Spring Favourites 2015

Spring has sprung! Here are our must-have products to get us through the season.

BOBBI BROWN INTENSIFYING LONG-WEARING MASCARA

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Most of you are probably going to consider this a total non-problem, but my eyelashes are long and it’s annoying. I intensely dislike (I would even go so far as to use the word hate) clumpy mascara, and with long, wispy lashes like mine it makes mascara purchase and application a real pain in the bum

For me, the spooly is what makes or breaks mascara and the brush of Bobbi Brown’s intensifying long-wearing mascara has nailed it. It’s odd-looking and tiny (it kind of looks like the brush has fallen off in the tube) but somehow it does its job perfectly! If you have lashes like mine, this mascara applies beautifully and the brush ensures that lashes remain separate, no more clumping! On top of that it lasts all day/night and doesn’t smudge. I really can’t rave about it enough. Ily Bobbi Brown mascara, I’m so glad you came into my life.

NB: Whilst it will work on short lashes as well, you may benefit from a mascara with a larger spooly.

CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE

ChanelBronzer_FotorThis one was a bit of a splurge and took me a good ten months to finally pluck up the courage and fork out the almost $100 to buy a bronzer! But boy howdy am I glad I did! I use this bad boy with a big fluffy brush (my favourite is the Real Techniques Blush Brush) and put it all over my face, decollate, arms, body… EVERYWHERE! It is the perfect mix of warm and cool tones and I can’t go a day without it! The only down side is the size… It’s massive, making hard to travel with. But trust me, once you give it a go you won’t want to leave it at home! Plus the hugeness means it will last you a lifetime!

VASELINE SPRAY MOISTURISER

Vaseline_EditedOkay – truth is I’m pretty lazy. I’m that person who reads all the life hack posts to find an easier way to tie their shoes. I’ve never been very good at remembering to moisturise every day and my skin is super dry because of it. And then came along Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser! Now I don’t only moisturise every day, I moisturise at least three times a day! It’s lightweight so it doesn’t leave you greasy and slipping around like a fish in a bathtub and it absorbs in a matter of seconds. They also have a twist lock so you don’t end up lathering up your drink bottle on the way to the gym. I’ve only tried the coconut scent and odourless versions but they have a couple of others. Let us know in the comments if you have tried any and what you thought!

MAC RAVISHING LIPSTICK

MACravishing_FotorSpring time calls for bright lips in our books and MAC’s crème sheen lipstick in Ravishing is our favourite every day spring shade! It’s a beautiful muted coral that can be worn sheer for an every day look or layered on to pack a punch! Either way this creamy coral lipstick is a must for sunny springtime!

FRANK COFFEE SCRUB

frankscruboriginal_FotorDo you want to feel smooth as a baby’s bottom, reduce cellulite AND smell like coffee?! Then Frank Coffee Scrub is for you! Apply Frank’s scrub all over your body (and face if you want), chill out for ten-fifteen minutes and VOILA! You are officially the smoothest babe in town! It’s also the perfect pre-tanning exfoliator to get off that pesky dead skin and help your tan last its longest. We love the original scent the most but they are all pretty sweet – what’s your favourite?

BONDI SANDS

BondiSands_EditedI’ll be honest I haven’t been fake tanning for long but I have fallen head-over-heels with Bondi Sands tanning products! I use their foam tanner in Light/medium when I’m feeling a little lacklustre in the tanning department (Tasmanian winter anyone?) and the every day gradual tanning milk (for face and body) every other day to keep that glow on fleek all week! The guide colour of the foam isn’t orangey so you can put it on in the morning, soak it up and wash it off at night without looking like an oompa loompa at work (do be warned– it does have an intense coconut smell. Take it from the girl who got questioned about the coconut scent on a midnight trip to Kmart). It also wears off evenly so you don’t look streaky after two days of beautifully bronzed skin. Stay tuned for a full fake tanning routine!

I’m keen to try other tanning products, what are your favourites?

BOBBI BROWN ROSE SHIMMER BRICK

Another Bobbi Brown product, we are loving her products at the moment.

BobbiBrownShimmerBrick_FotorThis is our favourite all in one face product. One swipe of this gives us a Beyonce-just-returned-from-a-tropical-holiday-glow with a perfect hint of pink. We’re super keen to try the other shimmer brick colours, what are your favourites?

Shimmer brick? More like shimmer sick! haha no but really, it’s great.

BB HEAT/UV PROTECTIVE PRIMER

All heat protectant sprays are not created equal.

BBheatprotectant_FotorM had been raving about this spray for a while and, to be perfectly honest, I was thinking she was being a bit of a sucker. What could this spray possibly do that my $7 heat protectant spray from the supermarket doesn’t? As it turns out, quite a lot!

Just a few quick sprays of this product before I dry my hair and the results are amazing. It makes my hair so soft I can’t stop playing with it all day, it’s really rather distracting, not to mention the volume it adds to my notoriously pancake-flat hair and the advantage of UV protection. An added bonus (and this may be all in my head, so don’t quote me on this) but I am pretty sure my hair dries heaps faster when I use this primer! Always a plus, drying long hair can be such a time-consuming drag. 10/10. Get on it. You won’t be disappointed.

GARNIER MICELLAR WATER

GarnierMicellar_FotorWe all know that dreaded feeling of coming home late at night, exhausted, and remembering that you need to remove your make-up. Let’s be honest, some nights we’re feeling so lazy we just skip that step and go straight to bed, always feeling guilty in the morning. So when I discovered a gentle and easy all-in-one product that was going to do this job in a simple swipe or two, my inner sloth rejoiced! Admittedly makeup wipes do the same job, but I am yet to find one that doesn’t feel harsh and drying on my skin. Micellar water is super gentle and removes all makeup (even that pesky waterproof mascara) with an easy wave of a cotton pad. It’s also super cheap, so there’s no excuse not to pick some up!

Problem solved, ladies. Never again will we wake up feeling guilty and looking like a hungover panda!

NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURISER

I am a huge NikkieTutorials fan. I think the girl is a goddess. Consequently, when she loves a product I instinctively adore it, whether or not I’ve actually tried it. It’s a little pathetic but you know what they say, love is blind.

NarsTintedMoisturiser_FotorSo, naturally, when she tried Nars’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and really liked it I had to get myself some of that action. I was not disappointed. This product makes my skin look flawless and youthful. A little goes a really long way and whilst the first layer gives a fantastic natural look, you can easily build on the colour for a fuller coverage. It does leave you with a dewy complexion, so if that’s not your thing or your skin is oily it may not be the product for you, but it can easily be powered down. I have been using this every single day and I still have a ‘wow moment’ every time I put it on. Definitely a new favourite.

Thank you, Nikkie, you glorious creature, for yet another wonderful recommendation.

What are your favourite products for spring? Leave us suggestions in the comments below!

-N&M x