TROPIC SKINCARE – MY THOUGHTS

So I might be a bit late, ok extremley late to the party with this one and whilst I don’t watch The Apprentice I was well aware of the brand Tropic that emerged from the show and arrived with a bang as a cruelty free, no parabens, all natural, freshly made skincare line.

I didn’t have a great first experience with Tropic skincare when I initially tried it months ago, however, I am giving the range another try.

TROPIC SKINCARE - MY THOUGHTS

I ordered my first product online, months ago, having never before used, sampled, held or even smelt one of the products from the Tropic range.

The product that stood out to me was the Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum

“Created for those with lacklustre, rough and uneven skin texture, this restorative overnight serum resurfaces the top layer of your skin and refines pores to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion by morning. Achieve the transformative results of a chemical peel using only naturally derived ingredients! brightening … smoothing … anti-ageing”

I mean, come on, who doesn’t want a bit of that?

So my product arrived and I eagerly applied it to my freshly cleansed skin however when it was on my skin I noticed the most strangest smell, it wasn’t instantly unpleasant, it was like an instant sweet smell that then seemed to turn quite unpleasant.

I continued to use it and thought if I could see results I would stick with it but after a couple of days I couldn’t bear to put it on my face due to the smell…and ended up binning it!

Fast forward a few months and a friend was hosting a Tropic Party, so I went along.

As Tropic is a natural, freshly made brand their products don’t contain the added chemicals used to preserve and fragrance the products, so yes whilst on paper they are “better for you” than other leading cosmetic companies, the experience, wasn’t for me quite as enjoyable, more due to the scent of quite a few of the products.

However this is very much a personal preference and these are only my views, I really did want to test the effects of the Tropic range and the party was a great place to quite literally sniff out what products I would choose.

As a makeup wearer especially, cleansing is a vital part in my skincare routine and should be in everyone’s and I am extremley thorough with this step, so I decided to try out the award winning Smoothing Cleanser Complexion Purifier with Bamboo face cloth and the award winning Vitamin Toner Pore-Refining Mist.

TROPIC SKINCARE - MY THOUGHTS

SMOOTHING CLEANSER

What Tropic say: ” Created for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this luxurious cream cleanser effortlessly melts away makeup and impurities while providing a nourishing daily cleanse. The accompanying fluffy Bamboo Cloth helps this award-winning cleanser provide an unbelievably soft, smooth and clear complexion.”

My Thoughts: This cleanser is comparible to the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, which I have used in the past. The consistancy is slightly thinner, which I like and has a lemon scent with the same familiar eucalyptus undertone. It feels like a spa experience and leaves the skin cleansed, nourished and silky soft without any oily or greasy residue.

The bamboo cloth is super soft and more flannel like, the consultant advised that they only need to be rinsed through between uses but mine will be going in the washing machine!

It is gentle, yet effective at removing makeup, I always do at least a double cleanse with all cleansers.

Price: £16

TROPIC SKINCARE - MY THOUGHTS

VITAMIN TONER

What Tropic say: “Expertly refine pores with this pH-balancing toner for a brighter, smoother complexion. Offering instant hydration with a subtly refreshing scent, this light and breezy mist is a must-have addition to your daily skincare routine.”

My Thoughts: This rose scented facial toner is so refreshing, I tend to use other products after cleansing on cotton pads such as my REN daily aha tonic, so I prefer to use this Vitamin toner by spritzing it all over my face for a refreshing, hydrating, light mist.

Price: £14

TROPIC SKINCARE - MY THOUGHTS

So am I enjoying the products I ordered this time around? Yes, I’ve continued to use them and they are a nice addition to my skincare collection. Would I repurchase or look at getting anything else from the range? I’m not too sure…watch this space!

