So it's that time again to get your makeup and beauty cupboard ready for the spring summer season and possibly some cheeky weekends away. Here are my top ten beauty favourites for the month ahead. Some new and some I just can't live without:
This is a favourite beauty product of mine. The ultimate anti-ageing drink, Collagen Shots have 10,000 mgs of marine extract collagen per serving. There's also super fruit Acai berry and hyaluronic acid in the mix along with B and C vitamins to create a synergistic blend for maximum benefit. A shot per day stimulates collagen synthesis and skin hydration slowing down the signs of aging. From £36 for a 30 day serving.
Beau Jardin Spearmint foot care set
In winter our feet are really rather neglected, make sure you make extra time for them. Heathcote & Ivory have just launched a gorgeous new Spearmint Foot Care Set. The set consists of foot lotion, a pumice foot scrub and a foot brush. The scrub contains glycerine, peppermint oil, menthol and natural pumice, while the lotion features a yummy combo of cocoa butter, menthol, peppermint oil, shea butter and glycerine. £14.
Shu Uemura lash extensions
Faux lash enthusiasts will love Shu Uemura's latest False Eyelashes 'Luxe Black'. Inspired by the mink false eyelashes custom-ordered by celebrities, this synthetic set features a crisscross design to provide the most voluminous lashes. Thicker at the roots, they taper at the tips for luscious-looking lashes with a defined eyeline. They can be worn at full-length for intensity or you can trim to half-length for an extra lift to the outer corners of the eyes. They're not cheap but they're the type you look after and reuse for natural glamour. Prices start from £14
Clinique Pore Minimizing Foundation
For those of you who suffer from large pores it can be an absolute nightmare to find the right cover. A fantastic lightweight foundation that I swear by is by Clinique and called 'Pore Refining Solutions' Instant Perfecting Makeup. This new product is so lightweight that even close up you look believably poreless. Over time, their pore-resurfacing technology makes clogging a non-issue and helps create a smaller look too. £24.
Biologique Recherche Skincare
This skincare system is somewhat unique. If you are a die-hard beauty enthusiast you will love this brand. Instead of buying skincare over the counter you attend a skin analysis session where a computer reads the levels of elastin and collagen in your skin. From this the therapist will give you a tailor-made skincare regime. Biologique Recherche has a clinical approach to beauty care using intentionally pure, concentrated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures. £POA.
Vita Liberata tanning products
We all love a bit of colour and in the winter time it's even more important to have a good tanning regime that is as natural and flawless as possible to avoid the deadly tell tale signs of tanning. Vita Liberata products are the favourite for the likes of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and celebrity makeup artists. Their self-tans are completely non-toxic and 80% organic. They are all packed with natural extracts such as ylang-ylang, seaweed, pomegranate, and grape, which means no nasty biscuit smell and therefore guarantees a pleasant tanning experience! From £15.
De La Rom serum
This is a serum to die for. I've tried and tested it and the results in four weeks are great. Use in the mornings and/or evenings. Apply the energy serum on clean skin, smooth with fingertips and apply your skin care cream. This is an immediate infusion of radiance to leave skin revitalized and moisturised. Wrinkles and lines are reduced with this energy serum's complex of natural active ingredients and anti-oxidant, anti-free radical, moisturising and immediate lifting properties. This serum alone provides essential nutrients, which have an indispensable firming and smoothing action. Retails at £45.
Tan Organic Bronzer
Tan Organic's new bronzing powder is the latest addition to the multi award-winning brand. Eco-certified and made with completely natural ingredients, it gives skin instant contour, colour and condition. In a useful spill-proof, mirrored, eco-friendly wooden compact, the Duo Bronzer combines highly blendable warm chocolate and golden caramel hues, which will enhance every skin tone. A bronzer with benefits! Tan Organic's newduo bronzer contains added nutritional treats, and is 99.35% certified organic for skin including organic oils of jojoba, coconut, sunflower and glycerine. The Organic Duo Bronzer is perfect to give you a little glow in this winter weather. £25.
OK, so it's not strictly beauty but I couldn't resist including the launch of Augustine Jewels Spring jewellery collection by Scottish jewellery designer Alexandra Robson. The delicate collection is stunning and the perfect start to the spring if you like feminine designs. Inspired by escaping the grey winters, this is a sophisticated and delicate collection of pink sapphires and rubies which serves as a constant reminder of where the designer calls home. £POA.
Jean Marin Face Mask
Finally, a fab little at home treatment I found in Salon Services. It's a jellifying radiance mask with marine collagen by Jean Marin. It comes in powder form and you mix it with water to create a facemask paste. Leave it on for 15 minutes while it works its magic then remove it by hand. The skin will feel soft and plump afterwards and it retails for around £5 which is a bit different to a salon facial but delivers amazing results.