Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Springtime flowers from Descanso Gardens
Now that Spring is here, do you find yourself changing your makeup look or routine? Have you stashed away those red nail polishes from Christmas to more fully embrace the brights being ushered in for Spring? Speaking of nail polishes, a fun color I stumbled upon was Butter London's Snog (a bright, in-your-face fushia). I love how happy it is just in the bottle, and it definitely makes a statement while on your fingers or toes.


Being a resident of So. California where it is not uncommon to have 80 degree days in January, I know we are lucky that we don't have to suffer through three long months of gray (I lived in Pennsylvania, been there, done that). With the sunshine, I find we can get away with more color during the winter months.

One switch I make is abandoning my heavier foundation and opting for instead my La Mer The SPF 18 Fluid Tint in light. I apply this over my moisturizer and regular SPF. I like that it provides sheer to light coverage while still giving myself some color. I still use a separate SPF of 30 because I don't think an SPF of 18 is adequate, especially here in sunny CA.

Fluid Tint

I also have been reaching for my Le Metier De Beaute Blushing Bronzed Duet in Romeo and Juliet more and more. I like that this one compact conveniently holds both a bronzer and blush. I rely on the bronzer to fill in any areas that the fluid tint may have missed for a more balanced application. The blush is also a really pretty shade of pink, flattering to my usual pale NW20 skin.

'Romeo & Juliet' Bronzer Duo

Another substitution I make for Spring is the way I control shine, especially in my t-zone. I ditch my powder for blotting papers. During the spring and summer months, I want my skin to shine through, not be buried under layers of foundation, but still control shine. I find blotting papers are an excellent solution for this! I buy my Blot Film from the MAC counter for $13.50.

Blotting Papers

I'm a lipgloss kind of girl. I've never been fond of lipstick and liner so nothing has changed in that arena. I do stash my mauve and taupe glosses from Winter and instead grab bright pinks, corals, and baby pink lipglosses. Doesn't this Chantecaille lipgloss scream Spring?!?

Chantecaille Brillant Gloss in "Love"

How does your beauty routine change with the seasons?