Some of these may be carry overs from June since I, you know, never blogged about them. And this is going to be long because of that and 100 points to Gryffindor if you make it through this entire post! And shockingly there were no fails, but that’s probably because I’ve forgotten about them. Also, this pic is just full of May favorites I’ve already blogged about, so if there’s anything you see that isn’t mentioned, go to this post. Is it super lame that I’m not retaking the picture so it actually reflects this month? Probably. I’ll change it out later (I say that now, but I bet I won’t).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette ($42)
I mean, whoa. Not only is this palette full of rich, beautiful colors, it has a great mix of mattes and shimmers (unlike her Self-Made palette, which is one of the most disappointing palettes of my life). The formula has changed as well, and while there’s a pretty decent amount of kickback, you’re also getting buttery smooth, super pigmented shadows that perform better than any others I’ve used. Worth every penny, trust me.
RCMA No Color Powder ($12)
This translucent powder is everything I’ve ever wanted to set my face with and more. It’s velvety, performs beautifully, blends out and has no flashback, and it keeps me as oil-free as any product possibly can for a pretty decent amount of time (I am a terribly oily girl).
NYX Matte Finish setting spray ($8)
This is hands down the best setting spray I’ve found at the drugstore. It doesn’t smell awful, it works really well, and I love the matte finish. This is awesome if you have naturally oily skin!
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence ($17)
For those of you who’ve been following me awhile, you know I’m deep down the rabbit hole of Korean skincare. I’d been really unhappy with my last essence (it literally did nothing, and I didn’t understand why people raved about it), so I decided to give this one a shot and wow. Now I understand why people love essence. It basically fixes everything about your skin in one little bottle. It also has a pleasant, mild scent, and a serum-like texture.
ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lip in Dohee ($6)
This is a collar with @imjennim and to be perfectly honest, I purchased it because she’s Korean and we need to stick together. But it turns out that this is honestly one of my most favorite liquid lipsticks ever — if I didn’t have a gazillion others, I’d wear this all the time. The texture is perfect, it wears really nicely (and pretty long, too), and the color is bombtastic.
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara + Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara
Ok, I know I’ve mentioned both mascaras in other posts, but lemme tell you, one day I thought “Maybe I’ll combine them and see what happens,” and that is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. I have fantastically short lashes that are primarily covered by my monolid, but two coats of Smoky Extravagant (I don’t even need a lash curler anymore) topped with one coat of Better than Sex (honestly, whoever named this has never had sex) makes for some great volume, curl, and length.
Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer concealer ($26)
Ok, so if you read my May Favorites and Fails, then you’re probably wondering why on earth this is on this list right now. Guys, sometimes my first impression of a product is really really horrendous and then over time, I realize that it’s actually awesome. I think the combination of my skin’s texture at the time + not using the right setting powder contributed to me not liking this concealed, but honestly it’s amazing. It’s NOT crepe city as I originally thought, it has incredible coverage but is really lightweight, and it lasts through the day really well. The scent is awful, though. I’m still sticking with that — straight up wall paint, but it does dissipate pretty quickly. I retract my previous review that it’s a fail, and I’m absolutely going to repurchase.
Mario Badescue Enzyme Revitalizing Mask ($20)
Hahahahahaha both of May’s fails ended up on my favorites list this month. Go figure. Same as the Tarte concealer, my first impression was bad and then over time, I used it more and fell in love. Also like the Tarte concealer, the scent still sucks, unfortunately, but I’m pushing through.
What were some of your favorites last month? Did you get your hands on a bunch of the newest releases?