Spring is my favourite season and whilst I’d like to say it has everything to do with the sun making an appearance, if truth be told it’s because I suffer slightly from OCD and the ecstasy of packing away my bulky, porch-clogging coats, not having to clean muddy paw prints off the wooden floor every two minutes and filling my toilets with linen scented diffusers just brings out the Mrs Bouquet in me. Everything looks brighter, cleaner and fresher and that well just thrills me! Of course added is the excitement of cosmetic companies launching their latest makeup ranges - out go the glitters and heavy colours of Christmas (they ruined my carpet and pillows) and in with sorbet, bright rainbow and shimmering metallic shades.
This year displays are over-spilling with a prism of colours from deep blues, sea greens, punchy pinks, juicy tangerines to the softest of toffee shades. Lips should either pop with an upbeat red/orange/candy pink or be left subtle with just a hint of caramel and slick of balm - textures are cashmere smooth with not a gloopy gloss in sight. Eyes are smudged with shimmering neutrals or given an ethereal feel with a multitude of shades from bold blue to grass green whilst eyebrows should be kept thick, natural but groomed - heavy foundation is out of vogue and skin should breathe with the lightest of tints to look healthy, natural and glowing.
Emphasis is highly placed on your skin looking its best - to achieve this try Medik8 Vitamin C Serum (RRP £79) a super-antioxidant which feeds the skin with potent amounts of Vitamins C and E. This unique product contains C-Tetra a derivative of Vitamin C and is 4 times more potent than L-ascorbic acid (regular Vitamin C) and used regularly protects against dark spots, eliminates sun damage, brightens and gives luminosity whilst remaining gentle on the skin. Also on the market is Natox (RRP£89.99) an alternative to Botox, this clinically proven moisturiser reduces frown lines and wrinkles within 3 weeks by restricting muscle movement through delivering tiny electromagnetically charged particles that relax nerve endings, amazingly this cream is 100% organic, increases hydration and skin cell regeneration.
Department stores are filling their displays with the latest Chubby Sticks from Clinique (RRP £16.00), these innovative eye crayons glide on and blend to perfection - I’m loving Big Blue a light steely blue and Massive Midnight dark navy which gives a new update on smokey eyes avoiding the harshness of black. Estee Lauder also jumps straight onto the catwalk trend with their adorable Paint Pots a gel colour which can be used as liner or shadow, try Extreme Emerald a shimmering turquoise or Bold Cobalt a deep luscious blue or introduce colour with their Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Emerald, this may look scarily bright in the tube but once applied to lashes is surprisingly wearable and gives just a subtle hint of green - wear on its own or with the Paint Pots for a wow factor. For the creamiest of nude pouts to rival Kim Kardashian, Susan Posnick lipstick (RRP 18.50) in Dubai is an effortless suit all colour for day or evening and doesn’t make teeth look yellow unlike some shades.
Nails are taking centre stage with the Barry M nail varnish collection (RRP£2.99) delectable, girly pinks to satisfy your inner Carrie Bradshaw or punchy, primary pop art colours on trend for spring/summer 13 – try out the sunshine yellow and cobalt blue, mix and match, be creative there’s no uniformed look. Eyes take on a slight sheen with their shimmering Dazzle Dusts (RRP£4.59) in Silver (19) or Light Pink (2) - wear on their own or layer shades for a tantalising effect.
Products featured available from leading department stores and larger chemist stores.
Medik8 available at Venus Inspired, Chigwell 0208 5001605. Natox available www.natox.com. Susan Posnick available J1 Health 01371 832123
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