Sunday, 1 May 2016

April Beauty Favourites


 This has to be one of the best highlighters out there. The beautiful shimmery pink formula can be easily be blended using either your fingers or a highlighter brush to the cheekbones to create a beautiful highlight and when under light, looks stunning. Although this is a high end product and brand, I think this price is quite affordable compared to other high end highlighters and performs the best out of any other highlighters I have tried.
 I had read so many reviews about this blush for ages and decided that I would try it out and see if it was as good as everyone claimed it to be. I was sold the first time I used this blush. The lovely pink shade combined with the small gold pigments helps to create a natural, healthy glow and tint to the cheeks without looking too bold.  
As a beginner of contouring, I purchased this as I thought it would be a pretty easy palette to start with. The matte bronzer performs superbly when blended properly on the cheeks and once topped with my 'Orgasm' blush and 'Copacobana' illuminator, creates a wonderful illusion of sharp cheekbones. However I found the matte powder highlighter to be of no use on the cheekbones and is more suitable as a translucent powder or subtle highlight on the brow bone. My only other criticism would be that the bronzing shade (Paloma) in this particular palette is a little red toned for my skin and therefore if I was to repurchase this product, I would choose the Olympia shade instead. However, overall, this is a great place to start for contouring beginners like myself.

Recently, I've grown bored of my nail polish collection and after seeing many people wearing and rocking white nail polish, I decided to try a slightly lilac/white shade from Essie. The colour looks lovely on, however it does take 3 or 4 coats to look fully pigmented with no streaks.


Ever since I received the Zoeva 'Rose Golden Luxury Set' for Christmas, I have completely fallen in love with these brushes. The 227 brush helps to blend eye shadow perfectly and the 231 brush can be used to add a darker shade into the crease of the eyelid - both together are perfect for creating a smoky eye effect. The brushes are also extremely easy to clean and I have not yet had one bristle fall out of any of the brushes in this set in the four months I have been using them. I cannot recommend these brushes enough!

As I mentioned in my Lush haul a few days ago, this face mask has literally saved my skin. The mask not only smells heavenly and exactly like peppermint tea, but helps to clear the skin of any blemishes, break outs and redness and leaves skin feeling super, super soft. I will definitely be repurchasing!
I have been on the hunt for a new moisturiser for quite some time now as I have always been quite hesitant to buy high end moisturisers due to the fear that they wouldn't be suitable for my skin and I don't think drugstore moisturisers perform too great. However Lush's skincare range meets perfectly in the middle of drugstore and high end, and to be honest, when I received amazing advice on which products would be best on my skin from a lovely lady working in the Oxford St Store, I was left questioning myself on why it has taken me this long to try out Lush's skincare. This moisturiser has definitely helped to repair my dry, blemished skin over the past few weeks and I have definitely noticed that I am having considerably less breakouts and my skin has a much healthier glow.  
I stopped using dry shampoo for a long time after I grew bored of Batiste's white, powdery, chemical filled formula. However I bought this on impulse when it was on offer in Boots and I have been very impressed. The spray adds an instant lift to hair and the Jojoba Seed Extract naturally conditions hair naturally; something I have convinced myself is much better for my hair than other dry shampoos.. however I'm not sure how true that is. Besides, I prefer this dry shampoo much more than Batiste's and I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quick hair fix at an affordable price.
What have your favourite beauty products been this April?
Kathryn x

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