March Favourites

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

March is over... which means it's favourites time!

The products mentioned are things I found myself returning to day after day during the last month.

March was a month of transitioning. Moving away from the bitter winter months and emerging into beautiful spring. Whilst It was still quite chilly for my liking, there were a few things that helped see me through. 

1. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Protectant
This is my absolute favourite lip care product at the moment. I found myself reaching for this throughout March and even throughout the entire winter months. Its formulation is really suited for chapped irritated skin, with a lovely moisturising feel that doesn't feel greasy or uncomfortable on the lips. It also contains SPF and works as a great lipstick "primer". I love wearing this with a no-make-up make up look as it adds just the right amount of shine on the lips, without the need of any gloss. The only down side is I get through these pretty fast and they don't come cheap... but it's definitely one of my must haves!

2. 2015 Journal
I started writing a journal on and off mid last year, and at the end of the year I read back through my entries. I wished had written every week, as the words jogged my memory and the happy moments flooded back. At the beginning of this year I bought a new diary and set myself a task to write an entry every day. So far so good! I'll often flick back a few pages and see what I was up to. Most of the time it's nothing amazing, it could be a conversation I had or a movie I sat and watched with my mum and comments about my day. It could be about a day out or a meeting with friends. The idea behind this is that no matter how big or insignificant the moments, I make a point to write about them, and when I read back to those big or small moments I'll be able to really remember them. I can't wait to have 365 pages of memories to read!

3. Pukka - Three Tulsi Tea
I'm not a big tea fan to be honest, but I do like a good peppermint tea. So when I came across the Pukka Tea section in Whole Foods I was amazed by the variety on offer - seriously check it out, there's something for everyone.. even non tea lovers! The Three Tulsi Tea stood out more than the others, mostly because I'm very familiar with Tulsi and I was intrigued what the tea form would taste like. It's a very light refreshing taste almost a mix between basil and peppermint and I've been loving it. It's a great little pick me up when I'm feeling like I need a little detox. "A beam of clarity, and a joyful lift of spirits" is a great way to put it, Pukka!

4. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
Well that's a bit of a mouthful of a title. I've only recently joined the serum bandwagon, as I've read about the benefits of applying before moisturising. I came across this mini sample I had and just started using it daily, morning and night, before I applied my moisturiser. I'm not a fan of slapping layers of product on to my skin as it is on the dry side and can easily be irritated if there is too much on it. However this serum is very easy to use and has suited my skin like a dream. It's light in consistency and a few drops go a long way. Providing hydration, my skin really does feel quenched. It leaves my skin soft and plump ready for the long day ahead.

5. Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer
I have been super impressed with this concealer! It's been around the beauty blogs a heck of a lot in the past few months and I can definitely say this product is worth the hype. I've been using this for a while now and love how easy and effective this little drug store gem actually is. It comes in two shades - I've been using the shade Light. The formula has anti age properties in it which means it's very fine and doesn't crease in the fine lines around the eye area. I also use this for subtle contouring along the bridge of my nose, forehead and chin. If you have blemishes, this also hides them well. It doesn't cake or stick to any dry spots on my face - as you can tell I loved it! Great little product and very affordable.

6. Bumble and bumble. Hairdressers Invisible Oil
My hair, as much as I love it, is on the wavy/frizzy side. I have tried a countless number of serums, oils and cremes to try and avoid a frizz ball of naturally dried hair (picture Hagrid). With no luck I often reached for my blowdryer or straighteners, until I discovered this hair oil. One of the reasons I have been loving this is that there is no sticky/oily/greasy residue left in the hair. The hair doesn't feel weighed down or  leave me wanting to wash it as all the other products did. This really is an invisible oil. It smells lovely and most importantly it tames the frizz. I apply it to wet hair and maybe pop a little more on once it's dry. That's it. I recommend the travel sized one, It's the perfect size for handbags/makeup bags and a little goes a very very very very long way... plus it's cheaper!

7. Real Techniques Stippling Brush
This is the only make up brush I used throughout March to apply foundation. I was hooked! It's a really good quality affordable brush that has surprised me. I bought it a couple of months back and at first I wasn't convinced. However after a few attempts it does give a great flawless finish. I use this when applying light coverage, and use the bristles to dot (stipple) the product around my face evenly. I then begin to blend the product in using circular motions. It leaves the foundation perfectly blended every time. Quick and easy!

8. Moleskine - Set of 2 Ruled Notebooks
I saw these cute Moleskine notebooks in Paperchase and I just couldn't resist. I love a good bit of stationary, and I've always been a fan of Moleskine books - I have a few sketchbooks and journals, and the paper quality is great. These minis are 2.5" x 4" and are perfect for popping into your bag for when you're on the go. I keep one in my handbag to jot down ideas about blog post or photos, as my best ideas tend to spring up on me at the most random times. So handy to have around! (P.s. I know we can use apps on our phones to make notes these days, but I much prefer a good pen and paper!)

I hope you enjoyed reading some of my favourites, here's to a great April!

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