It seems like with the change of every season, I experience a mini skin crisis. Be it dry in the winter, oily in the summer, just plain temperamental in the fall, and extra sensitive in the spring, my skin throws me for a loop about once every solstice. Since realizing this, I’ve mixed up my skincare routine a little bit and simplified my makeup. Here are a few of my favorite things:
Moisturizer – Korres Pomegranate Gel-Cream
I am in LOVE with this stuff. I will admit though, after reading all the Nu Skin reviews, it was a close call between the two. I was searching up and down for a CF gel moisturizer, and this really hit the spot for me. It’s not exactly gel, but it’s not heavy like a cream and sinks into the skin like a dream. This may just be my holy grail moisturizer.
Night Cream – Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
There’s just something about that ultra-moisturized, shiny, ready-for-bed nighttime face that feels so luxe and like you’re really doing something good for your skin. This night cream is super nourishing but isn’t greasy, and makes one wake up looking and feeling radiant.
Facial Mist – Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray
This stuff is just plain GOOD. I reach for it as a cooling mist and toner, as a setting spray, or just as a pick me up whenever I want to feel a little fancy. It’s one of my must-haves year round, and I can’t get enough of it.
Highlighter – TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
There are SO many hightlighters out there, but this is the best highlight I’ve found. It’s not over the top but it definitely packs a punch. I find a lot of highlighters will draw attention to your skin’s imperfections or will be too glittery, but this highlight really changes the game.
Blush – NARS
I’ve been a sucker for NARS products ever since I was first introduced to them in highschool. As a brand, they’re often very bold and showy – with vibrant colors and scandalous names. My favorite blush from them, Deep Throat, is gorgeous but still maintains a hint of subtlety, which is what keeps me coming back.
Mascara – Smashbox Full Exposure
This is a really new addition to my beauty favorites, as for almost two years I was committed to Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, but this mascara may have stolen the show. My lashes have never looked fuller, and I am obsessed.
Eyeliner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown
I made the switch to brown liner a few months ago and I haven’t looked back since. Not only have I avoided some of that racoon-eye look when washing off my makeup, the brown really brings out the green in my eyes and isn’t quite as harsh as black. This liner is perfect for a wing, and applies like a dream.
Créme Lipstick – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper
I’ll admit I purchased this lipstick because of the name – my first dog was named Pepper and seeing this shade made me feel so sentimental, but it really is the perfect mauvy-pink shade. Bite also has a lipstick called Liquorice, which was the name of my first cat. Such a weird coincidence. Nevertheless, I need both of these lipsticks in my life, and the shades and formula are divine.
Eyeshadow – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
This has been my go-to palette ever since I bought it, even though I’m still a huge fan of the Naked2. The shadows are über-pigmented and smell like chocolate, so you can’t go wrong. Plus, they all blend wonderfully and are buildable so they can be natural or dramatic.
Lip Balm – Smith’s Minted Rose
This stuff is my absolute favorite lip balm. Not only does it smell amazing, it is perfect for wearing to bed because it moisturizes amazingly. Pair it with a lip scrub and your lips will THANK ME! Plus, it also comes in a tube (even though I prefer the tin) so there’s a mess-free option if you so prefer.
Matte Lipstick – Besame Cosmetics in 1969 Dusty Rose
I was lusting over Besame’s lipsticks for literal years until I bit the bullet and finally bought this lipstick. The one I chose was inspired by the 60s/70s and I find it to be super wearable. The lipstick itself is shaped like a wedge and I find it actually applies easier than some of the products that start out as a teardrop. I’m already catching myself fawning over some of the red shades, looks like it’s time to add a few more to my collection.
Liquid Lipstick – TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed
I got aboard the liquid lipstick train as soon as it hit the tracks, but I hit many a bump along the way. Meet Matt(e) has been my saving grace among the faux-pas. This lipstick holds up wonderfully without being dry or flaky, and is incredibly forgiving if you misapply but it does not transfer!!! Bless this lipstick.
What are your favorite products for spring?
Are you a fan of any of these items?