Spring Beauty Wishlist 2016

With the beginning of a new season, there always seems to be an itch to shake things up a little and change around routines.

For a beauty addict like me, this of course means yearning after a few new goodies that I have corralled in a handy little list right here.

 

Spring Beauty 2016

I usually favor lips over eyes, but two there are two products that have made me reconsider: 

The Laura Mercier Eye Colour in African Violet is a gorgeous duochrome purple to gold that I think would look great with my hazel eyes as violets tend to bring out the green hues. While I tend to go for neutrals more often, this would be a nice deviation from the usual browns and bronzes.

Speaking of neutrals, the Becca Ombre Rouge Palette is the stuff of dreams for any neutral eye lover. With five beautiful nude shades, this would be a perfect everyday palette and definitely something I would get a lot of use out of. I have swatched these shadows before and they feel buttery soft on the skin, so I can’t wait to get my hands on them as soon as possible.

For lips, the Dior Lip Glow Pencil looks like it will provide the perfect boost of brightening pink to the lips that just screams spring to me. A subtle was of color, this could be a wonderful everyday option and the pencil form might just make it the long-wearing basic I have been looking for.

I have to confess, I am yet to try the intensely hyped Beauty Blender. While I have used drugstore dupes before, I am still waiting to get my hands on the real deal and I don’t think it will be much longer until I have to give in and pick one up.

And finally, I have absolutely fallen in love with the unique scents by Commodity, especially the herby, woody Moss and the clean and fresh Rain. I have already used up a rollerball version of the former and while I am not ready to spring for the full sizes, I will definitely have to stock up on the smaller versions of both.

Formula X Haute Sauce

While blogger collaborations by no means anything new and meet with emotions ranging from indifference to downright cynicism, I myself was pretty excited when I heard that one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman from Cupcakes & Cashmere, would be design a range of shades for Sephora’s own nail polish line, Formula X.

With three shades, a cool-toned nude, a peach and a tomato red, I decided to go for the brightest offering, Haute Sauce.

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A gorgeous, slightly orange-toned red, this stole my heart right away. Since my fingers are already long and slender, nude and pastel tones tend to exaggerate that look and make my hands look even bonier and bigger than they already are. Also, with spring in full swing and summer only a few months away, I thought that a classic shade or red would be the perfect way to spice up my nail polish wardrobe.

This is actually the first color I have tried from the Formula X range, and so far, I am impressed. The shade was easy to apply and completely opaque in two quick coats. It also seemed to dry down pretty quickly, so I didn’t have to deal with any smudges or nicks after putting it on.

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I have actually worn this color on my toes since I purchased it and I while polish generally tends to wear less quickly on my toes, I have to say, I am impressed by its longevity. There hasn’t been much wear at all and only minor chips, so I think I have already found my perfect summer color.

While the two other shades are beautiful but not my cup of tea, Haute Sauce has been an absolute winner for me. I highly recommend checking this special collection out to see if there’s something in there for you as Emily has curated a wonderful range of colors with a great formulation.

MAC Spring Flock Blush

It is a rare occasion nowadays that one of the many MAC collections grabs my interest, but on a recent trip to the MAC store, I immediately fell in love with one of their gorgeous blushes from the Flamingo Park collection called Spring Flock.

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A beautiful brightening warm pink, this is the perfect blush to transition into spring.On my pale skin tone, this immediately livens up the face and brightens up my complexion without being too over the top.

It is nicely pigmented, giving off a good amount of color without being too bold. You don’t have to put much work in to get this to show up, but I don’t think there’s much risk of overdoing it here.

Because it is a matte formula, Spring Flock is easy to pair with your highlighter of choice for an extra bit of glow, but it does look great and understated on its own.

I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible, seeing as this is part of a limited edition, so if you’re looking for a brightening blush or really any other products in a variety of pretty pinks, get yourself to a MAC counter right now!

Evening Skincare Routine | April 2015

So here we have my evening skincare routine, which is a bit (but not much) more extensive than my morning one. As I have talked about most of these products before, this will be a sort of round-up post, linking to more in-depth reviews. Some of these products are on the verge of running out, so I’ll be sure to tell you about the new stuff I’m using as I introduce it to my routine.

Evening Skincare Routine

1. Cleanse – I double cleanse in the evenings in order to get my make-up off and really clean my face before going to sleep. First up is an oil-cleanser, the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, which is so lovely and effective. Then, I go in with my second cleanse, a cream (Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash) or a balm (REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm). I take both cleansers off with a warm damp muslin cloth and then rinse, which makes my skin feel incredibly clean.

If I do have a LOAD of make-up on, I do go in with Bioderma in order to remove every last trace. I don’t like smearing lipstick or heavy eyeliner all over my face, so I usually take care of that separately.

2. Tone – it’s a double whammy here as well, using an exfoliating toner (FAB Facial Radiance Pads are my absolute favorite) and then a soothing, hydrating one, usually in spray form (my weapon of choice right now is La Roche-Posay Serozinc for its blemish-fighting properties).

3. Serum – nothing new here, still in love with the REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil.

4. Moisturize – Sadly, my tube of the FAB Ultra Repair Cream has bit the dust since I’ve taken this photo and I still mourn its loss every day. But I have picked up something lighter for the warmer months. Expect a post on that soon!

And that’s it. My evening routine as of now. This is a great selection of products for normal/combination skin with a lot of uneven tones and dehydration and it has seen me through the winter quite nicely. If I could recommend anything from this line-up, it would probably be the REN  and First Aid Beauty products, which I wouldn’t want to miss.

Spring Edit: Nails

Spring is just around the corner (even if it is raining cats and dogs at the moment) so I am updating the colors in my nail routine for something more fresh and light. Gone are the dark reds and inky blues of winter in favor for some nice pastels.

Once again, my picks are Essie-centric, as I just love their formula and brush. Plus, their polishes are the most easily available to me, so I tend to pick a new color up whenever I need to go to the drugstore.

Spring Nails

First up is Essie Blanc (far left), a classic creamy white that is completely neutral but extremely fresh and clean-looking on the nail. It goes on beautifully in two coats, which is so important with whites as they can look like Tippex when streaky.

Secondly, there’s the middle color, A Crewed Interest, which was a limited edition shade from a few years ago. Interestingly enough, I think this came out with a winter collection. I however find it to be the most perfect spring color, a soft peach that almost looks nude on the nail and compliments my skin tone very nicely.

And finally, we have Tart Deco (far right), a more punchy coral shade that leans nice and warm. It’s the perfect pop of color without being to in your face and a shade that I think would suit a lot of different skin tones.