19 February 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette

Hi everyone! This is one of those posts that I've been absolutely dying to write about as it's a product I've wanted for ages and I finally got it for my birthday this week. I love Too Faced so much they are with out a doubt my favourite makeup brand, and I got the Sweet Peach Palette last Summer so when they released a whole collection recently I knew I needed to get my hands on some more products. I loved the look of the Sweet Peach Glow palette, it was right up my street, I did have some reservations though purely because I was seeing so many mixed reviews on it, some people were saying they really liked it and others were just slating it. However I was still really excited to get it and try it for myself!

The website states that this will 'transform the face with tones of peach to illuminate and highlight while adding a pop of a golden peach glow all over for skin perfecting radiance'. You get a highlighter, a blush and a bronzer in this palette with the blush having the most product. The highlighter is a golden peach with warm undertones, the blush is a medium orange-coral with a golden shimmer-sheen finish and the bronzer is a soft medium brown with golden yellow undertones. As usual with Too Faced the packaging of this is so cute, it comes in a really nice sized peachy tin with a good sized mirror and it has the really cute peach illustration on the inside. It also has the same scent as the palette which I'm obsessed with!

Aside from the packaging I absolutely loved the look of the shades in this palette, I love anything with a healthy glowy finish so this seemed ideal to me. This is actually the first time I will have used a Too Faced highlighter and bronzer, I have experience with their blushes and always really liked them but I didn't really know what to expect from the other shades.

This was one of those palettes you didn't want to swatch at all because it looks so nice in the pan you don't want to ruin it! I can honestly say despite all the mixed reviews I personally love this palette, I think the shades are so pretty, I've seen a lot of comments on the pigmentation of this palette but I thought it was fine, yes it wasn't the most full on intense pigmentation however I think that contributes to the glow finish of the products. All three shades leave a healthy glowy look, which is the exact type of look I usually go for. The highlighter is like nothing else I own and it's so pretty, and I absolutely love the blush and bronzer as well. I'm not really a bronzer person however this one isn't too heavy, it looks so natural on and I like that it has some shimmer in it. It does seem quite orange when swatched which was a bit intimidating but it doesn't come across as orange on the skin thankfully.

I bought this for £34 from Debenhams, I don't think it is in stock online at the minute however I have been seeing it recently in stock at some Too Faced counters in store so it's worth having a look if you want to get your hands on it. It isn't the cheapest product however you do get a good size amount of product, plus I love the quality so to me it's definitely worth the money. I think this is more suitable for lighter skin tones, I can't wait to take this on holiday with me though when I have a bit more of a tan and I want that really nice glowy finish to my makeup! This will definitely be my go to palette as Spring and Summer approaches, I cannot wait to use it. Let me know in the comments if you have used this and what you think!

7 February 2017

GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment

Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts recently, January was not a great month plus I was trying to save money after Christmas so I just haven't really been buying much recently. However I feel much better about February already! It's my birthday a week today and I've got one more shift on Thursday before I'm off work for just over a week, plus I've got lots of posts coming up I'm excited about. Expect a lot of peach themed posts this month because that's basically the only shades I've been into recently so this was definitely represented in the presents I've asked for for my birthday! Anyway I've been dying to try GLAMGLOW products for the longest time, I feel like I've only seen rave reviews about them, but the price has always been the thing that's putting me off. However on the way back from Florida in November I'd actually spent a lot less money than I thought I would on holiday so in the airport I decided to buy the ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment from duty free which is the mask I've always had my eye on.

GLAMGLOW is known for it's luxurious products that are supposed to be absolutely amazing for your skin, my skin is so problematic so I feel like investing in skincare is really important for me. I have dry skin with a lot of texture, and I also have a fair bit of red pigmentation on my cheeks. While it was winter though I thought I'd try and tackle the dry skin issue first so that's why I decided on trying out this mask. It claims to hydrate, restore, replenish and calm the skin, along with using the most advanced and extreme hydration active technologies, providing deep instant hydration for long, medium & short term results. 

The packaging is very elaborate, it comes in quite a big box considering the size of the product itself, with lots of information inside on all the ingredients in the product and instructions on how to use it. I really like the jar itself, it's really eye catching and it feels heavy like a more luxury product should. I love when face masks come in these jars as well I find them so much easier and far less messy to use!

The texture of the mask is really thick and creamy, but in a nice way. I don't find it too heavy at all I feel like it's just nice and refreshing. When I first opened it, I was really surprised with the colour, I think it looks like caramel which I wasn't expecting at all, because it's a hydrating mask I just expected it to be clear for some reason. It has the nicest scent, I've got it next to me here while I write this post and I've just been smelling it, all it does is make me want to apply because it smells so good. I think it smells slightly coconutty but not too full on. It's a really sweet scent and I know that some people don't like scented products, so it's worth seeing it in person before you buy it in case you aren't keen.

The instructions that come in the packaging state that you use it in a traditional way, as a 10-20 minute face mask, you then wipe off the excess or massage it into the skin. However it also states you can use it over night as a sleeping mask. I've only tried it as a standard face mask but I definitely want to try it as a sleeping mask to see if the results are any different, so if anyone has tried it that way then please let me know how that worked for you! I loved the feeling when I first applied it, it felt so hydrating, refreshing and cooling however not going to lie when I removed it I felt a bit like 'is that it?'. Don't get me wrong it definitely was a hydrating product, however considering the price, and all the promises it makes I was expecting my skin to be the most hydrated it ever felt, and it just wasn't. I think it just didn't live up to all the expectations I had. I don't know if this is because my skin is very difficult to work with, and has more issues than just being dry, maybe for anyone with just normal to dry skin it might work much better I don't know. Bearing in mind this is an expensive product, you can buy this for £39.00 from Boots for 50g of product, I am glad I bought it to try, and use when I need a quick refresh, I just wish it had done more and I wouldn't just impulsively buy this again just based off the price. I am keen to try it as a sleeping mask though and see if it works better for me, so if that worked for you then let me know in the comments!

25 January 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

Hi everyone! I know my last post was also a lipstick post however I also really wanted to do a post on the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipsticks that I got for Christmas. Can I also just point out that I'm so ready for January to be over! I feel like I've been in such a bad mood especially towards the back end of the month, I'm so ready for February I have a couple of fun things planned and it's my birthday on the 14th however I'm not that excited as I'm so sad I won't be 21 anymore. Anyway, little rant aside haha I was so excited to try these lipsticks as the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks are my all time favourite, the formula is amazing and I'm so obsessed with the shades so I really wanted to try these and see if they lived up to my expectations.

I have two shades, the first is Kidman's Kiss which is a rose-petal pink and I also have Kim K.W which is a pale nude pink. What I find interesting about this range is that the different shades have different formulas, so Kidman's Kiss is in the matte revolution formula and Kim K.W is in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. I haven't tried any matte revolution lipsticks from this brand before so I wasn't too sure on what to expect, but as I said before the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula is my absolute favourite just because it's so hydrating and creamy. 

The K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula claims to have a special blend of waxes that make this product glide over the contours of your lips along with a buildable colour rich luminous finish. The matte revolution formula claims to have a buildable long lasting cashmere soft-matte finish. These lipsticks are not cheap at £23 so you really want them to deliver for the price!

I love the packaging of these, they come in the standard Charlotte Tilbury rose gold bullet, with a kiss mark indented onto the actual lipstick. I actually don't like the square angled tip on this product, I just prefer the usual tear drop style lipstick, I just find it a lot easier to apply.

Kim K.W, Kidman's Kiss

Out of the two my personal favourite is Kim K.W, I felt like this was also the most hyped lipstick out of the whole range, I'd heard so much about it. I feel like I was always going to like this one the most just because I love light nude shades and I much prefer a creamy formula. I do like Kidman's Kiss, the formula is really good, it's so pigmented but not too drying for a matte finish, I'm just not as keen on the actual shade. I think it swatches so pretty, however on the lips it seems almost like a slight barbie pink which I'm not overly keen on, maybe it's just my skin tone that makes it seem this way. I will definitely wear it though, just probably not until the summer. I know that I will wear Kim K.W a lot though, it's definitely one of my ideal shades! The only issue I've found with it, is that because it is a creamier formula and it's a light shade I find it can highlight the fine lines in my lips, especially at the minute because my lips are so dry! It's not a major issue but it's just something that stops this product from being perfect for me.

I'd definitely recommend trying products from this range though, there is some absolutely gorgeous shades! I'd also like to try Nude Kate which is the Kate Moss lipstick, it's a biscuit-beige hue that looks so pretty! Because of the price of these though it's not something I would go out and buy, definitely a treat. It's so exciting as well that Charlotte Tilbury has just released a matte revolution lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk based on their really popular lip liner, I have it and it's such a great product! However what I'm wanting to try the most from CT at the minute is the new K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick shade for Valentines Day called 'Valentine', it looks like the prettiest pink shade ever. Let me know in the comments if you've tried these and what you think!

13 January 2017

MAC X Mariah Carey

Hi everyone! I'm a bit late to the party posting on this collection however I got these for Christmas and I really wanted to share them with you! When I'd seen the Mariah Carey collection with MAC online I actually fell in love with the packaging. To be honest I do think some MAC collections are a total gimmick, it's all about the packaging half the time as you can usually get most of the products in really similar shades from the standard range anyway, however I couldn't turn these down at all they were so gorgeous. I'm also a bit surprised I was able to get them as some of MAC's limited edition collections sell out so quickly, however I managed to get my pick of exactly what I wanted and I was given them for Christmas. Speaking of Mariah Carey did anyone else see that really uncomfortable New Years Eve performance? I've only watched it once but I couldn't actually rewatch it again because it made me cringe that much! 

