Spring Essentials

Hello Petals,

Spring has Sprung! After 3 months of being rugged up, we can finally start to lose layers, wear more colour and feel a bit more fresh – But not without a bit of prep.

First of all I like to change a few things in the house. I switch my warm and deep scented candles to something a little more floral. I have been loving the Circa Home Jasmine and Magnolia candle. It really brightens up my house and gives off that Spring feeling.  Perfect for when I open up the house and let the sun shine in.

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It is really important to change your skincare with the seasons. When the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, our skin has different wants and needs. I like to switch up my heavy night and day creams to a gel formula. Otherwise my oily skin cannot soak up all the product and I’m left looking like a greasy potato. I have been loving the Clinique Moisture Surge and Philosophy Take A Deep  Breath. Both of these moisturisers are gel-cremes formulas that are full of hydration and so lovely to use, they bring a boost of life to my skin. I honestly cannot pick a favourite, so I have been alternating between the two.

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Spring of course is full of florals and colour. “Florals for Spring – Groundbreaking“. We can ditch those deep vampy shades we used for Winter, for more fresh pastels, peaches and pinks. I love using peachy toned blushes to bring that natural flush back to my face. Too Faced Love Flush in Baby Love is my perfect Spring cheek colour. The formula is blendable and long-lasting without being too obvious. I also adore Milani Luminoso and Benefit Dandelion. Another way to add in more pretty colours in definitely through your lips. Nudes, oranges, pinks and purples are perfect for this time of year. I am currently obsessed with the Ulta3 Tribal Talk collection. This collection is full of bright colour in an ultra-matte formula and are super affordable. I also have been loving these semi-matte liquid lip  formulas that have been released recently. They are pigmented, long-lasting but not crazy matte and drying on the lips. They have a creamy type of finish, but they definitely aren’t sticky, so you don’t have to worry about your hair getting stuck in your lipstick from that windy Spring weather. I love Revlon HD Matte Lipcolours and Maybelline Vivid Matte Lip Colour. Ash from Oz Product Junkie has done a great comparison between the two formulas.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I really struggle with dry, red eyes when the seasons change. I have a pterygium on one of my eyes and it makes me really sensitive to environmental factors. Air-conditioning, wind, sun, cold, pollen – basically my eyes are sensitive to life, haha. But Spring especially wreaks havoc and all those people with hayfever struggle with this time of the year as well. Red eyes certainly aren’t cute. Visine have a great line of eyedrops that treat many different issues. I find that the Advanced Drops soothe my eyes instantly and removes any redness.  I use the I  have bottles of  Visine stashed all around the place to ensure it is on hand when I need it. Eye drops are deffinitely a Spring essential for me.

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My feet do not see the light of day in the cooler months, if they aren’t in my trusty chucks, they’re in cute pizza socks or in my koala slippers. So to say they aren’t ready for cute sandals is an understatement.  My little tooties need some loving. Scholl have released a Wet & Dry Foot File, which is an absolute breeze to use. I like to use this guy in the shower when my skin is soft, to buff away any hard skin. I also use it dry to get rid of any stubborn dead skin. I also love using the MooGoo Shea Sorbet Butter Balm as a heavy-duty foot-cream, I pop this on after a shower and cover my hooves in socks and go to sleep, I wake up with beautiful smooth, sandal ready feet.

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I also love to paint my nails pretty pastel colours. I love mint green, lavenders, soft oranges and pinks. Ulta3 recently released their Spring/Summer ’16  collection and  it is full of gorgeous nail polishes and they retail for only $2.30! I have ‘Hot Sand’ on my toes right now – It is a pale pastel orange. I am also obsessed with The Nail Lab shades in ‘Edna’ and ‘Grace’. Edna is this incredible muted neon purple. Damn, it’s pretty.  Another new nail release is the Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner – Trend Matter collection. This collection is full of satin mattes and demi-mattes which makes for a nice change in polish formulas.  The shades are soft and pretty unique. My picks are Purple Kraze (a deep lilac with a pink shimmer), Kool as a Kukumber (A lovely mint green with a slight silver fleck), and Butter Kup (a subtle creamy pale yellow).

Lastly, we need to bring back some life to our limbs! After being covered in cute cable knits, scarves, jeans and oversized jumpers,  my little dry pale body is seriously lacking some TLC. I love to dust off all those beautiful coffee, sugar and salt scubs and get wild in the shower. I am crazy about the scrubbing sensation on my pins and it feels so incredible after neglecting my poor body for 3 months. Plus, this prepares my skin for some glowin’. One of my favourite things about Spring is pulling out sun-dresses and feeling the sun against my skin. Needless to say, I need a touch of colour if I am going to bare my legs. This time of the year, I like to use something a bit lighter for tanning just to give me a sublte natural-looking bronze. I like to start with a gradual tan, like Vani-T Bronzing Custard to slowly build up to a lovely tan.  This particular gradual tan is so hydrating, smells absolutely delicious and delivers a natural streak-free finish. I also love Little Honey when I want something a little darker. Little Honey is a gorgeous new self-tan that creates the most amazing natural, streak-free tan which fades really evenly. Having smooth, bronzed skin definitely gives me the courage to wear Spring appropriate attire.

