The May Edit
THE MAY EDIT
Another month where I stuck to a pretty strict routine, so I don’t have too much to show you. But I did have a couple of new additions to the circulation!
I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter a few weeks ago and have promptly fallen in love. Dare I say that I like it more than my beloved Wonderglow? This is a super multi-use product, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. You can use it alone, under makeup, over makeup, or mixed in with your base. They also have a bunch of different colours to suit different skin tones, whereas obviously the Wonderglow is just one shade. I use the shade 1 Fair just so you know!
It gives the skin a super healthy glow that almost looks like you've got one of those dumb filters on (but irl). There's no perceptible shimmer particles to me, which is why I think it makes skin look so naturally radiant. I will say if you're using it on its own, you'll want to use a small amount because you can get up to a mirror-like shine real quick.
Obviously I'm obsessed with the Glossier Lash Slick, and have a post about it here. It's perfect for everyday because it gives me length and volume without being too much. But the best thing about it is that it doesn't budge. All. Day.
Last in the makeup new additions is the Essence Luminous Matte Bronzing Powder. Me! Using drugstore! This bronzer is absolutely gorgeous, the closest thing to my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow that I've ever found. A touch orange, but $5 v $65? I'll take it.
I've been using the Caudalíe Gentle Cleansing Milk for a few weeks and have been really enjoying it! The texture is super silky, so it leaves my skin feeling really clean but still hydrated. It contains Sweet Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil which are some of my favourite ingredients. I definitely don't think that this removes makeup well, so I prefer to use it following an oil cleanser. It's definitely fairly inexpensive for Caudalíe so a nice product to try if you want to try the brand.
We all know I love a good essence, and the Kiehl's Iris Essence has been a fave for a while. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it before! Kiehl's says that this should smooth skin's texture, reduce fine lines and boost radiance. For me, this stuff 100% boosts my dull skin. It makes the skin look plumper, and as with most essences, is mega hydrating. This is a little more viscous than a typical essence, it's like a heavy water? That sounds stupid but if you try it you'll understand. Lipo Hydroxy Acids help to slough off dead skin cells, Iris Extract nourishes skin, and Sodium Hyaluronate plumps and hydrates. The formula does have alcohol fairly high on the ingredients lists. I personally haven't had any issues with it, but it's worth mentioning.
I've also been loving the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner. This is an alcohol free tones that promises to cleanse and soften the skin. I personally apply this like an essence, putting a few drops into my palms and then pressing into the skin. I find that this is more beneficial than swiping over the skin with a cotton pad. I use Glossier Solution on a cotton pad before using this, so I don't really need it to remove any additional dirt. While traditional toners tend to dry skin out over time, this actually adds a ton of moisture back into the skin so I think it performs more like an essence as well. The packaging is obviously gorgeous as well, although I do hear complaints that the rose petals tend to clog the bottle towards the end of the product.
For moisturizer I've been reaching for the Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call Overnight Enhancing Treatment. A pricy, but beautiful moisturizer that really ticks all of my boxes. Ingredients like CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Retinol, and Organic Red Tea firm the skin, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines. My skin responds really well to CoQ10 as it energizes cells, allowing them to repair damaged skin. Vitamin E, Avocado and Grapeseed Oil nourish and hydrate the skin. Not only does this smell heavenly (citrus dreams), it applies like a dream. The texture feels nice and hydrating without being too heavy. This is one of those products that delivers fairly immediate results. I've been using it for about a month now and my skin looks much brighter and smoother. It's made a huge difference in my skin's texture.
Last but very not least for this month is my angel baby, Leo Oil. If you've by some miracle missed this on social media it's made by Dena from @leowithcancer. Its a mixture of Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, and Blue Tansy. And that's it! Super pure. Meadowfoam Seed Oil is rich in antioxidants (skin's saviours), locks in moisture, and helps to reduce inflammation. Rosehip Seed Oil is one of my skin's absolute favourites. It's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and full of antioxidants and vitamin C. It's helped reduce my acne scarring tenfold since I started using it (as an ingredient) about a year ago. Blue Tansy is also anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, as well as full of antioxidants. Because it's from the chamomile family, it's super soothing and really relaxing. This combo of ingredients smells like an absolute dream (almost like earl grey), it's the perfect end to my skincare routine and gets me super relaxed. It sinks in fairly quickly so it doesn't leave the skin greasy, but my skin still feels super hydrated in the morning. The biggest difference I've noticed this since adding it to my routine is a reduction in redness and a major uptick in hydration. I've also had wayyyy less breakouts, so if you have acne-prone skin don't be concerned about trying this one out. I've already ordered my second bottle.
Alright, that's it for the May Edit!
What have you guys been loving this month?