2018 Spring Beauty Picks

Spring is finally upon us! Usually  try to live in the moment as much as possible, but this year, I’ve been anxiously waiting for it to become spring since January 1st and am so happy the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up (let’s ignore the fact that it’s forecasted to snow over Easter…)

I have to admit that I’m one of those people that changes my makeup depending on the season, and in the springtime, I ditch the vampy shades I’ve been wearing all winter. The more colourful makeup items resurface from the bottom of my collection, and in particular, you’ll see a lot of peachy shades in this post, which pretty much carry me from March to the end of August. Read on for my picks!

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LIPSTICK

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Topanga

I bought this Lippie Stix back in February, so I haven’t owned it for very long. Admittedly, I’ve only worn it a few times since, but the formula seems to be quite decent. This is a bright peachy-coral in a satin formula; I would say it looks brighter in the context of my entire face compared to just a lip swatch. I’ve included this Topanga because the bright, warm shade is perfect for the warmer weather.

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Topanga

 

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in RD732

I talk about this lipstick all the time – I mentioned it in my 8 Beauty Products I Love That No One Talks About post, although that post was more about the stellar formula, while in this one, I’m focusing on how perfect the shade is for spring. This looks a lot darker in the tube than it does applied, and in photos it looks surprisingly similar to Topanga. Topanga is much brighter and more coral with a finish that leans more on the matte side and an opaque coverage, while RD732 is actually a medium warm pink that is more sheer. The super glossy formula is also perfect for the season – no more of the heavy matte look for spring!

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FACE PRODUCTS

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso

I know the picture makes it look like I’ve never worn this blush – I promise you I have, because it’s one of those shades that make a reappearance every spring and summer! This peach blush is so freaking gorgeous. It’s a baked blush, so the formula is smooth and it leaves a very pretty, subtle sheen on my skin. The shade reminds me of the NARS Orgasm blush, but without all the horrendous glitters.

Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

If there’s any product that reminds one of warm weather, it’s these Physician Formula Murumuru face products since they smell like tropical goodness. I chose the butter bronzer in particular because as the weather warms up, I start incorporating bronzer back into my routine. This one in particular isn’t completely matte, but it’s not shimmery either – as you can see in the swatch, it has a very subtle sheen that gives your face a soft, airbrushed glow. I will have a review of this bronzer (and the other products in the murumuru butter line) up in a month or two.

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Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer; Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

 

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Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster; ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Hippo

Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster

Spring is when I start to bring out the more colourful highlighters, as I tend to gravitate towards the champagnes and golds during winter time. A shell pink like this Makeup Geek highlighter in Luster is perfect – a little different from the typical golds, but not too crazy of a shade. I also mentioned in my 8 Products I Love That No One Talks About post (am I getting repetitive yet?), although similar to the Shiseido lipstick, that post focused on how amazing the formula of the Makeup Geek highlighters are, while in this post I’m singling out Luster for the colour.

ColourPop Super Shocker Highlighter in Hippo

If you want to try experimenting with a highlighter that’s even more colourful (but still wearable), ColourPop’s Super Shock Highlighter in the shade Hippo is one I’ve been loving lately. Like the Lippie Stix, it’s fairly new to my collection, but I’ve been wearing it quite a bit lately in order to test it out for a review. I was worried that the lavender would look ashy on me, but finding the right blush to go with it really helps with that. So far, I feel like cooler-toned bright pinks look really flattering with it!

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From left to right: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Hippo (swatched & blended); Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster (swatched and blended)

 

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Essie Gel Couture Polish in Closing Night; Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Colour in Orchid Around

 

NAIL POLISHES

Sally Hansen Hard as Nail Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Orchid Around

As a kid, I loved Easter maybe even more than Christmas because I loved the pastel-coloured everything that came out during the holiday. I never got over loving pastels as an adult, but as much as I love soft shades, I’ve learned that they clash with my warm-toned skin. Instead, I’ve discovered shades like Orchid Around, which is a brighter version of a pastel that looks a lot better on me.

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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Closing Night

If you are more of a neutral lover for your nails, I have a recommendation for you, too. Grey is a more unique way to wear neutral nails compared to the usual nudes. Closing Night from the Essie Gel Couture line is the perfect fit for spring, because it’s not as dark of a grey as one would normally wear in the fall or winter, and it also contains tiny microshimmers which make it a little more special than a grey creme polish.

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And those are my picks for spring! Let me know in the comments what your favourite products for spring are!

23 thoughts on “2018 Spring Beauty Picks

    • Oooh yes, I HIGHLY recommend the Makeup Geek highlighter – one of my favourites in my collection. It’s tough to justify the butter bronzer (and all of the products in the butter collection) because they’re so dang PRICEY for drugstore products. I’m pretty sure the butter bronzer is $21 regular price at Shoppers! Wait until there’s a sale, otherwise it’s not worth it.

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  1. That Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in RD732 has a shade name, it’s called “Blush” which is somewhat confusing! I don’t have that shade, sadly – it is gorgeous!
    I’ve had my Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso for years and it looks unused! It’s one of my top favourite blushes ever.
    I’m rocking an Easter-y purple nail polish right now: Model’s Own Diamond Luxe in Pear Purple (what a weird name but apparently it’s something about the pear shaped cut diamond stone…) Pretty colour and great formula.
    My spring pick would be that Becca Backlight Priming Filter that you were going on about before – I found a deluxe sample in my stash and I’ve been wearing the heck out of it. My skin looks SO GOOD. Definitely buying the full size when I’m done my sample! ❤

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    • Oh dang! You’re so right, it IS called Blush – I mentioned that name when I first hauled the lipstick, and then promptly forgot it has an actual name…

      Can’t complain about the Milani blushes still looking pristine after years of use! Love it when that happens. I’m glad you like it, too!

      Oooh, I just looked up Pear Purple and it’s so pretty – although it looks different in every photo online so I can’t tell what it REALLY looks like, haha. I just bought Essie’s Go Ginza which is a pale lavender, and it looks terrible on me 😦

      GIRL, you have no idea how glad I am to hear you’re loving the Becca Backlight primer! The Sephora VIB sale is coming up…

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  2. Well lucky you that it’s getting warmer! It’s still cold where I am and although the forecasted snow over Easter isn’t happening, it is raining an awful lot right now (perfect blogging weather though)! I am anticipating Spring to no end lol.

    We have very similar tastes in lipsticks! I don’t own either of the ones you mentioned, but gorgeous, wearable colours for Spring indeed. 🙂 I also like the highlighter choices – I will mark them down. I have been saying this for like two weeks now to like everyone but I have only JUST gotten into highlighters. I think I am just picky because I don’t do those ones that are blinding but I really like your choices.

    I have been lazy with makeup as of late since I wanted to let my skin recover from a breakout, but really, I cannot wait to bring my Spring blushes and lippies out, woohoo!

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    • LOL I just meant it’s officially spring, not that it’s not getting warmer here – we get glimpses of nice weather here and there, but it’s been snowing the last two days…so there’s that.

      I feel like you would love the Shiseido lipstick in particular. That’s awesome that you are getting into highlighter! Honestly I think you just need one or two in your collection and that will get you through.

      Oooh, hope your skin is on the mend right now. Glad you’re excited about digging out your spring makeup too!

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  3. I love Spring makeup! I have also been eagerly anticipating Spring since the year began! Every since you posted that beautiful Zoya polish on instagram…. I was like yup it’s spring let’s go lol. That Topango Colourpop lippie stick looks so nice!! I also love that shade of purple for the nails right now! I can’t wait to do more spring-ish posts!

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