May Favorites 2014

May Favorites 2014 copy

I just realized that I am not late with posting my favorites this month! Woohoo! Except for a few embarrassing melted-makeup moments (I told a lady I wrote a blog about beauty and when I looked in the mirror my makeup was all over the place! I can only imagine what she was thinking…), and a nasty virus I caught (I have been sick for the past two weeks and I am still not completely well), May was a lovely month. Aside from my irreplaceable products (my ED4OLO Cleansing Oil, Kahina Argan Oil, Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes, etc) I have some new ones to share.

YULI Halcyon Cleanser and Panacea Elixir. More YULI! The Halcyon cleanser is an extra-lightweight gel cleanser, so it took me a while to get used to it (I have been using exclusively cream cleansers for so long), but it works. My skin has been much clearer this month compared to April, and I think that this cleanser is partly responsible for it. I will write a more in depth review about it. The Panacea Elixir was also very loved this month. I think that it works great when used in combination with the Halcyon Cleanser. It’s hydrating, but also balancing (best for combo and oily skin). I was totally upset when I ran out of it and I will repurchase it.

Lulu Organics Hair Powder. As a straight & flat hair type of lady, I have been looking for a replacement for my favorite dry shampoo by Klorane for quite a while. I sampled the Lulu powder a while back and was not impressed with it. Recently, I purchased a new tube of it, just to give it another chance, and I have actually really liked it! It may be that I have been applying it differently, but now I am  using it for second/third day hair and it gives my hair a good “lift”.

MJ’s Herbals Salves. After I received a tiny sample with a Spirit Beauty Lounge order, I had the unfortunate opportunity to test it right away (I burned my finger) and it worked so well that I went back for more. I will share more about my experience with these salves because they have been so, so handy. They can heal just about any minor skin problem: burns (the Calendula Salve is the best for burns), scrapes, bug bites, etc. They are not just for hippies, these balms WORK, and they work much better than conventional OTC medications that I have tried.

Alima Pure Sombra Contour Powder. If you missed my review, check it out here. It is the best contour powder/bronzer for fair to medium skin tones. It is completely matte and has the perfect amount of ash tone for contouring, but also has a subtle golden tone to it that gives the skin a lovely bronzed look.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream (Lavender). This is my newest discovery in the deodorant department. I recently bought a sample, but I will probably get a full-size. The scent is similar to the Osmia Organics deodorant but has a creamier texture. I am seriously impressed with how well it has been working for me. I have not been stinky a single day in a 90+ degrees Fahrenheit.

Kahina Night Cream*. Due to my naturally greasy hair I use Kahina night cream on top of the Kahina Argan Oil. By layering the Night Cream over the oil I “cover” the oily residue so my hair doesn’t get greasy and I don’t have to wash my hair in the morning. This way I wake up with plump and radiant skin and non-greasy hair.

Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Sweetness. Perfect shade for in-trend peachy lips. I swatched it in my Orange Lip Trend post, but I will have to swatch it on my lips. Although it is called lip tint it has a great pigmentation and leaves a lovely stain on the lips when it starts to fade (after at least 5-6 hours). It’s bright and fun, but it never looks like it’s too much. I like to wear it with a minimal eye makeup and bronzer. It’s so perfect for Summer!

Illume Candle Pinapple-Cilantro. I picked this candle in the mini-tin version, which is really cute. It’s a very Summer-appropriate type of scent, citrus-y and fresh. It reminds me of my Summer nights in Calabria back when I was a teen ager and I use to spray myself with fruity perfumes (good old times!). Mr. Genuine Glow (very picky about scents) also likes it, so I will get a bigger size next!

What were your favorites in May?

*PR Sample