Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette and Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk



 
 
These 'Perfect Partners' are the ultimate combination for an evening look! This palette screams out to be worn, it is so beautiful.

 Charlotte Tilbury states she has 'de-coded the secret to mesmerizing eyes' , and mesmerize it does.
This palette is particularly PERFECT for green eyes, the reddy copper brown, champagne gold and bronzey browns accentuate the brightness in your eyes, giving that sultry Mediterranean 'Dolce Vita' look... but this palette still works beautifully for all eye colours and skin tones.

The texture of these shadows are buttery soft, with incredible pigmentation, making them super blendable. The staying power is pretty great too!
 
 1. Prime shade: A light champagne shade with hints of  gold shimmer (gorgeous worn alone for a daytime look)
 
2. Enhance Shade: A coppery red toned brown
 
3. Smoke shade: A bronzey chocolate brown
 
4. Pop Shade: An 'old gold' chunkier glitter (best applied with fingers) which brings the look together!

This palette can provide that 'Desk to Dusk to Disco' look. Charlotte herself has an amazing tutorial demonstrating how to get the best out of this palette.

 
The nude-pink soft finish of the Lip Cheat in 'Pillowtalk' provides the perfect lip look, enhancing size and shape but not outdoing the eyes. This stuff last and lasts! It is waterproof with a 6 hour + wear
This is hands down the best lip liner I have ever owned but at £16 isn't the cheapest, but it's certainly worth it!
 
I have a post with some dupes/similar liners coming up which are more purse friendly.

Buy the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette (£38) and Lip Cheat (£16) at

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/luxury-palette-the-dolce-vita.html

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

L'Oreal True Match...The Best Drugstore Foundation Ever?


Wide shade rage? Check
Blendable and buildable? Check
Long lasting? Check
For £9.99 can you get a better everyday foundation? Well, I don't think so,  I love this foundation!
Available in 23 shades in the UK, L'Oreal claim this foundation provides coverage without caking and conceals imperfections due to it's micro-fine, creamy texture that blends perfectly with the skin.
 I have to agree with all of that.
 
 
I wear the shade D3/W3 and apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush.
 I have combination-dry skin, with an oily T Zone.
 I can put this foundation on at 6am, return home at 8.30pm and it is still on (without primer and without powdering) with only some slight movement on my T-Zone area . Applying primer and powder only enhances this foundation even more.
In terms of finish, I'd say this is a semi-matte to matte foundation on my skin, and the colour is perfect- it's still wearable on days where I'm a little paler or a little more tanned than usual due to it's ability to adapt to skin so well.
 
I love wearing it with the L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer underneath to give it a bit of a glow, but if you're looking for a more overall dewy foundation then check out L'Oreal's Lumi Magique foundation. Blog post coming soon on both of these!
 
 
Ps, This post is not sponsored
Pps, I hope you like my improved Blog pics... thanks to my new camera!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

This is holy grail for me! Hands down THE best moisturiser I've ever used.


I love this product so much because it has multi-use purposes, as well as using it as a daily moisturiser, you can also use this OVER makeup or as a 5 minute moisture mask.

If you find the odd dry area once you've finished your makeup, a dab of this and it soaks into the skin relieving that patchy surface often left by dry spots on the face. In terms of the moisture mask- this is the perfect product for long-haul flights! On my trip to Australia this stuff saved my skin on the plane, it was so dehydrating and after I smothered this over my face it immediately felt more hydrated and continued to do so, it was then easily rubbed in after leaving it to sit on the face.


This is an oil-free gel consistency moisturiser, and for me this is so much better than a cream. It sinks in so quickly but is continually hydrating at the same time, not tacky, shiny or greasy. It leaves your skin feeling baby soft and I've noticed it's helped with healing blemishes I have.
I think this works for any skin type. I have combination-dry skin, which is particularly dry at the minute, Clinique also state this is suitable for skin types 1,2,3 & 4 according to their system!


£32 from Clinique at Boots

Friday, 18 April 2014

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Elixir

I popped into Boots yesterday to pick up a few bits of makeup I was running short on. But this was the main item on my list. It's fairly new from the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Range. I'd heard about this from one of Anna's videos on YouTube (Viviannadoesmakeup) and I had to try it out for myself.


So how is this different from any other fake tan?
Well, the gist of this product is that you apply it once it for 3 consecutive days, and the result should last 2 weeks!

The texture of this is very different  because it is an elixir. It has a watery-gel like consistency which dries fast (as claimed) . However, it dries fast to the point you HAVE to be quick! And because the formula is non tinted (it's a sort of golden yellow colour) I'd say you have to be pretty good at applying fake tan to be confident to use this... Unless you want to lose a layer of skin trying to exfoliate off any mistakes!

Fortunately I'm not too bad at applying fake tan, and I really liked the fact that this product did not make me feel disgustingly dirty after I had applied it. I applied this using only gloves.
I would NOT recommend that you use a fake tan mitt/old sock/ etc . The product dries too quickly for you to have an even enough spread  of the elixir, without having to use too much  product; as it will all have soaked into the mitt.

