Sunshine, cherry blossom, peonies, pastel clothes and brighter lips and tips. Yes, it finally feels like spring outside and I literally cannot contain my excitement! Spring is my favorite season and I have a little beauty ritual where every year I go and get some new bits to add to my spring / summer makeup collection. Last week it was round one and here we have some gorgeous nail polishes, some lip treats and a couple of gems to help me keep my skin soft and flake-y free.
Having beautiful and nourished skin is essential, so when my beloved Soap & Glory Hand Food hand cream ran out, getting some hand moisturizer was in order. Somehow I got myself talked into getting this Handy Gurugu cream by Lush (here) and I still can’t decide if the purchase was worth it or not. The hand cream is very rich and is perfect for using before bed at night. As long as you don’t put too much on, it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feel super soft and smooth. The drawback with this hand cream is the scent. It stinks, pretty much. I have no idea how I didn’t realize that in the store but I guess my nose went a bit crazy with all the different scents in the store. I hope I’ll get used to the smell though as apart from it Handy Gurugu ticks all the boxes. My lips have been having a moment recently and felt even drier then usual. With that said, I decided to stop making excuses and finally go ahead and give a try the oh-so-loved Reve de Miel lip balm from NUXE (here). This gem is everywhere these days and with a good reason – it’s incredible! Reve de Miel has a bit bizarre consistency as it feels a bit grainy and is very thick. Once it melts on the lips, however, it feels light weight and instantly softens the skin. Since I’ve been using this, my lips have been feeling so nourished, smooth and more plump! Reve de Miel not only moisturizes like charm but it also looks amazing under lipstick as it dries matte. And if this isn’t enough to convince you that you need this in your life let me tell you that the balm smells divine – honey and citrus anyone? Yes, please!
Keeping up with the lip theme, I also got two of the most beautiful peachy coral lipsticks I’ve ever seen. The first one comes from Bourjois and it is their Color Boost Lip Crayon in Peach On The Beach (here). This stunning peach with glossy finish completely stole my heart and I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I got it. Peach On The Beach is so unique and ideal for the spring with its playful, fun vibe. The formula also didn’t disappoint and I adore the hydrating, soft feeling the lippy gives to my lips. It’s love! The second coral shade I added to my collection is the gorgeous YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in #14 Corail in Touch (here). Pretty coral-y orange with incredibly moisturizing formula and luxurious packaging? Yes, this YSL beaut gives all that and more! It makes my lips so full and juicy and the amazing hint of color will finish off any spring/summer makeup look beautifully! I am absolutely in love with this product and if you fancy winning one for yourself you can enter my Giveaway here.
Apparently I was on a lipstick-shopping mood, so I couldn’t stop myself going into MAC and treating myself to a new lippy. The lucky winner this time was the famous Impassioned (here). A MAC’s best-selling shade, this beauty left me absolutely smitten. It is the most gorgeous bright pink-red in my collection and I love the hint of neon that it has – it’s perfect for the warmer months. Impassioned makes my green eyes pop beautifully and brightens up my complexion. It is super opaque and glides on the lips effortlessly. It does feel a bit drying on but if I pop some lip balm underneath - I am good to go.
Ladies and gentleman, big news - I have new favorite mascara!! It is from the drugstore and it is downright incredible! I am talking about the brilliant Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion mascara (here), which captured my heart with the very first use. Bigger, thicker lashes? Check. Volume? Check. Holding curl? Check. No clumps? Double check. This baby is just everything I ever wished for in a mascara and the results are amazing! My lashes have never looked better and so many people have asked me if I was wearing false lashes. Tells you something, doesn’t it? :) The only problem I have with False Lash Effect Fusion is that I got the shade Black/Brown and it is a bit less dramatic for my liking. I will definitely be picking up the Black version soon though, so it is all good.
Last but certainly not least, I got three nail polishes and I have fallen head over heels in love with each of the shades. The fist one is Essie Mezmerised (here) and it is this gorgeous true cobalt blue. Its stunning shade makes me think about the sea and I think it would be the perfect summer companion. Next, I got another blue polish and it is Bikini So Teeny by Essie (here). This beautiful soft ‘cornflower’ blue shade is ideal for the warmer months and makes my skin look so tanned, which I adore. The fine silver shimmer in Bikini So Teeny adds such beautiful sheen to the polish and I love how beautifully the light reflects it. Prettiness in a bottle! The last polish I got is the ever-so-unique Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel polish in #27 Green Fizz (here). You can see me wearing it here and the almost-neon green shade is so stunning and definitely a winner in my books. It reminds me of Essie’s First Timer (here) but I love that it’s brighter. The formula of all three nail varnishes is spot on. They apply easily, dry fast and stay on well. Lovely picks!
I really hope you enjoyed my little haul and everything I got. If you’ve tried any of the products do let me know how you like them. :) Have you started your spring beauty shopping yet? Have you got anything exciting?
Lots of love,