26 August 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Summer Haul

Who doesn't love a Tilbury Treat? I remember when I first purchased Charlotte Tilbury back in 2015 (view haul post) I was so amazed by her talent and her stunning range of products and kits. She really is one of the most talented ladies in the beauty industry! Over the past few years I have repurchased favourites from my initial haul such as her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks and her Goddess Skin Clay Mask, which is to die for! However, more recently I've been getting a surge of Charlotte Tilbury emails into my inbox with gorgeous new releases and quite simply I caved! 
With my holiday to Dubai just 10 days away, I decided to repurchase a few old Tilbury favourites along with some exciting new releases to take with me! Firstly, I repurchased my two absolute favourite lipsticks from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range (on the left) Bitch Perfect and (on the right) Penelope Pink. Bitch Perfect is just the most stunning lipstick, if you love pinky peachy tones then this is the ultimate shade, plus you gotta love the sassy name! - Penelope Pink is equally beautiful, but slightly more nude. It goes with every single make-up look you could imagine and it's my favourite shade for when I smoke things up on my eyes. I also love how the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula visibly enhances and plumps your lips giving you the perfect pout all day everyday. 

Next up a NEW Charlotte Tilbury product that I'm so hyped about already The Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint - I watched a YouTube review by Wayne Goss and he absolutely loved it and I mean really loved it... So obviously it went into my online cart. However, after ordering it I saw another review which didn't show it off as well and to be honest I was a little worried that I had wasted money on a product I probably didn't need. However, I can 100% say that Wayne was right and this is genuinely the closest product to achieving an Instagram filter effect on your bare skin. It is SO stunning. It comes out in a grey tint, which has a slightly gritty texture at first and as soon as you start to blend it into your skin you can see the pigment releasing as it magically morphs to suit your skin tone. I literally have so much to say about this product, but I'm going to keep that for a full in depth review!

Last but not least we have the Limited Edition Instant Look In A Palette in Beauty Glow. I've been looking for a full on multi-use palette for quite some time now and I felt like my prayers had been answered when I came across this stunning palette on the website. I opted for the shade Beauty Glow, which features a gorgeous array of rose gold and bronze tones. There are also two other shade selections, which means that there is a good choice for different skin tones and preferences. So far I love this palette! However, I am finding the Cheek Swish a little too dark to blend with my natural skin tone and no fake tan. I can already tell I'm going to get so much use of this palette though! 

I hope you have enjoyed this haul/initial thoughts post. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Have you indulged in a Tilbury Treat recently?

Lots of Love 

16 August 2017

Beautiful Bases

When it comes to make-up base and eyes are queen for me, everything else is a bonus! A flawless base and eye area can hide a multitude of sins... and yes I'm talking dark circles, blemishes and uneven pigmentation. Over the past year I've created a bit of a base wardrobe with go to products that fix me up time and time again.

Let's talk under eyes...
It's no secret that I'm not a good sleeper. It either takes me ages to drop off, or I wake up multiple times during the night, so my under-eye area is often a task for me first thing. A little while back I purchased the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector and I've been hooked ever since. It's creamy pinky peach consistency neutralises the blue tones of dark circles and broken capillaries, whilst ultra-fine pearlescent particles subtly scatter light to brighten and enhance the under eye area. This really is an impressive corrector, considering its buttery texture it blends like a dream, is super long-waring and crease-resistant. It's the very best way to stay looking bright eyed and bushy tailed. Next up my old faithful the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for under £4 this is hands down my favourite multi-use concealer. It works so well over the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector and together these two products banish any signs of fatigue. 
It's all about the base...
First up we have the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter primer, which does exactly what it says on the tin! It's the ultimate fix for skin showing signs of lacklustre skin and with it's intuitive free-radical fighting formula and a featherweight texture it's the ultimate first step to a soft focus flawless base. Next up we have the super affordable Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser which is perfect for those days when you only need sheer coverage, mixed with the insanely versatile Clinique Bronzing Gelee this is actually one of my favourite bases! Sticking with Clinique, the Beyond Perfecting 2-in-1 Foundation is one of my absolute favourites and has featured on my blog quite a few times. It's flawless, richly pigmented and long lasting coverage makes it a go to foundation for long days at work, evening's out and events. Moving onto another amazing foundation the Vichy Dermablend definitely gives the most full coverage base, but with a damp beauty blender and some simple blending you can still make this look natural. I love how long lasting this foundation is and it's even more pigmented than the Clinique 2-in-1. I often mix this with my BECCA primer, which gives it a lovely radiant sheen. Finally, we have the Clinique Even Better Foundation SPF15, which gives a buildable light to medium coverage making it perfect for everyday use. I'm on my fourth bottle and I can see this one staying in my collection for a very long time as it's so versatile, plus it's oil-free, which works so well for my normal to combination skin.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and I would love to hear about your favourite beauty bases?

