BEAUTY – Essential Summer Makeup
It’s that time of the year again – the days are longer and the weather is warmer because summer is here! Even though the British summer might be a bit of a let down this year, there is no reason to not pop on some bronzer and shades and pretend you’re on a nice tropical island basking in the sun. So whether you’re staying in London or flying off to that exotic beach getaway, we at Heart London Magazine have all your beauty essentials to make this summer the sexiest ever.
OLVERUM Bath Oil
Forget those trendy bath bombs. OLVERUM Bath Oil is the new essential for every bath lover out there. The high-end oil contains Natural Essential Oils such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon, Lavender, Lime, Juniper, and more. With just a few drops (5ml) to your morning, mid-afternoon, or evening bath, the combination of aromas transports you to a luxury spa the moment you close your eyes. Olverum’s huile de bain helps you relax, ease your stress, and recharge your sense of mind, body, and soul.
OLVERUM Bath Oil can be purchased from OLVERUM retailers as well as www.olverum.com for £22.49 (125ml) or £40.99 (250ml). (It is worth the splurge. Even the smallest bottle available will last you months!
COLLECTION’s ‘Illuminating Touch Liquid Radiance Primer’ ‘highlight, blush & bronze’ ‘Speedy Highlighter’ and Lipsticks with SPF 15
To start off your summer look, use the COLLECTION ‘Illuminating Touch Liquid Radiance Primer’ for a nice glowing complexion before adding your other summer staples. The skin-perfecting primer is suspended with light-reflective pearls to enhance your skin’s natural glow and is perfect for faking an Instagram-ready complexion. You can use it with or without your favourite foundation!
COLLECTION’s new ‘highlight, blush & bronze’ palette gives you the perfect summer glow in three easy strokes. Packing in three essentials in one, COLLECTION has made life easier for all make-up lovers out there.
‘Highlight’ is the subtle yet sparkly, pale shimmer you need for the summer. ‘Blush’ is the perfect pink to swipe on for the rose-cheek look. And last but not least, ‘bronze’ keeps you looking fierce and fresh off the beach. Combined, the new COLLECTION palette will make your cheeks glisten as they catch the light, simultaneously catching the eye of all those around you.
For a quicker option to get a nice summer sparkle on your cheeks, just pull out COLLECTION’s Speedy Highlighter. This highlighter stick is your new best friend and staple to bring along in your purse on those sunny days. It gives a glorious glow and does not feel thick on the skin and it’s easy to whip out for touch ups throughout the day!
And to finish off, try the new COLLECTION lipsticks with 15 SPF to protect your lips whilst you’re lounging in the sun. It leaves your lips feeling soft and smooth. Our favourite tints were ‘London Red’, ‘Fudge Delight’ and ‘Berry Blush’.
COLLECTION’s ‘Illuminating Touch Liquid Radiance Primer’ ‘Highlight, Blush & Bronze’ ‘Speedy Highlighter’ and the Summer Lipsticks with 15 SPF can be found at all major COLLECTION retailers like Boots and Superdrug (see links below).
Illuminating Touch Liquid Radiance Primer – £5.99
‘Highlight, Blush & Bronze’ Trio – £4.99
Collection Lip Colours SPF15 – £2.99
Benefit – HOOLA: Quickie Contour Stick
Tired of watching how-to contour videos? Benefit’s Hoola Quickie Contour Stick makes the entire process easy as 1,2,3. The box provides a how-to guide on where to apply the contour stick and what sculpting affects it will bring.
Benefit’s soft bronze, cream to powder stick leaves your face looking sculpted, without feeling like you have 3 kilograms of make-up on. It has a soft-matte finish that blends seamlessly and leaves you with a natural-looking face sculpt.
Benefit – HOOLA Quickie Contour Stick can be found at all Benefit retailers for £19.98 and from the Benefit website:
Oud Milano Bronzer is the perfect way to get that summer time glow. It is light, matte, and blends exceptionally over all foundations. With six shades to choose from, Oud Milano Bronzer is inspired by vivid Indian pigments and can be used as a contour or just to warm up the face. I highly recommend this bronzer to all make-up lovers – it is worth the splurge! –
Oud Milano’s beautiful impressive matt lipsticks are the perfect to give you a great radiant but velvety glow. It leaves your lips silky smooth without crumbling and lasts! Just pop it in your bag and touch up throughout the day when you want to. My favourite shades to pep up my summer outfits are the 202; a soft nude colour, 203; a more pinkish-nude colour, and to switch it up, the 207; a brighter orange which works surprisingly well for the summer!
