May 2015 Favourites (What I’ve Been Loving This Month!)

Hi guys

As I mentioned in my April 2015 favourites was that one of my favourite things to read on blogs or watch on YouTube is monthly favourites.  It’s a great way to find out about products that people genuinely love and use day-to-day.  I can’t believe it has come around so quickly – it’s the end of the month already!  Here are my May favourites.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Shell)


I procrastinated over buying this for such a long time, as I generally buy more budget makeup.  I was really put off by the price, and wondered whether it was really so good as to justify it.  After being given a sample and using it for a few days, sadly I concluded that yes… it really was that good!  I finally invested in it towards the end of April and have been using it all month.

You can see what I love about it over on my Foundation Fight review post but basically it is the perfect colour match, provides great coverage whilst still managing to look natural and lasts all day.  It is also quite matte, which I really like (yes, I know the dewy-look is in fashion but it just doesn’t do it for me!)  Find it here.

DUPE ALERT: I have found a very close dupe to this foundation, which I have actually bought as well.  I think I will use the dupe for work/daytime and the Estee Lauder Double Wear for going out/occasions (not that I really go out any more haha!)

The dupe is Revlon Colorstay foundation.  It has a really similar shade, application and skin finish.  It also lasts really well.  Overall it’s a great dupe if you need something more purse-friendly, and retails at just £8.49.  You can find it here.

Miss Budget Beauty – YouTuber

This is something I haven’t mentioned on my blog yet, but I watch a (and I mean A LOT) of YouTube. It started off with the usual more well-known YouTubers like Zoella, Tanya Burr etc but I have discovered some lesser known gems on there too.

Miss Budget Beauty (real name Mikhaila) is from nearby Sheffield and has several YouTube channels and also a blog.  I tend to mainly watch her Miss Budget Beauty channel, which focuses on budget and affordable beauty.  She does product reviews, tutorials, makeup and outfit looks etc.  She is really down to earth, with a dry sense of humour. She makes no claims to be an expert, she just talks about what she does and doesn’t like and I have come to trust her opinion over the last few months.

If you’re into watching YouTube videos, definitely check her out here.

Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Hair Masque


I received a sample of this luxurious hair mask (or masque, as they like to call it) in my first ever Birchbox.  It lasted for three uses and by the end of the sachet, I knew I wanted to buy it.  The price is pretty extortionate, and I’m not someone who spends a lot on hair products.  I literally use nothing day-to-day, a bit of hairspray every so often if I style my hair for an occasion.  I use Superdrug own shampoo and conditioner as it’s cruelty-free and does the job.  You get the picture… I’m just not that into hair products.  But this mask left my hair feeling amazing – so soft and silky.

Since it was almost my 30th birthday, I justified buying it by telling myself it was a birthday present!  I will probably never spend this much on a hair mask again but I am really going to enjoy this whilst I have it!  If you have some money to spare, or like to invest in hair products, I’m pretty confident you’ll like this.  You only have to leave it on between 2 and 5 minutes for it to work, and can use it every shower, or just once a week if you prefer.  You can buy it here.

Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner and Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Night Cream


I booked some Elemis facials whilst there was a good offer on (another birthday present from me, to me!)  As a result of that, I received a free gift of Elemis products.  I have been using both the toner and the night cream for the last month and I absolutely LOVE them.  Not just because they are pleasant to use, but because of the amazing effect they’ve had on my skin!

I recently heard about and researched into acid toners (not as scary as it sounds!) because apparently exfoliators alone won’t get rid of all your dead skin.  Acid toners dissolve the skin gently and leave it much smoother and clearer.  I bought the Boots Botanics Toner (made from plant extracts), which I use twice a day.  I follow this up with the Elemis Rehydrating Toner… this may seem like overkill using two toners, but they both perform really different duties.  I use the Elemis toner to add some moisture back to the skin after the exfoliating acid toner.  This has really, really made a difference.  My skin has been clearer than it has been for years in the past few weeks.

The night cream contains enzymes which also do a similar thing to the acid toner I mentioned.  In full size, it is actually around £60, so it was a great free sample to receive and has lasted about a month.  I feel like the combination of the two toners and this night cream have been really beneficial to my skin!  My mum even commented on how nice it looked and was convinced I had foundation on one day, when I had nothing at all on my face.  Result!

You can find the Boots Botanics Toner here, the Elemis Toner here and the night cream here.

Barry M Sunset Gel Nails

Barry M Sunset Nails

I won’t write too much about these gel-effect nail polishes, as I recently did a full review of them which you can find here.

All I will say is that I have been playing around with the shades I bought all month and am really impressed with the application, the colours, how well they last (mostly) and how good they look!  I think they are a really reasonable price for how well they work.  They’ll never last three weeks like a real gel manicure, but if I can get 5 or 6 days out of my nail varnish then I’m happy with that, as most of them chip after a couple of days!  Well worth checking out.  You can get them at Boots or Superdrug.

Crazy Rumors- HibisKiss Lipbalm


I received this tinted lipbalm in my The VeganKind quarterly beauty subscription box.  You can see my initial impressions in this post.  As I mentioned, I wasn’t initially too excited about this product as I prefer to wear lipstick or gloss.  But then I thought about it and realised I actually spend most of my time at home in bed, where I wouldn’t wear lipstick or gloss, and I do actually use a lot of lipbalm.  I have been using it all month and I still stick to my initial impression that it is one of the best balms I have ever had for sorting out dry lips.  It has left my lips in much better condition than they were.  It also smells gorgeous – winner all round!

What have been your favourite products this month?  Have you tried any of my favourites?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!


April 2015 Favourites (What I’ve been loving this month)!

One of my favourite things to read on blogs or watch on YouTube is monthly favourites.  It’s a great way to find out about products that people genuinely love.  Of course I had to make it part of my blog!  This will be a monthly post from me.

So without further ado, here’s what I have been loving in April 2015:

White Rabbit Skincare ‘Comfort Cleansing Balm’


This cleansing balm.  Oh this cleansing balm.  It is just perfect!  I literally have no need to try out any other cleansing balms as I love this one so much.  Not just for its effectiveness, but also because it comes from such a lovely little company.  White Rabbit Skincare is the tiny company of Melanie Blane from Scotland.  Melanie’s products are all handmade, natural and vegan – I just love her ethos.  She sells on Etsy but I discovered her products through my VeganKind beauty box.  And thank god I did!

Since my first taste of her products, I have also bought her Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water, her night cream and her hunny bunny lip balm.  But if you’re only going to try one thing, make it this beautiful cleansing balm.  I use it nightly – I remove my makeup first (you don’t have to, I just find it ruins my flannels less!), massage some of the balm straight into dry skin, then use a flannel soaked in hot water to remove the balm.  It feels really luxurious and really leaves the skin feeling clean.  Since discovering hot-cloth cleansing, I’ve never looked back.  My skin just doesn’t feel as clean if I do regular cleansing.  This balm contains shea butter, rosemary leaf oil, eucalyptus leaf oil and olive fruit oil.

Price: £12 for 100ml.  This lasts a long time as you only need a very small amount.  You can buy it from her Etsy store here.

Superdrug Vitamin E ‘All Over Body Cream’


I love Superdrug own brand products as they are all cruelty-free.  You can always buy something from them safe in the knowledge that it has not been tested on animals, which saves lots of frantic online research!  Just look for the Superdrug star.  This body cream is perfect for me for one reason…. a bug bear for me is when you use a cream after a shower or bath and then have to hang around for half an hour waiting for it to dry!  Some of them either take ages to soak into the skin, or leave a horrible oily film.  This cream soaks in immediately and leaves the skin feeling soft but with no residue whatsoever.  It is rich in natural Vitamin E, which is renowned for being good for the skin.  It is also high in antioxidants, and claims to provide 12 hour moisturisation!

The cream is for normal to dry skin.  My skin is normal and it’s perfect for me.

Price: £2.99 for 475ml!  I mean, this thing is huge, it’ll last for ages.  Great value!  Find it here.

