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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer Review

Charlotte Tilbury is a brand that I absolutely love. However not being near to a store can sometimes make me a little hesitant to purchase online. The products I have managed to pick up in store are 100% keepers in the makeup bag. Both the Magic Foundation and the Light Wonder Foundations are products that I think are fantastic - ended up with shade 3 for both foundations. Although my magic foundation is pretty much empty now. 

However you’re all here to read a review on the New Magic Away Concealer*. Concealers are products I just forget to invest in. I am literally that girl that rushes into boots a week before payday to pick up something ‘that’ll do’. So it is definitely nice to try something that hasn't been picked up in my lunch break. 

First off the packaging – all packaging from CT if fabulous, it definitely gives off 1920s vibes. There is a window to view how much of the product is left – a handy feature if you don’t mind me saying. I also love the little grooves around the lid and at the bottom of the packaging. It also feels hella study.

The Magic Concealer has an amazing ‘beauty blender’ type applicator that helps to bounce and smooth over any fine lines and rolls over imperfections. The pointed tip helps to get into the under-eye contour. The coverage is great and I would definitely agree that it is a full coverage – covering my bags like a dream. I have had the occasional blemish and the concealer has done extremely well at covering that up too. It claims to be water resistant however I haven’t yet been in a situation to test this. The Magic Away Concealer does an extremely good job of lasting for a good amount of time, and once back from work I don’t gasp in horror that my concealer has gone a little astray through out the day, as it has stayed put.

The texture of the product is obviously liquid but it is quite thick, it applys and blends well with a foundation underneath, if having a ‘can’t be bothered with foundation day’ I tend to pop a moisturiser on and then apply the concealer straight away and use the moisturiser as something to blend into. 

As well as being a pretty nifty in the coverage area, it also contains some good stuff too – Extract of Wild Indigo, this will help to enhance the skins luminosity and brightens the under eye area. Persian Silk Tree Bark helps to reduce fine lines, fades dark circles and helps to reduce puffiness. There is also Palmitoyl Glycine included which helps to rejuvenate the complexion and helps to keep the skin youthful and bouncy. Obviously with these ingredients it isn’t something that will be an over night change. However my under eye area definitely appears brighter, and I do feel like my bags aren’t as dark.

There are a few things that I am still a little unsure of, I’ve never been a fan of the ‘twist up and wait’ for the liquid product to come out. I can very impatient when it comes to this sort of thing and as you can imagine I have had many a times where there is product over load. Luckily with this product I refrained from doing the above. So if you are like me bear this in mind and try and be super patient. I have found that creasing under the eye can occur, however I just make sure I really set my under eye makeup and that has stopped the problem. 

You can find the Magic Away Concealer here and it retails at £24.00.

*I have been sent this on a gifting basis but all views are my own.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water Review

Isle of Paradise – sounds so blissful doesn’t it? I mean a bottle that's paradise that is quite a tall order. 

Isle of Paradise tanning is a new self-tan to hit the shelves of boots and I do think it has caused a stir in the self-tan market. Firstly because it’s vegan friendly, cruelty free and organic, which I think is pretty cool. Im not aware of many brands in the self-tanning department of Boots that can claim all that… and that’s even before we get on the product itself. Secondly I have seen some people finding the end result patching/streaky, but how did I find the product? 

I decided to pick up the medium shade, god knows why. Although thankfully I can just about pull it off.  I also decided to dip my toe into the world of tanning waters as previously I have only ever used mousses and creams. 

First up, my thoughts on using a tanning water. I quite like it I have found that getting the technique is a little hard but the end result is great. You simply spray and gently rub in with a tanning mitt ensuring you blend each spray that you do. Handy tip if you have a bath its easier to sit at the end of it and spray your legs. If you spray your legs whilst standing it can lead to a lot of product dropping on your feet – the first time I used this product my feet definitely looked interesting the next morning. I also tend to spray a little on the tanning mitt to help give a more even application. I will admit a mouse is a lot easier to use as you can tend to see where you have been. Where as tanning waters can be a little misleading.

Now what can I say about the glow? Well… it is fabulous. I am so happy with the results of the tan. It may be a tad to dark for me. However when I purchased it, I was still ‘Bali tanned’. Isle of Paradise has colour correcting technology in it although I’m not entirely convinced about this. Pink is for light skin tones, Green for Medium and Purple for Dark. I kind of feel like they’ve made them coloured to give them an eye-catching appearance on the shelves. However having said this I did get a lovely golden tan like the back of the bottle said which is down to the green base – so who knows?!

The tan lasted really well probably about 7 days and then after that it dulls down. This self-tan doesn’t smell (t h a n k   t h e   l o r d) and it doesn’t come out orangey. Although you do get a fair amount of self-tan on bed sheets! The bottle says 4-6 hours but if I forget to apply it early I will put it on over night and it has still given a good result.

Isle of Paradise Tanning water contains avocado, chia seed and Coconut oils and it really does help to give a hydrated glow. Something that I have noticed is my skin doesn’t get all gross and flakey after about 3 days so the hydrating properties seem to do the trick. 

