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We're definitely well into spring, so today I'm sharing my traditional seasonal beauty edit of my top picks of makeup, skincare and everything else for these few months. I hope you enjoy...
- MAKEUP -I don't know what's happened to me over the past year or so, but I've warmed to the whole 'oil on my face in the day' thing; I just love getting that dewy glow! Though I wouldn't necessarily use them together, I do really rate both the Glossier Futuredew | £23 | full review | and the Kosas Tinted Face Oil* (Shade 6) | £40 | full review. The Glossier is an oil-serum product that I use like a primer. It's perfect if you like the idea of a priming oil but don't feel quite ready to go all the way, plus it has a lovely pearlescent sheen. The Kosas also really pleasantly surprised me! Despite being an oil, it doesn't look greasy on my skin and this light-coverage base has brilliant staying power whilst also giving me amazing luminosity.
For a dewy spring skin look, I usually opt for cream cheek products, however I actually also have a powder that's perfect for this time of year and still gives that luminous glow. I absolutely love my Kosas Colour + Light Creme in Tropic Equinox* | £32 | full review. The formula is so easy to dab on and blend out with the fingers and it doesn't go patchy or fade away throughout the day. This duo has a champagne highlighter and a warm rosy-peach blusher. I also really like the Benefit Georgia Peach Powder Blush* | £27 | as a subtle sheeny peach colour for my cheeks. I wouldn't recommend it if you have a deeper skin tone than me, but it works for me when I'm doing a more natural look (which is 99.99% of the time!) and want that peachy vibe without going for a cool tone that would clash with my warm undertones.
For eyes, my go-to is the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Copper Foil | £20. I just apply some of this crayon to my lids and dab it out with my fingers for a long-wearing, crease-proof warm golden metallic look. And, finally, in terms of colour makeup, let's talk lips; I have a more sheer, glossy option and a matte colour. My go-to everyday shade for a sheer wash of warm rosy-nude colour that feels incredibly hydrating on my lips is the Fresh Beauty Tinted Lip Treatment in Spice | £19.50. When I want something more pigmented the Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush | £6.99 | is perfect. It still has that slightly peachy undertone, despite being more of a terracotta nude, making it perfect for a spring look if you (like me) just don't do those very light pink and peach colours. It's very comfortable to wear and a total bargain.
- SKINCARE -When it comes to skincare I'm all about a glowing complexion, no matter what the season, but these are a few of the things I'm enjoying right now. My go-to morning cleanse is usually the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* | £35 | full review | because this gel-to-balm-to-milk formula is full of vitamins and gentle enzymes to give my skin that glow. Plus it's so lovely and moisturising, ensuring my complexion looks fresh and healthy. I like following this up with the Pixi Rose Glow Mist* | £16 | full review. This dual-phase oil and water mist gives me amazingly dewy and moisturised skin with just a quick mist. You can even use it over your complexion makeup after powdering to give it that fresh look.
For healthy, dewy skin I really enjoy the Volition Strawberry-C Brightening Serum | £36 | full review. It's hydrating and gives that radiant skin look with strawberry-derived Vitamin C that's perfect for this time of year. I then use something like the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Cream | £42 | full review | which is a fast-absorbing water-based moisturiser. It's great for dehydrated skin like mine because it has a lovely plumping effect and also gives that dewy look to the skin in such a lightweight formula. Overnight I've been pretty into the Sweet Chef Superfood + Vitamins Beauty Oil | $24 | full review. This lightweight, fast-absorbing oil (packed full of moisturising ingredients) gives me soft, smooth skin by morning without feeling overwhelming or clogging my pores.
- EVERYTHING ELSE -And onto the miscellaneous beauty items! Since lockdown started, I've actually been painting my own nails! *Gasp!* But, I decided to pick up a shade that I've had before as a gel manicure and is perfect for spring: OPI's A Great Opera-tunity Nail Paint | £13.90. This a beautiful warm medium-toned peachy nude that works so nicely on my skin tone and the formula is great too; nail polish chips so easily on me, but I get a good 4-5 days out of this one.
Finally, we have two fragrance-based favourites. It's no secret that I love the Nuxe oils, no matter what the time of year it is, but this particular scent is beautiful for the spring months. The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Multi-Purpose Dry Oil* | £29.50 | is great for the ends of your hair, if things are a bit dry, or amazing if you have dry skin on your body; it makes it so nice and soft without feeling at all greasy. Last, but not least, is a favourite I bring out every spring because to me it's fruity-floral goodness in a bottle! The Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne | £98 | is sweet without being sickly, floral without feeling dated and just gives a light, fresh splash of spring scent.
What are your top beauty picks for Spring?