Friday, 28 September 2018

Nudestix Brand First Impressions

After seeing Nudestix featured on a variety of US blogs, I wanted to try the brand out for myself. I haven't seen it mentioned over here, but as they're becoming readily available in the UK, I thought now was the perfect time to share my first impressions on the pieces I was very kindly sent recently. 

The majority of products I own are all lip pencils, but they come in different finishes and formulas depending on your taste. The Magnetic Matte Lip Pencils* which I tried in this Creator's Palette* are super long lasting (as in the swatches on my arm don't disappear for 48 hours!), but unfortunately there were only a couple of shades in the set that I would get anywhere out of. Saying this, Sonoran and Freckle are super gorgeous and with such great longevity I can see myself getting a lot of where out of these two! 

Moving onto another lip pencil that has already made its way into a permanent spot in my makeup bag. It's the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil* in the shade Purity which is a pinky nude. I prefer to wear this on my lips as it makes them look fuller and more defined. It honestly wears so well being long lasting without drying my lips out. It's the number one product out of everything that I've tried from Nudestix that I feel like would appeal to a lot of people. 

The other product I'd definitely recommend is the Rock N' Roller Easy Eyeliner* which shock... I didn't get in the black shade. The hue golden rose looks absolutely dreamy ran across the lash line and despite it being something I wouldn't usually go for, it really spruces up a makeup look. The longevity has to be mentioned too as it's another one which stayed put on my hand when swatches and it doesn't disappoint on the lid either. The roller contraception intrigued me and if I'm honest I wasn't expecting to like it at all, but there's something about it that dispenses just the right amount of product and makes it super easy to create a thin line. You can bet I've added the black one to my wishlist now! 

Last is the Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Pencil* which I feel like would have been a great one to use during the Summer months when I usually want a glossier look. I've got the shade Luxe and upon trying it, I just don't think it's for me. If you're someone who wants a barely there, dash of colour to your cheeks then I'm sure you'd love to give this a whirl, but for me, at the moment I'm all into powders on the cheeks and on the lips, the shade just isn't my cup of tea. 

Aside from these products, I wanted to give a quick mention to some of their other products I've got my eye on like the Nudies All Over Face Contour and their Glow Version too. I know I've just said I'm currently not into cream products, but these look too pretty to miss out on and I have a feeling the cream to powder formula will work just nicely. 

Have you tried anything from Nudestix before? 

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

A New Season To-Do List


Autumn is here! I can't tell you how happy I am, as my favourite season has arrived and I feel like it's my month's that I really thrive. I've got both my own and Tom's birthday's coming up followed by Halloween, Bonfire Night and the lead up to Christmas. I wanted to share with you a few of my goals for the next few months and a to-do list too. 

Go To A Pumpkin Field | I've been going on about going to a pumpkin field pretty much as soon as I left one last year. It was one of my favourite days out, so I will definitely be heading back this year too. It made me feel so cosy picking out our pumpkins to carve and eat! 

Find A Cosy Pair of PJ's | I put myself on a pyjama ban and I haven't bought any new ones in well over a year, so I'm due an upgrade. The ASOS Moon In Space Set are high up on my list as they'd be perfectly cosy for the upcoming cold weather. Saying this, the Velvet Set is my guilty pleasure because I think I'd actually live in them! 

Enjoy My Birthday | I'm an Autumn baby - you wouldn't have guessed would you? One of my main goals for this season is to enjoy every minute of my birthday, see friends and have a good time. I still haven't got anything planned, but with Tom's birthday two weeks later it's going to be a great October. 

Pick Up Some Autumn Releases | Lush's Halloween AND Christmas range has been released just in time for my birthday and let me tell you I'm going to be treating myself. On top of my excitement for their yearly release, I have my eye on some of the other Christmas sets including the Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Kit and I'm still pondering over the Hourglass Holiday Palette

Bake Pumpkin Treats | One top of pumpkin treats, I've got a few apple recipes I want to try too. I want to turn my hand to possibly making pumpkin gnocchi or a take on this roasted pumpkin recipe I found. I feel like the colder weather is the perfect time to bake something to eat whilst you're binge watching Netflix or to warm yourself up after an afternoon outside exploring the local woods. 


Outfit Details
- Boohoo Leopard Print Midi Skirt -


What's on your new season to-do list? 

