Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Cleansers

2018 March, 2019, March 2019, May

The new-ish cleansers form Charlotte Tilbury (£32.50/2x75ml) are a two step cleansing system (or ritual if you please) consisting of an oil/gel cleanser as the first step and a charcoal cleanser as the second step. It also comes complete with a muslin cloth.


I do love a good oil based cleanser, it’s definitely my favourite cleanser texture. A charcoal cleanser, however, is something I have never tried before so I was very intrigued to see how these two work together.

The oil cleanser actually has a bit of a sticky honey-like texture which doesn’t go supper thin when applied (once applied it’s actually very similar in texture to the Oskia Renaissance Cleanser if you’re familiar with that one). I do really like it. I also really enjoy the very gentle lemon fragrance this has. It’s good at removing makeup (I do, however, usually use some kind of micellar water to remove the bulk of my makeup before going in with my cleanser). It does leave some residue on the skin but since you go over with the second step it doesn’t actually bother me too much.

The charcoal cleanser has almost a whipped texture – it’s very pleasant to use. Once I’m done with both steps my skin is left super super soft.

Together both products really make for a special little ritual and I’m very glad I decided to pick this duo up. I would happily buy it again. You do have to remember, though, that it’s quite pricey and I seem to be using it up quite quickly so it could easily turn in to an expensive habit especially if used both in the morning and in the evening. As a special treat, however, I’m all for it.

Have you tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury skin care products?

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Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons Box

2017, September

So great news – Cult Beauty delivery doesn’t take that long – about a week which for Australia is definitely on the fast-ish side. I won’t go into too much detail as to why but I really didn’t have that much sleep in the last few weeks leading up to the Christmas. However, thanks to the amazing selection of skincare in the Caroline Hirons’ box (£220) my skin still looked amazing. The box included:


Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (£49.00/150ml) – Great size, so should last me for ages. It’s more cream than mud, not drying at all. It’s definitely gentle enough to take over your eyes but might not be the best for a deep cleanse so more of a morning or no-makeup day cleanser. It has a slight spa-like scent but nothing too intrusive.

Leahlani Champagne Serum (£34.00/30ml) – One of the lightest oil based serums I have ever used. It’s fine to use under make-up especially if you’re on the dry side.

Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (£43.00/15ml) – It’s quite liquidy so application can be a bit tricky but it does absorb very quickly once applied. Perfect for daytime since it dries completely and doesn’t mess with products you might be putting on top.


DCL Multi-Action Penta Peel (£58.00/50 pads) – Even the top pads are nicely soaked so you don’t have to worry about product distribution over time. There is a slight sting which is not unusual when it comes to acids. It’s a bit annoying that you have to rinse afterwards, but other than that pre-soaked pads like these are the easiest way to apply acids.

Oskia Renaissance Mask (£51.00/50ml) – I have a bit of disclaimer with this one – I never really got on with the Renaissance Cleanser in the first place and the mask too doesn’t seem to be that impressive. It might be that this line is just not for me but I really didn’t see any noticeable difference after I had used the mask. Definitely the weakest product of the box.

May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm (£174.00/50ml) – The biggest mystery and definitely the most anticipated product of the lot. I really tried to find a better description than the official beauty balm. But I’m afraid I can’t be of much help – it really is very difficult to explain. I use it instead of a moisturiser in the evenings but it’s so much more than that. The texture is that of a solid oil but it melts instantly in your hands and it’s not as greasy as traditional oils, it turn’s into more of a serum if anything. I was very worried about the scent due to my experience with May Lindstrom skincare in the past (if you have ever smelt the Pendulum Potion you’ll know what I mean), but this is more of a very refined spa scent, it’s quite gentle actually. For me this is an absolute standout – eyewateringly expensive but so worth it! It’s a pleasure to apply and it really sorted my skin overnight. I could not believe how fresh and bright my face was the next morning. It also works wonders on sunburns.

Check out Caroline’s video on the complete routine. At the time this post goes live the box is still available for sale HERE – grab one if you haven’t already!

