Sunday, 13 March 2016

Switching it up for Spring

Switching it up for Spring, Spring Makeup, Spring Beauty

How crazy is it that we are quickly approaching spring, not only does this mean a change in the weather but a chance to change things up in the beauty department - switching from dark vampy reds for peachy corals and matte foundations for tinted moisturisers or dewy finishes. Spring for me is all about going lighter with my makeup and I wanted to share with what I'm switching up for spring. 

Starting with the base, one product I know I will get a lot of use from during spring is the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue as I tend to go from having dehydrated to oily skin. This is such a fab primer as firstly this is not silicone based so it doesn't feel too weird on the skin and secondly this adds hydration into the skin whilst combatting oily patches. I like that this doesn't leave the skin looking too matte, but instead has a velvet finish and leaves the skin looking very natural whilst helping prolong the wear of my foundation and keeping shine at bay which is essential as the weather begins to warm up!

When it comes to foundation I prefer to opt for lighter, non-matte bases, and of my favourites has to be the Benefit Big Easy BB Cream, despite being labelled as a matte product I find that this instead has a natural skin like finish that allows you to skip powder and opt for a natural glow rather than a dewy finish that can sometimes leave my skin looking oily in a matter of hours. What I love about this is how incredibly lightweight this feels on the skin, to the point where you don't feel like you have anything on your face. This has a liquid to powder formula that means it helps to control any oil throughout the day and has enough coverage to hide any blemishes or redness which is great. Complete with SPF35 this is my go to product that will be by my side right through to the end of the summer. 

As for cheeks I tend to opt for cream products rather than powder, to contour I can't wait to start using the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour again as this was a firm favourite of mine last spring/summer. This is honestly so easy to apply, you just simple swipe across the areas of the face where shadows would normally fall and then just blend, and boy this stuff blends like a dream, sculpting out your cheekbones in an instant. This is one of those products that despite being a cream formula dries to a powder and is incredibly long lasting on the skin. I like to team this with Benefit Majorette which is a gorgeous light golden peach, and is just so easy to wear. The peachy hues not only brightens the skin but leaves a pretty glow with a healthy flush of colour to the skin. To get my glow on I cannot resist a swipe of Benefit Watt's Up, this is a stunning golden highlight that is very flattering against my skin tone. I wore this all the time over the summer and cannot wait to be sporting this again, the formula blends so easily and gives the appearance of dewy skin without emphasising oil or shine.

A great alternative for when I want a bronzer/blush/highlight all in one is MAC Warm Soul, this stunning peachy toned blush is perfect for warming my complexion without the need for blush and bronzer as well as highlighting the tops of my cheeks without looking too overdone. This is one of those multi-task products that will not only save you time but leave the most beautiful flush to your cheeks.

For lips spring is all about pink nudes and corals as I like to keep anything brighter for the summer. Two of my favourite lipsticks come in the form of MAC Sunny Seoul and MAC Patisserie, both are gorgeous everyday options. As Sunny Seoul is a cremesheen formula and Patisserie a lustre these feel very moisturising once applied and gives a subtle gloss to the lips without the need for a lip gloss. As the weather starts to heat up these make the perfect transition from winter matte favourites. If I fancy straying from my trusty MAC lipsticks I really love the NYX Butter Gloss in Funnel Delight, these are some of the most pigmented glosses I have ever come across and don't feel sticky on the lips. Funnel Delight is bright fuschia which is great to sport on a night out, and once applied this doesn't bleed or smudge which is great considering how bright the shade is. These are something I can see myself buying more of for over the spring/summer months as they are just amazing glosses. 

I like to opt for a lighter fragrance as spring approaches and my favourite lighter scent has to be the Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck, now this may seem like a little bit of an odd choice but this is one of those celebrity perfumes that is definitely worth a spritz in store! With blends of wild cherries and sugar-glazed petals this is such a lightweight and fresh fragrance that isn't too overpowering but light enough for everyday use. I'm already onto my second bottle as this is my favourite celebrity scent and something I know I'll be spritzing each morning. 

I'd love to know how you'll be switching it up for spring!

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