Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Summer Skincare Edit

Summer skincare edit displaySummer is here!  And then it's not.  But then it's here again!  Nevertheless, I've put together a handful of my favourite skincare products to enter the new season with, a couple of longterm faves and a few new introductions that have got me jumping for joy.  So if, like me, you're on a mission to attain silky-smooth skin this summer, this skincare edit is for you.  Oh and to further prove that summer is at least here for now, I unintentionally tanned my back taking these photos - damn, what a day to wear a cross-back top...
pretty purple flower photographyHang on a minute, isn't that Champneys' old packaging?  Uh, yeah.  I purchased this Skin Comforting Body Butter in bulk at the end of last year and only just discovered this final tub waiting patiently at the back of my cabinet this week.  Sure, I may have professed my love for the brand's new packaging, but it's what's inside that counts after all!  I'm not always a megafan of Champneys' products, however when it comes to their ultra-moisturising body butters, it's a case of 'different product, same story'.  Always impressive.
Body Butters for smoother skin
Champneys old packaging for body butter
I stopped sunbathing a few years ago in favour of protecting the longterm health of my skin.  However, I don't avoid the sun at all costs - hence why I'm showcasing a pretty fancy X on my back right now.  With tan lines in mind, I have to get a little creative during the first month of the new season by using Kissed by Mii gradual tanning products.  Instant tans have never been my thing, whereas gradual tans seem far more appealing to remove just a little of the preliminary 'shocking white' so that tan lines aren't quite so severe.  It's either that or blinding passers-by with the sheer white, brightness of my shins.

The Kissed by Mii Get Your Glow On c/o set has been a brilliant all-in-one kit for exfoliating, boosting and moisturising.  The size of the kit is ideal, as I don't intend on using the gradual tanner for much longer than a month or so - that seems about long enough to obsess over the gorgeous fresh marine scent!  However, if you've already fallen in love with a gradual tanning product and are now just on the lookout for something to up your game, try Kissed by Mii Seriously Smoothing Exfoliating Wipes c/o.  So impressed.  I'll definitely be picking up another pack of these ready for my return to the South of France next month.  Gradual tan, instant tan, natural tan, no tan - these exfoliating wipes are perfect for tucking into your suitcase, ready to create a 'smooth canvas'.
Gradual tanning products from Kissed by Mii

Exfoliating wipes before tanning
Can you believe I used not to have a skincare regime in place?  In fact, this was still the case at the beginning of last year! It was last spring when I finally pulled my head out of the sand and looked in the direction of Clarins for help.  Fast forward to the present day and since first trying Clarins HydraQuench Lotion, I'm still a huge fan.  And I mean a huge fan.  It's ideal for combination skin and helps protect skin from UV damage with SPF 15.  I don't love how quickly I'm getting through it right now, but I love everything else about it.  It's pretty much an all-dancing, all-singing moisturiser: it's a beautifully light texture, helps soften dry patches (particularly down the sides of the nose, I've found) and helps banish shine, which is ideal for the summertime.
SPF 15 moisturiser by Clarins
At Breakfast with Lancôme last week, I tried the Énergie De Vie Liquid Moisturiser on the back of my hand and was genuinely shocked to find how smooth my skin felt afterwards. To my delight, I was sent into the (not so delightful) rain with the Énergie De Vie Sleeping Mask c/o in hand, a product I've heard only good things about since its recent release.  Having now tried it for myself, I can confirm the hype is justified.  I love, love, love it!  A very small amount is needed upon overnight application, though it can also be applied generously if used as a 10-minute face mask.  The sleeping mask absolutely lives up to its claims of being radiating and hydrating, though more than anything I just love how smooth my skin feels right now.
Lancome new range energie de vie

Sleeping masks by Lancome
sleeping mask energie de vie by lancomeSo there we have it, those are a handful of my current 'skin lusts' for the new season.  Though needless to say, the hunt for silky-smooth skin from head-to-toe is a never-ending one, so let me know which skincare products you're loving right now!

With love,

Gabrielle x
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  1. I'm not a sun worshiper either. At the beach I am under the umbrella. Great skin care routine!

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  2. i actually don't enjoy tanning either. my friends are always like 'omg let's go tan!' but i just want to stay away from that as much as possible because 1) skin cancer and 2) i tan too easily anyway so if i do an intense tanning session in one day, i'll become too dark for my liking. a little bronzed is perfect, but i hate bathing in the sun. would look into these products. gotta protect my skin!

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  3. I actually had that same Champney's body butter last year and I loved it but somehow I never got around to purchasing another one so I didn't even realize that they have new packaging. Thanks for the reminder to pick some up. I'm with you on avoiding sunbathing cause it's terrible for your skin. I even go as far as to tote an umbrella when it's super sunny but I'm certainly not against a nice fake tan. That Kissed by Mii set looks fab!

