Tuesday, 21 July 2015

DIOR STAR FOUNDATION IN SHADE 10


DAY ONE
First and foremost...it isn't love. Sorry but the Dior Star foundation just doesn't do it for me. It applies beautifully and sits on the skin really well (applied with fingers). It's a very liquidy consistency which gives that second skin look. The "your skin but better" aesthetic and does bring an extra luminosity to the skin as well, which is awesome. But really? Honestly? I'm not buying this. I picked up a sample from my local Dior counter and the shade up was to dark, this perhaps too light, but it doesn't really matter about that. What did matter was after 3 hours this looking slick as hell and had clung to my pores and had highlighted them. You know what I mean. The foundation starts to cake in your T zone and problem areas and things are a mess. I paired this with the charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow beauty flash and The Retoucher. I wasn't impressed with the outcome. It needed powdering bad! In superficial light it looks really glowing and lovely but through out the day in the harsh wintery sun light, all my flaws and PORES were highlighted and for some reason the foundation (and concealer) had dissipated completely in all the red and marked areas, just giving a general naff look. We wear makeup to look better not worse right?

DAY TWO
After yesterdays debacle I decided to team the Star foundation with the Laura Mercier foundation primer, Collection concealer and Charlotte tilbury Powder. Yesterday we got nasty sweaty face. Let's see if today we can get a greater longevity and overall finish. I guess its unfair to judge a product without first considering what else it is paired with. The foundation definitely fared much better. It lasted much longer and didn't cake. I enjoyed wearing this much more today but with an over riding feeling of "meh"! 

DAY THREE
I still don't like this foundation. I paired with just the Embyolisse Lait-Crème Concentré and collection concealer and powder and I have to say this is my favourite pairing. It said better on the skin and gave a luminescence which didn't sink into my pores and create havoc aka Day One. 

Sorry Dior Star your not for me. currently onto the Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. I'll keep you posted on how that one fares too. Xoxox

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks (FORMENTERA)


Charlotte Tilbury's Beach Sticks have been on the beauty wish list for a long time due to the great skincare benefits that they give, as well as the claims of their amazing blendability. I generally don't like to go into these things blind and when I finally had the chance to swatch I was very excited to discover that the Formentera shade was my favourite. I hoped it would suit me but there was the chance that it would be too purpley in its undertone and not sit right with my complexion. However to the contrary Formentera comes up a blush shade on me. When applied it looks like I have been in the sun all day. It is literally the perfect "sun kissed" glow cheek shade. Amazing. It's really moisturising on the lips too and gives a gorgeous nudey pink lip stained look. I find the bullet a little dry and you need to apply some pressure onto your cheeks. I got very little payoff when I attempted to apply it with little light handed baby swipes. There's no shimmer or sparkle with this one just a lovely blush stain.

This retails for £30 (or 2 sticks for £55 on the Charlotte Tilbury website) and despite being a cool little rose gold fat bullet and looks chic and synonymous with her brand, I feel it lacks a certain premium quality that the Chanel blush stick has. In comparison the Charlotte Tilbury beach stick looks a little cheap and plastic(y). It's very light and the lid always managed to capture some of he product which drives me insane. I recognise that is my issue but if the cream stick could be twisted all the way down the bullet this couldn't happen so I don't know. Finally there doesn't seem to be a lot of bang for your buck. There's 6.5g and it doesn't look a lot at all. But I feel like the price is based on the quality of the product and I'd rather have less of something decent than a surplus amount of product that is of lesser quality. (Or that is how I'm comforting myself over the shot of disappointment I have over the little bullet).

But despite loving the shade and being less than a 100% happy with the packaging (probably 85% happy) the best thing about Charlotte Tilbury's beach stick is it's amazing blendability. The hype is on point, the claims are true. It blends like a dream. It's a pleasure to use. On the cheeks and on the lips. It's so quick and easy and with stunning sun kissed, glowing results I'm obsessed and am itching to pick up more. At this stage in the game I want all of them. I'm sure I'lol be Instagramming any further additions to beach stick collections as and when they are purchased.

Oh and I think the longevity is really good too. And I have medium, combo, probably verging on oily recently, skin and it lasts for hours on me. No problems there. It also smells like vanilla (MAC lipsticks). It's ok. It's not my favourite scent but it's not unpleasant. So in final conclusions: love these, you need these, buy these. OBSESSED. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

The Last Beauty Haul


The beauty wish list is never ending, neither is retail therapy. Welcome to the last beauty haul ever THIS SUMMER this week??

SARAH CHAPMAN OVERNIGHT FACIAL 
My stash was missing a overnight rejuvenating beautiful product that made me go AWE in the morning!  And the Sarah Chapman hype took me all the way to Harrods at 7:40pm because Space NK shut at 6pm for a swift pick up. First thoughts? YUM. It's a beautiful oil that melts into the skin giving a satin finish rather than an oily one, very nice. It smells delicious and packed with all the good stuff and it leaves my skin... Not wow! I am yet to go Ooooohhh my skin! But what I have done is noticed my skin is silky smooth and more even. I've been using this 5 out of 7 days and I feel like it's doing good things. I'm sure I'll be blogging about this again soon. Oh and a little aside, whilst buying this I eyed up the daily facial. I tell you I want it. Firmly at the top of my beauty wish list.

