April brings with it a feeling of fresh starts, the arrival of a new season with spring and a whole array of new fashion, beauty and lifestyle launches ready for the warmer, sunnier months ahead.
From the latest fashion color trends 2022 fresh off the runways of Paris, Milan, New York and London, to this year's popular Easter nail ideas, there's a distinct color theme for this month and it's a return to soft pastel hues. Pretty lilacs, buttermilk yellows and soft white and cream shades are the go-to hues this season and some of our top picks for April come in these easy-to-wear softer tones.
With Easter around the corner, our April W&H shopping edit also features a range of great Easter gifts for adults, from cases of wine to alternative Easter hamper ideas. There's also our guide to the best Easter eggs 2022 this year, for when only chocolate gifts will do.
What to buy in April: The W&H shopping edit
1. Fable + Mane SahaScalp Wild Ginger Purifying Scalp Scrub
Most spring cleaning can be filed under necessary and sort-of satisfying yet pretty unexciting. But what if the thing you were cleaning was your scalp? And the product you were doing it with was the most deliciously invigorating, best scalp treatment of the season combining potent Indian botanicals with French perfumery aromas?
This purifying scrub feels closer to a mousse than your typical gritty exfoliator and contains ginger, Indian gooseberry, pink Himalayan salt, and Ayurvedic hero, neem oil. Massage it in and rinse away once a week to shift product build-up, soothe and boost healthy hair growth. Much more fun than clearing out the fridge.
2. Slip x Alice + Olivia Pure Silk Zippered Pillowcase, Spring Paisley
Insider's secret: most beauty editors sleep on silk pillowcases. Not out of Princess and the Pea style prissiness, but because it's a genuinely effective skin and hair improving measure (less roughing-up of strands, won't leach fancy creams from your face like cotton.)
Slip is those in-the-know's go-to brand for beautiful, high-quality silk hair wraps, bedding, and scrunchies. And this collaboration with fashion house Alice + Olivia reimagines their 100% pure mulberry A-Grade silk products in on-trend pink paisley. Form, function, and an excuse to enjoy that unbeatable new bedding feeling? Sign us up.
3. Maybelline Tattoo Liner Smokey Gel Pencil Eyeliner
Makeup shopping isn't all designer lipstick and hyped eye palettes with 100 beautiful, unwearable shades. Sometimes we're just out here looking to replace reliable everyday basics, like the best eyeliner. And when we tell you this is the best eyeliner we've tried in donkeys' we mean it.
It is twist-up, so you never have to sharpen. It's a perfect, slightly warm brown that's subtle enough for daytime but seems to intensify every eye colour. It's soft, but only for a minute then sets and will never, ever transfer. The little smudging sponge on the end is a great touch, and in case you hadn't noticed it is cheap, very cheap. Buy one or maybe three, although we doubt they'll discontinue this any time soon.
4. ESPA Tri-Active Regenerating Moisture Complex
A best-selling classic reinvented, ESPA's latest formula for their Regenerating Moisture Complex now contains Bio-Retinol and a gentle BHA which works to rejuvenate skin and minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Retinol creams are impressive and efficient multi-taskers and this popular product from ESPA is no exception.
2. Belt printed jumpsuit
We love a printed jumpsuit and this green patterned style from Mango is no exception.
As well as being a great transitional piece to see you through from spring to summer, flattering jumpsuits such as this belted style are also incredibly versatile, meaning you can wear it to the office just as easily as you could dress it up with heel and wear it to a wedding.
3. Saye Modelo '89 sneakers
The best white trainers are a staple of any spring/summer wardrobe and should be a capsule wardrobe essential for anyone who loves smart/casual dressing.
A spring investment that will give you endless outfit combinations, these sustainable sneakers from Saye are made from recycled materials including automotive leftovers. Plus, for every pair of sneakers sold SAYE funds the growth of two trees in collaboration with the NGO We Forest - making looking good and doing good one and the same.
4. Faux Leather Saddle Cross Body Bag
The trusty saddle bag is still very much one of the top handbag trends of 2022, which is handy if you like to keep your look on-trend, because this look is both practical and fashionable.
