MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

As if I needed to buy anymore makeup, but when it comes to Charlotte Tilbury I just can’t resist. I have been building up my collection slowly but surely (See my last post here) but this week I had a big blow out and ordered twice in a week, so here’s what I got in my latest Charlotte Tilbury haul.

The purpose of my first order was to get a brown eyeliner for a bride that had specified brown over black, you can’t just order an eyeliner so before I knew it I was click happy and my basket was filling up by the second!

MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

First things first, what I actually came for, a Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye liner in Barberella brown….and one in Bedroom black to keep it company. I didn’t realise just how much I would love this brown eyeliner, it’s really dark just a hint softer than black, I smoke it out with a pencil brush, it blends out nicely yet it isn’t too creamy that it’s going to melt down your face.

My Wonderglow was getting low so this was straight in the basket, this is my 4th repurchase of Wonderglow, a beautiful instant soft focus primer which provides a great base for makeup.

I had seen the new Hollywood Flawless Filter popping up all over social media and although I was unsure what the product was, I was still intrigued and 2 ended up in the basket. If I’m totally honest I’m still unsure on what this product is designed for it has a soft glow but has coverage, too glowy to use all over as a foundation yet more that just a highlighter. That being said I do really like it and have been applying a light cover of my doublewear and then adding the Flawless Filter for a slight extra coverage and glow on areas such as cheeks and nose.

Whilst we are on the glow topic I also purchased the Beauty light wand, a beautiful creamy highlighter that melts beautifully into the skin.

Lipgloss doesn’t tend to feature much in my kit as I find that the glossy texture is a magnet for loose curls and veils if there is a breeze. However I have started to get asked for it so I thought I would try a couple of the Charlotte Tilbury glosses. I ordered Portobello girl and Sweet Stiletto, these glosses apply beautifully and have a nice, thick-ish consistency that you can tell is going to last a while, with no stickiness.

Last but not least I ordered another Flawless finish face powder, I already own Medium however on a fair skin or under the eyes it has a little too much colour so I opted for Fair.

That was order number one, of course it came beautifully packaged and filled with an array of samples to try, as if I need any encouragement!

So the whole purpose of the first order was the brown eyeliner for my bride, which I fell in love with and had to keep for myself, which meant the reason for order number 2 was still the brown eyeliner for my bride!

MY LATEST CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL

I had seen on Instagram the beautiful Bigger brighter eyes paletttes and knew one had to be mine, I chose the shade Exaggereyes, a beautiful 4 shadow palette in soft neutral tones, perfect for a more subtle bridal look.

Ok, not sure whether I was having a senior moment or whether it’s just automatic as I can’t be without it but another Wonderglow ended up in the order.

Another product I can’t live without is the amazing Magic cream, a thick moisturiser packed full of skincare goodness which provides a great base for makeup.

During my first order I had wanted to order Eyes to Mesmerize in the shade Jean however it was out of stock, this time I was in luck! A beautiful champagne shimmery cream shadow, perfect for inner eye highlight.

I own quite a few Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and I tend to buy the neutral to pinky shades but with quite a bit of colour as those are the shades I wear myself however I get asked for some quite pale nudes so decided to order Kim KW and Liv it up to add to my collection.

So lots of new toys to play with and yet more samples, which are my little treats.

What is your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product?

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HOW TO TREAT HUNGOVER SKIN

HOW TO TREAT HUNGOVER SKIN

Heavy weekend? A few too many cocktails? Red, puffy, dehydrated face…let’s look at HOW TO TREAT HUNGOVER SKIN.

Everyone likes to go out and let their hair down once in a while (some more than others!) which is all good until you have a few too many and you look like death warmed up the next day.

As well as hammering your liver alcohol plays havoc with your skin, it causes your body to become dehydrated, which gives you a headache, dark sunken eyes and will accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. As a defence mechanism your body will sense the dehydration and start to retain water which causes blood vessels to enlarge, and in regular binge drinking can cause them to break, this excess fluid your body stores can often result in a puffy appearance.

The toxic effect of the alcohol and the sugar it contains can have long term detrimental effects on the skin, long after the head pounding and room spinning has subsided.

So what can you do?

  • Prevention is obviously better than cure, a few glasses of wine with or after a meal isn’t going to do much harm but repeated binge drinking sessions and high sugar drinks will.
  • Try to opt for low sugar drinks such as vodka, lime and soda rather than coke and alcopops.
  • Always drink a pint of water before you go out and when you get home, this will help to keep you hydrated.

Another factor that will harm your skin is quite often people will be wearing a heavier makeup application for a night out and be in such a sorry state that they can’t or don’t remove it before bed, even attempting to remove it when you are drunk and tired often means there is makeup left on the skin all night, clogging the pores.

How to treat it?

Your skin will be in need of some TLC, it may be red, puffy, spotty and definitely dehydrated.

