I’m calling it, spring is here to stay (in Kansas City, at least!) which means one thing: there is no better time than now to clean out your beauty bag. It’s time to ditch those half empty bottles that have been staring you down in the medicine cabinet for god knows how long and add a few products to your arsenal that will carry you into the summer months and beyond. Lucky for you, I’ve been testing out a few things that will have you looking and feeling your best. I’ve broken it down by face, hair and body down below!
FACE – About a month and a half ago I decided it was high time I ditch the Neutrogena face wash that I’ve been using since I was a tween and graduate to something a little more…adult. You know, since I’m 27. One Love Organics sent over their Easy Does It Cleanser, Brand New Day Masque and cleansing sponge. Their manifesto states, “We embrace the simplicity and the knowledge that you can achieve more with less.” Yes, please.
Aside from a stress flare up a few weeks back, things have been pretty smooth around these parts. I use the cleanser each night with my Clarisonic Mia 2 (it lathers up quite nicely!) and I’ve incorporated the masque into my routine once a week. The masque isn’t as heavy duty as some of the others I’ve used in the past, but that also means there was no irritation, tingly or burning, which is a plus in my book. When I’m home, I really like to use my Clarisonic. It’s a workhorse, backed by the fact that I’ve been using it for the past 4+ years and haven’t had any problems. I took the OLO sponge with me went we traveled to Houston and it was really nice not having to bring my Clarisonic along and it got the job done!
I’ve had a bottle of the Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer on deck for months and since I just polished off my drug store moisturizer, I’m finally giving it a try. So far, so good. It isn’t greasy and I really like the fact that it has SPF in it (that paired with my foundation gives me a decent amount of coverage, even when I’m not thinking about being effected by the sunlight). The jury is still out on whether or not it’s going to be life-changing, but as far as moisturizing goes, it fulfills its duty.
I wear minimal makeup during the week and only if there is something really, really exciting happening on the weekend will you find me in anything more than foundation, blush, mascara, eyeliner and now, lipstick. I’ve been trying out all of the essence products and I’ve found that the Nude Love and I am Yours! lipsticks win when it comes to adding a hint of color to my lips during the week.
HAIR – I figured with all the change happening in my life, I mine as well go big, right? So I did and I let my sister give me new ‘do. Snip, snip, snip! Not only am I excited about how light I feel, but I’m ecstatic about how quickly I can get ready in the mornings. Bye-bye blow dry time. My Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray isn’t going anywhere. I’ve sang its praises before and it’s still the perfect product to spray at the roots for extra volume or all over for a refresh on day two (or three) hair. Heaven in a can.
BODY – This natural bristle body brush, recommended by Helena, just came in the mail and I’m ready to give dry brushing a go. Have you heard of it? If not, Helena breaks it down here. She says, “Dry skin brushing will not only help increase circulation and the elimination of toxins, but it will be a a HUGE difference in the quality of your skin.” SOLD. I’m not sure how I’m going to like it, considering the fact that I’m a texture freak in every sense of the term, but my skin took a beating this winter and a little extra detoxing never hurt anyone. I’ll be sure to report back on any miracles that might happen as a result!
SHOP THE POST:
One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser c/o // One Love Organics Brand New Day Masque c/o // Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer // Clarisonic Mia 2 // Kingsley Natural Bristle Body Brush // Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray // essence lipstick in Nude Love and I am Yours! c/o
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS RIGHT NOW?