Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Monthly Favourites: May.

The month of May has been a complete whirlwind and it seems to have zipped by before I could blink. A lot has happened over the past few weeks, some bad, but mostly good and things look like they're on the up again. I haven't written a blog post in what seems like ages but in reality it's only been a few days but nevertheless I'm sure it'll be a bit higgledy-piggledy but I hope you won't mind and I couldn't miss out on my monthly favourites series because I've not skipped a month yet!

The Aloe Protective Serum has fast become my favourite product from The Body Shop. The redness on my cheeks and nose had become more prominent than usual and it was beginning to bother me so when I saw this online I thought I'd give it a go. At £10 it's not cheap but it lasts a good few months and most importantly, it works! The redness on my cheeks has calmed down dramatically and I feel that little bit more confident about myself because of that!

I've never been one to religiously use a primer in my daily make up routine but almost without realising, I've been reaching for the Witch anti-blemish skin clearing primer every single morning. Has it magically cleared my skin up? No, but honestly, I didn't expect it to. The reason I love this is because it smooths out my skin amazingly well and my foundation always applies so evenly over it. I love products that make the morning routine a little easier and a whole lot quicker.

I desperately tried to capture the shimmer and glow that the Lacura shimmering day cream gives the skin when you apply it but I failed miserably, so you'll just have to take my word for it I'm afraid. I haven't been using this as an all over face moisturiser but I have been mixing it in with my foundation which gives a really subtle glow without leaving me resembling a disco ball. I've never had an Aldi close by that stocked their range of cosmetics but I'm going to have to try out some more things from the range because if they're anything like this product, they'll work fabulously.

An old favourite of mine is the orange & honey hand and body lotion from Naked Bodycare and I'm so happy that I've rediscovered it. It smells so gorgeous, it's almost like summer in a bottle, and it some how always reminds me of happy times. It moisturises really well and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated and ridiculously soft and it doesn't take a year and a day to skin into the skin which I adore. Although the bottle looks small, don't be fooled, it'll last you a really long time so it's a total bargain in my opinion! I can't find it on their website anymore, but I really hope they haven't discontinued it!

All this painting and decorating I've been doing has left my hands feeling neglected and horribly dry so I've been reaching for Hand Food by Soap and Glory at every opportunity. It smells like Miss Dior Cherie perfume which is gorgeous and after applying it, my hands feel instantly moisturised and feeling super soft. It does an amazing job and I can't believe it's taken me so long to fall in love with because I know almost everyone else loves it too!

My favourite lipstick of the month has been Watermelon Crush from the 17 shine on range because it's such a gorgeous colour. It's quite sheer, but definitely not too sheer and it's easy to build up the colour intensity if you want to make a bolder statement. Corals always manage to put a smile on my face and this instantly lifts my whole complexion so I love it a lot!

Mist and Set from Eyes Lips Face is a product from the company that I now wouldn't want to be without. If I've applied too many powder products and my make up is looking a bit cakey then a few sprays of this and my make up looks far more even and natural. It stings a lot if I get any in my eyes but I just use that as an excuse to lie down for an extra couple of minutes, you know, just to doubly ensure that none of it does go near my eyes. Yeah, I'm just lazy.

I got this little tube of Clinique's superbalm moisturizing gloss in the shade Currant free in a magazine a little while ago and I've just fallen in love with it. The formula is gorgeous, it's not super sticky but it makes my lips look so full and glossy while giving me a sheer rosy-red wash of colour. I've never tried any other Clinique make up before but I know I need to check out these glosses in different shades because this is probably my absolute favourite lipgloss of all time.

This Chi Chi Va Va Va Voom blusher was a gift from the gorgeous Tennille and it's an absolutely gorgeous warm pink colour that matches almost perfectly to my favourite cream blush which is Promise from Illamasqua. It's not overly pigmented which is actually something I really like because I can slap it on without worrying too much about looking like a clown afterwards and I just adore the colour of it so much. If you can get your hands on this then I really recommend it!

When I wasn't wearing the Chi Chi blusher I was reaching for the beautiful combination of MAC Something Special cream blush and New CID i-Glow in Coral Crush. I really like both of these on their own, but I absolutely love them together because they just compliment each other so well. Something Special is a beautiful cream blusher but I really love the look of shimmery and highlighted cheeks and that's where Coral Crush comes in. When I use this with a light hand it gives the most beautiful light coral colour with golden shimmer and although it was super expensive, I'm very glad to have it in my collection.

