May is one of the those ‘in-between’ months, which sees us attempting to shrug away the icy mantle of winter in hope of a swift and smooth exchange for a veil of summer heat. The transition is never quite so clean however, and whilst we link up our bottles of SPF and eagerly buy in our ‘one-shade darker’ foundations, rolling our eyes at any mention of ‘pastels for spring’; our beauty picks in truth lie a little more upon the side of mundane, and only occasionally err upon seasonal.
Who doesn’t love a lighter approach to base-makeup after a winter spent layering the cream foundation on thick and fast, in attempt to mask the after-effects of winter’s wrath upon our complexions? Nars’ offering is a much-lauded favourite - affording effortless application, a weightless texture, and just the right amount of coverage.
A warm, androgynous, and bitter-sweet fragrance, best exemplified in the phrase ‘a man for all seasons’. I’ve been wearing it all month, and could quite happily displace all others until the bottle runs dry.
Until recently I was removing my nail polish the old-school way; a bottle of own-brand acetone-free and a stack of cotton pads; cue, fifteen minutes of tedious soaking and scrubbing. The new-wave approach to nail polish removal is effortless, speedy, and more than efficient. A fifteen-second soak [maybe even ten with a little scrubbing action] and your nails are spotlessly clean, moisturised, and raring for their next layer of colour. & Other Stories’ offering smells like Parma Violets, and its chic packaging will render it a welcome addition to any minimalist’s beauty stash.
Chemical exfoliation has long been the bedrock of my skincare game-plan, and has made such an positive impact upon my complexion. The latest product to undergo testing in Chez TGG is this much-hyped Clarins favourite. Less of a typical toner [it has a thick, serum-like texture] and more of a delicate lotion, it is incredibly cooling, soothing, and refreshingly [in comparison to similar products] non-drying. The words ‘gentle’ and ‘exfoliating’ are very rarely seen or well-suited in such close proximity, but here they are quite truly a match in heaven. Stock up if your skincare dilemma is waged between acne scars and a sensitive complexion.
In preparation for stellar beachy waves [frizz and fluffy-ends do not feature], make the most of the occasional sunny evening and ever-so-slightly warmer climes to set aside your hairdryer and air-dry your locks instead. A thick and nourishing balm such as this one will serve to keep ends soft and glossy, and will add a sleek separation to the lengths of your hair, which affords an effortlessly styled/lived-in look. Part styling product, part haircare, this is a multi-use gem.
What are your between-seasons beauty favourites?