Spring beauty must-haves
By Carla Snuggs
Happy Spring! By now you have probably let go of the heavy moisturizers, face creams and lippies and replaced them with light, fresh skincare products and makeup. Here are some of my favorite spring beauty finds to fit every budget!
Teadora Nourishing Exfoliating Bars
With spring’s warmer weather, it’s time to get your skin ready for dress season, but typical scrubs are such a pain! Somehow water always ends up filling the jar (wasting product) and little salt and sugar granules mysteriously appear under fingernails throughout the day. That’s where Teadora’s Nourishing Exfoliating Bars come in! This super convenient way to scrub & cleanse in one simple step comes packed with a unique blend of sustainably harvested Brazilian ingredients, like Antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti oil. The Nourishing Exfoliating Bar creates a rich foam that melts into skin while actively removing dead skin, in-grown hairs, and blemishes for brighter, healthier, smoother skin. A combination of exotic clay and Açaí seeds make for perfect exfoliation while hydrating, mineralizing, and protecting your skin ($5 to $14, Teadorabeauty.com).
NCLA Nudes Collection
Launched just in time for Spring, nudes are the it color of the season. NCLA nail lacquers are "5 Free" meaning they are not only 100% free of DBP, toulene, and formaldehyde, but also of camphor and animal testing ($16.00 Shopncla.com).
Gabriel Organics Sea Mineral Hydra Mist
Gabriel Organics Sea Mineral Hydra Mist A natural rinse of pure plant essences and sea minerals to refine and remove residual impurities from the skin. This refreshing mist will seal in moisture and set makeup ($13.50, Gabrielcosmeticsinc.com).
Fresh Beauty Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream with Super 7 Complex is a lightweight formula that is perfect for spring. It illuminates the eye area while delivering 24-hour moisture for a radiant, youthful glow. Fresh’s Super 7 Complex is a hydrating, radiance-boosting, and age-defying blend of 7 super-charged ingredients including Lotus Flower Extract, Blue-green algae, Hibiscus fruit extract, Fig fruit extract, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vegetable glycerol plus Star fruit extract ($42, Fresh.com).
Lotus Moon Skincare Products
Lotus Moon skincare products use ingredients found in nature such as shea, cocoa and mango butters; jojoba, amla and brahmi oils; geranium, lavender and orange essential oils. They are paraben-free, organic and all-natural. Posh Beauty Blog recommends Lotus Moon Hydro-Therapy Eye Serum. It’s 100% all natural, vegan, gluten-free and great for reducing puffy eyes and really brightening the eye. We also love the Lemon Poppy Seed Powder Cleanse , which is an awesome skin exfoliator, and Amaranth Gentle Cleanse, which is gentle but very effective at removing stubborn makeup.
Colorado Aromatics Botanical Salt Scrubs help get rid of dry, winter skin and let your spring skin show. They use the power of herbs and science to create functional skin care products. The salt scrubs come in Rosemary/Mint, Coriander/Orange and Lavender/Rose and contain shea butter and mint infused oils. Posh Beauty Blog also recommends Meadow Mist Face Cleanser. This milky cleanser is mild and moisturizing and contains jojoba beads for a mild exfoliation.
Nature's Gate Body Wash and Avocado Night Cream
Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Velvet Moisture Body Wash hydrates and pampers skin with ultra-rich moisturizers and lather while age defying antioxidants and nutrients nourish skin. Our unique combination of 7 skin conditioning moisturizers deliver rich, long lasting hydration. Skin is left soft and supple. Nature’s Gate Avocado Night Cream is a rich, nocturnal treatment that melts into skin upon contact to hydrate and replenish tired, dry skin. Avocado Oil, known for its high Vitamin E and essential fatty acid content, is combined with advanced, plant-based ingredients to reveal healthy, more youthful looking skin. Purchase: Wholefoodsmarket.com
SkinOwl Mangosteen Beauty Drops
SkinOwl is making a name for itself in the green community as a leading beauty brand offering not only effective skincare, but also focusing on self care. The latest addition to the line is the Mangosteen Beauty Drops, an oxygenating, night time oil intended to de-stress dull skin—the ultimate power oil to recharge and reverse signs of fatigue ($85, Skinowl.com).
