Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bare Necessities

It's summer. It's hot out. I've been wearing minimal product during the day (to work, to run errands, etc.) while at the same time still trying to look composed. Here's a quick round up of the things I am wearing non-stop lately:

with flash

1. Dior Nude Tan BB Creme in shade #1

This is nice for me to wear by itself if I have just freshly fake tanned. Other than that it's a bit too warm to match my skin tone. The coverage is light and the finish is satin. It blends in easily and is a nice summer base if your skin is OK and leaning towards the oily/combination side. I mainly bought it to mix in with some of my lighter-coloured foundations. I am enjoying it but probably wouldn't repurchase since it's not exactly my natural tan shade and the SPF isn't as high as I'd like (15). If you're into very warm/golden tones for your base, though, this might be a winner :)

natural light
2. Chanel Les Beiges Powder in shade #40

While the Dior Nude Tan BB Creme fell short in terms of colour, this powder is the perfect complexion enhancer and gives me that all over beautiful tanned glow even if I'm not tanned. The premise of this powder is just that - to add a subtle sun-kissed glow to the skin, which is why at the Chanel counter in the Paris airport (where I bought this product) I had a brief argument with the Sales Associate when I was heading for shade #20 and he insisted I was #40. Well, I am sold, Mr. Chanel. The powder in #40 is just enough to liven my complexion and it will be one of those products I will always have on hand. This is available at counters throughout most of the world but in the U.S. it won't be released until August.

3. Lancome Gloss in Love #146

Last summer was all about the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in Creamsicle, this summer it's all about the Lancome Gloss in Love in #146 Peach Show. Not sticky, goes on smoothly on the lips and gives just a hint of a nude peach colour. What's not to love?

That's my summer base sorted. What have you been wearing?




  1. Gorgeous. I've been loving the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation. Great for combo/oily skin. x


    1. that is such a nice one too!! the shade i have is too dark for me at the moment. *sigh*

  2. You look stunning! I'm loving that lip color :)


  3. you look so pretty with minimal makeup!
    love your lip gloss, and i know it's a nude look but somehow your eyes look so pretty here :)

    rachel x

  4. Looks fresh & natural! Pretty sums up my makeup look too, hate wearing layers in the Summer especially in this Ontario heat .

  5. trying to skip the makeup part..BTW the highlight of the hair is really hot on you!! xoxo

  6. I've really been enjoying minimal makeup as well ... Feels so good on the skin. x

  7. Your makeup looks soo pretty and fresh , I love the dior bb cream on you but unfortunately I'm to oily for it :(

  8. Very pretty and natural =] You are gorgeous by the way xx


  9. Sandra you and those cheek bones look incredible! This is what I'd call the perfect summer look, so simple yet fresh. I love it! X


  10. Very natural!


  11. Gorgeous! I love looks like this! My recent grab has been NARS Laguna Bronzer....everyday...and for touch ups.
    xo Lillian / parisiantobe.com

  12. i've heard so many good things about the Dior BB Creme .. it's definitely on my wish list right now. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and the Makeup Forever HD Blush have been my staples here in Australia xx

    Your Daily Break

  13. You look amazing - totally fresh! I hate looking like I've a face full of makeup, so this look is right up my street :)

    Sara at Belfast Beauty Love

  14. You are just beautiful! I love the gloss you are wearing, think that may be my next summer purchase!


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  17. I've just been wearing my CG Outlast Foundation mixed with the L'oreal True Match Lumi. I throw on a lipstick so I don't look so dead and that's about it :)


  18. What a lovely, nude, wearable summer look! I really want to try Les Beiges de Chanel :)



  19. I love the look - you're truly a natural beauty. I'm really learning to use less products and perfect the no makeup-makeup look. I've just recently started following blogs and wanted to choose things that inspire me and this is just so inspirational to me - your blog is amazing :)


  20. Your complexion is absolutely stunning! Lovely photos x

  21. Your skin looks fabulous! I've been using the Nivea hydration primer and skipping foundation completely - it's so liberating isn't it?

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  22. You look gorgeous! the look is super simple and natural but it looks put together I love it!

    Nice blog!

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