May Favourites

Having my twenty first birthday and two year blogging anniversary pass in the last few days, I was anticipating on writing a far more monumental and less mundane post but alas, I’m just sticking to my guns and keeping on schedule with sharing my favourites. There’s not much of a theme unless you count the emergence of summery weather influencing these choices…

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 01 Clair – Brunettes ($60)

I’ve fallen in love with the subtle glow and warmth enhancing bronzer for it’s effortless and seamless skin-like perfecting finish. This limited edition product is quite light for a bronzer but has loads of warmth that reads natural on the skin and adds glow without having an ounce of sheen or shimmer. I also love the pop of peach to be used as a blush without reaching for an additional product.

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 ($29.99)

At the beginning of the month I bit the bullet and paid the rather hefty (for the drugstore) price for this rosy-plum hued neutral palette and lucky for me, the investment has been worthwhile – and I’ve been rather pleased with the quality of the shadows. Over half of the palette is matte and surprisingly that is where the shadows shine the most – they are blendable, pigmented and smooth in ways that more affordable shadows rarely are. I’ve particularly loved the dusty lilac matte shade, the rosy bronze deep shimmery shade, the pinky champagne shimmer shade and the warm chocolate matte shade.

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown ($23)

After finally taking the plunge and actually purchasing the hyped gel-textured product back in April, I’ve discovered the trick to using this uber-pigmented brow product and I’ve been loving the effect since discovering said secret. I find that even though it can be more time consuming, using the tiniest amount of product and pressure and gradually building up the colour delivers a natural-looking brow that is filled in and stays in place.

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser ($16.95 – $29.95)

Early in May, I unfortunately found myself in the LUSH checkout with the smaller size of this beauty, the first authentic cleansing balm that I’ve ever tried. This thick balm emulsifies slightly but feels heavy so its not for everyone, or really anyone that is concerned with products feeling greasy – but I love how it removes makeup whilst leaving the skin soothed and hydrated and does not irritate my beyond sensitive eyes.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment ($30) | review

This hydrating lotion based chemical exfoliant has been an enjoyable step in my daily skincare routine since March and I’ve loved it for months so I’ve included it in favourites posts before but now I’ve fallen in love with it so much that I have to include it again. My sensitive skin doesn’t even feel a tingle from the 8 percent of glycolic acid or the 0.5 salicylic acid and instead feels soothed after being applied. I adore this lightweight product because its multitasking, providing that gentle chemical exfoliation along with nourishing soothing action with its antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish ($18) | review

With the warmer weather that came in May, the need to actually shave my legs on a semi frequent basis followed and I reached for this soothing and hydrating scrub to smooth out the skin on my legs that are always suffering from some sort of eczema breakout, reduce the flaky appearance and prime my legs for the most comfortable shave. The warm scent and residue are absolutely delightful as is the fact that it actually seems to agree with my skin.

Calvin Klein One Summer Eau de Toilette ($65)

I’ve been happily spritzing on my new perfume daily since gifting it to myself for completing yet another exam period. This scent is marketed as unisex and I definitely agree with that, as it does not read as overly masculine but it doesn’t have any overly perfume-y or sweet feminine notes either. Being someone who shies away from overly girlie scents, I adore this gin and tonic based scent. This year’s variation smells like the beverage in a fresh and not reeking-of-booze kind of way and has a nice citrus hint to it along with a bit of muskiness. I love how fresh it smells, along with its hint of zestiness.

What were your May favourites?
Maggie, x.

The Review | Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish

I’m not one that has experience with body scrubs because I have always regarded them as a needless expense and an unnecessary stage in the whole bath or shower routine that I did not want to take extra time doing – also there is the fact that my easily bothered skin, suffering from eczema, has a reactive tendency towards abrasive products has my much less temped to try any sort of products of this variety. Despite this hesitation, I picked up the Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish ($18/300 mL) when Shopper’s Drugmart was offering a 3/2 promotion months back and I’ve grown to really enjoy it even with all of the odds stacked against it.

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The scrub is marketed towards flaky skin, particularly on the legs, and promises to smooth the skin, turning “scaly legs from reptilian to radiant”, which it does while being suitable for skin that’s sensitive, irritated and broken out in some mild to moderate eczema patches, smoothing out flaky patches of skin. Because it includes sea salt as the main exfoliating ingredient, the packaging warns against applying the scrub to irritated skin or abrasions, however, I find that it can be applied sparingly without problem to all skin except the most severe patches and abrasions, likely because there are no microbeads and it instead uses gentler salt, sugar and peach seed powder particles and is formulated with with rich butters and oils that lasts even after the product itself is removed. The residue is lovely, allowing for an easy smooth shave with the most minimal irritation and the smoothest legs afterwards, even on those of us with legs of the reptilian variety.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Sucrose, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, PEG-100 Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Prunus Persica (Peach) Seed Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, BHT, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

I also adore the lingering scent that Soap & Glory refers to as the ‘Original Pink’ fragrance; its an unoffensive warm scent that reminds me of Miss Dior with a bit of vanilla-esque sweetness, spice and calming sophistication.

The bottom line? The Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish has converted me to scrubs because of its ease of use even on irritated skin, actually actively helping a bit with eczema patches, leaving everything smooth and much less flaky, rather than being irritating. It hits the perfect midpoint between being effectively smoothing, sloughing off dead skin cells without being abrasive.

What’s your favourite scrub?
Maggie, x.