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April 15, 2019

Spring Beauty and Lifestyle Favorites 2019

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One of my favorite parts of the changing seasons is switching up my beauty routine. As much as I love the vampy shades that dominate in winter, I’m always happy to play around with the soft and sheer shades that make a resurgence in the spring. Plus, the fun spring beauty trends make for a nice distraction from the nasty weather and constant allergy attacks we’re currently suffering through. In Vegas, we don’t have spring weather, we have two months of living in a wind tunnel. Pair that with the huge amounts of pollen floating through the air and the promise of 100+ degree weather being just around the corner, and you’ll start to understand why most of us don’t get excited about spring in Las Vegas. These are the products that have kept my spirits high this spring.

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Spring Beauty and Lifestyle Favorites 2019

Complexion Favorites

mac face body c1 nars soft matte concealer vanilla

Left: MAC Face & Body in C1  Right: NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla

MAC Face & Body Foundation

If we’re being realistic here, this is more of a forever favorite, but with the temperatures rising throughout the northern hemisphere, I thought now would be a good time to remind you how much this foundation rocks. It’s an excellent foundation year-round, but I really depend on it in the spring and summer because it’s one of the very few foundations that can handle sweat and humidity. Not only do I live somewhere that gets unbearably hot in the summer, my face is one of the first parts of my body to start sweating, which makes wearing makeup pretty difficult. MAC Face & Body doesn’t break apart or get streaky when my face starts to sweat, and it’s so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like it’s suffocating my face.

It’s a light coverage foundation, which used to not be something I would be excited about since I have acne. However, after using MAC Face & Body, I’m sold on light coverage foundations. Yes, my acne still shows, but using a light coverage foundation helps to avoid that crusty look that using a more pigmented foundation can create. MAC Face & Body is also a pretty hydrating foundation, which helps to keep my skin looking really healthy and avoids having a ton of foundation sticking to the dry skin around my healing acne spots. I love, love, love this foundation. If you want more details and some tips for how to use MAC Face & Body, I’ve already written a full review.

$30 at MAC

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

Remember how I talked about spring allergies? Well, not only do they make me feel miserable, they make my already extremely dark under eye circles look even worse. I love NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer for hiding my dark circles because it’s a cream concealer that is very opaque, but blends out easily and seamlessly. It’s also on the drier side, which may sound like a turn-off, but it’s actually a good thing.

First of all, let me just say that it’s not dry in the sense that it clings to dry patches and looks dry. It’s dry in the sense that it’s not as emollient as other pot/cream concealers. This is a big deal because those creamier concealers tend to crease a lot more, they require a lot of powder to set them, and they tend to make mascara bleed and cause raccoon eyes, especially if you don’t use enough powder. By making a less emollient cream, the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer avoids those issues. I do think that this concealer may be too dry for concealing pimples, but underneath the eyes it’s great.

I use the shade Vanilla, which is actually too pink for me to use over the rest of my face. It works underneath my eyes though because the pink works as an extra layer of color correction over my dark circles. I just make sure to apply the concealer before I apply my foundation and then go over the edges of the concealer with my foundation. I also pair this with more of a medium coverage concealer like Stellar Limitless Foundation because the opacity can make the concealer appear a little too obvious when it’s paired with a light coverage foundation.

$30 Sephora | Ulta

Eye Favorites

Glossier Lidstar in Moon

glossier lidstar swatch moon

Glossier Lidstar in Moon

I love Glossier Lidstar in the spring especially because it fits with the sheer theme of the rest of my makeup. It’s a shimmery liquid eyeshadow that dries down to a matte finish. It’s very long-wearing, even on my oily eyelids, and I don’t even have to wear primer with it. The shade Moon works well all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight, and it has a sort of ethereal quality that I think fits nicely with the spring vibe.

I love that I don’t have to worry about this eyeshadow wearing away on me during warm weather. It applies quickly and easily, and I don’t even have to use a brush to blend it out, which makes it perfect for those days where I want to look nice but I’m really not in the mood to fuss around with makeup. If Moon isn’t something you’re interested in, I also reviewed the shade Lily.

$18 Glossier

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow in Fantasy

Manna Kadar Fantasy swatch

Manna Kadar Fantasy

I don’t think I’ve posted much about this eyeshadow on my Instagram, but it’s been a major part of my go-to eyeshadow look for a few months now. I’ve really been loving a satin eyeshadow in the crease lately because it creates more of an undone, easy look and adds to the whole “my aspiration in life is to become a disco ball” thing I’ve got going on. Fantasy is a perfect eyeshadow for achieving this look because it’s a peachy pink shimmer than becomes more of a satin as it’s blended out.

I apply Fantasy all over the lid and into the crease with a big fluffy brush, blending as I apply. Then I take a matte berry shade and apply it to the outer V with a flat, firm eyeshadow brush and blend it out with the same fluffy brush I used before. I keep the color pretty concentrated on the outer corner, but as I blend I take it about two-thirds of the way through my crease. This gives enough of a shadow to create depth, but Fantasy pokes through and gives the matte shade a glow that just looks so beautiful and perfect for spring.

$21 MannaKadarCosmetics.com

Lip Favorites

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman

nars powermatte lip pigment swatch american woman

NARS American Woman Left: swatched lightly Right: swatched heavily

I talked about how much I love the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in my review, but now I’m going to explain why I specifically love it for spring. It all comes back to the wind. Most places in the world, spring makes you want to reach for a nice juicy, shiny lip gloss. Thanks to the Vegas winds, wearing a gloss in the spring is a recipe for disaster. Even if you tie your hair up or have short hair, you’re risking having dirt stick to your lips, which is about as fun as it sounds.  The same issue arises with a satin bullet lipstick because there’s still enough moisture for the hair and dirt to stick to. So what does that leave you with? Basically, matte lipsticks and lip stains.

