Winter Sun Preparation

                                          All being well, my friend and I will be heading off to Croatia on Saturday for some much needed R&R! Like everyone, we've had the most hectic year and she's even graduated during all the madness! As a treat and celebration, we decided to book a few days away during October half term and I for one can't wait. We've taken all the precautions, have everything ready and can't wait to hopefully catch some winter sun! As well as working this week, I've also been getting myself ready for the holiday and here are some of the standouts for me... 


Autumn Transitional Favourites

                         Autumn is one of those seasons where the weather really is unpredictable. You just can't call on what is going to happen. Last week, I had my coat out for the first half of the week and then put it away towards the end. With the dark mornings making a return its time to give the makeup and skincare routine a shake up to get ready for the cold season. I thought I would share with you my favourite transitional items...                    


                                       

Summer Favourites

The beginning of September is here and its time to reflect on the summer that seems like its so long ago! I've loved the summer - its been great to relax, recharge and reset. I've also had a lot of time to waste money and spend money on myself! These are the products that I've loved..                                    

                                                         

5 To Try: Primers

''Put simply, primer is exactly what its name implies: It's a preparatory product that's applied after your skin care to create an ideal canvas to hold onto whatever makeup comes after''

Primer works wonders for me and without using one I am lost! Here are 5 to try if you are interested in buying one.            

#1 The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer £3.90

I love both silicone and non-silicone based primers and this says it in the name really! The texture of this is very lightweight compared to the others mentioned in this post, it doesn’t have any particular scent either. The primer comes in an easy to use squeezy tube, which is a life saver and for the price you get a great deal of product. 
Compared to other silicone primers, this one doesn’t have a powdery feel, it also doesn't give you a matte finish if oil is something that you need to control. It gives the skin quite a fresh/dewy look and leaves it feeling ready for makeup. For me, it almost acts like a primer/moisturiser hybrid and makes my skin feel hydrated and soft. 


#2 Urban Decay All Nighter Primer - full size £27, mini £12

The UD Setting Spray is a holy grail for me and when the primer was launched I couldn't wait to try. I've had this small mini for a while now and it is still going - doesn't seem to be running out! This is fabulous if you want your makeup to last, no matter what skin type. It glides on to the skin and really locks everything in place ready for makeup. I tend to stick to using this in my t-zone as this is where makeup just seems to disappear, this is perfect. 

#3 Elf Mint Melt £8

My go to, my favourite, my ride or die. I wasn't too sure with this primer due to it being a minty feeling, but I have to say I really like it! If you've tried the Milk Hydro Grip or have always wanted to, this is perfect. It has a cool, minty feeling but nothing powering, it has just the right amount. It's a gel consistency, that comes in a pump tube making it super easy to control how much you use. When you first pump it out, it comes out as a lighter green colour, once you apply it to your skin it goes on clear. It feels extremely sticky at first, then dries within a few seconds and the sticky feeling turns a little tacky. It leaves your face smooth and provides a perfect base for your foundation that stays put all day! I can't get enough. 

#4 Becca Backlight Priming Filter 

My heart breaks every time I think about Becca as a brand going away later on this year, they have some incredible products and their primer is a cult classic. Even with my really oily skin this primer gives me a glow like no other. My skin doesn't appear shiny or sweaty, its more golden and glowing. I love the fresh and awake filter it gives to my skin and works really well under foundation. I love applying this to my cheeks area and then something more mattifying to the t-zone.

#5 Erborain Pink Perfect Creme

I bought this little tub from Hawaii over three years ago and we're going to have to part ways soon as its nearly empty. It definitely makes me want to try more things from Erborain as this has really impressed me. I love using this on my nose as it hides/blurs all my horrible pores as best as it can, which none of the other primers achieve. I love that its pink but very thick, you only need a small amount and it smears everywhere without any issues.

I love a good primer and without any of these, I would be lost! I love applying them individually but recently pairing them up has been revolutionary. If you love primer, I hope you find a new one to try from this 5 to Try post, if you don't tend to use one - tell me your long lasting makeup secret!!