Thursday, 17 August 2017

Can a face cream be magic? 

I've always adored Charlotte Tilburys lipsticks, slowly building up my collection whenever I get the chance, but the skincare has always passed me by. Last month I was lucky enough to have a beautiful parcel of charlotte tilbury miniatures land on my doorstep and the stand out of the show has to be Charlottes Magic Cream. 

As someone who suffers from dry skin, the idea of a multi tasking treat that could transform my suffering skin sounded like the ideal cream for me. 


With an SPF 15 and UVA filter the cream protects your skin from ageing effects, as well as a top secret bit of magic to transform your skin. 

The cream contains hyaloronic acid and wild pansy, which promise to seal in moisture, to renew and rejuvenate your skin. 

As if this isn't enough, the cream contains rosehip and camellia oils and vitamin E to transform dullness. 

My thoughts? Well it's true love. I just can't get enough of the stuff. A true saviour for those nights I need to fake a full 8 hours sleep, this cream literally transforms my dull, dry skin in minutes, to the point that since I've started using it, people have asked me about my skincare. 

It definitely gives a real glow and the smoothness of my skin has definitely improved. At £70 for 50ml it's a little on the high end of my budget and so personally I'd recommend opting for one of her miniature gifts to get you started and find your own faves! 

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Nanshy Makeup Brushes 

If you know me and my makeup obsession, you'll probably know I have a LOT of makeup brushes. It's a terrible habit, but I just can't kick it. While one set would probably do for everyday, I just can't resist all the little detail brushes and the different finishes that different brands give with different products and so when these gorgeous Nanshy brushes landed on my doorstep, my day was made. 


I've previously owned a Nanshy eyeliner brush which is still one of my all time favourite brushes, so as you can imagine I was quite excited to give this collection a whirl.

Sleek with its white handles, it has a perfect blogger essence about it. Perfect for a clean white dressing table and a pretty marble brush holder. 

So past the aesthetics, how do the brushes actually perform? 


Blending Brush 

For a beautiful blended eyeshadow this little brush is just the ticket. It's super soft bristles give a lovely finish with soft powder eyeshadows. 


Conceal Perfector P01

A great brush to put the finishing touches to your Concealer and to make sure it blends just so, this stippling brush is good for blending thick formula concealers. 



Flawless Foundation F01

My new go to foundation brush, the blending power of this one is a beauty. Whether it's a fine mineral powder or buffing a liquid foundation to boot, this brush is the holy grail of all foundation brushes. 



Blush & Bronze A01 

Chiselled cheek bones your thing? Head straight for this brush for a beautiful finish. The slanted brisels offer the best angle for even a makeup beginner. 



The brushes perform equally well with washing and shedding. If I'm honest my brushes are not always given the best care, from glitter, to facepaint and every day makeup in between, these brushes have so far held up to a full month of my use with weekly cleaning and beyond.

Until Next Time 

B x 

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Sunrise to Sunset - Easy packing x Boohoo

Whether you're off on holiday, or planning road trips with friends, summer always seems to surround packing. From a light backpack for an overnight stay to a large suitcase for a few weeks away, getting your outfits down to the essentials can be a huge task itself.

So before you can sit back sipping on a Mojito or crowd round a table talking about the latest guy on your friends lips, let's talk summer capsule wardrobes.

Whenever I go on holiday, people always comment on how many different outfits I have. That's because I treat holiday packing in exactly the same way as my wardrobe at home. I always try to think of it in terms of a capsule wardrobe.

One of the key pieces in my capsule collection for holidays is always the skirt. It's versatile, takes up little space and offers endless style opportunities from sunrise to sunset.

Sunrise

When early morning hits, whether you're heading for brunch with the girls or exploring a new city, a twist on the classic white blouse offers the chic "I just threw this on" look without being too put together. I adore this white ruffled sleeved wrap blouse as it brings out the feminine aspect of the frill in the skirt and takes it from zero to complete wardrobe hero. Pair with some cute shoe boots and explore the city in style.


Charlotte white ruffle shirt, megan peep toe shoe boot and Hannah Ruffle Gingham skirt. 

Sunset

When evening comes around, you don't have to change your whole outfit to give yourself a new look. Pack a few light tops or bright coloured bodies to give your skirt of choice a whole sassy new look.
My favourite colour to vamp it up for night time has always been red, so this red body offered the perfect solution. Even better the fabric is lightweight, so it'll take up even less room in your suitcase.


Laura textured deep plunge body, Megan peep toe shoe boot and Hannah Ruffle Gingham Skirt.  

What's your summer style trick?

Until Next Time
B x
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Battle of the Setting Sprays 

Let's get ready to rumble! 


Today I'm bringing you the battle of my favourite Setting Sprays. Famed for their staying power and loved for their ability to freshen up makeup on the go, setting sprays seem to be the "new kids" on the block. Long gone are the unsafe days of sealing your makeup look with a spritz of hairspray all over your face (ah theatre days how I miss you,) long replaced by these easy to carry, easy to love beauties. So which one do you go for? Well lucky for you, for the past 3 weeks I've been road testing three sprays so you don't have to. 

MAC Cosmetics 'prep and Prime' Fix and Face Primer 100ml - £18

An aqua spritz of vitamin and minerals, this two in one spritz combines a calm the skin blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber, with the fresh, energizing scent of Sugi. This spray is perfect to cool skin on a hot day, as it gives an instant boost of hydration and refreshes your makeup on the go. It's staying power lacks oomph though and I found that my makeup wore exactly the same throughout the day. As for the  heat of the swimming pool, this Setting spray failed to keep up, so I'm not too sure on the £18 price tag. 

Verdict: Best for those looking for an on the go refresh whilst the sun is hot, hot, hot. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - £10 (Trave Size) 

This weightless makeup spray holds the promise of perfect makeup for up to 16 hours. Perfect for those who wish to dance the night away into the early hours. Free from oil and parabans, this clutch bag sized bargain beauty offers everything a girl could want from a Setting spray. With temperature control technology, the spray actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep it in place, even in hot and humid conditions. I can't tell you how impressed I was with this Setting spray. It's handy to carry, it kept my skin cool and didn't leave me with a makeup meltdown. 

Verdict: This is the one for me. It leaves my skin feeling soft and even withheld my Post work swim and walk home, perfect for anyone on the go. 


Rimmel London #Insta Fix & Go - £6.99 

Another two in one, that primes and sets, this drugstore hit is the one for those on a budget. With a quick dry formula that locks in your makeup in just one spray, Rimmel's offering is a pinch and offers the perfect staying power and refreshment throughout the day. Whilst it didn't hold as well as the Urban Decay setting spray, it can be forgiven for its price point. Probably the most refreshing of the bunch. 

Verdict: perfect for every day, this product will give you a little bit of hold and refreshment as needed without breaking the bank.


The perfect balance between budget and bite, this baby raced right to first place in the finish line. I can't get enough of this spray and it's found itself a spot as a firm favourite in my makeup bag. 

Until Next Time 

B x 


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