30 May 2014

Favourites | May 2014



I’m glad that I’ve started writing regular favourites post as it gives me a chance to really think about what I’ve enjoyed using and why.  Which means, when I buy things I’m a little bit more selective because I’m sure of what I like and don’t like.  I have a lot of makeup in my favourites because I’ve been switching things up a lot recently.  Whereas, I’m sticking to my usual skincare with one exception!  Let’s begin!


This is a new mascara in my stash and I’ve been really enjoying using it.  The brush is a ‘S’ shaped brush to give your lashes a real boost of volume at the roots and gives a lot of length as well (see post here for photos).  The formula is nice and doesn’t seem to smudge as much as much as other high street/drugstore mascaras.


You know I love this eyeshadow (full review here).  I’ve started using it again as I’ve opted for a more shimmery eye makeup look recently.  I’d forgotten how quick this and easy this makes it to apply eye makeup.  Just using my fingers to apply on the lids and voila!  So welcome back Maybelline Color Tattoo, you’ve been missed!


This is the exception I mentioned earlier.  Antipodes is a brand that I feel quite intrigued by.  I love their Aura Manuka Honey mask and I’ve only heard good things about their other skincare products.  So when I ran out of my eye cream, I didn’t hesitate to purchase this.  Although it’s early days, I’m really enjoying this.  I will report back with a full review, once I’ve given it a fair try.


I haven’t used this in quite some time.  So I was switching up my makeup, I put this back in my makeup bag.  I love the subtle glow it gives to me skin, dewy finish and completely undetectable.  One of my favourite foundations, the finish, the ease of use and the colour range – Illamasqua is just an amazing brand!  Spring/summer will see a lot more Skin Base on my face!


Liable is an orangey-red.  The kind of orangey-red that warm-toned gals like me can pull off (full review here).  I love matte lipsticks and this bright lips just perk up the otherwise barely there makeup.  Another favourite from Illamasqua, sensing a theme here?


I don’t know why I waited until now to buy a Barry M Polish!!  I’ve been lusting after the gelly hi shine polishes for over a year, but somehow always forgot.  I was in Boots the other day and finally picked up Key Lime and Lychee.  I’m so pleased I did!  I love the finish, they stay completely chip free for 4/5 days (much better than a lot more high end brands).  I adore green colour, and the bright Key Lime shade has added a beautiful shade of bright green to my nails!


Another new addition (as Amelia Liana would say #feelingspendy!).  I really wanted this brush as I knew I’d love it, unfortunately it’s not available to buy separately.  I ended up buying the Travel Essentials Kit.  Let me just say, it was worth it!  I love, love, love this brush.  It’s the perfect size and shape for blush, bronzer, highlighter and powder!  Another great brush from Real Techniques!

I’ve tried to narrow down the favourites, but find it so hard to pick!  Hope you guys have enjoyed reading my May favourites.


Let me know what you guys have been loving and if you’ve tried any of the above.  Please leave a comment below or tweet me @aspiring_london.
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