Charlotte Tilbury City Exclusives Lipsticks


Charlotte Tilbury new-ish lipstick line-up has three shades – English Beauty, Shanghai Nights (Matte Revolution formula) and American Sweetheart (K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula) (AUD 49/each). Interestingly I noticed the Shanghai Nights first but then decided against it since I’m not a massive bold lip lover. I do, however, feel very comfortable wearing nudes so I did end up getting the other two lipsticks from the collection.


American Sweetheart is slightly red-ish peachy nude. The formula is very pigmented and creamy. It has a nice juicy shine and is so comfortable on the lips. An absolute joy to wear, it’s a perfect everyday shade.


L-R: American Sweetheart, English Beauty

I picked up the English Beauty mostly for sentimental reasons but it turned out to be an excellent choice shade wise. It’s a very pretty natural shade, brighter than your average nude with just the right amount of peach hues. As it was starting to wear off I noticed some golden shimmer particles, which must be why the colour looks so vibrant and not flat as most mattes do. The Matte Revolution formula is impeccable – it’s buttery soft and just glides on the lips almost like a balm would, yet the pigmentation is very strong. It’s one of my favourite formulas out there. I absolutely adore this lipstick!

It’s difficult to choose just one. If I absolutely had to I might lean slightly more towards the American Sweetheart because I do appreciate the shine. But really they are both so nice!

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Inside My Travel Make-up Bag

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I’m going away on a mini break next week and I thought it would be interesting to tell you what make-up products I’ll be taking with me. Long gone are the days when I lugged around with a pile of beauty products that wouldn’t even fit in a single suitcase. I now travel with as little make-up as possible. And you’d be surprised how little you actually need. I’ve also learned that I’m quite lazy when it comes to using makeup products when I’m away so I really only need the bare minimum.


I already mentioned the Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant look in a palette (£49.00) HERE and it really is a travelers dream – it has all the face powder products you need save for a setting powder but if you use a decent base product you can easily skip it. I really can’t recommend this palette enough.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick #02 Blush (£20.00) – a recent addition to my collection this is a great one-stop lip product. A lot more pigmented than I expected it applies like butter and has SPF 15 so it dubs as a protective lip balm.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream ($15.00/12ml) – extremely hard to get hold of in the UK it’s a great travel friendly base product – the finish is beautiful and the added SPF 50 means that this will have you covered in most climates.

Real Techniques Shading Brush (£6.99) and Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush (£35.00) are my favourite one-size-fits-all eye and face brushes.

Add mascara as necessary – my current favourite is the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99) and it’s really quite good. It has a thick rubber wand that adds volume and separates lashes without clumping. One of the best drugstore options in my opinion.

I’m also bringing the Delilah Brow Line in Sable (£20.00) with me. It’s one of my all time favourite brow products – it’s a skinny retractable pencil in a super sleek packaging with a good quality spoolie on the other end and the shade match is perfect for me.

What are some of your travel make-up favourites?

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Unnecessary beauty products


One of the things I’m focusing on this year beauty-wise is reducing my beauty product stash and I will talk about this in more detail next month. Today I wanted to tell you about some of the products I never find myself reaching for and there is really no need for me to have these in my collection. I do appreciate this post might make me sound very lazy but I’ve always been a big fan of multitasking and I find other products I already use can easily cover all the steps mentioned below.


Body oils – I used to think these were a luxurious treat for special occasions only so it kind of made sense that all my body oil bottles were pretty much untouched. I’ve now realised the special occasion thing was just an excuse and I actually really don’t like using body oils. The application is messy and I always end up spilling the oil on the bathroom floor which then needs to be cleaned up. They also take ages to absorb regardless of how dry they’re claiming to be. I really just prefer a standard body lotion or a body cream to moisturise my skin.

Solid body butters – see above, except they’re even messier.

Body scrubs – first off – there are not that many good body scrubs on the market anyway, most leave a greasy film on your skin or are way to harsh and scratchy. I use a bath lily most days and if I ever do need some extra exfoliation (I get that feeling once every few months) I just pop on a pair of shower gloves.

Hair masks – I’m lucky enough to have a pretty healthy looking hair so most of the time a decent conditioner does the trick and I don’t need any additional treatments. A proper hair mask is just too much of a faff for me – you usually need to keep them in for good 10 – 20 mins and I just don’t have the patience for that.

Hair oils/serums – most of the ones that I’ve tried leave my hair feeling quite greasy. It might be that I use too much or use it incorrectly but I have tried different methods (wet hair/dry hair/ends only) and none of them seem to work. I use the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment every time I wash my hair and I absolutely love it! Even if I apply too much product it doesn’t leave any residue on my hair and my hair still feels soft and clean.

Cuticle oils – these are lovely to use but I just never, ever reach for them. Most hand creams are now designed to nourish the nails as well as the hands and I use hand creams all the time!

Make-up setting sprays – I’m not a professional make-up artist and most days I don’t need my make up to last for much longer than 5pm mark. I always use a primer under my makeup and I find that works very well at keeping my makeup in place all day. Adding a setting spray just seems a bit over the top. I’d probably use one or the other and I’d have to go for the primer since I’m more familiar with the format.

Foundation brushes – one of the main things I now test whenever I try a new foundation is whether I can apply it with my fingers. Beautyblender is as far as I would go with introducing a beauty tool to apply a foundation since I already use one to apply concealer. I also find Beautyblender is much easier to wash and look after than a brush and it generally gives a nicer overall finish.

What are some of the beauty products/steps you don’t mind skipping?

