Thursday, 30 July 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Ok so I'm a little embarrassed to admit that until very recently, I have been somewhat behind in the whole Charlotte Tilbury experience.

Sure I've seen tonnes of posts and photos of this beautiful brand and it's products across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and I've lusted over countless items but finally I've broken my CT virginity!

Everywhere I go people rave about this brand and so I ought it was about time I saw what all the fuss was about.

I figured lipstick is always a good place to start and it's a key item in my daily routine.

I love a red lip but it can be hard to find the perfect red both in terms of colour, texture and effect and after having it personally recommended to me, I opted to try the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.

Before I address the product itself, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is this packaging!

It's ALL about Rose Gold and any CT lovers out there will know that this is the signature packaging colour of choice across the brand. It screams contemporary sophistication and delicate femininity all at once.

Old Hollywood glamour collides with modern chic in the look and style of the lipstick tube. The tube is ridged all the way around and features the brands initials on the lid. In the right light it actually looks like it glows!

So, for the lipstick itself.

The first thing you'll notice is that the lipstick tip is square rather than pointed. This revolutionary angled tip is designed to mimic the shape of a lip brush to allow precise application. Pretty smart huh?

Now, Red Carpet Red is a rich, true ruby red shade that looks stunning against my pale skin.

The formula is thick and creamy and easy to apply yet completely matte. When applying it to your lips it hugs every curve and sticks.

You won't find any uneven smears here, just a really vibrant, stunning, modern matte colour.

The lipsticks contains 3D glowing pigments to create the illusion of "lit-from-within lips" that makes your lips appear wider and fuller which is always a winner. Lipstick Tree and Orchid extract softens, protect and hydrate your lips to ensure that they are left looking and feeling soft despite the matte effect.

Unlike many other matte lippies my lips weren't left feeling dry and sucked of moisture and the staying power this lipstick has is insane!

I literally cannot think of a single negative thing about this product. I totally get the CT hype!

It's the most beautiful, perfect Hollywood Red I've ever come across and if every Charlotte Tilbury product is created with such beauty and care, I'm going to be one broke girl!

You can buy Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks online now where they are available in 10 shades including Red Carpet Red and cost £23 each.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush

This summer Urban Decay have launched a collection of 12 stunning blushers to help you get the perfect summery look.

Whether you’re after a soft nude or a bright, vibrant orange, Urban Decay’s new collection has got it sorted!

Say hello to their Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush, designed to offer eight hours of wearable, buildable colour.

 There is a blusher for everyone in this collection and trust me, after you’ve tried one you’re going to want them all.

I had the pleasure of trying one in the shade Quiver (love the name by the way!) which is labelled as medium red.

Firstly, I love the super shiny, gun metal grey compact (despite it being a bugger to photograph!) and the cut out fish net ‘UD’ on the lid. 

It doesn’t just look cool, it also allows you to see the colour of the blush within which is pretty handy if you have several from the same collection, saving you time rooting through them all to find the one you want.

Now, onto the blush itself.

Ok, yes It looks REALLY bright in the compact and that’s because it is.

However, because of its super soft, finely milled, blendable texture it is possible to create both a subtle and more vibrant look.

I cannot convey to you just HOW silky soft the powder is. It’s an absolute dream to work with and thanks to the formula being infused with light diffusing pigments it helps to enhance and perfect your complexion all at once.

It blends beautifully and can be built up for a stronger look without looking heavy and cakey.

Despite being initially scared of this colour Its currently my favourite blush and looks stunning with a red lip!

Urban Decay’s  collection of Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush is available now and cost £19 each.

Ghost Eclipse and Deep Night Duo

This summer Ghost have got your all your fragrance needs sorted with their very cool fragrance duo.

The brand have very cleverly paired two of their gorgeous scents allowing you to go from day to night seamlessly!

Perfect for taking on holiday thanks to their compact sizes, party the day away with the light, fruity and fun Eclipse before delving into the darker side come evening time with the seductive and musky Deep Night.

I love the matching crescent moon bottles with Eclipse’s gorgeous, warming orange contasting perfectly with Deep Nights sulty deep purple.

Eclipse is soft and feminine scent, perfect for warm summer days with notes of sweet bergamot, lemon and mandarin.

Deep Night is a deliciously deep and musky scent with seductive and addictive notes of Indian Rose and Belle de Nuit.

I’m very much of the opinion that difference fragrances are appropriate for different times of the day and rarely wear the same fragrance in the evening so this is right up my street.

It’s also a great price too, just £34 for both fragrances which is pretty bargainous!

You can pick up your Ghost Eclipse and Deep Night Duo now before you hop on a plane and fly to sunnier climes at World Duty Free.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is one of those hero products that everyone really should try. 

One is sold every 10 seconds globally, which I’m sure you’ll agree is pretty darn impressive, but what’s so great about it?

Lets start at the beginning. There’s a chance you aren’t familiar with the brand and that’s because it is a Japanese company. In fact, its Japan’s number 1 direct skincare company.

The vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil which has been found to be one of nature's finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy and younger-looking skin.

It’s for that reason that olive oil became the foundation for DHC's full range of skin-gentle products.
Oh and just in case you were wondering, DHC stands for for "Daigaku Honyaku Center," which was an educational translation company in Japan in 1972. The company’s owner then discovered all about the positive effects of olive oil on skin and overall physical health and started the DHC beauty enterprise in 1980.

That’s quite enough about the history of it all because I want to talk about their hero product, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

This miracle oil completely dissolves all traces of dirt and cosmetics from your face, including waterproof mascara while nourishing your complexion with antioxidant rich (you guessed it) olive oil.

As with any cleansing oil it should be used on a dry face and with dry hands. Massage it onto your face before adding water to watch it emulsify into vitamin rich, milky fluid that leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished.

Now, I’ve tried quite a few cleansing oils and I’m a big fan of them, especially for those days when I can’t be faffed to remove my make up properly before cleansing (I know, I know its bad!).

 I can’t detect a fragrance with this oil, which I’m perfectly happy about and it’s deliciously rich and thick consistency makes massaging it into my face a pleasure. Its dense texture makes you feel like it’s doing a really great job of clinging onto the dirt and getting it out of your pores.

It really does a brilliant job of cleansing your skin and removing every single bit of make up and trust me, I checked. I swiped some cotton pads soaked in toner over my skin immediately after expecting to see just a bit of make up on the pad but I saw nothing.

Nothing at all. This oil got rid of it all and yet because it is such a gentle oil, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry after.

I can totally see why it is so popular!

Get your DHC Deep Cleansing Oil now from the DHC UK website where it costs £21.50.