I always usually get a little ahead of myself as soon as Easter is over. I automatically start thinking about Summer, as soon as the Creme Eggs hit the clearance shelves. It’s almost like Spring is just a short season for me, and my mind is already set on warm sunny days, trips to the beach and wondering how many printed skater dresses can I buy for my summer wardrobe this year?
However, I do find that this is the perfect time of year to start prepping for summer, yes that’s right prepping for summer. Before you think I’ve gone completely mad, let me explain what I mean by this.
So basically, it’s when I change up my beauty routine in prep for the warmer months. This means that my pamper routine changes slightly, and today I thought I’d share what I’ve been using and what new products have come in to my routine recently. I've also been trying out a few new brands recently that you may have not heard of, so I thought I'd share with you some of the things that I have been enjoying using, in case you'd like to check them out too.
So make up wise, every Spring/Summer, I tend to get a little more adventurous, well let’s just emphasise the ‘little’ there haha. So starting with foundation, I do try to wear a slightly lighter base during Spring/Summer, so with the warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, I’ve been weaning myself from my matte foundations. You know when suddenly your make up just feels too heavy? Yeah that’s me right now.
So I’ve been trying the Glo & Ray CC Primer, which is an illuminating primer for the skin, this helps to smoothen my skin whilst giving a nice glow which is perfect for summer skin. I’ve been wearing this with a little concealer on good skin days and then just under my foundation on days where I’m going out. But it’s a really nice glowy primer which has been perfect for pairing with a lighter foundation for that fresh dewy look.
Like I said, I’ve been trying to ditch the really matte look that I tend to wear in the Winter. So I’ve been also using the Glo & Ray Loose Setting Powder which gives an almost airbrushed finish to the skin, it’s a bit lighter than the powder foundation that I’ve been using recently to set my make up, so this will definitely be my summer powder of choice as it’s a little lighter on the skin. My skin always get super oily no matter what season it is, so I can never totally skip the powder. But I do find going for an illuminating loose powder is perfect for Spring/Summer make up.
I wear a lot of highlighter all year round, so there’s no changes there, but recently, I have been getting back into blush again. I find it just adds a little glow to my face, and the Glo & Ray blush in the shade Hot Pink reminds me of Nars Orgasm as it’s got a gold sheen to it. Perfect for pairing with a tan (more on that later though!) However, I only apply a very light swash of colour to my cheeks and not round circles of colour like I used to do in 2009!
Eye makeup wise, I’ve been feeling a lot of festival vibes lately, especially since Coachella has been all over my Instagram feed these past couple of weeks. I’ve been feeling a gold lid which I’ve been creating with gold shadow and liner, and then either pairing it with lots of black eyeliner, or wait for this, I’ve been digging blue eyeliner again recently. I know right? Is it 2006 again?
The Glo & Ray Silky eyeliner in Summer Sky is perfect for either lining the waterline or the upper lash line for a subtle hint of colour, I think I’m going to try and be a bit more adventurous with my make up this summer, and I think this is a good but subtle way to change things up! I went to a blogging event recently where lots of the girls were wearing blue eye make up, and I have to say, it made me think ‘maybe I don’t need to wear a brown smokey eye all the time.’ I know right, where is Corrie and is she hiding under the bed?
Lips wise, I always try to branch out from my usual nude wintery shades and try to switch things up with either a peachy shade or a pink during Spring/Summer. I’ve been liking a couple of shades lately, one is L’Oreal’s NutriShine By Color Riche Lipstick in the shade Shiny Grapefruit which is perfect for wearing with a smokey eye to brighten things up a little, hopefully ( I have all my fingers crossed) for a summer holiday this year and I can imagine this would look so good with a tan. But usually I find just using a slightly peachy toned nude lipstick is perfect for changing things up a little and warms up your skin tone too.
Talking of tan, I’ve been trying to perfect my fake tan routine recently. In the winter, I get a little lazy, it’s very easy to just tan the bits that everyone sees (for example knees & arms) I’ve also been a bit rubbish at exfoliating meaning that my legs are patchier than a patchwork blanket right now. Lovely. So, I’ve been getting better at exfoliating, moisturising (goodbye dry knees and elbows) and taking my time when applying tan. I’ve also got one of my favourite fake tans, the St Tropez Dark Bronzing Spray back in my life, it's one of my faves cause it looks really natural and fades so nicely!
Also I’ve got a back tanning mitt, which let me just tell you, changed my life. I’m not even joking.
When I am a bit more bronzed, I do go for a brighter nail, essie Fear and Desire, is one of my current bright nail choices which looks so good with a tan. It’s actually nice to have a change from my usual pale pink and if I do get on that summer holiday, how good would this look round the pool?
I’ve also changed up my perfumes recently too, does anyone else have a bit of a fragrance wardrobe and have summer/winter scents? I like to have different perfumes for all occasions, such as seasons, as they then remind me of different things. I love the feeling of summer, so i always try to have a ‘summer smell’. However, I have been switching in between Calvin Klein Summer which is a little more masculine compared to the usual sweet scents I go for. With notes of lime, citron and cucumber, it’s quite fresh but still has that summer feeling. Then there’s, Givenchy Live Irresistible which is a little more like my usual picks, this one is pretty girly and fruity smelling thanks to pear, green apple and raspberry notes, this is a perfect daytime fragrance as it’s very easy to just pop on. The bottle is quite travel friendly too, so I’ve been putting this in my handbag for little touch ups throughout the day.
Finally, my summer evening perfume of choice for those rare occasions, where I do leave the house haha is YSL Black Opium, which first of all is in the most amazing glittery black bottle and smells so good. It’s a little mysterious and when I wear it, it makes me feel like the sassy red dress emoji lady. With notes of coffee, vanilla, jasmine, orange blossom and more, it’s hard to describe but I love this perfume so much. To me, it smells quite grown up, and it’s just perfect for evenings out. Also that bottle, serious heart eye emojis!
So yeah, there is what I’ve been doing to prep a little for the summer, essentially, adding some brighter colours to my make up bag, upping my tanning routine and switching up my perfumes!
Do you have any seasonal beauty routines? Let me know what you use to change things up!
Also let me know if you’d like to see a similar to post to this about switching up my wardrobe for summer?
*This post was sponsored by Fragrance Direct but as always all opinions are my 100% honest, find out more in my disclaimer.