REVLON COLORSTAY CONCEALER
Agh the struggle is real people. What's going on with the world mama? People acting like they don't have no mama. I think the whole world is addicted to the drama...... My struggle is colour matching. I just couldn't find a good match on the high street, until Revlon came to the rescue. Hold the phone. a concealer comes in my colour?? (insert all the celebration and happiness emojis here) perfection. Happy. If I love it i'll probably blog about it. If it's meh, ok. I'll use it, abuse it and then throw it away!!! ... Where is the love? 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY BRONZE GODDESS PALETTE
I won't lie I've spent time figuring out who I am out of Charlotte Tilbury's 10 looks. Ironically I think I'm the bronze goddess. (It's ironic because I'm really pale) mixed with the ingenue and the rock chick. But out of all the pallets the one that has caught my eye over again is the bronze goddess pallet. After a mammoth swatch session it came up on top. I'm loving all the shimmery shades. As yet I've only used it once and find the Glitter or pop shade really chunky. I don't mind that. I love it but I'm noticing fall down. Once I've played with it a bit more I'm sure I'll blog about it. 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY FORMENTERA BEACH STICK
How exciting guys. I have often scoured the blogs about the beach sticks and have always wanted to have Formentera. I hoped I would like it in the flesh. So often I don't and I thought that perhaps in real life it wouldn't be love. But it was. Boom!! After swacthing this against other cream blushes around the same shade I was excited to discover I liked this the best and it actually comes up a tad rosey on my skintone rather than full on mauvey which swatches look like online. I love this. I feel like it's a little dry in the bullet so it requires a little bit of pressure when applied, but once applied it melts into the skin giving the most amazing "beach glow". Obsessed.

CHANEL BLUSH STICK IN NO20
I ordered this blind. I wanted a cream stick bronzer, considered the Charlotte tilbury Ibiza Beach stick but Jane from British Beauty Blog fame said this was better and as I love the tan de Chanel more than anything I thought: yes this is going to be it in stick form. It's not though. It has red undertones and a subtle sparkle running through it that can be picked up on, so I use this in the same way as Formentera. A little disappointed at present as it's not what I really wanted slash I don't know whether the red undertones work with my complexion. But I'll keep at it and report back. 

MOROCCAN OIL TREATMENT LIGHT
My third repurchase of this. I love the smell and I love the consistency (It's a tad thicker than other oils you can get) and I love the results (frizz GONE). I highly reccomend to everyone, but especially those of you who colour slash bleach your hair.

ESTÉE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR FOUNDATION IN 1W1 BONE
I tell ya there's no telling the power of instant gratification. Despite having the Makeup Forever HD foundation firmly in my sights for months, a spot of hot weather, leading to enlarged pores and a few blemishes and I pick up the classic high coverage foundation because Estée Lauder counters are everywhere. Im hoping this will help to keep my face perfect throughout the summer.. We hope. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Being pale iiiiiiiiiiiinnn SUMMMMMMER!!!!!!


In SUMMMMMMERRRR.... What is your favourite beauty look? I join the gazillions of people in the world who want to look a little bit more tanned, sun kissed, glowing, healthy, rejuvenated... Beautiful???? But here's the snag... I'm NC15/20 - NC18 should the colour exist. In most makeup brands I go lightest or, if I'm at the clarins or Rimmel stand, for example, I go home... brands like illamasqua, MAC and Revlon I get the second shade or third, or forth... Depending on the brand. I'm definitely in the fair bracket of things. So I like going darker, but my darker is the average UK fair to medium (lol) but the idea is to look that bit more healthy and glowing than before. One keeps their English rose complexion but its summered up.. If you fall into this bracket too, welcome. Here's what I'm doing and what I'm using to create my summer pale-bronzed look. Enjoy... X

The BODY.
I think the biggest bug bare of a pale person, who solely wears trousers for 9 months of the year is the Olof-white leg situation. This needs attention. For me it's all about St Tropez at the moment. I streak my fake tan like a moFo so I need my fake tanning to be as easy as possible. Cue the newest fake tanning sensation St Tropez shower tan. Is it good? Well I think so... It is really subtle but Maby I'm not putting enough on. My plan is to put it on over a few days to get a build up but as yet the 3 minute waiting time is just too long for me to bare so I am reluctant to do it again #greatbeautyblogger. But what is really good is the St Tropez after sun with hint of tan. I actually can't find this anywhere so I suspect it might have been repackaged or discontinued... It actually gives you a lovely tan, which I haven't ever streaked. When this runs out I'm definitely on the hunt for an alternative because this is the future.

The FACE.
Let's make one thing straight, one does not mess around with body fake tans on ones face. First... Second, one lives for the easy no makeup makeup look. I am not spending time mixing the perfect darker shade of foundation that matches my subtle tan look. No. I actually am not spending time on foundation period. Good skincare, suncare, concealer for the bags and spots and I'm away. Nothing else is required. What I do, do though is use the awesome Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning "stuff". Again this develops an awesome subtle tan on your face, without you even noticing it. It doesn't smell like fake tan either. It's really good and worth spending the twenty-odd pound price tag on. Honestly it's really good.

The Au-Naturel skinkissed FACE. 
This involves a brow pencil, my pencil of choice is the Delilah brow pencil high I'm obsessed with. With said pencil, with small lines to replicate hairs and draw in my brows to make them look a little unruly. Then I go in and Create faux freckles all over my nose and apples of my cheeks. The au-natural sun kissed face also involves bronzer.my bronzerS (because I'm using two bish) are Chanel. My beloved tan de Chanel bronzing cream buffed into the high point of my face, over my nose, my chin etc etc to warm my skin up and then I go over the high points to highlight slash bronze further my face with the Chanel xxx. On my apples I'm using MAC so sweet so easy for a quick pink flush or Rimmels natural blush in Santa Rose to look a little more natural-rosey. 

And a lip balm thing and a black mascara. Done. my pale (in SUMMER) no makeup, makeup, waste of time really look is complete. Copy this if you want to look more summery than you did without looking made up... If that's what you like. Thanks for reading! Xoxo