Monthly Favorites for May 2014

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May Favorites

May Favorites

May is almost over, which means that it is Monthly Favorites time!  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that I reached for over and over or particularly stood out to me throughout the month.  I’ve been wearing a lot of neutral makeup the last couple months, (you know I love my taupes) but in May I took advantage of the spring season and wore a lot of green, pinks and corals.  I have also been trying to get better at masking.  It’s hard for me to remember to do it regularly, but I am tying to mask once or twice a week.  But, I am getting ahead of myself, so let’s get into the products.

KMS California Hair Stay

KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost

Shockingly enough, I have a favorite for hair this month.  My hair is stick straight and uncooperative, so I was very impressed to discover KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost.  This product made a huge difference for me.  My hair usually is so straight that any curl or body I try to put in it starts falling out before I have even left the house, no matter what I use.  With KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost on the other hand, my style has a fighting chance and actually stays put for hours.  It has a very unique formula.  You spray it in your hand like a mousse, but it doesn’t have a mousse like formula.  It’s a lot lighter, and it crackles up and starts to shrink.

KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost

You can see the bubbles burst as the crackle gets going.  Very strange.  KMS California Hair Stay Style Boost doesn’t leave my hair sticky, crunchy, or heavy.  It has a pretty lightweight feel.  It makes my hair appear a little thicker than normal and makes a huge impact on staying power.  If you have straight hair that doesn’t want to do anything, then I definitely recommend that you check it out.

Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm

Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm

I received the Olive Natural Beauty Olive Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary in my May Ipsy bag, and I have really been enjoying it.  I like the formula a lot.  It’s moisturizing without getting too waxy or greasy.  I think that I may enjoy a different flavor better than the Rosemary, but I do still like it quite a lot.  I’m thinking of making a purchase with my Ipsy discount.  The only thing is that I have so many lip balms right now, I probably should wait.  Either way, I like the Olive Lip Balm by Olive Natural Beauty and recommend it.

Freeman Facial Masks

Freeman Facial Masks

Like I said before, I have been experimenting with a lot of masks, and many of them have been from the Freeman brand.  I’ve liked Freeman masks for a long time now, and I usually pick up the sample pouches that are good for one or two uses.  I’ve tried most of the Freeman line, so last month I finally purchased the full size of my favorites.  I’m not going to go into detail for each individual mask right now, but I can say that Freeman masks are great.  They are very affordable and feel wonderful on the skin.  They are a really good budget option.

Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette  in #03

Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette in #03

Speaking of budget options, my next favorite was only a dollar.  This is the Profusion Twinkle Twinkle Palette in #03 which I reviewed here.  I have always loved green eyeshadow and have a ton of them in my collection.  This Twinkle Twinkle Palette really performs well, despite being so inexpensive.  The silky shadows blend easily, without getting muddy.  And I love these colors.  I know that this particular palette is not available anymore, but the Twinkle Twinkle Palettes seem to come out every year around the Holidays, so be sure to keep an eye out or them.  Also, I think that you can find other Profusion brand palettes throughout the year, so if you see one at your local drugstore don’t be afraid to grab one to try out.  I have not used any other Profusion beauty products, but if the Twinkle Twinkle Palette is any indication, then they are worth a look.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

It has been a long while since I last used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.  It has been a favorite of mine for years, but you know how it is, always needing to try the newest thing.  But, I wanted to go back and remind myself why I was such a fan, so I did.  According to Tarte: “This is what we call a push-up bra for your lashes a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning) dermatologist tested mascara that gives dramatic, thick, sexy lashes and is clinically proven to increase lash volume by 424%”.  They aren’t kidding.  Lights, Camera, Lashes gives that false lashes appearance that we are all after.  It’s fantastic, especially if you can get your hands on it at a discount.  Ulta usually offers it in their 21 Days of Beauty deals, and Tarte often includes a deluxe sample in their value kits.  Pick it up, it’s awesome.

NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

I have been enjoying the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.  I really like Urban Decay All Nighter, but I wanted to see if I could find a cheaper alternative that works just as well.  NYX Dewy Finish is a little different than UD All Nighter, but I still like it very much.  My main reason for using a setting spray is to get rid of that powdery look when I am finished with my makeup.  NYX Dewy Finish works beautifully for that purpose and I love the look it gives my skin.  It is $8 for 60ml which is about half the price of UD All Nighter, plus you can often find NYX for BOGO 50% off at Ulta.  NYX also has a Matte Finish version of the spray, but I haven’t tried it.  NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray is great, though.

That’s it for my May favorites.  I hope that you found something that interested you.  I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but summer has officially arrived here in NC no matter what the calendar says.  It has been hot and muggy the last couple weeks and it looks like it’s going to get hotter and muggier very soon.  Are you looking forward to summer?  It is my least favorite season, but I can’t really complain because we had such a wonderfully long winter.  I feel like it was hardly Spring before the hot weather hit.  It’s funny how quickly the first three months of the year went for me, but April and May have been dragging.  I have been a major stress case the last couple months, and am hoping that things will improve sooner rather than later.  I am interested to see what the next couple of months hold.

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