I didn't realise it sooner, but this month's post is really makeup heavy, wow! I had time to try out most of my UK haul (you can read the post here) and there were also a lot of amazing drugstore products launched. As you can see by the general shade range of the makeup, things are definitely starting to look a lot like autumn over here!
The first skincare product is the Balm Balm Rose Water Floral Water Hydrosol. I spoke about it here, and there's nothing more that I can say except that I use it religiously every day and that I love the smell. The Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff is a lovely, slightly tinted, eye cream. I love how brightening it is and I apply it both day and night. It is unfortunately not available in South Africa.
Right, onto the makeup! As far as foundations and BB creams are concerned, I've been loving the L.A. Girl Pro BB Cream in the shade "Fair". This is super affordable at just R60 and is as good as everyone has been going on about. I have combination-oily skin and combined with a primer this works brilliantly. I've also been loving the Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation in the shade "50 Natural". It's a light to medium coverage foundation but sits more on the BB cream side of the spectrum, in my opinion. It applies like a dream and, paired with a primer, lasts for most of the day. It also comes in a convenient plastic pump bottle with a cap, so it's good for travelling.
In the super-affordable-drugstore-brand corner I have two products: one from essence and one from Catrice. I've always seen the essence lipsticks in store, but never thought they would be such good quality. After seeing multiple bloggers rave about them, I just had to find out for myself. I have one of the "nude" lipsticks in the pinkish brown packaging in the shade "05 Cool Nude". It's a pinky nude and just adds as little something-something to my lips. The formula is creamy and it doesn't dry out my lips, which is surprising for such a cheap lipstick. One of the new offerings from Catrice is their Absolute Rose eyeshadow palette. This is an absolute steal at just R70. The six shades are all rose and slightly purple toned and are just gorgeous. There are two matte shades, two shimmery shades, and two sparkly shades. Even the sparkly shades are beautiful and do not make you look like a glitter ball. I'll do a proper blog post on this palette (as well as another offering from Catrice) at a later stage.
The last two items are also not available in South Africa, sorry! They are both from Soap & Glory and are also my first entry into Soap & Glory makeup products. The much-hyped about Solar Powder is a duo bronzer/highlighter and adds warmth to your skin without it looking orange or like you have dust on your cheek. It comes in a cute cardboard compact, but I doubt the compact will last long when travelling. The last product for this post is the Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil in the shade "Brownie Points". The one end has a twist-up pencil, and the other side a super fine and pointed brush. At first I was scared of the brush, but it's even easier to use than a pencil. I tend to use it on the thick parts of my eyebrows and on the arch, and then lightly fill in the rest of my eyebrows with the pencil.
That was my April favourites! What were your favourites? Let me know in the comments section!
Until next time!