The Nude Lip


 

The nude lipAs someone who has a lot of loving for lip products sometimes it can be rather overwhelming when picking a shade for the day. A nude lip is the definition of a fail safe option. Appropriate for during the day for a minimal makeup look or teamed with a smoky eye at night, the nude lip is a classic that every makeup lover should have in their collection. After dabbling in various lip choices, I have finally found a trio of lip products that make up my perfect nude lip.

Starting with lip liner, the well loved Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk made it’s way into my life recently and I am loving it. The formula is perfect, it glides on easily over the lips and really helps to enhance the shape of the lips. The colour is beautiful too, it can easily be defined as a ‘my lips but better’ shade, a gorgeous rosy pink hue.

Another Charlotte Tilbury product makes my nude lip trio (cause CT is queen obvs!) namely her limited edition *sad face* matte revolution lipstick in Miss Kensington from her Norman Parkinson collection. I’ve spoke about my love for her matte range numerous times but they really are exceptional. The formulas of these lipsticks are beautiful, super creamy and moisturising on the lips whilst still having the qualities of a matte lipstick without the drying texture. The colour really is gorgeous too. It’s not too light toned that it appears washed out on my pale skin but doesn’t appear too bold or dark either. It’s similar to Pillow Talk in a light rosy pink colour.

Lastly, whilst I am not the biggest lip gloss fan I had to mention this gorgeous gloss from Tanya Burr which completes my classic nude lip. The shade Chic is a beautiful soft pink hue that works perfectly with the CT duo. For days when I am not feeling a matte look the gloss adds a beautiful sheen to create a pretty girly nude lip. The formula is so nice too, it doesn’t feel incredibly sticky on the lips and the doe foot applicator is great for adding just the right amount of product.

What is your favourite nude lip products?

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Blogger Enabled Purchases


Blogger enabled purchasesLooking at my entire makeup collection, a very large percentage of it was some way or another enabled by other beauty blogs. Usually every-time I plan on buying a product I turn to other blogs in hope to find out if I should really be spending my money on a certain product. Basically I am a sucker for hype and my collection proves that. I have gathered a small bundle of products that I own that I basically bought because blogger hype. Although as I say this is only a small quantity so if anyone wants a round 2 then let us know! Warning: long post ahead, get a cuppa!

Anyway on to the beautifully hyped products. First up is the base I have been obsessed with lately. BareMinerals launched their Complexion Rescue earlier this year and was soon featured in so many favourites posts of many bloggers/YouTubers. Since I started to find a new love for light coverage bases I had wanted to try this out. This definitely lived up to the hype. Easy to apply, weightless on the skin and the most perfect radiant skin. A favourite of mine for a long time to come! Check my full review here.

Continuing with base products I’ve also got a concealer from Maybelline, namely the Anti-Age Eraser Eye. Now this product got a lot of loving from Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup) and being a drugstore product there was no guilt in picking this one up. Now this concealer was so popular that I couldn’t even get my hands on it for such a long time. I went to every Boots/Superdrug in my city and could not find the shade Light in any of them. It was also sold out online everywhere. Until luckily it came back in stock on Feel Unique and I quickly snapped it up. I bought this concealer for under the eyes as I did have a gap in my collection for a good under eye concealer. Although sadly I don’t think this has filled the gap. The shade range (in the UK anyway) is atrocious. Two shades both of which are too dark for my skin but neither of them are incredibly dark either. So the shade ‘Light’ is basically too dark for me which doesn’t help when trying to lighten up my under eye area. Nevertheless the concealer is ok and I do quite like the spongy applicator which everyone seemed to dislike. Honestly it’s not any bit less hygienic than a doe foot applicator.

Moving on as I realise how long this post is going to become, sorry guys! Back to a bit of product loving. I recently picked up the Body Shop Honey Bronzer which was basically enabled by Estee (Essie Button) who raves about this all the time. This is just such a lovely bronzer. The shade range is perfect. For a pale kid like me it’s spot on. The shade isn’t too muddy or orange on the skin, its just the perfect colour that warms up the skin beautifully. I think this one will become a long time fave!

On to lip products. Two very similar lip liners gained a lot of attention in the blogging world lately. First up the Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Eastend Snob, a dusky pink my lips but better shade. Now this got a lot of hype due to its similarities to the also well hyped Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk which also makes my list. The shades are very similar but the Rimmel counterparts edge just that little bit darker. Although If I am honest the CT version pips this to the post by a large margin. I really am not a fan of the Rimmel liner, in fact I’ve hardly used it but have so little product left as it keeps breaking each time I use it. I also much prefer the smoother finish of the CT liner in comparison to the Rimmel one which I find a little too waxy on the lips. Another hyped lip product was the Clinique Lip Pop range that basically every blogger spoke about for weeks on end. A new lip range boasting a moisturising finish with good lasting power and good pigmentation. Basically these were meant to be the top dogs. I picked up the shade Melon Pop, a gorgeous summer appropriate coral shaded pink. The moisture with these lipsticks are definitely there, they feel super comfortable on the lips. Although one thing that does let it down is the lasting power. I have heard better for other shades but this shade in particular doesn’t tend to last very long on the lips which is a shame as it’s such a pretty colour.

