Hello, Summer!

Hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year.  Finally, the season we dreamed of during the dark and cold days of winter is with us.  It’s time to take full advantage of the Vitamin D and warm temps.
Less always seems to be more in summer, which is why this is the perfect season to lighten up your makeup, opting for a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation, so you don’t find yourself melting during the day.  My summer routine pares down to a touch of concealer and of course, bronzer. With tinted lashes, I often skip the mascara.  

A few of my favourite things

It’s the time of year where lists recapping the best of the past 12 months are everywhere.  And because I love a list, I’ve used this concept to inspire skincare items that I can’t be without.  Well, let’s be generous and call them skincare-related, remembering that I believe good skincare is the foundation on which everything else is built.

When to restock

When I returned from my summer holiday in the US, my suitcase was filled with lots of goodies that I’ll be trying out over the next few weeks.  Whether it’s skincare or make-up, there’s nothing like having some newness in my bathroom cabinet.  And as I was able to take advantage of summer shopping specials and autumn announcements, my bag was very full for the return flight. 

You can fit it all in your liquids bag

With our first spring bank holiday arriving tomorrow, now begins the time for getaways and summer holidays.  Always a welcome relieve after a long winter!

While I love travelling, I don’t love packing and one of my biggest challenges is getting my make-up and skincare to fit in a suitcase, leaving enough room for clothes and whatever else I need. 

Help! I'm melting!!!

With summer comes the expectation of lots of sunshine and hot, humid days.  At least in the summer that I know best.  However, when I started to write this piece, I had just been caught in a hailstorm.  In July. 

While I usually love applying “my face”, in warmer times, it can be hard to work up motivation for a full face of make-up.  Particularly as I find that foundation and powder can melt in the heat, leaving my skin looking patchy, which is not exactly the look I’m going for.  Often, my choice is simply moisturiser and sunscreen, but on the days when I don’t want to be bare faced, I have found a reliable combination of products to keep me covered and cool.