Friday, March 21, 2014

The Spring Edit

There are the season duos: spring with summer, fall with winter. But transitioning from winter to spring is like jumping from coffee ice cream to an espresso shot. Well, the leap is upon us because the first ray of spring rang in yesterday and I desperately need that massive dose of caffeine--shed your winter layers, shove aside those heavy creams, and star the lighter...everything

As much as I hate humidity, my skin adores it--mostly because I no longer have to slather on artificial versions, store-bought in pots. But, I still need the transition as the thermometer jumps from high sixties to low thirties and the hydrator of choice comes as the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. With manuka honey to calm blemishes and irritation and luscious oils to hydrate the skin, removing this wonder leaves baby soft, plump, and calmed skin; it's like a wheatgrass shot for your dermis. During the day, I'm rekindling my obsessive, skin protecting ways (I have to shield my revitalized complexion.). The MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 mixes dual UVA and UVB protection using minerals titanium dioxide and aloe leaf powder to not only shield skin from the sun, but also impart a matte, white cast free finish. It knocks the stereotypes of sunscreen.

Yet, as I protect my face, a glint of sunshine won't reach it to burn tan. Instead, I rely on the artificial version: the Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning, a smoothing primer that also packs a healthy punch of color, but it's not orange tinted. In fact, it's Snow White's (i.e. me), subtle complexion savior, proving that I can be as busy as a bee without spending hours with the immigrating swarms of bugs. To enhance this newfound glow that I've lacked for the last season, I'm taking the "all or none" route by highlighting (but no shimmer allowed here). The RMS Living Luminizer reflects the light in a dewy aesthetic to hide any sign of dull winter skin and looks damn amazing with a healthy color.

My penchant for subtlety continues with admiration for tinted lip balms for a dose of sheen, color, and moisture. The Korres Lip Butters coincide with my lippie yearnings--the shade Pomegranate for a pop of coral and Jasmine for a sly nude. But nude isn't only suitable for lips, though I'm tossing nude nail polish for spring and opting for more ingenious, yet chic hues. The Essie Nail Color in Neo Whimsical in its pale grey, lavender glory subsides with my pink-tinged skin tone to look seamless, elegant, and pretty in the manner of a nude--sans the seven year-old purple nail polish stereotype. 

Though a pretty lavender can't sit with dry hands, though my hard working pair no longer require the heavy duty hand salves. I'm opting for lighter creams that sink quickly but also pack a moisture dose. The Caudalie Hand Creams are one of my favorites, quenching in their signature grape scent or their holiday pack flower or citrus. Luckily, I've made quite the habit of slathering on hand cream nightly, and I'm hoping I can exhibit the same behavior when it comes to perfume. I know I call myself high maintenance, but I often neglect those pretty bottles. But I shouldn't because I have many gorgeous concoctions floating on my shelf. The Tocca Liliana Perfume has been untouched all winter--understandable considering the scent is very spring-y and fresh. I do love my musky alternatives, but I'm craving this floral, slightly sweet, and fresh solution; I've been sitting dormant for too long. And did I mention that my mom smells blemmin' amazing with her Jo Malone stash to rival the counter? The good smelling compliment competition is on.

Luckily, I'm mightily covered on the beauty front for the coming season. But it's also time to shed those layers and slip on those dresses. Now, I need a whole new wardrobe.


  1. I am so excited for spring! There's been glorious sunshine in the uk this week and this has really got me in the mood to switch up my beauty products. I'm still pumping the hydration into my skin as it dries up come a season change, but a lavender nail is exactly what I need x


  2. The Clarins primer sounds pretty nice as well as the RMS Living Luminizer as always! I love the Antipodes mask too, it's such a multi-tasking product, also I need to find my signature scent for this spring yet...

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

  3. I need that Antipodes mask! Im looking for a good new mask and its a toss up between this one and the Aesop one! Great post xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  4. I really want to try that Antipodes mask! I think it was on Hello October that I read a full review of it and it just sounds soo amazing!


    Lovely Notions

  5. Neo Whimsical looks like such a gorgeous colour, I may have to pick one up! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

  6. I love the Manuka honey mask it's so good! That SPF cream sounds perfect, I like that it's not overly priced too :) whenever the sun starts to come around this time of year I can't help but feel like I have no clothes! No idea what happens between last year and now! X


  7. Antipodes is a brand that I've always wanted to try, and I've heard so many good things about manuka honey. Maybe this will be the one I try first from them!

  8. I definitely need to find Neo Whimsical. I've been seeing more of it here and there on blogs and it looks fantastic! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  9. I love the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, so soothing on my troublesome skin and smells divine!

    Abbie x

  10. Antipodes Scientific Organic BMarch 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Let us know when you try it, and what you thought.

  11. Antipodes Scientific Organic BMarch 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Thank you for reviewing Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. We love it too!

  12. I feel the exact same way. xo

  13. I'll be posting a full review of it this coming Wednesday. xo

  14. The Essie polish looks lovely right up my street. I have the Antipodes mask and I absolutely love it, it's so soothing :)
    xxx Claire


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