So, it’s actually nearly May. It feels like November. The good news is that the end of April brings with it my very first monthly favourites post. These posts will include little mini reviews of everything that I have been loving this month. This April, it seems that all of my favourites are beauty favourites. Honestly, I think it’s because I’ve been so stuck for time that I’ve had very few minutes to indulge in anything that isn’t an attempt to make my face look semi-acceptable and like I’ve had more than five hours sleep. So, with that being said, let’s get into it. First up, makeup…
The Touche Éclat All-in-One Glow Foundation from YSL is probably my most-used base of the moment. It’s water-based (so seriously moisturising), lightweight but still buildable, and just gives the most incredible glow. Because my skin is on the oilier side, it does tend to slip around a little so I wouldn’t choose this one for a long night out, however, it is the perfect base for upcoming warmer days.
OK so this one is a little bit different. You may not have heard of Younique before (I know that I hadn’t) but this Moodstuck Addiction Shadow eye palette has totally won me over. Buttery, blendable and with pigment like you’ve never seen, whenever I wear this, someone compliments my eyes. And that literally never happens. While I’m more drawn towards the brown shades, I have given the blues a go a couple of times, and with a light dusting of ‘Secretive’ along the lower lash-line, I feel like I’m onto something.
Now onto skincare bits… I suffer with eczema. It’s gross. I hate it. It exists. Mostly, it flares up in times on stress (of which I have had many this month), and nothing that I have ever been recommended really works. It doesn’t matter what cream or treatment I try, I’ve more or less convinced myself that any kind of moisture actually just irritates it more. When I was told about the new Dermexa range from Aveeno</a style=”text-align: justify;”> I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s scentless, nourishing and super affordable. And, while it won’t cure my eczema, it has definitely made the process of moisturising a lot less of a chore and a lot less irritating!
I love a moisturiser and that is no secret. But, just because I love them doesn’t mean I’m not fussy. I hate thick creams that feel like they’re suffocating my skin, and I hate anything that takes ages to sink in. Enter, the new(ish) Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream. I apply a thin layer morning and night and let it work its magic. Instantly, skin looks refreshed, plumped and reenergised. And the best bit? My foundation applies like a dream afterwards.
My lips get dry. Like disgustingly dry. Honestly with my eczema combined with these lips, it’s a wonder I have a boyfriend. I’m gross. Despite this, I’m a lip balm addict. Some might argue that these things play hand-in-hand and they’re not wrong. This month I discovered that I might be doing my lips more harm than good, so I did a little digging. Quickly I discovered the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Baume. While it hasn’t totally cured my lips of dryness, I’ve never had them this soft. In fact, this is my third tube.
I briefly touched on the True North De-Stressed Face Mask in my mask round-up, but it totally deserves a spot here too. I was first introduced to True North back in March, and I’ve become a little bit obsessed. It’s a Scandi brand (which had me sold straight away) that champions the idea of simple, yet effective, science-led skincare. Founded by Jan Behrens, a Danish Medical Research Specialist, everything in the lineup just seems to work. And with minimal fuss. Cooling, soothing and indulgent, this face mask does just what it promises.
Not new but new to me, Dr Hauschka Eye Revive has seen me through recent late nights and early mornings. I honestly can’t believe I’ve gone so long without it. Little ampules of solution containing a concoction of fennel, chamomile and black tea to brighten and revitalise the eye area are packaged alongside a box of cotton pads. Simply empty one of the ampules onto a cotton pad, split it in two and apply one to each eye. After 10 minutes, I feel like a new woman.
Last up is fragrance. I’m a Chloé girl through and through when it comes to my perfumes and their latest launch has me heart-eyed. Chloé Nomade smells just as good as it looks. I have seen lots of people describe this as a heavy evening scent but I couldn’t disagree more. It’s slightly heavier, yes, but not heavy in an evening kind of way. With oak moss, cherry plum and freesia, it has that air of freshness about it that you’ll only find in a Chloé perfume. Basically, I’m showering in the stuff.
And that’s that! My April favourites. I’m actually super excited for what is to come in May. I’ve got a painfully busy month, and I’m both excited and insanely anxious for what lies ahead. If you’ve got any recommendations for me based on what you’ve read above, please do drop a comment to let me know. Thanks for reading and I hope you guys had as lovely an April as I did!