Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

When I think of Charlotte Tilbury I automatically think Luxury! Luxury products and Luxury packaging.

I have quite a few bits from her range now including the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette which is her version of a bronzer/contour and highlighting palette.

The packaging is sheer luxury (as we would expect) the powders are set in Charlotte's signature rose gold compact and it feels quite heavy and sturdy which I feel makes it good for travel too.

The bronzer/sculpt shade is perfect for paler skin as it's not too warm or orangey in colour. It blends out really well and looks great as either a bronzer all over the high points of the face, or in certain places for a bit of contour.

The highlight shade offers more of a creamy golden sheen which I think looks great on all skin tones. This does have shimmer in it and you can see it when applied to the tops of the cheeks but it's not too much and you can have it as sheer or as heavy as you want.

Overall it's a beautiful palette and if you don't own it but fancy a bit of luxury in your life then this product might make you feel just that extra bit special!

You can get it here for a whopping £49.00 But! It might just be worth it!

Have you got this palette yet and what do you think?
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Monday, 27 April 2015

The Weekend Pamper..

Having a daily skincare routine is great but I love setting aside some time at the weekend for a proper pamper session.

Not only does your skin benefit but your mind too, by relaxing it allows you to try and forget all the stresses from the week that may have built up and get you ready for the week ahead.

I always start a good pamper session with running a bath. Whether its oils, bath bombs or bubbles you favour, choose whatever takes your fancy and lie back and relax! I also tend to use this time to catch up on Netflix or YouTube or read a book, basically whatever I want to do!

On this particular day I chose to have a couple of handfuls of Bath Salts and used these Dead Sea Genuine Bath Salts which I picked up because they're supposed to help with muscular tension as well as aiding relaxation. I really enjoy using them, they're cheap and do the job.

Before I jump in the bath I will cleanse my face and pop on a face mask. I tend to switch things up a bit between detoxing masks and radiance boosting masks. This time around I used the Oskia Renaissance Mask (Nutri-Active Brightening & Resurfacing Mask - full review coming soon) which smells like a tub of roses and is beautiful!

I also like to use eye patches as they're great at refreshing the under eye area and helping with drainage. There are so many out there but I currently have the Anatomicals, wait for it..... Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer! Wake-up Under Eye Patches! 

These patches are designed to reduce dark circles, fine lines and puffiness, you leave them on for 30 minutes and then remove. I must say I was disappointed when I first removed them as I didn't see immediate results but the next morning the puffiness, I did have, was greatly reduced, so I will give these ones a go again. You can get a pack of 3 for £6.00 here.

I also use this time to do a hair mask. I will wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo and then apply a mask generously all over the hair just to give it a boost of hydration and to keep it in good condition. I am currently using the Sachjuan Hair Repair. I got a deluxe sample and really like it. It's great for frizz so if your hair is anything like mine you'll know how important frizz control is!

So what do you do and use in your pamper routines?
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What's in My Travel Skincare & Haircare Bags...

Monday's post was all about what I took with me on a recent break with my family, you can read that here if you haven't already.

Today's post is the Skincare & Haircare segment of the What's in my Travel Bag posts.

I really wanted to condense the amount of Skincare I brought with me as we were only going for a few days and I had to share a suitcase with my husband (I probably shouldn't add that I took 2 extra small bags)

I decided to shop my, rather large, stash of skincare samples and try to be sensible! So lets take a look at what made it into the Skincare bag...

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (no surprise there eh?) Here
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Cleanser Here 
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Here
My Little Beauty Micellar Water (Not available in UK)
La Roche Posay Serozinc (not pictured) Here
Vichy Neovadiol GF Eye Cream Here
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Here
Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti Wrinkle Defense Serum Here
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser Here
I also packed a bunch of flannels/wash cloths and i'm pleased I did as they weren't supplied!

Finally I took a few Hair Care bits as my hair wouldn't survive without some help!

Sachajuan Volume Shampoo Here (I found this left my hair feeling very stripped of moisture)
Kerastase Cristalliste Conditioner Here
COLAB Dry Shampoo 50ml Here
Living Proof Prime Style Extender Here
Kerastase Styling Laque Noire Here
I also took my Wet Brush and GHD Straighteners (not pictured) 

So what do you think? I think I did pretty well, even though there were 4 full size items!

Let me know if you want any reviews on specific products mentioned and I will do my best to get one done for you.

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Monday, 20 April 2015

What's in my Travel Make-up Bag

Hey Guys! Long time no see!

Sorry for being MIA but I went away for a break with my amazing family and friends! We had a wonderful time and I decided to have a well earned rest!

As I am terrible at being minimalistic when it comes to packing my Make up & Skincare! I thought I'd give you a peek into what ended up making the cut. I will do Make-up today and the Skincare post will be coming at you on Wednesday!

