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My must-have Spring/Summer products

Spring/Summer products

I was going to call this post five things you should buy this month, but then I thought that was a bit silly because I rarely buy five products a month myself! More like er, seven (joke).

Seriously though, I only buy one or two new products every month and even that has slowed down a bit now as we start to move into the sweaty Dubai summer. When I’m not buying however, I’m organising and right now it’s all about getting my spring/summer makeup routine down. Here’s what has made the cut:

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Sunset Orange Oh lord, this is amazing. I think (prepare yourselves) that this has replaced Nars Red Square in my affections… I know. The formula is just so creamy and amazing and it lasts quite a bit longer than Nars and the colour is just summer all over (full review and swatch here).

Lancome de Corail blush I go through phases of being obsessed with coral blush and this is one of those phases. This is the perfect shade (think sun-kissed/glowing) and I really love the smooth matte finish it provides. #winning

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink Another blush but in cream format. You know when you’re really tanned and you want a natural rosy flush on the cheeks that’s not flat or too dewy and lasts ages? This is it. I shall be taking this everywhere. It’s a total ‘handbag adventures’ kind of product.

Chanel Chance This is a recent discovery (I know, where on earth have I been?) and in typical Simone fashion, I like it so much that I’m wearing it all day every day. It feels like a real grown up fragrance, and the delicate mix of citrus, woody and sweet notes make it just glorious to wear and the perfect weight for summer.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder I’ve mentioned this numerous times on the blog recently but I’m going to harp on about it again now as this will no doubt be my saviour in the coming months. It’s light enough to set beautifully over liquid foundation, reduce shine and to add a little bit of extra coverage but it’s heavy enough to be worn entirely on it’s own too. The feather light formula means that’s it barely a whisper on the skin but it’s unbelievably effective. Honestly, I don’t know how I have done without this for so long. A holy grail product if there ever was one!

And there we are. A long rambling post about the products I think everyone should have in their makeup arsenal over the coming months. What are your spring/summer makeup favourites? Let me know if I’m missing out on something! 🙂


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  • Reply Stacey

    So I bought Sunset Orange and the LM mineral powder this week-you and Laura are dangerous for my bank balance!!

    April 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Haha! You’re nearly as bad for ours with your epic hauls!

      April 9, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Abby

    The blush looks so pretty and subtle <3

    xoxo One Stiletto At a Time fashion and beauty blog

    April 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth

    What a lovely little post! I really like the look of that Lancome blush! I already have the Max Factor one and the way you described it is absolutely spot on! It gives such a lovely finish, a great little budget buy!

    Oh and I’ve literally just finished my Chanel Chance, it’s a beautiful perfume!

    Lis x

    April 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply Patricia

    I ended up buying that foundation too, because of Laura 😉 and now that I see it here I’m pretty sure I made the right purchase 🙂 what shade do you use? I feel like we have super similar colouring.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:45 am
    • Reply Simone

      Hi P! I used ‘Natural Beige’ – it’s not too pale and adds a teeny hint of warmth to the skin.

      April 9, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Ceirah

    Hi, Where can you get Laura Mercier in Dubai? I have just finished my Bare Minerals pot and need a new one so will give this a go!
    Thanks 🙂

    April 9, 2014 at 9:01 am
    • Reply Simone

      Hi Ceirah, you can get it in Bloomingdales in The Dubai Mall. They have a good sized counter there 🙂

      April 9, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply LoNiCho

    Nice picks but jeebus BB has replaced Nars Red Square What? it must be good.
    MF Soft Pink blush is so pretty and really long lasting.

    Chanel Chance is nice but there is a version called chance eau fraîche it’s has a really fresh citrus-sy scent which is really nice in the spring/summer. It smells like lemon and sort of woody and it is fresh, clean and light.
    Definitely worth a sniff next time.

    April 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I thought I was bad with getting beauty products I agree chanel chance is a very grown up but stunning perfume it’s so classy I like the green and pink one of it to

    April 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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