Review | Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette and Legendary Lashes

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I was so excited when I heard that Charlotte Tilbury would be releasing a look in a palette. I love all of her products so having something more travel friendly that I could take away with me is perfect. I went straight on the website and pre-ordered the palette straight away. If you pre-ordered the palette you also received a mini size of the new Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, so I will do a quick review of this before we get into the palette. Sorry about the lighting in the picture, I found it difficult to get a good shot of the gold packaging.

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I already enjoy using the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara so I was looking forward to trying out her new formula. Legendary Lashes promises to extend lashes with its elastic formula whilst also separating lashes for a red carpet ready fluttery voluminous look. As with the Full Fat Lashes Mascara the Legendary Lashes Mascara has a bristle style wand which is definitely my preference when it comes to mascara wands. The size of the brush is also my preference, it’s not to fat and not to thin. I find using mascaras with fat wands really difficult as I do not have a lot of eye space so end up with it all over my lid and mascara wands that are too thin do not seem to give enough volume. I have only tested the formula on my top lashes as I always use a water-resistant mascara on my bottom lashes so it does not smear. Two coats of mascara gives my lashes the perfect amount of volume and really does make them look fluttery. If I am honest, I have not noticed much of a difference between the two mascaras except the wands are different shapes. They both provide good volume and separation and both wear similarly throughout the day. Overall I prefer the Legendary Lashes Mascara as the wand shape if better suited to my eye shape so I will be purchasing this when I run out. The Legendary Lashes will retail for £25 and will be released on 6th May.

Now onto the Instant Look in a Palette.

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I will start with the packaging. It feels sturdy enough to stop the products from breaking whilst it is in your makeup bag but it is also sleek and light weight – definitely a contender for my new favourite travel palette. The Instant Look in a Palette contains the famous Bronze and Glow shades which, for me, are the perfect colours to add shape and dimension to my face. I feel the highlight shade is actually more finely milled in this palette so it looks even more natural on the skin. Also for the face there are two shades of blush, a more natural shade to be applied over the apples and swept back to along the cheekbones and a brighter shade for a pop of colour on the apples. The final three products in the palette are for the eyes; a very pale matte pink, a champagne shimmer and a mid-tone neutral matte brown. All three shades are beautifully pigmented and when applied to the lids they last all day. The Instant Look in a Palette provides a natural, yet well put together and polished look. It is perfect for everyday, first dates or I even think this would be a great palette for brides who want a simple elegant look on their special day.

Overall I am really pleased I purchased this palette and have been enjoying using it most days. The Instant Look in a Palette retails for £49 and is available here.

Product Rave | Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm

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This blog post has been a long time coming. I have been raving about this product to anyone who will listen for well over a year. I purchased it from the Brighton Space NK when they had the spend £150 get a free goodie bag on. I needed to spend another £9 so asked the ladies in the shop what they would recommend. One of them asked if I like lip balms and showed me this product. As soon as I tried it on my lips I knew I had to have it, so into my basket it went.

The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm is an intense hydrating balm for dry or chapped lips. It has a lovely sweet honey smell and is quite thick in texture. The Nuxe website states that it tastes like grapefruit, but I can’t say I have really noticed much of a flavour but it certainly isn’t offensive in anyway – my fiancé hates the taste though, so it’s not one to wear if you are planning on kissing anyone.

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I try to remember to apply this every night before I go to bed and when I do I wake up with lovely smooth hydrated lips. If I have forgotten to use it for a few days and my lips are feeling dry or chapped it only takes one use of this to get them back to normal which is incredible. A little goes a long way with this lip balm so the pot will last ages. As you can see I still have lots left in mine and I have been using it for over a year – I do have one as a back up though, just in case.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm retails for £9.50 and is available from uk.nuxe.com, Space NK and other retailers.

