May Favorites

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So in the midst of all the craziness happening in my life at the moment, I totally forgot that it’s June 1st and I was going to start doing a monthly favorites post! Can someone explain to me how it is already halfway through the year? I can’t even deal.

I’ve been extra in love with rocking a nude lip lately, as it’s just fuss free and easy to wear, especially with minimal makeup days. I’ve been loving a combo of my MAC Cork lipliner mixed with NYX’s Butter gloss in Tiramisu. The NYX Butter gloss is one of my favorite lip gloss formulas, super moisturizing and not sticky or gloopy. And they’re ridiculously affordable at $5 a pop. Tiramisu is a pretty pink color with brown undertones, perfect for dark skinned women.

During the last few weeks of May I dealt with a huge hormonal breakout along my chin and jawline, one of the worst breakouts I’ve had in ages. I blame it on the not so healthy diet I’d been partaking in for a few weeks, but I’ve cleaned up my act. My major breakout is finally under control, thanks to the help of some skincare saviors. First is my trusty AC Care Bee’s Cure Serum. I’ve written an entire review about it here. I break this out when my skin is out of control, and it really, really helps clear up the imperfections. It helps take the redness and pain out of your breakouts, especially those pesky under the skin ones. I can’t be without it!

Another May favorite is one that I haven’t wanted to mention because it’s not available ANYWHERE (like…literally it’s not available anywhere, even in the stores in Korea) is the su:m37 Miracle Charcoal Cleansing Stick. Yup, there is a charcoal cleansing stick, formulated for those with oily or congested skin. I have no other information about it, other than the fact that it once existed, but I guess it’s no longer in production. If you can find it through ebay or some obscure reseller, it’s available in a su:m37 Christmas gift set from last year, along with the miracle rose cleansing stick. I use the charcoal cleanser at night to really detox my skin and to make sure all of the grime, pollution, and sweat is thoroughly cleansed away. It’s gentle, and non-drying, and the lather is divine. Thankfully, I have 2 sticks so I think I’m set on cleansers for a looong time.

Wandering around the drugstore one day, I popped by the Vichy display and the Normaderm Night Detox night cream caught my eye. Designed to detox the skin and combat oiliness, it tightens pores, evens skin texture, and reduces imperfections for clear, even skin when you wake up. I’m always skeptical of such bold claims, but it really is a miracle worker. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is noticeably smoother, and the imperfections around my chin and jaw are much, much better. If you have oily or congested skin, this stuff is a life savior.

I sadly didn’t stock up on my favorite Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket mascara before I left Korea, so I’ve been forced to find another one. I’m really liking the Maybelline The HyperCurl Mascara. I’m usually not a big fan of waterproof mascara, but this one comes off easily and doesn’t take out any of my lashes. It’s also lightweight and not clumpy at all, giving me pretty, fluttery lashes.

I don’t know what it is, but mosquitoes love me and they’ve been eating me alive here. When I went to Singapore last year, I stocked up on Tiger Balm, and it’s been my life saver this past month. It’s one of the most effective products out there for soothing itchy, angry bites. I keep one jar in my purse and one by my nightstand. I don’t play around!

And last is another purchase I picked up from the drug store that may not seem all that special, but it’s amazing – a bottle of coconut oil infused with ylang ylang essential oil from LaCocovie. It’s AMAZING. I know, coconut oil is everywhere nowadays, but this one infused with ylang ylang is life everlasting. It smells incredible, and leaves your skin silky smooth and hydrated. I shave with it, use it mixed with my body lotion after my shower, or even in my hair as a pre-shampoo treatment.  I’m obsessed.

What were your beauty favorites for the month of May? Let me know in the comments!

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