To borrow a turn of phrase from Tolstoy, “spring is the time of plans and projects.” Spring cleaning projects, preparing taxes (which you should have handed over to Uncle Sam on Wednesday), planting spring gardens and wrapping up the academic year (for you young whippersnappers). Spring is also a time when love blooms as abundantly and predictably as cherry blossoms.
“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
The intersection of spring love and spring planning arrives each year in the form of wedding plans. This spring, I’ll be one of the lucky saps planning my wedding to my best friend. I’m getting hitched!
My tales of romance aside, spring is also the time for planning seasonal beauty purchases. I’ve got a few choice picks I’d like to share!
Spoiler: I will be doing a post on contouring later in the week. In order to adequately prepare for said post, I’d like to take a moment to discuss contouring products.
It is my belief that the most difficult part of contouring should be the actual technique and execution, not the acquisition of funds to buy a contouring product. Not everyone (dare I say, a very select few) can find the room in their budget to drop $75 on Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate contour cream and highlighter duo, or $44 on Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, or even $16.50 on MAC Sculpting Powder. Moreover, these brands are not competing to win the business of regular drugstore shoppers or casual beauty consumers. I doubt they care about me diminishing their sales in these demographics, because in reality, this isn’t their target customer base. In the spirit of fostering inclusivity and beauty participation at any price point, I’d like to share a drugstore favorite of mine.
And the best part: it’s only $5.
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe (PB11) is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Sculpting Powder in Shadowy. It’s a cool-tone powder, totally devoid of any shimmer and ideal for mimicking the effect of real shadows on the face. Don’t settle for using your regular bronzer; the orange undertones make cheeks look harsh and dirty rather than sculpted. If you want to create believable dimension on your face without breaking the bank, NYX is where it’s at.