Summer Beauty Empties and Favourites
HELLO, FAT FASHION FANS! I’m back, with a vengeance. Did you miss me? I promise that I will post more now, it’s been a long, long summer of working, MA dissertations and frantically doing lots of other bits and pieces. But now I’m settled in a new job (more of that later!) and I’m getting a bit more used to my new routine.
Now, time for the long-awaited, long promised Summer beauty overview!
I used a lot of products up over summer: so much that I think it would have been ridiculous to photograph and post in detail on every single one! Plus, I wasn’t very organised and before I knew it many of the empties had been disposed of. However, I have a few products in detail that are either amazing and I would recommend over and over again, and a couple that are not so great.
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation in Natural, ELF Mineral Primer, Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, Nivea Sun lip care, ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara, Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour night cream, Boots 17 Blow Out mascara
Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour night cream
You will see this in my favourites down a little bit- I LOVE THIS NIGHT CREAM. I’ve been on the hunt for a night cream for so, so long, and after trying a few disappointing ones I wasn’t sure which way to turn. Of course, it ended up being old, ever-trustworthy Soap & Glory for me. I got this night cream for my birthday in May, and with the exception of a couple of days here and there (like at Bloodstock) I’ve been using this liberally and religiously every single night after cleansing and toning, all over my face and throat, and it’s so lovely and only just got used up last night. Makes my skin feel so soft and lovely, without edging too far towards greasy. I’m panicking a little bit, though, because I haven’t been able to make my way towards a bigger Boots store for a while and I can’t find it in any of the smaller ones: it would be just my luck for me and my skin to fall in love with a product and then for it to be discontinued!
Boots 17 Blow Out Mascara
This is an awesome mascara, right up my street. I like big, sooty, almost-clumpy lashes as much as I like the super defined ‘false-lash’ effect, and this gives me the first one brilliantly. Not quite a dupe for Bad Gal by Benefit, but getting there! It lasted for quite a while, too. I’m not going to be running out and getting another one immediately, simply because I have a drawer full of mascara that I need to try and use before they get too old and need to be thrown out, but I will probably buy it again in the future.
Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, SPF 25 facial moisture lotion
I love this moisturiser. I love the fact that it has SPF included in the formula, and I like the way it makes my face feel. It’s really good mixed in with a primer, or (to be honest) used on its own if you don’t mind a bit of a dewy look, which was obviously great during the summer. I will probably buy it again in the future, but at the moment I’m trying Benefit’s Triple Performance Facial Emulsion, which is more expensive but honestly when it comes to my skin I’m willing to pay a little more for a product if it works well.
ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer
This is probably one of my favourite primers of all time, and this bottle lasted me for-bloomin’-EVER! Do you remember ages ago when I included it in my empties? Yeah, I discovered that it still had some left in the bottle, and that empty one you see in that photo is the SAME ONE I was using at the beginning of the year. It’s just brilliant. It’s silicone-based, so if you have problems with that it won’t be the primer for you, but for me it’s perfect. Keeps me relatively matte, makes my skin feel velvety soft and helps my base to last. Excellent! I’m a little disappointed with my new bottle, however: the pump won’t work! I have to screw the top off and take some out with my fingers, which isn’t very hygienic, but as long as I remember to use my anti-bacterial cleanser on my hands before I apply it then it’s not too bad.
MUA Matte Perfect Foundation in Natural
This is the biggest disappointment of the bunch, and if I’m honest this isn’t even empty. The first thing I have to say is that the branding/name of the product is a blatant lie. It does not keep my skin shine-free or matte at all- it’s one of the dewiest foundations I own, so I have no idea what MUA are on about! Second, the colour range wasn’t great- the lightest was far too light for me, and this one is just a smidge too dark, but during and after my holiday to Spain it was okay on initial application. However, it oxidises after a ridiculously short length of time and I’m really not a fan of the Tangoed look. Not impressed, MUA, and I shan’t be buying this again!
Nivea Sun lip care SPF 25
Not too sure if I like this or not. It did the job well- protected my lips from the sun and all – but it wasn’t particularly moisturising or caring to my lips.
ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara
ELF are so hit and miss that I’m not sure if this was the product in general, or just a bad batch. All in all, this wasn’t very impressive. Didn’t seem to do much to my lashes or my brows, and certainly didn’t really keep my brows in place in the morning. I tried applying it before I applied a pencil or a powder, and after, and then both, and still: nothing.
EMPTIES NOT PICTURED
Soap & Glory Foam Call body wash
I love this body wash. It makes my skin feel soft and squeaky clean, and it has a lovely, sweet and fruity scent- the typical Soap & Glory scent, really. I have another bottle to use up, and then I think I want to try another of their shower/body washes. Sugar Crush or Clean on Me, I think!
