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Beauty: Charlotte Tilbury Natural Glowing Look Quick ‘N’ Easy Kit

Posted on January 26, 2017

Hi Guys!

Charlotte Tilbury seem to be bringing out some fantastic products of late (well doesn’t she always?) and today I have one of the new Quick ‘N’ Easy Kits to share with you…

I love the idea of quick and effective makeup application, and I’m definitely not alone as Charlotte Tilbury has just launched four new grab ‘n’ go kits for that very purpose – promising to cover every makeup look you could need, with the minimal of effort and time. Described as finger-smudging, multi-tasking makeup on the go, I think this is just the set I need to suit my busy lifestyle!

The four sets are as follows –

  • The Natural Glowing Look – for a fresh faced, radiant look.
  • The Daytime Chic Look – for an effortless daytime look.
  • The Smoky Eye Evening Look – for a sultry evening look.
  • The Red Carpet Party Look – for a striking red lip look.

Each set contains a selection of four to five products, including a mixture of deluxe size minis and full sizes. From looking at the sets, it appears that most of the products are all full sized, except for the Mascara and Wonderglow (where they are included) which are deluxe minis.

The Natural Glowing Look Kit is designed to give a natural, fresh-faced look with instant radiance in five minutes flat. Here’s what this kit includes:

For the complexion there is a Mini Wonderglow (15ml) – this is a soft-focus finish primer designed to give the complexion a healthy, dewy glow, whilst helping to disguise wrinkles and even out skin tone, and there’s also a Beach Stick in Moon Beach for the cheeks – this is a multitasking product for both lips and cheeks, to give a youthful pop of colour.

For eyes, Charlotte has included her Legendary Lashes Mascara – promising an instant Hollywood false lash effect, this mascara volumises and lengthens for a striking look. And the Colour Chameleon Pencil in Amber Haze – this is a gorgeous eye shadow pencil in a shimmering bronze shade, designed to bring out your natural eye colour.

And lastly for lips, there is the gorgeous Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria – Charlotte is famous for her matte lipsticks, and the shade Very Victoris is a stunning nude taupe shade, inspired by Victoria Beckham, with a soft and comfortable matte finish.

You can probably tell that I’m incredibly impressed with this set! The price point is very reasonable too – at £55 per set I think you’re getting a really good deal. In the Natural Glowing Look Kit, the lipstick on its own would be £23, the Beach Stick is worth £30 and the Colour Chameleon Pencil is £19, so these three products alone have a value of £72 – and that’s not taking the deluxe mini Wonderglow and Mascara into consideration either!

If you’re looking to try Charlotte Tilbury makeup, these kits should definitely be your first port of call. The Natural Glowing Look Kit is £55.00 and available now at Charlotte Tilbury.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Cohorted September 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with Cohorted’s September box – I’ve been so busy lately it’s unreal! Let’s take a look inside!

  • Cargo Land Down Under Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, worth £12.00.
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, worth £18.00.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in French Rose, worth £14.00.
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara, 3ml worth about £7.00.

Total value of box = £86.00.

Ok so on first glance, I feel like this box isn’t too bad, but I must admit the Cargo Land Down Under Palette, being the main attraction feels a bit ‘same old’ to me. Cohorted have included so many different Cargo palettes over the months – it would have been nice to see a different brand really. If this is your first Cohorted box though, or your first with a Cargo palette, I think you’ll be happy. The palette itself is a lovely product. It contains a selection on 12 shadows, in mostly neutral shades with a couple bright summery tones too. There is also a black eyeliner pencil and a double ended brush included in the palette.

Next the Percy & Reed products. I haven’t tried this brand before so I was happy to find these in the box. The No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is a ‘no frills’ dry shampoo that promises to soak up excess oil, cleanse the scalp and leave hair looking fresh and shiny. And the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery Balm is an overnight treatment that you apply to dry hair before going to bed – then wash off in the morning. I love the sound of this as it’s supposed to help strengthen the hair and combat brittleness and breakage. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

The Kure Bazaar Nail Polish is a nice addition to the box too. Shade French Rose is a pretty pale baby pink – unfortunately though, I haven’t been able to unscrew the lid! I’ve tried a few times with no luck – does anyone have any tips for opening stuck nail polish bottle lids??

And lastly the MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara sample. I put the value of this as ‘about £7.00’ as thats what it works out at when you consider a full size tube at 8ml is £19.00. BUT – those that purchase from MAC will know that these samples are given free with your online orders, so I feel that this is kind of devalued because of that. I guess it depends how you look at it really! It’s a nice mascara though, and a great way to try a sample before you go for the full sized product.

So I think overall this box has been a bit hit and miss really – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xx

New In Beauty: Products Worth Checking Out!

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There have been so many fantastic beauty launches recently, I thought I’d put a post together to show you some of my favourites that are definitely worth checking out. There’s a mixture of high end as well as affordable products here, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Get your wish lists at the ready!

