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'Lots of products slid across my desk in May, but these are 12 I keep putting on my face.'

It's that time again, friends. That time of the month where I have to select my favourite beauty children.

Cruel, I know. 

But as it turns out, May is a mighty month for new beauty launches. And there are certain ones I'm quite keen on, actually. 

I've been using them OFTEN and banging on about them to anyone who will listen (my postman pretended he didn't care about this new retinol oil I've been loving, and muttered something about being 'busy' under his breath. Classic, Brian!).

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So! Let's get started, shall we?

Below you'll find a round-up of some of the new beauty products that slid across my desk in May 2022 - the ones I really, genuinely like and can't stop putting on my face.

Beauty Chef GLOW F.A.C.E Intensive Rejuvenating Oil, $75.

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Wait, the beauty powder brand? Yes, the beauty powder brand! Beauty Chef launched a facial oil, and my winter skin is drinking - nay, SCULLING - it down. 

It contains bakuchiol (a retinol alternative), antioxidants, and over 20 plant extracts (casual) and promises a brighter, more hydrated and radiant complexion. 

And, I have to say - since I started using it, my skin is looking a little more healthy and alive. I also went for a facial the other day and my therapist said my skin felt supple and bouncy - which has NEVER happened. Ever. (They usually tell me my face feels dry and flaky/ask if I can please wake up and leave because the appointment finished 15 minutes ago).

Batiste Green Tea and Chamomile Dry Shampoo, $15.

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Is it weird how much I love the scent of this new dry shampoo from Batiste? Probably. But it's so good! 

I usually opt for the Beautiful Brunette version, because the white residue shows up in my hair. But then I went to the launch, and the stylist reminded us that we don't need to spray it half an inch away from our scalp - so it's actually fine on my hair! Does the job! Makes my mop look fresh!

Emma Lewisham Eye Creme, $118.

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This little dear is the newest member of the Emma Lewisham family - and she's utterly delightful. As I've mentioned more times than one would care, I'm not that big on eye creams - but if I'm being the best version of myself (not lazy) or if there's a new release I really want to try, I'll use it. And I really wanted to try this guy!

It's packed with 18 active ingredients and two liposomal delivery systems - which sound awfully complicated, but basically work to deliver antioxidants and moisture deeper into the skin’s epidermis. Science!

It's a very good formula that improves hydration and the overall condition and appearance of your eyes.

Rare Beauty Tinted Moisturiser, $49.

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Our girl Selena Gomez and her popular brand Rare Beauty just dropped a new tinted moisturiser - and she's a real keeper. 

It's one of those lovely lightweight, your-skin-but-better formulas that cover blemishes, redness and all that jazz, while still letting your skin look like skin (I can still see my freckles and stuff underneath). 

I find it lovely and hydrating without feeling oily - the finish is actually pretty matte, and it wears well throughout the day - which is honestly very thoughtful. It's a great option if you're looking for an everyday coverage that's light, easy and quick to apply (comes in a little squeezy bottle). 

Go-To Much Plumper Skin, $46.

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In case you've lost your phone or something, Go-To released a new serum! It's a little hydrating number and my formally flaky face loves it - I've been using it morning and night for a solid month.

It contains four different types of hyaluronic acid, provitamin B5 and peptides - a big fat hydration sandwich. It feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, absorbs fast, and instantly hydrates and plumps your skin. 

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Basically, it does everything it says it will. Don't you love when that happens?!

I won't continue gibbering on about it too much - because you can check out my full Go-To Much Plumper Skin review here.

KOi Coffee Body Scrub, $8.

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As someone who has the skin of an actual reptile right now, I'm all about a good body exfoliator come winter. And this rich and creamy body scrub from KOi is such a fantastic option. 

Featuring ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter and macadamia seed oil, it works to gently exfoliate, nourish and moisturise your skin for smooth, happy limbs. A winter staple!

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, $109.

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Jo Malone released a new Brit Collection and I'm utterly obsessed with this scent. Like OBSESSED. Want to take a bath in it. Cover the house in it. Write a letter, spray it, and post it to myself.

Well, what does it smell like? 

Good question. 

I'm actually not great at describing scents (don't tell my boss), but it basically smells like you're walking on a beach, windswept AF, and that fresh, salty sea air is hitting you in the face, and you're happy because there's no angry seagulls swarming around for chippies, and oh - is that a rugged cliff you see in the distance? 

Like that. Y'know? Eh, just trust me. It smells GOOD.

Zena Smooth Treatment Oil, $20.

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If you're looking for a nourishing hair oil to keep your dry, brittle hair happy and manageable, you can't go wrong with this Smooth Treatment Oil from Zena

It contains Moroccan Argan Oil to help repair split ends, reduce frizziness and make your hair soft and well-behaved.

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Plus, it looks cute in your bathroom! (Important).

Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Detox Face Mask, $49.

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Rihanna wanted to create a detox clay mask that kept shine at bay without leaving her skin feeling stripped or dry – so she created this new formula: Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Detox Face Mask. And can confirm: It's as good as it sounds. 

In fact, according to Rihanna, the face mask has been Fenty Skin's "number one most requested product." So, the people have spoken!

Made with clay, charcoal, salicylic acid and rhubarb and ginger extracts, the clean, vegan, and gluten-free formula is suited for all skin types – even sensitive. Hooray!

Olaplex Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum, $50.

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Is this my favourite Olaplex product? Maybe. Big call, I know - but it's really good, you guys.

I have very dry, frizzy hair that hasn't been cut in 84 years, so it'll take any lick of moisture it can get. When this new Olaplex hair serum dropped on my desk, I was intrigued. It's full of antioxidants and promises to do a lot of good things, like restore moisture, eliminate dullness and control frizz. 

And you know what? It really does pack a real punch. I've been applying it to my damp hair post-shower, and for the first time in ages I've skipped straightening (I usually blow dry and straighten pretty much every time I wash). 

Everything just looks smoother, less frizzy, more manageable. Definitely using it until it's empty and will 100 per cent repurchase.

One of a Kind 5 Blade Kit, $10.50.

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This is a friendly public service announcement to remind you to throw out the razor that's been kicking around your shower for six months. It's rusty. Sad. Time for a newbie! 

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I came across this brand in Coles, and the five blade razor is a really good time. It has a hydrating strip that contains aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin E, meaning it will keep your skin nice and hydrated and happy - even sensitive skin type (hello, this is me).

Ole Henriksen Barrier Booster Orange Ferment Essence, $70.

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Ole Henriksen launched a new skincare boosting vitamin C essence for hydration and brightness. It's packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, with the lightweight, watery texture of toner and the powerful hydrating benefits of a serum.

It can be used morning and night, and you basically shake a few drops into your palms and then gently pat onto face and neck after cleansing. Look at you, you glowy thing!

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Have you tried any of the new beauty products above? You HAVE? Which one? Also, where did you get that shirt from? I love it. Tell me in the comment section below. 

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