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Skincare Update – December 2017

2017, December

So I’m back! There have been some big changes in the last few weeks. I am no longer a proud Londoner. I am now Melbourne based. It comes with certain cons and pros as far as my beauty journey goes. Main perk is probably the fact that I now live only 15 minutes from a Sephora store! Don’t get too excited! It’s not the magical all-beauty-brands-you-can-imagine wonderland that is US Sephora, but it’s pretty good. I’m already stalking the Mecca Beauty website pretty much on daily basis (I suspect this will be of a great help to fill my Space NK void and then some). And if I really can’t satisfy all my beauty shopping needs locally there is always the good old Cult Beauty which shops internationally.

This post is long overdue and is a bit of a last minute affair because the newest Cult Beauty x Caroline Hirons Box of Dreams went on sale only a few hours ago. I so stayed up way past my bedtime to get my order in!!! I used to think people were crazy for doing that. Turns out it’s not that crazy at all. So there will be some newcomers joining my skincare shelf very shortly and depending on how long the delivery takes I’m hoping to get a review up very soon. For now, though, these are the stars of the show (three of which are actually from previous CBxCH boxes!):


Tata Harper Restorative Eye Crème (£86.00/15ml) –  a real game changer! I mean – forget the painkillers, this is what you should be given when you leave hospital after having a baby. I am on my second bottle and I always keep a back-up handy because I just never want to be without it. I got it in CBxCH box earlier this year so it was somewhat easier to bite the bullet but even at full price this is worth every penny. It got rid of all the tiny and not so tiny dehydration lines around my eyes pretty much instantly. It has also helped to brighten my under eyes which I had started to think was a lost cause (so now I can really pretend the last 30 years never happened. Yay!). The texture is a cream gel and it absorbs quite quickly (it will sting, if it gets in your eyes, however). It’s housed in a beautiful glass bottle with a handy pump that delivers quite a generous amount of product.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser ($84.00/100ml) – this is everything I hoped Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£31.00/100ml) to be. It’s a bit sticky and honey-like in texture to start with, but it very quickly thins out in to a beautiful oil cleanser. It wipes away all traces of makeup but still feels nice and gentle on the skin. Best part, though, – it actually emulsifies so there is no need to use a cloth to remove it, which certainly saves some time. Packaging is very clean, simple and great for traveling. The smell is not overly strong, maybe a bit juniper-like, but even that does not linger for long.

Zelens 3t Complex Essential Anti-Aging Cream (£95.00/50ml) – this is lovely to use and I really can’t find any faults with this product (other than price, of course). It’s just a very straight forward and simple texture (no funny stickiness or greasiness), gentle fragrance and no fuss packaging. I’m not really in the market for anti ageing products so I can’t testify as to it’s anti-ageing properties, but it definitely works well for my dehydrated skin and doesn’t mess with any of the products I put on top (makeup, sunscreen). I would happily repurchase.

Zelens Provitamin D Treatment Drops (£110.00/30ml) – so I’m bit on the fence with this one. Given the price I was expecting to see a bit more. It’s one of those non greasy face oil type products (still a bit greasy for me to use under makeup, so I only use it for my nigh-time routine). It’s not bad and I really can’t report any major skincare concerns so it might be that it’s just a bit wasted on me because it is supposed to be a real skincare powerhouse. At this stage, however, I’m unlikely to repurchase and I’m definitely a bit cautious to recommend.

Hope this was helpful. I will try to keep the posts more regular from now on.

P.S. I would really appreciate tips from any Australian based followers on the best places to shop for beauty products.

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Dzintars Future Formula Black Caviar Face Serum


It’s time for the second review of my local brands mini-series.

So this is a very interesting product not least because it’s something completely different and new for the brand but also because the Future Formula is the last lifeline for the Dzintars brand facing a very real bankruptcy threat.