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  4. I used to sunbath all the time with my friend and without any sunscreen! It never crossed my mind how dangerous it was but I like being super tan. I'm smarter these days and I also rarely leave the house except for school and little tyke activities. The exciting life of a stay at home mum.

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  5. Hi Gabrielle... I am a huge fan of the ROC skincare system and L'Oreals Youth Code Serum. I've never used the Kissed line of products but do appreciate you reviewing them for us. Beautiful write up hun.

    All the best
    KaSonndra
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  6. I just started using Clarins in my routine and excited/hopeful my skin will improve! I haven't seen that Lancome mask and you got my curious! I haven't tried Lancome skincare in depth and feel like I should venture around there some time!

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  7. Hi Gabrielle, I must admit, I don't have a strict skincare regime. It actually consists of any drugstore cleanser and coco butter.Maybe it's time to change my ways!

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  8. The Lancome mask looks a lot like the Bouncy Sleeping Mask from The Body Shop.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. Clarins products are really really good! I've tried some products and I love the eye makeup remover! Simply amazing :) have a lovely day xx

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  10. I kinda miss the weather in Manchester actually, though I hated it when I was there. I love using a body butter, however, the weather in Bangkok would kill me because it is too hot so it might turn the creme into a liquid!


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  11. The moisturizer sounds amazing! I don't have a strict skincare regime as of now but I think it's time I start stepping towards that direction.

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  12. These products sound great! I definitely need to revamp my skincare for the summer.

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  13. The products seems to be pretty good, I would love to give them a try!
    Have an amazing day,
    Madalena

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  14. I used to sunbath all the time and all I cared about was having a nice tan, however I haven't had a chance to get tan and now I am white as cheese :) Whenever I stay outside without protection, I end up having unexpected tan :) Sleeping mask sounds good, anything helps the skin as I sleep is my bestie ha ha :) xx

    Ela BellaWorld

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  15. thanks for sharing these :) Its usually mostly hot from where I live so my regimen is mostly suited for tropical climates.

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  16. Lotion and moisturizer in the summertime is really important-I like to use Olay with SPF -but I am always on the hunt for good night cream-thanks girlie!
    xo
    Katelyn
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  17. It's so important to take care of your skin, especially in the summer when the sun is beating down! And the way you started your post is exactly how I feel about the weather over here too... And I can relate to already having some strange tan lines, but mine are on my feet from strappy sandals! We'll get through this season together. :)

    Via Sora

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  18. I use that Lancome cream, it's amazing!

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  19. Life goal: silky smooth skin! I've never tried anything from Clarins so that might have to be my goal for this summer! :)

    Ellen x
    http://thatsellen.blogspot.com

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  20. Love the sound of that Lancome Sleeping Mask and the Champney's Body Butter is just what my skin is needing at the moment, to get it soft and glowing!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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  21. I'm trying to upgrade my skincare routine right now. In the past I only relied on a cleanser and moisturiser. I really like the sound of the Lancome sleeping mask.

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  22. I used Hydra Quench Lotion for a while but my skin had a bad breakout because of it so I had to trash it :( That Champneys body butter looks sooo rich! *-*
    xoxo
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  23. Your summer skincare is luscious babe. Great choices! Don't forget sun protection beauty! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

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  24. WOW! Thank you for this! Definitely a must try skin care product.

    xx,
    Jule Avenue
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  25. Thanks for sharing your favorites! The packaging of those Kissed products looks really great, makes me want to try them :)

    Bella Pummarola

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  26. These are so classy. I'm always on the hunt for a good skincare regimen-- especially in the summer when I like to go bare faced in the sun :) thanks for sharing xX

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  27. These products look and sound great! The body butter looks divine. I used to sunbathing all the time a few years ago as well but the last 3-4 years, I have stopped and taking better care of my skin. Great skincare regime. Thanks for sharing! x

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  28. aaahh all the spf is needed, definitely!!
    love the vibrant color packaging! :D

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

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  29. Definitely my kinda stuff! My pick goes to Lancome, dear! xoxo

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  30. Lovely products! The hydra quench lotion sounds so refreshing. It seems like the perfect product for summer x

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  31. so many lovely products I need to try :)
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  32. Ottimi consigli...per me la crema estiva deve proteggere e idratare ma nn ingrassare la pelle!!
    Lalu
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  33. Yes, Gabrielle, I know how much you love Clarins. I used to, but not now due to reasons I think I mentioned before on one of your blog posts. I seriously hope that Clarins will change my mind in the future with some tweaks in their ingredients though as I really do love how their product feel on my skin..

    Well, we never really have tanning issues here, or at least not for me, as we are under the sun practically all year round and I am already tanned to begin with, so we don't really go all out and tan ourselves or use any products like Kissed by Mii here (which I have not heard of till now). But their packaging seems lovely and sounds good for you, to have a gradual tan instead of a "shocking" one, right?

