Despite putting myself on a spending ban for the whole of last month, I still came into quite the hoard of beauty products. I ended up treating myself to a few things I'd been lusting after all month as a reward for making it the whole month without buying any beauty products, and I received a few super generous packages as well. I thought instead of posting separate hauls I'd run through all the things I'm going to work on testing for the next few weeks.
The post-spending ban bits | I started off last month being incredibly tempted to pick up some skincare from Drunk Elephant. I've heard nothing but good things about the brand and I just wanted to buy the whole line. I ended up going for the C-Firma Day Serum at the end of my spending ban, and I'm so impressed so far. It's really helped clear up some hyperpigmentation already, and I've only used it three times. I also had to pick up the NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer. I'm a sucker for creams and liquids in the summer, and again, I've already fallen in love with this. It's the absolute perfect shade (I had swatched the Benefit Dew the Hoola but it was straight up orange on me), and it even has some subtle golden shimmer in there. Summer glow - sorted. One thing I hadn't planned on buying but couldn't resist was The Barest Bronzer in Light/Medium from The Estee Edit. I've been wanting to pick up something from the brand for awhile, and when I saw the sheer size of this bronzer I caved. It's a beautiful shade as well.
Bluemercury | I worked with Bluemercury a little while ago, trialling some bits from their own brands Lune+Aster and M-61 Skincare, but I was so pleasantly surprised to come home to a surprise package from them last week. It contained two products from the new Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Collection, which is an 8-piece collection exclusive to Bluemercury. I received the Priming Moisture Eye Balm* and the Blushing Creme for Lips and Cheeks.* The eye cream has been perfect for smoothing out the undereyes before makeup application, and the Lip and Cheek stick has already become an everyday staple. Expect to see these in my monthly favorites.
Urban Outfitters Beauty | Earlier in May I received the most generous package from Urban Outfitters Beauty because I was chosen to become one of their #UOBeauty Ambassadors! I couldn't be more excited to learn more about the brands they offer and share them all with you. Highlights from the package include the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette in Medium/Tan* (I would have bought the Fair shade for myself, but I love the warm tones of this palette - perfect for summer) and the Sea 2 Skin Active Hydration Mask.* It's a super nice gentle clay mask that smells like coconuts and vacation. Later in the month I received the Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream* (also known as "genius in a jar"), which is a new addition to the Urban Outfitters Beauty site. I've been loving using this cream at night, as it's incredibly nourishing and works really well to seal everything in as the last step of my skincare routine.
Trilogy Starter Set | I've heard some of my favorite bloggers singing praises of Trilogy skincare for such a long time, so I jumped at the chance to try the Rosehip Starter Set.* You can get this on Beauty Expert. It's been a lovely way to try out different products, and you all know how I feel about rosehip oil/products containing rosehip oil. I love using all three products in the morning when I wake up feeling particularly dry and dehydrated. The standout for me is of course the oil, but the three products work together wonderfully.
What products have you been testing lately? Any suggestions on what I should treat myself to this month?
*Some products have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.