I adore the thought of freshly painted nails, it's one of the highlights of my week. Though I do love a good vampy nail, I'm really excited to sport brighter, softer colors for spring this season! Here are a few of my all-time favorites that I think compliment the warmer weather and springtime blooms. Enjoy!
Rimme Lasting Finish Pro - English Rose. This color compliments my skin tone so much. It's a beautiful dusty rose that's bright and cheery without overwhelming the senses, and perfect for looking sophisticated and fun at the same time.
Essie Cascade Cool. I am obsessed with this blue-toned pink shade, it just makes my nails look so cute (a real winner for those shorter nail days)! It's funky fresh and super unique. Definitely a color that gets me some compliments when I wear it.
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail - Mauvelous. Every girl needs a good nude in her life, and I like this one because it's got a dusty pink tone that makes my nails look clean without hitting that dead mannequin vibe. Also super opaque!
Essie Tart Deco. If you haven't tried this polish, get it now. I can only describe it as the perfect neon melon, and a spring and summer must. It's bright but a sort of pale pastel orange and looks so gorgeous on. Not to mention it makes anyone wearing it (including me, I glow in the sun I'm so pale) look sunkissed and gorgeous!
China Glaze Seaspray. I've featured a lot of pinky tones so far, but I do love mixing it up with a blue since we are still transitioning out of winter. Seaspray is the perfect soft gray-blue for a more edgy take on springtime pastels that strays away from the typical mint trends.
The fog is finally parting and I've worn my first dress of the season - and I'm not ready to stop! My April roundup of wishlist goodies includes a lot of interesting items I wouldn't normally pick for myself. The super bleached jeans don't scream "Natalie" at first glance but with a white button-down, a fedora, and some cute natural heels like these awesome woven Dolce Vita ones, they would be totally adorable. I haven't jumped on the romper/playsuit bandwagon yet but I feel like this is the year to do so, and amidst my not-so-successful graduation dress shopping I've found a few like this ribbed midi dress and bright coral Zara number (with pleats in the back - how cute!). Winter had me all bundled up with no desire to put any effort in, but I'm really liking the idea of interesting accessories like this gorgeous statement purse and ear jackets for some understated bling. I'm just craving going outside and enjoying the sunshine, so my April picks are all spring ready! What's on your current wishlist?
Zara Bleached Cigarette Jeans / Miss Selfridge Rib High Neck Dress / Dolce Vita Nakita Woven Leather Sandal
Sunday afternoons are meant for adventure, right? I took a stroll through the west side of town and had a little peek into Kiehl's and came out with some goodies to treat my currently not-so-happy skin. I have an oily T-zone but also suffer from eczema, so the gal recommended I try to Ultra Facial Cream as a daily moisturizer. She said it's light enough to keep the oiliness to a minimum but help heal those dry patches. I also picked up the Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion with Amazonian White Clay to help keep the oils at bay throughout the day. I sampled it on the back of my hand and was blown away by how smooth and matte it felt, so hopefully it will come in handy as the weather gets warmer and makeup becomes more prone to melting off (yuck!). I also received some extra samples of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate (I was so close to buying a whole size, but one sample lasts about a week and I've got 3 in my stash now so I think I'm covered for a little while more... hehe) and she gave me the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream to try as a lighter option moisturizer so I'm well-stocked up for my future skincare needs. It's my first Kiehl's purchase ever so I'm really excited to see what long-term benefits these products will have. Do you have any holy grail skincare items?
Ultra Facial Cream / Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion / Midnight Recovery Concentrate / Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
Just like a signature red lip, I think every girl needs her signature pink polish. Mine is Essie Infatuation. It's not only my signature pink but probably my favorite nail polish in my entire (gigantic) collection -- and that's saying a lot. It's a bright creme that has just a tinge of salmon but I would classify it as a true deep pink shade (especially compared to corals like Essie California Coral). It's my go-to for spring and summer because it's such a happy shade that's wearable for every day. Sometimes I find neons a but much but this stops just shy of being too in-your-face and I love my current candy colored nails. As per application, like most Essie formulas this one glides on smoothly and is opaque in one coat (though I always go for two just to pack an extra punch). I'm not sure if this is available at drugstores because I got mine at a beauty supply store and haven't found it around anywhere since... But if I ever run out I am going to repurchase right away because I'm completely, what can I say, infatuated with this color.