The best cross body bags not only offer great style and practicality, but they also feature an adjustable strap, secure clasp and inner zip pocket for valuables. This vegan leather bag from M&S has all three - and style to boot.
5. Cotton Flared Midaxi Shirt Dress with Short Sleeves
The best shirt dresses make a great transitional piece to have in your wardrobe as we transition between seasons. Wear with tights and a slimming coat while the weather is colder, then style with sandals as temperatures warm up.
We love the flattering cut and rich colour of this dress, plus the versatile 'midaxi' length.
6. Period Sports Shorts
Designed as a a complete tampon and pad replacement for daily fitness activities inside and outside the gym, these new period sports shorts are the latest launch from WUKA - the brand behind some of the comfiest period pants on the market at the moment.
Made from lightweight TENCEL™ fabric - which promotes breathability, is high-stretch and three times softer than cotton - the outer layer of these shorts is made from eco-friendly recycled polyester from plastic bottles. Meaning these shorts don't just feel good on, but they're doing good too.
7. Ray-ban RB3447 phantos-frame sunglasses
When it comes to sunglasses trends, Ray-bans never go out of style, and these phantos-frame sunglasses have been popular for years.
Even better is Selfridges are currently a 50% off deal if you buy two pairs of sunglasses in store or online, meaning that you could get a pair of Ray-Bans for less than £70 if bought with another pair.
8. Espadrille Suede Wedge Slides
A shoe which combines three eternally popular summer styles; espadrilles, wedges and slides, this is the first design from FitFlop to feature a high wedge sole.
Easier to walk in than your average wedges, wear these comfortable slides with your best skinny jeans or a casual summer dress.
1. The Happy ‘CHEE-ASTER’ Hamper
If you're looking for Easter hamper ideas that don't contain chocolate, Cartwright and Butler have launched a new 'Chee-aster' hamper, just in time for Easter. The hamper includes a variety of products perfect for cheese-lovers, including cheese shaped like an Easter egg, crackers and chutney.
New for 2022, the hamper contains everything you need for your cheese board this Easter and comes presented in one of Cartwright & Butler’s stylish grey hamper boxes - making it perfect for gifting.
2. Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon Gin
As we head into gin and tonic season, we're infusing a touch of summer into our evening tipples with Bombay Sapphire's newest citrussy Spanish twist.
Infused with naval oranges, mandarins and lemons from the Spanish region of Murcia, this will transport you to a sunny Mediterranean coast at the first sip. It's perfect for cocktails too!
3. Easter Praline Scotch Egg
An April shopping edit wouldn't be complete without a chocolate egg, as after all, this is the month of Easter celebrations.
The egg is made from simnel-flavoured milk chocolate praline and has an orange ganache centre, while the outside is coated in a roasted hazelnut and cocoa nib coating. Divine.
4. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
A brilliant debut from American author Miranda Cowley Heller, this masterful novel explores family legacies, love, lies and the generational impact of secrets in a page-turning story that you'll devour in days if you have the time.
A No.1 New York Times Bestseller and one of Reese Witherspoon's best book club books, this gripping read has also just been longlisted for the Women's Prize 2022.
5. Shokz OpenRun Pro Sports Headphones
As the weather gets warmer, outdoor running and long bike rides are back on the cards. With OpenRun Pro headphones, you'll be able to listen to your favourite tunes while also keeping an ear out for what's going on around you.
The latest version of the OpenRun headphones, these come with 10-hours more battery life and have a quick-charge feature so you can get going. They're also available in exciting new pastel shades.
6. Misfits Mint Choc Chip Protein Bars
RRP: £20 for 12
Misfits are known for their indulgent, triple-layered protein bars—but these take it to the next level. Delivering 15g of protein and 8g of fiber, these new vegan protein bars have a soft biscuit base, a gooey mint fondant centre, protein crispies and cacao nibs.
Along with all the benefits of protein powder, these are must-have if you've got a sweet tooth as there's less than 1g of sugar per bar. We recommend putting a few of these in the freezer for a go-to frozen snack when the sun comes out again.
An internationally published digital journalist and editor who specialises in SEO strategy and content production, Rachael has worked as a writer and editor for both news and lifestyle websites in the UK and abroad.
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