May Favourites | KMC Beauty

by Kelly, June 01, 2014
It's the 1st of June so that only means one thing, May Favourites! I feel like May has been full of an abundance of new products for me some good, some not so good and some I haven't got round to trying yet. I have thrown together a mixture of make up and skincare favourites for this month and to prevent it from being too overwhelming I narrowed it down to 8 products in total.

Rimmel Stay Matte - Classic Beige

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
I bought this foundation at the beginning of May to try out in the hope that it would help my oil control throughout the day, this product is now a staple item in my make up bag, I use it pretty much everyday when I am in work and it keeps my skin looking relatively matte all day and that is without touching up with powder. The claim of a lightweight formula could not be any more true, this foundation does not leave my skin feeling cakey at all and from what I can tell it also isn't fragranced, I know some foundations can tend to smell heavily fragranced and I don't particularly like that. If you like the look of dewey skin this product probably isn't for you, I definitely struggle to keep my oil at bay so I tend to lean towards products that will make my skin look more matte as opposed to dewey, however if like me you have oily skin or just prefer the matte look, then I would definitely give this foundation a try, it is also super affordable! Find it online at Boots for £5.99!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - Unapologetic
I know the Revlon balms are nothing to new to most people however I have had this colour in particular in my drawer for a while but never found the right time to wear it, then last weekend I had a night out where I was wearing mostly black clothing and I picked this colour out of the drawer thinking it would be the perfect pop of colour my outfit needed! The perfect bold statement lip for nights out and occasions, this isn't your everyday wearable colour but with Summer right around the corner I couldn't think of a better lip colour to amp up any look. The pigmentation is amazing, they are very opaque and application is a doddle! Don't be fooled into thinking that the matte finish will make for dry lips, these balms are super moisturising on the lips I just can't get enough. This bright pink balm is verging on neon, with a coral undertone.
I have found that these balms are quite long wearing, but if you are eating/drinking then you will probably require a touch up. I bought mine online at Boots for £7.99.

MAC Blush - Springsheen
I have had this blush from MAC for a long time, I used it a lot last year and have just rediscovered my love for it this year, this is a sheertone shimmer blush, but don't let the shimmer put you off, normally that's not my thing however the shimmer isn't an intense one it just gives more of a glow to your cheeks, I like using this for everyday wear, it's work appropriate giving a nice flushed look keeping things natural. The pigmentation is good, definitely buildable but I find that one dab in the pan with my Sigma F40 gives enough colour pay off for my liking. As it is a MAC product these blushes aren't super affordable for people on a budget but they do last a long time! It's also a permanent colour in their collection, not part of one of these limited edition collections you can never get your hands on! Find it here at MAC cosmetics online for £18.00.

I couldn't go this month without mentioning my trusty little jar of vaseline, not only does it smell heavenly but it has been an absolute life saver for my lips, this stuff is so good at keeping them moisturised throughout the day, if like me you like the smell of cocoa butter then you will like this one from the Vaseline range. there isn't much more to say about this product it's just a handy little item to throw in your bag and use whenever you feel like you need it.

Literally can not get enough of this brush, if I ever use another brush for foundation I will be very surprised, the F80 was so hyped up on YouTube and with good reason, I have tried nothing else that applies foundation like it, so easy to use and applies foundation so evenly on the skin giving a flawless look. The brush head, made from synthetic bristles, is super dense and very soft.
I bought mine from Love Make Up at a reasonable £16.50 with £3.50 shipping fee. However earlier this year I discovered that Sigma ship internationally and quite regularly offer free shipping, the brush on their site is priced at $21.00 which works out cheaper than Love Make Up.
Alternatively for UK buyers you can get this brush from Amazon at £17.95 with free shipping

Beauty Blender - Blender Cleanser Solid
If you find brush cleaning a hassle and you have not tried this stuff before, then I suggest you jump on it! This stuff has made brush cleaning so much easier for me, it's quick, easy and effectively removes ALL makeup from your brushes. I would say I have had this product at least 6-8 months and I like to clean my brushes on a regular basis, but I have yet to make a dent in this stuff. I don't quite know how to describe it other than it looks and feels like a bar of soap, it comes out of it's little jar and what I like to do is dampen my brushes in warm water then i swirl them around in the bar and massage the brushes so that they lather up which then starts to remove all the make up product from the brush, I then rinse my brush off in the warm water and repeat probably about three times giving me beautifully clean brushes.
Find it here at Cult Beauty for £14.00.

Soap & Glory Scrubatomic and Scrub Your Nose In It
These are both a firm part of my daily skin care routine, I like to alternate them both and use them with my Clarisonic. Neither of these scrubs are too abrasive, they are both gentle exfoliators on the skin.
This is described as a "daily face polish" for all skin types, I heard about this product on Fleur's YouTube channel, she really liked it so I just had to pick it up. The best way I can describe the scent is that it smells almost like a strawberry yoghurt, which makes my face smell really delicious when it is on! I like to apply this on damp skin using my fingertips to scrub around my face and then I like to go in with the Clarisonic to give an even further deep clean. It also effectively removes any make up I may still have on my face.
Scrub Your Nose In It
Very much like the Scrubatomic however this is described as a "facial scrub", I don't find that this is any more abrasive than the Scrubatomic I find them both the same in terms of exfoliation, however what took my eye upon purchasing this one was that it was specifically for oily/combination skin, so instantly I felt drawn towards it. This scrub has a minty smell and upon application there is a slight cooling sensation on the skin, nothing too extreme but if you are sensitive this might not agree with your skin, however my skin welcomes this scrub and always feels super soft after I have washed it off. I use this scrub the exact same way I use my Scrubatomic.
These products are both currently on offer at Boots for £6.00 - normal retail £9.00
Find them here:
Scrub Your Nose In It

Hope you enjoyed reading my May Favourites and if you have wrote your own favourites for this month leave a comment below I would love to check them out!

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