Dreamy Picks: Neutral & Luminous Beauty for Spring

These days I’ve been a bit more minimalistic with my makeup, opting for easy, fool-proof formulas that enhance the skin. I’ve been on a journey of beauty discovery and have come across some absolute gems that are either new releases, or just new to me. Here’s a look at some products that I’ve been loving lately, with a plentitude of bronze tones and soft pink hues.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF30 (Light): Milk Makeup is a brand that has piqued my interest for some time, maybe for its sleek minimalistic packaging and its general “less is more” “girl on the go” vibe, or perhaps because it’s a newer line and as a bona-fide beauty junkie, I must try is all! As an ever curious foundation aficionado, the Sunshine Skin Tint seemed like the best place to start, and it’s love! The Tint is a super lightweight liquid foundation with SPF30 offering light, but not too light, coverage. The rollerball packaging is quite unique, but totally functional. You just pump the bottom to release the product and roll the ball across your face, then blend. It’s vitally effortless in application, with enough courage to balance out your complexion, as it appears to additionally minimize the appearance of pores. The finish is dewy and glowing. It’s perfect for those “no makeup, makeup days” – it just makes the skin look good. I have the shade light, which is a touch too pale for my skin tone, but with its lighter coverage I can get away with it.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Custard): Ugh, concealers are not an easy area to navigate, they are just all so awful! In fear of more disappointment, it took me a while to warm up to the idea of trying yet another one, but my recent battle with seasonal allergies demanded more coverage. Believe me when I say, the hype is real! The Soft Matte Complete Concealer is the ultimate! My under eye area is generally dry and most concealers just suck all of the moisture out of my skin, leaving my under eyes looking crepey. Nars hit the mark with this new formula which just so beautifully melts into the skin, blending out like a dream with minimal to no creasing. I do set the inner corners of my under eye where I experience the most creasing, but I’m sure that some can skip the powder entirely. I use the shade Custard, which I initially thought would be too deep for me, but it just blends right into my skin.

Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum (Golden Hour): Maya Chia, creators of the exquisite line of skincare, released an illuminating serum in two shades: The Golden Hour (warm, champagne gold) and The Happy Hour (cool pink). I’ve been meaning to share a review of this product sooner because I am utterly in love! I picked up The Golden Hour just a few days after it was released and I have been wearing it almost daily. The Illuminating Serum is truly versatile, it works beautifully under, over or even added into your foundation (no matter the formula). However, I do find myself most often opting to add it into my foundation. The Golden Hour is a stunningly beautiful champagne gold that adds a subtle luminosity to the skin, with no discernible shimmer. It is technically skincare and features Maya Chia’s hero ingredient, supercritical chia oil, along with broccoli seed oil, calendula flower extract and rosemary leaf extract. It also has such a beautiful clean scent.

Fitglow Beauty Mineral Blush (Sculpt): I’ve briefly mentioned my love for this contouring powder before, but I thought I would share some more love as its been a staple in my beauty routine. To be totally honest, I’ve packed on a few lbs, which I’m not too happy about. While I’m working on getting that under control, I’ve been sculpting my fuller face to make me feel a bit better about it. The Fitglow Beauty Mineral Blush in Sculpt is the perfect contouring shade for my skin tone, it’s not too cool nor too warm. While it’s not “super” pigmented I feel like that’s a good thing, as it allows me to be more modest in application.

Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint (Bronze): The Lid Tints are cream eye shadows that offer a sheer wash of color and a glossy finish. I utterly love a glossy lid, but I often just can’t deal with the creasing that comes along with it. In comparison to the RMS Eye Polish, I experience far less creasing with the Lid Tints, however, they do not blend as well or offer as much of a wet look. They feel a bit tacky on the lid, but do offer a beautiful glossy effect indeed. The shade Bronze, is a beautiful neutral bronze shade that can be built up for more color payoff.

Olio E Osso Tinted Balm (No. 5): The Olio E Osso Balms are multi-purpose and available in clear or tinted versions. What stands out about the Tinted Balm is its superior hydrating abilities. They have a super short list of ingredients, including organic olive oil, shea oil, beeswax and pink grapefruit essential oils – yes they smell amazing. The tinted versions offer a sheer, dewy wash of color. I personally love using the balm on both my lips and cheeks. When applied to the cheeks, it does remain a bit tacky, which I personally don’t mind. I’m really into that dewy look and it makes the skin look really good, although it does require frequent touch-ups. I have the shade No. 5 Currant, which is a raisin shade that beautifully complements bronze tones.

Kevyn Aucoin Molten Lip Color Topcoat (Cyber Opal): The most recent release from Kevyn Aucoin includes 6 Metallic Liquid Lipsticks and 2 Metallic Lip Color Topcoats. I just picked up the Lip Color Topcoat in Cyber Opal at the recent Sephora VIB Sale – the pink opalescent hue really spoke to me. Cyber Opal is a milky pink with a beautiful opalescent finish. The formula is beautifully smooth and surprisingly pigmented, I need to go a bit light on my application, otherwise this shade is a bit too pale for my complexion, or I pair it with a deeper lip shade. It is truly long-wearing, hydrating and completely odorless – which I love. The doe foot applicator features a curved design, which hugs your lips on application.

Nails INC Mindful Manicure (Better Together): Nails INC infuses their polishes with real gemstones to promote a “spiritual feel” in their most recent nail polish collection. I actually picked up 3 out of the 5 new shade releases. Better Together is my favorite of the bunch, its a soft blush shade with an iridescent finish. It applies beautifully, while I’m not too sure of any enhancements on my aura, they sure are pretty!

