02 June, 2016 May Beauty Favourites 2016
I’ll keep this introduction to my May Beauty Favourites 2016 short and sweet, as I’ve got SO many products to review! Highlights of the month included starting my brand spanking new job, going to Amsterdam for my best friend’s hen party, and getting a writing credit in LOOK magazine.. it was in teeny tiny letters, but it counts!
In other news, I got glasses, which I’m not entirely sure how I feel about yet – I’m thinking of writing a post on makeup tips for glasses wearers, as I’ve spent the last few days trying to wipe mascara smudges off the lenses. Fun times.
Anyway, let’s get on with my May Beauty Favourites, shall we?
This serum has been a long-term favourite for years, and I found out recently that it hasn’t actually been discontinued, but simply rebranded to fit with The Body Shop’s sleek new look. I’ve ordered about five backups in case they ever go out of stock, and I’ll let you know if there are any ingredients or formula changes! The serum is super lightweight, absorbs like a dream, and makes a great base for moisturiser or primer. I can’t be without it!
Rodial Stem Cell Magic Gel* (£49)
A luxe new find is this gorgeous cream-gel from Rodial. I squealed when their PR contacted me, as I’ve always wanted to test more from the brand, but the pricing did hold me back slightly. This product couldn’t have been a better introduction to their range, as it has genuinely changed the game. This 10-in-1 product claims to act as a mask, primer, day and evening moisturiser, after-sun, and basically anything that helps to soothe, hydrate and calm. I’ll have a full review up soon, but for now let me say that this is doing things to my skin that my previous moisturiser faves from Embryolisse, Clinique and Avene just haven’t been able to do. I’m hooked.
For an everyday, no-frills primer, you can’t get more fool-proof than this beauty. It absorbs oil, blurs pores, smooths textured and bumpy bits, and keeps makeup hanging around for longer. This is the perfect base if you have awkward dehydrated-oily skin, that can’t quite make up it’s mind. I’m desperate to try more from the Step 1 range, please share your recommendations for ones you’ve tried in the comments!
I don’t know how it took me so long to discover the fantastic Bobbi Brown Correctors, but now I have, I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else to brighten and smooth my under-eye area. I still love my Clarins Instant Concealer, but for precision and full coverage, this is just fantastic. Light Bisque is pink-toned, meaning it’s great on blue and purple circles, and I have been reaching for this all month when I need a little extra help in the morning.
Despite the terrible scent (think talc mixed with the scent of L’oreal lipsticks, not pleasant), this blush is the perfect colour for when I want to look healthy and fresh, without overdoing it. It’s so affordable, the pan is huge for a drugstore blush, and because it’s so sheer and matte, it’s almost impossible to get this wrong. Blusher for dummies!
I’ve raved about this mascara too many times to count, but that’s just because it’s so good – it creates an amazing curl, is super black and rich, and makes lashes look bold and defined. I’ve also noticed that it’s the only mascara that doesn’t dry out completely – meaning you don’t have to throw it out as quickly as you would other wands.
I’ve kept my eye makeup quite minimal this month, and mainly worn matte shadows from my BECCA Ombre Nudes palette, and my Too Faced Natural Eyes palette (see both reviewed and swatched here). However, when I do want to throw some glitter on, I’ve been reaching for this gorgeous creamy pink-mauve. Frozen Quartz is a lot lighter than other shades from the Ombre Blackstar range, but I love how well it pairs with a flick of winged liner and huge amounts of mascara. This will be permanently on my lids when I go on holiday in a few weeks!
NYX Honeymoon and Whipped Caviar (£6.50)
These two gorgeous lipsticks come in my favourite matte formula from NYX, and offer stunning variations on the mauve lip trend. Honeymoon is slightly more grey and 90s-esque, while Whipped Caviar is more of a muted pink-berry, with hints of purple. They also look amazing mixed together, if that’s your thang.
Which beauty products have you been loving this month? Share your faves from my May Beauty Favourites 2016, and don’t forget to share your posts too!
Have a fabulous day!