The Simple Bronzed Face

14 June 2013


As it's getting slightly (and I say slightly in the lightest form) more like Summer, my make-up collection seems to have a switch around. I revisit items I haven't seen in a few months and gasp in wonder at how good I forgot they were, which is one of my favourite things about make-up - shopping your stash can be so much fun. 

I have a mixture of fair/olive skin that tans easily and bronzes up quickly in the sun, so my foundation shades can vary in the Summer months, as can bronzers. As the sun has been gracing us with its presence a few times recently, I've been editing my skincare routine slightly. After the usual skin cleansing, toning schabang, I've been reaching for the St Tropez Everyday Moisturiser For Face in the shade Medium Dark. I only have to use a little amount of this and my skin gets a natural sunkissed radiance which I find a staple as a base for my Summer face products. It's an every day gradual tan moisturiser so it keeps your face feeling supple and hydrated, as well as giving a gorgeous glow. St Tropez is one of my all time fav tanning brands - from the scent to the application, it suits me well and I find it really affordable, and this little 60ml bottle keeps me going for yonks! Instead of foundation, I've been reaching for BB creams or tinted moisturisers - I hate feeling suffocated by face products and they're just a lot lighter on the skin, keeping all the goodness of foundation. In the last few weeks, I've been returning to my fav Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser from Laura Mercier in the shade Warm Radiance. I absolutely adore this formula - the illuminating version is different from other Laura Mercier tinted moisturisers. It has a real glow about it, highlights your face and gives you decent coverage, as well as SPF 20. For me, this is a real winner after a day in the sun. It gives you the 'just been on holiday' feel and it's a complete fav of mine. If you hate too much glow, then the normal tinted moisturisers from LM will probably work better for you, but I'm all about the glow ;) After this, a sweep of bronzer is all I want on my cheeks. I adore the Pure Finish Bronze Powder from Elizabeth Arden, partly because of it's gorgeous rose gold packaging for aesthetics, but because it gives you the perfect shade of bronze - not to brown and not at all orange. Again, if you like matte bronzers, this isn't one for you as it does have slight shimmer in it, but I find this works so well with the LM Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser. 

That's the face done - simple. Then all you need is to add eye make-up and lip product of choice and you're ready to roll. I just hope Summer makes a longer appearance so I can wear this easy combo for longer!!

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  1. Ooh I didn't realise that St Tropez did a moisturising gradual tanner, this sounds amazing! I always find my chest downwards tans really well in Summer, but my face and neck stay stubbornly white so something like this would be great to match the rest of me! xx

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  2. Oh wow that bronzer looks gorgeous... the compact is stunning!!! xx

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  3. Loving your blog!

  4. So true...ditch the foundation for a good bb cream. Im all about the original garnier bb cream, love it! Xxx

  5. Just come across your blog :)

    I am loving it!
    Hope you can check mine out too?



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