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Ok so let’s start with the L’Occitane La Flamme Candle (£8.00 at L’Occitane) – this just ticks all the boxes for me. You may know by now that I have a slight candle obsession, and this one smells lovely, with a delicate citrus scent, it’s also very affordable and on top of that 100% of the profits go to charity.

The limited edition La Flamme Candle has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Marie Claire in order to raise funds for the education of girls and young women in developing countries. 100% of the profits will be donated to selected charities supporting girls’ schools and education projects in Cambodia, Uganda, Sierre Leone and Burkina Faso – this is a must have!

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Next, a couple of new products from one of my favourite beauty brands, Clarins. I love Clarins lips products and their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (18.00) and Daily Energiser Lip Balm (£18.00, both at John Lewis) are just gorgeous every-day products.

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now come in three new shades – Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer – giving lips an instant plump, glossy shine which nourishes and prevents dehydration. And the Daily Energiser Lip Balm offers 8 hours of hydration whilst smoothing and plumping – it also subtly enhances the colour of your lips.

Another favourite brand of mine, Lancome have recently launched their Grandiose Liner (£23.00) and Extreme Mascara (£25.00) both at House of Fraser.

The Grandiôse Liner is a truly innovative product offering a bendable wand which you can angle pretty much however you like, to help you get right into the base of the lashes and create the perfect line. It also has an ultra fine tip for creating a super sharp cat-eye, and the product formula has a long-lasting, smudge-resistant matte finish. The Grandiôse Extrême Mascara also features a ‘Swan-Neck’ wand and high-precision brush which grabs lashes close to the roots to beautifully fan them out on application. Grandiose Extreme gives extreme volume and an ultra intense longwear look for up to 24 hours.

And the Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (£28.00 at Beauty Bay) – I actually have a fantastic powder compact from Pur which I’ve been using for a long time, so I was excited to try out their latest foundation offering. The Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation utilises a unique Water Complex which combines water sourced from the Swiss Alps to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin with intense hydration. The formula is thin and watery, feeling lightweight on the skin and giving light to medium coverage. Those with dry or dehydrated skin who are looking for a lightweight base should definitely check this out.

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Colour correcting products are everywhere at the moment, and this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette (£7.99 at Boots) is a fantastic budget option. It contains six easy-to-blend colour correctors to minimise skin imperfections and counteract discolouration, leaving you with an even base for flawless foundation application.

And if you’re looking for some new lip balms on the cheap, this I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips Set (£10.00 at Tam Beauty) could be right up your street. The set includes five pill shaped balms in an assortment of flavours for only £10.00 – so there’s one for your bag, your desk, your car… you get the idea!

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On the subject of lip balms, the ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment (£19.00 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little more intensive. This nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with active ingredients to instantly smooth and soften the lips, whilst adding a hint of gloss. My dry lips have been loving this lately!

While we’re talking about lips, if you’re looking to treat yourself, personally I think you can’t beat a lipstick. And if you’re feeling pretty flush, a Chantecaille Lipstick (£30.00 at Space NK) is definitely worth the money – this lipstick is smooth and comfortable, and the formula is enriched with vitamins A and C and emollient amino acids for a super luxurious feel on the lips.

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On to hair now – L’Oreal Professional have a couple of new styling products, in the form of French Froisse Texture Definition Cream, and Messy Cliche Texture Definition Spray (£11.95 each at HQ Hair). So basically the cream is for thick hair, and the spray is for fine hair, and they both pretty much do the same thing, giving you tousled, textured lengths with natural shine.

And not forgetting The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 wash scrub mask (£8.00 at The Body Shop) – this is a multi-use 3-in-1 product which can be used as a wash to remove excess oil, a scrub to exfoliate and unclog pores, or a mask to combat blemishes and tighten pores. I love multi-tasking products and I know this will definitely get a lot of use in my household.

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Soap and Glory are alway coming up with gorgeous new products, and their latest The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition (£8.00 at Soap & Glory) is a must have for S&G fans! This is basically a re-vamped edition of their famous Righteous Butter, with added pearlescent shimmer, mica powders and real diamond dust!

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Next we have the Erborian Liquid BB Creme Au Ginseng ($48.00 at Sephora) – I love a cushion foundation and Erborian’s Liquid BB Cream is a fantastic compact. It contains Ginseng, known in Korea for its smoothing properties and gives lightweight, sheer coverage to help even out skin tone, leaving the complexion feeling fresh and moisturised.

I also love the new W7 Shade & Swap (£4.95 at W7) – this handy little pot instantly cleans your makeup brushes so you can swap between colours quickly and easily. Just sweep your brush over the sponge a couple of times and Bob’s your uncle!

