My Monthly Beauty Buys – May


It’s been a bit of a small month beauty-wise, as I needed to stock up on my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish essentials, so other items have had to be limited due to budget constraints. But there have been some crackers in there that I really wanted to share with you – so here goes!


Liz Earle Smoothing Line Serum

Hitting my 30’s has brought with it some definite signs of ageing – my eyes are more tired looking, but the one that shows the most is the frown lines between my eyebrows. I love this serum which I’ve been using in the morning after moisturising (although Liz Earle recommend using at night) – it plumps up the skin and smooths the lines out so they’re not noticeable at all. It’s very rich, so you only need a tiny bit – in fact, the smallest pump gives me too much for my frown lines, so I’m applying a little on my forehead frown lines too! Active ingredients are Grapeseed extract, for it’s anti-oxidant properties, and echinacea extract to soothe, as well as skincare favourite Vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5. At £16.75 for a 10ml pump bottle, it’s not too expensive either.


Benefit Dandelion

I’ve been a huge fan of Dandelion for years now – it’s a complexion brightening powder that just perks up your skintone and gives you that little bit of a lift when you’re feeling tired. I’m always baffled that I love this so much, as it’s not actually intended for my on the pale side, but definitely olive skin – Benefit recommend the more peachy Georgia for me. However, the pinkness of Dandelion really works for me to counteract the yellowness that creeps in when I’m tired, and the almost unnoticeable iridescent sparkles are lovely. I use it all over my face and it’s pink colour is perfect for a spring palette.


Origins Checks and Balances

I do love a foaming face wash, but due to my allergies, I tend to find that anything that foams is a big no-no. But this little sample was a gift from a lovely friend who knew my love of foam and noticed that my trigger ingredient wasn’t in this one. I’ve loved using this in the mornings – it has a minty fragrance that just wakes you up and leaves you feeling ready to go. The foaming aspect of it is great – it lathers up nicely, but has a really creamy consistency. I’m still using my favourite Liz Earle in the evenings, but it’s lovely to discover a new face wash that I can use with my eczema coming back with a vengeance!


Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Face Mask

A little freebie from my recent Cleanse and Polish purchases! I’ve wanted to try this for ages, so I was thrilled to get two little samples in my recent Liz Earle order. It’s targeted at dry and stressed skin, which definitely includes my eczema prone skin. It’s creamy and soothing and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and calmed. It has a lovely rose scent from the geranium essential oil, while borage oil and shea butter aid with retaining moisture in the skin. I loved how this felt on my skin, and it felt like a real treat.


Have you tried any of these? I’d love to know what you thought – please leave a comment and let me know!


  • Elsie Pop
    June 1, 2016

    Wait… you ran out of Dandelion?! I thought that was the one product that would never ever die! Glad you’re getting on with the Checks and Balances, I love it. And I might be coming around on the serum now – we need another Guildford trip! xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 2, 2016

      Haha, I know – it lasts forever, doesn’t it! Especially given the way I use it all over my face! I’m really loving the serum, I definitely think it’s making a difference. Any excuse for a shopping day!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    June 1, 2016

    LOVE benefit so much. SO, so much!!!!!! I use it for my eyeshadow and cheeks. Great round up and you always make me want to go shopping! xx 😉

  • Island Living 365
    June 2, 2016

    I love benefit dandelion powder and their mascara, highlighter, foundation, the list goes on! Liz Earle is also a must, their facial wash I LOVE. I ran out last month and left it for a month and used a different facial wash. As a result of that I now look I have the Channel Islands growing on my chin. I rushed out a couple of days ago to buy some more liz earle and in two days I have seen a massive difference. I am going to have to try their serum now too! 🙂

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 2, 2016

      Oh I know – I always get an urge to try something new and before I know it I’m running back to Liz Earle as either it’s set me off with my eczema, or my skin just feels so dry! Pleased I’m getting on well with the Origins one, but it’s never going to replace my beloved Cleanse and Polish! Nice for a change though. I really recommend the serum too – not quite as amazing as the Superskin Eye Cream (seriously – A.Maze.ING!), but really good!

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