Beauty Haul | Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced and Nip + Fab

I’ve said this already recently but I need to stop spending money on beauty. But then again there’s so much I want to buy! One shopping trip later and I have a nice selection of products, some I’d planned on buying and others that were more of an impulse buy. I’ve given them all a go over the last week so here are my first impressions and how I’m feeling about them so far.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara | I love this mascara, it’s really good. Back in the day I wasn’t a fan of a plastic brush but now it’s definitely what I’m drawn to when I want to pump up the volume. This one gives me length and volume and doesn’t flake off or end up down my face at the end of the day. If you’re in need of a new mascara and haven’t tried this one before I definitely recommend it.

Nip and Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask | Gonna be real, this isn’t what I wanted. I should have taken a picture of the thing I wanted to buy to make sure I got the right one but I didn’t, so here we are. I wanted to get a full size of the serum that I got in my Glossybox Advent Calendar but forgot it was the serum I wanted and picked the bottle that looked the most like the smaller size. Mistake, but hey ho I’ll just need to pick up another bottle of the real stuff at some point. Anyway I’m not mad about it but after a couple of uses I really like this product. It’s very much like the serum but doesn’t sink in as quickly. It says you can use it as a ten minute mask or overnight and I think it’s going to be more of an overnight thing for me. Giving me an extra boost of hydration.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Fair | Look at this. It’s so stunning. After my Laura Mercier powder finished about 12 months ago I’ve never really found anything that’s stuck so I thought I’d give something a little bit high end a go. I can’t give it a proper review but so far so good, I’m really enjoying using it. It’s so soft and buttery and does a good job of setting my base. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect | I have a couple of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks and although I liked them back in the day, they’re a bit drying and I don’t get on with the formula anymore. So I thought I’d give one of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G ones a go because they’re a creamier formula. I was also in the market for a peachy nude so Bitch Perfect was the perfect option. I am IN LOVE with this. Like seriously. I’ve used it everyday since I got it and it works with pretty much everything. I think it’s going to be my new favourite.

Starlight, Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, Pink Wink, Sunny Bunny, Tropic Like It’s Hot, Bitch Perfect

Too Faced Natural Face Palette | I’ve been looking for a face palette for a couple of years but nothing has really jumped out at me. Usually the shades are a bit too dark for my pale skin. But this one from Too Faced is probably my perfect palette. The shades can work day to day, with the Sunny Bunny bronzer being a fab match, but then I think it will also be fab when I’m a bit more tanned on holiday. I’ve put it to the test over the week and I’m obsessed. The formula is fab, the highlights are gorgeous and they just work so well.

Mini Boots haul and if the products are any good

I love Boots. It’s my spiritual homeland. Pretty much every time I go in, I come out with a armful of stuff and a shed load of advantage points, I can’t help it! So when I went to visit my friend who also has a Boots/beauty obsession I knew that I was going to be getting a lot of stuff. I was quite restrained (a little….maybe?) and left with a basket full of recommendations and impulse buys. I’ve given them a bit of a road test over the last few weeks so here are my thoughts on these products I picked up from Boots.

First up are the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops Beauty Elixir. I’ve known about those £50, massively expensive unicorn drops from a brand I can’t actually remember for a while now but was never really interested in giving them a go. When I saw this shining purple bottle though I instantly picked it up and put it in my basket. It’s basically a hydrating primer that smells amazing and gives such a boost to by dehydrated skin but don’t make it oily – which is a big deal because I am an oily human being. It’s a bright pink colour with bits of shimmer in it, so looks a bit scary, but I’ve found it gives me a great base for foundation. My only problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product in it and I it might run out quite quickly but on the whole I’m a big fan.

Whenever I meet up with my friends, there’s always a moment before we go out when we pass round the Mac Fix+ with gold glitter in it. It’s something pretty special but because I’m tight I don’t fancy splurging on it myself (sorry). But when I saw Makeup Obsession, a brand I hadn’t heard of, had done one I got it straight away. Sadly I’m not a massive fan of this. The spray was okay but your face ends up soaking wet after a couple of sprays and after two weeks of use the nozzle on mine has broken with loads of product still left inside which is a bit annoying. But if you’re looking for a body spray then this could be fab because there’s so much glitter in it, it would look great on a night out. Not amazing but also not terrible.

After getting a recommendation from said Boots loving friend to get the Natural Collection Blush in Rosey Glow I took it and ran. How is this so cheap?! It was £1.99 and is a great product. Perfect on my skin as it’s pretty much my natural blush colour and builds up nicely so I don’t end up with a splodge of pink on my cheek. It really makes me want to try more Natural Collection products because I’ve been very impressed.

