do you know the no heat styler? i can link if you like)
Finishing and sleeking things off with a little Argan Oil, I've been using the Lee Stafford one again also.
Top tip, carry one of these with you in your hand bag, it acts as a great moisture boost for skin as well as hair. If i have flyaways i will tame them with a pump of oil. If i have dry looking legs i will use a pump per leg and it gives them a fabulous gloss finish without being sticky!
It took me a while to 'get' argan oil, but i swear by the stuff now.

Beauty:
Through summer i love to switch from a heavy foundation to a lovely BB cream. I've been using the Maybelline BB cream above for about 6 months. It has the right amount of coverage and evens my patchy face skin tone out really well. Its also an spf, perfect for this mamma on the go.
From the base i then like to use very little lately. Benefit Hoola for a bronzed cheek, Maybelline Dream Lumi for brightening under the eyes, a good black mascara and my favourite red lipstick (The Rimmel colour rush is my absolute favourite, if i'm ever in a red lippy it will most probably be that one!) Oh and lastly, my eyebrow pencil... i have terrible eyebrows and I just don't look right when they aren't filled in, eyebrow pencils are my vice, i normally have about 6 on the go scattered around the house and in my handbags... that's weird isnt it?! lol

Lastly
Nails:
The Rimmel Nail Nurse nail base and top coat in one is speedy and chip resistant all in one go.
And i am crushing on all the Revlon scented polish's. They smell so good and the colour is so vibrant and true to the bottled colour that i have recently bought 2 more shades and i have not been disappointed.


So there we have it. My summer beauty favourites.  I am all about very little time/effort put in but maximum results. And all these products do just that for me, i'm actually really pleased!

What are you loving this summer? 
Do share as i love to pick up tips from you guys!



4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post, Rachel! I am a busy mum (okay, I'm just lazy!) and use baby wipes but have been thinking about getting some new products. I've recently discovered tesco's own exfoliant which I love! And it's a bargain.
    And I completely agree with you about the Revlon parfumerie nail polish. Boots have 2 for £10 on Revlon at the mo so I treated myself the other day...love it!
    Thanks for the tips. �� x

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    1. Ahh Adele, im so pleased these have been of some use to you. As a busy (*ahem* lazy) beauty person, i am all about convenience. These products never fail me.
      I shall definitely check out tesco's own exfoliant, im always in tesco!! And yay!! revlon
      2 for £10! i must get my bum down to boots asap!XXX

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  2. I like the simplicity of your routine! I don't think its necessary to have a ton of product myself.

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  3. I love seeing what products other women use! I've been blessed with good genes & have also been terrible in the past with my beauty routine but as I've approached 40 I've been stricter with myself! Love the sound of the nspa products & will peek next time I'm in Asda! xx

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