Monday, 2 May 2016

The day I met Charlotte Tilbury

Last week, Charlotte Tilbury was in Newcastle to celebrate the launch of her counter in Fenwicks. There were tickets available to meet her and even a competition to get a makeover using one of her signature looks and head down the catwalk with the other models. This all sounded fab and then the most amazing email popped into my inbox. I had been invited, along with a few other bloggers and some press, to spend a few hours with Charlotte Tilbury prior to the public event! I honestly couldn't believe my luck! I'm such a massive Charlotte Tilbury fan so this was an absolute dream come true.

On the actual day, we were led to a beautifully decorated room, filled with gorgeous red roses and Charlotte's full range of products. There were posters of her signature looks around the room and it didn't feel real that I was about to meet Charlotte Tilbury!

When Charlotte walked into the room, it was so surreal! After watching her YouTube videos and buying all of her products for the last few years, I was now actually getting to meet her! She was instantly lovely, taking the time to walk around the table, shaking our hands and asking our names. She then went on to spend the next few hours going through every single product in her line and talking us through the ideas behind the products.

I already own a lot of her products, you'll know this if you follow me on Instagram in particular, but now I want EVERYTHING! Charlotte told us that she often spends years developing products and making sure the formulas and packaging are perfect before she releases them. She will not make a product that is satisfactory, everything has to be just right otherwise it's not happening! I love that this really is Charlotte's brand and she hasn't just put her name on something made by someone else.

Charlotte had us all captiviated with her passion for makeup and her own products. She was hilarious too, she had some funny stories to tell us. You wouldn't believe the places some women use her Magic Cream. Yes, really!

Charlotte is everything I hoped she would be. She is an incredible and inspiring lady and I feel so privileged to have met her.

To top this wonderful day off, we were all given one of her signature looks to take home, which was extremely generous! I already own a few of the looks so this time I went for the Golden Goddess look and I'm excited to give that a go!

What is your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product?
I'm currently in love with her new Instant Look in a Palette (£49 at and her Legendary Lashes (Coming soon). I'm also super excited for the new Hot Lips range. I need all of the shades!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Light & Tan Vibes

Back in March whilst browsing the Space NK website, I spotted this amazing new product. The By Terry Sun Designer Palette (£64 at Space NK). (PS. This is the part 3 I mentioned in my recent Space NK haul post!) It comes in two different colour ways and it was pretty hard to decide which one I wanted most. 

Both palettes contain 6 shades, with the blush/highlight shades on the left and the bronzers on the right. The other palette contains some seriously bold and beautiful blush shades. I think my perfect palette would have been those blushes and the bronzers from this palette!

The reason I went for this palette, the Light & Tan Vibes option, is because of the word light! Basically the bold one is number 1 and this is number 2, and I think the number usually signifies the intensity/darkness of the shade like foundations etc but from the description it sounds like number 2 is the one for paler skin. FYI - the other one is called Tan Flash Cruise.

I would describe the shades in the Light & Tan Vibes version as:

  • Bronze with a golden shimmer 
  • Red toned pink with a golden shimmer
  • Peach with a silver shimmer
  • Matte light toned peachy bronzer
  • Matte red/pink toned bronzer
  • Golden brown bronzer with gold flecks

When I swatched these I found that two of the shades were quite similar to NARS products. The middle blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm and the bottom bronzer is like NARS Laguna. I would say that the By Terry versions are much more pigmented though!

In terms of using these shades, I think it's very versatile as you can swirl a brush into a whole section, swirl a few of the shades together or pick out the individual products too. I really like mixing the two matte bronzers together as I find that very flattering on my skin tone. I've also been really enjoying using the peachy shimmer as a highlight, especially when I've got a coral/peachy blush on.

Getting to the bottom of this post, I just realised I didn't even mention the packaging! How stunning is that copper print? And the zig-zag effect inside? So gorgeous!

Are you tempted by one of these palettes?
What amazing new launches have you been loving?

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Massive Space.NK Haul

If you've read my posts from the last few months, you'll know I was cutting back on my spending and actually doing quite well. Then March happened and somehow I went rather crazy, starting with my Beauty Bay haul...

Space.NK then had a goody bag offer that I can never resist so I ended up buying half of the shop. This time I haven't included what was in the goody bag since it's not actually available anymore. I'm just going to get straight into the products I bought. I hope you like NARS because there's a lot!

