Charlotte Tilbury 1975 red

So I finally got my laptop back from repair and I’ve invested in a fancy new camera which means this post that I had been planning for aaages can finally happen and hopefully the photos will appear (slightly) better than my previous ones however, I’m still not completely au fait with all the settings so I’m sure they are not quite pro looking yet! Anyways enough of me rambling on and lets talk about this beauty………….Isn’t she gorgeous?!
Charlotte Tilbury lipstick 1975 red

I fell in love with Charlotte Tibury products on my first visit to the counter in Leeds which you can read all about HERE

The latest collection by Charlotte is inspired by the iconic images of Norman Parkinson, the 1975 red lipsticks is part of the Miss 1975 collection is a limited edition of the Matte Revolution range and is a stunning orange/red. The packaging of course is chic and glamorous, as all Charlotte’s products are. The texture is quite firm but highly pigmented and lasts for ages. With it being matte I did worry about it being very drying but this isn’t the case at all. I do find however that the shape of the lipstick straight out of the bullet is quite awkward to work with so I do tend to use a lip brush to enable me to get a good clean and precise application.
1975 red
It’s quite pricey at £23.00 but it is limited edition and it is stunning so if you fancy a red lipstick and a treat (you know you deserve one!) then I would recommend you check this one out. Its perfect for summer and really compliments such a wide range of skin tones.

You can buy the lipstick from the Charlotte Tilbury website HERE

If red isn’t your thing I recently reviewed a nude lip colour again from Charlotte for a guest post which you can read HERE.

The £2.80 brush cleaning tool to make life easier

Hands up if you hate washing your brushes….I think everyone feels the same about this chore even though we know it needs to be done for the sake of our skin but if you are anything like me, you put it off for as long as you can. But how nice does it feel once they are all clean and fluffy?
Well what if I told you there was a little rubber tool for under three quid which could make it a little more bearable….it would be great eh? Well it is great and I am so pleased with my little Ebay purchase that I needed to share it with you all.
(DRUM ROLL PLEASE)
Introducing my newest best-est friend the Brush Egg
brush egg make up brush cleaning tool

This little guy is made of silicone with ridges at the bottom to help agitate bristles and little bumps (I was going to put knobs but seen as my mental age is 12 I though better of it) which helps work up a later as well as really working in brush shampoo on the more stubborn brushes. I use this with baby shampoo which I generally use on my brushes and it really cut down the cleaning time buy about 15 mins (I have a stupid amount of brushes)
You may have seen the sigma brush glove which I have considered purchasing but at £30.95 it seems a lot of money so this is such a fantastic alternative that does a similar job. I used the brush egg on all my brushes and it cleaned them all really well even ones caked in foundation, the only negative I have to say about this is that it is on the small side. So for large bronzing brushes you do have to work at getting all sides clean but is that worth buying a product 10 times the price? Personally I don’t think it is.
brush egg brush cleaning

You can buy the Brush Egg for £2.79 from the same Ebay seller I did HERE, they are UK based so delivery only takes a few days. There are even cheaper listing on there but the sellers seem to be outside of the UK so delivery will take longer and I prefer to have things within a few days rather than a few weeks but that’s just me.

This would also work perfectly with the Make Up Revolution Brush Shampoo I previously reviewed which you can read about by clicking THIS

Let me know if you decide to try one of these for yourself – I would LOVE to know how you get on with it!

Thanks for reading
xx

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I’ve been thinking about doing a review on this foundation for the past couple months – I’ve seen so many differing opinions on this one. It seems to be like Marmite, people either love it or hate it so I’d thought I’d put my two pennies worth out there too!

The Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (longest name in the history of foundation names ever) comes in 20 shades with varying undertones to suit most skin tones, I say most as even with a massive choice of 20 I am sure there are people out there that would be lighter than the fairest shade and deeper tones the options at the other end of the spectrum.
Nars promises to deliver 16 hours wear while feeling as light as air as well as giving you even skin without the mask look. The packaging is oh so Nars in a sleek frosted glass bottle with a pump….yesssss a pump. thank you the Nars gods you beauties!!

