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.
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.
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.
Being someone with combination skin I never thought I would be able to use a moisturising face mask. Even though I have combination skin it can become dehydrated, especially on my cheeks, so I do like to add intensive moisture into my routine if I can. Prior to using this product I thought I would wake up with spotty, oily feeling skin. I saw this on offer in Boots a long time ago I decided to take the plunge and try it.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask – wow what a mouthful – claims to stop dry and dehydrated skin in its tracks and leave your skin looking luminous and dewy in the morning. Now, luminous and dewy are not usually two things someone with combination/oily skin wants from their skin care, however I find this product leaves my skin looking plump and hydrated in the morning with no excess oil in sight.
The mask goes on clear so, as they claim, it could be used to help keep moisture locked in on long-haul flights – no one would even know you were wearing it. It has a sweet fruity smell which does linger on the skin but it is not over powering if you are sensitive to highly fragranced products. Once applied the mask does not feel tacky and begins to sink in quite quickly but you can feel it on your skin for a while after it is applied, so that is something to be aware of if you do not like the feeling of product on your skin.
I have mainly been using this once a week after I have used a manual face scrub to soothe my skin and add some intense moisture over night. You only need to use a small amount, around a 50p piece size – but you can apply more if you like – so this pot will last a long time. I believe it is a similar product to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask but is nearly half the price, though I have not tried the Origins so I can’t say for sure if it is a dupe.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask retails for £13 and is available from Boots in the UK. (At the time of posting it is currently included in the buy one get one half price offer)
This product is a miracle worker – no joke. Around six months ago I was suffering from constant sore bumps under my skin on my chin, almost like cystic acne, and no matter what I used or didn’t use they wouldn’t go away. One would disappear and another would reappear over night. I could not for the life me figure out what was causing it but it was so frustrating as I had never suffered that badly with my skin before. I spent some time reading blog posts on various treatments I could try and came across this review from Kate at Gh0stparties of the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil and it sounded perfect so I placed an order and waited patiently – or not so – for it to arrive.
As soon as it arrived I couldn’t wait to start using it, so that night once I had cleansed and toned I applied a few drops to the palm of my hand and massaged it into my skin, focussing on my chin. The instructions say to use 2-3 drops so that is what I started off with, now I use about 5-6 drops every other night. The oil feels lovely and hydrating on the skin, but don’t worry oily skinned gals can still use this, and it sinks in quite quickly, though I probably wouldn’t use this in the morning as I am not sure how it would sit under makeup.
I have been using the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil every other night for approximately six months and I am just under half way through the bottle. Around a month after I started using this oil I saw a marked improvement in my skin, and now I do not suffer from those pesky under the skin bumps at all. I just get the usual small spots around that time of the month or when I have eaten too much chocolate! I don’t think I will ever be without this oil in my skin care routine as it really has changed my skin and I feel so much more confident now to go out without makeup because of it.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil retails for £22 for 30ml and is available here.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is not a brand that is easily obtainable in the UK and this is such a shame as the brand gets a lot of great reviews from American bloggers. I found some of their products whilst browsing the beauty section of Amazon.co.uk a while ago and took the plunge and purchased the Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette.
As you can see it has six lovely neutral colours and then two pops of colour. All of the Wet ‘n’ Wild palettes have the shadows labeled either Browbone, Crease and Definer but personally I wouldn’t use the silver/taupe on my brow bone. You can use these colours anywhere you like though.
Left side swatched top to bottom
Right side swatched top to bottom
The pigmentation of these shadows is fantastic. The only one that is a little disappointing is the dark brown on the right hand side, but apart from that they are buttery and smooth to apply. All eight shadows are either shimmer or satin in texture so unfortunately if you want to use a matte shadow you will need to use one from another palette – this doesn’t bother me too much though. The duo chrome blue in the bottom corner is a great dupe for MAC Club eyeshadow, in fact it has better pigmentation and colour in my opinion and looks great on its own all over the lid then blended out.
In this palette you get eight beautiful shadows for around £10 including postage from Amazon, and whilst I did pay more for this palette than I would have in a shop in America I still think this is great value for money. This is probably one of my favourite drugstore priced eyeshadow palettes and I will definitely be purchasing more when I can.
The Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette is available here for UK delivery.
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.
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.