Kiehls is another favourite skincare brand of mine, and their MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream (£43.50 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re in need of a new moisturiser. This Limited edition Ultra Facial Cream continuously replenishes moisture throughout the day, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. And for each pot sold, Kiehl’s will give £10.00 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to support 3 projects around the world to empower young women.

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Well there we have it, I hope you found this post useful – please do let me know if you have any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! xxx

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Kiko Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection

Posted on July 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The latest limited edition collection of products from Kiko Milano is now available, and this season’s theme is the Olympic Games!

KIKO MILANO’s new The Beauty Games collection is inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games. A team of unbeatable products are hitting the playing fields. The global, borderless Olympic spirit is expressed through a cosmopolitan, modern femininity, which is both sporty and elegant.

The range contains complexion-evening face bases, as well as bronzers and blushers to give skin a healthy glow. The coloured mascara lengthens and curls the lashes boosting their volume, while lips are highlighted by a bright, matte finish, and nails are decorated with original, fun nail art designs. Also, the limited-edition collection includes a professional-style brush duo and a face and eye make-up palette which can be used time and time again to create thousands of different looks.

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Starting with the Take It All Beauty Kit (£19.90) – this handy little palette contains three eyeshadows for both wet and dry use, as well as a bronzer, blush, a pencil for the waterline and lash line, an eyeshadow applicator and a small face brush – all presented in a sweet little zip around case.

The eyeshadows come in three lovely light to mid neutral shades, which include a light peachy pink shimmer, a light nude grey toned beige matte, and a mid plum toned brown matte. The bronzer and blush are also mid-toned easy to wear shades – with a lighter touch these work well on my pale complexion, but would also look really pretty on fair to mid skin tones too. The dinky little waterline and lash line pencil is a really nice addition, along with the mini brushes. The palette has a handy internal mirror and is contained in a lovely imitation saffiano leather case, which can be re-used once you’ve used up the makeup.

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Next the Colour Shadows Nail Lacquer Set (£14.90) – this set contains a silver base coat, and three mini top coat nail colours that give varying degrees of coverage – these are also designed to blend together before the manicure has completely dried. I love the yellow shade in this set, it’s really bright and just perfect for summer!

And lastly the Beauty Energy Mascara (£7.90) – this mascara promises to curl, colour and lengthen lashes with a single coat, leaving them looking both full and thick. I have shade 02 Vivid Violet which is a gorgeous electric violet purple shade. It has a really nice silicone brush – the asymmetric bristles deposit the right quantity of product at the eyelashes’ roots and then separates and defines them from the roots to the tips.

I have to say I also really love the look of the eyeliner pencils and the 3D Light & Glow Highlighters in this collection (take a look via the link below) I’d love to hear if you have any Kiko products?

The Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection is available now at Kiko.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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L’Oreal Paris Miss Hippie Mascara: #FESTIVALREADY

Posted on July 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

L’Oreal have just sent over the most wonderful package of goodies, promising to get me #FestivalReady this summer! I’m not actually going to any festivals – but I won’t let that stop me from rocking this awesome floral headband and amazing holo raincoat though! 🙂

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The Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara is one of L’Oreal’s latest releases – it has a large and fuzzy brush with ‘kaleidoscopic bristles’ to coat your lashes, layer by layer, for a feathery lash look. The mega impact formula promises to instantly volumise and thicken the look of your lashes for a festival-ready look this summer…

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On initial look at the brush, I though the Miss Hippie Mascara would definitely suit someone with longer lashes – just because the brush is on the large side, and because I have short stumpy lashes, I often find a large brush can be difficult to apply mascara with. Well I was quite surprised that I actually really liked this brush! I think it’s a really nice length, and the bristles themselves are on the shorter side, so maybe this is why it worked well for me.

I’ve tried both the standard and waterproof versions and I have to say they really seem quite different. The standard Miss Hippie was definitely my favourite, the formula was a really nice consistency, coated my lashes well and didn’t clump up on application. I felt like the waterproof formula was harder to apply on my short lashes (and managed to make a mess around my eye) – it seemed a bit wetter and heavier, and gave a slightly more intense look.

Both mascaras gave really good volume as well as length, and slight curl to my poker straight lashes. They both lasted all day with no flaking, and no problems whatsoever!

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Overall I really like both products, and the standard Miss Hippie is now my new go-to mascara 🙂

You can see I also have a selection of L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundations and as well as a L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Healthy Glow compact too, which I’ll be trying out, swatching and reviewing for you very very shortly 🙂

L’Oreal Paris Miss Hippie Mascara is £7.99 at Boots, and the waterproof version is £7.99 too, available here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Clarins Autumn 2016 Makeup Collection

Posted on July 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite brands for both skincare and makeup is back again! Clarins have just announced their Autumn 2016 range – which isn’t the biggest collection of products in the world, but when you look at what’s on offer, I think you’ll want it all…

This Autumn, Clarins Make-Up Collection focuses on the eyes allowing you to emphasise, volumise and highlight effortlessly to transform your look from day to night. With textures that care for the skin and are as easy to apply as they are to wear, the new collection will become a staple for everyday make-up to achieve a flawless complexion and beautiful eyes.

