Kim’s Summer Essentials

Our great British weather may not be able to make it’s mind up, but we are in June and come the 21st we are officially in Summer! To me that calls for a gorgeous naturally bronzed glow, a splash of colour on the cheeks and nude lips.

IMG_1157I have gathered together some of my go-to products which I feel helps to give me a fresh summer – ready face.

I always start with a moisturised face and at the moment I am loving Benefit Triple Performing Emulsion £22.50 which has an SPF of 15 – perfect for protecting the delicate skin from the sun rays.

Then, starting with the base, I love these two Body Shop products which are light enough for those (hopefully!) hot days.

IMG_1164The Body Shop Primer Moisturise It (£12) is very light weight, with more of a moisturiser consistency that other primer’s out there. This mattifying gel absorbs shine and is suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin types. I apply this all over, concentrating on my T-Zone using the brush I am going to use for my base, usual a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Expert Face Brush. Following that, I then apply the Body Shop All – in One BB Cream which I have discussed in a previous post. It provides a light to medium coverage and I find it feels natural on my skin and allows my freckles to show through which I like.

Dior. I have a bit of a love for Dior make up – only not the bank balance to support a long term relationship so I have more of an on -off fling type relationship going on with my beloved Dior!

I got this beautiful summer palette in Diorskin Nude Tan when I was on my honeymoon last year. It was a travel exclusive from the airport.



It such a pretty set, all wrapped in its velour sleeve. I couldn’t resist. It includes a decent bronzer, four stunning pearl eye shadows and 3 gorgeous nude lip colours although I have to say I rarely use lip colours in palettes. Below are some swatches of the eye shadows so you can see how pigmented they are. With the 4 neutral shades, an array of looks can be achieved.



The bronzer is very orange toned, which transfers on to the skin well for a natural glow but it would not make a good contour powder.

One of my more recent additions to my collection, which is just perfect for summer is the Make Up Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice. This is unbelievably just £6 for 8 shades. This palette has everything a well established make up lover, as well as beginner needs for a choice of blush colours and even better it can be used for contouring and highlighting too.


You can see the colour range in the swatches below with a mixture of matte and shimmers, from very bright pink to a more natural tones including a gorgeous peach colour. The two highlighting shades are a bit special too, with a baked mineralized effect. This palette is also available in Hot Spice, which has another 8 unique shades to try. (Next on my list!)




Another staple of mine, which is one of my all time favourites that I will buy over and over again is the Chanel Bronze Universal De Chanel £30.You can see it in the main photo.


This product last such a long time that for me the cost per use justifies the cost of the product (something my lovely husband taught me, thanks). It is cream to powder product which can be buffed into skin either on its own, for a gorgeous sun kissed look or under foundation. This is a must have for a UV -free glow.

A bit of highlight on the cheeks and brow bone is always a winner for me, and I love the Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand £25. It comes with its own brush on the end although I prefer to apply using my finger tips.



There are lovely golden tones running through this pearly highlighter which is great for that summer look. It is quite similar to Benefit Moon Beam.

I also wanted to mention Dallas (£23.50) – one of Benefit’s bronzers which has a slight shimmer to it so should be reserved for bronzing not contouring. I usually just dust this over my cheeks, forehead and chin. It promises an outside glow!

For mascara I have picked Roller Rash, for which that needs no explanation!

I really wanted to mention a few of my favourite brushes too  – the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush which can be used for applying fooundation, powder on contouring. The Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush which is what I am currently using for my dusting of Dallas and the other brush in the picture is a brush from “Nic’s picks” which I really love a lot for applying my cheek colour. I love the shape and density of it. You can find Real Tecniques in most Boots and Superdrugs or here. They are such amazing quality brushes at really affordable prices, and they are so pretty too!

Well I hope this post has given you some inspiration for glowing skin over the summer months, even if the weather outside is a little drab!

Kimberley X