It’s almost – dare I say it, Springtime. March 20 is the official Spring Equinox and it could not come any sooner. I cannot wait for more daylight and warmer weather, so I rounded up some springtime beauty finds, guaranteed to put that glow back on your face.
Who doesn’t like a face mask – especially one made out of gold conduction foil? This 3-layer, 2-part futuristic mask designed by Ilona herself and her colleagues at the Ilona Skincare Institute contains a cocktail made from royal jelly, propolis, hyaluronic acid, various herbs, calendula, ginseng, coveted serum ampoules and imported mineral water from Hungary. Popular since the early 70’s, this was a treatment that left Ilona’s clients coming back for more. Now available for home use, the foil conduction technology helps warm the skin for optimal absorption.
Speaking of a blast from the past, philosophy initially launched the hope in a jar collection in the mid 90’s and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of her 100 favorite things and remained on her list for 10 years straight. A relaunch of the line includes 6 new products including a revival serum-in-cream and a peeling mousse. The tried and true smooth-glow multi-tasking moisturizer includes enhanced hyaluronic acid. I like the consistency, it’s rich without being too viscous. Clinically proven after a twice a day application within the first week to increase skin’s radiance and texture. It’s the perfect hydration after a brisk winter weather.
Making waves across the pond, ICONIC London is available at a Sephora and Ulta Beauty near you. I was skeptical when I saw the bright coral color when I joined the masterclass with ICONIC’s global makeup artist Lulu, but I was soon turned into a believer. You can use it to build on your existing makeup or alone. I have layered it with my Illuminator for that extra glow or added it as a little highlight to my Contour Duo. Like all ICONIC London makeup, the Silk Glow Duo is cruelty free.
Try a natural route to oral hygiene with MOJAVE DESERT SKIN SHIELD Organic Detoxifying Pulling Oil. Oil pulling is an ancient technique used to remove stains, maintain healthier gums and freshen breath. This has a less bite than your drugstore mouthwash with notes of peppermint, clove, grapefruit and oregano. The oil should be used in conjunction with tooth brushing; it is not a replacement. Follow up with a tongue scraper for added benefits.
Is your scalp itchy, dry and irritated with the cold weather? Healthy, shiny, voluminous hair all starts with a healthy scalp. The Gisou Honey Infused Scalp Treatment is a lightweight, fast-absorbing, intensive leave-on serum that targets the signs of unbalanced scalp microbiome. Created with the Mirsalehi family’s proprietary Honey Bee Garden Oil blend, the treatment uses the benefits of Organic Rice Protein and Celery Seed Extract among other oils to help grow strong and healthy hair. Get ready for the global launch of this product in early March.
I first became a fan of BondiBoost with their HG Shampoo and Conditioner. Their new Thickening Therapy range increased the thickness of each strand by way of Hyaluronic Acid. Not just for skin, Hyaluronic Acid helps to pump and expand each strand, for noticeably thicker hair. In addition to the Hyaluronic Acid, the formulation also includes vegan-friendly collagen, ginseng, and sea kelp which adds strength and shine. BondiBoost is Vegan-friendly + cruelty-free and safe for colored and chemically treated hair.
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of amika’s best-selling dry shampoo, the jumbo perk up dry shampoo is available in special limited-edition packaging. Available throughout 2022, the bottle is 38% larger than its full- size dry shampoo. The dry shampoo helps to absorb excess oils and is formulated without aluminum and chalky talc. I like the nice light scent which helps to deodorize while maintaining volume.
Anything that reminds me of my time behind-the-scenes at Gucci HQs in Milan and Florence meeting CEO Mr. Marco Bizzarri himself, I am here for! Using the ingredients of the original Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, the new Gucci Bloom is lighter than the original fragrance. It uses the addition of honeyed sweetness, green citrus and neroli to accent the jasmine, tuberose and Rangoon creeper. Available in 4 sizes including a rollerball, it’s quintessential scent of springtime.
For those with a bit more time, draw yourself a bath and use some leVerden (derived from the Nordic meaning “of the world”) bath salts. Founded by two South Korean women, Helen Lee and Soyoung Cho, the Bamboo Forest Collection utilizes the therapeutic nature of Bamboo Salt. The sea salt is packed and roasted in bamboo stems at very high temperatures for up to 3 years by Kyu Dong Cho, a doctor turned monk, who was one of the first to export bamboo salt. Master Perfumer, Christophe Laudamiel created a signature scent with a mix of sage, elemi and coriander seeds.
Born from a friendship at a book club, this women-owned, Californian company brings together self-care and function with these shower steamers. I’ve tried smaller ones in the past and they seem to wash away in no time, but these come in substantial sizes. Depending on how long you spend in the shower, each pod could last through 3 showers. Perfect for a shower after a workout or a long day. Available in a variety of scents, my favorite is Venus, which fills the air with hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
For those looking for exfoliating tools and have seen this ad pop up on Instagram – I’m here to tell you this Wildpier exfoliating mitt is the real deal. Suffering from epidermal psoriasis herself, the founder Mallory Leblanc wanted to find something gentle but effective to exfoliate her skin. I’m using the Luxe Deep Exfoliating Glove for my sensitive skin myself. Easy to use after a shower or bath once a week. Follow up your soft skin with your favorite moisturizer.