Lots of Love

13 August 2017

Summer Skincare Favourites ☀️

When it comes to skincare I try to keep a few hero products consistently within my routine. However, I also like to swap in and out a few additional products to make sure I'm making the most of my skincare collection. Here's an update on a few of my summer favourites!

I received this scrub as part of my Birchbox subscription and was instantly intrigued by the brand Polaar, especially when I saw that they have a product called Lapland cream, which I'm yet to try... going off on a bit of a tangent I'm obsessed with Lapland and can't wait to go back! Anyhoo, I actually really like this scrub, which features Artic Cotton; a real powerhouse ingredient that is known for its moisturising and detoxifying properties. I use this scrub around twice a week and I'm left with cool, calm and velvety smooth skin.

Anyone who has followed me for a while will know that this product is my ultimate HG. it's the first skincare product that I truly fell in love with and it has stayed put in my routine for over 8 years. I love to use this after cleansing am/pm to ensure my skin is completely clean and that any cleanser residue is gone. It also does a wonderful job of balancing my skin and soothing it after cleansing and applying face masks, plus it smells amazing and is alcohol free.  

Another HG product and worth its weight in gold. Nothing sorts my skin out like this does and even when I ditch it for new serums, I always end up coming back to ANR and each use reminds me of why it's my absolute favourite serum. It can be used day and night and with its exclusive ChronoluxCB technology it allows you to wake up with smoother, radiant, hydrated and generally more beautiful looking skin.

Say hello to yet another HG product - The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It is an absolute dream to use, everything from it's gorgeous pink texture to it's delicate scent make this cleanser the best I have ever tried. My skin feels so clean and visibly brighter after each wash. It's also super low maintenance to use but remains so luxurious, every use feels like such a treat!

After treating myself to the PTR Introductory Mask Kit, I was disappointed that I didn't actually see much difference when using the majority of the masks. However, the PTR Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask is a cutting-edge face mask, which helps ease the signs of ageing, as well as hydrating and tightening pores. It uses five Rose plant stems cells and four Rose extracts, which make this mask a real powerhouse. I also love that this is a non-messy clear gel, which makes it perfect for a quick fix or even as an in-flight treat.

After treating myself to the PTR Introductory Mask Kit, I was disappointed that I didn't actually see much difference when using the majority of the masks. However, the PTR Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask is a cutting-edge face mask, which helps ease the signs of ageing, as well as hydrating and tightening pores. It uses five Rose plant stems cells and four Rose extracts, which make this mask a real powerhouse. I also love that this is a non-messy clear gel, which makes it perfect for a quick fix or even as an in-flight treat.

If I had to pick a mask brand to use forever... it would be Origins without a doubt, they slay skincare in general but their mask game is on top, and this particular mask is a real favourite of mine. It's 2-in-1 formulations works deeply to not only cleanse, but also exfoliate your skin, restoring vitality back into your complexion. A dreamy blend of Mediterranean rose clay and Canadian willow herb polish and refine the skin's texture with the help of exfoliating jojoba beads to leave your skin in its best possible condition.

What are your skincare favourites this summer?

Lots of Love 

9 August 2017

Rimmel London #Insta Conceal & Correct Review

I've never been much good at colour correcting and to be honest I've never really found a colour correcting product I actually really like. A lot either seem to be chalky or impossible to blend. However, a little while back I decided to give the new Rimmel #INSTA Colour Correcting Palette a go and I'm happy to report that it is definitely one of the better colour correcting products I've tried.

