The Spring Beauty Edit

I can't believe the time has come around again for another one of my seasonal beauty edits - I know it's a cliche but 2016 really has flown by (scary!) I'm normally such an Autumn/Winter girl when it comes the the products I like to use but this year I'm really enjoying playing around with more romantic hues and finding a way to make them work for me personally. Make sure you check out the links to my full reviews below for more in-depth looks at the products, swatches and all that!


For me, Spring is all about the glowing base and lots of cream products. I also love adding my own twist on pink tones and peachy shades that have a nice amount of brown in there too.

Rimmel #Instaflawless Primer | £6.99

I know the name of this is a tad gimmicky and trendy but whatever: I like the product! It only seems to come in two shades however the one I have is 07, which is odd - I'm not sure if they're just trialling a couple of colours before releasing the full range. I probably could've got away with the lighter shade but I thought with Spring/Summer coming up this would be the safer bet. The colour isn't massively important as, although it's tinted, as you apply it you are sheering it out a lot. This gives a very subtle glow to my skin - maybe other people don't notice, but I do! It's really nice with a tinted moisturiser as it's nothing glittery or over the top. All in all a great bargain.

It was never going to be any other product when it came to a spring base! I actually just picked up a fresh one as I've been using this pretty much every day since just before Christmas. This can sometimes be a little too hydrating on my combination skin in the summer heat but for this time of year it's perfect. As always, I apply this with my Sephora Pro Airbrush  #55 (post) because it gives such a natural skin-like finish. It's not greasy, it's not overly dewy; just think of it as your skin but more glowing and flawless. It's one of those products where you could genuinely fool someone (ok, maybe a male someone...) that you aren't wearing any base and your skin really just is that amazing! 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 | post

Still keeping things nicely fresh and natural with the base; I find the Urban Decay concealer gives such amazing coverage whilst still feeling light and fluffy. I flip flop between which I prefer out of the Nars and the Urban Decay concealers but I think this is just a bit nicer and more hydrating for a spring makeup look. It's also one of the few concealers I like both for under my eyes and on blemishes.

YSL Touche Eclat | £25 | post

To finish up under my eyes, I'm never without a highlighting concealer. At the moment I'm using YSL's Touche Eclat (shade 4.5) which really illuminates under my eyes and you can even use this as a highlighter on the rest of your face; just blend with a damp makeup sponge.

Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in Gleam | £9 | post

To highlight my cheekbones (and sometimes my cupid's bow and down the centre of my nose) I use this stunning golden-champagne cream product. It's honestly so pretty and looks dewy but not greasy. It's not glittery at all, instead having a lovely metallic sheen. 

This is probably my all-time favourite cream blusher formula as it's a dream to apply (swipe, dab, dab), it isn't too dewy in finish (which usually translates to 'shiny' for me...), it doesn't look patchy on my skin and it doesn't wear off during the day. Golden Peach is gorgeous light peach colour with a really subtle gold shimmer running through it. If you've ever thought cream formulas weren't for you: try this!

Lorac Unzipped Palette | $42 | post

Sorry this is a US product but you can find out how I ordered it cheap, quick and easy through Amazon's pretty great international shipping system here. I'm so glad I took the plunge and got my hands on this as I love it so much! It has to be one of my all-time favourites and if you're not into light, pastel pinks for spring then these more copper, bronzed tones are perfect for you. Every time I swatch these I'm just blown away by the quality and the pigmentation. I'm feeling emotional just thinking about this palette (kidding. Sort of...)

MAC Pro Palette Refill Eyeshadow Pan in All That Glitters | £10 | post

I've never come so close to hitting pan on an eyeshadow this quickly - it's pretty impressive! I love this either as an inner corner highlighter or as a lid shade. It's a unique kind of light nude-bronze that pairs beautifully with both cooler taupes and warmer bronzes.

Rosie for Autograph Eyeshadow Stick in Almond Eyes | £12.50 | post

This has to be one of my most-loved cream eyeshadows (and I've tried a lot!) and it's a lovely beige-champagne colour with a glitter-free metallic sheen. It's creamy but doesn't crease and is long-wearing. Fairer skin tones will love this all across the lid whereas darker skin tones can use it to highlight the inner corner.

L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara | £10.99 | post

When I'm wearing lighter-toned eyeshadow shades I really like to make sure my lashes are on full blast. I tend to go for length more than volume and, whilst this is more on the fluttery, romantic side, it does give me a really nice amount of volume too.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal | £19 | post

I honestly think I'm going to run out of this soon as I reach for it so often! It's probably my favourite lip balm to wear during the day and the colour is just that perfect rose petal shade.

