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Spring Makeup Bag Update

March 27, 2017

Spring Makeup Update | The Beauty Look Book

Now that spring is officially here, everything in my wardrobe including my makeup and skincare have been going through a bit of an update. As always I find one of my favorite ways to update my look is to focus on new colors for lips and cheeks. There are a new launches I’ve been mixing into my weekly beauty routine and I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to share some colors I think will be great for the spring transition.

Up first are some cheek products – I’ve really been obsessed with all things from Tom Ford Beauty. As part of the Summer Soleil collection, they launched a Sheer Illuminating Cheek Duo in Reflects Gilt. Even though I own so many other highlighters I find this one unique in the formula and color. It gives the skin a luminous sheen and it can also be used on the eyes. Tom Ford also revamped all their Powder Blushes. I have not yet had a chance to investigate the new formula in all the colors in detail but a quick look at the counter did prove the shades have changed a little. I have two new shades I bought include Inhibition (a perfect peachy nude) and Gratuitous (a mauve plum). They have a very subtle sheen in the pan but the shimmer does not really show up on the skin. Both have smooth medium buildable pigment and apply beautifully on the face. I like that they’re neutrals, but not nude. Also they have color that shows up  on the skin but they don’t darken or oxidize on me.

Tom Ford Reflects Gilt, Inhibition, Gratuitous | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Reflects Gilt, Inhibition, Gratuitous | The Beauty Look Book

Gratuitous (plum) on the left and Inhibition (peach) on the right. I’m wearing Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation in Bisque.

Tom Ford Blush in Inhibition and Gratuitous | The Beauty Look Book

Next is my favorite category: new lip colors. I love a good glossy lip because the formulas are usually more hydrating, smooth and soft. They’re also more forgiving when it comes to fading as the day progresses. If you splurge on one item, I would again say go with anything from Tom Ford. I really love the Lips and Boys lipsticks, Bradley is the perfect nude (shown in the photo above with Inhibition Blush). For summer they launched Clutch-Sized Lip Balms in bright sheers. They feel really good on the lips and the colors add a nice healthy flush of color that is super natural but fun.

Spring Lips | The Beauty Look Book

Makeup bag from Tory Burch.

If you’re a gloss kind of person, Chanel Rouge Coco Glosses are new. They come in a wide range of colors and finishes. If I could pick only one color, Tendresse is my favorite purchase because it’s rosy and gives the face a brightened effect.

YSL launched their Volupte Tint-In-Balms which have been nearly impossible to find because they keep selling out. I managed to order three shades in 1 Dream Me Nude, 2 Tease Me Pink and 3 Call Me Rose. These resemble the Volupte Sheer Candy, but the new Volupte Tint-In-Balms are supposed to be a lipstick balm hybrid with a bit more color. They have that amazing passionfruit scent and go on smooth but sheer. I was surprised to see color but if you don’t like sheer colors you may want to opt for the brighter ones (I bought mine sight unseen). I personally love these and definitely want a couple more of the brighter ones.

For something different I also picked a few of the new Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip colors. The packaging is super cute – they look like a chubby stick but it’s a squeeze tube for a super opaque creamy liquid lipstick. The finish is semi-matte but gives you full coverage. As one who really doesn’t like semi-matte finishes I’m undecided about these. They are comfortable on the lips but a little goes a long way, so the first few times I applied, I really overdid it. Pigment is incredible and they don’t dry down like traditional liquid lipsticks. Colors are on the bold side.

Last but not least, I bought the YSL Lip Perfector a couple months ago. It’s supposed to be a multipurpose product that nourishes, soothes and enhances your natural lip color. For me it’s a basic lip balm that feels nice and does a good job of hydrating the lips. It doesn’t do anything for my natural lip color (it applies clear and stays clear), but I have no regrets purchasing and it does work nicely under lipstick if you feel your lips are dry. That being said I still prefer the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade.

Spring Lips | The Beauty Look Book

Spring Lips | The Beauty Look Book

For the eyes, I picked up the YSL The Shock Mascara and many of you wanted to know my thoughts. I really like it! On me it doesn’t clump, it defines well, it holds the curl and it doesn’t smudge. So based on this it’s a thumbs up for me because so many mascaras either don’t hold the curl or smudge. I do wish it did a better job at volumizing because I have wimpy lashes, but I can get more volume by layering. I’ve featured the new MAC In the Flesh Eyeshadow palette a few times already but felt it was worth re-mentioning because I find it really versatile and wearable for everyday. I love the color combinations and find it easy to wear. It’s one of those palettes I feel is an effortless kind of palette to wear. Another item I’ve had on repeat is the Burberry Eye Color Contour in Pale Copper. It’s a shimmering bronze shade that is one I can wear on it’s own and feel like I’ve added depth, color and dimension to the eyes. I’ve been on the hunt for this color in powder form, but for now the cream version works for me.

MAC In the Flesh, YSL The Shock, Lancome Primer | The Beauty Look Book

MAC In The Flesh and Burberry Pale Copper | The Beauty look book

Right now Lancome has a gift with purchase at Nordstrom so I restocked on a couple items and picked up one thing new. Cleansing water in general is something I really love and use on a regular basis. I use it to double cleanse because it helps remove all traces of makeup. I’ve tried a number but the Lancome Micellar Cleansing Water remains one of my favorites because it’s gentle, effective and doesn’t leave a film on the skin. I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased! For a lash base/primer, many of you recommended I try the Cils Booster XL Vitamin-Infused Mascara Primer as a base coat to help add volume and I loved it so much I bought a second tube. Also because I’m going to need a good primer now that I’ve moved to Florida, I decided to give the La Base Pro a try (it has an overwhelming number of positive reviews). Fingers crossed it doesn’t break me out. Quick note – with this GWP there are options to choose from so there’s a promo code you’ll need to enter at checkout. Minimum purchase is $39.50 but there’s also a step up.

