Spring Beauty Buys

Spring is a time for growth and rejuvenation of the world around us.  But who says you can’t give yourself a boost this season, as well?  Each of these beauty essentials serves a specific purpose for preparing your hair, skin, and nails for the change in climate.  Click on any of the images below for where you can buy them and for how much.

Spring 2013 Beauty Essentials

Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System | This starter kit includes liquid facial soap, moisturizer, and clarifying lotion to help your skin transition from the harsh winds of winter to longer, sunnier spring days.  It is designed for combination/oily skin types.  The facial soap and moisturizer come in smaller travel sizes, but the clarifying lotion is large enough to last months.  Wash your makeup off with the soap, cleanse with the clarifying lotion, and use the moisturizer to soften up before bedtime!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream | A quality BB cream should look and feel like tinted moisturizer, but work like liquid foundation.  This product by Maybelline does just that.  It’s not thick or cakey, glides on skin easily, and evens skin tone right away.  Most importantly, it won’t slip and slide the way a normal foundation does!  Swapping this out for your usual heavier foundation is a cheap and simple way to update your makeup bag this spring.

Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash | Stone Crop is one of my favorite lines from Eminence, an organic skin care company.  This gel wash clears your skin of makeup, dirt, oil, and other grime that can build up throughout the day.  It works best for oily/combination skin.  Suds it up and your skin will feel fresh and revived in seconds.  Best of all, this wash is made with all natural, organic products instead of harsh chemicals that can often irritate skin.  And let me tell you, it smells delicious!

Buriti Baby Body Butter | This body butter by The Body Shop will heal your dry, cracked, wind-burned winter skin the second you smooth it on.  (Who cares if it’s made for babies and toddlers?  Soft, supple skin works for people of any age.)  It moisturizes and soothes, restoring the beautiful skin you were born with.  The tub will last a long time due to the butter’s rich thickness.  Rub into skin in small or large circles, and you’re good to go!  You can even toss it in your purse for a midday pick-me-up for your hands, legs, or arms.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm | Burt’s Bees’ lip balms are made from 100% natural materials, including real beeswax and coconut and sunflower oils.  It nourishes and softens cracked and/or chapped lips and keeps them hydrated for hours.  The added peppermint oil will give your lips a tingling—not painful—boost.  Best of all, this lip balm comes in tinted versions, so the condition of your lips won’t suffer if you want to add some color to your palette.  If you buy it in the recycled tube, as opposed to the traditional yellow tin, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, too!

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Sea Salt Spray | During spring, the weather heats up and rainy days are abundant.  This means more sweat and, even worse, frizz!  This sea salt spray is the solution to styling your hair and creating the perfect carefree surfer waves to match your laidback spring style.  Just spritz throughout hair, being sure to reach the bottom layers, and gather and twist pieces of hair.  The spray will give your hair texture and hold your look for hours.  It’s also perfect for holding buns, braids, or loose up-dos.  And it has a sweet-yet-salty coconut smell…like perfume for your hair!

Pastel nail polish | The pastel polish trend from last year’s spring season is back.  Punch up your manicure with flirty peach, pale yellow, light pink, baby blue, mint, or lilac hues.  Just make sure your nails are cleanly filed and that your cuticles are pushed back, then paint!  Start with a base coat, then add two coats of color, and finish with a high-shine topcoat.  To take the trend even further, use a different pastel on an accent nail or paint different hues on each of your nails.  Essie and Butter London make tons of great polishes to choose from.

This post was originally published on Tumblr on March 21, 2013.

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