The Rimmel London #Insta Conceal & Correct Palette (£6.49) is a dinky correcting palette, which is super cute to look at and also very travel friendly. With Instagram still being a thing (despite the algorithm woes) I love that this palette is on trend and actually it does really work. There are three shades; a lovely peachy shade to combat dark circles, a vibrant green shade to hide redness and finally a lovely lilac shade to add brightness to any dull areas.
As I mentioned earlier I've tried quite a few high end and drugstore correctors and they haven't really done that much or have ended making me look a little scary! I love that the texture of the #INSTA palette is so creamy and velvety, which allows you to blend with ease. My favourite shade is the green as it does such an amazing job of covering up redness, which I have around my cheeks and forehead. The peachy shade is equally lovely and does a good job of neutralising my dreaded dark circles. I haven't found as much use for the lilac shade yet, but it is still great quality and totally blendable like the other shades. There is also a hand diagram on the back of the palette to give you a guidance on how to apply for the best results.

I'm not quite sure if I will give up my Insta filters, but I'm so happy to find a budget corrector palette that really does work. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review, have you tried anything from the #INSTA range?

Lots of Love

6 August 2017

L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara Review

Happy Sunday Lovelies! Is anyone else a sucker for ANYTHING Rose Gold? I've got about four mascara's on the go that need to be used at the moment, but of course the beauty blogger in me justified another one! On social media I've been seeing a lot of new releases and one that caught my eye was the Paradise range from L'Oreal. I went into my local Superdrug and everything was sold out, luckily the boots across the street had a few of the Paradise Extatic Mascaras (£9.99) left, so I thought I would go ahead and pick one up.

Firstly, let's appreciate the Rose Gold! It's such a pretty looking mascara. The overall look and feel of the packaging is nice and I love the Paradise theme. I tend to use high end mascara's on a day to day basis, as I've never really found a cheaper version that stays put and doesn't clump or fall out after an hour or two. I was expecting this mascara to be more in my face, but actually I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't clumpy or over the top. It actually reminded me of my Chanel Le Volume Mascara. It has great staying power and a really nice texture, which you don't have to tug to get off. It is infused with lash-loving Castor oil, which noticeably makes the application softer and a lot more comfortable than other drugstore mascaras I have tried in the past.

Overall, I think this is a really nice mascara. The results aren't as bold as I was expecting, but actually I'm glad. It's very buildable and has such a lovely comfortable stay-put formula. Have you tried anything from the Paradise range?

Lots of Love 

2 August 2017

Joico K-PAK Colour Therapy Review

I was actually shocked a few weeks back when I saw the before and after of my recent trip to Hair By Jones. I couldn't believe how dry, coarse and generally unruly my hair had got and a refresh was very much needed. I was introduced to the brand Joico during my appointment and of course the beauty blogger in me had to try a few products. Recently, Joico got in touch and asked if I would like to check out a few products from their colour range. I've been amazed by how well these Joico products have protected my hair since my cut and colour, my sister even asked if I had been again when I uploaded the below picture to Instagram! 

The K-PAK Color Therapy range is an intuitive formula using advanced QuadraBond Peptide Complex of peptides, African Manketti and Argan Oil, which repairs and seals the hair's outer protective layer. I've never really coloured my hair that much, but I fancied a change and even though it might not be an extreme change, it does seem that way for me! A lot of shampoo's on the market aren't actually colour safe and can strip and wash that expensive color service right down the drain, which is where the Quadrabond Peptide Complex comes in handy, by attaching to the damage sites of hair structure whilst repelling external moisture that can lead to loss of your colour.

Since using the entire Colour Therapy range I have noticed how vibrant and healthy my hair looks, plus my colour still looks brand new. With such an intense formula I was worried that it might make my oil prone roots even oilier. However, I can confirm that my hair looks fresh, healthy and non greasy after every single wash. During the week I use the Shampoo and Conditioner duo, but once a week I treat myself to the K-PAK Luster Lock Treatment, which is a fabulous pre-shampoo treatment, which gives a real boost of repair and protection. Silk, soy and seaweed extract help to prevent damage during styling.

Last but not least we have the K-PAK Protect & Shine Serum, which I absolutely love! Just before drying I add a drop or two through damp hair and before I know it I have gleaming hair that is totally flyaway free. It contains the same Peptide Complex as the entire K-PAK range with the addition of Macadamia seed and Evening Primrose Oils, which adds featherweight moisture to your hair. As I mentioned earlier using more product than usual made me worry about weighing my hair down. However, my hair loves this system and I look forward to bright, bouncy and protected hair after every single wash. 
I hope you enjoyed this review lovelies - what are your go-to haircare products?

Lots of Love
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