Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

What the brand says….

‘The ultimate high gloss, high glow celebrity-skin-filter-in-a-bottle! This was born on the red carpet makeup, inspired by technology, for real life, in real time that looks amazing on-screen or off.

Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over your complexion for a poreless-looking, creamy finish.

Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to your face where you need it.

Finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother which means it only ever looks as amazing in real life, as it does on camera.

Porcelain Flower Extract is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin. 

Ideal for superstar-lit skin whether you want a subtle glow or a mega-watt complexion.’

What I want this for…

As you probably know, I have uneven skin texture thanks to having bad skin into my early twenties and I easily get bags (from dehydration/gluten indulgence) so big they carve two lines into my cheeks. I’m proud of how clear and fairly even toned my complexion is these days but I still need a hand with the overall texture and a little redness sometimes. I like CC and BB creams but find they can either be too pale, making me go from tomato red to an eerie green-yellow or they are too transparent and shiny. I chose Flawless Filter as it offers medium coverage, is available in a surprising amount of shades, and then there’s the whole ‘flawless filter’ part.

Before purchasing Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter £30 I read a lot of reviews; a huge amount said it very good but a few said it was awful but unlike me, they had dry skin.

The packaging…

I love the recyclable glass bottle but would prefer a pump rather than the doe foot applicator as it totally fails at applying this type of product and leaves a massive amount in the bottom, which you’d have to tip onto the back of your hand like 1990’s foundations.

The bigger problem with it…

Above; before using the product, makeup free in dim afternoon sunlight. Not too bad but not great either. Much worse, in fact when there’s a lot of contrasting light and shadow.

Here’s me wearing the product. Talk about unflattering – contrasting light! I’ve taken the photo in the same dull afternoon light but it’s still managed to highlight all of my pores, lines and the orange peel effect on my cheeks and even eye bags. Thanks for that Tilbury. I can see how it might work on me in blindingly bright California sunshine but even then, as soon as I went indoors it wouldn’t.

My conclusion….

I have to say the coverage is surprisingly good and the realistic skin tone shades meant that number 3 Light/Medium was perfect for me – not usually an easy thing.

If you have smooth skin but slight redness or dark circles this could be great for medium coverage and added radiance.

If you are older but have been lucky in the genes lottery this might be incredibly flattering for you.

If you are like me you really want avoid it, unless you want to use it as a very expensive highlighter.

On days where I’m very red, I use a full coverage foundation from ELF and I’ve started mixing a teeny-tiny bit Flawless Filter in with it, so my skin doesn’t look as matte and flat with just the foundation. I also use it very sparingly as a realistic looking highlighter on my cheek bones, collar bone and down the front of my shins.

Rating 2/3

🖤Chrissie🖤

7 Beauty Products I Really Want to Try and Why

I thought I’d share the products I’m excited to try with you and tell you why they got my attention. I say ‘try’ because I never say ‘I need to have’ something until I’ve used it before and know for sure that it’s awesome.

Ciate Mani Marker

I am stupidly excited to get my mitts on these or should I say; to get these on my mitts! I love the teal and hot pink colours and the idea of just colouring in my nails with a marker pen like I did as a kid. Far more accurate and less messy than polish and you can apply a glossy top coat if you want.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter 

Above my price range in such a way it makes me cringe slightly, this converts to 35 quid. I have spent more on a posh moisturiser (which turned out to be crap) but never on makeup before. However, this is meant to be illuminating, skin perfecting, magic in a bottle. My gosh does my skin need that in winter as I look like a Simpsons character: Flat and yellow. My Dad suggested that if I didn’t buy multiple cheaper items, then I’d be able to afford this in a month or two. Sounds fair, hehe!

e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer

I’m going to ignore the ‘controversy’ surrounding the amount of product you get. If you ever had a Push-pop or a Push-up ice lolly as a kid, you will understand how this packaging works. Some people say this primer is perfect and some say it’s on the oilier side for a primer. As you probably know, I have combination skin that’s getting more prone to dryness as I go through my 30’s. The foundation I love isn’t exactly hydrating and doesn’t work at all with velvet finish type of primers. I tried a free sample of this and loved it!

