This post is long overdue, there's been so much stuff I've been trying and testing of late. And the summer months haven't put me off wearing darker shades when it comes to my daily slap.
First up, then....
My trusty Sleek Storm palette
Said palette has clearly seen better days, but that's because I've been using it so much. As you can tell, I've been enjoying the beige-y cream shade second from the left on the top row. This, teamed with the midnight blue (fourth from left on the bottom) in the inner corners of the eyes, makes a gorgeous combination for an evening out. Which are your favourite Sleek palettes?
And the rest....
Eyeko's Tea Rose polish, which has been blogged about to death, really is as stunning as everyone makes out. I was sent this product to review by the folks at Powder Rooms and I've been pretty much wearing it at every opportunity. Tea Rose polish and Barry M's mint green, that is. Ah! Barry M's mint green; we all jumped on that bandwagon didn't we. Still, it is as lovely as they say.
When I'm not wearing MAC's Made To Order lipstick (a gorgeous creamy peachy/orange summery shade I'm vamping it up big style with 'Lustering' (pictured above, far right). A stunning fuchsia pink, this looks perfect in the day with minimal face make-up and big, fat lashes.
What are your must-have summer lippies?
On the eyes, I've been using Eyeko's double ended black and silver chunky eyeliners. I've been applying blusher with Natio's beautifully soft face brushes, which are also great for highlighting and contouring. Bourjois' Smokey Effect eyeliner in Deep Green is another favourite. It comes with one of those nifty little brush smudgers on the end, brill when you're a smokey eye novice like myself.
From top to bottom: Eyeko's Line and Shine eyeliner, Bourjois Smokey Effect eyeliner in Deep Green and Natio blush brushes.
Lush's Ocean Salt is a god send. I'm already on about my twentieth pot since discovering it about six months ago. I literally go through it like it's going out of fashion. Unfortunately for me I live a fair distance away from a Lush shop, so I always feel the need to stock up when I get the chance. A salty face scrub containing lime, coconut and vodka (yep, mental!), this makes applying foundation a dream. It really preps the skin (for me at least) and doesn't leave my face feeling oily or dry. Plus, it smells like summer in a tub!
Karin Herzog is a new brand to me. I discovered it just after Christmas after treating myself to a facial at a spa. The Karin Herzog Glyco Rose facial literally did wonders for my skin, and I've since thought nothing of driving over an hour to the spa in question for three more treatments.
So when the people at Karin Herzog offered to send me their famous Oxygen cream (which I believe was one of the key ingredients in the facials I've been having) I was eager to try it properly.
My intial thoughts after trying it were 'arrghh dry skin'. The product is a sebum regulator, helping to control oily skin. My skin isn't particularly oily, but it is blemish prone. I applied the product a little too liberally at first (my fault, I later found out only a dot or two was needed over the entire face) and ended up with extremely dry, flaky skin. So at least we know it does its job! After perservering (and getting myself a blimming good moisturiser), I'm quite impressed. It's really helped to control break outs, as well as reduce existing blemishes, and that's good enough for me.
I'll do a more thorough review after a few more weeks' use.
What have you been enjoying using lately?