Finally, I've fallen massively back in love with nautical jewellery. These earrings were another gift from Tennille and I've worn them almost every single day for over a month now. They're quite simple and they seem to go with pretty much any outfit and I love them. This necklace was a birthday gift from the ever beautiful Kate Louise and it's from Stolen Thunder, who are an amazing jewellery company that I've just come across. This little sailboat is totally me and I've worn it almost every single day since I received it in the post! ♥

What were your favourite things during the month of May?
xoxo

32 comments:

  1. Those earrings are totally sweet!! x

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  2. Yay for witch primer loving. I'm obsessed!

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  3. Ooohh some lovely items here missy! I have to try the E.L.F mist cause I was wanting the MAC one but this would save a few pennies!

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  4. OH that New-CID blush looks SO perfect. We literally just paid for some rather expensive car insurance last night so I'm on a spending diet. My wants list is getting so long now... But this might have to be next! I've not blogged for so long due to lack of time, but I'm gonna make sure that the next time I blog I enable you to go buy pretty things because that's what you keep doing to me... :) xx

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  5. Jealous of all your purchases! I want that MAC blush, it looks like a great colour for summer.

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  6. That new Cid blush looks stunning in the pan!

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  7. That body lotion from Naked Bodycare looks lovely! I can practically smell it. Do you know any place that sells it anymore, perhaps in the US? I'd love to get my hands on some!

    x

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  8. I love a lot of these products already but really want to try that primer. I like the idea of make-up that is meant to be good for your skin. x

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  9. Loving the lippy & the jewellery :)
    Keep up the monthly favourites, it's a fab post!
    xx

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  10. Oh thanks for sharing. I could use with a new brand lip balm. Ive been using the same one for the past five years.

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  11. Ooh lovely post :) the chi chi blush looks gorgeous! x

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  12. I really like these posts you do - the problem is you're too good at singing the praises of your favourites, and now I think I want to try all of these products! Bad for the bank balance!!

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  13. Jennie!!!!! Your blog had somehow slipped off of my radar and I had a flash memory today that it was sailorjennie :) I'm so glad I found you again :) Can't wait to catch up with everything I've missed xxxx

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  14. The CID blusher is top of my wishlist! I picked up a load of New CID stuff in TK Maxx super-cheap, but unfortunately they didn't have this!

    Unfortunately the Aldi makeup doesn't live up to the skincare range, see my blog post for the stuff I tried recently, disappointing! http://searchfortheperfectsomething.blogspot.com/2011/05/lacura-aldi-makeup-part-2.html

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  15. I like the sound of the Witch primer and the Aldi cream!!

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  16. Love these posts :)
    That E.L.F mist looks like a really good idea, might have to get some!
    Sirens and Bells xx

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  17. mac's something special looks so pretty! xo

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  18. I agree with Bette on Toast, I literally want to buy all of these now, terrible for my poor bank balance :D I reeeeally want to try the Witch Primer, keep seeing good reviews of it! I blog here :) http://tinyurl.com/3nlqbyy xxx

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  19. The MAC blush looks so nice :] xx

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  20. I really need to get the something special blush, & I want to check out that aloe serum, because the bottom of my cheeks near my jaw are always red so it looks like I put blush there when I didn't.

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  21. The blushers are beyond gorgeous :)

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  22. Such a great favourites, well worth the wait. The lacura sounds amaaaazing I'm going to try to hunt it down. I just bought Hand Food-yum!

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  23. I'm so glad someone else recognised the amazingness of the Lacura Shimmering Day cream! I've been using it for about a year now, bloody love it!
    xxx

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  24. Your nautical jewelry is absolutely adorable! I only have one anchor necklace but I am dying to get more nautical jewelry in my life. :)

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  25. Oooh... I really should re-try the Clinique superbalm. I tried it a few years back and must have gotten a bad tube of it. It tasted/smelled horrible, and was so sticky that the color was globby and uneven. I have read a few positive review of it now, and am feeling the need to get a couple for the summer.

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  26. love everything soap & glory xxxx

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  27. I really need to invest in the Soap & Glory cream. Everyone loves it, as you wrote! X


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  28. Some great products! you're so good act giving a good review without wrtting a novel haha! I really like the looks of that Chi Chi Va Va Va Voom blush, nothing better than super bright blushes!

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  29. I'm so curious about mist and set, think I'm definitely going to cave and give it a whirl now I'm out of fix+...Also hand food is the best handcream i've ever used, I'm never without one in my bag! xx

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  30. loving the jewellery <333

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