Future Formula skincare products are split in three different lines based on the main ingredients – apple stem cells, snail extract and black caviar. Apple Stem Cell line is designed to combat more advanced signs of ageing, Black Caviar line is for less visible wrinkles and dryer skin types, whereas the Snail Extract line will take care of the very first signs of ageing. All lines include a complete skincare routine and consist of a day cream, a night cream, a serum and an eye concentrate with prices ranging from €40.00 – €75.00.

I went for the serum from the Black Caviar line (€50.00/30ml) because even though I wouldn’t say that ageing is a particular skin concern of mine my skin does tend to get a bit dry. I’m also still on the hunt for that perfect facial serum so it was a good product for me to try. The texture of this is very different as far as serums go – it’s more like a moisturiser rather than the watery and wet serums I am used to. Not saying it’s a bad thing though. It absorbs well and it’s definitely not heavy on the skin so you will still need to apply a moisturiser. It smells fresh and a tad floral, very pleasant actually. Packaging is beautiful, definitely a massive upgrade from what we’re used to seeing from Dzintars in the past. As far as the claims go I can never really tell with serums, it seems to be the same catch as with the eye creams – you only notice a difference once you stop using the product. So far, though, I’m happy with the serum and I’ll definitely keep using it.

Availability of Future Formula products seems to be much better than I was expecting – apparently Dzintars delivers to quite a few countries, but I have never used their online services so I can’t comment on delivery times/charges/restrictions etc.

Are the products good enough to save the brand? They might as well be but for products that retail for up to €75.00 a pop the marketing is a massive let-down. These products are claiming to be equal with some very established global players who have very solid superstar endorsed campaigns. Dzintars’ marketing team has a lot of work to do to catch up with it’s competitors.

Have you tried any of the new Future Formula products?

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Mossa Matt Coverage Tinted BB Cream

2017, August

I’m back visiting my hometown Riga this month and one of my favourite things to do when I’m here is to raid the local shops and pick up some products that can’t be bought anywhere else. So far I’ve picked up four so there will be four mini-reviews popping up on the blog over the next few days.

First up – Mossa Matt Coverage Tinted BB Cream (€14.99/50 ml). It’s only available in one universal “soft beige” shade that will suit most fair to light medium skin tones. The product is very sheer, though, so you can definitely get away with this not being a perfect shade match as it really blends out to not much coverage at all. It claims the added benefits of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid so it doubles as a bit of a skincare too. On the skin it feels extremely light, a perfect holiday base product for me. The finish is quite natural so you can definitely apply some powder on top for a slightly heavier and/or matte coverage. It also won’t cover any redness or blemishes so you might want to use something to spot-conceal if you need more coverage. I really like this BB cream because it seems to be one of the very few base products that doesn’t cling to dry patches on my skin and it’s so easy and quick to blend.The packaging is very light and clean, it won’t weight down your make-up bag if you wanted to carry it with you.

The availability is Ok-ish – it’s available online from a few lesser known websites depending where you’re located. They’re also available to purchase in stores but only in selected European countries. It’s a shame really because they’ve got some great and very affordable products. They’ve got a very decent selection of skincare and some amazing body-care products so if you happen to be traveling or live in one of the countries where Mossa is available definitely have a look, I’m sure you will find something that interests you.

What are your favourite local brands?

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L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara

2017, August

I was so excited for the Paradise Mascara (£9.99/6.4ml) to finally make it across the pond. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from the US ladies. I snapped the Paradise mascara up as soon as it launched online and I’ve now had a few good weeks to test it. The brush is medium size with traditional type of bristles (as opposed to plastic or rubber bristles) which is my preferred type of mascara wand.


When it comes to mascaras I have worked out a very strict three stage testing process. First of all I it has to be easy and quick to apply. I’ve got no time for mascaras that require several coats to look half decent. I like mascaras that can give me an instant impact – pigment, volume and length, please. In this category the Paradise mascara scores quite well. It won’t give you super dramatic look but for something stronger than natural look it works just fine. The formula sits somewhere in the middle, not too dry, not too wet. It coats lashes well, gives some volume and length but not much curl so more of an everyday mascara for me.

