Guest Post: Spring Beauty by Overdose De Maquillage

Hi everyone! My name is Rachael and I blog over at Overdose De Maquillage. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to write a guest post for Corrie's amazing blog while she's away, and today I have decided to go with a spring themed beauty post. As much as I love the change in seasons, I have been counting down the days to spring since the New Year. I am a big fan of everything to do with spring - the brighter days, longer evenings, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and of course the fact that it's once again acceptable to start wearing 'spring appropriate' make-up. This year, as soon as the clocks went forward, I couldn't wait to pull out my dewy foundations, radiance boosting primers and highlighters, pastel and bright coloured nail polishes and lipsticks, and cream blushes from the back of my muji drawers. Today I've picked out my spring beauty favourites, and will be letting you in on what beauty bits I am currently loving for this time of year. 

I'm the kind of person who strives to achieve radiant, dewy and glowing skin year round, but come spring time I always like to up the amp a little more in this area. Of course there's a lot to be said for getting a good nights sleep and sticking to a flawless skincare routine, but priming with the L'OrĂ©al Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer is one of my favourite ways to 'fake the glow'. I like to apply a thin layer of this pearlescent, shimmering primer underneath my foundation, or mix a few drops in with my base of choice to brighten up my complexion and inject a little radiance back into my skin. This drugstore gem is a great all rounder as it can also be used as a liquid highlighter by applying it to the high points of the face, or even on it's own to perk up dull skin on a foundation free day. In terms of bases, I love to ditch the full coverage, matte foundations associated with the winter months in favour of something more lightweight and sheer. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation is, in my opinion, a foundation that was made to be worn during the spring months. It looks and feels incredibly natural and skin like, and perfects the skin without actually looking like foundation. It leaves a satin finish, that is neither too matte nor too dewy, and feels so lightweight that sometimes I even question whether or not I'm wearing a foundation at all! A second, more pocket friendly base that I've also been loving this spring is the new Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. Containing three different pigments to help even out the skin tone and fight signs of fatigue, it's one of my go-to bases these days for covering up redness and imperfections and adding a little luminosity back into my skin. It provides a little more coverage than the Chanel offering, but still looks and feels natural and lightweight on the skin.

I don't really switch up my eye shadow choices too much at different times of the year like I do my bases, blushes, and lipsticks, and tend to stick to neutrals most of the time, but there are two in particular I can see becoming firm favourites this spring. This time of year I like to keep my eye make-up minimal and keep the focus on either a bright cheek or lip. My MAC Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch is the perfect neutral champagne peachy-pink that adds a subtle sheen to the lids - to me it's a toned down, less shimmery version of Stila's Kitten. It looks beautiful whether worn on it's own or paired with a darker, defining shade in the crease. I love to pack it on all over the lid and pair it with a bronze/chocolate brown kohl eyeliner smudged into the lashline and fluttering lashes for a fresh, spring look. A second eye shadow that I've fallen in love with is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, a shimmering taupe with a light and creamy consistency. It's one of those 'one wash wonders' that is so easy to pop on and blend out with fingertips, and is a perfect everyday spring neutral shade. 

I'm all about the cream blushes come spring time, and I can't get enough of the fresh, healthy glow they add to the skin. I am loving the Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels at the moment, which is a warm coral shade that really brightens and livens up my complexion. It is a cream to powder blush, and has a smooth, soft and creamy consistency which makes it super easy to apply and blend out (I love to use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, for reference!). Coral is probably the make-up shade associated with spring and summer, and this Topshop offering has me sorted in the blush stakes this year. The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush in Truth is a second blush that just works for this time of year. Truth is a beautiful nude, shimmering peach shade, and is the perfect 'barely there' blush that tones down the colour on my cheeks and allows me to play up my eyes or lips. I simply squeeze a few drops onto the back of my hand and apply to the apples of my cheeks with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It gives a beautiful natural flush of colour to the cheeks, and the waterproof formula means that it lasts all day without fading. It contains a good dose of silver shimmer which means  I can double it up as a highlighter by bringing it up on to the high points of my cheeks  - another good multitasking face product!

I'm a nude pink lipstick lover year round, but this time of year especially I just can't seem to get enough of them. My MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup is the perfect everyday pastel pink shade, and can be worn with pretty much anything. The cremesheen formula means that it has excellent colour pay off but at the same time doesn't dry out my lips too much. Glossy lips are definitely on trend this spring, and although I've never really been much of a lip gloss lover I couldn't help but fall in love with the Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose as soon as I tried it. It is definitely more of a lip balm/lip gloss hybrid, and could well be described as a dupe for the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors which are a personal favourite of mine. Cashmere Rose is a sheer pinky/coral shade that is perfect for day wear. It lacks the stickiness and gloopiness traditionally associated with lip glosses, and this was the real winning point for me. Another trend I've been getting on board with this spring is orange lips, and the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch was the perfect shade to ease me into wearing this slightly daunting choice of lip colour. Orange Punch is a beautiful sheer pinky/orange with a glossy finish that is much more wearable compared to a true neon orange, and is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to an otherwise simple and fresh spring make-up look.  

So there you have it, my current spring make-up picks! What are your favourite beauty products for the spring months?

Lots of love, Rachael 


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