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May 30, 2017

May Favorites 2017

Blah, blah, year flying by, blah, blah. Look ma, I’m a beauty blogger! I just finished writing a post on products that disappointed me and I think I forgot to put the sass fairy back in her cage. Hold on, be right back.

Ok, now where were we? Right, May favorites. I haven’t been doing favorites posts every month, so I do have quite a bit to get to today. Some of these are new products, but most are just new to me. Regardless, all of these are top shelf products that I’m excited to chat about. Grab a snack, settle in, and let’s get to it!

Disclosure: Erborian Glow Creme was sent to me as a PR sample, but I’ve not been asked to include it in this post, nor have I been compensated to talk about it. All of the other products in this post were purchased by me with my own money. This post does not contain affiliate links.

I’ve only got one skincare product to talk about this month, so let’s start there.

Farmacy Green Clean

I’ve been looking for a new cleansing balm, so when this was offered as a sample at Sephora I jumped at the chance to try it. I’m totally in love with this. It smells amazing (fruity and sweet, but not sickly sweet or overly synthetic), but more importantly it does an excellent job of removing my makeup with minimal effort. Especially on days where I’m exhausted and can barely convince myself to get up and wash my makeup off, I’m super happy to have this. It also rinses off easily, which is a requirement for me because I just don’t have the time or patience to mess around with a makeup remover that requires extra work to get it off of my face. This was my first Farmacy product, and I can honestly say that I’m impressed and look forward to trying more from this brand.

KMS Free Shape

KMS Free Shape

I purchased a kit of travel sized hair products from Ulta because I’ve been trying to get better about styling my hair since I chopped most of it off. KMS Free Shape is the one I’ve used the most so far, and I’m already planning on purchasing a full size once this bottle runs out. It cuts down on the time it takes to blow dry my hair, which is a pretty big deal for me because even with this shorter hair it still takes forever to blow dry my hair. I’ve got the type of hair that holds on to water, and then gets poofy. Heat styling is a must for me if I wear my hair down. In addition to cutting down dry time, this product is also a heat protectant, plus it helps hair to take on a shape and hold it for longer when you heat style it. I wish I had found this product sooner because it makes it so much easier to style my hair, and keep it looking good for longer. The heat protectant is a great added bonus, especially since I’ve started bleaching my hair.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette

I knew this was going to be a great palette, it just took me forever to talk myself into buying an all-neutral palette. I like neutrals, sure, but most brown eyeshadows look the same to me when I’m shopping, so I always feel like I must already have something similar in my collection. I finally picked it up during the VIB sale and I’m so glad I did. The shadows perform beautifully: they blend well, don’t have much fallout (some, but not much), they last all day, everything a good eyeshadow should. The packaging is also sturdy and high-quality, so I would feel confident traveling with this palette. While this is a neutral palette, some of the shades are unique to my collection, and they fill a gap, so I definitely don’t feel like this was an unnecessary purchase. One of my favorite things about this palette is the way it’s arranged into warm, cool, and neutral quads. It makes it super easy to use when I’m in a hurry because I don’t have to put any thought into whether or not the colors will look nice together. I’d definitely recommend this palette, especially for beginners because it’s so user-friendly, yet versatile.

Erborian Glow Creme

Erborian Glow Creme

I was fortunate enough to receive this as a PR sample, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to try it because I may not have picked it up otherwise. It was on my Sephora wishlist, yes, but at $43 it’s kind of an expensive primer. There are plenty of products that I’ll spend $43+ on, but primers tend to be something I don’t feel the need to splurge on because you don’t really see them and there are several great ones in the $20-30 range. When I was writing my review for this product, which you can find here, I realized that because the amount of product you get in this tube is actually more than most primers it’s actually not that expensive. An investment, sure, but not a bad deal. Price aside, this is a gorgeous primer. You can use it as a skincare product to give yourself a glowing complexion, or you can use it as a makeup primer, which is my preference. Whether or not you wear foundation on top of it, it creates a stunning dewy look. Love this stuff, definitely worth the money! For more info, including swatches and a price comparison to other popular primers check out my review here.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