Next I watch how the mascara performs throughout the day – is there any flaking or smudging. I noticed a very minimal flaking with the Paradise mascara. I suspect, however, that it might be due to the fact that I spend the majority of my days with my baby daughter who I am convinced is the most adorable baby in the world so I smile a lot. If you don’t spend your days squinting the flaking shouldn’t be an issue.

Finally – I like mascaras that are easy to remove. The Paradise mascara performed well with all different types of cleansers and make-up removers (I tried micellar water, cream and oil cleansers). Nothing to complain here.

So to sum up – it’s a solid everyday option but then there are so many mascaras that can do the exact same thing. I’d say walk don’t run. It’s a good one to try if you’re up for something new, but I don’t see it as a game-changer.

Have you tried the Paradise mascara?

Real Techniques PowderBleu Brushes

2017, July

When the original Real Techniques brushes hit the shelves it was a bit of a makeup revolution. Great quality, affordable brushes became accessible to everyone. The range has seen some very useful additions and limited addition sets over the years. I own a fair few of the Real Techniques brushes and use them regularly. I know that for me they completely changed the makeup application game.

The new PowderBleu line caught my eye almost instantly. I much prefer powder products to creams so brushes that have been created specifically for application of powders sounded right up my street. I also can’t deny that it was a visual thing for me – I think the combination of the black and the dark blue just looks so luxe.


But do they work? Yes, yes and yes!!! I picked up the Soft Complexion Brush (£22.00) to use for blush and the Soft Finishing Brush (£22.00) to apply highlighter. Both brushes are absolutely fantastic – they pick up powder products so well and they distribute the product on the face very seamlessly. Bristles of the Complexion brush are more densely packed so it’s also great for buffing and blending. I don’t really wear mineral foundation but if I did this would be the brush I would want to use to apply it.

The Finishing brush is the perfect size – not too big and not too small so it applies just the right amount of highlighter. It’s also great for applying powder on-to the under-eye area. I really don’t have anything bad to say about these. I’ve been so impressed that I’m planning on picking up the Soft Powder Brush (£22.00) and the Plush Powder Puff (£12.00) as well.

The line also includes the Soft Shadow Brush (£15.00) and the Soft Kabuki Brush (£25.00) and if they’re anything like the other two brushes that I’ve tried they’ll be amazing.

Have you tried any of the PowderBleu Brushes? What did you think?

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Rodin Billie on the Bike Lipstick and Lipliner

2017, July

Even I’m interested to see how I’ll manage to justify this one. It’s by far my priciest lip-colour purchase. The only other extortionately expensive lipstick I own is Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Pink Dusk (£40.00) which I bought for my wedding day and it’s a beautiful neutral colour so I can wear it anytime anywhere. Rodin’s offering, however, is a very out there shade. And I’m not even a massive bright lipstick wearer. I totally blame Eva in the City for this purchase. She pretty much has mentioned Linda Rodin and her beauty line in every single video for the last three months.

The backstory aside I’m sure you’re more interested to find out what I think about the actual products. I’ll start with the Luxury Lip Pencil (£25.00) – it’s fairly dry and hard so it takes some effort to draw in the lips. It has a matte finish and despite being such a vibrant colour on it’s own it looks a bit flat. Lip Wardrobe Lipstick (£28.00) on the other hand is a whole different story – the texture is very buttery and creamy. It’s super pigmented and although it doesn’t come up as dark as it looks in the bullet there is still quite a lot of very noticeable blue and violet undertones. Together with the lip-liner it creates incredible depth and dimension. Safe to say I don’t own any lip-colours in this shade (could that serve as a justification?). It makes the lips look shiny, juicy and plump. There is no bleeding outside the lip-line, it’s seriously long lasting and there is a hint of a jasmine like scent to it. I really like the combo. Am I a bright lip convert? – that might take a bit longer but it’s certainly been a very encouraging start.

