February 23, 2012

Hey beauties! I've noticed I've been going back to the same few products for the last month of so. So I thought I compile a list of my favourite products for this time of the year. i.e., late gloomy winter days.

Face stuff - double up on the highlighter!


I know most people like to bring out the glow in the summer when they already have a tan. For me though, I'm much more minimal in the summer and more hands on around now when I have lost all of my tan. To give myself for of a glow, I use TWO highlighters. How I go about it is mixing Nars Copacabana Illuminator (pearly pink liquid - my review here) with a light water based foundation such as Lancome Teint Miracle (shade Buff 4C - my review here). I apply this mixture with MAC 187. Once I do my blush, I add my second highlighter is MAC Pearl Blossom beauty powder most days. Pearl Blossom was LE but it's a light glowy pink.

Blushing - Pale pinks and Rosy Neutrals


I play up my late winter complexions with neutral shades that have rosey undertones like Nars Madly or light pink shades like MAC Pink Cult (LE). These shades go with pretty much any makeup I pul on my eyes and are also ideal for my 'barely there' makeup days. Since I tend to be heavy handed with blushes, I use a big powder brush for application (using Quo at the moment).

Lips - Berry-er the Better!


I love my bold lipsticks most of the time but now is when I'm doing mostly neutral toned berry lips. They just have an appeal for me this time of the year. Three of my current faves are MAC All's Fair (LE) which is a shimmery light strawberry pink, Chanel Romantic RA which is a very subtle rosey red and MUFE Rouge Artist #34, a pigmented rose.

Here's some swatches of the lipsticks (on NW20 arm):

Left to right: All's Fair, Romantic, #34

What are some of your fave late winter products?

2 Responses to "Late Winter Favourites"

  1. Tamara Says:

    I find I'm the same way. I really focus on skin to keep it glowy (despite my oily skin) and relatively natural in terms of blush colours.

    Lately I've been loving Tarte's illuminating serum or Benefit's High Beam to highlight.. with Hoola to contour. Sometimes that's enough, though I'm always a fan of a coral'ish blush. :]

  2. Shadowy Lady Says:

    I've heard about Tarte's serum and need to check that out next time I'm at Sephora. I do more coral in the summer, more light pink in the spring...I like corals more as I tan more then

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