Tried & Tested ~ Summer Beauty Picks |UK Wedding Blog

SAMSUNG CSCSo it might not look anything like the kind of summer we all want at the moment, but it doesn’t mean that summer beauty products aren’t everywhere you look! Here’s a few reviews/new products/new favourites* you can enjoy whether the sun makes an appearance or not.

Versace Eros Pour Femme 

If you’ve ever had a Versace fragrance before, you may agree with me that even though they are all different, there is also something about them that kind of ties them all together – there is a very distinct style that the brand tends to stick to. This latest offering is a beautiful soft summery fragrance – it’s feminine and strong, but without being overbearing.  Along with beautiful, ornate glasswear (which I have to say I’m obsessed with), this is a floral, fruity and woody scent – on first spray you’ll smell citruses lemon and mandarin, and then on drying down, a more powdery musky floral which is what will remain on the skin, with freesia, magnolia, patchouli and jasmine. You’ll love this if you like blooming florals with a hint of citrus, and it begins at £32 for 30ml, available now from most department stores. 

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Skinny Tan 

I used to be a religious self tanner, but I have to say it is a much rarer occurance these days, for honestly not much more reason than I can rarely be bothered – usually I have a couple of spray tans a year to tie in with birthday nights out/Christmas parties etc but generally I’ve come to terms with being the colour of a piece of paper. My formula of choice historically was always a mousse, as I find it easiest and the least tacky formula, and this Skinny Tan mousse applies super easily, particularly when I used the mitt. It’s not orange at all, but it is quite a dark tan (as it states online) – the kind of colour all my medium-skinned/regular tanned friends would adore, but for me it’s darker than I would usually go for, although I had lots of compliments when I’ve tried it.  I’ve been mixing it in with a moisturiser to soften it a little and create a more buildable colour. I’ll definately give the 7 day Tan a go next, which is lighter and apparently better suited to porcelain skin.  Infused with Aloe Vera Juice, it really does make my skin feel smooth and hydrated and softer to the touch after use, and the smell is nice on application, if a little biscuity afterward (but seriously, there is a tan on earth that isn’t, right?) This is £21.99, and available from Superdrug.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

You’ve probably seen Phoebe bought a few of the new celeb inspired Tilbury Hot Lips collection (check her Insta), but I only purchased Kim K W. I deliberated for more time than is at all justifiable about which to get, as I’d promised myself I’d only buy one (I’ve bought sooooo much makeup this month) and as soon as I left the boutique I felt I should’ve gone for Tell Laura, the most amazing orange red. My expectations after this of Kim K were pretty low, but I actually love it. Really love it. I was expecting it to be the same as everything else I have, but actually it isn’t. Creamy, comfortable to wear, and the most amazing nude, I feel this will be a staple for me for the foreseeable. This collection is luxe beauty buying at it’s best – do we need any of them? No. But do we want all of them, because they are aesthetically pleasing and infinitely Instagramable? We do.  Available at online at £23 each now.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder 

Super late to the Bobbi party, this month was {believe it or not} my first forray into the brand at one of their pro events at the Spitalfields boutique (gorgeous shop btw). After watching a masterclass in Colour Correction and Editorial Makeup, it was shopping time, and I took advantage of my new Professional discount to buy some of the products I’d seen in action. The BBU palette was a big purchase, but I’d been deliberating about it for literally years, as I’d heard so many amazing things about it from other makeup artists, and I love how easy it is when everything you need is all in one place – it contains all the concealers, correctors and foundation stick colours. I’m also loving the Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Santa Barbara – lightweight luminousity at it’s very best. If the whole “bronzer” title is confusing you (when this is clearly a blusher), it’s because all of these powders have a warm undertone to them which will add warmth to the skin, thus making you appear to look more sunkissed without actually adding any darkness to the skin – clever no? Available from Bobbi Brown, £28.50.

Emily x

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