We’re definitely into spring now swapping snow for rain showers and to be honest I’m so glad to see spring as it’s my favourite season! Now that it’s a little warmer, it’s time to crack out shades of blush pink, creamy blushers that just melt into the skin and neutral hues for the lips and so in true seasonal fashion I’ve gathered some products that I’ll be reaching for a lot of the next few months. I’ve also realised I missed a winter edit plus I fancy switching up the format rather than listing products – hope you like it!
Blush pink is one of those shades that reappears every springtime just as the flowers start to bloom. I’ll admit I never was much of a pink lover until I realised that it compliments my skintone. Pink eyeshadows tend to make my green eyes stand out more and soft pinks on the lips and cheeks add a feminine softness. For the eyes I think I’ll be using my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette a lot more and for lips I have two options from Collection, the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in Cotton Candy is an old favourite with a smooth, cream formula. The Collection Matt Lip Butter in Marshmallow Pink is much more drying than it sounds but provides the easy application of a chunky crayon.
Again a trend that is timeless, usually I use pastels for nails but again I’ll be using these on my eyes for a subtle wash of colour that I can get away with in the daytime. The Essence 3D Eyeshadows in Irresistible Summer Sea and Irresistible Purr-ple are great options for those on a budget looking for duos eyeshadows. Those these do have fallout and won’t compare to higher end brands they certainly pack a punch for only a couple of pounds. The duos are handy since you can use the paler shade and then team with the darker shade for an instant eye look. For something a little more unusual, I love the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tonic this is quite possibly my all time favourite eyeshadow, it’s a beautiful lavendar with a blue duochrome shift that instantly makes my eye colour pop and has all of those unicorn vibes, I really do love this and am yet to find anything quite like it.
Nudes are failsafe shades and they’re great for mixing and matching with pastels or using them to further soften those dusty pinks. There’s something so classy about a nude nail and I’ve been enjoying the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond it’s budget friendly, has a beautiful glossy finish and a longlasting formula, all for under a fiver. The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude is a staple in my routine, I find that black liner often runs, smudges or drops throughout the day so I wear this on my waterline instead, it’s low maintenance and instantly brightens my eyes by hiding those red rims.
Pops of Pink
Since I’m now somewhat of a pink lover when it comes to makeup, I don’t limit myself to just blush tones, I’ll be using pops of blue toned pinks and raspberries to add depth to my makeup. The Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Strawberry Mousse is a pale, blue toned pink, don’t think Barbie instead think of the shade of a marshmallow and you’ve got it, plus the matte finish is easily wearable. The other blusher shades I have are both creams and are slightly bolder, the ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker is a gorgeous cream blusher with a velvet texture that helps it blend seamlessly into the skin, this is very pigmented so a little really does go a long way but if you do accidentally go overboard (I did it this morning) a damp beauty sponge will fix it no problem. The MUA Luxe Velvet Whipped Blusher in Ritzy looks scary in the pan but don’t be fooled, this is actually a fuchsia shade but when it’s on the skin it has this sheered out watercolour effect that just looks stunning, I could do without the occasional glitter particle in this but honest it’s a beautiful product that feels much more luxurious than the price would suggest.
For lips I have the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa it’s a mid-toned blue based pink so it won’t be for everyone but I do get a lot of compliments when I wear this so I need to crack it out again! The Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry is a deeper shade than the Nyx but the moisturising formula means that it’s easy to wear, just watch out for smears!
Now that I’m in my twenties, I love using brightening products to lift my complexion and fake lots of sleep and a healthy glow to my skin. The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has just been launched with new shades so I’ve now got the palest 00. I will admit this is so much better, this concealer can oxidise slightly throughout the day so the paler shade really helps to brighten my under eyes and accounts for any darkening.
I have a couple of highlighting products both of which have that cool toned icy pink that I’m still obsessed with. The Nars Illuminator in Copacabana is a liquid highlighter, I’m now always enamoured with liquid formulas but this one is so lightweight and offers a beautiful icy sheen to the skin, I especially like this underneath foundation. I’m more of a powder highlighter fan personally and the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter is a gorgeous frosty pink that can either be applied subtly or built up for a blinding intense finish, at only £4.00 this is a stunner and I’ve actually hit pan on this.
Finally, is another blusher, this one just brightens the fact so beautifully and really gives the skin a healthy pinky coral glow, the formula is stunning as well and it’s none other than the Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose De Jaspe this is a cult product and for good reason, it’s brightens and warms the face and makes my cheeks look healthy, perfect for draping too.
The shift between colder and warmer weather has of course taken its toll on my skin plus work still has the heating on! Though I’m not so much mentioning skincare products in this post, there are a few little products that I’ll be using to keep my skin hydrated.
Lip balm is a must for me and I have one thicker one and then a thinner tinted one. The Body Shop Lip Butter in Pink Grapefruit smells very fruity and the thick formula is great on an evening almost as an overnight treatment for my lips. This one does have a white cast so it’s not one I’d wear in the day but it’s nice first thing in a morning and right before bed. The Vaseline Rosy Lips is a product I’ve loved for years, the sweet almond oil makes this feel more luxurious than it is and I love the pink tint which is just perfect for spring time.
The Essence Nail Repairing Oil isn’t a product that springs to mind in a beauty edit, but my nails are dry and flaky as are my cuticles and the endless nail paint and cold weather doesn’t help! I like to use this nail polish after removing polish before I apply a fresh coat just to protect and hydrate my nails, it also smells like sweets so again great for spring!
So there we have it, a new seasonal edit and in a different format! If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of the format plus any recommendations you might have.
Thanks for reading!