New Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks – Pillow Talk and Valentine

It is no secret that I love Charlotte Tilbury and her cosmetics. From the packaging to the formula, I just want to put it ALL on my face.

I’ve written about my love for Bitch Perfect before as well the best selling Pillow Talk lip liner, well shit the bed she’s only gone and released a Pillow Talk lipstick! OMFG! Along side Pillow Talk Charlotte has released a second new shade called Valentine. Obviously I needed them both and ordered them as soon as they launched.


Pillow talk and Valentine Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks

Pillow Talk forms part of the Matte Revolution line. It is a pinky – nude that is a your lips but better colour, combined with the pillow talk lip liner it is an excellent combo to cheat your way to fuller looking lips. Charlotte’s Matte Revolution lipsticks are all really comfortable to wear and never feel drying

Valentine is part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G line, it is a soft petal pink that is so pretty and ethereal. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula is extremely comfortable and feels moisturising. The colour applies well and doesn’t feather into any fine lines.

Pillow Talk and Valentine lipsticks but charlotte tilbury

Below are a some quick swatches – top is Pillow talk and bottom is Valentine. On the Charlotte Tilbury website you can also view her lipsticks on models with 10 different skin tones and hair colours which is just fabulous if you are unsure.

Pillow talk and valentine Charlotte tilbury lipstick swatches

Both shades are currently exclusive to the website which you can find here you always get loads of samples from CT too which is lovely and the packaging they send orders out in is just stunning, the little details are not over looked.

Maëlle by Beauty Barmy Bird

Belated Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been to get back onto blogging since before Xmas but you know what I’m like. Anyway, I wanted to share with you all what something exciting that I’ve joined. As you all know I do work full time but being a massive junkie for all things beauty related I always could do with a few extra pounds to buy the latest lipstick or face mask.

Back in May I came across an opportunity which I thought looked interesting, fun and most of all fitted in with what I love – make up and skin care. It sounded perfect so I paid my £59 for the kit and waited patiently until launch date arrived. I thought at best I could earn a little bit of extra cash and a worst I’d gotten over £100 worth of products for £60. The kit arrived towards the end of October and I fell in love the products.

Maëlle is totally cruelty free (they were from the get go and are leaping bunny approved) offer high quality products that do what they say. The packaging of the products are all beautiful and are easy to use.

So I thought I should share the Dawn to Dusk eyeshadow palette which I got in my kit. I’ve been wearing this everyday for work as well for evening as it is a really versatile palette with mattes and shimmers.

The palette contains 8 shadows and has a really nice clear mirror in the top. It does come with two little applicators, lets be honest no one ever uses these as brushes are way better. All the shades are finely milled and the pigmentation is very good especially in the matte shades, I can hand on heart say the mattes are some of the best I’ve tried and ain’t chalky at all.

maelle by beauty barmy bird dawn to dusk

maelle by beauty barmy bird dawn to dusk eye shadow palette

What I really like about this palette is the fact there are some neutral shades which are perfect for a quick, simple day time look, a rose gold and a deep brown which are perfect to transform your day time look to night quickly as well as some greys and a black shade with a tiny amount of sparkle which is so subtle yet stunning.

I’ve included in a couple of swatches of the three shades I seem to use the most below – I’m sure you’ll agree they are BEAUTIFUL!

Maelle Beauty Barmy Bird Dawn to Dusk swatches

The palette costs £30.00 on its own or you can buy it in a bundle with certain other Maëlle products which offer great value for money. You can view the products HERE

Maelle dawn to dusk

If you are interested in signing up and earning a little bit of extra cash or if you just want to join so that you can get cash back on buying your own products feel free to drop me an email.

Thank you so much for reading and you can check out my Maëlle shop at


Disappointing beauty products

I like to keep things on the more positive side of things here but recently I seem to have been disappointed by quite a lot of purchases. I’ve given all of these a good few months trial but I just can’t get on with them, maybe my exceptions are too high, who knows.

Disappointing make up and beauty products

We have two mascaras which aren’t cutting it, one high end one high street. I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara so when I saw the new Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara I hoped it would be better than its big sister. I don’t know what it is with this mascara but it just clumps all my lashes together. The product itself is very wet but its possibly the blackest black ever. I think it might be the brush, apparently it has a little reservoir that holds the formula, it just seems to put too much product on all at once. Massive thumbs down.

