There really are so many things to love about Spring. The weather is starting to warm up, yet it is still without the intense heat of Summer, our gorgeous scented flowers (Jasmine, Gardenia, Rose) are out in bloom, it is warm enough to entertain and eat outdoors, and the prettiest make up colours appear for Spring. Say goodbye to those (still fabulous) earthy Autumnal tones, and hello to the soft pastels and solar Spring – Summer hues. We’ve seen some truly stunning shades cross our desk for the season. Here are some of our favourites:
Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Matte Lipstick
If full-coverage Matte lipstick is your thing, then the newly launched Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire Matte Lipstick should be on your list. There are 6 stylish shades – Insist, a soft Beige, Claim Fame, a popping Fuchsia, Bite Back, a coral-ish Red, Lead On, a soft burgundy Red (pictured, and our personal favourite), Devastate, a regal Purple/Red, and Prove It, a deep purple. Designed to be one of the highest pigment Estee Lauder Lipsticks, the colours glide on easily in a lightweight, non-drying formula, that lasts up to 8 hours. RRP $60.00.
Mavala Sunlight & Solaris Collections
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know we love Mavala colours, and the Spring/Summer collection is no different. The six colours in the new Mavala Sunlight Lipstick Collection, pair beautifully with the Solaris Nail Collection, and will have you perfectly groomed all season. The Mavala Lipsticks treat your lips to hydrating colour thanks to the “treatment makeup” formula with Prolip (a combination of nourishing, repairing, and protecting ingredients). The colours are pretty stunning too – from the bewitching soft pink of 591 Fantasy Rose, the elegant terracotta of 592 Terra Viva, the luminous solar of 593 Coral Orange, the chic scarlet of 594 Scarlet Red, the soft velvety beige of 595 Cloud Beige, or the suit-any-skin brown of 596 Terra Rossa. Lipsticks 4g RRP $27.95 each. The gorgeous formaldehyde, paraben, and animal ingredient free Mavala mini nail colours in the Solaris Collection, set you up for a hot Summer ahead with the soft baked ochre of 976 Shiraz, the honeymoon brown beige of 977 Venezia, the canyon sky inspired deep pigment blue of 978 Jodhpur, the radiant desert hot orange of 979 Phoenix, the delicate sandy beige of 980 Mykonos, or the rich chocolate brown of 981 Cacao. Mini Nail Colours 5ml RRP $8.50 each. NB, Images not to scale.
Mary Kay Chromafusion Blush/Highlighter/Illuminator, Lip Tints & Illuminating Drops
For an all-over gorgeous Spring look, we love the new Mary Kay Chromafusion Blush, Highlighters, and Illuminators, and the new Lip Tints & Illuminating Drops. The new Mary Kay Chromafusion Collection features super powered technology for gorgeous shades that lasts all day, so they are perfect for the warmer and more humid Spring and Summer weather. Start your colour with the Mary Kay Chromafusion Blush. The weightless powder looks beautiful in any light, delivering colour purity infused with light-reflecting pigments for a naturally radiant finish. Available in 8 matte & shimmer shades. Continue the look with seamless shadowing provided by the Chromafusion Contour Powders, available in matte 2 shades, and then finish your face with the Chromafusion Highlighters. Available in 2 shades, both shimmering highlighters give your complexion a boost of Spring-worthy luminosity. Insider tip, sweep on top of your cheekbones to give a subtle, “lifted” appearance to cheeks where light typically touches the face. All Chromafusion shades 4.8g and RRP $18.00 each.
Add some (lip) colour to your look with the Mary Kay Lip Tints. The water-based lip tints are lightweight, offering a subtle colour, with a pen-like precision tip so you can line and fill in your lips like a pro. The Tints are available in three Summer shades – Canyon Coral, Magenta Mirage and Desert Flora. 2.5g RRP $25.00 each. Finally, give your shoulders and décolletage a gorgeous glow with the Mary Kay Illuminating Drops. Available in three shades, the silky pigment-packed, ultra-concentrated silky fluid allows for blendable, buildable illumination. The versatile drops can also be mixed with your moisturiser for a makeup-free glow, and in with your foundation to give an extra glow to your look. 15ml RRP $30.00.