 

What are your Spring essentials? Or are you in the Northern hemisphere and gearing up for cooler weather?

 

Until next time (I’ll probably be outside soaking up the sun),

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Let’s talk trash #3

Hi friends,

I haven’t done an empties post in many moons, so it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I’ll only stick to the products worth mentioning (good and bad)

Skinstitut – L-lactic Cleanser

I think I have spoken about this before in a favourites blog, but it deserves another mention.  This cleanser is so effective but doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. L-Lactic Cleanser actually hydrates and nourishes the skin, while working on congested areas and improving the skins integrity. Over time my skin looks much more healthy and even has a bit of a glow about it.  I have already repurchased this cleanser and will again and again.

Dr Bronners Pure Castle Liquid Soap – Tea Tree

This soap is incredible – It is completely organic, plus the ingredients are ethically sourced and fair trade certified. That alone is impressive, however this humble liquid soap is impressive for so many other reasons, upwards of 18 to be exact. Dr Bronners can be used to wash almost anything. I use it on the floors, when I clean the bathroom, if I’ve ran out of body wash, to wash my fruit and veggies even. But what I love it best for is cleaning my make-up brushes. My brushes come up sparkling! Even those beautiful white Zoeva brushes that are always stained orange and red, they come up as good as new and with very little effort.  I’ve already gone through 2 of these and there are 2 brand new Lavender  and Rose scented bottles waiting for me. I highly recommend.

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Trefiel Anti Aging Lace Hydromask

This has got to be the most beautiful sheet mask I have ever used – And silly me forgot to take a photo! The mask looks like black lace on your skin, much better than those scary white cloth sheet masks.  Trefiel Lace Hydromask boasts premium ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for hydration, skin repair and free-radical protection. The ingredients are also plant-based and GMO free, meaning they contain no nasty chemicals and won’t harm your precious skin.  The mask feels cool and soothing on the skin and is much easier to wear than other sheet masks. This mask is really lovely to use, I will definitely re-purchase (Sorry again for not taking a picture of the beautiful lace detail)

Skinny Tan – Body Mousse

If you have been reading for a while you know that I h ave never been much of  a fake tanner, until recently. This little bottle of sunshine changed all of that. This tanner is so easy to use with beautiful natural-streak free results. Never had I used a product with such a natural bronze colour, without being too orange. The mousse is so easy to buff in and not-at-all sticky. It does transfer slightly on clothes, but didn’t stain my sheets at all. The scent isn’t offensive, the tan lasts for over a week and wears off evenly.  I have also gotten so many uses out of the one bottle, I am amazed. This little guy has turned me into a weekly tanner.

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Antipodes – Aura Manuka Honey Mask

I am sure Aura isn’t a stranger to regular readers of the blog; I adore this mask.  Full of antibacterial properties and intense hydration, this mask is so soothing, nourishing and gets to work on any pesky pimples. This can be left on for 10 minutes, an hour or all night for an especially intense treatment. Aura smells of juicy mandarin and creamy vanilla, and it spreads so easily all over the face. It really is a pleasure to use. I like to massage the mask into my skin using a jade roller for better absorption. I am truly sad that my tube has run out, but with so many other hyrdration masks waiting to get on my face, it’s only fair I don’t re-purchase just yet….. but it will certainly make its way back into my stash in no time. I would like 1x life supply of Aura please, skincare gods.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid.

I usually love Bioderma – They have innovative products that are of such a high-quality, I am often surprised that they are sold in Priceline. But this little guy, let me down. This Corrective Care Fluid states that it is a purifying, smoothing cream that hydrates and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. For me, none of these statements ring true. The fluid is very thin, I find no moisturising benefits for my skin. I used the whole tube, which lasted quite a while,  but never noticed a difference in blackheads, smoothing or purifying. I had read that some people used this as a primer, but when I tried this, the product just seemed to ball up under my foundation. I sadly found nothing positive about this. But that is not to say that it won’t work for anybody else. My love for Bioderma will forever remain.

Loreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Strengthening and Repairing Mask Treatment

This was another disappointing product  for me. I use a hair treatment mask every time I wash my hair; I am all about that soft, hydrated hair life. I cannot function if my hair is knotty or dry.  I was looking forward to this treatment, it is marketed as Loreal’s most gentle treatment and is 100% sulphate-free. But unfortunately it was a little too gentle, in that it did nothing for me. The mask is fairly runny but has a beautiful fresh scent. It applies effortlessly and feels lovely in the hair. However, after washing and drying my hair was dry and felt similar to straw. I played around with the amount I used but kept getting similar results. I won’t be purchasing this guy again.

 

 

Speak soon lovers,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.