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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  • This is such a great post! I have wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Contour Stick for ages, it looks so easy to work with. I have also read a few other beauty bloggers posts, that have raved about the Make-up Brush Cleaning Egg. It sounds like such a cool creation and SO CHEAP! – I want it..

  • I’ve been using effaclar duo+ for about 6 months now and it’s not really going much for me, so I’ll definitely try Effaclar A.I, it sounds like something that would work for me! Great post emily <3

    Jessica Anna | A So Called Beauty Blog

    • Yeah it just didnt make any difference! I was told to use it twice a day but for 6 months of use, it’s done hardly anything for my skin. You’re welcome Emily xox

  • I love Maybelline creamy beige color tattoo, I started using it as a face contour, I love it!


  • So many things I would love to try from this lineup Emily! It sounds like you’ve had a really good makeup month 🙂
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Would definitely recommend all of them Rebecca!! I have actually had a good month!! xx

  • i really like the maybelline creamy beige colour tattoo, and i want to try out the clinique chubby contour stick – seen so many people talking about it! great post 🙂

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

    • The Colour Tattoo’s are fab aren’t they! Would definitely recommend the contour stick, I love it! Thank you xx

  • The brush cleaning egg is on my list to buy amazing that it is so affordable. Thanks for the heads up on the La Roche Posey breakout corrector I definitely need this…looking forward to the updated post on this. sabiha x

    • Would definitely recommend the brush egg, I absolutely love it and it’s such a bargain! I’ve just bought a backup Breakout Corrector and one for my sister too because I love it that much – there’s 30% off La Roche Posay at Essential the moment!! x

  • Eloise Balazs

    Ok I need to buy the brush egg how awesome is that! I love the supercat eye liner currently searching for a natural/organic dupe!

    Eloise x|

    • It’s amazing Eloise you definitely need to try it! If you find a natural dupe, let me know – I’d love to try it out! x

      • Eloise Balazs

        I sure will hun! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    I want to try that eyeliner and maybe we can both perfect the feline flick 😀
    Pam Scalfi?

    • You should definitely give it a go, it makes it much easier – although I’m still learning haha! xx

  • I’m about to order some eye shadows from Kiko so I might give the primer a try, I struggle with oily skin later in the day so this could help!

    Tarnya /

    • I absolutely adore KIKO’s eyeshadows, if you did pick up the primer I hope you love it as much as I do! x

  • Lovely favourites! I use the Effacer Duo+ everyday and love it. Such a good skincare product to keep zits at bay. I also love the idea of the egg makeup brush cleaner. I have had my eyes on the Sigma glove but this seems like a nice cheaper alternative. Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  • I’m a massive fan of the Dermablend Powder – It’s amazing at setting makeup, and leaving my skin looking so flawless. It lasts forever too, i’ve had mine over a year and it’s not even a third through! xx

  • That cleaning egg looks so strange but looks like it would help make cleaning easier! It’s such a pain (especially the beauty blender!)

    Rachael at

    • It does look really weird doesn’t it haha! It definitely makes cleaning brushes a lot easier though, and my beauty blender! x

  • Great post! The Clinique Chubby Contour Stick sounds great and so easy! I also really like the sound of the Kiko primer xx

    Sabrina Jaine

  • Looking at your favorites I feel like I need to try at least half of them! Especially the Kiko base and the Vichy powder, since it’s coming to a summer and my combination skin might need a little support in terms of dealing with oiliness and keeping my makeup actually on my face 😉
    If you’d like you could check out my new blog – I’d be honored 😉

  • Emma Waller (Emmajane01)

    I think the la Roche product is so good!!!

  • That eyeliner is also on my list, I’m glad to hear it’s good!

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • I’m absolutely loving it – I’ve got tonnes of eyeliners but I haven’t used any others since buying this! x

  • Helder Pereira Coelho
    • Thank you very much x

  • Great favourites post 🙂 I have put off getting the Clinique contour stick because it looks quite warm/muddy but it obviously wears a lot differently than it looks. I am a massive fan of LRP so they would always be in my monthly favourites! 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

    • Thank you Brenda! I don’t find it too warm for my skin tone at all, but I suppose that would vary from person to person. LRP have become one of my favourite skincare brands recently, I absolutely love their stuff! x

  • I’m definitely picking up the soap and glory eyeliner when mine runs out, I need a cat eye in my life! / / x

    • Would definitely recommend it, it’s really great and such a bargain too! x

  • ownandbecome

    Some great picks! Here’s my May favourites if you want to take a look? 🙂 xx

    • Thank you very much! I’ve just taken a look at your post, you’ve picked some really great bits too! x

  • Love the sound of the chubby contour stick! Great post 🙂

    Anika |

    • Thank you Anika! I really love the chubby stick! x

  • i haven’t tried any of these but i’ve heard really good things about the clinique contour stick!

    • I really love it, it makes contouring so much easier for me! x

  • I love the sound of the Kiko primer! The brush cleaning egg thing sounds fab too, especially at that price! Lovely picks 🙂

    Jess xo

    • Thanks Jess! The KIKO primer is definitely my favourite primer I’ve tried now! Would recommend picking up the brush egg if you can, it makes cleaning my brushes to much easier! x

  • I love Maybelline Color Tattoos but have yet to try the leather effect range. Great list of favourites!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I prefer the leather range personally, especially this shade! Thank you Shireen x

  • Ting

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you for reading! x

  • You have no idea how much I want to get the Brush Egg Cleanser, it looks freaking fantastic! It looks like an absolute steal since it’s only 99P! Great list, love <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

    • You should definitely pick it up if you can – I absolutely love my brush egg! Thank you Bash xx

  • I love the sound of the Kiko primer, I really need to try some more products from them. I’m glad you managed to finally get hold of the Clinique contour pencil, I was on a waiting list to get mine I was that desperate haha. And I completely agree with the satisfaction you get from drawing on your face – there really is nothing like it.

    Kristy |

    • The KIKO primer has definitely become my favourite primer of all time, so would definitely recommend it! Haha I didn’t even realise there were waiting lists or I would have been on one too! Glad you agree about drawing on your face, makes me sound less weird now, I get so much satisfaction from it! xx

  • I really want to try the clinique contour stick! It sounds really nice 🙂

    Sarah | | Giveaway

    • I would definitely recommend it – I absolutely love mine, it makes contouring so much easier! xx

  • Hannah Cornish

    I switched to the soap & glory eye liner lately and I love it! So much easier to use than a gel pot 🙂

    Hannah x | hannatalks

    • It is so much easier to use than a gel isn’t it! I’ve stopped using my gel pots since I picked it up, I’m in love! x

  • I need to try out that brush egg! I’m so lazy with deep cleaning my brushes! 🙁

    She Likes to Shop

    • I’m so lazy with cleaning my brushes too haha, this little egg really does help though, it makes it a much quicker task – you can’t really ask much more for 99p – would definitely recommend x

  • I’ve heard nothing but good things for the tattoo eyeshadow and I really want an all over lid cover so might go for these!

    Tarnya /

    • I absolutely love them, I’ve got a few shades and they’re all fantastic, would definitely recommend! x

  • I’m very tempted with the Kiko primer. I tried it at the weekend and regretting not buying it.

    Victoria x

    • I would definitely recommend it, it’s my favourite primer that I’ve ever tried! x