Nothing quite tops off an outfit like a spritz of perfume, and though my collection isn't large I've got a nice selection of scents to take me through all seasons and occasions. Lolita Lempicka is my go-to night out scent. First off, the bottle is absolutely gorgeous - a glass deep periwinkle bottle with gold and white accents that really play off the enchanting vibe. Sweet but musky with a dark spice, it has notes including liquorish, violet, ivy leaves, and iris roots, underscored by vanilla and musk. It's a warm scent that really wraps you up in this blanket of muskiness and a little goes a long way. I reminds me of the feeling of warm cider in the winter and midnight blooms in the summer. I think this is the sexiest scent I own and the perfect topper for an edgy all-black outfit (plus leather jacket!) for a night out at some bars. What's your favorite nighttime scent? I'd love to try more.
I didn't even realize today is the last day of March... That's the kind of month it's been. Seriously, I haven't even had time to accumulate new favorites! March was filled with lots of late nights and deadlines which resulted in very few real-clothes-wearing, makeup-sporting days but I thought I'd include some random favorites this month to make up for the lack of beauty goodies!
NYX Butter Gloss (Crème Brulee). This stuff has been in my handbag all month, I just can't get enough. It's the perfect nude gloss that glides over the lips to help moisturize and give shine without adding color to detract from the rest of the look. I know I have more than enough lip products but these are just so good, next on my list is Eclair.
Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil (Hot Scorch). I was inspired by a photo I came across on Tumblr of a woman wearing a sparkly light brown liner all around her eye (not in the waterline, but really around) and winged out at the edges. I thought it was so pretty I picked this up when I stopped by Ulta. I didn't have high hopes because it was only like $2.49 or something ridiculous, but this liner lasted all day! I like the glittery sparkle because that's the look I was going for, and it's really smooth and creamy. Now I just gotta perfect that wing.
No7 Beautiful Skin Rich Hydrating Eye Cream. I didn't have high hopes for this when I first came across it in Target but decided to give it a try as I had heard pretty good things about No7 skincare. This stuff has considerably smoothed out my under eye area and leaves it supple and immensely hydrated (a huge compliment from a girl who suffers with the worst under eye peeling)! My only gripe is that the pointed lid is hard to screw off when my hands are a little slippy from having applied moisturizer, but otherwise this is one heck of a dark horse.
Sammi from The Beauty Crush. Her blog, beauty videos, and vlogs have been my go-tos for entertainment recently! I love her grungy, simple style and spunky attitude. She is so down to earth and I am so excited for her and Jason (her boyfriend)'s new brand Novem & Knight. I'm also totally going to recreate her natural smoky eye one of these days.
Kate from gh0stparties (and her sense in home decor). My latest obsession is looking up inspiration for and planning how to decorate my post-grad apartment (probably because I just scored some awesome antique furniture from my aunt that I cannot wait to mix with modern pieces). I've been following Kate's journey into her new flat and it's absolutely everything that I want my apartment to be - her blog, Instagram and Pinterest are perfection (home decor, beauty, and everything else!) and I squealed over everything in her recent room tour video.
It's officially spring, the weather is reaching the 70s and 80s, and my heart is just yearning to wear sweet flushed cheeks and soft shimmery eyes! I recently reorganized my makeup collection and discovered just how much of a blush junkie I am, and today I want to feature four of my absolute favorites for the warmer weather and to match with the season of pretty blooms and cherry blossoms.
The Face Shop Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek (Cutie Angel). For that dewey look we all strive for in spring, go for a cream blush! This one comes in an adorable little pot and is the perfect pure pink color. I love stippling this on to the apples of my cheeks, and sometimes go a little overboard on purpose to really experiment with that healthy flush.
Milani Luminoso. Cult favorite, right? You just can't go wrong with this beautiful shimmery peach shade. No highlighter needed, and any amount will do - it's the perfect no-fuss option for an everyday glow.
NYX Peach. NYX naming baffles me because this is definitely a dolly baby pink (and no hint of peachy shades, especially compared to Luminoso). However, the product itself is amazing. The blush is really soft and well-pigmented (I think I have the most NYX blushes out of any other brand in my collection), and this is my go-to to brighten up my face.
Essence Life's a Cherry. I am so glad I re-purchased this! I bought my first one in Rome (oh, the sentimental memories) but somehow it got lost in the jumble between packing up my Italian apartment, backpacking across Europe, and coming back to California. The pigmentation on this is insane, and it might be my favorite formula out of all of my powder blushes (yep, that beat Benefit Box Blushes too!). The color is an absolutely gorgeous red-toned pink with a hint of tangerine and I am obsessed with this for more of a statement cheek.
What sweet spring blushes are you busting out this season?