Five April Favorites

April was the best month that I've had in a long while. I was home alone for the first half of the month and I was able to putz around and do a lot of comforting and productive maintenance both on myself and the house - you'll have seen my whole-house Scotchguard crusade if you watch my InstaStories. I finally caught up with my YouTube subscriptions, crossed a lot off of my Netflix list, and did way more blogging than usual (though still not as much as I wanted to!). This past month I celebrated my 27th birthday (pretty sure I skipped 26 entirely), and mine and Dean's 11th anniversary. At the same time, I had to suffer through the Penguin's embarrassing first round playoff elimination. Through it all, I've been treating myself to lots of margaritas, salted caramel lattes, and hot Cheetos. All up, I've been feeling better than I have in a long time. Below are the five things I enjoyed most in April. Click through to read more.

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is one of the great Russian classics for a reason, it's an epic in the truest sense - it spans years and continents, with no lack of symbolism. I'm rereading this book of dual intertwining love stories, and am having a heightened reaction to it. I'm even more frustrated by it's length and verbosity, yet equally more fascinated by Anna and Vronsky's complex relationship. This book is so beautiful, it's an essential read if you want to delve into classic literature. I'm currently listening to it via the free Libravox app, but it's audiobook has also been uploaded to YouTube - of course you could also check it out of your local library as well! 

2. Natura Estonica Hydrating Boost Face Tonic
I was poking around in my local TKMaxx to pass time, and randomly came across this hydrating toner in the absolutely measly skincare section. I didn't expect it to be anything special, but I was almost taken aback by the sheer excellence of the ingredient list. Glycerin, panthenol, niacinamde, hyaluronic acid, silk amino acids, chamomile extract...shall I go on? And they're included in substantial amounts as well - no post phenoxyethanol bullshit here. Natura Estonica's Hydrating Boost Face Tonic is so deeply hydrating and soothing, and it cost me just $6. I'm not sure of how much it costs full price, or if I can even find it again, but this toner is amazing. If you bump into this product at TKMaxx, buy it. 

Pixi's Endless Silky Eye Pencils are my #1 eyeliner formula. In my years of beauty blogging, I've never tried a better black eyeliner than Pixi's Black Noir, and I doubt I ever will. This creamy, jet black eyeliner recently made it's way back into my collection and I really don't know how I went on without it for the last few years. This pencil liner is everything I could ask for - easy to apply, long wearing, and super dark. I'm so glad I picked it up. 

I visited Catmosphere Cat Cafe in Surrey Hills for the second time on my birthday and had the best time. I love everything about this cat cafe - all fourteen cats are sweet and cuddly (shout out to Darth Beauty and Quentin Tabbytino for loving on me extra), their coffees are excellent, and the staff is friendly. The atmosphere, or catmosphere if you will, is extremely peaceful and relaxing. I'd go there once a week if I could. 

5. Bath&BodyWorks Paris Cafe Candle
I love coffee scented candles above all others, so when I saw Paris Cafe on display at Bath&BodyWorks I knew I had to have it, and happily handed over $35 of my birthday bucks for it. This candle smells divine - like a rich mocha - without being overly sweet. Scent throw is excellent, and it burns smoothly, but slowly. To top it off, Paris Cafe's jar features a gorgeous brown swirl design that'll make it perfect for storing instant mocha and hot chocolate sachets when I've burned through it. 

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