As we approach ‘official’ British summertime on June 21st, I was looking to find a few new beauty bits to tide me through a month that will *hopefully* bring us some sunnier, warmer weather. Ironically, as I write this, the weather is actually wet…and rather muggy. 🙄
Alas! Today I’m talking about 4 products that I’m looking forward to using throughout the month of June. Call it a ‘monthly favourites’ in reverse if you will.
A thick and unctuous cream… for summer?! No seriously, hear me out. After a day in the sunshine, your skin can become seriously parched – especially if you’re on the drier/ more sensitive side of the skincare spectrum like me. I have found that a good basting in Weleda’s ‘Skin Food’ before bed and after cleansing is just the ticket for waking up with luminous, deeply moisturised skin. I use it on my face, as well as any areas that may have caught the sun for a little longer than anticipated.
I truly love this product, which has in recent times become something of a cult beauty buy, despite it actually being around since 1926! Apparently, (and according to Weleda) there is one Skin Food bought every 21 seconds, so don’t just take my word for it. You can also find ‘Skin Food’ in a lighter, more malleable formula if you aren’t keen on using such a heavy cream.
It’s no secret that I’m a really big fan of stick foundation. If for nothing else, it’s for the way you can throw it in your handbag or suitcase, without risking too much damage occurring. Barry M’s vegan and cruelty-free offering is smooth and creamy to apply.
Offering a medium to full coverage, it’s easily blendable and doesn’t feel in the slightest bit heavy on the skin (despite what it looks like when first applied). Some people may enjoy using this as a contour stick, for me, it works well as a foundation on the areas I need it most, i.e under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes. If you’re looking for a foundation to stay put in sticky, summer weather, this is definitely one to try.
It’s no secret that I think, for the price point and quality- The Ordinary skincare is fantastic. My new favourite squeeze (excuse the pun) is the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in silicone. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that helps brighten the skin whilst helping to reduce the signs of ageing.
This silicone based Vitamin C formulation is really smooth to apply on the skin unlike other Vitamin C products I’ve tried, which tend to be far more gritty. I must add that this is best applied at nighttime and can be a little prickly feeling on the skin if it’s your first time using it, or your skin is sensitive. The Ordinary state that this is a very high potency product which is something to be mindful of. I find the stinging to only last a couple of seconds though before calm is restored and I can continue with the rest of my skincare routine.
It’s taken me years to find a nail polish that doesn’t chip after 3 days, looks shiny and glossy and applies opaque in just one coat. I can confirm that I have found a nail polish that does ALL of the above, for a price that doesn’t break the bank and is cruelty-free.
Step forward the Barry M, Gelly Hi-Shine polishes. My go-to shade of the summer is the ‘Blood Orange‘ shade, a cheery orange toned red that looks especially great on toes!