April 2018 Favourites

Happy May! I love May because it often marks a transition in season (i.e. putting away the winter coat!), it has two bank holiday weekends, and it’s my birthday! April was a particularly work-heavy month for me though I did fit in time for some socialising, exercising, and even a little bit of pampering! May is continuing in a similar way, and I’m loving it. Last year was all about balance and I feel like what I learnt during the year has definitely helped me cope with busier periods more effectively (although my last minute nature and tendency to neglect sleep definitely could be improved!). I hope whatever you are up to in May brings you joy and fulfilment 🙂

In the meantime, here are the things I’ve been loving in April:

During April I facilitated a two-day leadership residential focused on self-development. I didn’t have any presentation slides, and used flip charts when it was helpful to have things recorded. The magic whiteboard was perfect as it sticks to any flat surface (using static), can easily be moved around, and works like a regular whiteboard (uses whiteboard pens, can be wiped clean). I found it really useful for keeping things up on the walls and moving them around when necessary. I also was able to roll up anything we wanted keeping and bring it back to our follow-up day (two weeks later in a different location). I’ve also been bringing the magic whiteboard with me to other events in case there isn’t a flip chart and one would be useful. The only minor downside is it doesn’t fit into my suitcase and can be a bit of a faff to have to carry on public transport. Other than that, this thoroughly deserves its place in my favourites; it’s revolutionised my training materials and will be coming with me to any future workshops/meetings/events. You get 25 sheets in the roll but as they’re reusable this should be pretty much all I ever need! If you ever do workshops/training courses, or chair meetings, I’d highly recommend adding this to your toolbox 🙂
I’m amazed I’m sharing this in my favourites (and even more amazed I actually went through with it). I’ve always been intrigued by having my lashes curled or tinted as I have deep set eyes so having more defined lashes really helps and I can rarely be bothered to curl and apply mascara to my lashes. I read a blog post a little while back about LVL lashes and loved the idea of it – perming and tinting your natural lashes to give the effect of wearing mascara. I found someone less than 5 minutes walk from home, so I contacted her and got booked in. I had my patch test first and had no problems so all was good to go. I’m not really sure what I was expecting but I am seriously so impressed with the results. I can feel my lashes on my eyelid now; they’re that lifted! I can’t believe how much longer they look too – apparently the ends of my lashes were much fairer so adding the dark dye keeps them defined and looking longer. You can add mascara though I haven’t felt a desire to – it’s so handy having them already done and not having to do anything to get ready. The treatment should last 6 weeks and just over 3 weeks on I can definitely believe it! Can’t recommend this highly enough.
I’m not sure why I first picked up one of these but I’m so glad I did! This range has been available for a while now though I think some of the shades are new. I have been loving Pink Ice (the one in the centre – I think this might be called Rose Gold on Superdrug’s website*). Holographic Starburst* (on the right) is more pink and has a stronger holographic effect (perfect for when it’s sunny!), and Holographic Moon* (on the left) is a cooler shade (which to be honest doesn’t suit my skintone as much so I might pass this one on). I love Barry M polishes – the brushes are a great shape which makes application easy, and they tend to last pretty well too (not as long as gel polishes of course but for ease of use I’ve been tending to wear these recently). Cruelty free too 🙂
I can’t believe how much joy a pair of pumps can bring! I bought these flowery pumps a couple of weeks ago and they’ve hardly been off my feet since. I’ve never been a lover of shoes; I’m so much comfier in trainers and am rubbish in heels! In the last few years the variety of different types and styles of pumps available seems to have exploded and this is something I am very happy about. I have quite a few pairs in different colours, and last year got some Disney ones for our honeymoon in Orlando. I was getting some new gym clothes recently when I spotted these and they made their way into my basket. They’re a bit of a marmite thing; some people hate them but I love them and love embracing the more fun, less serious side of myself 🙂
I have my hair coloured every few months and really like the warm tones my hairdresser uses on my hair. I’d heard about toning shampoos and how they can help to keep the colour fresh between colours, though many of them seem to help reduce the warmer tones and enhance cooler ashy tones (which isn’t what I want). When I came across the Infuse My Colour Range I was so excited! They have a wide range of toning shampoos including platinum, copper, ruby, and gold. I went for the gold one and am so impressed! It doesn’t dye your hair, just helps refresh your colour. It’s the perfect thing for me to use between colours. It also adds shine and makes my hair feel lovely! I’m tending to use this once a week to keep the warmer tones and shine in my hair. If you have coloured hair I’d highly recommend this brand – you can check out the full range of My Haircare colour toning shampoos (and conditioner) at LoveLula*.
I’ve been testing a Kiss The Moon Gift Set* and this is the standout product from the set for me (fortunately it’s a full size product!). Initially I really wasn’t sure about this as it’s a really thick balm and I’m used to a much lighter hand cream. However, it feels lovely to apply and doesn’t feel sticky at all. I apply this just before I go to sleep each night and it’s a lovely way to get ready to sleep. You don’t need much so although this isn’t cheap I think it’s good value as I’m sure it will last a good few months even using it every night. It’s a lovely nighttime ritual to have and having a more luxurious product definitely makes the difference for me.
I’ve been trying a few tinted moisturisers, BB creams, and CC creams in the last few months and this is one of my favourites so far. It has a higher level of coverage than the Pacifica BB cream* (see my review), Mossa BB cream* (see my review), and Madara CC cream* so is good for days when you’d like a little extra coverage of dark circles or redness. It isn’t full coverage but it definitely helps to even things out. I like the finish too, it’s not too shiny and not too matte in finish – very natural looking. I find it very moisturising so this one would be good if your skin is a little drier. It has SPF15 which I always like to have as a minimum in my skincare so it ticks that box too. The slight downside is the price – it’s more expensive than others I’ve tried and the packaging isn’t great. The product itself is so good though! I have it in the ‘light’ shade and there’s also an ivory and medium shade. If you’re not sure which shade you might be you can try a sample pack of all shades* which is such a great way to try before you buy.
My skin has been breaking out recently so I’ve been treating it to face masks which has been helping. This one in particular has really helped calm things down, clear up blemishes, and smooth my skin. It’s a clay based mask but it doesn’t dry out my skin, and it smells amazing! I reviewed a few items from the Sukin Supergreens Skincare range previously – I love this range!

 

So those are the things I’ve been loving over the last few weeks. I’d love to hear your current favourites – have you discovered or re-discovered something recently? Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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