You may know by now that I'm a "late adopter" - too lazy/disorganised/suspicious to eagerly hop on any bandwagon and believe me, in the world of beauty there are a lot of bandwagons. Instead I like to take my time, try things out over a period of months, forget about them, then if I rediscover them I know they've really made a good impression.
After de-cluttering my make-up box of all its past-it products, I unearthed a few which definitely warranted a repeat try and they're all perfect for the scarily sunny weather we're experiencing right now.
First up is an eyeshadow palette from Stila. Let me tell you now, Stila make the BEST eyeshadows in the world, bar none. Whenever a friend asks for an eyeshadow as a birthday present, I always buy them Stila. They are beautifully silky, almost fluid and glide onto the skin so easily it's a pleasure to apply them. I always used to wear Kitten - a pale pink with a slight iridescent quality - which looks like you're wearing 'nothing', but a good nothing if you see what I mean.
Stila disappeared from our shores for a while and I would stock up on eyeshadows whenever I went to Sephora in Paris, but I'm delighted it's back and available to buy in Boots, SpaceNK and at Stila.co.uk now.
So the palette I have contains Kitten which I've been using quite happily, but the other morning I decided to go kerrazzy and try one of the other shades! (Am I the only one who uses just one or two shades in an eyeshadow palette leaving the rest untouched? Such a waste.) So I tried Chloe and it's lovely - a soft brown-gold which looks like tanned skin and is incredibly flattering - I would wear it all over my entire body if I could, but it's only a small palette.
When it's hot the last thing I feel like wearing is a heavy, red, matte lipstick - it both looks and feels wrong. So my first rediscovery is Maybelline's Colour Sensational Popstick in Cherry Pop- a sheer balm that feels moisturising while adding just the right amount of colour. It smells ridiculous - like those cherry gummy sweets that you get in pick 'n' mix at the cinema, but I like that, plus the groovy neon pink clear tube it comes in. Fun!
I've also been revisiting this lovely rose-scented pink lipstick by Sisley which gives a bit more coverage than the balm, but still doesn't feel too heavy or overpowering. I adore the packaging - that heavy gold tube with its satisfying click when you close it, the cut-out S on the side, it's all gorgeous. And yes, I'm shallow, but oooh it feels expensive!
Then I've been using my Lancome 'Le Crayon Kohl' pencil in Indigo Paris as a more spring-like alternative to my usual black kohl or liquid liner. I'll be honest with you, this isn't a soft, smudgy pencil - you have to press quite hard to get a proper, intense colour, but the shade of blue is so beautiful I think it's worth the effort.
And finally... I've owned this Mason Pearson brush for years but hardly ever used it because I felt it made my hair go frizzy. Mason Pearsons are supposed to be the world's best brushes and everyone raves about them. Finally, after reading India Knight's ode to hers in the Sunday Times Style (in which she explained that after a few days of use, the frizziness goes away so you really need to persevere), I decided to give mine another try. And I do love it, quite a bit.
There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about brushing your hair like you did when you were a child - the old "100 strokes before bedtime" rule might actually have something to it - it's good for stimulating the scalp and getting rid of dead skin. And I'm slowly starting to get 'normal' hair - soft, wavy-not-frizzy, like I always used to envy on other girls but never thought I'd have myself. I'll try to keep this habit up.
Are you enjoying the sunshine? What are your favourite warm-weather products?