Today I’m talking spring! I feel like it might finally be safe enough to talk about. Even if we get pummeled with snow, I am embracing spring and protesting winter. Goodbye, I say.
Today’s post will be spring essentials. I have fully been embracing spring trends and I thought I would share them. Here we go!
Winter dries the crap out of my skin. It wouldn’t matter if I bathed in moisturizer, it would still be horrific. I have accepted this, but once spring comes I’m slathering on the moisturizer. I use a light moisturizer as well as a night cream and a body lotion. This seems to keep the dryness under control, but it will probably take a few weeks to get my skin recovered from winter.
Since my skin can tend to be naturally dry, I have been using coconut oil as a makeup remover, which removes makeup super well and gives me some added moisture. If you do have oily/combo skin I would suggest cleansing right after using this as a makeup remover because it may break you out. It hasn’t caused any breakouts for me and it literally melts the makeup off my face. A word to the wise however, do not get this anywhere near contact lenses. I made the mistake of taking off my eye makeup with my contacts in and I could not get them clean, no matter how many times I rinsed them. You only need a teeny, tiny bit and it is so inexpensive, so I think it’s a great beauty essential.
Moving away from skincare, I’ll move onto my one spring hair essential.
I have never had hair as dry as this winter. I asked my hairdresser because I was concerned that I was doing something to make it so dry and he said it was likely completely weather related. I have tried a few hair masks with little success, but I do have success with Moroccan Oil. It helps with tangles because my hair knots a lot due to the dryness. It smells amazing and it gives great shine. There are tons of hair oils, so you just have to find which one works for you. I’ve tried the light version of Moroccan Oil and it’s great too, but not enough for my thick head of hair. Plus it didn’t smell as strong and I like the smell so I missed that. I’ve also tried Argan Oil, which I didn’t like. It made my hair look so greasy. The regular Moroccan Oil is my go-to. It is expensive, but it lasts a looooong time. I tend to use this more often at this time of year, to try and combat the leftover dryness. I’m getting my hair ready for spring!
Now that I’m done with skin and hair essentials, it’s time for makeup (my favourite of course).
Illuminators and Dewy Finishes
I think one of the best parts of spring makeup is glowing skin. I love the dewy, fresh look for spring time. Makes you look awake and renewed. I recently picked up the Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights in Bare Light to mix with my foundation. This helps to add glow to my skin without glitter. In combination with a Dewy Setting Spray, it leaves a really nice finish. The skinlights needs to be used minimally though because it can be a little cakey if you go wild with it. A little goes a long way. I think the look of your skin is the most essential part of any spring makeup look, if you spend time on any part of your makeup, make it be your skin.
My next spring essential is bronzer. In the winter, pale skin works with lots of the trends like dark lips, but I think spring trends look nice with bronzed skin. In the summer I will hopefully have some natural colour, but that’s asking a lot for a Canadian spring, so for now I have to fake it. I’m back into my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, so that is my current spring go to. In the winter I was really into cream bronzer for an added glow, but now with the illuminator and other dewy finishes, I’ve stepped back from that a bit and went back to my go to powder. I like to dust this wear the sun would naturally hit (outside edges of my face). It just really highlights my other makeup and makes you look healthy.
The next spring essential I’m loving is coloured eyeshadow! For a while now, I’ve stuck with and been enjoying neutral coloured eyeshadow. I’ll admit colour scares me a bit. I always get a bit nervous that it won’t look natural or it will look like I’m playing in my mom’s makeup or whatever. In order to ease my way into embracing colour, I’ve discovered that the best way to wear it is to pick one place to highlight and keep everything else neutral. I like using champagne or light eyeshadows on my lid and putting the colour on my lower lashline. I’ll use coloured eyeshadow and then line my waterline in black to really make it pop. I think this is a mature way to enjoy colour.
If I’m not wearing a bright eye (pick one ladies!) I have been wearing bright lip colours constantly. I love doing a really simple eye with light shadow and winged liner and then throwing on a bright lip. It’s also a quick way to look pulled together if you’re short on time. I have been wearing lots of fuchsia tones lately, but I also seem to gravitate towards coral. Coral is an awesome spring colour and it can be worn toned down for more dramatic eye looks or amped up as the focus of the look.
So there you have it, my spring essentials! I hope you enjoyed this post, comment below with your spring essentials!
Bye for now!