May Monthly Favorites

3 Jun

Hey everyone!

This month’s favorites include items of summer, travel, and swim! As you’ve probably read, I went on a cruise in early May. The items I’ll be discussing, were all of use during my vacation, and will continue to be for the rest of the season! I live in South Florida, so beach season is just beginning for me.

I had a small sample sitting in my bathroom of the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, and never got around to using it. I decided to take it with me on my cruise as a travel sized cleanser. My face instantly loved it, and I noticed no break outs what so ever after seven days of use. I’ve recently switched to a new cleanser by Eucerin, but I wouldn’t mind trying a full sized bottle CeraVe once I run out of that one.


You may be wondering where’s my May Ipsy Glam Bag review post. I won’t be putting that one up this month, sorry guys. As a recap, the bag was adorable but there were two items I gave away to a family member because I simply didn’t need them, and I thought they could make better use of it. I will be using two of the products I received in my next makeup tutorial on my channel. I’ll give you a hint: one is a lip liner from Bellapierre, and the other is a mascara from Smashbox. Make sure you’re subscribed to see how I demonstrate them for the first time!


One product I have written a mini review about on my Instagram, was the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Mud Mask. I fell in LOVE with this mask, and I’m so happy they sell it at ULTA. This mask contains ingredients such as yarrow and strawberries which clean out the pores. If you’re looking for a mud mask that works with your sensitive skin, and not against it, I highly recommend this one. It also smells fruity and feels like whipped cream on the face. My face was clear after just one use. Shout out to Formula 10.0.6 for featuring me on their Instagram page as well!

Being exposed to the harsh sun means you either tan, burn, and raise the risk of developing melanoma. I like to use sunscreen religiously whenever I know my skin will be exposed to the sun for over 30 minutes. I picked a value sized spray bottle of Coppertone Kids Sunscreen in SPF 50. I’ve read articles stating that the right amount of SPF to purchase is 50. Any higher than 50, may actually be harmful for you. This spray on sunscreen kept my skin protected, and I produced a nice tan in the process.


I picked up a travel size of Secret Roll-On deodorant, and this was unusual for me, as I like solid deodorants to begin with. Now I find myself grabbing for my roll-on much more these days. The only problem I have with roll-on deodorants is if you shake them, they splatter all over once you apply them. I do like the results, which means no residue left on your clothing, and well as long lasting protection. I’ve always been a fan of Secret’s solid, but now I’m glad I’ve found their roll-on to take along with me on trips.

A few months back, I was offered an opportunity by a marketer (which I won’t name), who told me the company Mirina Collections would like for me to be a “Mirina Girl”, and advertise one of their necklaces. While I won’t get into too much detail here because I hate bashing anyone, I do have a link at the bottom of an article explaining what Mirina Collections is truly about.


I will warn you, it’s not pretty. On to the positive note, I ended up loving my overpriced, unoriginal bulk-sold, necklace, and find it to be beautiful to wear on formal occasions. I wore this necklace on formal nights on my cruise, and it turned out to be a beautiful accessory. I guess there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for me in my situation, and I hope everyone that has fallen victim to the Mirina scandal has embraced their necklaces as much as I have!

Now on to my favorite new accessories! On board Royal Caribbean, I was gifted a hobo beach bag that I absolutely adore. I love how bright it is, and the paint splatter effect along with contrasting neons is what draws me to it. It’s perfect for carrying a rolled up towel, your sunscreens, and your electronics.


As far as the pricing of this bag, it was sold on the cruise originally for over $20. If you’re smart about your bargains, you could always wait until the last few days of the cruise before it ends, and they mark down any prices on items. This bag went all the way down to just $6! How’s that for bargain hunting?

Before my vacation, I decided to purchase two bikini tops from Target by Xhilaration, and they’ve become my go-to tops for beach wear. One has straps around the cleavage area and is black in color, and the other is in the modern trendy style I often see other people wearing, but in a bright pink and coral color.


These both fit wonderfully, and if you’re ever at Target, or want to check out their selections online (links below), I highly recommend them. Target sells affordable, yet fashionable bathing suits, and often have a long wearing lifeline.

I hope you all have enjoyed my May favorites. I love the summer season, and can’t wait to see what new items will be released this year to chat about. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Products Mentioned

Royal Caribbean “I ❤ Caribbean” Beach Tote

Xhilaration Women’s Strappy Front Bralette Bikini Top in Black

Xhilaration Women’s Push Up Halter Bikini Top in Coral Colorblock

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask

Mirina Collection “Max” necklace

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Secret Antiperspirant Deodorant, Roll‑On in Powder Fresh

Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 50


2 Responses to “May Monthly Favorites”

  1. Shopping Obsessive June 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Hey, I’ve spotted you on Michelle Phan’s blog and decided to come and say hi! I’ve been enjoying reading your blog and would love it if you checked out mine.
    Are you up for any collabs?
    Good luck!
    xox, The Shopping Obsessive

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Gift Of Gab June 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks so much for reaching out, would love to collab! Please contact me in the contact section of here for more details! Keep up the great work on your blog! 🙂


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