Spring Cleaning: Revamp Your Beauty Routine

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Spring cleaning is good for the soul--I truly believe this. There's something so renewing and revitalizing about ridding your home, your closet, your drawers, and your life of clutter and junk. (You don't realize how much stuff you've accumulated until you whip out the label maker and do a deep dive to organize.)

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And, boy oh boy, do I have a lot of stuff. I'm only halfway into my seasonal purge, and I've already donated five big bags of toys, three shelves worth of books, and two suitcases of clothes. I've chucked countless miscellaneous game parts, holey socks, broken crayons, and lots and lots of random rubbish (when did we get all these things?… where did we get these things?)

The next big project on my to-do list: Cleaning out my vanity and makeup drawers. And this task should be a doozy! Despite the daunting assignment, I do think spring is the ideal time to throw out expired products, switch up your skincare routine, and add a few new items to your beauty arsenal. If I can do it, you can do it! Here are five tips to get started...

1. Get Rid of Expired Products
Until recently, I was guilty of beauty hoarding. At any given time, I could have 10 lipsticks, 50 eye shadows, and at least 12 open mascaras in my makeup kit—never mind the fact that half of these products were probably past their expiration dates. Now, I’m embracing a "less is more" mentality when it comes to my beauty booty.

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First and foremost, I'll only keep products that are safe to use—so if it’s expired*, it’s retired! And I will also hold onto the items I use and value—so if I have a lip gloss I’m no longer loving, I will let it go without regret. This will help keep things neat and tidy, and make getting primped so much simpler.

(*FYI, here are the general rules for when to get rid of makeup: Mascara and eyeliner: three months; foundation: nine months; concealer: one year; powders: one to two years; eye shadows: three to six months; and lip products: six months to one year.)

1. Kiss My Face Face Factor Sunscreen, $11/ 2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer, $13 / 3. Suki foaming cleanser, $32.95

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2. Change Your Skincare Game
I don’t know about your skin, but my complexion’s needs depend on the weather. My winter routine varies greatly from my spring and summer regime, so I like to try out a few new products around this time. While my skin remains sensitive, I don’t require the intense hydration I need during the colder months of the year. And now that the sun is shining, I want to up my SPF game too. I'm obsessed with suki's daily foaming cleanser. It helps get rid of summer sweat, oil, makeup, and dirt, and has a seriously intoxicating and invigorating fragrance.

1. It Cosmetics BB Cream, $38/ 2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, $30 / 3. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, $39

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3. Lighten Up
I love my Trish McEvoy foundation, but come springtime, I like to lighten up a little. I look for products that provide ample coverage, but don’t feel too heavy in the heat. I’ve already proclaimed my love for Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue—and that’s one item I most definitely recommend, but there are a few other BB and CC creams worth trying. This one from It Cosmetics is truly stellar--and the built-in SPF 50 is a major bonus. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream will indeed get your ready for your close-up too--the dewy results play with light to give you an undeniable glow.

In the same vein, I remind you to remember that "less is more." Let your natural beauty shine through this season and skip a few steps in your makeup routine--avoid eyeliner, lip liner, lipstick, and other heavier products. The warmer months are all about the "no-makeup makeup" look.

1. Benefit High Beam, $26 / 2. Becca Mineral Blush, Flowerchild, $32/ 3. Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow, Champagne Quartz, $24/ 4. Essie Truth or Flare, $8.50

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4. Embrace Color
When spring arrives, you probably go through your closet and swap out darks for lighter, brighter, happier hues. Why not embrace spring shades in your beauty palette as well? We love subtle pastels—soft pink blushes, shimmery shadows, and candy-colored nail lacquers. Keep in mind that your face is not an Easter egg though—so try one new color at a time!

1. Campaign Nail & Hair Bath Storage, $79 - $99/ 2. Mirrored Makeup Storage, $49 - $159/ 3. Jane Beauty Collection Makeup Organizer, $35/ 4. Mini-Dot Get-Ready Stand, $179

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5. Organize in Style
An organized makeup station is a happier, more functional place. Store and display products in a way that will, not only looks good, but also help you save time in the morning. (No more digging for the right lip gloss!) Win-win. You can't go wrong with these four options from Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Teen.

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