Spring Picks: Makeup, Nail Polishes and Fragrances14:08
Spring is finally here. As with any season, I do change up my usual makeup routine with seasonal appropriate shades. Today I wanted to share with you my spring picks - fragrances, nail polishes and makeup. This is to give you some idea about what I like to wear and maybe inspire you to upgrade your beauty drawers with some additional products that you're searching for.
Since spring is the most scented season of them all, let's start with fragrances. Most of my perfumes fit into spring/summer category and I chose to revisit some of them with you. I have a big selection for every nose.
L'Eaupar Kenzo Eau Indigo - Knezo makes the best powdery scents. This one is sophisticated, sweet and pretty gentle, but very powdery.
Avon City Rush - a very sweet fruity scent that has quite a punch and is nice for those who like strong fruity scents.
Avon Mesmerize - very peachy sweet scent. This one is also a bit more sophisticated and gentle, but very sweet.
Avon Far Away Exotic - one of my all time favorite scents (sadly discontinued). It's very tropical and sweet. Also a bit on the powdery side. I adore it because it has coconut in it mixed with my favorite notes of sandalwood, amber and musk.
Aldo Vandini Pure White Magnolia and Cotton - is one of those very fresh cotton, but still a bit sweet scents. It's on the gentle non invasive side.
Avon Cherish - one of the more floral perfumes from my collection, but still has a very nice sweetness to it. It's on the strong side.
Britney Spears Hidden Fantasy - if you know Fantasy line, you know it's for the sweet lovers. Hidden Fantasy is on the citrus fruity sweet side. I find it good for spring, because it's still sweet, but has a bit of sweet citrus punch to it for some freshness.
Avon Outspoken Party by Fergie - I call this a more sophisticated version of Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy. It's again very sweet, but also quite a bit woody. Perfect for those who like strong sophisticated scents.
Avon Dreams - is one of my currently most used perfumes. It's described as a floral fragrance, but it also has a bit of fruitiness to it and a lot of woodiness. To me this is a very romantic gentle sophisticated scent perfect for hotter days.
Chopard Cascade - another one of my all time favorites. It's very feminine, gentle and musky floral. I like the deep musk feel to it, but in general the fragrance is very airy and powdery almost.
For my base products I like to use something that is lighter in shade as well as coverage. I've embraced a bit more of that famous glow this year, because before I was a firm believer in matte skin.
DIY BB Cushion - this is the BB Cushion that I made myself. It's great for any time of year, because it's costumizable to your needs. I love using this. It's the easiest application and travel friendly packaging.
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005 Light Natural - I chose this shade 005 in particular, because it's the lightest of the range and it's great for highlighting under my eyes. It also has a good coverage (review of other two shades).
L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime CC Cream Skin Tone Perfecting Light - this is one of those CC creams that looks like your skin, but it has a bit of glowiness to it, which doesn't make you look greasy at all.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 Light Vanilla - one of the best looking medium coverage foundations. This is also on the glowy side and very lightweight.
No spring makeup is complete without the glow. After dull winter it is time to bring out the sunshine and let it bounce of your cheeks like nothing else. I am highlighter freak and highlighter is definitely "in" this year, with the whole strobing trend.
Oriflame The One Illuskin Face Primer - stark silver white liquid. This is great to mix in with foundation for a bit more glow or to use on it's own for a very natural highlight.
Kiko Radiant Touch Cream Stick Highlighter 100 Gold - peachy based champagne beige. I can't believe I didn't review this yet. It's one of the best lighter cream highlighters for achieving that natural, but still pretty glowy skin. It blends nicely into other cream products.
Essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter 10 Look on the Bright Side - white based light gold. Fair toned skins will love this. It's super light and gives just enough hint of gold to still look very natural on fair skin tones. It turns into powder, when it touches the skin.
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer - orange based champagne gold. My holy grail highlighter. This is for every season and I adore the golden sheen that it gives to my skin.
My eye shadow shades are more on the golden, pink, peachy side. I like them to match my colorful lipsticks and especially be lighter than in the fall and winter. I also love a good shimmery eye shadow in the spring.
Freedom Today's Tonight Pro Decadence Shade 4 - classic warm toned brown with some orange undertone. Such a classic shade that goes with everything. Great for all over the lid to highlight it. It has crazy creamy pigmentation.
Freedom Freedom Today's Tonight Pro Decadence Shade 16 - less shimmery and taupe version of 4. Really nice satin finish.
