5 Favourite Finds // April 2018 (& Giveaway)

5 Favourite Finds // April 2018 (& Giveaway)

The last time I wrote a post like this was almost a year ago. I’m not sure why I stopped doing them but suspect it might have something to do with my ongoing distraction issues.

I love watching ‘Monthly Favourites’ type videos on You Tube (Brummy Mummy of 2, Katie Ellison and The Anna Edit being some of my most frequently watched). I regularly find new things to try, from a fab cleaning product to the best mascara ever made.

I have a wide range of interests, as you know, so my own ‘favourite finds’ tend to reflect a good portion of those – beauty, fashion and home.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

These hydrating face masks were actually recommended by someone on my Beauty Recommendations post. They were so enthusiastic about said product that when I spotted them in Superdrug on offer at £1.99, I nabbed a few immediately.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

They really are exactly what the name suggests – a moisture bomb. If like me, you’re not the best at drinking the recommended 2 litres of water every day, then this is like giving your skin a massive glass of water in one direct hit.

Yes I looked ridiculous wearing it (even the dog was scared!) but it is so soothing and my skin felt soft and revitalised immediately afterwards. A once a month treat for the skin that I’ll definitely be using again.

Pink Summer Bag from Mango

Confession: I have this thing with bags.

I am an advocate for owning a bag for every season and have been on the look out for a summer bag that will go with a few different outfits.

I bought a pink bag last year and although the colour went with a lot of things, the bag was poorly made and so didn’t last.

pink shopper bag from Mango

When I spotted this little beauty in Mango, I knew that it would be perfect as an everyday bag in the summer months.

If like me you can’t bear having everything hanging around lose in the bottom of your bag, you’ll be pleased to hear that it has an attached zipped up bag on the inside. It’s also made of leather – for £39.99!

Fake Plants from Blooming Artificial

I cannot keep plants alive; I’ve tried and failed many times. I struggle even with succulents, over-watering them or forgetting to give them any attention at all.

Having bought some fake plants for work, I decided that they might also work at home so invested in a few from Blooming Artificial and I’m so pleased with them. The one in the image above cost £64.99 but there are others much cheaper than that, ranging from £34.99 upwards.

Fake plants often look just that but I think these ones could actually pass for the real thing. What do you think?

Bliss & Mischief Scented Candle from Rockett St George

I find that most scented candles have two things in common: the smell doesn’t last long and they are usually quite a feminine fragrance.

Bliss & Mischief Candle Rockett St GeorgeWhat I love about this candle is its distinctly masculine fragrance, described as ‘a splendid mix of pomegranate, pepper and spices‘ – it’s so unusual.

Once lit, the smell lasts for a couple of days afterwards and even when it’s not lit, the whole room is bathed in the aroma. Well worth its £32.00 price tag.

Joan Collins Timeless Contour Velvet Blusher

Blusher is something that I’ve known I should wear for a long time (I’m naturally quite pale) but have been too lazy to go in search of the right one for my skin tone.

I was kindly sent this blusher compact to try out and as you might expect from anything that bears the Joan Collins name, the compact itself is elegant and a little bit of luxury. It retails at £22.00.

joan collins timeless beauty blusher

Joan Collins Beauty is a new luxury brand of cosmetics, one I had not heard of before but would certainly look out for again. It’s aimed at the slightly more mature woman and is stocked at many high street retailers such as M&S.

Open the blusher up and there’s a handy mirror with a brush for application. Perfect for popping in your handbag. The soft, natural colour (Coral) is great for my skin tone, giving it a hint of warmth, without looking like I’ve caked the blusher on.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Blusher

Fancy trying it out for yourself? I’ve kindly been gifted one to give away as a competition prize so just click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions to enter – don’t forget to leave a blog comment or your entry won’t be valid.

Come back next month for some more fab finds.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over
  • Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and leave a comment on my blog by answering the question
  • Gain extra entries in the draw by tweeting a link and following me on Twitter
  • The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 7 days
  • The winner will receive a Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Blusher in Coral
  • The giveaway closes at midnight on 14/5/18.

** Disclaimer: I was sent two Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Blushers, one for review and one to give away **



  1. Jackie
    May 2, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Love this our blog Suzanne – wish I was 30 years younger so I could get away with some of your fashion fancies

  2. Jackie
    May 2, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    That candle looks so good and definitely my kind of fragrance but t’s out of stock so I’m on a wait list. I think the product reviews you do are great and get me trying new things. Inever knew Joan Collins had a cosmetic range. It does look luxurious.

