Effortless Spring Makeup

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I am all about easy, breezy, out the door makeup once it warms up and my skin has a little color to it! These are my current favorite go-tos for effortless spring makeup.

Unless you have skin concerns that you really want to cover up, you don’t need much more than a tinted moisturizer, a little concealer and some bronzer. I prime with this Lune+Aster Real Glow Primer which looks great under the tinted moisturizer for an added glow. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer has been a staple of mine for years (and it’s SPF 20!). Light coverage but just enough to make your skin look even and polished. My favorite bronzer has been Nars Laguna Bronzer Powder but I dropped it recently and it crumbled to pieces so I need a new one! Any suggestions?? I have a sample of Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer, which I’ve heard is quite good so I’m going to give that a try.

For the eyes, it’s nice to keep it simple and just sweep a cream shadow stick over the lids. A favorite has been Trish McEvoy’s 24 hour shadow and liner. The coverage is great and it’s really easy to blend out with your finger. I love the rose quartz color and think it looks great on all skin tones. Swipe some mascara and that’s it! I just tried this Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara  and I have to say it’s pretty nice! Definitely more on the natural side, but great for daytime wear. And it doesn’t clump, which is a pet peeve of mine 🙂

Add a pop of coral to the lips and cheeks and you’re good to go! Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color in Coral Reef and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick  in Venezia are two amazing colors, easy to apply, and they really do stay in place for hours. Nars Blush in Orgasm is a cult favorite for a reason. It looks great on everyone!

Beauty lovers, have you tried these products? Any other favorites I am missing?

xx

Nourishing Nightly Skin Ritual

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M-61 Hydraboost Body Butter – omg LOVE. I just got this last week and have been applying twice a day. I can already tell a difference! This stuff goes on SO nicely and is very moisturizing without being too thick and heavy. The smell is not my favorite TBH but I will overlook it due to the quality of the product. Bonus points for being a squeeze bottle instead of pump (hate when you get down to the end of those and have to struggle to get the last bits out!)

AHAVA Dead Sea Mud Dermud Intensive Foot Cream – ok, I also just got this last week and am equally in love. I have the WORST feet (extremely dry/cracks easily) and this in just one application made a huge difference. It soaks in nicely and not overly greasy/sticky. I apply this on after a shower and throw on comfy socks for an hour or so and that’s it. Should probably sleep with socks on overnight but haven’t gotten around to it yet…

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – it really does not get much better than this. My mom introduced me to this years ago (thanks, Mom!) and though I have experimented with other hand creams, this one takes the cake. The smell is amazing and it drenches my chapped, dry hands like no other. Apply nightly before bed.

Rosebud Salve – there’s a reason this has a cult following. It’s cheap and does the trick. I also love applying this to my cuticles.

Sweet dreams!

Spring Skin Cleanse

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Spring is finally here (yay!) and I for one am glad to be trading in my heavy clothing for lighter fabrics and colors. However, this also means a switch to your skincare routine! Opt for lighter products that don’t weigh down the skin and can show off that warm weather glow. Here is my current spring skin cleanse routine:

  1. CLEANSE: I’ve been using First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser which is gentle enough to make it great for all skin types. Another favorite is Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser, an extra gentle gel cleanser for all skin types (and smells great!)
  2. TONE: In current rotation is Darphin’s INTRAL Toner  (LOVE Darphin!) good for sensitive skin, this soothing toner with Polysaccharide, Chamomile and Howthorn extracts, tones and refreshes skin as it completes the cleansing process
  3. EXFOLIATE: Ok there is really nothing better on the market that I have come across than M-61’s Power Glow Peels. A 1-minute, 1-step exfoliating peel that resurfaces, clarifies and helps to firm the skin for a radiant, renewed glow. The reviews speak for themselves. This stuff is a lifesaver! I only use it once/week as it’s pretty pricey but it gives my skin the perfect pick me up and helps makeup go on effortlessly. I also make sure to bring one along anytime I travel.
  4. HYDRATING MASK: Fresh is one of my favorite skin care lines and this Rose Face Mask is no exception. A unique gel formula infused with real rose petals (see picture below) and pure rosewater that hydrates and tones the complexion.
  5. SERUM: I’ve been trying Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel recently and I definitely like it! It’s moisturizing without being too heavy as I’ve noticed with some serums. One of my all time favorites however is M-61’s Hydraboost Serum – super hydrating, great for warmer weather and I can definitely tell a difference in my skin’s complexion when I use this product.
  6. EYE CREAM: Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus Divine Eye Cream. Ok, not gonna lie – I’ve only used a sample of this (as pictured) because this is expensive stuff, BUT it is definitely worth the price! I tend to get dry under my eyes and this hydrates nicely and has anti-aging properties to help with the beginning of those fine lines.
  7. MOISTURIZE: I’ve recently switched to Darphin’s Hydraskin Light Gel Cream. I bought it based off the great reviews and because this is a product designed specifically for warmer weather – gel based, not cream. I like it so far! The smell is not my favorite but it definitely hydrates without being too heavy for these warmer months.

Anyways, that’s my current spring routine! Let me know in the comments whether you’ve used/enjoyed these products as well or if you have other spring favorites I should check out!

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fresh rose face mask

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