Summer make up essentials

The last few days have been so hot in the UK, and as temperatures have risen, I've found myself reaching for a whole new set of products. Here's are my summer essentials:

 Origins smarty plants CC cream, The body shop bronzing powder, Bourjois color boost lip crayons
 Origins smarty plants CC cream
The body shop bronzing powder
Bourjois color boost lip crayons

I have a love hate relationship with foundation, but in the summer, it's all about BB/CC creams. The new Origins smarty plants CC cream offers a hint of colour, plus spf 20 and antioxidant protection. It's been designed to release stimuli triggered bursts of antioxidant protection, but from a consumer point of view I've noticed a big difference in skin tone and radiance since I started using it as part of my morning routine. Despite the fact that there are only 2 shades, 01 (light to medium) is a good match for my NC25 skintone and I like the fact that it gives a glowy but non shiny finish.

Because the Origins CC cream is non shiny, I've been forgoing face powder in exchange for The body shop bronzing powder. It offers just the right amount colour without looking too tanned or muddy. I've gone for shade 03 medium matte, which  works well both as a contour shade or lightly dusted all over as a subtle tan. The finely milled powder blends in really easily, and the compact mirror means it's perfect for on the go applications too.

Finally, for a pop of colour I've been reaching for the new Bourjois color boost lip crayons. I like the fact that it doubles up as a lip balm and most importantly for summer, it contains spf 15 too. Formula wise, I found them to be nicely pigmented, non sticky and long lasting on the lips . Red sunrise has hints of raspberry whereas Fuschia libre is more of a hot pink, but with blue undertones to help enhance the whiteness of your teeth.

Do you also switch products in the summer? What are your summer make up essentials?


  1. I work for The Body Shop and I love the honey bronzing powders. You should try the Baked Bronzing Powders. They aren't too shimmery and just offer a lovely dust of colour. Great post honey! xo

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  2. That bronzer is gorgeous! :) I've never really tried body shop makeup! Xxxfrecklesandflawsbeautyblog

  3. I adore Origins CC cream! I bought it a few weeks ago after reading so many good reviews. Its great isn’t it? I might have to check out the other products too now. Love the blog! :)


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