30 April 2015

Spring/Summer Base Products For Every Budget

I've been using the BB cream a lot recently.  Actually as the weather gets warmer I tend to wear less foundation on a daily basis.  I'll still wear it for special occasions but on a daily basis definitely not.  I feel that especially in the summer, wearing heavy makeup makes me feel tired - I don't know if this is psychological, but it definitely does!  So what do I like to wear to keep my face looking quite flawless and glowy without wearing a foundation?

Spring/Summer Base Products For Every Budget ft By Terry, Clarins, Kiko - Aspiring Londoner

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum (£60)

I bought this as a birthday present to myself last summer, and boy do I love it!  I wore it pretty much all last summer on it own as a base and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for some scars and that was it!  This serum has skincare properties and hydrates the skin.  It really evens out my skin tone;  I have some redness on my cheeks and some hyperpigmentation, and this just evens everything out and gives an amazing 'lit from within' glow.  It's not shimmery or glittery, but gives a natural healthy glow.   It doesn't give any coverage for acne scars or anything, you'd need to use your concealer.  Bear in mind, By Terry CC Lumi Serum has no SPF, so you'd need a separate SPF if you're opting for just this as your base.

You can use it with your foundation too, for a glowy finish.  I saw Amelia Liana mentioned that The Body Shop Illuminator is a dupe of this, and I disagree completely!  It's so SO much better!  I highly recommend you give this a try when you're at a Space NK next  I have the shade Sunny Flash which has a more golden glow, there are three other shades to choose from depending on your skin tone.  

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base (£26.50)

I thought this'd be a another BB cream type product, but it's actually much better.  The Clarins Radiance Boosting Base is incredibly light inconsistency similar to the By Terry CC Lumi Serum, but with a touch more coverage.  It's not as glowy as the By Terry base but if you're after something that's quite natural and gives you a little more coverage.  This is effortless to use and amazing for travelling.  The packaging is my favourite of the three, as it comes in a tube with a pump - packaging doesn't get better than that!  I have the shade Peach which works well with my skin tone and give me the light, natural base that I want.  It has two other shades to cater for lighter skin tones.  Another one that doesn't have SPF.  You can always pair this with the Clarins UV Plus.

Kiko Cosmetics Modern Tribes Sunproof BB Cream SPF30 (£8.90)

I've spoken about this in my Kiko Modern Tribes Collection review, but I still wanted to mention it as I've been wearing it quite a bit recently.  Main reason behind that, is that it gives the most coverage out of the three, is thicker in consistency (i.e. feels more moisturising) and has SPF 30.  So when I'm running to the gym or just out running errands, this is what I reach for.  The thicker consistency does pose a little oil problem with my oily/combination skin, so I do have to use powder with this.   The Kiko Modern Tribes BB cream has the most affordable price tag and probably will please more people due to its multitasking actions.  This comes in four shades, and I'm using the shade Medium, which is a touch warmer than my skin tone.

Do you change base products in the warmer months?  If so, what're your favourite products?  If not, why?  Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes.

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