It seems like only 2 minutes since I was writing last month’s edit…but that’s because it was. I was two weeks late publishing the previous edition due to all the wedding planning and such. So while March was a late shower, April’s Favourites and New In Beauty piece is bang on time!
So with a mini-heat wave, my wedding, the amazing news that I won Best Beauty Blogger in the prestigious UK Blog Awards 2019…well, April was THE BEST month I’ve had in what feels like forever. I needed a fully good month, full of joy, love and laughter. And April will forever be that in mind, especially after some previously ‘bumpy’ months (to say the least!)
Despite having such a full-on month, I know how much you guys love these posts (I know because Mr Google Analytics tells me so!) so I made sure to keep track of all my new in bits, and the favourites that made April a beauty fab month too. So here’s my April Favourites & New In Beauty edit…
L’Oreal’s New Botanical Hair Range
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen me open the amazing package last month that contained the new L’Oreal Botanical Hair Collection. It was full of botanical themed goodies including a cacti arrangement and everything needed to nurture it. I love PR packages like this, it was one of the most fun ones of recent months, that’s for sure!
The Botanical range is L’Oreal’s new vegan addition to hair care. It’s made with 97% naturally derived ingredients and contains no silicones either so it’s a really nutritious way of caring for your hair with no nasties. I’ve been using and loving the Argan & Safflower Dry Hair shampoo and conditioner which has been really nice post-wedding. I’m trying to rebuild my hair right now after a few disastrous months trying to get the colour right, so I’ve also been using the Ginger & Coriander Fragile Hair Potion too – anything that nourishes and is natural, soft and gentle is a winner from me. Plus it smells really nice too.
Misslyn Shades of Burgundy Palette
Just before Easter this cute little eyeshadow palette arrived from Misslyn and I have surprised myself at how pretty I’ve found it to be! A great budget-friendly palette that costs only £11.50, Shades of Burgundy contains ten different shades with a heavy focus on soft matte finishes. The shades themselves really lend to a nice natural smokey look with that gentle appearance that you can get when you use only matte finishes. All perfectly complimenting, the colours work well for complete eye looks, so you wouldn’t need other shadows and it’s the perfect size and shape to pop in your handbag.
Childs Farm Sun Protection
I got a surprise package from Childs Farm last month containing some sun care products for the boys. It arrived at the perfect time prior to the warm weather spell and that was fabulous because the unperfumed and vegan friendly basis of these products meant the kids were fully protected and I was happy too. I have to be so careful with Josh’s skin, his eczema is terrible and we’ve worked so hard to get it down to a manageable level for him. But anything perfumed or fragranced dries him right out and we go back to dry, cracked skin again. The SPF 50 from Childs Farm didn’t irritate him and protected him all day. And it was great for Hayden’s baby skin too.
Mii Cosmetics Light Loving Illuminator Highlighter
I have been swooning HARD over the Mii Cosmetics Light Loving Illuminator Highlighters. These babies not only look beautiful in the pan but on the skin too they stand out a mile off. I’ve said for years here on the blog that Mii Cosmetics are one brand I think are underrated – their products are excellent quality and work really well. And the new Light Loving Illuminator Highlighters are no different.
With three shades to pick from: Shining Star is your cream/white shade, Leading Lady is your pink tone and Golden Goddess is your golden tone. Between the three you’ve got a shade that will work with all skin tones and the pigmentation is lovely too. It’s creamy with a rich payoff but not so creamy that it doesn’t dust gently on the skin. It’s still powdery enough to need very little to create a killer cheekbone, and it doesn’t have an oily tint to it – which is my pet hate with highlighters. These are great all-rounders and I’d recommend trying them on your eyelids too.
MOR Little Luxuries Snow Gardenia Soapette
I don’t very often use a physical bar of soap any more, I prefer the liquid ‘stuff for various reasons, mostly because it’s easier with a toddler on the lose. However this Little Luxuries Tin from MOR arrived two days before my wedding and I packed it in my hotel bag when I went to the hotel the night before. It smells absolutely divine – it’s gardenia scent really is powerful and completely un-soap like, so it’s more like a body cream scent. Which I loved. It’s gentle to use but floral and heavy in scent. It was a gorgeous treat and something I’d happily buy again for myself or as a gift as the little tin set was only £6. So an absolute bargain. (The matching Hand Cream is beautiful too.)
Misslyn Chocolate Brow Duo Eyebrow Powder
Another cute non-chocolate alternative hitting the sweet spot during April (see what I did there?) was the Misslyn Chocolate Brow Duo Eyebrow Powder. Another little cutie that took my by surprise with it’s performance. This chocolate bar looking powder is not only totally cute but actually really nice for setting your brows. It’s quite powdery but the colour payoff is really true to form and once you get the hang of it (works best with a clear gel) you’ll find it’s a really nice way to sculpt the brows without breaking the bank.
Mii Cosmetics Forever Eye Colour Crayon
Did you know that matte eyeshadow sticks like the Mii Cosmetics Forever Eye Colour Crayons, are great as an eyelid primer too? Used underneath powder eyeshadow, these will make light work of applying your favourite shades. The crayon will blur lines on the lid and fill the whole area with a subtle, natural tone or colour that your eyeshadow can then sit on top of and deliver more impact in it’s colour depth.
Of course these can also be used alone as a really natural looking eyeshadow, something that’s easy to apply and blend out too. And with a crayon you get all the application control as well, so they’re great if you’re working on your technique. The new matte shades are well worth checking out.
Jessica Phenom Blushing Beauty Nail Polish
What could be more perfect for this time of year than the arrival of pastel pink and nude tone nails to match the flowers that are coming to life? The new Jessica Phenom collection is called Blushing Beauty and it’s made up of three absolutely gorgeous (and totally me) shades. There’s a blush tone called You Make Me Blush, a nude pink tone called Sweet Kiss and a darker brown nude called Chocolate Bronze.
The great thing about the Phenom products are that they give a gel-like coverage. Applied over a base coat, and finished with the top coat, this simple 3-step system works easily and you don’t need a UV lamp and you can do it at home. It’s a great alternative to salon visits! Plus the colours in the new collection are perfectly pretty and girlie. One of my favourite Phenom ranges to date I think.
So those are my monthly favourites and new in bits for the month of April! What do you guys think? I hope you’ve found some great bits to keep an eye out for during May!
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