Technically this is a four part haul as I placed one online order and did an in-store shop too. But that is only two parts, is it not? No! Because my online order got split into three parts, one of the items hasn't even arrived yet! Stupid new website saying things were in stock and then in the (long) space of time between order and dispatch, they went out of stock. There are so many complaints I have about the new website. I even put them into an email to try and help Space.NK improve the website as I'm a software tester and thought this might help. But no, they brushed off my comments and gave me incorrect/made up information. Thanks guys! Anyway, rant over...on to the good stuff!

I don't buy haircare that often but I'd been fancying the Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It Hair Styler (£23 at Space.NK) for ages. It's a leave-in cream that you use when you are letting your hair dry naturally and it's supposed to give a blow dried effect. I'm really looking forward to trying this as I air-dry my hair during the week and only blow-dry it at weekends.

I was in need of a new face cleanser and wanted to try something new. The rather expensive, Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm (£46 at Space.NK) caught my eye so I decided to get it. I love balm cleansers and this will be the most expensive one I've ever tried so I hope it's good!

I have a few By Terry Ombre Blackstars (£29 at Space.NK) and they are the best eyeshadow sticks I've ever tried. I love the shades I have and have been wanting to expand my collection so I bought one of the two Spring 2016 collection shades, Nude Milky Way. It's a pale gold that will hopefully be nice on it's own as well as used under a powder shadow to intensify it.

I used to own the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia (£31 at Space.NK) but couldn't quite get it to work with my dry skin so I sold it in a blog sale. I did really like it on good skin days and the shade is perfect for my skin tone so now that I've really upped my dry skin primer game, I reckon I could make it work so I'm going to give it another go!

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (£20 at Space.NK) are extremely popular amongst bloggers however I only ever see them in darker or bolder shades, so when I saw the nude shade, Bettina, I thought it might be a good one to try.

I started seeing the NARS NARSissist L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette (£55 at on a few blogs and it really interested me. Then I saw it in the Newcastle Space.NK store and swatched it. I didn't buy it with it being so expensive but I kept thinking about it and I remembered how much I wish I'd bought the limited edition NARSissist palette a few years ago. Annoyingly, this isn't on the Space.NK website (one of the many things I informed Space.NK about in my email. They are clearly missing out on sales by missing things off their website that they have in-store but don't get me started again...), but I picked it up during my in-store part of the haul. I haven't touched it for over a week until I took these photos so I'm excited to get started on it now! I love all of the neutral shades which will be great for every day wear and then there are some unique shades I wouldn't normally have chosen that I'm looking forward to experimenting with.

When NARS launched their Velvet Skin Tint (£30 at Space.NK) last month, I was interested but because it shares the same shades as the tinted moisturiser line, I wasn't convinced their lightest shade Terre-Neuve would be light enough for my skin tone. Fast-forward a few weeks, when I saw they had The Modern Minimalist Collection (£60 at Space.NK) in my local Space.NK store and I was instantly sold! I decided to take the chance and try the Velvet Skin Tint after all. It looked good on Clare when I watched her first impressions video and she has a similar skin tone to me, so I thought why not?!

Also, who can resist getting a load of NARS minis?! I've always wanted to try the Orgasm blush and I've tried a sample of the Audacious mascara before and think it's fab. The mini lip pencil looks like a good shade, I love the hot pink lip gloss shade and I probably won't get too much use out of the eyeliner but it's a good one to try!

I've got a lot of playing to do with this makeup haven't I?!
Have you tried any of the products in my haul?

Carex Fun Editions

Keeping your hands clean and bacteria-free isn't the most exciting thing to do but it is essential! What if I told you I can make that process fun and enjoyable? I introduce to you all, the Carex Fun Editions range! The Bubble Gum, Strawberry Laces, Chocolate Orange and Cola Bottles hand washes have all been purchased in my household and if you didn't already know it, I don't have any kids. They are for my husband and I, two 30 year olds! We love them!

Carex saw one of my recent hauls on my instagram and offered to send me a few bits from the range so I've got them to talk about today.

I was sent the Bubblegum Hand Wash* and Hand Gel*, along with the Strawberry Laces Hand Wash* and Hand Gel*.  The hand washes are some of my favourite ever as not only do they smell amazing (Bubble Gum is my absolute favourite!), they leave your hands feeling clean but not stripped and dry.

