12 May 2014

Spring Edit | Face & Fragrance


Spring Blusher Illamasqua Excite, Dior Passion Fruit, Clinique Pink Love, Topshop Head Over Heels, Topshop Glow Polish, Maybelline color tattoo bronze, Bourjois Cream Eyeshadow, Marc Jacobs Dot Perfume - Aspiring Londoner

This is my last instalment in the Spring Edit series.  I’ve put together some products that I’ve been reaching for since spring has come around, and will probably continue to do so in summer too.

Blushers are one of my favourite products, whatever the weather.  It always perks up my complexion by adding a touch of colour. 



Dior Blush in 533 Passion Fruit is one of my all-time favourites.  It’s a peach blush with golden shimmer.  The peachy colour adds a pop of colour and the shimmer really highlights the cheekbones, I love wearing this on a sunny day.  Sadly this is no longer available, you can try checking eBay, but a nice alternative would be Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose D’Or (review + swatch here).  Although the Bourjois one is slightly more pink, it will have a very similar effect to the Dior blush.

I have expressed my love for Topshop cream blusher in Head Over Heels in a previous post.  I really love the cream to powder finish how it translates to such a natural flush on the cheek! Available at Topshop, £8.

Illamasqua is the best brand I’ve come across that does amazing range of blushers.  They have a very wide range of colours that would suit most skin tone and their pigmentation is just out of this world.  All the products I own from Illamasqua are very highly pigmented, so lasts the longest time.  Illamasqua’s blusher in Excite is a very vivid almost orange shade powder blusher (Illamasqua describes it as apricot) with a matte finish.  I love matte finish blushes, they tend to look more natural than shimmery/glittery blushes. This is THE ultimate spring/summer blusher to warm up your face.  If you are blessed with olive skin tone, or have a tan, this will look beautiful on your cheeks!  Available at Illamasqua, £21.50.

Clinique’s blush in Pink Love isn’t as bright as the others.  I included this as sometimes, if I’m going out in the evening I may apply a lore intense smokey eye makeup or a more intense li colour.  For those times, I’d opt for the Clinique blusher.  It’s a pale yet pretty pink with silver glitter running through.  The glitter isn’t horrible, chunky glitter but adds something to the pink.  Also, if you’re opting for no-makeup makeup, this’ll be right up your street.  Available at Boots, £21.


For highlighter, I picked the Topshop Glow in Polish.  It’s a cream highlighter so gives really sheeny, natural finish.  It’s pearly colour and quite pigmented, so you only need the slightest touch to give you a beautiful highlight on your cheekbones or the arch och of your brows!  I really, really like this especially if I want a contoured look.  Available at Topshop, £9.

Quick mention to a couple of eyeshadows: my all-time favourite Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (review + swatch here) and the Bourjois Colour Edition 24H Cream Eyeshadow in Kaki Cheri (review + swatch here).  Both are very wearable during the day or paired with some eyeliner for an evening look.  They’re really easy to apply with your fingers so quite low maintenance.  Both colours are shimmery making them flattering for the spring/summer bright weather!

For fragrance, I’ve been reaching for Marc Jacobs Dot perfume.  It’s quite a sweet, fruity fragrance, but not at all sickly.  It has quite a fresh scent – “blend of red berries, succulent dragon fruit and sweet honeysuckle”.  It’s just the perfect scent for spring for me!  Available at Debenhams, £39.

That’s the end of my roundup for my spring picks series.  What have you been reaching for this spring?  Share in the comments below, or tweet me @aspiring_london!
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