Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Look of the Day: Spring Budget

Hi, everyone! After a particularly glacial Winter here in Toronto, Spring has finally sprung! Heavy coats are being tossed aside, birds are singing in approval, and there is finally no snow in sight. I, for one, am ecstatic! I thought I'd celebrate this long-awaited change of season with a Spring-inspired Look of the Day! 

Since I tend to focus on a lot of fancy-pants makeup items here on the blog (who doesn't want to revel in luxury once in a while?), I thought this time around I'd create a look featuring some of my favourite budget-friendly products. All of the goodies on my face are $20 or under (except for a few odds and ends, like primers), with many of them coming in at less than $10. A Spring glow doesn't have to be expensive, and I hope this post is proof positive!

For the base, I applied my trusty Revlon ColourStay foundation in Buff, mixing in a couple drops of Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily formula) in Light for some added glow. I applied a gentle dusting of Revlon ColourStay Pressed Powder in Light to set things and added some warmth to my skin with The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 02 Fair Matte. For an even more affordable bronzer, I'd also recommend Hard Candy's So Baked Bronzers- they're fab and only about $6!

For the cheeks, I opted for one of my all-time favourite blushes, Sleek powder blush in Flamingo. It's a stunning, bold watermelon pink with a subtle sheen that just screams "Spring!". I so wish Sleek was more accessible here in Canada. To highlight the skin, I added some touches of the ivory shade from the Wet N' Wild Colour Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells to the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.  

For the eyes, I went with the ultra-handy, painfully affordable Wet N' Wild Colour Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells. The shades are wonderfully pigmented, perfectly shimmery, and incredibly wearable! I applied the pinky champagne shade all over my lid, the chocolate brown shade on my crease, and the ivory shade on my brow bones and inner corners of my eyes. I added extra definition with Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Hypnotic Grey (a soft, wearable, almost-black shade) and plumped up lashes with a few coats of Relvon Lash Potion Mascara in Black. I defined my sparse brows with Maybelline's Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde, which fills in my arches with precision!

Finally, I chose a lip colour that I thought embodied Spring perfectly, Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous. It's subtly glossy, highly pigmented, and wears extremely well. Plus, the cheery pinky plum shade is ultra pretty!

Here's a peek at all of the goodies I used for the look:

And a full list of everything I used:

The Breakdown:
Primer: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer
Foundation: Revlon ColourStay Liquid Foundation (Combination/Oily formula) in Buff mixed with Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (Combination to Oily Skin) in Light
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light
Powder: Revlon ColourStay Pressed Powder in Light

Bronzer: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in #02
Blush: Sleek Powder Blush in Flamingo

Highlighter: Ivory shade from the Wet N' Wild Colour Icon Walking on Eggshells Trio

Brows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: 
(All from the Wet N' Wild Colour Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells): Pink/champagne shade (all over lid, blended up to the crease), chocolate brown shade (on the crease), ivory shade (as a highlight on brow bones and inner corners of the eye)

Eyeliner: GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Hypnotic Grey
Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips: Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Crayon in Mauveous

And a few more shots of the look:

Given the Spring theme of this look, I thought it appropriate to showcase my recently acquired floral headband! I found it at Courage, My Love vintage here in Toronto and was instantly smitten. It features pink, peach, and periwinkle petals with just the perfect amount of leafy greens. It makes me feel like a fairy, in the best sort of way!

So there you have it- my budget picks for a cheery Spring look. I'm glad to have given my favourite drugstore goodies a shout-out here, as I don't rave about them nearly enough!

What are some of your go-to Spring makeup items? What drugstore products are you loving at the moment?

Thanks for reading :)


  1. Gorgeous look, I especially like the blusher - it looks amazing on you :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  2. Love the hint of shimmer on your cheekbones!

  3. love the headband and the looks is defs spring (and for less too!)
    A Beautiful Zen

  4. Beautiful look!!! you are so pretty! thank you so much for your comment!
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    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  5. You look amazing!!

  6. love this look! Great lip colour! x


  7. Love how you used the eyeshadow as a highlight, it looks beautiful! Also this headband.. I absolutely adore it... You're just screaming spring right now! x

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

  8. Such a beautiful look! I especially like the soft glow that it gives. I use to hate glowy looks last spring, but this year, that's all I want! Love that headband! So beautiful for spring! I'm glad it is finally spring in Canada. Enjoy it!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

  9. What a fabulous spring look. It's so fresh and bright looking. I love it :)

  10. This is so gorgeous! The bright blush is just perfect for springtime. Also, I'm loving your hair that length!

  11. looove this post- i almost never buy expensive makeup so it's super awesome to see how cheaper items can make you pretty, too. and i never thought of using eyeshadow as a highlighter- that was brilliant!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  12. I love your post,kisses.

  13. Beautiful makeup and hair!

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  14. Gorgeous, I love Hard Candy, i need to get a few more of there bronzers and blushes! new follower hon, if you have time i hope you will pop by my blog xx


  15. you look sooo cute! love the flowers on your head! kissess!

    - blogthedreams.com

  16. Oh Jen, you are gorgeous! Loving that blush, it's the perfect spring shade! And the flowers in your hair - how cool is that?!
    And yes, YAY for spring!!! :)


  17. Eeee I love your floral headband! So spring-appropriate and cuuuuute! Love the look as well! Man, your lashes. I am still jealous!

  18. so adorable! XX

  19. Love it! Ooo I really like the lip color! I've only tried blushes from Hard Candy. I want to try some of their other things. That headband is so cute! It makes me want to pull out my floral headband. :)

  20. I LOVE this look!!! Your looks generally make me want to pile on my blushes because you just look so gorgeous and youthful with them on. (I feel like I've told you that a billion times BUT I JUST REALLY LOVE YOUR BLUSH PICKS)

    I haven't been to Courage My Love in a while, and I'm pretty sure a trip to Kensington Market is in order for me!

    1. Thanks so much, Vanessa! Always happy to have inspired a fellow blush fiend :)

  21. I always love breaking out my lighter colored eye shadows once spring comes around!

    Love your pretty headband! :)

  22. such a pretty look Jen!! love the blush and lipstick you used! pretty pretty pretty! Bug hugs xxx

  23. Your skin is so flawless! I love the lipstick - great look!

  24. Lovely look!
    I love that headband it is absolutely stunning.
    That blush looks amazing too!
    Great look Jen!

  25. Your skin is always glowing, I'm so jealous!

  26. Love this look, it's so fresh and perfect for spring/summer!


  27. Oh Jen, you look absolutely lovely!! I never thought of using the browbone color as a highlight. Great idea!

  28. Such a pretty look! The whole thing looks dewy, glowing and totally perfect for spring. And can we talk about that headband? SO CUTE!

  29. Loving the look! :) Thank you so much for dropping by my page <3

  30. such a lovely look jen! very flawless! <3



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