Makeup and haircare essentials for Summer 2019!!

So the great British Summer is officially in full swing. The sun looks set to stay put for a while, so we’ve been reaching for makeup with the lightest formulations and ditched our powders in favour of creams, balms and liquid formulations.
We’re obsessing slightly over Stila’s brilliant Stay All Day 10-in-1 Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF30, £26. At this time of year, it ticks plenty of boxes. SPF? Tick. Water resistant? Tick. Oil free? Tick. Lightweight but still nourishing and hydrating? Tick. This sun-protecting tinted balm makes skin look its best whether lying by a pool, or ‘on-the-go’ in a city. It has just enough coverage to be worn alone over moisturiser if you’re not a fan of foundation. It perfects the feel and the look of your skin (tackling redness, wrinkles and excess oil) and protects, hydrates and nourishes. M likes to wear alone with a slick of mascara and lipgloss, whereas V prefers to use it as a radiance primer, under her foundation. You can also dab it over your makeup as a highlighter.

And speaking of highlighters, we think we’ve found a pretty special one in Laura Geller Dew Dreamer Drops, £21. Liquid in consistency, it’s the perfect summer ‘glow-giver’, instantly brightening your face and giving the most beautiful dewy finish. Give it a good shake and add a couple of drops to your moisturiser or foundation. You can also dot over makeup for a beautiful, luminous sheen. It comes in 4 shades, but our favourite is Ballerina – a soft, champagne with a hint of ballet-slipper pink. We demo’d it for some clients recently, mixing it with Estee Lauder DoubleWear and were wowed by how it transformed into a lighter, summery base. Check out our Consultancy page to see how you too can revamp and renew your existing makeup.

We’ve long been fans of sparkly liquid eyeshadows and Bobbi Brown’s new, limited edition High Shine Liquid Eyeshadows, £16.65, have just the right amount of shimmer. These are gorgeous, grown-up, metallic liquid shadows without a hint of sparkle…. they simply give eyelids a wash of irridescent colour and the prettiest shimmering finish, especially when the light catches it. We like to apply a few dots to the middle of the lid and then blend in with an eyeshadow brush. You can also build up the coverage for some dazzling, nighttime va-va-voom!

If you’re heading to a summer ‘do’ and are worried about your make up sliding off your face in the sweltering heat, then look no further than Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £19.20. We swear by this fine mist to set makeup for hours on end, no matter how hot or humid the conditions. Neither of us wear full faces of make up in the heat, but when needs must, we always reach for All Nighter.

And we’ll both be packing Aveda summer haircare in our holiday suitcases. Our two favourite products are the After-Sun Hair & Body Cleanser, £18, and the After Sun Hair Treatment Masque, £21.60. The cleanser does a brilliant job of gently removing chlorine, salt and product buildup, it smells of summer and is a great, 2-in-1 must have for all the family. And we’ll be slathering on the Masque at night, letting the moisturising and nourishing ingredients (such as coconut, sunflower and tamanu oils) work their magic and restore our sun-parched locks. Leave on for a few minutes, or frankly, as long as you want to! As far as we’re concerned (and being 2 curly-haired girls on a constant quest for moisture!), the longer it stays on, the better.

So we’ll love you and leave you with these summer beauty suggestions and hope that you’ll let us know if you try any of them. Or if you already have. We love receiving your feedback and could talk beauty for hours on end. So drop us a line, any time…

Love and sizzling summer beauty,

Vikki & Mala xx

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