spring beauty buys

With the turning of the season comes a change over in makeup for me. I find that timing makeup changes with seasons to be easy to remember reminder to refresh low products and switch up formulas. It is also a fun time to try something new! 

This spring I was interested in simplifying my beauty routine while still looking polished within a reasonable timeframe. As I explained to makeup artist, Carl Ray when I had the opportunity to meet him at an event, I am protective of my time and want to use it wisely. It is precious and finite, so I want to be able to get maximum benefit from the minutes I spend on my beauty routine. So, I am usually attracted to products that do double or triple duty and are easy to apply.

Carl Ray confirmed that I could get away with a simplified strategy, complete the look in 10 minutes, and still look pretty. He advised that blended makeup was pretty makeup and to focus on playing up either the eye or the lip, not both. So I took away that I needed to focus on easy, yet buildable products for face, a go-to, everyday eye look, and a separate go to, everyday lip look. He also said that I could elevate the look for a night out by applying extra mascara, eyeliner, and a deeper color in the crease. 

The first products that captured my attention this spring for the face was the Phase 1 Set from Glossier. The set contains four products: soothing facial mist, priming moisturizer, perfecting skin tint (I use medium), and balm dotcom. I have been using/testing the products for the last couple weeks, and I can say that I love them. The products are truly easy to apply - you can do each step with your fingers. The textures feel great, you look like yourself once it is all applied, and they all come in a cute pink bag with stickers. How fun!


I also have homed in on three lovely lip products. The first is a my lips but better lip gloss from Nars. It is called Stolen Kisses and is described as a sparkling caramel pink. The formula for these were revamped in recent years, and the texture and scent have improved from my previous experience with Nars glosses. 

The second is a lip gloss/stain hybrid from YSL. Rose Vinyl can be described as a bright rosy pink shade. This has some of the best staying power in a lip product that I have tried. It remains glossy  for a reasonable amount of time before drying down to an even opaque stain. 

The third lip product is a lipstick balm filled with hyaluronic acids to moisturize and plump up the lips. It is Fatal Shot BY TERRY, which is a shade of deep true raspberry. This product has excellent color payoff, it claims to be sheer in the full product name, but I found it to be full color after a swipe. Even so, it is easy to apply straight out of the tube and feels so smooth and creamy to wear.