First Impressions - New Spring/Summer Make Up

If you know me well or are a regularly reader of my blog, then you will probably know by now that I could talk about make up and new products for literally hours. But I usually only post products that I love and use as part of my daily routine. But in today's post I thought I would do something different and share with you my first impressions' over some new products I have recently bought. I personally really enjoy reading and watching other people's genuine first impressions, so I thought I would swatch some of these new purchases and show you guys what I thought.

If you have ever seen Blake Lively's minimal summer make up look, then that is pretty much what I always aim for. She is all kinds of goals! I am obsessed with that dewy sun-kissed glow, and I wanted something that was a lot lighter and minimal for the summer vacation months. Although you mostly see photos of me wearing make up, I would say when I can, I have at least 2 make up free days a week, it just means I can give my skin a break and allow it to breathe. During summer though, I like to wear natural golden colours that just enhance your natural beauty. 

I have been so excited about the temperatures going up, and finally being able to sit in the garden in the sun again. As much as I like to go make-up free when I've got a bit of colour in the summer, I usually tend to wear a lighter foundation - there is nothing worse that sitting in the sun feeling as though you have a full face of make up on! So I recently thought I would try out the raved about Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint foundation as an alternative to my adored Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

I definitely love this foundation - I have preferred applying this one with my hands mostly to give it a more natural finish, as it does give you a full and long-lasting coverage. I bought this one in a shade darker than I usually do, so it's a perfect shade for tanned skin in summer. What I love most about this one is the dewy sun-kissed natural glow it gives you! It's a great everyday summer foundation and contains SPF 20 too!

Having loved my Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette, Infinity throughout winter, I was on the lookout for some pastel summery shades for the summer months. Estée Lauder released this new palette from their Bronze Goddess Collection 2016, which I was genuinely really excited to try. In all honesty, I was a little bit disappointed in this palette, they aren't as pigmented as I thought they would be, and I have struggled to make the colours work on a daily basis. I do however love the 5th shade from the left, it's a gorgeous gold which I have been wearing in the evenings, but I don't feel as if I'll be getting my full money's worth out of this purchase... 

The Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow - Equinox 541 is another story. I stumbled across this one online and oh my goodness: this is how to do a summer champagne colour! The pigmentation of this eyeshadow is really high quality. I would describe it as in-between a creamy and powder texture of eyeshadow, but it lasts all day and into the evening. The colour is kind of like a brightening version of a classic champagne eyeshadow colour. I have been wearing this non-stop lately, I am so pleased with this find!!

First of all, the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick definitely caught my eye... I'll be honest, the red vibrant packaging is not my usual first choice! But I had seen this shade (100) modelled on Giorgio Armani's website in a tutorial and I had been looking for a summer nude literally everywhere that wouldn't wash me out, being someone with a paler complexion. But this one just works beautifully. It's more of a pinky nude but it definitely doesn't wash me out! It just looks very sophisticated but understated for an everyday lipstick, which is what I tend to lean towards for everyday use, particularly during the summer months. 

I had put off buying the The Sculpting Powder by Kevyn Aucoin for about 4 months... I was honestly questioning whether I really needed another contouring product! I was in York about 3 weeks ago, and I walked into Space.N.K (one of those few places I can rarely walk away from...) and I decided to finally try The Sculpting Powder having heard so much hype around this product on YouTube. This product seriously works - it really does give you cheekbones and it's fully buildable for an evening look too. What I really love about this product though, the colouring looks like a grey/brown kind of tone, as opposed to the usual orange looking contouring products on the market, which makes it look so natural. I have been using it everyday since I bought it, and I've been applying the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminating Cream as a bronzer over it, which I have found looks really nice together. 

This Sculpting Powder comes in three shades, light, medium and deep - although I would usually go for light, in this case I went for the medium because the difference was so minimal. But I couldn't recommend this product enough, it's very subtle but really accentuates your cheekbones. I always admire products that do wonders but still look natural and subtle on the face.

For a long time, I suffered with dry skin and so I naturally stayed away from primers and powders because they always really dried out my skin and left me looking quite patchy. I have always found my make up never fully lasted all day, so I wanted to invest in a primer that still gave me that dewy glow that I love. This was quite a optimistic purchase as I bought this online but when it arrived I was so pleased it was everything I had hoped for! The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is very lightweight and natural but gives you a glow under your foundation and I have definitely noticed a difference in how long my make up has been lasting!

I had heard wonders over the Ombre Blackstar By Terry eyeshadow creams, and so I decided to buy the Bronze Moon 4 shade, as an everyday cream eyeshadow. I have been using this without any eyeliner and it looks so natural and summery when worn with only mascara. It also makes lovely natural evening look too!

I have wanted to buy a loose setting powder for ages now. It definitely helps my make up last longer throughout the day, and I have only just got around to picking one up. I decided to go for the Giorgio Armani Loose Powder in 00, having previously tried this at a John Lewis counter. What I love about this powder is it just blends so naturally and translucently into the skin and sets your make up for the day without it looking like you're wearing any. I also find it hasn't made my skin look cakey and dry like I have experienced before!

I also picked up a Sigma Large Powder Brush (F30), because I wanted a brush that didn't lose it's bristles onto my face, and so far this one has been excellent quality, so I've been really impressed having never used a Sigma brush before.

I am a big fan of mixing up my make up in the summer months and going for a more golden, sun-kissed dewy look! What are your favourite summer make up little luxuries?

Products:

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow - Equinox 541

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow EyeShadow Palette

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder

Kevin Aucoin Contour Brush

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Ombre Blackstar By Terry - 4 Bronze Moon

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick 100

Sigma Large Powder Brush (F30)

Giorgio Armani Loose Powder 00

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