Spring is an unpredictable time, probably the most of all of the seasons – one day it can be hailstorms, the next blazing sunshine. After wrapping up in wooly jumpers and boots all winter, now the weather is getting slightly brighter I have found myself getting my body preened ready for sandals, short sleeve tops and shorts.
Months of wearing tights (and not moisturising as much as I should) has left the skin on my body looking dull and pasty. I have started using the Clarins Tonic Body Polisher again recently. This range is iconic for a reason; the blend of rosemary, mint and geranium is relaxing yet energising and takes me straight back to the days where I had monthly Clarins facials and massages. The scrub itself is almost a coarse gel texture and leaves a slight oil on the surface of the skin, which feels nourishing rather than greasy.
As I mentioned above, my skin has been looking rather dull lately. I switched my morning cleanser to the Ginzing Scrub Cleanser to help slough away any dead skin cells. Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, a derivative of coconut oil, is the second ingredient and is partly responsible for the thicker viscosity, it almost froths up when you massage it in to the skin. This travel size came as part of a gift set and I was concerned it would be too abrasive, however the thicker base helps to lessen any irritation.
Dior Vernis Couture - 439 Lucky.
Although I tend to favour a gel manicure on my fingernails, I tend to just use traditional nail varnish on my toes. I still have quite a few Dior polishes from when I worked for them many years ago – they are one of the best on the market in my opinion. The brush is thick enough for one swipe to be sufficient and the longevity is one of the best I have found. My current go to is the shade 659 Lucky. My closest dupe, just with a more standard brush is the Mavala Coral Bay.
I haven’t really worn a full coverage foundation since we first went in to lockdown and have been gravitating to this tinted moisturiser on the days that I want to feel a little bit more polished. It contains SPF 15 for any incidental sun exposure and is much lighter in texture than the Dior Nudeskin BB cream I had been using previously. The porcelain colour is great for me in the warmer months but the Alabaster colour they discontinued a few years ago was perfect for winter.
Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette.
This has unfortunately been long discontinued however the colours themselves are easily replicated. A great alternative for the Pearl Cream Glow Highlighter (which surprisingly has never been part of the permanent collection) is the Mac Cream Colour Base in Luna. This may be stark on warmer and deeper skintones, where Pearl or mightt be a better fit. The Pink Flush Pot Rouge was also a limited edition, exclusive for the palette: The Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon is similar if not a bit peachier. Powder Pink is a more neutral option.
Cream products look much fresher on the skin and an extra swipe of blush brightens the complexion, essential when we haven’t had many days of sunshine. I highly rate the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges but I am keen to try the ELF putty blushes and Beauty Pie Supercheek cream blushes in the near future.
Part of the Duo Fibre Collection (The Powder brush from the set is another favourite), the bristles are quite loose which delivers a light coverage of either the tinted moisturiser or cream blusher – I use it with both. Using the same brush for a complexion product and then a cream blusher softens the tone of the blush, this is a great tip if you have one that is a bit too bright for day to day wear. The Real Techniques brushes are some of the best on the market at that price point, they wash well and apart from the end going slightly funny, they have lasted me for years.
BeautyPie Quick Colour Contour.
I havent managed to find this listed on the Beauty Pie website, but it is a really revolutionary product for someone as pale as me. I struggle with bronzer shades – they are often quite muddy or orange on my skin whereas this is much cooler. The texture is light and blends seamlessly although I am not a fan of the applicatior as it just seems messy. I use the same Real Techniques Duo Fibre Contour Brush mentioned previously.I use it all over as a bronzer rather than solely as a contour.
Have you changed up your routine or added any new products now that the weather is getting a bit brighter? Let me know in the comments.