I know I don’t usually post on a Saturday afternoon, but this weekend is proving to be very busy and I really wanted to get this up for you! The lovely team at Charlotte Tilbury sent me a few of her new products to try, and after much playing for the past week or so I’ve been dying to tell you all about them and give you the low-down on my first impressions..
First up is the Magic Away concealer. Let me start by saying this is absolutely perfect for the under eye area. I can get dark circles if I’m not getting as much sleep as I need, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this erases them immediately! It’s a twist-up sponge applicator and comes in the most gorgeous packaging, as all of Charlotte’s products usually do. On blemishes it can be a bit drying, so I think I would stick to using it for under my eyes only, or if I get a very bad breakout that needs heavily concealing. Try this one if: you want something that makes you look like you’ve definitely had your 8 hours, if not more!
I’m not an expert to powder, but I was really excited to try the Magic Powder, as I do have oily-prone skin and I hate that feeling of looking greasy. This is super finely milled, meaning it doesn’t clog the skin whatsoever, but just gives a lovely, healthy, semi-matte finish that truly does look natural. I’ve actually surprised myself with how much I love this product, as I usually skip powder on my makeup days but now I’m reaching for this every time. Plus I must add it makes my makeup (which usually disappears after a good 2 hours) last for so much longer, and when I get home from work, I actually look the same as when I left, which let me assure you is a revelation in itself. Try this one if: you’re in the market for a new powder that looks natural and barely detectable on the skin. I’m pretty positive this would work for any skin types.
Well, I say beauty rituals, but really, it’s just a bunch of routines that I’ve incorporated into my life recently that have been working amazingly for me, so obviously I wanna share them with you too!
JADE ROLLER IN THE FRIDGE
I’m not sure if it’s a well-known fact, but you can actually get the jade rollers that stores sell for ridiculous amounts, on Amazon for about £10. They are the exact same! (Although I am being a bit of a hypocrite because I’ve seen a new rose quartz one that looks amazing that I might need to save up for). I keep mine in the fridge so its nice and cooling, and use it every evening to massage in my face products. I’m not sure what exactly it’s doing for me, but I figure it’s always good to move the skin around and get it all circulated. Right? It’s also great to use when you have a headache. Thank me later.
Whenever I wear makeup, which can be most days or never depending on my mood, I like to do a double cleanse at night to make sure everything is off and my face is super clean. Every morning after my skin looks so much better after doubling up on the cleanser, plus I get to spend longer in the bathroom watching Youtube video’s without no interruption 😉
NOT PLUCKING MY EYEBROWS
This has been life-changing! Granted, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but my eyebrows have never looked better, if that’s not too vain of me to say. Plus most days I don’t need to do that much to them either. I am all about the Cara brows!
Every weekend I go full in spa mode, and do myself at least a six step routine. Cleanse, scrub, tone, face mask (or two) plus lots of lovely moisturiser and oils afterwards. My skin absolutely loves it, and it’s so glowing afterwards! I did this the night before my wedding too and it definitely paid off, my mum couldn’t believe how good my skin looked! It always feels nice to invest some time in yourself too.
I spoke previously about my wind-down routine in this post, but I thought it deserved a post of its own as it’s genuinely something I look forward to each day.
To me, it signifies the start of a peaceful evening, to which will continue into the next day and so-on. It’s time for me to just relax and let the motions of the day be.
I start by (of course) getting into loungewear as soon as possible, there’s no way I could sit around and do things around the house in my jeans. Instead of usually running a bath about 7pm, I make it so I’m having a bath straight before I go to bed to doze off at 9-10pm.
I like to use Empsom salts in my bath as it really relaxes my muscles after a day of work, play, and some yoga. I also take my time doing my skincare routine and if I feel like it, a face mask while I’m in the tub.
I usually save some of my favourite people to watch on Youtube for while I soak in the bath, and once I’m out I use LOADS of the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion before I get into my pyjamas.
When I get into bed I leave my phone elsewhere to charge, apply some hand cream, spritz some pillow spray and spend a good half hour reading whatever book I’m currently reaching for.
