Since we've had such amazing weather and I was also lucky enough to go on holiday earlier this year, I've had quite a tan for the last few months and I love to play on this in my make up. As you will have seen in my Summer makeup bag post I've been using golden, bronze shades but also vibrant pops of color on my eyes, especially in the evenings. My go to bronzing powder has been the lovely Delice De Poudre in shade 52. It's such a cute package in the shape of a chocolate bar, and it does smell faintly of cocoa as well. The texture is very fine and pliable, so it's easy to work with both to blend in and to build up, so you can use it either for sculpting or as a blusher. As my tan is gradually fading away this is about to be too dark for me, but I will definitely try to get hold of this product in shade 51 so I can continue to use it for the next month or so - until I'm back to my old translucent self.
On one of my many beauty scouting trips to Superdrug, my eyes were immediately drawn to an eye pencil that was whispering my name (more shouting actually) and it was the Eye pencil in Bleu Clinquant, which is a gorgeous and intense, metallic electric blue shade that I've been wearing on my lower waterline for a dramatic effect. I am cautious of wearing blue shades that close to my eyes since I have reacted badly before to blue eye pencils and mascaras from other brands, but this eye pencil is not only waterproof, it's also very soft to work with. You barely need any pressure at all, and still you'll end up with a lovely and even application. I can't recommend this eye pencil enough, and if you're looking for more natural shades, Bourjois also has a lovely golden and chocolate brown in the same great formula.b
Chubby sticks are definitely the latest rave and you'll now find some version of them, either for eyes or lips in almost every brand but for me the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons are among the best, and I now have all the shades currently available. Today I'll only focus on the Lip Crayon in Red Sunset and in Fuchsia Libre since I've talked about the other two shades in my post Lip Service. The formula of the Lip Crayons is amazing - it's smooth, glossy, moisturizing and still highly pigmented. Both colors shown today are shades with a blue undertone; Red Sunset is a bright, deep red electric crimson and Fuchsia Libre is a lovely bright, but soft rose pink. All these shades wear fairly well throughout the day, but you will definitely need to retouch after you've eaten. These are so lovely to wear since they don't dry up, and the fact that they're not sticky in the least is a huge plus in my book - I really hope there will be more shades to look forward to soon!
Swatches from left to right:
Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder - Shade 52
Colour Boost Lip Crayon - 1 Red Sunrise
Regard Metallise Eye Pencil - 54 Bleu Clinquant
Colour Boos Lip Crayon - 2 Fuchsia Libre
Since I'm a big nail polishaholic I go through nail polish removers faster than the speed of light and one of the best removers available is the Magic Nail Polish Remover. Not only is it quick and easy to use, but it's also acetone free. I have used other versions of this dip and twist product before from other brands, but when you go through as many shades in a week as I do, it's essential that the remover is as gentle as possible, and since this little pot of magic also contains almond oil I get a little bit of care at the same time. If you use glitter polishes it does take longer to remove it, but otherwise in the blink of an eye - the nails are ready to be prettified again.
One of my most loved nail polish shades this summer has been Blue No Blues from the 1 Seconde Nail Polish range. Speed is of the essence when it comes to nails and that's the whole concept of this range - it should take one quick dry coat and then you're ready to go. This is a gel formula, enriched with silicone to give ultra glossy finish (so you don't need to use top coat, another time saving point) and it has a wonderful wide brush to help with even application. It really does work - it's quick to apply, it dries faster than you can say Bourjois and the shine is great. I love this gorgeous aqua blue shade although on my nails it doesn't last more than perhaps 2 days before I have to touch it up again - but on the other hand when touching up only takes a second to do, it's not really a big deal.
Blue No Blues
If you haven't tried any of the Bourjois products before I hope I have tempted you by introducing my favourite five and if you're already a Bourjois fan - which are your most loved products? If there's another particular brand that you would like to see my favourites from, please leave me a comment below!