  3. Solange
    May 2, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Lancôme Genifique Advanced Youth Activating Serum .

  4. debbie smith
    May 2, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    im loving lush shampoo bars at the moment im just wondering if they will last as long as a bottle of shampoo xx
    fab giveaway

  5. Karen Barrett
    May 2, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I bought a contour box of ebay, only cheap, to have a go! I love it 🙂

  6. Kim Styles
    May 2, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I love Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream- its vegan and really softens the skin

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    May 2, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    No 7 serum – hoping to take 5 years off my facial lines – makes my skin feel WONDERFUL

  8. Sadiyya Maryam
    May 3, 2018 / 7:52 am

    No 7 serum here as well. Working wonders on my skin!

  9. Robert Price
    May 3, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Hair gel

  10. Ursula Hunt
    May 3, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I love my Vitamin overnight vitamin E oil

  11. Sheena Batey
    May 3, 2018 / 10:22 am

    My Bare Minerals powders make me look half decent

  12. May 3, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Oh that moisture mask sounds fabulous! Quite relaxing I imagine too! xx

  13. Lucy
    May 3, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    I love the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! So good 🙂

  14. Margaret Clarkson
    May 3, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

  15. Ruth Ryan
    May 3, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Olay Total Effects 7 in one for me

  16. Joanne Darnell
    May 3, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    charlotte tilsbury lipstick

  17. May 3, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I LOVE that bag so so much, gorgeous colour x

  18. Jen oconnell
    May 3, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Dry shampoo! I’m so late to the party!

  19. May 3, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I’m loving the Body shop mango shower gel at the moment x

  20. Eleanor Christison
    May 4, 2018 / 10:02 am

    My favourite beauty product at the moment is loreal last paradise. Just found out they make it in waterproof too!

  21. May 4, 2018 / 11:57 am

    My favourite beauty product at the moment is Collections Eyebrow Kit! Super cheap, lasts forever and has a deep colour! And it stays on your brows all day!

  22. tina glover
    May 4, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    I love bobbi brown 3 in 1 palette at the moment. it has a bronzer, blusher and highlighter all in one compact.

  23. Laura Pritchard
    May 4, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Rimmel Concealer is great!

  24. Rachael Sexey
    May 5, 2018 / 9:23 am

    The original argan oil

  25. ann goody
    May 5, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Dry shampoo is a real help!

  26. Katie
    May 5, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    I love No 7 night cream

  27. May 6, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Love the sound of those face masks – I could definitely do with a bit of extra moisture for my skin. I’ll wait until the girls are in bed and the husband is on a night shift before I try it though I think 😉

  28. Nicola Rupawala
    May 6, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I love the lip stains by MAC

  29. Emma C
    May 6, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Clinique pepstart eye cream

  30. Maria blythin
    May 6, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    doll highlighter x

  31. Jules Eley
    May 6, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    My Loreal mascara… its fab!

  32. Mark Mccaffery
    May 6, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Nivea for men moisturiser.

  33. Sandra Fortune
    May 7, 2018 / 8:11 am

    L’ideal Protect and Perfect Day & Night Creams

  34. jenny reynolds
    May 7, 2018 / 11:09 am

    charlotte tilsbury lipstick fantastic xxxxxxxxx

  35. Paula Pinder
    May 7, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    I’d love to win this.

  36. Paula Pinder
    May 7, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Paula Pinder

  37. Sarah Mccaffery
    May 7, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Nivea soft hand cream.

  38. Margaret Mccaffery
    May 7, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Clarins double serum

  39. May 8, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Love your pink bag, the colour is gorgeous and love this idea for a post. I’m so nosey, I love seeing what other people have bought. xx

  40. Helen H
    May 8, 2018 / 11:53 am

    So love to win this blusher…mine is down to the dregs… xx

  41. jo liddement
    May 8, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    I have recently been using the Urban Veda Purifying skincare range and i especially love the day cream.

  42. Emma Walton
    May 8, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    My favourite beauty product is Olay Regenerist 3 point serum day crem.

  43. Lorna Ledger
    May 8, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I lurve Benetint Posy, It lasts forever and looks great on cheeks and lips

  44. Frances H
    May 9, 2018 / 6:01 am

    Not new, but always in my bag. Vaseline tinted lip balm.

  45. charlotte
    May 9, 2018 / 11:10 am

    ive fell in love with the nip and fab face pads! its the only thing that has helped me get even skin!

