Summer Beauty Bag

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New season, new style. Well that’s my personal spin on why I simply need something shiny and new to accompany myself into the throws of December.

December 1st is here which means it is officially Summer! Unfortunately, I am NOT a fan of the sunshine, so it’s my extreme misfortune that I currently reside in sunny Oz.

So, dwelling on the foreseeable future aside, I am most thrilled to talk about my essentials for the upcoming season.

I’m not in the least bit ashamed to admit that I am a huge product-junkie and am most definitely a sucker for pretty packaging. There, I said it! I admit there may have been a time or two where I bought a completely nonsensical item because it had one of those old-Hollywood pinups on the packaging with some fancy writing and a delicious scent. Honestly, I don’t believe there are many females out there who are not somewhat like-minded (or guilty) of this scenario.

Cutting to the chase, I got a few nice deliveries last week as my makeup kit was looking extremely dire. I get by on four or five essentials year-round, stocking up maybe once or twice in that time. My beauty routine is quite bare minimum, and I like to stick with what I know. I’m also a hater of the too polished or “clown” makeup application so am conscious of steering clear of that look.

So this time round, I’ve chosen these lovely items to represent:

1. Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder:

This stuff is the real deal of bronzers. I like this one even more than NARS as it is less shimmery and seems to be smoother in application. Nicer for everyday use in my opinion. I only wish I sounded as beautiful as the French do when they pronounce “Guerlain.” “It’s pronounced ‘jer-lon’ not ‘ger-laine'” one of my lovely Frenchy pals once informed me.

2. Clinique City Block Sheer:

My favourite tinted moisturiser and sunscreen in one! I love that this is a proper sunscreen, yet is also lightweight and gives a bit of colour at once. I’m pretty OCD about suncare, so this is on my Dream Team year-round. It’s also free of chemical sunscreens. The only issue for some people is it only comes in two shades, so I can imagine some may find it hard to match their tone. It’s also not for maximum coverage, it’s definitely more of a moisturiser than a full coverage tint.

3. Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl:

This is a new discovery of mine since one of my idols, Daphne Hezard of L’Officiel, endorsed it as her go-to for dark eyes. I love this kohl as it not only has the most beautiful packaging (surprise, surprise!) in a gorgeous golden seal applicator stick, but it gives you that smudgy, last night’s eye makeup (think Kate Moss) as opposed to neat lines by a pencil. I really like that. It also doesn’t seem to sweat off or run down your face like some pencils or powders do. Comes in black or blue.

4. YSL Touche Éclat Concealer:

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Another old fave, I use this one for the occasional spot and dark circles under my eyes. This concealer appears to be everyones go-to concealer, and I understand why. The tones are great and they have a selection of pink or yellow depending on your undertones. It is also non-greasy which is vital if you aren’t going for the “fresh from the gym” thing.

5. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in “Heat Wave”:


I barely go a day without lipstick of some kind, I’m just obsessed with it. It feels so odd when I’m bare-lipped. I often wear it without a speck of other makeup on my face, it’s my lazy girl way of sprucing up. The semi mattes are my favourite at the moment. Sometimes I find matte is too dry and can look flakey, yet wearing too much gloss can make me feel a little tacky. This is like the perfect middle ground. The red has a tiny hint of orange too, so it’s like a fun version compared with the classic, deep red.

6. MAC Pro Longwear Compact Foundation:


I read on a beauty site that this foundation was great, so I decided to give a whirl. I’m pretty thrilled with it thus far, after a few applications we seem to be in a committed, loving relationship. It isn’t exhausting to remove which is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned. My pet peeve is spending hours removing makeup from my face. It’s light-medium coverage though, which is why I am recommending for Summer. However, if you are looking for a heavier coverage foundation, I don’t suggest it. It also has a low SPF (20), so wearing makeup underneath is important.

7. Chopard Perfume in “Wish”:


Lastly comes perfume! But as we all know, this cannot be forgotten! I have a long line of favourites, however, this one is right up there. It’s slightly similar to the Agent Provocateur, which I also adore and own, but about half the price! It also lasts a long time, or at least that’s what people tell me hours after I’ve put it on!

Hope you enjoyed the post and possibly found some new items to try!

Till next time!

Mel xo



4 thoughts on “Summer Beauty Bag

  1. This is neat for me to ready since I feel like I’m clueless about makeup. I mean, I try. But I’m super pale and think most things look ridiculous on me. I’ve never figured out how to wear eye makeup, period. I’m a mascara and red lips kind of girl. And bronzer? Not for pale girls, I assume? I don’t know how to pull it off!

    1. Hi! I love pale skin! I think you can just change up your makeup a bit. I am yellow based, which is why i use bronzer. I know Guerlain do quite pale shades in their terracotta light range. But i think instead of bronzer you can try more pink or peach shades of blush to compliment your skin tone xx

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