Top Five Beauty Products: April

I’ve got these products in heavy rotation this month:

Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation – £20/30ml
I have to confess that Yves Rocher was not a name I was familiar with. Speaking to an older friend, I found out that they’re a venerated French brand that have been around for ages; a testimony to their lasting appeal. After taking a look at their beauty range (lipsticks, polishes and more) I was more than pleased to discover they have an extensive foundation collection.


Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation reminds me of YSL Le Tient Touche Éclat in a way; it leaves the skin with light and luminous medium coverage and is best kept for good skin days. The foundation contains rice extract which is rich in botanical inositol which helps to improve the skin’s radiance.

Guerlain Cils d’Enfer – Maxi Lash mascara – £22/8.5ml
I love mascara; if there’s one product I can’t live without it’s mascara. Even on my laziest day, I will still apply at least one coat. As you can imagine I get through a lot and am always on the search for next best thing. Cils d’Enfer – Maxi Lash mascara is my first try of a Guerlain product and I’m sold. Not only does it smell lovely (unusual for a mascara, no?) it lengthens, thickens, separates, curls and volumises all without clumping and feathering. For a luxury brand, I think it is rather reasonably priced too.

guerlain mascara

YSL Beauty Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush – £38
I’ve made no secret of my love affair with YSL Beauty, their products are simply divine. This Top Secrets primer is no exception. It’s novel in that you squeeze the bottle and the primer trickles down into the brush which is a more uniform and hygienic way of applying the product. It’s non-drying and it does a fantastic job at not only keeping your make up in place all day, it also helps minimise the oil which normally gathers in my T zone by the days end. Does YSL Beauty make any products that aren’t amazing? I know it’s gushy but their stuff really is that good!

YSL primer

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer for Concealer and Eye shadow – £20.50/10ml
Until I got this product, I didn’t know primer for concealer or eye shadow was even a thing! The primer comes in two shades: light/medium and medium/deep. I tried medium/deep which I thought was going to be too light but because you only dab a tiny amount under your eye and over your eyelid it actually does suit darker skins and when it’s rubbed in, it’s virtually invisible. I don’t wear concealer under my eyes so I can’t comment on its efficacy there but it does do a good job in holding eye shadow in place. Other than lipstick I don’t reapply my makeup throughout the day; once it’s gone it’s gone. Most days I wear my Benefit Glamorous Nudes eye shadow and using the Stay Don’t Stray Primer meant the shadow stayed colour fast a lot longer.

benefit stay don't stray primer

Anna Sui Fairy Dance – £36/50ml
These Anna Sui collectable tin houses come replete with one of each of her bestselling fragrances; Secret Wish, Flight of Fancy, and Fairy Dance. The tins are so cute and have hooks inside to transform into a collectable jewellery box. I’ve got the Fairy Dance fragrance and tin and get comments not only on the scent but also on the tin as it’s so eyecatching. Collect all three to make your own little village or snap one up for a friend (one you really like so you aren’t tempted to keep the tin and its contents for yourself).


What’s new in your beauty bag this month?


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