I wish I could say that the month of May just flew right by, but in all actuality, it felt like one of the longest months of the year so far. I started off May in San Francisco and I flew home the following week to start my summer semester at college. I celebrated with my friends at their college graduations, I hit major milestones and took on new projects at work, I caught up with 35 friends on separate occasions (many of whom I haven’t seen in 3+ years), I spent my weekends grilling various meats with Ed on our new barbecue, and I reunited my best friends who returned to the city for the summer before heading off to grad school. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great month, but it just felt really, really long.
Even though May was hectic, but I was still able to find the time to test out new beauty products and rediscover old ones! This month I’ve decided to write about my favorites instead of filming a YouTube video about them, so please let me know in the comment section down below which format you prefer.
1. Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water
I’ve heard a lot about Bioderma from other beauty bloggers and YouTubers over the past year, so I decided to pick up a trial size bottle and test it out as a makeup remover. I like how the product gently removes all traces of my face makeup and I appreciate how it didn’t break or dry out my skin, but it’s not strong enough to remove my eye makeup, which the cosmetics lady at Murale guaranteed it would do. That being said, I like using this cleansing water before I go in with my Clarisonic Mia and face wash and it makes my face feel cleaner and more refreshed. The bottle says that you don’t need to wash your face after using this product, but I like to do so anyways.
2. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
When I first used this primer I was not a fan of it at all. I felt like it didn’t do anything to minimize the appearance of my pores and it made my skin feel and look greasy. I left it in my makeup storage for a few months and returned to it at the beginning of May when I accidentally stuffed it into my makeup travel bag. This time around, the primer blurred the appearance of my pores around my nose area and it made my foundation and concealer look matte and oil-free for hours. I’m not sure if it’s because my skin has changed due to the warmer weather so it’s reacting better to this product, but this primer is now a staple in my makeup routine and I’ve already finished off the entire bottle. For $6.99, it’s turned out to be a great purchase!
3. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Like I said in the previous paragraph, my skin has been changing because of the weather and it’s now more sensitive. My skin has been reacting badly to products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, so I decided to return to my tried-and-true face cleanser. Cetaphil is effective at removing the oil and makeup from my face and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I like how this cleanser has 0 scent and color, and it helps calm down skin irritations and acne blemishes.
4. Essence Silky Touch Blush – Adorable
I picked this blush up on a whim at Shoppers Drug Mart for $2 and I was prepared for it to be chalky and lacklustre since I wasn’t able to test it out in the store and it was inexpensive. I was very surprised to find out that this blush is anything but. It’s buttery, pigmented, and it gives my cheeks a healthy glow. If you’re on a budget or if you want to try out blush shades that you wouldn’t normally wear, I would definitely recommend this blush line. For $2 a pop this blush is a hidden drugstore gem!
5. Tangle Teezer
I didn’t feel the need to buy the Tangle Teezer because I already own a Wet Brush, but I saw this brush on sale at Target in the hot pink color and I wanted to give it a try. Unlike the Wet Brush, I like how it’s compact and doesn’t have a handle, which makes it easier to travel with. This brush leaves my hair tangle-free, straight as a pin, and feeling soft. Also, when I’m not using a blowdryer, this brush makes my hair air-dry faster so it’s perfect in the warmer months.
6. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Pressed Powder
I ran out of this product last December and I didn’t want to repurchase it because of its high price tag. I ended up caving earlier this month at Sephora and shelling out the money because this product leaves my super oily face completely matte for the entire day (no touchups necessary!), it’s translucent, and it doesn’t make my skin look cakey. I’ve tried many other translucent pressed powders, but this one is by far my favorite. It doesn’t break me out, my skin can breathe under it, and I also use it on my oily eyelids as an eyeshadow/liner primer. Don’t let the price of this product scare you off, it’s worth every penny!
7. NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer
Every summer I keep coming back to this bronzer because it’s matte and it makes me look sun kissed in all the right ways. It’s incredibly inexpensive and I don’t have to worry about it looking muddy on my pale skin because it’s a light, milk chocolate brown color that is very buildable. I definitely recommend this bronzer for those who are looking for a natural face contouring product!
8. Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Treatment
This month for the first time ever, my hair was feeling dry and damaged. I didn’t know what to do since I’ve never had this problem before and I only use 2 products on my hair (shampoo and heat protectant), so I turned to my mom for advice. She bought me the Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Treatment at London Drugs and after only a day of usage, my hair returned to its healthy, normal self. This product works like magic and it smells like summer in a bottle. A little goes a very long way and the pump bottle packaging makes it mess-free!
9. Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck
I said in a YouTube video that I feel like the original Taylor Swift scent Wonderstruck is way too strong, so I was hesitant to try Enchanted Wonderstruck. I found this perfume on sale in San Francisco for $19 (what a steal for a 3.4 ounce bottle) and once I smelt it, I couldn’t turn it down because it’s the perfect floral scent. I’ve been wearing this perfume almost on a daily basis and I get compliments on it saying that I smell like a bouquet of flowers. Since I’m terrible at describing scents, here are the perfume’s notes:
Heart notes: Peony, Sugar-Glazed Champaca Petals, White Freesia
Top notes: Wild Berries, Passion Fruit, Pink Poppy
Base notes: White Musk, Vanilla, Blond Woods
Well, that’s it for my May beauty favorites! Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter (@pandamoniumpink) what your beauty favorites were for the month of May.
I made the collages above using Polyvore.