I would say that you would probably get 6-8 full body uses out of this self-tan. I have used it 3 times and it is just above the halfway point on the bottle. I would 100% get this product again but I will go down to the light shade. And possibly try the tanning drops and mousse also. Although I have been converted to tanning waters. 

Price wise I think it's a relavtively normal price. I mean, obviously there are more purse friendly options, but it is in similar price ranges as St Tropez. The Tanning water is £18.95 whilst the drops and mousses are £19.95.

Have you tried any of the Isle of Paradise products? If so What were your thoughts?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Jo Malone | English fields

There’s nothing quite as exciting as when a beauty brand release limited editions. It’s even more exciting when brands bring out packaging that looks completely different to their normal collections. 

Jo Malone have done just that. The English fields collection is a beautiful collection of pastel toned bottles with a mix of matte and sheen textures. This is definitely a fragrance that you would want on your dressing table. 

I was lucky enough to attend a Jo Malone event in Chichester, and to try the English Fields collection. With 5 fragrances to choose from there is something for everyone. Although these scents are aimed for spring I can definitely see these being perfect for summer too! 


The 5 limited edition fragrances are all linked to the kind of blooms that you would find in a typical English field.

To start with Honey and Crocus, this cologne is a rich and comforting scent with honey, crocus and English lavender, which is also blended with almond milk. Poppy and barley is a lovely bright scent with a hint of blackcurrant added in to give it a fruity feel, which is combined with white musk. Oat and Cornflower - this cologne is most definitely my favourite bottle( the blue and grey one in the aboe picture). With added hazelnut and vetiver to create a warm and sensual scent. Green wheat and meadowsweet - this is quite a fresh scent with grapefruit added to give the cologne its fresh scent. Primrose and rye, with vanilla as a base and mimosa added in, it crates a lovely bright and warm scent.

Out of the 5 the primrose and rye was my favourite, it reminded me of summer holidays and jetting off on a plane and I just fell in love with it. With my favourite fragrance picked it was over to the hand and arm massage stand. Jo Malone offer complimentary hand and arm massages, so if you’ve ever got a spare 5/10 minutes I would 100% go and get one. It’s great to learn about layering and how to use the products. For my hand and arm massage, I had the Nectarine Blossom and Honey body crème. Layered with the Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne and followed with the Primrose and Rye Cologne. The arm massage was amazing as usual. And the combination and layering of scent was lovely. 

I also learnt that spraying the back of your neck helps to gives burst of fragrance through out the day. I’ve started doing this and I have definitely noticed a difference, also spraying fragrance to the chest and (front) neck area can speed up aging, which, I’m not down for at the moment. If you get the chance to pop in store you definitely need to give these limited edition scents a go! 

We also had got the chance to tie Jo Malone bows to our beautiful gift boxes, which also had a ceramic tag, with our initials stamped on. 

Massive thanks to Jo Malone Chichester for hosting and as always making an event super fun and to the Wild Mint Cafe for the beautiful snacks, and also to Katie who helped to organise an amazing event! 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, then the never ending January (which I swear lasted like 20 years?!) and now February; which seems to be going super fast. It’s crazy to think that Mother’s Day is only round the corner (11th March in the UK in case you’ve forgotten) with that in mind I have decided to do my first ever gift guide. I like to think that mums love a good pamper and deserve a well thought out gift.

First up is something a little luxury, after all the things that our Mums do for us they definitely deserve something a little extra special. This Clive Christian Luxury Mother's Day Gift would be perfect for any mum out there and is something they would absolutely love and appreciate. I have also got some other gift ideas if this particular gift is a little too lavish!

Liz Earle Superskin Dry Oil and Treatment Oil | Liz Earle Body Care would make the perfect gift for a Mum, the Dry Oil is great for a busy lifestyle, and can be used daily, whilst the Treatment Oil can be used in the evening and over night. The Dry Oil contains cranberry, borage and rosehip oils that really help to smooth and revitalise the skin. The Treatment Oil contains a little more to get silky smooth results, it has Alaria Esculenta that helps to visibly firm the skin. 

Tropic Skincare | Everyone loves a product that smells simply divine, and Tropic Skincare seem to produce products that smell beautiful whilst giving amazing results. The Smoothing Cleanser along with the Vitamin Toner leaves skin feeling clean and soft. With Green Tea extract, Golden Jojoba and Eucalyptus Leaf oils the Smoothing Cleanser instantly refreshes the skin. It’s also amazing at removing makeup. The Vitamin Toner helps to reduce pores, this product really does smell gorgeous and is fab for a bit of much needed hydration.

Lush Products | Lush always seem to have such well thought out seasonal product lines. All Mums love a bit of me time and a lush bath bomb or bubble bar would go down a treat. This year Lush have brought out a whole range of new Mother’s Day products! I have chosen two that I think would be perfect to treat your Mum with this year; the Madame President and Rose Bombshell. 

Time Chain Watch | I think jewellery is also a perfect way to show how much your mum means to you. This watch would be a great addition to any Mums jewellery box. However I like to think that with a watch, every time you look at it, it reminds you of the person that gave it too you, which you have to admit is kind of lovely!

* Disclaimer; this post was created in partnership with Clive Christian. All opinions are my own.