M&S Decadent Shimmer Bath Cream

I really wanted to buy their Luxe Shimmer version which was all gold and sparkly but I waited too long and they’ve discontinued it. According to reviews, this one is still very pretty and pearlised though.

GOSH BB Cream, Beige 

This is coloured and from what I’ve seen, it’s a similar colour to my skin tone. On good skin days I still want something smoothing and perfecting but also light so it’s subtly flattering for my natural skin, rather than hiding it.

Barry M Holographic Eyeshadow Topper

My eyelids have a lot of natural oils so seamlessly blending several colours to create a look is pointless because after an hour it just merges into one overall colour anyway (even with primer and setting spray). I also have a skin tone that seems to overshadow any natural/subtle colours, so I love how pigmented this is and that I can quickly roll over a single base shade and go. I have green eyes so I either go with more green or I choose a totally contrasting shade like purple which makes them pop. Always thought that sentences sounded sort of gross tbh, ha! From the reviews I read, these are visible even if you wear glasses; are in low light or have hooded eyes.

Pixi Beauty Mattelast Liquid Lip

If you follow my Instagram or you’ve read this blog for a few years, you probably know my struggle with liquid matte lipsticks. They turn my lips into shrivelled prunes – sexy. But Mattelast has received amazing reviews and won a Cosmopolitan beauty award because of it’s staying power and hydration. I’m also thinking this might be fate as this shade matches my wildly flattering, go-to dusky pink lipstick which has no bullet left and needs a lip brush to use.

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So lovely people, if you’ve already used some of these items or can recommend something similar or just like the look of these, let me know in the comments.

Chrissie

Pixi – Strobe and Sculpt Palette

Pixi, Strobe and Sculpt Palette £24 – designed by beauty blogger Maryam Maquillage – is perfect for when you want to glow on the go! Practical for when you are travelling and also a simple way to get into highlighting, contouring and strobbing (which is subtly highlighting EVERYTHING – even with contour – so you look rather ethreal) as there are instructions on the packaging of how to use everything.

I wanted a more golden high-lighter/strobber than the one I had and I also needed a new contour and basic face powder as I dropped and smashed both of them. I tend to improvise by using eyeshadow or even lipstick as blush and never thought I’d find everything in the one palette! The mineral powders deliver a surprising amount of pigment so I only the lightest sweep is needed. I get the feeling this will last a very ong time.

I’ve tested this on my pale inside arm to give more contrast, and to show you the shades individually. I love the warm tone to this palette but it also has a contour which is more grey than brown, giving a very realistic shadow tone.

Not quite sure why all of the contour isn’t showing right up to my ear (above photo) so I took one in shadow (below). To give you an idea of what is real and what isn’t: The contour which carries on downward toward my mouth is my natural contour. I have a long slim face, with very high cheek bones but really chubby cheeks!

This palette is going to reduce my getting-ready-time so much as everything is all together and has similar textures and application methods. After using all of the palette my skin looks more glowing and natural, than if I’d have just used a light foundation!

Rating 5/5

LUSH Plum Snow Bubble Bar – Christmas collection

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Plum Snow (£5.95) is a weighty Bubble Bar which you can easily use in two goes if you wish. I’ve never thought of combining plum and mandarin together before but the sharp sweetness works really well. It has a very strong scent so it might be worth using it fairly quickly, unless you want your whole bathroom to smell like a LUSH shop!

It turns the water a beautiful dark purple colour with lots of bubbles and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.

This really did make my bath feel like a luxurious treat.

