Since I finally got round to collecting the remainders of my makeup collection from my student house I've been loving rediscovering some oldie but goodie products. Today I'm going to share with you my favourites that you'll find me sporting on my face for the past month or so. First up I'll talk to you about tools, the Real Techniques Contour Brush has been doing just the job for creating my non existent cheek bones. The small tapered shape of the brush means it fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks and helps to create a really natural shadow (so much so I asked my dad if he could see anything on the side of my cheek and he replied "only the shadow from your hair" *contour success!*).
Another tool that's been up-ing my makeup game is the Beauty Blender. I've had this for so long now (I really need to buy a new clean one however student life...) so excuse the grubby state of it! Funny fact, I won this in a giveaway! Before winning it I'd never even considered using a sponge to apply my makeup, however I'm so glad this is now part of my makeup life. This is my go to tool for applying foundation now, and it just helps make my foundation sit better on my skin and eases the blending process. Talking of foundation, the one I've been using at the moment is Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory. I go through stages of using this then reverting back to other foundations, however I've been loving this one for a more natural look during the warmer summer months. This light-medium coverage foundation allows my freckles to show through making my skin look flawless but not caked in makeup at the same time. The only thing that annoys me about this product is the fact there's no pump with the bottle, which makes for very messy hands during application.
Another product helping me achieve a flawless base is the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer. I have the lightest shade which is great for my winter pale skin tone, but also great to highlight and brighten under the eyes when my skin gets a tad *tiny-weeny* bit darker in the sun. I find this to be slightly less thicker in consistency than the prolific Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I have used the last. However the Seventeen option gives a medium coverage, which as the name suggests, stays for a good old amount of time. Moving on to cheeks, makeup free me has naturally very blushing cheeks so sometimes I have the tendency to look a bit ghostly once my foundation and concealer is applied. To balance it all out I've been reaching for the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Pop of Pink. Cream products are always favoured in summer for me, maintaining the natural texture of my skin. I use the tiniest dab of this on my finger, and apply straight to the skin. The thick liquid consistency makes for easy blending but once it's set it's set. Another great drugstore product in my opinion.
Last but not least it wouldn't be a summer skin talk without mentioning highlighter now would it?! Another Seventeen product gracing my face is the Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter. Out of the three ways it can be used, I prefer using my beauty blender to apply this to the highest points of my cheeks as one of the last steps in my makeup routine. The slight leftover foundation on the beauty blender means the highlighter blends seamlessly into the skin to add a subtle healthy glow that I so desperately want for my summer skin. And that's it! These products have become such staples in my makeup collection this summer. What have you been loving recently?