Just like any season. When it comes to Spring I like to switch up my beauty routine accordingly. I can't say it's been that warm in the UK so far. But I'm hoping if I make changes in my routine now it might make me feel a little fresher at least. So from skincare to body I've got all bases covered for my Spring appropriate beauty transitions.
RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION: This isn't a strictly Spring appropriate foundation. It's a great transitional base because it works well when the skin is oily but also when it's feeling a little drier too. The coverage is medium but it can be built up to something a little higher. But it's not the best for building seriously high coverage. It's by far my favourite high street foundation, it even surpasses some of my favourite higher end options. Not only does it have an awesome formula but the colour range is pale girl friendly. That being said it is a shame that the shade range doesn't cater for a wide spectrum as I think it could be a favourite for so many.
LANOLIPS ROSE LIP OINTMENT*: I'm not really a gloss girl. Regular readers of my beauty posts will know that something of the glossy variety never makes an appearance. Whether or not the Lanolips Lip Ointment does really count as a gloss is a matter of opinion. But for me, it definitely sits in that category. The original Lanolips balm is one of my favourite lip products, it's a fail-safe that works every time and never lets me down. The tinted variety is just as dreamy as the original. In particular, the shade rose, it's not any different to my typical dusky pink lip options. Even though I don't typically like a gloss, I like this. It's not too glossy but it still adds a pretty sheen to the lips. Of course being a tinted balm it does hydrate the lips but it doesn't last for hours. Which is fine because it does wear evenly and doesn't gather around the edge of the lips.
STILA CONVERTIBLE COLOUR CREAM BLUSH: Without fail, I bring this out every Spring/Summer. Even though a matte blush might be better in terms of longevity. I can't deny how much life a cream product brings to the cheeks. Without the need for multiple glow-inducing products. The Stila Convertible Colours are by far my favourite cream blush option, in shade range and formulation. They're just beautiful, they look almost glossy on the cheeks but not so much that it makes the skin look greasy. In terms of application, they're a complete breeze. You only need to dab a small amount on your cheeks with your finger and blend up onto the cheek with a stippling brush.
ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH BROW PENCIL*: A powder is typically my go to when it comes to brows. However, I'm becoming more and more accustomed to using a pencil. And learning how to use them in a way that doesn't make them look like they've been drawn on with a marker pen. This pencil from the newly launched Rosie for Autograph at M&S is beautiful. It's probably the best that I've ever tried. It's seriously creamy but it doesn't look smudgy through the brows, you can still draw on fine hair like strokes. Even though it's so soft you can still add a lot of definition to the brows. And it comes with the added bonus of a spoolie on the other end.
JO MALONE PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE: Even though I don't care too much about my scent being seasonally appropriate. This beautiful fragrance from one of all time favourite brands screams Spring to me. It's so fresh and crisp with that little hint of musk. It's a floral scent without being sickly or too sweet. Like most Jo Malone scents it's nothing like anything else I've ever owned before making it a real stand out in my collection.
SKIN & BODY CARE
FRANK BODY BALM*: As well as scrubbing those dead skin cells away. I want to make sure my limbs are in the best shape possible. So when it does come to bearing them to the world they look as good as possible. Of course, having not seen the sun for months on end they're so fair they're practically reflective. So something of the gradual tan variety is probably going to be used as well. The Frank Body Balm* has been working incredibly well at making my skin seriously glow and feel incredible too. It's more a treat as I find it's too heavy to be used on a daily basis.
LAVERA ROSE BODY WASH*: I can't say that body wash is the most exciting product to talk about. There isn't much to say is there really? However over the past year or so I've tried quite a few products from the Lavera range and always got along with them. Oddly I don't like shower gels that foam too much as I find they can be slightly drying on the skin. This Rose body wash creates just the right amount of suds for me. So I still feel clean but my skin doesn't feel stripped or dry.
OSKIA RENNAISSANCE CLEANSING GEL*: My love affair with cleansing oils is still going strong but I felt like my skin needed this cleanser back. It's been looking pretty dull and as this cleansing gel that turns into an oil from Oskia contains pumpkin enzymes. They're a great natural way to brighten the skin without the need for harsh or drying chemicals. I know this cleanser is incredibly popular in the beauty world and has been for a while. But I do think it's as good as everyone says. Skincare is something that's so personal and what works for one can't work for all sadly. So whilst this has worked amazingly well on my skin it's not the case for all of us.
AESOP PARSLEY SEED MASQUE: When the weather warms up my skin typically becomes more oily. So I have to be even more strict when it comes to my deep cleansing routine. This popular mask from Aesop has been a staple in my collection for years. It's a seriously beautiful product. It removes all the dirt and grime that lurk deep within our pores. Without drying out the skin or making it look dull and sad. Even though it does dry down that typical clay mask feeling it's not a complete pain to remove.