April Favourites? That means I have been formally blogging for a month! I am so glad I finally dived in to the world of blogging. My creative juices are flowing and I feel so much more inspired. Life is so hectic, but I have really been loving it. Thank you to all my followers so far and to each and everyone who has taken the time to read my posts. I really really appreciate it. Anyway enough reflection, here are a few bits and bobs that I have been loving this month.
Swisse – Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask (AU$ 14.99 – $19.99)
I love face masks – Any excuse to take 20 minutes to myself and relax and give my skin a little treat. At any one time I probably have 5 masks on the go and always alternate between them all. But, this little beauty has changed that. I cannot put this down and have been in an exclusive relationship with this masks for almost 4 weeks. I have just about finished the whole pot. Full of amazing ingredients like soothing aloe vera, antibacterial manuka honey, purifying charcoal and kaolin clay, this mask feels so lovely on the skin. It is super easy to use and you can actually see the mask drawing out impurities as it dries. My skin feels soft, fresh and clean. The formula is smooth and lovely to apply, it even has a faint cherry scent. The Manuka Honey mask has been my introduction to the Swisse Skincare range, and going by the quality and results it won’t be long until I get my grubby mitts on some more.
Maybelline – ColourBlur Lip Pencil (AU$ 17.95)
Maybelline ColourBlur is a matte lip pencil that was designed to create the ombre look with ease. The pencil is so soft and glides on the lip, I don’t even feel like I am wearing anything. The colours are bright and pigmented and can be built up of for more depth. They are long-lasting and non-drying. At this stage I only have two colours but I will be keeping my eye out for some more.
Weleda – Skin Food (AU$ 14.95)
How have I not heard of or used this product before? I must have been living under a rock. Not only has it been around for 90 years, but it is a cult product. Skin Food is absolutely amazing. It is 100% natural and includes beautiful botanaicals and nourishing oils. It is free from parabens, artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances. Skin Food is cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians. Skin Food is suitable for any dry skin – hands, feet, knees and elbows. But many people have found other uses for it. I have read about people using it as a super hydrating face mask, as a natural highlighter and a lip balm among other things. So far I have only used Skin Food on my dry flaky bits and it has won me over on that use alone. I am a chronic sufferer of dry, split skin and cuticles around my finger nails. It has been like this for as long as I remember and nothing has really made a difference. These little splits are painful and get much worse in the cooler months. They crack and bleed in cool windy weather and are the bane of my existence. However, Skin Food has so far really made a difference. The spilts heal up far quicker than before, they are less painful and I actually think the amount of sores has decreased. The cream itself smells incredible – A bit of an aromatherapy experience. It is thick, but surprisingly absorbs instantly. Skin is left hydrated, soft and smooth. I have already gone through a whole 30ml tube and have just repurchased another one. I have the feeling that this little guy will be with me for a long long time.
Loreal – Lumi Magique (AU$ 34.95 )
I am a bit behind on this product. I have heard bloggers rave about Loreal Lumi Magique for such a long time, but this product never interested me. I used to be all about foundation with a matte finish. I would imagine using a dewy finish would leave me looking like an absolute greaseball by the end of the day. But my tastes have changed, I think a soft dewy finish is really complimentary and looks so beautiful and natural. I needed a new darker foundation after getting into fake tanning, so I thought I would surrender to the hype and give this bad boy a go. I am so impressed by it. It is really long-lasting, great coverage and leaves such a lovely finish. I generally use it with a mattifying primer so that there is some oil control. On particularly warm days I do need a little powder touch up after 5-6 hours, but other than that I adore it. It has definitely been my go to since purchasing it.
This is another hugely hyped product. I had been using Ben Nye powers for baking but they just weren’t cutting it. After reading many reviews I thought I would give in and see what it could do for me. Many bloggers mentioned the scent of the product being overwhelming and a little ‘old ladyish’, but I actually quite like it. It is soft, subtle and floral and disappears once the powder is brushed off. The powder itself is so finely milled and has a slight peach tone to it, however I don’t find that this shows up on the skin. It sits on the skin perfectly and is easily brushed away after baking. My skin is left looking almost air-brushed, soft and smooth. My pores are disguised as well, and that makes me so excited. I do using a setting/finishing spray to remove any excess powder and my make up lasts all day looking freshly applied. The only downside is the packaging. The lid easily slides off – a little too easily. I removed the powder puff and now the powder is just everywhere. I have to be extremely careful opening it to prevent a cloud of powder ending up of the floor. If you know about any hacks stopping this, I would love it know what it is. I have been using Airspun daily for a month now and I have not even made a dint in the product, for only $16 from Crush Cosmetics (cheaper on Ebay), you cannot go wrong.
Gala Daling – Radical Self Love (AU$ 12- $20)
I hate the term ‘self help book’ I prefer to think of these books as a platform to prompt yourself to reflect and grow. I think of myself as a really spiritual person and I try to live my life as instinctively and intuitively as I can. I love the simple pleasures in life, although cosmetics and the beauty industry may contradict that, it is something that brings me a lot of joy. This book just speaks to me. It is simple, practical and not over the top. It is easy to follow with life-affirming lessons. I have had a tough couple of years by completely internalizing my thoughts and feelings because I was afraid to say them out loud and see the reactions of the people around me. It is books like this that have taught me to be more self-aware, and how to live a more fulfilling life. It may sound like a whole lot of new-age nonsense, but it is genuinely and whole-heartedly something that I believe in.
Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins…but felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You’re not alone. Bestselling author and speaker Gala Darling spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling with depression and an eating disorder. Her life was filled with chaos and disaster – simply because she didn’t know how to create the life she dreamed of. In Radical Self-Love, Gala recounts how she turned her life around from self-destruction to self-love, and shows how you can do the same.
I definitely got a bit more personal than I had planned to in this blog 😐 I hope I didn’t bore you too much. Did you have any similar favourites this months?
Until next time,
*Although some products were kindly provided to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include items that I feel are worthy of a mention.