April has been and gone like a ‘bat out of hell’ – hmmm I wonder what Meatloaf is doing now? For me it was a good month for trying out some new products and eating new food (I’m pretty good at that every month to be honest!)

I wanted to share with you my ‘favourites’ for the month and I’m thinking this will become a monthly series too. Granted you’ll probably get the same list every month, but what can I say, I like what I like.

So get yourself a cup of tea and get ready for a mammoth scrolling sesh. Here are the things I have been loving in April:

Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser
£11.99 for 50ml at Boots


I have seen a lot of people raving about this and have wanted to give it a try for ages. My favourite ever moisturiser is the Origins VitaZing energy-boosting moisturiser, see my review for that here but it’s quite pricey and although lasts a while, I wanted to see what cheaper alternatives there were. Well I’m so glad I did, because this moisturiser is gorgeous. It has a very subtle smell, a bit like an old fashioned perfume but not too strong that it would put you off using it. It’s light and you don’t need a lot but it gives your face a lovely light glow and serves as a great base for foundation.

Chanel Chance eau Fraiche
From £54.50 for 50ml at The Fragrance shop


Do you have a perfume that you smell every time you go into a fragrance department? You may even ‘accidentally’ spray a bit on your wrists every time you pass a bottle in the shop, not that I have ever done that… Well anyway, this is probably one of my favourite smells, or at least in my Top 5 and I have been stalking it for some time. This month I finally got my hands on a bottle (I did actually pay for it in case you were wondering!) If you haven’t smelt it before, I urge you to do so. It’s fresh and floral with background notes of jasmine and citrus. Perfect for Spring and Summer.

Pixi Glow Tonic
£18 for 100ml at pixibeauty.co.uk


This is another new product I purchased this month. Well not new new, it’s been around for years, and you’ve no doubt seen every beauty blogger raving about it, but new to me. I use it most evenings and mornings after I have cleansed. It gives your face a nice glow, makes your skin feel soft and moisturised and I haven’t had any dry skin around my nose or forehead since I have been using it, which I often get this time of year, so it’s a big thumbs up from me!

The Body Shop Spa of the World range – Hawaiian Kukui cream
£23 for 350ml from The Body Shop


I actually got this as part of a set from a good friend for my birthday last year. It smells DIVINE. If you like Palmers Cocoa Butter then this has the same sort of vibe but a bit subtler and with another smell in there too, that’s probably the ‘kukui’. Seriously it’s insane, if you’re passing a Body Shop anytime soon, go give it a whiff! It makes your skin soft, it comes in a massive tub that will probably last for years, well maybe not that long but for a very long time, and I have nearly eaten my arm about ten times – it smells that good! Did I mention it smells good? Talking of smells, it also provides a great base for perfume to stick to – handy tip! You’ve probably guessed, but I will definitely purchase another tub after this one (eventually) runs out.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Hot cloth cleanser
Starts at £9.50 for a 50ml pump set


There has been a lot of hype around this cleanser over the years and as someone with sensitive/combination skin I am never sure if something will work as well for me as it does for others. I decided to find out what all the fuss was about a couple of months ago, and it definitely lives up to its reputation, even for my dodgy facial canvas! You get two muslin cloths as part of the set, and you run these under warm water and then use them to rub the cleanser off your face. It feels glorious and you’re left with softy and silky skin that still feels lovely to the touch the following day. If you have avoided trying it because you didn’t believe it could be as amazing as people say, then trust me it actually is.

The Body Shop Body Mists
From £7.50, range of fragrances to choose from at The Body Shop


These are perfect for a perfume obsessive who actually can’t afford to keep replacing her expensive perfumes and needs a cheaper alternative – so basically me. Such a good price and they last ages, I bought these last year sometime and they are still going strong. I tend to use them at home, as a freshen up during the day or if I’m going to the gym but at least want to start off smelling okay… granted the ‘eau de sweat’ takes over soon after. You can get a range of different fragrances and I’ll be sure to try a few others when these have run out. The Italian Fig fragrance is divine and coconut is just one of my all time favourite smells anyway, so it had to be done.

Arla Protein Pots
£1.25 for 200g at Tesco (they are often on a 3 for £3 offer too so watch out for that!)


Moving on to edible favourites now. These have been a fridge staple of mine since they came out last year. Made with Quark (soft cheese) they are a thick and fruity yoghurt which taste a bit like the Petit Filous yoghurts that you might of had in your school lunchbox as a kid. I have mine with granola and fruit for breakfast or as a protein packed snack during the afternoon. Sooooo good!

Velvet Crunch, Thai chilli and basil flavour
£1.59 for a multi-pack of 6 bags from Tesco


There’s not really much I can say about these other than they are DELISH! They are under 90 cals (for calorie counting fans), and rather than tasting like pimped up cardboard they are actually very tasty. I get mine from Tesco, but I’m sure other supermarkets sell them too. If you’re in the market for a new afternoon snack (pun intended) then give these bad boys a go. Bonus fact: my cat is also a fan.

Pukka night time tea
£2.39 for 20 bags from Tesco


This may seem like quite a boring ‘favourite’ for the month but I have these every night without fail (alright, I have probably failed once or twice). If you love tea and have trouble sleeping then these might be your new best friends. Quite a subtle taste of lavender and chamomile, but nothing overpowering that would put anyone off. Just a nice light tipple before bed to hopefully help you nod off. Simples.

Well if you made it to the end of this rather long ‘Favourites’ post then well done, and no you don’t win a prize!

Thanks as always, for reading and do comment below, I’d love to hear from you!!

Paula sitting on beach huts web




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