May Favorites

May Favorites19Usually I stick to makeup products I’ve known and loved for a long time. I do try new products, but not usually several at once. This month, nearly all of my favorites are products or different versions of products I haven’t been using long, but already love; a few have even become all-time favorites.

May Favorites18Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer – I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve only recently tried the original, cult classic Photofinish primer… and I like it. It smooths on very comfortably and creates a more even surface for foundation application. I’ve also noticed that it helps keep my foundation intact for hours longer than it would last without a primer.
$36 at Sephora, Ulta, smashbox.com

May Favorites17L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup – The first time I tried this foundation, I hated it, but I think that’s because I tried to build it up to medium-full coverage. I tend to try to make my foundation work as my concealer as well. If I can use fewer products, I do. True Match foundation is definitely a light coverage foundation. When applied in a thin layer, not built up, it has a beautiful natural finish, blends incredibly easily, and has reasonable lasting power considering it is not a long-wearing foundation. Together with an oil-controlling primer or Urban Decay’s De-Slick, this foundation is one of my favorites.
$7.89 at Target; $10.99 at Walgreens

May Favorites16L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer – This concealer works well with True Match foundation, but could work alone or with just about any other foundation; it has great coverage, and is creamy enough to blend easily, but not so creamy that it doesn’t stay put.
$7.99 at Target; $8.99 at Walgreens

May Favorites15L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder – There isn’t really anything super special about this powder, but I like it. I think it works well with True Match foundation and concealer; it isn’t very pigmented, which means it has almost no coverage, but it doesn’t make your makeup look cakey. It’s smooth and easy to apply. I really only use a very light dusting to set my foundation.
$7.99 at Target; $10.99 at Walgreens

May Favorites14Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Petal – I’ve almost always used powder blush, but recently I tried one of Sonia Kashuk’s creme blushes and I really love it. Creme blush doesn’t look cakey and unnatural the way powder blush sometimes can and doesn’t accentuate dry or flaky skin. It also blends into foundation nicely. Petal in particular is a beautiful, fresh, cool pink, perfect for Spring.
$9.79 at Target

May Favorites13NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny – This is another one of those cult favorites I just never tried, until recently. This isn’t my favorite bronzer ever because it’s just a little more orange than I’d like, but it definitely isn’t too orange to use, the powder itself applies and blends smoothly and best of all, it’s only $2.99.

May Favorites12Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Shutterspeed – It took me a while to try Smashbox eyeshadows, but now that I have, I’m hooked. Shutterspeed is a perfect neutral, everyday trio. Sand is a great matte, slightly pinkish nude highlight shade, Vapor is a beautiful shimmery nude ivory shade that really brightens the eyelid and inner corner area and Thunder is an extremely pigmented dark grey with silver micro glitter. When used lightly, it’s perfect for defining the crease area and when built up more heavily, can create a perfect smoky eye.
$28.00 at Sephora, Ulta, and smashbox.com

May Favorites10Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Develop – One of the things I love most about Smashbox’s eyeshadow trios is the compact packaging. Develop is perfect for when I want a little more color in my look. Green and purple are two my favorite eyeshadow colors. Oyster is a satin yellow-toned nude with a slight golden shimmer, which works as a perfect highlight. Zoom is a beautiful soft sage green with a golden shimmer that really brightens hazel eyes. It’s one of my all time favorite eyeshadows and makes a great fresh Spring look. The darkest shade, Royal, is a deep, matte eggplant purple that coordinates perfectly with Oyster and Zoom.
$28.00 at Sephora, Ulta, and smashbox.com

May Favorites11Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Quick Take – I love this trio for warmer weather. It’s bright and neutral with a little color. The matte, peachy nude shade, Vanilla, is a perfect highlight. The bright, shimmery golden shade, Ambient, is a perfect lid color and  pairs beautifully with Serpent a deep, cool, shimmery green shade. All three shadows are incredibly pigmented, velvety soft, and blend smoothly.
$28.00 at Sephora, Ulta, and smashbox.com

May Favorites9NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Bellissima – I was reluctant to try NARS eyeshadows because I’ve read several reviews that they’re hit and miss, but I finally recently tried one of their duos, Bellissima, and I’m glad I did. I love it. This is a perfect everyday eyeshadow duo. The lighter shade works either as a highlight or as an eyelid color and the darker shade can either be used to define the crease or all over the eyelid for a smoky look. Both shades are cool, pigmented, and really easy to use.
$34.00 at Sephora, narscosmetics.com

May Favorites7Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black – It’s been nearly impossible to find an eyeliner of any type that won’t smudge on me, which is why Stila’s liquid liner is my new favorite eye liner. It doesn’t smudge. I can wear it all day long and it doesn’t give me raccoon eyes. I also like the precise, tapered felt tip format.
$20.00 at Sephora, Ulta, stilacosmetics.com

May Favorites8Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Turquoise – After trying Stila’s eyeliner in Black and loving it, I decided to try one of the colors. Stila’s turquoise liner is a pretty, light turquoise color. It works great as a lower lash liner to add some color to a fresh, spring look or layered with black liner to create a double liner look on the top lash line.
$20.00 at Sephora, Ulta, stilacosmetics.com

May Favorites6Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula 2 – I used to bite my nails and even though I stopped years ago, I still have problem nails. They’re weak, soft, and brittle at the same time and keep ripping and peeling. Whenever I grow them out, they start to peel and I have to trim them all the way back. I love wearing colored nail polish, but using this protein polish, periodically, for a week at a time really helps to grow my nails out and keep them healthy. I have the 1/2 oz bottle because I need to continue to use it periodically.
$17.50 at Ulta, nailtiques.com; $19.99 at Walgreens

May Favorites5Essie Nail Lacquer in Off The Shoulder – I love this color. I’m new to Essie polish and I’m still not sure about their formula, but I keep trying them because I love their colors so much. Off The Shoulder is a pretty Spring/Summer pink – somewhere between a bright neon and a lighter pastel.
$7.79 at Target; $8.00 at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta

May Favorites4Essie Nail Lacquer in Play Date – This lacquer is a dusty, muted pastel lavender. It’s great for adding some color to overcast days this time of the year and it actually seems to apply pretty smoothly without streaking.
$7.79 at Target; $8.00 at Walgreens, CVS, Ulta

May Favorites3Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – I usually wash my hair daily or every other day at least because it gets so oily. Every dry shampoo I used always made my hair dry and sticky, until I found Clean Freak dry shampoo. It has silica in it, which is great for absorbing oil. It doesn’t make my hair feel dry or sticky at all. I only have to spray a little on my roots and comb it through my hair to add volume and completely take away the oily day two or three look my hair gets.
$5.99 at Ulta, Walgreens, CVS

May Favorites2Stila Eyeshadow Single in Kitten – I recently tried Stila’s eyeshadow single in Kitten because I wanted to see if it lived up to the cult classic hype and it definitely does. It’s so velvety and soft it feels almost creamy, it’s shimmery, pigmented, neutral, easy to wear and really brightens up my eyelid and inner corner area.
*click here to see my full Cult Classics review*
$18 at Ulta, stilacosmetics.com

May Favorites1Stila Eyeshadow Single in Puppy – There isn’t really anything that unique about this eyeshadow, but it’s really versatile and easy to wear. If I’m really short on time, I can use concealer to neutralize any discoloration on my lids and just brush a little of Stila’s eyeshadow in Puppy through my crease area for a naturally defined look.
*click here to see my full review*
$18 at Ulta, stilacosmetics.com

Have you tried any of these products? If so, let me know how they work for you in the comments below!

~ Fairly Girly

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