Review | Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame

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Walk of Shame Matte Revolution Lipstick was the first matte lipstick I tried from Charlotte Tilbury. I had heard great things about the formula and when I swatched the formula in store it felt smooth and creamy, quite unlike any matte lipstick formula I had tried before. I originally wanted Bond Girl to be my first matte lipstick purchase from Charlotte Tilbury, but unfortunately it was out of stock when I was in store. The lovely sales assistant at the Selfridges counter pointed me in the direction of Walk of Shame and showed me how similar it was to Bond Girl. Satisfied that the colour was what I was looking for, I happily handed over my card and walked out of the shop with my first Matte Revolution lipstick purchase.

Charlotte Tilbury describes Walk of Shame as a berry tinted rose. On my skin tone it translates as a reddened berry with a hint of brown. It very much reminds me of a ’90s lip colour with a modern twist. The lipstick glides on effortlessly with no tugging, and on the lips it feels creamy and comfortable. I can quite happily wear this formula all day with very little touching up and not end up with dry parched lips once I remove it. It lasts well when eating a meal and can be reapplied on top of itself without bunching up or looking messy. The shape of the bullet is something I have not seen before in a lipstick. The end has been squared off which gives you great control when carving out the cupids bow and the shape allows you to achieve a crisp line around the lips, so no lip liner is required – unless you want to use one of course.

Both formulas from Charlotte Tilbury retail for £23. Now some may feel this is over priced for a lipstick, however I disagree. I feel that the quality of the lipstick is really up there in line with my lipsticks from Chanel and NARS which are at a similar price point. The packaging is also gorgeous and looks beautiful sat on the dressing table.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame retails for £23 and is available here.

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Review | Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel

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I love Soap & Glory’s brow products. I have tried five out of six of them now and every single one of them is excellent. I have dyed red hair but ashy blonde eyebrows so prefer to use a brow product that leans more towards ash blonde rather than a warm blonde. I have found each of the Soap & Glory brow products is the perfect colour for me. I was really excited when I saw they had released a new brow product that included something to fill in the brows and a gel to set the brows, this kind of product is perfect for travel.

The Soap & Glory 2 in 1 Archery 2 in 1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel – award for the longest product name goes to Soap & Glory  – has an angled twist up crayon on one end and then when you unscrew the other end you have a spoolie with brow gel. I have the shade Blonde Ambition which is a taupe colour and perfect for blondes with cooler undertones to their hair and brows.

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The crayon has a soft waxy texture with good pigmentation. It is shaped more like an eyebrow brush as opposed to a traditional pencil, it is a slanted wedge in shape which makes it great for filling in brows but it can be more difficult when trying to have more precision.

The spoolie for the brow gel is the perfect size to coat the brows without applying gel to the surrounding skin. I cannot quite work out if the gel is tinted or not, the product description states that it is, so the tint must be really quite light as I cannot see it at all, this may be because it is the blonde colour. The gel holds the brows in place all day without causing them to feel crispy like some brow gels do.

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As I said above, this product will be great for travel as you have all you need to shape and tame your brows in one product. The only other company I know that makes a product similar to this is Revlon my current travel brow product), however I think this might be finding its way into my travel makeup bag instead. I can safely say this is another fantastic brow product from Soap & Glory.

The Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel retails for £10 and is available here.

Review | Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly

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I am huge a fan of skin care products that are infused with hyaluronic acid as I find they really help boost the moisture in my skin and this in turn helps my makeup to apply more smoothly. I have tried the original Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum in the past and I really enjoyed how it made my skin feel and also how it helped the performance my other skin care. I was intrigued to see that Indeed Labs had released the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly which is to be used along side the original serum to not only help add moisture to the skin but to keep the moisture in the skin.

The packaging of this product was appealing at first – even a bit gimmicky – but a few months down the line I found I was getting out far too much product when using the pump. I think I would prefer this product to be in a tube. The instructions advise to use a pea sized amount AM and PM, however the packaging easily dispenses double that at a time and it is really difficult to only half press the pump down. Another down side to the packaging is that if you do not unscrew the top you waste so much product. I thought I had used up all of the product, but on closer inspection and after dismantling the top I found at least another three days worth!

