Molly Nover-Baker Mar 5, 2017

Just like New Year’s, Spring is a time of reinvention, renewal--and redoing your beauty routine! We’re not talking about drastic changes, just simple steps that yield amazing results. And since the change in seasons can sometimes have some serious effects on both your skin and your hair, finding the right formulas to boost moisturization, glow and health are especially important this time of year. And then sometimes, we just need a change. You know? A new lipstick color, a new hair color or style and all of sudden we feel...incredible! 

So, we’ve taken the liberty of choosing a few of our old favorites, and our new must-haves, so you know which ones we’ll be loading up our shopping carts with. 

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Mascara

Old Faithful: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

Why We Love It: For those of us who are always on-the-go (and really, who isn’t these days?) this mascara has been our go-to forever! Mainly because it’s one-step to perfectly coated, thick, full, clump-free lashes. Voluminous Volume Building Mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, plus it softens and builds lashes up to 5 times their natural thickness. Let me say that again...5 times their natural thickness. Now you understand our obsession.

New Crush: Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Why We Love It: We know the impact that lashes can make on your look. The right product can take them from blah to bam! in one swipe. This, my friends, is that product. Formulated with collagen, this mascara nourishes lashes, keeping them soft and hydrated, while giving them serious clump-free dimension. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the formula delivers the bold volume--all in one coat.

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Skincare

Old Faithful: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Masks

Why We Love It: Okay, this one hasn’t been out for that long, but the product is seriously Indulgent. Transformative. Perfectly Clean. Need we say more? L’Oréal Paris Skin Experts have created a super-charged pure clay mask with the added power of charcoal to detoxify and leave your skin feeling velvety smooth, and rebalanced. We pledge our allegiance to Detox and Brighten Pure-Clay Mask because it renews our dull, tired skin to reveal a brighter, more radiant looking complexion.

New Crush: Garnier SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser

Why We Love It: There’s no question that our skin requires some tender, loving care. This extra-gentle cleanser effectively removes makeup, while cleaning out impurities and excess oil. Rich in glycerin, this sulfate-free foaming lotion softens as it cleanses, so our face is left feeling fresh and clean, not tight or dry.

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Hair Care

Old Faithful: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Cleansing Conditioner

Why We Love It: For the curly, coily or kinky-haired, this cleanser is a game-changer. The sulfate-free, color-safe, vitamin-rich formula means strands don’t get stripped of much-needed moisture, but do get rinsed free of impurities. Curls and waves are left tangle-free, soft and shiny. #curlyhairwecare

New Crush: L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Mask Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Why We Love It: Ideal for anyone with oily to combination hair, this extra step in your hair cleansing routine is worth the extra time. Here’s why: comprised of three clays, they work together to absorb dirt, oil and impurities that get stuck on your scalp and roots, making them feel heavy or weighed-down. It then helps to soften and beautify the length of strands. Use it at least once a week before shampooing.

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Hair Styling

Old Faithful: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold

Why We Love It: I think it’s fair to say that there isn’t a beauty girl alive who hasn’t, at some point in her life, relied on the trusted hold of this iconic hair spray. And that’s because it does what it says it’s going to do. Specially adapted to the needs of color-treated hair, Elnett UV Filter Hairspray also protects the beautiful shine of your color. Hair still feels clean and shiny thanks to the ultra-fine spray.

New Crush: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Dry Shampoo with Citrus Extract

Why We Love It: Second (or third or fourth) day hair will never look or smell better, thanks to this new silicone-free dry shampoo. Pure Clean Dry Shampoo instantly makes hair feel fresh again, because it absorbs oil, but it also doesn’t weigh hair down so you’ll still have soft, natural movement. Bonus points for no added texture or gritty feel. 

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Hair Color

Old Faithful: Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme

Why We Love It: When we color, we go big. So we want a product that provides 100% coverage of grays, but also doesn’t leave our newly tinted hair feeling like hay. That’s why we love Garnier Nutrisse. It’s permanent, nourishing color creme that’s made with three fruit oils: avocado, olive, and shea so we know it’s keeping our strands healthy. Plus, it’s the only color creme with a separate ampoule of grape seed oil to start nourishing as you color.

New Crush:  L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Color

Why We Love It: We’ve tried a lot of hair colors but this is the first one that gave us so many options. First, this color can be used alone or mixed with other colors. It can be paired with special-effect bleaches, applied all-over or placed intentionally for a pop of color here or there. Colorista allows you to play with hair color without the commitment! It comes in 12 shades and is risk-free since it fades in 4-10 shampoos--unless you feel the need to swap your color sooner and then fear not--it also comes with a toolkit of fading options. They thought of everything with this one!

**HOT TIP: Always check your local newspapers for in-store savings and visit your local Target stores or Target.com for their sale on these products and more!

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About the Author:Molly Nover-Baker is a freelance beauty expert, writer, television personality and consultant.

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