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Where’s spring?

1 Apr

Add some edge and go for a pastel smoky eye.

Here are some must have beauty products for spring, when it finally decides to come.

1)   Tinted moisturizer. Light coverage is what it’s all about this season. Bonus points for SPF—the suns getting stronger everyday (hard to believe now, but…) and the number one tip universally of beauty editors is to SPF everyday to keep your skin young looking.

— Top Picks: Allison Raffaele, Laura Mercier, Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

2)   Brown mascara. Lighten up your look, naturally. Have people notice your eyelashes being mad long, full, and curled without being able to guess that you’re wearing mascara.

— Top Picks: BECCA

3)   Pastel shades: This time of year reminds me of easter eggs and babies dressed in pastel-colored easter dresses. Maybe that’s just me. How does this relate to what color eye shadow you wear? The bottom line is that bright, pastel shades are hot for spring. Just make sure you don’t overdo it  by doing it on your lips, too.

— Top Picks: MAC and Sephora have a wide range of affordable eye shadows.

4)   Fruity frangrances: The key here is to not go crazy. You’ll want to choose a fragrance with subtle, fruity undertones.

— Top Pics: Fresh offers a ton of scrumptious scents with fruity notes.

Top Sephora brand picks

15 Sep

Whenever I go to Sephora, I’m overwhelmed by the sheer number of prettily-packaged, fun-smelling, and luxurious make-up products. Oh, and they’re all pretty expensive. But I don’t really notice the exorbitant prices. Once I enter the Sephora zone, paying $26 for a lipstick seems reasonable, even if I normally wouldn’t even pay $5 for a hamburger.

Right now my budget is tight, so I’m paying more attention to prices. Which is why I’ve started taking an interest in Sephora-brand products. While they’re not as prettily-packaged, some Sephora products are very much worth your while.

Get:

  1. Mineral Double Compact Foundation, SPF 10 ($22). This is my fav pressed powder, next to Benefit’s Hello Flawless. It’s looks so natural and light, which makes it easy to build up the coverage that you want. And I feel virtuous that there’s SPF in it, because I would never even dream of putting sunscreen on my face (bad, I know.)
  2. Blush Me! Mono ($12). Sephora has an absolutely lovely collection of reasonably priced blushes, from sheer peach to matte roses to pretty pinks. Whatever look you’re going for, they have you covered. I’m kind of obsessed with Abricot Plaisir, a shimmery apricot color. Mmmm.
  3. Jumbo Eye Pencil ($6). Sometimes I am (naturally) intimidated by putting sharp, pointy things near my eyes. Which is why I like these supa fat eye pencils, that glide on supa smooth and come in a bunch of fun colors. Right now I’m digging grey.

Don’t get:

  1. Nail Polish. You’ll be drawn in by the pretty colors, but they suck. Chip within minutes.
  2. Tinted Moisturizer. Unless you like the shiny look. Def go with Laura Mercier.
  3. False eye lashes. This is nothing against Sephora — they just freak me out.