Hello, lovely sunny weather! Although I’m a real winter kid, I can’t help but to be really excited when the sun comes out in spring. Such an invigorating feeling. Plus, I love the spring cleaning vibe that always comes ‘round this time of year. I find it extremely satisfying to go through my stuff, get rid of what’s not being used and add in what’s missing.
Same goes for my makeup stash: especially since I’ve been wearing less makeup on a daily basis, I found it was time to reshuffle my everyday routine and discover some new bits on the go.
The ever-so-natural base
I always find it a really good idea to go for full-on foundation until I put it on – something just puts me off about evening out my skin tone and hiding everything underneath it. Over the past year I’ve been much preferring dabbing around some RMS “Un” Cover-Up wherever I need.
On days when I feel like I want some more coverage, I’ll use a foundation on my cheeks only to even out the redness I tend to get there. I leave the rest of my face foundation-free in order to keep a healthy look and prevent my face from looking cakey. As we move into summer – and I’ll hopefully get a bit of a tan on the go – I’ll probably use the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream on those days. It covers quite intensely, but in a dewy way!
The Glossier Stretch Concealer in G9 has also become an everyday favourite of mine. It’s even better than I expected! I only use it as an under-eye concealer as it very naturally covers up dark circles, while the radiant dewy finish brightens up your gaze and makes you look ten times more awake.
Who still uses powder products? I feel like I’ve said goodbye to them quite a while ago – apart from a tiny bit of face powder to set my under-eye concealer. Somehow creams and liquids not only give a much more glowy look, my skin has also developed a certain sensitivity and creams just feel a lot more comfortable to wear.
I’ve especially been embracing those products you can use on your cheeks, eyes and lips all together. Not because I’m lazy or greedy, but because the look you get from using the same shades all over your face is so healthy and beautiful. I often take some Glossier Cloud Paint (I have Dusk and Dawn) onto my eyelids as well or play with some The Beauty Archive pots all over my face to add a fresh flush of colour. Their Earthbound* looks beautiful as a soft bronzer and eye colour, Everglow* is my favourite to touch the highest points of my face and their latest addition, Sundown*, seems to be the ideal shade to add a pop of sunshine to my eyelids and cheeks. A Scandinavian brand to discover!
No makeup look is really finished without an overdose of cream highlighter. On a daily basis, I still reach for the RMS Living Luminizer, but I’ve also been falling for the subtle glow and longevity of the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. I literally dab cream highlighter all over my face, adding some natural radiance and sheen without looking greasy or glittery.
With my Glossier order I also got Boy Brow in blonde, however I’m still using my Jane Iredale PureBrow Browgel as I guess I’ll finish that one first. Both are really nice, but very different. Especially the size of their wand – Boy Brow is so tiny!
I’m still on the lookout for a good cruelty-free mascara. My love for the Lancôme Monsieur Big is endless and I’m afraid I’ll never be able to find a clean replacement for it. Right now I’ve got the Jane Iredale Lengthening Mascara in my collection, which is okay but not something I’d repurchase. Any recommendations for clean mascara?
I usually leave my lips bare with tons of lip balm, or choose one of the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatments* I have. I’m actually really enjoying the shade Simply Rose – it’s like my natural lip colour, but slightly redder.
Have you tried any of these?