Top 15 | MAC Neutral Eyeshadows

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MAC eyeshadows were the first product I started really collecting once I became interested in makeup – obsessed is more like it. I loved the idea that you could build your own palette with colours that you had chosen. Over the years I have built up quite a collection of them but there are some that I use over and over again so I decided I would write a post about them. Out of the ones pictured above there is only one limited edition shade, the rest are from MAC’s permanent collection.

I will start with the colours that are in the palette:

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R-L: Brule, Naked Lunch, All The Glitters, Patina, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe, Mulch, Swiss Chocolate, Show Stopper (LE), Star Violet, Antiqued, Sketch

Brule is a creamy beige shade with a satin finish that I use every day to set my eyelid primer and subtly highlight my brow bone. As you can see it pretty much blends into my skin tone.

Naked Lunch is a light pinky champagne with shimmer and a frost finish.

All That Glitters is a medium beige with gold pearl and a veluxe pearl finish.

Patina is a antiqued gold brown with golden pearl and a frost finish. As you can see I love this colour. It looks beautiful blended all over the lid for a simple eye look.

Woodwinked is a warm antiqued gold with a veluxe pearl finish. This shade looks gorgeous blended all over the lid and into the crease. It looks like you are wearing two different eyeshadows because of the way it blends out.

Satin Taupe is a taupe with silver shimmer and a frost finish.

Mulch is a warm brown with red undertones and bronze pearl with a velvet finish.

Swiss Chocolate is a warm red brown and a matte finish. I love paring this with Woodwinked, black liner and lashings of mascara for a really warm golden eye look.

Show Stopper is the only limited edition shade out of the bunch. It is a cool toned dark brown with a matte finish.

Star Violet is a plummy brown with a slight pink tone to it and a veluxe pearl finish. I know that it’s not strictly a neutral but I love using this with All That Glitters on the lid for a slight pop of colour.

Antiqued is a warm brown bronze with a veluxe pearl finish.

Sketch is another one that isn’t strictly neutral but I like using it in neutral looks for a pop of colour. It is a burgundy with red shimmer and a velvet finish.

Now onto the three colours that are separate from the palette:

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Carefree is a pale white gold with a frost finish. I like to use this to highlight my face, as an inner corner colour or as a regular eyeshadow.

Always Sunny is a pale yellow brown with a semi-matte finish.

Omega is a matte beige taupe. It is perfect for blondes to use as an eyebrow shade, great for contouring if you have fair skin, and is great as a crease colour. It is a real multi-tasker.

I find MAC eyeshadows generally to be great quality. I have found some duds but most of them are lovely and easy to blend. They have such a wide range of colours and finishes that it is easy to find some you like.

MAC Eyeshadow Pans retail for £10 and are available here.

MAC Eyeshadows retail for £13 and are available here.

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows retail for £17 and are available here.

Product Rave | Maybelline Stuper Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder

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I first heard about the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder when I was watching Sinéad from The Makeup Chair give tips and tricks for long lasting makeup (watch here). As someone with combination skin, I do struggle to keep my makeup in place all day, especially on my nose and around my jaw line. The next time I was in Boots I noticed that it was on offer so decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the shade range is terrible but luckily I managed to find a good match in the shade 10 Ivory – the lightest shade as usual. It looks quite pink toned in the photo below, but it suits my yellow toned skin nicely.

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I tried it for the first time the next day and I was amazed at how flawless my skin looked. This powder seems to fill in pores and adds just enough coverage, when worn over the top of a liquid foundation, to leave my skin looking like it has been airbrushed. I like to apply this all over my face, concentrating on my t-zone, with either a Real Techniques Blush Brush or a Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush depending on how much coverage I want. It does a great job of mattifying my skin without making it look cakey and flat looking. I do still need to touch up or blot once during the day but not as much a I need to with other powders.

I think this is a fantastic powder for the price, it even rivals my MAC Studio Fix Powder. I find myself reaching for this almost every day and I have already made quite a dent in the middle. I highly recommend this powder for people with normal to oily skin. Though I think it might be a bit too matte for people with dry to very dry skin.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder retails for £5.99 and is available here.