01/05/2014

Monthly Favourites // April 2014

April was a good month this year. Majority of it was spent on school holidays and also there were a LOT of public holidays - what's not to love? I have a few new products to share, many of which are from my last collective haul. I also have a couple of random favourites which will be at the end! 














































Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
The newest addition to my cleanser collection and one that I'm enjoying a lot. I will definitely have a full review up of it in due time, but so far I really like it. I wouldn't exactly call it a balm cleanser because it actually doesn't really melt down into an oil (that's what I perceive a balm cleanser to do). It's more of a very thick, pasty cream cleanser. The texture takes a bit of getting used to on the skin because it's not very 'slippy', so it requires a bit more force when working it into the skin. Due to this, I feel like it's really getting in there and cleansing my skin, if that makes sense? My skin is left feeling clean but also very moisturised!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
I've been using these every night since I bought them (replacing the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightener Toner - for now) and have definitely noticed a big difference in my skin. In the 2 or so weeks I've been using them, my skin has been brighter, smoother and I've even noticed my acne scarring to be slightly lighter! I will definitely keep using these and will have a review up after I've used them for a decent while.

My last post was a review of this so I won't talk a lot about it. I've just found this to be an excellent all-rounder foundation. It has good medium coverage, satin-matte finish and excellent lasting power. My one qualm is that the shade I have is too pale, but I've been mixing it to make it work :)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
This little bundle of squishy goodness has been amazing for applying foundation, and my pick for when I have time and want a particularly good finish on my foundation! I have a review soon to be published, but I really do love the way this applies my foundation and finally I have tried a face sponge! Yay!

I know, I know - this is not a new product or a new favourite, but I've been particularly liking it this month. I slightly reshaped my brows and just plucked in a bit more of an arch, so when filled in they look a lot more structured and just better. So I guess you could say my brows have been a fave this month? But this powder is seriously amazing and looks so natural with my blacky-brown hair.

I did not expect to love this as much as I do - but I'm just in love with the colour! It is such a flattering, pale peachy-brown nude that goes with basically everything. Great formula to boot too.






















Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Movie fave! Gah, this movie was AMAZING. If you guys didn't already know, I'm a huge Marvel fan (though I haven't read the comics, even though I sort of want to? But so many things to read, and not enough time! D:), and this installment was by far the most developmental to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and just amazing. The action was choreagraphed beautifully, there were some great political/worldly issues in there, still had some classic Marvel humour, and of course who doesn't love a little Chris Evans?


















Giffing!
I also learnt how to gif this month (thank you Yasmin!) and made a few edits for my tumblr, including my sidebar during the holidays. I've always wanted to learn and it's actually not as hard as it looks. I had fun giffing scenes from a few tv shows and movies and it really makes you realize how dark the lighting is in them! Recolouring them is crucial! Fun stuff giffing is. Fun stuff.

Anyways, those were my April favourites! What have you guys been loving this month?

*Product sent for consideration.

45 comments:

  1. What skin type are you? I want to branch out into other cleansers but I haven't heard great things about Lush Ultrabland... :( Could be very subjective. The FAB pads sound good- I'm eyeing up Mario Badescu's Glycolic Toner for a chemical exfoliant next! And good brows are always a pick-me-up! ;)

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    1. I'm like combination, oily in the t-zone and normal/sometimes dry in the cheeks. I don't find it too heavy/oily if that's what you're worried about. If the residue annoys you, it comes off during toning anyways!

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  2. This post reminded me that I've actually got those FAB pads in my skincare stash, they've been sitting there unloved for a while, am going to dig them out and get back into using them. Gifting? Am lost! Haha!
    www.luluisloving.wordpress.com

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    1. Mhmm you definitely should! Giffing! The art (I use that word loosely) of making gifs - you know those images that move! I make them in Photoshop.

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  3. Great favourites! Those First Aid Beauty pads sound really, I look forward to reading your full review on them because anything that gets rid of acne scars is a win in my book!
    Oh yes, defeinately love me a little bit of Chris Evans ;)

    Chantalle | cece and grace

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    1. Definitely, I'm excited to see how they go in the long run. Mhmmm love me lots of Chris :P

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  4. Amazing picks this month! Ultrabland is such a great, thorough cleanser and you're making me feel like I need that RT sponge and the Arbonne foundation :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Yeah, it's such a good basic cleanser! Mhmm, you need the sponge - it's pretty cheap too!

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  5. Been seeing so many downunder loving and reviewing the Arbonne foundation! Happy to hear that you're love it! I really need to check out revlons new balm stains!

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    1. Yeah, Arbonne in Australia seems to be sending out products to quite a few bloggers - not that I'm complaining!

