Charlotte Tilbury First Impressions

I absolutely adore Charlotte Tilbury! I’ve binge watched her You Tube videos, learning lots of tips and tricks over the years.

I have always really been a drugstore makeup gal, with occasionally splurging on high end beauty products or being gifted them for birthdays and Christmas. However only recently have I decided to purchase some Charlotte Tilbury products to get a taster. I decided to go for the and the Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow, and the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick  in ‘Penelope Pink’- I adore the name of this lipstick, and it is the perfect every day nude colour! I purchased these products from Feel Unique.

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The Unisex Healthy Glow is a tinted moisturiser that gives a natural glow to the skin. I love a tinted moisturiser, and my go to one is definitely NIVEA’s Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream (at £3.99, you can’t really go wrong). So I was excited to see how Charlotte Tilbury’s £35 tinted moisturiser matched up. When first applied, the product is white and quickly blends into a pigmented cream to give a lovely natural looking tan that blended effortlessly into my skin. I found that I definitely had a subtle glow that I loved, and I’m sure I will love this product even more come the dull Winter months.

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My skin is notoriously dry, and I found this tinted moisturiser really did help with this. It didn’t cling to any dry patches on my cheeks at all, like some foundations and other moisturisers that I’ve tried in the past. The product claims to have “natural moisturising actives that contain a combination of moisture regulating ingredients that mimic bouncy lipids in your skin.” I love wearing this product on it’s own. It is so light weight and doesn’t make me feel ‘cakey’. I loved this so much when I was in Italy, I could just pop some on and blend to give my skin a super natural glow that felt effortless.

The only down side to this product is that it doesn’t contain any SPF, so you will need to add in an extra step for sun protection into your skin care and beauty routine.

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Next up is the lipstick. I have to say it is one of the softest and creamiest lipsticks I’ve used so far. I always have the issue of making sure my lips are ridiculously moisturised with layers of Carmex otherwise the colour will just flake off! However I didn’t have this issue when using the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick. This lipstick also has good lasting power, I regularly top up my lipstick throughout the day/night and this lasted several hours longer than other ones I have tried.

I would say that the colour is more of a nude off-pink rather than a bright pink, but I prefer this, as I am comfortable to wear this on a day to day basis.

I am also in love with the rose gold case! It is so sleek and is definitely my style.

After reading the products description, the product claims to be enriched with their secret ingredient, the Lipstick Tree, which is an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, which is a big thumbs up from me!

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Overall, I was quite impressed with Charlotte Tilbury’s products. I’m very keen to try more and discover some of my new makeup favourites. I get the impression that she truly cares about her products and thinks about each ingredient that she puts into them to make them unique and work well on every skin type.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products? What did you think, and did you have any favourites?

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L’Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara Review

I’m all for trying out new products, especially when it comes to mascara. I’m always on the hunt for a new product to top my favourite Benefit They’re Real- preferably one that’s cheaper too!

L’Oréal’s marketing campaign for this mascara was brilliant. Every time I popped onto my Facebook or Insta, they’re was an advert for the product. I loved how they used bloggers like Just Jodes as well. 

The mascara claims to give mega volume, curl and hold all day. They have a selection of colours to choose from as well; black, black waterproof, indigo, lilac, and teal. I’ll be honest, I’m not one for bright makeup so I went for black (boring I know!).

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Packaging: 

I love the packaging for this mascara, I think it is very simple yet eye catching! The pastel pink and mint green instantly caught my eye when I was browsing the makeup aisles in Boots.

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Brush: 

A mascara wand is the most important thing for me. I normally like thinner wands that make it easier to catch and coat each lash. I also prefer silicone type wands over the classic brush style. The Miss Baby Roll wand is made of silicone, however has a larger round barrell shape, I think this makes it easier to achieve more volume for your lashes. I found this made the application of the mascara trickier, as I kept on getting specks of the product on my eyelid (maybe I might just need more practice!)

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Product & Application: 

I liked the consistency of the product, I felt that it didn’t clump, even when I applied to layers- hurray!

I found that the mascara definitely gave more volume to my lashes which I loved, and I found the results very similar to that when using the Benefit Roller Lash, however the roller lash was a little bit more defined.

Wear:

Like the majority of mascara that I wear I always find it was fade and run down to my lower lash line throughout the day. This happened with the Baby Roll as well. But I did expect this.

Removal: 

Since I didn’t get the waterproof version, I found the mascara very easy to remove. I usually use a makeup wipe to initially remove the product, and then wash my face with cleanser and a wash cloth.