The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is a super lightweight matte liquid lipstick. Like a lip stain, it has a barely there feel on the lips. It has the matte look and feel that’s a necessity for me in the spring, but it doesn’t dry my lips out. It’s also versatile because it can be sheered out to give a softer look, or it can be applied as-is for a more opaque lipstick. It’s the best of both worlds, and exactly what I need it to be in the spring. The shade American Woman is a light, rosy pink that functions as a neutral for me, which has helped to make this a staple in my makeup routine.

$26 Sephora | NARS

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Peyote

urban decay vice lipstick swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Peyote

Listen, Urban Decay Peyote isn’t for everyone. For a lot of people, this will be too glittery or too metallic. What makes me love this lipstick is the tone of it. It’s somewhere between a pink and a brown, and it’s a semi-sheer lipstick. This makes it have more of a chill, effortless feel than a completely opaque metallic or glitter lipstick would have. It’s a very unique lipstick, but the tone and the sheerness of it make it a lot more approachable and wearable.

$19 Urban Decay

Lifestyle Favorites

Quay Australia Vivienne Aviator Sunglasses in Black/Smoke

I’ve wanted Quay sunglasses for years now, but I could never decide which style to buy, and since they’re more on the expensive side I didn’t want to risk buying a pair and then not loving the way they looked on me. I have a low nose bridge, so a lot of glass/sunglasses don’t fit me the way they’re supposed to. When I saw that Quay Australia sunglasses were one of the items in the spring FabFitFun box, I jumped at the opportunity to try them out. These Quay sunglasses fit me perfectly, and they’re so high quality! I love these sunglasses so much, I want them in the rose gold color too!

There are a lot of product categories where there’s not that big of a difference between the more affordable brands and the luxury brands, but sunglasses have an enormous difference in quality. The materials are better, the fits are better, the durability is better. As long as you’re not someone who frequently loses their sunglasses, I think it’s very much worth it to invest in a pair of nice sunglasses in a style that you’ll wear on a regular basis.

Typically, if it’s a style I’m not sure of or it’s a more trendy style that I just want to play around with, I’ll buy from a budget-friendly retailer like Forever21 or Sunglass Spot. However, if I want something that’s really going to last me for several years I invest in a luxury brand. These Quay Australia sunnies are actually more on the affordable side as far as luxury sunglasses go, but they feel just as high quality as the designer sunglasses I’ve purchased in the past.

Not only are these sunglasses excellent quality, but I also got a great deal on them because they were included as part of the spring FabFitFun box! This was my first time trying out the box and I couldn’t be happier with my experience. I got something I’ve been wanting for years that will be a part of my wardrobe for a very long time, and I paid even less for the box than I would have paid if I had purchased the sunglasses by themselves. These sunglasses retail for $60, but for the entire spring FabFitFun box, I only paid $49.99. Y’all know how much I love a good deal, and this one was stellar!

$60 Quay Australia

Malin & Goetz Morrocan Fig

So you want a fragrance that has a spring vibe to it, but the typical florals and fruity scents aren’t your jam? Same. That’s why I’m so happy I discovered Morrocan Fig by Malin and Goetz. The notes in this fragrance aren’t a combination you’re likely to find in many other perfumes, and some of these notes may even make you question how this could possibly smell good. Let’s take a look:

– Top: bergamot, fresh leaves, green pepper.

– Middle: fig leaves, white fig pulp.

– Base: fig bark, cedarwood, coconut, musk.

 

I know, green pepper, WTF? It’s actually the magic ingredient that makes this perfume so unique and perfect for spring. Let’s start with the base notes and work our way up. The fig bark and cedarwood gives a wood-like quality to the fragrance and works in perfect harmony with the coconut and musk. The coconut is very fresh, light, and barely detectable. There’s nothing candy-like or fake smelling about this coconut note. These base notes give the fragrance an outdoorsy feeling without making it seem dirty.

Next, the middle notes add some softness and just a hint of sweetness. These middle notes kind of unify the base and top notes and help them find middle ground. I think without these notes, the fragrance would smell chaotic and like it was trying to be two completely different perfumes at once.

Finally, we have the top notes of bergamot, fresh leaves, and green pepper. To me, the top notes make this fragrance smell like walking through a garden in the morning on a clear sunny day. The bergamot is more subdued than it is in a lot of other fragrances, which is a welcome change in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of bergamot because it can be so overpowering, but in Morrocan Fig it adds a familiar quality that I think will make this fragrance more approachable for a lot of people. The fresh leaves carry through with the outdoorsy feeling that this fragrance has. If you’re a fan of fragrances like Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves, you’ll probably find this fragrance enjoyable too.

Lastly, let’s talk about that green pepper note. It adds a slight spiciness to the fragrance without making it into a spice fragrance, if that makes any sense. It doesn’t give off the same warmth that notes like cinnamon and nutmeg do, it’s very much like the scent you would pick up on if you were in the other room while someone was slicing green bell peppers and you walked into the kitchen. It has a fresh, green feeling to it and just that hint of spice that makes it recognizable as green pepper. However, the green pepper blends in perfectly with the other notes and avoids dominating the scent. Overall, it becomes a fresh, earthy, grounded scent that offers up a perfect alternative to traditional spring fragrances.

$150 Anthropologie

$14.95 trial size via Scentbird

That’s all of the spring favorites I have for you today! Are you excited for spring beauty trends? Or do you prefer another season?

P.S. if you’re trying to figure out what the pink lipstick is in the top photo, it’s Urban Decay Sheer Vice Lipstick in Phone Call. I had planned to include it in this post, but I just found out it’s been discontinued. How sad! It’s a beautiful lipstick. *sigh.*

Thanks for reading!

xx

Cristine

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