I would recommend  that you are well moisturized  beforehand, the Nivea in- shower moisturizer is a dream to use before tan  because it doesn't leave any residue that would interfere with the tan itself. This product is not forgiving on dry patches so you really can't afford to be flaky with this one.

L'Oreal claim that this  has a  ' no self-tan smell' which is true initially, but when you wake up the next morning it definitely does leave a hint of biscuit.
Also the great thing about this is it doesn't stain bed sheets , so thumbs up for that!

Colour wise I'd definitely say  that this product adapts to your skin tone. I've read reviews from pale girls who say it gives them a lovely golden tan. I have medium olive skin  which tans naturally in the sun very well, and this has definitely given me a colour I like, just from the first application. I just worry how dark I will go with another 2 applications. Perhaps with showering etc it will lighten down a little. Anyway, here is a picture from my day 1 application in natural light, with no flash.




I will put up progress pics for day 2 and 3 and  then update as to how long the tan lasted, and also how it fades.

Right now this is on offer at Boots & Superdrug for  around  £10.66  (1/3 off) so a saving of around £5 or so. I'd recommend grabbing it now before it goes up again.





Friday, 21 June 2013

B. Pure Micellar Water

I haven't posted in a really long time. I thought I had almost given up blogging for good, but lately there have been a few products that I have loved and just had to share.
But right now I have to review my favourite product of the minute
 
 
 
 
The B.Pure Micellar Water
 
I had heard about this from beauty vlogger on youtube, when they mentioned it was under £5 from Superdrug I rushed out and bought it. It is currently only £3.32 on offer so snap a few up, you will love it.
 
Unlike some Micellar waters, this one removes eye make up - even waterproof mascara- with no fuss or mess. You just apply to a cotton pad, sweep over your face and voila it's all gone! No need to rinse your face afterwards either, and no nasty residue. I would, however recommend that you don't soak the pad with too much product if you are using it for your eyes as it will sting if it gets into your actual eyeball.
I haven't tried Bioderma, but the fact that I've heard it's no good for eye makeup was enough for me to refrain from sourcing it out. This product is probably more akin to the Taaj Eau Micellaire water but MUCH easier on your pocket at almost 5 times cheaper.
 
The packaging makes the product look more expensive than it is, but the quality of the product stands up to a high end cleansing water. It's no surprise that this was a winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Buy With 150ml of product it is perfect for travel too. It's also vegan/cruelty free :)
 
 
Go and buy this, you won't regret it!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

June Joliebox

I apologise for how late this is, I got my box even later than most as I missed the postman, and then I've been on holiday so here it is;


I got the orange box, although I keep wondering what box I would have got if the boxes never got re-addressed. The one I got was originally supposed to be sent to a girl in Ireland!
I was really happy with what I got though, and I will use all of the samples. I do wish that I had gotten the Yonka cream for dry skin as my face is so dry after being on holiday.






Elysambre Gloss- Full Size
This is a really deep red gloss with a subtle light pink shimmer. I think this is definitely a night time lipgloss, but very pretty. It's paraben free and 100% natural.

Yon-ka Pamplemousse Protective and Vitalizing Cream
I received this cream for normal to oily skin types. This was supposed to be a customized product, but after the shipping fiasco everyone got uncustomized random boxes. This cream has a very strong scent so probably not the best if you have sensitive skin, but it feels lovely on. It soaks in well to the skin so would be a great morning moisturizer, but on the other hand it's relatively thick at first so I think it would also work as a night cream too.


L'Occitane Angelica Hydration cream
I love this range! I already had a sample of this cream and the toner too and my skin loves it. I have stopped using my Clinique 3 step in favour of this range (although I still use my Clinique mild facial soap). It smells amazing and is a pleasure to use.


Instiut Esthederm Bronz Repair Body Lotion
I took this on holiday and didn't realise it was a body lotion- I was using it on my face! It was actually very good to use in the sun, but I'm now using it to stop me peeling. 


Overall a really nice box, there isn't any product I don't like or won't use. Just a shame about the time it took to arrive.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

No7 Limited Edition Summer Collection - Nourishing Lip Shine







I managed to get my hands on both of these lovely colours as soon as they came out a few months back, but I'm only just getting round to reviewing them.
This stuff is gorgeous, so soothing and they both give a really pretty colour. The pink colour is my favourite as it's slightly more tinted. These have a sheen but don't contain shimmer.











The packaging is very similar to the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, but I can't compare them as I haven't tried the Clarins [and I don't feel the need to- as I like these a lot!]
They are a perfect daytime lip product and would work really well on a natural look or if you are working heavily on the eyes on a night out and want a subtle balmy lip.
These are £10.50 but I got £5 off of mine with a No7 voucher so a lot cheaper than Clarins (rrp £16)