I’ve been posting quite a lot of beauty bits over the last few weeks, but I’ve been feeling a bit of a change of late – I’ve been lusting after fresher colours and softer bases, ready for the new season and the warmer weather. So I took a little trip to Boots, points card in hand, and here’s what I came out with…
Now, I may well be one of the palest people I’ve ever met. All the time I lived in London, every summer, I tanned. I was always olive-y, never pale. Then I moved to Scotland at 16 and bam! My ability to tan disappeared overnight and I can’t seem to get it back. Now I’m back on my home turf, where the weather is considerably warmer and the likelihood of no tights is considerably higher, I need to do something to change this. I used to love a bit of fake tan but now it seems like hassle – and all those stained sheets/towels/clothes, yuck… So I’ve gone back to an old friend, the Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion in Light, which should help me develop a slightly more human skintone while I learn how to tan again. I picked up the larger bottle as it’s currently half price, so it should last me into the start of summer.
This one’s a bit of a cheat, as I technically didn’t buy this; I’ve been saving my Boots points like a crazy woman and after running out of this perfume just before I left the house, I decided to splash some of them on a new scent. I’ve loved Ghost’s Sweetheart perfume for years now – it’s soft and floral and romantic, without being sickly sweet. It blends fresh notes like lemon, pineapple and spearmint with white flowers and woody tones to make a gorgeous floral fragrance that seems to sing spring to me. Best of all, the larger 50ml size is currently cheaper than the 30ml size at Boots, at just £16.50!
In the same vein, I also picked up another bottle of one of my favourite everyday scents, Soap and Glory’s Mist You Madly body spray. I like having a spray on hand during the day to freshen up, and this one fulfils all of my favourite fragrance types; it’s floral and fruity and woody at the same time, combining scents including freesia, blackcurrant, magnolia and sandalwood. It smells fun and playful and pretty, and is a bit of a handbag essential for me.
Since discovering setting sprays a couple of years ago, I consider them to be an essential part of my makeup routine. I’ve been taking a break from them recently as I started to like a more matte look, but I couldn’t stay away for long. My spray of choice is The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, which smells like roses and feels like it’s packed with moisturisers. A couple of quick squirts over my face in the morning helps to set my makeup and tones down any OTT powder to create a smooth, dewy base. It’s also amazing for cooling the skin in summer and refreshing makeup later on in the day.
I mentioned in a recent post that I was hunting for the perfect nude lipstick, and after a long search on Pinterest, I think I might have found it. Revlon’s Nude Attitude is exactly what I was looking for – a warm, creamy pale nude tone, very 60s, without looking like I’ve blanked my lips out with concealer like we did in school (don’t pretend you didn’t). I was motivated to start my search again after rewatching Lisa Eldridge’s makeup tutorial with Alexa Chung, and I very nearly bought the Rimmel lipstick she uses, but it was just too brown for me. If you’re searching for a creamy nude, with a whiter base as opposed to a brown one, I think the Revlon one might just be perfect. The formula is so comfortable to wear and although it’s described as a matte, it’s not chalky or drying, just smooth and lovely. The ‘baby Bardot’ look is back for spring!
It’s also down to the aforementioned Lisa Eldridge video that I ended up on the hunt for a peach cream blusher. The one Lisa uses on Alexa is discontinued, but I found another one of her recommendations, and it’s another Revlon buy. The PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched is a gorgeous soft peach shade, with a hint of micro shimmer. It’s quite a sheer formula, making it ideal for a pared-back summer look, or for building up if you want a brighter shade. It’s a very soft, creamy velvety texture and I think this will be best applied with fingertips or a stippling brush.
Drawing The Line
You know what it’s like when there’s a 3 for 2 on and you only needed two things… I tend to panic and dash around, searching my mind for what I need to top up or replace, or if there was anything tucked away in my mental wishlist. I couldn’t think of anything but my beloved Supercat Fat eyeliner pen, so I snapped one up as the freebie in the 3 for 2 and will keep it stashed until the first one runs out. Which, knowing me, will be months from now and I’ll discover tomorrow morning that I really should have bought mascara or concealer instead. Oh well, at least my eyeliner will look nice!