Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I resisted the hype on this beautiful product for longer than I can remember. However the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette from Charlotte Tilbury is finally mine! There are tons of reviews out there and I'm well behind the hype, so I won't keep you for long! 

There is no denying that this product is gorgeous. From the golden embossing on the lid with the Charlotte Tilbury logo, to the embossing on the powders inside; it's pretty damn special. However, a product cannot just be pretty, it also needs to deliver! It was always going to be risky buying a high end contour product, I'm so pale and I never know if the colour will suit. Luckily the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette is a perfect match, I just have to use a light hand! The 'sculpt' side of the palette adds a beautiful warmth to my skin and it blends in so well that it looks lovely and natural. The 'highlight' side is where it gets really special; it's such a stunning highlighter packed with glow! It catches the light so effortlessly and it's so flattering! 

The only problem is I'm now starting to ruin the beautiful powder embossing, which makes me want to stop using it. It's too beautiful to ruin! The Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette is available for £49 from Selfridges and Charlotte Tilbury's website.

Hope, Freedom, Love

Monday, 30 March 2015

Full Eyeshadow Brush by Eco Tools Review
Ecotools specialises in creating eco-conscious products, namely their 'incredibly soft brushes'. I've never tried anything from the brand, so when I spotted the 'Full Eyeshadow Brush' in the Love Me Beauty options, I snapped it up.

I haven't tried a whole load of eyeshadow brushes, so it's really an area of my collection that I'm trying to focus on. The Full Eyeshadow Brush claims to be the perfect brush for 'every eye look'.  Ecotools say you can use this brush for a lots of different use cases including; shading, highlighting and blending. It really packs on the shadow and it seems to pick up pigmentation really well. You can use it for applying one colour and it's also great for adding definition to the crease. So, it's true what they say, it really is a great multi-tasker! The brush really is super soft, it's not scratchy or rough, it's really nice to use.

The brush itself is a plain brown handle, with 'Ecotools' printed on the side, leading up to a dark brown set of bristles. The bristles are slightly tapered in a dome shape, which means it fits the shape of the socket really well. It also fits well along the eyebrow, so it's great for adding a highlight to the brow bone. 

All-in-all it really is a great brush! The best bit? Well it only costs $3.99 if you're in America! The bad bit? In the UK it seems like it's pretty hard to get hold of, you have to result to eBay or other random sites, which is a bit of a shame!

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Nobody likes applying hand cream and then waiting for the greasy cream to soak into your skin. You can't touch your clothes, your phone, your computer... the list goes on. Luckily Roger & Gallet have introduced the new Hand & Nail Balms*. These are brand new 30ml handbag-friendly hand balms, which have a new richer mattifying texture. 

The Hand & Nail Balms have four key ingredients; Glycerin (for moisture), Shea Butter (to protect and nourish), Aloe Vera (to hydrate and sooth dry skin) and Apricot Kernel Oil (to soften hands and nails). In addition to all the key ingredients, each scent/flavour balm has a special active ingredient. For example Fleur de Figuier has Fig Extract to replenish the skin and Bienfaits is enriched with five red berries which are antioxidants. 

All the claims are true; these soak into the skin really quickly and they leave your skin feeling amazing. I have Fleur de Figuier proudly sitting on my desk at work. It means I can wash and moisturise my hands and not take a five-minute break, whilst I wait for my hands to dry.

These 30ml Hand & Nail Balms are only £6 are available from Escentual! You can find Fleur de Figuer (here) and Bienfaits (here). 

Hope, Freedom, Love

Saturday, 28 March 2015

March Favourites - Hand Chemistry, Naked Skin, Bourjois, Models Own, ESPA
Spring is definitely in the air and it's completely inspired the products I've been loving! Let's take a closer look at my March Favourites! 

Naked Skin Concealer by Urban Decay
This concealer is my new best friend, as it has great coverage for circles and blemishes! It's got a lovely creamy consistency and it sits really well on my skin. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way! So although it's quite pricey compared to drugstore concealers, it's going to last a long time.

Lilac Sheen by Models Own
My latest nail polish obsession is one of the Models Own Hyper Gel polishes in 'Lilac Sheen'. It's the most beautiful pastel lilac shade which looks beautiful on my nails but also lasts a long time. I cannot get enough of the Hyper Gel formulation at the moment, it is so glossy and looks beautiful in the Spring sun!