Skincare, Body & Everything Else

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Lap of Honour | £3.99 | post

I really love this but didn't include it in my Spring Lips, Cheeks & Nails post as I'd already talked about Topshop's Parma Violet (which is very similar), so I thought I'd throw it in here. It's just a gorgeous shade; I want to call it lilac but it's just a bit more of a 'colour' than that (maybe 'lilac+'?) I'm a huge fan of this line (all the shades are gorgeous for spring) both for the colours and for the quick-drying formula.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial | £32 | post

Continuing with the radiant skin theme, this is probably my #1 product for getting the glow that doesn't involve AHAs. I was a little dubious about what this could really do in a minute but the answer turned out to be 'a lot'! It just gives my tired skin a boost and helps me get that nice, juicy, healthy glow.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser | £16 | post

This is a product I harped on about a LOT last summer and now we're moving into spring it's time to get it back out. It's a gel formula so feels very hydrating but sinks into my skin easily so it's left fresh and glowing.

Avene Eau Thermal Water Spray* | £7

I'm absolutely loving this at the moment as it's so hydrating. If your skin is feeling dry, dull or dehydrated then this is a great quick fix. I also have a mini one I pop into my handbag if I want to refresh my skin during the day. It works well even over makeup and just seems to make everything look nice and blended if things are feeling a bit caky and dry. I also hear this is amazing for making curls look fresh, which I will definitely be trying out over summer.

Roger & Gallet Precious Restoring Rose Body Balm* | £17

This is a really unique body cream with a lovely, light, almost mousse-like texture. It's nothing too heavy, greasy or thick for spring; I find it sinks really nicely into my dry skin and feels very hydrating. I absolutely love the rose scent as it's certainly noticeable but it's not overwhelming. There's something very fresh about it that stops it feeling dated, like some other rose scents I've tried. I've been really into fragrance-layering recently and this is perfect for that.

Philosophy Fresh Cream Eau de Toilette | £34

This balances beautifully with the Roger and Gallet body cream; I love the combination at the moment. It's a sweet but light cream fragrance that smells so beautiful without being too sickly or heavy for this time of year.

What are your must-haves for spring?

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  1. Lovely pics, I really want that Zoeva unzipped and Kiko looks lovely, but does it make your cheeks oily?
    We do not have any season here so we can pretty much wear anything all year round but sometimes I envy all these seasonal things going on in another country.

    Selene Addicted

    1. No, as I mentioned it doesn't go shiny on me like most cream formulas xx

  2. I know!! This year is really flying by and I am quite pleased about it if you ask me. Lord knows I don't need any more eyeshadow palettes but any time I read reviews and see Instagram posts of the beautiful Lorac Unzipped Palette, my heart definitely flutters!! I need to be strong and step away because I have way too many eyeshadow palettes!! lovely post as always and thanks for sharing...xx

  3. Love the KIKO blush such a pretty shade for spring! And the avene spray something I can't live without right now :) Great picks!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Great picks! I love spring make-up. Also I quite like the sound of that Instaflawless primer from Rimmel. Might have to invest in that for the next few months xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  5. This cliche just so happens to be 100% real :)
    I seriously can't believe its already spring! I've literally just took out my Freshh Lip treatment to days ago to match the springy weather. Its just the perfect pink rosy shade to wear tight now!

    Allie | RainyAllie

    1. Completely agree- I love the product and this shade especially! :) xx

  6. I definitely need to try some Rosie for Autograph products, the Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in Gleam sounds lovely, especially as I don't like glittery highlighters!


  7. I need to get that lorac unzipped palette, it's so beautiful. For spring I must have a pinky/rosy kind of eyeshadow or coral lips.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  8. I loved this post so much I read it twice :) love touche eclat, now you've sold me on the Nars tionted moisturiser and I really need to pick up the topshop highlighter :) x

  9. Some amazing products here, I really need to get my hands on the NARS tinted moisturiser and Urban Decay concealer! That Topshop highlighter sounds amazing too! xo


  10. I REALLY want to try the NARS foundation!

    xoxo, Colli

  11. A few people have mentioned that Rimmel primer now - I'll have to see what it's all about! I'm the opposite with the Ren product - it does nothing for my skin! xx


  12. I love this post! The urban decay concealer has been my favourite for so long now!! The nars tinted moisturiser looks incredible! I will certainly have to try it out 😌 X