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Top 5 ‘No Makeup’ Bases

From BB to CC creams, to tinted moisturisers. I got a little bit confused when it came to something lighter to wear as a makeup base. I love foundation, especially when I want a bit of extra coverage, however, I find it can be a bit heavy at times. So when I want a lighter ‘no makeup’ base I like to opt for one of these little beauties…

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These 5 creams all work differently, but they all make an appearance at some point in my makeup routine when I’m looking for a natural base.

First up is my old favourite, NIVEA Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturising Day Cream. I’ve used this for years and I still reach for this product. It gives my skin a bit of a boost with moisture, and adds a hint of colour which I feel matches really well. It also has SPF 15 which is an added bonus.

The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Cream Gel has SPF 30 which is amazing for a tinted moisturiser. I read lots of brilliant reviews and had to try it. The one thing I regret is that I think I bought the product in a shade too dark, but come the Summer time it will match well with a bit of a tan. So I would probably recommend asking the staff at Bare Minerals to match you. The coverage is decent with this product, but like any tinted moisturisers it’s more to give you a tint and a bit of glow.

The Chanel CC Cream was a wonder find for me. A friend recomended it to me last year and I didn’t look back. However, it is highly perfumed so I’d be a bit wary if you have sensitive skin. It gives amazing coverage for a CC cream and conceals redness very well. The one drawback I found is that it dries out my skin slightly on my cheeks, but I still really love the cream. It also has SPF 50! The highest one out of these creams.

Next up are two drug store buys; Rimmel London BB Cream Radiance & L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream.

The Rimmel BB Cream is a good light coverage base, it has SPF 20 as well, and I find it gives a nice glow to my complexion. I have the shade ‘light’.

I wanted to try L’Oreal’s BB Cream for a long time. I was amazed by how the white cream magically turned into the correct shade for your skin! A little goes a long way with this cream, and it gives good coverage.

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These products all differ in texture and coverage, and I find that some work better for my skin when it’s drier, for example in the Winter months, or when it’s doing better and I’m not having a flare up with my eczema. But I love being able to just pop a little bit of the product on to complete a quick natural look!

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NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette Review 

I love contouring and highlighting! I have so many different products that all work their magic. But I also love having everything together, and this palette by NYX is brilliant, as it has variety of matte and shimmer contouring shades and gorgeous highlighters.

I was browsing the NYX stand and this kit jumped out at me. I had never invested in a contouring palette before, despite lusting after the Zoeva and ABH ones! So I decided to spend £18 (Boots) for the NYX palette, which does seem similar to dearer ones, to see if it would work for me.

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The palette comes with eight customisable highlight and contour shades. The shades in this palette are all removable, so you can swap them out for another favourite, or replace them once you’ve hit pan.

As you can tell I’ve already picked out my favourites, but all of the shades work well.

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The shimmering highlighter on the top left is fast becoming my go to colour. It is very pigmented and blends out flawlessly. In fact, all of the shades in the kit do!

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I love the banana powder for setting my under eyes, I feel it brightens and gives that awake look. Pretty much all of the darker shades are good for contouring, but I also use the lighter ones for bronzing my paler complexion.

All in all this palette has quickly made its way into my daily makeup routine, as well as my going out one!

What do you think of the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette?

Thanks for reading. X

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NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray Review

Probably like most makeup addicts in the UK, I’ve been loving how easy it is to pick up NYX products now (thank you Boots!) and the product I have been using pretty much every day is their Dewy Finish Setting Spray.

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The reason I went for the dewy finish over their matte finish setting spray is because I have very dry skin, and I hoped that this would help, or at least not cling to dry patches like powder does.

Now I’ll be honest, this is the first setting spray I have ever used, mainly due to the fact that I found other setting sprays quite pricey, and I never really thought I would benefit from it. It comes in a small bottle but it lasts for a while, and it doesn’t have a scent, which is good for me. Once I apply my foundation, concealer, bronzer & blusher, and blend, I evenly spray 2-3 pumps over my face. I wait about 15-20 seconds for it to become ‘tacky’- a little bit like when your waiting for eye lash glue to slightly dry before applying the lashes- and then I take my makeup sponge/beauty blender and gently pat my face. I’ve been doing this for a while and I find it really does set the makeup and leave a nice smooth finish. Before using this spray I always found my makeup to be patchy or even worn off by the end of the day, but now I find it looks pretty good after a long day at work!