I have to admit that I have not been using the Moisture Jelly with the original Hydraluron, I have actually been using it in place of it instead and then applying an oil afterwards. I apply the jelly all over my face after my toner and I feel it makes my skin look smooth and plump – like it has had a great big drink of water. I only used this in the morning as there are other products I prefer to use in the evening, however even using it just in the morning has made a big difference to my skin. Whilst using the Moisture Jelly my foundation has been applying much smoother and my skin does not seem to be drinking the foundation either. I am really pleased with the results I have had from using the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly over the last few months and will definitely be repurchasing this product soon.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly retails for £24.99 and is available here.

Haul | Charlotte Tilbury

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So I had been contemplating making a Charlotte Tilbury order for a while and one day I decided to just take the plunge and order the items I had in my cart. As I spent a silly amount of money I was able to get next day delivery and my items also came gift wrapped in a beautiful box tied up with a bow. I do not want to go into too much detail about the products I purchased as I will be writing separate reviews of each product once I have used them more, but I will talk a little bit about why I purchased them.

Filmstar Bronze and Glow

This is probably the product I was most excited about finally ordering and owning. I had been eyeing it up ever since Charlotte Tilbury released her products but I was unsure if the shades would be suitable for my skin tone. However, after swatching both shades in person I knew that it would work well for me. I have to say, I am already in love with this product. Filmstar Bronze and Glow retails for £49 and is available here.

Rock ‘n’ Khol Eye Cheat Iconic Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

Up until now I have been using the Rimmel Nude Eyeliner to brighten my waterline, however I fancied trying something different. I love using a nude liner when I am working with red toned eyeshadows as it helps to neutralise any redness on my waterline that could cause me to look like I have been crying for hours. The Eye Cheat Eyeliner Pencil retails for £19 and is available here.

Date Night Duo

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Kiss Chase

I was only going to buy one lipstick, but when I saw that she had released both Valentines Day lipsticks in a set (saving £4) I thought why not. I already knew I liked both of the formulas and I generally wear pink lipsticks the most so I really could not go wrong in getting this set. The Date Night Duo retails for £42 and is available here.

6 Shades of Love Set

Cheek to Chic in Sex on Fire, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marylin and Travel Size Wonderglow

The final product I purchased was another set but this time it includes a lipstick, blush and the Wonderglow primer. I already own the Cheek to Chic in Ecstasy so knew the formula was excellent, this time I wanted something a bit more natural in tone as Ecstasy is more of a pink tone. The lipstick in the set is a gorgeous red which is very different from the other Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I own, I am very excited to try this one out. Finally, the set comes with a travel sized Wonderglow primer. I love using a highlighting primer under a more matte foundation to add a bit of a glow with none of the oily looking shine. The 6 Shades of Love Set comes in a few different combinations and retails for £49. It is available here.

I am looking forward to testing all of these products and will let you know my thoughts once I have decided how I feel about them.

Have you tried any products from Charlotte Tilbury? Is there anything you would recommend me trying next?

Review | Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

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As I have a round face I do like to add a bit of depth and dimension using a highlight and contour. Usually I achieve this using powder products, but sometimes I enjoy using a cream blush and highlight. The problem was, I did not own a cream contour product so when I was applying the combination of cream and powder products they tended to look a bit patchy. I did a bit of research online and found that the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow was a popular choice – for people of the pale persuasion – to use as a contour.

When it arrived I was worried as the colour looks quite light in the pan and I was not sure it would show up on me. However, when I used it on my skin I knew I had made the right choice in ordering it. Hollow is the perfect colour for me as it is not too cool and it is not too warm. It adds a subtle shadow when used under my cheekbones to give my face more shape that is has on its own.

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As you can see the colour is quite light so I feel this product is more suited for fair to light skin tones. Hollow is great if you do not suit a contour that is warm or cool as this sits nicely in the middle. The formulation of the Illamasqua Cream Pigments is quite solid but whether you use a brush or your fingers the product does transfer quite easily to which ever tool you are using. It blends easily into the skin without disturbing other products and a little goes a long way.  The colour can, however, be built up to achieve the desired effect, or the way I use it most often is to apply this first and then lightly apply a powder contour over the top to lock it into place. Although, I have found that the product lasts well on my combination skin throughout the day even when it is not set with a powder.

Overall, I am really pleased I decided to purchase this product and I would highly recommend it. The Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow retails for £18 and is available here.