If you’re after a fresh face to match the arrival of sunny days and Spring blossoms, look no further than a shake-up to your makeup. This can be as simple as swapping out a warm or deep coloured lipstick for a lighter or cooler pop of colour—the same goes for your eyeshadow.
With the exception of lipstick, I tend to purchase other cosmetics sporadically because I like to stick to what I know. That is, until what I know is no longer in production.
Having searched to no avail for a replacement refill for one of my favourite eyeshadow colours in a deep/bright rose—and wanting to veer in the direction of pinks and blush colours, rather than the neutrals in my Stila ‘Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette’ in ‘Soul’ I headed to just about every beauty counter and came upon MAC’s Pearl Fusion shadow trio in Claretluxe (below).
The middle strip of colour was what I was after, and I’m very impressed.
It’s much more pigmented than my previous shadow and it’s even more intense when applied wet. It’ll be the perfect day-to-night shadow and as far as Spring colours go, this is my new favourite.
The application is super smooth, and I’ve been using it every day! The palette also comes in three additional colour combinations; a neutral gold/ brown trio (Collective Chic), a green trio (Cool Companions) and silver/ blue (Lapisluxe).
I’m also a massive fan of long spidery lashes. Having very sparse ‘Asian’ eyelashes it’s vital that I choose a mascara that is going to build them up—I’m big on volume and length.
I confess here that I’ve never settled on one brand of mascara, and I like to explore different brands whenever it’s time to replenish. I bought this Dolly Mascara in ‘Princess Volume from Missha New Zealand and it does what the name suggests—perfect princess lashes and plenty of volume!
Babyface BB Cream (top right)—this provides more coverage than other BB creams and I use it as my daily liquid foundation (SPF30). In the past I’ve tried various brands of foundation, but have often been recommended shades that are far too dark or orange for my skin.
This BB cream is a light-weight formula that is easily applied with my finger tips and appears to match my skin tone (I go for the medium moisture shade). I discovered Babyface and other Korean cosmetics last year on a trip to Auckland: the colours make so much sense for my skin tone. It was a bit of a revelation…
Toni & Guy Creative spray wax—I’ve been trying this as an alternative to hair wax and styling creams and it offers a natural texture with some definition. I like to use this for scrunching my hair dry after washing, and a little spray goes a long way.
Toni & Guy heat protection mist—I was using a curling iron for a while and decided that I should really use a preparation spray on what was already dry, damaged hair. To be honest, I don’t like the smell of this, but I guess it does what it’s supposed to do…
(Above) A quick selfie wearing Dolly mascara and MAC Claretluxe eye shadow.