The stand-outs # 4

1 May 2014

Going over the products which stood out for me in April

Quick and easy has been the theme of April, a busy month with deadlines, exams, and nowhere near enough time to indulge in my beauty obsessions. May is here and I'm excited to have more free time, time I will be spending indulging in a whole host of new products, conjuring ideas for the blog and looking forward to warm days and sunshine. Through April I opted for sunkissed looks, touches of highlight, nude lips and a base that lasts with minimal fuss. On release I dashed to buy the coveted YSL Touche Eclat foundation (FeelUnique, 30ml, £30.50), but it took me months to decide whether I liked it or not, only managing to decide I liked it enough to keep it, but not enough to rave about it. Throughout April, alongside the famous Touche Eclat pen (FeelUnique, 2.5ml, £25), YSL has provided the perfect base that manages to give a dewy effect, whilst managing to keep the oil at bay. YSL bases have taken the top spot right now, and I'm doing my research to see which one to try next. Any recommendations? 

I love the sun-kissed look and it's probably the look I feel suits me most, due to my Mediterranean background. A touch of bronze is a must for me, even when I'm going for that barely there look, and The Body Shop Honey Bronze (TheBodyShop, 11.5g, £13) is easily the most everyday wearable bronze in my collection that adds a natural touch of colour whilst being the perfect buildable contour. For a golden highlight, there's one must-have in my collection that I just can't help reaching for - the absolutely stunning Elizabeth Arden Summer Escape Collection Bronzing Powder (FeelUnique, 7.5g, £28) in Warm Glow, a new addition to my stash which gives that perfect bronzed Goddess look effortlessly. For blush? A subtle offering from MAC, Fairly Precious MSF (which was unfortunately limited edition) It adds just a perfect touch of colour to my cheeks, and if not, Luminoso Baked Blush from Milano gives a touch more peach for days out, when I need something with a little more warmth. For lips? I am just smitten with the luxurious and long-lasting formula of Honey Beige from the Maybelline Colorsens Nude Lipstick (Boots, £6.99) new range. Such a dreamy formula, Maybelline are easily my favourite offering for drugstore lips. 

There's been a few skincare loves for me recently, but there's two products in particular I am rushing to get my makeup off for, and two very purse-friendly options too. A perfect travel size Melvita Orange Blossom Floral Water (Melvita, 200ml, £16) as been a perfect way to try Melvita properly, and has left me with a long list of products I am dying to try. It adds a nice hydration boost and works well as a second toner if I'm using one of my many exfoliating toners as a first. Next on my Melvita-to-try list is Damask Rose Floral Water, as well as a full size of the Orange Blossom. Steamcream (FeelUnique, 75g, £12.95) really won me over from first try and my delightfully designed pot has stayed in my routine. For me, it's perfect for making my neck and decolletage feel insanely soft and plump, and staple in my skincare routine morning and night.  

My final stand-outs for April are for those who love beauty-related reading material. I can never get enough of the latest beauty news from Allure (Newsstand, £6.25), forever lusting after American products (which reminds me - I need to renew my subscription!) Another beauty-themed read I am loving is the fantastically detailed, informative and helpful Medicinal Cookery; How you can benefit from nature's edible pharmacy, by Dale Pinnock (Waterstones*, £5.99) which is helping me towards making a choice in how to drastically, but in a hugely beneficial way, change my diet. What stood out for you through April? 

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