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  6. WORKIN ON UR EYEBROW GAME I C
    SO YOU'VE FINALLY LEARNED HOW TO GIF. I've got a whole bunch of gif-ing tutorials bookmarked on my browser....because fun! But yeah, making gifs is ridiculously fun and easy, except making gifs to fit into Tumblr's size limit is a bit tricky....IN MY OPINION ANYWAYS.

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    1. YEP YEP. Mhmm so much agree, tumblr size limit can be a bitch. Cutting frames kills me :(

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  7. Yay can't wait for the Real Techniques sponge review! Also, LOL at giffing being a favourite. Gifs are fun, though, I agree.

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    1. Haha, I was pretty gif-happy in the first 2 weeks of April so I thought heyyy why not include?!

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  8. I love LUSH! And such a fan of Arbonne - i love their stuff!

    Luc X
    www.skeeterandscout.com

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  9. Nice favorites! Ooh I've always wanted to gif things but I'm hopeless with photoshop or whatever people use to gif! Your acne scars have faded slightly?! Dang I must check out that FAB radiance pads now! I've heard good things and meh things about the RT miracle complexion sponge so can't wait for your review! I don't think I'll ever fork out that much money for the beauty blonder so alternatives is nice.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. Haha, lucky I had a good tutor! But I'm pretty familiar with Photoshop anyways :) Yes same, $20 for a sponge?! No way!

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  10. I love April because of all the holidays too. It seems like a very short month x

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    1. Yeah! It actually seemed to be quite long for me though. Probably because I was lounging around the house most of the time!

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  11. Lovely faves, I love the real techniques complexion sponge. Its so easy and quick and leaves a flawless finish to the skin. Really been loving your blog lately.

    Lauren Makeup By Lauren Marie

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    1. Thanks! Definitely agree, it's an awesome way to apply foundation!

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  12. I want to try more First Aid Beauty products! So glad you love the Real Techniques sponge - it's my fav too! And I need to watch Captain America .. Heard from my friend that it's "movie of the year" so need to get a move on!

    Nhi | Miss Blushaholic

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    1. I do too! Haha! Yes omg you so need to - wise words from your friend ;)

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  13. I'm wanting to try those Radiance Pads! Everyone is raving about them. As for that foundation I've been adoring it too :D


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  14. Wow, great favourites! I'm very intrigued with the Lush Ultrabland cleanser now, definitely need to go into Lush and do a massive haul! Oh and I need to see the new Captain America movie!

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    1. There are SO many Lush things I've been meaning to try too! Yes, yes you do need to. :P

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  15. I definitely need to check out that Lush cleanser - it sounds great! FAB is quickly becoming one of my favorite skincare brands out there, I really enjoy their Ultra Repair Cream!

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    bespectacled

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    1. Yeah I've been hearing a lot about the brand lately from fellow bloggers!

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  16. OMG I fricking LOVED the winter soldier!!!! Literally every single second of that film was pure gold. But I still haven't learnt how to make gifs, whenever I look up tutorials it makes my head hurt...

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

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    1. Yesssssss - I really want to see it again but me be poor :( Aww, I was super lucky to have a lil' teacher. Maybe youtube tutorials would be better?

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  17. The Lush Ultrabland cleanser sounds really unique, it makes me want to try it! I actually haven't tried any of Lush's skincare products before which is surprising seeing as I love skincare! The Revlon Matte balms are gorgeous, love the shade you have :)

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    1. Me too, I really want to check out more of their stuff! Though I do admit I'm not much of a fan of Grease Lighting (their spot treatment).

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  18. Man, I spend too much time looking at gifs hahaha! I just bought the RT expert face brush. I didn't realise what I was missing out on all this time!
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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    1. Haha me too, basically all of my tumblr dash. Mm, I've been using and enjoying that one too!

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  19. The Revlon balm looks like such a perfect shade!!

    Rachael from beautypea.com xx

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  20. Great picks! I really want to try the Real Technique sponge! x

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  21. i REALLY liked that movie too!
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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  22. Hey gorgeous, I was just browsing through and stumbled upon your blog - You have a lovely blog with interesting posts! I followed you via gfc - keep in touch :) xoxo

    http://femministreflections.blogspot.com/

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  23. I love making/including gifs in my posts :) It makes everything so much more fun! Great post and awesome photos!!!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. I've noticed haha, I love them! Thanks :)

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  24. I keep meaning to try out the Revlon Matte Balms, they sound amazing!

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  25. nice list of favourites! i'm keen to try arbonne's foundation :)

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

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  26. Such a lovely post!! I love Revlon lip balms...they're gorgeous but I have found a new favourite from Clarins!!! :)

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk - hope we can follow each other xxx

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  27. im desperate to try the radiance facial pads!! I think you've definitely sold me :) xx

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  28. I can't wait to see Captain America: The Winter Solider! Chris Evans is one fine man.

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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