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.