Spring makeup edit SS19

Now that Spring has well and truly sprung I’m changing up some of the products I use to get me well in the mood for the warmer weather. I put together a quick rundown of the products that I’ve been gravitating towards and those that scream spring to me.

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First up is Glossier’s cloud paint in dusk. I’ve been loving this for well over a year now but for some reason it always reminds me of spring. It gives a nice bronzy pop on the cheeks, striking the balance nicely between the pink and orange hues. The fact that it’s a liquid makes its great for the hot weather and super quick to apply, just blend with your fingers and go!

Maybelline’s Snapscara has been a firm favourite of mine over the past few months, I love the way it gives long, curled, separated lashes that hold up all day. If I want a bit more volume I can layer it up and build on what it’s already given me showing how versatile it is and how I can take it from day to night with a couple more coats.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer products is L’oreal’s cushion bronzer. It gives that gorgeous, healthy glow that we’re all looking for in the warm weather without being too intense. On top of that, it’s super easy to use and doesn’t leave any harsh lines. I sweep it round the perimeters of my face and a little across my nose and cheeks as those are the places that tend to catch the sun, just makes everything look a little more natural and like you woke up like this (I won’t tell if you won’t).

Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow has been a staple of mine for nearly two years but I’ve been loving it recently for the warmer weather. The bronzer hits that perfect sweet spot between warm but not too warm meaning I can create shadows and contours while making sure I’ve got that healthy glow all at once. The highlighter ties it all together, it’s a gorgeous light gold colour, not too intense but you can build it up depending on how extra you’re feeling, definite win win.

I picked up this glitter in the colour nude from Primark on a whim a couple of weeks ago and I’m so happy I did. It gives an amazing shimmer on the eyes without being overpowering. Having said that it’s definitely noticeable so I’ve been able to successfully wear it both during the day and in the evening. The shade is quite neutral but has a gorgeous depth to it that really gives that extra something to your makeup. I’d definitely recommend picking it up and trying for yourself!

Finally, because we’re always looking for that bronzy glow when it time to get our legs out I had to mention the Tanologist tanning water, yes you read that right, tanning water. I know it’s not quite makeup but you’re going to want to hear me out on this one! It’s a quick tan that doesn’t ruin white sheets (thank god) and although it can be tricky to work with at first, once you get the hang of it you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner. I’ve got the shade medium which gives a really lovely natural looking tan perfect for spring and summer.

So that rounds up my spring makeup edit, I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration for spring and helped you prep for the warmer weather, lets pray it doesn’t slip away! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first, also drop me a comment to let me know what you’re loving this spring!

Hollie x

Inspirational Women on International Women’s Day

Worry less about fitting into glass slippers, and more about shattering glass ceilings

I was brainstorming about what to post this week and realised this Friday is 8th March, i.e. International Women’s Day. That got me thinking about the women who inspire me and there’s no better day to share those than today.

Journalist, activist and star of the Good Place (anyone who knows me knows how much I love this show) Jameela Jamil has made it her mission to stop the rhetoric that convinces women that they’re not good enough. An eating disorder survivor herself, she’s taken particular aim on airbrushing, which she calls the worst thing to happen to women over the last 20/30 years, and on weight-loss teas and shakes. She’s spoken far and wide about how damaging these products can be for your health and doesn’t hold back on the celebrities who take huge paychecks in return for promoting them. Perhaps the crown jewel in her fight is her I Weigh movement which I would fully recommend checking out. I can’t put it better than she did in the instagram bio; it’s a “movement for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are beyond the flesh on our bones”. Her whole outlook on cutting away the bullshit for the better is definitely a relatable one and I will continue to look up to her.

Suzie Bonaldi, better known on the internet as Hello October, is a blogger and influencer I’ve been following for a couple of years now, in fact it was the quote at the top of this page I saw from her this morning that inspired me to write this. A fashion, beauty and lifestyle influencer she’s built an incredible brand for herself, oozes self-confidence and looks amazing doing it. She takes risks with her edgy, cool style and certainly inspires me to spend, spend and spend some more, especially when I shouldn’t. Her designer bag collection is mouth-watering and is almost a driving force in itself to inspire anyone to work hard and be successful. Suzie clearly cares about her audience and shares good vibes every Monday morning with a series of quotes on her instagram story that make you want to get up and get going under the heading Motivation Monday. Most recently she’s launched a her brand Bossy as a part of her mission to reclaim the word and points out that those shut down for being ‘bossy’ often grow into leaders and role models. Suzie is a testament to what can be achieved with hard work and self-belief and she encourages me and all those who follow her to be a little more bossy.

Emma Watson, best known for her masterful portrayal of one of my favourite fictional characters of all time Hermione Granger, has been hugely influential in campaigning for women’s rights and was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 as well as being at the forefront of the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Not only focused on women’s rights, she founded Our Shared Shelf combining her passions for reading, education and feminism. I read an interview from Watson where she talked about how photographers dived to the ground to take photographs up her skirt when she stepped out of her 18th birthday and how this among many other influences drives her passion for equal rights. This story really shocked me and makes her fight for equality all the more inspiring. Not unlike Jameela Jamil, she uses her platform in an incredible manner to speak to both her supporters and those who oppose her. Emma reminds me so much of Hermione because of her perfect blend of eloquence and determination to achieve her goals and help those around her no matter what.

Freddy Cousin-Brown is another influencer I’ve been loving for the past few years. Her instagram is enviable and her style is beautiful. She has influenced my wardrobe to no end, there are days I look down at what I’m wearing and think, ‘yep, Freddy did this’ and I’m so okay with that. She’s incredibly brave with what she wears and clearly knows herself so well. I’ve heard her answer the question ‘but what if people stare at you in your skirts and pink fluffy coats when you walk down the street in the middle of winter?’ so many times and every time, unflinching, she replies: ‘who cares?’. She preaches self-confidence to no end, I would say more than she knows, and her pink-tinted world brightens my outlook on taking fashion risks. Her style is undoubtably very different to Suzie’s, but both women are confident, outgoing and unapologetically here to stay.

Something different this week, but I hope you enjoyed and learned a little something about some of the inspirational women changing my outlook one post at a time.

Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first. Drop me a comment and tell me about the women that inspire you this International Women’s Day.

Hollie  x

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