The transition from winter to spring can feel like crawling out of a cave. You want to cast aside all of that black and grey, and do something to lighten and brighten your look.
Let’s take a poll – how many of you have bobbed your hair or cut bangs at the first whiff of spring, only to realize a little too late that you’ll be straightening and wrangling short strands all through summer?
Yeah, been down that road a few times myself. Step away from the shears. I have an easy, fun, and super low commitment way to put some spring in your step. No locks lost.
While a perky pink or coral may seem awkward in the darker days of winter, they add insta-pizzazz to a springtime look. A hint of luscious color and you’ll be feeling loads lighter.
Here are my organic makeup springtime picks. So pretty you’ll be tip toe-ing through the tulips by early afternoon. I’ve also updated my shop with some fresh new seasonal product picks, so be sure to stop by there before you leave.
Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Rapture :: A brand new lip shade by the ever gorgeous KW. Think bougainvillea pink.
Ilia Beauyt Multi Stick in A Fine Romance :: A beautiful berry that adds sheer pinky brightness to cheeks and lips.
La Bella Figura Crème Blush in Just Jenna :: An exotic orchid pink that delivers on vibrant, springy color.
Kari Gran Mineral Blush :: The ultimate baby pink. More than lend color, this mineral blush enhances the natural complexion.
Benecos Creamy Eyeshadow Pencil in Green/Gold :: I just think eyeshadow pencils are so cool because you can use them as a shadow or eyeliner. And this one is a sweet natural green with more than a hint of scrumptious gold.
Bold brows are still on trend for 2015. Still avoiding doing something about it? I know I am.
For years I plucked and waxed to perfection. Even taking on the task myself after constant disappointment over professional brow shaping. I have this brow thing down.
But last year brows went and got all thick and full and Brooke Shields-ish circa 1980. And I’ll tell you what, growing brows is not the same as growing bangs. Once you’ve wrangled those babies into submission for a decade or three they are not at all willing to grow back the way they started.
This means using a brow pencil to fill them in. Yikes. Now, I like makeup as much as any girl. But I am afraid of brow pencil lest I end up one of those artificially drawn on cartoon looking examples of brow fakery. Plus, I have this habit of unconsciously smoothing my brows with my fingers and am scared of walking around with brow pencil smeared across my forehead.
Still, I drool every time I see a pic of Cara D.’s lush browage. What’s a thin browed gal to do?
I dug deep and found out I am not alone. Lots of women are using makeup to fill in their less than hearty brows. I watched this video and decided I too could give it a whirl.
I recommend going with Lavera Eyebrow Pencil (in whichever color best matches your hair) to fill in brows with a soft swipe of RMS Beauty Living Luminizer underneath.
I’ve tried a couple of organic BB creams but they were too foundation heavy. I’m not much of a foundation wearer. When the time comes where I do want a little coverage, I simply add a bit of tint to my moisturizer. Still, I’ve pined for the glowy coverage BB cream gives to skin.
So, I tried whipping one up myself. And with amazing results. Here’s my not so secret recipe:
Warm a bit of skin luminizer on fingertips, just so it is softened a little. I used RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. Add a small amount of your daily moisturizer on top of the luminizer. Remember to use slightly less moisturizer than you normally would because you are mixing with other product. Then top with a smaller still dab of foundation or, if you tend to have dry skin, a tinted moisturizer. I used my daily fave Lavera Mattifying Balancing Cream along with Lavera Tinted Moisturizer. Looks like Lavera no longer makes their tinted moisturizer, so I’d probably go with something like 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer or you could just use your usually foundation. Mix this trifecta together lightly with fingertips and apply to face.
There you have it. Moisture, coverage, and a bit of skin perfecting luminosity. This combo does not look makeup-y, feels good, and gives just the amount of color I was looking for. My new winter skin staple.
The same thing could be done for body using your body lotion or cream, just a bit of tinted moisturizer and a little luminizer. Oila!
Love Angelina’s look for the December cover of Vanity Fair. If you haven’t seen the issue, that’s it at top. Warm and natural, this simple look is polished enough to work for day or night. Perfect!
Angelina is one of my favorite high profile women. She is dedicated to what she does, loves a good mission, and comes complete with that awesome touch of badassery I so admire in a gal. I’m currently reading Unbroken, the book from which she just made a movie of the same name. Have you read it? If you need a good dose of buck up this story will def do the trick.
Anyway…back to the look. Here are the products I’ve chosen to do the reconstruction au naturel.
