Monthly Favourites: May ’15

I haven’t actually written a favourites post for quite some time here on emilyloula, but I’ve come across some really great gems this month, that I had to share with you. Cliché blogger here and all, but where has this year gone?! I genuinely can’t believe we are nearly in June already, I swear it was only Christmas and New Year a couple of weeks ago! Crazy! I’m really looking forward to it getting warmer here in England, I’m hoping that I can get back down to the beach in the sun this year!

Monthly Beauty Skincare Favourites emilyloula

Monthly Beauty Skincare Favourites emilyloula Clinique Chubby Stick Brush Egg KIKO PrimerClinique Chubby Contour Stick £19

Contouring has taken the beauty world by storm in the last year or so, with pretty much every makeup brand bringing out a product that can help you define those cheekbones. When I saw that Clinique had released this contour stick, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Unfortunately it was out of stock for agessss but I finally managed to get hold of one, and since then I’ve been seriously impressed with it. It’s pretty fool proof, you literally draw on your face where you’d like to contour, then blend blend blend. I’ve used this stick for a subtle day time contour, as well as a going out ‘full on’ contour and I love it both ways.  It’s so easy to use and the satisfaction I get from drawing on my face with this can’t be matched.

KIKO Mat Base Corrector Primer £8.90

KIKO have very quickly become one of my favourite brands this year (lipsticks review here & blush review here) and this primer has just increased my love for them. This has a consistency unlike any other primer I’ve used before, but this is one of the main reasons I love it. When it comes out of the tube it looks as if it would be a silicone based primer but it hasn’t got that oily, greasy feel to it at all. It sinks into my skin very quickly, so I have to work fast when applying it but the results are definitely worth it. Once applied it does make my skin feel slight tacky but this provides the perfect base to apply makeup onto, leaving a beautiful matte finish with no oiliness in site. I’ve been using this every time I’ve applied a full face of makeup this month, and I’m utterly smitten with it. It increases the wear time of my makeup, along with providing the best matte base I could hope for, it definitely wins the title of the best primer I’ve ever tried.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Egg 99p

This little brush egg is one of my favourite recent buys from eBay. It cost me £1.38 including delivery from here and it’s genuinely changed the way I wash my brushes completely – absolute bargain. It makes the whole chore a lot easier as the little bumps and lumps help to get all the old settled makeup out of the bristles. I also use this gently to clean my beauty blender and it makes short work of that too. Highly, highly recommend picking one of these up.

Monthly Beauty Skincare Favourites emilyloula Maybelline Colour Tattoo Soap Glory Supercat LinerMaybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige £4.99

I’ve had a couple of these Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s floating around in my drawers for a while but I always seemed to forget about them, that was, until this month where I have completely fallen in love! My favourite from the shades I have is Creamy Beige which is the most gorgeous neutral light brown/beige shade that I’ve been using pretty much every time I’ve worn a full face of makeup. This is beautiful when worn alone, as an easy quick eye look, or when worn as a base, it gives a lovely starting point as well as increasing the longevity of my other eye shadows. They don’t crease on me at all, and they stay put all day, so I’ve definitely got my eye on some more shades. If you haven’t tried cream eyeshadows before, and want to give them a shot, I would definitely recommend these, especially for less than £5 each!

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen £6

Recently, I’ve really been trying to perfect the Feline Flick, and without much luck, so I was on the hunt for a new eyeliner that could hopefully help me with this. I had heard such great things about this Supercat liner pen from Soap & Glory, so I picked it up the last time I was in Boots, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s the perfect black pen style eyeliner, that isn’t drying and doesn’t tug upon application, but still gives a beautiful defined line. I still haven’t quite perfected the exact look I was going for, but I’m definitely getting there, and this pen has made it 10 times easier than before. If you’re on the look out for a new eyeliner, I would definitely recommend this, and for only £6 I personally think it’s great value.

Monthly Beauty Skincare Favourites emilyloula Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder La Roche-Posy Effaclar A.IVichy Dermablend Setting Powder £16

I made an order from Escentual a couple of weeks ago (haul post here) and I asked on twitter what else I needed to buy from them to completely my order. A few people recommended the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder to me, so I popped it into my basket and waited impatiently for my order to arrive. Last week I went to Alton Towers and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test this powder out. I applied my makeup as normal at 10am, then added this on top and when I got home at 9pm, my makeup still looked perfect. It had been raining throughout the day and I had been on plenty of rides, with the wind and rain straight on my face whilst I was whizzing around upside down. Normally my makeup doesn’t last longer than 7 / 8 hours as I have quite oily skin, so this powder made a huge difference and I’m so impressed with it. It’s pricier than the regular setting powder you’ll find, but I honestly think it’s worth every penny.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I Breakout Corrector £10

If you have read any of my skincare posts here on emilyloula, you’ll be aware that I have been suffering from acne and blemished skin for the past 8 years or so, so I am always on the lookout for something that will help with this. One of my main problems with my skin is that after a spot has cleared up, I’m always left with nasty red marks that don’t fade for months and can often leave a permanent scar. I’ve found various spot treatments that do help with the spot itself, but I hadn’t come across any that helped with the red marks or pigmentation, until this. This stuff is absolutely incredible, I honestly wish I had tried it earlier! It really helps to soothe the spot as well as treating it and the residual marks that are left behind. Full review of this gem is coming soon.

So that’s it from me for this month’s favourites, have you tried anything I’ve mentioned here? I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying in the month of May, let me know in the comments!

emily x

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