I'm not really someone who believes in seasonal trends and wearing specific colours in specific seasons, but with winter well and truly gone (minus the hail storm last weekend...) and in anticipation of summer, I thought it would be fun to put together a post full of products to get me excited for the warmer months ahead. Bright nails, bold lips and fresh floral fragrances - hello, spring!
I gravitate towards my more lighter coverage bases come spring as the heavier foundations don't exactly feel too pleasant on the skin in the heat. The YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat Foundation has been one of my favourites to use so far this season as it's lightweight, yet easy to build upon if you desire a little more coverage like I do. If I'm having a good skin day or if I'm not getting up to too much, I reach for my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. With too much product, this can look quite oily on the skin, so you really don't need a lot to achieve a healthy glow. With a buffing brush, it blends in beautifully, making it a really lovely base for lazy, quick makeup days.
I'm a fiend when it comes to blush and one of my long-time favourites since I first got into high end makeup has been MAC's Powder Blush in Margin. Described as a “muted peach with golden shimmer”, this is one of those products that I just feel was made for me as it complements my complexion so well. If I'm breaking out or my skin is looking lacklustre, Margin gives me back my confidence and all of a sudden, I'm ready for the day. Shimmery peaches and corals are some of my favourite shades to wear, especially in the warmer months and another one to go alongside Margin is MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in Stereo Rose. It's dreamily described as a "coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances" and while it was unfortunately limited edition, MAC have brought it back a few times, so there's still hope! When I'm in the mood for something pink, I turn to Love by NARS, which was also limited edition with the Final Cut Collection earlier this year (I'm sorry!). A "tea rose" colour, this is a great transitional blush from autumn to spring and goes well with my nude and muted pink lip colours. If you're after a similar colour, Naked Rose by Illamasqua is a good dupe.
As I've gained confidence wearing a variety of lip colours, I've already started sporting the bold lips so far this spring. MAC's Up The Amp Lipstick looks just as good on the lips as it does in the little black bullet and described as an "electrically-charged lavender violet", this is a great shade to wear day or night. With a few nights out and special occasions, MAC's Lady Danger has been my lipstick of choice. A bright coral-red, I think this colour is universally flattering on any skintone and I seem to always bring this back out during the warmer months. When lipstick is too high maintenance, there's the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks. I have the shade #9 Rose Epicuren, a blue-toned pink colour, and although it's a little out of my comfort zone, I really love trying out new lip colours and with a new season, it's a great time to experiment with different looks.
My eyeshadow doesn't change at all during the different seasons (it's just whatever I feel like at that particular time), but one product I can't stop reaching for is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon. I wasn't particularly interested in these until I had a dream about them one night (I'm weird, I know) and then couldn't get them out of my mind. Just as stunning in real life as they were in my dream, these are easy to blend in with your fingers and do not budge all day. If I'm after something quick and easy to slap on when I'm in a rush, I always go for this and it looks like I've put in effort without actually putting in any at all. Bronze Moon is a shimmery taupe-brown and so utterly, utterly dreamy. I can't stop looking at my eyes when I wear this!
I own a disgusting amount of nail polish, so finding my favourites for this spring wasn't easy, but I managed to narrow it down to three I want to wear more this season. First up is Lilac Sky by Chanel. Chanel nail polishes are notoriously known for chipping easily in the blogging community, though I don't seem to have as big a problem with them in comparison. Just as pretty as its name, Lilac Sky is a shimmery pastel and one of my all-time favourite purple shades. Essie's Cascade Cool is your average Barbie bubblegum pink colour and while that's usually not something I'd go for at all, I was oddly drawn to it when I bought the bottle two years ago. It's fun, it's playful and it's bright and what a better time to get into those colours than spring. Stepping away from the stereotypical pastels, Baker Street by Nails Inc. is one of my favourite blue nail polishes. It's a bright, creamy royal blue and while I had forgotten about it during the winter, I think you could wear this any time of the year.
Candles are definitely more of a autumn/winter thing for me, but I can still get away with burning them in the spring without feeling like I'm going to melt away in my bedroom. I've had Diptyque's Baies for some time now and I can't wait to start burning it once I've finished my Délice Ladurée candle. The sweet smell of roses and blackcurrant is perfect to welcome in the new season and even without having burnt it yet, the beautiful waft I get of it throughout my bedroom makes me so happy. If the Baies candle is a little out of your price range, you can always opt for the Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream, which smells exactly the same. It's moisturising, but isn't as thick as The Body Shop Body Butters I tend to reach for in the colder months, and the smell is just divine. Smelling like a Diptyque candle? Yes, please!
Chanel's Chance Eau Tendre has been a favourite fragrance of mine for a few years now, but has been somewhat forgotten about while I try to use up others in my collection. I've decided to bring it back this spring and it's just as gorgeous as I remember. It contains Grapefruit-Quince, Jasmine Absolute and White Musk, making it a light fruity-floral scent, perfectly fitting with the season.
What are your spring essentials?