Although it needs a lot of love, your skin, as well as yourself will be feeling quite delicate so avoid anything too harsh and use a light touch when applying creams.

 

Give your skin a good cleanse – Either all or at least some of your makeup is sure to be lurking so give your skin a gentle but thorough cleanse. Face wipes serve their purpose but may be too harsh and not effective enough for this process. Opt for a nice cleansing balm or oil that will break down the makeup without too much rubbing and friction on the skin. If you have done a good job at removing makeup or don’t wear much to begin with then just a gentle wash off cleanser will leave you feeling refreshed.

Spritz – A nice hydrating, cooling spritz of a facial mist is sure to refresh and revitalize your skin, a favourite of mine is Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

Put on a mask – If your skin has broken out then try a gentle detox mask otherwise a nice soothing, hydrating mask will give your skin a nice treat. Both the ones pictured from Bobbi Brown are gentle yet effective.

Serums & oils – Anything rich in anti oxidants and high in moisture boosting ingredients your skin is sure to soak up.

Moisturise – Apply a soothing, hydrating moisturiser designed for your skin type to seal in all the other goodies you have applied.

Eyes – Your eyes are likely to be sore, puffy, red and dark so a nice hydrating gel ideally refrigerated so its nice and cooling will help soothe, hydrate and reduce puffiness. Collagen soaked eye pads like these ones from Elemis are a lovely treat whilst your mask is on leave them on for 15 mins and massage in any remaining product.

Massage – Your red, puffy skin and dilated blood vessels will welcome anything cool to soothe the skin. Sometimes ice is applied to soothe and reduce inflammation. I however love these crystal rollers (see pic), the crystal is lovely and cooling and gently rolled over your skin it is so soothing.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

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SAFE AND EASY WAY TO GET A SUMMER GLOW IN WINTER

I love summer, the sun, sitting out in the garden and most of all I love beautiful bronzed skin. Seen as it’s February let’s find a SAFE AND EASY WAY TO GET A SUMMER GLOW IN WINTER.

I’m really lucky that in the sunshine my skin does tan well, we just don’t get much sunshine and I don’t really get chance to jet off on holiday either.

This left me with two options sunbeds or self tanning.

Self tan always seemed a faff for me, trying to apply it to yourself and not turn into a streaky mess was a task in itself but the biggest thing I hated was leaving it on for 8 hours or more to develop, even sleeping in it was awful, so for years, sunbeds it was.

I loved how brown I was, how it made me feel, how much better different clothes suited me and that 9 mins of warmth and peace on the electric beach was bliss.

Sure, as a beauty therapist I knew it was aging my skin but in my late 20’s I wasn’t bothered, I went on weekly then, twice a week, then 3 times and slowly it crept up to maybe 5 times a week.

I then had a bit of a scare when I discovered something on my toenail, I did the worse thing and googled it, which brought up an image of what looked like my toe and MELANOMA I felt sick, absolutely sick I booked in to see the Dr expecting him to say “oh its nothing”….so when he took one look and said “I’m going to have to refer you”.. a total feeling of dread filled my body.

The wait to see the specialist was the longest wait of my life and all sorts of feelings filled my head, would I see another Christmas with my kids? would I see them grow up?…

When I went to see the specialist he was the best in his field so I felt totally reassured that I was in good hands, thankfully it turned out not to be melanoma of the nail but that had definitely been my wake up call.

I tried with a few more gradual tans and fake tans and just gave up, getting slowly paler and paler, which as it drew closer to winter so was everyone else but I felt so pasty.

It was then that I came across 2 products that changed my thoughts on self tanners altogether.

SAFE AND EASY WAY TO GET A SUMMER GLOW IN WINTER

Firstly I received a product as part of a GWP (gift with purchase) from a company called Tan Luxe they were drops that you add in to your normal face moisturiser to give you a tan. Tanning my face had always been an issue, either the tanning creams were too greasy and made me break out in spots and almost everyone I had tried had gone into my pores making me appear to be plagued with blackheads.

This product was a game changer you add as much or as little as you like and build up a nice summer colour, no breakouts as it was going in my usual moisturiser and not a black pore in sight…WINNER

I think the biggest game changer came when I purchased a product from Minetan called Violet this was the answer to my prayers on everything I hated about tanning.

This is a rapid tan meaning you only need to leave it on a couple of hours (I had tried similar products in the past that when I washed the product seemed to was straight off).

I applied it with a mitt onto clean dry skin and left mine on for the full 3 hours. When I showered only a little guide colour came off leaving me with a lovely colour, the instructions say that it continues to tan on your skin, I can’t honestly say that I noticed it getting much darker but I was so happy with the colour.

SAFE AND EASY WAY TO GET A SUMMER GLOW IN WINTER

It was so natural and perfect for during the day, it is still only just going into spring so I want to look “well” not necessarily like I’ve tanned. If I was going out at night I might apply on two consecutive days. I was just so happy that I didn’t have to waste a day walking round like a zombie…or lose a nights sleep worrying if I was smudging my tan and stinking of biscuits.

