Friday, June 3, 2011

{Favorites} May 2011!

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Friday as much as I am enjoying mine! Here are my May favorites! This was definitely a cheek and lip month!

1. Skin Care
(L to R) Natures Gate C For Yourself Vitamin C Serum and The Body Shops Tea Tree Oil.

I've been using these two nonstop this month. The vitamin C serum, which smells a bit of oranges, is very light and absorbs very quickly. It is meant to retexture skin, but honestly I think it gives my skin the perfect amount of moisture during the day. It absorbs so quickly that it doesn't effect anything that I apply over top which I love. I do have a full review coming. TBS's Tea Tree Oil (15% tea tree oil) is great as a gentle acne treatment, for me at least. On my oily skin the treatment is a lot less harsh than salicylic acid or benzol peroxide treatments and although it isn't a miracle worker, it gets rid of acne overtime (as well as the scar) without irritating my skin too much.

2. Perfume
Calvin Klein Obsession Night

I've had this bottle forever, and oddly enough, although it is a more masculine, cologne, night perfume type of scent, I really love it for spring and summer. It's a bit sharper than other scents that I own so it smells very crisp, something I love on a humid day.

I'm almost done! And I just throw this one in my purse all the time which is why the bottle is so beat up and scratched up. I usually sprits it once in the morning and then again around four or 5 o'clock. The scent just lingers, which is nice. One sprits is not overwhelming at all.

3. Makeup
(Top to bottom) Calvin Klein Summer Affair Bronzer, MAC Petticoat MSF, Nars Deep Throat Blush, and Nars Laguna Body Illuminator.

SO I am very very pale and in the summer, because I don't like to tan, I definitely use bronzer and blush a bit more liberally. I've been loving the above four. I don't usually just wear them on their own but layer at least two of them for the nicest glow!

(L to R) Calvin Klein Summer Affair Bronzer and MAC Petticoat MSF

This has been my favorite combo for the past couple of months actually. I just apply the bronzer in the 3 E on my face and a little down my neck and then apply Petticoat lightly on the cheeks and temples. I find that sometimes bronzers can look a bit flat on my face, so layering Petticoat makes it look a bit more natural and believable. Also, I find that a lot of bronzers can look too orange, while a natural sun bronze would have a bit more red in it. Petticoat gives my skin a teeny bit of that red tone, so it looks a lot more believable.

Here's how it looks:
(Top to bottom) Layered, Petticoat, Summer Affair.

I know, not the best pic (I'll post a better one later) but I hope this gives you an idea of how I apply it. And I've been layering Petticoat over other blushes too. Some of then I haven't touched in months. I layer Petticoat over it and voila, a new finish/shade that I'm in love with again!

Nars Deep Throat Blush

I've never been a big fan of Nar's Orgasm simply because I don't really like blushes with gold shimmer in them, but Deep Throat, for some reason works for me. It looks very natural on me. When I blush naturally, this is the color my cheeks become. I've also been wearing this with my Calvin Klein bronzer a lot lately and it just looks very pretty.

Nars Deep Throat Blush

(L to R) Rimmel Lipstick in Undressed and NYC Lipstick in Caramel

This month I've really been liking bronzy or slightly peachy mostly nude lips. I've never been much of a lipstick lip gloss girl, but these two I've really really been wearing a lot. The Rimmel one is really old too, as you can tell by the packaging. I actually like this packaging better than the newer packaging which I find really bulky. The shade is one of the nicest neutrals I own because it's not too brown and has quite a coral undertone.

(L to R) Rimmel Lipstick in Undressed and NYC Lipstick in Caramel

Rimmel Lipstick in Undressed and NYC Lipstick in Caramel

I reviewed NYC's Caramel here if you're interested!

That's it for now! I hope all of you have an awesome weekend!


  1. I was very impressed with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence (, enough so that I have continued to use the product daily as part of my skin care routine after the test period. It's a luxury purchase to be sure, but this is one of the best products that can really make a significant difference in your skin, and so worth every penny.

    I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth - particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had - even without makeup.

  2. very beautiful summer colors! great reviews <3

  3. @Lisa-I'm actually looking to try the Vitamin E Moisture Serum from the Body Shop. While I would love to try some SKII products, I just can't afford them on a students budget :( But thanks for the recommendation!

    @Jean-Thanks! I've actually got a summer essentials post coming soon so keep an eye out for that! It's filed with lots of bright colors lol!

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. Petticoat is one of Mac's popular MSFs. I'm not a huge fan of MSF blushes because I think they're too shimmery for me, but have you used Petticoat on its own? What do you think about it? Is it too shimmery?

  5. @Joyce-Honestly, one of the reasons I love Petticoat is that while it is shimmery, it's not glittery, which is why it is a lot more wearable. I do wear it on it's own, but you have to consider my pale skin tone. On me, it looks more rose/gold/coral/brown than it does pink, so I can get away with buffing most of the shimmery away. If you have a deeper skin tone then the shimmer will show up more. Hope this helped!