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.

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.

Review | Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Light

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When I heard that Hourglass would be bringing out strobing powders, I have to admit, I was excited. I am not really a fan of harsh contouring or highlighting on myself, however I do like to highlight some ares of my face to bring a bit of life and dimension back to my complexion after I have applied my foundation, concealer and powder.

I already loved the formula of the Ambient Lighting Powders, Blush and Bronzer so I knew I would love the formula of these strobing powders. I am a little disappointed though that two of the shades are pink toned (Incandescent Light and Iridescent Light) and the other is tan in colour (Euphoric Light) as these tones in highlighters really does not suit my skin tone. Luckily the last powder (Brilliant Light) is yellow in colour which is perfect for me.

I was a little worried at first that the highlight the strobing powders provided would not be much different to that of the Ambient Lighting Powders. I really enjoy using a combination of Radiant Light and Incandescent Light as a highlight and find that on my skin tone this provides a really nice natural highlight. As I expected the formula of the Strobing Lighting Powder is smooth and feels light on the skin. It definitely provides more of an intense highlight than the Ambient Lighting Powders yet it still looks natural on the skin as it blends beautifully and there are no chunks of glitter. It lasts well on the skin and still looks just as good after it has been worn all day.

This is definitely a highlight I will save for special occasions or when I am doing more of a full face of makeup as it can be a little too intense for everyday makeup for me. The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for £34 each and are available here.