Sunday, June 12, 2016

May beauty favourites

May beauty favourites

Monthly beauty favourites posts are one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. I could literally talk about my favourite products for hours and now I can - without the yawns and eye rolls (well without seeing them at least). The month of May has been a brilliant make up month for me; I've managed to get my hands on some limited edition releases and have finally gotten round to trying some products that have been raved about within the beauty community a long time. So, here are my favourites from the month of May ... 

Clinique Dramatically Different - £30
 Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel - (I opted for gel rather than lotion as I have oily skin)
I have always been the sort of person that spends a small fortune on make up and completely neglects skin care, because of this my skin looked tired and began to get dry patches despite my having oily skin. I had heard a few people rave about about Dramatically Different so decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did! This product has made the world of difference. My skin looks and feels healthy now; I no longer have dry patches and it seems have to controlled my oiliness too. I began using this on its own before I applied my make up and after I took it off and noticed a visible change in a matter of days. I was so impressed that I went out and brought the entire Clinique 3-step range, which I was also very impressed with. I opted for the full sized 125ml bottle at £30 from Debenhams however, you can buy a sample kit of the entire 3-step range for around £20 before you commit to the full size (the sample sizes are pretty big too). 

The Morphe Bushes M151 & M513 eyeshadow bushes
Top M151 - £3.50 Bottom - M513 £4.95
First of all, let me begin by saying if you love make up and do not own any Morphe Brushes BUY SOME NOW! The quality and price point are insane. I've always been a big believer in 'you get what you pay for' and gone for expensive brushes - mostly from MAC. Every single Morphe brush I own I love; I honestly would compare the quality to higher end brushes and they are a fraction of the price. The two that I have been loving for the month of May are the M513 blending brush and the M151 packing brush. The M513 is perfect to apply colour to the crease and to blend out harsh lines - I love this brush so much that after using it for a week, I ordered two more. The M151 is a tiny packing brush, I've found its the perfect size to apply colour to the lid and inner corner with precision. Morphe Brushes is an American company but available at Beauty Bay. The M513 retails at an amazing £4.95 and the M151 retails at £3.50 .

Hula Bronzer by Benefit
Benefit - Hula £23.50

This is by no means a new discovery in the beauty world but is new to my collection and I must say it certainly lives up to the hype. Hula is the perfect matte bronzer; it can be used to warm up by face by applying to the forehead and cheeks, it can be used to contour the jawline, cheekbones and nose and can be applied all over the face to give the appearance of sun kissed skin. Hula retails at £23.50 and can be purchased from Benefit directly or from shops such as Boots and Debenhams.  

 Reign metal matte by Kylie Cosmetics
Kylie Cosmetics - Reign $18

I have been wearing Reign non-stop since I brought it. It is a bronzey reddish metallic liquid lipstick that drys to a matte finish. I have not yet mastered the art of taking swatch pictures, so if you would like to see it in all of its glory, please click here. I purchased all three metal mattes for $54 directly from Kylie Cosmetics, however you can buy them separately for $18 - depending on the exchange rate, that works out roughly £12.80 each. You can read about my experience purchasing from Kylie Cosmetics (including shipping amnd customs costs) here.

Mac Halsey - £15.50

Mac Halsey - Limited edition matte lipstick 
MAC matte lipsticks are my obsession, I own way too many so get excited when they bring out colours that are completely different to anything that I own. The collaboration with Halsey was just that. Its a beautiful grey colour with blue undertones. Is it something I wear everyday, of course not but I just love its unique-ness and couldn't pass it up.  

Jeffree Star - Doll Parts
JS - Doll Parts £14
I know, I know, I've been living under a rock right? How have I only just tried Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks? Probably because they're not widely available in the UK (come on, that's a genuine reason, please forgive me). However, a fellow beauty blogger (Thanks Zoe, you've changed my life, well the life of my lips anyway) pointed me in the direction of Cocktail Cosmetics, the only UK stockiest of JS cosmetics. Now here is when I should probably mention that these are not the easiest things in the world to get your hands on; much like the Kylie Lipkits, you have to wait for restocks and not every colour restocks at the same time (even more annoyingly, some are exclusive to the JS website) - but of course you knew all this already. Anyway I was lucky enough to get my hands on Doll Parts, I'm Nude and the incredibly popular Celebrity Skin. These have fast become one of my favourite brands of liquid lipstick, (although I find these a little messier to apply than some) the colour lasts all day and they are so comfortable to wear, not drying at all. Although I love all three colours I brought, Doll Parts is my favourite, its the perfect mauvey pink and can be pared with almost any look.

The Carli Bybel X BH Cosmetics Palette 
Carli Bybel Palette $14.50
If you didn't know, Carli Bybel is a beauty vlogger on YouTube and she teamed up with US brand BH Cosmetics to bring us this palette. I ordered it directly from BH Cosmetics website (look out for a post on my experience with their shipping service soon). I personally love Carli and brought the palette for that reason, however, when I received it I was blown away. It is incredible; it consists of 10 eye shadow's and 4 highlighters, all of which are incredibly pigmented. I have reached for this almost every single day since it was delivered, those top two mauve shades are to die for! I love teaming them with the first highlight shade to create the perfect cool toned smokey eye. The one downside to this palette is that there is no matte dark brown shadow, however, since these come in basically every other palette its really not that big of a deal. I would 100% reccomend this palette, whether you follow Carli or not.Oh and did I mention it's only $14.50!! 

And last but not least .....

The Urban Decay X Alice Through the Looking Glass palette
Urban Decay - Alice Through the Looking Glass £43

Although this palette was limited edition and sadly now out of stock, I couldn't write this months favourites without mentioning it. I mean look at it, its beautiful!! Each column of shadows is inspired by a character from the film (L -R) Alice, The Mad Hatter, The White Queen, The Red Queen and Time. In all honestly I probably wont use this too often as I'm afraid I'll ruin it but as a huge Disney fan I had to own it.

So, that's it with May's favourite's, this was so much fun to write! I just wanted to quickly mention that every product in this post was purchased by myself and that the opinions shared are my own. 

What were your favourites for the month of May?
Jay Xo 

1 comment

  1. I've always used the Clinique moisture surge, I've never heard of Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel but I might try it out! Also, that UD palette is soooo pretty!! xx


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