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Beauty by Britanie Bohemian Collection with Modern Minerals and Lotus Wei

When a Natural Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger, a Flower Alchemist, and a natural Mineral Makeup brand unite, you get a truly one-of-a-kind makeup collection. Created with love as the intent, the Beauty by Britanie Bohemian Collection is far more than just makeup, as these crystal-infused formulas contain a blend of flower essences to uplift your mood and evoke positive feelings.

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Au Naturale African Colors Collection*

Au Naturale celebrates spring with the release of three trendy lip shades, in their African Color Collection. A statement lip is all the trend this season, and Au Naturale has covered the bases. Think plum, red, magenta, and rich pigments.

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The African Colors Collection features two glosses and one lipstick, all intensely pigmented. Just check out the swatches…

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First up is African Affair, a matte lipstick that is both unique and bold. I would describe it as a brick-red shade with a purple pearlecence. The wear is excellent, however, the formula seems drier than I am familiar with from Au Naturale. Both Ravish and Deep Coral Lip Glosses are generously pigmented, soft and ultra nourishing, with a fruity scent. For me, the formula is a love. They layer well for a more intense finish. Ravish is a beautiful bright pink, that brightens the face. Deep Coral is a warm dark coral shade with a golden shimmer. A gorgeous color for when the temperatures heat up.

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 Wearing African Affair Lipstick with Ravish Lip Gloss and Organic Creme Bronzer on both cheeks and lips.

 Au Naturale Lip Gloss* $15 Lipstick* $22

Available at aunaturaleglow.com

Use code ‘SPRING’ for 30% off at the Au Naturale website

*sample

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library

The Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library from Bite Beauty features 12 mini glosses inspired by the scent, color and beauty of the delicate rose flower. This collection features shades raging from soft sheer pinks to deep and vibrant reds to suit your any mood. Each gloss is infused with antioxidant and mineral rich Rose Otto essential oil. Bite lip products contain only food-grade ingredients and are free of any chemicals. They’re good enough to eat and if you care to indulge yourself, they taste as good as they look.

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The Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss set features a stunning selection of 12 shades. The deeper the shade, the richer the pigment and coverage. Shades seven on, apply like a liquid lipstick, leaving behind rich color. Some of the lighter shades apply very sheer, although can easily be layered for more coverage. The gloss is on the stickier side and does take some manipulation from the doe-foot applicator to spread the formula across the lips. Some tackiness wears away and lips are left feeling soft and nourished. It wipes off clear and leaves no stain behind. The fragrance is lovely and smells of the purest form of the rose and not of a perfumed re-creation. I’m loving the new glosses which makes my lips feel healthy and moisturized. The only problem is choosing just one shade to wear.

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 shade in order from 1-12

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  • One – cool-toned milky pale pink
  • Two – light rosy pink
  • Three – pale peach
  • Four – raisin
  • Five – light mauve
  • Six – dusty rose
  • Seven – dusty coral
  • Eight – cherry red
  • Nine – cool red
  • Ten – berry red
  • Eleven – brown red
  • Twelve – deep purple

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 Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library $49 

available at sephora.com

Lorac Close Up Real Life to Red Carpet Pro Face Tutorial

The latest addition to the LORAC PRO Face Tutorial series features everything you need to create a natural day to dramatic night look. The kit contains 5 products, including a full-sized blush, full-sized mascara, mini eye shadow palette, full-sized lip gloss and a mini makeup primer. Also included is a two page tutorial on how to apply all products for a day time look or a dramatic nighttime look.

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The Lorac Pro Face Tutorial Set Includes:

  • Mini Pro Palette with the shades Beige, Light Brown, Espresso
  • Travel-Size POREfection Mattifying Face Primer
  • PRO Mascara
  • Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Peach Lustre
  • PRO Powder Cheek Stain in Rosy Glow

lorac-face-set-3This sweet mini PRO Palette contains a neutral trio of shades. If your familiar with the Lorac PRO quality, than you will know just how buttery soft and pigmented these shadows are. Beige is a shimmering champagne and perfect when used as a highlight, although does create some fallout. Light Brown is a neutral light brown and adds perfect dimension when added into the crease. Espresso is a dark brown which is rich enough to use as a liner and intensified when wet.

lorac-face-set-4The PRO Powder Cheek stain is loaded with pigment although blends beautifully. One swipe is really all it takes, while its lasting power is exceptional. Rosy Glow adds a gorgeous rosy flush to your complexion. A small amount of shimmer translates to skin as a radiant finish. I’m fairly certain that this is the beginning of a new blush formula crush.

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For me, I don’t think that this gloss could be more perfect. The Lustre Lip Gloss in Peach Lustre is a beautiful peach shade with a stunning shimmer finish that creates a 3D effect. It’s a high-shine gloss that feels less sticky and more soft with a long wear time. Luckily the shimmer doesn’t travel beyond your lips. There is a slight gritty feel when you rub your lips together due to the high amount of shimmer. Without a doubt, the Lustre Lip Gloss is certainly a new favorite.

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The PRO Mascara ia a thickening and lengthening, smudge-proof formula. The bulbous end is designed to coat lashes from root to tip. I find myself hesitant to bring the larger end closer to my eye. Lashes look longer and thicker with a lovely effect. The formula doesnt budge or smudge. My major qualm, as with all mascaras, is that it failed to hold my curl.

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The LORAC Close Up Real Life to Red Carpet Face Tutorial is a great value at $42 (valued at $132)

I highly recommend this beautiful kit! I’ve created both a day and night look to follow.

Get yours at loraccosmetics.com

*Disclosure – This posts contains samples sent to My Lucite Dreams for consideration. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. All links in post are there strictly available for your convenience.