Beauty Resolutions for 2018

2018, March 2018

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I’m actually very big on new years resolutions. I think I must have been jotting down my resolutions every year since I was in my teens. It’s less of a list of must dos and more of general idea of where and how I see myself growing in the new year.

For the first time I decided to do a bit of a beauty themed list of resolutions. Having to pack all my belongings a few months ago to move across the world has really made me think a lot about my buying habits. I really had to weed my collection when I was preparing for the move. There was no way I could lug all those bottles and potions with me. And more importantly – there really was no need for it either. I think I am now at a point where I know myself well enough to accurately judge what suits me and what doesn’t and what works for me and what doesn’t. It’s also the sheer wastefulness – I must have thrown out close to half of my collection to prepare for the move. Most of them were things I really had no use for. If anything I’m glad they’re gone because all I felt when I looked at them was the guilt of time, money and space I was wasting.

I want to be strict with new purchases, but at the same time I don’t want to loose out on the enjoyment that beauty gives me. I’m not saying there will be no exceptions but I really want to think about my new purchases. I want to make less impulse buys and do a lot more research before taking the plunge. Putting things on a wish-list that I review every now and then (I use Pinterest), checking my current stash to see whether I already own something very similar (I own so many lipsticks that are essentially all the same shade) and referring to the list of product categories that haven’t worked for me in the past (read more HERE) has been doing the trick so far (it’s very early days, though). I also keep a track of what I use up (again I use Pinterest) to get a realistic picture of how many beauty products I actually need.

With that comes the natural step of prioritising quality over quantity. I really would rather own that one special item than ten meh ones. Given my current lifestyle (a new-ish mum) I have been gravitating a lot towards the skincare because it’s really all I have time for. So quality shouldn’t be hard to achieve – there are so many superstar products out there.

Another topic that has become increasingly important to me is testing beauty products on animals. By no means I’m planning to achieve a 100% cruelty free collection by the end of the year, it will take much longer to transition, but I want to make conscious choice not to buy from brands that test on animals. There are actually quite a few cruelty free high end brands to choose from – I’ve lately been particularly obsessed with Too Faced, but there’s also Hourglass, Smashbox, Urban Decay and Molton Brown to name a few. Plenty to choose from. I use Cruelty-Free and Bunny Free Apps for a quick reference when I’m out shopping.

I’ll update you in a few months time to let you guys know how I’ve been getting on with my resolutions.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Pin Up Pink

March 2018

I started drafting this post a few months back so it’s probably a little less relevant now, however, I decided to still go ahead and post it. Even though I never really warmed up to the idea of matte liquid lipsticks I was very excited about this launch because I pretty much adore every single product I have tried from the Charlotte Tilbury range. If I had to limit myself to buying only one make-up brand for the rest of my life I would be more than happy for that brand to be Charlotte Tilbury.

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A word of warning on these – you should only buy after trying the shades in person. For some reason they look nothing like the photos on the website (and you will notice it is a common trend in the reviews) so I ended up with a completely different shade than the one I went in to buy initially. The shades are also extremely similar to one another with just slight variations in undertones that can really only be detected in person. The shade I went for in the end – Pin Up Pink, for example, is described as ‘shimmery coral pink’ and the picture on the website looks pretty darn pink. In real life it’s more of a dusky muted red. It also looks much darker on the lips than it does in the tube.

Shade issues aside the formula itself is quite unique as far as liquid mattes go – creamy is definitely the first thing that comes to mind. Think a much more pigmented NXY Soft Matte Cream. It’s also set and matte pretty much from the get go so there is no waiting around for it to dry (which can sometimes come with an annoying shade change). It still feels like a lipstick once applied but just a bit more powdery if that makes sense. Unlike other matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried this one doesn’t completely zap the moisture out of your lips but there is still some slight dryness. The staying power is what you would expected from a liquid matte – quite a few hours before you need to touch up (and that’s with meals in between).

All in all I’m glad I picked it up but it’s unlikely I will go back for another shade. As comfortable as it is I still think Charlotte’s Revolution Matte lipstick formula is far more superior. Hollywood Lips come in a total of 11 shades and they are AUD 49.00/£24.00 each.

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Beauty Favourites of 2017

2018, January

It’s that time of the year again. I’m so excited to tell you about my favourite beauty discoveries of 2017. I no particular order this is what I have been obsessed with:

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (£33.00/8g) – Why oh why did I wait so long to try this? It’s the best powder I’ve ever tried and one that I hope will never be discontinued. It’s so light and undetectable yet it takes away the shine instantly and is long lasting. It doesn’t come with a brush or sponge which is actually a massive positive in my books – they have kept the packaging very sleek and light and you’re free to use your preferred tools to apply (Kiko powder brush for me).

Le Labo Bergamote 22 (AUD 264.00/50ml) – I tend to stay very safe when it comes to perfumes. Every time I’ve gathered a courage to try a niche perfume I’ve ended up feeling dizzy and nauseous from all the ouds and musks. Le Labo offers a very handy trial set of their most popular fragrances that you can take home and try as you like. This is actually how I discovered their Bergamot fragrance. It’s such a happy, fresh, green and citrusy scent. Think a much more refined version of Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue. Probably best for spring and summer which is when it really comes to life.

Surrat Relevee Lash Curler (£28.00) – I used to think that my Shu Emura eyelash curler is the bees knees and I was convinced it couldn’t get any better so it took me while to bite the bullet. It really reminds me of the time when I used to think that Tangle Teazer was absolutely brilliant. And then I finally gave in and tried the Wet Brush. I haven’t touched my Tangle Teazer since. Surrat Eyelash curler get’s all your eyelashes in in one quick go. Even if you only have time for one gentle squeeze it will make the biggest difference.

Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara (AUD 54.00/10ml) – Another great mascara find from Lancome. I don’t care much about the curved wand handle. Because of the way I apply mascara it really makes no difference to me at all, but the wand itself is an absolute wonder-worker. It has varied length (mostly short) hard rubber bristles. It’s super black and one decent coat is all you need to separate and lengthen without any flaking even by the end of a very long day.

Hourgalss Ambient Lighting Bronzer (AUD 72.00/11g) – A shimmery bronzer that is so much nicer than any of the shimmer bronzers I’ve seen. It’s the Hourglass powder magic mixed with a beautiful gentle bronzer. It’s absolutely fool-proof. I often use it instead of a blush, it really does look that natural.

By Terry Baume de Rose (£39.00/10g) – This softens my lips instantly. It’s fairly thick but super soft. My only gripe with this is that you have to be apply with a finger, but this balm feels so nice and luxurious that I’m happy let that one go. A very special indulgence and it really works like nothing else to soothe dry and sensitive lips.

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Pether Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£55.50/150ml) – I mentioned it HERE. Still an absolute must have. This will wipe away everything you’re not happy with an will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (£25.00/50ml) – A staple in my morning skincare routine. For more details click HERE.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (AUD 79.00/30ml) – I talked about it HERE. I still use it and still adore it.

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme (£86.00/15ml) – Undoubtedly one of the best discoveries of 2017! Read more HERE.

And a very honourable mention goes to the MAC x Fleur de Force lipstick –  hands down the best lipstick of 2017! It was a limited edition, however, so there’s not much point in me raving about it again (read my full review HERE).

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