Tesco Wake Up Tea Tree & Mint shower gel
This is a good, every day, I-need-another-kick-up-the-bum early morning shower gel. A nice, cheap alternative to the Original Source one, it has the same tingly, wakey-wakey effect and the same super-clean smell and effect. I’m using the Lemon one now and I would probably re-buy these to use for an everyday, super-quick before work shower, or even to keep in my kit bag for after a swim/gym session.
Head N Shoulders Apple Fresh Shampoo
I bought this to use on my blue hair, to try to fade it as much as possible and keep the length. Alas, it was not to be, and I’ve lost basically all of my hair- more on that later! This shampoo is reasonably nice, though, and the smell is lovely. Proper fruity, juicy apples. Might use this as a post-swim shampoo, unless I finally get round to dying my hair.
Marks and Spencers Formula SPF 50 sun block
This was the sun cream I used on holiday and during the summer. We technically used two bottles of this up, plus a random one we bought out there that I have no idea the name of. The Formula sun blocks are really nice, non-greasy and moisturising, and they sink into the skin really well. We used the spray bottle, which made it easier to apply, but we also had a squeezy tube and that was fine. I would recommend the M&S range completely!
I’m going to keep the ball rolling and immediately go into…
SUMMER BEAUTY FAVOURITES
I wore a lot of different stuff over the summer, going through everything from a neutral eye, to a bright punchy eye, right back into my goth super dark and smokey black eye look, coupled with different lips and blush/bronzer combinations. These, however, are my clear favourites- including a couple of skincare items.
FashionistA blush palette, ELF 32-colour eyeshadow palette in Everyday, MAC Matte lipstick in Candy Yum Yum, Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey lip balm, M&S Formula SPF 50 Sun Stick, Boots 17 BB Cream in Light
Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey lip balm
I kept this in my bag for most of the summer, and used it even when I had the SPF one on hand. I love the scent, the way it makes my lips feel- it’s just a fantastic lip balm.
M&S Formula SPF 50 Sun Stick
This was perfect for tucking into a small clutch or inside my everyday make up bag all summer long, for sun block touch ups on my face after a dip in the pool, the sea, or just on days spent out (cough Terra Mittica and Aqualandia cough). It’s a little scroll up stick of sun block, similar to a lip balm and as you can see it’s not much bigger than a lip balm! It is a bit sticky, but it rubs into the skin perfectly and again could be used before moisturiser or primer in the mornings, under make up or even on its own.
Boots 17 BB Cream in Light
Kay, so this smacks of subscribing to the hype, but I must admit of all the BB creams I’ve tried, this is the only one that has impressed me. It’s the perfect halfway point between foundation and tinted moisturiser, so it doesn’t feel too heavy and gave me just enough coverage on my holiday or on the hotter days when I felt I wanted to wear a base, and also saved me from having to use a concealer. The colour match is pretty good, too; though it actually blends in so well I’m not sure that would have mattered too much! It lasts a respectable amount of time too.
ELF 32-colour palette in Everyday
I know it sounds weird for me to put this in my everyday pick, considering all of the many eyeshadows and palettes I have to choose from. But this is a surprisingly good little palette, and I’ve used it so much over the summer! The colours aren’t that bad – the lighter mattes do suffer, as expected – but it is really good for an everyday eye look. They last decently with a primer too.
FashionistA ‘The Fat Fashionista’ blusher palette- Paris, Rome, Amber Glow, Glowing
So this is my FashionistA custom blusher palette! I love the FashionistA products- you’ll see that I’ve made myself a couple of eyeshadow palettes too – and these blushes are ridiculous for the price. I’m sure they still have their 4 shadows and a palette for £7 and 6 plus palette for £10 deal going. Anyway, these blushes and bronzers are super pigmented, soft and pretty long lasting. I’ve swatched them for you to see how pretty!
FashionistA bronzers in Paris, Rome; FashionistA blushes in Amber Glow, Glowing
I’m not sure which is my favourite- probably Glowing for its subtlety. But both of the bronzers and both of the blushes are beautiful, slightly shimmery but incredibly wearable.
MAC Matte lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
I love this lipstick. Absolutely love it. I only have it because I was naughty whilst I was waiting in Gatwick for my plane. I didn’t know that the airside Duty Free at Gatwick North Terminal had a MAC counter- now, it’s officially my favourite airport! Anyway, I saw the MAC counter beckoning me for a cheeky breakfast-time-swatcheroo – it was silly o’clock in the morning, probably around 5:00-5:30 am – and before I knew it I was walking away with Candy Yum Yum in my hand. It is the best pink ever, neon, blue tinged, beautiful. It is a matte formula so of course it’s not the most hydrating, but I actually don’t find it too uncomfortable or draggy. I took my MAC Saint Germaine with me on holiday but the poor little thing barely got a look in- it was CYY all the way! Look at this swatch:
It’s beautiful, and I think it actually looks really great against my skin. I even think I’ll be able to wear it when I’m a lot paler in the winter time, too.
