Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Favourite Five - Habiba's May Favourites

Hey guys! I decided to start doing a different monthly post called 'The Favourite Five' where I will have to pick a monthly favourite in five different categories. I hope you enjoy these posts and they can turn to be somewhat insightful and interesting! The five categories are; beauty product, skincare product, item of clothing, accessory/fragrance and song/book/poem. These posts will be light and not a hassle to get through. So here is the preface of The Favourite Five and although it is now June I will be introducing my May favourites instead. Enjoy!

Makeup ~

This will have to be my hardest category as I have so many beauty must-haves this month! But I think I will have to go with a lipstick as I've been buying lipsticks this month like never before. As some of you may know, I am obsessed with Illamasqua and I can solely and honestly say with no hesitation that it is my favourite makeup brand. Even though it's causing a very apparent dent in my bank account I still will always bat for the Illamasqua team. Some of you will know that I've never chosen one brand above all and always said that no certain brand has the perfect foundations/eyeshadows/blushers etc, there are faults in every brand; for example if I was to buy a good drugstore lipstick I would often look to Revlon, but their foundations are not to my taste and neither are their eyeshadows. But Illamasqua, oh Illamasqua, everything is simply PERFECTION. From the foundations to the eyeshadows to the pigments to the blushers and concealers. Utter perfection I'm telling you. Half of my makeup collection is Illamasqua. So be warned, I will brag about their products a lot. (DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Illamasqua nor have I been paid to say this). *breathe* so this month's makeup favourite is the Illamasqua lipstick in 'over', it is the perfect neon coral/pink that instantly brightens the face, perfect spring/summer bright lip. The texture and formula of this lipstick is incredible; it's completely matte and lasts for ages so you don't need to reapply every now and then. It looks lovely with both a clean or smokey/defined eye. The only negative I can say about the formula is that after wearing it for a couple of hours the pigmentation tends to gather around the inside of your lip but with all honesty that occurs with many other (if not all) lipsticks so it is not a big issue. The price of this lipstick is £16.50 which is an average price for high end lippies.

Photo taken from www.thesundaygirl.com

Skincare ~

My skin is bipolar and currently it's deciding to be more dry than oily so I've been insuring that it gets all the moisture it can get. The look of flaky skin accentuated by foundation is not pretty. Oilatum is one of the best moisturizers I've found that fixes any dry and inflamed skin without the irritation you get from mainstream branded moisturizers (*cough* L'Oreal *cough* full of perfume *cough*) and without the greasy residue. I've been completely loving this and it's definitely a staple in my skin care routine (will be doing a post on my routine very soon!) to read a review I did on Oilatum click here. I've been using it right before I apply my primer as well so that the moisture is locked into my skin even when I have foundation on. 

Clothing ~

One clothing item I have been wearing time and time again is the stunning speckled/gem/sequin nude hijab from HK Scarves, it is the PERFECT shade of nude that matches my skintone and I just love how the little specks reflect light and just create a luminosity to the face. Check out HK Scarves on facebook. (I will be reviewing them soon too!)

Accessory/Fragrance ~

Ok, hands down, this is a no-brainer. My D&G L'imperatrice perfume is my SIGNATURE/PERFECT summer scent, it's so light and fruity and just makes me visualize the sun and happiness and a glowing tan. I'm completely in love. Previously I was really into the Lancome La Vie Est Belle and I was in love with the heavy fruity/muskiness of it, but smelling it now it just smells too heavy and slightly overbearing for the summer heat, whereas L'imperatrice has the perfectly light amount of fruit and musky undertone. RRP is £39 for 100ml which is pretty decent for the size.

Song/Book/Poem ~

Ok, call me mainstream but I've been listening to Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors' all day/err'day. The entire 8 minutes of it is simply perfection; the lyrics, the beat, the mood, everything. Love it. 

Thank you for reading!

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Habiba xxx