Staff Picks: Mandy's Fave Spring Beauty Items
Mandy, our resident beauty guru has been collecting some of her favourite products for the past month or so. These are the items currently stashed in her makeup bag that she recommends that you try as well! These products are perfect for the warmer spring weather. They're all light, moisturizing and long lasting!
1. Beauty So Clean Cosmetics Sanitizer Mist (C$20.00)
This product is so handy! You just spray this on your brush, lipsticks, compact powders etc to disinfect your make up on the spot. What I love about it the most is that you can use it on powder products like a pressed powders or eyeshadow, without ruining the integrity of the product. A must-have in my make up bag!
2. Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Powder (US$51.75)
I am totally and utterly in love with Guerlain Meteorites. This has long been a cult product but I always thought it was just a glorified highlighter/setting power. I finally caved and bought it and let me tell you, it’s the best highlighter I’ve ever used. It gives you that nice glow without looking like you actually have anything on. It also smells amazing. I don’t wear foundation, so I swipe this on my cheekbones to make my skin look more refined.
3. L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm (US$7.95)
I’ve been a little lip balm obsessed. I was on the look out for something that’s highly moisturizing with a very slight hint of color. I found that L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm is affordable and smells amazing.
4. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack (US$23.68)
I’ve been really into keeping my skin nice and moist lately. I find that my skin breaks out if it’s at all dry. Laneige’s Water sleeping pack is different from other treatments/masks I’ve used. You apply a thin layer of this gel on top of all your serums and moisturizers overnight and just wash it off in the morning as usual. TA-DA! You wake up to plump and moisturized skin. This is kind of my lazy day treatment for my skin. I just apply and sleep. This is a pretty handy product to have for your skin is feeling dull and you’re feeling lazy. I even got Alexandra hooked on this stuff!
5. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain (C$34.00)
A lipstick, lipgloss and stain in one? Need I say more? The color payoffs with these little babies are amazing. You apply one thin layer to stain your lips and apply a second to get that glossy effect. The formula goes on quite watery but thickens up to a glossy consistency and keeps your lips nice and moist for a while. I can’t wait to try out more colors.
6. NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (US$24.00)
Ever since I started taking cod liver oil (which I totally love, read more here), I’ve become a bit more oily. On a day to day basis, I usually just do eyeliner and no eyeshadow so I never thought to use an eyeshadow base alone. But my eyeliner was getting all smudgy around midday. I got a sample of this Nars Eyeshadow primer and decided, why not? I tried it, fell in love and purchased a full size right away. Once you apply this stuff, nothing slips or slides on your eyelids, it really does stay all day! Another trick I have for this product is if I have any scarring or imperfections I want to cover, I apply a bit of this product first, then let it set and conceal. This helps the spot stay hidden all day.
What are some of your favourite spring beauty products?
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I am very interesting in that illuminating powder! I don't wear foundation either and on days where I also don't want bb cream, I use something similar by Physician's Formula. I'm excited to give this one a try though :) Thanks for the post!
@AlexJC: thanks girl! That's the word I was looking for!! "dewy"!! Sounds way better than "the wet skin look" LOL! :)
Thanks for the great picks, I really want to try the L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm!
really like the price and look of #3 lipbalm, gotta try this now! loove these staff picks, huge fan of trying new products ppl love
ooo love the products!! I'm very interested the oreal colour riche balm and the guerlain meteorites perles illuminating powder
@Becky I believe the fancy/classy term you are looking for is dewy complexion!
@scrbic If you're looking for cheap thrills stuff definitely check out the Joe Fresh line of makeup (very budget friendly) and the brand Essence as Shoppers Drug Mart (all under $5!)
Last month I was so into the "sheeny" look. You know, the young "wet skin" type look? Ok, that sounds gross, but you know what i mean! Anyways, I read some good reviews about Guerlain Meteorites so I went and tried their warm toned shade. I didn't love it. I really wanted to love it! I wanted this to be the one thing that I dust onto my face to give myself the all over glow...but it didn't do that for me :( It looked like I had glitter on my face.
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