I think we can all agree that April has been an interesting month in the world of Shaunyland; we kicked off to a great start where I feel like I was posting content online almost every single day like I said I would and suddenly, school got in the way of things last week and drove that to a grinding halt. Instead of looking back and being annoyed at myself for not scheduling far enough into the future to keep you avid blog readers entertained, I’m looking forward today and specifically into May as we start looking forward into the latter half of Spring. For some, May is going to bring them the joy of sun and the promise of summer that is very fast approaching, but for me, I see this month as the start of one of the most difficult and stressful months of my life so far as exams begin. As a result of this, I can’t go promising that I’ll be online as much as I want to be (even though I will have scheduled content going up throughout the month), so I thought I’d talk with you today about what I’m carrying from the latter half of April into the entirety of May.
Let’s get the non-Beauty gunf out of the way and start off with something that I won’t get a chance to do again in May but that is something that I can recommend for all of you to do instead. The London revival of the classic Broadway musical Gypsy opened at the Savoy Theatre in the middle of this month and to celebrate, I shared my in-depth review over on Shaun’s Musical Musings on opening night. Starring British entertainment royalty Imelda Staunton, Gypsy is probably one of the most stunning revivals I have seen in my entire life; I love nothing more than classic Broadway shows like these and this revival certainly didn’t let me down. Go and take a look at my review over on SMM and then make your way down there this month.
As well as being a wildly obsessed theatre fan (as I’m sure you can probably tell from my tweets), I also love a good bit of television and especially TV created by funny women. The Mindy Project has been a favourite American TV show of mine for a long while now and Mindy Kaling herself is what makes that show so utterly enjoyably. I was given a copy of her memoir for Christmas last year and I only first picked it up and read a chapter this month. I’ve been balancing a few books in April so it got pushed aside in favour of the ends of a couple of other books but if Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) isn’t continued in the busy month of May, then I’ll be sure to take it with me on my upcoming trip to NYC!
Onto beauty now and skincare first: both are basic staple items that I’ve disregarded in favour of alternatives over the past year and I’ve now come back to realise what I’ve been missing. The L’Oreal Micellar Solution was totally disregarded by me last year when Garnier released their micellar water for the same price as the L’Oreal one but with twice as much product! When the Garnier was out of stock recently though, I was forced to pick up a BOGOF pair of the L’Oreal counterparts and remembered how effective the solution really is at taking off every last smidgen of makeup – it’s not exactly Bioderma, but it’s still bloody good.
I’ve also rekindled my love affair with the extremely budget-friendly Simple skincare range and notably the Simple Light Moisturiser with SPF 15+. There isn’t very much standout about this which is what makes it so incredible – it literally does as good a job (if not better) at properly moisturising my skin as some high-end moisturisers have done in the past. As well as this, I feel like my makeup always looks so fresh and dewy when applying my base on top of this stuff; I look a heck of a lot more awake than I actually am at 7am on a Monday. I’m pretty sure a bottle of this stuff will set you back around £6 which is an absolute steal!
An old makeup favourite is also becoming wildly popular in my heart more and more as each day goes by. The NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is quickly becoming much more a part of my daily makeup go-to’s every single day. A good few sweeps of Laguna in the ‘3’ formation around either side of my face and a nice pop of Miss Liberty on the cheeks compliments the almost perfect base that MaxFactor Facefinity 3-in-1 foundation has been giving me on a daily basis. I first heard about this foundation on MissBudgetBeauty’s YouTube channel yonks ago when she compared it to a Covergirl foundation that is literally identical. So, when on a whim looking to buy a new and exciting foundation in Boots the other day, I picked up a bottle in a shade that matches my skin pretty much perfectly and haven’t looked back since. I’m holding back on giving you a proper review here and now because I’m going to mention this product again in Sunday’s video and then yet again in a review post on here next week, but I can assure you it’s very good stuff.
Last but not least is the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighting Stick which is perhaps my favourite thing in this entire blog post. Not only does this highlighting stick distribute the perfect amount of pigment onto my cheeks so that I don’t look like I have either glitter of flour on my cheekbones, but the lifting qualities it gives are so seamless and it blends so well that I’d still be just as happy with it if I’d paid twice the price for it. I don’t want to say too much once again for the same reason as the foundation, but if you get a No7 makeup discount voucher that they always give out, make sure you pick up one of these, They’re bloody amazing. Now to go and get some of the blusher ones, too…