A Spring Clean-Up and Other Necessities of Daily Life
Okay, perhaps I exaggerated just a tad with the title. While things like haircuts, clothes, and beauty products are definitely things you look at when transitioning to a new season, perhaps they're not really necessities. Oxygen is a necessity. Water...you know, it's stuff like that we carbon-based life forms depend on. But I digress.
Pictured here is my new haircut. Sure, it looks a lot like my old haircut, but it's actually a lot shorter, and my head feels all light and floaty. I love the practice of lopping-off a bunch of heavy, droopy hair when spring comes. It's like saying goodbye to a toxic "friend" (in this case, winter) who is constantly chipping-away at the matrix of your self-worth. You know the type, the "wow, you're so lucky you can actually find those jeans in your size" type. As any good surgeon will tell you, when there's something malignant, it's best just to cut it out and leave good clean margins.
In the spirit of cleaning things up, I went through the bathroom cabinet and evaluated the stuff in there. I am a bit of a skin care junkie and love to try out new products, so the cabinet ends up swamped with products if I don't give it a good clean once in a while. This year, as I was in the throes of one of my seasonal clean-out binges I realised that there are quite a few things in there that I am on my second and third bottle of; things that I've never shared with you. So in no particular order, here are a four things that are not only some of my current favourite products, they're also quite budget-friendly.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort XL SPF50+
This is probably one of my favourite products. I straight-up love this stuff. This tinted sunscreen is designed for sensitive skin, is not greasy, and leaves a nice dry, natural-looking satin finish. I've been told that they have recently upgraded this product and added the label BB cream, so I am anxious to break the seal on my new tube, which I'm a few weeks away from doing. Sadly, I guess that means that I can't comment on the upgrade just yet. However, making a good product better can only be a good thing, right? I use this in place of foundation when I am in a really warm climate and wearing a lot of makeup makes me feel ridiculous. It holds up well in the heat, and it's sheer enough to never make you look like your face is melting.
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Lip Color
I believe this is a fairly new product from Revlon, and I'm hooked. I have (unfairly) avoided their colorstay line for ages because I always remember the first-generation lip colors that were so dry and craggy that they tended to settle in your lip cracks; it always left you looking like you'd been into the red wine. Things have moved-on since then, and I now own four of these babies. They go on really easily and last a loooooong time. I love products that you can put on and then forget about, and this is definitely one of those. The finish is moisturising, and the color selection is really nice. Don't fear the bright colors, by the way. You can easily control how much goes on, and they keep looking great, even once they've been on a while.
Cover Girl Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara
This has been my mascara for nearly ten years now, and will probably continue to be my mascara until the day I die. Sure, I have tried other, fancier mascaras that do all sorts of weird and wonderful things to my eyelashes, but I alway come back to this one. Why? Washable. Waterproof. That's why. As a general rule, I haaaaaate waterproof mascaras; they make my lashes feel all hard and itchy like they are breaking off, and I cannot get the stuff off, even with a good oil-based cleanser. This stuff doesn't smudge, holds-up to (mild) inclement weather, and it comes off as easy as pie at night. I buy at least four of these at a time when I'm home in the USA. We don't get Cover Girl in the UK (whassup Cover Girl!?) They've recently upgraded the bottle and formula, so apparently I'm not the only one who likes this stuff.
Paula's Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
This is one of those products that I always have on hand. It's a fantastic topical antioxidant serum that has really done wonders to improve the texture and vitality of my skin. The science behind the brand is sound, and it works well under other products, although I find that it works best for me at night because ideally, you have to let it soak in for about 5-10 minutes after you put it on, and who has that kind of time when you're rushing about trying to get to work on time? Although I suppose if I planned better...anyway.