Chrissie

 

e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation & Studio Tone Correcting Powder review

Studio Flawless Finish Foundation £7.50

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Colour – Studio Flawless Finish Foundation  in ‘Natural’ is the first foundation I’ve ever bought that is the perfect match for my face. I have a pale golden skin tone so it doesn’t take much sun exposure for me to get a tan but my face always looks lighter than the rest of me, which I always forget. Meaning I was either fake tanning my face or I’d have to cover my whole face and even ear lobes in foundation so it matched the rest of me. This time I was determined to start off with foundation as pale as my face and slowly build colour in the right places with bronzer and blusher. Applying colour the right way around, basically!

Coverage – Medium to heavy depending on how many layers you want to add. When applied with fingers this spreads easily in an even layer. When applied with a beauty blender in a stippling motion it gives immediate heavy coverage which hides the severe redness around my nose and any blemishes. Because of the perfect colour match and the texture, my complexion looks flawless, if a little flat. I definitely need some subtle highlighter and bronzer to add more radiance and depth.

Texture – As I’ve gotten older and cut down dramatically on dairy, my skin isn’t excessively oily anymore but my T-zone still needs a little help in the evening. I usually use a serum with hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to my face and a mattifying primer before applying foundation but with Studio Flawless Finish I don’t need the primer at all. It stays put all day and evening! If you have very dry skin but still want full coverage I recommend using a really good moisturiser and maybe even a little facial oil in places first.

Overall verdict – I think Studio Flawless Finish Foundation is fantastic for average, combination or oily skin when you need a good level of coverage. The only criticism I have is that it has a tendency to gather in fine lines so I would suggest using a cream concealer in these areas instead.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Studio Tone Correcting Powder £5.00

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The blue powder balances orange tones, green neutralizes redness, pink brightens grey/tired skin, and yellow neutralizes purple tones.

I kind of wish that I hadn’t bought these two products together as the foundation gives such good coverage that I’ve not needed to use the correcting powder with it yet.

I use Studio Tone Correcting Powder with BB cream for days when I can get away with lighter coverage. The first time I used a big brush and swirled all of the colours together on my T-zone to absorb oil, which worked well but I still felt I needed help in correcting certain areas. It works best when I specifically use the green to correct redness (which works amazingly well) and I use the blue powder under my eye area which neutralised the sallowness which I’m prone to, and the pink around my upper neck area which always looks really dull, then I gently buff  the edges to blend everything. This creates a completely natural look, like myself but fresher and brighter! Very unusual for a powder compact. Again, if you have dry skin I recommend using a heavier moisturiser first.

Rating (for my skin type) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocky

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Cruelty free and vegan with no formaldehyde, toluene, dibuytl phthalate or camphor. I’ve used this polish in a hurry without a base coat and, unlike a lot of polishes it has not made my nails dry or brittle. With a base and top coat this polish has lasts up to four days even though my nails are oddly flexible, meaning polish is prone to cracking and breaking up but Zoya lasts.

Rocky is an opaque turquoise. It reminds me of 1950’s electric guitars and retro Smeg kitchenware but a tiny bit more toward the greener side of turquoise, which adds depth and saturation to the colour.

Chrissie

Haircare Review – Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo & Styling Mouse

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Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo £8.59 400ml

What they say…

‘Rock Rose and Lemon Fruit Waters give nourishment and strength to your hair, whilst Natural Bio lipids and Polymers provide softness and shine, and Lavender Floral Water calms and moisturises the scalp. Sunflower Floral Water naturally seals split ends and locks in colour.’

My verdict…

I’m impressed that this shampoo is organic and contains no SLS or silicone. The consistency was thin enough and it foamed up enough to spread through my thick hair without diluting it in a cup of water first. On rinsing it did not leave my hair feeling like matted straw (like some other shampoos have) and I didn’t notice any of my blue dye escaping down the drain either. After conditioning with a standard conditioner, my hair looked incredibly shiny; it still had a lot of colour left and was no more frizzy than it naturally is.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Naturtint Styling Mouse £10.99 150ml

What they say…

‘The active ingredients add body, elasticity and shine without drying the hair or leaving a tacky feel.
The gentle formula moisturises your scalp and guards against the effects of humidity, leaving a silky, not sticky feeling to your hair, with effective holding power.’

