Friday, February 3, 2012

I smell spring!

I'm slowly getting out of the winter rut and looking forward to spring. For me, that marks the first time I paint my nails with a colour that reminds me of warmer weather - Essie Van D'Go. Not sure if it's part of their permanent collection now since it came out a couple of years ago in one of their limited edition releases but it's a gorgeous pastel peach that never fails to put a smile on my face.


Now that I'm in the spring mindset I can start musing over new things to buy! I thought that this season for sure I'd be all over Chanel's Spring 2012 makeup collection but I found myself rather disappointed and walked away empty handed. It looked pretty but the two things I was interested in - Flirt Rouge Coco Shine and June nail polish - just didn't work on my skin tone. Flirt barely showed up on my pigmented lips and June did not flatter my hands. Orange Fizz or Miami Peach would probably be better matches for me. The other two nail polishes in the collection called May and April, although I love the names and the colours, were rather basic.

On the other hand, one surprising thing that isn't really "spring" but it feels light, brightening and refreshing (which are quite spring-like adjectives so there's my excuse) is this sample I have been using of the Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream. I have been using this as my eye cream for the past week and WOW. It smells great, it's light yet it makes my under-eye area plump and hydrated. 

It's geared as an all-over face cream for women in their 40s but it has been such a nice eye cream for me! I had been using a Boscia eye cream for the past couple of months and I hate it. It's too greasy and does nothing for my under-eye area. So moral of the story is - use up your dinky samples of products because you might find a pleasant surprise in there :)

Now that the under-eye area is nice and bright, let's focus on wardrobe! I have tried to avoid it for ages but the time has finally come - I need "dress pants". I hate the term, I hate every pair of dress pants I have ever tried on or owned, but as my school career is coming to an end and I have to give numerous presentations in "formal business attire", I cannot avoid it any longer. Pencil skirts, blouses and blazers I own and love, but trousers have always been a mystery for me. I heard good things about the J Crew "Minnie" trousers, so I have added them to my list of things to consider. If you have any advice, it's very welcome. (Many people recommend Express but their editor pants just don't suit my body type at all. Boo)



Let's throw in a light, airy, spring blouse... by Equipment. A brand for blouses that I absolutely love. They are not cheap but they feel lovely, they are comfortable and effortlessly beautiful.


Of course last but not least, with a new season comes a new fragrance! I'm eyeing this one right now
(along with Jo Malone Wild Bluebell and Elie Saab because I'm still obsessed).

What gets you in the spring mood?

33 comments:

  1. I love creams like he clarins one you mentioned. I might try it!

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  2. Just wanted to tell you that I already posted My memories suite Giveaway! I hope you'll join!^^

    here's the link:
    http://ilovemakeup68.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-memories-giveaway.html


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  3. Well, spring does bring new things! This is a lovely color. I need to get out of wearing dark colors soon. I just like them so much.

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  4. I love the Minnies! mm another pair I really like are the Martins from banana republic :)

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  5. Love the nail color may just pick it up soon!

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  6. Nordstrom has a great "Clarins gift with purchase" right now and one of the options comes that cream. I think I will just have to do it after seeing this post. Any other Clarins recs? I know I want that pink lip perfector for sure

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  7. Can't wait for springtime! This cold is killing me!
    XOXO
    Catanya Catanyasthings

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  8. Lovely blog!

    xx
    http://eugenemarseille.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love the pink blouse!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  10. I love that Equipment shirt, they always do amazing shirts but I've yet to part with the money for one, god knows why! I love the smell of Chanel Chance too!

    Gem x
    www.feminine-edge.com

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  11. I absolutely love the colour of the shirt. My favourite thing to do this time of the year is shop for spring/summer attire. It brightens my day to look at pretty colourful things.

    Anca

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  12. dynamite dress pants fit really nicely and they have a bunch of different cuts!

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  13. I wish that the weather would get out of the winter rut too! I am so not impressed with this snow! I didnt buy spring make up to get all ready for spring.... to find its still winter. This sucks!

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  14. Wow thats EXACTLY the things i was looking at yesterday! I'm looking to buy one of the equipment shirts in mint.. perfect for spring and i got jo malone wild blue bell a couple days ago and I LOVE it also paired with nectarine blossom and honey, perfect! and some formal dress- isk pants i really like are by All Saints they were on sale a couple weeks ago, they're the perfect trousers and they're sooo flattering , I'm a 25 and really nice and flattering without looking like I'm drowning in them:)

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  15. I have to dress up for work all the time and jcrew is my absolute favorite place for my work clothes!! It fits me the best and I'm sure it will be worth checking out!!

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  16. It's -5 here in England and snowing but I too am in the spring mood and want to wear pastel colours and frolic in the sunshine agh!

    I have chanel chance eau tendre and it's gorgeous but doesn't last very long. I can say though that for the first time EVER a man complimented me and asked which perfume I was wearing while purchasing a train ticket, SCORE! x

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  17. Have you tried Jo Malone's English Pear and Freesia? I just purchased it in the Fragrance Chronicles and I love it! Like Wild Bluebell, it starts off really fresh, but the patchouli warms it up so it's not as 'cool.'

    -R

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    1. ooh no I havent but that sounds lovely!! i only own the nectarine blossom one and I love it.. might have to check out english pear next :)

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  18. The new pastel trend reminds me of Spring. :)
    I cant wait to see my tulips bloom.
    http://happychinadoll.blogspot.com/

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    1. tulips are some of my favourite flowers. so pretty

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  19. Jolt makes a pair of classic trousers, but I haven't tried them since they aren't in any stores around me. But, I adore their skinny jeans and twill pants and I would assume their trousers are just as lovely. Jolt is typically cut to fit a woman with a narrower frame (which is me-- skinny legs, narrow hips, flat bottom). And, for $38 the price is reasonable. BTW, I love your blog!

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jolt-classic-trousers-juniors/3246925?origin=category&resultback=1394

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  20. The nails look AMAzeballs! hmmm gotta try that clarins x

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  21. Ive always wanted to try Clarins Extra Firming Day cream..guess it's about time! pS: Chanel Chance smells soooooo good!


    http://www.shellzdoll.com/

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  22. If you can get hold of it, Diesel Fuel for Life for Her, Summer Edition - is well worth the search! Gorgeous scent for warmer weather.

    Regards, Holly.

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  23. LOVE the Chanel eau tendre! I wear it everyday and it lasts all day, it's a nice fresh fragrance with a hint of grapefruit. A must have!

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  24. i love the nail polish!! such a classic shade, xxx
    choseducoeur.blogspot.com

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  25. love the essie polish colour :)

    Please check out my blogsale! I have some Chanel, Tarte etc. www.bgenier.blogspot.com!

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  26. I love Chanel Chance! And that Essie nail varnish is soo pretty!

    http://the-beauty-bloggers.blogspot.com/

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  27. I have the minnie pants in several colors and I love love love them...really cute with flats and tuck easily into boots.
    http://www.the-clothes-minded.blogspot.com

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  28. So glad i'm not the only one who's sick of the winter,
    to cheer myself up i got new DVF bedding called rainbow garden. its lovely~
    Now everytime i walk into my room it feels like spring!!
    I have a blog post on it, if you want to check it out.

    lvjayde.blogspot.com
    xoxo, grace j

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