May Favorites

May was a pretty good month for me, beauty-wise. I put myself on a spending ban at the beginning of the month and it really made me evaluate my collection and figure out what products I really loved. I ended up picking up a few things the other day since it was the end of the month, and I think I'm going to try and stick to that cycle, trying to rein in my beauty buys and save them for the end of each month. Everything in this month's favorites is something new I bought either at the end of April or beginning of May, so hopefully the monthly spending bans will have me using more of my collection and falling back in love with older products.

I only had one skincare favorite this month - the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I figured since I loved everything else I had tried from the brand, I should pick up another cult favorite. I've been using it just about every night, and it's improved my skin immensely. I love its relaxing scent, and it's so lightweight, making it perfect for this terribly muggy weather we've been having.

Whenever I've worn eyeshadow this month I've reached for the MAC Cool Neutrals Palette (review). They're such flattering shades and all pair together really well. I'm usually in a rush in the morning so I'll just do a wash of one eyeshadow, and the third and fourth shades in the middle row and the third shade in the bottom row have been perfect for that. Another eye favorite is the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Brew-Haha. I picked this up in my Colourpop Haul at the beginning of the month, and it's definitely been the standout product for me. It's so pigmented and creamy, so it's really easy to blend and smudge out when you first put it on. But once it sets, it stays put all day - even in the waterline. The shade is the perfect deep brown for everyday.

This warmer weather is really getting me into brown-toned blushes (and also bronzers). I picked up the Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop because I was in love with the formula but didn't have a shade neutral enough for my tastes. Nude Pop is the perfect peachy brown color that warms up and adds depth to the skin - I've been sweeping it on pretty much every time I wear blush. With this slightly more sun-kissed skin look, I need a good helping of highlighter. The Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 in Nude (review) hasn't left my cheekbones all month. This is worth every bit of hype in my opinion, and it's one of the most beautiful highlighters I've ever used. I love layering the powder pigment on top of the cream highlight stick for an intense holographic sheen.

My last favorite of the month has been the Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. The Balm Dotcom is my favorite lipbalm ever, and I basically carry a tube with me wherever I go. The rose one has a very subtle pink tint, but it's the scent I've been obsessed with. It smells like real roses, with the slightest hint of sugary sweetness in there too. I picked up their other two new scents (cherry and mint), but the rose one has definitely been my favorite of the three.

What were your favorites this month?