Hmm well far from having ‘the hottest summer on record’, yet again summer in England has been completely unpredictable. From blazing sunshine one day, to showers and grey skies reminiscent of a dull autumn day the next – we’ve had it all over the past three months.
We’ve been forecast sunny skies for the next few days so I’m making the most of these products which I’ve been playing me to help me achieve a summer glow to my cheeks.
I’ve always loved vibrant blushes and stopped in my tracks when I came across this beauty a couple of months ago whilst browsing in a department store beauty hall. When the opportunity arose for me to pick a couple of choice products from House of Fraser, I knew this was going to be one of them. Lancome Subtil Blush in 032 (£28) is a rich coral infused with subtle gold shimmer.
If you’re not used to using bright blushes, at first glance this may leave you feeling a little uneasy, but you have nothing to fear. It applies beautifully, allowing you to evenly layer and build up colour to your preference. I can’t say I care much for the supplied blush brush, it’s somewhat dated and the packaging as a whole reminds me of rummaging through my Mum’s makeup when I was a little girl. She always had loads of Lancome products on her dressing table and always bought had the latest gift with purchase (GWP) on offer.
I’ve been combining this with Laura Gellar’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey (£21). I’ve been curious about this highlighter for a while and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Described as an effervescent caramel honey shade, its 3-D design is based on the whirls of Italy’s infamous gelato ice-cream dessert and you’re in for quite the treat when you use it (see what I did there!).
I love that there’s no visible glitter in this highlighter. Its shimmer leaves a subtle sheen and illuminates, working well worn on a full face or alone with just a deep tan for company. I’ve been using a fan brush and/or short angled blush brush to apply it to the tops of my (invisible) cheekbones.
This combo works amazingly well on tanned, deep and dark skin tones. If you’re paler, the blush will still work but you’ll need a light hand when applying it. The highlighter? Well that’s a must have for every make up bag! I love the effect left when used together and I’ve been using Gilded Honey with lots of other blushes and am yet to be left disappointed with the finished look.
You can buy them both at House of Fraser here .
*Samples gifted by House of Fraser