Come spring, I cannot get enough fresh flowers. (Especially after the long, dreary winter we’ve endured.) So I plan on all but bathing in Chantecaille Pétales Perfume ($175; chantecaille.com), an unapologetically girly blend of jasmine and tuberose.
If you’re looking for more longevity from your nail lacquer, Dior Vernis Gel Shine & Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($25; dior.com) may be the ticket. Thanks to a new, sticky polymer, Dior’s newest polish fuses to the nail for 15 percent longer than traditional formulas. What I’ll be wearing: Dior Vernis in Psychedelic Orange.
Everything the beloved Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads do for your face, this lightweight lotion accomplishes south of the neck. A cocktail of acids (glycolic, lactic, and hyaluronic) in the Alpha Beta Glow for Body ($38; available on dgskincare.com starting March 26) gently exfoliate and speed up cell turnover, as well as plump and hydrate the skin. Willow bark refines and clears pores, caffeine provides a temporary firming effect, and a drop of self-tanner imparts subtle, streak-free color.
For the better part of the winter, I frantically slathered on a heavy moisturizer twice a day—to little avail. My face still felt chronically tight and dry. Until aesthetician Ling Chan, a favorite of models and A-List celebs, directed me to incorporate her LING Dual Moisture Emulsion ($60; lingskincare.com), a watery “toner,” into my regimen. She said I was feeding my face plenty—but giving it nothing to drink. So I splashed the Emulsion on my face twice a day, after-shave-style, and within a week that tight feeling and rough texture were gone. A miracle. Now, while this product may not be a spring-specific find, it is one every woman over 35 needs, whatever the season.
My heritage is German-Irish, but I married a Dutchman, so I have a soft spot for the newest import from the Netherlands: Rituals Skin and Bodycare. My favorite collection is Sakura, which smells faintly sweet and floral, not unlike cherry blossoms (hence the name!). My husband and I fight over the whipped body cream, Magic Touch ($25; at rituals.com starting at the end of March 2014); it goes on like frosting and imparts a barely-there, fresh scent.
For those with combination skin (hear, hear), this light, velvety serum-in-a-gel delivers potent actives without clogging pores. Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel ($155; skinceuticals.com) guards skin against environmental damage and brightens hyperpigmentation. Best of all: The antioxidant-packed formula provides all the hydration I need—moisturizer need not apply.
I try to employ natural but effective products whenever possible. Burt's Bees Brightening Refining Tonic ($9; burtsbees.com) harnesses the brightening power of daisies to lighten dark spots and refine pores but doesn't leave skin tight or dry.
I can't decide what I adore most about Neutrogena Color Smooth Moisture Stick in Juicy Peach ($8; neutrogena.com): the crayon's easy application; the sheer, balm-like color; or the fact that it smells like a luscious, ripe peach.
The hero of an under-the-radar British brand, Eyeko Brow Gel ($24; nordstrom.com) is the best thing to cross the pond since Morrissey—I can’t live without it. The pale-brown tint suits all hair shades, and the short, stiff brush ensures mess-free application. Plus, while the gel sets brows in place, it never flakes or feels crunchy.
On days when I skip the blowout and opt instead to sport my natural waves, Kate Hudson or Cameron Diaz (and their beachy, casual California strands) act as my mane muses. My secret weapon? Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse ($37; oribe.com). I just wash, scrunch in a golf-ball-size squirt of the foam and air-dry.
Even better than the light texture of Nuxe 24Hr Moisturizing Body Lotion ($26; dermstore.com) is the intoxicating trace of almond it leaves behind. I’d wear it in my hair if I could. Plus, the super-hydrating formula absorbs within seconds for smooth, satiny skin all winter long.
My coworkers snicker when I turn on this battery-powered lip scrubber, but the joke is on them. Akin to a Clarisonic for your pout, the Bliss Pout-o-matic Lip Perfecting System ($48; drugstore.com) vibrates to instantly exfoliate and infuse winter-worn lips with mango-scented balm. And, as if the end result (a plumped up, baby-smooth mouth) isn't enough, the process feels also likes a massage—or a million tiny kisses.
Don’t be misled by the gel formulation of Library of Flowers Shower Gel ($22; libraryofflowers.com); packed with shea butter, bee balm and jojoba oil, it’s just as nourishing and moisturizing as its creamier counterparts. The bright floral scent turns a steamy shower into an aromatherapy spa.
This cheerful hue is similar to Radiant Orchid (that's the shade Pantone anointed "color of the year"), but YSL La Laque in Rose Scabiosa ($27; nordstrom.com) boasts a tad more pink, making it flattering for almost any skin tone.
For those with sensitive eyes—or bothersome contact lenses—Neal’s Yard Remedies Lengthening Mascara ($25; us.nyrorganic.com) is a sight for sore . . . you know. The formula is 78 percent organic (the most of any mascara on the market), contains no preservatives and smells like vanilla (actually the result of a soothing blend of white tea and argan oil). You can pile it on for long, lush lashes without risking irritation.