I've also tried some of the hand gels before and I tend to use them at work if my hands start feeling a bit grubby throughout the day, in between washing my hands with water. They are such a joy to use as they leave your hands smelling delicious and people around me are always wondering what the nice smell is when I've used it. Well...they were asking that but now they know and they want in on the action too. Side note - I work with all men, so this isn't just a girly thing, men love it too!

As I mentioned earlier, I don't have kids but I can imagine these would be great for encouraging kids to wash their hands too as I know sometimes they can be hard to convince!

I always tend to pick these up when the range is on offer for about a pound each from the likes of Asda (link), Boots (link) or Superdrug (link).

Have you tried this range before? 
Which is your favourite?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Massive Beauty Blog Sale!!!

If you're a fan of my blog sales, you need to check this new one out NOW! I actually think I've outdone myself, this one is massive!

Head to the blog sale here!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Beauty Bay Haul - Zoeva Brushes and Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (with swatches)

Let's just say, my 'shop less' approach that worked in January and February, has taken a rather large turn for the worse in March! This started with a massive splurge on (Space NK may have also stolen a large chunk of my money this month, but more about that another day...)

Despite owning more brushes that can be used on one face, I am always drooling over Zoeva brushes. I already own the Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 1 Brush Set (£56.95 at Beauty Bay) and I find the quality to be amazing. Not to mention how pretty the brushes are. Who can resist a bit of rose gold?! I've recently felt that I need more quality eye brushes so I thought it was a good time to finally buy the Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 2 Complete Eye Brush Set (£56.95 at Beauty Bay). There are so many choices in this kit for all of the eye looks you could dream of so I'm very much looking forward to trying these. Although it will be a shame to get them dirty as they are so beautiful!

Whilst looking at all of the amazing Zoeva brushes, the 129 Luxe Fan Brush (£9.50 at Beauty Bay) caught my eye. I've never tried a fan brush before but they seem really good for applying highlighter so in the basket it went!

On to the most expensive part of the haul and it's the Makeup Geek Eyeshadows! Beauty Bay have recently started stocking Makeup Geek products so us UK beauty lovers can finally get our hands on the eyeshadows without worrying about customs fees. I browse Beauty Bay every few days so it's been pretty hard not to buy them because I've wanted to try them for so long. Obviously I finally caved and decided to buy a Small Z-Palette (£8.95 at Beauty Bay) so I could start my collection with 9 shadows. 

As you can see from my organised palette, I've gone for nude/muted shades to begin with. There are so many vibrant colours in the Makeup Geek Eyeshadow range but since this palette cost me over £50, I thought it should contain colours I'm likely to wear on a daily basis! First impressions of these eyeshadows are that they are AMAZING! They are so pigmented and the shades I've chosen are beautiful. I went for 7 of the regular formula (£4.95 at Beauty Bay) and 2 of the foiled formula (£7.95 at Beauty Bay). As you can see, Mesmerized, one of the foiled shadows was already crumbled when I received it! Gutted! [Edit: Beauty Bay sent me a replacement with next day delivery so I now have a perfect palette! Thanks to Beauty Bay for the great service!] These eyeshadows are so soft and pick up so much product with a little dab of the brush, unlike MAC shadows which I find quite hard and stiff (don't laugh!). Because of how soft they are, I guess that means they are more susceptible to breakage. Which makes me think these may not be the best to travel with!

The shades I've gone for are:

Unexpected - matte, dusky rose
Twilight - shimmery, dusky rose with hints of purple
Prom Night - shimmery, cool toned taupe with a slight purple hint
Mesmerized - foiled, metallic brown with hints of purple
Barcelona Beach - matte, cool toned medium brown 
Shimma Shimma - shimmery, light gold
Starry Eyed - foiled, metallic champagne 
Homecoming - shimmery, brown with golden shimmer
Moondust - shimmery, cool toned silvery taupe 

I've done some swatches of all the shades however despite taking loads of photos and picking out the best of the bunch, I'm still not happy with the photo above. I don't feel like it really does the eyeshadows justice so please bear that in mind. All of the shadows are really pigmented and smooth. I couldn't get the lighting right for the swatches so they aren't as strong as I would have liked!

I'm so impressed with my first foray into Makeup Geek and I'm definitely tempted by more eyeshadows (hello, 28-pan palette!), their brushes, blushes and contour pans. Basically everything!

What do you think of my haul?
Got any Zoeva or Makeup Geek recommendations? 
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