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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 **

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  • Jackie

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

  • Jackie

    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.

  • Solange

    Lancôme Genifique Advanced Youth Activating Serum .

  • debbie smith

    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

  • Karen Barrett

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

  • Kim Styles

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

  • Margaret Gallagher

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

  • Sadiyya Maryam

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

  • Robert Price

    Hair gel

  • Ursula Hunt

    I love my Vitamin overnight vitamin E oil

  • Sheena Batey

    My Bare Minerals powders make me look half decent

  • Gail

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

  • Lucy

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

  • Margaret Clarkson

    Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

  • Ruth Ryan

    Olay Total Effects 7 in one for me

  • Joanne Darnell

    charlotte tilsbury lipstick

  • Kerri-Ann

    I LOVE that bag so so much, gorgeous colour x

  • Jen oconnell

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

  • Kim Carberry

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

  • Eleanor Christison

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

  • Ashley Murray

    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!

  • tina glover

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

  • Laura Pritchard

    Rimmel Concealer is great!

  • Rachael Sexey

    The original argan oil

  • ann goody

    Dry shampoo is a real help!

  • Katie

    I love No 7 night cream

  • 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 😉

  • Nicola Rupawala

    I love the lip stains by MAC

  • Emma C

    Clinique pepstart eye cream

  • Maria blythin

    doll highlighter x

  • Jules Eley

    My Loreal mascara… its fab!

  • Mark Mccaffery

    Nivea for men moisturiser.

  • Sandra Fortune

    L’ideal Protect and Perfect Day & Night Creams

  • jenny reynolds

    charlotte tilsbury lipstick fantastic xxxxxxxxx

  • Paula Pinder

    I’d love to win this.

  • Paula Pinder

    Paula Pinder

  • Sarah Mccaffery

    Nivea soft hand cream.

  • Margaret Mccaffery

    Clarins double serum

  • Jo - Not a Frumpy Mum

    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

  • Helen H

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

  • jo liddement

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

  • Emma Walton

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

  • Lorna Ledger

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

  • Frances H

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

  • charlotte

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

  • Susan B

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

  • amanda w

    i love benefits theyre real mascara!!!

  • 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.


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

  • Carole Nott

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

  • debbie jayne davies

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

  • paula cheadle

    face mask’s

  • Natasha R-M

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

  • Charlotte G

    Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is a long time favourite

  • Kirke

    My favorite is face mask

  • Jennifer Toal

    Maybe line foundation

  • lynn neal

    Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

  • janine atkin

    nivea face cream

  • Tracey Williams

    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

  • Lizzy Cooper

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


    Body Shop’s Drops Of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel

  • Sheri Darby

    My favourite product is my Maybelline Mascara

  • Lauren Old

    Mine is Mac In Extreme dimension lash mascara

  • Stevie

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

  • Janet Birkin

    Maybelline Mascara in Black

  • Kristin Burdsall

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

  • mainy

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

  • Angela Macdonald

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

  • Dee Tsan

    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!

  • Jane

    Bobbi Brown eye cream is lovely

  • michelle o'neill

    punky manga mascara x

  • Kim Lam

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

  • AnnaS

    No7 Serum.Thanx for a giveaway,

  • Kelly Hirst

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

  • gaynor Vincent

    Oil of Olay Moisturiser

  • Helen Jones

    Liz Earle cleanse and polish by far the best

  • nayha

    always argan oil

  • Kim Neville

    E45 cream to keep my skin moisturised

  • Ruth Lee

    l oreal face oil

  • Jessica Barber

    L’Oreal Volume Million lashes mascara!

  • Christine Taylor

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

  • Sheila Reeves @cakereev

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

  • Marie Rungapadiachy

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

  • carol boffey

    hair gel

  • Gillian McClelland

    Dry Shampoo is an essential item

  • Samantha R

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


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

  • Jamie Banks

    dr oganix face cream x

  • Clifford Sherwood

    My wife loves this site

  • Tammy Neal

    Dry shampoo x

  • Rebecca Phillips

    I’m loving my The Brow Gal eyebrow pencil ❤️

  • Adrian Bold

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

  • Helen Clayton

    Nuxe oil-so versatile!

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