April Favorites 2014 - Featuring L'Occitane, Ojon, TooFaced and Skinn
So, we’re a day late and the photos aren’t the best, BUT here are my April Favourites as promised! I took a couple products from each category or else this list might have gone on forever. Obviously, I use more products than this (haha) but these are the ones that really stood out to me and ones that I used on a daily basis. Let’s start with hair!
LIVE CLEAN CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
This is a great shampoo! I’ve tried lots of different shampoos over the years but I’ve always gone back to this Live Clean Clarifying Shampoo. I know it sounds terrifying to use a Clarifying shampoo on a regular basis but this one is sulphate free and very gentle. It makes your hair incredibly shiny from the apple cider vinegar and leaves your scalp feeling super clean.
OJON RARE BLEND DEEP CONDITIONER
This month I’m going to go silicone free (the horror!) thanks to Weleda, but this was the conditioner I turned to all of April to keep my hair super soft and touchable. This conditioner apparently has a “moisturizing” side and a “hydrating” side (there are two different formulas in the bottle) which I didn’t know were different things. But hey, either way, it works!
L’OCCITANE ALMOND SHOWER OIL
This is holy grail status. I never thought I would say that about a body wash but you have to try this if you have any sort of sensitive or dry skin. I’m obsessed! This is an oil that slightly foams when you add water to it to gently cleanse your skin. It smells amazing and leaves your skin almost moisturized enough to skip moisturizer. And a bonus, using this, I’ve got the closest shave I’ve ever had!
ST. TROPEZ ONE NIGHT ONLY INSTANT GLOW BODY LOTION
I’m trying to extend my Mexico glow as long as I possibly can and this is definitely helping! I’m such a klutz when it comes to applying self-tanner that I feel much more comfortable using one that will only last “One Night Only”. This gives you a totally believable glow with absolutely no orange. It doesn’t rub off on clothes but it washes off at the end of the night!
MAC LIGHTFUL SOFTENING LOTION
I like using toners in the morning instead of a soap and water cleanser and this is the only one I’ve used all April. Actually, it’s empty now! This is super gentle and has loads of beneficial ingredients for skin like antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators. It would also be a great lightweight moisturizer for very oily skins!
PAULA’S CHOICE CLEAR EXFOLIATING SOLUTION
If there’s one thing that’s kept my breakouts at bay, it has to be this product! This is actually my fourth bottle of this and I don’t think I can ever be without it again! It’s a gentle, water light solution with 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate and keep skin super clear and even toned. If you’re looking for a great exfoliant don’t look any further than this! You won’t regret it!
SKINN COLLEGNEISIS STEM REGEN & EYE STEM REGEN
I only have the Eye Stem Regen in the photo because I’ve run out of my face one and I’m waiting for my Showstopper from The Shopping Channel to come. That being said, you know it’s good because I’ve use it up and ordered more! This is a lightweight, hydrating serum with some amazing ingredients in it! If you haven’t heard of Skinn before I would definitely look into them. They make amazing products and sell them for very reasonable prices. If you’re an ingredient reader like I am, you’ll be amazed at what they offer!
CLARINS RADIANCE PLUS GOLDEN GLOW BOOSTER
I mix this bronzing serum into my Skinn Stem Regen every morning to maintain a healthy glow! It doesn’t ever look streaky, you can customize how much you add every day to adjust your bronze and it isn’t drying or too oily – you really don’t even notice the texture! Clarins makes amazing self-tanners and this is no exception!
EMINENCE TROPICAL VANILLA DAY CREAM SPF 32
I really wish this wasn’t so expensive because I really love it. I’ve used this every single day for a couple months now and won’t go back. It’s hydrating but leaves a matte finish so you don’t end up looking greasy throughout the day. It also has a high SPF which is what I look for in a day moisturizer. And a bonus, it smells great and is all natural!
SKINN OLIVE & ENZYME CLEANSER
Here’s yet another Skinn product in my favourites! There’s literally nothing that takes my makeup off better at the end of the day than this super rich balm cleanser. It smells like oranges and removes makeup, hydrates and really deep cleans skin with enzymes. It also doubles as a deep cleansing mask, which I do once a week, by leaving it on skin for 10 minutes or so. You can see the dead skin cells being rinsed off your face when you wash clean!
PETER THOMAS ROTH ANTI-AGING BUFFING BEADS
I have pretty sensitive skin so when it comes to manual exfoliation I need something really gentle. These buffing beads are not only super gentle but it contains glycolic acid to aid in the exfoliation. It isn’t drying whatsoever and leaves skin feeling amazingly soft and hydrated. It also comes in a huge bottle and is great to use on the body as well. This is also one of my boyfriends favourite shower products!
TOO FACED CHOCOLATE SOLEIL BRONZER
Hands down the best bronzer I’ve ever used. It’s matte, perfectly bronze and doesn’t cake or streak. Oh, and it smells like chocolate – what more could you want?
PIXI ILLUMINATING TINT & CONCEAL
This was one of my go-to products while in Mexico. I would always apply this before going out to dinner to give me a glow, some sun protection (SPF 20) and a hint of tint. The concealer in the lid is also incredibly handy and you can have a flawless face in 30 seconds flat!
NARS MULTIPLE TINT IN BEVERLY HILLS
This isn’t a traditional Multiple from Nars. This is a sheer red-pink from their limited edition tint collection. I picked this up at Winners so I’m sure it’s not available anymore but it gives you an amazing (and believable) flush of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Luckily for me, it will probably last forever!
SEPHORA COLOR ADAPT BLUSH
Can you tell I was shopping my stash this month? Most of my makeup favourites are discontinued! This gives you another perfect flush by adapting to your pH. It looks like a crazy colour but it comes out gorgeous!
NYX WONDER PENCIL
This really is a little wonder pencil. I’ve always wanted to try MAC Chromographic pencil in NC25 and I believe this is a a close dupe! I can use this for covering minor imperfections, highlighting eyes and lifting my eyebrows all in one.
CHANEL VOLUME DE CHANEL IN KHAKI BRONZE
I like to wear mascara on my lower lashes but I don’t like it to look too intense. This is the perfect colour for brightening up my green eyes while also having a great formulation! This is my first Chanel purchase and will definitely not be my last!
TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA
I’m not going to comment on the “better than sex” part but this is a kick ass mascara. It gives incredible volume, lift and curl and I get multiple compliments when I wear it. It doesn’t smudge, smear or flake throughout the day and the bottle it comes in is made of heavy pink metal!
If you want me to review any of these further I would be more than happy to! Please leave a comment below telling me which one you’d like to know more about and I will do an individual posting!