Thursday, 17 July 2014

My Summer Beauty Favourites

In a bid to make myself feel and look healthier, this summer I’ve been making extra effort to look after myself so I’ve made a few changes to my skincare routine. In the process I’ve discovered a few beauty products that have made a massive improvement to the condition of my skin and have become my favourite beauty products to use this season. 

Bodyshop Tea tree Flawless BB cream

Apart from the odd spot, I’m really happy with the quality of my skin at the moment and its mostly been blemish free so I’ve been trying to avoid wearing makeup when I can, but on days where I feel I need to wear makeup and want a little bit of coverage, instead of wearing foundation I’ve been using The Bodyshops Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream for blemished skin.  Its very light on my skin but gives great coverage and because it is tea tree based I feel a lot less guilty about wearing makeup and its even kept blemishes at bay. I’m currently using shade 01 which is almost a perfect match to my current skin tone and adds a little warmth to my skin.

Essie’s ‘lapiz of luxury’

Now I know nail varnish obviously isn’t going to make an improvement on my skin but I wanted to give this product a mention. Annoyingly I’m not allowed to wear nail varnish at work but if I have a few days off I like to paint my nails as a little pick me up, its amazing how much better you feel when you’ve had a bit of a pamper and applied a lick of nail varnish. There’s one polish that I’m wearing on repeat this summer and its Essie’s ‘lapiz of luxury’. I’ve never worn blue on my nails before, as I’m more of a neutrals, or pale colours girl and like to play it safe but the colour looked so pretty in the bottle I couldn’t resist purchasing it and I’m so glad I did because its even prettier on. I am in love with it!

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

I don’t really like to say statements like ‘the best skincare product I’ve ever used’ but this one is pretty high up there. Tea tree oil is amazing for getting rid and preventing spots but rubbing oil over my face every time I had a spot just didn’t seem practical to me, so when I had a little browse around my local lush store I spotted their tea tree toner water. I was told that you apply it by either spraying it onto a cotton pad and wipe it around your face or it can be sprayed directly onto your face in a mist. I thought I’d give it a go and after cleansing, every morning and evening I lightly spray it over my face and let it sink in to my skin. It has made a drastic improvement to my complexion, I do get the odd spot but my skin is so much clearer which has made me feel better too.

Hawaiian Tropic’s After Sun Body Butter

A few weeks back I got rather sunburnt after spending way to much time in the sun at a family BBQ (oops) My skin was so dry and I’d tried every moisturiser I owned and even generously applied Aloe Vera gel twice a day but I felt like nothing was really helping so I thought I’d give Hawaiian tropic’s after sun body butter a try. Not only did it help my skin to recover quickly but it also helped to stop my skin from peeling. I also love the refreshing coconut scent and because it is body butter I’ve been using it as a moisturiser when my skins feeling dehydrated.

The Bodyshops vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream and Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil.

Several months ago The Bodyshop launched its Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil, it rapidly became one of their best sellers and for a while I was a bit intrigued to find out what all the fuss was about so one afternoon I ventured into Bodyshop and finally purchased a bottle which had been paired with the vitamin E intense moisture cream. I didn’t really need another moisturiser but I can’t say no to a bargain so I thought I’d give that a go too. I’ve never used an oil serum before because I was a little worried the oil would make me breakout but after using this overnight oil I am hooked, its so light, doesn’t break me out, and applied before the intense moisture cream which locks in the oil and stops it from rubbing off on my pillow, I wake up with softer and nourished skin in the morning.

What beauty products are you loving this summer?