Spring 2013 Beauty Favorites

Here are some of my favorite beauty products I discovered this Spring. What are some of yours?


* As we step into Spring (yay for more sun!), it’s time to up your sun protection. Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 For Face/Body ($30) utilizes both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients to block out UVA and UVB rays and comes with amino acid, Rose Apple Leaf Extract and Scutellaria Baicalensis to provide moisture, produce collagen and elastin and inhibit aging. Plus unlike your regular Japanese sunscreens, it dries down to a natural-looking satin finish so you can say goodbye to chalky white faces. Oh and did I mention it smells great as well?!

* Caudalie Premier CRU The Cream ($155) is my latest weapon to fight aging and keep wrinkles at bay. With a high concentration of Resveratrol-Oleyl for lifting and firming, Viniferine for brightening and antioxidant-rich grape-seed Polyphenols, this ultra-moisturizing cream comes with a strong yet divine scent and easy-to-absorb texture. After a month of using this on my face and neck daily in the AM and PM, my skin has gotten firmer, more even and radiant.

* I have always been a fan of Cle de Peau Concealer but it was not until my recent trip to Hong Kong that I discovered the equally great Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation ($120). Not only did the foundation feel rich, it was so insanely pigmented that one tiny drop covered EVERYTHING – pores, pigmentation, undereye circles, you name it! The foundation also left behind the prettiest dewy finish (you know the kind you see on celebrities) and wore super well without oxidizing. Definitely a great investment that I will repurchase!

* After makeup artist Anita introduced me to the magic of Lunasol eyeshadow palettes during our little bridal makeup shoot, I immediately picked up Lunasol Vivid Clear Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Pink Beige from the Spring 2013 collection. The palette comes with an array of shimmery neutrals that are not only pretty to look at but perfect for day and night.

* Finding a pressed powder that will work on my dehydrated combo skin can be tough but my search has finally ended with NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder ($34). Enriched with glycerin, Vitamin E and a Photochromic Technology, the translucent powder instantly soaked up shine without drying out my skin and added a gorgeous glow at the same time (amazing right?!) It also helped my makeup stay put and the portable compact meant you could touch up anywhere, anytime.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

9 COMMENTS

    • Hi Julie,

      I don’t think Lunasol is available in the US. I got mine when I was in Hong Kong – sorry!

        • It is a beautiful palette… the one I wore during the bridal shoot was from the Fall 2012 collection but the colors from the Spring 2013 one are similar. I’ll do a look with it soon :)

  1. Hi! Could you let me know what shade you’re in for the Cle De Peau foundation? I wear Nars Sheer Glow in Fiji, too, so I’m hoping that the cle De Peau will have a match for me! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for posting this! I read many good things about the Caudalie cream and have been wanting to try it for a while now. Do you know if their eye cream is any good too?

    • Hi Ann,

      You should definitely give the Caudalie a try! I can’t rave enough about it :)

      I haven’t tried the Premier Cru eye cream but I have been applying a teeny bit of the Premier Cru cream under the eyes (not too close to the lashline though) and it seems to be working quite well. If you wanna try the eye cream, Caudalie is giving out a deluxe sample for purchases over $75 with code GRAPEVINE.

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