Have you used any products from the Tropic range? What are your thoughts? Comment below

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BENEFIT CHEEKLEADERS – THE MUST HAVE PALETTE

As soon as I saw the beautiful Benefit Cheekleaders blush, bronze and highlight palette’s I knew I just HAD to have one, but which would I choose…Pink Squad or Bronze Squad?

OMG… how could I choose?…ok, you guessed it….I got both!

Let’s take a look at my new beauties!

BENEFIT CHEEKLEADERS - THE MUST HAVE PALETTE

Pink Squad – This gorgeous collection contains the fabulous Hoola bronzer, the beautiful Galifornia, Dandelion and Dallas blushers and an amazing palette exlusive highlighter, Tickle.

BENEFIT CHEEKLEADERS - THE MUST HAVE PALETTE

The shades in the Pink Squad are perfect for a more fair to medium skin tone and anyone that loves a hint of pink. The colours are nice and buildable, which is good as you can determine the intensity.

BENEFIT CHEEKLEADERS - THE MUST HAVE PALETTE

Bronze Squad – This tan-talizing collection contains 2 bronzers, Hoola and Hoola Caramel for a deeper bronze, the amazing Gold Rush and Coralista blushers and a dreamy palette exlusive highlighter, Cookie.

BENEFIT CHEEKLEADERS - THE MUST HAVE PALETTE

The shades in the Bronze Squad are great for a fair to medium/dark complexion and anyone that loves a more sunkissed, bronze, more warm look to their skin.

The Benefit Cheekleader palette’s contain £130 worth of product but retail for just £52 each.

There are definitely bits of both of these palette‘s that I love in terms of shades, so I was right to get both!

The highlighter’s in both palette’s are just beautiful however I feel they could have done with being in the opposite boxes. The Bronze Squad highlight shade Cookie is more of a beautiful light irredescent silvery pink whilst in the Pink Squad the highlighter shade Tickle, whilst looking pink in the palette is a very yellow gold finish.

I always have Hoola in my kit and have wanted to get some of the Benefit blushes for some time so the fact they are in one easy palette and for such a great price, means I’m saving both space and money.

Are you more Pink Squad or Bronze Squad? Comment below


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CLARINS REVISITED – 20 YEARS LATER

Whilst I was studying at beauty college many (many) years ago I got a job at Debenhams in the cosmetics department, over Christmas. They postioned me right across from the Clarins counter, at that time Clarins had a little beauty room within Debenhams where they would carry out relaxing facials and spa treatments and the Clarin’s girl’s sauntered about in their stunning white and red spa uniforms, it was my dream to wear one of those one day.

Clarin’s was my weakness as I stood across gazing at their counter I was first to spot their GWP, they seemed to be constantly advertising great deals and offering a cosmetic bag or even a beach bag full of goodies when you purchaed a couple of items…if you know me AT ALL I am a sucker for a Gift With Purchase especially if there’s any kind of bag too, I just can’t resist!

Fast forward to completing college and getting my first job inside the spa of a Marriott hotel, which just so happened to be a Clarins salon and I was whisked away to become a Clarins trained therapist and handed my very own white and red spa uniform, my dream had come true!

My beauty career then lead me to various different salons training with various different companies and with NEW companies and NEW realeases all the time, many other things seem to fill my beauty bag.

Anyway last year I was on the hunt for a new foundation, I’ve tried sooooo many and not been wowed and if you read my blog post you will see I purchased the Clarins skin illusion foundation. I got a few shades for my kit and loved it and even a sample of my own shade.

Last week whilst out shopping I decided to purchase the full size foundation in my shade as I’ve been loving it… in true Clarin’s style if I bought another product I could have a goody bag…SOLD, the lid had smashed off my Dior blush, so a new blusher it was and BOOM, the bag was mine!

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

Inside the bag were trial sizes of Nourishing balm mask, SOS primer, Hydra essential and Multi active nuit

As I started using all my new goodies I fell straight back in love and SOMEHOW I ended up on the Clarin’s website….no idea how that happened!

