Getting Set for Summer with Boots

Monday, 24 June 2019

This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own.

Summer is finally here, and after several weeks of diabolical weather I couldn't be happier. It's set to be a scorcher this coming weekend and it's made me so excited to embrace all things summer - I'm thinking BBQs, sunbathing in the garden and a trip to a beer garden might be in order!

One of the things I love most about this time of year is switching up my makeup - there's nothing better than embracing golden skin, taking things up a notch with shimmering highlight and basically becoming a golden goddess. I feel at my best at this time of year - I wear my favourite summery perfume, change up my makeup and just generally feel a lot more 'me' (I'm a summer baby after all).

So, I've teamed up with Boots to share with you the go-to beauty products I'm using this summer, to give you some inspiration if you're looking for ways to switch up your makeup bag over the next few months.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

If there is one thing I can't be without when summer finally rolls around, it's got to be a tan. I'm all about faking it as opposed to baking it, so slapping on a bit of the faux stuff becomes a huge part of my beauty regime at this time of year. However, one thing I've always struggled with is getting my face sufficiently tanned. Now, thanks to the incredible Isle of Paradise it couldn't be easier. I'd wanted to try these tanning drops for so long and they didn't disappoint - simply pop a few drops in your moisturiser and you're good to go. I love how I get all the benefits of my favourite moisturiser while getting a tan at the same time - no need to opt for gradual tanning moisturisers if you've got this little baby in your life. It is cruelty-free, vegan and comes in three shades (I use medium), so you most really can't go wrong. I absolutely love it.

Ole Henrikson Banana Bright Face Primer*

Ole Henrikson is a brand I've admired for their skincare for a while now, so I was really excited to try their Banana Bright Face Primer. I think a primer is an absolute must during the summer, to keep your foundation looking fresh even in the scorching heat. The great thing about this primer is that it's brightening - so not only helps smooth out your skin to create a flawless look, but it brightens your skin to give a healthy-looking glow. I'm amazed at how much a difference it makes - I don't think I've ever seen my skin so glowy, so this is definitely an essential in my makeup bag this summer. It smells really good too!

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette*

I love natural, golden shadows at this time of year, and this palette from Too Faced is absolutely stunning. I used the shades Honey Pot (which really brings out the blue in my eyes) and Chocolate Martini to create this look, and I think it's my new favourite. You just can't go wrong with golds, browns and natural-tones to complement your golden glow during the summer. Too Faced's eye shadows are so buttery soft thanks to their coconut-infused formula, as well as being super pigmented and easy to blend. I also think it would be perfect for an evening holiday look with a little bit of glitter over the top - check out Boots' glitter makeup for a bit of inspiration.

Bourjois Paris Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder*

Bronzer is top of the list when it comes to summer beauty, and Bourjois' bronzers have always been a favourite of mine. The Delice de Poudre is a gorgeous matte bronze which has really fine golden sparkles in it, to further add to your glow. It blends beautifully and is shaped like a chocolate bar - what more could you want? I wear the light/medium shade, but a darker shade is available too.

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette*

Highlighter is definitely up there with bronzer as a summer essential, and Sleek's Solstice Highlighter Palette has been my favourite budget highlighter for years now. It is the perfect mix of  gorgeous glowy powder and cream highlighters and I absolutely love the golden powder shade for giving my skin an incredible shimmer. It's what I'm wearing for this look and I think it completes it perfectly - I add some to my cheekbones, a little bit in the inner corner of my eyes and on my brow bone. It's crazy how much of a difference it makes!

Sanctuary Spa Body Spray*

Summer wouldn't be summer without a signature summer fragrance, which will whisk you back to previous summer holidays for years to come. My fragrance of choice this year is Sanctuary Spa's Fragranced Body Spray. I loooove everything Sanctuary Spa do and this is no exception. It is a gorgeous mix of citrus, jasmine and bergamot with sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli and smells just like you've stepped into a spa. It's such a stunning summer scent and it definitely rivals some of my more expensive perfumes! 

I'm so excited for a great summer and can't wait to wear these products every day over the next few months. Will you be switching up your makeup and fragrance for summer? I'd love to know which products are your favourites at this time of year!