May Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

Another month has been and gone in the blink of an eye. It’s been a very exciting month for me full of laughs, spending time with my favourite people and prosecco. The sun has been shinning and spring is in full swing ready for the summer months. I always feel that the sunshine makes everything better and I always feel a lot better.

This month, I have tried to use products in my collection that I wouldn’t normally use. I am a creature of habit and I decided it was time for a change up. I always seem to fail at this, but I have that come to the conclusion I really do not need any more beauty products but I always seem to buy more. I need help!

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Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Fab Orange see here

Recently, I have been loving lip pencils. They are so creamy and I feel that they are more long lasting than a lipstick. Spring and summer for me is all about orange shades, I am not a massive pink wearer so this is an amazing colour alternative. First of all, I love the shade name because this truly is fab! The formulation is incredibly creamy and effortlessly goes onto my lips. This is a super long wearing formulation which I love, anything that saves me from touching up through the day is a winner for me!

It is a matte finish which is my favourite, I have never been a fan of lip gloss or a gloss finish it’s just not for me. This is a beautiful red toned orange. I wear this on a daily basis for work etc. but it would also be great for a bright lip in the evening with a golden make up look. I have a few of these from this range and I seriously love all of them but this colour is my favourite by far. If you are on a budget and can’t afford the NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencils this is a great dupe for it!

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Jo Malone – Early Grey & Cucumber Cologne see here

I recently brought this in April see here and I knew I would fall in love with it and I really have. It was the perfect scent while I was on holiday and I wear it as much as I possibly can. I am obsessed. I am awful at describing scents but it reminds me of parma violets. It is a sweet scent but the Earl Grey scent makes it more sophisticated. While the cucumber brings the perfume a lighter, softer scent.

I think that was a really awful description but I seriously would go into your local Jo Malone store and go give it a smell. You’d never think that the two scents would work together but seriously they do and you shouldn’t knock it until you have tried it! I really want Jo Malone to come out with other products in this range because I would buy the whole lot!

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L’Oreal Mega Volume Black Angel Miss Manga Mascara in Extreme Black see here

I have had this in my collection for some time, and in the past this has been my favourite mascara. I think because I went through a stage of trying new mascaras I forgot about it which is a shame. When I was having a bit of a clear out I saw this and I fell back in love. It gives my lashes some serious volume instantly. One coat of this and I am happy with the outcome, and I never feel as though it’s too clumpy.

The whole wand is something to get used to as it is rather bendy, but with perseverance I am sure you will love it. It’s easy to remove with a cleanser which is another bonus for me. I don’t have the time to be rubbing my eyes for 5 minutes to try and remove mascara. If you are in need of a new mascara and you are wanting volume I would seriously recommend this.

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LOLA Barcelona Nail Polish in Born see here

This is another product I have had in my collection for a long time and never really used. I received this in a Birchbox a couple of years ago and this month was the first time I used it (bad, I know!). It’s a beautiful muted purple colour and perfect for spring time. I didn’t realise how much I would like the colour until I applied it onto my nails. I am normally the sort of person that mixes up my nail polish every week. With this one I had it on for a good 3 weeks – I love it.

It’s a lovely formula, I would say two coats of this and it creates the perfect colour. It is fairly long lasing for a nail polish actually and didn’t start chipping until day 5 which I think is quite impressive. The shades on the website look good so I may have to pick up more of these beautiful shades!

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Seventeen – Define and Conquer Contour Kit see here

This year has been the year where I have really tried to perfect contouring. I contour every day and I think I am still trying to find the perfect combination of products. This month I pulled this out of my draw and thought I should give it a proper go. I am impressed. The packaging very much reminds me of NARS, which actually I really like. It is a matte contour shade which is what I use. I refuse to use a contour with specs of glitter in it. It’s the matte life for me.

The contour shade is perfect for me and really compliments my skin tone. It easily blends into the skin and the pigmentation is pretty impressive. I do find that you can’t really go overboard on this – you can keep packing it on and it will never look like you have two stripes on your face. I must admit I don’t use the highlight shade I’m not sure why and I think next month is my mission to start using it!

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Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 103 True Ivory see here

This is another product that I purchased last month, and this is the only foundation I have used all month. I am in LOVE. It is the perfect foundation for me, the colour match is perfect! I always struggle to colour match myself when it comes to drug store foundations I always either go too light or too dark but this one is perfect, gold star for me!

I would say this is a matte foundation and is pretty good for oil control, however I do use a lot of powder to control this too. It just gives me the perfect base for the rest of my makeup and I never feel cakey or uncomfortable wearing it. I also love for this time of year that it has SPF 20 in it – what more could you want!

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NYX – Super Skinny Marker in Carbon Black see here

This is another product thing I don’t change up ever – eyeliner. I don’t know why, for years I have stuck with my Soap and Glory eyeliner and it has never let me down. I thought that it was time for a change and realised I had this in my collection. I love it – it is super fine as the name suggests and is perfect for lining my eyes. The nib is pretty flexible and easy to control.

I never find that this budges from my eyes. There are some eyeliners I have tried in the past which give me panda eyes. No one wants that – especially as my eyes are prone to watering. Mine is starting to run out so I will definitely be heading out to pick one up before this runs out!

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Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts of them are!

-A x

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