Another month, another set of beauty products that have knocked my usually-mismatched socks off. With my trip to New York just 11 days away – * jumps up and down with excitement * – I’ve been trying to save, rather than spend, all my pennies so this month has seen me delving deep into my beauty collection and digging out those products that have gone without a little loving for a while.

My favourite re-discovery of the month is the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in CandlelightThis powder highlighter is unlike anything else I own. It creates the most amazing glowy sheen, but without even the tiniest trace of shimmer or glitter. It’s just beautiful. Another cheeky product tucked away in my drawers is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in DollfaceThis blush pink shade gives cheeks one seriously pretty pinch of colour and works particularly well with paler skintones (guilty).

The only other non-lip product in this month’s favourites line-up is the NYC Best of Broadway PaletteThis bad boy has been whipped out again and again throughout this past month. It’s the ideal neutral selection in my opinion and offers the perfect shade range for an everyday eye or a deeper, smokier nighttime eye. It’s the best of both worlds. Plus at just £2.99 for the whole palette, it’s probably one of the most budget-friendly make up items I own…

Then it’s on to the lips. As I mentioned, I’ve tried my best to lean towards those products that rarely get used – or even those that haven’t been used at all – and have stumbled across a few new favourites in the process. For the everyday lip, it’s the Urban Decay Naked in Liar which is a great dusty rose shade that adds a little something something to lips without being at all OTT. Add to that the sticky-free formula and it’s a winner. Plus I’ve been pairing it with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk which is something of a new thang for me, given that I’ve never really been a lip liner gal before. But this ‘your lips but better’ nude shade has been a great introduction to the whole concept and I’m enjoying working out how it can best be used to give my lips a bit of a lift. More on that later.

Last up is something of a deep and dark lip in the form of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in DamnedThe rich plummy shade is just amazing and, combined with the matte finish, makes one hell of an impact. It’s quickly become my go-to for an evening on the town and I’m enjoying experimenting with how to work my other make up around it.

Isn’t it remarkable what gems you can find buried in the deepest depths of your make up stash?


3 thoughts on “Monthly marvels #13: May

  1. Divya says:

    I am coveting the Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder for a while now need to cave in thats it! 🙂 I have Dollface but its too light for my complexion.. I am sure it looks very pretty on you!

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    1. Luckily I’m incredibly pale so dollface works really well on me! x

      1. Divya says:

        You can have mine too! 😀 😛

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