4 Jun 2012

May beauty favourites

Wow I have a lot of favourites here, ooops!  I think this tells me I should actually do a favourites post every month so that my love list would be a little shorter!

Batiste Lace dry shampoo* - I have a love / hate relationship with dry shampoos.  I have hair that gets greasy stupidly quickly, so you'd think dry shampoo would be my best friend, but I just don't find them to work on my hair.  I always end up looking a bit grey, and my hair feels heavy and dirty and of an odd texture.  When I was at the Batiste Lace launch I was given some tips which included holding the can much further from my head when spraying and then using a hairdryer to work the product in.  So far so good - it still doesn't give me the look and texture of freshly washed hair, but it's the best I've ever achieved with a dry shampoo.

Redken scalp relief oil detox shampoo - following on the greasy hair theme, this is my fave shampoo for that issue.  It doesn't totally solve all my hair woes, but it does make my hair *less* greasy than other shampoos.  I did a full review on this here.

Nourifusion multivitamin eye cream* - I love trying new eye creams.  I'm scared of wrinkles and I think I have it in my head that if I slap on lots of different eye creams I won't get any!  This one's a really different consistency from all the eye gels and serums I've tried lately.  It's a fairly thick and creamy product and it's highly moisturising around my eyes.  My skin literally slurps this up and I only need quite a small pea sized blob.  My make-up still goes on smoothly other the top of this too, so it's a winner for me.

Mac Painterly paint pot - I can hardly believe I've not mentioned this on the blog before.  I use this almost every day whether it's worn alone for a simple neutral look, or as a base for eyeshadows.  It's the perfect shade for making my eyelids look bright and my eyes awake.

Snoxin serum - I mentioned earlier my fear of wrinkles, so here we have another anti-wrinkle miracle product which I'm religiously slapping on.  The main reason I bought this one though, was to try to tackle the deep frown lines on my head which I've had since I was about 18.  Nothing seems to shift them (other than botox!) but I'm willing to give everything a try.  I'm not sure if I can see results with this yet, but I will persevere.  Unlike its sister product Nanoblur, I'm getting along fine with Snoxin.  It goes on underneath my moisturiser and doesn't interfere with my routine - Nanoblur curdled with my make-up no matter how I applied it so I had to give up and pass it on to my Mum!

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation - HOLY GRAIL.  That's just about all that needs to be said.  I'm so in love with this foundation - it's grown on me the longer I've owned it (now onto my second bottle).  I originally reviewed it here but I'm planning to do an updated post as I'm now mixing shades and have experimented using it with various different moisturisers, primers and powders.

Elemis fresh skin super boost moisturising serum* - I use this when my skin is in serious need of a drink.  I have combination skin, so I'm also flitting between different moisturisers depending on how my skin feels that day, so this is my go to for the drier days.  It leaves my skin with a glow even after applying make-up, but I do tend to avoid it on hot days as I don't want to go from glow to sweaty looking!

Skin 79 Super BB cream* - I'm such a BB cream addict and have tried most of the high street ones out there, but this was my first 'authentic / original' BB cream.  It's rather different in texture and colour than the UK versions I've tried, but it does the same job and makes a great base for make-up, which is the main reason I like it.  This one doesn't add any colour - it actually contains some sort of whitening agents, which I found a bit odd, but it's because it's made for the Asian markets.  I actually tend to apply this over the top of my Garnier BB cream - odd I know, but they just compliment eachother really well.  I'm planning to do a post comparing all of the BB creams I've tried soon.

L'Oreal Revitalift repair 10 serum and night cream* - oh look, we're back to my anti-wrinkle obsession.  They say prevention is better than cure you know!  These products have been the basis of my night time routine for the past few weeks.  I apply the liquid serum and then the lovely fresh smelling peach coloured moisturiser on top and I'm good to go (to sleep).  I always find it hard to comment on whether or not anti-wrinkle products do what they claim, but I certainly haven't noticed any new little lines creeping up, and trust me, I look for them!

Sleek contour palette in light - I had this on my wish list for ages and I really don't know why I didn't get it sooner.  I think it might be because I was worried I wouldn't apply the powders correctly and would go about looking all wonky.  I needn't have worried, as after a quick google reminder of where's best to put the contour and the hi-light, it was really easy to get this right.  The darker colour blends really well which I think is essential for contouring as you don't want any obvious harsh lines.  It does take me some time and a bit of concentration to get the contoured look right, so I don't do this every day, but when I have a bit more time or am going somewhere special I always reach for this.

Solait SPF 15 spray mist* - well it was sunny for a brief few days, remember?  I was given this in a goodie bag back in the winter, so as I've not been away lately, the back garden was my first opportunity to try this.  I like spray one sun creams as I find them much easier to use, and as this one's a mist, you don't end up squirting on too much.  I picked up a light tan and I didn't burn at all while using this.  I'll be getting some more of this for my holidays.

St Tropez wash off instant bronze - well as the sun didn't last, fakery was the next best option.  I don't have much patience for fake tan products.  I can't be bothered with the mess of ones that you wear over night and shower off, and I hate the maintenance required when some areas start to wear off faster than others and you get that patchy look.  Wash off products are my friend.  I can decided to tan at the last minute and be done in minutes too, plus it all washes off at the end of the day.  Oh and it doesn't smell like stale biscuits!

Sure Linen Dry deodorant* - when it's hot, deodorant is also my friend.  Like most of us, I like to feel fresh, which isn't always easy when you're sweating it out in a hot office.  Over the last few weeks I've been putting Sure Linen Dry though its paces, and its passed my sweltering office / taxi journey / trip to the shops tests. It dries quickly when applied too, which is always a must for me as I hate putting on a clean top and realising I've made deodorant marks on it.

L'Occitant Almande Beautiful Shape* - I don't like the gym, I like to cheat!  At least I'm honest here people.  Whilst this product seems designed to tackle and tighten wobbly thighs and bottoms, I decided to use it to attack my bingo wings, as they're ruining my life right now.  And by ruining my life, what I mean is that they're preventing me from wearing sleeveless tops and dresses.  So far I've noticed that the skin does feel tighter and firmer from using this twice daily - my arms still wobble, but in a less wiggly way (does that make any sense to anyone?).  I'm going to do a full post on this once I've used it for four weeks.

Saffron gold speckle nail polish - if you follow my instagram you'll have seen first hand (pun not intended) evidence that I cannot put this polish down.  It goes with everything and adds just the right amount of bling.  I love it and as it's so cheap I intend to buy several back-ups.

L'Occitane Pivoine delicate lip gloss and perfume duo* - I love this for the perfume end of the duo.  The lipgloss is lovely too, but I just can't get enough of this fragrance.  I did a post on the Pivoine Delicate collection here.

Paul & Joe lipgloss in love potion* - I adore this right now.  The colour is Spring / Summer perfect and it smells and tastes like strawberries and cream!  I did a review on this gloss and the other shades from the same collection here.

Revlon lip butters in Sweet Tart and Strawberry Shortcake - I love lip butters and now have 5 in my collection, but these two are by far my favourite and most reached for colours.  I did a post on my first four lip butters, which included Sweet Tart here.  Strawberry Shortcake is my newest addition, so I'll get a post with swatches of that up soon.

L'Oreal lip caresse in Fashionista Pink* - if it's not a lip butter on my lips lately, it's this Lip Caresse in the most gorgeous sheer baby pink.  I did a review on this here but what I love most about this lippie is how easy it is to wear.  It's moisurising like a lip balm, so I can slick it straight on my lips without worrying, and I don't even need a mirror because it's such an easy to wear shade.  If it's really hot outside my lip butters have to stay at home for fear of a melt down, but lip caresse can still come out to play.

Figs & Rouge cherry vanilla lip balm - this came from my April Glossy Box and it's my new favourite lip balm.  I don't really like cherry flavour things, but to me, this Cherry Vanilla balm smells more like lemon, so I'm happy!  This transforms on the lips from what looks like quite a grainy white balm, to a smooth and sheer wash of moisture.  The only thing I don't like about this is when I can't get the tin open because I've closed it too tightly!

Phew that was a long one, I think I'm done!

Are any of these your favourties or things you plan to try?
*Some of these products were PR samples



  1. Wow, you have so many favourites this month! I can't wait for your BB creams post - I have the Skin79 BB cream in the mail and I truly hope it works for me. I definitely need to get my hands on the Sleek contour kit. xx

    1. I need to get on it - I've tried so many BB creams now!

  2. I really want to try the Revlon lip butters, Sweet Tart looks gorgeous on you. I also love anything by Elemis, the tri-enzyme resurfacing facial wash is my holy grail cleanser x

    1. You must try a lip butter, I promise you'll love it =) That cleanser sounds pretty cool, although Liz Earle is my first love!

  3. Great monthly favourites chick :D

    I voted for you, hope everyone else does too x


  4. Love this post! I am a Estée Lauder fan lately- it just doesn't budge :) xxxx

  5. I agree with you in that I never found batiste to be that good! I have dark brown hair and it just makes me look grey. I use the tressemme one which i find is infinitely better! it is much more transparent unless you put too much on in the same area and it lasts so much longer. Batiste for me just lasted for about half an hour then i was back to greasy! x

    1. It seems to all be about the way you apply it - they should put better tips on the can!

  6. This post makes me want to go shopping!
    Mel x

  7. I never knew that about holding it further from your head and using a hair dryer- Batiste is definitely the best dry shampoo I've used, but it's still not the greatest product.

    I'll be trying out these tips, thank you for sharing :)

    Love, Elizabeth xx


  8. Awesome favorites! I love using painterly paint pot too :)

  9. I love your blog :) I really need to try the Revlon lip butters - Sweet Tart looks like a lovely shade! I love Estee Lauder Doublewear too xxx

    1. Thank you lovely! I genuinely love your blog too, you always have the most gorgeous face of the days xxx


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