B. Pure Micellar Water cleanser, Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour Cream
B. Pure Micellar Water
Now, I promise I didn’t buy this because I was jumping on another beauty bandwagon: I actually bought this on the recommendation of one of the lovely Superdrug girls. And I am so glad I bought it! It’s easily one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used, and you all know how much I love Peaches and Clean. It just seems to effortlessly remove all of my makeup, including mascara, and leaves my skin feeling so clean. I normally use this after I’ve used a thin layer of Peaches and Clean, which I like to keep on my face for a minute or two, but sometimes I use it on its own, and either way it gets rid of every scrap of everything I missed. Really good.
Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour Cream
I mentioned my love for this product in the empties list above, so I won’t go into it again. Needless to say- I LOVE IT!
ELF Studio Powder brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Bourjois 1,2,3, Perfect foundation in 52 Vanille, MUA Lash Boom, MUA Power Pout in Runaway
(PS- I am so sorry for the bad photo, I couldn’t get it to work and this was the only one where you could see the foundation properly!)
ELF Studio Powder brush
I’ll keep this short and sweet- this is one of the best brushes I have ever used. Period. It’s soft, it’s ridiculously dense, it’s just perfect to use with loose powder, pressed powder, liquid foundation… anything you could think of that would need a nice, flat-topped and super thick brush.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
I’m going to buy another RT core set because I want another one of these (and the contour brush, but that’s another story). because it’s wonderful. Brilliant for doing exactly as it says on the tin- buffing foundation into the skin to get a perfect finish. Samantha Chapman’s brushes have taken the blogging world by storm and rightly so! They’re some of the softest brushes I’ve ever felt, without being too soft to be truly useful. Worth every penny!
Bourjois 1,2,3, Perfect foundation in 52 Vanille
Everyone and their mother is going crazy for Healthy Mix/Serum, but this is the Bourjois foundation for me. I love, love LOVE this foundation. It’s my ‘yellow-toned’ base – I have neutral skin so I can go with either pink or yellow toned bases, I just have to be careful and try them out against my skin before I buy to make sure they’re not TOO pink or yellow – and it actually matches my skin tone really well. It provides a good medium-light, buildable coverage, and really does even out the skin tone and all the other things it claims to do with its ‘innovative’ 3 pigment formula. I can see this becoming a staple foundation of mine and I wish it got more love!
MUA Lash Boom
This. Is. AMAZING. Incredible. SUCH a good mascara, and for £3?! WWWWOOOOOAAAAHHHH! MUA you have done it again! I love this mascara, and as I said above I normally go for the clumpy, super sooty lash look. This Lash Boom however gives a super lengthened, defined lash look and I think it’s better than many of the more expensive mascaras I’ve tried. Potential holy grail material here, my friends: it might be beating out Bad Gal and Bourjois Volumizer to the top spot.
MUA Power Pout (Runaway)
This had to be in my Summer favourites because I wore these so much over summer (along with the Revlon Lip Butters, but c’mon, I’ve already included so many hyped products in this, I needed to break away a little!). They’re not the longest lasting, but they’re really easy to reapply because of their crayon-style design, and give a really nice, sheer but pigment-packed finish. Super glossy, of course, but at the same time pretty hydrating and they feel really nice to wear. I’m featuring the colour ‘Runaway’ but to be honest I used them all (except Rendezvous, which is my mum’s!) as much as each other. I’m not sure I could really pick a favourite, actually!
Collection (formerly Collection 2000, though all of their products still have the ’2000′ on them!) are out-doing themselves at the moment. I purchased the much lauded Lasting Perfection Concealer at the beginning of the summer – it’s brilliant, if a little bit thick – and out of curiosity, purchased the foundation and powder because they were on offer and I needed an ‘every day’ cheaper foundation to have in my gym/swim bag. That was a really good decision! The powder is one of the best I’ve ever used – I’m using Medium, which is the weirdest thing ever for me but the Light one was so, so light I risked looking like a ghost – and the foundation is a pretty good little foundation. It doesn’t last for 16 hours, but it lasts most of the day – certainly the whole of my work day. A new product they’ve brought out are the Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencils, and I have Midnight Glam. These are great- they do NOT budge at all. Midnight Glam is a really nice, slightly glittery black and it’s great for a quick slick across the lid if I’m in a rush but still want to wear something on my eyes. Really impressed!
So, there you have it. My Summer Beauty Favourites and Empties. Over the weekend I will have up my Summer Fashion and Miscellaneous favourites, and then a big Summer haul post with all the best things I bought (beauty, fashion and otherwise) over the summer.
Have you used any of the products I featured? Let me know what you thought of them!
Oh yeah- and my turquoise hair is dead! I tried to fade it as much as possible, as I have to have natural hair for work, but it wouldn’t fade and so… I had to cut it all off. It was nearly down to my waist. I’m still not used to it and I want it to grow already!