Another highly hyped product that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on was one of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow sticks. After seeing Lily Pebbles and Tanya Burr sporting the ‘Misty Rock’ shade on several occasions I couldn’t resist any longer. The mauve-plum-silvery indescribable shade is truly gorgeous and a super unique colour. The formula of this eyeshadow stick is unbeatable. Super smooth and glides easily over the eyes without tugging but with all the colour pigment. See my full review here. I need more!

Finally! Probably the most naivest purchases I could ever make although not regrettable. The Nars Laguna Bronzer and Nars Orgasm Blush are two of the most hyped products around and of course I had to have them for that reason. I bought these two back last year when I first started getting into makeup but honestly I had no idea what I was doing. At that point I probably had no idea what bronzer was for never mind spending nearly £30 on one and a blusher when blush wasn’t really my thing and the shade wasn’t even particularly me either. Although step forward a year and as you can see that bronzer has been well loved although thats because I used it everyday after buying it then when I hit pan I stopped, true story *fear of repurchase*. The blush as well is truly gorgeous, with specks of gold shimmer it really makes your complexion glow and doesn’t sit flat. Even if I never bought them last year then let’s be honest I would probably would have picked them up sooner or later cause hype… ya know.

Did you get sucked into the hype with any of these products?

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A Charlotte Tilbury Haul


Charlotte Tilbury HaulSo if you seen my birthday beauty wishlist then you may remember knowing that I had my eye on a few Charlotte Tilbury products. Although let’s be honest here, I always have my eye on Charlotte Tilbury products! Anyway if you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen that those items got well and truly crossed off the wishlist! So after doing a bit of testing (obviously right the minute the postman sent them through the door) I thought I would share my thoughts on my new CT pieces that have heart-eyed emojis written all over them.

First up is one of her amazing matte revolution lipsticks from her Summer 2015 Norman Parkinson collection. As you can see I went for the nude option being Miss Kensington. Her matte lipstick range really is like no other. With a creamy smooth application and a comfortable feeling on the lips it’s hard to believe it’s a matte formula. The shade Miss Kensington is the perfect nude. It is one of those ‘my lips but better’ shades. It really is a perfect everyday shade with an amazing moisturising formula.

Probably one of the most hyped Charlotte Tilbury products going is her Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk. With a lot of lip lining loving (major tongue-twister alert) going on recently I had to pick it up. The shade Pillow Talk is again the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade. It really is a very natural pink shade that matches super well with my own lip colour. The formula is super creamy and glides easily on the lips therefore creating much fuller lips is a breeze. It also works as a perfect nude combo alongside Miss Kensington.

Lastly, I picked up one of her Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils. The shade range is specifically aimed at different eye colours to help enhance your eyes. For each eye colour, there is a day and night shade option so naturally I picked up the shade Champagne Diamonds, a day time shade for those with blue eyes. Obviously you don’t need to stick to the suggested shades but I loved the look of the champagne toned shimmer. The shade is just gorgeous and looks perfect in the inner corner. As a light wash over the lids it appears a little too sheer on me and more just glittery but built up heavily it can create a gorgeous shimmery lid that would look beautiful during the festive season! The formula isn’t as creamy as the By Terry counterparts but being a lot cheaper it still has a easy glide on formula that can be easily blended out. I am totally up for trying some of the more intense shades out!

Are you a fan of Charlotte Tilbury?

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Monthly Roundup: August


August RoundupIt’s hard to believe I am here rounding up another month (soon) gone by. It feels like I only just spoke about my month of July but here we are already nearing the start of Autumn. How exciting! I don’t mean to scare anyone but as we enter the 9th month of the year, there is only a few months until Christmas! With the rate this year has went at it will be here before you know it! Anyway back to the focus of this blog post, my month of August.

Of course one of the most exciting things that happened this month was my little blog makeover! If you are a regular reader around these parts then I am sure you are already aware of the slight changes here and there. I was getting pretty tired of the old layout and I am pretty chuffed with how it’s turned out! Thanks for all your lovely comments too! I am super glad it’s went done well! Who said change had to be a bad thing!?

Of course, August also meant it was my birthday! I had a pretty quiet birthday this year compared to last year. The only thing I really did was go out for lunch which was really nice. Also, you may have seen my Birthday beauty wishlist I also did on the blog earlier this month. I did pick up a few of the bits from the wishlist namely Charlotte Tilbury so check back soon for a little look at what I picked up. I can’t wait to start using them!

