Tuesday, 3 May 2011

April 2011: This month, we have mostly been wearing...

Another month has passed by in a whirl of UK bank holidays, royal weddings, and other things not quite so exciting as lipstick.  Here's what's been tickling our fancy in April.


1.  OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil (£9.50/7.5ml)*
Usually, the most I can be bothered to do with my nails is file and paint them.  Taking macro photos of my nails, though, highlights the fact that I bite my cuticles, so I've been trying to make them look more healthy with this oil. It's lovely stuff - slippery enough to help me push my cuticles back and to massage into my nails and nail area, but not so oily that it leaves a residue on the nail.  I've been trying to make my husband's hands look more groomed recently, and he doesn't object to this stuff - which means it smells nice, but not too obtrusive or "of hippies".

2.  Barry M Dazzle Dust in Mushroom (£4.59)
I know I wrote about this very recently, but I've really been loving it this month.  This pinky toned taupe shade is incredibly flattering against my greenish eyes, and it's seriously cheap for the pretty, almost metallic sheen.  This has reignited my love of loose eyeshadows - and I suspect I might be grabbing a couple more in the next few months, particularly as summer takes away my desire to wear 6 colours blended together on a daily basis.

3.  Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 (£9/15ml)
I reviewed this in June 2010, and I'm still using the same tube.  I apply it every morning (and some evenings) before I do my makeup, and by the time I'm done my lips are soft and smooth, ready for lipstick - even matte shades that require a perfectly smooth base.

4.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Blushing Lilac (£18)*
Lipstick is one of my greatest makeup passions, and the Pure Color range ticks all the boxes - comfortable, high pigment, great finish, excellent wear, massive selection of shades.  I wasn't sure about Blushing Lilac - it's a little more amber toned than I'd usually go for, but I've found myself wearing it frequently.  If you're a lipstick lover, you should definitely try these lipsticks.

5.  Leighton Denny Nail Lacquer in Up in the Air (£11, 12ml)
When I first bought this, I was a little bit meh about it.  A pale, lilac pink toned silver, it's very understated - not something I usually go for, nail-wise!  I've been layering it with all manner of things this month; Barry M's new blue and pink crackles look great over it, as does any glitter/shimmer topcoat.


Pai Chamomile and Rosehip skin cream (£22, 30ml)
I ordered a few bits from Pai this month as my skin has been playing up, with red irritated patches, particularly under my eyes. It's a very gentle, easy to use and beautifully chamomile-scented lotion. Unfortunately it has no SPF, but it's great as a gentle, soothing night cream.

Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo in "Dark" (£5.49, 150ml)
I've recently discovered dry shampoos. Not only are they good for guarding against greasy roots, they're great for adding some volume to the hair without having to wash and blowdry. The fact that this one is available in two brunette shades (Dark and Mid brown) means that it's very easy to use without creating a grey cast to the hair, which can be a problem with "regular" white dry shampoos.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 (£21, 30ml)*
It's been hard to avoid the promotions and ads for this new TM, which replaces the old Clinique Almost Makeup, an old favourite and one of my first ever high end purchases. The Moisture Surge incarnation is light, applies easily, looks very natural and provides just enough coverage for me to be able to skip concealer. The main reason I wear it is for the SPF 15, which this month has been invaluable in the unseasonable sunshine.

The Sanctuary Revive candle (£12.25, around 150g)
The Sanctuary have just brought out a new sub-brand with 3 scent lines, Revive, Relax and Sleep. The Relax products are scented with labdanum, cedarwood and vetivert, and I can't get enough of the soothing fragrance. As these products are currently 3 for 2 in Boots, I've also bought the body wash and bubble bath, which faithfully continue the scent experience. Prices are higher than usual, but the divine smell is worth it.

Comme des Garcons Incense Series: Kyoto (£46, 50ml)
Probably about the most unseasonable scent imaginable (unless I were to wear some kind of Christmas Cake scented product) but I have a love for this that transcends all seasonal boundaries. It's a gentle, soft, powdery-sweet sort of incense that clings to skin and isn't at all smoky or bitter. It's very soft-hearted, for an incense, and while some might find it a more masculine scent, I think it's perfect for both sexes. Not sharing mine though.

* denotes PR samples

1 comment:

  1. The mushroom dazzle dust is my favourite from Barry M its so gorgeous! The Clinique tinted moisturiser is now on my wishlist! xxx


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