Which leads on to the delivery I have just received….

I love trying new products whether as free samples or as small travel size, it gives you a good feel for the product ensuring it’s right for you and your skin type before commmiting to the full size.

Clarin’s are an absolute dream for their trial sized products and I think it’s a great move, their products are amazing and once you have tried, you most definitely want to buy.

As soon as I smell Eau Dynaminsante I am whisked back 20 years to my Clarins days and it makes me smile. Whilst I was purchasing my foundation I had a sniff at the other versions and fell in love with the Eau des Jardins, on the website there was an offer meaning for no extra cost you also received a complimentary handbag size fragrance all in a beautiful Clarins tin!

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

I love to cleanse I think it is such an important step and something I do religiously so into my basket went the cleansing milk and toning lotion which came as a set which came with a free eye makeup remover and…..yep you guessed it another beautiful cosmetics bag!

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

The next product in my basket was the Water comfort One-step cleanser, this is a product I have tried in the past. It is beautifully fragranced and refreshing and I use it in the morning to wipe over my skin.

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

So that’s what I actually puchased and even got a few free goodies, but wait for it…. as I had spent £70 I received a FREE bonus pack which contained 6 travel sized products, Instant eye makeup remover, moisture rich body lotion, exfoliating body scrub, Tonic body treatment oil, beauty flash balm and Nourishing balm face mask.

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

Feeling very excited at this point I headed to the checkout only to be asked to choose not 1, not 2 but 9 free samples!! So I chose Eye contour gel, Super restorative night cream, super restorative eye concentrate, Super restorative day cream, Refreshing hydration mask, blue orchid face treatment oil, Eau Dynamisante (I just had to!), Beauty flash balm and Double Serum.

CLARINS REVISITED - 20 YEARS LATER

So if I go off the radar for a while I’ll be in my bathroom, smothering myself head to toe in my new treats!

If you are looking to try new skincare, travel lots or just love a bargain like I do, check out the Clarin’s website *WARNING* self control IS needed!

I will be back to do an updated post on how I get on with the products, any I love, and I don’t love and also if I would go on to purchase the full size/ repurchase.

Are you a Clarin’s fan? What are your fave’s? What would you like to try

*As with all the products I blog about they have all been bought with my own money and I receive no commission or reward for anything you go onto purchase.*

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HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Hope you all had a great Easter and bank holiday break, the weather has been gorgeous. I decided that instead of chocolate I was going to treat myself to yet more makeup and with some BRAND NEW releases from Charlotte Tilbury how could I resist? So it definitely was a Happy Easter to me with Charlotte Tilbury gifts galore.

The first item I need to tell you about are the BRAND NEW Glowgasm Face Palette’s, if you’ve read my other posts you will know by now that I can not possibly chose one, I have to have both.

So I’d like to welcome Lightgasm and Lovegasm to my collection.

Both these palettes contain a Highlight, Multi-glow, Pop blush and bronze shade.

Before you even open the palette….WOW…the beautiful signature rose gold packaging this time complimented with a dreamy pastel design on the top, the sturdy case opens up to reveal a full size mirror in the lid and 4 of the most beautiful products I’ve ever seen.

Firstly let’s look at Lightgasm, this contains a beautiful light champagne highlight, a rose gold multi-glow, a pinky gold pop blush and a light- medium bronze shade.

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY
HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Now let’s look at Lovegasm, this contains a beautiful yellow gold highlight, a much more intese rose gold almost copper multi-glow, a rose gold pop blush and a more medium-dark bronze shade

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

These are both beautiful palette’s and retail for £60 each. I must admit I was slightly suprised how much smaller the compacts were when they arrived than I had envisaged but I think they are so beautiful and well made, how can you resist?