I was in need of a new foundation but didn’t really know which one to give a go next. Another friend recommendation later I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. This is really great. I use it day to day and it blends really well, doesn’t take too much working with and looks pretty natural on my skin. The shade 100 is a good match for me as well. It gives medium coverage and a matte finish but doesn’t suck all the life out of my skin, and if I use the Barry M Beauty Elixir underneath I find it is a winning combination. I don’t know if I’d use it as a ‘night out’ foundation as my Revlon Colourstay gives me a bit more coverage but for everyday I’m a big fan.

When I was on a train on New Year’s Eve, I sadly lost the lid to my beloved Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and because I didn’t want my makeup bag to become full of sticky concealer, I had to bid it farewell. A few weeks on I realised I couldn’t live without it in my life and repurchased it without a seocnd thought. This time I went with the shade Ivory (is it new because I’ve always got light before now thinking that was the palest shade?). It’s a pretty good match for me, probably the palest I would go in a concealer but it does look fab under my eyes. I’ve professed my love for this product before so I won’t go on about it but if you haven’t tried it then I recommend you give it a go. It’s the best concealer I’ve ever used, especially under my eyes.

Is Maybelline Tattoo Brow a miracle product?

In a recent blog post where I went through some of my unloved products (read that here) I can across this – the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Long Lasting Tint. I bought this around when it first came out when I was wanting to spend a little less money on my brows. It seemed like a total miracle product. Costing around £10 it would save a decent chunk in the brow tinting department and there are three shades, light, medium and dark brown. I went for medium brown as although I have blonde hair I’m all about a dark eyebrow. The whole idea of this product is that you paint it on, wait for 20 minutes to two hours depending on how long you want it to last and then peel it off.

Now, I’ll start with the positives. The applicator is a small brush making it easy to draw on the shape you want, it isn’t at all messy and takes next to no time to apply. When it’s on I can’t feel it and, although it makes me look like I have sharpie brows, having it on for two hours isn’t an issue. Peeling it off may seem like it’s going to take all of the brow hairs with it but other than a few casualties it’s totally fine. Overall it’s an easy to use product for something that usually requires getting a professional in.

There is one main problem with this and it’s quite a big one – it’s orange. Like, the colour is orange. And I have no idea why. It’s a perfectly normal colour when you go to bed the day of application but I’ve woken up to find two cheesy wotsits above my eyes. Not good. And that’s the only thing stopping this product from being amazing because it has everything else going for it. The way I’ve been using it is as a guide for filling in my brows. Because I have such fair hair when I have no tint on my brows it can take quite a while to fill them in so by using this I already have a bit of a head start which is good. But I wouldn’t go out with just this on my brows because, as I said, it turns them orange!

I will keep using this because I want to use it all up and I can just about get away with making it work – but there won’t be a repurchase on the horizon.

Have you used this product? Did you get on with it?

My go-to evening base

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago (here) my ‘everyday face’ has become very minimal and basically a slap it all on and run out the door kind of situation. But on a weekend and on the rare occasions where I leave the house in the evening I’ve been going all out and putting all of the products on my face. So I thought I’d share what products I’ve been using when I want a full coverage, ‘look at how much makeup I have on my face’ situation. Enjoy!

After making the discovery that I actually have a very dehydrated face my choice of primers has seriously changed. I’ve gone from one that is very silicone-y and makes my face very matte to something tacky and semi-hydrating to plump up my skin before foundation. Back in December in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar I got a mini This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up and I love it. It’s sticky (in a good way) and it gives my skin a boost of moisture – but it’s also quite pricy for a primer so if anyone has any cheaper dupes for it please let a girl know!

Foundation wise I’ve been using the Maybelline Superstar 24 hour Foundation in. I like it because it’s full coverage but I’m still on the fence and not 100% sold on it. I might be putting too much on or something but it likes to collect and not fully blend into my skin. Also it doesn’t last as long as I would expect a full coverage to do. I think I need to play about with it a bit more with different primers and brushes – I will get this to work!

When I’m going on out on my base there are three concealers that are my go-tos. The first is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Peach which I use underneath my foundation. It makes my under-eyes look a smidge lighter and brighter and I prefer my face when I use this product. Then on top of my foundation I go in with the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (I’ve mentioned by love for this concealer here), blend it out with my Real Techniques Sponge and finish off my concealer journey with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. I’m obsessed with this concealer, it’s my all time favourite. Full coverage, tick. Crease proof, tick. Cracking colour, tick tick tick. This concealer trio is perfect for me.

Before I go in with the powder I dab a bit of the Pixi Glow Booster on the tops of my cheekbones, my cupids bow and the end of my nose. It gives me a bit of extra glow and I think it emphasises my powder highlight when I go in with that later. When my Laura Mercier Powder ran out a few months ago I thought I’d give the RCMA No Colour Powder a go and so far I’m very impressed. It’s pretty much exactly the same, finely milled and does a great job at mattifying my face. Winner!