Overall I’ve been super impressed with this product, and for £7 (from Boots) you can’t really go far wrong. Give it a go and let me know what you think! What other NYX product have you been loving?

 

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NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick

I’m the sort of girl who always plays it safe when it comes to lipstick shades.. But when I had a nosey at the NYX stand in Boots, I decided to take a risk and purchase a few colours out of my comfort zone. At £4 per stick you couldn’t really go wrong, and with such a wide selection of shades, I was spoiled for choice.

The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick truly is it’s name, it is a very creamy lipstick that glides onto your lips like velvet. The shades are very pigmented and definitely stand the test of time. It is a classic go to lip product that you can count on. No doubt I’ll be back to stock up on my collection!

Having pale skin, I thought I should stay away from a bright red lip, but the shade Eros (536) caught my eye. It’s a classic post box red that I will hopefully be confident enough to pull off! (left)

I then stayed safe with the shade Fig (640), a deep nude pink that I know I can wear everyday. (right)

The next shade I put in my basket was a bit of an odd choice for me. It is a very bright pink, but my thought at the time was that it would be ideal for Summer. I love the name, Strawberry Milk (595), which I think perfectly describes the colour! (middle)

What NYX products are you loving? Let me know in the comments below! 

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February Favourites 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the post where I write about all the best bits I’ve been loving the past month. It definitely has been a quick month (well.. it is February!) it honestly seems like yesterday I was sitting writing out my January favourites! 

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month! X

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Garnier Toner – I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin care recently, and one thing that became apparent to me was that you need to have a good skin care routine. I’ve already been cleansing and moisturising my skin, but one step I’ve never really thought about was using a toner. Apparently toners have a huge range of benefits such as tightening pores. I picked this one up from Super Drug (it was on offer!) and I didn’t want to spend loads on something I’d be trying out. So far I’m really enjoying using this morning and night and I’ve noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.

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Nivea Dry Skin Face Wipes – I know face wipes aren’t the No. 1 skin care product to use, but after a long day all I want is a quick fix to remove my makeup and make my face feel a bit fresher. I feel like it’s actually worth investing a wee bit more in a good face wipe, and these Nivea ones don’t disappoint. I feel that my face looks brighter and heathier after using these.

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Boots Soltan Instant Tan – I still use the old and trusty St Moriz Fake Tan but I’ve been loving trying something different, yet still very affordable. This tan smells lovely, and my skin feels very soft afterwards and I find that it’s very build able to get the colour you want.

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Soap and Glory ‘Endless Glove’ Moisture Mask & Hand Cream – I don’t know about you guys but I looove Soap & Glory products. I was a huge fan of the ‘Hand Food’ cream yet this month I’ve been using the ‘Endless Glove’ a lot more. It has a very fresh scent to it, so it isn’t as sweet like their other products, which is quite nice for a hand cream. I find it sinks into the skin very quickly and works wonders on my nails as well! 😀 I’m yet to use it as a mask overnight, so I will let you guys know how it works!

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Witch Stick – An old favourite that I rediscovered. I used this all the time in my teen years, and I swore by it! Luckily I my skin isn’t very spot prone, but when the odd one pops up on my face I dap it on and it disappears within a day or two. I picked this one up as they donate proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care- a cause close to my heart.

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Once Upon a Time – I’ve mentioned this in my previous post ‘ Netflix Top 5 ‘ and it is definitely one of my favourite series’. This month I had a serious binge watching marathon of the show and unfortunately that’s me finished the last season until the next one is released.

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Benefit Beauty Bar Experience!

Hello everyone!

Today I was in Edinburgh City Centre to do a bit of shopping after finishing work a bit earlier than usual. I nipped in to Boots on Princes Street to get a few essentials (you know, face wipes, razors and all that jazz). A lovely lady from the Benefit Stand  came up to me and asked if I’d like to try out some of their products. I’m not usually one to go up to beauty counters and ask the sales assistants about products, but I’ve used a variety of Benefit products before and I love them! So I thought it would be a great experience to try some new products and get some hints and tips from the professionals!

First of all they cleansed my face with the ‘Remove It- Makeup Remover’ to clean any makeup on my face for a blank canvas 😉 She then applied the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ this felt amazing on my skin! The product has a light scent to it, and it feels very cooling when applied to the skin.

She then applied the new ‘POREfessional: matte rescue gel’ as a primer, followed by the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ in the shade ‘Believe in me- Ivory’ to one half of my face for me to see the difference. She then finished the rest of my face. It looked fab! My skin definitely looked flawless and it didn’t feel very caked on and like my skin could breath.

