Spring Beauty Edit



It may not be warm enough to ditch the super cosy tights just yet, but once evenings get lighter and the daffodils start to make an appearance, it's time to switch up the old beauty routine, wave goodbye to the heavy coverage and berry tones, and welcome some new additions to my make-up bag.

For me, Spring time is all about being fresh faced and glowing... natural make-up and an illuminated complexion, with peachy pops of colour.

Urban Decay Naked Basics: The baby sister of the much talked about Naked Palettes contains all you need to create a fresh-faced, minimalist look. It's five, neutral matte shades and one subtle pearly shimmer blend together effortlessly, and it's surprising how many looks you can create for such a dinky palette. Combining shades from the lighter end of the palette creates a bright-eyed look, the other end of the spectrum is perfect for a wearable smokey eye, whilst those in the middle are just right for a really classic, natural look. I've ditched the liquid liner in favour of a softer effect, using my ecotools smudge eyeliner brush to line my lids with the pure black shade 'Crave'.

Glo Minerals Blush in Papaya*: This beautiful peachy pink is my most reached for blusher at the moment; just a light sweep across the apples of my cheeks gives such a pretty flush of colour. The matte finish keeps things looking natural, just creating a fresh, healthy looking glow. I use a big fluffy brush to keep it sheer, but the powder is highly pigmented and could be built up for a stronger look. Aside from how pretty it looks, another reason to love this blusher is that the ingredients contain vitamins and antioxidants, doing good for the skin and helping to keep a natural healthy glow, rather than clogging it up with junk! I find my skin tone is best suited to peach and coral tones and I know I'll be favouring this all summer.

Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Demure: Possibly the prettiest lip colour ever? I'm quite a lot in love with the shade, the finish, the feel, the packaging, everything! It's a beautiful sheer, peachy, pale pink with a very subtle sparkle and high-shine finish that looks really groomed and polished. It looks stunning worn alone, or layered on top of Benefit Posie Tint for a bit more punch. It's super low maintenance (no mirror required) and easy to slick on throughout the day for a top-up of shine and moisture. 
                                                                                                                             
Bourjois Java Rice Powder: Aside from looking incredibly lovely on my dressing table in its little vintage mint green pot, the Bourjois Java Rice Powder is the perfect glow-inducing setting powder. It can be applied to the brow-bone and cheekbone as a subtle highlighter or dusted over the whole face to smooth, set your make-up and awaken your complexion. 

Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener: So much more than just a concealer, the Stroke of Light Eye Brightener works to conceal, illuminate and revive dull and tired under eyes. A few dabs in the corner of my eye, blended outwards and buffed into the skin immediately brightens my eyes for a well-rested appearance (yeah right!). The sheer coverage is enough to cover dark circles and awakening my complexion, but on particularly bad days, I do require a heavier duty concealer underneath (Benefit's FakeUp being my weapon of choice) with just a touch of Stroke of Light on top for extra radiance. If you're thinking this sounds similar to YSL's Touche Eclat you wouldn't be wrong, and similarly to it's cult counterpart, Stroke of Light can also be used pretty much anywhere (browbone, cheekbones, bridge of nose, Cupid's Bow etc...) to highlight and sculpt.

Impulse Be Surprised*: With lighter mornings and warmer weather, I've started walking to work, and a can of Impulse is a total life-saver to refresh after my 2.3 mile uphill power walk! The new fragrance from Impulse is far more grown-up than the sickly sweet scents that conjure up memories of the year nine girls' changing rooms, 'Be Surprised' is an exotic blend of red fruits and violets with depthy undertones of cedarwood and patchouli. The reviving and uplifting fruitiness is just right for Spring, whilst the sexy musky notes keep it sophisticated.


Butter London Molly Coddled: Of course, no Spring line up would be complete without a pastel nail polish. Butter London's Molly Coddled has to be the obvious choice for this Spring in particular, as it's a sugary muted version of the 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year. (Click here for my full review and swatches)

What are your favourites for Spring?

CONVERSATION

8 comments:

  1. I so want to try the Java rice powder, such a Bourjois classic!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. It's really lovely! I got it at Xmas but have recently fallen in love with it for Spring :) xx

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  2. Was thinking the same about that powder! I have the Hourglass one which people tell me is similar but do you have both ? It's almost too pretty not to own! This is beautifully written btw :) xx

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    1. Ahh that's such a nice thing to say - thank you! I don't have the Hourglass powder but have also heard that they're very similar. But if you get suckered in by the packaging, I'm not one to judge!! x

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  3. Love the look of the polish!

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  4. Ahh Java Rice Powder! I really want that - everyone's busting it out lately. I have the Basics and have yet to try it out, but I just might, for that super easy every day look. :)

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  5. I love the Java Rice Powder and it looks so pretty like you said!
    I love that lilac shade too, such a great colour for spring :)
    Mia
    x
    www.prettyeclectic.co.uk

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  6. i've ditched the liquid liner aswell! i love my basics palette!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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