Hand Chemistry Heel Hydration Complex*
It's not quite warm enough quite yet but it's getting close to sandals weather! In order to prepare for sandal season, I've been using Heel Hydration Complex by Hand Chemistry! It's unlike any foot cream I've used in the past, because it's not a super thick formula. Instead it's a lovely lightweight texture which soaks straight into the skin, but still makes a big impact with moisture. (Pssst. My Hand Chemistry discount code is still working on the DECIEM website, enter HOPEFREEDOMLOVE at the checkout and save 20%!) 

ESPA Radiant Tinted Moisturiser with SPF*
I've never, ever been so impressed with a tinted moisturiser, before now they've offered now coverage and have not suited my skintype. This new product from ESPA offers good coverage, provides an even skintone, adds incredible glow AND lasts well on my oily skin. This stuff has literally blown me away!

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
The Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder is a brand new addition to my makeup bag and I'm a really big fan. It's a really fine powder so it adds really pretty coverage without making your skin cakey. It keeps your makeup in place and it keeps the oil in my skin at bay all day long! I'm a huge fan! 

I thought I'd also chuck in a lifestyle favourite in this month. I was recently sent a Sponge Cake as a present and I was so impressed. I had the Bounty Cake which was a chocolate sponge, buttercream and coconut flakes - so yummy! 

Hope, Freedom, Love

Friday, 27 March 2015

When I found this NUDESTIX eyeshadow crayon sitting in the top of my Look Fantastic Beauty Box, it was safe to say I was chuffed! NUDESTIX has been getting a lot of great coverage and I was SO excited to try it out. I received the shade Gilt, which is a natural shade which has a metallic edge. 

The official name of this product is 'NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Colour' which is a durable eyeshadow pencil. The pencil aims to highlight, colour, line and primer your eyes to ensure they are in tip-top condition all day. As I mentioned, this is a pretty neutral colour, so I can't really comment about pigmentation. However, I can say that this pencil is super soft and blendable. I can draw this straight onto my eyelid as it doesn't drag or scratch. I just draw it on and then I tap it into my lid with my fingers. It stays in place all day, even on my oily eyelids, which is great as it means I don't have to worry about it.

It comes in a sleek back tube, which has fancy gold detailing around the bottom. It's obviously super portable which means it's perfect for your travel makeup bag. As it requires no extra tools and it's just a teeny pencil. My only real problem with this is that it's pretty pricey. When you consider that the high street is upping their eyeshadow game every second, there are comparable products on the market for a quarter of the price. In the meantime, if you do fancy a bit of a splurge, you can pick up Gilt from Look Fantastic for £24 hereI really want to try the lip and cheek pencils now, there are some really fabulous shades!

Hope, Freedom, Love

Thursday, 26 March 2015

One of my favourite blog posts I read are beauty news roundups. I LOVE finding out all the latest gossip from the beauty world, all in one handy place. So I figured from time-to-time, I'll feature news in a series I'm calling 'Thursday Tittle-Tattle'. These posts will feature, beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much I as do! Here are the things that have caught my eye this week:

Space NK Opens In Cambridge
This is the most exciting news for me this week! Cambridge based? Well there's a Space NK coming your way! I actually work in Cambridge so I'm super chuffed to see that there's a store opening on Saturday. It's in Trinity street and they have a special opening party in celebration! Sip champagne and grab a goodie bag when you spend £75! Click here to read about the new store. 

La Roche-Posay Joins Look Fantastic
One of my favourite skincare brands is now easier to get hold of as they are being stocked at Look Fantastic! Look Fantastic offers free delivery and worldwide delivery, which means it's now a lot more accessible! The best part is that you can currently save 1/3 on all their products without a voucher code, YAY! It's a good opportunity to talk about La Roche-Posay's #SKINCHECKER campaign, check it out here, prepare for cuteness! 

Triple Points at Boots for SIX days
I'm a huge lover of points schemes for beauty shops, who doesn't love a free blusher when you've spent a few months saving? Well, for the next six days, Boots are offering triple points when you spend £30 in store or £50 online! It's the first ever triple points event lasting SIX days! 

Marks and Spencer Best of British
This week M&S have launched their 'Best Of British' collection, encapsulating British style and quality. It's the best of modern luxury made in Britain with the UK's finest design talent! It's 'timeless and sophisticated' - I'm loving the full Spring collection in particular this beautiful jumpsuit!

