Boy oh BOY do I love Spring. Partly because my birthday is in Spring but mainly because the weather is just great. My perfect weather is definitely the weather where you can go out in a cute lil dress with bare legs without freezing to death but also without burning to a crisp. AKA Spring.
Another reason I love Spring is because it’s the first time in the calendar year where I think “holy crap it’s SPRING this means SPRING makeup and SPRING skincare and NEW THINGS”. You feel?
Fragrance Direct emailed me a while back, asking if I’d like to do a cheeky collab talking about all my favourite Spring beauty essentials. Of course I said yes because 1. SPRING and 2. BEAUTY. So let’s just dive right in, shall we?
Spring skincare I love
Okay so I recently discovered Cowshed and WOW. Very much an underrated/not talked about enough brand because my skin is loving the two bits I picked up from Fragrance Direct. The Evening Primrose Balancing Facial Oil* is great at balancing my skin out and making it look really bright and clear. I’m all about that dewy, fresh look for Spring and the oil just makes that happen, you know?
Also by Cowshed (hello new fave brand) is the Palmarosa Revitalising Face Mask*. Are you sensing a theme here yet? The type of skincare I love around this time of year is all about revitalising, brightening and balancing. This mask is just lush to be honest. I’m a sucker for a clay mask, but this one is just different? It feels really light on the skin and, again, makes my skin look so FRESH.
Spring makeup I love
Spring makeup for me is always all about the pink tones and the sparkle. (Although to be honest, my life is about pink tones and sparkle atm in general.)
Riddle me this… people always talk about NARS Blush in the shade ‘Orgasm’, but I’ve never heard anyone rave about the same blush in the shade ‘Super Orgasm’*?? Well, I tried it and here I am, raving about it. It’s basically the same as ‘Orgasm’ but with gold flecks in it, giving it a bit of shimmer on the skin. IT. IS. FLAWLESS. I literally can’t stop wearing it, and when I’m not wearing it I’m staring at it.
Speaking of sparkle, Max Factor do these creamy, shimmery eye shadows that come in a tube with an applicator that looks like a lip gloss. They’re DREAMY. I got the shade ‘Pearl Beige’* and it’s just gorgeous. I apply with the applicator (lol no shit) then blend out with a brush and it’s just so easy. And I’m all about that lazy makeup life.
Clinique Chubby Sticks will always have a special place in my heart. I just love them so much. Well, the shade ‘Super Strawberry’* is one to add to your wishlist if you love them like I do! It looks quite dark red on the packaging, but in actuality it’s a sheer red-pink and it’s just gorgeous.
I’m gonna be honest, I’m generally SO not on board with the whole ‘lip palette’ thing. I think they’re awkward to carry round and awkward to re-apply. But, I tried this one* from L’Oréal and it’s opened my eyes! I think it’s because it’s such a compact size, I’m not put off by the “there’s no way I’m carrying that around with me”. The colour payoff isn’t a little hit and miss depending on the shade, but all-in-all I love it! It’s great to carry around a few different shades without having 20 lipsticks rolling about in the depths of my handbag.
Spring perfume I love
Oh god I just love perfume so much.
My favourite perfume on EARTH is Theirry Mugler’s Alien. It’s my ~signature scent~. Which I always find kind of cute because the aftershave Joe wore when we first met (and still wears to this day) is also Thierry Mugler so we kind of match aw.
My second favourite perfume on Earth is YSL’s Black Opium. There’s just something about it that makes me want to inhale it all day every day.
I now have another favourite perfume (this is a big deal, you guys) and it’s a version of Black Opium. It’s called Black Opium Floral Shock* and WOW. It’s very similar to the original, but a little lighter and a little more, well, floral. A must have for Spring if you ask me!
And the bottle is oh-so pretty.
Big up’s to Fragrance Direct for letting me go wild and topping up my Spring beauty bits. Y’all are the best! Let me know in the comments what your Spring beauty essentials would be!
All items marked with a * were sent to me by Fragrance Direct for review purposes but all words, opinions and crazy over-the-top feelings about Spring are my own.