The transition from a long Winter to Spring calls for a change in my make-up routine.
Whilst I am not quite ready to go for a minimal look (I’ll save that for the Summer), Spring calls for a change in to lighter formulations, a luminous look, and swapping the berry tones to flirty pinks so I can look (and feel) as fresh as can be!
Here are some of my make-up recommendations:
La Roche-Possay is a brand that uses latest technology to formulate innovative products that are loved by many beauty bloggers. One of their latest release is a BB Cream Mouse that blurs to reduce the appearance of pores, calms redness, blurs imperfection and keeps the oils under control throughout the day. It’s a skincare and cosmetic hybrid that protects your skin and letting it breathe.
I can’t stand wearing base products 99% of the time because it literally feels like it’s suffocating my skin, so I’ve enjoyed using this BB cream mousse as it doesn’t feel heavy at all. It does cling to dry patches so maybe save it for a good skin day!
The texture is a lot like Benefit’s POREfessional primer balm, so for me, I can’t use foundation over it otherwise my make-up slips around! But it has been suffice to use La Roche-Posay’s BB Effaclar Blur on it’s own as it provides the light coverage I need to a Spring day! It also has SPF 20 in which is a huge bonus.
I love Inika foundations, they feel like a tinted moisturiser! In the past 12 months, I have used the original one, the one that isn’t formulated with hyaluronic acid and have loved it. They’re also certified organic and are suitable for vegans!
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, this foundation from Inika peps my skin up instantly! The new formula features hyaluronic acid which is known for holding and locking in moisture. I found that there isn’t a physical different between the original and the new formula - and they are both the same price (£29.50). It just all depends on your skin type and what it needs. If dry and dehydrated skin isn't a concern for you, opt for the original.
It combines the goodness of aloe vera leaf juice and jojoba seed oils to moisturise skin. Arian and reship oils to repair, and of course, hyaluronic acid to plump skin and improve elasticity.
If full coverage foundations are your thing, Vichy Dermablend will help you conceal skin concerns whilst feeling lightweight. It’s long-lasting, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores). The third factor was what sold it to me. Since it's from a well established skincare brand, you can trust that this is kinder to your skin than most foundations.
You need to work this foundation on to your skin in thin layers with a brush. If applied too thick, it kind of gathers around areas of your face which makes it difficult to even out.
Another skincare and cosmetic hybrid here! Perricone MD made a noise within the beauty industry with their No Make-Up Make-Up range. They recently added a No Highlighter Highlighter to that. Technically, it's a treatment serum with a subtle pink shimmery finish due to light reflecting pearls. You can add all over the face for a luminous finish, or you can use it over areas of your face in which you would highlight.
It's non-sticky and non-greasy, it has a runnier consistency than I expected but this just allows this product to blend in much easily. It contains Vitamin E, and Dr Perricone's unique anti-inflammatory technology.
A lot of lipgloss these days claim to be non-sticky but it's not always necessarily true. However, even with layers and layers of Perricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss (an anti-ageing serum), it's still comfortable to wear and is a lovely gloss that sits on lips comfortably.
It feels like a smooth, glossy lip balm that moisturise and nourishes, whilst giving a pop of colour. The shade is a rose red that adapts to your natural lip colour. It has SPF 15 zinc oxide, contains no parabens or sulfates.