The first product I want to share with you is an eyeshadow quad I recently picked up from & Other Stories called Plush Earth. I've reviewed this recently in full so if you would like an in-depth review of the quad, quality and shades then you can check out my review which was May's Instead of a Beauty Box post. I've used this quad more than any other eyeshadows or palettes this May. I just really love the colour theme of the shades, how utterly buttery soft the shadows are but with no messy fall out. Lovely pigmentation which can be built up and manages to last all day long, need I go on? It's beautiful, I'm super impressed and I have adored using it this month. You can find the Plush Earth quad over on the & Other Stories website where it costs just £12.
Another recent purchase of mine is the very much loved Sleek Rose Gold blush. This blush has been talked up for quite a while here in the blogosphere. Dubbed a dupe by many for the NARS Orgasm blush, this blush has impressed me just like all my other Sleek blushes. Before now the blushes I had from Sleek were more specific to Autumn/Winter such as my Pomegranate Sleek blush, or less easy to carry around with me like the two Blush by 3 Sleek palettes I own in Pumpkin and Lace. I decided to pick it up Rose Gold few weeks ago when I finally found it in stock in a Superdrug in Nottingham and there's no denying it, I am as in love with this beautiful blush as everyone else seems to be. A shimmer blush with a gorgeous golden peach shade, this is perfect for a pop of something special on your cheeks and at just £4.49 from Superdrug, you really can't go wrong with Sleek blushes. They are packed full of pigmentation, there's a gorgeous colour range and all feel beautiful on the skin blending easily with their dreamy soft formula so you can create a shade that's subtle to one with a bit more oomph.
I think I have finally found a new holy grail bronzer. Surprisingly, it's job in comparison to my stash of bronzers is a little bit different. I was kindly sent The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder* to try out and having never tried much from The Body Shop makeup wise, I was unsure how I would find this little beauty. But that's exactly what it is, a beauty! Available in four shades; Light Matte, Fair Matte, Medium Matte and Dark Matte, each is a completely matte shade, hurrah! (Or am I the only one who gets excited for matte bronzers...) I've been using shades 03 Matte and 04 Matte. The shades I have could easily be used on paler beauties although I think anyone darker than my Mediterranean skin tone may struggle to get enough colour pay off from them. For me the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powders are just utterly perfect, they have a heavenly soft formula, not a massive amount of colour pay of but with pigmentation that can easily be built up. The reason I love these bronzers so much is because I can use them all over my face for a lovely bronzed look, without it being too much, too dark or leaving me with a dirty wash. I struggle to do this with my other bronzers as they are either shimmer finishes or just that touch too dark. Even better, I can also use these to contour because the colour can easily be built up. I'm impressed The Body Shop, I don't think I could ever be without this bronzer and I cannot recommend it enough. It's not the cheapest bronzer on the high street at £13 but like all powders, these babies are set to last a while! You can find them both in store and online at The Body Shop.
I seem to be developing a little bit of a crush on Chanel products and when recently browsing the Chanel counter in Debenhams whilst in Nottingham for the evening and I picked up this absolutely divine lip gloss. I mean really now, could this be anymore stereotypically girly? It's pink, it's glittery, it's a gloss. I hardly ever wear gloss! But lately I've been loving a gloss on top of lipstick, particularly my more matte shades, to bring out the colour even more, add a touch of something-something and also with matte lipsticks, to avoid that horrid dry feeling I am often left with after wearing matte shades. This was a bit of a pricey buy at £21 and I have been so careful with it. I still haven't used the actual doe foot applicator on my lips in fear of tainting it by staining it with lipstick, so instead I apply with a lip brush. But I just love the way it looks on top of lipsticks and it's most perfect partner in crime is my Illamasqua Immodest lipstick (expect a full review soon!) I have the shade 104 Astral and I am besotted, besotted, besotted. Plus, it looks gorgeous, right?
The final product I want to share with you for my May Top 5 is a makeup brush that I have spent months and months lusting after. The Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush* is an award winning brush and it's so easy to see why. I have never found a brush, whether standard bronzer brush or a kabuki brush, which has worked as easily and as well for me when applying bronzer. Whether using this to apply a light bronze all over my face for a glowing complexion or used more strongly to contour, this brush is oh so heavenly, utterly perfect, can I marry it please? That's how much I adore this brush. It's dense, but with enough room for the bristles to move around easily. The handle is big, thick and sturdy which means no slipping or flying brushes during application. The only problem now is that I completely have the Bobbi Brown Brush Bug and all I want is to add every brush to my collection, and with their high-end and high quality price tag, that may take me quite some time... But this brush has impressed me so much, it is a brush which I would repurchase if necessary without a second thought (although good care of your brushes means they can last absolute years) even with it's £37.50 price tag. Another winning Bobbi Brown product for me, you can pick this up at Bobbi Brown counters in store or online at House of Fraser.
I think this is probably the first month of 2013 so far where I have actually been stupidly excited and a little bit giddy to share my Top 5 with you. Everything in my May Top 5 is a new addition to my makeup collection. This at least goes some way towards showing me that I am making good choices lately with my beauty buys. Some of these products have actually been revolutionary for me and become staples in my everyday makeup routine, really making me change application techniques to the ways I used to do my makeup before. A lot of that is also down to the two Bobbi Brown Makeup Lessons I have had. The first was a very natural, typically Bobbi makeup look and the second was more 'me' with a smokey eye and coral cheeks and lips. But both of these lessons have taught me better how to apply bronzer, the wonders of lipgloss and a few little application techniques too. All Bobbi Brown Makeup Lessons are completely complimentary with no fine print or 'you must make a purchase' pressure, so I really do recommend popping along to your local Bobbi Brown counter to book yourself in. They are marvellous.
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