As the end of the month greets us, it means it’s time for a monthly favourites. This month, I do have a few favourites I want to share with you. These are mostly makeup favourites, but there is also a skincare favourite as well. May for me was a month of very consistent makeup looks, which has been both monotonous yet surprisingly refreshing. It’s made getting ready in the morning much faster, and has made me appreciate the makeup I have in my collection.
Starting with the one skincare item that made the cut this month, we have the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask. I have reviewed this in the past, so I won’t go in to too much detail on this product, but it’s been a great accompaniment in my night time skincare routine for a long time now.
I’ve been using this as the second moisturiser in my night time routine, applying a thin layer on my cheeks and jaw. While the instructions say you should wash off the excess, I prefer to just tap the product into the skin and let it sit on my skin as a leave-on sleep mask. I’m not sure if this is still on the market, but if it is, this is definitely worth looking into. I wake up to extremely soft and silky skin, and my skin just feels happier after using it.
Moving to makeup, the first ones are two lipsticks. These are both No7 Moisture Drench Lipsticks, which is a line I’ve fallen in love with recently. I have 3 shades in total, but the two I want to feature today are ones that fit with my spring and summer mood. One of these shades were featured in my Spring and Summer Go-To Lipstick post, although I did buy a new shade since then.
The two shades are fairly similar, but have slightly different undertones. ‘Spring Pink 320‘ is the slightly cooler medium pink, and is a nice slightly deeper ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade for me. While ‘Deep Rose 440‘ is slightly on the warmer side, and works great with makeup looks that lean ever so slightly warmer.
I’ve really become smitten with this lipstick line, as it’s comfortable on the lips, as well having an insane variety of shades. A lot of them do look very similar, but if you’re looking for a specific colour group and a specific undertone, the sheer variety leaves a lot of room to select exactly what you’re looking for. I plan to review these in full at a later date, but for now I’m having fun experimenting with them. I have one shade I’ve put aside for the autumn and winter time, and I won’t be surprised if I impulsively pick up more shades that lean towards my the darker end of the spectrum because they are so comfortable and reliable.
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed is that you can really customise the kind of lip look you get depending on how you go about applying the lipstick. You can go for a straight up intense look with a defined lip line, or you can tap over and over on the lips for a more tinted lip look. I love lip products with this kind of flexibility, as it makes me even more likely to use it on a regular basis.
I have a few eyeshadow favourites this month, starting with the GOSH Eyelight Trio, in ‘002 Fairytale‘. I have plans to review this in the near future after the move, but I’ve been enjoying pulling this trio in for looks where I want little pops of colour. It’s not one I use on its own, but I like to place either the lilac or the bright pink in the inner third of my eyelids with neutral shades to just create that soft little pop of colour. I especially adore the top shade for highlighting my inner corners, as it creates an intense shine that’s really eye-catching.
The swatches aren’t particularly impressive, particularly when swatched with your fingers like I did. However, with a brush, they really pack more punch. For the top shade, I take my travel-size smudge brush to very precisely place the colour on my inner lids. For the lower two shades, I like to take my flat travel-size concealer brush to place and pack the colour, using the thin shade of the brush hairs to also place colour in the inner third of my crease to help extend the colour above the nature fold of my eyelids. Yay for hooded eyelids!
On days when I’m not using the GOSH Eyelight Trio, I like to grab for the Essence The Velvets single eyeshadow for a subtle inner corner highlight. This is the shade ‘01 Fluffy Clouds‘ and it’s a very beautiful white with a subtle shimmer throughout.
As far as swatching goes, it’s another one that doesn’t seem all that impressive when swatched with a finger onto the back of the hand. On the eyes though, it gives enough punch of colour to combat some of the yellowy-purple tones and make my eyes look more awake. Some days I want less shimmer and just more subtle brightness, and this gives me exactly that.
Moving to some eyeshadows from my magnetic custom palette, the three I want to focus on are originally from the Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette. I’ve been using the three eyeshadows in question everyday, and have hit pan on the middle shade. I love using this shades as my go-to neutral eyeshadow look, and I pair the GOSH Eyelight Trio with this on days when I want to give that extra pop of colour, or use the Essence The Velvets single eyeshadow I also discussed earlier for an entirely neutral eye look. These shades are the ideal base look with a lot of room for customising, if that makes sense?
The skin tone shade is great for highlighting my brow bone, and I like to take my EcoTools Large Eye Brush for dispersing colour all over my brow bone. It’s very subtle when applied this way, but for a more impactful look, I like to use my crease brush to apply this shade as well.
The middle shade was one I originally using for in my crease, but lately I’ve been a bit more daring, and using an eyeshadow brush just to pack it all over the eyelid, and slightly above my natural crease. The swatch doesn’t really do this shade credit, as it looks deeper on the eyelid thanks to the eyeshadow brush being able to pick up the shadow and then place it really nicely on my eyelids.
The last shade, is one I was initially really intimidated by. I originally using it to place specifically in my crease in the outer corner, but lately I’ve been taking a larger crease brush to place this shade in my outer third on the eyelid and the crease to give my eye looks more depth and interest. It’s been really exciting to push myself out of my comfort zone, especially on days where I wear my glasses with them and run errands in the city centre with this kind of look.
This concludes my May favourites! I was surprised that I did have this many favourites, especially considering how monotonous I’ve been with my makeup this month. But I really enjoying sharing them with you, and I hope it was fun for you as well. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you’re able to have a restful weekend, and I’ll speak to you again soon.