Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Favourites

It's a good one this month with beauty, skincare, fashion, books, games and chocolate!


Beauty



NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken

Now, I love a matte lipstick, and I've been sceptical for some time despite the rave reviews about liquid lipsticks that dry to a matte finish but oh my god I am eating my words.  I'm in love with this lipstick.  It's the most beautiful nude with pink undertones that just looks gorgeous on. I wore this for an entire day without reapplying and it still looked great by evening.  It had worn away a little on the inside of the lips but that was hardly noticeable.  It was a little drying on my lips but no more so than hundreds of other bullet lipsticks.  I bought another shade of the Liquid Suede, Cherry Skies, but I'm still working up the courage to wear it as it is very dark on my pale skin!


Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse


Okay, so last month I talked about how much I loved Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream and that it was the best moisturiser ever.  Well everything has changed after finally trying the sample of Nuxe's Creme Prodigieuse I received in the March My Little Box.  The is so unelievably moisturising and isn't too heavy on the skin.  I find that when I put it on in the morning, by evening, even after taking my makeup off, my skin is still not too dry.  It has improved the condition of my skin tenfold and I just bought a full size tube because I can't be without it.


Fashion

TOPSHOP Boxy Turnback Cuff Knit Jumper
The more eagle eyed readers may recognised this from both my recent haul post, and it also feautured in a Lily Pebbles video (all of a sudden I feel like I have excellent taste, because holy shit Lily Pebbles)I absolutely adore this jumper and I've worn it at least 8 times since I bought it two weeks ago.  It's a gorgeous ivory colour that is actually really flattering despite my super pale skin, as it's a slightly warmer shade.  I live for 3/4 sleeves and although high necks aren't usually my thing (I'm usually all for getting my boobs out) this one is really lovely and doesn't make me look like I'm smuggling melons.  It's slightly cropped so I've been wearing it with high waisted jeans or skirts.  The jumper is boxy and the knit is quite light, so it's been great on warmer days as it's not too hot, and for those days when Spring just isn't happening it's perfect with a vest underneath.

Lifestyle
Tony's Chocolonely Milk Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt

HOLY SHIT THIS CHOCOLATE BAR.  This is the best bar of chocolate I have ever eaten.  My Mother's Dutch colleague went home for a holiday and brought back a tonne of Dutch chocolate, one bar of which she generously passed on to me.  I had the orange Tony's Chocolonely, which is milk chocolate with caramel and sea salt and it was divine.  I have eaten a lot of chocolate over the years and this was definitly the best.  The chocolate is of excellet quality and the caramel and sea salt add a touch of crunch and the contrast of the salt enhances the sweetness; it's not too much or too little.  After a google to see if I could buy more asap I found out a bit more about Tony's Chocolonely and their company ethos.  They are fixed on being a 100% slave free unlike the vast majority of chocolate companies out there.  The cocoa and slavery problem was something I hadn't ever heard about, nor had I ever thought about my chocolate being made by slaves.  I can't stop thinking about it now.  The company ethos is even reflected in the chocolate itself, as the bar is made up of 25 unequal pieces, symbolising how the chocolate industry itself isn't fair.  I guess this could make it difficult to share out between people but with chocolate this good who's sharing?  Check out Tony's Chocolonely if you get chance.


The Sims 4

Ah, the Sims.  I recently rediscovered it and it has taken over my life.  I had most of the expansion packs for the Sims 2 and 3 and I have a horrible feeling that the Sims 4 is going to slowly drain my purse.  There's an expansion pack where you can actually go with the Sim to work! I'm pretty sure this is the first time eve that you've been able to do that and I'm hideously excited.  I've played the Sims 4 a fair amount now, but I still think I prefer the earlier incarnations.   Stay tuned and keep an eye on my Twitter to watch my slowly destroy my life with tiny pixelated people.


King Lear 

There's a post on the way about the Talawa Theatre's production of King Lear so I won't say too much here.  What I will say is that it was completely spellbinding.  I have never been so captivated or convinced by actors than in King Lear.  Don Warrington's performance as Lear is terrifying and heart breaking, and I want to see it all again.  The whole experience was one of darkness, both literal and metaphorical, as the madness of Lear spreads over the rest of the cast and infects the realm.  The best adaptation of a Shakespeare play I have ever seen.  King Lear is showing until the 7th of May in the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.




Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

I've already talked a lot about Illuminae in its own post so I won't say too much here, but it was definitely my book of the month.  It's a fantastic read that doesn't reveal too much, leaving you in suspense and on the edge of your seat the entire time.  I read it in one sitting and highly recommend it!

I hope you enjoyed this one, but check out my March favourites (my very first post on this blog!) to see how much has changed.

 
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  1. I am dying to try the Nuxe cream, I've seen alot of people rave about how good it is!

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    1. I got the shock of my life when I found it in M&S the other day so I stocked up! It's simpler than buying online and I love the stuff!

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  2. That NYX Shade is always sold out here :( I want it so bad. Must be popular!

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    1. I think it's one of the first shades they launched and everyone loves it(me included) so it's a pain to get here, let alone in Canada!

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  3. oooh! love that lip color!

    xx Lindsey
    lindsey-sparkles.com

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  4. oooh! love that lip color!

    xx Lindsey
    lindsey-sparkles.com

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