Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Favourites

I know I'm a teeny bit late with this (blame my laptop) but here are my April favourites. You can also watch my April Favourites video on YouTube.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
I'm not going to say too much about this foundation because I have already done a pretty extensive blog about it here. However, I will say that this foundation has now become my go-to daily essential. I never used to wear foundation as I do have a really good complexion anyway, I used to just slick on a bit of BB cream and I'd be ready to go. But this foundation gives such a gorgeous, dewy, natural-looking coverage that I can't not use it!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Liner
I recently picked up this eye liner as I'd seen it mentioned on quite a few other blogs for its longevity and pigmentation. I previously used the Rimmel Kohl eyeliner but the Scandaleyes is so much better! It goes on super black and really does stay on all day without any smudging or fading.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers
I can't even begin to tell you how much I flippin' love these lip lacquers, I've been wearing them nearly every day since I got them! They're a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss - they apply like a lip gloss but feel more like a lipstick, they're not at all sticky. The colours I have above from left to right are: Luna, Celestial, Nova, Galaxy, Stellar and Apocaliptic. Luna is a very cute orange-based pink which looks gorgeous for Spring, where as Celestial is a medium dusky pink. Nova is a barbie pink lip colour. Galaxy is one of my favourites and that's a lovely plum pink colour. Apocaliptic and Stellar are much more vibrant, with the first a bright pink and the second an orange-based red. You can see me wearing Celestial, Stellar and Apocaliptic in this blog post whilst I'm wearing Galaxy in my latest YouTube video. These lip colours are very pigmented and really do last for hours. Love, love, love!

MUA Blusher
I stumbled upon MUA a couple of months ago whilst browsing Superdrug and as I'd been wanting a new pink-based blusher I thought I'd give this ago. MUA is so cheap so I thought 'no big deal if it's crap!' I've been so impressed with this blusher. The colour is gorgeous (I bought shade 2) and it stays on so well. I used to use No.7 blusher but I didn't find the staying power to be so good. I'll definitely be stocking up on this little gem in the future.

Barbara Daly Eyebrow Pencil
This is another product I'm not going to talk to much about as I've already blogged about it. I find this eyebrow pencil to be the absolute perfect shade for, applies very well and lasts a really long time. A daily essential!

Essie Fiji
I had been looking for the perfect neutral off-white nail varnish for a while, then I saw Lily Melrose wearing Essie Fiji in one of her videos. This is the most beautiful cream colour with just a perfect hint of pink and I adore wearing this. I colour is opaque enough to only have to put on a couple of coats and in general Essie nail varnishes last a really long time with hardly any chips.

Tresemme Platinum Strength 
Next up are some more products that have been mentioned on numerous other blogs - the Tresemme Platinum Strength hair care collection. I have the shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning treatment and leave in condition. These products claim to rewind up to two years of damage, which is a pretty big claim! I wouldn't go as far as to say they do that but my hair does look lovely and shiny and feels quite soft. They don't weigh my hair down either so all round winner!

Olay Regenerist Serum
With me turning 25 in Summer I'm starting to become really paranoid about fine lines and wrinkles, especially on my forehead. I read up on some reviews on Boots and the Olay Regenerist Serum came highly recommended. It's a very lightweight serum that I apply twice a day to my entire face. The product claims to visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines and leave your skin looking and feeling younger. Although my fine lines are still there, I have noticed a slight reduction in them so I'm happy with this product. It doesn't leave your skin feeling remotely greasy and it doesn't have any bad smell or leave any residue. I find it also works really, really well as a primer.

Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter
This isn't just an April favourite, the Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter is a lifetime favourite of mine! It smells divine and is so lovely and thick. I use this all over my body and is rubs in so nicely, straight away my skin feels smooth and nourished and quite frankly I smell amazing all frickin' day after I've applied this!

There we have it, my April Favourites. Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. HI Nicola, some lovely faves here - I have Nova from the apocalips range but I think i definitely need to buy some more after reading this. Love Laura A Scottish Lass

  2. Great selection of favourites here! I love the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, i need to repurchase it as ive used up mine! :)

    Thanks for following from the bloghop - ive followed back :)
    Natalie xx

  3. Essie Fiji is so lovely isn't it.... Found your blog via BBloggers Global xx

  4. Ooo you have some fab favourites Nicola :D

    I personally love Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation so it was great to see that on there :D

    Following back from the BBloggers Global Hop!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  5. thanks for visiting my blog..Im dropping by your blog..I miss london so muchhhh! How I wish I can revisit one day!!

    btw how did you comment on my blog?as it does not appear on my disqus comment box...but i receive email can drop me a email at

  6. I found your blog through the BBloggers Global Blog Hop... I love the Apocaliptic shade it's so vibrant :)

    Steff xo

  7. Essie is such a good brand! I find that you can never go wrong with buying their polishes. I love bath and body works strawberry hand creme. Super addictive!

    Cheers, Kelsey.

  8. Wonderful faves lovely. The Wake Me Up foundation and eyeliner are must haves in my collection:)

    Sara xx

  9. I've heard such great things about the 'Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers'
    Tori has it and she swears by it but stupidly enough haven't tried it yet!

    Charlotte x

  10. I've heard great things about the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers ut we don't have them in America yet :-/