Spring Beauty Faves
AUTHORED & PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Cara, Never Skip Brunch
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The main reason is that I'm a goo hoarder. I don't think I've ever actually finished a tube of lipstick or palette of eyeshadow before moving on to a new and different kind. Here's an example of how this works: Me, contemplating purchasing a new eyeshadow when I have one at home that is pretty much the exact same color - "Well, it has sort of rose gold sparkles and the other one has like, gold-gold sparkles, and I just think maybe rose gold might compliment my skin tone better plus rose is a better color for spring and also it's just so pretty." Cha-Ching, $20 later, it's all mine.
Constantly trying new things, while also not great for my wallet, becomes a problem because I don't really throw away the other products because they're "slightly different" and not all the way empty...which means I have multiple backup makeup bags filled with tubes and compacts and palettes and things that I might never touch again.
The other reason is that I'm trying to go a little greener and ditch some of the not-so-good-for-you products in my makeup bag. The goal is to replace them with good-for-me products I actually love so much that I use every last drop. This whole thing came about because I attended an event at VERT Beauty with Eco Makeup Artist, Kristen Arnett. I got a mini makeover then listened to Kristen talk about green beauty and decided it was time to make some changes.
I've still got a ways to go, since I still have some products which aren't green that I'm still a little addicted to, but I'm off to a pretty good start. After purging my stash, I decided I'd earned getting myself some new products to replace things I tossed or had actually ran out of. I made stops at AILLEA Beauty, VERT Beauty, and of course, Sephora. Here's a roundup of my spring beauty favorites. Some are products I've been into for a while now and others are new to the party.
EYES & BROWS
1.Eyeliner Pencil - VERT BEAUTY (Navy, aka "VERT")
So, this pencil I actually got in the goodie bag from the event I attended at VERT. Before this, I had been avoiding colored liner for a while (like, years) since I went a little crazy with the bright blues in middle school and looking back, it didn't go so well. I would never have thought to buy Navy liner, but it's AMAZING. It has black undertones so the color is pretty subtle, plus it helps my brown eyes pop and blends out really well.
2. Contour Eye Pencil- SEPHORA COLLECTION(Jade, Flashy Green)
This is my go-to everyday eyeliner because they are waterproof and just $10-12 (depending on whether you buy the pencil or twist up). I'm now on a bit of a colored eyeliner kick so I'm loving flashy green and jade, which I use at the same time. I keep the darker jade color tight to my lash line then layer flashy green on top.
3. Perversion Waterproof Fine Point Eye Pen - URBAN DECAY(black)
Sometimes you need a classic black eyeliner that you can rely one. Blacker than black eyeliner that you can lay on with precision. This stuff is fantastic for when I need a product that stays where I put it or need a little help getting my cat eye perfect. It's one of those non-green products that I'm having trouble letting go of because it wears so well..
4. Perversion Mascara - URBAN DECAY
I love this mascara because it's super creamy. It's really pigmented and adds great volume and length. It also comes in a set with the perversion liner, which you can snag here. In all honesty, I don't notice too much of a difference between most mascaras as far as things like making my lashes "insanely voluminous" or "adding crazy lengthy" or whatever.
Maybe that's just the marketing getting my hopes up, but I feel like most of them are the exact same, just a little better or worse mostly depending on the wand. (Full disclosure, I'm not a professional makeup artist, so I'm sure there are like 1000 nuances to it, I just don't notice them) I've stuck with this mascara for a few months now because I love the brush and I really like that the mascara doesn't feel dry or clumpy. But....If we talk in a couple months I'm about 70% sure I'll have found a new favorite.
5. Brow Definer - Anastasia Beverly Hills
First things first, I have no self-control.
Until last week I was doing my brows (when I actually decided to put in the effort) with a pot of dipbrow pomade and an angled brush. I figured, "Hey, I've made artwork and I can paint, so no way would I be bad at doing a little brow definition via a brush." So. Wrong.
I just don't know when to stop. The weird perfectionist in me knows no line between "defined" and "might-as-well-be-tattooed perfect." I just keep painting away like more is better. Reality check: it's totally not.
