I hope you're all having a lovely weekend in the sun! I thought it would be a good time to mention some products that have already become summer staples. I've been wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser non-stop since I bought it. It's safe to say I'm a big fan and it's ideal for hot weather. I'll be posting a full review sometime next week if you're interested. Under my foundation, or on days when I've skipped it all together, I've been using my trusty La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 30 sun cream. It's fragrance and paraben free with fewer chemical filters, so a good option if you have slightly sensitive skin. It smells like a cross between goat's milk and petrol but, if you can tolerate that, the non-greasy formula means it sits well under makeup. Alternatively, if you have normal to oily skin, I love Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Daily Moisture. It's also SPF 30 but leaves a semi-matte finish on the skin. If you're wondering why it's not in the photo that would be because it's also my boyfriend's favourite and he appears to have stolen it.
I had to include le dernier cri of blogging, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I use it as a toner in the morning, but the smaller bottle that lives in my handbag acts as a pretty nifty reviver when I get off the tube, feeling like a wilted leaf, having spent most of the journey face-level with a businessman's sweaty, polyester-suited armpit. I personally love the minty scent and I've noticed my skin has remained clearer since I've been using it. I usually hate body moisturisers but they are a necessity if my legs are going to see the sunshine. I loved the sample of the First Aid Beauty Body Moisturiser* from a Glossybox a few months ago - so much so that I chopped it in half to get the last drops out. The formula is quite thick and enriched with Shea butter but sinks in rapidly without leaving any greasy, sticky residue. It's also allergy-tested, fragrance and paraben free, so another winner for sensitive skin.
Lastly is my tiny attempt at colour...baby steps. I've been sporting Nails Inc's Westbourne Grove*, a neon orange jelly, on my nails and Rouge d'Armani Sheer in Coral 302* on my lips. Both are a lot more wearable than they appear in their packaging and an easy concession to summer if you're struggling to let go of black like I am.
*PR or beauty box samples