The second mascara is Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes mascara which is pricey at £22.00. It promises to deliver curl, separation, length, the full works. Well, I can say this does absolutely nothing. I curl my lashes and put this mascara on and the go straight, they don’t look fuller, longer or curled they look like shit. Please don’t waste your money.

charlotte tilbury mascara, maybelline mascara

Moving on to lip products; I had high hopes for the Freedom Pro Melts in Applause the colour is stunning, a shocking pink but I just can’t get on with the formulation. It some how manages to highlight any dry patches while being super sticky and messy. If you rub your lips together you are then left with an odd patchy coverage which looks so strange. The second is a sister brand of Freedom, I heart makeup with their lip sorbet. The product itself, I cant argue with but just look at it! I used it once and it completely fell apart onto the floor. Yes, it was only about £3 but that is beside the point, I should have paid more and picked up one from EOS or Balmi. Maybe I just got a bad one?

make up not worth buying

Last on my list is the Air Mat Foundation from Bourjois. First of all don’t get me started on the shade range, this is a massive bug bear with this brand and there is no excuse to have such limited shades in 2016. I picked up shade 2 Vanilla, which is the closest shade to the shade I am in their other foundations, or so I thought. This has got to be the yellowest foundation ever, I am talking Marge Simpson yellow. It claims to be high coverage, it isn’t, its medium at best. It clings to any dry patches and gives a flat matte finishe. It claims to last 24 hours and that it eliminates shine, if you are oily expect this to last about 6 hours at it’s very best. It also has such a strong perfume scent. Sorry Bourjois, its a no from me. I’ll stick to Revlon Colour Stay for a real full coverage, long lasting high street foundation.

So this has been a bit a rant from me butt I have been brutally honest. I can safely say that these are now going in the bin.

What products do you regret buying recently? Have you tried any of the products above and loved them? I’d love to hear from you if you have.




Beauty Must Haves

I’ve recently noticed that I tend to re-purchase and constantly reach for the same products time after time so I thought it would be fun to show you all my beauty must haves that I swear by. There is beauty and skin care, high end to high street (drug store if your in the US).
Make up must haves. Estee Lauder foundation, maybelline mascara, The body shop bronzer

Revlon Photo Finish Primer £12.99
I love this primer, it really helps blur imperfections and creates a soft canvas ready for foundation. It’s always on some sort of 3 for 2 offer in Boots so it’s incredible value for money too.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £27.90 – £31.00
I mix two shades 1W1 Bone and 2N1 Desert Beige to get a good match, for me there is no foundation like it. Medium coverage but build-able to full, it lasts all day and is perfect for oily skin.

RCMA No Colour Powder £8.95
Loved and adored by some of the top make up artists, this no colour powder is finely milled and will not adjust the colour of your foundation. It sets everything in place and a little goes a long way.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder £13.00
I’ve used this bronzer for the past 2/3 years and adore it. It’s matte and comes in a variety of shades so there is an option for such a wide range of skin tones.

Make up must haves. Estee Lauder foundation, maybelline mascara, The body shop bronzer

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara £5.99
I love the Benefit Rollerlash but hate the price tag, this does just a good a job at a fraction of the price. I prefer the waterproof version as I find it holds a curl better.

Avene Cleanance cleansing gel £8.25
If I don’t use this cleansing gel after taking my make up off with an oil my skin seems to go into melt down. Its probably the product most responsible for making my oily skin and breakouts manageable. I do not know what I would do if they ever decide discontinue this.

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip liner in East End Snob £3.99
Rimmel do the best lip liners, better than MAC and lots of other high end brands in my humble opinion. East End snob is a pretty dusky pink that is super versatile and it goes on so creamy with no dragging. 

NARS Creamy concealer £22.50
It’s pretty expensive for a concealer but its worth every last penny. It lives up to the creamy hype and covers under eyes like a dream. I buy these in multiples as I can’t bear the thought of running out.

Make up must haves. Estee Lauder foundation, maybelline mascara, The body shop bronzer

KIKO longlasting eyeshadow stick £6.90
Love, love, love these stick eyeshadows from KIKO. I have them in a few shades and they are perfect for a quick eye look. They blend out really well with a big fluffy brush and are really long lasting. I think KIKO have a 50% off offer on these at the moment too so I’m off to buy more!

Clinique Pop lip colour
I have two of these fab lippies, Mocha Pop and Blush Pop. I adore them both, they pack a punch with pigmentation, go on smoothly with no dragging and last quite well. For £16.00 I think they are pretty good value for a mid/high end lip product.

So there is my must haves, I could go on but I’ll round off and leave it at ten. 

Let me know your must haves