I decided to pick out some of my favourite summer products to talk about - inspired by the surprisingly beautiful British weather that we've been having at the moment! So, without further ado, here are my top five summer beauty products...
RIMMEL SALON PRO BY KATE NAIL POLISH IN HIP HOP - £4.49
I've been on the lookout for a nice bright coral colour for a while now, and this polish from Rimmel caught my eye while I was shopping around. Hip Hop is a lovely reddish-orange shade which is perfect for the summer months. The gel-like consistency of this particular range makes it easy to get opaque colour without applying too many layers of polish. While it says on the back of the bottle that the colour lasts for up to ten days, I did find that the polish began to chip after two or three days - however, I feel that the price of the product justifies this somewhat.
CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE TINTED MOISTURISER - £22.00
I've had this tinted moisturiser for a while now, and it is particularly good for the summer months - it is both lightweight and moisturising (as the product name suggests). The finish of the product is very sheer and the coverage is quite limited - any blemishes would need to be covered up with concealer and the finish of the product may not be ideal for those with oily skin. Personally, this is not a problem for me, and I find the aspects of the foundation to be ideal for summer - it gives enough coverage without melting off the skin in the heat! In addition, the tinted moisturiser contains SPF 15, so it provides some protection for the skin in the hot weather.
RIMMEL LONDON DAY TO NIGHT MASCARA IN BLACK/BROWN - £7.99
Another Rimmel product here! For the summer I find that the lengthening wand on this mascara is the better of the two - it gives much more natural looking results and doesn't add as much volume to the lash-line as the volumising wand does. I chose to feature this product over my usual favourite mascara (Clinique High Impact Mascara) because it is easier to apply without smudging and gives a much more natural finish, which I think is more preferable for the summer. I personally prefer to wear much less makeup when it's hot, and this mascara adds definition without looking overbearing.
SOAP AND GLORY ARCHERY BROW TINT AND PENCIL IN LOVE IS BLONDE - £10.00
Instead of wearing eyeliner to add definition to my face, I prefer to use brow products. Last summer, I used the famed Rimmel eyebrow pencil but I found that it was too red-toned for me. By contrast, this brow product by Soap and Glory has little or no red tones in it at all - it is an ash blonde shade with tones of grey and khaki in the pencil. While that sounds rather odd, the result is that the pencil gives a very natural result and matches the colour of my brows perfectly. The other end of the pencil is a brow tint that, when used on its own, provides very subtle definition for those who prefer much more natural looking brows.
MAC TINTED LIPGLASS IN PINK LEMONADE - £14.00
This lipgloss is great for the summer because of its beautiful colour - in the tube it looks quite bright, but on the lips it becomes more sheer. The shade Pink Lemonade is almost like a flamingo pink colour, which works really well in the summer. While I do really like this product, it is not without its negatives - firstly, at £14 it is expensive for a lipgloss and is understandably out of budget for some. The second issue is that the consistency of the lip gloss is a little sticky - I don't find this much of a problem, but I can imagine that some people may dislike this.
Above: a swatch of MAC's Pink Lemonade Lipglass
So there you have it - my top five beauty products for the summer months. I will put the links to websites where you can buy the products from if you are interested in purchasing them below.
- Kate Shortt -
Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish:
Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser: http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1599/15635/Makeup/Foundations/Moisture-Surge-Tinted-Moisturizer-SPF-15/index.tmpl
Rimmel Day to Night Mascara:
Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil:
MAC Tinted Lipglass: