Winter Lip in August?

A little while ago I was strolling through town and decided to stop off at the Mac counter for a little browse when I remembered my long list of Mac products and well... how could I not make a purchase? I knew that on my long list of things I wanted needed was a purple/berry lip for Autumn/Winter, so I set to it with the help of a lovely assistant to trying on numerous combinations of deep lip liners and lipsticks. and after much umming and ahhing and all the assistants giving their opinion I opted for Nightmoth lipliner and Rebel Lipstick. The combination of the two is a real deep purple, I went for these two as it was

I think the combination suited my skin tone well, it's super dark which I quite like, especially for a night out. Nightmoth is a truly deep purple shade that would work under a lot of different shades of lipstick and work really nicely on its own with some lip balm underneath to give some added moisture. Everyone and their dog owns Macs Rebel so explaining it kind of seems a little pointless but just in case.. Rebel is a really pretty berry/purple tone, its much lighter in colour on its own that it is paired up with Nightmoth but the pair together are dreamy! I get a lot of compliments on this little duo even when were in the middle of what is supposed to be summer, but tell me, can anyone really forgo a dark lip in summer? x

Monthly Favourites


I have been a such busy bee and already haven't stuck to my blog schedule (slaps wrist) I'm really finding it hard to juggle work, social life and blogging however, I found some time today to plan some posts and get them written up so that I can try and into the swing of things. Some of you may have noticed some changes to my blog, I have been attempting to re brand my blog, its slow but getting there, I feel a change in design is on the cards next and I should finally be happy.

This month I've been using some products old and new and loved all of them, first up I repurchased the Origins Drink up Intensive Mask simply because I've missed using it, its the most nourishing face cream I think I've ever used and I wake up feeling like my skin has most definitely had a drink, my skin has broken out quite badly this month and I knew adding this product back into my skincare routine would help tidy my skin up a bit and hopefully help get rid of any scarring. It also smells incredible too which is the best bonus.

A new item to my collection is the Maybelline Master Ink Liner in Matte I picked this up after watching Kaushal from KaushalBeauty using it in her tutorials and thought it was exactly what I've been looking for and it is! its a really nice matte black, like, super matte, it lasts a long time and is so long wearing I can see myself using this for a long time.

My Nars Sheer Glow Foundation has been my go to this month, my skin has been quite bad, so I've been wanting to cover it up a bit, especially for work. it gives enough coverage on blemishes but it also gives a healthy glow and dewiness to the skin which has disappeared from my skin this month.

I repurchased my Maybelline Eraser Eye this month as I realised I reaaally missed using it under my eyes to conceal and highlight, its a dream to use and so affordable, I honestly think it could have a much higher price point (although I'm glad it doesn't) given the fact its such a good product, I find this really helps lift the face and cover dark circles, its definitely a product for light highlighting and under eye concealing. 

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get some Zoeva brushes. I've been using these three brushes predominantly this month to do an everyday eye, from L-R they are the Luxe crease, Luxe petite crease and the Luxe smokey shader. they make applying eye shadow a dream, they blend so well and distribute the product exactly as I want, my only thing is washing them... So far I've washed one brush and it didn't go so well so fingers crossed the others wash better!

And finally it is my beloved Nars Laguna Bronzer, this is my favourite bronzer I've used, I repurchased it again for NYE and have used it since, I love it so much, its a nice daytime bronzer when used with a light hand but can be built up for more of a night time look, its definitely my go-to for a night out it looks amazing on. x

The Moisturisers

The last few months seem to have played havoc on my skin. Here in the UK the weather cant seem to decide whether its summer or autumn. I'm not sure whether its that or the ever changing temperature of the air con at work... maybe its a mixture of the two. Anyway my skin has needed an extra added boost in the form of two nourishing moisturising creams. For night time I always reach for the Origins Overnight Intensive mask (£23), it says to use this once or twice a week but I find it works well as an every day night moisturiser, it's so nourishing on the skin, especially if the products I've used before this have stripped my skin a little too much. It's very thick so a little goes a long way but it sinks in beautifully and leaves my skin feeling plump and ready for a face of make up the next morning.
I recently picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream (£70) I was a little reluctant to do so given the price, but I had a voucher and had heard so many good things about it being so moisturising on dry skin. And I have to admit it really is, it's very thick but applies well to the skin and sinks into any dehydrates areas well. It leaves such a nice base to the skin for make up whether it be a heavy or a light base, I will say though that the smell isn't great... But I'll be writing a review on this soon and I'll touch on that then.