  46. Susan B
    May 9, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I can’t do without Lacura Q10 serum from Aldi. It’s marvellous..

  47. amanda w
    May 9, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    i love benefits theyre real mascara!!!

  48. May 9, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I’m the same with plants, I wish I had a green finger but alas I kill anything that enters the house. I do love the look of green leaves around the place though so will definitely be getting more fake plants for the new house.

    May 9, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I’ve just started using an eye cream hopefully it might help my saggy eyes

  50. Carole Nott
    May 9, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Great giveaway – would love to try this new product – i generally use non specific products

  51. debbie jayne davies
    May 9, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I love coconut oil i use it for so many different things it makes a fab moisturiser and also a great hair conditioner

  52. paula cheadle
    May 11, 2018 / 12:04 am

    face mask’s

  53. Natasha R-M
    May 11, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish – naturally active skincare – lovely.

  54. Charlotte G
    May 11, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is a long time favourite

  55. Kirke
    May 11, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    My favorite is face mask

  56. Jennifer Toal
    May 11, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Maybe line foundation

  57. lynn neal
    May 11, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

  58. janine atkin
    May 11, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    nivea face cream

  59. May 11, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    I have used the moisture masks a few times and they are brilliant. Love the idea of fake plants to as I struggle to keep anything alive (obviously this doesn’t apply to the kids lol) x

  60. Lizzy Cooper
    May 11, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    My favourite beauty product at the moment is probably almond oil!

    May 11, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Body Shop’s Drops Of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

  62. Sheri Darby
    May 11, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    My favourite product is my Maybelline Mascara

  63. Lauren Old
    May 12, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Mine is Mac In Extreme dimension lash mascara

  64. Stevie
    May 12, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I’m a guy but my niece loves her blue nail varnish at the moment.

  65. Janet Birkin
    May 12, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Maybelline Mascara in Black

  66. Kristin Burdsall
    May 12, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Im loving Maybelline master brow pallet. Its much more natural than a pencil and really easy to use

  67. mainy
    May 12, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    My favourite item at the moment is my blusher brush, I just need some blusher to go with it!:)

  68. Angela Macdonald
    May 12, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Clarins Daily energiser cream – I love the scent and the dewy fresh finish it gives my skin

  69. Dee Tsan
    May 12, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    My absolute new favourite item currently is my YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer! Oh god, that product works so many wonders and leaves my skin feeling amazing and smooth- I absolutely would recommend that everyone tries it!

  70. Jane
    May 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Bobbi Brown eye cream is lovely

  71. michelle o'neill
    May 13, 2018 / 6:31 am

    punky manga mascara x

  72. Kim Lam
    May 13, 2018 / 7:00 am

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

  73. AnnaS
    May 13, 2018 / 7:11 am

    No7 Serum.Thanx for a giveaway,

  74. Kelly Hirst
    May 13, 2018 / 9:28 am

    My current favourite beauty product is Garnier miccelar water, I use it everyday

  75. Helen Jones
    May 13, 2018 / 10:15 am

    Liz Earle cleanse and polish by far the best

  76. nayha
    May 13, 2018 / 11:19 am

    always argan oil

  77. Kim Neville
    May 13, 2018 / 11:31 am

    E45 cream to keep my skin moisturised

  78. Ruth Lee
    May 13, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    l oreal face oil

  79. Jessica Barber
    May 13, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    L’Oreal Volume Million lashes mascara!

  80. May 13, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    My False Lash Effect Mascara is my ultimate fave – It’s just amazing x

  81. Sheila Reeves @cakereev
    May 13, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    My cleanser at the moment, it’s Pure by Waitrose, keeping my skin really clean but hydrated

  82. Marie Rungapadiachy
    May 13, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I love lip balms at the moment. They are so handy to take out with me when my lips are feeling dry.

  83. carol boffey
    May 13, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    hair gel

  84. Gillian McClelland
    May 13, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Dry Shampoo is an essential item

  85. Samantha R
    May 13, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I love face moisturisers at the moment, especially with vitamin E as my skin is especially dry at the moment.

    May 13, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream, it suits my skin well and really helps to moisturise & plump the skin.

  87. Jamie Banks
    May 13, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    dr oganix face cream x

  88. Clifford Sherwood
    May 13, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    My wife loves this site

  89. Tammy Neal
    May 13, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Dry shampoo x

  90. Adrian Bold
    May 13, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    My partner loves the Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream. Thanks for the competition.

  91. Helen Clayton
    May 13, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Nuxe oil-so versatile!

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