Yon-Ka Paris Eau Micellaire
This cleansing water is made for the woman on the go! Micellaire technology allows this cleansing water combine expert make-up removing agents and anti-aging prevention elements to capture impurities and remove make-up. This ultra-efficient cleanser provides a fast and luxurious tonic that instantly removes all traces of makeup from the face, eyes and lips in one simple step with no water needed. EAU MICELLAIRE tones, refreshes, enlivens and promotes youthful skin with every application without causing irritation ($42, Dermstore.com, skinstore.com, skin-one.com, and yonkausa.com).
Skin Authority Oil Nutrient for Face Hair and Nails
This spring restore your skin, hair and nails with a concentrated blend of nourishing, natural oils, including Avocado, Rosehip, Grapeseed, and Sunflower, absorbs quickly to hydrate and restore dry, damaged skin, scalp, hair, and nails while producing a healthy looking, smooth sheen. It’s very lightweight and super hydrating without a greasy feel ($29, Skinauthority.com).
Illamasqua Nail Varnishes
llamasqua has a TON of fun spring nail polishes. I am loving the UV Glow Nail Varnish Set which includes High impact and bold colors that transform under UV light for stand-out nails. The Set includes 4 nail varnishes: Geist, Ouija, Omen and Séance ($49, Illamasqua.com).
Kypris Beauty Beauty Elixir 1: 1,000 Roses
KYPRIS is a luxurious line of holistic, high performance skin care boasting organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and Beauty-Full experiences. Kypris Beauty Exlixir 1: 1,000 Roses is a 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental challenge to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. Gently press 2 to 3 drops into face, neck, and décolleté morning and night ($225.00, Kyprisbeauty.com).
RENU 28 is an all-natural skin gel that makes you look more vibrant and feel better, because healthy skin starts below the surface. Using ASEA’s patented Redox Signaling technology, RENU 28 improves skin from below the surface to rejuvenate skin cells; starting at the cellular level. It is designed to work with the body’s natural processes by specifically targeting cells that have been damaged over time due to age and other factors. It is also noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic and preservative and paraben-free. Purchase: Aseaglobal.com
Calgon Parisian Charm Collection
Escape to one of the most romantic cities in the world with the Calgon Parisian Charm Collection. This scent is an irresistible mélange of sweet florals reminiscent of a Parisian getaway. The perfect balance of fruity and floral, this scent will send you on a sensory sojourn. Try the Refreshing Body Mist, Skin Nourishing Body Cream with Shea Butter & Aloe an dthe Ultra-Moisturizing Body Wash with Aloe & Vitamin E. Purchase: WalMart.com
Joico Spring Repair Kit and Volumizing Spray
K-PAK Spring Repair Kit is perfect for sprucing up this spring and includes Joico’s beloved K-PAK collection including K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo, K-PAK Color Therapy Conditioner, K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstuctor, K-PAK Intense Hydrator and a special Bella Pilar Designer Scarf. Flip Turn Volumizing Spray : An innovative, ultra-hold volumizing finishing spray, able to spray strands from every angle – even upside down, for full 360 degree mobility. Flip Turn supercharges even the most thin hair, to lock in volume, texture and shine, for a flawless finish in even the worst humidity ($16.99, Joico.com).
EmerginC Vitamin C Serum
EmerginC Vitamin C Serum is a liquid gel serum, works to prevent and correct most skin problems. As a preventative benefit, the serum is a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals. The stronger concentration within the vitamin C serum is an effective method to fight the signs of aging. As a powerful corrective benefit, the vitamin C serum works to improve skin tone and texture, fight sun damage and improve pigmentation problems, plus provide anti-inflammatory benefits. The active ingredients include a high, stable concentration of Vitamins E and F, 12% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate ($79.00, Emerginc.com).
Disclosure: Some press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review.