Today the sun is shining and it feels like Spring has definitely sprung in Cambridge! It’s meant to be the hottest day of the year so far, and it certainly felt like it during my morning run (the first one for about a month may I add!). I decided that it is therefore a glorious time to write my first monthly favourites blog.
In no particular order:
Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm
This is a surprising little gem that I picked up from my local Boots a few weeks ago. Normally I quickly google reviews on Makeupalley before purchasing, but as it was on offer I decided to throw caution to the wind – and I’m glad I did! I love it because it seems to just melt into the skin, and although I was unsure about colour match (there is only one shade to pick from) it seems to magically bend in to match my skintone perfectly! It looks quite matt when it’s on and is definitely light to medium coverage, perfect for a ‘no makeup’ day or as a skin protector on a holiday or exercising outside (I had this on my face when I went for my run today) as it’s SPF 30 it will help prevent sunburn and wrinkles! The only thing I would say is that as I have oily skin, I wouldn’t wear this for a full day at work as it tends to get shiny after a couple of hours.
Benefit Benebalm and Lollibalm
My friend bought me a pack with these tinted lip balms in it as a late Christmas gift, and I have been using these two beauties ever since. They are counterparts to Benetint and Lollitint – which I am not overly keen on – so I wasn’t expecting to love these, but I really do! They are uber moisturising and so comfortable on your lips, and they give a very nice wash of colour to your lips, lighter and sheerer than lipstick, but I would say more colour than a normal tinted lip balm. I love both of these colours too, they are super wearable, and I think I will be repurchasing both when they run out (which will be pretty soon at this rate!).
Mac Brown Crayon in Spiked
I am definitely guilty of over plucking my eyebrows when I was younger, and despite trying to grow them back I am still left with overly skinny, overarched brows that need a bit of filling in. I have tried a few different products, Anastasia Dipbrow Pommade, Dior’s Powder Eyebrow Pencil, plus a few drugstore versions, but I struggle finding a shade dark enough to match my brows and one that doesn’t smudge and is easy and quick to use. Et voila, Mac comes to the rescue! This ‘crayon’ is super easy to use, the shade Spiked is a perfect match, and it lasts through a sweaty gym session. Love! My only gripe is that it’s quite expensive for something that runs out after a couple of months, so if anyone can recommend a dupe I’d be keen to hear from you!
Mac Half Lash Curler
Talking of Mac, when I visited my friend Sarah in Paris, as a treat we decided to pay for an hour’s makeup application at Mac on the Champs Elysees, with the money back to spend on products after ❤ joy! I was really pleased with how the MUA did my look, and she made my eyelashes look super curly and amazing by using this half lash curler. I am lucky to have naturally long eyelashes but they do tend to be quite straight and uncurly, and when I have tried using full eyelash curlers in the past they catch on my lashes and I find it hard to get in at the right angle. These half curlers are so much easier to use! I actually didn’t even know these existed, but I am so happy to have been introduced to them at last!
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
I have bought a few different skincare products from France after reading reviews, and to be honest most of them are a little overhyped. Apart from this one that is! This balm (which you can easily get in the UK, just for a little bit more money) is super duper hydrating, and your lips feel moisturised for AGES. If you have dry lips and put this on before you go to bed, they will still be silky smooth and soft when you wake up. The balm is also quite matt and thick, and I think it would make quite a nice primer under your lipstick.
Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads
OMG I love these babies! I wasn’t too sure about them when I picked them up, as I had seen various ‘celebrities’ snapping them (Millie Mackintosh and Kylie Jenner, I’m looking at you) and that always makes me doubt the product as I’m sure they get paid lots of money to promote them, whether or not the product actually works. But these definitely do! I use mine after cleansing in the evening, I wipe one all over my face, allow the residue to dry, and then apply serum and moisturiser as normal. I swear they make my skin much clearer and glowier by the morning! I think they may help prevent acne too as I don’t tend to get as many spots or blackheads as I used to. Anyway, do give them a try, I personally think that they are well worth the money. Boots and Superdrug usually have good offers on this range too.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Sin)
Ok so this is not really an April favourite, it’s more of a last 3 years of my life favourite, but I thought I would include it anyway! This is a primer for your eyeshadow, but it’s a pretty champagne colour that works really well on its own too. I never wear eyeshadow or liner without this badboy on – it makes my eyeshadow stay on for hours (and for an oily skinned girl that’s quite a feat!) and it just gives an extra dimension to the eyeshadow on top. This is one that I will just keep repurchasing, but the tube seems to last for aaages and so far I have only had to repurchase once!
Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Firming Serum
Since travelling in Australia and NZ, where the sun is a LOT stronger and harsher on your skin, I have noticed wrinkles on my forehead and round my eyes. I wouldn’t say that they are particularly deep or noticeable, but at the ripe old age of 30 it was a good wake up call to make me look after my skin a bit better. Despite trying other, more pricey serums aimed at wrinkles, I didn’t notice much of a difference and decided to do some research on Paula’sChoice website for something cheaper, yet effective, and I found this serum by Olay. I have used it for about a month, and I do think it has reduced the lines quite significantly. The serum goes on smoothly, sinks in quickly, and seems to moisturise quite well so I tend to just add extra moisturising cream when I put it on at night. Make up seems to wear well on top of it in the day, and I haven’t noticed any adverse effects. So far, so good! I’m very happy with this product, especially as it is miles cheaper than some of the other, higher end skincare serums out there.
Clarins Instant Concealer 01
Last but not least is another product that I discovered on a beauty blog – I think it was I Covet Thee. I was after a new undereye concealer as all the ones I have tried seem to cake under the eyes and sometimes highlight fine lines as opposed to covering them up! This little beauty works a charm – it is a great match for my (pale) skin, does a fab job of covering up my horrible dark circles, and does not crease or cake over time. Love this! It glides on and is super blendable too.
That’s all from me for now but I would love to know your thoughts on these products – have you tried them? – and let me know your April favs too! x