Also, I went to go see Paper Towns this month too! I read the book during my holiday and loved it so I was very eager to see the movie adaption. It really didn’t let me down. It really did the book justice even though there was a couple of differences but I definitely recommend it! That was all really I got up to this month besides the large quantities of online shopping that got carried out… oops! Lets just say I picked up quite a lot of nail polish so keep your eye out for some nail related posts along the way! Oh and lastly I joined Instagram not too long ago either and I am pretty much hooked so follow me here if you like a good beauty pic or two!

Catch up on August posts: Mac Brave lipstick, 50 Things That Make Me Happy, 5 Beauty Products under £10 and the gorgeous Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette.

What did you get up to this month?

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Birthday Beauty Wishlist


c700x700 (1)So while August may mark the month of going back to school, the ending of summer it also marks something else special (for me anyway). August is my birthday month *celebration dance* So of course that means lots of cake and the perfect opportunity to have a little splurge on some of my wish list goodies. Like all us beauty junkies, the beauty wishlist is never ending but I thought I would share with you all some of the products at the top of my list that hopefully I will pick up during the month as a little birthday treat!

First up is a new lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury cause you can’t have a wishlist without CT and if you’re gonna treat yourself this is the definition of treat yo’ self. Now I do have a couple of CT lipsticks that I would love to get my hands on but Miss Kensington, a gorgeous nude pink makes top of the list as it is a limited edition release… even more reason to purchase! The formula of these are amazing and this colour is so up my street!

Now I constantly hear about how amazing Mac eyeshadows are yet I haven’t purchased a single one. I am so desperate to start my own palette and I want to make a little quad first. Two eyeshadows I would like to get my hands on are Blackberry and Cork which both look super pretty! What Mac eyeshadows do you recommend?

Now time for the ultimate lust worthy product. The gorgeous Tartelette palette. Now I have heard so much regarding the Tarte brand but I’ve still not made a purchase since its pretty tricky to get a hold of in the UK. Luckily though QVC are a UK stockist of Tarte and one item I am desperate to get a hold of is this gorgeous all matte palette. I was never much of a matte eyeshadow fan with my heart more towards shimmery finishes although the look of this palette completely changed my mind. I just need matte in my life. Annoyingly though this is now out of stock, please QVC I need this palette, its my birthday!

Of course I couldn’t just stick with one CT product! One product I’ve been dying to try for so long is of course the well hyped Pillow Talk lip liner. The formula of these are meant to be spot on and the colour looks gorgeous so why not! Also I love the look of her Colour Chameleon eyeshadow sticks! The shades are supposed work with your eye colour and make your eyes pop. Since I have blue eyes I would love to try Champagne Diamonds which is a beautiful champagne pearly shade that would lovely for both during the day and at night.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?

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July Favourites


July FavouritesIt’s hard to believe I am writing another favourites post. July seemed to fly by and now its time to reflect on some of the beauty bits I have been loving over the month. There are a few summery inspired products, a killer eyeshadow palette and a couple of other essentials.

First up is the killer eyeshadow palette itself, the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. After a bit of online browsing (the usual) I came across this stunning palette from Zoeva. Now I was never really interested in Zoeva as a makeup brand, more really for their brushes but this palette really captured my heart. The shades are just so me! Chocolate-y browns, bronze-y shades and that gorgeous cranberry colour that pretty much made me buy it. I am not going to ramble on too much about it as I will be giving you all a full review very soon!

Next up, is a pretty summery nail polish from the Essie Summer 2015 collection. The shade Chillato was basically calling my name. Its a pale yellow/lime colour which just screams Summer. As you would expect from Essie, it has a fab formula and lasting power. Again I will show you this one in more detail a little later!

Of course I couldn’t have this favourites post without mentioning my two new amazing lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury. I did my first CT purchase this month and picked up the two lipsticks; Lost Cherry and Sexy Sienna. I reviewed and swatched them both here. The formula of these is amazing, no other matte compares! They are super smooth and creamy to apply and the two colours are just beautiful! It won’t be long before I will be making another purchase!

I also rediscovered an old favourite this month in the form of Soap and Glory Archery. It’s a popular one and for good reason. I used this a lot this month (until it ran out! weep!) and I remembered how great it was. S&G Archery was the first real kind of eyebrow pencil I ever used and it really got me into filling in my brows. It creates such a natural but fuller brow. It really is fab and a great place to start when looking for a eyebrow pencil!

Last but not least was a real life saver this month, the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. Frizzy hair and humidity is a no go. I was braced with a tough challenge of bracing the Spanish heat and dealing with my thick frizzy hair. It was difficult to say the least but this oil made things that much easier. I literally had to slather my hair in oil every night (and I am talking a lot of oil here!) to get it to cooperate in the slightest. My hair is very dry so it needed a lot of nourishment and moisture and this oil made it more manageable and much silkier. I can’t quite imagine my holiday without it!

