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!