Saturday, 6 February 2010

Current Covets

Like most girls with a bit of a passion for makeup, I've got a list as long as my boyfriend's arm of things I would like to get my grubby little mitts on - in fact there are so many that I've given up keeping neatly-handwritten lists and clippings from magazines, and have instead stashed all my beauty desires in a text file on my computer. What with coming into Spring, my beauty and style tastes are on the change; my personal style is becoming softer and more feminine with lace detailing and twee little sweaters which I would never have dreamed of wearing 6 months ago making it into my wardrobe.

As for beauty, I'm starting to see a fairly comprehensive pattern forming; the need for beautiful, porcelain skin with a lovely dewy tinge, soft and sweet eye makeup, less austere liquid liner (that'll be a challenge), gentle peachy-pink blushes and no harsh red lips. Although, in an ideal world, I'd love to give up my liquid liner and newly-found red lips, I have to admit this is going to be a challenge; I love the vintage pin-up look, but the fact is that there will come a time when I will need to wean myself off it in favour of new climes.

A thing I've been wanting for ages is a product from Pure Luxe Cosmetics ever since I saw a video on Filthy Gorgeous Makeup. Unfortunately there are no pictures for this one, but it's called a Flash Cube and I want one in the colour Mai Tai, a gorgeous coral-orange glitter with gold flecks which would be perfect for a party eye going into Spring.

From NARS I've been desperate for one of their lip lacquers. I've only ever owned one lip lacquer from NARS before - Eros - and completely loved the formulation. They are are a richly-pigmented thick lipgloss and although their price-tag is a little steep, the little pot lasts ages and you can just have a lovely light sheen on your lips, or build up the colour for a lovely pout. Having worked as a waitress too, this product really stood up to 10-hour shifts and unrelentingly busy Saturdays. I'm not especially wild about the need for a lip brush with this product, but I'll cope. And the colour I'm so desperate to own? It's Capucine, a beautiful tangerine shade with gold shimmer.

I've been getting a little bored with my bronzer from NARS recently and feel like my life may not be complete without Chanel Bronze Universel, which is a cream-based bronzer. It looks like a beautiful product to use, and will be ideal for swapping the powdery look of Winter makeup for the dewier complexion Spring is set to bring. The price-tag with this one is a little steep, but I can't wait to try this product on my skin.

Of course, we all know that 'beauty is only skin deep' as that mantra goes, and I've found a couple of skin products I'd love to try to keep my skin healthy and fresh-looking throughout the months of Spring. The first one I'd like to try is something called Environ B-Active Sebuspot, which was touted in a magazine I read recently as being a really great product for healing acne and reducing the redness. Retailing at only £15, it's a pretty affordably-priced product which claims to deliver really excellent results.

Another thing I've been more... well... curious about is the Tejaswini Clear Skin Capsules, which apparently are a product models swear by to keep their skin spot-free and fresh as a daisy. I'm not really one to play around with dietary supplements, but beauty journalists from Cosmopolitan to The Sunday Times are name-dropping this everywhere. It's an Ayurvedic blend of 10 different herbs which are supposed to help purify your blood and release toxins, thus helping you stop getting spots. I'd love to give it a try, but I'm definitely going to be reading up on this one.

Current beauty must-haves, anyone?

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