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Sunday, 8 June 2014

essential summer bases

essential summer primer sunscreen base fixer

Facial Sunscreen

A decent facial sunscreen is something that is quite hard to come across. I often find that normal sunscreen can sit a little heavy on the face. Benefit Dream Screen  is a very lightweight formula which is both oil and fragrance free. It has a unique silky matte finish which is unlike any facial sunscreen I’ve ever tried before. It has SPF 45 which is pretty high too.

Matte primer

Part of Illamasquas most recent drop is the Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer. It’s a water based primer that contains Butyelene Glycol which helps balance oil levels and retain moisture. Light, creamy and refreshing on the skin. Patted onto the face it mattifies, helps makeup last longer and keeps the skin looking plump and hydrated.

Light base

Ditch the heavy foundations and go for a refreshing tinted moisturiser. I really like the Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturizer. It’s very light and watery consistency which feels lovely on the skin. Buffed in the skin it blends seamlessly into the skin and gives light but flawless coverage.

makeup fixer

Urban Decay DeSlick is a makeup setting spray which helps keep oiliness at bay. You can use it before or after makeup. De-Slick absorbs excess sebum as well as helping with surface shine with light dispersing particles. It’s a light weightless mist which will keep your makeup in place all day in the most humid of environments. It also works really well as a makeup refresher as it gives the skin a fresh pick me up when it starts to look dull or cake.


benefit dream screen review swatch
benefit dream screen  £25*
Illamasqua Matte veil primer review swatch
Illamasqua Matte veil primer
Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturize review swatch
Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturize  £29*
Urban Decay DeSlick review swatch

Urban Decay DeSlick £20*


  1. Could you do a drugstor summer essentials? >< Lovely post btw <3

  2. I've never tried de-slick but I love the original urban decay setting spray!
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

  3. setting sprays are just a must in summer. i use the all nighter and i just love it.

  4. I'm definitely changing up my base for summer. I'm still looking for a facial sunscreen.. I'm think more budget like Nivea or are they sticky?

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

  5. great picks x

  6. I love the Benefit Dream Screen. I like the fact that it is so lightweight and you really don't know you're wearing it, but have the protection you need. Definitely a new favourite!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  7. The Clarins bronzer is so pretty! wonder when they'll launch it here!


  8. love the bronzer

  9. Been eyeing up the veils from Illamasqua - mainly because I love the jelly consistency. Now they've brought out a matte one for us oily gals I have to give it a go!

    ExploringWardrobes // bloglovin

  10. I have yet to try a setting spray, I think it's time!

  11. I've been thinking about trying one of Urban Decay's setting sprays for a while now, but don't know whether to for De-Slick or All Nighter - I like the idea of using them in place of a powder though! x

  12. UD's setting spray looks very very interesting!

  13. Really interested in the Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer! great post Lily :D x

  14. Love a good light base in the summer!

  15. I love the sound of all these products, I have a SPF 50+ face cream which has been fab for my skin. The make-up setter sounds perfect for oily skin
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  16. omg i tried all of the products and i have to say your tottally right their banging

  17. I really need to get a good SPF, I might try the benefit one

  18. I've been wanting to try out the Urban Decay Deslick for forever now but they don't sell it in Australia :( Do you know of any likely dupes?

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog


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