Happy Friday everyone, I hope you’ve all had lovely weeks! In the spirit of Friday and the fact that it’s sunny (shock horror!) in Britain today, I thought I’d post up my long awaited summer make up must-haves post. I began planning this post a while ago and really wanted ample time to test out everything in it, and make sure everything included was up to the job. So here’s the post, everything purchased is available from Boots and Superdrug here in the UK, but they are all high street and ‘drugstore’ brands. As the title would suggest it’s a guilt free purchase post as everything is under £10. Perfect for treating yourself while still saving those summer holiday pennies.
From left to right: Boots’ Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipstick in Candy Mist, Boots’ No. 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Dreamy, Revlon’s Matte lipstick in Pink Pout, Boots’ No. 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Hawaii Pink and Boots’ Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipstick in Rose Petal.
Swatches from left to right: Collection 2000’s Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Fairy Cake, Boots’ Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipstick in Candy Mist, Boots’ No. 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Dreamy, Boots’ Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipstick in Rose Petal, Revlon’s Matte lipstick in Pink Pout, and Boots’ No. 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Hawaii Pink.
We’ll start with lips, as I’ve accumulated quite a few gorgeous summer colours of late. My first recommendation, of a brand in general, is No. 17’s Lasting Fix lipsticks. They are really pigmented yet moisturising and leave a semi-matte finish which I love. The best thing is they’re only £4.29 each and you can pick them up from Boots by clicking here. Hawaii Pink is a gorgeous bright pink with a slight coral lean, and Dreamy is a fab coral/peach pink which I also adore. They’re all you need to take your summer basics from dull to more daring! To see a photo of me wearing Hawaii Pink in a recent OOTD, click here and to hear more about the lipstick, click here to read my May Favourites where I featured it earlier this month.
Next up are Boots’ Natural Collection Moisture Shine lipsticks in Rose Petal and Candy Mist. These are really inexpensive, light summery lipsticks as they’re not overly pigmented but they leave a lovely shine on the lips keeping them feeling soft and smooth. Rose Petal is a true light peach and great for days when you want an almost nude lip. Candy Mist is a different ball game as it’s an iridescent lipstick which shines from clear to pink in the light. It’s a great £1.99 dupe for L’Oreal’s Prismatic Pink which has just come out. Louise of Sprinkle of Glitter recently did a video on the new L’Oreal collection, so click here to watch that for an idea of Candy Mist in action.
The last lipstick is Revlon’s Matte lipstick in Pink Pout. I won’t go into too much detail about this as I raved about it in my April Favourites, click here to read that. But I will say that it’s a gorgeous light pink that definitely has a more modern edge. If you love a Marina Diamandis-esque lip, you’ll love this! It retails for around the £7 mark and is available in most ‘drugstores’ and is really long lasting on the lips.
The last lip product today is Collection 2000’s Cream Puff lip cream in Fairy Cake which is a gorgeous summery coral colour. There are so many reasons I love this, it really, really lasts so it’s perfect for those hot summer days where you want a lip colour but don’t want the hassle of topping it up. It dries to a lovely matte, which is my favourite finish but its moisturising qualities mean it’s not too drying. I believe this is around £2.50 depending on where you buy it, but again it’s available at most ‘drugstores’ where there is a Collection 2000 stand. Thanks to Lily of What I Heart Today for bringing my attention to this in a recent video, I’ll link that here.
Nail polishes next, one of my favourite things to buy! I have four today that I think are perfect for summer and have tried and tested.
First it’s Boots’ Natural Collection nail colour in Antique Coral and I featured this in my recent May Favourites, so click here to see that. I love this polish, it really epitomises summer to me and looks fabulous with glitter over the top, what’s better, it’s highly pigmented, long-lasting and is only £1.89.
Next it’s a Rimmel polish in Rose Libertine, this is a dusky almost salmon pink and is gorgeous for a summery romantic manicure. I love the name, that’s what initially drew me in, but it’s a good solid polish like all the Rimmel formulas are. You can pick up this Rimmel polish in most ‘drugstores’ for under £4.
The last two polishes I have are from Barry M and the formula of Barry M polishes are what keep me going back for more. You can pick up a colour from the stand and know that it will translate onto your nails in one or two coats with no fuss. These are fuss-free bright pink polishes in ‘Bright Pink’ and ‘Shocking Pink’ (inventive names eh!) and Bright Pink in particular has become a new favourite. I featured in in my recent favourites post, click here for that, and wore it in a recent OOTD at Kew Gardens, click here to see that. These are both £2.99, available at most drugstores and you pick them up from the Barry M site by clicking here.
To see what Barry M’s Bright Pink in the shatter formula looks like, click here for my recent NOTD.
Eyes next and it’s just one palette I have for you and it’s this LA Girl eyeshadow palette in Colour Surge. I have two people to thank for his being in my stash now, the first is Allison or Amarixe on Youtube for bringing my attention to this in a recent video, you can click here for her channel. LA Girl’s an American brand I didn’t think we could get here, but that’s where my second thank you comes in, to Shirley of ShirleyBEniang on Youtube for mentioning Beauty Base a store I never usually go in, and talking about how she gets some lesser known brands for cheap from there, you can click here for Shirley’s channel. It was on a visit to Beauty Base that I came across this LA Girl palette and I am smitten now. I think this was £3.99, it may have been cheaper, but it’s a truly great brights palette. Seeing as I paid so little for this the colours are highly pigmented, really gorgeous and don’t wear or crease throughout the day. There’s every bright hue you could possibly ever want in here and the palette’s nice and small for packing for your summer getaway.
Lastly for today it’s two face products both from Collection 2000. I first found out about the Shimmer Shades Blushalicious palette months ago when Kate of Dolly Bow Bow featured it in one of her hauls. I knew I had to get it and I have used it tonnes since, it basically has a great range of highly pigmented blushes in it, so it’s an essential in any make up lovers’ collection. You can create so many looks with this, it has gorgeous summery peaches and pinks, and of course it’s easy to pack for holiday. It was when I needed a highlighter recently that I picked up the Way to Glow palette too, both are under £5 and available from ‘drugstores’ like Boots and Superdrug. The Way to Glow palette is more of a contouring and highlighting palette and it has served me well, whether you want to go down the bronzing or the highlighting route for a healthy glow this summer, this palette will do it all! Click here to see these palettes in my recent favourites post.
That’s it for today’s make up must-haves post, I hope this will help you get summer ready while saving you money! Be sure to let me know what you pick up and what you’ve been loving at the moment by leaving me a comment or tweeting me @MillieDelacoe. Until next time…
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