My purse hates me | Beauty Haul

What a few weeks it’s been. I was struck down with a mystery ‘illness’ that came and went within the space of a week (very bizarre) and then the Beast from the East arrived with its buckets of snow and freezing temperatures. So here’s something for you to warm you up – a few bits I picked up on a recent makeup splurge. So, snuggle under a blanket, grab a cuppa and let’s get cracking.

There’s a NYX store in Leeds and yes, it is as magical as it sounds. I picked up three bits when I was there, the first being a lip oil. I saw this and pretty much grabbed it and shoved it in the little NYX bag my friends kindly retrieved for me to merrily fill. I was thinking it was going to be like the oils you see on instagram that magically plump your lips ready for your lipstick of choice. It doesn’t do that but I’ve been putting it on after I do my base to get rid of the foundation that gets on my lips. An unnecessary step but I’ve been liking it! If you read my January favourites then you’ll have seen that I’m all about lip gloss at the minute so I decide to pick up one of the Butter Lip Glosses in Angel Food Cake. There were loads of shades to choose from but I wanted something nude-y and this one does the job really well. I’ve not stopped wearing it since I’ve got it – great shade, non sticky formula and makes my lips shine! Totally into it. The last thing I picked up from NYX was a blush in Mauve n Out. A massive impulse purchase that I don’t regret. It’s a cross between a pink and a plum and gives a natural blush colour for winter and I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of it day to day.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation so I decided to pick up one. I’ve not used it that much since I’ve got it but my first impressions are very positive. I have the lightest shade and it’s a pretty good match for me. The coverage is medium to full, totally my bag, and it’s mattifying but not drying. I’ve needed to do a bit of blotting during the few days I’ve worn it but I have to do that with most of my foundations anyway.

And last, but definitely not least, is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral. I’ve had this a couple of times before and every time I repurchase it I remember how amazing it. Full on full coverage, great shade match for me and lasts me a decent length of time.

My Skincare Routine

I’ve never done a skincare routine on my blog before which seems very strange seeing as though I’m VERY into it. If I haven’t gone through each step of my routine I feel like something’s missing on my face. This has been my routine for about nine months and I don’t think that it’s going to change for a very long time so let’s jump into it!

In the morning the first thing I use is the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser. This just takes off any remaining grub that may still be on my face from the night before but also wakes me up a little bit (because those 9am starts are just not working for me at the minute). Next up is my beloved Seaweed Toner from The Body Shop. Until I found this my skin was just an oily mess but now it only starts to get a little greasy as the day goes on. This isn’t stripping but it leaves my face feeling matte and clean. Then the Simple Revitalising Eye Roll-On comes out to play and is so soothing on the eyes that I just want to roll it on all the time! I also use the Simple Spot Roll-On which is similar to the eye one but is designed to tackle spots. It’s not the best one I’ve ever used but it’s not too bad, I’d rather have a tea tree one as I feel like that’s better than tackling spots. Next up is my lip saviour; the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub. This takes off the dead skin and leaves lips feeling soft, and tasting really delicious! While the scrub’s on I use The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream. This has become a habit now and when I don’t do it, I feel like there’s something missing. After slathering on my Maybelline Baby Lips I use my Nivea Oil Free Day Moisturiser. I can feel this running out by the day which really makes me sad. It’s moisturising without making my skin feel greasy and slippy and I don’t feel too shiny later in the day, which some moisturisers tend to do. Moving onto night time and to take my makeup off I used to use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish but I still need to repurchase so for now I’m just using The Garnier Micellar Water which does the job just as well but it takes a little bit more time. The only change to my routine at night is that I swap my moisturiser. I use the Vichy Night Detox which is the best night moisturiser I’ve ever used. It’s thick but, again like most of these products, it doesn’t make my skin oily and greasy. I’m going to be sad when this runs out and I may have to do a cheeky repurchase.

So that’s my skincare routine. If anyone has any recommendations please let me know because as I said I’m in the market for a new ‘makeup takeoff’ cleanser so any suggestions would be greatly received!

5 Minute Makeup (Sort Of)

I failed miserably. Before this attempt I tried to do my entire face of makeup in five minutes and as you can probably tell, it didn’t work. So this time I decided the only way I was going to be able to do this was to time myself doing my makeup as fast as I could and then report back the results. As expected I didn’t come anywhere near the time and did it in just under seven minutes. For me I don’t think that it was too bad considering that normally that’s how long it takes to do my base makeup but it’s still not very quick.

