I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to post my August Best in Beauty picks but better late than never, no?
This month I headed off to Lanzarote for a chilled holiday with a few of my girlfriends for sun, sea and sangria. I had a wonderful time in Spain, and was grateful for the opportunity to try out some sweet Summery beauty products.
So, here are some of my top beauty picks for the month of August, with each and every product tried and tested by yours truly.
If you have any questions about any of the products please do just post below or tweet me @SWfashion_ .
Ooh what's that? Urban Decay NAKED Skin Face Ultra Definition Finishing Powder - £22 here
And what does it do? The latest addition from Urban Decay's NAKED collection, this finishing powder proposes a high-tec alternative to traditional chalky products. The product is jet-milled for a fine, buttery texture that works to airbrush imperfections without masking skin or caking with foundation.
How do I use it? Just as you would any other finishing powder. Though the product comes with a sponge, I far prefer to use a small dense brush to apply the powder in swirling motions. Apply your foundation or base of choice, dab on concealer wherever necessary and set your base with this light, almost invisible powder.
So does it work? I have to admit that I was very impressed with this product. I have always worn a powder with my foundation, as my skin is prone to oiliness, but even my favourite powders have the tendency to go rather dense. This powder is lighter and far more subtle on the skin. Provided you don't overload your skin and use sparingly, this product blends seamlessly and gently mattifies without dulling.
Ooh what's that? Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-oxidant Serum- £45 here
And what does it do? A daily-use moisturiser, rather than a post-CTM boost, this is a simple but effective product. With extracts of virtuous grape seed, panthenol and parsley seed, Aesop's fresh serum offers deep nourishment for dehydrated skin, particularly in humid climates.
How do I use it? A little goes a very long way with this aromatic serum. Simply remove make-up, cleanse thoroughly once again and then apply a few drops of the serum to your face in sweeping upward motions. It will feel light but nourishing, cool but conditioning.
So does it work? To say I am obsessed with Aesop is to put it very lightly, but this product really is worth an investment. It smells so beautiful and refreshing, making it a great product for high Summer or for those living in sunnier climes. My skin is dry in parts, and this serum brightens and softens my skin without clogging pores. This is an essential, whatever the season.
Ooh what's that? Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Cream - £4.79 here
And what does it do? The Bee Strong collection is the latest from good old Herbal Essences, and this leave-in conditioner is one of two styling products in the range. Enriched with honey and apricot extracts, this sweet scented spray-on conditioning creme claims to simultaneously strengthen and protect damaged hair while leaving a great shine.
How do I use it? Spray a three-five times into hands and work into towel dried hair. If you have fine hair just work it into the midlengths and ends. Don't be tempted to use too much product- it could weigh the hair down.
So does it work? I actually bought this product right before going to the US. I was having a bit of a trolley-dash around Boots, searching for a strengthening or conditioning creme to stop my hair drying out on holiday. I grabbed this one without really thinking much of it- it's such a bargain!- and didn't realise how impressive it was until I actually used it. The first treat is the sweet honeyed fruit scent, closely followed by the light but moisturising texture and the ease of application. It was the only styling product I used on holiday, save a few droplets of MoroccanOil light, and it really was my Summer hair saviour. .
And what does it do? With such a fabulous name, it's hard to believe that this delicious treat is actually an instant tan. Boasting a tropical coconut scent, a rich blend of shea and illipe butters and unique "tanwrap" technology, this "buttergel" sounds just like a beach body in a bottle!
How do I use it? As per other self tans, I would suggest applying this luxurious product with a mitt. The chocolatey tan gives an instant caramel colour, so it is easy to see any streaks or imperfections, but do make sure you work the product in fully to ensure a natural appearance. Prep skin beforehand with a sugary scrub (Soap & Glory do the best budget ones) and skip the moisturiser if tanning.
So does it work? Though the only tan for me this year is the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan by Vita Liberata, this one comes in a close second. Firstly it smells like a creamy tropical cocktail and secondly it has a gloriously rich texture which just glides effortlessly. It is an easy-breezy instant tan that lasts well and softens skin.
Ooh what's that? Vita Liberata Capture the Light Translucent Illuminator in Gold - £29.95 here
And what does it do? The ultimate tan enhancer, Capture the Light highlights skin with a golden luminescence while also protecting skin with SPF 25. It is a rich, creamy texture to be used on both the face and the body to invigorate dull skin.
How do I use it? There are a number of ways to use Capture the Light. You can use it to highlight a tanned decolletage, arms, legs and even an exposed back. It also works well on the face worn over a dewy base on cheekbones, cupids bow and under the eyebrow arch. It is quite a powerful product, so use sparingly as a little goes a long way. For a gentler sheen mix a couple of pumps with your favourite moisturiser and use all over your body to brighten your skin tone.
So does it work? This is the first body illuminator that I have actually liked. I found it made my skin look glossy and healthy, rather than glittery and cheap. I used it in Spain when wearing low-cut and strapless dresses to highlight my collarbones, and also mixed with my Philosophy Almonds and Cream body lotion to give my legs a subtle sheen.