Summer Cooldown Beauty Essentials
With the heatwave coming to an end, we can finally start our summer cooldown. I don’t know about you guys, but that heatwave lasted a little too long for me. What can I say – sweaty complexions are not my thing. And with temperatures rising to thirty plus degrees, the last thing you want to worry about is your make up. So this summer it was all about keeping it natural and simple – and not risking any make up running down my face.
We’re celebrating the end of the heatwave with these summer cooldown beauty essentials. Here we go!
After a warm, summer night’s sleep, I love the feeling of applying a cool lotion in the morning. The Shiseido softener lotion is meant to sooth the skin, reduce lines and enhance clarity. In the summer, our skin is exposed to solar radiation that can harm the deeper layers of the skin. So a good skincare protection is vital. I apply the lotion on a cotton pad after I’ve cleansed my face and before I apply my morning routine.
In summer time, there’s nothing as good as a cold shower in the morning and evening. Molton Brown is launching their new collection of Jasmine & Sun Rose. We got our hands on the new bath & shower gel and what can I say – it smells like a field of jasmine flowers at sunset. I’ve always loved the sweet and fruity scents of Molton Brown products and this one is the perfect summer shower gel.
Treat yourself to a mask this summer, like the Chanel hydration mask. The Chanel Hydra line and I go way back. I’ve been loving products from the collection for years (or decade even perhaps?) as it hydrates my skin whenever I need it. I apply the mask once every week to keep my skin feeling soft and supple.
Smooth out the surface of your skin with a soft peeling lotion. I love using the lotion once every two weeks to exfoliate dead skin cells. It leaves my skin feeling lush and velvety smooth. I don’t recommend using a peeling too often, but this is a soft one that is easy to apply to the skin.
When I’m in a rush, this jelly lotion is a lifesaver in the morning. It’s a lotion much like the previous mentioned softener lotion from Shiseido, but in a thicker jelly texture. The jelly leaves a cooling sensation when applied to the skin. I’ve had days where I just applied the jelly lotion in combination with a moisturiser and it keeps your skin well moisturised throughout the day. It acts as an essence essentially.
Moving on to make up. I mentioned before how I like to keep things simple during the summer. One of the essential items you need to have to create a flawless natural look, is a good primer. Not only does a primer give you a long-lasting make up look, it also preps the face by reducing lines and enhancing skin radiance. I’m not saying you can leave the house with just a primer on – but you can leave the house with minimal make up on your face and still look fabulous.
In the high of summer, it’s all about bronzers and golden cheeks. But for your summer cooldown, you want to go with a slightly cooler look. This champagne coloured highlighter drop from Lancôme will give you a pearly highlight on the cheeks. Mix it with your foundation or apply it as-is with a sponge to create the ultimate after-summer dewy look.
Bring the coolness by adding hues of blues to your eyes. I normally don’t go too wild with colours on my lids, but for this summer cooldown list, why not add a little pop of colour? This eyeshadow palette by YSL features hints of blues, a light gold and pink. All shadows have a satin finish with shimmers. Apply the pink and golden shades on the eyelid and finish off with a striking eyeliner with the cobalt blue shade.
For a pop of colour, you can trust on Lancôme to bring cute and colourful musthaves. Their macaron blush line is an Instagram favourite. You get a macaron shaped beauty blender as well. The beauty blender is dense but softer than a regular blender, which makes it perfect to apply blushes and highlighters.
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