Their cleansing milk is a great, gentle way for daily cleansing, when you’re ready to remove your make up. It’s especially good for sensitive skin and feels luxuriously creamy. Our skin felt smooth and moisturized after use.
Something else we would recommend from Oud Milano is their Extra Moisturizing Effect Day Cream. This cream is super moisturising and really makes a difference on dry and damaged skin, leaving it noticeably softer. It helps makeup go on smoothly and absorbed quickly.
Also a fantastic makeup base, the Matt Power Fluid is effective for oily skin. The mattifying gel reduces shine significantly, and we found that after use, our skin looked much smoother and even. Also providing a subtle glow, this works wonders!
You can purchase OUD Milano cosmetics from www.oudmilano.com, as well as all OUD Milano retailers. Find the links to the mentioned products below:
Oud Milano Lipstick: Impressive Matt – $25.28
Oud Milano Glowing Bronzer – $45.24
Oud Milano Cleansing Milk – $30.60
Oud Milano Day Cream – $23.95
Oud Milano Matt Power Fluid – $18.63
Before you even begin thinking about your summer make up look, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your skin is at its best. Existing to help you with that is HealGel Intensive, which does a fantastic job at repairing and soothing your skin. We found that when applied to any blemishes or irritated areas, by the next day there was a serious improvement. The gel is light and can also be used as an effective primer. A little amount goes a long way, and it feels pleasingly silky after application.
Purchase HealGel Intensive for £37.50 from http://www.healgel.co.uk/product/intensive/
For sensitive skin of any kind, the Oxygenetix Foundation is ideal. This breathable foundation helps soothe and conceal a range of skin conditions and injuries such as acne scars, psoriasis, rosacea, burns and eczema. Containing Ceravitae, a super-charged oxygen complex, it helps to multiply collagen cells and connective tissue growth in wounded and ageing skin. It is designed not to clog your pores, is non-drying and hypoallergenic. Upon application, it blends easily and feels lightweight on skin – and an added bonus is that it provides SPF 25 protection.
It is both oil free and fragrance free and delivers really outstanding coverage to give you that flawless skin look without irritating any of your skin conditions.
You can find Oxygenetix Foundation in a range of shades from https://www.dermacaredirect.co.uk/ for £45.
One of the outstanding aspects of the Antipodes collection is that their products are all certified organic and certified vegetarian. We were lucky enough to try a range of their cosmetics, staring with their Performance Plus Mineral Foundation (Light Yellow SPF15). If you’re not a fan of liquid foundation, this could be the perfect solution for you. The powder achieves great coverage and leave your skin looking flawless and dewy – a great summer look. After applying with a brush, if you have any problem areas, that’s easily solved by layering a little more of the foundation on. We used it after moisturising and the result was fantastic. The foundation also includes Vinanza Grape and Kiwi, which helps improve skin health.
We then went on to apply Antipodes Translucent Skin-Brightening Mineral Finishing Powder, which works wonders for keeping your makeup in place. It also does a great job at combating shine and refining your complexion with a matte finish. We loved the silky feel of this powder and how it was also very good at disguising skin flaws.
Finally, we completed our look with Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipstick. These lipsticks are notable, along with all of their other products, for being natural. Even the cardboard packaging is 100% biodegradable! They include evening primrose oil, argan oil and avocado oil – all of which have great moisturising qualities, meaning that this lipstick is in no way drying on your lips. In fact, we found that it was the exact opposite. Our lips felt soft and moisturised for hours after application, and the colours were vivid and long-lasting.
Although the large variation of shades are all beautiful, our personal favourite was the Phia Beach Tangerine. A pinky/orange shade that immediately put us in a summery mood.
Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation (Light Yellow SPF15) – £29
Antipodes Translucent Skin-Brightening Mineral Finishing Powder – £39
Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks – £21
Find all of the above at http://www.antipodesnature.com/
Magic Body Fashion – The Crystal Puff
If you’re tired of having to wash your make up brushes, or going through a huge number of sponges, Magic Body Fashion’s Crystal Puff could be a life-saver. The silicone beauty tool allows you to apply your make-up easily and with minimal waste. We used it to apply our liquid foundation and creme-blush, although it can also be used effectively for powders. Blending was incredibly easy by tapping the puff against your skin, and cleaning was just as simple. All you need to do is clean it in lukewarm water with mild soap or make-up remover.
Magic Body Fashion’s The Crystal Puff can be purchased for £6.25 at https://www.magicbodyfashion.com/en/Crystal-Puff—Round