1 Lavera Beauty Balm (BB Cream)
2 Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer
3 Benecos Natural Baked EyeShadow duo in Celebrate
4 Benecos Natural Eyeliner in Black
5 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea
6 Benecos Eyebrow-Designer in Brown
7 RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
8 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow
9 Ilia Beauty Lipstick in Funnel of Love
Some things that are making me excited right now:
Beauty // Super lovin’ this for lips and cheeks for winter.
Clothes // Want some of this print soooo bad
Food // Can’t get enough beautiful little pomegranate jewels
Holidays // Anything anthro
Read // Eyebrow deep in Unbroken before the movie comes out
What’s on your radar for November?
Beauty products are supposed to make you look great, right? Well, these will give your bathroom shelf a makeover too.
Pretty products are one way to boost your bathroom’s curb appeal. These are my best in beauty for product packaging. Oh, I also love the stuff that comes in them too.
Kjaer Weis The sleekiness of every single thing from this line is mesmerizing.
Ilia Beauty So rad you just have to display.
Vapour Organic Beauty Can’t stand the cool factor when I whip out the Lip Conditioner.
Kahina Mmm, the perfect go-with-everything print on these beautiful bottles.
SW Basics Straight forward but look so good. Have the Cream on my counter at all times.
Yuli Seriously, has a product line ever looked better?
Wild Honey Apothecary Like you just entered your favorite old school pharmacy, only better.
Good 4 You If these sweet labels don’t draw you in, I don’t know what will.
La Bella Figura perfumes As if you’re traveling Europe, circa 1977, and pulled this out of your fringe bag.
Tata Harper Because farm, Vermont, beautiful Columbian creator, duh.
Like I told ya on Instagram recently, I finally got my hot little hands on some Kjaer Weis.
I’ve been wanting to do another foundation roundup. Since I’ve never used much foundation I always like to test them out and see which are the best. Kind of an if-I-love-them-you-are-sure-to-love-them sorta thing. More on that soon.
In the meantime I have been playing with a new Kjaer Weis product. They’ve created their very own Highlighter. Yays! You know you love a great highlighter, and so do I, and this one will not disappoint ‘cha. Promise.
Kjaer Weis Highlighter is perfect when used in the traditional ways (brow bone, cheek bones, bridge of nose, corners of eyes, collarbones), but I’ve been doing something new with it. I like to sub it in for cream shadow. Smudge along upper and lower lash lines, and in crease of eye. It gives a super natural look but adds…something special. An I’m not even trying yet totally done look. Top with a little liner, maybe a swipe of mascara, and you are good to go.
PS: I also love it on my lips!
Love the look on actress Haley Bennett in the September issue of InStyle magazine. Namely, the eyes. Bronze-y shadow that keeps summer glow going in a totally fall way. The artist who did the look actually used RMS Buriti Bronzer to achieve the look. Always love to see an organic beauty favorite used mainstream. Yay!
Another good one to try here would be RMS Cream Eyeshadow in Solar. More of a gold than bronze, this cream would impart an all rich look. Apply to lower lash line and sockets of eyes.
Finish the look with a swipe of brown pencil. Brown eyeliner pencil happens to be the makeup product I would choose if I could only have one. AT the very least, a close runner up to lipgloss. I rarely leave home without a touch of it. My favorite is Benecos Natural Eyeliner and have several in different spots for easy access.
There you go. Add mascara if roll like that. Your fall eye look. Go try it out.
Sticks are hot. As in those big crayon style lipsticks. The reason I love them? They are less lipstick-y than a regular lipstick. More like ½ lipstick ½ gloss combo. Sheer but definite color.
So, which organic sticks are my picks? Here they be:
Ilia Lip Crayon
Benecos Twist-Up Shiny Lip Color
100% Pure Lip Creamstick
This is sort of a reverse of Alexa’s sig makeup look. Where she does the bold eye with nude lip, this is a bright orange or punchy pink lip with a bronze-y neutral eye. Hot this summer.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Eye color of your choice ~ If you are going for a pink lip try taupe shadow, like 100% Pure Dual-Ended Creamstick in Cotton/Silk. If you are opting for an orange lip, you can use a gold or bronze hue, like RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar or Seduce.
For lips ~ Here is where things get fun. My top two recommendations here are Ilia Beauty Lipstick Voila or Neon Angel.
And that is it. Keep cheeks fairly neutral and let lips take the stage. Party on.