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie Kit

 Hands up if you're excited about Drunk Elephant coming to the UK! I've already tried out 90% of their range now and I've got a wishlist as long as my arm for when I can purchase some more full sized versions. I was lucky to get sent the new Agent Ellie Kit* which includes a full sized product and four minis to have a value of $138 when it costs a fraction of the price at $88 - great if you're looking to try out a few of their products and you're looking to treat yourself too. 

First up is the only product from this kit I haven't tried and that's the Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defence which is the sister of the Umbra Sheer which I was using throughout Summer. I've tried it a couple of times on my skin and it works in a similar way just with a slight tint to it which I could imagine would be great during the warmer months when you want something to even out your skin tone without it being heavy. 

The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is probably the one product I'm most excited about trying the full version of as I've got a few miniatures now, but I know they're going to run out at some point. It can be mixed in with a moisturiser, oil, SPF or even a foundation to boost it's hydrating properties or thin the formula out. It's a great all rounder and I feel like it'll be popular amongst dry skin types. 

We've now got his 'n' hers Protini Polypeptide Creams and although I think I'd be swayed more towards buying a big size of their Lala Retro Cream it's a lovely moisturiser nevertheless. Their end goal is similar, but the formulas and textures are very different. Protini is nourishing, whilst promising the improve the look of my skin's texture and firmness. 

Next up is the Shaba Complex Eye Serum which is a lightweight offering which delivers hydration and smoothness. The mini version is a healthy amount to give it a good try and I'd actually say I wouldn't buy the full sized because of this because you only need a tiny amount each time. 

Lastly is the C-Firma Day Serum which is the full sized product in this kit which brightens the complexion amazingly quickly. When I first tried this my skin took some time to get used to it as I wasn't used to many acids back then and it made my complexion sensitive, but given time and patience, you can build up your tolerance to it. My number one tip and something I didn't do with my miniatures was to pop this in the fridge to protect it's potency, so I've learnt from my mistakes and have been using it cold to refresh my skin in the morning. I'll report back! 

Drunk Elephant is coming to the UK early October to Cult Beauty and Space NK. You can sign up to shop the range first here and here

Have you tried any Drunk Elephant products? 

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Review
A few weeks back I got sent the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Night Serum* and knew that I wanted to try it as soon as I could. It's described as a 3-in-1 serum that help to refine pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and gently nourish the skin. All these claims intrigued me, so of course I put it to the test and here are the results. 

To get the best out of the product, you're supposed to use it once every 2 to 3 times a week which I definitely think is correct as your skin will tingle and as it contains 14% AHA/BHA this is definitely one of the stronger products I've put on my skin before. Personally, as I like to use other acids in my routine I make sure I only use one type of acid every other day to ensure my skin doesn't feel sensitive. This means that I tend to use this night serum twice a week, making sure I stay clear of any cleansers or toners with chemical exfoliators in it until the next day or day after. 

What I notice straight after use is that it doesn't feel sticky, but I tend to reach for a lightweight moisturiser to make sure my skin doesn't feel stripped the next morning. When I wake up, my skin looks clearer and brighter, which is a relief as usually products that clear the pores can sometimes make your skin look worse before it gets better. Although this doesn't decrease the size of blemishes as well as the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial* it really makes my skin look visibly radiant even after the first use.

The texture of my skin feels improved as the dry patches are banished and my foundation goes on better when I apply it the next morning. I've been using other new products in my skincare routine, so I can't put it down to just one product, but over the month I've been using this, my skin has increasingly looked and felt better. 

Have you tried the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow? 

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Ultimate Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist

The cold weather calls for cosier knits and thicker coats with details of gold jewellery and a hat or two. I've not got a lot of Autumn basics in my wardrobe this year, so I've been on the hunt for a couple of weeks now so I that I don't have to panic buy. I've got a few of my top picks listed below, so you can have a nosy too. 

Knitwear | Knitwear is my weakness every single year and I feel like this year the obsession has got even worse - there's just so many amazing picks! From slogan jumpers that can easily be worn with a pair of frayed ripped jeans or leopard print offering that can be styled with a tailored midi skirts and boots, there's so many on the market at the moment. The Willow & Paige Slogan Embroidered Jumper is giving me serious Whistles vibes and I feel like this may be the 'it' jumper of 2018. I've been after a clean looking, super soft jumper for a while as I find them easily to wear with a variety of outfits and I feel like this cream one will be the perfect pick. 

Jackets | Although there's a lot of jackets and coats on my wishlist, I'm super fussy with what one I pick. Due to my recent weightloss, I've only got one jacket from past years that I can wear without looking like it's drowning me, so I'm on the look out for a cosy big coat for those super cold days. 

Skirts + Dresses | I'm trying harder this year not to spend too much time in jeans and explore different options. I've said this a few times, but I feel like midi skirts will be a staple in my wardrobe. I've got a few brown skirts in my basket and the Monki Mini Denim Skirt (which is what I'm wearing in these photos!) is the perfect pick as it makes me feel like a crisp Autumn leaf and I'm living for it! As a monochrome lover, I had to include a LBD in this round up and I feel like the Prettylittlething Button Down Skater Dress would be popular with a lot of you too. 

Accessories | Now that Autumn is here, I feel like more comfortable wearing accessories without them sticking to me (yum!) in the heat and I'm now ready to get the scarves and hats out to keep warm. I've got my eye on a few new bags including this Mango Snake Print offering which I feel would work well with a variety of outfits. Although I always think I never suit hats, I want to give them a go this year nevertheless, so a beret may be making an appearance of my Instagram soon. 

What's on your Autumn wardrobe wishlist? 

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Beauty Products I've Recently Used Up

Who knew that taking photographs of rubbish would be so difficult, but here we are. I've done this style of post a couple of times over the past few months and it was so good to put my rubbish to good use and showcase what products I've used up. 

First up is one that I'm very sad about and it's the Coco and Eve Like A Virgin Hair Mask* which I did a campaign on at the beginning of August and I've loved ever since. It's lasted me a good couple of months and it's amazing at nourishing my hair, making it look smooth, shiny and less damaged. You can see my full blog post on it here

Next is the Soap and Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo* which I actually used up quite a while ago. For the price this does the job amazingly as it soaks up any excess oil you may have, leaving a fragrance behind too. For £4 a can this lasted for a while considering how much use I got out of it and although it doesn't give any long lasting volume, it's everything a good dry shampoo should be. 

I've used up the Fresh Rose Face Mask* recently, but luckily I've already got another one to replace it. I talk about this mask all the time, so I won't go on about it, but it's one of my favourite moisturising picks for when my skin needs to look radiant and healthy. 

It was a sad day when I finished the Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath as it's been a favourite of mine for many years now. It's creates luscious bubbles to sink into and despite being sweetly scented, they aren't too sickly either. 

Last up is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Perfume* which is another one I absolutely loved and I'm definitely going to keep this bottle. It was perfect for Summer as it had a dreamy floral mix of notes that lingered on the skin for hours and always got me compliments whenever I wore it. 

What products have you used up recently? 

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Bath and Body Works Collection

Bath and Body Works Collection
Bath and Body Works is one of my favourite candle brands and I tend to treat myself to one or two every year especially around Autumn time. Although my collection isn't as impressive as others I thought I would share it with you nevertheless and also some top picks on getting them if you're in the UK. 

The most recent addition to my collection is Leaves, which is a scent that has been on my wishlist for some time now. I haven't lit this one yet as I'm unsure if I'm going to keep it as it's super close in notes to Harvest Gathering. Both of these have gorgeous packaging, the latter being one I can see myself finishing by the end of the season with ease as it's an ultra-comforting scent that is slightly spicy in fragrance, but has very similar fresh notes to Autumn, the next candle I'm going to talk to you about. 

My first Bath and Body Works candle was Autumn and it's what started off the obsession as this juicy apple, fig, eucalyptus and fir balsam combination smells like a fresh, crisp Autumnal morning in a jar. This is the third year I've had it now and it's kept this long which is super impressive. The one reason I haven't used it up is because when I originally got it it really wasn't very easy to get them over here at all and I didn't want to be without. The scent, even if you're not lighting it, fills up a whole room and if they made this into a diffuser, I'd have one in every room of the house. 

Lastly we have Pumpkin Cupcake and 'pumpkin' is a scent Bath and Body Works do very well as it's in so many of their candles. This one is not for someone who doesn't love sweet, pumpkin spice as it can be super sickly. If I'm not in the mood for that, I tend to light this when I have a few other fresh options on the go as it blends with those scents too. 

So, now onto how I get them in the UK as I get so many questions about this whenever I share a new candle. I mostly use Facebook selling groups as their are so many and they tend to be reasonably priced. Of course we don't get the deals the US get, but it's a great way to try them out anyway. Depop and Ebay are a good place to check too, but make sure you're not paying double! 

What are your favourite bath and body works candles?  
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

What's In My Makeup Bag

I've had a bit of a declutter of my beauty storage recently and therefore my everyday makeup bag has had a rejig too. I've got lots of new products to try and putting them to the test is easier if they're easier to reach for if it's in this adorable cat makeup bag (similar on here). 

Now that it's very nearly Autumn, my makeup bag has changed quite a fair bit as I've switched my lightweight, barely there bases for a medium, buildable coverage as this is what I prefer when the weather gets cooler. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* are two of my top picks as the former offers a glowing, flawless base and the latter delivers a heavier coverage, yet still looks natural on the complexion. 

I've been trying out the new Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer* still as I've got a new found love for concealers and I've been trying a fair few out. It's definitely heavier than I thought it would be as I had in my head a super lightweight, almost watery consistency, but it still doesn't cake up despite offering quite a fair bit of a coverage. 

Bronzer is something I've got more attached to as the years have gone on and now I feel bare if I don't wear it. I've been meaning to try out a new one for a while, so when I was kindly gifted the Nars Laguna* I was super happy. Fun fact, but I've never been keen on this bronzer because every time I swatched it in store, it was always super glittery with a pink sheen, but now I've realised it was because people would try out the blushers before dipping their fingers in the bronzer, alternating the way the shade looked. Now I've been trying out Laguna for a week or so, I can already see the hype as it looks lovely on my complexion, adding warmth in all the right places and I find it looks super natural too. 

Of course, I've been using my go-to Autumn shade, the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher*. It's not too overpowering, but is still great for adding a slight colour to my cheeks. I finish this look off with a dusting of my Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Highlighter Duo* which gives a healthy dose of sheen to the cheekbones.  

As my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz* is on it's way out, I've switched it over the new Dipbrow Pomade* to replace it. I was hesitant I wasn't going to like it as much as I used to at first as it's definitely heavier, but with a light hand and a bit of practice, I got the hand of it again and my new shade match is definitely perfect for me. I'm currently using up a variety of my mascaras as most of them are coming to an end, so I'm on a look out for any recommendations you may have. 

To finish, I've been applying the By Terry Mini Baume de Rose* because as we're going into the colder seasons and as illness has taken it's toll on my lips, the thickness of the formula keeps my lips feeling nourished. 


What's in your makeup bag at the moment? 

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A Gallery Wall Tour

- This post is sponsored by Desenio, but all thoughts are my own - 


For several years now I've had prints dotted around my home as I find them the best way to fill empty spaces and add a bit of colour to plain wall. Recently, I've been on the mission to spruce up my living room and bedroom, deciding that a gallery wall in each would be the perfect way to inject some warm colours, new shapes and patterns too. Desenio came to the rescue and delivered some amazing prints that I just had to share. 

First up is the tour of my living room gallery wall which is made up of seven prints ranging from an A5 size like the Bee Print which I got in a gold frame to a 40x50 the Monstera Three which couldn't fit nicer in with my brass details and bare stone wall of my living area.  I didn't want the wall to be uniform, opting for varied sizes in frames and for empty spaces to be left so I got fill them with planters or more prints if I wish at a later date. 

The Pink Sky Print which I got in a size 30X40cm is the perfect fit and the gold frame compliments the gold running through it too. It's probably my favourite pick from the bunch as it's not too in your face, but still had a healthy dose of colour to my bare white walls. I also think that both the leaf and sky print compliments the Ombré Pink Clouds I have in the top right corner. 

I'm obsessed with anything with moon prints on, so I knew that I had to get the Moon Phases and I thought that having it landscape added something different to the whole feature wall. Another different element to my gallery wall is the Poster Hanger I got for my Breathe Print which works by using magnets on two sides of wood and securing the print in place. It's nice to break up the harsh lines of the wooden frames and means that if I was to put in a hanging planter or wall art then it'll match perfectly. 
As for my bedroom, I didn't know whether a gallery wall would suit the area or not, but as we've got a protruding wall where our fireplace is downstairs, I thought it would look perfect there. I've got a set of three brass wall mounts which I usually put air plants in to add a pop of green to the space too. We've got copper lamps on our side tables which I did pull everything together and the array of coloured cushions stops the area looking too white and bright. 

The gallery wall consists of three prints, the Always Choose Happiness one is my favourites because of the typography and the pink background that I feel isn't too in your face. Like I said earlier, I'm obsessed with anything moon print, so I knew I had to have one in bedroom too and I feel like the grey tones in that print work well with the & Black Marble print that is hanging above it. 

The code “pintsizedphoto” gives 25% off posters* on all of our sites between September 18th and 20th. 
*Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration posters. 

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Monday, 17 September 2018

What I've Been Reading, Watching and Doing Lately


The last time I did one of these posts it was all the way back in June and a whole Summer has whizzed by since then. I can't quite believe we're in the midst of September now, the cold weather slowly setting in and I'm starting to pull out all my Autumn attire. I wanted to give you an update on a few things I've been reading, watching and doing lately as I think we were due a bit of a natter. 

Throughout Summer I was stuck in a bit of a reading funk, nothing really interested me all that much and the weather meant I was concentrating on not overheating rather than sitting down to read a book. Now the weather has got much cosier, I've gone through The Undomesticated Goddess like lightning and I'm already thinking about the next book on my to-read pile, so I think the fresh, new season has inspired me to get going. 

Great British Bake Off has made it's way back onto our TV screens and I'm ecstatic as it's making me crave all the treats whenever I come to watch it. I'm not sure on a favourite yet and I still feel like maybe it's lost some of it's initial sparkle, but it's a programme that no doubt makes me feel like Autumn is on it's way. Next up is Unforgotten, a police TV series which I found on Netflix and we managed to watch the two series on there in record time. Now we're just patiently waiting for the newest season to come online somewhere as it was a very gripping, interesting watch. To fill the void, we've given in to the hype and have started Bodyguard which has been a topic of conversation in our house when discussing thoughts and theories. Lastly, we started watching The 100 over the past month or so after I spotted a rogue advert for it online, it's actually quite good and although the special effects are questionable at times, we're getting quite invested in the characters now. 

In terms of what I've been doing, we've been all over the country over the Summer, starting in Wales for a week at the start of July, then going back there again a few weeks later followed by Yorkshire for a festival and Peak District too. We've got a trip planned for the end of this month back to Wales and after that we will see. I know there's been talks on going somewhere for a joint birthday trip for Tom and I, but we can't quite agree on a place yet. 

What have you been reading, watching and doing lately? 


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Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Debenhams Beauty Club Community

Debenhams Beauty Club Community
- This post is sponsored by Debenhams, but all thoughts are my own - 

Today's post is a little different as I wanted to share with you an exciting new platform to talk all things beauty; the Debenhams Beauty Club Community. This site helps you to discover other beauty lovers to discuss latest releases, advice and recommendations too. 

What I think works great about this new platform is that it's something I've never seen before and it really helps you to connect with other people by allowing you to upload images, ask questions and you can even subscribe to specific groups. For example, if you're only interested in skincare, then you specifically ask for advice on the skincare boards. 

On top of being able to chat to like minded people, there's a chance to earn badges, rewards and participate in exclusive competitions, which if you like to win lots of treats you'll definitely want in. Everything is just a click away and they even have their own blog page which has a variety of beauty posts to browse through. The Clubhouse is the page I like to take a look through the most as this is where everyone is chatting and asking questions, so it's easy to get involved. You can see what topics have been spoken about and narrow them down with the use of labels which is located on the right hand side of the Clubhouse page. In fact the whole right hand side is great as you can see the most liked photographs and top beauty gurus too! 

If you haven't got a Debenhams beauty card then this will be a great way to get one too as it's sent straight to your door and you can start collecting points from there on. 

Sign up to the Debenhams Beauty Club Community here

Will you be checking out the Debenhams Beauty Club Community? 

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Transitional Beauty


- This post is sponsored by SBC, but all thoughts are my own - 

The transitional period between Summer and Autumn always sends my skin into a frenzy and this year I feel like I've come more prepared with lightweight moisturisers, a new SBC eye cream and makeup I know my combination skin loves. 

First up is the new SBC Collagen Illuminating Eye Cream* and let me tell you now, I've never had an eye cream that does what this one does before. I like to use it both morning and night, but I think it works best in the AM when used before makeup. The twist up dispenser distributes the perfect amount of product for both of your eyes and the lightweight formula doesn't look nor feel heavy either. I always like to have a moisturising eye cream to hand as my eyes water and get dehydrated a lot and this gives a great boost of hydration, but it's the illuminating properties I want to highlight (excuse the pun!). Since using this my concealer looks better than ever, my under eye area looks smoother and gives an radiant, yet natural glow. 

Another skincare product I've been using is the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré* which has been used in replacement to my lighter night cream I had been using in the Summer. I think I always go on about the transitional period playing havoc with my skin because it's what I try to avoid every year and I'm hoping this lightweight, yet luxe feeling cream will help to replenish and hydrate my skin. 

Makeup wise, I tend to focus on switching out Summary peachy pink shades for more deeper, berry tones to start embracing the upcoming cooler months. I tend to experiment with my base products throughout the year depending on how my skin feels at the time whereas seasonal shades are what I like to fill my makeup bag with. The Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher* is my current go-to blush shade at the moment as it's not too intense and it gives me serious Autumnal vibes. 

I've switched out my usual Nuxe After Sun Lotion* which I adored throughout the Summer and replaced it with a more nourishing, comforting scented product - the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Comforting Cream*. It's lightweight yet rich formula with a silky and soft finish is everything you want in a body lotion. I feel like this is going to be amazing throughout the Autumn months, but at the moment it's keeping my dry patches at bay too. 

What are your top transitional beauty picks? 

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Products On Trial

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Foundation Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury Haul First Impressions
 Last week, Cult Beauty kindly sent over a bunch of Charlotte Tilbury products to try out to celebrate CT being their brand of the month for September which means you get free worldwide delivery on all Charlotte Tilbury products. This means that I've been trialling out a handful of new products and I wanted to give you an update on my thoughts and feelings of these coveted picks. 

I've got to start with a long time favourite of mine; the Magic Foundation*. If you've been reading my blog since 2015 then you would have spotted this offering along the way. I got sent the 02 shade this time and it matches my skin like a dream meaning I've finally rekindled the love for this demi-matte, medium coverage foundation. It's natural looking, yet conceals my redness and blemishes where needed and goes perfectly paired with Charlotte Tilbury's new release, the Magic Away Concealer*

This concealer has been on my wishlist ever since I spotted it on somebody's favourite post on YouTube and I've been refreshing Cult Beauty like mad and it's finally arrived! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it's even better. It's a medium to full coverage and really brightens up my under eye. I wasn't sure if I'd like the sponge and although I've got hesitations about hygiene, it is good for getting in the inner corner and sides of my nose. The formula is easy to blend with my Beauty Blender* and it looks smooth all day long without creasing. I feel like this could be a cult favourite among many in the weeks to come and I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot about it. 
Charlotte Tilbury Products On Trial Review
Just like the magic foundation, the Dolce Vita Palette has been a favourite for many years around here and is one that I always bring out at this time of the year. I've never been able to justify getting the Vintage Vamp Quad* because I have many other palettes to use up, but I can't believe I never did and it's seriously amazing. The two dark plumy shades are absolutely dreamy and create a very Autumnal smokey eye in other a couple of sweeps. The two shimmering, lighter shades are divine too and I think that this will be a staple come Christmas too. 

Next up is the Pretty Youth Glow Filter*, a cream to powder duo that features a pretty pink blusher and champagne highlighter. At first I've got to admit I was disappointed as the pigmentation isn't great on the highlighter and the blusher lacked the oomph I was looking for. I started to work the blusher more into my skin and found a way to make it work with a beauty sponge, but if you're looking for a striking highlighter then this won't be for you as it doesn't show up on the skin all that well at all. 

To end this post on more of a positive note, I had high hopes for the Goddess SkinClay Mask* and I'm so glad it's lived up to it's expectations as it really makes my skin feel super soft and smooth. For a ten minute mask this really is a quick fix and is a good option for when I want an all rounder mask that will make my skin glow and tighten the pores too. 

What are your favourite Charlotte Tilbury products? 

If a product is marked with a * it is a PR sample. This post contains affiliate links.
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A Full Perfume Collection

Perfume Jo Malone Maison Margiela Replica Diptyque Glossier
Perfume Jo Malone Maison Margiela Replica Diptyque Glossier
Hello, my name is Lily and I'm a self-confessed perfume collector and hoarder. Whenever I use up a bottle, I always struggle to get rid of it and I like to match my fragrances with certain events and memories too. After having a bit of a clear out, I realised that I've never shared my perfume collection before and I thought now was the perfect time to do so. 

