The Beauty Bag: May

With the sun finally deciding to make tentative appearances – opps have I said too much? I’m ridding my beauty bag of all unseasonal choices and dusting off my sunshine accompanier sheeny skin saviours. I’ve got complexion, cheeks, eyes and nails covered with just six glow-giving options being courted into May’s Beauty Bag…

All good ‘lit from within’ looks begin with a solid base. I’ve found the combination of Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer in Radiance and Chantecaille’s Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser in Glow to be a stellar duo. The fine luster of the primer paired with the dewy finish of Just Skin is a beaut, but you know how I feel about Just Skin already – big love for that stuff. Cheeks are up next for the twinkle treatment and as highlighting is the one thing we all gravitate towards when matte isn’t on the menu I’m adding in two of my multi-tasking favourites. & Other Stories Total Tint Stick in Beige is a stripe-on, blend and you’re done jobbie. Almost with a rose-gold hue to it, I find this works beautifully on the tops of the cheekbones when you wish to ramp up the glow to quite an obvious level. Another less than subtle choice is Estée Lauders Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave* from their new summer collection. One swipe of this cream/powder hybrid reveals an intense golden sheen that I’m going to sport on my lids – all over or just a dash in the inner corners. I dare you to have a dip in the product if you spot the gelée on counters (yes I just wanted to type gelée again), the texture is rather special.

Speaking of lid space, Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow in 9* in is a shimmered-up version of MAC All That Glitters that I plan to be occupying my peepers for the coming weeks. Best applied with a ready to dap fingertip, the multi-faceted flecked pressed powder can be pretty mesmerising to look at and coats the eyes with a layer of champagne, peachy goodness. Without boring you with my favourite glow-givers for lips again; Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, CHANEL Rouge Coco Shines, Laura Mercier Lip Glacésyou’ve heard the names of those be bandied around here many times before, I’m skipping onto nails. Now shimmer in my polish is something I find difficult to get behind but one that lacquers up to a healthy glow finish? That I’m ok with. Enter Clinique’s A Different Nail Enamel in Sweet Tooth*, a sheer pink that leaves the nail bed just looking a little perky and pinkier than before. It even comes complete with my Mum’s nod of approval.

Out with the old and in with the sheen. It’s sexy (oh er), season appropriate and simple to add into your routine for May and in the aforementioned go to my rotation. Grab and glow baby…

*PR Sample


  • Katie Wilmshurst

    That eyeshadow is gorgeous! I really want to try Laura Mercier foundation.

    Katie x

  • That polish is pretty x

  • Oh that Estee Lauder powder! Swooooon!xx

  • Anna Blush

    That eyeshadow looks absolutely gorgeous! Definitely added to my wish list 🙂

  • The Estée Lauder product sounds fab, the texture sounds so intriguing. I also sooo want to try one of the Armani eyes to kill. The shades look amazing.


  • Sharon

    Anna – where can you buy the Chantecaille ? I need to get the LM primer also! Thanks…

  • Laura Galve

    Ayy my wallet is crying right now..need it all!x

  • Purple Flamingo

    I love the nailpolish! I have to have it !


  • makeupmonster1

    I really want to try that Laura Mercier radiance primer!

  • Danielle

    I was looking at that Estee Lauder gelee the other day. Now you have me reconsidering.

    – Danielle

  • Julianna

    LM Radiance has taken over my life!

  • Becky Fearn

    I’ve heard so many things about the LM primers, going to have to try them out!

    B xx

  • Denise F.

    So many pretty products!

  • Gorgeous products, Anna! That EL product is so pretty. 😀

    Oh, Anna, I don’t know if you would be interested, but I am having a giveaway – I would be honored if you at least looked!

    <3 Carolyn

  • Cassaundra Dehdashti

    Can you do a favorite highligher/bronzer for this summer?

  • Maddy Cane

    I really want to try the highlighter, it is a work of art! xxx

    Maddy from


  • Amy

    Fabulous choices! All That Glitters is fab to sweep across the eyes if you haven’t got a lot of time getting ready 🙂

    Amy x

  • Bailey

    Where did you get this cute make up bag? Also the one I think from feb in a grayish color looks very similar?! Thanks!

  • Girlie Blogger

    “Out with the old and in with the sheen” – great quote. I totally agree.

  • Cj Escuadro

    this is a nice April favouirites collection..i’m most interested on Laura mercier’s primer..anyone knows where I could buy some that ships worldwide? 🙁

    Cj –

  • Pippa Jones

    Love this months! not just coz the suns out! 🙂

    Pipp x

  • i had taken chantecaille just skin off my list but now i’m kinda wanting it again! haha. I’ll have to take out my little sample and give it a go and decide if i should buy it!

  • alanaburke

    I seriously LOVE that Giorgio Armani eye shadow, it’s gorgeous. I have MAC All That Glitters but you can never get enough shimmer.

  • Sarah Gee

    Ohh that eye shadow looks so pretty! 😀


  • Really want to try the Chantecaille’s tinted moisturiser! The price though… maybe I should start saving pennies!

  • El

    Love your blog-it’s so well written! Another great post, loving the eyeshadow. X