So I’m a beauty junkie. Sue me.
It’s SPRING! And after a relentless winter, my skincare and beauty regimes could definitely use a shape-up. The Harvey Nichols beauty event comes at an opportune time. Usually, I just stock up in America or France, but in England it always takes a little swag to get me to cave. Afterall, it’s the only acceptable incentive to justify spending crazy insane London prices (and that pesky 20% VAT) on retail beauty products!
Here’s the deal: spend £135 at Harvey Nichols this month, and you come out with quite a haul of free samples. Easy peasy.
Here is a list of some of my must-have beauty products for spring!
1. Joy Forever Eau de Parfum | by Jean Patou
It’s a brand new fragrance from the fabled Maison Jean Patau and it’s heavenly! I bought it as my wedding fragrance, but I am already sneaking little spritzes here and there. It’s amazing.
2. Yves Saint Laurent Rogue Volupté Shine
Another wedding day beauty essential which I’m happily road-testing this spring. It’s a lipstick, but it looks and feels like a gloss. Pinken your pout with this lush Pink In Confidence shade.
3. Le Coton | Clé de Peau Beauté Laboratories
This company has a French name, but is actually a Japanese brand that has not yet emerged in the European market, despite turning out an exquisite spectrum of luxury beauty products for the last 30 years. These ultra-posh cotton pads are ensconced in natural silk fibers, exfoliating and aiding absorption as you apply your potions and lotions.
4. Eve Lom | Kiss Mix
The best thing that’s ever happened to my dry, chapped lips. I’m slathering this on non-stop for spring. It heals and moisturizes like no other, and can also be used as a lipstick base. It’s already won numerous beauty awards, so it’s street-cred is completely locked down. And, gosh, it’s good!
5. Nails Inc. London | nail varnish
Brits call it “varnish” which sounds like a dented tin you’d find in a tool shed to my American ears. But actually this London brand makes perfectly good nail polish! Love this feminine shade, Basil Street.
6. Dermalogica | Daily Microfoliant
This product was a free sample, which I’m already hooked on. You tap a little bit of this powder on wet hands, activating salicylic acid and rice enzymes and buff away! The creamy paste removes dead skin, and leaves you with bright rosy cheeks for that fresh springtime glow!
7. Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective Cream
I’m using this daily corrective cream with gusto. I find it’s the perfect balm to boost my skin after a morning workout. I hate when products are pitched as “anti-aging”, since we all know there’s no such thing. But I do believe this cream helps prevent damage to the skin that exercizing definitely does – especially to the face. And the zingy scent is like a little pinprick of aromatherapy to awaken my senses!
8. Tangle Teezer Compact Styler and 9. SpaceNK Eyelash Curler
These are two tools I can’t live without – and both are made in the UK. The instant detangling hairbrush now comes in a compact size in gold; it never leaves my gym bag.
And for lashes… a simple, affordable whatchamacallit that gives your peepers that glamorous pop! Easy on your lashes, easy to use – these babies make it fuss-free.
10. RéVive | Glycolic Renewal Peel
And drumroll…. now, it’s time to bring out the big guns. This two-step facial is the real McCoy of at home skin treatments. I can’t even to begin to unfurl the scroll of results this treatment delivers. I just had to give it a go on my busted winter-ravaged complexion. It worked like a treat!
This is by far my favorite beauty buy for dewy spring skin.
First, you prep your skin with a slightly scratchy cleansing pad.
Then apply the glycolic serum and leave on for up to 5 minutes. You can feel a cool, tingly sensation almost immediately.
Then pat dry and you’re ready for spring!
I had to get outside and catch some of this golden afternoon!
The Harvey Nichols Beauty Event is on through the weekend so there’s still time to pop in and stock up. What are you waiting for, beautiful?