Winter getting you down? I find that being snowed in makes me want to get out and go shopping! Today, I finally got out of the house and went looking for some bright spring makeup. Some of the bright shimmery colors did lift my spirit. Here are some great new finds:
BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen ($34 USD) — This is a different product than I have tried before. It is a multi-tasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen to give a youthful-looking glow.
The Claim: Indulge and nourish your skin with tarte’s innovative BB tinted treatment which offers multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one eco-chic tube. This powerfully pure formula not only works as a skin-soothing treatment, but as a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and foundation that visibly improves skin’s overall appearance for a youthful-looking glow. This 12-hour longwear, anti-aging, oil-free tinted treatment primer offers light-to-medium buildable coverage that helps even skin tone and conceals discoloration, acne and other skin imperfections. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth, hydrates skin and blends easily leaving you with a natural, flawless finish while the broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Powered by tripleB complex: a proprietary blend of natural diamond powder, plants and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity
Broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.
What I think: I like this for a few reasons. First, it has SPF 30 — that is amazing for makeup of any kind. If your moisturizer doesn’t have SPF, this can do that job for you. Also, for a primer, you get pretty good coverage. It could be the only face product (besides powder and a little concealer). I gives a natural matte finish. This is available in 4 shades — Fair, Light, Medium and Tan. If you plan on using foundation over this, the shade doesn’t need to match exactly. I use a combination of Fair and Light and I can use it for foundation.
Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com.
tarte cheek stain in Awakening ($30 USD) — The stain that started it all in a glowy nude shade with pink undertones. tarte’s award-winning and best-selling cheek stain gives you a gorgeous, natural flush in a gel or cream consistency. Rounded top cheek stains are gel based stains, while flat top cheek stains are the cream based version.
The Claim: This lightweight glow-getter imparts a natural flush – like someone just pinched your cheeks! Get the look of love and an instant pop of soft & dreamy color by applying this to the apples of your cheeks. Unlike traditional stains that are hard to apply, this goof-proof tint melts into skin easily and gives you 20 seconds of blending time before it sets in place for all day wear.
Powered by t5 super fruit complex™: a proprietary blend of the five most active antioxidant-rich superfruits (maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate), this complex delivers anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits to skin with each application.
Maracuja: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) known to replenish, rebuild, and brighten skin; high dose of pure Vitamin C gives the appearance of brighter skin; powerful anti-aging elixir promotes active skin recovery and rejuvenation; maximum hydration quenches dry skin.
What I think: I love this color on. It is neutral but does have a hint of rosy color. Perfect for spring looks. It smoothes on so easily and blend right in — even if you have a bit of powder on.
You can purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com.
It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Luminizer with Brush ($35 USD, QVC.com) – An antiaging powerhouse for naturally pretty, lit-from-within skin. This Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizing Creme and Heavenly Luxe Pointed Complexion Brush are all about the look of light, natural radiance and illumination. The formula is infused with skin-loving, antiaging, and hydrating ingredients that work in harmony to hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin. The Heavenly Luxe Pointed Complexion Brush gives you an airbrushed application exactly where you want it.
The Claim: This truly innovative formula contains ingredients and antioxidants that hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin. It gives you a lit-from-within glow that leaves skin silky, velvety, and supple without settling into lines and wrinkles. Paraben-free, it’s your perfect finishing step for the look of light, lift, illumination, and natural radiance.
What I think: I like to use the brush and apply the over the areas of my face I wish to appear lifted or highlighted like above my brows, under my eyes, above above cheekbones, or straight down the bridge of my nose. The cream formulation makes it easy to blend. Very nice!
Purchase at www.qvc.com.
It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Hydrating Sheer Lipstick Trio ($39.50 on sale for $35.92 QVC.com) – Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butters are an ultra-hydrating lipstick, lip gloss, and antiaging, lip-conditioning balm all in one to help soothe and protect lips while giving you a gorgeous flush of color. The truly innovative formula works to help hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips, minimizing the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butters are packed with antioxidants that provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. This made-in-the-USA formula is also paraben-free.
The Claim: Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butters give that long-wear flush of naturally pretty color, the antiaging hydration of a super luxe-treatment lip balm, and are infused with a powerful hydrating base that doesn’t dry your lips. Plum oil, argan oil, jojoba, cherry oil, and a power-packed formula of antiaging and good-for-you ingredients drench your lips with hydration. The naturally pretty shades work on all skin tones. The shades are:
- 0.09-oz Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butter in Pillow, a sheer nude pink shade
- 0.09-oz Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butter in In Love, a sheer flushed cranberry red shade
- 0.09-oz Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butter in Darling, a sheer rosy pink shade
What I think: I think these are great for a light lip look. My favorites are In Love and Darling. I usually like lighter shades on my lips, but Pillow is a bit orange for me. This is a great value for three glosses! You can also mix the colors together.
Purchase at www.qvc.com
NEW Laura Mercier Limited Edition Free Spirit Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48 USD) — Whether blended or worn individually, a few strokes of the gentle shades in this palette create an effortless, fresh spring look. The palette consists of five semi-matte shades, with a gradation of colours from blue to blush (including: Blue Zen, Soft Cloud, Satin Ribbon, Bare Yoga, and Pink Tutu).
What I think: I haven’t tried this yet, but I know that Laura Mercier’s baked shadows are gorgeous. Really well pigmented and so pretty on! These colors just look like spring to me!
Available at www.lauramercier.com
NEW Laura Mercier Limited Edition Shade Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Arabesque ($26 USD) This luxurious, comforting and rich lip shade provides rich colour with one smoothing swipe. The cushiony, lightweight texture can be layered to create full coverage with a lustrous finish.
What I think: This luxury lipstick goes on so smoothly. It is such a pretty color — very light but fully color-saturated.
Purchase at www.lauramercier.com.