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Sweeter End - dirty mauve with gold sheen. Such a unique shades for all over the lid to give you nice sheen,
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Pure Ganache - yellow toned copper. The best shade for warmer complexions. It really brings out yellow undertones.
theBalm Nude'tude Snobby - very yellow toned gold. I love this for the inner corners. It's also great over other base colors to give it some warmth.
theBalm Nude'tude Stand-offish - gold based pink. Another great shade for the inner corners. This one is a lot less yellow than Snobby.
theBalm Nude'tude Seductive - yellow toned caramel brown. One of my all time favorite brown eye shadows. This will look amazing on warm skin tones.
Essence All About Roses Shade 7 - dirty mauve with taupe undertone. It's matte and such a unique alternative to usual taupe browns.
Essence All About Nudes Shade 2 - light warm toned brown. One of the lightest warm browns. Great for blending out other shades or for the crease.
Essence All About Nudes Shade 5 - beige with pink sheen. Such a unique shade with the beautiful sheen. It will look great on it's own or applied over brown cream bases to make them brighter and more dimensional.
Essence I Heart Nude Eyeshadow 03 Creme Brulee - warm peachy toned satin beige. This is amazing all over the lid as a base or for highlighting inner corner without using the usual shimmery shades. This is also great as a face highlighter.
Essence Eyeshadow 19 The Grammy Goes Glammy - warm toned very shimmery beige. This is crazy shimmery almost a bit stark and it will look great as a highlight here and there or in the inner corners.
Be Creative Make Up Eyeshadow 024 Bewitched - light peach with gold sheen. This shade is so pretty and just perfect for spring. I am really using it a lot. It's great subtle color all over the lid and especially pretty in the inner corners.
L'Oreal Color Infaillible Eyeshadow 024 Bronze Goddess - gold olive green. It could easily be defined as autumn color, but it's also spring for me. It's the most unique olive green that I own and one of my all time favorites.
Avon Supershock Vivid Liquid Eye Shadow Pink Party - shimmery pink with silver sheen. Amazingly reflective almost that wet look eye shadow. Greta on it's own.
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Flash - baby pink. This is great for inner corners or you can use it in the waterline too to brighten it up.
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Black - black. My all time favorite eyeliner texture in a pen form, because it's gel and it glides on the lids with such ease. It's also one of the easiest to blend out, but has a very good staying power.
Avon Always On Point Eyeliner Molten Pewter - silvery olive green. Another one of those really unique shades. This is very reflective and will instantly brighten up you eyes. I really like to use it around the lower lash line.
Avon Always On Point Eyeliner Molten Rose - copper with silver shimmer. I use it in the same way as Molten Pewter. This can also be used in the inner corners.
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 21 Passion Fruit - peach with gold sheen. Very bright warm peach. It looks a bit intimidating over the whole lid, but is great as a base for other powder eye shadows or applied over them as a highlight and a pop of color.
Blushes are again one of those must have pieces for the spring in my opinion. They reflect colorful flower shades from the nature and make you look fresh. Blushes that scream spring to me are peach shades. Obviously I wear those all year around. I also like a bit of coral shades as well as some pinks to match my fuchsia lipsticks.
By Nanda Three Colour Blush S01 - one of the lightest shimmery coral shades. It's almost a highlighter and looks very glowy. I like this for natural dewy finish.
E.l.f. Blush Palette Light Shade 4 - red toned pink. Great to compliment red or redish pink lipsticks.
theBalm Hot Mama! Shadow/Blush - coral pink with gold sheen. One of the prettiest shimmery blushes that I own. Such a natural flash of coral.
H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher Brown Sugar - matte brownish peach with satin finish. This is my all time favorite matte blush, that isn't flat matte. I adore this all year around for those very neutral brown makeup looks.
Catrice Defining Blush 070 Pinkerbell - cool toned fuchsia pink. This one is great to use as a nice match to fuchsia based pink lipsticks.
Milani Baked Blush 05 Luminoso - peach with gold sheen. My all time favorite blush. It looks goo with any warm makeup and has just big enough shimmer to look very naturally glowy.
Essence Soo Blush! Cream to Powder Blush 10 Sweet as a Peach - pinky coral. I like this for natural looks or those looks that require you to get ready in 5 minutes.
Catrice Defining Blush 030 Love & Peach - peachy coral. A bit too bright for my taste, but it looks good with orange based lipsticks as it compliments their brightness.
