Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

May 2016 Favourites

My favourite makeup and beauty products for May 2016

Hello there!

I can't believe we are in June already and it's time for another Favourites round up for the month of May! I had great intentions to reign in my spending this month - which I did to some extent, instead shopping my stash of beauty products that I had bought a while ago but not gotten around to trying out yet. There is one skincare item included and the rest are makeup related.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Face & Body Multi-Purpose Soothing Balm.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Multi Purpose Soothing Balm Oat Milk and Almond

I had forgotten that I picked up this in Dunnes Stores when they were running a half price offer on the Garnier Ultimate Blends range. I had previously tried one of the body lotions from this range – firstly having received a sample from a Glossybox and then I purchased the full size version of that lotion twice. So I was kind of familiar with the products already.
This balm is said to be an ultra-rich balm to soothe the most sensitive of areas such as lips, elbows, knees, hands and neck and to protect and restore the skin’s protective barrier. It contains oat milk and white almond cream and I have to say it feels really luxurious although non-greasy and leaves the skin super soft. I absolutely love the fragrance of it and it lasted most of the day after applying in the morning post-shower. I would definitely repurchase this and I would also like to try some of the other products in the range too given that these two have impressed me so much!

Next is a recent makeup disovery of mine which I am kind of obsessed with at the moment..

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette – Iconic Pro 2.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette Review

I need to stop buying eyeshadow palettes. Until recently I had my select few favourite palettes that I alternated between every day – which you can read about  here.Then I discovered the Makeup Revolution brand on Youtube and Instagram and that was the end of life as I knew it.. I picked up this palette at the same time that I bought the Ultra Blush Palette which you can read about here - I also fill you in a bit more on the history of this brand in this post also in case you haven’t heard of them before!  In terms of their eyeshadow palettes, MUR are known to be “inspired” by more high-end brands and I have seen comparisons made between the Iconic Pro palettes and the Lorac Pro palettes. I don’t think Lorac are available here so I can’t comment but maybe someone reading this could inform me better? 

This palette is a mixture of matte and shimmer shades - the first row being the mattes and the second row the shimmery ones. I've done my best to swatch them for you but every time I take photos of arm swatches my arm ends up looking like a leg of lamb but anyway you get the idea :) 

Matte shades:

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Shimmer shades:

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette Swatches

As you can see, the pigmentation them is really good - the lightest matte shade here is barely visible on my super pale skin but that's down to me, not the palette and it makes a lovely all over base shade for the lid.

Flawless Deluxe Makeup Brush Set.

Flawless Deluxe Makeup Brush Set

I picked up this set of brushes a couple of months ago in a local pharmacy. Flawless are an Irish company who first launched with this set of brushes but since then they have brought out a contour palette and their Wonder Brush (one of those oval brushes for foundation, cream concealers and contour products that seem to be all the rage at the moment). This set contains 6 kabuki brushes – a flat buffer brush, large angled brush, large tapered brush, small angled brush, small tapered brush and a small angled blending brush. The box also contained a white sparkly cosmetics bag and the set plus the bag cost me €25. I didn’t really need the bag myself and I have tons of different sized makeup bags everywhere already so I gave this to a friend – but it is a very useful addition. The handles of the brushes are not too long so the brushes do actually fit in the bag too which is good. The bristles on all of the brushes are nice and soft but dense at the same time. The white wooden handles do feel as sturdy as some of my more expensive brushes. They do need to be washed currently so please excuse the picture- at least it shows I'm actually using them! ;) 

 I used the flat buffer brush to apply my foundation instead of my Blank Canvas F20 and the results were pretty much identical. You do need to stipple your foundation on with both of these brushes so just bear that in mind.

I used the large tapered brush to apply translucent powder under my eyes and on my t-zone but this would also work well for applying powder highlighters. The small tapered brush works well for applying base colour eyeshadow all over the lid and for adding a highlight shade under the brow bone or in the inner corners of the eye. It may work for concealer application on redness, spots etc but I haven’t tried it for that yet..

I also tested the large angled brush for applying foundation – I suspect this would be used for a cream contour application either – and the result was the same as with the large flat buffer brush.

The two small angled brushes are good for blending eyeshadow in the crease or applying colour all over the lid either.

If Flawless extend their brush range in the future I would definitely try out more of these types of brushes as they are great quality but at an affordable price. They would also make a nice gift for any makeup lovers or a good starter kit for someone who wants to step up their brush collection and makeup application.

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust.

When Nyx first came to Ireland in 2014, makeup lovers and beauty bloggers went nuts trying to find their nearest stockists. They are an affordable, drugstore brand but of a more professional quality. Their jumbo eye pencils are one of their most popular products and they come in a massive range of 32 shades. They can be used either as eye liners or eyeshadow pencils.

This one is a gorgeous reddish-brown shade called Rust and the picture above really doesn’t do it justice. It has a slight shimmer to it but is not overly sparkly and is a great shade to sweep onto the crease and compliments blue eyes especially well. They are long-lasting too and this hasn’t creased on me throughout the work day.

FYI there is a white shade called Milk too which is great for brightening the eyes either on the lower waterline or in the inner corners of the eye. They are very reasonably priced too at €7.00.

So that’s everything that I’ve been wanting to tell you about for this month. Have you tried any of these products or anything else from these brands?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below J

Bye for now,

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