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Let’s start by looking at the BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25 (£30.00) – Now I wasn’t too sure what to make of this at first… what on earth is a ‘Detox Fluid’ anyway? We it’s described as being ‘half make-up, half skin care’ and promises to instantly enhance the complexion – giving skin a new lease of life.

The BB Skin Detox Fluid contains beneficial plant extracts, including acerola seed to encourage skin oxygenation, meadowsweet extract to help maintain skin’s balance and aloe vera extract and hyaluronic acid complex to provide all day hydration. It promises to correct imperfections using 3D radiance pigments which optically break up the light into three dimensions to give skin a soft, unified glow.

It feels really nice on the skin – it’s lightweight with a light coverage, which is perfect for those looking for an easy-to-apply light base. There are only two shades available though – 00 Fair and 01 Light, so unfortunately this won’t be suitable for darker skin tones.

Next the Mascara Supra Volume (£21.50) – this is Clarins’ latest volumising Mascara, with a brand new re-invented formula utilising their new Volume Booster Complex: containing carnauba wax powder and cassie flower which together form a film that coats and shapes the lashes, for exceptional and long-lasting volume. Clarins also promises that with repeated application, lash volume will be increased and strengthened – which sounds fantastic to me!

I’ve tried this mascara a couple of times now, and I have to tell you that I love it. It gives fantastic volume to my super short lashes without clumping, and also keeps the lashes separated. I think this has just become my new go-to mascara 🙂 It’s available in 01 Intense Black, or 02 Intense Brown for a more natural look.

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And lastly, the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes (£34.00) – these gorgeous colour palettes come in four different neutral-toned colour ways specifically to suit different eye colours. Each palette contains a variety of matte, satin and pearlescent shades which can easily be built up to create a more dramatic eye, and they’re also formulated for both wet and dry use. The palettes are as follows –

  • 01 Nude – for blue eyes.
  • 02 Rosewood –  for green eyes.
  • 03 Brown – for brown eyes.
  • 04 Oud (Harrods and Selfridges Exclusive) – for hazel eyes.

These palettes really are fantastic! They’re small enough to pop into a makeup bag or handbag – which I love, and the shades included are just spot on. You’ve got lighter shades for day-wear, darker shades for smokey eyes, and the fact that you can use them wet means you can intensify any looks you wish to create too. These are perfect fool-proof eye palettes for Autumn.

If you’d like to see swatches of anything or have any questions, please do feel free to leave a comment or say hello on social – I’m at tsncblog on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat 🙂

The Clarins Autumn collection will be available from August 2016.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser #2WeeksLashChallenge

Posted on June 21, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’ve recently been trying out the Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser and I wanted to share my results with you!

My lashes are basically everything you don’t want when it comes to eyelashes – they’re short, straight and fine, and just a nightmare to do anything with. I try to curl them and it either just doesn’t work, or the curl drops straight away, and mascara more often than not just looks non existent after I’ve applied it –  so I’m more than happy to try anything that promises to improve the volume and length of my lashes…

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I must admit though, the Instant Effects Instant Lash Volumiser did sound a bit too good to be true –

With proven results, the Instant Lash dual effect patented technology creates volume, improving the thickness of individual lashes by up to 20% within 2 minutes, using oxygen transfer technology. With daily use, the secondary technology improves the thickness of lashes by up to 35% in 2 weeks and up to 40% in 6 weeks together with up to 20% increase in length.

The product itself has a clear serum formula, which you’re advised to apply to cleansed lashes before you go to bed, as it works best overnight. If you choose to apply in the day time, you can also apply mascara within minutes after application.

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Ok so here’s the before photo – there’s not a scrap of makeup on my face (can’t you tell!) and my lashes are short, straight and fine.

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And the after shot – ok so my eyelashes haven’t suddenly grown an extra centimetre and turned into wonderful curled Goddess lashes, but this was never going to happen – realistically this product can only improve on what you already have, not magically create miracles!

I have to say I’m really impressed with the results – though it may appear subtle, you can definitely see my lashes are now looking thicker and just more prominent than they were before. They just feel better too, they’re more silky and conditioned and feel healthier than before. They’re also slightly longer too, which I think will continue to improve as I carry on using the product. And.. they actually curl slightly on their own when I wear mascara now too, which I never thought would happen!

I can honestly say this product works – like I said don’t go expecting miracles, but it definitely improves on what you already have. It’s also worth mentioning that this can be used on brows too, which I’m going to try out next!

Instant Lash Volumiser is currently £19.99 and available now from Instant Effects.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Instant Effects.