Nars all day luminous weightless foundation

I picked the shade Fiji which Nars also call Light 5, my usual foundation of choice is Estee Lauder double wear in 2N1 Desert beige and I find this is a pretty good match albeit a touch too yellow but nothing I can’t work with. They claim one pump with cover the whole face in reality I find I need about 3-4 to give a good even base when buffed in but I do like quite a full coverage so I’d recommend starting with 1-2 and building it up. The texture is very light and water like which at first I didn’t like as I’m used to the thickness of DW. Once applied I find my base looks flawless but not cakey or mask like in the slightest and it really does feel very light on the skin while giving a luminous glow to the skin while being matte. I would certainly recommend that you moisturise and use a primer beforehand as it does cling to dry areas so those of you with dry skin may find this foundation wont work for you but if you are on the oily side then I’d give it a go.
I can’t find any SPF information on the Nars website but I have tried this using flash and it photographs beautifully and haven’t experienced the dreaded ghost face flash back which is a bonus.
nars all day luminous weightless foundation
The one claim I do not agree with is the 16 hours wear – with a good primer I get about 7-8 hours wear before it starts to breakdown in my oily areas. Some people have said that they have noticed that it can sometimes separate on their skin but I’ve not experienced this and I’ve been using the foundation now for a good couple of months.

I picked it up from my shopping trip in Leeds that you can read about HERE It is priced at £32.00 and Harvey Nichols stock in in store and online

Let me know if you’ve tried this or if there is any foundations I should pick up as I’m a huge foundation junkie!

Thanks for reading!
xxx

Guest Blogger Series Part 2: Siobhan – A Handful of Sparkle

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – A Review by Siobhan from A Handful of Sparkle. 

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Hi guys! How are you all doing? And how is your week going so far? Well this is something very exciting for me, and when the opportunity arose, I obviously jumped at the chance to be a guest blogger here on Claire’s amazing blog. 

No doubt, you will have heard a million and one different bloggers talking about this product, and I know I am very late to the game with my review of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. But, I do have a very good reason!! I have incredibly sensitive skin, so much so that, 2 weeks ago, my sister suggested using my regular moisturiser to hydrate my skin more, by letting the product sink in on its own, rather than massaging it in. And guess what? My skin couldn’t cope with the product and had a massive reaction. It turned bright red, it felt like my face was literally on fire, and it was stinging! All this from a product I had used before. This was why I didn’t want to risk spending £15.50 for the starter kit (100ml pump & 2 muslin cloths) to have a reaction to the product. 

So when I saw on twitter a couple of weeks ago, that for a 24 hour period on the Liz Earle website they were selling the starter kit for £9.50 (the original 1995 price, to celebrate their 20th anniversary) I figured it was about time I gave it a try.

OH MY GOODNESS. I am so glad I bought this. It is amazing. It certainly lived up to all the hype and I will definitely be repurchasing when I’ve finished this bottle! The packaging is very plain and basic, but still looks super high end, while still being middle of the market in terms of pricing. 

I have been using this morning and night since I initially bought it, and the difference in my skin is incredible. I have been struggling with dry skin in my t-zone for quite some time, but this cleanser has completely sorted that out. There have been days where I literally have come home from work late, had no energy whatsoever, removed my make up with this and gone straight to bed. The next day? My skin is no worse off for not using moisturiser. 
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The product itself has a wonderfully thick/clay mask like consistency when you pump it out onto your hand, but then as you massage this into your skin, the consistency changes and it is lovely and creamy. The muslin cloth that you have left soaking in warm water, then gently exfoliates your skin while breaking down any trace of make-up and removing this effortlessly. Your skin feels super moisturised without having an oily residue and because of this, the product is suitable for all skin types. As I mentioned earlier, I have super sensitive skin, and the other thing I was worried about with this, was the scent, as sometimes scented products irritate my skin too. While this product is scented, it is only a very light, natural scent, so doesn’t have any negative impact on my skin. 

All in all, the Cleanse & Polish is amazing and I would highly recommend this to anyone, regardless of skin type! Does anyone use any Liz Earle products at the moment that I am missing out on?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading guys – and thank you Claire for having me!

-S-

 

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