This month always pushes me to change products. The colder months are receding and May seems to usher in a reset. It can be as simple as replacing a few everyday makeup bag staples with warmer tones and lighter textures that may have been lying around in the back of a drawer since last spring. Or you can go out and buy new products to mark the countdown to summer. After all, most products don’t last longer than a few years before they expire, so it’s a good idea to repurchase products like SPF or serums if they’ve been around for longer than that.
This week, for those who want to buy beauty basics, I went hunting for good spring products under 20€. Four of the five presented are less than 14 €.
Every year when the weather starts to warm up, I buy Patchology Posh Peel Pedi Cure Intensive Foot Peel Treatment ($12.50, Brown Thomas). I’m very proud to have converted many friends to this exceptionally satisfying and effective – but downright bizarre product. You put the little foot bags on your feet for the recommended time, and for days nothing happens. Then, about 10 days later, an ick ecstasy ensues. Your feet start peeling painlessly like corn cobs. Sumptuous paper fronds of dead skin will peel away, leaving behind baby-soft, sandal-ready feet. The process will horrify anyone who testifies, but it’s more enjoyable when the peeling feet are your own.
Rather less exciting but even more essential on a daily basis, a lip balm is a must-have all year round. I like something brighter and more reflective when the weather warms up. Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm ($12, Space NK) is delicious – thick, long-lasting, non-sticky and it really nourishes thirsty lips rather than sitting on them like a raincoat. It makes an excellent base for lipstick when applied a few minutes ahead of time.
Tanning brand Bondi Sands recently launched a skincare line aimed at younger skin, and it has some nice affordable deals. If you’re building a skincare routine in your 20s, Bondi Babe Begin Again Vitamin B3 Serum ($14, mccauley.ie) is a smart buy with hydrating squalane and strengthening niacinamide. You can use it morning or evening and its light and easy to wear texture will not interfere with makeup.
While a serum isn’t essential, SPF really is. It lasts two to three years, so if yours is older, it’s definitely worth replacing, especially since expired SPF, while much less effective, can also cause breakouts. Elave Sun SPF30 ($20, gardinerfamilyapothecary.com) is a great Irish option that’s suitable for skin that’s very sensitive or prone to both dermatitis and eczema. It’s also oil-free, so it should work well if you’re struggling to find an SPF that doesn’t clog pores or cause a breakout.
Product of the week
Glossier Lavender Balm Dot Com ($12, Glossier.com)