How is it April already?! I discovered a lot of new products during March, but here are my top beauty picks that I'd recommend getting your hands on.
ILIA Vivid Foundation & Perfecting Buffing Brush*
I've been loving a natural, healthy looking, slightly dewy base at the moment, and ILIA's Vivid Foundation has been the perfect choice for achieving this. It's also brilliant for making dull skin look more glowy and it has really great buildable coverage. I've been using it mostly with ILIA's Perfecting Buffing Brush which is a fab little kabuki-style brush, and it buffs and blends everything perfectly. You can check out my more in-depth review of these two here.
Bean Body Facial Exfoliant* (100ml, £14.95, link)
Whilst you can technically use coffee-based body scrubs on your face, I personally find them a little too harsh for that area as I have sensitive skin, so I was pleased to see Bean Body bring out a dedicated facial exfoliator back in February. I've used their body scrubs many times (in fact, I have one or two of their packets currently on the go in my bathroom!), and I now love this new exfoliator as it's much more gentle for the face, yet shares many of the same beneficial, natural ingredients as the body scrubs do. A good one to use first thing in the morning to perk up your skin and make it look more awake!
DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection* (5g, £15.90, link)
I'm sure you've spotted this mascara doing the rounds on the blogosphere lately, and yes the hype is real! It's gotten a lot of attention since Emma Watson named it her favourite mascara (and apparently it's the only one she uses on herself), and being a dedicated Watson/Mascara fan, I obviously had to try it for myself. It features a clever kind of water-resistant tube technology which basically means that it gives you long, defined, black lashes that won't smudge or flake - yet you can remove it with just warm water at the end of the day. Genius stuff! I also really like the skinny, small wand for applying on my lower lashes too.
Naturally Tribal IYA Women's Body Food* (150ml, £16, link)
I experienced a really horrible eczema flare-up last month and this pot of moisturising goodness definitely helped to calm everything down. It's a super thick and rich, all-purpose moisturiser that's mainly made from high-grade Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, and has a little Sweet Orange Essential Oil in it for a subtle pleasant scent. It's done an amazing job of keeping my dry skin hydrated and really helps to soothe any inflammation or irritation. All of Naturally Tribal's products have ingredients that are sourced ethically and fairly from the women's tribes in Esan in Nigeria which helps their families and the local communities to become more self-sufficient.
F.E.T.E Bamboo Toothbrush* (£5, link)
I've mentioned on here before about the eco-friendly benefits of swapping your disposable plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one, so I was pleased to come across F.E.T.E (From Earth To Earth) who are a small UK business that currently makes sustainable toothbrushes. These bamboo ones are naturally antibacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, and feature 100% biodegradable nylon bristles. An easy way to make a small, but significant, green swap in your life and stop another plastic toothbrush going straight into a landfill site! Available singularly or in a family sized pack of four for £15.