Saturday, 13 April 2013

Spring Time Essentials

Despite what the weather might suggest, it is spring. To me spring is all about beauty. Flowers are starting to bloom, lambs are leaping around fields, the soft scent of cut grass in the air. It all just feels rather romantic. And it is this time of year that I start to rethink my essentials, trading winter’s thick creams for light delicate primers and so forth.

So I’ve put together my spring essentials to help get us into the new season mood... even if the weather isn’t helping out. 

The first I notice about spring is my skin. I can tell it’s time to lighten the density of my creams as otherwise my skin starts to break out.

Estee Lauder is renown for their skin care, it seems to be something that is passed on down generations of women. My mum first got me into Estee Lauder and I’ve been using it ever since.

I’m currently using the DayWearAdvanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme as it is really light and silky smooth, so doesn’t clog my pores.  

Talking of pores, I’ve just discovered primer. I can’t believe I have never used primer before. I will admit I always thought they were a little waste of money, however my skin has actually been visibly more radiant since using one, and for a casual day, I can forsake the foundation, which is a blessing for my skin. 

Arbonne’s primer has a lovely smooth texture to it, and doesn’t have much of a scent which is a good thing. I also like how my little laughter lines appeared reduced- always, always a bonus. 

Which then brings me onto the rest of my makeup. I love big lashes, as I have big eyes and strong brows, so I need big lashes to balance out my features. Now, I swear to god, by no exaggeration, this is the best mascara I have ever used! I would never write a dishonest review as it would ruin my blog, so trust me when I say my lashes have never been so big, so full and so fabulous. Benefit They’re Real, I am yours!

Now my brows. I love my eyebrows as I love to make a statement with them. They are naturally very big and bushy, so I will admit they take work, and I have had some cringe moments looking through past photos. Yet currently I’m using Maybelline’s Master Brow pencil in Soft Brown and they’ve never looked better. The pencil is rather creamy, which is good for the soft natural colour, however it does run our rather quickly. However it is the best pencil I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried a fair few.

Finally another makeup classic I can’t seem to put down is eyeliner. Now eyeliner can look rather heavy and well, winter like, yet L’Oreal’s Super Liner Perfect Slim is well, so slim, I can achieve that dainty flick that spring calls for. Also what I love about this is that it doesn’t smudge through the day, as I have trouble with my eyes watering sometimes. 

Of course, I couldn’t miss out the great Estee Lauder from my makeup collection. She doesn’t just make great skin care but also makeup. While I was buying my day cream I couldn’t resist this little pop of colour from the Pure Lip gloss range, as it’s pale enough for a soft, romantic look, yet still bright enough to get the boys lookin’!

Anne Semonin is fast becoming a favourite of mine, as her products are just so luxurious, and trust me when you’re a student, it’s not often I get to say that phrase.  This shower gel just melts into the skin, making me feel like I’m wrapped in cashmere... when really I’m stood in university hall showers which have probably existed since the 70’s!

Yet it is the smell, ohhh the smell that really gets me.  It smells of Lemon Sherbet sweets! Now that’s one way to get my sugar fix.

Talking of sweets... Now spring beauty isn’t just about what’s on the outside, it’s also about taking care of the inside. Spring is the perfect opportunity to start afresh, slow down from all the manic that Christmas and New Year brought, and just take some time out for yourself. After all, if you don’t look after your mental state, then it will inevitably show on your appearance.

So my perfect way to unwind and take some me time, is to curl up with a good book, light a relaxing candle and nibble on some goodies. It just always puts me in a good mood. 

First, the nibbles. While I may have just said mental state was important, and to me, my metal happiness is directly proportional to my tummies happiness, my mental state is also sadly directly proportional to my weight, and as we know those two are not compatible. Yet there is hope, I’ve discovered these bad boys. Bittersweet  are a sweet company who make sugar free, gluten free, low fat and low carb sweets! Are they taste free too? Defiantly not! I love the Cherry DreamGum, as they are the saintly sister to the Haribo Cherries. At last my excuse to eat sweets!

Yet no chilled out evening would be complete without the great British cuppa. Tea Pigs are all about sustainability. They are Ethically certified, Rainforest Alliance certified, eco friendly packaging and help fund orphanages in Rwanda... phew, this along with the sweets is making me feel like Mother Theresa! 

If like me, after all that, you feel rather knackered, I have the perfect solution. My go at the moment is Birger et Mikkelsen’s candles.  I have a small confession. I am an interior freak, I just love home wear stuff. My (lad) friend took me to Harrods’s and I just pounced on the home wear. I was in love with the cushions, the ornaments and of course the candles. DAY just gives of the perfect evening glow to round off any stress filled day, and right now, I’m feeling like I’ll need 10 of these baby’s!

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  1. Absolutely love this post! The Estee Lauder cream looks to die for - also have been reading so many reviews about the benefit mascara, the price tag scares me a little though!

    Keep up the great work
    Rosie xo

    1. Thanks ever so much. :) The Estee Lauder cream is really good, my skin feels so soft and nourished.
      I will agree the mascara is on the pricier side, however it has actually lasted for ages, plus I use less because it makes my lashes so big. Plus no falsies, so money saved there too.
      It is worth it :) xx

  2. I tried this day cream when I got one of those free gift bags last year and really liked it. i need to try they're real soon!

  3. Hello! I am just popping on over to say the biggest thank you for your kind comments over on my little blog - thank you so much. Off to have a better peep around there parts now ;) xxx

  4. Awesome choice! I would love to try either of them!

  5. Thanks for the primer reccomendation, recently my foundation has literally been sliding off my face so I need to invest in a good primer! x


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