The new season is here and in its spirit, it’s time to do some Spring cleaning. Here are some fabulous springtime recommendations to replace old loves, making room for new favorites and fun discoveries.
Skin: As the weather gets warmer, skin tends to produce more oil. Switch from your creamy winter cleansers to a gel formula. Try Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash in partnership with the 4-in-1 Face Tonic. The cleanser will remove dirt and buildup on the skin without the harsh effects of a traditional gel — it’s 99.5% natural, and 51% organic! Follow up with Face Tonic to restore balance while gently and naturally exfoliating dead skin cells. Bonus: these products are unisex, so share the love with husbands, boyfriends, fathers and sons! For extra oily skin, use Dr. Woods Exfoliating Skin Lightening Soap. This bar soap will strip away even the most abundant of sebum.
Hair: Briogeo’s Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo is gentle, sulfate free, and contains antioxidants to condition and care for hair — especially fine or color-treated types. It cleanses effectively without the dry and stiff feeling of a sub-par drugstore shampoo. Use this with Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. Two or three applications a week of this deep conditioner will leave your hair healthy, shiny, and stronger than ever before. Plus, Briogeo uses none of the bad stuff like silicones, artificial fragrance, gluten . . . and instead packs their product with organic, nourishing ingredients.
Base: It’s time to move away from heavy, full-coverage foundation and opt for something lighter and more luminous. For this, there is no better choice than Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder foundation. This product imparts the sexiest, healthiest-looking “glow from within” type look. It’s perfectly named! It has a light to medium buildable coverage making it a perfect Spring companion. Light Wonder can be used with a sponge, flat top foundation brush, or fingers for a seamless finish — because of the light texture, there’s really no wrong way to apply this. It also photographs beautifully and lasts with or without a primer (though using one will help with skin textural issues). Use Charlotte’s The Retoucher for spot concealing any problem areas. This concealer pen provides not only coverage but treatment using black tea, and is perfect for on-the-go touchups! Charlotte Tilbury’s face products are made for the woman seeking that gorgeous, illuminated glow.
Lips: Meet Stiks, a new and possibly the coolest line of lipsticks to come out in years. These very uniquely shaped and packaged lip products are smooth and pigmented. They come in an array of colors to suit anyone’s taste and fit perfectly in the back pocket of jeans or a clutch — that’s the whole idea behind its flat, flip-open and click-close function. This is the truly modern way to “do” lipstick. Mauve is a lavish and appropriate color for Spring that will flatter any skin tone. The brand also offers a handy mirrored carrying case that can fit up to 3 Stiks lippies!
Scent: Opt for a lighter, flirtier fragrance this season. Lifetherapy’s Play is a feminine (but not young) scent with notes of fresh jasmine, red orange, peach skin and marsh grass. If there is ever a fragrance that screams “Spring” . . . it’s this one. This is a delicate scent — it’s not too strong or overpowering, and because of this, it will work with many different body chemistries. Lifetherapy offers 4 other scents as well:
Vacation, a coconut-based demure type
Chill, a universally flattering amber and vanilla
Flirt, a divine floral combination
Escape, a clean and outdoorsy type
For those who can’t commit to a full bottle, each of these delicious scents come in a rollerball form with an amazing alcohol-free formula. Don’t forget the art of layering, too! Use Play Mood Enhancing Hand & Body Wash in the shower for an awakening boost, followed with Play Hydrating Body Lotion. Lifetherapy uses natural ingredients like organic Shea butter, vitamin E, and essential oils to enhance their products — no sulfates, parabens, or anything toxic goes into them. Big bonus: the brand tests on humans, not animals.
Makeup brushes: Even beauty tools need a refresher. Dr. Woods Peppermint Castille Soap can not only be multipurposed for the face and body, but it also makes a wonderful brush cleanser! Cut it in half and use a portion during a Sunday night brush cleaning. Just wet both the soap and brush and swirl. The peppermint will detoxify thoroughly while leaving a refreshing scent, and organic Shea butter works to ensure the bristles won’t dry out.
See . . . Spring cleaning is fun and makes way for some pretty lovely things! What’s on your list? Let me know or feel free to email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.