Next let’s take a look at what else I ordered, first up are these Eyes To Mesmerise cream eyeshadows. I already own the shade Jean which is a gorgeous pearl shade, so I have added (L-R) Marie Antoinette, a beautiful taupe, Rose Gold, which is exactly as the name and Bette, a more true gold – RRP £22 . (swatches at the end of post)

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY
HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Now onto lips, I own a wide range of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and also 2 of the glosses so I thought I would expand my collection with 3 of the Latex Love glosses and 4 of the Hollywood Lips.

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

The Hollywood Lips are a creamy yet matte lip colour, they offer a great coverage and feel soft on the lips, for those that prefer a matte look. I got the shades (L-R) Showgirl, Too bad I’m bad, Best Actress and Charlotte Darling – RRP £24 . (swatches at the end of post)

These limited edition Latex Love glosses also caught my eye, these pigmented high shine lip glosses pack quite a punch – RRP £24. I got the shades (L-R) Belle Du Soir, Cannes Tropez and Dirty Dancer. (swatches at the end of post)

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Here are swatches of the Eyes To Mesmerise cream shadows, Hollywood Lips and Latex Love glosses.

HAPPY EASTER TO ME WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions feel free to comment below.

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HOURGLASS COSMETICS – WORTH THE SPLURGE?

I’m pretty new to the Hourglass cosmetics range, I’ve heard some good reviews and the products and packaging are so appealing, however they are definitely on the higher end of the price range, so I decided to see if they were worth the splurge.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

The first product I tried was an Ambient lighting powder, I was advised to use the shade Radiant Light by one of the sales advisors.

I was very impressed with the powder and decided I wanted to try it in a different shade, that may be better suited to my skin tone as I was heading towards winter and my summer glow was fading fast, however this wasn’t the only item in my shopping bag and I ended up with quite a selection.

Let’s look at what I got:

AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

What Hourglass say : “Powders mimic six universally flattering light sources, from morning light to candlelight, allowing clients to build a wardrobe of options-not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.
By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.
State-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit.
Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night.
The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.”

Shade & Finish: Available in 6 shades:
• ETHEREAL LIGHT: An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
• DIFFUSED LIGHT: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light.
• DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
• MOOD LIGHT: A soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
• LUMINOUS LIGHT: A champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
• RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow

As I mentioned earlier I was first advised the colour Radiant Light, I then went on to purchase Diffused Light and Luminous Light.

Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.

Price: £42

Overall: On my own face I’m not a huge powder fan for setting my base as my skin is very dehydrated and I feel powder just adds years to me, that is also the case for some of my more mature clients…. that was until I tried this

The ambient light powders are super finely milled and aren’t dry or chalky at all infact they create a lovely soft glow, they are in no means glittery or a highlighter they are designed to create a healthy lustre to the skin, more of a ‘lit from within’ glow.

ILLUME SHEER COLOUR TRIO – SUNSET

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

What Hourglass say: “Give your face a luminous wash of color using this luxe creme-to-satin finish palette featuring bronzer, blush and highlighter. This versatile trio provides everything you need for sheer definition and color. Formulated to seemingly melt into your skin, it gives your complexion an incredibly natural and radiant finish. The palette now includes all three products in a sleek signature Hourglass compact”

Packaging: Sleek, bronze coloured, robust packaging with a good sized mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be. So handy having the 3 products in 1 a great time saver for in the morning and perfect for on the go touch up’s and travel.

Price: £56

Shade & Finish: As you can see from the swatches above, the formula has a good pigment and can be built up, the texture is such an easy blend cream formula that you can also wear it quite sheer too. All 3 are definitely on the warmer side, which is great for me as I prefer those tones.

Price: £56

Overall: I’m not a big lover of cream finishes as a rule, however for it’s blendability and quick and easy application it’s such a handy product and I can see me reaching for this. I do think it’s on the pricey side as it would be more of a “on the school run” “off to the gym” quick and easy product for me, however it is beautifully packaged, a lovely formula and has a real high end feel.

AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT – UNLOCKED

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

Please note these palettes are limited edition and I believe this is out of stock.

