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Gem's May Faves

Can you believe May is over? It’s officially June which is the start of my birthday month, yep I’m giving myself a month, any excuse to get presents 🙂

It favourites time…

Mine are a little high end product heavy I have to admit, so apologies, but they are new products to me and I have been really enjoying them.

First up is a new blush to my collection.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush-Diffused Heat


This is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Diffused Heat. Hourglass are a very fab and very posh brand that we can only get in Space nk in Harvey Nics, Dundrum or online. Although there is talk of a Space nk opening in Grafton street soon which is very exciting. As you can see from the pictures above, the blush has a swirled pattern. Every one of the Ambient Lighting Blushes are unique, as they all have a different swirl. This is in the Shade “Diffused Heat”. I was cheeky when buying them and asked to look at all of the ones they had in stock so I could get the one that had the most saturated colour. These blushes are made with the Ambient Lighting Powder which Hourglass is well known for. The result is a lightweight, non powdery luminous blush, that depending on how you place your brush into the palette, can be full on colour or nice and natural.

Hourglass Diffused Heat Swatch

The Diffused Heat shade is a lovely pink based colour with a coral undertone, and a sheeny finish. I have used this alot in the month of May.

Next up in another Space nk buy.


This the By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow stick in 4 Bronze Moon. I bought this really out of curiosity. I had seen some of the Youtubers I watch raving about these, so took the plunge and bought one for myself. I have to say I can see what all the fuss is about and I want more! Bronze Moon is a really lovely browny bronze shade.

By Terry Bronze Moon Swatch

The shadow itself is so soft, opaque and creamy. It blends on the eyelid with no effort at all and has the prettiest sheen to it, that even if you layer shadow over it, still shines through. I have oily eyelids so put this to the test with just eyeshadow primer and I can say it lasted on my lids for the day without creasing. Overall love this product, and have used it absolutely loads through the month of May.

Next up is my last posh makeup find.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder

This is Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder in Medium. It’s the teeniest little product, you would nearly think it was just an eyeshadow, which in fairness you could probably use it as aswell. This a holy grail product for carving out those cheekbones. I need a whole load of help with this with my round chubby face so it was inevitable it would end up in my shopping basket one day. I know your thinking, you can just use bronzer for this, and you can by all means. However, some bronzers can wind up looking too warm or red on the skin and that does not look natural at all. The Sculpting Powder can be great for all skin tones, I think it is especially great for pale skin. It has a grey undertone with no red whatsoever, so when blended into the contours of your face looks more natural and shadow like instead of brown streaks on your face.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Swatch

This powder is really soft and blendable and a little goes a really long way, so it will last a very long time. I’m thinking of it as an investment 🙂 And I can say I have used this everyday in the month of May so has been a definite fave for me.

I have a fashion fave to blab about this month.

Topshop All Mine Metal Trimmed Boots


These are Topshop All Mine Metal Trimmed Boots. I bought these at Christmas time and have worn them alot. I have definitely worn them the most in the month of May with everything from jeans to dresses. They go with everything, have a good enough heel to give you a bit of height and most importantly are comfortable. I can wear these all day without wanting to amputate my feet. May is meant to be for sandals and flip flops but we live in Ireland and May’s weather has been pretty moderate so wearing leather boots has been completely normal I promise.

Next up is something for the nashers!

Colgate Max White One Optic


I bought Colgate’s new whitening toothpaste this month the Max White One Optic and have been really liking it. I find alot of whitening toothpaste’s don’t always leave your teeth feeling clean. Brushing with this leaves my teeth squeaky clean and I feel like it has been helping with the colour of my teeth as well. It is a fluoride toothpaste and claims to have optic brighteners to give a temporary whitening effect. I bought this in Boots on a whim when I needed some new toothpaste, and am really happy with it. When it runs out I will be repurchasing for sure.

My last but certainly not least fave is of the furry variety. It is not products, clothes or makeup…shock horror 🙂 May has not been the most fun month for me from a personal point of view, so this is something I wanted to add in because it made getting through the month a little bit easier.


Meet Rosie, my furry best friend ha! She is the weirdest,coolest and most loving companion you could ever ask for. She just got a haircut so looks like a puppy but she’s a fully fledged doggie I promise 🙂


She greets me when I come in from work, when I get up in the morning and any time I need a little pick me up, she has never ending hugs to give 😛 Bit of a weird fave on a beauty blog I know, but I just thought she deserved a mention, because she’s been (and always has been) a great little pal.


Not a huge amount of favourites this month, but hopefully a few good ones to read about.

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy June!