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Fenty Beauty Beach Please Killawatt Foil Highlighter and Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizers

When I saw the new Fenty Beauty Beach Please Summer 2018 collection, I got very excited! The original collection didn’t tempt me to buy anything but the lure of the pink and orange highlighter was irresistible to me! Check out the video:

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Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup blue flatlay
Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup kit on a lovely pool/sky blue holiday-esque background!

My final look in my “Hot Summer Makeup” series is no-makeup makeup.  I like this look for melty days because when my makeup starts to fade, it isn’t too obvious.  This works best when I’m having a good hair day although that  can be difficult in the blazing sun, especially if there is high humidity.

For this look I didn’t photograph what I wore at the time (you’ll that see that all too often on this blog) but I have a good idea.

For my base, primer would be needed in an attempt to keep the makeup in place followed by my Iman Luxury Radiance Makeup in Clay 1 mixed with Lancôme Hydra Zen gel cream moisuriser all over my face including under my eyes.  I would have dusted on some Iman Second to None Luminous Foundation in Clay 1 to maintain the dewy look and boost the glow. Plus, I need powder on my T-Zone. I have no real option there.

Eyes were nice and simple – a strong defining line across the top lash line using a waterproof gel eyeliner such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.  Waterproof is essential. The line gives the illusion of thicker lashes and works well without mascara if you have black lashes anyway.  No mascara for me that day because when it is hot, the pollen count is usually high. You could wear a waterproof mascara or a long lasting mascara such as Benefit They’re Real.  I later discovered that my YSL Vinyl Couture mascara in I’m the Clash is quite comfortable to wear, even with my allergies.

Brows must be groomed but kept natural so I probably just combed through some dark brown eye gel such as Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 5.  To deposit colour and thicken the brows brush it against the direction of hair growth then to neaten and set brush in the same direction as hair growth.

It leaves the brows naturally filled in and looked after without looking over-groomed.  Luckily I’ve never had a brow product slip.  I would also use a brow pencil, brow powder or eyeshadow set with clear or brown brow gel although I’m not very good with pencils.

Cheeks had to have that glow so I know I used my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar across the whole cheek then did a colour pop on the apples of my cheeks with Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Pink.

Finally, I went ultra-nude on my lips using my Maybelline lipstick in Coffee Craze 740, possibly over my Bobbi Brow Lip Liner in Heather or Clarins Lip Liner Pencil in 02 Nude Beige. It also looks like I patted on some Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss.

In this look I worked with the weather rather than against.  I think this one is my favourite. You can check out my other looks here:  No Foundation No Mascara and Bold Brows and Statement Lips.

Which is your favourite? Comment below!


Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup
Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup
Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup highlighter strobe
Intense stare!

Summer Melt Make-up

Summer Melt Make-up
Summer Melt Make-up

The UK is in the midst of heatwave, with the hottest July day ever recorded reaching 36.7 degrees Celsius (98.08 Fahrenheit)!

This is what I call holiday weather and I don’t really wear make-up on holiday except for the evenings and for weddings. The thing is, I’m not on holiday, I’m not about to jump in a pool or the sea and I still have to go about my daily business. I need a little complexion boost and this is how I do it.

My make-up will melt anyway so I apply it to look melted in to start with.  If that’s my look when I leave my house, there will be no need to worry throughout the day that my face has slipped.

My under-eye dark circles get worse in the summer, probably because I don’t drink enough water. To fix this, the best thing to do is to increase my water intake but for an instant confidence boost, I cover my dark circles using Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep and an EcoTools concealer brush then conceal with Benefit Boi-ing in shade 4 using another EcoTools concealer brush.

I use waterproof eyeliner such as my Bourjois  Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in Bleu Néon along the top and bottom lash line. I picked a bright colour for summer but any colour will do as I have a few to choose from! I don’t want it to look too precise so to make it look melted in I smudge the whole line using a soft precision make-up brush such as my Models Own blending brush or MAC brush 219. I don’t put eyeliner on my waterline as my eyes are irritated from hayfever (allergy to pollen which is amplified ten-fold in weather like this).

Waterproof mascara is a must.  This is the only thing I do not want to look melted in so it must stay in place. I put two coats on my top lashes and one on the bottom.

Cream blush such as my Model Co Crème Rouge in Just Peachy in my favourite at the moment.  It is a great natural blush shade for me and is such a good product.  It can go on the lips too!  I pat this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out along my cheek bones with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

If I’m wearing a bright eyeliner, I’ll also put the Model Co Pot Rouge on my lips using a lip brush just so that I don’t look like a multi-coloured clown. It give my lips a natural rosy finish. If I’m wearing a black or brown eyeliner, I’ll wear any lip colour as lip products don’t tend to slip on me (unless it is red lipstick without lip liner).

Finally, I use blotting papers to remove excess oil on my forehead and nose. Some shine may be left but in this weather, it is difficult to avoid. If I really need to mattify because I feel like a total grease-ball, I’ll lightly pat some powder foundation, such as my Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in shade 17, on my T-Zone (nose and forehead).  Other than that, I do not use foundation.

This is how my make-up and I survive the summer!