Go To Summer Beauty Essentials + Video

Monday, July 10, 2017
I'll be honest and say that even though summer is filled with birthdays, sunny days in the garden and my birthday as well as holidays, it's my least favourite season (can it be autumn now?) but one thing I do like about summer along with the light evenings, is glowy summer makeup! I've been kindly sent a range of makeup from some lovely brands that would be perfect for a summer makeup look and the products are some of my June and July favourites.

*Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (£45, 30ml - Fair)
I have been using the same two foundations for so long and I love them but I wanted to try something new and the lovely people at Perricone MD sent over the No Foundation Foundation which is a product that I've wanted to try for years! I'm so glad that I was able to try it as it's one of the best foundations I've tried in a very long time and it's also perfect for this time of the year as it has a more skin like to matte finish which is an essential for the humid weather we've been having in the UK recently!

The shade Fair when blended down my neck is a great shade match for my ghostly pale skin although it would be even better if it was slightly lighter (thankfully they're coming out with a lighter shade later this year!). The foundation blends like a dream, it has a light to medium coverage and it looks so natural on the skin. I have sensitive to dry skin normally but in this heat my t-zone has been so oily and this foundation manages to apply, look and last so well on the drier areas and my more oily t-zone. It's perfect with a brush, beauty blender and a silicone sponge but the only thing I don't like about the foundation is the pump which sticks and then foundation goes flying at the wall...Other than that issue, it's amazing and I cannot recommend this foundation enough!
*AHB Cosmetics Highlight & Strobe Kit (£59.95)
Summer calls for glowy, light makeup and a good highlighter palette is an essential, especially for travelling as you have numerous products in one palette. It's designed in the UK and is free from parabens - it's also cruelty free which is amazing. The palette contains four highlighters and two baked blushers in one gorgeous palette that has rose gold detailing...yes! For my ghostly pale skin, the lightest highlighter (London Frost) is perfect and it's the shade that I've been using the most. The Miami Sun shade which is a warm tan shade is also gorgeous and adds a golden summery glow.

As I'm so pale, the shades Parisian Dawn (golden bronze) and Dubai Haze (warm, pinky bronze) don't work as highlighters but I have been using them as eyeshadows as they're so pretty and great as an all over the lid shade! The two baked blushes are perfect for someone like me, who doesn't wear blush most of the time, as they aren't very pigmented but they can be built up easily. All of the highlighters and blushers apply and blend perfectly with the *AHB Cosmetics Blush & Highlighter Brush (£20) as the brush is incredibly soft and smooth. The brush is double sided so you can use one side of the brush for blush and the other for highlighting. They are offering free delivery this weekend!
*TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador. Palette (£39)
I've been using TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador and the Meet Matt(e) Nude palettes constantly for the past couple of months as the packaging is super cute, the eyeshadows are so pigmented and smooth and all of the shades blend wonderfully. The Matte Matt(e) Ador palette contains nine shades that are perfect for an everyday to evening palette as all of the shades are matte and there's a great range of shades from skin tones shades to browns and black and navy - check out the video below for swatches of the AHB Cosmetics palettes and TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador palette.

I've been using the shades Matt Johansson, Matt Munoz and Matt Williams the most but they are all fantastic and this palette is lightweight, thin and contains a large mirror so it will be perfect to travel with - I'm definitely going to take one of the two from TheBalm with me on holiday this August!
*TheBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer (£17.49)
Bronzer is a summer essential but if you're as pale as I am, then it is a bit of a dangerous product too as you can easily go from ghostly pale to being an umpa lumpa (oompa loompa?...). Everything from TheBalm has the cutest packaging and this one is no different. The bronzer is matte, it's pigmented and easy to blend. The shade adds warmth to the skin but it isn't too dark or warm toned for my pale skin.

*Essence My Must Haves Palette & Eyeshadows (£1.50)
Essence is one of my favourite high street makeup brands and they've recently come out with a build your own type palette which is £1.50 for the empty palette and each shadow is £1.50 (there's also a eight pan palette). The shadows are pretty pigmented, creamy and shimmery - perfect for summer and as you can customise it, it would be great for travelling as you'll only take the shades you need.

I've already reviewed the Crown Brushes as well as TheBalm Mad Lash mascara which you can check out or you can watch the video below for swatches and a tutorial using the products I've featured in this post. I can't recommend these products enough, especially the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, both of TheBalm palettes and the AHB Cosmetics Palette and Brush!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your summer essentials or current favourites? 


  1. I've never head of AHB - the palette is so pretty but expensive! xx


  2. I really want to try some abh!!!! I'm so late to the party!!!


  3. I've been using Hylamide No Colour Foundation for couple of week, on and off with Inglot Beautifier & I'm loving the light finish! Great choices x

  4. that ABH highlighting kit looks STUNNING! I love the shades in there, URGH now I need it :(

  5. TheBalm palette is absolutely beautiful! The perfect shades for all year round x

  6. That palette is just so dreamy and I am trying out the No foundation Foundation currently x

  7. That glow kit looks amazing! Xx

  8. So many great picks here xxx

  9. I need to try some Perricone MD products! Also that strobe kit looks amazing!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  10. I haven't tried out any of these but the ABH palette looks lovely xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  11. LOVE the Perricone No foundation foundation! x

  12. That perricone foundation sounds amazing! Plus the essence palette is such a bargain xx

  13. The Balm collection looks really good! It's a range I'd love to try

  14. I really want to try the Perricone MD foundation but when I swatched what I thought was the lightest shade in store it was way too dark.

  15. The AHB Palette looks stunning! Such pretty shades.

  16. I love the idea of summer makeup but I never really pull it off in the sticky, sweaty, hot weather!

  17. TheBalm Palette looks so good, I have a few of their others which I love!

    Cass | CassandraMyee


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