Summer beauty favourites

September 23, 2015

In my New Year's goals I mentioned writing posts on a more varied range of content, including beauty, so what better time to make good my promise than the first day of Autumn (technically, I think Summer ended a month ago). Last week was Organic Beauty Week, in conjunction with Organic September, and while I didn't take advantage of any of the special offers (no funds; no fun) I rounded up my favourite natural and organic beauty and skincare from the summer. I'm quite a simple person when it comes to make up and skincare, hence why I'm not a beauty blogger, so none of these are going away for the winter, except maybe the sunscreen.


I love this Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream from Lush! When I got it, it was an Oxford street store exclusive but I think it's available everywhere now. The scent is wonderful and sweet with a hint of coconut (and lots of yuzu!) Since last summer my favourite sunscreen has been the Korres Yoghurt Sunscreen, it comes in several strengths but I like 30. The formula is a little greasy which sinks into the sink after a while but doesn't leave a film for the entire day. The smell of this is really lovely and just takes me back to Tokyo last summer every time I wear it, but I can imagine it's not to everyone's liking.

For moisturiser I've been loving the Honeystreet Homemade Rose Garden Body Butter which I got at the Fairtrade Foundation press day. The brand is only available to buy from their website and they aren't on social media. This has a lovely whipped texture to it which just melts into the skin without being greasy. When I've been needing a moisture boost I've reached for the Weleda Skin Food, a skincare staple. I slather it all over my feet, put on socks and leave it on overnight for lovely soft feet. For my face I've been using the Melvita Brightening Cream when my skin is feeling rehydrated and I wake up with nice plump skin. For hands the Burt's Bees Hand Salve is a handy little tin that I can keep in my bag in case my hands feel chapped (I have super dry hands). lastly the Korres Jasmine Lip Butter, this smells lovely and is a soft and silky formula with a pale tint.

Make up

In the summer I don't like the feeling of make up sliding off my face with sweat so I keep my routine extra minimal. I recently discovered the Benecos Natural Creamy Make-up at Wholefoods, it's a very thick foundation but with a little blending it's a really lovely medium to full coverage and the shade (nude) matches me really well (something quite rare for natural make up). For days when that was too heavy I would wear my trusty Bellápierre Loose Mineral Foundation, this is gorgeous and gives great coverage without being cakey (the trick is to build up the layers slowly). I got this as part of a set in TK Maxx along with the make up base, blush, and mascara for well below the full price. The Bellápierre Mineral Blush is also highly pigmented and it takes a very light hand not to overdo it. The Bellápierre Makeup Base is meant to be an eyeshadow base but also works well as a concealer. It only comes in one colour (which happens to match my skin) and is a waxy consistency that melts a little with body heat. The Bellápierre Volumising Mascara is a more liquid formula so it defines the lashes, lengthens and gives them colour but I wouldn't consider it a volumising mascara.

The lipstick is another purchase from Wholefoods but a brand I've known about for several years, it is the Lavera Lipstick in Coral Flash, which is a my-lips-but-pinker sort of colour, not a bold colour but perfect for summer. Lastly I picked up these Ecotools brushes from Boots when they were on special, I get a lot of use out of the Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush, which I use both for liquid and powder foundations. I use the Eco Tools Correcting Concealer Brush for blending in my concealer which I tend to apply with my fingers.

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