With June quickly approaching, I have my Monthly Favorites and Fails for May ready for you today. For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month. Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get. May was a much better month for me than April (otherwise known as that time I came down with the Plague). Though was still dealing with sickness for the first week or so of May, I felt much better and much more myself during the rest of the month. I also did some traveling in May, and my Favorites reflect the items that I took with me on that trip and just kept using. So let’s get into it.
I received this Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser in my December Ipsy bag. I didn’t use it right away because it claims to be designed for normal to oily skin and my skin is dry. However, it was nice and compact, and I didn’t have any other cleansers that would fit in my travel bag, so I decided to bring it with me to North Carolina. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It cleansed my skin thoroughly without making it feel stripped or tight. The formula will be problematic for some because of the inclusions of aroma-therapy essential oils. They did not seem to bother my skin, and the scent is very subtle and not bothersome at all. Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser is not going to become one of my go-to products, but I am glad that I got the sample from Ipsy because I have really enjoyed it this month.
My next Favorite for May is the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer. I reviewed this concealer back in February and said that I really liked it. I stand by that assessment. Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer goes on so smoothly, doesn’t look cakey in the slightest, and I do not have issues with creasing or settling into fine lines around my eyes. At the same time, it has really great staying power, especially if you set it with a light powder. It is a great concealer, and you should definitely try it out. I have it in the shade Light.
I ran out of my beloved Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (so sad) and have been using this L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder instead. It is a completely different formula than Nearly Naked, but I have been enjoying it. It is very finely milled, and looks good on the skin. The Infallible Pro Matte Powder has some pretty decent coverage on its own. Though it is a setting powder and not a powder foundation, it does have some of the same qualities that a powder foundation has. If you have good skin, you can get away with just using Infallible Pro Matte Powder. I am not that lucky. I like the Infallible Pro Matte Powder a lot, but I do have to be careful to use a light hand because it goes from light and airy to overly powdery rather quickly. I do think that it is a good option, and have been using it a lot all through May.
A product that I have been using so much that I couldn’t not include it is the Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine palette (also known as I (Heart) Matte palette). I usually try not to include limited edition items in my favorites because I want to make sure you can get your hands on it if you see a product you like, so I apologize. Because I was traveling I needed something compact that I could do some quick and easy looks with that could go with any outfit. I have been loving applying the creamy browbone shade all over the eye first, and then using the peach shade liberally in the crease. I then deepen the crease with the brown shade using a small pencil brush, and use the black shadow for liner. I have probably worn that simple eye look 60% of the time this month. It was so easy that I didn’t need to think about it, and it looks beautiful. You do not need this palette to accomplish the look. Any collection of similar matte shades (and there are many) will do the trick, but this is the product that I have been using and I love it.
When I wasn’t using the Wet n Wild palette, I went for the Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing. The pinks and mauves in this palette were exactly what I wanted for some sweet and romantic pops of color. I used to avoid pinks and purples but over the last few years I have seen the error of my ways and now I love them. I know that I have talked about how great Coastal Scents is and how much I enjoy their shadows. The Coastal Scents shadows are pigmented and smooth, and they are so affordable. The Go palettes are a great bargain, especially because Coastal Scents often offers them in a bundle sale.
For blush this month, I pulled out an oldie but a goody, the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro. You’ve seen it before, you know what it is. It has been too long since I used Rose D’Oro, and I almost forgot how much I truly love this blush. Once I pulled it out again, however, I haven’t been able to put it down. Just look at it! It is a rosy peach shade with gold veining throughout. The gorgous shimmer means that you can skip a separate highlighter. It can be sheered out for a soft glowy flush, or layered for intense color. It looks amazing on the cheeks. Rose D’Oro is the perfect shade for spring and summer, and I am not putting it back in my drawer. I am going to be wearing the heck out of it over the next few months.
A new (to me) product that I’ve been enjoying this month has been the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum. I have been going for a barely there lip all month, and when I am not wearing my Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, I have been wearing this. I have one word to describe the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm- comfortable. You all know how obsessed I am with the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms. They are Holy Grail, can’t live without them status. Well the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm feels very similar. It is so moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. The color is very sheer, so it is perfect for days when you couldn’t be bothered to do a lip color, but you want something there. It’s a great product to throw in your purse and go.
That does it for my favorites, now onto this month’s Fails. Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results. So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product. It just means that it did not work for me.
I tried this 6-Piece Anti-Aging Starter Kit from Eclos Skincare. Eclos is a branch of Freeman Beauty. I really love Freeman facial masks, so I decided to try their skincare line the last time I made a purchase from Freeman’s website. You can also get this set from Ulta. Eclos touts their Apple Stem Cell Technology as truly amazing stuff that is clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. I call shenanigans. The products were generic at best, and some were truly terrible. Not only did these products do absolutely nothing for my skin, but the scent was unbearable to me. These are not large sample sizes, but even so, I couldn’t finish several of them. Even the clay mask, something that Freeman does very well, was just ho-hum for me. The primer was so bad that I tossed it after one use. I like Freeman Beauty a lot, and their masks are wonderful. I really wanted to like the Eclos skincare line. Ultimately though, I hated all of it and do not recommend that you try any Eclos products.
That is all for my May Favorites and Fails. I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself. If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below. May was a good month for me. I am finally feeling back to normal. I have several projects on the horizon, and am nervous but excited. I am not looking forward to the intense heat of a Southern California summer, but at least I won’t have to endure the humidity like I did in NC. Are you looking forward to the summer? Any big plans on the horizon? Let me know. :)