I feel like I also need to mention the packaging. It’s very simple and clean. This is what I imagine the packaging would look like if Celine had a beauty line. With the lid on the lipstick looks beautiful – like it’s been encased in an intricate piece of crystal. Once you take the lid of, however, it looses some of it’s magic – it’s a bit square and plasticky.

Would I recommend the products? If you love bright lips and have the budget for it you should definitely get these, you won’t be disappointed. They come if five different coulor-ways.

What is your bravest lipstick?

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Summer Lip Favourites

2017, June

Summer has well and truly landed here in the UK which means it’s time for a little make-up reggig. I’m switching up some colour options to make my looks more season appropriate and these are my current lip product favourites:


Sleek True Colour Lipstick in #Amped (£4.99) – a bright light cool toned pink shade that’s perfect for the warmer months. I wouldn’t really brave this colour any other time of the year but with a bit of tan in summer it looks great. It’s a matte formula but it applies very creamy and it isn’t overly drying. It lasts longer than you would expect but I would recommend checking whether it needs a touch-up every now and then especially if you’re having food. It’s a very pigmented and noticeable colour so you really want it to look perfect. And I can’t not mention the packaging – it’s such a cute little thing that will fit the smallest of handbags.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in #Frambourjoise (£8.99) – I love, love, love this shade. It’s a cool toned red with a slight hint of berry. The finish is velvety (as the name would suggest) so it’s a soft look. You only need a thin layer and it wears very comfortably. Unlike the Sleek’s offering this is something I would also wear to work/in an office setting. Yes, it’s a bold look but it’s also very classic and chic. Another reason why this is a great everyday option is the lasting power – this lasts and lasts, I had to rub a cotton pad soaked in micellar water over my lips quite vigorously to get this stuff off at the end of a long day. It’s great if you’ve got a busy day ahead of you and no time for touch-ups.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #08 Pink in Confidence (£26.00) – very different from the bright colours I’ve mentioned above, this is a very light traditional pink. It doesn’t sound like much but it really looks so nice on the lips. It’s not super pigmented so it looks very natural and it gives lips beautiful shine and brightness. And, of course, it’s one of the most beautiful lipstick packagings out there. A real treat that always gives me so much joy to pull it out of my make-up bag.

What are your favourite lip products this summer?

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Top 3 Bronzers

2017, June

I’m not much of a tanner but I do like adding some colour to my cheeks and décolletage especially in the summer months when my chest and shoulders are more exposed. I’m one for a subtle tan look and these are my favourite bronzers for achieving just that.


Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base (£32.00/30g) – a bit of a Marmite product, I am strongly in the “love” camp. It’s a very firm cream bronzer so it’s fairly difficult to pick up too much product. It blends out effortlessly and adds beautiful colour to the face. The shade is kind of golden but without any annoying shimmer. Beautiful, beautiful product. So worth the high price tag.

+ I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) which has densely packed medium length bristles to apply and blend this bronzer.

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($14.99/) – it’s notoriously hard to get your hands on this product the UK. But if you manage it it’s definitely worth picking up. I have the shade Light Bronzer and it’s a slightly muted cool toned shade. It’s not overly pigmented so agin – not a scary bronzer to use. The powder is so soft and buttery – it applies and blends like a dream. The powder is also quite strongly fragranced. It smells like the sweet coconut holiday scent and it does linger for a while. If you’re not a fan of that particular smell you might want to have sniff before you buy.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (£36.50/10g) – such an iconic product. It actually took me a while to warm up to this bronzer. It does look a bit orangey in the pan but it doesn’t look too warm on the skin. It’s definitely a dry powder but the pigmentation level is just right. I also didn’t notice any powder fall out with this so it definitely lives up to it’s high quality standard. Again – it’s fragranced. To me it smells like an old school perfume, but thankfully it goes as soon as you put it on your cheeks. There are nine shades available in different finishes. I’ve got shade #01 Clair Brunettes which is the lightest of the matt shades.

+ I use the Kiko’s Face Brush (£16.90) to apply powder bronzers. The brush is huge and super soft. It applies and blends product very evenly and quickly.

What is your favourite bronzing product? Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine xx

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