BEAUTY | April Essentials

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It has been a while since I sat down and wrote a beauty post. Why so slack you ask? For the past 6 months I have been trialling and testing many skin care, personal care and cosmetic products. Cleansers, toners, sunscreens, moisturisers, serums, exfoliators, deodorants, nail polish, foundation, mascara, bronzer, blusher… you get the point.

Before I go on I want to note that the products shown in beauty posts are products I have purchased myself, products always in my bathroom cupboard and products that have been sent to me. None of my beauty posts are sponsored; therefore you know my opinion is genuine. Some of the products I have used don't make the cut, in fact some of them I didn’t even bother to try as they do not fit in with our ethics.

As I approach 30 (2 months to go!) I am becoming a lot more interested in keeping my base in tip-top shape. Trying to prevent wrinkles, pigmentation, keeping my skin plump and hydrated, basically anything I can to avoid looking older than I am. I am trying to go down the natural route, but after talks with a few skin experts I realise that I may need to employ the help of more intensive products… we shall see. That is a whole other blog post!

So what is this one about? I have rounded up 8 of my favourite products, some I have been using for years and some are new to me. A mixture of beauty tools, skin care and cosmetics to make up my April Essentials.

I hope you enjoy, and please let me know in the comments what you would like to see more of! xJulia

Verite Spa Organics Scrub
Verite Spa Organics Scrub

Verite Spa Organics Coffee and Cacao Body ScrubVerite is a luxury organic skin care brand that ticks all of the boxes… vegan friendly, certified organic and NZ made. Coffee scrubs are one of the “it” beauty products at the moment but none on the market are as luxurious as this one. Organic coffee beans, raw cacao sweet orange and vanilla come together to help exfoliate your skin and leave you smelling good enough to eat. NZD $38.00 | More info

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Sávar Ultra Cleansing ShampooProducts made in New Zealand are hard to come by, especially beauty products, so we applaud Savar for all that they do. This plant-based shampoo has had great reviews. The big 500ml bottle means that you won’t have to keep buying more, a little bit goes a long way. This shampoo contains cucumber, ginger and honey. NZD $39.00 | 500ml | More info

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Butter London Nail PolishButter London nail polishes are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients - their trend nail lacquers are “8 free”, this means they are free from Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, or TPHP. They are also cruelty free so get a tick from us! This colour is called Pink Knickers. NZD $29.95 | more info

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Ambiance Dry ShampooThis product is a total game changer! Generally dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can and contains alcohol that can dry your hair out. Ambiance is different in that it comes in a bottle with a brush at the end and you apply it onto the roots by brushing the applicator onto your hair. Why is this product so great? It is sulphate, paraben and preservative free, vegan friendly, you can purchase refills so that there is not packaging wastage and the bottle is small enough to fit in your handbag so you can take it everywhere with you and always have your hair looking clean. I have blonde highlights and have tried the blonde and brunette powders, both work well and don’t leave my hair looking grey, like some other dry shampoos can. AUD $34.95 | 14gm | more info

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Eco Body Coconut Body OilCoconut oil, evening primrose oil, rosemary essential oil, vanilla extract all in one bottle make up the most delicious body oil. I lather this on after a warm shower, just before bed, and wake up with silky smooth skin. AUD $16.00 | 95ml | more info

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Only Good Body Wash Lib and I were lucky enough to feature in Only Good’s TV advert , it was a first for us and we fell in love with the brand. No palm oil, no petrochemicals, never ever tested on animals, made in NZ and vegan friendly. The fact that this product is sold in the supermarket making it budget friendly was another selling point for us. The packaging is gorgeous and the scents are divine. My favorite is ‘Balance’, it contains rosehip, ylang ylang and chamomile. NZD $8.99 | 445ml | More info

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Antipodes Kiwi Seed Lip ConditionerKiwi Seeds are full of Omega 3’s oils, which make the perfect beauty food ingredient. This ultra nourishing lip conditioner is what I use to prep my lips before lipstick application and is a great day-to-day lip balm. The lip conditioner doesn’t leave a sticky residue and bonus with it being in a lipstick container meaning you don’t have to use your fingers.  AUD $25.00 | 4g | More info

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Tangle TeezerYou are probably wondering why I am writing about such a well-known beauty tool… Tangle Teezer’s have been around for years but I have just discovered them. After having a blow wave at Dry & Tea I saw pretty pastel coloured brushes staring at me from behind the counter. “What are those?” I asked. “Tangle Teezers, they are great for detangling hair” replied the girl at the counter. “Perfect” I said, “I will take one of those please”. How could I not choose the white with pink bristles?! If you haven’t got a Tangle Teezer and you do have thick, long hair that is hard to tame, try one! I love how they don’t hurt your hair when you brush it and it’s wet. NZD $29.00 | More info