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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.


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

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!!


MAKEUP TIPS How to choose the right foundation

Drugstore Makeup Basics~ How To Choose The Perfect Foundation

I’m presuming that if you have landed on this post then you are among the many women that walk into drug stores across the land looking for the perfect foundation. And feel overwhelmed by the vast selection of cosmetics on offer!

It is overwhelming! The cosmetics industry is massive and growing all the time! Sometimes it would be nice, like most things in this day and age (oooooh how old does that make me sound?? eek!) if things would pause, let us take a breather and catch up with it all.

That’s not going to happen though, so I’ll talk more generally about foundation, a tricky one to get right at the best of times.

Throw in different finishes, formula’s and a bunch of letters and numbers, it can be enough to make your head explode.

Too dramatic??


Things to bear in mind when shopping for foundation.

These 4 things will work as your basic guide to picking an everyday foundation.

If you wanted a foundation for a specific occasion or one that will give you a specific quality to your skin then you would look at different factors. This is just the basic knowledge you need to be equipt with to begin.


1.Your skin tone~ fair, medium, dark.


So that you know which section of the colour spectrum you should be looking at, to begin with. Of course, there are many variations of each tone…


2.Your undertone~ cool, warm, or neutral


  So that you pick a foundation with the correct base colour for your undertone

(The quickest way to check this is to look at the veins on your wrist if they are blue then you have a cool undertone, you have a warm undertone if they are more green, and if there is neither more green or blue then you have a neutral undertone.)
For example, you could have fair skin but a warm undertone, so you would want a pale colour foundation that is yellow based rather than pink.Those of us with neutral undertones should pick colours that have a balance of the two.

Just as a side note, even if you have a cool undertone do steer clear of foundations that are overly pink based (fortunately there aren’t too many nowadays!) as they never blend into the skin enough to leave a natural finish.

Test shades on your jawline in as natural a light as you can you will want to pick out the shade that best blends with your chest/shoulder colour.If you are stuck deciding between 2 shades pick out the lighter shade as you can always darken it with bronzer.


3.Your skin type~ normal, dry, oily or combination.


So that you pick a foundation with the formula and finish that is most beneficial to you regarding the application, longevity and overall look of the foundation you choose.

Generally, foundations aren’t labelled up to specify which skin types they are most suitable for. Revlon colour stay shades do come in normal/dry and combination/oily, however, I can’t think of another drugstore brand that specifically states skin type suitability on their foundation bottles.



This is personal preference all the way!


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Normal-dry skin types


Loreal True match (great shade range) £9.99

Revlon colourstay £12.49

Rimmel match perfection £6.99

Garnier nutritionist BB oil free miracle skin perfector £6.66

Bourjois 1,2,3 perfect £10.99

I really hope I explained this clearly and this was helpful to some of you!

Do tell me your drugstore faves!!


A little e.l.f. haul

Firstly apologies if the title is a little misleading and you have landed here expecting to see pictures of tiny little elves. Of course, you haven’t. But the title made me laugh when I read it back.

Oh dear, I think I need to cut back on my caffeine intake!! Ahem… anyway clearly I have not been shopping at the north pole, I actually made my very first order from the notoriously inexpensive e.l.f. cosmetics last week and thought that I would share with you what I picked up all for the bargain price of £5.10!

Ahem… anyway clearly I have not been shopping at the north pole. I actually made my very first order from the notoriously inexpensive e.l.f. cosmetics last week. And thought that I would share with you what I picked up. All for the bargain price of £5.10!


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Luscious liquid lipstick in ‘Strawberry’

Hypershine gloss in ‘Bubblegum’

Mineral lip liner in ‘peachy’

The main reason I decided to pop my e.l.f. cherry was the lip liner.

I saw it on Sabrina’s video and knew that it was something that I wanted to get. It’s a gorgeous peachy nude. I thought it would go nicely with ‘Shy girl’ lipstick which I bought last week.


I like how lip liner makes lips seem more ‘done’ but I hardly ever wear them. So for the past couple of days, I’ve been wearing this and I absolutely love it!  It comes in a twist-up pencil and because it glides on really smoothly you don’t end up pressing on too hard and snapping the end off, fab!

I also checked out the sale while I was on the site. It would be rude not too! And I popped the hypershine lip gloss in ‘Bubblegum’ into my basket. Mainly because since being about 12 and having a Miss Selfridge lip gloss which was bright pink and tasted of bubblegum, I’ve been a sucker for bubblegum lip products…fun fact!


I also thought that it could possibly be a dupe for the Stila lip glaze’s which I used to love back in the day…It’s not!The twist up pen/brush applicator is where the similarities end. The colour goes on quite sheer and the consistency is pretty runny. Trying to build up colour can end up giving you a delightful ‘dribbly’ look.


For £1.35 I’m not complaining, how could I? It’s still a pretty gloss, and it is super shiny without being in the slightest bit sticky.

It just requires a light hand.

Also in the sale for 75p…I know..cray! Was the ‘luscious liquid lipstick’, another twist up pen jobby with a sponge tip applicator. I really wanted the shade ‘baby lips’ which looked like a really pretty peachy pink. But it was out of stock so I settled for ‘strawberry.’ Which is a little more red than my swatch shows. The colour is actually very similar to NARS ‘scandal’ lipgloss.I really like this.I’m impressed with the pigmentation. It applies smoothly, and like the hypershine its glossy without being sticky. I’ve only tried this out briefly so I can’t be sure how long lasting it is, it does adhere to the lips better than the hypershine so I’m hopeful of at least a couple of hours but we’ll see. I do really like this formula so I’m keeping my eye out for some other shades coming back into stock.

I’ve only tried this out briefly so I can’t be sure how long lasting it is.It does adhere to the lips better than the hyper shine so I’m hopeful of at least a couple of hours. We’ll see. I do really like this formula though.I’ll be keeping my eye out for some other shades coming back into stock.

Do you have any e.l.f. recommendations?



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