Bit at a time, the evenings are drawing out and the mornings are getting brighter. We keep getting the odd day of blue sky and sunshine even if there’s still a nip in the air. Conversations are turning to holidays and plans for the summer months. This can only mean one thing: the end of winter is coming into sight, even if we have a way to travel yet. So grab some daffodils for your kitchen table and inject a bit of zip and zing into your beauty routine – at times like this, we can at least begin to dream of spring.
Here are my recommendations for stepping towards the new season even if there are still the last legs of winter to battle through first!
- If you fancy a bit of spring clean for your skin, check out the face washes available at the cheaper end of the market. You don’t have to shell out loads to get that fresh faced feeling. I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash at night, along with their Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment (picked up for £1.50 each in their sale) and each more my skin looks bright and clear.
- While you’re looking at face wash, browse the latest toothpaste offerings too. There are always new dental products on the market so see if anything takes your fancy. Again this doesn’t have to cost a lot, although if you do fancy treating your teeth to something a bit more fancy than I’d recommend the Marvis toothpaste in Amarelli Licorice (retails at £5.50). When you’re used to minty fresh breath it can feel strange to have a liquorice residue instead but it leaves teeth feeling as if they’ve had the equivalent of a proper barber’s wet shave – a sensation no doubt encourage by old school packaging.
- Switching perfumes can be a great way to mark the changing of the seasons and after the dark, dull days of winter a new scent can really pep you up (even if you are still waiting at the bus stop in the dark each morning). I love Marc Jacobs Rain. Fresh, light, watery, floral – it’s a great choice for facing down April showers but it has now been discontinued. As an alternative, there’s also Rain by The Library of Fragrance (£15 for a 300ml bottle, available from their website and Boots). The kind folks at The Library of Fragrance sent me a bottle so that I could make a comparison. Both smell like a beautiful fresh downpour, although there is more of a lighter, citrus zing to The Library of Fragrance offering.
- Finally, if you’d like to add a bit of springtime colour into your life, try out a brilliant and bold nail varnish. I saw one of the staff at WAH Nails in Soho sporting an egg yolk yellow manicure last week and had one of those beauty envy moments where you think ‘I need to do that too!’. I always recommend Rimmel 60 Seconds to friends: they’re widely available in a range of colours at a cheap price (£2.99) and dry super quickly. My favourite springtime shades are Daisy Days, Roll in the Grass, Pillow Talk and Breakfast in Bed.