An unabashed celebration of the beauty of flowers, Gucci’s Profumo di Fiori – a joyous flanker to their iconic Bloom perfume – invokes armfuls of jasmine, tuberose, and white blooms, inflected with warming sandalwood and musks. This isn’t a casual, day-to-day scent (for me, at least), but rather an elegantly bold scent – and one I’ll be spritzing for luxuriously long lunches, and parties on balmy evening in the months ahead.
Going as foundation-free as possible is a bit of a beauty obsession of mine, and as much as I enjoy the effortless chic attached to a no-makeup makeup look, it works best when skin is luminous and clear. To that end, I’ve been enjoying Sand & Sky’s Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops; this serum drenches skin with a bevy of antioxidants (including brightening superstar vitamin C) and hyaluronic acid, rendering skin lucent au naturel.
Take this as your seasonal cue to switch out your mascara for a new one (they really should be binned every three months to keep things fresh). My recommendation for your replacement? Revlon’s So Fierce! Mascara: it offers a sturdy plastic wand that properly separates and fans lashes out to fluttery perfection. I’ve also found that it doesn’t smudge, which happens to me almost without fail whenever I wear mascara – making it even more ideal for the hot and humid months ahead.
As the cardinal rule of good skin, applying a high-quality SPF every single day should already be part of your skincare routine – but never more so than when the UV index creeps ever higher in the warmer months. My SPF of choice of late has been Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser with SPF 30; in my opinion we Australians make world-class sunscreens because we understand the importance of proper sun protection, and this beauty from the cosmeceutical outfit is a fine example of our country’s offerings. It’s hydrating, sinks in effortlessly, and works equally well under makeup as for a day at the beach.
Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve is a gorgeous allover balm if you’ve got particularly dry and easily irritated skin, whether it’s a year-round condition or has been exacerbated over winter, thanks to its nourishing lanolin-rich formula. But I’m looking to use it as a beautifully glowing illuminator on the highpoints on the face – it gives a pretty, balmy sheen to the skin which looks fresh and unaffected.
Your hair deserves a spring clean too, which is why a clarifying shampoo like Christophe Robin’s Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract deserves a spot in your spring haircare lineup. If you inundate your strands with product without giving them a breather, or have been known to go a few too many days just relying on dry shampoo, a regular shampoo might not be getting things as clean as you might like. This one is a luxurious feeling beauty that will deliver the fluffy, Cher Horowitz-esque locks of your dreams.
I’m partial to a cheek tint year round, but the pretty glow and real skin effect it produces does seem particularly apt in the spring and Bourjois’s Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush in Raspberry offers all that at a fabulous price point. Don’t be put off by the punch of pigmented colour it gives when you first dab it onto the cheeks – it blurs out to a gorgeously watery sheen that’s oh-so-pretty.
Story by Tess de Vivie de Régie. Holding shot via Instagram @shaninamshaik