I love spring! I’m not a fan of the cold and gloomy winter and central heating that wreak havoc on my skin and hair.
Spring is finally here and it’s such a breath of fresh air, beautiful flowers in bloom, longer days and shorter nights. I’ve also been doing a ton of spring cleaning, de-cluttering and reorganisation.
Although we’ve had some crazy unusual weather in between, we had a warm and sunny Easter followed by snow in many areas. I’m really pleased today is warm and sunny where I am and I’m looking forward to brighter days!
I’ve got a good mix of skincare, bodycare, makeup and fragrance products. They have been previously reviewed on the blog and include old and new goodies!
I’m going to start off with my favourite cleansers. Most mornings I alternate between the HOLIFROG Sunapee Sacred-C Brightening Powder Wash and the HOLIFROG Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash*. They leave my skin thoroughly cleansed, super soft, silky smooth and brighter.
You can read my full review of these products here.
My evening routine involves double cleansing so I use a cleansing oil/balm followed by a face wash.
I love the Roze Mountain Anti-pollution Cleanser* a lightweight oil that once massaged into the skin dissolves makeup, excess oil and dirt. It gives my skin a gentle and thorough cleanse without stripping my skin. I love how it transforms into a milk once you add water to it. It rinses away easily without leaving a greasy residue on the skin. It leaves my skin clean, balanced and hydrated.
I also love the Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt a luxurious cleansing balm that literally melts on the skin. The texture is pretty amazing and once you apply water, it transforms into a rich creamy milk. It rinses off easily and leaves my skin clean, soft and hydrated.
For the final step in my routine I like to use the Gallinée Foaming Facial Cleanser* a gentle cleanser without soap, that leaves my skin clean and fresh.
Exfoliators and Masks
I typically exfoliate and mask twice a week. These are my staples…
Bybi Acid Gold AHA Face Mask is an exfoliating face mask packed with natural AHAs to banish dulling, dead skin cells. I love the bright colour and thick jelly consistency that’s incredibly satisfy to apply. It brightens my skin while improving its tone and texture. Read my review here
ANTONIA BURRELL MASK SUPREME 7-IN-1* A sublime and powerful treatment in a pot with 7 noticeable actions, to hydrate, smooth, detoxify, repair, clarify, illuminate, protect and perfect your skin. I love the creamy consistency of this mask. It feels lovely and comfortable on the skin, unlike normal clay masks that dry on the skin. My skin feels noticeably smoother, more hydrated and brighter. Read my review here
Evolve Masking Trio indulge in ultimate relaxation with this masking trio: three targeted face masks designed to exfoliate, rejuvenate and nourish. This ultimate face mask set lets you take your pick whenever you need a skincare treat, or you could try multi-masking by using all three together!
In the mood for chocolate? Meet our exfoliating Radiant Glow Mask. Feeling fruity, go for our AHA-rich Miracle Mask. Or, maybe you’re after an extra glow – try our Bio-Retinol Gold Mask, the ultimate nourishing and rejuvenating face mask. This is hands down my favourite masking trio. Read my review here
I like to use toners after cleansing. Gallinée Face Vinegar* is a refreshing face vinegar that soothes and purifies the skin. It doesn’t sting at all or dry out my skin but rather leaves it balanced. My skin feels refreshed, visibly smoother and brighter.
Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol* this beautifully fragrant Rose Flower Water is wonderfully versatile. I use it as a gentle toner or ‘pick me up’. It feels wonderfully cooling on my skin and helps to calm, soothe and hydrate my skin. It is also perfect as a makeup finishing spray.
Nourish London Antioxidant Peptide Mist* a multi-tasking face mist formulated with peptides to instantly hydrate, brighten, protect & calm the skin. Contains hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and liquorice to brighten the skin & boost radiance. A soothing blend of essential oils helps to calm the skin and relax the mind.
Serums, Face oils and Moisturisers
It’s all about hydration for me, so I always start off with a serum followed by an oil or moisturiser to seal in the moisture. I’m loving the Sukin Hydration Rehydrating Gel Cream* as it delivers an instant boost of moisture to my skin. It feels so refreshing on my skin and leaves it hydrated and dewy.
I also love the Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum* a natural, scent free serum with hyaluronic acid for calm, dewy skin. It instantly hydrates and renews the skin. It is richly hydrating without any greasiness. It softens, moisturises and deeply hydrates leaving my skin plump, smooth and dewy.
A new one for me is Terre Verdi FranChouliPom Nourishing Facial Serum* with a unique blend of active ingredients including vitamin and antioxidant-rich organic argan and pomegranate oils combined with frankincense and patchouli essential oils, skin is left feeling supple, nourished and taut. I like to use this serum in the evening as part of my gua sha facial massage routine. The formula nourishes and moisturises my skin leaving it soft, smooth and dewy. Read my review here
Ooh! Oils of Heaven Organic Plum Conditioning Face Oil* This wonderful cold pressed organic oil is a great emollient to moisturise and condition dry skin. It is a fast absorbing oil rich with a high omega 9 (70%) content. It leaves the skin with a silky feel and has a delicious almond, marzipan scent that smells good enough to eat!
Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream a brightening moisturiser that is rich in hydration but light on skin. I love its light and creamy consistency and it smells sweet like honey. It spreads very easily on the skin and sinks right in without leaving any greasy residue. My skin feels velvety soft, smooth and matte which makes it the ideal base for makeup.
INIKA Organic Phytofuse Renew® Maca Root Day Cream* The luxurious Spa Hydrator with nourishing and nutritive botanical extracts keeps skin feeling soft and supple throughout the day. It also provides a powerful barrier for your skin to protect against pollution and daily skin stressors, allowing skin to maintain a youthful glow. The consistency is lush and super creamy while being lightweight. The formula is perfect for me, giving me a balance of hydration and moisture. It provides adequate hydration for my dehydrated skin, locks moisture in and creates a barrier against pollution. It also smells amazing with a light, fresh, citrusy scent.
My skin is dry so I always exfoliate twice a week. I’m loving the Bloomtown The Woods Vetiver, Cedar & Green Clay Sugar Scrub* a shea, sweet almond and coconut-based scrub scented with woodsy notes of vetiver, cedar, and bergamot. Crafted with fine British sugar and the perfect balance of plant oils and botanical ingredients, this 3-in-1 product effectively cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises dry skin. It washes off easily and leaves my skin feeling perfectly soft, never greasy.
To moisturise my skin I alternate between a body oil, body cream and body butter. Bloomtown The Rose Garden Musk Rose & White Flowers Infused Oil* is a multi-purpose body and bath oil with a gorgeous modern rose scent balanced with not-too-sweet white florals. I use it after a bath or shower on damp skin. The consistency is light and it absorbs well without any greasy residue. It leaves my skin beautifully soft, smooth, supple and delicately scented.
MÁDARA Infusion Vert Intense Antioxidant Body Cream* experience a revitalizing bliss with this rich, nutritious and intensely hydrating body cream. It has a lovely creamy consistency and a fresh citrusy scent. I have dry skin and love how extremely moisturising this body cream is. It absorbs well and leaves my skin super soft, smooth and moisturised.
Evolve Tropical Blossom Body Butter a 100% natural soft body butter containing nourishing organic shea butter and natural Tahitian coconut Monoi macerated in exotic blossoms of Gardenia. I love, love this body butter! It has the perfect consistency, smells so amazing and leaves my skin super soft, smooth and moisturised. Read my review here.
Since lockdown my makeup routine has been pretty basic…. foundation, mascara and lip gloss.
My go to foundation is MÁDARA Skin Equal Soft Glow Foundation SPF15 – #80 Fudge this lightweight mineral foundation combines a buildable, medium to full coverage with a softly radiant texture for a natural-looking, seamless complexion with a luminous, dewy finish.
Madara The Concealer Luminous Perfecting Concealer – #55 Hazelnut hides dark circles, blemishes and redness yet mystically remains unseen. The dewy finish and long-lasting comfortable wear is powered by hydrating hyaluronic acid and smart retouching minerals.
To set my foundation I use the benecos Natural Mineral Powder (Translucent)* it creates a flawless matte finish and helps keep my makeup in place.
INIKA Organic Long Lash Vegan Mascara* a luxurious formula that uses 100% plant-derived and natural ingredients to boost lash length, volume and span. Pure mineral pigments deliver intense, long-lasting colour. Clump-free, long-wearing formula for luscious lashes.
Inika Certified Organic Lip Glaze – Rosewood* specially formulated to provide nourishing hydration and care for the lips, while adding a glossy splash of colour. Certified Organic Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oils, and Candelilla Wax help to provide a nutrient-rich glaze that glides smoothly on the lips. This non- sticky formula also provides pigment with longlasting wear. Rosewood is a deep rose shade with earthy undertones that complements my skin tone.
I love fresh and floral fragrances for spring. A new one for me is Flaya – If…. Perfume* a mysterious mix of fruit and floral fragrances. Gloriously sweet yet slightly spicy and sensual, this complex creation intrigues and excites. A wonderful web of melons, mint and green notes is perfected with a dash of myrrh to mesmerize. It’s a new favourite for me.
I’m also a big fan of the Walden perfume range and have quite a collection. My spring faves are Walden ‘Two Eternities’ Natural Perfume* a garland of Forest Flowers including Wild Roses, Jasmine and Iris floating above a fresh Citrus base of Bergamot and Sweet Orange Oil. The scent is exquisite, fresh, floral and sweet. It is great for day and evening wear and long lasting.
Walden ‘See The Moonlight’ Natural Perfume Oil 10ml* an intoxicating chypre fragrance that opens with fresh bergamot followed by a heart of jasmine and hints of rose. The ﬁnish is luxurious sandalwood and exotic ambrette seed. It has a lovely fresh and floral scent.
I’ve enjoyed collaborating with these lovely ladies and putting this post together, I hope you enjoyed reading! Please also check out their spring favourites in the links below.
What have you been loving lately? I’d love to hear your favourites for Spring!
Until next time,