If you have oily/problematic skin then you need to try this mask. It is incredible for treating and preventing breakouts and drawing out toxins. It contains salicylic acid and a blend of tomato, aloe, watermelon, pumpkin and chamomile extracts. I apply this with a clean foundation brush so I get an even coverage & leave it on for 10 – 15 mins before rinsing with warm water. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean, exfoliated and refreshed. It also soothes angry blemishes and draws out dirt and sebum keeping your skin balanced and less prone to breakouts. I really love this brand because their products are super affordable and they have a huge range of products that target specific skin concerns.
I like my body scrubs to be really exfoliating and have a high concentration of scrubbies. This DHC one is not only a great scrub but its also very moisturising. It contains natural corn cob granules in two sizes which effectively remove the dull & dead skin without causing irritation. The inclusion of nourishing olive oil and vitamin E hydrates and lavender oil stimulates the senses. It’s a great way to energise your skin and get Summer ready, I also like to use this before I use my gradual tanner it helps my tan applies evenly.
I have already used up a bottle of this & I am excited to have it back in my skincare routine. It is such a gentle but effective makeup remover and the fact it is an oil means you can really massage it into your skin to break down all the dirt and makeup. It contains Sweet Almond Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids and will help strengthen and soothe skin & it also contains Vegetable Squalene which is derived from Olive Oil and helps maintain skins optimum hydration levels and leaves skin feeling supple and radiant. My last bottle lasted for ages and I highly recommend trying this.
This is my goto shampoo when I want my hair to look voluminous and bouncy – it is a shampoo that won’t weigh down your locks. It is infused with amino acid-rich Lentil Seed Extract, it nourishes your hair leaving it soft and shiny. It also helps to restore and prevent breakage and split ends. I like that the product is lightweight and easy to wash out & it smells so good and fresh.
Have you tried any of the products I’m currently using?
These are the new Lip Magnets*from Giorgio Armani Beauty and boy are they pigmented! I have four out of the 18 shades available and I am so pleased with the colours I have. These new liquid lip colours are inspired by two of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s most iconic products – the Maestro Fusion Makeup and the Lip Maestro Velvet Lip Colour They have combined incredible colour intensity with an ultra-thin formula and they’ve created a range of rich, pigmented and ultra long-wearing matte lip colours. I am seriously impressed.
As with all Armani Beauty products these feel luxurious and are packaged in the with the iconic red lids with the Giorgio Armani Beauty logo in gold, I like that you can see the shades through the glass packaging, it makes picking a colour that much easier. The applicator has been developed by Armani exclusively for the Lip Magnets and they are calling it the Calligraphic Applicator. It gives you great control and precision to apply just the perfect amount of colour.
These liquid lip colours apply with ease and feel incredibly comfortable on the lips, the weightless formulation which is a combination of water, oils and pigments means that it fuses to your lips giving you that highly concentrated colour. The water gradually evaporates allowing the oils to deliver a rich, intense colour that is also 4 times thinner than a liquid lip colour.
Once these are on the lips the colour remains intense for hours and they just do not budge or transfer. I was shocked when I looked in the mirror after drinking & eating & my lip colour was still very much in place. I like that they apply quite fluid but dry down to be beautifully matte.
The Lip Magnets are available in 18 beautiful shades, everything from pretty pinks to softer nudes and of course a classic vibrant red. I have 4 shades and they’re a good cross-section of shades
Second Skin – This is a very pretty nude pink and this has become my everyday colour. It’s so easy to wear and looks fresh on the lips.
Front Row – This is deeper plum shade but it’s not too dark on the lips, this initially applied a little patchy but nothing a second coat didn’t fix. Its a great option for Autumn
Maharajah – This is one very bright, intense pink and it’s beautiful. The colour is bold with one swipe and looks so vivid and bright on the lips
Hollywood – This is a pretty orange toned red and it looks so vibrant and classic on the lips
Matte lipstick stains are nothing new and almost all brands have released their version but these Armani Lip Magnets feel different on the lips, more natural, less drying and like I said they have serious longevity. I know they’re at the top end of anyone’s budget but if you like to wear a matte lip and are looking to invest in one that is great quality, luxurious and won’t need reapplying for hours.
If you’re able to get to a counter then I urge you to pop down and swatch these, I think you will fall in love with the formula and the colour selection too.
I have some exciting news to share with you, you can now get your hands on Charlotte Tilbury makeup at John Lewis both in store and online. Previously Charlotte Tilbury only had counters in Selfridges so it’s great that John Lewis is now stocking this much sought after brand. To celebrate their launch into John Lewis I was kindly sent a few treats to recreate one of the 10 iconic Charlotte Tilbury looks, I went for The Dolce Vita* because the eyeshadow palette is just stunning. The Dolce Vita look is described as,
Ultra feminine and utterly alluring, the Dolce Vita plays the muse for very good reason. Her look is all about unbridled glamour: seductive lips, chiselled cheeks and a smouldering stare.
I have to say the look was harder than I thought to create but I used the video & followed the step by step tutorial and although I don’t quite look, Dolce Vita, I tried my best!
As I said Charlotte Tilbury has 10 Iconic looks from the cool edgy Rock Chick and Vintage Vamp to the more natural Ingénue, there really is a look to suit everyone. Charlotte has made the shopping process so simple, you shop your desired look and get all the products needed to recreate that specific look and they come in a beautifully packaged box. It’s such a no fuss easy way to do it and then if you need a little more help or pointers then you can follow Charlotte’s step by step tutorial videos which I found fab and it helped me create a half decent look.
As I said The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad was the reason I picked this look, the shadows are just as beautiful as I’d imagined. All four shades have an element of frost/shimmer to them, you get four colours one to Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop.
Prime – a beautiful frosted Champagne colour which instantly brightens the eye and is a lovely base for the other colours.
Enhance – this is a rich deep rusty brown with a touch of shimmer and this is for blending out into the crease and across the lid to define the eye and make the eye look sultry
Smoke – this is a matte brown with a hint of shimmer and is for smoking out along the upper and lower lash line and creating that smouldering copper smoky eye.
Pop – this is where the magic happens, this is a stunning copper pressed pigment with such a POW of glitter. You press this on top of the finished eye look with your finger to make it look extra special.
All the shadows apply and blend like a dream and even if I don’t wear the full on Dolce Vita eye look every day the Prime, Enhance and Smoke shades can be worn daily and look beautifully Autumnal.
The Feline Flick Eyeliner was another product I was excited to try, I love wearing black felt tip eyeliner and I wondered what could be so amazing about this one and WOW let me tell you the nib is incredibly precise and has just enough flexibility to create a such a clean smooth flick. I am sold, even my husband noticed how on fleek my eyeliner was. This goes on jet black and stays jet black all day long, it applies effortlessly without any dragging or having to go back over the same spot again & again and I love that it doesn’t bleed or smudge. Oh, & its waterproof too, it ticks all the boxes. I think this is my new all-time favourite eyeliner and I have tried quite a few.
To create the eye look I also used one of my own black kohl liners in the upper and lower lash line to make them look more authentic and I also used my own black mascara (lots of it).
So after the eyes, I used the Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy which comes beautifully packaged (as all the products do) with a great sized mirror and the signature Charlotte Tilbury rose gold touches which are so pretty. You get two cheek shades in this blush, the outer shade is a dark peachy pink with a pretty frosted finish, and the shade in the middle is a more true pink with the most gorgeous gold shimmer running through.
So you Swish the outer shade up on your cheekbones & you Pop the middle shade on the apples of your cheeks. This duo really gives you not only a pop of colour but also act as a highlighter too, they catch the light and make your skin look fresh and glowing. make sure you use a light hand and get just a little product on your brush because this is seriously pigmented.
Now onto lips, I had three beautiful nude pink lip products to pull this look together and they were Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Lip Lustre in Seduction. The lip products have quite a sweet scent and they smelt so good! These were such a pretty combination and the Lip Cheat was so creamy and easy to use, I don’t have many lip pencils but this was perfect for outlining my lips and getting a good shape ready to apply the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick which comes in such decadent gold packaging and it just feels and looks luxurious.