Finally comfortable with the fact that I had no idea WTF I was doing, I waltzed into Sephora, found an associate, and begged her to fix me. Well, she sure did. She took away the pomade and brush and gave me this handy brow definer combo. She taught me where to apply a reasonable amount of product and how to brush it to distribute it evenly. I'm still perfecting the technique, but it's getting better. Blatantly honest feedback, if you meet me in person, is appreciated.
1. Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm - FARMACY
This was a last minute snag from Sephora and this stuff is ah-mazing. Like an all-in-one solution for moisture, brightening, and toning. It's a balm that melts into an oil when you warm it in your hands, and yet it doesn't feel too heavy. I've been wearing it during the day under makeup and it's perfect for adding moisture to skin in the dry, Colorado climate.
2. The Blue Cocoon - MAY LINDSTROM(not pictured)
This balm boosts hydration and calms irritation and smells SO GOOD. It's seriously a moisturizer and relaxing aromatherapy all-in-one. This stuff does not disappoint, especially if your main skin struggle is dryness and your skin is easily irritated.
I got a sample of this from the VERT event, and haven't committed to the full size yet, but am planning to after, you know, like paying for my wedding and stuff. If you want to give this a try, but $180 for the big one is a little steep, I've tracked down some samples sizes here so that you can test it out first.
3. Squalane Facial Oil - INDIE LEE
If you've got combination or dry skin, this is especially for you. It works for all skin types, but since mine tends to be either dry or combo, depending on the day, I can really only 100% recommend it for that.
It wears perfect under makeup because it absorbs super quickly. I snagged a sample from AILLEA, then went back the next day to get the full size because I liked it that much. Now I just refill the sample bottle with my big bottle for travel. Since a little goes a long way, it's the perfect size for a 1-2 week supply.
4. Classic Sunscreen - COOLA
I snatched this sunscreen from Sephora because I'm trying to be a responsible adult. I'd been seriously slacking on my sunscreen game because I just hadn't found one I liked. I was trying a lot of mineral sunscreens that were thick, heavy, and white and didn't wear well under anything. I tested out a couple tinted versions that still felt dry and chalky.
I'd been seriously slacking on my sunscreen game because I just hadn't found one I liked. I was trying a lot of mineral sunscreens that were thick, heavy, and white and didn't wear well under anything. I tested out a couple tinted versions that still felt dry and chalky.
Then, I discovered this one. It's super light and thin, but also moisturizing. Plus its 70% organic, which is fantastic. I have both the unscented and cucumber, and they're both fab.
5. Stem Cellular CC Cream - JUICE BEAUTY
An all-in-one for lazy days. Moisturizer, sunscreen, and some light coverage. It evens skin tone and texture, plus has some antioxidants. It has a nice dewey finish, which sometimes I leave as-is (on the super lazy days) and sometimes brush some translucent powder over to make it a little more matte. Safe to say that if I could literally have only one skincare product this would be it.
6. Un-Cover - RMS BEAUTY
I had never heard of this brand until the beginning of this month at VERT (if you haven't noticed, that whole event gave me a ton of great new products and ideas) when my makeup artist used it as part of my makeover. I didn't even watch as she was applying it, but I could feel how silky and smooth it was. I had been using a NAKED concealer, which I loved the shade and coverage of, but it creased terribly when it dried...like made me look 10 years older because it found every little emerging line and crack around my eyes and parked itself there.
Un-cover has coconut oil among the list of other amazing ingredients. They say it "melts into the skin" which is no joke. What surprised me is how amazing the coverage is and how little you have to use. I got the un-cover concealer in shade 22 and the Lip2Cheek in Smile, which is a fun coral color perfect for spring and summer. 10/10 would recommend.
I love sheet masks because I'm lazy and don't want to take the time to wash a mask off my face in addition to trying to keep up with everything else, like exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. Plus, they've got a little built-in mouth hole for wine-drinking. Sheet masks just don't hold you back from living your life while doing a little extra skincare at the same time. The rose mask is my favorite already, but I snagged the orchid and algae mask to try.