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Monday, March 16, 2015

Annabelle Spring 2015

annabelle spring 2015 (3)

Happy Monday! I don't mean that sarcastically, but with it being Monday that may have come across a little snarky. I'll tone down the optimism a touch, yeah? I just can't help but get a little bit excited about le poste de la journee (the post of the day) since it features one of my favourite Canadian brands- Annabelle! For Spring Annabelle has released a few new blush and bronzer shades and super cute Lipsies lip balms. Read on for a closer look!

annabelle spring 2015 biggy zebra bronzing powder- matte gold

Annabelle Biggy Zebra Bronzer is a brand staple- and award winning- so it only makes sense to add two new shades to the range. Annabelle Biggy Zebra Bronzer in Matte Gold combines three shades to give a naturally bronze, matte glow to skin. I love that this is not only matte, which was why I never tried the original Biggy, but a perfect shade for lighter skin tones. The overall tone isn't orange in the slightest and has a neutral ashy-ness that works very nicely as both a traditional bronzer or a contour. The powder is smooth and silky, easy to pick up with a fluffy brush ( I like to use a Real Techniques Blush Brush) and blends with perfectly on skin. Apart from the great formulation, you really can't beat the value, as this truly is a massive compact that will last ages.

annabelle spring 2015 blushon- lotus

Who loves new blushes? I predict all your hands just went up, right? Annabelle blush has always had a great formula- I'm a long time fan of Chestnut- so five new Spring inspired shades that are sure to be loved by all. The range features soft-matte shades and subtle-shimmer finishes that wear perfectly for a natural flush. Annabelle Blushon in Lotus is a lavender-pink matte that gives cheeks a pop of pretty colour. The formula is perfectly pigmented- no worry of overdoing it- and blends onto skin easily while lasting pretty much all day.

annabelle spring 2015 lipsies lip balms lychee & cherry

annabelle spring 2015 lipsies lip balm lychee

annabelle spring 2015 lipsies lip balm cherry (1)

For lips, Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balms are a great option as they're both hydrating and super cute. Lipsies were previously released as limited editions, but are now permanent to the brand. The light weight balms give lips some moisture and a sheer wash of buildable colour. The shades are all fruity/sweet inspired and have a scent that matches the shade and scent. I have to say, these smell incredible! Of the twelve shades, I have Lychee (milky, beige-nude) and Cherry (cherry red) which both smell exactly as you'd expect- fresh lychees and cherry candy. While these do smell incredible, there is no taste, and no need to sharpen either, as these conveniently twist up. 

annabelle spring 2015 swatches- biggy zebra bronzer in matte gold, blushon in lotus, lipsies in lychee and cherry

Overall, you really can't go wrong with any Annabelle products, but especially not any of these new additions. I highly recommend the Blushons, but the Biggy Bronzer is sure to become on of my most used come warmer weather. For those outside of Canada, Annabelle.com ships to the US- how awesome is that?!- while I think it's safe to say, most Canadians know Annabelle can be found in most drugstores. Have you tried anything by Annabelle? Have any brand favourites?