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I was so excited to post this haul on here straight away. Unfortunately, my splurge last month coincided with my Dad taking back his fancy camera that he has kindly been allowing me the use of! These products are just too pretty for iPhone snaps. So I waited (not at all patiently, not even gonna lie) until he gave me fancy cam back. And it was bloody hard not to give them all a real good test drive in the meantime as I’m sure you can imagine!

Anyway, as if I have that much will power! The lipstick was the first casualty, then the lip liner, I HAD to try the sample of magic cream before a rare night out, and I used the eyeliner for a makeup look post see here. Finally, even though I have a new recent mascara love (makeup forever smokey lash), I decided I wasn’t likely to do the mini ‘Legendary lashes’ any harm by giving it a try! Basically, I used almost everything. Sod it. At least I can give you a few opinions. And as long as you don’t mind pictures of slightly used products, we alllll good!

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The only thing I knew I wanted to try from CT was the lip liner. That aside I was going in pretty blind as there isn’t a counter that local to where I live.

When I saw this ‘Quick ‘N’ Easy’ makeup set in the Summer sale I thought it was a good way to introduce me to the brand. It was also a steal at £38 (+ 30% off with pro discount). Included in it is a mini (4ml) Legendary Lashes Black mascara, a full-sized Rock ‘n’ Kohl liquid eye pencil, a full-sized colour chameleon eyeshadow crayon and a full-sized lipstick.

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Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon ‘Black diamonds’

Aside from a couple of the samples, this is the only full-sized product that I haven’t used yet. What I can tell you is that the formula is extremely smooth and easy to apply. Also, that swatch ☝️would not budge from my arm until the evening when I was in the shower. So I have very high hopes for it!

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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ‘Penelope Pink’

I don’t think that of all the shades of lipstick Charlotte Tilbury has that I would have picked out this lipstick in particular. But I was very happy that it was included in the quick ‘n’ easy makeup kit. As you can see I’ve used it quite a bit over the past month! It’s a really pretty Peachy-Pink nude that works well on me when I have a bit of a tan! I posted a full review here if you are interested in finding out more.

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Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mini (4ml)

As I mentioned I have given this a go already. But to be honest I was in such a rush to get ready that day and all I did was give my lashes one very quick coat. So it wouldn’t be fair to write any kind of review. What I do recall noticing is that it didn’t flake or smudge throughout the day! So yay for that!

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Charlotte Tilbury ROCK'N'KOHL liquid eye pencil 'Bedroom Black'

Charlotte Tilbury ROCK’N’KOHL liquid eye pencil ‘Bedroom Black’

This is one of the creamiest and most opaque Kohl liners I’ve ever used!! Unfortunately, my eyes are so sensitive and watery at the minute. I just can’t wear eyeliner without ending up looking like Heath Ledger’s Joker. I’m not happy about this at all! But I would highly recommend this if you are on the lookout for a decent black eyeliner!

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat ‘Pillow Talk’

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My excitement was off the scale when it came to trying this out for the first time. I hate to be negative because it really is a lovely pencil in terms of formula, colour, and packaging. But I had picked up such a similar one (in all aspects) from Primark the week before that it was hard to get too excited about having spent more money on something near identical! So if you fancy a cheap alternative to ‘pillow talk’ check out this post.

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The samples I chose with my order were the Overnight Bronze and Glow mask which I’m going to use next week before a night out (looking forward to both!!) The Magic cream which went a similar way to the mascara, totally rushing before I left the house that I barely paid it any attention. I do have some left though so hopefully I can try again! Then the Two lipstick samples I got were the K.I.S.S.I.N.G ‘Nude Kate’- a pale pink nude which I’m yet to try. I also got the matte revolution in the shade ‘Very Victoria.’ Which is an absolutely stunning Taupe nude and is now very firmly on my wishlist! Loved, loved, loved it!!

I’d definitely recommend checking out the Quick ‘n’ easy makeup kits which I believe are limited edition. Even at full price (£55), they are such good value for money! The products inside total around £20 more when bought separately. Plus you get a cute makeup bag too! Good times!!

 




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NIP+FAB Foundation #Selfieready Skin. No Filter Required!

NIP+FAB is a brand that I’m pretty sure I have never used before.Primarily a skin care brand that recently launched a makeup line. To be honest I don’t know that I would have necessarily gone out of my way to pick up any of it just because I haven’t heard too much about it. But I noticed my local Superdrug had started stocking it the other day. How many of you can resist the inviting glow of a new makeup stand?

I’m pretty sure that every makeup addict has one particular product that they gravitate towards before all others. Mine has always been foundation. I think the search for the holy grail, although I declared it over with NARS Sheer Glow and then very recently Lancome Teint Idole 24hr has me stuck in a magpie habit when it comes to foundation.

