Spring is here! Kind of. Time to dust off the sunglasses and put the Winter coats in the back of the wardrobe – woohoo!
Spring is a really great time of year beauty-wise, in my opinion. Time for everything to freshen up, brighten up, and just generally start to glow after the dullness of Winter. Let’s get started!
MIMI Sleeping Beauty Night Time Facial Oil
This oil is definitely my favourite one out there at the moment. It’s a DIY kit that you can mix and match specifically to your skin needs – I just put half of everything in – and then top it up later when it’s running out. Supposedly it’s specifically formulated to work overnight – and I can see why they call it “sleeping beauty”! One pump of this stuff massaged into the face and I wake up with the softest, smoothest, most radiant looking skin. It’s pretty amazing actually.
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish
I bought this on a whim a while ago, but it’s a whim that’s definitely paid off. If I feel like my skin is getting really dull (which it does, regularly) I just use this stuff and my face is instantly brighter looking – though only once a week, not twice as the tube says. The smell is an odd one but I love it – it smells almost like old-timey men’s aftershave? It’s a gel formula and you don’t need a lot to see results, so it’ll last a long time. Be warned though – it’s one of rougher exfoliators I’ve used, so probably not for sensitive skin.
L’Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light Shine Shampoo
If there’s one thing I’ll spend ages agonising over, it’s my hair. I’m naturally prone to frizziness, and my hair is not only dry and dull by nature, but it’s damaged from colouring – so I choose my shampoo and conditioner very carefully. I’ve been using the regular Nutri-Gloss Shine shampoo for quite a long time actually with good results – but I found that my hair tended to look greasy even when I’d just washed it. So when I noticed this ‘Light’ version claiming a grease-battling formula, I was sold! And lo and behold, it really works. Everything I loved about the Nutri-gloss, but without the greasiness that goes with it. Awesome.
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Conditioner
For my hair, I almost always go with a shine/smooth shampoo and a moisturising conditioner combination. It just works for me. Usually I spring (get it?) for Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Moroccan My Shine, but when I saw this I definitely wanted to try it! And it didn’t disappoint – my dry hair has definitely been feeling a lot more nourished lately.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint
My poor student budget unfortunately means I can’t just buy the entirety of Barry M’s nail range – so I just had to settle for these two Speedy polishes. I went for the colours Road Rage (a dusty mint type colour) and Kiss Me Quick (pale pink). Both nail polishes come with a new thicker brush which definitely helps the nail varnish stay neat, and the colours are really fresh and pretty too. I found the formula a tad strange – I’m not used to having to apply three coats to get a good finish (usually I apply two relatively thick ones). But the quick dry formula (slightly slower than expected but still faster than usual) at least means that three coats is a possibility. So far I love Road Rage the most!
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint
When I first tried Barry M Gelly, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I am in love with this nail polish! I’ve had it for quite a while now but the colour is so spring-like that I’ve just been wearing it all the time these days. This bottle is Prickly Pear, a shade of purple that’s slightly on the blue side, and just slightly darker than pastel. The paint goes on like a dream (with only two coats) and is so unbelievably shiny that it really does look like gel nails. I need to get my hands on more one day.
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
One thing about all of my makeup and skincare is that it will all always be drug store – at least until I get a really amazing job when I graduate and start making £1m a week (yeah, right). I never think of that as a negative, but I’m just saying – I don’t know how any of these products compare to the more high end stuff. That being said, I really love this Rimmel Stay Matte Primer! It’s a cream formula and makes my skin feel smooth, providing a really excellent base for my makeup to stay on all day. I have quite oily skin, so even the mattiest of mattes will probably never keep my skin from getting shiny, but this one does a pretty darn good job.
Rimmel London BB Cream
I got this little sample forever ago, I think probably in a Glossy Box. I had ignored it for the most part – I tend to have spots and dark circles, and BB cream doesn’t ever really cover any of that for me. Or so I thought, until I decided to break out this tiny little tube! I love this stuff, and I fully intend to buy the full-size product when I can. It’s got a lovely dewy finish, a good match for my skin tone, and covers up blemishes and eye circles pretty well! I still have to use concealer, but I never thought I would get such good coverage from a product that wasn’t a foundation.
MUA Baked Merged Trio Eyeshadow in Legendary
If there’s one thing that MUA make perfectly in my opinion, it’s glitter. These warm toned eyeshadows are so shimmery they almost glow – just perfect for a day in the sun or drinks with friends. I love combining them – the shade in the bottom left is particularly lovely, a really warm copper/rose gold type colour with flecks of gold scattered throughout. I use the lightest shade for my brow bone too! The trio is definitely one of my favourite favourites (if that is a thing).
Barry M Cor Balmy Tinted Lip Balm
Without a doubt, 100%, my favourite tinted lip balm ever. The smell is gorgeous, the tint is lovely, and according to Barry M’s website has “a rich moisturising core enriched with Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to protect and revitalise dry skin”. You can say that again! These lip balms are SO moitsurising and nourishing, and it doesn’t mention it anywhere but they smell just like sweets – absolutely delicious! The colours I got are the bright pink Rosie Lea, and the coral-coloured Trouble and Strife. I want to buy the rest one day – though one thing I should mention is that for some reason, I find that the coral one is much more moisturising than the pink. I’m not sure why, but either way (and at £3.49 each) they are both still so great!
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
I’m pretty sure everyone and their grandma has tried this lip balm. But it’s tried and tested for a reason – this all natural lip balm is really something. It’s nourishing and protective, and I find it goes really well over matte lipstick, sealing it in and keeping lips moisturised. There’s not much else I can say that hasn’t already been said a million times!
Burt’s Bees Bee Pampered Collection
I got this for Christmas last year, but never before has this lovely tin come more in handy than the last month. Something about Spring – maybe it’s the extra time spent outside – really dries out my hands and nails, and I find myself reaching for the hand cream more and more. The scent of the almond & milk hand cream is really beautiful, and I find the cream soaks in quickly and lasts a long time. The lemon butter cuticle cream is divine for my nails too – and the lemon smell is very refreshing! Can’t get enough! (The Burt’s Bees lip balm also came in this gorgeous tin, but I thought it fit best with the other lip products so there you go.)
Nina Ricci – Nina L’eau perfume
Another gift, this time an amazing 21st birthday present from my best friend! I am IN LOVE with this little apple-shaped perfume. The scent is so light, fruity, and fresh – it makes me want to go outside and lie in the grass or go to the beach, almost. I wear it every single day recently, and the bottle itself is gorgeous too!
So these are the products that I’m really loving for spring. I hope everyone’s enjoying the good weather outside, and here’s hoping it lasts! So tell me – what are some of your favourites for this season? Leave a comment below and let me know!