  Paperchase Gel Ink Pen – 0.7 Teal


This is a bit of a random one isn’t it?  Look, I’m a spoonie, I have terrible memory!  My ME and fibro mean that I often have ‘brain fog’ and have trouble remembering things.  Why am I telling you this?  Well this means I make a LOT of notes!  I write everything down in my Filofax and always have several notepads on the go – one with times I have taken painkillers (avoids that awkward overdose situation!), one with blog ideas… etc.  Anyway, I get through a lot of pens making my many notes.  So this is the pen I use for everything.  I currently have about 5 of these pens on the go!  I love the colour and have found that the texture of the ink is so much nicer than the other colours in the range.  I don’t know why it’s different, but it is.

If any of my spoonie sisters who I write to are reading this, you’ll probably recognise this pen as I write all my letters with them too!

Price: £1 each.  Find them here.

Zoella ‘Blissful Mistful’ Body Mist


You know a few times in a lifetime when you smell something and just think “this is me”, and it becomes your signature fragrance?  Well this body mist is just ‘me’!

I first discovered this product as I’m a huge Zoella fan.  I probably watch more YouTube than I do TV and she is one of my favourites.  I was excited to find out she had released a small range of products, which can be found in Superdrug and online at Feel Unique.  Quite a while ago I saw some of the products in Superdrug and thought I’d pick up the body mist, as it is so cheap.  I’ve never looked back!

To be honest, I can’t really describe the smell to you as I’m crap at describing smells, but the blurb claims it is ‘light and feminine with fresh and floral notes’.  If you’re not a fan of floral smells, don’t let that description put you off.  Neither am I and I don’t get floral from it really!  The only downside to this scent is it doesn’t have great staying power, but that is totally to be expected as it’s a body mist not a perfume.  The size is generous enough to keep re-spritzing!

Price: £8 for 45ml.  Find it here.

Aldi Instant Oats (Porridge Pots)

porridge pots

If you thought the pen was random, here’s some more randomness for you!  There is a reason this has made my favourites list though.  As I’m often stuck in bed with my chronic illnesses, and always feel worst in the morning, it is difficult to make sure I eat something nutritious for breakfast.  On the worst days, I have to just rely on a cereal bar which I keep by my bed.  On slightly better days, I can make these porridge pots and feel like I have had a proper breakfast.  #lifehack

All you have to do is boil the kettle and fill the pot up to the marked water line.  This is so much simpler than the porridge sachets I used to get a few years back, where you had to measure the milk and microwave them.  Don’t get me wrong, if I wasn’t ill, I’d just make proper porridge from scratch, but I can’t anymore.

The best thing about these Aldi ones is that they are a) cheaper than others and b) much nicer than the more expensive versions!  I have tried Quaker’s offering (raspberry jam flavour) which cost about 3x more and were really not pleasant!  My favourite Aldi one is the golden syrup flavour, yum.

Price: 49p – find them here.

Maybellline Color Tattoo ’24H Cream Gel Eyeshadow’


These have been around a while, but I didn’t try my first one until around 6 weeks ago!  I can see why they are popular, they are such great products.  They are basically a creamy gel eyeshadow which can be used as an eye colour, or as a base for powder shadow, to give more intensity and staying power.

My first Color Tattoo was Pink Gold.  I was actually a bit disappointed as it was such a subtle colour.  Once I started using it as a base colour for powder shadow, I realised it was really useful.  It gives a great base for eyeshadow, stops creasing and gives the eyeshadow much more intensity.

However I still wanted a Color Tattoo that I could wear on its own, that was a bit brighter.  The next one I picked up was the Metallic Pomegranate.  This is a great colour which is lovely on its own, blended out over the eye socket.  I also bought Eternal Gold and On and On Bronze shades, which are both beautiful.  These shadows have brilliant staying power (although I’ve never kept them on for 24 hours to test that claim!) and are really easy to apply and blend.  I would definitely recommend them, and will probably add more colours to my collection when I see them.

The only negative about the Color Tattoos is that you get such a small amount of product.  They come in a glass tub and look like a decent amount until you realise how thick the glass base is!  It’s a shame they are not a bit bigger, but if you try to get them on, for example, the Boots 3 for 2 offer, it increases their value for money.

Price: £4.99 for 0.14oz.  Find them here.

What are your favourite products this month?  Let me know if you’ve tried any of my favourites and what you think of them!

See you back here next month for May’s favourites.