Katie Vibes
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The Summer Makeup Refresh

So June is finally upon us and that means that the summer has finally reared its sweaty head. Where has the last six months gone? Who knows. All I know is that it's time to ditch the bold lips (yeah... not really) and whack out the SPF. Since going green with my skincare and incorporating facial oils into my routine, the oiliness of my skin has drastically decreased and I am well and truly embracing the glow. Here's some of the makeup things I'll be using this summer - we're talking warm tones and highlighter. Lots of highlighter.

A super recent purchase is the 100% Pure Tinted Moisturiser in Alpine Rose and so far so good. Alpine Rose is one of the newer shades, pegged as for the fairest of skins. However, the shade is actually very similar to their Creme incarnation but with a definite pink undertone. Luckily, due to the sheerness of the product, my yellow-leaning neutral skin can pull this off but I'll definitely be looking to Creme if I decide to repurchase. I find it moisturising without being too greasy and the SPF 20 (although not certified) is handy too. On particularly warm days I've been pairing this with my old faithful RMS Beauty Un-PowderI don't use this too much in the winter as I tend to stick to powder foundation, but in the summer it's great for keeping the oil at bay. It's expensive, but this has lasted me nearly two years and the pure silica formula leaves your skin super smooth and the perfect level of matte. 

For the cheeks, I've been loving (as always) my favourite Antonym Baked Blush in Peach. I got this in a past #greenbeautyswap and it's possibly my most used blush of all time. The dome shape has significantly flattened and I'm constantly eyeing up the other shades. Unfortunately, these blushes are expensive - especially with customs charges involved - so I'm staying faithful to Peach for now. It's the perfect all-rounder warm shade that goes with everything while imparting a gorgeous glow that steers clear of the glitterball effect. I then amp up that up with the Brija Cosmetics You Know Who Face Highlight, something that will be purchased in the full size very shortly. 

Also from Brija, I've been loving one of the gift-with-purchase shadows, Good Vibes Only (not available - link to similar). In addition to the perfect blog-appropriate name, this shadow is all kinds of unique. It's a beautiful peachy baby pink with stunning blue reflex. It's absolutely gorgeous on the lid and great for adding a little pizazz when it's too hot to wear excessive eye makeup. But when I do want a smokey eye, I'm reaching for my Hynt Beauty SUITE Eye Shadow Palette in Sweet Canyon. This is a great trio with some great colours. You can hear more about it in my full review. Finally, I'm still LOVING the Pacifica Devocean Lipstick in Natural Mystic. This is a great option if you're into those Kylie Jenner shades (think MAC Soar) and it's super great value for money. I'm definitely going to be picking up more lipsticks from Pacifica.

What will you be wearing this summer?

First Impressions: Pacifica Makeup

On a recent trip to Wholefoods with Tammy, Amber and Liz, I finally made the decision to try some of Pacifica's well-established makeup range. I'm a big fan of Pacifica's Island Vanilla scent, but I've never taken the plunge and tried any of their colour cosmetics.

I decided to pick up their Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe and their Devocean Lipstick in Natural Mystic. The eyeliner is a standard neutral brown shade (something I've needed for a while); the colour is nothing special so I didn't bother swatching it. However, its formula is great - it's smooth, just soft enough to smudge, and just long-wearing enough for use on the waterline. I've never actually owned a brown eyeliner and I've really been enjoying this smokey edition to my makeup bag.

The Devocean Lipstick in Natural Mystic is a beautiful brown-pink nude. In the store, I had made a comment that it looked quite similar to Dress You Up by Ilia. However, upon further inspection, it is 100% unique and a great shade for the current winter/spring transition. I have quite pale lips so it does add a lot of colour for me, but for others, this would be a great YLBB shade. It's beautiful on its own but I REALLY like it over Red Apple's Barely Pink lipliner (more on that later). The formula is lovely: super moisturising but matte enough to stay put throughout the day. My only issue is that the scent is quite strong; something that will definitely put some people off. 

I've been super impressed with the Pacifica makeup I've tried so far - what do I need to try next?