The first month of the 2016 is finally over! January always seems to be a slow one and a month most of us want to see the back of! Nevertheless this month brought some new beauty bits my way and some rediscoveries that made January go a little smoother! Before I get started on sharing my most loved pieces from the month, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who shared the love on my 6 blogging anniversary post, it really meant a lot 🙂
Starting off with two palette favourites! First one up is an exciting new addition to my eyeshadow collection, the Tartelette in Bloom palette. I have the original palette which I am still needing more wear out of but as soon as I seen this I knew I needed it in my life! The outer packaging firstly is just so beautiful and the gold with pink/purple floral design is just so pretty! The inside contents obviously matters most and it doesn’t disappoint! The warm shade range is perfect and there is some real stand outs amongst the bunch especially the bronze shimmer shade which is so pigmented! All of the shadows are super buttery and most have great pigmentation! Look out for a more detailed look at this palette later 🙂 The other one is no surprise seeing as it was mentioned in my Charlotte Tilbury post. The gorgeous Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette is so beautiful for faking the most perfect cheekbones! The powders are super fine and blend like a dream! The shades are also such a perfect match for my skin! Love, love love!
I also mentioned picking up a few new bits from Illamasqua this month so it wasn’t surprising to see one of those included in my favourites. I have been constantly reaching for the Katie/Ambition Blush Duo this month to help add a little colour to my cheeks. The two shades are highly pigmented and so require a light hand but add a gorgeous flush of colour and sit nicely on the skin!
I may be the biggest idiot ever having photographed two lipsticks in this post which look pretty damn similar and I have no idea what they are! I basically jumped on the nude lips thing (not that I didn’t dig it before cause I did!) and got a little spendy at Mac. One of which I know for sure is Mac Faux which is a satin finish. The satin formula is my favourite and is super creamy but has a near matte look. The shade is a perfect mauve colour and great for everyday wear. Now the other shade in question, I really am not sure! It is either Mac Mehr or Mac Velvet Teddy! I am edging on the Velvet Teddy side of things since it is new in for me this month. Again this is a cult shade and in a matte formula but still remains comfortable to wear without feeling drying. The shade is more brown toned than pink which is a little different for me but I do really like this one!
Lastly, I have two skincare picks! I can’t be the only one suffering from the winter weather causing havoc with my skin. It’s cold outside but too warm inside that I need to constantly give my skin some hydration! The first pick has been something I’ve reached for a lot over the month to really refresh my skin. It is The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, essentially what it says on the tube. It has a rose scent which I am not particular a big fan of but I can overlook it for the hydration it provides. Another hydrating product which has came in handy is the Aesop Hand cream which has been the perfect pick me up to treat my hands at night. The citrus scent is lovely and really makes my hands feel refreshed and super soft!
2015 was the year that I finally discovered Charlotte Tilbury. I had been longing to try her highly coveted makeup line for too long and after picking up a couple of lipsticks last year I soon became hooked. Over the last months of 2015, I got my hands on a few newbies to add to my ever growing CT collection.
First up, back a couple of months ago I finally got my hands on the gorgeous Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. I had my eye on this for so long and was so excited to finally get my hands on it. I have to admit it was a slow start as I didn’t really use it much, nothing bad but I just never had the time in the morning for extra products and I didn’t want to use it up for everyday wear as it’s just too damn special. However when Christmas rolled around it was the perfect opportunity to give this some proper use! The palette has a highlighter powder and a sculpting (contouring) powder. The highlighter is a gorgeous champagne pearl shade which a lot of people seem to consider pretty full on although honestly I don’t find it like that. I think it is a lot more subtle and a lot more wearable for everyday wear whilst still offering good pigmentation. The contour side is the perfect light toned contour/bronze shade that whilst has shimmer running through it, doesn’t appear noticeable on the skin. Again this is really nicely pigmented and the formula for both are super lovely, soft and fine. It also gives me pretty damn good cheekbones so I am very happy! It is a splurge product but such a lovely little luxury to own!
It will be no surprise to you that I do love a CT lipstick! I mentioned my others here and here. When John Lewis had a little 10% off during Black Friday weekend I just had to pick up something from the line considering it is never discounted! I have had my eye on a few shades from the Matte Revolution line to add to my collection although in the end I settled for Amazing Grace. I won’t bore you all again with how great the formula for these lipsticks are but lets just say they are incredibly creamy and comfortable to wear, basically amazing. The shade Amazing Grace is completely different from anything I already own. I like to think of it as the perfect lipstick for those who want to wear something bold but are a little scared particularly red shades. It is a gorgeous tea rose red-y shade that offers a pop of colour but nothing too in your face making it perfect for everyday wear. It is one I know I will get lots of wear out of especially as it is such a unique colour!
Lastly, If you remember seeing my Christmas wishlist you may recall seeing that little CT palette! Of course I obviously got my hands on it! The palette in conversation is the Dolce Vita quad. The palette itself is truly gorgeous likewise with every other CT product. Each shade is categorised in order for help with application which I just think is such a good idea. So, the first shadow is the prime shade followed by enhance, smoke and pop. This palette has very warm tones with a rich burgundy shade and a gorgeous copper glitter. The shades are super easy to blend and work with and the burgundy shade in particular is truly gorgeous on the lid. The pigmentation is pretty good although I can’t deny I was a little disappointed in the glitter shade. I was expecting a high pigmented shimmery copper shade especially when you see the swatches on the website although that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is essentially a sheer glitter, emphasis on sheer, it doesn’t work with a brush as it doesn’t pick up and put the product down well therefore it is one for using with your fingers. Even then it seems like a waste of time as if I want glitter, I want glitter, there is no point in a sheer wash of glitter over the top of the other shades. Despite the glitter letdown, the palette is still very beautiful and I can’t even hide the fact I want another CT palette in my life!