Be sure to check their Beauty Gifts with Purchase page as well – they often have good promos there from other brands, sometimes there will be a good sampler bag with a larger purchase.

Nordstrom Lancome GWP March 2017 | The Beauty Look Book

That wraps it up for my first spring makeup roundup! As I go finish up testing more skincare and sunscreens I’ll have more roundups in the upcoming weeks. I’ve already had quite a few items I’ve been testing for the past month since I moved and hope to share the hits and misses as I progress. Do you change your routine as spring rolls around? What do you have in your spring makeup bag right now?

Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. Press samples include the Tom Ford Reflects Gilt, Fathom and Bradley. All other items purchased by me.

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  • Lottie Gibbons March 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I love the Tom Ford packaging!

  • Shahrzad Saednejad March 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

    That is the prettiest makeup bag ever! What a gorgeous Spring makeup collection indeed! You have inspired me to get Spring ready! 🙂 Very enjoyable post, thank you.


  • Yvonne Ashon March 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Your spring makeup bag looks so pretty. sweet products


  • Emily Megan March 27, 2017 at 10:46 am

    That makeup bag is so dreamy – absolutely love this post and photos! xoxo


  • Trudi March 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I always change colors even if ever slightly with the seasons to make myself feel different & better, or more in tune with the current climate and or weather. It makes the season changing all brand new. I feel anew. Then when Summer really hits, I go all out with lighter brighter colors while being outside most of the day. I also apply makeup in the morning with the drapes open for full sun that hits my bedroom vanity. I know then exactly what I look like when outside. There is nothing worse than wearing too much heavy makeup or colors on a beautiful summer day.

  • Julia Speaks March 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    All these shades of pink are lovely! Even though I do tend to switch more to pink tones around spring, I feel like now that I’ve grown used to matte textures and finishes, I could never go back to shiny lips! I use my Naked 3 palette a lot around that time of year, to create subtle shimmery eye looks with blush/light pink tones.
    The Reflects Gilt duo is absolutely gorgeous, probably my favourite product out of all of these! 🙂

    Julia x
    Last post: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Fondation Review | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/review-charlotte-tilbury-magic.html

  • Lisa Adams March 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I have many of the above lovely items thanks to all your wonderful pictures and posts. I have been stepping m toe into K-Beauty with the help of another blogger who is very well versed in skincare, especially Korean skincare. I have been having fun with a a few toners employing the 7 layer or 7 “skin” technique. I really love the Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner for this. My skin feels amazing and hydrated after,. The other product I’m enjoying is by KICHO called the ULTRA MOISTURIZING SUN CREAM SPF 50. I have combination normal oily skin and this stuff is lovely.

  • fannyanddailybeauty March 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    This Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss sounds and looks gorgeous, I just love how Chanel keep their slightly vintage yet classy packagings, even when it comes to new releases! The Burberry Eye Color Contour in Pale Copper sounds really great as well, I love cream eyeshadow which can be worn on their own, they are so quick and easy to use (although you are right, a powder form of this would be great as well).


  • Swingtime March 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I tried Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in English Rose last week. It wasn’t a good experience. The color is gorgeous, but it’s so thick that it’s difficult to apply, it’s very sticky, and yet it wore off fairly quickly and left me with ring-around-the-lips. Not pretty. It also dried out my lips so much that they were sore. Anyway, that was my experience. I need to check out the new Chanel glosses–Glossimers were always my favorite. Great post!

    • janetgoier March 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      I had the same experience with the Bobbi Brown Liquid Lip!! I applied it with a lipstick brush, and loved the Papaya shade, but it did not last very long on me. I don’t think it dried out my lips, but I am still sad about having to take so much extra time to apply it…..I was wondering if it was just me. Thank heavens it’s not! 🙂

      • Swingtime March 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        I’m glad it wasn’t just me, either! Thanks for posting your experience!

  • Lyndi March 27, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Such a pretty post! I love your pink Tory Burch make up bag.


  • Sylwia Jachymska-Pysz March 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I love all your choices, would like to update my collection quick…….

  • lawler March 28, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the heads up on that Nordstrom GWP page. I will definitely be taking advantage of the Lanolips one. Let me piddle around and see if I can fashion a cart from the SpaceNK section to grab their bag as well.

    Stunning swatches as usual! I am adding Gratuitous to my sochoix queue so I can see what it looks like on me.

  • Caroline Malone March 28, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I’m obsessed with that Tom Ford blusher it’s absolutely gorgeous! Those Sheer Illuminating Cheek Duos are absolutely STUNNING as well! xx


  • Christina, Esq. March 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    so glad you reviewed the new YSL- I always wait to buy a new lippie until Ive seen your review and swatching 🙂 I’m going to try to hunt these down now! They all look great on you, Thank you!!

  • karen March 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The highlighters are so beautiful!


  • Zara March 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I love pink shades for Spring! The Chanel gloss in Tendresse looks like such a beautiful colour! I recently posted about my Spring makeup essentials on my blog too! x

  • Shellie Skillen March 29, 2017 at 6:22 am

    The Tom Ford products look stunning I really need to try them out, especially the lipsticks!


  • Ela BellaWorld March 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I change my routine as soon as the weather changes, in spring I tend to go for lighter products, so my skin could breath. I’m loving all these shades of pink, they are perfect for the Spring&summer. Also, Inhibition is such a gorgeous colour!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Ashley Laughlin March 31, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Very springy colors, you have a lot of luxury lipsticks!

    The Bookworm Beauty

  • Travel Beauty Diary April 3, 2017 at 7:41 am

    oohhh all the products are o beautiful.. tom ford lippies are to die for.. <3