Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Best Beauty Products for Spring

We’re giving winter a goodbye smooch! Breathe some fresh spring air into your beauty kits with these pretty new product offerings. 
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor
Wondering where you can find some instant colour this spring? Maybelline New York has just the thing with their eight-shade collection of new Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor. These full-coverage lipsticks are bold, rich and youthful, and surprisingly don’t dry out like most super pigmented products do so there’s no need to worry about your fuchsia coloured lips cracking up into a colour-smeared mess. We’re in bold lipstick heaven, especially with our favourite shade Hot Plum. $9.99 each at mass market retailers and drugstores. 

Demeter Flowering Tonka Cologne Spray 
If you’ve ever dreamed of curating yourself an impressive fragrance library without the designer price tag, then you must get acquainted with Demeter. Its collection of affordable and cheerful scents will give you an instant mood lift anytime of day, so we suggest keeping them in your bag or desk drawer. The new Flowering Tonka smells good enough to eat with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, saffron and almond. A pick-me-up as we wait for the snow to melt away. Demeter fragrances are also free of phthalates and parabens, and 95 percent derived from natural ingredients. $20 US at Demeterfragrance.com 

Benefit Fine One On 
Before we explain what this does, can we address the awesome packaging? Benefit products look just as good in their bottles and tubes as they will on your face. This cream blush and highlighter stick leaves a lovely glow and sheer wash of colour on skin that you can amplify with a second or third application. To apply, glide it from the apples of your cheeks to temples with the lightest (champagne) shade facing up and blend with fingers in an upward circular motion. $36 sephora.ca 

butter London LIPPY Liquid Lipsticks
butter LONDON’s lacquer collections have recently become a beauty junkie favourite, and now its LIPPY range of lip glosses are finding their way into our cosmetics caddies. If you’re a fan of opaque lipgloss then you’ll be all over these fabulous fruity shades. Keep in mind they are quite tacky and glossy, but last for several hours thanks to their heavy pigmentation. $19 at butterlondon.ca 

Quo by ORLY Naked Nail Polish
After nothing but neons and dark vampy nails, we’re looking forward to trying out nude polish for the season, but finding the right hue to match your skin can prove tricky. When choosing a flesh-toned polish be sure to look for something that will complement your fair, medium, or dark skin, and decide if you want something sheer, opaque or with shimmer. Pay extra attention to those cuticles before application, as nude nails tend to draw more attention to the skin around your nails! $10 at Shoppers Drug Mart 

Which beauty products are you loving for spring?

Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @ddeestefano or check out her blog, Making it to the Masthead

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