Like I said previously, it’s definitely one of the highlights of my day and I sleep so much better than I did before I incorporated this calming ritual.
Do you have a wind-down routine for the end of the day?
I find beauty posts the easiest to whip up when I’m not sure what to write, so that’s a back-story of how today’s post came about!
For this post I wanted to have a little chat about the products in my makeup bag I’m loving lately, incase a) you were interested and b) you needed enabling for a trip to Boots..
Lets start with the foundation, Rimmel Match Perfection. I’m sure I’m extremely late to the band-wagon with this one, but I feel like it’s worth mentioning incase there’s anyone out there who hasn’t tried it yet. It’s my go-to for when I want lots of coverage if my skin is misbehaving and I want to not stare at it every time I look in the mirror. It doesn’t look cake-y or heavy on the skin at all, but it stays around a long time.
I’ve been using Glossier Stretch Concealer for a few months now and I really like the sheer, natural but build-able coverage it gives. You can always go in with more depending on how many hours you managed to sleep. It’s quite an oily texture which might take a while getting used to but that means it’s super hydrating under the eyes and doesn’t crease whatsoever.
Along with the concealer I’ve also been picking up the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk for my cheeks. I still find this product a bit messy to use, and I can never manage to squeeze out the right amount of product, but I keep going back to it for the lovely flush it gives and the fact that it blends into the skin so easily, no brushes or sponges needed. It has the most natural finish which means I don’t mind the mess it makes as much.
I bought the L’oreal True Match Highlight before Christmas and over the last couple of weeks it’s become a firm favourite in my makeup bag. I even use it as a eyeshadow! Even though it can look a bit intimidating (it is basically silver) on the skin it just gives a subtle glow that isn’t ~wham bam in your face I’m a disco ball~. Plus I’m pretty sure it’s going to last me ages too.
After hearing all the hype about the Tanya Burr Selfie Lash I decided to give it a go and see what I thought. Honestly, it was a pleasant surprise because this stuff lives up to ALL the claims. You only need one coat for amazing length but applying two definitely makes it look like you have false lashes on, in a good way of course. Definitely worth a try.
As soon as I saw all the Glossier makeup goodies that people had raved about, I knew I had to jump straight on that bandwagon. To be honest I wanted the dust to settle down a little so I wasn’t too swayed by everyone and their dog’s opinions so this is why the post is only happening now. I also did a video version of this post which I’ll link HERE if you want something to watch!
I was pretty skeptical about the Skin Tint as I’m fussy with my base products, but it is probably my favourite thing out of all of the makeup products. I use Light and I apply it on the face and rub it in with my hands. It definitely needs a bit of bronzer after as it’s quite pale, but I love the sheer finish it has. Basically, it looks like your skin but a little better. If you like lightweight barely there foundations then definitely give this a try, even if you only use it for the no ‘makeup makeup look’. I’m loving this.
Next up for base is the Stretch Concealer for those eye bags. This is (again) a super lightweight concealer that gives you a little bit of freshness under the eyes, and makes you look significantly more awake. Granted it isn’t heavy duty so it doesn’t crease (yippee) but if you don’t like the cake-y look, you’ll probably love this. I feel like this is going to last me ages too, which is always a good thing for my bank balance.
I’ve raved about the Haloscope before so I’ll keep it short and sweet here, but I have it in Moonstone and it gives the perfect glow that actually looks REAL. I know, shocker. Anything that makes my face look as healthy as Megan Markle’s is a winner in my book.
I have the cloud paint in Dusk which is a gorgeous peachy tone, and I was excited to see if this was going to live up to the hype. I must say it’s a bit easy to go overboard on this, like I did on first application. A LOT comes out quickly and I’ve learned you really don’t need too much. It blends in beautifully and ends up looking super natural, just giving you a nice wash of colour on the cheeks.
I’m no Cara, but I like to think I have a decent pair of brows and what Boy Brow does is accentuate that a little more for me. It’s *very* similar to the Benefit one but I do like it. It also is a nice shade in Blonde, as usually I find it tricky to get one that isn’t too dull or orange.