Nevertheless, here I am with a mid-month post on a couple of bits I've been loving recently.
First up is the very popular Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (£27). This miracle product has made the top of my list in April because of its wonderful calming, cleansing and skin brightening properties. This hasn't been the easiest month for me and my skin has had a rough time as a result, so this liquorice-y scented face masque has helped me maintain a squeaky clean complexion, despite the stress. Overall I feel this has balanced out my combination skin and it's just a nice treat when you need a good pamper!
Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Mask (£33.95). I'd never tried anything from this brand in the past but a lot of my amigos claimed it was a lot better than Moroccan Oil so, I decided to give it a go. And I am so glad I took their word for it! This stuff feels like marshmallow-y, magic angels coming to fix your dry, frizzy hair. It is amazing. Smells delightful, really makes my hair feel incredibly soft and only takes seven minutes to do its job. I will definitely be repurchasing this when it has gone!
Mac Smoke & Mirrors Palette! The only link I can find is an eBay one, for £10. Anyway, this, to me, is the most perfect, all round, eye-shadow compact. As you can probably see, it has been very well loved and has seen me through many day time looks and nights out to boot. I'm not too sure what I'll do when it finally bites the dust, but I am tempted to try get someone in Mac to match the colours (I am that desperate) so I can at least attempt to carry on its legacy! Basically, if you've ever met me, I was probably wearing this palette, particularly the bottom three. Enough said.
As for scents, as the sun has been slightly shining, I've been leaning towards Spring/Summer-y fragrances and to me, Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia (£38) is perfect. If you don't like pear, or freesia, with a hint of patchouli, this probably won't be for you but if you love fresh yet sweet perfumes, then you need to go give it a sniff! It's very light, classy and elegant, not overly powerful but will hang around all day. I bought this for my birthday last year and every time I wear it, it brings back a lot of lovely memories. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique Spring perfume!
Finally, this month I have been reading and re-reading a wonderful book by Steve Hagen; Buddhism, Is Not What You Think Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs (£7.99). In life I have always struggled to understand/find a path which feels right to me as far as religion/spiritualism is concerned, strictly speaking I am a Christian but I can't say I fully believe in God. I bought this book at a bit of a difficult time in my life & I suppose my answer to that was to find some kind of spiritual guidance. This book is a very refreshing look at Buddhism as a way of thinking and not as a religion, or 'belief', pretty similar to the Power of Now in that is very much focuses on 'living in the moment', for want of a better expression (not 'YOLO' might I add)! It's not the easiest read but it has some very poignant quotes and advice on achieving enlightenment, and also seeing the world for what it really is, not what we hope or fear. It's definitely one of those books you will read & read again.
And there you have my March/April favourites!
What have you been loving this month?