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Five Favourite Spring Lips

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The sun is shining, our chapped dry skin is returning to normal, and we’re ready to embrace some pastels, soft tones, and whites. Can it be?!! Yes…it’s Spring. Canadian’s are always very hesitant to announce the coming of Spring. It may officially be Spring according to the date, but we always know that there is a chance of another snow storm late into the year. This is about the time when we can safely change over to our summer car tires, put the patio furniture out, and wear sandals without the fear that a storm might blow in and ruin our lives.

So with pops of colour and light in my recent wardrobe, I’ve been changing up the lip shades for this glorious new season. Away with the thick lip moisturizers and dark colours and in with the bright and light! These are my top five picks for spring lips, and a few more I’m lusting over (in no particular order)

1. NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in ‘Sex Machine’ – This was one of the first high end beauty products I ever purchased and I got it for my high school graduation (holy smokes….six years ago!). I didn’t use it much after that but I’ve rediscovered and I’m in love. A dusty pink with a slight shimmer, but still finishing smooth and matte.

2. Revlon ColorBust Matte Balm in ‘Elusive’ – if you’ve followed my blog for awhile you’ll know my love of the Revlon Matte Balm lip pencils. The smoothest, softest, easiest matte lips out there. Amazing pigmentation and stay power. I get compliments on them all the time and I have about 6 shades.

3. Lancome Rouge ‘Voile de Rose’ – this is for those fancier ‘lipstick’ kinda days. A day in the office, a nice lunch or brunch. This is probably my number one Spring pick for all occasions.

4. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – I think this shade may be slightly too light for me. I have a hard time picking out pinks sometimes. With pale skin, yet dark hair I don’t like too light. I’m lusting over one shade darker here, but for now am loving the feel and gloss of this. It’s about as glossy as I’m every willing to go.

5. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 104 – I LOVE the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks! I can’t get enough of them. But, hands down, this has to be one of my favourite lip colours of all time. It is the perfect ‘me’ shade. A little darker than most on this list, this is my go-to night out in Spring lip. I’m always a fan of the darker lips, but for spring I try to stick to lighter shades….so this is a darker light (if that makes any sense..are you following?)

As I already mentioned I’m lusting over the Clarins Instant Light in 02, but I’m also dying for some of the BITE Watercolour collection (I know I’m not into gloss but have you seen these?!!) I have quite a few more Spring colours I dabble around with, but these 5 are the top of my list and my most used Spring Lip colours. What do you like for spring?

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Wishlist #4 – New Products

As I previously said in my June Favourites post I’ve been in a real rut with my products lately. So Its about time I created a New Products Wishlist. These are just a few highlights of what I’m looking for and what bits I’m looking to shake up a little.

Anyone have any opinions, suggestions, or comments of these ones?

–       Origins GinZing Cleanser

–       Origins Clear Impressions Charcoal Mask

–       Bumble & Bumble City Swept Hairspray

–       Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

–       Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Pink Peony

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–       Clinque Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-a-Boo

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–       BITE Beauty Lush Lip Tint

 

Top 5 – April

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It’s been such a quick month, so quick in fact that I barely even thought about beauty products let alone my top 5 favourites of the month. But of course skipping a month isn’t an option so I managed to bring together a few of the things that I’ve been using quite a bit this month and truly been enjoying.

1. The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Hand Cream: This is the perfect size for carrying in my purse and is such a lovely scent. I can thank EssieButton for my obsession with Rose. I absolutely love the scent, although a friend of mine thought I had just applied hairspray after smoothing some of this over my hands – obviously our senses are not on the same page.

2. Nyx Natural Neutral Palette: This little guy is the perfect travel size and all the basics. I spent a good chunk of this month in Winnipeg for work and seriously couldn’t have been bothered to bring a ton of makeup, which is why I love this palette for work trips. All the simple, everyday colours together in one convenient package.

3. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector: This tube has been in my clutches for a few years now and I feel that I never truly appreciated it’s potential until just recently. I’m not a huge lover of gloss, but this is the perfect amount of gloss, shine, colour and nourishment, all the while remaining quite natural. They kinda smell like vanilla, which some days I love and some days I hate. Totally worth the hefty price.

4. Bath and Body Work’s French Lavander Candle: I just picked this one up recently…as in a few days ago. But I love the scent so much that it has beat out everything else to make the top 5 list of this past month. I LOOVE lavender. I know I’ve mentioned it many times before but I have an obsession. If I could have fresh cut lavender in my house 24/7 I would. But alas, that is highly unlikely. So this candle is the next best thing. It is so fresh smelling that I feel as though I actually do have fresh cut lavender in my house. I love it!! I should have bought a bigger size.

5. American Apparel’s Bow: I recently got a hair cut that I’m not too hot about. And instead of chopping more off in order to fix it, I want to grow it out. Yet when I wear my hair down (everyday I’m not at work), I don’t feel comfortable until I pull half back. I have a few clips and can mix it up, but I wanted something funky and new. I already had a small beige bow from American Apparel, so I went and picked up a bigger one. I love it!! Its so girly, and cute! I don’t care if it seems big to the point of being silly, thats why I love it so much!!

So there you have it. What have you been loving this month?