As another month and in fact the days zoom by, it seems it really is the right time to share with you all my current favourites. May was the month I re-discovered old favourites and introduced new products (which quite frankly are bloody brilliant!) into my daily routine.
The one product this month which truly shone and undoubtedly deserves the first mention is Hola Coco’s Coconut Hair Mask*. A super rich, luxurious treat for your hair. This massive tub (£29.99 for 500ml) has lasted weeks and has worked wonders on the dry ends of my hair. The scent is heavenly. For those of you not so keen on coconut, this reminds me more of paradise and leans towards smelling more like a tropical flavoured cocktail on the most tropical beach in the world. A huge nod to summer in a jar. Gentle enough to use as a quick daily conditioner or leave on longer to use as a mask, this has left the dry ends of my hair nourished, soft, shiny and smelling amazing. I cannot rave about this product more. If you’re on the hunt for an ultra hydrating product for your hair, then this really could be the one! Hola Coco is TLC in a pot.
Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish has made a reappearance into my daily routine. This cleanser is really as great as I remember it to be. A few pumps massaged into dry skin (makeup free or fully made up) makes light work of dissolving all dirt, grime and makeup from the skin. Gentle and effective, this cult classic leaves my skin smooth and soft after every use. I had forgotten just how good Cleanse and Polish really is and how much I love it!
A new discovery comes from L’Oreal. I absolutely loved their Pure Clay Detox Mask, so when I was sent their Pure Clay Detox Wash* to try, I used this the very same night it landed through my door. If you have used the mask, the fragrance is the same. Fresh and almost spa like. For a cleanser the texture is surprisingly thick, almost mask-like itself. Once massaged into the skin, this feels luxurious, rich and very gentle. Once washed away skin is left feeling squeaky clean and uber soft. The unusual texture of this product screams high-end and you could be forgiven in thinking this was much more expensive than the £6 pricetag. I adore this product so much so, I usually massage into my skin, leave on for 5 minutes as it really does feel like a mask and then rinse. L’Oreal’s Pure Clay Detox Wash really does feel like a spa in a jar (or in this case, a tube!)
For those who love face mists, you have to try Boots Botanics’ Rosewater Toning Spritz. One of the best face mists I have ever tried (And I have a rather extensive list). 100% organic, this spritz refreshes and hydrates beautifully, preparing skin perfectly for makeup application. Gentle enough for daily use, the subtle rose scent is somewhat calming. Recently I had a quick spritz of Chantecaille’s Rose Mist in Liberty’s (around £50) and I must say the similarities are incredible. For just £4.00 this feels like you are truly using a luxury product.
As the weather warms up and I feel the need to slather my whole body in suncream, Clarins’ Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray is a real winner. This lightweight formula sinks beautifully into the skin with minimal effort. Of course, it has that suncream scent, however it smells better than suncream, certainly not so offensive as some out there. I use Factor 50+ (hands up to all the fair skinned girls out there). I have not burnt once using this even under the harshest of summer rays. Hydrating and anti-ageing this is one essential to my summer list (home or abroad).
As usual I seem to have more skincare favourites than makeup, however there are two products this month, I cannot stop using and which definitely deserve a mention. If you’re like me and favour a much lighter base at this time of year, but still want to set your BB cream/tinted moisturiser with a little something, something, then I highly recommend Guerlain’s Meteorites (02 Clair). These parma violet scented, multi-coloured balls swirled together and applied over the skin set any base beautifully. Somehow the Meteorites seem to provide a certain radiance to the skin, without any trace of a cakey finish. Love, love, love these. Expensive and totally worth it. Read my review here.
Now something for the lashes. Pixi’s Black Lacquer Lash Primer is incredible. I must admit I have never used this as a primer, but alone as a mascara. the teeny tiny wand hooks the lashes and coats every single one (much like Benefit’s Rollerlash – another favourite and probably why I like Pixi’s Lash Primer so much). The formula is slightly wet, however non-messy and each lash is lengthened and separated for a fluttery look. I do recommend curling lashes beforehand as I do find the lashes can drop slightly as the day goes on. For a pretty, natural doe-eyed look, this primer is fabulous as a mascara and much better than many mascaras out there.
To finish off any look I have to have a spritz of fragrance. Two favourites this month; one an old faithful and a new discovery. Jo Malone is for me the ultimate in fragrance. Expensive with an edge of exclusivity, I love literally every scent; Blackberry and Bay, Peony and Blush Suede, English Pear and Freesia, the list goes on (and on and on). Wood Sage and Sea Salt reminds me of the beach, trips to the coast in the summer and picnics among the sand dunes. Perfect for those days lazing down by the seaside when you have ice-cream running down your hand or sand in the sarnies!
For something fruity and my last current favourite, Diptyque’s Oyedo is beautiful. Zingy and fresh with notes of grapefruit, this smells fabulous worn alone or layered of Wood Sage and Sea Salt.
What have you been loving this month? Are any of my favourites on your list? Or do you have any recommendations? Please drop a comment below if you something to share with us all.
Sunday Riley’s Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm.