Instagram Diary – August 2015

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What’s In My Beach Bag?//A Sunny August Afternoon//Toffee, Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream//My Dream Office//Favourite Summer Shorts//L’Oréal Super Liner BalckBuster Review//Playing With My Little Baby//Vichy Dermablend Corrective Cream Stick Review//River Island Goodies

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The Lazy Girls Guide To The Simple Summer Base

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Highlighter, blusher, powder, concealer, contour, bronzer, foundation – I just can’t bring myself to wear all of these products on my face, especially in the summer, when I know it’s all probably going to melt off anyway! I found two products that I like wearing in the heat and they give my skin just what It needs for a bright, summer’s afternoon, a slight hint of coverage and a dusting of sun-kissed bronzer.

Base – Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream – £6.99 at Boots

For a summer base I prefer something quite light and something that allows my skin to breathe. I recently rediscovered this Maybelline BB cream and have fallen in love with it over again. I have no idea why I stopped using it! The light, moisturising formula makes it great for the hot weather, it doesn’t sink into your pores or slide around your face which is awesome, but it also has SPF 15 which makes it a perfect match for a summer’s day. This particular formula is also great for treating blemishes as it contains salicylic acid. This helps prevent breakouts, which tend to appear more often when the skin is exposed to heat. Once applied, the formula really smooth’s out the surface of the skin and minimises the appearance of imperfections. It doesn’t provide heavy coverage, but who wants that in the summer. A light base is perfect and provides just what’s needed to enhance my complexion, without looking to made-up.

Bronzer – No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls – £9.95 at Boots

I don’t regularly contour, I think it looks kind of strange and harsh on the face, especially when you see people who have overdone it. Bronzer however, I love using and I find that it’s definitely an essential for the perfect summer base. I like to use bronzer on all the high points of my face – my forehead, nose, tops of cheekbones and chin. This is where the sun would naturally hit your face and where you would usually get a tan first. Bronzing with these pearls gives a real subtle, warm glow to the skin whilst looking very natural. It’s not orange-looking or shimmery, like some can be, but blends in nicely and is a perfect match for my skin tone. The three coloured pearls in the pot create a really lovely shade, one that’s perfect for adding a healthy, brightening glow to your face. Read my full review of the product here.

Sometimes I also like to apply a little concealer to any blemishes or underneath my eyes, but usually these two products are enough to provide me with a pretty, glowy, bronzed summer base. This is what I’ve been wearing all summer, what products do you use to achieve the perfect summer base? Please leave comments below.

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L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Blackbuster Review

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Liners are one of those products that I personally don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on. Many of the formulas are the same and most drugstore liners give the same effect as high-end versions. Today I’ll be reviewing L’Oréal’s Blackbuster Liner, a product I have been trying for a little while now. Continue reading for my thoughts.

L’Oréal’s Blackbuster Liner is described as an intense, and graphic eyeliner with striking black pigment, that should last on the eyes for up to 8 hours. Inspired by the idea of re-creating catwalk looks, L’Oréal have created the thickest, and boldest liner yet. The easy to use marker pen, provides an error-proof application and smooth line every time. The liner should also be easy to remove, due to the innovative formula.

This is actually the first felt tip liner I’ve tried, and I quite like it. Unlike my trusty gel liners, this formula seems a little more watery, which takes some getting used to, but so far it has performed well. I know some pen liners tend to be quite grey instead of black, but this one gives a gorgeous black line in one stroke, although it’s a lot less intense than a gel liner. It can however be built up to create quite a dramatic line. I’ve been wearing this on days that I want to wear black liner to define my eyes and make the base of my lashes look a little thicker, but not wanting to make to much of a statement. It’s definitely more of a day wear eyeliner, the swatch actually makes the colour seem quite dark, but on the skin the colour is definitely less intense. Despite being quite watery when applying, it dries into a smudge-proof line that stays on the lids until I’m ready to take it off. The felt tip liner looks quite thick but you can also create thinner lines with a steady hand. You can easily line your lids with this product, it doesn’t take too much effort at all really. Unfortunately this eyeliner isn’t water-proof, so if you start crying or your eyes start watering, you may end up with panda eyes! This is actually really nice to use for smudging underneath the eyes for subtle definition, which doesn’t quite work with gel liners.

Currently the Blackbuster Liner retails for £6.99 at Boots. If you’re looking for a budget felt tip liner, that’s not too intense, I’d definitely recommend trying this one. Maybe don’t buy it if want truly dramatic results.

Have you tried L’Oréal’s Blackbuster Liner? Please leave comments below.

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