May Beauty Favourites

ruth crilly model blogger

Oh dear, I look rather threatening in the photograph above, don’t I? I’m brandishing my monthly favourites in one hand whilst wearing a somewhat hostile expression – not intentionally, I hasten to add. I just tend to get very fed up by the time I’ve filmed a video about thirty times (dog barking, doorbell ringing, camera running out of battery and then memory card, etc etc) and after it’s all done I suddenly remember that I’ve still got to take a photo for my thumbnail picture! So forgive me. It’s actually a very cheerful video and I make a little joke and do a pun and show before-and-after photos of my pores. How can you ever resist all of that?

There are lots of juicy bits and pieces to look at, this month; a summery nail polish, a brilliant light moisturiser (Toleriane Fluid from La Roche Posay, feature on its way), a very clever little skin perfecting base from The Body Shop… You can’t see very well from the photograph, because the light was hitting the tube at possibly the worst conceivable angle, but one of my faves was the tinted moisturiser from Estee Lauder – Daywear Tint Release or some such name. It has a really long name. Great product, though – I used to use it years ago and then my Mum nicked it, but I think they must have changed the formula because it’s a lot more glowy and sheer and gorgeous than I remember it being. I also really like the Revitalizing CC Cream that Lauder have launched (here) which – on the surface, at least – seems to be quite similar. Same “one size fits all” cream with bursting balls of colour to tint your skin slightly and make it look a bit healthier.

Quick note on my skin “before and afters” for The Body Shop’s Instablur: I covered half of my face in Instablur and left half bare to show how the skin is mattified and the pores are less noticeable when the product is applied. There’s no pigment to this product, it’s clear, so you do have to look quite closely at the photographs, and bear in mind that I have magnified the sections of my face so that you can see the pores more clearly. Oh, the perils of trying to do product tests; though I did think that I was a bit clever this time, taking the two sections from the same photo – no annoying lighting differences and whatnot, much easier to compare!

If you can’t see the video below then please click right here to watch it. All of the links and so on are below the video pane – enjoy.

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Models Own Peach Melba Polish:…

The Body Shop Instablur:

Zelens SPF30:…

La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid:

Champney’s Cleansing Balm:

Dr Hauschka Lavender Bath:

Neal’s Yard Remedies Argan Oil:…

Estee Lauder Day Wear with Tint:


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