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🖤

Your Tea – Tea Face Healing Hydrating Tea Scrub

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Your Tea is a company which sells all kinds of tea, tea accessories and tea based beauty gifts. Tea Face Healing and Hydrating scrub ($24.95) is said to assist with a radiant complexion, healing scars, addressing uneven skin tone and drawing out impurities. It contains all natural ingredients including Rosehip Oil, Patchouli Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ylang Ylang, Cold Presed Coconut Oil.

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I thought this scrub would be messier to use than it actually was but the tea granules stuck together quite well as I scrubbed my skin in circular motions. I leaned back to chill out for 15 minutes to let the oils soak in before removing with a damp flannel and rinsing my face with tepid water. I was impressed with how effective the exfoliation of this scrub was as it left my skin feeling really smooth. It also looking radiant and a lot calmer than before. Some scrubs leave my skin a little red or flushed but Tea Face actually calmed down the redness that I had across my nose and cheeks.

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I decided not to use any moisturiser straight afterward as I loved my skin the way it was! I really like the packaging as it’s easily recyclable and I’m going to re-use the glass jar as I think it’s lovely. It’s important to keep the scrub in the fridge once it’s opened, which keeps it fresh and really adds to how refreshing it feels.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Pure Thoughts Tangerine & Jojoba Whipped Shea Body Butter and Mint & Avocado Foot Repair Balm

‘We proudly hold firm to our founding beliefs that natural soap and skincare starts with the very best ingredients, good old fashioned methods and that it shouldn’t cost the earth in any respect! Pure Thoughts range now includes an indulgent collection of products, every one still made by us in our Derbyshire workshop.’ Pure Thoughts.

Here’s why I respect this little independent brand: No artificial colours or fragrances. No parabens or chemical preservatives. No SLS, SLES or harsh detergents. No synthetic additives or petroleum. 100% natural.

Pure Thoughts skincare

Tangerine & Jojoba Whipped Shea Body Butter

The texture of this is a lot more solid than the the term ‘whipped’ implies, in fact it’s more like a balm. I found it best to warm up the butter between my fingers and to apply it to damp skin to spread it more easily. This butter leaves skin with a slight sheen and a very subtle waxy feel, which I really like. I kept stroking my hands, like a weirdo! The scent is so energising and uplifting I started the day in a really positive mood. £11.95 for 85g (or 2 for £20 until 24/03/2015)

Ingredients: Shea butter, jojoba oil, tangerine oil, limonene.

Rating 4/5

Mint & Avocado Foot Repair Balm

This balm is very similar to a lip balm stick in texture and it gave the dry skin on my heels and the balls of my feet were given a new lease of life. I’d been on my feet all day and they were aching and a little swollen and a massage with this calmed them right down, so I could get on with my evening. It totally transformed the way my feet looked as well, so I will be using a lot of this throughout summer, before baring my feet in sandals. The peppermint scent is so strong I couldn’t detect any avocado but the fruits moisturising qualities are obviously there. £7.97 for 50g.

Ingredients: Olive oil, avocado butter, beeswax, castor oil, peppermint oil, Rosemary oil, limonene.

Rating 5/5

Chrissie xx

Monthly Round Up – January

It has felt to me that January has been in two parts: The first where I was still in a slight Sailor Jerries and chocolate reindeer induced haze and the other where I was constantly taking pictures of gorgeous items then writing posts about them on my new laptop (I’m old skool – I don’t do tablets). I’ve already developed a little callous from clicking my track pad constantly. This obviously means I’m a proper writer now, right?

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I’ve been watching… Gotham as you know I like quirky geek and goth things. So far the series has subtly introduced three well known characters but don’t expect a new character with an origin story true to the comics each week. Gotham is choosing to go it’s own way in that respect. I love that Sean Pertwee (Worzel Gummidge’s son) is playing a rather bad-ass version of Alfred the butler!

I’ve been listening to… Northern lad Ash Hunter’s debut album Rural Music and even though shoe gazey folk isn’t really my bag, I really the track Grand England it has that ol’ magic of making you feel nostalgic for a place you’ve never been.

I’ve been sniffing… Lola a perfume by Signature fragrances that is sexy, fruity and sweet thanks to these notes:

Top: African Orange Flower

Heart: Jasmine, Patchouli

Base: Cedar, Rose, White Honey

This is my personality in a scent basically! I can’t wait to buy one of their beautiful full sized cut glass bottles. The Bloke has also been on their site and is looking at buying a sample (for £4.95) of something he fancies.

I’ve been writing…For a new website aimed at female bloggers called The Click. This month I’ve written the feature ‘5 Unusual Sources Of Inspiration’ for anyone who’s got bloggers blog or who wants to vary their articles a little. I think I will be playing ‘the album game’ soon myself. I’m looking forward to writing next months article, the content of which I will keep as a surprise.

I’ve been blogging about…

Films

Sci Fi Flicks To Watch Out For in 2015

Teen Films Worth Watching As A Grownup

Beauty

Zuzka Natural Rosa Canina Body Butter

Style

OOTD: Pretty Casual (get the pun there?)

Home – Not So Neutrals showing how a neutral palette can be interesting.

I’ve also wrote two summing up posts (one for 2014 and one for why I actually like Winter) which I’m not going to link to on this summing up post, otherwise it might interrupt the time space continuum and generate a black hole in the blogging world, or something.

Chrissie xx

 

 

Review: ESPA – Treat Optimal Skin ProSerum

Company Ethics & Info

Espa is a brand that I really admire, not just for their cruelty-free policy but also for the natural ingredients they use and also the things they choose to leave out.

No synthetic colours or fragrance, no mineral oil (being derived from petroleum it isn’t renewable), no silicone (which can block pores easily) no alcohol or SLS or SLES which can be incredibly drying and/or irritating for skin.

Espa optimal skin pro serum

Product Info & Ingredients 

‘This advanced proserum helps brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity, firm and protect premature skin ageing.’

The oil is enriched with omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamins A & E and extracts of turmeric (which boots circulation and also brings down inflammation), white lupin and sunflower.

Packaging

Simple, elegant and pretty. The glass bottle has a slight ombre effect but it’s nicely shaded to keep the oil from being exposed to too much sunlight. I was curious as to why there was a little button on top of the lid and pressed it a good few times! Upon unscrewing it I realised it was an incredibly useful dropper.

 

 

 

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My Experience

The scent of this oil is incredibly spicy and uplifting! Similar to pepper and cinnamon. I’ve been smoothing a few drops of this oil between my palms and patting it onto my face morning and evening as instructed. When I wake up in the morning my sensitive skin doesn’t have any red patches which it can be prone to and has stayed balanced throughout the night.  I need much less moisturiser than I used and my skin looks plumper and more radiant.

Note after 3 months This has really evened out my old acne scarring and has made a very noticeable difference. I’m delighted!

Price

£48 for 30ml

Normally at this point I’d do Good Points & Bad Points but there aren’t any bad points! Yes, it’s expensive but it’s such high quality that it’s reasonable for a luxury serum. If it were cheaper I’d keep applying it as perfume!

I actually got this product as a gift for subscribing to Marie Claire magazine last month.

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed Conditioning Hand Wash

I kindly received this six months ago from Crabtree & Evelyn but I wanted to wait before reviewing it to show you the extraordinary amount of time it would last. The fabulously shaped bottle (£15) holds 250ml. I only need to use a tiny blob every day and as you can see, it’s not even half way used yet. This is because it’s so thick, foamy & fantastic! It does contain SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) but the pomegranate, argan and grape seed oils are so incredibly moisturising it’s not remotley harsh on hands and is PH balanced.

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Now the pomegranite scent, wow! Since using this I’ve started drinking a lot more pomegranate juice to settle my cravings, haha! The Bloke adores the scent as well, which is a small miracle as he hardly ever likes my ‘smellies’.

I’m going to take advantage of the 2 for £20 offer on their website as I’ll want another when this eventually runs out and one as a gift for my Mums birthday.

Spring/Summer Body Bearing Essentials

Don’t you wish you were one of those kinds of women that sees the first bit of blue sky and sunshine in months and gleefully springs out of bed and then, 30 minutes later leaves the house in the perfect outfit of dress, sandals and sunnies? Yup, me to. By the time I’ve harassed my body into looking bearable (literally), it’s already afternoon and the sun is hidden behind ominous looking clouds.

Not this year. This year I’m taking action!

Exfoliation

Exfoliating gloves are the business. You can apply as much pressure as you like, they cover the whole area evenly, they prevent in-grown hairs and don’t cause a slippy mess in the base of your shower like body scrubs.

Exfoliating gloves

Hair Removal

I’m on the look out for a really effective cruelty-free waxing kit. Any recommendations? I think it’s the quickest and longest lasting form of hair removal. Plus I get a weird  kick of masochistic pleasure from doing it myself haha!

If you hate yourself and want to punish yourself severely, then I highly recommend using an epilator. Those wenches on the adds that say it doesn’t hurt – they are lying to you!

My friend and I have found our at home IPL (intense pulsed light) machines to be affective to the point of thinning, softening and greatly lightening hair but disappointingly only removing around 40% of it.

On that basis, I’m glad I’ve found the best shaving cream in the world LUSH Dirty Shave Cream.

LUSH Dirty Shaving Cream

This is scented lightly with LUSH’s ‘Dirty’ perfume which is a nice idea.  It has the creamiest texture as you can see, so it’s best to rinse your razor often in warm water when shaving. It leaves skin feeling calm and moisturised.

LUSH Shaving Cream

Tanning

If I had a beautiful pale English rose complexion, I’d just go with it and not bother. I actually have yellow under tones to my complexion so I  immediately tan in sunshine but can look rather sallow after months of shade. I also think my features suit a nice tan if that makes any sense, ha! I keep seeing money-off offers for a professional spray tan  but the idea of going to a salon and having a women spraying me from head to toe, while I stand in a tent just sounds hilarious!

I have had some cringe worthy incidents over the years with wash-off tan though, such as leaving most of it behind on someone’s posh white sofa, tan running down my legs in a rain shower and it going streaky under my arms and then onto my dress after a night out dancing. Major fail!

Fake Bake Sport Daily Tan

I like Fake Bake permanent spray tan but it takes a bit of practice to control otherwise you can end up getting blasted full force in the (later, very bronzed) face. I prefer Fake Bake Sport Daily Tan. It’s the most moisturising fake tan I’ve ever used and it actually draws in moisture all day so it never goes patchy. The affect after two days is a medium depth of healthy colour like I’ve been outdoors constantly for 5 days. It also comes in a giant tube, which is great value for money.

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Sun Protection

Dermatologists say we should use a sunscreen spf of 10-15 everyday to protect skin from the suns rays and to prevent uneven pigmentation and early signs of ageing. I use The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion as it contains an spf of 15 and is really light and calming.

Image: The Body Shop

Image: The Body Shop

For the rest of me I love using Yaah Organic Hemp Seed Oil Sun Block spf 15. It last for absolutely hours and smells amazing! When I’m wearing this and my skin has been warmed by the sun, I constantly get asked “What’s that gorgeous scent?”

Yaah Sun Block

Yaah Sun Cream

So, I’m all prepared for those bright days, blue skies and mild evenings spent with friends at beer gardens and BBQ’s. Now, where did I store my sandals…

Crabtree & Evelyn pop-up in Mcr Arndale

A pop-up shop hosted by Crabtree & Evelyn – a beauty brand established in 1972, which combines traditional natural remedies with modern scientific innovations – has arrived at the Manchester Arndale, one of 15 pop-up’s around the UK.

Jacqui Gale, from Crabtree & Evelyn’s head office, said “Manchester Arndale is the UK’s largest inner-city shopping centre so it is the perfect choice for Crabtree & Evelyn’s first pop-up shop. It is situated in the heart of Manchester and it opens just in time for Christmas so an ideal time for customers to discover our festive gift collection.”

Crabtree & Evelyn

The Secret Garden Christmas Gift collection includes festive home fragrances feature warming, evocative scents reminiscent of winter fruits and spices, accompanied by indulgent treats – from richly atmospheric candles to indulgent stocking-filling gifts for everyone – all decorated with beautiful rich, jewel-toned illustrations.

The pop-up will also showcase products and gift sets from Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source, Gardeners, Rosewater and also Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed collections. They will offer a selection of seasonal food and their Nail Lacquer collection. For more about the origins of the brand see here.

I can’t wait to check out this brand (especially as I’ve been searching for something special to treat all my loved ones to this Xmas) and I’m looking forward to getting into the festive spirit a little earlier this year.

NYR Wild Rose Beauty Barm

It’s been just over a month since I attended the Neal’s Yard Remedies bloggers event and received Wild Rose Beauty Balm in my goodie bag (along with other things I will shortly be reviewing), so I’ve had time to see the effects.

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Wild Rose Beauty Balm £37 for 50g

It’s a multi use product that cleanses skin, gently exfoliates it if you use the cloth provided and of course moisturises. It has quite a solid consistency but soon melts on contact with the skin. It also has the most heavenly rose scent that lasts for hours. I love how NYR display exactly how organic each of there products are on the label and I was pleased to see that this one is 99%. My face is usually oily to combination and needs an exfoliator which includes grains and a lot less oil. However, it has been incredibly effective for me in two ways:

  • When combined with the cloth, I use it to remove my old patchy fake tan from around my jaw line, neck and body. It’s more efficient at this than any other product I’ve tried.
  • Like most women my age I have cellulite and some mild stretch marks. Every day after I’ve had a shower, while my skin is still damp, I massage a little bit into my skin. It’s had such an amazing effect at moisturising and evening out the look and feel of my skin, I think it’s amazing! I read on the NYR FB page that one women likes to add some to her bath – brilliant idea!

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As I said, I’ve been using this every day for just over a month and it’s so effective, I’ve only made a tiny dent. I love it so much, I’ll definitely be replacing this product when it runs out – in a year or so!

The Body Shop 4 for 2 Offer Code

I’ve shopped at The Body Shop since I was about 13 back when they sold pencil tins, tiny flannels you that rehydrated in water and those famous tiny bottles of White Musk perfume. So I’m glad to be able to share The Body Shop* offers and codes with you.

The offer is buy 4 items and receive the cheapest 2 free!

Key Code: 2FREE

Start Date: 12th August 2pm

End Date: 19th August 2pm

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Terms and conditions: 

Buy four items and get the cheapest two items free. Excludes the purchase or choice of: (a) charitable items and  (b) Love Your Body membership (c) prepackaged gifts . This offer is only available online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk  between 2pm on 12th August  and 2pm on 19th  August  . Promotion can only be redeemed once in a single transaction. The promotional code must be registered at the time of purchase, by clicking on ‘use promotional code’ on the basket page. Love Your Body™ members please note: this offer cannot be used in conjunction with your online loyalty discount. This offer cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion.  Offer not available through The Body Shop At Home™ or in The Body Shop® stores.

 * Affiliated company