April is over! I am pretty excited to embrace May because it's my birthday in a few days (woo!).
I did film a two part Favourites video, which I rambled on in, so I will try to keep this post nice and short... if you want to see me ramble feel free to watch below:
Onto the favourites!
Illamasqua Shattered Stars Nail Varnish: I loved these nail polishes this month and I did do a whole blog post and a swatch video about them, so I won't go into too much detail. They are super sparkly shades that require 1-2 coats and they look amazing! One warning is that they are very rough so do remember to go heavy handed with the top coat! These aren't cheap, they are $24 in Australia and you can get them at the Illamasqua counters at some Myers, you can also order them from the Illamasqua website. See my full blog review here or you can watch my swatch video here.
Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil: I think this is an old product in the Palmer's line, but they have now added a pump to the packaging. This is my favourite skin product of the month! This is a light weight body oil that doesn't leave you feeling greasy, so I have literally been applying it from my neck down! Since I know it won't make my clothes greasy, I have also been comfortable applying this after my shower in the morning. The only things I didn't like were that the pump squirts the product out pretty fast so you need to be careful when dispensing it, and also that they felt the need to add rosehip fragrance, even though it doesn't contain rosehip oil. Nevertheless, this is one of the only oils that I have tried that hasn't left me feeling gross and greasy, and if it starts to do everything it claims (reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skintone, dry damaged skin, and aging) then I will be a happy camper... so far it makes my skin feel soft and plump. I will no doubt do a full post about this oil soon! This retails for around $18 from Priceline.
Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily Combination Skin in the shade 220 Natural Beige: I bought this foundation over a year ago and I hated it... but for some reason I decided to try it again and I love it! I don't know if it has just been working great with my current primer, but it lasts all day (besides a little patchiness around the nose) and I have been reaching for it whenever I am going to work. Love it! I am shitty that I bought this just before they changed to packaging to include the pump though!
Amika Nourishing Mask: I have dyed my hair recently and so I have been really appreciating good hydrating hair masks. I love the packaging of this mask, I love the scent, I love how soft it makes my hair, and I love that it doesn't weigh down my hair... I just really enjoy it! Check out the I-Glamour website for the awesome packaging of the range, I want them all! I will also do a review of this mask soon!
Mary Kay Timewise Plus Eye Cream: I usually don't see any marked difference when I use an eye cream, but I have been loving this one because I can feel that the skin under my eyes is softer and more plump in the morning after I have applied it! This isn't cheap, but it's a good hydrating eye cream, and you can get it online at the Mary Kay website.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: I have recently bought the official Beauty Blender (which costs a whopping $20) but I have been reaching for the Real Techniques version more often! It isn't as soft as the Beauty Blender, but it has more surface area and I love the flat side for applying foundation to large areas! These are only $6 from iherb! I will be ordering a few of these in my next iherb order. I did a comparison review here.
OFRA Fixline Eyeliner Gel in Black: I have done a full review of this, so I won't go into too much detail, but it is a gel liner that gives a similar effect as MAC Blacktracks, but it is cheaper and contains more product. It is slightly wetter in formula (I prefer the MAC formula) but it is still a great alternative. See my full review here.
|l-r: Covergirl shadow pencil, Mary Kay liner, Ofra liner, Mary Kay bronzer|
Mary Kay Kohl Eyeliner in Blue Knight: I was invited to a Mary Kay blogger event in March and I was give a bunch of goodies (hence the reason they have popped up in my favourites a bit this month) but this liner has been the pick of the bunch for me. This was released in their new Autumn Collection (I did a full blog post here) and I have been reaching for it often. It is dark blue liner with a blue sheen and it is nice and soft so you can blend it out easily or you can apply it to the waterline. Also once this liner sets, it stays put... it reminds me of the Rimmel Scandleyes Kohl Kajal pencils but in thinner retractable packaging. This retails for $18 from the Mary Kay site so it's pretty affordable.
Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder in Chiffon (Natural): During the warmer months I tend to wear a foundation that matches my body (since my face is always light from wearing sunscreen). But as I have been getting paler leading into Winter, I have been wearing lighter foundation and have just warmed it up with a little bit of bronzer. I have been rotating three bronzers, but this is the one I have been using the most. It is a light bronzer with a champagne sheen to it, and it works really nicely for pale skin. I have worn it so much that the patten that was embossed in the powder has significantly worn down over about 3 weeks! It's a nice neutral shade (it doesn't look as yellow as it does in the swatch above) and the sheen gives it a nice glow.
De Lorenzo Elements Sea Swell Volumising Lotion, Amplify Volumising Spray, and Sandstorm Dry Texture Spray: I have been using a combination of these products to give my hair some volume, some grit, and also some hold while I am starting to grow my pixie cut out a little. Now that my hair isn't so short, I can't use holding wax/paste type products anymore because they weigh down my hair. I have been reaching for these as an alternative and I have been loving them. They give my hair a second day hair look without it feeling limp and heavy. I did go into detail about how I use these in the favourites video I filmed, so check that out if you want to see how I combine these products.
Another month down, another month closer to Christmas!
What were your beauty favourites in April?
Check out my second part of my Favourites video if you want to see what some of my beauty fails were and what some of my random favourites and fails were.