April Essentials

Ah, Spring is here, and not just in Sunny California. With the rest of the world catching up weather-wise to LA, it’s time to Spring clean more than your homes. April is a great time to go through your skincare and makeup and decide what products to retire.

Skin behaves totally different in the Spring and Summer than it does in the fall and winter, therefore your skincare should adjust as well. It’s a time to lighten up on product and show off your skin. Makeup goes lighter as well and there’s a ton of brand new launches that have me totally excited!

Here’s my Top 10 16 April Essentials (I really tried to narrow it down to 10 but I couldn’t!)


 

1. For Mind: A Korean Spa Day with Body Scrub (don’t be shy!)

korean spa los angeles body scrub

I recently had my second Korean Spa Experience and it was so much better than I ever could have imagined! I only opted for admission my first time, but getting the massage and body scrub was out of control. I never knew how much dead skin could be on me and they get every bit of it off. You leave feeling lighter and your skin will be so soft you’ll want everyone to touch you to see for themselves!

2. Trish McEvoy Blueberry Vanilla Soy Candle (I use it as a solid perfume) $20

trish mcevoy wild blueberry vanille candle solid perfume

You obviously need an indulging candle burning while you’re windows are open to the new warm air. This candle is heavenly and it’s no secret of mine I wear it as my solid perfume. It smells great layered with all my other fragrances. I scoop some out and take it with me in a contact case.

For Body:

 

 

3. Dr. Gross Smoothing Body Towels

dr gross smoothing body towel exfoliator ingrown hairs

I’ve talked about these before. You will have zero shaving irritation if you use these afterwards. Perfect since it’s time to start showing off your legs!

4. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Body Cream

jo malone nectarine blossom honey body cream lotion

The perfect Spring scent. I love it in the body cream because it feels extra-indulging, and smells great with most fragrances on it. I use my regular Ahava body lotion all over, and massage the nectarine cream on my arms, chest and neck.

5. Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl SPF 25 Hand Cream

deborah lippmann spf25 hand cream lotion

Hands are one of the first places that show your age, and the #1 most neglected place on your body when it comes to sun protection and anti-aging. Be ready for the sun with soft, protected hands from the genius Miss Lippmann.

For Nails:

 

6. Deborah Lippmann Nail Buffer

deborah lippmann nail buffer nail file

When I think Spring Makeup, I always think less is more. It’s the time to feel fresh and naturally beautiful. I love this product because it makes you look freshly manicured in just seconds per nail. No top-coat necessary.

7. Deborah Lippmann “Spring Buds” Nail Polish

deborah lippmann spring buds nail polish mint green

The BEST Spring Color!

For Eyes:

8. Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara

trish tubing mascara mcevoy high volume blinc

The world’s most perfect mascara. Won’t sweat off, cry off or flake off, yet you use only hot water to remove it by gently pinching. The ultimate Spring-Break must have!

9. MAC Pro Mixing Medium Shine

mixing medium shine mac cosmetics makeup artist glowmac cosmetics mixing medium shine

I love this product for quick glossy eyes (nothing else!) and cheekbones. Theres about a hundred other uses for it as well but for most readers it will be your holy grail of glow.

Lips:

10. YSL Kiss and Blush

ysl kiss and blush

Matte Lip “Gloss” that can be used as a blush? I’ll take every color TYVM. It’s long lasting, soft velvety texture had me head over heels.

11. Clarins Lip Balm Crayon (coming soon)

clarins lip balm crayon

Must. Have. Every. One.

Perfect Skin:

12. Chanel Resynchronizing Skincare

chanel resynchronizing skincare le jour la nuit le weekend

I kept trying to eliminate this from the list, but I really love it. Le Jour can be used as a daily serum or even as your solo moisturizer (if you’re extra oily). This quick product (in the serum family yet not quite a serum) soaks right into your skin giving you an instant glow and daily exfoliation with Salycilic acid. Great for controlling oil. At night, La Nuit has encapsulated hyaluronic acid to burst hydration all night long, and on the weekends ditch all your skincare and wear only Le Weekend. It’s glycolic acid base gives you a gentle chemical peel all weekend and saves precious time you could be spending brunching!!

13. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum (Pure Hyaluronic Plumping Magic Juice!) & Cream (has primer built in and doubles as a hydrating plumping mask- lush!)

trish mcevoy beauty booster serum face anti-wrinkle brightening hyaluronic acid ronald shermantrish mcevoy beauty booster anti-fatique mask moisturizer

These products belong in every woman’s Medicine Cabinet! Beauty Booster Serum is an instant facial/botox/callitwhatyouwill in a bottle. 3-4 drops daily under your moisturizer plump out existing fine lines immediately and prevent new ones. The fact it has one of the highest percentages of pure hyaluronic on the market means it boosts your moisturizer into hyperdrive and acts like a magnet pulling it deeper into the skin and holding it there (fun fact: Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x its weight in water!). Beauty Booster cream can be used as your daily AM/PM Moisturizer, your makeup primer or as your hydrating moisture mask (my favorite thing about it!). I’m a sucker for products that have multiple functions and products that are no BS. These two are winners.

14. La Mer SPF 50 Sunscreen/Primer

la mer spf 50 spf50 fluid

Awesome as a solo-SPF50 (photographs without a grey cast), makes an awesome makeup primer as well. Not to mention it has the miracle broth La Mer is known for.

Get your glow on:

 

14. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #10 if you’re medium-dark (my favorite), #2 if you’re light to medium

giorgio armani fluid sheer liquid bronzer

This is an amazing product to use alone for an all over glow. It doesn’t look like makeup, it just looks completely radiant. I use this by itself, I use it under my foundation, and I use it mixed with my foundation when I start to get a bit more color.

15. Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation

make up for ever face and body foundation

I recently fell back in love with this foundation. It’s gorgeous and starts with a tinted-moisturizer-like cover, when you add a second layer it becomes more full coverage all while maintaining the appearance of actual skin.

16. Xen Tan Sparkle!

xen tan sparkle self tanner best tan natural

Within a week I went from “Oh you’re so fair!” to “wow you are so tan!”. Since my undertone is a weird Golden Olive, I tend to look mint green when I’m pale. I’ll never be without this gorgeous stuff ever again!

 

 

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One comment

  1. Hi, Megan! I’m a long-time fan and follower but first-time commenter 🙂 Thanks for doing all that you do and sharing so much information with us! You explain everything so eloquently and your thoroughness is really helpful! The quality of your publications (your photos, videos, everything!) really stands out; it’s what made me start following you in the first place. I always feel more confident and inspired when I see your work or tutorials. You have a talent for educating people and the west coast is lucky to have you!

    I’m making a trip to Sephora today with some of your recommendations on my list. I have a good feeling about the Makeup Forever Face and Body foundation.. fingers crossed!

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