‘Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
I think of this iconic line from “The Devil Wears Prada” every time the spring rolls around. Meryl Streep’s stone-cold and chic-as-hell fashion editor in chief Miranda Priestly sarcastically replies with this to one of her fashion writers who suggests doing a story on florals for the season.
Since Sunday marks the first official day of the season, I’d like to spotlight some products that signal spring to me. You know those ones. They’re the beauty products you wait all dreary winter to dig out from the back of your shelves. Like when Dorothy enters Oz, these products make you feel like you’re in technicolor.
And, yes, florals will be included.
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb eau de parfum
This fragrance is everything you wouldn’t expect when you hear “floral.” A warm floral fragrance, it contains intoxicating notes of cattleya, jasmine and rose, so it’s sweet but also a little spicy. What I like most about this is that while it starts off fresh and cool, it dries down to the warm scent of patchouli and vanilla grounds. Plus, seeing the soft pink color of the perfume makes me feel happy. $88 (1 ounce); us.viktor-rolf.com
Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Happy
Cream and liquid blushes mean warmer weather to me. This formula is easy and mess-free to apply and immediately melts into skin, leaving a dewy finish. The cool pink color is the perfect shade to mimic a slightly flushed face. $20; rarebeauty.com
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Oil
Body oils are the more luxe way of hydrating skin, and this one is light enough that my skin drinks it in while leaving it super moisturized and soft. The scent is absolutely intoxicating thanks to the mixture of sweet coconut and floral rose. And the bottle looks great on my vanity. $38; herbivore botanicals.com
IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm
After the harsh winter air and forced, dry heat causes serious damage to our locks, lush, bouncy hair welcomes in spring. Made with coconut and argan oils as well as shea butter, this leave-in conditioning balm nourishes hair and delivers rich moisture. The creamy texture melts into hair and is great for any hair type. Apply a nickle-sized amount to wet or dry hair from mid-length to the ends to help support hydration and reduce frizz. Add more if needed.
I love this product because, unlike many of its kind, it gives much-needed moisture without weighing down my fine hair. It also smells amazing thanks to a sexy, playful mix of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet and vanilla. $29; igkhair.com
Lime Crime Venus 3 eyeshadow palette
Sunnier days always have me reaching for this palette more often. While I love a good multi-shadow eye look, Venus 3 contains the perfect shades for a monochromatic eye. It’s made up of eight shades that range from lilac, rose gold and mauve to earthy browns that come in five finishes. It’s also smaller than a lot of my eyeshadow palettes, which makes it perfect for taking it with me in my bag for touch-ups or makeup on-the-go. $38; limecrime.com
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in You Drive Me Coconuts
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it in my column, but my toenails are always painted pink. (I also do them myself with mini-pedicures at home.) No matter if it’s winter or spring, you’ll never catch me without it. However, I will switch the shade and do darker pink tones in the fall and winter. In the spring, though, it’s time to take out my absolute favorite shade, a fuchsia that’s such a bright, fun color that it provides a serious pick-me-up after shoving my feet into socks and boots all winter. $7.50; chinaglaze.com
Gia Mazur is a staff writer for the Lifestyles Department of The Times-Tribune. Contact her at [email protected], 570-348-9127 or @gmazurTT on Twitter.