April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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Empties #13

I’m trying to work out if my empties are often too long as I wait until I feel as though I have enough and then I ramble. So what do you think is best my current method or switching to monthly empties? Let me know in the comments as I am still a little torn about monthly empties.

Mark Hill De-Frizz Shine and Protect Spray: I’ve had this for ages and only just got round to using it, a heat protecting shine spray which smells great although I just love the Mark Hill products smell. Unfortunately they’ve discontinued this product but it doesn’t compare to my TRESemme heat defence spray also they spray went half way through and I had to move it to a different bottle. Would I repurchase: discontinued.

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray: On the topic of the TRESemme heat defence spay I have finished another one, I love this spray it last forever and helps keep my hair healthy and happy. Highly recommended. Would I Repurchase: always.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter: I love the body shop body butters and the blueberry is no exception, it’s appeared in a few favourites and I am obsessed with this scent. Would I repurchase: yes.

Bath and Body Works Coconut and Lime Verbena (Body Lotion): My dad picked this up in the hotel when in American, and this has linked in my work desk draw since to keep my hands hydrated. Also I am so in love with the smell coconut and citrus is amazing and I’ve had loads of people asking what I’ve been using. Sadly we can’t get bath and body works stuff in the UK and my dad is only in America every 2/3 years with work.

Dove Go Fresh Revive Body Wash in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena: I adore the Dove Deodorant with this scent and I couldn’t resist getting the shower gel, its sweet and fruity and so good. I also think its great combined with the deodorant as you’re not overpowered with multiple scents that don’t mix. Would I repurchase: yes.

Dolly Mixture Shower Crème in Rhubarb and Custard: It’s the month of shower gels or something, only because I don’t usually end up with two. Although it’s because I got two excited and used this and the Dove one simultaneously. As you know this appeared in my December Favourites and I could not get enough of it. Would I repurchase: yes for sure.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: I have really enjoyed this foundation, lovely medium coverage and Rimmel London Formulas and tone tend to suit my skin. I also love have Rimmel do the super pale shades so I don’t have to worry about miss matching or it oxidising too much. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer: I’m not going to bother much with this, it turns up in most empties. Love it end of. Would I repurchase: always.

No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water: I reviewed this back in January and absolutely loved it, you can read the full review here. It smells amazing but is on the slightly pricer size of high street cleansing waters. I love the pump packaging so I think I’m going to refil it after cleansing it with a different cleansing water. Would I repurchase: maybe.

Cuticura clean and fresh and cherry blossom hand gel (empties #14)

Cuticura Crisp and Fresh Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel: I pretty much have hand gel everywhere and this bigger one is from my work desk, I buy the bigger ones for work so I don’t have to buy as often and the convenient size matters less. Would I repurchase: yes.

Cuticura Cherry Blossom Hand Gel (Primark Exclusive): I love the Primark exclusive scents for the hand gels and they are inexpensive too, this was sweet and floral. Plus the packaging is so pretty, highly recommend. Would I repurchase: definitely.

So that’s all my junk for this time, actually some nice variation. If you enjoy empties, then check out my previous empties here, or look in the bar up the top.

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Unsung Beauty Heros

unsung beauty heros

These are fairly common in which people talk about all of the stuff people rarely talk about but are amazing products, so I thought I’d tell you mine. All of these are all things we’ve heard about before where we hear how celebrities apparently use them and we’re never sure if they do. So today I thought I’d tell you about the ‘mundane’ product which I feel as though are essential to my makeup/beauty routine.

Sudocrem

A nappy rash cream to most this is essential in my house, when we were younger my mum would use it on burns, bad cuts etc. due to its antiseptic properties. So it is a great product to have in your first aid kit as it treats practically everything, just read the side of the tub if you aren’t sure. My main use for it is dry skin, I get horribly dry and cracked elbows. Sudocream is the only thing that doesn’t make them sting and the anti-septic nature will do them some good and really hydrates and treats the dry skin.

Some people sware on using Sudocream for treating acne and spots, which it even names on the side of the tub. I have tried it once or twice but as I am so inconsistent using it once one day and then not again for weeks I was never going to change anything.

Bepanthen

Similar to Sudocream, Bepanthen is traditional a nappy cream, thick and moisturising. After first getting this for healing my tattoo it is a great product, aiding the heeling of skin and deeply moisturising. I use this on dry skin as well as sudocream as sometimes it just depends what is to hand.

Bio-Oil

On the slightly more expensive side of these products, although none are that expensive bio oil is meant to be one of those miracle oils. It is meant to fix scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin and dehydration. At this point I have only used it to remove stretch marks caused by puberty and to get rid of scars, I have to says with persistent use (it still works sporadically it just takes much longer) it really does reduce the appearance of scars. I would say that it removed them completely but I know results might vary and to some they might still be visible, but I doubt they would be noticeable to anyone who didn’t know they were there.

Baby Oil

Sadly I don’t currently have a baby oil but in due time I probably will, my main uses of baby oil are shaving related. First and foremost you can use it to ‘dry shave’, don’t have time to re-shower but need to shave your legs just slather them up with baby oil and go. It leaves your legs beautiful by feeling silky and smoothly shaved, also they smell absolutely amazing. Also if you don’t have any nude tights but want beautiful looking leg just use a touch a baby oil for lovely looking legs with a slight dewy look.

Other uses that I haven’t personally tried include a cleanser/makeup remover, I keep thinking of trying this but I don’t like the oily feeling on my face. They can also be used to clean makeup brushes but I’m happy with baby shampoo but I will totally use this method in future.

 

Anti-bacterial Hand Gel

To me this is essential with makeup application, there could be any number of germs on your hands or and number of oils on your face, so before and after each time I use my hands I just use a bit of hand gel. It is even more important if you are touching up on the go, god knows what you’ve come into contact with over the course of the day.

Facial Wipes/Baby Wipes

Baby wipe or facial wipes are always great, whether to fix mistakes or wipe your hands clean they are a great staple. You can also use them for makeup removal, maybe not the best method but it’s not a bad way to go. I always like to take my makeup off as soon as I get in from work but sometimes I am feeling way too lazy I simply grab a wipe and use that. I tend to come back later to do a proper routine but they are so nifty. Don’t bother with anything expensive, any baby wipes or facial wipes will do my favourite are Tesco everyday value wipes.

So what are your less talked about beauty favourites? What unassuming product could you not live without?

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