maven Loves: Our April Favourites

We just can't get enough

Words by Nicole Thomsen
May 6th, 2016

It feels as though we only spoke about all that we loved throughout March just last week. Yet here we are in the month of May with a host of new and wonderful things to obsess over. We’re not fickle, honestly. Keep scrolling to find out what TV show we’ve had our eyes glued to and the most lust-worthy collection of shoes we’d love to see on our feet.

If you missed out on our March favourites you can catch up here!

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L’Occitane Hand Cream- I’ve been using L’Occitane hand creams for a while now, but recently I discovered this little trio of mini hand creams that are just adorable, not to mention profusely practical. Within the trio set there are three different hand creams; shea butter, almond and cherry blossom. Keep one in your hand bag, one in your car or on your desk in work, and one on your nightstand to use before going to bed- the cherry blossom mini has earned its right of place in my night-time routine. Its delicate, feminine scent is refreshing without being overpowering, while it is also a welcome reminder of the longer, brighter days and full flowering trees that spring brings along. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Mask- I have been on the hunt for a decent hydrating treatment for my skin for some time now. With it generally being dry and dull, I needed a nice pick-me-up for my skin that wouldn’t cause me to break out. Luckily, I stumbled upon GLAMGLOW while asking for samples in Marks & Spencer a few weeks ago and it has honestly been a lifesaver for my skin. This gorgeous scented treatment will hydrate, moisturise, restore, replenish, and calm the skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind. Although it is a tad steep in price (currently on offer on LookFantastic here), it’s unquestionably worth it if you suffer from the same issues as me. I will most definitely be purchasing it again.  -Emma, Fashion Assistant

Colab Dry Shampoo- I’ve long been a fan of dry shampoo but after breaking my foot earlier this year and finding the act of showering the equivalent to a Pilates class, my use of dry shampoo went into overdrive. While I’ve used Batiste Dry Shampoo for years (the original version, of course) and think it is one of the best and cheapest you can find, I recently came across a new brand which might just be better. Enter Colab Dry Shampoo. Available in a variety of scents, I’ve been using the New York edition which offers a fruity alternative to the chalky Batiste and I find that it disappears nicely in to my hair with minimal scalp rubbing. The travel size can is now a firm fixture in my bag for days when a touch up of volume is needed. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

Clarins Lip Comfort Oils- In April I found my new lip buddy, thanks to the launch of the very special Lip Comfort Oil, which is described as “part lip care, part make-up”. I’m not usually a fan of lip glosses due to their stickiness but this particular version uses plant extracts such as jojoba and hazelnut oils to give shine without the stickiness. The effect makes my lips feel nourished but also full and plump due to the luscious shine. Available in three shades: honey, using Mirabelle plum stone oil; raspberry, with antioxidant and regenerating raspberry pip oil and red berry flavour, and red berry with annatto seed oil for extra comfort. My personal favourite of the three is the raspberry due to its slight pink stain and delicious flavour. -Tanya, Editor

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante- Ferrante’s ‘Neopolitan Novels’ is a four part series written by a mysterious writer under the pseudonym of Elena Ferrante. Written as fiction, but rumoured to be based on reality (presumably the reason why the author chooses to remain anonymous) the novels are an honest, and often unbearably realistic, exploration of female friendship and everything that it entails. Following the lives of two friends, Elena and Lila, the story moves between past and present and is an instant page-turner. I’m currently reading the first of the series ‘My Brilliant Friend’ and I’m already looking forward to the next three. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

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Sophia Webster SS16- High on my lust list this month is the SS16 collection from Sophia Webster. Simply put, her collection and her designs are what dreams are made of. Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes.” If I were to sacrifice food for a week to pay for a pair of these bad boys- then so be it.
Fashion can sometimes take itself oh so seriously, so a designer that puts fun and flair into the equation at affordable prices is to be applauded. At just 30 years of age, Webster is redefining shoe design on her own terms and with a new bag collection to now swoon over, there’s no stopping her. -Leona, Publicist

