Saturday, 31 May 2014

May Favourites

May Favourites, Beauty, Skincare, Makeup, Batiste, Mac, Sigma, Maybelline, OPI, Clinique, bbloggers, mac legendary, batiste dry shampoo medium and brunette, maybelline fit me concealer, sigma f40, mac angel, opi matte nail envy, clinique dramatically different
LtoR: Batiste Medium and Brunette Dry Shampoo, Mac Legendary, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush, Mac Angel, OPI Matte Nail Envy and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel

It seems like it was only yesterday when I was writing up last months favourites, and here we are again - a new month and a new selection of favourites. 

Dry Shampoo is one of my must have essentials, and is the perfect way to spruce up day old hair. Since going darker I have found that the original dry shampoo formula hasn't been doing the job just right, and I think this is purely down to the white/grey mist that shoots from the bottle. Instead this month I opted for their medium and brunette formula as the hint of colour helps blend the dry shampoo easier, I don't have to worry about double checking my hair for any hint of greyness as this is the perfect shade match and helps blend my roots - which is perfect as I don't plan on getting my hair done for a few weeks - as I'm toying with the idea of going blonde again. Honestly I am starting to prefer this formula to the original purely down the fact that this is a lot easier to blend. 

Mac Legendary Powder Blush £19.00

Unfortunately there is no link as this product is no longer available as this was released quite a while ago as part of the Mac Marilyn Monroe collection. It's safe to say that I had forgotten about this product along with the other blusher from this collection, purely down to the fact that it had been hiding in my draw to be left in there for a while. However this month I found myself looking for a daily blush for work and came across this beauty, Legendary is a gorgeous soft coral blush which adds a subtle hint of colour to my skintone making it perfect for everyday use. This blush is a satin formula, which means that it contains a light shimmer making it my staple everyday blush for May. 

There's a bit of deja vu going on here as I recently featured this product in my top concealers post, and couldn't resist popping it in my monthly favourites. For a drug store product this is perfect for covering blemishes and dark circles, and not only that but I find that the colour match is that true to my skin tone that I can get away with popping this on my face to cover troublesome areas and leave it on its own for days I want a very natural look - no foundation needed - and I mean just popping to Tesco for groceries. The creamy formula means that this is a breeze to apply, and works evenly and quickly into the skin making a fab concealer to use. 

Since Real Techniques launched in Boots admittedly I have forgot all about my Sigma brushes, and it was only until I was waiting for my blush brush to dry that I remembered I have a couple of these in my makeup brush pot. Away I went swirling this in my blush pan, and instantly I remembered why I fell in love with this blush brush. It is recommended that this brush is used for contouring, however I find the shape of this brush is perfect for applying brush as the rounded edge is great for applying blusher into the apples of your cheeks and I know that if I am a little heavy handed with my blush I won't come out looking like a clown as this lifts just the right amount of product up and blends effortlessly into my cheeks.

Who can resist a staple nude lipstick? I certainly can't! Made famous by Kim Kardashian I had to give this lipstick a shot, and I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely this looks on the lips. Angel is a soft pink shade which translates into the perfect nude, and I honestly find that no matter the look you are going for it is perfect for any occasion whether it's a day at work or a meal out. I always worry with nude shades incase they leave my complexion looking washed out, but this is completely the opposite I find it complements my tone and I think this is purely down to the frost finish which adds a subtle shimmer. It's safe to say that this could take over Creme Cup as my favourite Mac lipstick!

Who doesn't love an OPI splurge? Honestly it's one of those items that I don't necessarily need but always want, and I have found myself this month relying on my OPI Matte Nail Envy as the base to my manis. What I love about this is not only does it help the condition of your nails, with strengthening them and helping them to grow but it also makes the perfect base for your nails. Because this is the matte formula it dries with a matte finish (surprise surprise) and because of that it leaves your nails looking bare as if nothing has been applied - I don't know about you but I really hate glossy base coats, I couldn't tell you why but they just aren't my cup of tea. Anyways, I love the fact that this is matte as it means I can leave my nails bare for a couple of days and know they are still being protected before popping a bit of colour on them. I have included the QVC link as this is a little on the pricey side for just one bottle but you can get 2 for just a few pounds more off QVC. 

I only have my mom to blame for this purchase, as a fan of the Dramatically Difference range she urged me to give it a try myself. After opting for the gel formula I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely this moisturiser felt on the skin, it's lightweight and instantly hydrates the skin. I notice every time I apply this how soft my skin feels the next day, and the Clinique SA told me that the gel version is water based instead of oil so helps keep breakouts at bay. I find that this doesn't make my skin oilier and instead I feel that this is a great moisturiser to apply at night and has quickly become one of my favourite moisturisers this month!

So they were my favourites, I'd love to know what you're are!

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