May Favorites

May Favorites

I hope that May treated you well! My husband and I finally got our garden started; we planted flowers, herbs, and even some produce, which are all doing surprisingly well (we should have done it a little earlier). I cannot wait to see the flowers!

As far as blogging, you may have noticed that I have gotten back into a more frequent posting schedule. As always, make sure to leave me a comment if you have any specific post requests. I have tried a bunch of new things, and here are my picks for May…

One Love Organics Gardenia+Tea Antioxidant Body Serum*. Besides smelling exactly like one of my favorite flowers–Gardenias, this body oil is a great moisturizer, and is very convenient to use. The serum is more of a dry body oil; it does not leave a thick oily residue on the skin, so I can easily apply it after a shower and get dressed without having to wait too long for the oil to sink in. Also, may I just say that the packaging is genius? It comes with a nozzle, so I can conveniently spritz the oil on my skin. No oil drops running over the bottle like with a pump or a dropper. You can check it out here.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for the Body with SPF 30 (Unscented). I have been using this body sunscreen every single time I went to the beach for the past year, and this month I had the chance to find out how effective it is: the only time I did not use it, I got burned. As awful as it was, I was at least glad to know that it’s a reliable product. I also recently noticed that it contains green tea (you can read why that matters to me in this post). I find the texture to be easy to apply and to be pretty comfortable compared to most zinc based sunscreen lotions. Available here.

Kahina Giving Beauty Essaouira Body Serum*. Being a huge fan of Kahina’s scent Fez, I have been enjoying Essaouira as well. This serum is similar to Fez, but more fresh and crispy. It is rich and moisturizing and the scent lingers for quite a while, which I don’t mind at all since I like it so much.

Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15*. Lip balms with spf can taste and smell pretty awful, but this one smells like lemon. It is also good for moisturizing the lips, so when I go to the beach and it is windy, this one keeps my lips from getting dry. Jane Iredale also added two sheer, tinted options and the nude one is my favorite, but there’s also a pink one. The nude one is very flattering and I keep it in my purse at all times.

Nudus Lipsticks. I am still loving the Nudus formula, and this month I sampled a few more shades and used Fairy Tales* quite a bit. It’s a pretty coral shade that has worked very well with my peachy, May makeup palette. I also like wearing Bittersweet, which is an orange shade, when I am feeling a bit more daring.

W3LL People Elitist Mineral Eye Shadow in Luminous Taupe #87*. Integrity Botanicals kindly added a sample of this eyeshadow to my order, and I have been loving this color. It is a light taupe with a luminous finish. Can’t exactly call it shimmery, nor satiny, nor pearly. It’s so finely milled that you can’t see any shimmer particles, so the effect is luminous, but wearable. I liked it so much that I ordered a few more W3LL People eyeshadows, like the one I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Only word of caution with this is: it’s finely milled and it’s a loose powder, so you really need to pick a small amount with your brush and tap off the excess.

Red Apple Lipstick Prime Time Eye Primer. This may have been in my monthly favorites a few times already, but I have been genuinely happy with it, especially this month, when I was trying new loose powder eyeshadows. Without a primer some of these loose eyeshadows would have no grip on the skin and last very little, but the Red Apple Prime Time makes them last longer and not crease. The only thing that it does not do (but I wish it would) is conceal imperfections with a bit more coverage. I used to have creasing issues even with some high-end, conventional eye primers, so I am very happy to have found a primer that does the job. You can check it out here.

Alima Pure Bronzer Mauna Loa. As I mentioned in my last post, this bronzer has been used the most this month. It’s matte and the color is very natural looking, adding some warmth to my skin. I also like that Alima Pure’s face products come in a more user-friendly packaging that allows me to twist the sifter to prevent spilling and messes. If you have fair to light skin, this color would most likely suit you. You can read my review (with swatches) here.

Gabriel Cosmetics Blush in Apricot. Being all about peachy lips, warm bronzers, and eyeshadows, this peachy blush worked really well with my makeup during May. This is the perfect apricot color and is quite pigmented so I really need the brush to just barely touch the pot to get a lot of color. You can find it here.

Treat Collection Nail Polish in Best Friends Forever and Goddess. Although Amazon has raised the prices on most Treat Collection nail polishes, I was able to buy a bunch of them during May for a fraction of the price, and I am so glad I did. Especially because I picked some gorgeous reds and orange-reds that are perfect for Summer. I reviewed Goddess, a bright, warm red in this post and I have also been loving Best Friends Forever, a semi-sheer orange. Treat Collection nail polishes have a 5-free formula that performs great. You can check them out here.

What were your favorites products in May?

*gifted/PR sample

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  • I love love Mauna Loa! Has been one of my top two powder bronzers for a few years now, pretty much since first use. I have nudus in survivor, love the colour but it doesn’t seem to last as long as ilia lippies on me, and really wish it didn’t have carmine. Xx

  • I’d love to try the One Love Organics Gardenia+Tea Antioxidant Body Serum, Kahina Giving Beauty Essaouira Body Serum, and more from W3LL PEOPLE.

  • Madeline Alcott

    Love your product recs! That Suntegrity Sunscreen is a godsend and I’m so excited to try the new body serum by Kahina–sounds delish!

  • Jina Jung

    I don’t know if you’ve covered this on your blog already, but what do you use on your face for a daily sunscreen? The green beauty market seems to be lacking a bit in selection of really great natural facial sunscreen. I’m going to try the Josh Rosebrook Natural Day Cream SPF 30, but was wondering if there were others I should be looking at.

    • Hi Jina, since I bought a bunch of different face sunscreen for testing purposes I use a different one depending on my daily commitments. When I go to the beach, I usually wear Suntegrity unscented body sunscreen, which is not the best for the face as it leaves a bit of a cast, but it’s the one that I trust to keep me from burning. The Suntegrity 5 in 1 is great, too, and it’s tinted, but it’s not suited for skin types like mine (oily). If you don’t have oily skin, or if you don’t live in an area where the weather is warm and humid, that one is great and it’s very moisturizing. I usually use Josh Rosebrook Nutrient day cream when I am not spending much time outdoor. You could also try Pratima, which unfortunately causes my skin to itch, but it’s perfect for daily wear because it’s light in texture. I plan to get a new bottle and see if I have the same reaction. FInally, I love Coola Matte Cucumber sunscreen with spf 30. It’s not completely “natural”, but it’s perfect under makeup and to keep my skin matte. It leaves a silky veil on the skin. I have a post in the works with more detailed reviews for all of these and more sunscreen products. I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions.

      • Jina Jung

        OMG this is great! So comprehensive, love it. I’ll definitely have to look into all of the ones you’ve mentioned and test it out for my skin as well. Thank you!