As I mentioned in my April 2015 favourites was that one of my favourite things to read on blogs or watch on YouTube is monthly favourites. It’s a great way to find out about products that people genuinely love and use day-to-day. I can’t believe it has come around so quickly – it’s the end of the month already! Here are my May favourites.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Shell)
I procrastinated over buying this for such a long time, as I generally buy more budget makeup. I was really put off by the price, and wondered whether it was really so good as to justify it. After being given a sample and using it for a few days, sadly I concluded that yes… it really was that good! I finally invested in it towards the end of April and have been using it all month.
You can see what I love about it over on my Foundation Fight review post but basically it is the perfect colour match, provides great coverage whilst still managing to look natural and lasts all day. It is also quite matte, which I really like (yes, I know the dewy-look is in fashion but it just doesn’t do it for me!) Find it here.
DUPE ALERT: I have found a very close dupe to this foundation, which I have actually bought as well. I think I will use the dupe for work/daytime and the Estee Lauder Double Wear for going out/occasions (not that I really go out any more haha!)
The dupe is Revlon Colorstay foundation. It has a really similar shade, application and skin finish. It also lasts really well. Overall it’s a great dupe if you need something more purse-friendly, and retails at just £8.49. You can find it here.
Miss Budget Beauty – YouTuber
This is something I haven’t mentioned on my blog yet, but I watch a (and I mean A LOT) of YouTube. It started off with the usual more well-known YouTubers like Zoella, Tanya Burr etc but I have discovered some lesser known gems on there too.
Miss Budget Beauty (real name Mikhaila) is from nearby Sheffield and has several YouTube channels and also a blog. I tend to mainly watch her Miss Budget Beauty channel, which focuses on budget and affordable beauty. She does product reviews, tutorials, makeup and outfit looks etc. She is really down to earth, with a dry sense of humour. She makes no claims to be an expert, she just talks about what she does and doesn’t like and I have come to trust her opinion over the last few months.
If you’re into watching YouTube videos, definitely check her out here.
Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Hair Masque
I received a sample of this luxurious hair mask (or masque, as they like to call it) in my first ever Birchbox. It lasted for three uses and by the end of the sachet, I knew I wanted to buy it. The price is pretty extortionate, and I’m not someone who spends a lot on hair products. I literally use nothing day-to-day, a bit of hairspray every so often if I style my hair for an occasion. I use Superdrug own shampoo and conditioner as it’s cruelty-free and does the job. You get the picture… I’m just not that into hair products. But this mask left my hair feeling amazing – so soft and silky.
Since it was almost my 30th birthday, I justified buying it by telling myself it was a birthday present! I will probably never spend this much on a hair mask again but I am really going to enjoy this whilst I have it! If you have some money to spare, or like to invest in hair products, I’m pretty confident you’ll like this. You only have to leave it on between 2 and 5 minutes for it to work, and can use it every shower, or just once a week if you prefer. You can buy it here.
Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner and Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Night Cream
I booked some Elemis facials whilst there was a good offer on (another birthday present from me, to me!) As a result of that, I received a free gift of Elemis products. I have been using both the toner and the night cream for the last month and I absolutely LOVE them. Not just because they are pleasant to use, but because of the amazing effect they’ve had on my skin!
I recently heard about and researched into acid toners (not as scary as it sounds!) because apparently exfoliators alone won’t get rid of all your dead skin. Acid toners dissolve the skin gently and leave it much smoother and clearer. I bought the Boots Botanics Toner (made from plant extracts), which I use twice a day. I follow this up with the Elemis Rehydrating Toner… this may seem like overkill using two toners, but they both perform really different duties. I use the Elemis toner to add some moisture back to the skin after the exfoliating acid toner. This has really, really made a difference. My skin has been clearer than it has been for years in the past few weeks.
The night cream contains enzymes which also do a similar thing to the acid toner I mentioned. In full size, it is actually around £60, so it was a great free sample to receive and has lasted about a month. I feel like the combination of the two toners and this night cream have been really beneficial to my skin! My mum even commented on how nice it looked and was convinced I had foundation on one day, when I had nothing at all on my face. Result!
You can find the Boots Botanics Toner here, the Elemis Toner here and the night cream here.
Barry M Sunset Gel Nails
I won’t write too much about these gel-effect nail polishes, as I recently did a full review of them which you can find here.
All I will say is that I have been playing around with the shades I bought all month and am really impressed with the application, the colours, how well they last (mostly) and how good they look! I think they are a really reasonable price for how well they work. They’ll never last three weeks like a real gel manicure, but if I can get 5 or 6 days out of my nail varnish then I’m happy with that, as most of them chip after a couple of days! Well worth checking out. You can get them at Boots or Superdrug.
Crazy Rumors- HibisKiss Lipbalm
I received this tinted lipbalm in my The VeganKind quarterly beauty subscription box. You can see my initial impressions in this post. As I mentioned, I wasn’t initially too excited about this product as I prefer to wear lipstick or gloss. But then I thought about it and realised I actually spend most of my time at home in bed, where I wouldn’t wear lipstick or gloss, and I do actually use a lot of lipbalm. I have been using it all month and I still stick to my initial impression that it is one of the best balms I have ever had for sorting out dry lips. It has left my lips in much better condition than they were. It also smells gorgeous – winner all round!
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