They say that March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers… Well, in that case the next four weeks had better be blooming florescent, because the past month in New York has been absolutely miserable. A spattering of sunshine between gloomy skies, torrential downpour, and even a spot of unseasonal snow – this definitely didn’t feel like April!
Luckily, this month I had a few lovely things to obsess over, so here’s this month’s round-up!
Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo
This is basically a clarifying shampoo, to get rid of product build-up, and it’s awesome if you’ve been using a bit too much hairspray (a.k.a. post-Saturday-night-Bardot). It takes your hair back to basics, and I think they recommend using it weekly but I’ve been adjusting it to just whenever in my shampoo-cycle I feel I need it. I also really love the whole idea behind it – it conjures up pancakes and well-worn grey t-shirts, hair air-drying and long walks in new places. Pretty evocative for a shampoo, I suppose.
Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
I picked this book up over a year ago and had barely touched it until this month when I dove into the heady French Riviera with Cécile, the protagonist of this short novel about love, femininity, and growing up. If you’ve ever wished for a female version of the “The Catcher in the Rye” then this is it, with the bonus that it counts as a foreign novel… Author Sagan wrote it when she was a teenager, and her voice captures what it is to be young, female, and a bit self-destructive. I love Bonjour Tristesse because I feel like we are constantly encountering young male characters like Cécile, but there are scant girls like her, even though there are many real life women who have similar experiences. So yes, I am considering a move to the South of France, and yes I have adopted an annoying fake French accent.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
I have quite yellow undertones hiding beneath my paleness (my mum says it’s golden, I say I look like a Simpson) and it can be quite hard to find pale foundations that aren’t pinky or too cool. Bobbi Brown has a fantastic range of warmer tones – Porcelain is an exact match for my pre-Summer skin – and these foundation sticks are perfect for just patting into imperfections, without going for a full face. The weather’s been so claggy in NYC this month that anything more than BB cream and concealer makes me break out, so this has been my go-to compromise.
West Coast – Lana Del Rey
Just when I was starting to think that the winter would never end, Lana Del Rey released the audio for the first single off of her upcoming album, Ultraviolence. You may have noticed that I’m already a Lana fan, but “West Coast” more than lived up to my expectations. The sumptuous sound sweeps you away from a cloudy day and off to a Californian beach – I’ve been playing it on repeat this month! I especially love that you can hear Dan Auerbach’s influence on the sound (love me some Black Keys) and I’m really excited to hear more!
Stila Lip Glaze in “Guava”
I’ve been a fan of Stila’s lip glazes for a while; they have the formula for glossy-not-sticky pretty much down. I know some aren’t a fan of the click-pen packaging, and it can go everywhere if you over-click, but to me it’s worth it to be able to apply gloss single-handedly. Plus this pretty pink is perfect for spring, and as a bonus it tastes deliciously! (Not that you should be eating it…)
What were your loving this April?