Five products to get you ready for spring

Friday, 4 September 2015

Luzanne Ashby from Pink Peonies blog chats to us about her favourite spring beauty products:


Spring is on upon us, and I think it will be in full swing before we know it. Flowers are blooming all around, and the early morning and late night chilly nips in the air seem to have disappeared. For me, with spring comes the urge to slip on some strappy sandals, show some leg, and put a fresh face forward. After a rather brutal winter, it’s time to retire the dark lipsticks and prepare for a new season. Today I’ve rounded up five products to revamp your beauty routine, and help get you ready for the warmer weather ahead.


Exfoliate your body – I don’t know about you, but after a rather dry winter, my skin needs all the TLC it can get. During spring your arms and legs are likely going to be exposed, so make sure your skin looks soft, smooth and hydrated. Slough off dry skin with a fresh sugar scrub. I recently discovered the Pomegranate & Grapefruit Sugar Scrub (R 110) from Sorbet and I’m in love (by the way, I think it smells like watermelon – yum!). Gentle yet effective, it contains a combination of gritty-enough bits and nourishing ingredients to reveal softer, smoother skin. Remember, scrubbing away dry skin cells clogging your pores not only helps your skin absorb more moisture but also preps your skin for self-tanning. So scrub up, and then smooth on a body lotion or body butter.


Switch to spring-inspired pastels – There’s no doubt that the most timeless colours of spring are those that mimic the season’s freshest blooms. So pack away those dark, vampy nail polishes and opt for pastel hues. You’re more likely to show off your toes before you’re ready to bare the rest, so make sure your feet are in tip-top shape. I always like to kick the season off with a pretty pastel pink. It flatters most skin tones and looks sophisticated when paired with a pretty spring frock. My go-to is Essie French Affair (R 125), a gorgeous candy floss pink polish.


Sport a fresh-faced make-up look – As the temperature rises, so does the appeal of lightweight make-up. Get ready to ditch the heavy foundations and opt for something that looks more natural. The secret to youthful, yet flawless looking skin is a tinted moisturiser or lightweight BB cream. Choose a formula that blends effortlessly and provides just enough coverage to even out your skin tone. I love my tried & true Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF50/PA (R 525) for its ability to improve the look of my skin while making it seem like I’m not wearing make-up at all. I always receive compliments whenever I wear it! Formulated with sensitive skins in mind, yet effective for all skin types, this BB cream is fragrance-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, dermatologist and allergy tested for sensitive skin, and non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores). Apply concealer only where you need it most (for me it’s under my eyes and around my nose) and that’s it – you’re ready to face the day!


Bronze it up – Sandal season goes hand-in-hand with sun-kissed, skirt-worthy legs. Not everyone has the genetics to get a flawless tan when exposed to the sun (and baking in the sun isn’t all that great for your skin either). The solution? A lightweight, wash-off instant self-tanner that will help you attain a sun-kissed glow. Something like The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist (R 99) is perfect, especially for those who do not want to commit to a long-lasting instant tanner. This fast-drying tinted gel contains no oils and no shimmers, providing a matte streak-free faux glow. It blends very easily (no need for a tanning mitt) and the colour is very universal, not too orange and not too dark – perfect for paler skin. The best part? It washes off just as easily in the shower.


Make it glossy – You can’t go wrong topping a fresh-faced make-up look off with a glossy pout. I am positively smitten with the NYX Butter Gloss lip glosses (R 125), which debuted in South Africa just a couple of months ago. These richly pigmented glosses glide on smoothly, feel moisturising on the lips, but are not sticky at all. I love them dearly and own most of the shades in the collection. My top three shades for spring are (left to right): Strawberry Parfait, Peach & Cream and Vanilla Cream Pie.

Other articles you may be interested in:
Introducing Blogger of the Month: Luzanne from Pink Peonies
Five new buys for Spring 2015
Spring scents to delight your senses
Pastel make-up you should try this spring
Lust-worthy blushers you’ll be coveting this spring

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Luzanne is the founder of Pink Peonies, a South African beauty & lifestyle blog creating fresh & original content including product reviews, beauty tips & tricks, makeup & hair tutorials and beauty DIYs. When she is not obsessing over beauty products, she likes eating cupcakes, reading horror / thriller books, online shopping and sipping on a cup of good coffee.

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    I am so keen to try out the Honey Bronzer from The Body Shop, especially since it’ll be ideal for washing off the same day. I cannot stand the sight of streaky, old self tan.

