Keeping up with the season’s best beauty trends can be fun…but costly! (I much prefer the fun part over the expense of it all.) There’s also that Winter to Spring transition that requires a vast array of different products based on your individual needs – for example, my hair tends to lack shine this time of year and my skin looks lackluster (much like the landscape before the first flowers bloom.)
So how can you stay up to par with the Spring beauty essentials while keeping your bank account in check? Know when to spend and know when to splurge – and also know when to use coupon codes!
90% of my shopping is done online and beauty products are no exception. I first search my inbox to see if any of my favorite beauty retailers are having a sale or offering a discount. Next I head to RetailMeNot.com and type in the retailer I’m looking to purchase from. RetailMeNot will list discounts and sales for your favorite retailers – many times codes you can use in addition to the ones the retailers sent you! This is also a great way to weigh whether you should shop Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com or your favorite department store retailer by doing a quick scan of any discount offerings. If you’re not one to shop online for cosmetics, no worries, RetailMeNot also has printable coupon codes.
When the weather begins to warm up one of the things that require a shake up is my skin care. I live in the mountains where the air is drier, as is my home from my wood stove. So Autumn through Winter my skin is like a nomad lost in the desert in search of something to quench its thirst. This is when I’m using heavier creams and serums targeted to dry skin. Oftentimes, no matter how much moisturizing I do, my skin remains parched and flakey. My hair seems to have the same issues as well. To brighten up for Spring, new skin care, hair care and cosmetics are in order!
As I move into Spring, here are my essentials – totaling under $150!
Sephora Pore Perfection Kit ($11.00): This three piece kit aims to exfoliate, cleanse and remove hardened debris from clogged pores. The flexible silicone cleansing pad may look harsh, but it is so super soft. I simply put my favorite cleanser on it and massage the pad on my face in a circular motion paying extra attention to my nose and chin – where blackheads seem to take up residence. The brush is for a deeper exfoliation much like a Clarisonic would do, except manually. The blemish extractor tool is double-ended with one side for blackheads and the other for whiteheads. It works perfectly to protect your skin while getting that excess gunk out safely. (I.e. no fingers to tear skin or pass on its bacteria.)
Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel ($11.00): Great for combination skin, this hydrating gel is the perfect Spring pick-me-up! It’s oil-free and quickly absorbs into your skin. Plus the scent of white tea and honeysuckle basically scream Spring. It’s what I’ve been using for a while now and I simply love it.
Too Faced The Return Of Sexy Eye Shadow Palette ($49.00): While you may think initially that the price is high for an eye shadow palette, you get so much bang for your buck with it. Not only are there 3 distinct eye looks in this palette (15 eye shadows total), it also comes with a deluxe size Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer and Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black (the best eye liner ever.) Plus the shadows in the center labeled “The Icon” create the perfect Radiant Orchid makeup look that is on trend. This palette is totally worth the money.
LORAC POREfection Foundation with SPF 20 ($36.00): When I recently reviewed POREfection Foundation, I mentioned how flawless it made my skin appear. The texture is lightweight while the coverage is medium to full. I also love that it has a broad spectrum UVA UVB SPF 20 in it. So if you want your skin to look like it glows, even if it is really less than stellar during this transition into Spring, you’ll want to give this a try.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet ($18.00): Following the Radiant Orchid trend I just mentioned, this nail color is so amazing. Two coats will give you vibrant color and shine. By this time of year I’m so over dark colors on my nails and long for something bright and cheery. This does the trick!
Herbal Essences Naked Sheer Shine Mist ($6.99): Skin is not the only thing that winter weather robbed of moisture! Dry = loss of shine. And loss of shine? Well that means your hair looks unhealthy, not to mention that it ages you! No thanks! This Naked Sheer Shine Mist is super lightweight and won’t weigh hair down while providing your hair with a veil of shine.
L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Damage Erasing Balm ($6.99): Split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration have all met their match. Your hair care shouldn’t be comprised only of shampoo and conditioner. At least once a week I also give my hair a luxurious hair treatment like L’Oreal’s Damage Erasing Balm (luxurious without the price tag!)
As you can see from my list, I’m all over the board when it comes to the brands I use. Drugstore to luxury-priced items, they’re all included. I’m not necessarily brand loyal on all things, as I’m open to trying new brands and new products aimed at solving my beauty woes – except it something really works, I’m forever loyal. Plus I pay attention to reviews. I love to shop sites like Sephora, as it will help me determine which products are worth the pricetag and which products may have just been hype. Not to mention the 3 free deluxe samples you get with your order!
What are some of your Spring essentials?
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.