Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Five Products to Get You Spring Ready

*All Products in This Post Purchased By Me

Five Products to Get You Spring Ready

Despite the snow that accumulated on the roads last night, the Spring season is nearly upon us. That means it is almost time to put away the winter sweaters and heavy foundation in favor of pastel makeup, BB creams, and highlighted hair.  I'm not quite ready to switch up my beauty routine to full-on Spring flair just yet.  However, there are a few things I like to do in between seasons to prepare myself.  This post guides you through some of my favorite items to prepare me for the upcoming season, and hopefully get you Spring ready in no time! 

In no particular order, here are some of my must-have beauty products to prepare for the change in season.

Rosewater & Glycerin Spray

If you follow me on Pinterest or have read previous posts on my skincare routine, many of these products may look familiar to you. This Rosewater & Glycerin spray is a product that I have been using for many years. The wind here in Chicago is brutal, and this winter was a particularly hard one on my skin.  Come springtime, I generally opt for less foundation and switch to a more lightweight formula. In order to be able to pull this off in a way that won't scare everyone around me, I try to take the time in between seasons to give my skin a little extra TLC. This hydrating spray is very soothing, and super affordable. I've seen it in many stores, but tend to find the best prices on Amazon.com. This is truly a multipurpose product for me. I use it before makeup as a primer, after applying makeup to take down any look of excess powder on the skin, and occasionally to wet my makeup brush to foil my eyeshadow. 

Jojoba Oil

Another long-time favorite of mine is Jojoba oil. This stuff is super affordable, and multipurpose (sense a theme here?). Again, as a way to lock moisture in, I apply this stuff everywhere!  The bottle has a medicine dropper applicator. I generally apply one drop to each fingertip, then gently press into the skin on my face. This acts as a mini facial massage and ensures that I am adding just the right amount of product to my face. I tend to pay special attention to the area right around my eyes as I find this part of my face can look particularly dull and dehydrated after the long winter months.  Many brands are available in pretty much any pharmacy or health food store. This one from Leven Rose is around $14 on Amazon for 4 Oz. In addition to using this on my face, I have also used it to remove eye makeup, tame frizzy hair, moisturize cuticles and soften dry lips. A little goes a long way with this stuff, so a 4 Oz bottle tends to last me for quite a while. I find this brand to work just as well if not better than many of the other pricey face oils that Sephora sells.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

This item is not so budget friendly, but a worthy splurge in my opinion. This is another product that I have been using for years, so I feel very comfortable recommending it. I like to think of this as a cruelty-free version of MAC's strobe cream, but with a more champagne tone to it.  I absolutely love this stuff for camouflaging dull skin. While the price tag is on the higher end, you really only need the tiniest amount of product for a full face, so I have found one bottle is long lasting.  This balm acts as a sort of filter on the face, creating a soft-focus appearance when worn under foundation.  For a more traditional highlighter type effect tap some on the high points of the face over your normal foundation or tinted moisturizer.  In a pinch I will even mix a drop or two into my normal moisturizer or foundation to help me achieve that lit from within glow. 

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Lip Balm SPF 15

Speaking of splurge-worthy, this lip balm is a life saver when it comes to reviving windburned lips.  $32 a tube may sound excessive, but my lips absolutely need this product to help get them in shape for the bright lip colors I usually wear in the spring season.  The reason this product is a holy grail lip balm for me is that it contains vitamin E to help plump, hydrate and protect the skin.  While SPF is important to me all year, I pay extra special attention to it when the days get longer and I am exposed to more sun. This balm is very deeply moisturizing so I tend to apply it before bed as well even though it does have a broad-spectrum sun protectant and is meant for day-time use.  When using this before lipstick application, it is important to let it really sink into the lips before applying your lip color.  For some reason I don't hear a lot of people mention Trish McEvoy in the cruelty-free beauty community and I am not sure why.  So many of her products are amazing.  This balm also happens to be paraben-free, gluten-free and fragrance fee. 

Osensia Hydrating Mask

Last, but certainly not least, this hair mask is the newest product in my beauty routine.  Each year, before spring is upon us I like to find a good deep conditioner for my hair. I have thin, damaged hair from years of over processing. Come springtime I start getting the itch to lighten my strands again.  Before I do, I try to get my hair in the best shape possible so that I don't create further damage.  This hydrating hair mask from Osensia delivers amazing results. In just one use, my hair felt so much softer and more manageable. It comes in a large round tub and contains argan oil to help strengthen and hydrate hair. Like pretty much everything in this post, I buy mine on Amazon for about $14 for an 8 Oz tub. In addition to soft locks, my hair is also noticeably shinier after each use. I apply this mask about once a week after shampooing my hair.  I love that contains some great natural ingredients like jojoba oil, and aloe vera.  It also has a very pleasant smell and rinses easily, unlike other hair masks that I have tried in the past. 

I hope you found this post helpful.  What products do you use to get ready for the change of season?  Are there any recommendations on products you would like me to review?  

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