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Saturday, 29 May 2010

May Favourites.

Admit it, you're shocked aren't you? I can't believe I'm actually early with this months favourites post either; usually I forget and am only reminded when other favourites posts pop up! But this time I'm ahead of the game, hooray!
This month I have a couple of skin care items, some make up bits and a little added extra that has quickly become my new obsession!
skin care
My first favourite is the Chamomile Cleanser from Neal's Yard which has quickly become my favourite skin care item - it makes me look forward to taking my make up off at night. Before I had this I'd quite often be a little bit lazy and not thoroughly cleanse my face but this product has encouraged me to get into a routine and really stick with it. It's such a gentle cleanser that doesn't leave my skin feeling irritated and I've been using it with a muslin cloth which gently exfoliates at the same time. It smells divine, it's a subtle scent that's quite calming and with a little hint of something citrus. I love this!

When I purchased the cleanser I also got the Neal's Yard Almond moisturiser which has also found its way into my favourites. At first I wasn't a fan of the scent but it's something that I've got used to and don't notice so much any more, plus it doesn't linger so I'm willing to overlook that because I adore what it has done for my skin. I thought this would be more or a night cream for me but it's definitely light enough for me to use in the day as well. My skin has calmed down a lot while using this, my cheeks are less red and I'm very happy with this, it's gorgeous!

The Super City Block by Clinique is a recent purchase prompted by the appearance of the sunshine, which has since disappeared; typical British weather there! This is an oil free facial sun block with an SPF of 40 and I've loved using this so far. I'm not one for sitting in the sun; I spend the summers complaining that it's far too hot & I secretly quite like remaining fairly pale, plus I'd like to stay wrinkle free for as long as possible! This has a very light tint to it, not enough to make any difference colour wise to my skin and is a really nice base for make up.

I picked up this minty lip balm in Asda for something like 99p for a pack of 2. I wasn't expecting much, I just wanted a cheap lip balm in the twist up stick form and these were the first ones I saw, but I must say I'm quite impressed. My lips actually feel in better condition now than they were while I was using lip butters from The Body Shop. These make a lovely base for lipsticks so they get a big thumbs up from me!

During the summer I don't need anything as heavy as a body butter so this Naked hand & body lotion is a perfect alternative. It smells exactly like honey and oranges so it's a gorgeous summery scent that lingers on the skin for a nice amount of time. It offers enough moisture for me without being too greasy and it sinks in instantly, no dilly-dallying around here!

So that's it for skin care, now on to some make up items.

make up
The only thing I've tried so far from the Topshop make up range is this cream bush in the shade Neon Rose but I adore it. Admittedly I didn't have high hoped for a clothes shop make up range but I've been proved wrong here because the blush formulation is so nice and easy to work with. The shade blends out to a gorgeous coral colour on the cheeks which would flatter so many skin tones and look super pretty in the sunshine.

I mentioned Retro Pink lipstick from Wet 'n Wild in my favourite summer lip products post and I've been enjoying using it so much it had to feature in my monthly favourites. This is a very bright colour that I always wear with a simple eye so it's the focus of the look and I love it!

Last summer my go to eye shadow look was this eye trio from The Body Shop and I think I'll be reaching for it a lot again this year. All three colours are neutral shades that have a lovely shimmer to them which I think is really nice under the sunshine. They blend beautifully and it's an easy eye look in one compact!

I'm fairly sure that the waterproof eyeliner pens from Eyes Lips Face are fool proof. If I can manage a straight line using them, then absolutely anyone can! These come in a few colours and only cost £1.50 each, you certainly can't argue with that price! I have oily eye lids and these last all day without transferring or smudging at all which is perfect for me.

Fresh Squeezed lipgloss from Benefit featured in my previous post and a lot of you commented on how lovely the colour looks and it really is very pretty. I would definitely recommend the full sized gloss and I think it's well worth the price tag. It's a lovely formula and a perfect colour for the summer; my favourite lipgloss at the moment for sure!

green tea
Finally I thought I'd mention my new obsession and it is green tea with lemon! I'm sure the Tetley's version isn't the most sophisticated option I could have gone for but it was on offer for £1 in the supermarket. Since I wasn't entirely sure if I'd like green tea at all I didn't want to spend a lot of money so I thought I'd give this one a whirl. Oh my gosh, I love this more than I do regular tea and I never thought that was even possible! Yum!

What were your favourites during May?


  1. Love your favourites and I love that Body Shop eyeshadow as well :) xx

  2. I love Clinique Super City Block, I've been using it for years and I wear it everyday. And I've been obsessing over green tea as well :)

  3. I love your favorites too ! :)

    Kisses xoxo

  4. i love that elf eyeliner too, i'm awful at liquid liner so i'd say this one is pretty foolproof!

  5. I love all your favourites! Your photos always make me want to go and buy everything haha :) not so good for my bank balance though! xx

  6. The Body Shop eyeshadow looks gorgeous! xx

  7. <3 the topshop cream blushes! Retro Pink looks rather pretty :D xxx

  8. I love the look of that pink lipstick - will definitely have a look for it when I'm next in Tesco! And I must try the Topshop make up too.

  9. @fern - it's so good! i wish i'd got the other one when it was around!

    @casey - i think i'll be using it for years to come too!

    @fashion lover - thank you!

    @sarah - i'm glad we have a liquid liner alternative hehe

    @katy - haha aww!

    @hannah - thank you!

    @india - i really love it! think the body shop have some lovely products!

    @nic - think i may need to get some more blush colours. perfect for summer!

    @jess - hehe it's SO good!

    @jen - i definitely recommend both!



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