MONTHLY FAVORITES: MAY 2015

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I’m changing the format of these posts to being monthly favorites.

Putting months on them puts a deadline on the whole thing, and I’m no good with those. I’m better with random. Random is the shiznit. This month’s there’s an obvious lack of variety in the make-up department, purely because I’ve been using to many different products but none of them frequently enough to call ‘em monthly favorites, besides from the ones shown in this post, obvs. I have been digging some newly purchased perfumes though. Let’s check ‘em out!

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BEAUTY FAVORITES 

I’ll start off with the actual make-up products first. I’ve enjoyed using the MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder from the MAC x Philip Treacy collection. It’s kind of like a light bronzer that runs more on the peachy-beige side. I don’t use it as bronzer or as blush an sich, but more as an added warm, natural and luminous effect. It blurs out imperfections along the way, too, which is always a bonus. For highlighting purposes I reached for MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade the most this time around. Geez Louise, this might be one of my all time favorite highlighting powders ever made. It’s a pearlescent golden-beige that ends up as the perfect balance between being subtle and noticeable. Luminous with any glitter or metallicness.

As for the eye area, real standouts have been the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and the MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara. Softly defined brows and Bambi lashes. That’s all there is to say about these. They’re fab for when I want to ease back on the drama.

To complement those natural days, the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm has been great as an on-the-go lip savior. I’ve already mentioned this a dozen times, most recently in my last monthly favorites, but I’ve just gotten so much use out of it lately that I had to include it. BUY IT.

I’ve got a redonkulous amount of stuff stuck in my bathroom and shower, but a constant love of mine has been LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo. I worked at Lush for a while and always recommended this when people were looking for something to jush up your hair and add some texture and volume to it. It has seaweed infusion, coconut oil and avocado butter in it to soften the hair, fresh citrus to add shine, sea salt for that sexy bounce and other lovely ingredients that basically thoroughly cleanse your hair. There’s no need to fear the chunks of sea salt either as they pretty much melt away instantly. This shampoo really does what it claims without drying out my hair. Soft, shiny and voluminous. Can’t ask for much more!

For fragrances, I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. I like fresh scents, bordering on the edge of smelling like soap. Actually, I wouldn’t mind a perfume that smells of soap. I like prominent citrus, verbena or vetiver, too. In the soap department, DSQUARED² She Wood has stolen my heart. It’s my favorite perfume ever. EEEVEEEERRRR. If I recall correctly, this fragrance was created with women who like using men’s perfumes in mind. Which fits me just fine, as I’ve loved men’s fragrances long before I found some I liked in the women’s sections. Notes include lemon, neroli, vetiver, musk, amber and some others, but these notes are pretty much my preferred ones anyway, so it’s just fab that I found them all together in one bottle. Then there’s Jo Malone again, enticing me with their luscious and unique colognes. My latest addition to my ever growing collection has been the Jo Malone Lemon Tart Cologne from their limited edition fragrance collection Sugar & Spice. This fragrance is all about that fresh tang of lemon pie, with notes like verbena, meringue cream and lemon thyme. Mouthwateringly sparkling. And lastly I got another hair perfume, the Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Hair Mist. It’s a woody, citrus-y and slightly floral scents. Notes include lemon and cedar, jasmine, iris, amber, vetiver and white musk. One of the nail polishes that I’ve been loving wearing is Essie Lilacism. It’s a gorgeous light lilac color with blue undertones. I’ve always loved Essie’s formula, and this one is certainly a claim to their fame.

The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil has been my body moisturizer of choice this month, as it sinks in so quick and leaves me with a subtle whiff of fresh and floral moringa. This dry oil can be used all over your body, face and even your hair, so it’s a quick and versatile fix when you’re in a rush or on the go. I’ve always loved everything of their moringa collection, and this one’s no exception. I’m not too keen on the packaging as it’s not completely leak-proof, but it’s convenient for travelling either way.

As I said before, I’m totally and irrevocably a Clarisonic convert. There’s no change in that, except for a new love: the Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse High Performance Facial Brush Head. It’s as effective at cleansing the skin as the other brush heads, but the feel of it is much more gentle and luxurious on the skin. I’ve been using this daily, sometimes even twice a day. I now use the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head about two times a week for a mild exfoliation.

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NON-BEAUTY FAVORITES

Music
Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox, Hozier, Too Close To Touch, Kingslynn, Grant Terry, The Dangerous Summer

Books
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Films
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Camp X Ray, Interstellar, Saint Laurent

TV-Series
Penny Dreadful, Grey’s Anatomy, Mrs Brown’s Boys

Quote(s)
“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but-well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. Want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Old as I am, I know nothing. Why people in this world hate what is not them. Why they fear all they don’t know. Why they hate themselves most of all. For being weak, for being old, for being everything altogether that is not godlike. Which of us can be that? Monsters all, are we not?” – The Cut-Wife, Penny Dreadful

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