April 2017 favourites

Gosh, is it monthly favourites time already?! 

I always enjoy writing these posts because it means I get to ramble on again about the products I've been loving, which always puts me in a good mood ; ). Plus I always hope that others will find a few ideas in these posts for new things to try - one of the reasons why I like reading monthly favourites posts myself.

So without further ado, here are my top picks for April.

Chantecaille Lic Chic in Anais

This product is on my Project Pan list because it's the only high-end lipstick I own and I want to make sure I use every last drop before it gets too old. I've reviewed it here.

While I personally don't think that high-end lipsticks are an essential because you can find so many great budget options in the chemist/drugstore, I have really enjoyed using this while I have it.

It's a beautifully nourishing formula that offers plenty of shine and plumps the lips so they look less lined (something I look for in lip products). Yes it's expensive but I like trying the occasional fancy lipstick, and I do think this one's lovely. While I wouldn't repurchase it because I don't 'value' pricey lipsticks (unlike eg powders, where I really notice the difference between high-end and budget formulas), it's definitely been a favourite for April.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Foundation

Full review here. This foundation is one of the few I've come across that looks like skin. Honestly, whenever I use it I'm still surprised by how natural it looks, particularly given that I haven't had much luck with foundations in the past.

What I also love is that it doesn't sit in pores and it has a slight smoothing effect so it makes my face look more even and a little fresher. Plus it sets so you don't need to use a setting powder if you don't want to - although I prefer to mix a drop or two of oil with this so it's more hydrating, just because I have dry skin and need the extra grease.

A great product. Definitely grab a sample if you struggle with natural-looking foundations like I do.

Darphin Refreshing Toner

It's rare that I find a toner that really grabs me, since most of them pretty much do the same thing and they have to either be really good or really bad to leave an impression. This one did.

It has a gorgeous, understated and interesting scent: I don't actually know what banana flower smells like, but I'm imagining that this is it. It's one of those soft, refreshing smells that adds to the experience of using the product.

Also, some toners can dry me out or leave my skin feeling overly tight: this one doesn't. It treads the right balance between being effective while still being gentle, so I imagine it would work well for skin that's even more sensitive/dry than mine. A lovely product. I've reviewed it here.

Whitsunday Myrtle Lemon Tea Myrtle Body Bar

Full review here. I'm not a soap person (I'm all about the gels and washes), but this has been a favourite this month for the scent alone.

It's a three-layered soap that smells wonderfully lemony and it lathers beautifully. Although it's not the richest lather I've tried, it's definitely creamy and I've enjoyed using it throughout April. 

While I wouldn't necessarily buy it because I still prefer body gels, I wanted to mention it anyway because it's lovely and it would make a good gift for someone who loves soaps.

Nivea Firming Body Lotion with Q10 Plus

This was one of those products that completely surprised me because it actually meets all its claims! So often brands promise the world in product descriptions so I wasn't expecting this to live up to its claims, but it did. I've reviewed it here.

This promises to give you more nourished skin in two weeks, and that absolutely happened for me. It also has a slight firming and toning effect as claimed, plus it leaves my skin feeling softer and more supple to boot.

And it's a cheapie. What more can you ask for?! This has quickly become one of my favourite body creams and I've used it do death recently - to the point that I've just finished my bottle. A definite repurchase for me.

In sum

I hope you enjoyed this favourites post. Do let me know if you've discovered anything amazing this month: I'd love to hear.

Speak soon x

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