Prep for the new season with these essentials:

Sometimes it seems like my hair cannot get enough moisture. Hair Rules’ Quench ultra rich conditioner works like an oasis in the desert, offering a respite for dried out and fried strands.

One of my favorite companies for basic yet still elegant products, Thymes, works equally well for men and women. The Essentials Hand Lotion, with its faint, lemony scent, melts soothingly into chapped hands without stickiness.

Like a more sophisticated Dr. Bronner’s, Laventine’s Lavender + Aloe Vera Hair & Body Shampoo works on many levels. This gentle cleanser cleans without drying and makes showering a snap – not to mention un-cluttering your product shelf.

Make your limbs fabulous with Nip + Fab’s Dry Leg Fix! Dry air and shaving can take its toll, and this super moisturizing formula lets your legs take center stage.

Dr. Brandt’s line of skin care puts the science back into beauty, and Pores No More Poresolution works miracles. This clarifying lotion seems to pull skin tauter, leaving behind a fresher visage.

A quick boost for tired skin, Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator whisks away detritus without being too harsh. This natural scrub works in tandem with any good cleanser to perfect skin.

With glamour to spare, Exude’s Crimson Lip Gloss catapults you into spring fashion. The gloss, which has earned Rachel Zoe’s stamp of approval, is a  bright and fun color that turns any outfit up a notch.

Pixi’s All-Over Magic Radiance Powder complements just about anything with its perfect mix of pretty colors. Like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this make-up works brilliantly as a blush, as well as a subtle eye shadow.

One of the tricks of the beauty trade is to use a much darker blush than seems natural and use it sparingly. The Besame Cosmetics’ Crimson Rouge provides a gorgeous flush in the most divine, vintage-y package I have ever laid eyes on.

Getting skin beach-ready often means extra moisturizing, and Kai’s Body Butter whips legs right into shape. This organic, chemical-free lotion is perfect for the outdoorsy California girl.

Sometimes, when the world has gotten on your last nerve, the only remedy is a long, hot soak in the tub. California Baby’s Overtired and Cranky Bubble Bath is the perfect accompaniment, and may even put a smile back on your face!

Tuff Scents makes you crave their well thought-out and immaculately packaged nail varnish. From their up-to-the-minute colors to the bonus of a delightful smell, to the rosette bejeweled cap, this is a polish you will want to get your hands on –or get on your hands.

Sick of smelly, toxic nail polish remover, I stumbled on G2 Organics’ odor-free, non-acetone version and became an instant convert. Not only did this product keep my eyes from watering, but more importantly, my old varnish came off quickly and easily with this product.