Monday, April 15, 2013

Thaw Out Your Beauty Routine for Spring!

Despite the fact that it has taken its sweet time to get here, it seems like Spring is finally creeping its way in in Ottawa. As the warm weather approaches, it's always nice to update the ol' beauty routine to suit the season. Here are some swaps to shake up your make up bag...

You're using: A matte lipstick
Swap it for: A lip crayon

The best thing about the latest lip crayons (like those from Nars and Clinique, above) are their goof-proof application. You get a great pop of colour that is not too heavy, and these babies will be able to hold up to the heat on a warm summer night. Perfect for re-applying on a girl's night out.

You're using: Your signature scent
Swap it for: A summer fragrance with some heat

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am a HUGE fan of Bobbi Brown's beach perfume. It is always part of my summer repertoire. This year, however, I've branched out with Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess fragrance. One whiff of this coconut tinged tropical scent and I was instantly transported to every sea side vacation I've ever had. Another option (for the chic bottle alone!) - Island by Michael Kors.

You're using: A foundation
Swap it for: A BB Cream

Ever since Beauty Balms hit the cosmetics mainstream a couple of years ago, every company under the sun has come out with their own version. The great thing about a BB cream - you get a myriad of benefits - illumination, priming, moisturizing, sunscreen...along with light coverage, in a single step. Perfect to pare down your routine for the summer months and let that sun-kissed glow shine through. Some of my picks - Estee Lauder, Garnier, and Stila.

You're using: A powder blush
Swap it for: An illuminating liquid bronzer

What better way to top of your new BB cream than by blending in a light bronzer for a little faux-glow. If you haven't noticed the theme in this post, I recently went a little wild at the Estee Lauder counter. I couldn't resist picking up this bronzer!

Happy beautifying you change up your beauty routine for the summer months?

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