Ahhh Spring. I can practically feel it. Daylight savings time makes the mornings a little tougher, but the evenings are so much sweeter. It’s so nice leaving the office and having it still be light out!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my Spring beauty routine, and if I could describe my ideal look with just one word, it would be: pretty. That might sound silly as obviously, you want your makeup to make you look prettier, but these products will make you look like a slightly better version of yourself. Just pretty and natural… nothing too dramatic… just rosy pinks + neutrals and the most subtle (still tasteful) amounts of shimmer. I’ve been testing up a storm of pretty products, and these are my top five. All of them can be bought at Nordstrom (my fave for online beauty shopping… their speedy shipping + no hassle return policy makes it easy!)
For face, I adore Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic. Shimmer makes me nervous but this is very wearable and subtle (not in the least bit frosty or metallic!) The four (baked) shades (a combination of pinks, bronze, + peach) blend together to give you the most beautiful all over glow. I use a big fluffy brush (this is a good one) and run it along my hair line, over the tops of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose. So pretty.
One of the saddest things that’s happened this month (I’m being a bit facetious/overdramatic if you couldn’t tell) was that I made the decision to get rid of my eyelash extensions. Living la vida freelance, it was one of those unnecessary expenses that I can do without. I’m not saying I’ll never have them again (they’re the absolute best in the summer when you’re at the beach, etc.) but for now I’m relying on this “Maxi Lash” mascara from Guerlain. It leaves my lashes longer, fuller, soft, and slightly curled. The best part though, is the major volume. Also, Guerlain has the most beautiful packaging. It reminds me of something my grandmother would have had back in the twenties.
Also on the note of lashes, I’m thinking of finally splurging on neuLash. Has anyone tried it? I’ve heard the best things but I’m still a little skeptical.
I’ve always had a hard time with cream eye shadows (as they always crease or slide off of my eyelid by lunch) but this one from Bobbi Brown (in Beach Honey) stays on for a full eight hours without creasing. The shimmery beige is really beautiful, too. I put this on my lids and use a tiny bit on my brow bone as highlighter.
Charlotte Tilbury has quickly become a new favorite of mine. If you’re not familiar with her, she’s one of the top makeup artists (Kate Moss is a client!) and grew up in Ibiza. (Not sure why that’s relevant but it’s cool in my opinion) I initially became hooked on her magic cream this winter as it is so insanely hydrating + fixed my skin after a bad cold, but my newest obsession is her K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks. The name of this one (Bitch Perfect!) hooked me at first but it’s the perfect rosy neutral. It looks like your natural lips, but better + more enhanced. (And the formula is so creamy!)
Last but not least, nails! I obsessed over Christian Louboutin’s nail polishes for a while before picking this one up (the bottle is a miniature work of art!) but I finally tried out “Just Nothing” The bottle is inspired by historic European architecture, but the best part is the brush. Holding it is a lot like holding a paint brush – making painting your nails a lot easier. The formula is free of all the nasty stuff and it holds up without chipping (I painted my nails with this on Friday and they still look perfect.)
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