  13. I was so surprised at how amazing Kiko was a lot of their products are so cheap but they are really amazing quality


  14. I really want to get my hands on the NARS tinted moisturiser as I see it on your posts frequently and your skin always looks great. Fab spring make-up choices <3

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  15. I love the look of the Topshop Glow, it looks so stunning! Also you know my love for the Lorac Unzipped. I NEED IT! lol


  16. Can't believe it's April already! Definitely need to get my hands on some Barry M nail colours for Spring!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  17. I hadn't actually heard of the Rimmel primer before reading this post, must keep an eye out for it. I definitely want to treat myself to a Lorac palette sometime this year for sure. I'm still trying to decide my picks for Spring but a must have for me is Coral lips x

    ~ Darling Jordan

    1. I definitely need to experiment more with coral this Spring/Summer :) xx

  18. I would so get emotional over the Lorac palette too haha. Apparently Lorac now ship to the Uk. I don't think will be long until i make an order. I love the Rimmel primer too. I love the sound of the REN mask. I feel like i'm using too many AHAs at the moment (if thats possible) xx


  19. I'm really enjoying glow-y skin at the moment as well, it looks well more youthful then matte :) Every time I see the Lorac palette on your blog I want it, it's so pretty :)x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  20. Fab post lovely, some really great picks! I really want to try this tinted moisturiser as it sounds fab, and the Philosophy Fresh Cream sounds amazing and definitely the kind of scent I’d like :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    1. It's so lovely - such a light but sweet/yummy scent :) xx

  21. I think I need to try the Body Shop Vitamin C moisturiser this year! The Kiko cream blusher sounds beautiful, too ♥

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  22. The Rosie Eyeshadow Stick and the Lorac palette both look to die for. I'm a sucker for golden hues, they're definitely my spring/summer go to. Great picks!
    xx Dany

  23. Love the picks! I really love the Top Shop pot gleam too.

  24. I have to try the Nars tinted moisturizer, it would be perfect for the warmer months!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  25. I really want to try that Rimmel primer! It'll be perfect for everyday when I don't want heavy base makeup!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/ (currently running a sunglasses and eyeglasses giveaway)

    1. Yeah it's also perfect if you're not wearing makeup but want a little 'something' :) xx

  26. These are some lovely picks! The Unzipped Palette really looks gorgeous and I must try that UD concealer soon- I've heard nothing but good things! :)


  27. Cream products=spring! Lap of honor is such a beautiful shade!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

  28. I love MAC all that glitters eyeshadow too. It was my very first MAC eyeshadow and its still my go to! X


  29. I love the Lorac eyeshadow formula! It is so easy to use and the metalics are stunning! I have the Unzipped Gold and I love it!

  30. I love your picks as always, I have to say I'm loving the glow-y skin and cream blushes are perfect for that. And that Fresh petal lip balm looks beautiful, I have the shade rose and I'm wanting to get my hands on more of those amazing lip balms from Fresh.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    1. Yes I saw Rose on your blog - that looks so pretty too! xx

  31. Gorgeous picks! I'd love to try the Philosophy Fresh Cream perfume, I love their skincare products.
    Sweet Dreams

  32. That Lorac palette is gorgeous, I don't think I've ever seen it before! I'll have to try to Kiko blush as well--everything I hear about that line is great x


  33. That palette is stunning! I love the shades! I really like the sound of the KIKO cream blush! It looks so lovely! Amazing picks, I must check out a few of these, they all sound perfect!
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  34. That Kiko blush looks gorgeous! & I've been wondering about the REN product for my kit - good to know you like it :)

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

  35. That Rimmel primer looks really good! I haven't seen it yet, I wonder if the light is light enough for me *fingers crossed*
    I really want to try an UD concealer, especially the pink one for CC.

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    1. I really want to try the correcting ones! xx

  36. Rimmel primer sounds amazing and it's not something we usually see from drugstore brands. Also love Flutter mascara brush looks a bit wierd but it works!


  37. Thank you for your comments and yay for Spring! xx

  38. I really need to get my hands on the Glow kit it is so incredibly beautiful!
    Coleoftheball xx

  39. I'm loving Ren 1 minute flash facial too it's like a little miracle in a tube! I really want to try the Nars Tinted moisturiser as I've heard so much about it! And also the body shop moisturiser :)
    Beauxdiaries.com xx

  40. I've been loving the Nars tinted moisturiser. I find it's surprisingly high coverage for a tinted moisturiser!

    Life of Ellie Grace

    1. Agreed! I think that's why I love it so much xx

  41. I have never tried any of these products! looks fun! Bertha Devaney


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