One of the best wakes to shake off winter is to bring a spring refresh to your makeup.
Spring Beauty Edit
So I decided to take a quick break from my travel posts with some beauty - I was inspired. On Sunday, I got all wrapped up in the idea that it was finally spring; quickly I got fixated on the idea of getting a pedicure. After a long winter of boots, and marching my way across Europe, my feet were covered with those awful calluses and patches of dry rough skin. I quickly made an appointment to get my feet tended to the next day. Of course on Monday I woke up to several inches of snow. The ridiculousness of getting a pedicure when there is 4 inches of snow on the ground didn't really sink in until I was putting my nicely painted toes back into my big boots. Even though my toes are still hiding in socks, I started getting into the spirit of springtime.
Makeup is probably one of the first things I go looking for when I want to get ready for spring; it's completely independent of the ever changing weather. Stepping away from my comfort zone, I decided to try products from some brands that I haven't used before.
Sisley Paris Photo-Touche Sun Glow Powder
Normally I'm pretty hesitant about purchasing such a costly product. I was kind of sold on the three-in-one aspect of this particular product; it has a bronzer, highlighter, and blush in one palette and comes with a kabuki brush. Personally, I prefer applying bronzer with a much larger/fluffier brush, so the kabuki brush is going to get repurposed elsewhere. For a more contoured look, apply the darkest shade to the hollows of your cheeks, the highlight on the cheekbone, and the blush to the apples of your cheek. I love sweeping a brush across all three shades and applying it all over for a lightly tanned look. This shade is for light to medium skin tones, but there is another shade for darker skin tones.
Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Solo
Okay, I know what you’re thinking – blue eyeshadow? But yes, surprisingly yes. For me, blue eyeshadow always brought up images of my childhood and the early 90s where a swath of denim blue on your lids was “like totally awesome”. Needless to say I’m dubious of blue. However, this blue is really really light – think bleached out denim – and I’m not planning on painting my eyelids with it. After staring at picture after picture of people putting a pot of color in the center corner of their eye, I decided to give it a go. I replace the highlighter I normally put in the inside corner with a light application of this color, and voila! Super on trend. Also worth noting is the formulation of this product; it’s a cream that goes on smooth and becomes like a powder.
Chantecaille 20th Anniversary Palette
I picked up this palette, honestly, because of how pretty the shades were. It’s sort of like rose gold for your eyes. Originally I thought I would be using this for a lighter version of a smokey eye, but I’ve actually found that I like the shadows individually as well. A word of warning, the colors are pretty sheer, but they blend really well and create a nice light shimmer.
Tom Ford Lip Color
Despite it's bright appearance, this lip color is quite sheer. The description says it's a 'warm pick with a luminous finish'. I found it to smooth on like a balm, and gives my lips a light hint of a summery sun kissed pink. It lasts really well throughout the day, and doesn't feel like you're wearing lipstick; it feels and wears more like a stain. Enriched with shea butter and vitamins c and e, you're lips will also feel hydrated. If nothing else, the packaging is probably some of the chicest I've ever seen. Apply at the center of your lips and use your finger to blend out for the super on trend 'ombre lip' look.
Sisley Paris Photo-Touche Sun Glow Powder in Peche Doree
Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Eye Color Solo in 303
Chantecaille 20th Anniversary Eye Palette
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso