Keeping this series up! My May favourites are already due as well but I’ve still yet to do my April ones, so being one to favour chronology over chaos, I shall do just that. April’s, simply put, were made up of two of my very favourite things – fashion and beauty. Typical XX chromosome of course.

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte and Beyond Flawless palettes

I stumbled upon this London-based drugstore brand not too long ago and have been wanting to try it out ever since especially after hearing the positive reviews about their line of products. Being a freak for the (flawless) au naturel look, I opted for two of their fully neutral eyeshadow palettes, aptly named Flawless Matte and Beyond Flawless respectively.

Beyond Flawless consists of a myriad of both matte and shimmery shades whilst Flawless Matte is completely, as the title suggests, matte. Each costs a mere £8 (approximately RM40) for a massive array of thirty-two eyeshadows which are soft and buttery in texture and are fairly easy to blend with relatively good pigmentation. Given the price point, they’re extremely worth it and pack quite a punch. Incredible quality for a drugstore brand, and the best thing about them is that they’re all neutrals so I now have enough neutrals to last me a lifetime. Not like that would deter me from buying any more though, who am I kidding.

I’ll probably do a full review on the two palettes soon for a more in-depth look but in the meantime, you can get Flawless Matte here and Beyond Flawless here. A big, big thank you to Mervyn and Kai Li, both of whom got those palettes for me whilst they were on their honeymoon in Europe!

MAC Is Beauty lipsticks in Highlights and French Twist

I picked up two lipsticks from this pastel-heavy collection. MAC came out with a large range of limited edition lipsticks and I decided to get these two lustres – Highlights, which is very sheer and can be used on top of other colours for a nice, warm sheen; and French Twist, a lovely peach nude (I can never get enough of these). They’ve a whole lot of gorgeous nudes in this collection to give you that natural, radiant look and if you’d like a bit of colour that’s not overly bold, look no further. You can shop the collection here.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

One of my closest friends went to the US – San Francisco to be exact – for a month for work and she brought this baby back for me. I’ve heard so much about Becca and their holy grail highlighters so I just had to try it for myself. Suffice to say, this is phenomenal. It’s very highly pigmented (I can’t stand non-pigmented or lightly-pigmented products), super buttery in texture, and has the loveliest, loveliest sheen to it. It’d probably make a good eyeshadow as well, so I’ll be giving that a go soon.

Moving on to fashion,

H&M printed bikini bottoms

When it comes to swimwear, I tend to favour monokinis in particular (I love my cut-outs) but once in a while, I’d indulge in a bikini or two. I especially love the leaf print and gold hardware on this one. Tropical, of course. I’ve also been getting separates instead of sets lately as I find myself liking either the top or bottom but not the other, especially since I’ve imposed the 8/10 rule on myself when shopping is concerned. More on that next time.

MDS Collections Yasmin floral top

I discovered MDS Collections earlier this year and was delighted to know they were based in Singapore. I’ve been loving structured, asymmetrical pieces of late and I find that this MDS top does an incredible job at balancing the firmness of structure with the fluidity of florals. The print and cut are more or less identical to what you can find on Finders Keepers but for a fraction of the price. I’m unsure about the quality differences though.

MDS Collections Mystic bandeau dress

I found the geometrical lines against the monochrome floral print on this rather interesting, another testament to the aesthetic balance between hard and soft. This dress has a smoother, stretchier texture – probably a blend of polyester and elastane – as compared to the previous top, which doesn’t stretch much and is slightly rougher to the touch. I’ve been starting to love midi lengths with a bodycon fit as well, but I always have to pair it with sky-high heels given my height (or lack thereof).

The following two items are from my newly-founded online store, The Guest List (TGL). But of course.

The Guest List Flame of the Forest top

I adore, adore, adore tropical prints (no surprise there), especially if they’ve got a fiery element to them, and this top is the epitome of that. I like versatile pieces I can play around with for completely different looks, and I’ve paired this baby with shorts, an asymmetrical skirt, and even a maxi skirt with a high slit – as you can see from the picture below, excuse the smoky club atmosphere and muted colours.

If you want to get it, you can order yours here!

The Guest List Bird of Paradise dress

I wore this mirrored feather-motif dress to my spring/tropical-themed birthday in Troika back in March and yes, I know. Prints. Again. Don’t judge me. I’m a bit of a print whore, pardon my language. I just can’t get enough of them and how varied they can be. You can tell I’m not a minimalist essentially, but I do also enjoy being minimal from time to time, surprisingly enough. Bits of the dress from my birthday,

You can get yours here!

Since we’re on my blog, I personally feel it’s alright to be slightly more transparent about my business, so you know who’s running it and that yes, the owner is indeed a genuine person. Given that, please feel free to get in touch with me should you have any questions about The Guest List or any of the pieces in-store and I’d be more than happy to be of service! I truly want to connect with my customers and give them the best experience possible – I see everyone more as friends, to be honest, and want to build a community around that – so do hit me up if you’ve got any queries or feedback.

And that wraps up my April favourites! Now to work on the May ones. #beastmode