I started with my Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream in the shade 00 and used the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to blend it all in. I like the finish that] this product gives as it blurs over the skin but doesn’t make my face too greasy. For concealer I used the high coverage Revlon Colorstay in Light for any blemishes, redness and under eye circles and my powder of choice was the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 02 Rose Blush. I filled in my brows with a Chocolate Brown Eyeshadow from my Virgin Vie Palette and set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. I kept it simple on the eyes and used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold, my Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Saddle Brown and the Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black. Standard Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer to give a glow to the face, Benefit Dandelion Blush and a Maybelline Eyeshadow in Golden Beige to highlight. For the lips I used my Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist which I’m really liking at the minute as it’s my exact lip colour and gives a nice shine to the lips.

So although this was a bit of a fail it gives me the spark to give it another go and actually succeed in the five minute time limit.

Take Care of your Lips!

My lips hate me. No that’s not an exaggeration, they just really don’t want to be on my face. When I put nothing on them then we get on fine but if I’m feeling a little bit more glam and want a bit of lipstick action they want none of it. So as I’ve been getting more adventurous in this department I’ve had to find products that keep my lips happy and give a nice canvas in which to apply my product of choice.

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, the Mint Julips Lip Scrub has literally saved my lips. I put this on morning and night and it gets rid of all the dead skin (TMI I know) and means that my lips are no longer bumpy and disgusting. I think that the Maybelline Baby Lips are great and really moisturise my lips. When I first tried them I have to say I wasn’t a big fan but now I really lather them up (if you can lather a lip balm) and they lock in the moisture. This time last year I was having major lip problems and nothing could sort them out. That was until my friend let me try her Lanolips. I was straight into Boots to to get one of the these and I went for the lemonade one, which is really good. It is a little bit pricey, but if your lips are literally dead this will bring them back to life. For my birthday I got a Satsuma Lip Balm from The Body Shop and this is so creamy and nice on the lips that I like to use this at night. It also smells amazing, and you can’t go wrong with that!

Favourite Friday: Shopping the Stash

Following on from Monday’s post I thought I’d put some of the things mentioned onto my face. It was a really weird experience because it was like they were new but they’re not (so comprehensive in my speech). First up was the Rimmel BB Cream in the shade Light. This is the wrong colour for me straight off. It looked okay upon first application but throughout the day it just got more and more orange and more and more greasy. The fact that it made my skin oily was the reason why I stopped using it in the first place but I thought the coverage was nice and when I first put it on it on my skin it was nice and light. Next up is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20. My mum gave me this because it was too light for my her. It’s a good shade match for me and when I used to use it I really liked it because it was good at highlighting. However I remembered that as soon as I put it on why I stopped using it, the separation. Halfway through the day it made me look as if I had a serious skin disease, not a fan. Shadow time! I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze as a primer as I moved on to the shade Rose Gold and then my Mac Painterly paint pot. Still love this, great application, doesn’t crease and love the colour and shimmer. Now, onto the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. I was obsessed with this back in the day and when I put them on I understood why. I used the highlight shade on the inner lid, the gold on the rest, the second to darkest in the crease and the darkest shade in the outer corner and underneath. They are so well pigmented, great colour payoff and really easily blendable. The problem lies a the end of the day, because all of the colours seem to blend into one. I have no idea why this happens but there is no difference between shades like there was at the start of the day. Lips. In the first photo I’m wearing the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint in Nothing but Nude. Love it. Love the shade, lasts all day, doesn’t feel uncomfortable, just great. Finally its the Orange No7 Lip Crayon. I really like the shade but it’s very heavy and sticky on the lips so I’m not that big of a fan, might have to say RIP to this one.

Favourite Friday: Festive Eyes

Just after Christmas last year I gave myself a little treat in the form of the Naked 3 palette. I was so excited when it came and for the first few months I got a lot of wear out of it. Then as the summer came and the oranges and browns were calling my name, the once loved rosy palette was left at the back of a drawer. But, after a half year break it’s coming back out to play! The cranberry tones of winter are perfectly suited to these colours and paired with some other products, the perfect festive eye is super simple!

As a base for the shadows I like to use the Maybelline colour tattoos in the shades metallic pomegranate and rose gold. When I want a darker eye look I use metallic pomegranate and then the second half of the Naked 3 palette all over the lid, but when I want something a little lighter I use rose gold and the first half of the palette on the lid and then one of the darker colours through the crease. To make it more cranberry in colour I use a little bit of the L’Oreal infallible eye shadow in the shade escape to Bordeaux through the crease. 

In this look I went for something a little bit lighter so I started with the colour tattoo in rose gold and then put strange on the inner part of the lid and then dust on top. I then used trick on the outer part of the lid and nooner through the crease. To darken up the crease a little more I put factory into the outer part of the crease. Finishing off with some brown eyeliner in the waterline and mascara and you’re good to go!