Ex Vitae Spring Beauty Edit

Ex Vitae – Spring Beauty Edit 2014

Ex Vitae Spring Beauty Edit 2014

I’m pretty useless when it comes to spring cleaning. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a house where everything had to be clean, all the time, no exceptions, but I’ve never felt a strong desire to purge my living space of anything drastic. The most I’ve done this year by way of spring cleaning was to gleefully pack my coats and sweaters into storage and break out the skirts, sleeveless tops, and sunglasses once more. I tell you guys, the onslaught of spring could not have been more welcome chez Dillon.

That being said, there is one area of my life that I meticulously reassess when spring roles around. Ever year without fail, the day comes when I throw out or pack away my dark colors and heavy creams in favor of lighter, more seasonally appropriate fare. Out with the deep burgundies and smoky eyes, in with the peachy tones and barely-there makeup! It’s spring, y’all. Time to slough off the winter skin and show our bare faces and natural hair to the world!


  1. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm ($27) – Resurrection…what an apt word for spring, non? I’d been hearing Aesop’s praises sung for agesss before I serendipitously stumbled upon their store in Boston. After breaking down and purchasing this signature cream, I can tell you with certainty that it’s the best thing I’ve ever put on my hands. Smells divine, feels like heaven, what’s not to love? True, it’s a touch pricey, but one tube of this stuff will last you forever (or so they say).
  2. Philosophy Help Me Retinoid Treatment ($47) – Retinol has been given the “thumbs up” by what seems to be “everyone and their everyone“. This wunderkid treatment does it all: treats acne, prevents signs of aging, evens skin tone, reduces pores, bestows eternal happiness, the list goes on (maybe not that last one). I like Philosophy, and I’m hooked on this treatment, which has improved my acne and made the skin on my face look approximately 130% better. There are cheaper and more expensive treatments out there, but I heard that this one is the best of all worlds.
  3. Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser ($6.99) – While we’re spring cleaning our skin, why not throw a super-charged cleanser in the mix? This particular specimen has alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate even the roughest of skin. There’s all sorts of science as to why alpha and beta hydroxies are superb for your complexion, and this cleanser is actually surprisingly gentle. I use it in the shower with a Clarisonic and sometimes just on its own to take off makeup.
  4. Lush The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask ($6.95) – I’ve been into Lush’s fresh face masks for a while, and this newest addition to my arsenal has been extremely welcome. Throwing on a mask at the end of a long and stressful day is an easy way to feel like you’re really treating yourself. Better yet, Lush’s masks usually last me around a month.
  5. Yarok Feed Your Volume Sulfate-free Shampoo ($33) – I have extremely temperamental hair, and after reading this article on Clementine Daily, I decided to give sulfate-free shampoo a whirl. Surprisingly, my hair loves it. A little goes a long way, and I’ve spent almost a month with my bottle and am not even halfway through.
  6. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipcolor in Valencia Orange ($25) – After spending all winter wearing varying shades of red, I was eager to try the new orange lipcolor craze that’s been circulating around for a few months. I’m pretty (read: extremely) pale, and was heretofore convinced that orange lipstick was one look that I couldn’t pull off. Enter this beautiful ditty – it’s orange for sure, but the color is subtle and flattering. I’m pretty convinced that if this magic lipstick could look good me, it will look amazing on anyone.
  7. Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($18) – Remember what I said about having the world’s most temperamental hair? This oil + sulfate-free shampoo tamed it and made it silky and delightful. What more can I say?
  8. Guerlain Météorites ($70) – Before I received a sample of these purportedly magical balls, I was extremely skeptical. Oddly enough, I love them – they make your skin look like it’s glowing from within. I’m not sure if I’m yet willing to shell out a cool $70 for a full-sized version, but I think it’s safe to say that these pearls are something special.
  9. Bobbi Brown Beach ($70) – I’ve had my bottle of Beach for almost a year, and yet every time I spray it on, I’m instantly reminded of warm summer sun and the California coast. This fragrance, while inherently “summery”, lacks all of the clichés of other beachy fragrances – no coconut or sandalwood in sight. Instead, notes of jasmine, freesia, and sunscreen (it’s a good thing, promise) are the dominant features. And the result is divine.

What are you wearing this spring?

p.s. what do you think of the new site redesign?! love it? hate it? let me know!!

  • http://www.mamages.com bri

    one: great post. i’m gonna have to get that invisible oil.

    two: OH MY GOODNESS. your new design is AMAZING. i absolutely love it. the logo is especially beautiful!

    • Amanda

      1) the invisible oil is magic. for real – my hair has never been softer!
      2) THANK YOU!!! I’m so glad you think so! I’ve been working on it foreverrrr and it seemed like yesterday was the time to launch!

  • http://mooi-by-winny.blogspot.com/ Winny

    Wow! I love the new look of your blog <3 <3 May I know where did you learn to create like this?

    • Amanda

      thank you so much, Winny! I taught myself how to code about a year ago, and have been fiddling with it ever since :)

  • http://www.luckynumbersevenstudio.com/ Danielle

    LOVE your new design! It is just perfect and simple and all things wonderful :) Great work.

    LUSH is my go-to for beauty products. I have yet to use a face mask, but hope to soon!

    • Amanda

      Thanks so much, Danielle!! Your kind words mean a lot :) I LOVE LUSH – I particularly recommend Love Lettuce :)