The list can go on and on when it comes to lip products. It's one of those categories that you can go crazy in the spring. Lips should reflect all the pretty shades of flowers blossoming around you. I adore peaches, pinks and warm nudes. I've also been really liking lip glosses, especially paired with lipsticks or on their own for those casual days. I know mattes are super popular right now, but nothing looks fresher than a glossy lip. It also makes your lips looking bigger.
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother 020 Apricot Cream - light pinky peach. One of the most comfrotable formulas for the lips. It's almost like a lip balm and lip gloss hybrid. It also gives a very subtle color to the lips.
Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother 010 Sweet Caramel - light caramel brown. This shade is perfect for nude makeup or over brown lipsticks to add shine.
NYX Butter Gloss Apple Strudel - pink coral. At first I hated this shade, because it was too pink for my taste. Recently I've been pairing it with some bright orange lipsticks for creating ombre lips and I adore it. It's so glossy and super shiny. It also makes your lips look bigger.
Essence Liquid Lipstick 03 Almost Real - pinky peachy light brown. This is nude glossy alternative to lipsticks. It looks very natural.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 04 Peach Club - bright red toned peach. I love this shade because it's not super bright and it almost looks a tad redish. It's one of those nice mixes of bright and muted shade.
Essence Longlasting Lipliner 02 Sweetheart - bright medium pink. I love to use this on it's own as a lipstick, because it's very creamy. The shades is one of the prettiest not too cool pinks.
Avon Ultra Glimmerstick Lip Liner Nude - yellow toned nude brown. A great nude lip liner to pair it with other lipsticks or wear on it's own. You can also over line the lips a bit, because it's very matte.
Avon Ultra Glimmerstick Lip Liner Pink Cashmere - light dirty baby pink. This one is great to use with light pink lipsticks. I like to sometimes just correct the line of lipsticks with this and not use it all over.
Avon Ultra Glimmerstick Lip Liner Pink Bouquet - warm toned medium pink. Another great lip liner to be paired with lip sticks. I like that the formula is precise, but not too drying.
Golden Rose Dream Lips Lipliner 501 - peachy nude brown. One of the best nude lip liner shades that I own. It looks so natural with my skin tone and I love the warm tone of it.
Avon Kiss'n'go Lipstick Amour - sheer warm dirty pink. It's almost a lip balm and lipstick hybrid. One of those no fuss lipsticks that gives you a bit of color, but looks very natural and noursihing.
Golden Rose Vision Lipstick 123 - brown based peach. This could easily be autumn shade, but I love the brick orange tone to it. It's unique and a nixe alternative to usual nude brown shades, since it's not bright, but also not nude.
MAC Lustre Lipstick Patisserie - pink peach brown nude. Patisserie is one of those shade that looks good on many different skin tones. It also goes with many different looks since it pretty much has a bit of everything in it - pink, peach and brown.
Avon Ultra Colour Indulgence Petal Pink - blue toned light fuchsia. Definitely not a shade for everyone. I always admire fuchsia toned lipsticks and this is a very light version that won't look too invasive.
Avon Ultra Colour Indulgence Peach Petunia - pink based peach. One of my all time favorite peachy shades. I love this very comfortable formula and bright peach shade.
Kiko Temptress Lip Set 04 - blue toned pinky red. This is in my spring picks, because it's almost like a gel based lipstick. It can bee used as a stain and I like the glossy texture to it.
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick Not in Love - bright coral pink. One of the most unique pink shades. I really like this one, it's just like nothing else and I like that it's quite warm. The formula is also very comfortable.
Avon 3D Plumping Lipstick Cantaloupe - very warm yellow toned peach. This is one of those "nudes" for my taste that it gives a bit of color - peach to be exact. I adore the formula of 3D lipsticks. So comortable for a lipsticks.
Avon 3D Plumping Lipstick Stolen Kisses - dirty pink. Very popular shades by many, because it will suit many different skin tones. One of those very natural looking nudes on the pink side.
