Daffodils are no longer to be found by the bucket load tempting me buy the tills every time I go to Waitrose, which can only mean one thing - summer is on the horizon. With the new season brings a whole new range on make up launches - whoop! Clarins new season launches always excites me and the Aquatic Treasures collection doesn't let me down.
My ultimate favourite from the collection is the Summer Bronzing Compact (£30) which is a massive bronzer made of 4 different matte shades. I swirl by fat bronzing brush over all 4 but you could use a smaller brush and make a bespoke shade. The colour is fab for giving a sun kissed look and being matte you can crack on with now without looking too shimmery and beachy. The massive mirror in the compact is perfect for application of all my makeup on the go to.
I'm also loving the Ombré Iridescente Eye Shadow (£19) in Aquatic Rose which is pink and shimmery enough to be noticed but look subtle and summery at the same time. It is a perfect, 'I can't be bothered to do my eye makeup today' eyeshadow, as you can just sweep it across the lid and leave it at that. Being obsessed with rose-gold I'm the colour of the lid! There is also an Aquatic Grey in the collection, which you could add to line the eyes and add to the sockets for a subtle smoky look.
Also in the makeup collection is Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base (£26) which can be used instead of, under, or mixed with your foundation to give a luminous glow. I definitely need a foundation to get the coverage I like, but when the sun shines I do opt for products with lighter coverage, so I may find myself using it solo in a few months time.
As separate Summer launches from Clarins, the annual After Sun Shimmer Oil (£32) has hit the counter again, the base of hazelnut oil enriched with Vitamin E condition sunned skin and fragranced with mandarin, grapefruit, ylang ylang and tonka bean to make it smell lovely and summery. The give shimmer is really subtle and sophisticated rather than glittery and I will be lashing this on my limbs when I get them out!
The other new summer tan product from Clarins is Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body (£26). This is a body version of the bespoke face tanning product launched last year. This clever tanner is added to your regular body products, so you can still use your regular moisturiser, firming gel or cellulite cream with added tanning benefits. You just add 4-6 drops of the product to every handful of moisturiser and apply as normally build up a golden glow. I've also been using this on my face, so don't think you need the separate face version too, I just use 2 drops for my entire face. As you are only using a tiny amount each application it lasts for ages and makes the £26 price tag more palatable.