It's basically May and snaps for me because for another month I have pulled my shit together and managed to get this April Favourites and Fails post up and out in a timely manner, if you missed my last one click here. I honestly feel like I am growing as a person. This month it is just makeup on the menu as I haven't branched out into anything new in terms of haircare or skincare.
With the warmer months I have been preferring a lighter base so tend to alternate between No 7 Beautifully Skin BB Cream (£13.50) for Normal/Oily Skin in the shade Medium or the Tate Rainforest of the Sea foundation (£30) in shade Medium-Tan Sand. The No 7 BB cream is so light and feels really fresh on the skin, just the perfect every day coverage that looks like skin but evens out where necessary. On the other hand, the Tarte Rainforest foundation produces mixed feelings from me as there are pros and cons. The dispenser is garbage and it is absolutely key to shake the bottle before you use it otherwise no product will be released from the dropper. I love this foundation purely because it is the only foundation I have ever tried that doesn't transfer which is something I look for in foundations. It is also an extremely thin and blendable formular but the coverage just isn't there for me. If applied with a beauty blender you will get better coverage.
However, as I rarely want to fuss in the mornings I typically apply all my liquid/cream products with the Blank Canvas F08 brush (£12.60). This brush has been my ride or die since I got my hands on it. It is so dense and soft, it blends out liquids like a dream, but I have to use a healthy amount of the Tarte foundation to get a decent coverage (full review coming soon). I also use the F08 to apply the Maybelline Dream BB Bronze(£7) which gives a gorgeous healthy bronze glow to the cheeks and warms up the face nicely. A spring/summer must have in my opinion as it can be used to make foundations warmer as well. It is the perfect transitional product from cold to hot weather, and provides the exact pick-me-up my skin is yearning for after being deprived of sun for so long.
My last favourite of this month is a rediscovery, of course I am talking about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder (£4). When I was at university, I had backups of this powder I loved it so much, and I have fallen back in love with it. I have stepped away from translucent loose powder and used this tried and tested powder to lightly set my face and find it works really well. I do have oily skin but have recently started to enjoy a more dewy look to my skin so I find this powder wears really well throughout the day. I won't be overlooking this gem in my collection; it is too good to not use.
My fails of this month are two eye products. One being the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer ($19) which feels so oily on the skin that I am not sure what it is supposed to do. It makes my lids feel slick and I have to set them heavily to even get any colour payoff from eyeshadows at all. Complete waste of time. The next is a controversial one and it is the Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in Bandit ($4), I love Colour Pop and their Super Shock shadow range is exquisite all the shimmers and glitters are gorgeous but for some reason this shade will not work for me. All the Super Shock shadows apply best with a finger because of their creamy, bouncy, gel-like texture but whether I apply it with a finger or a brush as you can see below the pigmentation just isn't there. Moreover, the packaging is bulky and annoying as I am someone who loses lids every forty seconds so this is just more of a pain than it is worth in my opinion. I love the colour and although it is certainly not bad, I just expected better.
Thank you so much for reading, this post was a lot quicker than last month's thank God because I am on a spending ban, which I just broke today *sobs aggressively*, on the plus side I am excited to review my little haul for you all. I hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend, I have been spoilt by four day work weeks lately, I don't think I can return to the full five days. Please leave a comment with your own favourites and fails of the month, I read every single one. Take care.
What did you love and hate in April?