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Summer Beauty Favourites

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Since we are halfway through the summer, I thought I would do a round up of the some of the beauty products I have been loving this summer….

This time last year I was absolutely not as obsessed with makeup as I am now. I mean, I liked it and I had my basics down and ventured into daring lip colours now and again but it wasn’t a passion…Fast forward a year and I am a proud #MakeupJunkie. Over the last few months I have picked up quite a lot of products (I blame exam season stress and the incessant need to ‘Treat myself’) so it was quite a challenge picking just a few products for this post…

Foundation

First up, foundation. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know how much I have been raving about these Black Opal foundations. Black Opal is a cosmetics brand aimed at women of colour and as a result it has an amazing shade range. I first picked up their True Color Stick Foundation in the shade Nutmeg after spotting it in my local hair shop, Pak’s, for just £7.99.

I am obsessed with the stick foundation. It is full coverage and has a velvety finish. I don’t need to colour correct or pre-conceal blemishes when using this as the coverage is that great. Nutmeg is also the perfect colour match for me and it blends beautifully into my skin with a buffing brush. The only downside to this foundation is that it isn’t as long-lasting as more high-end foundations. It can also get quite oily so I usually have to use a loose powder before applying too. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend wearing this for a long day but for a summer evening out etc it’s perfect.

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I then picked up the Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation, also in Nutmeg, and found it had the same gorgeous finish as the stick foundation. This one is light/medium coverage so it’s perfect for summer. It is also true to its name and helps to blur pores. The shade isn’t the same as the stick version of Nutmeg, however, so I usually have to mix this with another foundation. But I love them both and they are so affordable!

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Glow

Summer is all about having that healthy looking ‘glow from within’! My favourite glow products this summer have been the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Pure Gold and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Golden Honey.

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I use the NYX illuminator in two ways: either a drop or two mixed into my foundation, which gives you a really beautiful subtle glow, or as a highlighter on the high points of my face before using a powder highlighter. The illuminator is really light and blends amazingly. I also sometimes use it on my collar bones and shoulders if I’m wearing an off the shoulder top or dress.

I purchased The Body Shop Oil after a wonderful recommendation and demo from Esmé of TheFive.Es (check out her blog – it’s awesome!). I wanted something that I could use all over my body that would look great in the sun and this does the job perfectly. It also smells divine.

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Left: Nyx Illuminator. Right: Honey Bronze Oil.

Left: Nyx Illuminator. Right: Honey Bronze Oil.

Lipsticks

The Liquid Lipstick Wave is upon us and I am so here for it. I’ve always loved matte lipsticks, so the liquid to matte trend has been perfect for me. My three favourite brands for liquid lipsticks this summer have been the NYX Lip Lingeries, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and Inglot HD Lip Tint Matte.

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The NYX lipsticks are transferproof and really easy to apply since they have quite a long applicator. They are also super pigmented – I only ever need one coat with a lip liner – and they go on incredibly smoothly. A downside is that they are not very long wearing. After eating and drinking, you will need to apply them again. But for the price point, I think they are brilliant.

Left to right: Exotic, Beauty Mark & Embellishment.

Left to right: Exotic, Beauty Mark & Embellishment.

The Kat Von D formula is extremely light and doesn’t feel drying on the lips. In fact, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. I find myself reaching for this lipstick a lot and this shade is very versatile.

Inglot’s liquid lipstick is the most long wearing I have ever used. Even after eating oily foods, it DOES. NOT. BUDGE. This shade also has a slight bit of glitter in it which is very pretty. I’ve been meaning to buy some more because the formula is that impressive. It also smells so good.

And a slight curveball! Another beauty favourite this summer has been the Mac Matte Lipstick in Chilli. I absolutely adore this colour. It’s a perfect orange-red shade for summer. When paired with a brown liner, it creates a gorgeous burnt orange shade too.

Left to Right: Kat Von D Lolita, Inglot 18 & Mac Chilli.

Left to Right: Kat Von D Lolita, Inglot 18 & Mac Chilli.

Lashes

I think I have mentioned before that I am awful at applying false eyelashes. However, I recently purchased this Eye Envy lash applicator from eBay and it has changed my life. It has made applying falsies so much easier. I’m yet to master it completely but these tweezers have really helped.

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Eyeshadow

Last, but not least, eyeshadows. The bane of my life. Like false eyelashes, I am yet to fully master eyeshadow application. However, in my quest to do so I have recently picked up some amazing eyeshadows to play with. One of my good friends recently went to America and she was able to bring back some makeup for me including some Colourpop eyeshadows and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

I picked up the Jenn Ne Sais Quoi quad, a collab with Jenn Im, and also received Birthday Boy for free as Colourpop were celebrating its second birthday. I am not exaggerating when I say these are the best eyeshadows I own. They are pigmented, buttery and so so easy to blend. And for just $5 per single shadow, they are incredible value for money. If you didn’t know already, they are starting international shipping on July 12th so be ready with your coins!

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Bottom to Top: Un, Deux, Trois & Quatre!

Bottom to Top: Un, Deux, Trois & Quatre!

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My favourite: Birthday Boy.

My favourite: Birthday Boy.

Next up, is the Morphe 12NB palette. I bought this from Beauty Bay for just £11.95 and it is has quickly become my day-to-day basics palette. It’s almost like a more compact version of the 35O (which I am still trying to get my hands on!) and has all the neutrals you could ever need. I feel like everyone should have this in their kit.

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And finally, the beauty that is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. Although mine is from America, it is now available to purchase in the UK on Beauty Bay or Cult Beauty. Does this palette live up to the hype? Most definitely. The colours, first of all, are stunning and perfect for summer. There is a good balance of neutrals and bright colours too if, like me, you’re not too confident with bright eyeshadow yet. The shadows are extremely pigmented and blendable and it also comes with a really handy double-ended brush. There are endless looks you could create with this palette and I’m so excited to experiment with it more.

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