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.

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 3: Molly from The Rose Beauty Files

Hi Everyone! I’m Molly from The Rose Beauty Files (Link www.therosebeautyfiles.com) and I’m so excited to be over here on Claire’s lovely blog writing a guest post! If you have never read my blog before, you won’t be aware of my slight obsession with all things Clarins! I love pretty much everything about the brand from the packaging, to the products and I thought I would share 5 of my favourite products with you today. I wouldn’t say these are my top five necessarily as I would find it very difficult to rank them, as I love pretty much everything I have tried! 

 

clarins favourites

• First up are the Clarins Instant Lip Balms. These are a relatively new product in their range and I would describe them as Photoshop for your lips! They are balms in stick form that have a subtle hint of colour and a gorgeous sweet scent. I have the colour 01 Rose which is pictured and it gives a gorgeous and glossy ‘my lips but better’ appearance. There are 6 colours in total: 01 Rose; 02 Coral; 03 My Pink which is a really clever formula as the shade of pink is dependent on each person so it will look slightly different on everyone; 04 Orange; 05 Red which I am desperate to get my hands on and 06 Rosewood which is a dark browny red which is probably the only shade I wouldn’t fancy. They are so creamy and are perfect for popping on in the daytime! If you are not keen on the stick formulation they do make a similar product in a squeezy tube, which is more like a lip-gloss. This has the same effect on the lips and I believe the colour selection is the same too.

• Next is one of my favourite ever moisturisers, the Hydraquench cream! I have had pretty much every product from the Hydraquench range at some point along the lines and I love them all! This moisturiser is perfect for very dry and dehydrated skin as it is so thick and luxurious! I tend to use this in the winter when my skin is at its most dry, I have also used the lighter lotion formula throughout the summer when my skin still needs hydration but slightly less than in the winter. It has a subtle scent that feels very high-end and is not overpowering or off putting. It is a little on the pricy side but I do feel like it is worth it as a little goes a very long way!

• I couldn’t do a Clarins post without mentioning the cult favourite, the Beauty Flash Balm. This is a fantastic multipurpose product that can be used as both a facemask and a primer before makeup. To use as a facemask, spread a thick layer all over the face without rubbing in. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off to reveal ‘brighter & tighter’ skin. My skin just looks baby soft and smooth when I have used this and recently it has been all I have been reaching for! As a primer, you need to spread a thin layer across the face, again without rubbing in, and apply makeup straight on top of it. It makes your makeup look glowing and you skin feels very hydrated and foundation doesn’t look cakey! It really is a wonder product in a tube!

• To keep this post nice and varied I wanted to mention the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. This product allows you to customize the level of facial tan you have with very minimal effort. This product is very small; you only get 15ml in a full sized bottle. The idea behind this is that you take your favourite facial mosituriser and add a couple of drops of this product before you apply the moisturiser to your face at night. The great thing about this is that you know the moisturiser element will be suitable for your skin type as you can use whichever one you like the best. I had great results from the tanning drops over night but I do have a very ghostly white face! I have found this product incredibly easy to use and I have hardly made a dent in the product after having it for over a year! The only thing I would say is that you do need to wash your hands after using it as I didn’t one time and ended up with a tan-coloured finger nail for a very long time afterwards!

• The final product I wanted to talk about is something a lot of you have probably heard of as it has take the blogging world by a bit of a storm! It’s the Clarins Instant Concealer! This has turned into my Holy Grail concealer! It is so creamy and pigmented yet doesn’t look cakey or unnatural. I use this both under my eyes and on blemishes and it works like a dream! The coverage is great, my mum has actually just purchased a tube of this too, to cover up the occasional cold sore. The only thing I would say about this is that the shade range is appalling! There are only three shades; I am the lightest so if you are incredibly fair then I feel like this could be too dark for you. My mum has just had one week abroad and she is the darkest so I feel like if you had a naturally olive skin tone or are a lady with darker skin, then this product will not be for you as you just won’t be able to find a shade match. I think this is such a shame as the product is incredible and Clarins definitely need to offer more shades to make it available to more of us! The product is £21 but you get 15ml of product and as you only use a tiny amount each time, this lasts a very long time. This is the most blendable concealer I have ever used, even better than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in my opinion!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I would love it if you would stop by my blog and say hello! I post daily so there’s always something to read. Thank you again to Claire for having me and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my post. Let me know if you have tried any of these products too and what you think of them!

 

Much Love

Molly

Xoxo

P.S If you would like to follow me on Twitter or Bloglovin’ I’ll leave the links below and I will also leave links to more in-depth posts on the Golden Glow Booster, Beauty Flash Balm and Concealer as I have written some for my blog in the past if you wanted to know a bit more about those.

 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/RoseBeautyFiles
Bloglovin’ – https://www.bloglovin.com/people/therosebeautyfiles-12877335

Golden Glow Booster Post – http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/05/15/review-clarins-radiance-plus-golden-glow-booster/
Beauty Flash Balm http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/04/19/14-days-of-makeup-favourites-challenge-day-3/
Concealer – http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/04/18/14-days-of-makeup-favourites-challenge-day-2/

Kiss Cosmetics – Beyond Limitations Mascara*

If you are a blogger or someone who is obsessed with make up you may already have Kiss Cosmetics on your radar – if you haven’t heard of them before well I’ll tell you a little about them.
Kiss Cosmetics is the newest brand to launch in the UK – many bloggers took part in a secret Facebook group to give feedback and opinions to help shape that brand and products. initially they are focused on high quality lip products however they are already spreading their wings a little further with their newest addition to the collection – Beyond Limitations Mascara is set to launch on 28th May 2015 at an affordable cost of £9.00 which you can buy on their website www.kisscosmetics.co.uk

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

Beyond Limitations Mascara is a defining and lengthening mascara that comes in a stunning pink tube. Its paraben free, super black and contains a hard wax ingredient to really hold the lashes in place. and has a turbine shaped brush wand that hooks on to each lash to separate and define.

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

My own lashes are quite short, straight and struggle to hold a curl so I’m certainly a tough customer to please when it comes to mascaras. Below on the left is my normal lashes minus any curling or product on and the right is after curling and applying the Beyond Limitations Mascara in order to give you a good idea on the results (please overlook my eyebrows. I’m over due my usual wax but can’t get to the salon currently to get them sorted) I think you will agree that the result speaks for itself and I am VERY happy with how the product really gave me lashes.
Kiss Cosmtics mascara results

I found that the shape of the brush worked in the sense that it does separate the lashes and gives them a thin coat of the product which I like as I prefer lots and lots of thin coats that one or two thick coats that go clumpy. The shape of the brush itself really does catch the lashes to pull them upwards however I found it was a little on the large side and I struggled to get those little lashes we all have in the inner corners and on the bottom lashes so I would love to see and baby version of this mascara to be able to really make the most of those hard to reach lashes. I didn’t have to knock off much excess either which is a plus – the large brush is quite a squeeze in and out of tube which I am guessing plays a part in not overloading it. My lashes remained pretty much as the picture showed all day and didn’t flake off or start to irritate my tired eyes late on into the day which is something I suffer from with a lot of mascaras (Bobbi Brown I’m looking at you!)

This is my first time trying the Kiss Cosmetics range and I am super impressed already – I’m eyeing up a few all of their lipsticks already for when pay day rolls around!

Don’t forget to pick up your own tube of Beyond Limitations Mascara from the Kiss Cosmetics site when it launches on the 28th!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks,
Claire xxx