Avon 3D Plumping Lipstick Bitten - bright fuchsia pink. My all time favorite fuchsia pink. It's so unique and so bright, yet kind of on the dark side. I adore this shade. It's one of those ones for the brave.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Au Naturale - very warm light brown. This is a very warm light matte brown and it goes with my usualy repertoar of warm toned eye makeups.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Pure Pink - dirty brownish pink. Like Stolen Kisses, this is a matte version of one of those pinks that just looks very natural and neutral.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Ideal Lilac - cool light fuchsia. This one is again one of my favorite fuchsia lipsticks. It's a lot lighter than Bitten and gives a more muted look, because of the matte formula.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Adoring Love - cool red based pink. It seems this is a very popular shade as well. I get it why, it just looks like a pink that is not too bright and not too dark. It's also not too cool.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Coral Fever - bright orange. Probably my all time favorite orange. Is not an obvious orange since it has a bit of redish undertone, so it's a bit more muted. The shade is so unique and will brighten up any warm complexion.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick Peach Flatters - pink based peach. This is a more nude muted version of Coral fever. It seems pretty unique and I like it with many different eye makeup, especially coppers, golds and shimmery browns.
Pastels and some more pastels. This is what defines spring nail polishes in my opinion. I like a different range of colors not just pastels. I also like pinks, mints and some brighter shades like yellow. A bit of everything, really.
Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel Creme Brulee - very sheer beige. I would use this one those days that I can't be bothered to change my nail color every third day. It looks like nothing on your nails, but still provides you with a gloss slightly tinted look.
Berry M Gelly High-Shine Nail Paint Coconut - off white, a bit nudish. It's not a bright white, so a more muted version, perfect for spring and classy to go with everything.
Maybelline Colorama 303 - sheer lightly peach based nude. This is also one of my favorite nudes, since it's a bit more opaque than Creme Brulee and it has warm undertone so that it compliments my complexion better.
Kiko Nail Lacquer 507 Blush - very light pastel peach. This has also quickly became one of my favorite nudes as well. It has more color than 303, but still looks very light. One of the most unique shades in my opinion. I also really like the peachiness of it.
Maybelline Color Show The Blushed Nudes 447 Dusty Rose - dirty lavender pink. Definitely my favorite spring nail polish of this year. It's such a unique mix of pastel lavender and pink. I adore it.
Avon Nailwear Pro+ Lemon Sugar - pastel true yellow. One of the best yellow nail polish colors. I think it's discontinued, which is such a shame. Most yellow nail polishes have a very warm almost bronze undertone to it, which I don't like at all. This one is a very bright true lemon like yellow, but with a very white base which makes it almost pastel like. I love it and wish I bought more, because I never found a good dupe for it.
Kiko Nail Lacquer 322 Caffe Latte - warm brown. Kiko nail polish shades are just the best. This is a nice nude brown alternative and I like that it's just the right amount of darkness and it's also warm toned.
Models Own Hyper Gel Gel Effect Polish Powder Blue - pastel light blue. I don't own a lot of pastel shades and in general I don't like blue, but this one is an exception. It's very light and I like this baby blue feel to it.
Maybelline Color Show 286 Maybe Blue - denim light blue. I think I bought this shade last year in the summer and it's just one of those really unique blue shades. It's almost like a mix of baby blue and denim blue. Again one of those rare blue shades that I really like.
Kiko Nail Lacquer 330 Lilac - pastel lavender violet, These kind of pastel lavender shades are my obsession in spring. I seem to have this idea in my mind and always think of lavender nail polish in the spring. It really is a lovely shade and good alternative to usual pinks.
Maybelline Colorama 317 - fuchsia pink. Maybelline has a way of making unique shades that are a bit non standard. This is also one of those really unique pinks.
Maybelline Mini Colorama 95 Green Park - pastel minty green. My all time favorite greenish minty nail polish that is sadly discontinued. I can't find a good dupe for it, so if you have any suggestions let me know. It's very sheer, but the shade is just such a a pretty light green.
Kiko Nail Lacquer 526 Mint - greenish mint. It's again one of those really nice greenish darker mint shades. It's almost a bit bright.
Kiko 3 in 1 Mat Fortifying Fast Dry Base and Top Coat - matte top coat. Even though I like glossy shiny lips for the spring, I almost want to counteract them with matte nails. Because of the bright sun, matte nail polish looks so much more unique and this is my favorite matte top coat. It's really matte and lasts well on my nails.
Essence Turn it Sunny Top Coat 02 You Are My Sunshine - pearly top coat with orange sheen. This is a fairly new addition to Essence collection. I bough it because I knew that this would give me an instant warmth to any nail polish shade. It looks so pretty over colorful nail polishes and gives them a very coppery bright sheen.