I have mentioned in a previous post how I’m not a massive fan of Spring here in Canada, as the weather is usually all over the place. However, everything is starting to bloom, the grass is green and Summer is right around the corner, which excites me. It also means my allergies are pretty bad right now, but I’ll suck it up if it means a good Summer is ahead of us. Today, I have my six favourites for Spring to share with you. A bit of a random bunch, but when I was trying to narrow down what I have truly been loving this Spring, these didn’t need a second thought.
Let’s ‘spring’ into it, shall we?
I have had my eye on the MAC Paint Pots for ages and finally treated myself to one a couple of months ago. I went with the shade ‘Painterly’ as it seemed like the perfect nude/beige shade and let me tell you—it is. I love wearing this on my eyelids alone to cancel out any veins and discolouration or as a base for eyeshadows. This stuff literally does not budge all day, doesn’t crease and blends easily (I just use my finger to apply it and blend it out). I’ve been reaching for it on a daily basis and I seriously don’t know how I managed before without it. I would definitely like to add a second one to my collection and I am leaning towards either ‘Bare Study’ or ‘Groundwork’.
Another eye product I have been loving for Spring, is this Sephora eyeliner. I have been absolutely loving brown eyeliner lately and have been opting for it not only during the day, but in the evening as well. I find black eyeliner too harsh on me for everyday, but brown is a perfect, less dramatic option. This liner applies easily along my upper and lower lash line without tugging and it really does live up to its ‘long lasting’ name. I smudge it out with a q-tip to soften it and I think it really helps to brighten and intensify my eye colour. I usually prefer retractable eyeliners over pencils because of the convenience, but this pencil sharpens like a dream and does not break.
My skin has not been the happiest so far this Spring. When I’m stressed I break out and when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed it’s hard to get my skin under control. Thankfully, this mask has helped with my current situation. My skin tends to do well with Origins products, so I’m happy to report that this mask is no exception. This face mask is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates and contains activated charcoal which helps unclog pores, as well as white China clay and lecithin to rid the skin of environmental toxins and impurities. I wet my face with warm water and apply this mask all over and let it sit for 10-15 mins. It’s not messy and is very easy to remove with a damp facecloth. My skin feels so soft after using this and I always feel like my skin can breathe better afterwards. I have been using this once a week or every two weeks—if I switch it out for a different face mask—and I feel like I have barely made a dent in it.
Though this red and silver candle seems more appropriate for Winter than Spring, it has been an absolute favourite for the last couple months. This aromatherapy candle is a blend of essential oils of sage, peppermint and white currant and has been a lifesaver for helping me relax and unwind. It is a soy candle, meaning it burns cleaner and the wick is non-metal and lead free. It also burns evenly and slowly, which is great. I especially loved lighting it while i was studying for exams and it is also the perfect candle to have lit on the side of the bath after a long, stressful week. I find this scent so relaxing and soothing and I wish I could always have it on me to help ease my anxiousness. Unfortunately, I got this candle at Target, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to purchase it online. I am also assuming this was a seasonal candle based on its festive appearance and also because I can’t find it anywhere online (tear).
Game of Thrones is back and my life officially has meaning again. Seriously, I feel like I have been waiting way longer than a year for season 5. So far, I think this season is really good, as there are so many different storylines and I have no idea where it’s going to go. I’m probably most intrigued with Arya’s storyline involving the Faceless Men which, for me, makes up for Bran’s storyline not being in this season. I haven’t read all the books (don’t hate me super diehard Game of Thrones fans), but I have heard from a few people that this season is fairly different from the books in regards to certain things and occurrence of certain events. As long as Brienne of Tarth lives I think I’ll be okay with however this season unfolds (and Jon Snow because Kit Harington is the babliest babe).
My New Tattoos!
Last, but certainly not least, I have to mention my new tattoos, which are probably my most favourite things for Spring. If you don’t know, I have one tattoo on my ribs (it’s script as well and visible in the above photo), which is almost 4 years old. As soon as I got my first one, I knew I wanted another, but for the next 4 years I couldn’t decide. I finally decided to bite the bullet and got these done beginning of April with my friend, Jenn (who got a gorgeous black rose done on her wrist). The words ‘Roots’ and ‘Wings’ comes from the quote ‘Always torn between roots and wings’, which my mum and I read in a book ages ago and it has stuck with me ever since. The book has the quote down as ‘anonymous’, but online some people have the quote credited to a musician named Staeven Lewis Frey. Either way, I find the quote incredibly powerful and feel that it can be interpreted in different ways. I view it in regards to the inner conflict of being torn between staying within what is comfortable and stepping out into the unknown. I also see it as a reminder to stay true to yourself and your beliefs no matter where you go in life and to remember where you came from. Over the years I fussed with where I would get the quote and finally decided on just the two words on the side of my wrists. I still haven’t really grasped the fact that these are permanent on me, but I do love them. If you don’t personally like them or just don’t like tattoos in general that’s totally cool because it’s my body and not yours (and if you’re wondering—yes, they hurt a lot).
What have you been loving for Spring? Or more specifically, do you watch Game of Thrones?