    Now, I was just gifted a bottle of the Lancome liquid care but have not dwell into using it just yet, though first impression during the media launch here was that it is quite a runny one, a very lightweight moisturiser and feels lovely on the skin. As for the sleeping mask, I didn't really get to sample that proper.

    My favourite sleeping mask as of now, since few months back is the super gorgeous and luxurious one by L'Occitane. It really does what Lancome here is doing for you. Still so much in love with that. Perhaps will check this Lancome one out once I am almost done with mine.

    Nice selection here. Summer already there?? Time really does fly when you are having a good time, right? haha

    Hope you are enjoying your "now you see it, now you don't" kind of summer *_^ It's looking really bright there though, at least when you took these pictures, I must say, Gabrielle.

    With love,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ
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  34. The Lancome sleeping mask sounds great, my skin is quite parched so I'd definitely give it a go

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  35. The Clarins SPF lotion seems so lovely! Agh, and love all the others products you featured, definitely prepared for summer! Xx

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  36. I love Clarins products but I haven't tried this one yet - need to try it!


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  37. You have featured some of my favourite brands here, I'm a frequent Clarins user, and love their products so much. I will have to check out the body butter by Champneys since they have lovely products. I think a lot of people have the misconception that only certain people need sunscreen, but everyone really need to protect their skin with sunscreen. Have a great weekend. xx/Madison
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  38. Looks like great products.I would love to try Clarins :)

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  39. I'm so out of the loop when it comes to skincare. I'll have to check out your recommendations but I definitely can relate to the weather lately. Is it summer? Is it still spring? Have we skipped to fall? haha. Until the summer settles in who knows?

    -M

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  40. The Lancome Energie De Vie line sounds really good, everyone is loving it!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - loveofMode.com

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  41. Oh need something fresh on summer season. Dermedic searies are now my rituals.

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  42. I need a light moisturizer with a light SPF for every day wear and think that Clarins one would be absolutely perfect! I have very much been wanting to try the Lancome sleep mask, I'm glad to hear it is as good as people say!

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  43. I'm obsessed with body butters because they are so rich and hydrating for my skin. So the one in your beauty edit caught my eye.
    LaToya
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  44. The Lancome mask sounds like actual perfection! I'm glad it's living up to all the hype, it's always super disappointing when you have so much hope for a product and it falls way short.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

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  45. I'm sure the X on your back looks lovely. This is really interesting! You've got me thinking about my own skincare now.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  46. I love a skincare post - I think it is so important and you have hit the nail on the head! Lovely products, they look so nice, I wouldn't want to open them!

    Charlotte x

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  47. I'm so curious about this Lancome night mask, I think I will give it a try sometime soon. Happy weekend .
    Nina
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  48. Oooh all these products are lovely - got to love a bit of Champney's too! Great products and so luxurious yet hydrating on the skin which is what you need with the warmer summer months!! :)

    Hope you're well hun, have a lovely weekend!!

    Layla xx

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  49. Interesting products, they all sound amazing :)

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  50. Omg okay, hold up. I am completely with you on the super white skin thing, and I'd prefer to not blind people when the sun hits my chalk-white legs, so I definitely agree with you on the gradual tan thing. And oh, Champneys, I haven't used one of their products in a while, but hey it's always fun finding cool products hiding at the back of cabinets!

    Amy;
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  51. the product look so great !!


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  52. great summer care skin tips dear! It is important to take good care of our skin. During the Summer we expose a lot of our skin, so keeping it in a good state by applying body cream/butter and proper sun screen products not only boosts our confidence but also protects it.

    Lovely photos as well...I can't believe Summer is finally here.

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  53. These all seem super great! I need to try some of these out :)

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  54. Ohhh, this post is packed with amazing products, sweetie. You sold Hydra-Quench Lotion for me! I will make sure to pop into Clarins next time I am out and about doing some shopping.
    As much as I love it when my skin is sun-kissed and has that lovely glow, I am quite careful with the amount of UV rays my skin is exposed to. I do tan super quickly and easily (just that kind of the skin type) while my hubby burns and turns into a tomato, poor thing. We both love the beach but definitely know when to be in the shade. So important!
    xox Nadia
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  55. Ditto with tanning and these products look perfect! Summer is definitely the time I step my skincare routine up because it can be so damaging to your skin. Thanks for sharing these items with us!

    michenn

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  56. Great post! Will definitely check some of these out when I get the chance. :)

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  57. So many lovely products! I think I might try that Clarins moisturiser when my current moisturiser runs out! Hopefully it works well with my skin :) xx

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  58. I do love Champneys products. I've been to their spa too. its pure bliss!

    Love LC

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  59. Great post! Looks like amazing products. Same here no fan of tanning either.

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  60. Love all these high quality skincare products!

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