    3 years ago •


    The Sorbet Sugar Scrub reminds me of candy floss, mmmy yummy!

    3 years ago •

  1. Angela Chanel

    oooh! love these!! i love how runny Essie nail polishes are, so going to buy the nyx lip butter :):) super excited

    3 years ago •

  1. Pascalle Mongis

    I absolutely love the NYX Butter Gloss lip glosses! I always held off buying them because I knew deep down inside that I would get addicted and that’s exactly what happened!! :)

    3 years ago •

  1. biancadorp

    That leg mist is going on the shopping list!

    3 years ago •

  1. Iman Coovadia

    love the pink! especially the lipsticks!

    3 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Love the Sorbet sugar scrub and the esse nail polish. So edible like ice cream. Love the spring

    3 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Oh my word thank you, I need the Body shop bronzer and its affordable too!

    3 years ago •

  1. Olivia Howarth

    Essie nail polishes are my absolutely favorite. They have such a variety of colours and French Affair is definitely a Spring must have.

    3 years ago •

  1. Liza Leimlehner

    So Happy it is Spring time. I love the French affair Essie nail Polish as well as the NYX butterglosses. need to look into it a make a purchase

    3 years ago •


    Can definitely attest to that Sugar Scrub from Sorbet. Not only does it work so well but the smell is “dee-vine”! Need to dash to Clicks and get my hands on that Nyx Butter Gloss this weekend though.

    3 years ago •

  1. Renalle Chetty

    The Sorbet Sugar Scrub is a must have, really does wonders by removing dry skin to reveal soft, smooth skin and the NYX butter glosses are amazing, they glide on like butter, goes on so smoothly that your lips feel hydrated.

    3 years ago •

  1. Prenisha Chetty

    The Sorbet Sugar Scrub is a winner and smells amazing!

    3 years ago •

  1. Siobhan Hughes

    Thanks to this post I’ve now added the Sorbet scrub, that shade of Essie polish and the Body Shop bronzer to my must have list!

    3 years ago •

  1. Leanie Foot

    I’m so tempted to buy that sugar scrub! I’m in need of some TLC… Those lip glosses and nail polishes, just have my name written on them!

    3 years ago •

  1. Jeanette Wessels

    This is the thing about Luzanne @Pink Peonies, I WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING she blogs about, she just makes everything sounds so YUMMY!!! Thanks for another GREAT review on products Luzanne!

    3 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I want everything!! Especially those lip butters

    3 years ago •

  1. lubbe.m

    This is such a good article. I am adding the sugar scrub to my shopping list.

    3 years ago •

  1. Nadia Robyn

    I absolutely love Essie, they have such a variety of colors that only come from their line. The NYX glosses are so pretty and playfull. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Vanilla Cream Pie.

    3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    the nyx glosses are my fav!!!! pity theres never stock of the colours i want :(

    3 years ago •

  1. Kgadiwe Ramokgopa

    Essie French affair nail polish is playful,l ively and a definitely must have for spring. The brightness makes me wanna show my fingers off. I love it

    3 years ago •

  1. Rivania Pillay

    I love the Essie nail polish in French Affair. It is so light and playful!

    3 years ago •

  1. Ubiebo Ogulu

    I love the NYX lip glosses. I think I shall be making my own sugar scrub though.

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    The choice of products are stunning, all are favourite!!!!

    3 years ago •

  1. Reonette Fourie

    Beautiful Spring products. Especially the Essie French Affair nail polish and the NYX butter gloss. So sad its not available at our local Clicks stores :-( You have to drive approx 40 km to get most of the products!

    3 years ago •

  1. Marelke

    Pink Peonies is my favourite South African blog. Cannot get enough of it. Every thing a beauty blog needs and so much more!!!

    3 years ago •

  1. Jolene Davey

    Makeup for the warm season looks good. Would love to try the BB cream from KIEHL’S corecting and beautifying range, I noticed it has a very high SpF and should work wonders in the sun.

    3 years ago •

  1. kunene

    Spring has sprung! Thank you for the suggestions!

    3 years ago •

  1. Missy

    Thanks Luzanne – your posts are always informative. Best blogger by far. Psssst Missy here

    3 years ago •

  1. jade22

    Love Essie! Always a shade to suit any season and outfit :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Carina Vermooten

    Lovely list! I love these products as well!

    3 years ago •

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