This month's favourites includes a mixture of new products and some which I have rediscovered.
I think my very favourite of the month is my new perfume, now I know I mentioned a perfume in my last monthly favourites post and video, but as you will know if you read/watched, I was already worrying about running out of that one due to it being pretty much discontinued. When my Dad asked if I would like anything from duty free I took the opportunity to get my hands on Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess as a perfume to alternate with my Benefit one. I've never jumped on the hype of this perfume before, as I know bloggers go crazy for this each Summer, but I'm really glad I finally gave in and tried it! If you like coconut/vanilla based scents, definitely give this a sniff next time you're walking past an Estee Lauder counter.
Another new product for me this month is the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray. I've been wearing my hair on top of my head a lot since the weather has picked up, mainly just to keep it out of my way and stop me overheating. When I do wear my hair up, I like to make sure there is a lot of volume in my roots as I like to achieve a quite messy look and this has been the product to help me achieve that. It saves me from backcombing and ruining my hair, and gives the desired look in just a few seconds. The best thing about this though, is that it doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or weighed down like most texture sprays do and it's completely invisible - no white powder in your hair with this bad boy. I've even heard this be called the Orbie Dry Texturising Spray dupe (and at a tiny portion of the price!)
If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you will have read about the problems I have with the sensitive skin around my eyes, and every time they get sore, I become more and more paranoid about the damage being done to my skin. I was sent HealGel's Eye product to try and I am absolutely in love with it! It is a light, gel type liquid formulated to minimise dark circles, bags and wrinkles - which long term is a great thing. Short term however, is why I love this so much. It's really cooling on the eyes, which is ideal for me when I've had a flare up, and it refreshes my eyes on a morning when I'm feeling half asleep. There's no nicer feeling than applying this around my eyes! (Full review coming soon.)
On my nails this month I have mainly been wearing the new shades of Barry M Gelly nail paints. I bought a very pale blue, pale green and the pictured shade which is a very pale, milky pink colour called 'Rosehip'. Every Summer I find myself reaching for the pastels, and this year I'm living by the rule 'the paler the better'. I find these shades really flattering and stylish and as with all Barry M polishes, the quality of this polish is amazing. The Gelly formula is my favourite from Barry M as I find they last extra long on my nails as well as leaving a professional glossy finish to the nails after just two coats. I definitely need to get myself some more colours of these!
Finally onto the makeup! Another product I loved and used constantly when I initially bought it, then ended up popping it to the back of my makeup drawer and forgetting about it a bit is Topshop's cream blush in Neon Rose. I am a big fan of cream blushes, I much prefer them to powder blushes and Topshop's offerings are up there with the best of them. They blend out really naturally, they are really pigmented and come in a gorgeous range of colours. Neon Rose is a bright coral colour, which I think suits my pale complexion perfectly for a pop of Summer colour to my cheeks. It is so easy to apply either with the finger tips or with a stippling brush, I've been reaching for this most mornings while getting ready for work. I also love the packaging of these (and must apologise for just howClinique Bottom Lash mascara. This is something I have been 'eyeing up' (boom boom) for as long as I can remember, so I just had to have it. I suffer a lot from smudging with mascaras on my bottom lashes and fall out on my cheeks, which I blame mainly on the fact that my bottom lashes are quite long and I also have quite full cheeks, which means my lashes touch my cheeks once mascara is applied. This even happens with my favourite mascaras when applied to the bottom lashes, whereas I have no problems with them on my top lashes. So really, this purchase was a necessity!
grubby well loved mine is - oops!)
I have to say I am very impressed with this. Once I got past just how cute it is, the floral packaging and the tinyyyy little wand, I realised that the product itself is just as wonderful. First of all, it makes my lashes look even longer and defines them wonderfully. Secondly, there's no mess, no smudging, no flaking - it's wonderful! (Full review coming soon.)
My last favourite for May is the lip product which I have found myself wearing most days, and for once it's not a lipstick, it's a lipgloss! Those of you who know me, will know that I'm definitely not a lipgloss girl, but this has turned me a little bit. Miners The Matte Factor lipgloss in 'Warm Red' is my new love.
The best thing about it is that it's matte but still moisturising, which makes this so much more wearable. I find that it lasts all day without really having to reapply (unless I'm eating or drinking) and the colour is such a great daytime red. I'll be blogging about this and the other shades in their matte collection soon - I can't wait to show you how lovely they all look on the lips.
Send me links to your May favourites!