Lace-Up Sandals- It’s slowly becoming that time when we can bare our toes once again. Probably the most trend-set shoes of the season, lace-up sandals are all over the high street and the runway at the minute. As much as I love my winter boots and covering up, there’s nothing better than throwing on a flowing dress and some lace-up block heels. Why not get in the summer mood by getting a pedicure and showing off those twinkle toes as these sandals will have you strolling into summer. Shop ASOS and Topshop for a great selection of these seasonal shoes. -Hayley, Editorial Assistant

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Gino’s Gelato- Summer is finally in the air and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious scoop (or three) of gelato (the Italian for ice cream) from the treat sorcerers Gino’s Gelato. Situated at the top of Grafton Street, as well as many other locations across Ireland and soon to be worldwide, this tasty parlour is stocked with an assortment of flavours such as Nutella, Kinder Bueno and gingerbread which won’t fail to disappoint even the pickiest of tastebuds. Trust me, you’ll be wanting seconds! -Emma, Fashion Assistant

The Counter- Food is by far my favourite thing, this month and every other month. Handy as it’s a necessity in life. But if you want to get specific, I truly love a good burger and that’s where The Counter comes in. The build-your-own burger joint is my go-to restaurant for dining out. You could say I’m a regular but the waiters and waitresses would probably argue that the word you’re looking for is “obsessed”. The burgers are delicious, and you can have them topped with whatever toppings you wish although I must recommend the crispy onion strings. But the true star of the menu is the caramel and chocolate brownie which has my mouth watering as I type. If you’re a burger or brownie lover, this definitely warrants a visit. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

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The Jungle Book- The Disney remake has been getting mixed reviews already but as a Disney fan girl I can confirm that it is possibly one of the best remakes I’ve ever seen. Adapted from the 1967 version, the movie centers around good ‘ol Mowgli’s life growing up in the jungle. The beautiful live action film lived up to expectations with its realistic picture of fields and an exotic landscape- it’s hard to believe this was all filmed by green screen in a studio in Los Angelas! Its star-studded cast is just another bonus with Scarlett Johansson as the evil Python and Bill Murray who will make you laugh as Baloo the bear. So forget about you worries and your strides and take a visit to your nearest cinema. -Hayley, Editorial Assistant

The Tunnel- The Tunnel is my new go-to obsession this month. I’ve always loved the effortless style of Clémence Poésy but it has to be said, the girl can act. She is superb as oddball detective Elise Wasserman, who is an unlikely style hero- think cool french label Zadig & Voltaire mixed with an All Saints vibe and you get the picture.
Gripping, clever, stylish and a fantastic cast, what’s not to love? Catch the second series of the British-French crime drama on Sky Atlantic. -Leona, Publicist

Advanced Style- It seems that all I did throughout April was watch things! I am a fan of fashion films but the most recent one that I saw is “Advanced Style”. I’ve always been enthralled by older ladies and their style, especially after I watched Iris, so this documentary was on my must-watch list. It follows the stories of seven New Yorkers, focusing on their personal style and how their spirit grows with age. It teaches you the valuable life lesson of not to take it all too seriously and to wear whatever the hell you want. My kind of ladies! -Grace, Marketing Assistant

Girls- The Grammy award-winning series is back again and season 5 has been pulling at my heart strings. Without giving too much away, Hannah seems stronger than ever while Marnie is doing whatever to make herself happy. Episode 6 is what had everyone talking when we got to see Marnie finally re-evaluate her life, bringing her back down to earth. Its exquisite directing and writing makes us stop and think about the more important things in life. This season is all about forgiveness and growing up and Lena Dunham plays it brilliantly while still keeping her millennial charm. Now I just have to wait for season 6! -Hayley, Editorial Assistant

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MUJI Notebooks- Japanese store MUJI is a minimalist fanatic’s dream. With furniture, stationary, skincare and more, this place is a haven for those who enjoy simplistically designed functional items. My favourite items from MUJI are the notebooks which come in a range of sizes, but all maintain a minimalist aesthetic in keeping with the brand. They are perfect for keeping on your nightstand for jotting down those late night/early morning bright ideas, and they are also slim enough to carry around daily in your handbag. With notebooks starting at less than €2 you can stock up on high quality pieces for extremely low prices. There is also the option for recycled paper notebooks so you can do your bit for the environment while you’re at it. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant