HOLY GRAIL | CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION



Foundations are like bras, you can buy cheap ones and they just about do the job but you never know true comfort and support until you invest in a high quality one. 

You can buy hundreds of affordable foundations of the drugstore and be happy with them but if you ever get a chance to try the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, I promise you'll never look back 
(ps. sorry to your purse in advance).

PACKAGING
The foundation is housed in a luxurious glass bottle with a rose gold lid AND a pump! I cannot stress how happy that makes me. If I'm paying over £20 for a foundation it should come with a pump, end of story - Nars sheer glow I'm looking at you boo.

FINISH
Full coverage and flawless. One pump covers my entire face leaving me with an airbrushed, pore less finish. It smoothes over imperfections without clinging too them and doesn't accentuate any dry skin or problem areas. It has a demi-matte finish, so I can get away not powdering if I want and I don't end up looking like an oil slick by the end of the day. 

LONGEVITY
It lasts on my face all day without going patchy or bunching up. I must admit it struggles to stick around on my nose but that's because I'm constantly taking my glasses on and off.

I literally get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I use this foundation.

It has successfully over taken my beloved NARS Sheer Glow and is, would you believe, less expensive at £29.50 (and still comes with a pump). It is a luxury purchase but is worth every single penny. Charlotte Tilbury never fails to disappoint me, her brand is definitely worth the hype. 

Evening, daytime - you can almost guarantee this is going to be slapped on my face.

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ZOEVA CARAMEL MELANGE



Oh Zoeva, can you do wrong? 

The answer is no, they cannot. I was absolutely blown away by their Rose Golden palette and the quality of their shadows, so when they released the Caramel Melange palette it went straight to the top of my Christmas list - I even texted my sister with a two different website links and a 20% discount code (if that doesn't make me the easiest person to buy presents for I don't know what does). 

Packaged in their usual cardboard exterior with a magnet to keep it closed, the design is sleek and compact but bursting with variety. Of course, it doesn't come with a mirror which is highly irritating but I'm definitely not short of them in my collection so it's not really a problem.

Each shade in this palette is absolutely stunning. Packed with pigment and a buttery, bendable formula with colours that compliment each other with a variety of different combinations. Each shade is warm toned and the palette contains six mattes and four high shine shimmers. It has every matte warm crease shade you could ever want.



Wax Paper: A matte white. Ideal for setting the base and subtle highlighting, every palette should have a shade like this.

Universal Delight: A light warm brown. I use this as a subtle transition shade, to help blend the other shades out. 

After Taste: a striking burnt orange. This looks incredible against blue and green eyes and looks stunning blended into the crease. 

182Âșc: A shimmery copper. Washed across the lid or applied with a wet brush, this shade is absolutely beautiful.

Liquid Centre: A warm rose gold. This has a breath-taking high shine finish and is by far my favourite shade in the palette, one swipe is all you need for full pigment.

Alchemy: a warm rosey brown.

Start Soft: a deeper warm brown. Ideal for deepening the crease.

Finish Sensual: Cooler toned brown. Again works perfectly at adding crease definition.

Almost Burnt: a true shimmery gold. 

Edible Gem: a dark brown with gold reflects. 

The only way this palette could get any better were if the shadows smelt of caramel. If you've never tried Zoeva shadows get this palette in your basket ASAP.  Zoeva is stocked on both cultbeauty.co.uk and beautybay.com and you can buy it in store in Selfridges London. 

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STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT





Whilst shopping for clothes in the January sales is my idea of hell, I love a getting a good ol' beauty bargain. Brands launch limited edition collections in time for Christmas and then anything left post-xmas gets reduced, but you never know what's going to be left so it's all a bit pot luck. 

The Stila Star Light, Star Bright palette was regularly featured on Stila's instagram page and every time I saw it I fell in love, but I could never bring my self to spend £32 on it. I certainly wasn't expecting it to end up in the sale section of M&S, however there it was reduced to £19 - which seemed much more acceptable. 

The texture is unlike anything I already own (lol any better excuse for buying more make up?). It is bouncy to the touch, with a cool creamy texture in the pan but blends like a powder with a completely weightless finish - does that make any sense? probably not. 

Bottom - Top - Transcendent, Kitten, Bronze.


Star light, Star Bright contains three shades, all of which can be bought individually and they're called 'Heaven's Hue Highlightet'.

Transcendence: a blue-toned pink, for an etherial look. Would look beautiful on pale complexions.

Kitten: a rose gold shimmer, to brighten up an every day look.

Bronze: a bronze shimmer (shock) to add warmth and glow. 

All the shades are very pigmented and capture the light beautifully. They can be worn alone or layered with other highlighters for an intense strobe look. I vary between using my fingers to apply or the Zoeva Luxe Highlighting Brush. 

All in all, I am very glad I decided to pick this up eventually and has already seen a lot of use. 

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URBAN DECAY ULTIMATE BASICS PALETTE



So I'm a touch late to this one seeing as it was launched back in August, but I finally got my hands on the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette. Take one look at my make up palette collection and you'll see that the majority is Urban Decay, their palettes never seem to disappoint me and the ultimate basics (spoiler alert) is no exception.

Regardless of any make up look, I will always use a matte shadow at some point. From setting my primer or using them as transition shades - having a palette completely dedicated to them is my idea of heaven. I already own the first basics palette and have used it to death so I already kinda knew what to expect from UD matte formula.

I'm going to kick this off by saying there is a slight variation in pigmentation between the shades, Lethal and Extra Bitter being the most pigmented. Thats not to say the others are crap because I've used them all and can promise you they are buttery, pigmented and easy to work with. 


Right - Left: Blow, Nude, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal

Left - Right: Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout, Magnet, Blackjack.


The top row is more rose hued and the bottom filled with warm toned browns (my fave) as well as a jet black shade which I feel should be in every palette. All the shades are matte apart from Blow which has a slight demi-matte finish, so I use it to highlight the inner corner and brow bone.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it has magnetic closure, sturdy case and a huge mirror making it ideal for traveling. It also comes with a tiny brush, one side for blending the other for smudging. 


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LUSH'S SUPERBALM






Much like my skin, my scalp gets put through its paces as a result of my beauty obsession. If I get too much product build up or if I get stressed my scalp becomes itchy to the point where it bleeds. My usual shampoo doesn't cut the mustard so the Superbalm from Lush looked perfect.

It's a tiny pot that is filled with coconut, lavender and other essential oils mixed with Candelliia and rose wax. When warmed by your skin they melt into an oil that you massage onto your scalp and it essentially dissolves the build up. I leave it on for about 5-10 minutes before I wash my hair depending on how bad it is and then wash it out with my usual shampoo. 

It completely eradicates the build up leaving my scalp clean but not stripped of moisture. You only need a small amount so the 45g pot is lasting me a fair while despite using it once a week. 

I'd never heard of it before I had a nosey at their haircare products, it's perfect for anyone who uses hairspray a lot - basically every time I have a ballet class I have to use about half a can on it, or texturising products as they tend to leave a bit of residue behind.

You can by Superbalm - here 
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