Dr. Hauschka High Spirits Limited Edition Makeup
The fastest and easiest way to a gorgeous Spring look has to be Dr. Hauschka’s limited edition High Spirits Makeup. Create multiple looks with the collections tropical colours of coral, pink, and green. Eye Colour is made simple with the dual ended Eye Crayon Duo, which combines two products in one – a creamy Eyeshadow and an Eye Definer. Choose from 01 – Petrol/Copper, or 02 – Green/Mother of Pearl. 4.8g/4.9g respectively RRP $40.00 each. To sharpen the pencils, a Chubby Sharpener is available for $8.00. Create gorgeous Spring-worthy lips with the limited edition Liquid Lip Colour. The special formula combines the colour intensity and coverage of a lipstick with the shiny brilliance of a lip gloss. Perfectly matched with the Eye Crayon Duo, choose from 03 – Coral (the perfect Spring coral shade), and 04 – Pink, a stunning soft pink. 4.5ml each RRP $39.00 each. Finish your look with what has to be our favourite Bronzer of the Summer, the delicately scented Bronzing Glow Powder. The integrated brush applicator makes application easy to create a light bronzing shimmer effect on your face, neck and décolleté. Create a gorgeous holiday tan and glow without the sun at home, on the go or while travelling. 3.3g RRP $58.00. Click here to see some of the looks you can create with these 5 simple pieces. You just have to have the Bronzer, so the only question remains Pink or Coral, Petrol or Green – which will you choose?
Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick & Tinted Lip Balm
If you prefer a less than full coverage lip, the Burt’s Bees Burt’s Bees Glossy Lipstick gives you medium coverage, glossy lip colour you’ll love, with natural, moisturising ingredients that love your lips in return. The long-wearing lipsticks make lips super lustrous and keep them hydrated. Nourishing Red Raspberry Oil, Moringa Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil moisturise, leaving lips smooth and beautifully soft. In 6 stunning fashion forward shades, from pinky-brown Peony Dew, dusty pink Rose Falls, soft beige Nude Mist, corally-red Blush Ripple, cool fuchsia Pink Pool, and terracotta Nude Rain, it might be hard to pick a favourite (but I’ll be bold and say mine’s Blush Ripple). 3.4g RRP $19.95. If you prefer a subtler colour still, the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms provide just a hint of colour and 8 hours of moisture. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe. They come in a range of 6 universally flattering shades. 4.25g RRP $12.95.
Nivea Tinted Lip Balms
A fabulous option if you want a slick of colour for Summer, or you’re just heading out for a casual day, and don’t want the full makeup effect, are the Nivea Tinted Lip Balms. We love the Nivea Peachy Lip Balm (also available in Strawberry and Blackberry Shine variants), with its subtle coral-pink shade, and peachy aroma. Featuring the innovative moisture technology of Hydra IQ, the Lip Balm (as with all of NIVEA Lip products) provides deep hydration, protection against the Australian Spring and Summer UVA and UVB rays and leaves your lips gorgeously soft and smooth. 4.8g RRP $3.98.
QVS Pro-Serious Brush Collection
Of course, you want your makeup application to look its best, so you need to use the right tools, and QVS have a great range of makeup brushes to get your look just right. A wonderful addition to any makeup kit is the Pro-Serious Brush Collection, which features nylon free brushes with natural bristles, and a nylon Foundation Brush. The collection includes: Eyeshadow Applicator – latex free for subtle blending and highlighting, Blending Brush – for eyeshadow application, Foundation Brush – for perfectly applied and blended foundation, Blusher Brush – with a dense domed head to build colour quickly, and an Angled Blusher & Powder Brush – designed to compliment your facial curves for accurate application. The kit contains everything you need to create your look, and is also a brilliant travel collection. Set of 5 brushes RRP $30.00.