Shaking up my makeup stash for spring

Spring is here! Daffodils are blooming, baby lambs are baaing and the sun is starting to shine for that little bit longer in the evening. As with probably everyone, I like to give my makeup stash a shake up each time a new season rolls around but especially in spring. I love going from dark colours and full coverage to bright and airy bases. Bring on the sunshine!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I love it when I’m just that little bit more tanned and I have no idea why I don’t give myself bit more of a glow. So I feel like I might start using a gradual moisturiser more often. Anyway that’s a bit off topic. What made me think of this was when I used my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska the other day, I really liked the way it looked at the bit of extra colour it gave to my skin. I’m going to tan up and move this into my daily stash. It’s probably right on the cusp of how dewy I’m willing to go but I do like the light base this gives. Another glow giver that I like to bring out in the spring is the Pixi Glow Booster in Peach Glow. I don’t usually use it all over (bit too sheeny for me) but I like to put it on the tops of my cheekbones just for a bit of added something.

I don’t know why I try and fall in love with cream products every year, but each spring without fail I’ll add some sort of stick product into my daily makeup routine. So, here we are, with the Collection Speedy Blush in Cheeky now in my everyday stash. As stick products go I really like this one because it’s not greasy, not too firm and the right amount of creaminess. It’s also a great colour and I can build it up to the right amount of ‘flush’. I’ve shared my love for the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris before loads of times, but there’s a reason why it’s one of my favourite products, especially in the spring. It’s a bright pink which goes on sheer so is amazing at jazzing up an everyday face. It’s also very moisturising and when the weather starts to get warmer this is just what I want. I can see myself getting to the end of this soon and it upsets me so much! Any recommendations for moisturising lipsticks that are pink and sheer would be much appreciated!

Last year I picked up the Fig Fiction Perfume from & Other Stories in the sale and instantly fell in love. To me it’s springtime in a bottle and I’m all about it. It’s not overly floral and really fresh. To me it just smells of the outdoors, like when you go on a long walk and smell of grass. It gives me such good memories of last year (bought it on a friends weekend in Oxford and every time I spray it it reminds me of Countryfile Live) and I’m obsessed.

What’s your favourite beauty product for skin?

Products that are seriously under hyped

There’s always talk about hyped up products, how great they are or even if they are worth all the ranting and raving in the first place. So today I thought I’d give a special mention to those products that don’t have much time in the limelight but are great and need to be shouted about.


Last year I delved into the world of NYX eyeshadows and I was seriously impressed. Their palettes get a lot of air time but I had heard next to nothing about their single shadows and I have no idea why. They’re around £4 each, come in a ton of different colours and finishes and can fit nicely into magnetic palettes. I bought four shades last year that I thought would be quite versatile and then a shimmery red to make things a bit more interesting. I think they’re so good for the price point and I have no idea why they don’t get the kind of credit they deserve.

Back when they were released around 18 months ago there was a bit of hype around the Mac Liptensity Lipsticks but after a few weeks it all quietened off and hasn’t really picked back up since. I am a total lover of this formula, creamy and comfortable on the lips but the pigment really packs a punch. I only have one of these (I’m much more of an eye shadow hoarder than a lipstick collector) in Smoked Almond and it’s my go to autumn lipstick – a warm nude that verges on brown. There’s a wide range of shades so why not give it a go.

Something which is slightly newer in my stash is the NYX blush in Mauve N’ Out. Why has no one piped up about these blushes before! If you have and I’ve totally ignored it I apologise but I am well and truly on board with this product. It is pigmented, which can be an issue if I’m not concentrating and decide to slap a load on my face, but when used correctly it gives a rosy flush to my face which perks it up in all the right ways. It feels very similar to my usual blush colour so I feel like it will go with any kind of makeup look. Small and compact, I’m looking forward to travelling with this!

If you’ve read a few of my posts recently you might have noticed my sudden love for lip gloss. I’m all about that plumped vibe and I’ve been cracking out the creamy finishes and the glossy products left, right and centre. The thing that made me come to my gloss loving realisation was the Pixi Lip Lift Max in Honey Sheen. It’s so good and I’ve heard next to no one share my enthusiasm for it. It has a subtle peachy shimmer so works great over the top of other lip products and it gives a great plump and tingling feeling without making it feel like someone is stabbing me in the lips with tiny knives. Such a great ‘throw in your bag’ product.

What is your favourite ‘underhyped’ product?

My go-to evening base

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago (here) my ‘everyday face’ has become very minimal and basically a slap it all on and run out the door kind of situation. But on a weekend and on the rare occasions where I leave the house in the evening I’ve been going all out and putting all of the products on my face. So I thought I’d share what products I’ve been using when I want a full coverage, ‘look at how much makeup I have on my face’ situation. Enjoy!

After making the discovery that I actually have a very dehydrated face my choice of primers has seriously changed. I’ve gone from one that is very silicone-y and makes my face very matte to something tacky and semi-hydrating to plump up my skin before foundation. Back in December in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar I got a mini This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up and I love it. It’s sticky (in a good way) and it gives my skin a boost of moisture – but it’s also quite pricy for a primer so if anyone has any cheaper dupes for it please let a girl know!

Foundation wise I’ve been using the Maybelline Superstar 24 hour Foundation in. I like it because it’s full coverage but I’m still on the fence and not 100% sold on it. I might be putting too much on or something but it likes to collect and not fully blend into my skin. Also it doesn’t last as long as I would expect a full coverage to do. I think I need to play about with it a bit more with different primers and brushes – I will get this to work!

When I’m going on out on my base there are three concealers that are my go-tos. The first is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Peach which I use underneath my foundation. It makes my under-eyes look a smidge lighter and brighter and I prefer my face when I use this product. Then on top of my foundation I go in with the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (I’ve mentioned by love for this concealer here), blend it out with my Real Techniques Sponge and finish off my concealer journey with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. I’m obsessed with this concealer, it’s my all time favourite. Full coverage, tick. Crease proof, tick. Cracking colour, tick tick tick. This concealer trio is perfect for me.

Before I go in with the powder I dab a bit of the Pixi Glow Booster on the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow and the end of my nose. It gives me a bit of extra glow and I think it emphasises my powder highlight when I go in with that later. When my Laura Mercier Powder ran out a few months ago I thought I’d give the RCMA No Colour Powder a go and so far I’m very impressed. It’s pretty much exactly the same, finely milled and does a great job at mattifying my face. Winner!