Monday, 15 June 2015

Top 5: Speedy summer cheats...


So the April showers have dried up and before you know it you have to be summer ready in a bit of a hurry. *GULP*
Here is a handy little round up of my top 5 summer cheats to help you feel refreshed, awake and ready to enjoy another bright and sunshine-y day.

THE PEEPERS

Clarins Instant Concealer (£21.50)- If like me you could frequently do with a few more hours shut-eye, you can kiss goodbye to those pesky dark circles with the help of the Clarins Instant Concealer Shade 01. Once you try this guy it is very difficult to leave him alone. A little bit of a splurge purchase, but in my eyes a handy investment. The consistency is a very fluid/liquid-like texture and the coverage is impressive without feeling cakey. Feel free to layer this baby up a little at a time under the eyes or all over for a fresh faced minimal make up look. I can regularly be seen dotting a little around my face and blending it in for a quick 5 minute face to get me out the door. No foundation/BB cream required. WIN.

Vitamin E Eyes Cube (£8.00)- The only baggage I ever want to carry is in a little wheelie case when I jet off to my next holiday destination, NOT under my eyes. The Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes cube is a another golden trick from their Vitamin E range. This entire range offers many skin quenchers in the way of masks, moisturisers, night creams, sorbets, serums for parched skin types...they really do have an option for every preference. A quick slick of this one under the eyes illuminates, cools and hydrates. TIREDNESS BE GONE. Jolly nice way to kick off your morning, do a half-time touch up or quick 5 minute R "n" R at the end of the day. It's quickly becoming a firm favourite...

THE FACE

Kiko Smart Lip Pencil (£2.50)-Another front runner in the affordable make-up arena. This time the Italians take their corner of the market. Kiko play an impressive game when it comes to top products at a purse friendly price. I always make sure to swing by their store in Oxford Street any time I find myself in London town. Their Kiko Smart Lip Pencil is available in a range of beautiful shades and retailing at £2.50 a pop you can easily afford to grab a couple of these to pep up your lippy stash. Never a previous fan of lip liners, I now like to dabble. 702 (coral) and 711 (light plum) are a couple of current faves, but there is a hue for every you. As a liner they ensure your beloved lippy look is long lasting or to switch things up you can fill in the entire lip for a welcome colour injection without a lipstick or gloss in sight. It really is up to you.


Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation
(£6.90)-With summer floating in the air, I always fancy a change of pace when it comes to a flawless base. I am a big fan of a natural, dewy look and Kiko are onto a winner with the Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation. A creamy, buildable texture that will glide over imperfections like a dream. This base will help perfect any canvas and feels like it has all the perks of a foundation with some skin care extras thrown in. It feels light on the skin and goes the distance as far as lasting power goes. Personally, I love how it looks. Plus it is free from nasties, so totally guilt free. Hooray.

American Eagle Sunglasses (£10)- Nothing says summer lovin' like sporting a pair of your favourite shades. I picked up the American Eagle Colour Block Sunglasses on a trip to New York. Hello Coral beauties. Mine are slightly different than the pictured pair, but you get the jist, no? A highlight to any outfit or daily look, these quirky frames will have you ready for summer city slickin', or claiming your perfect spot on the beach.

What have you tried? Any secrets you would like to share? Go on.
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