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Spice Up Your Makeup Bag This Spring


hot new beauty products spring 2018

Spring is here and our makeup bags deserve the same revival as our wardrobes. I don't know about you, but I am kind of over this whole unicorn/ mermaid/ holo thing trending at the moment (I mean how many fishtail brushes, rainbow highlighters and metallic lipsticks does one need?). Which is exactly why I picked eight hot new (or newly discovered) bits and bobs, that will inevitably vivify any makeup routine in the most sophisticated way possible.

Disclaimer: products marked with * are PR samples; this post is not sponsored, see full disclaimer here.

My Spring Look

spring 2018 makeup inspiration

Scroll down to see what products I've used to create this look!

Sunkissed Skin

park ave princess bronzer and contour palette review

I think Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette (*) is a gem for anyone, who is seriously into his/her contour-bronzing game.

Here you get two matte highlighting powders (Halo, Enhance), two matte contour/bronzers (Princess Cut, Angle) and two shimmery bronzers (Carat, Crown). As per usual, formula is infused with Amazonian Clay and smells of cacao-vanilla (no surprise, since vanilla is one of the key ingredients here). Personally, I love this scent and find that it somehow boosts my serotonin.

Pros: universally flattering shades, great pigmentation, finely-milled formula, smooth blendability, beautiful design, great wear; you can easily mix various shades to create your perfect bronzer/contour colour and even use these powders as eyeshadows.

Cons: you might not need/use every single shade here, especially if you are only buying this palette for yourself (and not for a freelance work). Shimmery shades might be left neglected, since they only work well for special occasions or photography.

Verdict: personally, I am not offended by a nice selection of bronzing powders here. Would I like it even more, if it had at least one blush shade? Hell, yes! I do think that the price point is good (46 USD or 205 AED) and it is pretty much the same amount you would normally pay for a single high-end bronzer. So, if you are into your inner bronzed-goddess, check it out!

Blush-wise, you can't go wrong with Glossier Cloud Paints. Shade Beam in particular is an absolute must-have and it will look amazing on pretty much any complexion.

I've always struggled with cream blushes; Glossier formula, however, is absolutely unique. I would describe these as whipped, gel-like liquid blushes that are incredibly pigmented and they practically blend themselves to perfection. It is best to apply these with your fingers and application should not take more than a minute.

This formula will look fabulous on beauties of all ages, as it will give your cheeks the most natural, youthful and flattering flush (without accentuating pores, texture or anything like that) and that's exactly what I want during spring (healthy, radiant look). I talk more about all four shades in a separate review here.

Eyes To Mesmerize

urbay decay heavy metal glitter liner review

Holiday season is long gone, but glitter is forever. And thanks to all the latest makeup innovations, glitter is finally a joy to work with. Two formulas, which (as a magpie) I want to recommend to pretty much everyone and their newborn puppy are: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner and Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow.

Heavy Metal liners come with a very fine brush; this formula is great for spicing up your basic eyeliner, plus it is a wonderful base for loose glitter or any other high-shine shadow (like Natasha Denona sparkling shades for example). These liners stay on for hourrrs without smudging/flaking. Although