Thursday, 24 July 2014


I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING this unusually hot British summer... unfortunately I can’t say the same for my face. The shining, the sliding, it’s never a good look! Especially on a night out. I created this look last Saturday. I wanted to look done, but NOT TOO DONE, bronzy and most importantly, sweat proof.
To avoid my face sliding off mid dance routine (yes I think I’m Beyonce when I dance) I started with Benefit POREfessional Primer. It’s not my usual primer of choice (I’m more a dewy primer gal) but this one is perfect for shrinking pore, which naturally open up in the heat and mattifying the skin. I’m in the market for a new foundation so I’m slowly working through my stash of samples (recommendations more than welcome). On this occasion I went with YSL Touche Eclat Foundation shade BD50. I loved this when it was launched but found it made my face too shiny as the day went on.. so quite why I picked it for a balmy Saturday night I don’t know? But coupled with the primer and touch ups of MAC Blot Powder, it went the distance.
I actually skipped contouring and highlighting. I didn’t want this look to be “heavy” plus the warm weather tends to yield a natural glow so I didn’t wanna over do it. I dusted some Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzer (mainly the darker quarters) to the areas that usually catch the sun –forehead, cheeks, nose before adding a subtle sweeping of Sephora Powder Blush in Apricot.

You know smoky eyes are my thing, but for a summer nights look I didn’t fancy sporting a heavy dark eye. Instead I went for some golden shimmer. Eye primer is essential in hot conditions. Benefit Stay Don't Stray is the daddy of eye primers – aint nothing budging when this is in place! No creasing, eyeshadow lasts so much longer and I dab a little under my lower lash line to prevent liner and mascara smuuuudge. I reached for the NAKED palette (of course) to help me create an effortless golden eye. Using 'Naked' as a base colour all over the lid, 'Smog' at the outer crease to add some definition and a little dusting of 'half baked' to the middle and inner eye to create a pretty golden shimmer. 

Liner I went for Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl in Noir – not a waterproof eyeliner per se but a tried and tested non-budger.  Again because I didn’t want a heavy eye so avoided smudging and winging. Just a simple line up top and some tight lining along the upper and lower lash lines.  Finished off with lashings of Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara.

Stop the press... I DIDN’T use my HD Brow Palette. I fancied a lighter, less structured brow on this occasion so went with L’Oreal Super Liner Brow Artiste in Blonde.  
Lip liner, I often skip, but given the heat and humidity my lipstick needed something to “cling” to. I picked up L’Oreal Lip Liner in Honey, which is allegedly a dupe for MAC’s subculture. It’s near enough a perfect match with my lips. Followed by Rimmel Moisture Renew Let’s Get Naked lipstick. The liner definitely reduced the need for touch ups.

Happy Summer Nights Everyone!



  1. Lovely products, you look so pretty! Love the look of the Rimmel lipstick! x


    1. Thanks Sophie. Yeah it's a good one. Love the texture too x

  2. That's a really lovely natural look. Perfect for summer! xxx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I always love the looks you create! So subtle but mesmerizing at the same time! I adore the lip combo! Hope you had a great night xoxox Shaz

  4. Fantastic!! I so enjoy your blog!!!

  5. wow your makeup looks gorgeous!

  6. Love the eyes and the lips!


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