I’ve been forced inside today… by the sun. It doesn’t happen a lot so I’m not complaining. But there I was, basking in beauty newness when the sun switched positions between clouds and threw too much glare on my laptop. I considered a hoodie but would have been hot and bothered quicker than it took to say ‘can someone please put up a parasol.’
Anyway, this toe-curlingly gorgeous burst of sunshine has inspired me to pick out a few of my favourite summer essentials. Unless you and your perfect skin are getting married on a beach, this haul is probably a little too low maintenance for your Big Day. But for sunny days, here or on honeymoon, these little beauties are perfect. The fact that they look really nice with my ‘Bride’ make-up bag is purely a coincidence. Honestly.
It was love at first sight when I spied this ‘wow-der’ palette. I love to swoosh a big fluffy brush over the two bronzer shades and sweep them across my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and chin (anywhere the sun would naturally hit basically.) I then add a pop of the pink blusher just on the fattest parts of my cheeks and finish off with a dusting of the highlighter across my cheekbones and collarbones. If you’re a whizz with the whole contouring malarky then this compact will have your name on it for sure. I feel more confident with more of an overall blend-a-thon. I’m using the Medium compact but there’s also a Deep one available. A tip a make-up artist once told me for anyone feeling a bit cowardly where bronzing palettes are concerned is to take a selfie with the flash on. That should show up where some winning bronze will help.
Summer’s most coveted compact showcasing shimmering gold to smoking chocolate shades for lids and cheekbones. Should you need inspo on how to wear the colours, it comes with a How-To Glamour Guide. I was first hooked by the colours – there’s not one that you wouldn’t use – but I love the names of each shade too. How does Honey Pot across your lids, smudged into some Sexspresso on your outer corners with Nudie all over your cheeks sound? Heaven? That’s in there too! I’m actually onto my second palette. Gold eyelids are my every day look, which I build up with the deeper browns for special occasions and nights out. I just add lashes and I’m good to go…
If there’s one place no B2B minds putting on weight it’s her eyelashes. Am I right? Well, two coats of this beauteous black mascara (that feels like a mini toblerone btw!) will deliver you lush, Bambi-esque lashes. Plus there’s a genius magnifying mirror on the side so if you want to reapply for an even bigger bat, you won’t get in a flap negotiating the wand whilst holding a mirror and the tube in your other hand. It’s worth mentioning that it washes off easily too. Yes please!
As a mum of two girls, I’m proud to say that I always give good party bag. Never have any party goers gone home from one of my girls’ birthday shindigs with bubbles, a plastic hand-clappy thing or anything else that would hit the bin the minute it came into my house! I get texts from parents telling me that they’ve swiped the sunglasses, flip flops, lipglosses etc for themselves! With a party on the horizon, I snapped up quite a few of these very affordable nail colours from Wilkos. But I’ve snaffled this oh-so-lovely lilac for myself. Sandwiched between top and base coats, I get around 3 days of chip-free colour. Okay, so it’s nowhere near as good as a pro gel mani, But look at the price tag! And the colour! Your heart will want it even before your nails do. Plus it looks really pretty against a sparkling solitaire.
I’m delighted to see that the trend for flamingo pink has extended itself to lippy. Even when I wear little else (I’m talking in make-up terms of course) a swipe of this perfect pink makes me feel insta-glam. I love that it has a matt texture – but doesn’t feel dry or need to be applied over balm – and I love that I only need to swipe on one coat for full-on coverage that lasts really well. It’s minimal effort for maximum impact. Sometimes I add a drop of gloss on the centre of my bottom lip but often I stick to au naturel. Oh, and with this sunny spell turning my skin subtly golden, it looks flaming(o) gorgeous!
So what are your sunshine essentials?