20% Off Makeup at FeelUnique
Right now you can save up to 20% off makeup at FeelUnique! I'm doing all I can to avoid checking out with a basket full of goodies. I'm considering buying the Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette, I've been eyeing it up for ages! You have to move fast though, as this ends tomorrow at 4pm! 

WestQuay Southampton Spring Beauty Fix 
Local to Southampton? This weekend West Quay have a really exciting event taking place! They are talking all things beauty; you can receive a £10 voucher when you drop in and recycle five old beauty products! There are also tons of special offers and discounts, from brands like The Body Shop, Claires and Hotel Chocolate. Do not miss it! I used to live in Southampton, so I'm pretty gutted I'm going to miss this! Click here to read about the event. 

When it comes to tinted moisturisers I have to say that I've never "got it". They've always had zero coverage and "glow" has normally meant my skin looking greasy. Maybe I've not tried the right brands or not given them a chance, but it's fair to say that I was sceptical about the ESPA Tinted Moisturiser With SPF*. So sceptical that I refused to use it on a busy work day, at first I only tested at the weekend.

ESPA gave me the chance to choose two colour samples, so I went for 01 Nude and 02 Blush. Nude is described to be for the "lightest skin with light undertones" and Blush is "fair to medium skin with pink undertones". My complexion actually has pink undertones, but as usual the best match for me was the lightest shade.

A little goes a long way, I squeeze this out on to the back of my hand and the first time I used it I had a lot left over. I applied it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and I really dedicated a lot of time to really blending it into the skin. It completely evened my complexion, my skin looked uniform with no red blotches in sight. It's buildable; so you can apply extra where you need extra coverage. So I tend to add a little extra to the center of my face; around my nose and under my eyes. It's fair to say that this doesn't cover everything - in fact I still needed concealer on dark circles or particularly strong blemishes.

It really leaves your skin GLOWING, it looks incredible, but not greasy! In fact, it was so glowing that it was a little too much for me. I just took a little bit of pressed powder through my t-zone and it just dulled it down a little bit.  The part that really blew me away was the staying powder. This survived a long weekend walk through wind, rain and even the hot sun, when it came out for a while. Once it survived the weekend test, I used it on work days; it lasted a trip into London filming and my generic work days in the office. 

All-in-all I'm really impressed with the ESPA Tinted Moisturiser! It makes your skin glow, yet it doesn't make your skin greasy. It gives your skin coverage without making it feel heavy and cakey. It's a good colour match AND it lasts well on the skin, what else could you possibly want? The only problem is that at £32 for 50ml, it's certainly pricey. However, I think it's totally worth the price tag and if you have a long summer holiday planned, it's worth the investment. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

On Thursday night I was invited down to Rook & Raven in London, to hear about the latest from La Roche-Posay. They had a lot of exciting information to share, including brand new Anthelios products and the #SkinChecker campaign.

Event pictures are by Jon Bradley

Innovation in suncare products
Long gone are the days of greasy, tacky, suncreams that make your skin feel horrible. La Roche-Posay have launched brand new Anthelios products. The Anthelios product range cater for every skintype; whether you have dry, combination or even oily skin. Completing the full sun care line up for La Roche-Posay is the new 'Comfort' range. The Comfort range has been improved in 2015 with the addition of 'Baicalin'. The range protects against UVA and UVB, it's water resistant and there's no sign of oil either. The Comfort range features three products; a SPF 30, SPF 50+ and a SPF 50+ BB Cream! The Comfort range joins the 'Ultra-Light' range for normal/combination skin and the 'Anti-Shine' range for oily skin. 

If you care for somebody, have a look at their beauty spots
If all that wasn't enough they've also launched the #SkinChecker campaign. Which comes with a video unlike anything La Roche-Posay has ever done before! If you haven't seen the video, you can watch it below. BEWARE because it's pretty damn cute and a bit of a tear jerker! I'm a huge advocate for looking after your skin and encouraging your loved ones to do the same. Check the skin of your loved ones, whether they are your Mum, Dad, Sister, Brother, Son, Daughter, Boyfriend, Girlfriend... you get the picture! If you spot anything that doesn't look quite right, get it checked out!

I was handed a very generous bag of goodies as I left, so I'll be bringing you reviews of the new Anthelios as soon as I've tested them. If you're already sold, you can check them out on Escentual. 

Special thanks to Jon Bradley and La Roche-Posay for the stunning pictures of the event!

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