They're the two creams that have saved my skin lately, the two work well together taking over the needs of my skin for daytime and night, so if your in the market for a good duo then I recommend these two, and if you don't want to splash out straight up then I've found both origins and CT are good with giving testers so you can try them out before you buy! x

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream | Review

My skin seems to be going through a stage of constant tightness. I've tried so many things but nothing seemed to have helped. I do think that with the weather changing so much it may have had something to do with that and I tend to use medium/full coverage bases which probably don't help... But you'd think that a really rich cream would solve the problem, well they hadn't so I decided to take the plunge and splurge a little on the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, coming in at a whopping £70! I mean really?! it's a lot of money but I had been watching many videos and reading lots of reviews which say this stuff is simply the best and I've been fed up of this horrid tight feeling which is my skin so I gave it a go, so here are my thoughts

To start off with it is incredibly thick, thick to the point that when you blob it on your face it comes out white. You know how creams which are usually white are usually almost transparent on the skin? well this isn't, obviously when you blend it in its not noticeable but I just thought I'd point that out so you can get a feel of the thickness were talking about. You don't need too much of this as a little goes quite a long way, the cream goes on really smoothly, you can really feel when it's covered your whole face because it just feels that nourished. It leaves a really nice glowey base which acts as the perfect glowing base for your make-up. Charlotte Tilbury often says it gives you that 'lit from within' look which I definitely agree with it gives my skin a definite glow which can be seen from beneath make up and I can safely say that my skin doesn't feel tight or dry at all throughout the day, which is what I've been looking for.

I do however have a couple of gripes with it so I should probably just them done with... As I mentioned before this cream is really thick and I have to say it does feel it on the skin, if your looking for a cream that packs a punch with hydration but you want it to feel light on the skin then this really isn't the one for you, although it hydrates the skin I cant help but feel by the time I've finished my make up that I've got a lot of layers on my skin when I actually don't. I mean its not the end of the world and I don't really notice it later on in the day but initially for me I'm not so keen. The other thing with this is the smell... Now I'm not sure on what the majority of the ingredients do but the mixture of them do give off this smell its kind of a floral/chemically smell which personally I don't particularly like but you can get passed it and it doesn't really stay on the skin all day so your not randomly smelling it throughout the day.

So overall I do love this cream, despite the smell and the feeling of heaviness I think it has its a fantastic cream, which hydrates and gives a fabulous glow to my dehydrated skin. I cant imagine it's a super summery cream as I think the skin feeling light is much more ideal for the hotter weather however I'm yet to find something to beat this cream, if you don't mind the scent of products and are looking for something to completely transform your skin and have the pennies to spend on it then go for it, it is a fantastic moisturiser. x

Autumn Beauty Wishlist

Autumn is most definitely upon us and I couldn't be happier, its my favourite time of year with colder weather which means nicer clothes and being able to cover up more and Halloween and Christmas! I'm such a big kid when it comes comes to this time of year I just love it!

with the new season upon us I've wanted to change up some of my beauty bits which means I'll want need to buy some more pieces, I've put together this little list of things that I'm really wanting to purchase over the next couple of months so I'm beauty ready for the season! First up is the Becca  - Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop... I know, I know how the hell do I not own this already?! I was put off by the price at first and then we couldn't get it in the UK... Well now we can which is fab, my friend uses this and her highlight is always looking fleeky so Its definitely on my list to help give me a gorgeous glow for this time of year. To go along side this is the Dior Skin Star Foundation, I had a tester of this a while ago and fell in love instantly it gave me medium/build-able coverage with a satin finish that lasted all day, paired with this highlighter I reckon it would be a killer combo!

I have quite a few autumn lip shades so I'm thinking go of picking up something a little lighter but still plumby that's where the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Selma Secret comes in, its a stunning berry toned purple/pink which would look amazing for daytime wear. I've swatched it in store and it really is stunning and I think it suits my skin tone well, There's a few others from the range I have my eye on and no one can buy just one new lipstick a season am I right? I feel like this is the season to give bold brows a go, I've always wanted to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, It's allegedly the best one out there so I think why not... I've seen so many people using this online and their brows look incredible, I think I could probably get away with it and not be too heavy handed.

I've used up a lot of my foundations all at once which is quite honestly heartbreaking! because we all know how much replacing just one is... But I do want to give something new a try and that's where the Dior Skin Star Studio Foundation. I had a tester of this a couple of months back and fell in love with it, its such a gorgeous medium coverage foundation that gives a satin finish to the skin and just looks flippin fabulous throughout the day and still giving just a little glow!

So many people own this product and I cant believe I actually don't, considering it's very much targeted at my skin type the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, I'm in need of a new cleanser and I feel this may be the one, I've had my eye on it for a long time and think now is a good time to give it a go with the change it weather my skin is definitely in need of a boost. When it does come to skin care I do tend to stick to what I know, by that I mean I usually repurchase products because I know my skin wont react badly, I do think its time to maybe give a new toner try. I've read so much about the Pixi Glow Tonic it seems like its such a cult favourite, its meant to be super good for giving glowing skin which is something my skin is definitely in need of! I think using a gentle exfoliater is so important to keep the skin looking good so I'm going to have to pick this up soon and give it a whirl. 

Last but not least is the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I was given a few testers of this a little while ago and they lasted me ages which is amazing because it was enough to make me want it! It felt gorgeous pushed into the skin before bed and my skin felt amazing in the morning! I feel like this is exactly what my skin needs for the winter days and nights, my skin gets much drier with the colder weather so this is a must for me. I've always been a little scared of using oils as my skin has reacted badly to them but it didn't with this one and I know oils are so good for the skin so I can't wait to put my pennies together and treat myself. So they're my top picks for the coming season... I hope it gives you some ideas of products if your unsure on what to change up, what are your picks for the months ahead? x

Current Base

There is nothing I love more than a dewey base, As a girl with dryer skin its definitely a look I go for when picking and using products. 

To start off the base I use a small amount of my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, I love this stuff its so rich and nourishing all throughout the day, so many moisturisers have the moisture punch instantly but later on in the day my skin feels quite tight again but not with this, it leaves such a lovely base for your foundation and feels comfortable all day. Next up I take a small amount of the Mac Strobe Cream and tap it into the high points of my face, basically where you'd want to have that glow and you really don't need a lot of this as a little goes a long way, this is the kind of product you instantly see a difference with leaving a gorgeous iridescent glow. 

The Charlotte Tilburys Light Wonder Foundation is a base that gives you a serious glow, like when I say glow I mean glow! I usually blend this in with my Beauty Blender as it gives sheerer coverage which I have much prefered in the summer months, when its blended in with a brush its a little heavier which is still gorgeous. For Powder I love Charlotte Tilburys Flawless Finish powder I've been using this for a while and have actually hit pan on it now, I use Fair 1, its a light, finely milled powder which set your make up in place without looking cakey it just takes the 'shine' off and leaves your make up looking flawless, while also allows your natural glow to come through throughout the day which I quite like, Of course it works well over her other base make up, It's something I'll be repurchasing when the times comes. Last but not least come an offering from Mac which everyone and their cat owns and is Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, I got this a few months ago and have been using it a lot with the odd change up now and then. I have to say I absolutely love it! its such a gorgeous champagne coloured highlighter, it catches the light perfectly and I often get asked what highlighter I'm using and its usually this one, which must be a good sign. What I like about this is that it can be built up for a full on glow or used lightly for a more subtle sheen to the skin so its pretty versatile which is always good in a product your investing in for your collection.

Well this was quite brand heavy but when you know you've got a good base you got to stick to it and I have to say I love this one, its the perfect dewy/glowy finish, perfect for the previous hotter months and the fresh faced deep lip days to come for autumn! x

Favourites

The only thing going by quicker than these months is my bank balance... I mean am I right?
I have neglected my blog the last few months for various reasons which I will explain in another post. These favourites are more of an accumulation of favourite products from the last few months where I've been absent but still favourite worthy products, it may be quite lengthy so maybe grab a drink and have a little read.

First up is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, I bought this thinking it was a lighter coverage base which would have been ideal for the summer weather, but that's not necessarily what the name suggests. From what I've gathered it's more for the Deweyness of the product. This does pack some serious glow in a tube and is a light/medium coverage foundation, when applied with a brush it's much heavier however when applied with a beauty blender you can get a much lower coverage, it's given me such a healthy looking complexion without looking oily.

I was bought me some of the Kyle Lipkits for my birthday a couple of months ago and I have been thoroughly enjoying the shade in Koko K for summer, it's a lovely muted pink shade which looks gorgeous on, I do find I need to apply balm before and part way through the day but that's not too much of a problem for me. 

I'd been using the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Brow Pencil for over a year now (crazy right) but I loved it so much I didn't feel the need to change it, until it started running out so I've left it in my reserve make up bag at my boyfriends to use there, I wasn't sure what to buy in place of it so opted to try the NYX Micro Brow Pencil brow pencil in Ash Brown and I can honestly say I'm in love with it. It's a perfect match for my brow hairs and is the perfect consistency of not being too hard or too waxy, you can really design the shape of your brows and pop in brow hairs to make a more natural brow, it's super quick to use and is a form favourite of mine for brows, this will be repurchased when I can hunt down my shade again *sighs*

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream was a purchase I took a lot of consideration over due to the high price point. However I was after a super hydrating cream as my skin just seems to getting more dehydrated with the warmer weather and this had such great reviews I just took the plunge and hoped for the best. And the best happened, it's so hydrating and thirst quenching I can't quite believe it, my skin feels so nourished and doesn't feel tight throughout the day even with a heavier coverage base, I do really like this cream especially if you have dry skin. I do feel it has a slightly processed smell to it..? If you've used it you'll know what I mean but you can read my full review here.

My mac lipstick collection seems to consist of mostly of bold colours, I have a few nude shades but I thought I could do with another so I treated myself to Mac Modesty. Its the most perfect pinky/nude shade which looks gorgeous on, its perfect for daytime use which is what I use it mostly for but it would work so well for night time if you have a slightly heavier eye make up going on and wanted nude lips. It's so lovely its definitely my go to for work. I've also fallen in love with my Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle. I picked this up a few months ago and absolutely love it. It gives such a fabulous champagne glow to the skin, this can be quite full on but in my opinion if your going for that summer glow which I certainly have been you just cant go wrong!


For the last few months I have been loving using body oil on my skin, I have of course chosen the Palmers Moisturizing Body Oil as Palmers is my absolute favourite brand for adding moisture to my body and hair, this oil sinks in so well to the skin and leaves the most amazing glow to the skin, which I've been loving especially for my legs on the occasions I've had them out this summer. If your looking for an affordable body oil I'd definitely give this a go, and a little goes a long way so its super good value for money.


As for my non beauty favourites this month I actually have some this time around! Despite certain things in life not being great I had an amazing couple of weeks with my friends, first up we went  to Boardmasters festival in Cornwall, it was so good, such a good mix of music which is perfect for my group of friends as we all like different types of music. There is of course the surf festival which was awesome to see. I had the best time letting my hair down and spending quality time with the best friends a girl can have! The following weekend me and my friend Jasmine went to V Festival for the day. We  went to the Justin Bieber day which was awesome! It was super weird going for the day but it was so good and we saw some awesome acts!
Last but not least the latest book in the Harry Potter Series, The Cursed Child is of course in my favourites. I had this on pre-order for months and on the day it was released I went down and collected my copy! I was so excited and read it so quickly! To get another glimpse into Harry's life after falling in love with the story so long ago was so existing! I felt like a child again ha! its such a good read and its so nice to be able to read more from the Harry Potter story and see how Harry has grown up attempting to manage his own children! Its made me super excited to go and see The Cursed Child in theatre later this year! If your super crazy and haven't read it yet, go and pick up a copy!

That was super long... If you made it to the end I hold my hand up to you! x