Five Favourites: April

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Favourites sort of fell by the wayside a little, but I'm going to try and keep them a recurring item around these parts. This past month I've fallen into a routine if you will and the highlight of it has been these five items. It seemed glaringly obvious that a favourites post was overdue, so here we are. 

With the weather being quite kind to us over here in the UK, I don't know how I would have survived without my favourite SPF. The Garnier Sensitive Advanced SPF50 for face and neck has been pretty much indispensable. It's light yet hydrating and is an dream under makeup too. All for £6: bargain. If you've had your eye on the La Roche Posay formulas, I'd highly suggest giving this one a whirl before you drop your hard earned cash. I'd say they're pretty much identical (paraben/fragrance/ colour free/ non greasy/ water resistant) bar the price tag: meaning more money for other more fun beauty bits. 

I've had Benefit's Hoola Bronzer (£25.50) in my makeup bag for longer than I care to admit. Some days it would work and on others it would be a terracotta disaster. I've finally found a way to use it that suits my skin tone and I love it. A light dusting with my Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush (£12.99) and my face is bronzed to perfection. It's not often that I hit pan on powder products, but I'm seeing a good deal of pan on this one. There might be a repurchase on the cards.. we'll wait and see. That being said, I'm intrigued to try their Hoola Lite version. Pale people let me know which you prefer! 

When the days are warmer I tend to reach for my brighter coloured lippies. Something about the sunshine makes me want to embrace a bit of colour in my makeup routine. Lately however my lips have been terribly chapped: deep winter chapped in fact. with my lips in such poor shape I've been forced to turn to the balms I own. The most fun balm in my collection is Glossier's Birthday Balm Dot Com (£10). My lips are no longer chapped but I'm still using it. The glitter combined with the scent and the formula have me head over heels. I just can't seem to put it down. It doesn't hurt that I can take it and reapply it anywhere risk free. Mid-run no problem; on the bus, why not: low maintenance might just be my perfect lip product criteria. 

I know Westlab Epsom Salts (£4.99) are by no means glamorous or fun but sometimes you just need something that works. My running mileage has increased a fair bit in the past few weeks and my body has been feeling it. Every few days or so, I'll dump some salts into the bath and my body will magically feel a bit better. My legs were battered after this morning and post bath (aka right now) they feel less tight and much happier. These are your basic epsom salts and I honestly don't mind the lack of scent, but you can jazz them up with essential oils if you're that way inclined. Either way, I'm stocked up on them for a good few months and if you're into your exercise, I'd highly recommend picking up a bag for those rougher days. 

Saving the best for last, I bring you L'Oréal's Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream (£5.99). I pride myself on how few haircuts I've had in my lifetime. I like my hair long and all one length, so it requires very little intervention if I do say so myself. Anything that can help me keep my hair long and looking healthy will always grab my attention and their latest launch was no different. The shampoo and conditioner are full of nasties but this cream really stood out to me. I was using a heat defence spray all over but I noticed my ends were feeling a bit drier than usual. By combining this cream on my ends with the spray everywhere else, my hair is protected from heat styling but my ends are feeling much better. They're definitely softer and any split ends are smoothed to perfection. If you have hair my length, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go. If you're heading to sunnier climes I can imagine this would be great to apply to your ends to protect them from the sun too. 

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