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May & June Favourites

So I was super slack in getting a favourites post up in May.  I kind of bit off more than I could chew with various commitments, so I wasn’t able to even think about what I was enjoying beauty-wise.  However, I’ve thrown together my favourites from the last two months in this post!

 
 
The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter R60
I bought this on the recent sale, together with the matching shower gel.  However, my local Body Shop doesn’t have any of these older scents in stock, and I actually picked it up in my local Clicks instead, for R60!  Such a score!  This smells like raspberry jam and sweeties and is so delicious.  And of course, you can’t go wrong with TBS body butters – they’re the best of the best! 
 

I’ve never seen this brand before in my life, but they seem to be a rip-off of the Philosophy products found in the UK and the States.  The packaging style is very similar, apart from the way they tackily printed the brand name, and they have the same style of printing a recipe for the ‘flavour’ on the bottle, as well as being a 3-in-1 product.

This Orange Cupcake flavour smells delicious, is just what I need in the morning to wake up, as it’s zesty yet sweet.  It lathers up beautifully and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture either.  I’ve only used it as a shower gel, and won’t be trying it as a shampoo, but I do intend on trying it as a bubble bath!

Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Pro Blonde Shampoo R109.95
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this one before – it’s a toning shampoo that I use once a week to keep any brassy tones in my highlighted hair at bay.  It works amazingly well, and this tube has lasted me a good few months.  It’s the only purple shampoo I’ve tried that really really works, and this tube is now empty.  I have to go and buy another one asap!
 
 
Clarins HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry skin R550
My all-time favourite (albeit pricey) face cream.  In winter, this is the only thing that saves my skin from dehydration.  It is so soothing and moisturising, yet not greasy.  Plus it smells delicious!
 
 
Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night Cream R143
I bought this after reading a review on All Dolled Up ages ago.  It contains a VERY low amount of Retinol in it, which is the key ingredient for anti-ageing products.  At first, even though I was using it only every second night, I was worried about my sensitive skin, as it did leave it a little flakey and red.  However, this is normal, and now that my skin is used to it, it works like a charm and I can use it every night without any irritation.  My skin is left feeling smooth and soft the following day.  I do alternate between this and a very hydrating night cream though so I don’t use it every single night. 

 
 

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara R139
This is the new mascara offering from Rimmel, and it’s a volumising mascara that is meant to gradually tint your lashes darker.  I used it for 2 weeks solid, without using any other mascara, and it works! Granted, it’s a very subtle gradual tint, but my lashes were looking more noticeable than they did before, as they’re quite long, yet at least half of the length is blonde.

Whether it actually will ever tint your lashes significantly, it’s a fantastic volumising mascara, and I’ve been quite torn between my favourite Maybelline Lash Sensational and this, in that, when this runs out I’m not sure which one to repurchase.

 
Eyelure Lash Applicator
You can’t buy this separately, as it comes in a set of Eyelure lashes that I bought a while ago.  As far as I recall, it was a beginners set, but I really just liked the look of the lashes in it, and couldn’t find the same ones in a regular box, so I nabbed this one.  I am SO glad I did, as this little tool is fab!  It makes applying lashes fast and simple, and there’s no faffing involved at all.

** I couldn’t find a South African link for the kind of kit that this came from, but here is a British link – we can get these exact kits in Dischem or Clicks.
 
 

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Matte Foundation in Radiant Beige R189.95
I won’t lie, I’m guilty of neglect when it comes to this foundation.  I got caught up in a whirlwind of trying new foundations and bouncing back to my Estee Lauder Double Wear.  However, sometime in the beginning of June, I picked this up again and fell in love with it all over again.

It’s the most longlasting, full coverage foundation, and I have both Radiant Beige and Vanilla and I either alternate between these two, or I mix them for the perfect shade.

 
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent R99.95
I’ve long heard this powder raved about, but only tried it for the first time this year.  I haven’t looked back since!  It’s incredibly affordable, and really sets my makeup better than others I’ve tried.  I use the shade transparent, as it doesn’t really give any colour to my makeup, which is exactly what I’m looking for.  It also doesn’t oxidise and change the colour of my makeup throughout the wear-time, which I’ve found some other powders to do.
 
 
 

Catrice Treasure Trove Powder Blush R80
These limited edition products are still available in some Dischem stores, so if you see them, GRAB THEM!  I wasn’t too impressed by the other products in the line, but the blush and highlighter were gorgeous.  I’ve been travelling on weekends quite a bit, and these are the only blush and highlighter I’ve taken along with me.

The blush is in the shade Caviar & Champagne, and is a gorgeous warm-toned blush with a golden glow to it.  It also has great pigmentation and staying power – something I’ve sometimes battled with in Catrice blushes.

 
Top – Golden Grace highlighter;
Bottom – Caviar & Champagne blush
 
 
Catrice Treasure Trove Golden Powder Highlighter R80
The highlighter powder in the shade Golden Grace is also just as gorgeous as the blush (if not more so).  It’s a soft champagne-coloured highlighter that doesn’t have chunky sparkle in.  Instead it’s a super soft, buttery, glowy dream and just leaves such a soft sheen that it’s going to be a very sad day indeed, when I hit pan on this.
 
 
 
These super cheap lipliners are a great way to try out new colours, before you throw-down on a lipliner that costs more than a meal out.  I actually have quite a few of these shades, and even though they’re not super soft, once they warm up a bit, they go on pretty well.  This shade in Deepest Purple isn’t exactly purple, but rather a deep, plummy, winter shade that looks gorgeous when worn alone or topped with a dark lipstick or lipgloss.  
 
 
Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette $49
As much as I love this palette (and as much as I clearly love the shade Marzipan – I’ve hit pan on it, and have hit pause on it for a while), I won’t be talking about the palette as a whole.  There are two shades that are my favourites for the last two months.

 
Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette shadow in Creme Brulee


This is a gorgeous golden eyeshadow.  It looks a lot darker in the pan that it does when applied to your lid, but it give this beautiful neutral swish of colour, topped with the most gorgeous golden glow.  

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette shadow in Amaretto
 
This is a rusty-toned brown, and has a slightly pearly sheen to it when applied to the lid.  I’ve been loving using these two shadows together for an every day look, as they give great definition but aren’t over the top.

Top – Creme Brulee;
Bottom – Amaretto


What products did you love for the months of May and June?

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