Fruity | I don't have many fruity perfumes as there's something about them that tends to remind me of my teenage years and the Eau De Parfum we all had... the DNKY Be Delicious Spray. Saying this, the Ghost Daydream EDP* gives off a whiff of citrus, but isn't too overwhelming to wear and the Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia* is on the perfect side of fruity. The latter is absolutely amazing at adding a bit of Summer back to this drab weather we're having at the moment and despite being fruity, it still feels sophisticated to wear. Another Jo Malone scent with citrus notes in that I like is the Nectarine Blossom and Honey which is lightweight and easy to wear daily.  
Fresh | Fresh scents are always great throughout the year, no matter the month, to help you feel refreshed throughout the day. They can come in more floral scents which are what most of my perfumes are, but they can have woody notes or musky ones too. I've got the My Burberry Blush* which is on it's way out and the Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning* scent which sits pride of price, but unfortunately the cap is broken which means it no longer sprays. 

The Calvin Klein Women* perfume is my latest addition and I'm going through it at a rapid rate as I love it so much; it's great for everyday wear. The Glossier You is one that has recently ran out, but I'm looking to repurchase again as it's a fragrance unlike anything in my collection. It's woody scent almost feels warm, but it's rather on the comforting and refreshing side too. As I always describe it, it's like sniffing your cardigan at primary school to know which one is yours. 

Jo Malone is one of, if not my favourite perfume brand that I own and I've got a wishlist as long as my arm, but one that I wouldn't repurchase in perfume form at least is the White Jasmine and Mint offering because it ended up not lasting very long as I had to use so much of it to be noticeable. 

It's super easy to talk about Marc Jacobs perfumes all day long, but their latest release the Daisy Love* was probably my favourite one yet as it was super fresh and floral, whilst managing to be rather understated at the same time - I would definitely put this on my Christmas list. 

Perfume Jo Malone Maison Margiela Replica Diptyque Glossier
Floral | If you're looking for an ultra-floral perfume then look no further as the Maison Margiela Flower Market* will be exactly what you're after. World Duty Free kindly gifted it to me (they have a great price if you're looking to invest!) and it's straight up rose, jasmine and freesia and honestly smells exactly how it's described - like a walk through a flower market on a crisp Sunday morning. Another scent that I love and the OG Jo Malone scent in my collection is the Peony and Blush Suede; a dreamy concoction that never fails to get compliments whenever I wear it. 

Although luxe, the Aerin Lilac Path is a great floral scent if you're looking to invest or you need something to wear to mark a special occasion. It's long-lasting and the agate top looks amazing wherever displayed. It's got a cult favourite status for many and the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb is one I've been purchasing for years too. It's long lasting, smells like Spring to me and is distinctive as well - it's one I always spray whenever I'm in Boots. 

Another perfume I feel like everybody has heard of is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream which I went through super quickly not last Christmas, but the one before, however I've kept the bottle as it's too cute to throw away. 
Perfume Jo Malone Maison Margiela Replica Diptyque Glossier
Warm | Diptyque Do Son was the first perfume that came to mind when I thought of a warm floral, closely followed by Giorgio Armani Si as they both have the uplifting scent of roses with a comforting undertone to them, which is great for this time of the year. I treated myself to Do Son for my 21st birthday, so it holds great memories and I spritzed a bit of Philosykos when I went away and got engaged, so I hold that dear too, but unfortunately have never owned a bottle. You can read more about them in this floral fragrances post

Okay, so I feel like Thierry Mugler's Alien needs to go in a category all on it's own because it's so unique and despite wearing it for years and years now, I can't ever describe it. It's quite strong in scent and I can spot it a mile off if somebody is wearing it, but it's no doubt addictive and perfect for somebody who wants a perfume that you know people will be able to smell. 

The Miller Harris Peau Santal* and Powdered Veil* are two that I struggle to describe as well because they're super different and can fit into a variety of categories depending on the day. They mix and match well, are long lasting on the skin and each scent is unique too. 

I could do an updated Jo Malone perfume collection if you wanted me to, but it's the Velvet Rose and Oud I'm talking about now as it's super luxe and very expensive, yet it's the deepest, warmest rose scent I've ever had the pleasure to smell. It's opaque black bottle is instantly recognisable and the scent is one that gets me lots of attention too. 


What are your favourite perfumes? 

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