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Current Skincare Routine – February 2017


I got the inspiration for this post from Beautybybloggers who used to post a photo of their morning and evening skincare routine every month. I think it’s an excellent way to keep track of the products you’re using and to see whether you repurchase any or not. I am planning to do an updated post every three to four months which is roughly how long it takes me to use up a full size skin care product.

For a reference – my skin is dry combination, I do occasionally get some spots and dry patches, but it’s not a major concern. I am at a point in my life where I’m happy to spend a bit more on a good skincare product but I also don’t feel I need to use any full on anti-ageing products just yet. I’m not a skincare expert by no means. I’m just an average consumer who likes stuff that works. So this is what I’m currently using:



Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser (£54.00/125ml) – I like to use cleansing oils in the morning as I find them very gentle on my skin and there is no need for a very thorough cleanse so it works great. The one I’m currently using has a very nice essential oil spa like smell and it’s very good one if you’re into your face massages. You do have to use a muslin to remove the oil as this will not emulsify so you also get that extra bit exfoliation.

To tone I’m currently using the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (£48.00/100ml) and I actually enjoy it a lot more that I thought I would. It has a very nice fresh floral scent and the mist is really fine. It feels refreshing an moisturising on the skin. I prefer a facial spray as opposed to a to a traditional toner because I feel that way you’re actually getting more product on your face rather than wasting it all on a cotton pad. I also find it works out quite well price-wise as it takes me good four months to use up a 100ml bottle (I used to go through a 200ml bottle of a traditional toner every month).

BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion (£45.00/50ml) – I discovered this product a few months back. It has very watery consistency and doesn’t really have any scent so it’s pretty much undetectable on the skin. I find this helps to keep my skin smooth and soft and it doesn’t interfere with other skincare and makeup that I use on top of it.

Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Cream (€35.00/50ml) – there’s really not much to say about this one. It’s not bad, but there is nothing that exciting about it either. One thing I will say though – I use this every morning and no matter what I do the pump always gets clogged, which is a massive bug bear of mine and I can just see myself getting fed up with it at some point. I also don’t think there is currently a night cream version of this and I prefer to buy my moisturisers in pairs as much as possible. Would I repurchase? Possibly, if I get a bit nostalgic and start longing for some Latvian products in my life.



MV Organic Skincare Gentle Cream Cleanser (£35.50/70ml) – I’m currently alternating between this and the Foreo Luna Play. It’s definitely a very gentle cleanser and I tend to use it on days when I’m not wearing a full face of makeup. It has a consistency of a moisturiser and it feels like it’s trying to absorb in my skin a bit which I’m not sure is necessarily a good thing. I use two pumps for each cleanse so I think it will run out fairly quickly. Not sure whether I would repurchase at this point.

Foreo Luna Play (£29.00) – I’m a big fan of my Clarisonic Mia 2 but I’m trying out the Foreo’s offering this month to see how these two compare. A full review will be up next month so I won’t go in-to too much detail now.

Bioderma Micelle Solution (£10.50/250ml) – I use this to remove my eye and lip makeup before going in with one of the above cleansers. I’ve tried a few other alternatives on the market but I always end up going back to this one. It doesn’t sting or irritate my skin and it’s very effective for removing waterproof makeup.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye (£25.50/15ml) – I’ve tried so many different eye creams over the last few years and with majority of them it’s pretty hard to say whether they’re doing anything or not, but with this one I have definitely noticed an improvement. It brightens up my under-eyes and helps to get rid of the tiny little dehydration lines in the corners of my eyelids. It’s perfect for my current skincare needs.

Ren V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (full size £32.00/50ml) – I’ve previously gone through a full size of this product and I really enjoy using it. It’s a very lightweight cream (it has almost whipped consistency) but it kind of feels very rich at the same time if that makes sense. It gives a decent amount of moisture and feels very comfortable and calming on the skin. A possible repurchase.

Extra steps


Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (£77.00/16 treatments) – I wrote about this in my Top 10 Products of 2016 post. I absolutely love it! It’s the one skincare product that I would find the hardest to give up. The first time I used it I noticed an instant difference – it just made everything about my skin better. It softens my skin, smooths the texture and gets rid of any dry patches. It has become a standard that I compare all my other skincare products to. I use one pad once a week which I find is enough for my current skincare needs and it’s actually not that expensive for a retinol type product.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50/150ml) – again I use this once a week. You only need a tiny bit so it should last me ages. It’s like a gritty gel and you only need to keep it on for a few minutes, so I love how speedy this step is. It does sting quite a bit though, to the point where it can actually feel a bit painful especially within the first 30 seconds of application. First time I used it I thought I would be left with a full on chemical burn, but what I got instead was soft and very fresh feeling face without any redness whatsoever. The smell is quite strong, but if you like the whole pumpkin spice and gingerbread thing you’ll be fine with this.

Kypris Beauty Elixir I : 1000 Roses (£70.00/14ml) – I usually have an on-off relationship with facial oils. I either go through periods of using one every night or I can go for months without even touching one. At the moment I’m having a bit of an off phase so I use this only once a week. It’s what I would call an actual dry oil, it doesn’t leave my face greasy and it plumps my skin very nicely. It’s definitely the best facial oil I’ve used so far, but it’s just so expensive(!!) which makes me very hesitant to say whether I would repurchase. I’d have to go through the full bottle, see how long it lasts me and see whether I miss it once it’s gone.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (£85.00/30ml) – I use this two to tree times a week. It gives instant results – overnight my skin is smoother, softer and clearer. It does have a slight sting to it so I always make sure I use a moisturiser on top. It is quite pricy but seeing the results I’m getting I’d be happy to repurchase.

So that rounds up all my current skincare routine. I would love to hear about your skincare staples, what are you currently using?

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