My verdict…

They are right about the non sticky feeling and the mouse not drying out hair. However it’s holding power is very tame and my hair frizzed out like crazy as soon as I went out in incredibly light rain. I’m used to rain re-activating mouse!? However, it defined my natural waves so well that I’d describe them as loose curls. The second time I used this on much wetter hair and afterward when it was still a little damp I applied some hair oil to seal it so it didn’t frizz. This combination worked incredibly well! If your hair isn’t naturally dry/wiry and you want natural looking definition that isn’t matte (unlike salt spray), then this is the perfect product for you.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Dr Organic Mini Haul

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Pomegranate Deodorant

Organic, Aluminium free, SLS free, Paraben free, Alcohol free.

I like this deodorant a lot as it feels wet on contact but dries quickly and is easy to apply. It has a pleasant and mild natural scent.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Whitening Aloe Vera Toothpaste

Organic, vegan, free from: parabens, SLS, synthetic colours, Phthalates, petroleum, glycols silicones.

I was impressed with how much brighter my teeth looked after just one use of this toothpaste. Now because it doesn’t have any kind of bleaching agent it hasn’t made my teeth whiter than their natural colour but (after a week) it has taken them back to the pale cream colour they were when I was a kid. Pretty impressive!

Rating  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Manukau Honey Shampoo

SLS and Paraben free.

Ive had the exact same problem with this shampoo as I had with the Dr Organic Cocount shampoo – it just does not spread! I wish I had tried one first, rather than buying the two together. I diluted it in a cup of warm water and it still wouldn’t spread through my thick waves and ended up making the ends like tangled straw instead. Useless!

Rating [no hearts]

Chrissie

‘v–v’

Dr Organic – Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo

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I bought this shampoo because it’s cruelty free, organic, free from the usual nasties and has coconut oil which we all know by now is amazing for hair.

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As you can see this shampoo does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (used to create the lather in soap) which is good because it really strips hair of its natural oils. A lot of shampoos leave my hair like tangled straw because of the high SLS content.

Unfortunately it didn’t spread well through my thick wavy hair at all. So it was either use a third of the bottle on one wash or dilute it in a cup of water. This worked really well and surprisingly I did actually get some kind if minimal lather. It took the excess oil off my roots and my ends felt smooth and moisturised. I’m not sure how it would cope with really greasy hair though.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

<3Chrissie<3

The Organic Pharmacy

Don’t you just love it when you buy a magazine with a free gift which introduces you to a cruelty free brand, you hadn’t noticed before? The Organic Pharmacy specialise in skincare, makeup, candles and fragrance. So nice to have everything I want all in one place!

  • The first pharmacy dedicated to all things organic
  • Pharmaceutical and medicinal quality herbs
  • Free from artificial colourants, fragrance, petrochemicals and preservatives
  • No animal testing, respect for the environment and fair trade

The organic pharmacy review

Hand Cream – Marigold and Comfrey

This has a beautiful fresh flowery scent and sinks in quickly. I wouldn’t say it’s as protective as a hand balm (if you are going to be gardening etc) but it’s perfect those of us who hate that greasy feeling other hand creams leave behind. It left my hands feeling moisturised for around 12 hours.

Antioxidant Lip Balm 

Every now and then I come across a lip balm or lipstick which immediately gives me a sore throat. I’ve never been able to find a common factor in the ingredients to be able to figure out why. I’m going to be using this as a foot balm from now on as my feet are very dry and this balm is already making a positive difference to them.

Face Cream – Double Rose Rejuvenating

This cream also sinks in quickly and has a very light formulation which gently moisturises skin without making it greasy a few hours later. After using this for a week my skin was left naturally moisturised and looked a little more radiant This is the perfect ‘every day’ moisturiser for me.

Chrissie