I actually cannot deal with the packaging, the lipstick comes in a gorgeous silver sparkly bullet and the lip glass has the same lid, and both have her signature on them. I didn't want too much from the collection and these were the only shades I was bothered about so I just have the two products, but I wasn't really interested in getting anymore. The lipstick shade I have is Dahhlinggg! and it's a cremesheen finish which is actually my favourite MAC lipstick formula, I'm really not for matte products at all. It's a light-medium pinky peach with warmer undertones and a natural finish. The lip glass is in the shade Dreamlover which is a translucent pink with pink and silver pearl. I choose these two as I loved both of them individually but they were basically the perfect match for each other if I wanted to share them together.

I absolutely love the butterfly engraved on the lipstick, another reason why these products are so pretty! The lip glass wand is just your standard doe foot applicator as well, really easy to apply and not too messy.

I really do like both the shades, the lipstick is actually a bit lighter than what I would usually go for, however my natural lip pigment is a bit darker anyway so I think I'm just not to seeing my lips look so light, the formula is a lot creamier than any other cremesheen lipstick I've used from MAC. It's good because it's nice and hydrating however it doesn't have much staying power. I also found that it was quite sheer and needed building up a lot. It still looked really pretty on though and I do think I'll get a lot of use out of this. I absolutely love the lip glass though and I rarely use lip glosses. It's very sheer so I like to pair it with the lipstick so you have more colour too but it just looks so pretty and shimmery on but not too over the top. Plus it doesn't have a really sticky formula either so it's not uncomfortable to wear.

These are definitely the prettiest lip products I own, I have some of the MAC Cinderella collection from a while back and I remember going mad for them just because of how pretty the whole collection was but I definitely prefer the Mariah Carey products! I think I'll use these a lot in spring and summer, however the downside of such nice LE products is that you feel like you don't want to use them because once they're gone that's it. I'm really close to 500 followers on Bloglovin so I'd appreciate it so much if you followed me because I really want to hit that milestone! Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything from this collection and what you think!

6 January 2017

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation

Hi everyone! It actually has been so long since I did a foundation review, I feel like I've just been returning to old favourites quite a lot rather than trying new products. However Rimmel recently released a new foundation which I thought looked so interesting so I decided to give it a try. I've never actually tried a Rimmel foundation before and I have very little experience with their products so I bought their Fresher Skin foundation with no idea what to expect, other than reading a few reviews online which were all pretty positive. 

This products claims to be a 'revolution in light weight foundation' that offers 'light, breathable coverage for an even, natural looking finish that stays shine free all day'. I'm so much more into lightweight foundations with a natural finish rather than full coverage, so this sounded perfect for me. I also choose a dewy finish over matte any day plus I love the idea of having fresher looking skin. One downside right off the bat though which I know will annoy quite a few people is that there is only 6 shades, with the darkest shade being natural beige so this will not cater to all skin tones. I wear the second lightest shade which is 100 Ivory, I'd read that this can oxidize so I got a shade on the lighter side but it turned out to be a really good match for me anyway.

One of the most interesting things about this product is definitely the packaging, as it comes in a small jar almost similar to how the Dream Matte Mousse product comes however this is not a mousse product, I would say it's similar to a gel when you first apply it and then it blends out similarly to a liquid foundation. I feel like a lot of people won't like this packaging because they hate having to dab their fingers in and apply the product straight to their face, I personally don't mind this and one bonus of having packaging like this is that you will be able to use every single drop of product, not like foundation in a bottle when you can't get the last few drops out. Plus you can see exactly how much product is left which you can't really do with a bottle foundation. 

You can see from the swatch that it's actually got a very runny formula, and doesn't have the most coverage. I would say it's light to medium if you build it up. I actually love the texture though, it is similar to a gel when you first apply it and it feels really cooling on the skin. It also has a very fresh scent which I personally really like. I've been apply this with a buffing brush as I feel like a sponge would absorb too much product with this formula, the only downside is that it takes a bit of work to apply as it can be fairly streaky at first but I love the finish of it once blended out! I feel like it is really dewy and definitely fresh looking, obviously it doesn't cover all blemishes as it is a natural finish but for a lightweight foundation this is one of my new favourites. 

At this time of year when I don't want to be a dewy as in the summer, I do apply powder with this, however I can't wait to take this on holiday for a really dewy healthy finish especially with a tan! I bought this from Boots for £7.49 which is really affordable, it does have slightly less product than the standard 30ml foundations with 25ml instead but for the price it's still really good value plus I love the finish of it. I've been using this a lot since I bought it especially when my skin is looking really dull, I think I'll get a lot of use out of this. Let me know in the comments if you've tried this product and what you think!
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