Spring Beauty Edit
The days of cold and gloom are finally over. After being deprived of the sun for what seems a year Spring has finally sprung! The birds are chirping, the bare trees are blossoming and my makeup bag just had a little makeover so let me talk you through what I'm enjoying at the moment...
Let's start with the elephant in the room, the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow palette. I haven't been excited for a new release in a very long time but as soon as I saw this I knew this was something I would enjoy.
I use the Naked Basics daily. My everyday makeup consists of a soft matte brown eye with added warmth in the crease so this palette made perfect sense. Six yummy matte shades in a handy compact? Yes please! I really like it although it's a bit warmer than I expected. I couldn't create a look just by using this palette as it's VERY warm but I love it paired with the Naked basics. To me the two are complimentary. It's all I have in my makeup bag at the moment and I don't see it changing anytime soon. It's perfect for the upcoming summer months but will be appropriate too once autumn rolls around. The shades are very pigmented and buttery soft. Urban Decay never disappoints me when it comes to eyeshadows. It's truly a must-have if you like warm matte eye looks.
In terms of blusher I have two on rotation at the moment. The first one is the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in 'Fresh Melon'. Probably the most beautiful pastel peach shade I own. I don't have much time to do my makeup in the morning so I love to apply this with my fingers. It blends like a dream and gives a beautiful sheen without looking greasy. I've been embracing dewy looks more and more as time (age) goes by...
The second one is on the other end of the spectrum in terms of price tag but equally as good. It's the KIKO Shade Fusion Trio Blush #3. When mixed together these stripes give a soft apricot tone that makes my skin come alive, which is exactly what I want. Did I ever mention how much I like KIKO? I've been using this brand for years, way before it became popular. I discovered it when we lived in Italy back in 2009 and been hooked since then. It's very affordable but the quality feels very much like MAC. They have a beautiful shade range and their packagings have really improved over the years.
The two lip products that are on repeat are both high-end. The first one is the YSL Volupté Liquid Color Balm in #12 'Chase Me Nude'. A nude, surprise surprise, but not the kind of nude that washes you out. It's natural but you can tell I have something on my lips. This is a beautiful discovery! Not as wet looking as your typical gloss but way smoother than a lip balm. It's super comfortable and surprisingly pigmented considering it's just a balm. It really perfects the lips, makes them look very smooth, has that distinct YSL melon scent and leaves a beautiful stain as it wears off. I wouldn't say it's moisturising but it's very comfortable to wear.
Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush #414. I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I do! I'm not a matte lip lover. I find it very aging and not flattering, on me anyway. This has a gel-like consistency, goes on very easily without dragging the lips but stays comfortable throughout the day. It dries down to a powdery finish and doesn't make my lips 'shrink' if you know what I mean. The color I got is 'Tender Rose', a very youthful and natural shade that instantly brightens the face. So why do I love it as much? Because it looks great on the cheeks as well which is rare with these types of products. Usually they do one or the other. This is the kind of product I will rely on whenever I have to pack for a trip.
For my brows I came back to an old favorite, the KIKO Eyebrow Marker. I've used shadows all winter long and wanted something that wouldn't transfer now that the temperatures are rising up. When I picked up the blush I remembered how much I loved this a few years ago. It's funny how we get distracted by new products and tend to forget what we like. This marker is great to draw little strokes and fill in sparse areas. It's quick to use, stays put all day and the shade 2 is a taupy color that looks very natural if you have ash blond hair like me.
For highlighter I'm using the DIOR Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer. There are no obvious sparkles in this and it doesn't add any texture on the skin. It's very smooth, unlike many highlighters I've tried in the past. It just makes your skin glow in the most beautiful way.
Last but not least is my favourite lash combo. It has nothing to do with the season but I get questions regularly about mascara recommendations. My holy grail is the Maybelline Lash Sensational so I thought I would mention it again. If there is one thing I wouldn't splurge on it's mascara. First of all because you are supposed to toss it every three months and secondly because drugstore does it best. Maybelline in particular... This is my ninth or tenth tube, no joke. I love the curved plastic brush. It's quite small so you don't end up with mascara all over your face, it grabs every single lash and coats them with the most intense black pigment. This doesn't smudge (I've been using it during summers in Dubai and trust me it doesn't get any hotter than that!), it lengthens, volumizes, it does it all! I don't even bother to try new releases, that's how much I like it! Whenever I want to make my lashes look extra long I apply a coat of the Dior Diorshow Maximiser 3D as a base. I've never been a fan of lash primers because I find them really hard to hide under mascara. They tend to leave a white residue or make your lashes look spidery but this one doesn't do that. It layers beautifully under the Lash Sensational and gives that extra little boost of length and volume.
And that's basically what I have in my makeup bag at the moment apart from concealer, foundation and bronzer. I haven't included them as they haven't changed in a long time. I might talk about my holy grails in a future post... Anybody interested to see that?