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NIP+FAB Is currently 1/3 off at Superdrug so I thought I’d give the foundation a go for £8.62. I got shade 20 (olive skin-yellow undertone) which appeared to be the most popular shade as the shelf was empty. Top Tip: go in the drawers under the stand if you can’t find your shade in a product, although frowned upon I’ve only been told off once for helping myself to hidden stock.

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If you follow my Instagram or Twitter you might already know my thoughts on this! I’ve been totally obsessing over it! What with this plus the Naked Heat palette, it’s been a really exciting couple of weeks makeup wise for me!

What’s so good about it you ask? Where do I start?!?

Packaging

A super teeny tiny little plastic squeezy bottle. It’s hard to believe that it contains 30ml of product but it does. There’s nothing fancy about it but I love that. It’s sleek and compact, perfectly portable and there’s no risk of the bottle breaking.

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Formula

Because the Packaging is basically identical to MAC Face and Body, I found that I was totally expecting a dupe here and it was hard not to compare the two when I first applied it. In comparison, yes it’s similar. It’s a water based buildable coverage foundation. The formula of the NIP+FAB foundation is slightly thicker than Face and Body but it’s close as a dupe. I’ve used Face and Body for years and I personally prefer the NIP+FAB formula. I like that it has a little extra coverage and it gives you that reassuring grip so you know that it’s sticking around without being uncomfortable to wear and looking mask-like.

 

Application/Finish

I like to apply the majority of my foundations with my fingers and then blend a little with a brush or a beauty blender to finish off. This foundation works well applied this way. The finish is said to be natural matte. I find it more of a semi-matte satin finish. The claims of a photoshopped complexion that guarantees ‘#nofilter status’ seems totally far fetched but it actually delivers!! I posted this very close up selfie on Instagram after the first time I used it. An iPhone image with no filter and no editing whatsoever! I applied a pea sized amount of product here and then around half that again and I found that to give me enough coverage so my skin still looked like skin (nose freckles etc.) I believe I could have added more without any problems had I wanted to build up to almost full coverage.

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#Nofilter 😱

 

Lasting power

A solid 8 hours. I kept an eye on how it wore throughout the day and it wasn’t budging. The finish stayed flawless even though it was a pretty hot day and I did a 2 hour trip in my air conditioning free car!

Shade Range

10 shades of foundation from pale to dark with various undertones. Plus 2 mixer shades.  A light and a dark which respectively alter the shade of foundation by half a shade with one drop.

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SPF?

Apparently not. Or at least not that I can find after a doing some research. It does contain Titanium Dioxide which causes the annoying ghost face when flash photography is used. However, it’s the last ingredient on the list so I’m presuming the quantity isn’t going to be enough to do this. I’m hoping that’s the case at least.

Price

RRP £12.95. Not quite the cheapest in terms of drugstore foundation but absolutely worth every penny in my opinion.

Skin Suitability

I have a normal skin type which is a little dehydrated and prone to occasional dryness. I’ve a feeling that it could look cakey on an overly dry skin type. I used it on my Mum who has the same skin type with no primer/moisturiser (my Dad was asleep where Mum keeps her skincare and heaven forbid we wake the beast! ;)) Mixed with a little Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua to lighten the shade, the overall finish was beautiful. It did need a little extra blending though as it settled into lines and looked heavier than it would have had a moisturiser been applied first. Oily skinned ladies should get along just fine with it. Again if the skin is extremely oily maybe not so much and I’d advise prepping the skin and setting with an oil control finishing spray/powder.

Availability

NIP+FAB website students get a 15% discount and if it’s your first order you receive 4 free samples with your first purchase. Superdrug, as mentioned selected NIP+FAB makeup is currently 1/3 off.

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Overall thoughts?

I am trying to hold off declaring this my new holy grail as I’ve only used it twice and it was only the other week that I declared Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear as HG but I think it is just that! I am absolutely in love with it to the point that I’m going to stock up my professional makeup kit with every shade.It’s just that good!! So far, aside from the fact that it has no name (really annoying!!), I cannot find a fault. For me, it’s absolute perfection!!

Have you tried any of the NIP+FAB makeup line? Any favourites?




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Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G ‘Penelope Pink’ Lipstick

I finally popped my Charlotte Tilbury cherry the other week! I know! ‘Forever behind the times’ should be tattooed on my forehead! I will be posting a haul on that soon. This afternoon I just have time to write a short post while Finn has a nap and the weather is lovely and stormy outside! I’m so Hygge right now! And I have no idea if I used that word in the correct way. (I’m leaving it there though without googling it) because it made me laugh! Basically, I’m cosy and in the mood to chat about my new lipstick.

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Firstly, the packaging! Sleek, Classy, Rose Gold perfection which I really enjoy pulling out of my handbag for touch ups.

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