April Favourites

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April is almost over and I’ve been really hoping that by now winter would be gone too but I’m still wearing warm sweaters and scarves. That’s why this month’s favourites are a bit of what my skin still needs but also adding a pop of spring colour.

The colour actually comes from a lipstick and it’s the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty. I’ve been really enjoying this muted dusty rose shade that actually goes quite opaque. The formula is creamy and feels moisturising although it doesn’t replace lip balm. It doesn’t last all day, of course, but 3-4 hours is pretty good for me. It’s really affordable but the quality of the product is very good. Many people say that this shade is a dupe for MAC Syrup but I can’t compare them since I don’t have Syrup around me. I prefer natural and fresh look for spring, so this shade has been often on my lips in April.

I never thought that investing in a good pair of eyelash curlers would make such a difference to my eye look. Each day, I feel more and more convinced that I made a good choice by picking up Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. I don’t think my eyelashes are bad but they just grow straight, so I need a bit of help on the curling front. The curlers really open up the eye and mascaras perform better as well.

Lately, the wind outside has been fierce and my hands are terribly flaking and bleeding again. Many of the hand creams I own aren’t suggested for use when you have scratches or wounds, so it can be even more painful to apply hand cream than not using one. One product stood out in the month of April and it’s the Mirins Copenhagen Tea Tree & Lavender Hand Balm*. The texture reminds me of my favourite Hand Salve from Burt’s Bees. It’s a solid balm that melts into an oil on your skin, has herbal scent and rich texture which I love. Feels very soothing on my irritated hands, the Tea Tree Oil is also antiseptic and I use this balm as a night hand moisturiser. On the next morning, I see a significant change in my hands condition. This hand balm also contains Apricot Kernel Oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax.

Sanctuary SPA recently arrived at the Norwegian drugstores with several of their products. I was curious to try some of them and because I use up my body washes extremely quickly, I decided to pick their Cleansing Burst Body Wash. After that I got some more products from London because they looked amazing but unfortunately, I haven’t noticed them here yet. The body wash is infused with essential oils and bursting with moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba which burst on the skin to help the skin feel soft and smooth. It creates a gentle lather, leaves your skin soft and clean and gives your bathroom a spa smell indeed, the smell lingers on the skin as well. It’s really relaxing to take a shower with this body wash and I feel my skin nourished after that. Can’t wait to try the rest of their products.

The big surprise for me comes from the drugstore and it’s a shampoo. I have a long, thick but soft hair and every single hairdresser tells me how they see something like this for the first time in their lives, how my hair is thick but at the same time so soft and falls down heavily and it’s impossible to style it…or at least the hair style doesn’t last more than 30 minutes. Apart from the fact that if I want to look presentable, I have to wash my hair every single day, it sometimes lacks volume because of the ‘falls down heavily’ feature. So, when I saw this post by the lovely Lora (yes, I know, she’s perfect), I knew I had to try the Balea Professional Pure Volume Shampoo. I like that it comes in a squeezy tube and is a clear gel rather than creamy formula that usually weighs down my hair. Smells amazing and the smell lingers on my hair for at least a day. However, what impressed me the most was that it actually does give me volume and makes my hair look shiny and pretty. I love this shampoo and I regret not telling my boyfriend to get more of it when he was in Germany.

What are you loving in the month of April?


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