Saturday, May 17, 2014

#Ablogadayforthewholeofmay Day 17 - Shelley on Getting spring and summer ready.

Hi everyone, I’m Shelley and I blog over at The Shelley Diaries ( Cole has let me do a gust post for her today.  As the weather has been pretty good of late and the shops are bursting with all of the new fashion and beauty releases, I thought I would share my top ten tips for getting spring and summer ready! Who knows you might even save yourself a bit of money!

1 - Spring Clean and Clear Out
A spring clean isn’t just something that bored housewives do, it is a great opportunity to get organised and the perfect time for a fresh start. By spring my wardrobe is looking a little cluttered so I love to have a massive clear out. It sounds easier said than down, but if you are strict and follow a couple of rules you could make yourself some cash. You need to ask yourself whether the item fits, whether it is still you and when you last wore it. If you haven’t worn it in forever, you should probably get rid of it! The same goes for make-up and home ware.
Set up and eBay or a Depop account and get selling!

2 - Bring Spring Inside
Nothing will make you feel happier and fresher than bringing spring indoors. It can be simple as throwing open the window in the morning to bring in the fresh air or buying a bunch of flowers to spruce the place up. My favourite thing to do is to burn a summery candle. Wilkinson’s do a good but purse friendly range and for those that like a scent that isn’t too strong opt for a Primark candle; they do a gorgeous Vanilla and Sweet coconut one that smells just like summer!

3 - Shop Your Make Up stash
It is so easy to get a little over excited with all the new beauty launches and the Boots 3 for 2’s. But do you really need them? The answer is probably not, as 9 times out of 10 you will own something pretty similar and you really don’t need 5 lipsticks the same shade!
The trick to this is to find a few items of make up in your drawer and move them to the top of the pile, vowing to use them. For inspiration hit up Tumblr or your favourite blogs.

4 - Summer Proof your make up
This may sound a little odd but come the super hot days (fingers crossed) you will want your make up to stay put.
-       If you’re an oily combo girl like me, invest in a good primer for the face and the eyes. I use a Kiko Primer (there’s one for everyone) and Rimmel Exaggerate Eye primer.
-      To set your make up a powder is a must have, and it is easy to slip into your handbag. I love Rimmel Clear Complexion Translucent powder.
-      Waterproof that mascara and stop it running! Barry M’s Lash Vegas waterproof is amazing!

5 - Switch up those bases
When the warmer weather arrives, the last thing you want your face caked in, is a thick, full coverage foundation that will probably slip down your face by the end of the day. The easiest switch to do is to swap a foundation for a CC cream. My personal favourite and a must have for us super pale girls is Max Factors CC Cream. If you need a little more coverage (we all have those days!) opt for a dewy foundation that gives you a little glow. The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation is perfect for this and shade 010 is a perfect match for us ghostly gals!

6- Switch up those Dark and Vampy lipsticks for toned down or neutral shade
In the winter I am a vampy lip girl, there is nothing I love more than a good deep red or purple lip. I do still wear them occasionally in the spring and summer (rebel alert!) but lately I’ve been leaning towards a toned down version and nude lips.
-      If you’re a red lips girl, I’d recommend the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet for SS14 as it is a gorgeous toned down shade that is super moisturising.
-      If you’re a purple girl switch up to Bourjois Colour Boost in Plum Russian, this is a gorgeous plummy colour that is super moisturising and gives a nice sheen to the lips.
-      Finally for those perfect nudes, I love the Seventeen Nude Lip Crayon and Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 08.
If you’re a gloss kind of girl, I’ve heard wonderful things about Tanya Burr’s line. Let’s face it; it is probably the launch of the season!

7- Invest in an SPF, or sun cream to you or me.
This goes without saying really, especially if you’re super pale. Make sure your moisturiser and foundations for the summer contain an SPF too, you’ll thank yourself when you’re older!

8 - Get your body summer ready - scrub and moisturise, fake tan too if that’s your cup of tea!
As it’s time to take off a few layers the rest of your body will need a spruce up and de-fuzz. I am in love with Sop & Glory’s ‘the scrub of your life.’ I use it before shaving and it makes such a difference, I can go twice as long without shaving than not using it!
Moisturise away that horrible dry winter skin. I love anything by Soap & Glory, their Hand Cream and Heel Genius are must haves too!

9 - Peel off those layers and show off those super cool tees you’ve been hiding under jumpers
After months of hiding under jumpers it’s time to break out your summer wardrobe, just don’t hide the jumpers yet, this is England!

10 - Have fun
The summertime is all about having fun, whether it is in life, fashion or beauty, it’s time for you to be who you want to be and wear what you want. Get out there and enjoy yourself!


1 comment:

  1. Using a scrub before shaving? I'll have to try that as I usually use it after shaving! Will be giving this a go and seeing the difference!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland


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