What’s in My Makeup Bag for Spring?

I love Spring! And with each new season I review what products I use, making sure that things like my foundation will withstand the changes in the British weather. Spring means warmth, sun rays and the start of a ‘glowy’ t-zone so I like to make sure that my makeup can work hard to keep me looking fresh.

The ten minutes I spend creating this everyday look each morning is a time of peace and quiet for me. To appreciate the day before and to focus my mind of the day ahead. My everyday look needs to keep me throughout a long day at work and possibly on to the evening with just a quick top up.

To see how I use this makeup I created a much requested video tutorial. Now, let’s get stuck into my makeup bag…

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FACE

Primer- Lancome Effect Miracle, 02

Foundation- YSL Le Taint Touche Eclat, B70

Highlighter – TempleSpa Glint Shadow Concealer, Medium-Dark

Blusher- Lancome Blush Subtil, 022 Rose Indien

Shimmer- Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, Gold Bronze (Alternative from Collection)

EYES

Contour & Eyebrows- Makeup Academy Pro-Brow All in One, Dark

Eye Shadow- Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow, Cedar 19

Eye Liner- L’Oreal Paris Superliner Blackbuster, Intense

Mascara- Maybelline Great Lash, Blackest Black

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LIPS

Lip Pencil- Kiko Milano Smart Lip Pencil, 711

Lip Creme- Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream, Caramel 02

Many of these products are to be found in my March Favourites and I posted a review last week so you can check that out for further details. I’ll also be posting full reviews of some product over the coming weeks so make sure you’re subscribed and don’t miss them!

Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream

Collection Cosmetics are a  beauty brand, established in 1987, with British heritage. The brand is well known for being one of the high street’s best Fast Moving Consumer Goods forerunners in beauty. Fashion focused and leading  the market at an affordable price, Collection Cosmetics is a must for those interested in beauty. As a multiple award winning brand the range ‘is made up of a core range of essential ‘canvas’ products and trend-led ranges for a more dramatic seasonally-inspired look.’

Although Collection Cosmetics don’t advertise themselves as a vegan brand, you may be interested to know that they do not test on, or instruct any third party to test finished products on animals.

At only £2.99 per lip cream, the Velvet Kiss Collection offers a well-matched alternative to the more expensive products on the market . Though a lip cream rather than a lipstick, this collection does well to rival the choices from NARS, MAC and Too Faced. Granted, at just six shades the range of colours to choose from is less varied than some of the larger brands but with shades ranging from nude to a classic deep red, the collection has something to offer to all.

Overall I really enjoyed trying out these lip creams. Although matte on the first application, the creams are moisturising on the lip. Upon application you’re also greeted with a sweet scent that takes me back to my childhood weekends eating sweets such as Parma Violets. Unexpectedly, the formula feels different between the shades. The red (Rosie) goes onto the lip easily with its thicker consistency, without streaking whereas the orange shade (Mango) seems slightly thinner and requires a couple of layers before the pigment pulls through.

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This week I’ve been religiously applying the Caramel (nude) shade. I’ve searched for many months to find the perfect nude. For some, finding the right nude can be a simple task but for myself, and I would include others with black skin, the hunt can be a difficult one. Many nudes are too cold and make the skin look dull or grey but this shade is warm enough to be applied liberally,without the worry of being left looking ill. This will most definitely stay as my go to, every day shade. On the contrary, Cotton Candy is a physical symbol of my journey into finding a nude lip product. The base colour is cool, almost a blue, and so will never compliment my skin tone. On lighter skin I’m sure this shade would compliment an every day makeup look but unfortunately for myself this is a shade I will never get any use out of.

The other shade I am undecided about is Mango. Though I believe this is a versatile colour that I would wear throughout the warmer months I don’t feel that this fits within the collection. The nude, pink, berries and red all sit extremely well together. The colours compliment each other well and can be found in collections from any other brand. The Mango shade is the rebel of the pack. On its own it makes sense, a bright alternative to the usual safe shades, but as a group it feels mismatched, as though it doesn’t belong.

Having tested the products for a few weeks now I would offer a glowing recommendation of the collection. This isn’t a long wear lip cream and so you will need to apply it a couple of times throughout the day on order to keep the colour bright but don’t let that deter you.  The Mango shade is a personal gripe of mine that doesn’t take away from the beauty of the collection. At £2.99 per lip cream you can purchase the whole collection for under £18 for which you’d receive little change after purchasing one of the higher end lip products.

If I could only purchase one it’d be the fantastic nude (Caramel). If I had a choice of two I’d include the classic red (Rosie) every time. And if I could only have three I’d refuse to answer because I just can’t choose between the two beautiful berry shades (Mulberry and Blackberry)!

All shades can be found at Boots and Superdrug. More information about Collection Cosmetics can be found on their website.