The lipstick in Penelope Pink is such an easy shade to wear it is simple but pretty and was smooth and easy to apply. I would normally leave it at that but in the interest of recreating the whole look & applied the Lip Lustre on top and it has a pretty glossy but not sticky finish and it would be beautiful for a nighttime look.
The Beach Stick in Formentera Is a multi-use product which can be used as a cream blusher or as a lip tint. I am useless when it comes to cream blush but I would use this as a lip tint. I didn’t use it with this look because I have blush and 3 lip products so I will have a play about with it and see what I think. It feels nice and creamy and it has the same inviting sweet scent as the other lip products. Also, the packaging of this is so cute and pretty, it looks like a chunky lip crayon in rose gold packaging.
So that’s my take on Charlotte Tilbury’s The Dolce Vita look, I had such fun watching the tutorial video and recreating the look. I would say the quality of these products lived up to the hype and are well worth investing in. Everything looks and feels luxurious and its makeup that makes you feel good if that at all makes sense. I have been converted into a CT fan, that’s for sure.
So if you want to shop any of the 10 iconic looks or buy the products individually you can now do that at John Lewis. So pop over and see what look best describes you & let me know what you go for. I want to have a go at Rock Chick next I think.
Let me know if you have any Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations, I would love to hear them.
John Lewis provided these products so I could recreate my chosen look but the review is 100% my own thoughts.
I had seen this Olivine Atelier Love + Roses Beauty Mist all over Pinterest & absolutely loved the look of it. The design of the bottle & typography used looks simple and pretty and if there is one product I’m addicted to buying it is beauty mists. I use them as a toner, to refresh my makeup and to stay cool in the warmer months so when I heard that you could purchase this in the UK (it was only available in the USA until recently) I knew I had to treat myself to a bottle.
I treated myself to the smaller 2oz bottle & it’s just so cute! It is a glass bottle so not that travel-friendly, but as I said the design is so sleek and ticks all the boxes. This Beauty Mist is multi-use & it,
‘Silkens and tones skin refreshes weary hair and makeup uplifts the spirit. Just mist liberally on face, hair, and body for instant hydration and soul-affirming aromatherapy.’
It has a really pretty floral scent which is refreshing and uplifting, it’s so nice to have sat on your desk to use when you feel a little tired or in need of a boost of hydration. This isn’t just a run of the mill face spray Olivine Atelier have included lots of ingredients that will help hydrate, soothe and combat the signs of ageing. It’s quite incredible & includes,
Rosa Damascena Flower Water & Rosa Damascena Flower Oil: known to refine and renew skin at the cellular level, with powerful anti-inflammatory action
Cassia Augustifolia Seed Polysaccharide: mimics hyaluronic acid to retain water on the surface of the skin and hair
Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract: a powerhouse adaptogenic herb that protects skin and hair from environmental damage, minimises fine lines and wrinkles, and assists with stress and fatigue management
Moringa Seed Extract: a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that promotes collagen production, supports skin firmness, and boosts the immune system
Andean Orchid Flower essence promotes youthful vitality and cellular regeneration
Rose Quartz essence + other precious gems: for soul-affirming aromatherapy, the revitalising and uplifting powers of self-love, confidence, grace, beauty and self-esteem
I’ve mostly used this as a face mist but I do spray a little on to my arms & chest area when I get out of the shower in the morning and It feels lovely & refreshing on the skin. I have had my bottle for almost 2 months now and although it is only a small bottle I have only used half, I use it most days too. I will be buying the larger 8oz size and also treating my Mum to a small one for her birthday. I know she will enjoy using it as much as me and I’m head over heels in love with it!
I also have my eye on Love + Salt from the same brand, which sounds perfect for achieving those Summer beach waves
Love + Roses is 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly (the glass bottles are reusable and recyclable) and made in small batches with love in the Pacific Northwest.