What Hourglass say: “Introducing the next generation of the coveted Ambient® Lighting Edit. The Unlocked edition features 6 new exclusive shades of powder, bronzer, blush and metallic strobe powder.
This 100% vegan palette features the Hourglass symbol representing our commitment to being a cruelty free brand. A portion of profits from this palette will go to support the Nonhuman Rights Project – the only civil rights organization in the United States working to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals. All six powders are formulated with pure Photoluminscent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger and lit from within.”

Packaging: Sleek, gold, robust packaging with a great sized mirror inside. With all 6 powders inside this is perfect for on the go.

Shade & Finish: This palette contains 6 exclusive shades
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Soft Light
• Ambient Lighting Powder – Filtered Light
• Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Golden Bronze Light
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Nude Glow
• Ambient Lighting Blush – Mood Flush
• Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder – Champagne Strobe Light

All the shades are well pigmented and wearable, each providing that luxurious lit from within glow that Hourglass is renowned for.

Price: £69

Overall: I love this palette all the colours are beautiful and extremley pigmented, yet blendable a great edition to my kit.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

AMBIENT LIGHTING BRONZER

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

What Hourglass say: Ambient™ Lighting Bronzer fuses the illuminating effects of Ambient® Lighting Powder with bronze pigments to add depth and dimension for a natural, sun-kissed glow. The sheer, airy formula sweeps on softly for a healthy-looking, radiant finish.

Packaging: Sleek, gold coloured, robust packaging with a mirror inside this looks and feels every bit of the high end, luxury product that it is designed to be.

Shade & Finish: Comes in 4 shades, I have Nude bronze light and Luminous bronze light.
• LUMINOUS BRONZE LIGHT – a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth. Ideal for fair/light complexions.
• RADIANT BRONZE LIGHT – a warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Ideal for medium/deep complexions.
• DIFFUSED BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a cool bronze shade fused with Diffused Light, a soft, pale yellow powder, to mimic a ray of warm sunlight. Ideal for light/medium complexions.
• NUDE BRONZE LIGHT [NEW] – a neutral bronze shade fused with Nude Light, a soft, translucent powder, to mimic a subtle warmth. Ideal for light/medium complexions

Price: £45.00

Overall: I really like these bronzers they are builable yet subtle, lovely for bridal to give a soft bronzed look without looking too contoured.

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

VEIL – MINERAL PRIMER – OIL FREE

HOURGLASS COSMETICS - WORTH THE SPLURGE?

What Hourglass say: “Elevate your foundation to unprecedented performance with this state-of-the-art primer that extends the wear of foundation for a perfect complexion that lasts. With a texture unlike any other, this oil free primer not only creates a smooth, even canvas for makeup, but also conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and provides broad spectrum SPF 15 protection, all in a supremely airy, silky, cloud-like texture.”

Packaging: Luxurious, sleek frosted glass bottle with the classic Hourglass bronze shiny lid and pump.

Texture & Finish: I was suprised when I first tried this product at how fluid and almost watery the texture is but it feels absolutely beautiful on the skin. It goes on a cloudy milky, white colour and quickly changes to the most beautiful velvet texture.

Price: £49

Overall: This award winning product is an absolutely beautiful primer which I do feel adds longevity to a makeup application.

So the most important question, Is Hourglass worth the splurge?

Obviously I’m more than aware that the prices are quite high and for some people are well and truly out of budget.

Are they a necessity to your everyday makeup? Maybe not

Are there cheaper more affordable products that are similar? Maybe yes

Do they feel and perform like a high end, luxurious product? Absolutely!

I do love a luxury treat myself and of course I want the very best in high end luxury for my beautiful brides so I am happy with all my purchases.

And hey if they aren’t in your budget and you still want a treat, get one on your birthday or Christmas list!

Have you tried any Hourglass products? Do you have any on your wishlist?

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