They had a 10% off event so I decided to purchase the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ and the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ as I was really impressed by them.

As my skin can flare up with dermatitis with various products, I was a hit reluctant in buying the moisturiser. It felt find at the time of application, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few weeks.

What pushed me to buy it was the 28 day money back grantee that Benefit offer. If the product doesn’t suit you you can return it for a full refund.

I love buying new makeup and trying different brands out. I’ll give them a go for the next couple of week and report back!

In the future I will definitely be more confident in approaching the beauty counters. The expert advice is definitely worth it. I think that once you find out how exactly to use the products the right way for your face, you can get the most out of them!

What are some of your fave Benefit products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! X 

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Skin Care & Hair Care Haul

Over the last few weeks I’ve picked up a few items from Boots. They’re things I’ve wanted for a wee while as well as some spontaneous purchases!

Skin: 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream 

My friend recomended I’d try this cream as I get patches of dry skin as well as really chapped lips (especially in the Winter!). The smell is a bit unusual, but nice. It is more of a balm consistency than a cream but I feel like this adds to the moisturising properties and helps to really protect the skin. I’ve been using it for around 3 weeks now and I’m loving it. Its a skin saviour for the cold Winter months!

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my skin problems in previous posts but I suffer from eczema pretty badly, especially on my face. I’ve tried pretty much every cream on the market but I had yet to try Eucerin. I read some good reviews on it and I thought I’d give it a go. It’s creamy and really feels like it plumps up and and soothes the skin. I’ll be back to give you a proper review!

Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Scrub Fix 

I needed to invest in a new exfoliator and while I was browsing the shelves this one caught my eye. It doesn’t feel too rough but my skin feels super smooth once I’ve used it.

Hair: 

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo 

The one piece of hair care advice I always get is to not wash your hair everyday! I’m definitely guilty of this, and so I thought I’d start properly using dry shampoo to help me achieve this. L’Oreal brought out the new ‘Extraordinary Clay’ collection recently which promises to give less oily roots and conditioned ends. The spray smells very fresh and doesn’t leave a white residue like other dry shampoos do.

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask 

Recently I’ve been feeling that despite regular conditioning, my hair skill feels dry, as well as really heat damaged from over use of heat styling 😦 you may have read my previous post on the ’30 day no heat challenge’ that I’m attempting to do to try and make my hair a bit healthier! I thought I’d start using a weekly hair mask to try to treat my hair and help it look and feel a bit better. I’ll probably put this on my hair while soaking in the bath during one of my pamper nights… Bliss!

 

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Mini Boots Makeup Haul

Today I had to nip into town to return a few things, and I decided to pop into Boots to have a look around. They had a few really good offers on makeup, and they’re were a few things that I needed  ok, wanted.. as well as one or two things that caught my eye while I was browsing, so I took advantage of the offers!

First of all, I picked up two Barry M Nail Paints. It was 2 for £6 on selected  Barry M nail varnishes. The first colour that I really liked is the ‘Gelly Hi Shine’ in ‘Sugar Plum’, I thought it was a very pretty colour to brighten up gloomy January. The second one I picked up was one from they’re new Manicure range. I got the ‘Mani Mask Camouflage, Colour and Condition’ in ‘Birthday Suit Nude’. I’m not one to always have a bright colour on my nails but I like the look of a french pink or top coat on my nail.

I recently misplaced my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge so I thought I’d get another one as I absolutely love it, I use it almost everyday. I think it make my complexion look so smooth and almost air brushed. My skin is super dry and eczema prone so this sponge is really gentle.

It was also buy one get one half price on Rimmel products so I picked up 4 products. I’m a big fan of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, however I’m trying to head away from wearing foundation every day. So I thought I’d try the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream. I got the shade ‘light’. It feels so light on my face and looks very natural. I also picked up a ‘Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eye Liner’ in Nude. I thought this would be good for lining the waterline to make my eyes look bigger and more awake!

I admit that my lipstick collection is far too big already but I picked up two lip products. The first one I got was the ‘Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm’ in ‘Not An Illusion’, I thought this balm would be good as like most people my lips get very dry in the Winter yet I still want to have a bit of colour on my lips. Rimmel has recently brought out the ‘Only 1 lipstick’ I thought it sounded quite good as it promises lasting colour and moisture. I got the colour ‘700 Naughty Nude’. I’ll report back on how good it is!

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