If you haven’t tried a rapid tan, you must….and if you haven’t liked them in the past you must try this one.

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REVIEW OF THE SKINKISSED VITAMIN C SERUM

This is my review of the Skinkissed vitamin C serum.

REVIEW OF THE SKINKISSED VITAMIN C SERUM

Firstly I would like to point out that I was sent this product to review, however I will ALWAYS give my honest thoughts and opinions on a product.

I have had this product for a while now and like with any review I like to give the product a good try before casting my opinions. This product arrived just as my skin had a hissy fit so it was really a good time to test whether it would help or hinder my skin.

This is a vitamin C serum with Hyaluronic acid and collagen, the 3 things I love in my skincare products. Now that its winter (and I am 37) I like to add products under my moisturiser so I was really excited to try this, I have used similar things in the past so I wanted to see how this one compared.

Packaging

The serum is packaged in a dark brown glass bottle with a pipette on the top for dispensing the product. The label on the front displays the name, ingredients, directions of use, product features, caution, quantity of product and company details. It contains 20ml of product and retails for £39.95

What it claims

“Skinkissed serum is designed to remove acne and help reduce signs of ageing. It has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst hydrating and leaving your skin with a natural glow”

My first impressions

As I looked at the label of the bottle I noticed it had highlighted any allergens and as it contains marine collagen, in bold letters it said FISH, now it definitely wasn’t a concern for me from an allergy point of you, but like many of you my instant thought was I really don’t want to cover my face in something that smells of fish! So I was quick to remove the lid and have a good sniff….and no fishy smell so we are good to go.

The instructions say to add 3 – 5 drops I must admit I put about 5-10 on, it has a slight smell, it’s not bad but not the most pleasant, it doesn’t linger at all so its not an issue for me.

The texture has a slight stickiness and at first I thought hmm I might not like this but it didn’t stay sticky and once I added my normal moisturiser there was absolutely no sticky feeling remaining.

What it did for my skin

So a bit of background I’ve always had pretty clear skin, as I have got older pigmentation has appeared and obviously fine lines, both due to age and also dehydration.

However as I said earlier, a day or two before this product arrived I don’t know what on earth was going on but I developed about 10 – want to say spots but they never formed a head – big, hard, red, super sore lumps on my face they were around my chin and jaw and on my temples, they were so sore it was uncomfortable lying on my side to sleep.

Nothing in my skincare had changed so when this product arrived I added it in to my routine and thought my skin couldn’t get much worse.

I applied it under my normal moisturiser day and night and was pretty amazed at the results, the next day the lumps were less red and sore and within a few days they were practically gone, I’ve used the product since I got it and my skin has returned to normal. I’ve also noticed a slight reduction in the pigmentation on my cheeks and my skin feels soft and supple.

REVIEW OF THE SKINKISSED VITAMIN C SERUM

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WHAT’S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

WHAT’S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

WHAT'S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

I just love when orders arrive, I know I’ve placed the order and most of the time they are things for work but I know they contain lots of pretty and exciting items that I can play with, so each time it’s like Christmas.

So in today’s order from Cult beauty there’s not 1 but 2 very exciting products ……..drum roll please!

It’s only the NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow kit and Blush kit.

WHAT'S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

Everyone has raved on about the Anastasia highlight kits for ages and if i’m honest it was the range of colours in the previous kits that put me off. I could see myself using just one or 2 of the shades and whilst they can be used as eye-shadow’s etc, I do already have a very full kit and can’t warrant the space or expense.

Anyway I’m waffling…so I saw the NEW Sugar Glow kit and thought that all 4 colours looked wearable and they were all colours I would use on clients. These highlighters are very pigmented and can be worn sheer or built up for a more dramatic look.

WHAT'S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

The pictures don’t do these products much justice, which is down to my photography skills (or lack of) not the product, but I wanted to give you an idea of the tones, in person they are absolutely stunning and I’m sure you wouldn’t regret purchasing either (or both) of these items.

Marshmallow – beautiful yellow gold similar to Nars Albatross but more pigmented

Gumdrop – Pink. subtle yet quite a raspberry shade of shimmer

Butterscotch – a beautiful soft peachy bronzey gold but not too brown, probably one of my faves

Starburst – soft, warm baby pink perfect for light skin tone too similar to mac soft and gentle

The blush kit is available in Radiant and Gradient, I chose Radiant, it is just beautiful, again 4 very wearable colours 2 more pink shades 2 more peach/coral, perfect for my bridal kit. The packaging is a gorgeous blush pink, with a mirror inside.

They are all really pigmented so a light hand is advised to gradually build up the colour.

WHAT'S IN THE CULT BEAUTY BOX?

 

What are your favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills products?

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