So lets start with Base Products:
  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer here
  • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint here
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla here
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus here
  • Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush Flawless Finish Skin-Perfecting Micro Powder in Fair here
  • NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer here
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (Limited Edition) here
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow here 

Now for the Eyes and Lips:
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette here
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette/Dark Brown here
  • Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium here
  • Charlotte Tilbury Rock'n'Kohl iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat (nude) here
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner in Aqua Sparkle here
  • My beloved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers here
  • Estee Lauder Little Black Primer here
  • Benefit Roller Lash here
  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in 04 & 05 here
  • Tom Ford Lip Colour in Pink Dusk (07) here
  • Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Cava here

So that's what made it into my make-up bag and I have to admit that I used hardly any of it! I woke up used a very light layer of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, a bit of concealer, obviously I used both eyebrow products (every single day) and then I curled my lashes, applied the Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (which is amazing by the way), used one of the Clarins lip glosses and that was about it!

Will it teach me a lesson for future over-packing? I very much doubt it, but it was worth a try right?

PS: Boots had an offer of Save 15% when you spend £30 or more on luxury beauty at the time of posting. Just in case you might be interested...
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Friday, 10 April 2015

Things that have made me Happy #1

I am definitely a glass half empty kinda gal and when bad things happen I automatically fear the worst. Anyone who knows me will agree i'm sure. 

I know I can't change myself overnight but I have seen this type of post on other blogs and thought it would be a great way to remember all the good things, no matter how small, so here goes...

  • Getting my cousin's wedding invitation through the post, I literally squealed with delight! Not until next year but i'm very excited.
  • I won a competition! Never have I won anything before! I entered a giveaway on Amelia's channel to win a Kayla Itsines BBG and actually won! This could be the start of a new me (and I cannot wait)
  • My husband surprising me with flowers and a bottle of my favourite prosecco, just because
  • Spending Good Friday painting eggs with my niece's. Never a better time to realize how much of an impatient control freak you are when paint and toddlers mix (not that i'd have it any other way)
  • My best friends both had their baby girls (all healthy)
  • Having a long weekend due to Easter, nothing better than 4 days off to spend with the family.
So what about you guys? what's made you happy in the last few weeks?

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

Wow, wow, wow is all I can say to start off this post! I have tried a few eyelash curlers in the past and have never been that impressed with them, so it took me a while to buy into the hype surrounding the Shu Uemura ones.

It's definitely one of those 'I wish I'd got them sooner' moments as they work amazingly well at curling the lashes.

If, like me, you're a bit scared of these contraptions then I assure you there's no need to be! I've heard horror stories about people losing eyelashes or ripping them out (I think they might have used the spring based curlers though). As long as you're careful and concentrate for the 10 seconds it might take you to use these then i'm sure you'll be fine.

Left Side - Curled Lashes & Right - Natural Lashes

I included this before and after picture so you could see just how effective they are at lifting and curling the lashes and to be honest I think it speaks for itself.

I'm not blessed with full lashes (unlike my brothers, who have seriously thick gorgeous lashes! Not Fair!) but you can see that just a quick curl makes mine look fuller and with a couple of coats of your favourite mascara that curl should be in place all day!

I am so so impressed with these curlers and so pleased I finally made the investment as I really do believe they are the best eyelash curlers out there.

If you, too, wanted to make the investment, you can pick them up from Space NK or Selfridges for £20.00.

Have you tried these yet and what do you think?
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Netflix - What to Watch

A couple of months ago I finally took the plunge and signed up to Netflix and boy am I pleased I did.

Not only does it have up to date episodes of Pretty Little Liars (which you Must watch if you don't already) it has tons more and is bringing in new things all the time.

So for something a bit different for this blog I thought I'd share my top picks in case some of you wanted something new to watch.
I've already mentioned Pretty Little Liars - I watched this when it was first released and was hooked from the first episode, it's about a group of friends whose 'leader' Alison is murdered and they are then stalked by a mystery character who goes by the name 'A' who knows all their secrets! I love the fact I can watch it just after it has aired in the US! I'm up to date now and cannot wait for the next season!

Bates Motel is something I clicked on randomly and then binge watched from start to finish! Its based on the film 'Psycho' and is the story of Norman Bates before the film was set and how he became 'Psycho'. Season 2 has just come to Netflix so I can't wait to catch up.

Once Upon a Time is brand new to Netflix and I couldn't be happier! I used to watch this on channel 5 before they stopped showing it. It's a modern day fairy tale based around Emma Swan who is drawn to a town called Storybrooke and slowly ends up revealing it's secrets and the true identity of its residents. I have been binge watching the last 2 seasons for a couple of weeks now and I'm all caught up! I love it!

There's also great movies and so many more TV shows to choose from and you can add them to your list so you don't forget about the ones you want to watch.

Next on My List is:
The Returned: Several people come back to their home town in the same week they've been dead for years in this eerie dramatic series. I hate horror but weird and eerie I can deal with. I tried to watch American Horror Story and couldn't get into it without being freaked out! We shall see if I can deal with this series, there's only 4 episodes available at the moment so won't be too hard to get up to date.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: When a woman is rescued from a Doomsday cult and lands in New York city, she must navigate a world she didn't think existed anymore! This is a comedy brought to us by Tina Fey and I've heard great things about it so can't wait to start watching!

At some point I might venture into the Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl but we'll see.

Just to make it easy for you lovely lot, you can sign up here if you haven't already and you get your first month free if you're new (this is not a sponsored post, just a bit of fun and something a bit different for me)

So have you got Netflix and what are your recommendations?

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