What’s in my handbag in April

Hello gorgeous ladies, here are some products I am currently using at the moment and really love – they are pretty much thrown into the abyss of my big leather satchel but I wouldn’t be without them at the moment:

best makeup artist and best hairstyles Nicoletta DaskalakisNeutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
It was my birthday in January and I got a huge surprise when my sister sent me a whole bunch of new products to try and boy was I excited!! One of the goodies she sent me was the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara and I have absolutely loved using it on my lashes. Its very creamy and it gives your lashes lots of volume and I think its fantastic for a drugstore product! I found my lashes look very thick and it doesn’t clump at all so this is a great go to mascara for during the day and a must for your make-up bag.

best makeup artist and best hairstyles Nicoletta DaskalakisRevlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 001 Honey
I absolutely adore these balm stains, they are nourishing on my lips with just a perfect pop of color. I am currently using the 001 Honey which is a natural pinky look on the lips. I am so happy that a lot of the brands are bringing out these big crayon look alike stains as I find the color and consistency absolutely perfect for day time wear as its not too much or too bright and I feel fresh and summery and not too done up for during the day. They have a range of colors so I am sure you will find one you like best. If you want to add some real shine for an evening look, put some gloss on after for that extra glam make-up look and you good to go. They do have darker colors which would be great for a girly night out too.

To read more about my lipstick recommendations click here.

best makeup artist and best hairstyles Nicoletta DaskalakisOPI – Koala Bear-y
I love love love OPI polishes and it is a product I use in my boutique and the customers really love it. At the moment I am wearing the Koala Bear-y and its a great pink that can be worn all year round and looks so fab for summer toes. It goes on smoothly and is really bright so I know you will feel great and happy all day long just by looking at your nails. Ok, maybe that sounds weird but I just love having bright nails and toes and it does make me feel in a better mood and works almost as well as eating chocolate:)

Body Shop Hemp Lip protector stick
I do not go anywhere without this lip protector and I have one in my make-up bag and one next to my nightstand. If your lips are feeling dry or chapped, this lip balm is so soothing and so nourishing that I find it starts working straight away and you will have your gorgeous kissable lips back in no time. I can honestly say I have used this product for years and have converted all my friends and family into using it. I find that no other lip conditioner works like this one does and yes, it is not the most glam product but when your lips are feeling dry and sore, you want them moisturised and dont want to put on some gunk that just sits on top of your lips with no healing effects even though the packaging reads ‘pearly gloss effect’ – my sore lips dont want pearl gloss, they want some moisturing love.

Anyway beautiful friends I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what makeup you keep in your handbags! If you have any pretty spring lipstick colors that you love we would love to hear about them.

^ Alyssa.

(Beauty editor, contributing writer and sister of Nicoletta)

Nicoletta Daskalakis is a Los Angeles based makeup artist and hair stylist.

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