Who else is super excited now that the clocks have gone forward? We love this time of year; the only thing we’re slightly nervous about is possibly getting a sweaty face, oh and wasps! While the only piece of advice we know for wasps is not to scream and wave your arms round, we can offer lots of sunny solutions, beauty hacks and top tips to stay cool, calm and collected this summer...
Firstly, a gentle exfoliator can do wonders for your skin this time of year. It’s recommended to just exfoliate your face once a week to remove dead skin, help dryness and prevent break-outs due to build-up of sun cream and makeup on your face. We love Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant; made from a rice-based powder that activates on contact with water, it releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to polish your skin to perfection! It’s also vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free - winner!
Another must is keeping your skin hydrated. This applies all year round but cold, wet winters have a different effect on your skin compared to warm, dry summers. Drink plenty of water and eat water-based foods to hydrate from the inside. For instant hydration on the outside look at sprays and toners that are designed for this, or a face mask for a more intense treatment. We love these natural DIY vegan face mask recipes using items from your fridge - one even doubles up as dessert!
Top Tops: Charlotte and Bryony both swear by a hydrating facial mist to keep you feeling fresh and fabulous throughout the day; their current favourites are by Revolution and Mario Badescu.
Foundation gives a perfect airbrushed look to your skin, but in hot weather it can really make your face get hot fast! For an easy breezy summer, why not try a tinted moisturiser so you remain cool, calm and collected.
Top Tips: Charlotte’s top tip for hot weather is to keep your skin fresh and glowing with a water based foundation, whereas Bryony loves a good L.A Girl Pro bb cream in warmer weather. Bryony recommends staying away from powders when it's sunny, as they can be really noticeable in the light and can look quite 'cakey'.
Our friends over at P.Louise Makeup Academy designed P.Louise Base Pro to enhance, exaggerate and stop traffic dead in its tracks; promising super high coverage on and around your eyes, giving you a blank canvas and base for any makeup to grip to, enhancing eyeshadows to showcase your artistic talents.
Skin experts recommend wearing SPF every day of the year, even during winter. Whether you follow their advice or not, there are a lot of sunscreen options out there for you this summer. We love the selection by Dermalogica; with oil free matte, super sensitive and water-resistant options. They have just released Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 too - a light-activated multitasking moisturiser that boosts skin's luminosity naturally, we’re excited to try it!
If looking all glowing from the Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 just isn’t enough, a classic addition to your summertime bag is bronzer, or even better - The Amor Golden Elixir. Amor Beauty Cosmetics have created a luxurious liquid shimmer available in a variety of shades. All cruelty-free; they’re blendable and buildable so you can wear them day or night, under your makeup or on top to add heavenly highlights. Charlotte loves a liquid highlighter under your foundation so you always look beaming in the sun.
If you’ve got a special event coming up such as a summer wedding, and need to be 100% sure that your face is going to stay put, we found the perfect test from Cosmopolitan. Based on writer Brooke dunking her face in water, check out ‘The Best Waterproof Makeup Products’. (Some of the products she tried may be American, but you’ll be able to find most of them online.)
Of course, the ‘pièce de résistance’ to any summertime beauty look is a pair or two of Eldora False Lashes! You won’t have to worry about anything sliding down your face, as our Brush On Lash Adhesive will make sure your vegan friendly eyelashes stay firmly in place. Make sure to keep checking back on our website for the newest Eldora Collections and latest collaborations!
Mattifying shine control papers, blotting sheets, even just a clean tissue if you have one handy; all are perfect for absorbing any excess oil that may appear on your face throughout the day. Easy, quick and kind to your skin; all you need to do is gently press the blotting tissue on the offending area and ‘voila’ - your skin will be back to normal.
Whether slurping summer smoothies or licking icy lollipops; nobody wants bright lipstick smudged all over their face and teeth. The best thing to do during hot days is to just keep things natural; a lick of clear gloss or a nude lipstick is definitely the way forward! Think back to our International Women’s Day Giveaway; the Sian x Amor Liquid Matte Lipstick Collection is just what you need. We especially love the colour ‘On Point’.
Which top tips to stay cool, calm and collected this summer will you be trying first? Maybe you have your own beauty hack for hot weather you'd like to share?
Now you’ve picked your favourite vegan eyelashes and perfected your beauty look, you just need to think about an outfit! Decisions, decisions…