I know, I know two glowy primers in one favorites post. They’re two totally different products though. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter creates a more subtle golden glow, whereas the Erborian Glow Creme has a much stronger glow with a slight pink tone. The Becca BPF also has more of a traditional primer texture, while the Erborian product is a lotion. Some people probably think it’s redundant to have both of these products, but I feel totally justified owning both. I use them to customize the amount of glow I wear, and I think they’re both excellent at what they do. If you asked me to choose between them for myself, I honestly couldn’t, I love them both. However if you’re trying to decide for yourself and don’t feel the need or have the budget for both, I’d say choose by texture and color. The Erborian is going to be better for normal to dry skin and has a pink undertone. The Becca is going to be better for normal to slightly oily skin and has a golden undertone.

MAC Face And Body Foundation

MAC Face and Body

I’m an idiot. No, seriously I’m an idiot for not buying this product sooner. It’s basically become the love of my life. I have to force myself to use other foundations most of the time. I always thought I couldn’t use this foundation because it’s a light coverage foundation and I have acne, but actually even on my bad skin days this makes my skin look amazing. It’s not that it covers my acne (it does cover some redness, but not major acne spots), it’s that it makes me look like I have naturally even-toned skin. The acne spots and the bits that still look a little red can easily be covered up with concealer using Lisa Eldridge’s Pinpoint Concealing method. Some days I don’t even bother, either because my skin is looking good enough that I just don’t feel the need to conceal anything other than my under eyes, and other days because I kind of like the idea of showing my acne. Part laziness, part rebelliousness. Fight me, mate.

Regardless of how I choose to wear it, I feel so comfortable wearing this foundation, mentally and physically. That’s not to say that I don’t still like wearing medium/full coverage foundations some days (it definitely looks better in photos), or that I fault anyone for wanting to wear a full coverage foundation because I don’t feel that way at all. I just feel that as someone who’s had acne for a long time, it feels really enjoyable to show off my skin instead of trying to hide it. I love the way this looks, but another major draw for me is the way it applies easily with fingers and sets on its own so I don’t have to wear powder. It’s practically undetectable on the skin, and it holds up well through heat and humidity, which is a must for a makeup-lover in Vegas. My final concern with this foundation is that it would break me out because MAC foundations tend to do that to a lot of people, but I haven’t had that problem at all with Face and Body. I was so worried I wouldn’t like this foundation, but I’m so glad I took a chance on it.

Julep With A Twist Lash Boosting Bamboo Mascara

Julep With A Twist Mascara

Oh. my. god. You guys, this mascara is amazing. It ticks all the boxes for me. Lengthening, volumizing, doesn’t irritate my eyes, the brush isn’t too large, it doesn’t flake or smudge even when my eyes get watery, doesn’t get clumpy, it even gives my lashes a bit of a curl. Overall, this mascara gives me the fluttery, semi-dramatic, I-might-be-a-1940s-starlet lashes of my dreams. This knocked the Avon mascara I had been loving out of the top spot (that’s still a great one if you have watery eyes and are on a budget, full review of that here), and I don’t even feel the need to use 2 different mascaras when I use this. I should probably explain the super cool brush, eh? It starts out as a shorter wand with the rubber bristles closer together to build volume, then you give the top of the cap a twist to extend the wand as much or as little as you want and move the bristles further apart to come through the lashes for length and definition. I’ll be doing a full review of this soon, but just know that if you’re on the hunt for a new mascara, this should definitely be on your radar.

Julep Bronzer Brush

Julep Bronzer Brush

I love all of the Julep brushes I’ve tried so far, but this one is my favorite. It’s so soft and fluffy, but with the right amount of stiffness to the bristles to keep them from being too floppy. The handle is weighted, which is a lovely, high-quality touch that also helps to balance the brush in your hands, ultimately giving you better control. The bristles are so soft that I could run this brush over my face all day. It’s quite a large brush, which had me worried at first because I like to be precise with my makeup, but the size has actually been beneficial. It creates a nice diffused look when I apply my bronzer, and it’s surprisingly just the right size to hit the high points of my face in a few quick, easy swipes. Is it too over the top to say I want to be buried with this brush? Probably, but try prying it out of my cold dead hands suckas.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac

ColourPop Aphrodisiac

No exaggeration, this might be my favorite blush ever. I have an olive undertone which can sometimes make things look weird on my skin. Blush happens to be one of those, which is why most days I go for a bit of bronzer and skip the blush. Most blushes also pull very pink on me, which can look awkward with my pale olive skin. It just looks really out of place, if that makes any sense. I’d been on the hunt for a nude blush that I could use to give my cheeks some color without feeling overdone, especially since I’ve been wearing lighter coverage foundation lately. This matte dirty rose shade is absolutely perfect for that. I already knew I loved the ColourPop blush formula because it’s so long-lasting on my skin and the cream(ish) formula makes it blend into the skin beautifully, but this color is also something special. Definitely give this a try if you have light to medium skin and struggle to find a blush that looks right on you, or if you just happen to be looking for a rose toned blush. I would choose this over literally any other blush in my collection, even my Marc Jacobs blush. ColourPop, please don’t ever discontinue this.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in I Heart This

ColourPop I Heart This

This is another product that everyone else already loves, that I’m just now getting on board with. I’m late for everything else, why shouldn’t I show up late for trendy products too? It reminds me of a shade that ColourPop released a few years ago as part of the Shaaanxo collection that I was absolutely in love with, but mine has since dried out. This sparkly beige is such a gorgeous un-boring neutral that I find myself reaching for it a lot. It’s very shimmery, so if you don’t like sparkle, you won’t like this, but for everyone else, get this, it’s stunning and super wearable.

SUVA Hydra Liner in Scrunchie

Suva Beauty Hydra Liner Scrunchie

This is my first SUVA product and it definitely won’t be my last. I’ve had my eye on this brand for awhile, but finally took the plunge when they started selling a few of their products at Forever21.com. SUVA makes a ton of gorgeous, intensely pigmented eyeshadows, but their Hydra Liners are something I haven’t really seen any other brand do. Hydra Liners are water activated pigments that can be used on the face, eyes, or body, and they won’t smear unless they get wet. You can also make them waterproof by using a waterproof setting spray to activate the pigment. Some of the shades, such as scrunchie, are even UV reactive, so they’ll glow under blacklight. With just one swipe, Scrunchie is crazy pigmented and it goes on very smoothly without getting crusty and flaking off like a gel eyeliner might. The product format makes it super versatile, which makes them especially great for makeup artists or hobbyists. To top it off, they’re also affordable at only $11 for 10 grams of product. I think these are a really unique, fun product so if you’re looking to experiment with your makeup or need something for an unconventional look, definitely check out SUVA’s Hydra Liners.

Marc Jacobs Matte Highliner in Deja Blue

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Deja Blue

It’s no secret that I’ve had a thing for Marc Jacobs beauty lately, and their eyeliners are some of my favorite products, not just in the MJ line, but out of my entire makeup collection. If I could buy the entire range of eyeliners without having to file for bankruptcy, I would do it in a heartbeat. The colors are finely tuned to make them both unique and wearable, such as this incredible powder blue. The formula is also spot on. They glide on easily, but set to a budge-proof finish, especially the matte shades. I have a few different shades now and I can happily say that they hold up well even on my watery eyes. I also love that I don’t have to sharpen this since it’s a twist-up, but in the event that I do want to make the tip finer, there’s a sharpener in the end of the pencil.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Peyote

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Peyote

Peyote is totally underrated.

That came out wrong. I mean the Urban Decay lipstick shade. Between the full-sized bullets and the Junkie palette I own, I’ve got about 17 shades of Vice Lipstick, and while there are plenty that I love, Peyote is by far my most worn shade. The brownish pink metallic shade suits my complexion well and doubles as a metallic nude for me. It’s surprisingly wearable, and the metallic finish isn’t too obvious to the point that it’s awkward to wear in a day to day setting. It may not be for everyone, but it’s a gorgeous, unique shade so whether metallic lipsticks are your jam or you’re just trying to expand your makeup wardrobe, I’d definitely encourage you to give this shade a chance.

Swatches

Top to bottom: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Peyote, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac, ColourPop Super Shock in I Heart This, Marc Jacobs Highliner in Deja Blue

We made it through! Yipee! Tell me: what’s a product that surprised you lately? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Cristine

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