May Favourites

may beauty favoruites

It has been a month of disappointments, beauty-wise; face creams that didn’t cut the mustard, shampoos that ended up in the charity pile and a weird waterproof-mascara-remover that looked like an actual mascara (you brush it on from root to tip and leave the oils to dissolve your makeup) but failed to do the job on my lashes both times I tested it out. Sigh.

So finding my favourites has been rather labour intensive – there have been dozens and dozens of rejects for every good discovery – and a couple of this month’s featured products are actually not that new. The Suqqu Moisture Mask, for example, which has bulldozed its way back into a favourites video due to its sheer magnificence in the hydration department, and the Nail Tinted Moisturisers from Butter London, smart little low-key polishes that I’ve been using for quite a few months.

But my round-the-clock beauty testing has paid off (ha! oh the dedication) and there are a few proper gems in this video that I know I’ll be using for years to come. The lightweight Hydra Beauty Lotion from Chanel is a sort of essence-serum that really gives a brilliant moisture boost –  you’ll be sick of hearing about by the end of the week, because it’s in tomorrow’s post as well. The Royal Oil from Too Faced is new to me but has gone straight into the drawer for must-have body-finishing products. It’s holiday skin in a bottle – glowy, gorgeously scented and with just a hint of a tint, excellent for adding polish to legs and arms.

Bioderma Anti-UV Mist:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Lotion Very Moist:

Suqqu Moisture Mask:

Avon ANEW Clinical Peel Pads:

Butter Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturiser:

KURE Nail Polish in Nude:…

Hair colour by Nicola Clarke at John Frieda London Aldford Street:…

M&S Josh Woods Blonde Haircare:

Marc Jabocs Highliner in Rococoa:

Bare Minerals Translucent Powder Duo: out in July! I’ll put it on video for a close-up before then.. In the US it’s here:

Too Faced Royal Oil:

Lola Dress from Whistles:

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  1. Jo
    May 31, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Ruth could you do a video of the rejects pile of products? So we know what NOT to bother with!

  2. May 31, 2016 / 8:53 am

    The Royal Oil sounds so cool! Xx

  3. Lizzy
    May 31, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Hi Ruth
    Is the royal oil ok for really fair skin? ( my legs are so white they’re almost blue!!!!!!) if not can you recommend a leg tint for really pale skin
    P.S just bought the Lola dress I love it – hence the need to sort legs out

    • May 31, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Might be better with something like the Vita Liberata skin perfecting thingy? They do a couple of shades, one is more of a pearlescent sheen that works well on very fair skin! x

      • Lizzy
        May 31, 2016 / 8:25 pm

        Oh thanks!! Will investigate:)

  4. DenBee
    May 31, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Thanks for another great video Ruth – glad to see someone testing out and recommending Avon, I wish more people would. Their supershock mascaras are one of the best I have used and they do a great range of Scent Essences in identical bottles – citrus, floral and I bought the bergamot one (because I absolutley love bergamot) but they don’t seem to have that available anymore ;-(. X

  5. Sam
    May 31, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Hi Ruth, you mentioed Hourglass Ambient powders in your vid so wondered how the Bareminerals compares – I think the design looks really convenient. I have the Hourglass pallete with 6 colours and love the powers but I find the packaging a pain.

  6. Nicole
    May 31, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Hello Ruth,

    I love your reviews.

    Please could you review Vegan/cruelty free makeup?

    I’m having a hard time finding a good foundation.

    Many thanks in advance.


  7. May 31, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I was wondering about that Bare Mineral powder. I was like is this an hourglass rip off? Almost!

  8. May 31, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I need to try the Bioderma UV mist! I’ve heard a lot about it :)

  9. haishan
    June 1, 2016 / 3:04 am

    Cant wait to try the Bare Minerals Translucent Powder Duo!!!

  10. luisa
    June 1, 2016 / 7:28 am

    I got the suqqu rich mask after frustrating and expensive attempts to plump up my parched skin post baby. It is really great, Rich yet fresh and love the comfort that lasts after using it. Im getting my second tube asap. Thank you for your reviews.

  11. Carla
    June 1, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I recently purchased some bare minerals products and find them to be too drying for my 54 year old skin;(
    Wondering if the translucent powder will feel the same?
    Love the hourglass powder, however.

  12. Sam
    June 9, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Not sure what mascara remover you tried but the Japanese ones are amazing – however, I do think that they were invented there! They look like mascara too and are designed to take of Japanese waterproof mascara which, if you’ve tried it, is an absolute bugger to take off without these removers. Would be interested to know which one you tried so I know not to get it and stock up when I’m next in Japan!! xx

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