Here in Britain, May gave us the dose of summer we'd been lusting after and while the weather since has left a lot to be desired, I've been putting a selection of products to the test to see if they can survive the warmer months. Read on for my monthly beauty round-up...
Decléor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid Having never tried Decléor before, I had high hopes when I read that their Aroma Pureté range "enables those with oily and combination skin to find their natural balance". To my disappointment, the Matt Finish Skin Fluid fails to beat the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which stands at a a snip of its price. As velvety as the Fluid feels at first touch, its results tend to be short-lived, and have only served to reinvigorate my hunt for a mattifying yet balancing moisturiser I can't live without.
Clarins Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact SPF 15 This bronzer is a dream, coming in two shades, light and dark. The lighter shade is matte and perfect for a subtle contour in the daytime, while the darker shade has a lovely but subtle shimmer to it, making it the ultimate product to take you from day to night. What's more, the bronzer comes in a beautiful tortoiseshell compact, guaranteeing it a place in my handbag for the forseeable future. I have the medium shade, so I would imagine the light version would be a godsend for those at the very pale end of the spectrum.
MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation I've been very wary of MAC foundations ever since my encounter with the Studio Fix Fluid, which oxidised like crazy on my skin and made me look jaundiced. Thankfully, the Mineralize Satinfinish is a different story. Its fluid, water-based consistency is unlike any other foundation I've ever used, mainly because I've always shied away from bases that aren't oil-free. Although it doesn't have the staying power I've become accustomed to with my other foundations, I can't help but love its easy, lightweight and blendable formulation as we slip into summer.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo I wanted to love this, particularly as the French brand's Effaclar line comes on Lisa Eldridge's recommendation. On application every night, the product stings, and while at first I convinced myself this was merely a sign that "something was happening", I'm beginning to think my skin is more easily-irritated than I thought (odd, as La Roche Posay is formulated for sensitive skin conditions). Having said this, my housemate uses it and swears by it, so the jury is still out on this one. Watch this space...
Eylure Sex and the City Lashes – Carrie Let's not be fooled by the name tag – I see no Manolo Blahniks on my feet nor a glitzy Manhattan apartment to go home to. However, at £1.99 from my local Savers, there's no room for debate. While they're not the kind of lashes you can blag on an amazing new mascara, they boast a lovely fluttery style which are easy to apply, and I received a number of compliments on them when I sported them a few nights ago.
L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Milk This is working its way to becoming my favourite hair product. After the success of the Mythic Oil, this Milk formula is unbeatable as a lightweight alternative to my Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment. I often find hair oil is too heavy to use straight after I've washed my hair, and as a mist, the Mythic Oil Milk is the perfect fuss-free product to spritz into my locks before blowdrying. It doesn't hurt that its smell is absolutely divine as well.
Make Up Academy Professional Eye Palette – Heaven and Earth MUA is fast rising as a drugstore brand that gives value for money. At £4 and with 12 neutral shades, this palette is inevitably going to put itself up for comparison with Sleek MakeUP's Au Naturel palette. Heaven and Earth includes a gorgeous selection of warm and cool shades which are highly pigmented and include a fair few MAC dupes. My only grievance is that every offering is shimmery, which makes Sleek's version (which offers both matte and shimmery shades), a lot more user-friendly for everyday use. Nevertheless, this palette is sure to be at hand when I want to create a perfect summer night bronzed eye.