Since the weather is slowly changing, it was about time I switched up my everyday make up routine as well. Have a look at my Spring beauty edit featuring some of the mostly new makeup additions I have been using a lot lately.
We start the routine off with some pampering of the FACE. The sun rays are getting more aggressive as we’re approaching summer, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to wear sunscreen or at least something with a little SPF in it. My favorite sunscreen for the face is still the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense with SPF 50 (review here) due to its incredible protective abilities and lightweight formula. During Spring, I prefer a healthy, dewy skin, so I avoid to pack it up with foundation and go for something a little lighter instead like L’Oréal Nude Magique Eau De Teint (review here) or my first CC cream: the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, which has colour-correcting abilities. I got the Bourjois CC Eye cream as well brighten up the area under my eyes. To give the rest of the face a little more luminous look, I highlight the cheekbones, nose bridge and temples with the help of the Bourjois Poudre de Riz Java, an incredibly fine mild loose illuminating face powder that comes in cute vintage-looking packaging.
During Springtime I don’t have much color on my face just yet, so here’s where a little blush to the CHEEKS comes in order. Bourjois baked blush in 54 Rose Frisson is one of my latest purchases and dammit, it’s so pretty! Try going to the drugstore and not fall in love with this perfect frosty pink colour, I dare you. This is a must-have for lighter skin tones. I got the Gosh blush in Melon* sent as a gift and since it looked rather orange toned, I didn’t think this would suit me at all. I’m glad I tried it anyway because this peachy colour does a great job at warming up my skin tone (when applied lightly). I went to get Gosh Flower Power afterwards since this had been on my wish list for a while, but it was always sold out everywhere. I’m glad I was able to pick this up as it gives my skin a nice healthy pop to the cheek. Lastly there’s The Balm Frat Boy blush*, which has been my favorite new discovery from the day I got it. The Balm is a little on the pricey side for a drugstore brand, but if there’s anything you should get from them, it has to be this blush. Be careful just to dab your brush in slightly (no swiping) to get the right amount of product because it has great colour pay-off.
When it comes to EYES, I have to admit I haven’t been wearing a lot of eyeshadow lately. And when I do, ‘keeping it light’ is my motto. Spring imo just screams for pastels and I wanted to try them on my lids for a change. My partner in crime is the pretty Essence All About Candies eyeshadow palette, which gives you a good mix of pastel shades for very little money (=WIN). A more expensive alternative is one of Givenchy‘s latest product releases, the Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Illusion, that managed to surprise me in a very good way. I don’t have the best eyelids for these kinds of products (crease alert), but this one surprisingly managed to hold on quite good. It’s a cream eyeshadow that dries up rather powdery (as seen here) and the pastel rose colour is a perfect match for the Spring vibe I’m going for. If you’re into brightening up the eyes, a product that should not be overlooked is the pretty Made to Stay Inside Eye liner from Catrice. Must-have alert! This budget-friendly eyeliner can brighten up any eye look (from natural to smokey) without looking fake (like it would if you were to use a white liner).
Perhaps my favourite section right now are the LIPS. I just can’t stop buying lip products. Especially with summer coming up, the season where I often wear any makeup except mascara and lip products (to prevent my lips from chapping).
One of my favorite releases of the year are these L’Oréal Color Riche l’Extraordinaire lipstick/gloss hybrids. I’m not sure what to call them, but I find them fantastic. The shade range is pretty (from nudes to brights and dark colours), but too damn limited. Such a shame, because the looks and feels of this product I just can’t get enough of. They’re more opaque than a lip gloss, yet more sheer than a lipstick and they manage to keep my lips hydrated thanks to the oils they contain. I got the shades Nude Vibrato and Rose Melody, but I couldn’t help myself to go back and get some more (swatches and full-on review coming soon).
Pastels on my NAILS during Spring, that’s pretty much a given, perhaps almost tradition. The nail polishes I’ve been wearing all the time are these sand nail polishes: the Barry M Textured Nail Effect Nail Paint in 316 Kingsland Road, 319 Ridley Road and 321 Atlantic Road. Barry M recently released similar colours in their Gelly Shine range, which are worth a try if you’re not that into the sand texture thing.
Of course we can’t forget to add some Spring FRAGRANCES as well. Philosophy’s Pure Grace perfume is my ultimate go-to when it comes to the fresh scents I associate with Spring (review here). The soap water clean scent is just perfect! And lastly, I like to add some Spring to my home as well with the help of this mini scented candle I picked up during a trip to our local garden center from the Bridgewater Candle Company, aptly called ‘Spring Dress‘. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the ‘fresh field of flowers’ -scent was too good to resist.
So that was it! What do you think? Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about a certain product, swatches, looks etc..