I don’t want to jinx things but it’s been sunny for two days now, I’ve been able to wear sunglasses without looking like a pretentious numpty and the other day I wore a light coat and didn’t freeze to death.
I think Spring is finally here!
With that in mind I thought it was about time to round up my Spring beauty favourites.
I have always used my finger to apply under eye concealer but last month I introduced a blending sponge to the mix. Now I’m wondering why on earth it took me so long to get on board with this little life saver – it truly does make the job so much easier.
One end is pointy (not pictured as it’s covered in concealer!) and the shape helps me to get right into the contours and distribute the product evenly for a really natural finish.
The blending sponge I use came in last month’s My Little Box (a beauty subscription service) but it’s very similar to the cult Beauty Blender (available here).
£8 for 30ml | Available here
When the milder Spring weather hits I switch out my heavy duty winter creams for something a bit lighter. I’m currently using L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream during the day which has a delicate flowery peony fragrance that’s just perfect for this time of year. The cream is gentle with a light whipped consistency and absorbs really well leaving my hands soft without any greasy residue.
My nails are quite weak so I’ve been using their Roses et Raines Hand and Nail Cream at night to help condition my nails. I dab a pea sized blob on each thumbnail then use my finger to transfer some of the cream onto each of my other nails. I leave the excess to soak in for a minute so that the shea butter and vitamin e can do their work, then rub in the rest.
£40 for 15ml | Available here
This had been on my beauty wishlist for a good six months. I finally justified buying a full pot of it after trying out some sachet samples and becoming instantly addicted.
The cream has a silky smooth texture which glides on and feels utterly luxurious. I wouldn’t say that I’ve noticed a radical difference to the appearance of the existing fine lines that I’ve developed in the last couple of years but I do feel that it’s helping to keep my eye area hydrated and thus prevent any further lines appearing. I tend to apply it at night but if my eyes are a little dry and puffy in the morning I will pop a bit on, then do my hair to give it 10 minutes to soak in before applying my makeup on top.
I have had to unsubscribe from the Charlotte Tilbury mailing list as she always manages to convince me that I NEED whatever her latest product is. However I’ll let her off her marketing for this one as it’s actually just the shade I’d been looking for. Kiss Chase is a berry toned pink hue which is feminine but not overly girly. I’ve enjoyed switching out my darker shade of Bond Girl for something a bit more fun.
Weirdly, I now cannot find this lipstick being sold on the Charlotte Tilbury site, which makes me wonder if it was a limited edition although I can’t find any information to confirm this?
£7.99 | Available here
I picked this shade up on a whim whilst in Boots and have been in love with it ever since. Despite the name it actually looks rather classy on, like the gloss that you’d get from a good french manicure. Don’t be fooled by the shade you see in the bottle, it’s actually very sheer so you get just a hint of the colour.
I usually stick with bright hues on my nails but I’m really bad for chipping them which is annoyingly noticeable. If this one chips I can’t really tell because it blends in naturally with my nails underneath.
Do you switch up your routine in the Spring time? What are your beauty favourites?
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with L’Occitane but all words, opinions and product purchases are unbiased and my own.