Monday, 6 March 2017

The Spring Beauty Reshuffle

I'm definitely keen on the arrival of Spring this year. I'm looking forward to the pastels, the florals (groundbreaking) and the sun. Typically, as I'm sat tapping away at my laptop, there's a thick smattering of clouds outside, accompanied by a what's left of this afternoon's rain. Nonetheless: Spring is on its way! I like having a little makeup refresh at the start of Spring and Autumn. I automatically start reaching for different products to match the mood of the season and although my warm eyeshadows and browny nudes aren't going anywhere, there's been a substantial influx of pink in my recent makeup routine. I thought I'd have a little chat about the products I have been and will be reaching for more now that Spring is (somewhat) upon us. If you fancy a bit of pink, I think there might be a fair few here that you like!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in La La - I feel like there's no season that a good rose gold eyeshadow won't fit. To be honest, this has been a staple for me pretty much all-year round, but I think this will look so pretty during the sunnier months, paired with a nice, peachy nude lip and a healthy portion of bronzer. If you're into shimmery eyeshadow, this will most likely be completely up your street. The pigmentation is fantastic and it looks stunning on the lids.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Wattles - This may not be your typical spring-y pink eyeshadow, but for those of you into more of a "moody" pink (me) this is fab. It has enough of a beige to it to balance out the pink and make it a great one to wear just by itself as a wash of colour on the lid. It's by far one of my most used shadows from Colourpop and whilst I've neglected it a bit during the colder months, I've fallen back in love with it and will most likely be sporting it on the reg for the next while!

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in Satin Corset - Whilst I love playing up my eyes and going for something nude or very neutral on the lips during autumn and winter, during Spring I always reach for my pink and peach lipsticks. This is the kind of eyeshadow that just gives your eyes a little "something", a lovely sheeny glow but nothing that's going to clash with a little pop of colour on the lips. The Sephora eyeshadows that I've tried are all really pigmented and blendable. There's something in particular about this shade that just adds a nice glow to your lids. The result: natural and fresh-faced.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in 57* - I've been nattering on about this for a few months now, but I've really been saving it for the warmer weather. If we're talking a bright pop of colour on the lips but without the commitment of an opaque lipstick, this is a great pick. I tend to go a little lighter on the foundation once the sun starts peeking through more often. When I'm going for a more minimal look, I love a good sheer lipstick. This is an oil/balm/lipstick hybrid, which means it's hydrating on the lips but also packs a punch in terms of pigmentation. Pricey, yes, but look at that packaging!

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble - I feel like mauve is a bit of a toughie if you still want things to look somewhat light and bright, because it does tend to look slightly grungey. I'm a big fan of grungier makeup looks (I practically live in warm eyeshadow and brown lipstick) but sometimes I want things to look a little fresher during spring. Bumble is definitely still a mauve, but I feel like there's just a tiny bit more warmth to it, which makes it a little brighter. It's by no means a bold lipstick, but as it is a darkish shade and a matte liquid lip, it definitely does make a statement. Perhaps not a typical choice for Spring, but a gorgeous one nonetheless!

Sephora Colorful Blush in Sweet on you!* - I have such an extensive blush collection but it consists of mostly neutral shades or really pale pinks. This is a bright, peachy coral shade that just screams Spring. I love colours like this because they instantly perk up the complexion and really give you that healthy flush. At first I thought this was a matte powder, but upon closer inspection, I saw that there's actually super fine shimmer running through it. It's so subtle, however, that it doesn't really translate onto the skin. I haven't tried a lot of face powders from Sephora, but I really like this. It's a lovely shade, has great pigmentation and it's affordable to boot!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighter in Aura - This is a highlighter I used so much when I first got it last year, I feel like it was a staple for me throughout pretty much the whole of summer. During the winter, I went for more champagney colours and golds for my highlight and my pinkier ones fell by the wayside. To me, this gives the skin this gorgeous, soft, kind of ethereal glow. It's definitely a pale pink sheen, so if you're not into that, this may not be the one for you. If, however, you're a fan of highlight with a kind of pink iridescence to it, this is beaut. It's pigmented, not glittery at all and just all-round lovely. It also lasts really well throughout the day and looks gorgeous when it catches the light.

Right, now that I've said "pink" about ten times, I think it's time to wrap this one up. Writing posts like this makes me look forward to the sunnier days so much and I'm already starting to crack out the warm-weather attire. Do you switch up your makeup for Spring?

*PR samples. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I have the UD Highlighter and love it, I love how it kind of has a duo chrome finish.

  2. I love switching my makeup up for the seasons! It always feels like a fresh start :)

    xo, Liz

  3. These all look so beautiful! Especially the colourpop shadows.


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