What were you loving this month?

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Sexy Sienna & Lost Cherry Lipsticks


Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry and Sexy Sienna

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks Lost Cherry and Sexy Sienna

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag

Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry and Sexy Sienna SwatchesHello everyone, I am finally back to normal blogging again after my holiday which I will speak about later. I have a pretty exciting post for you all today, a little look at the goodies I got in my first ever Charlotte Tilbury splurge. Now you may have already spotted these goodies in my What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag post but I thought I would give you all a more in depth look into the beauty that is Charlotte Tilbury. There is no denying the hype surrounding pretty much every CT product and I finally took the plunge to see what all the fuss was about.

The CT lipsticks are probably one of her most popular products being loved by every blogger going. So obviously being a lipstick lover I had to pick up a couple! With my holiday abroad coming up at the time I lusted after a couple of brighter shades perfect for Summer. I picked up the shades Sexy Sienna and Lost Cherry. Sexy Sienna is a beautiful pink-y coral shade inspired by Sienna Miller whilst Lost Cherry is described as a ‘pastel fuchsia’.

The two shades are part of the Matte Revolution range so as the name suggests they both carry a matte finish. Matte lipsticks usually have the tendency to be drying on the lips but the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks have a formula like no other. This is by far the best matte formula I’ve ever tried. The lipsticks are super creamy and smooth to apply and feel so comfortable on the lips. It really doesn’t feel like your wearing a matte lipstick but you are still getting the longevity benefits. These are definitely some of the best lipsticks I’ve tried and I am now totally lusting after more!

I should also make a mention to the makeup bag I also picked up from CT. Since I was going away I really wanted a good bag and this beautiful crimson and rose gold one was top of the list. It’s so beautiful and I just loved putting my makeup in it. Charlotte Tilbury also do a similar bag that is cheaper that I now really want too cause obviously you can never have enough makeup bags, right!?

Are you a fan of Charlotte Tilbury?

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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag?


What's in my Travel Makeup BagSo I mentioned briefly in my June Monthly Roundup that I am going away on holiday this month. So I thought I would share with you all some of the makeup pieces that have made the cut in my makeup bag. I am going with a streamlined approach, as I like to think anyway by only taking essentials and pretty much one of each beauty product except for lips (obviously, gal needs choices!). So here is what is in my travel makeup bag…

Starting with the makeup bag itself. It deserves its own mention alone because of course its from Charlotte Tilbury. I did a little CT splurge last month and since I never had a decent makeup bag and I was going away I thought I needed this beauty in my life. I love it but I will talk about it all in a little more detail another time…

Onto the makeup. Firstly, base. I have packed my trusty Laura Mercier foundation primer to help pro-long the wear of my makeup in the heat. Not as good as the Smashbox primer in my opinion but it’s still one of the best ones I’ve tried. I also picked up a new base in the form of the Topshop BB cream. I wanted something lightweight for Summer and so far so good with this one, the coverage is actually pretty decent! On top of that of course my favourite Nars Creamy concealer (review here) and the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer for under the eyes which truthfully I am still a bit iffy about.

Then to give my complexion a bit of a boost. I have also added in my Rimmel Stay Blushed liquid blush in Sunkissed Cherry which is super lightweight but offers such a nice colour to the cheeks. For a little added warmth and glow the Soap and Glory Wonderbronze is a fab bronzer for the Summer months. Also, the Topshop Glow stick highlighter in Play Up makes an addition for an easy swipe of glow and radiance.

Then, in terms of eyes I’ve stuck with two reliable Benefit products. Firstly, the Rollerlash mascara (review here) which lengthens and curls the lashes super well and the Benefit Gimme Brow (review here) to give my eyebrows a little colour and definition. Of course I’ve also got the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze which is one of my favourites, great formula and perfect bronze-y gold colour.

Then I have all the choices when it comes to lips! As I am out and about for once I’ve added in some bright bold shades that deserve a little loving. I love the Nars Lip Pencils, super long lasting formula and super creamy and smooth to apply. I have Yu which I mentioned in my June Favourites, a bold fuschia pink and Iberico (LE) a stunning orange-y red that I am so excited to wear (swatches for both here). I’ve also got my two new Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in Sexy Sienna and Lost Cherry, both perfect for Summer! Lastly, I also had to get one of the Clinique Lip Pop lipsticks and chose Melon Pop, a beautiful coral-y peach perfect for everyday wear and a little lower key than my other choices.

If you have succeeded to this line then well done, sorry for the uber long post!

What makeup will you be wearing this Summer?

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