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October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I honestly can’t remember how long it’s been since I wrote a beauty and lifestyle favourites post, I thought it was about time I told you what items I’ve really enjoyed during October. First of all, where has this year disappeared to? It really doesn’t seem a whole 12 months ago since I was sitting here planning my December posts, and here we are 2018 is almost over. Isn’t that scary? To be honest, I kind of lost my way with the whole blogging thing for a few weeks. I felt my posts were getting lost in the huge blogging ocean, partly because I wasn’t promoting myself on social media and I didn’t feel like I had enough new and exciting content. Real life events had taken over the time I would normally have dedicated to my space on the internet.

I happened to be talking to a friend and she asked me what I hoped to gain from blogging. Was I purely writing for myself, other people or to be liked? I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with myself, and the last option was a definite no as over the years I’ve learnt you can’t please everyone. Taking that time off gave me the space I needed to breathe, and the fear of almost losing my blog a few days ago gave me the kick up the backside I needed to feel inspired again.

One thing I have really enjoyed recently is a trip to Sandringham House, The Queen’s country home in North Norfolk. It has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights. I even had a picnic on The Queen’s lawn, I’m sure she won’t mind. I had to have my photo taken outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time. You may like to read what else we got up to on our visit to Sandringham House.

The Walking Dead has also returned to our screens, I bloomin love that show. Season 9 has definitely come back with a bang, I can’t believe one of my favourite characters is leaving, no spoilers but his last scenes will be aired in the UK on Monday 5th November and I shall be inconsolable and sobbing into a pile of soggy tissues.

I suppose I should move on to some beauty products I’ve loved using this month. You know what it’s like, that gorgeous item of makeup arrives, beautifully wrapped and you want to delve straight in and start using it. But you can’t as you want to take a million photos and there’s just no time, the pile is building up on that chair in the corner of your room. Yeah, that was me. I don’t know, do people prefer to see something in pristine condition, or would you rather see a product that’s well used and covered in a layer of excess powder?

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve been obsessed with Bobbi Brown Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette, the shades are absolutely beautiful and there’s one for just about every natural day look you’d want to create. If I’m in a rush I’ve been swiping Nude all over and Tan on the lid and lower lash line. It’s a good size palette with 10 different colour eyeshadows in a mix  of matt and shimmer, there’s also a decent mirror, just in case you want to take it on your travels. The powders feel creamy soft and blend in beautifully.

I didn’t think I’d ever get as excited about a foundation as I have with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I love a moisturising base and this one is super creamy, almost as though you were applying a rich face cream. It’s a full coverage foundation but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on my skin and really evens out my complexion. I find it easy to blend over my skin using a damp beauty sponge and shade 4.5 matches perfectly for a really flawless base. It contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing, leaving your skin looking smooth and plumper. Concentrated mushroom extract helps to firm, tighten pores and thoroughly hydrated. I’ve been using this with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and if you’d like to know my thoughts on it I’ll leave a full review here.

I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but it really is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, it coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

To keep it all in place I’ll been applying Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder, it feels incredibly smooth and doesn’t clump up on any dry patches. I’m not one for layering loads of powder all over my face but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting. I just use a large fluffy brush and gently sweep over those areas. This powder doesn’t look dry, my skin still looks dewy, which I really like.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

 

Now we’re well and truly out of the summer months I still want to have a sunkissed glow to my complexion. I’ve been using one of my old favourites, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess which gives a subtle hint of colour and looks super natural.  I use a large fluffy brush to achieve that all over holiday look, then a smaller one to blend it into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. It give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’ve rediscovered how much I love Pixi Rose Flash Balm Skin Booster to prime my skin before makeup and applying a thicker layer twice a week which acts as a mask, you just leave it on for about five minutes and gently wipe it away. It contains rose extract and rose flower water, these are incredibly gentle on my skin, The balm is oil free and glides on beautifully without leaving any greasy residue, making my skin feel ultra soft and hydrated. It’s a great multi-purpose product that’s the perfect compact size for popping in your overnight bag.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

The Glossier Balm Dotcom is an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC, perfect for this time of year. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose one. The balm has quite a thick consistency, I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day.

Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

Another box set I’ve been watching again is Sex and the City, I enjoyed even more this time round. The fashion, the friendships between the four women and of course the “will they, won’t they” relationship between Carrie and BIg. I’d love to be like Carrie and whip open my laptop with every “last night I got to thinking” moment. I’m certainly not a talented writer like her but there’s always hope. For now I shall just be inspired by the many fashion choices she makes, My friend treated me to a name necklace in the same style Carrie wears, it is a very early Christmas present but I love wearing it. My friend also bought me the Love key ring like the one that was given to Carrie in the first film.

What beauty and lifestyle things have you been loving during the last month? Have you been anywhere exciting or watched any good shows on TV?

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

I was so excited when Charlotte Tilbury recently launched the Magic Away Concealer as I already love a number of her base products. This had been five years in the making and I had high hopes after reading reviews where people said how great it was. It’s a full coverage, cream concealer which claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, blemishes and imperfections to instantly give a fresher looking skin. It lasts up to 15 hours, plus it’s water resistant. That covers just about everything I’d want from my concealer, so of course I had to try it out for myself.

I’ve been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury for quite a while now, the products look extremely glamorous and classy with their stunning gold packaging. The brand puts so much work in their products and really understand what their customers want. My collection has definitely grown over the last few years and no doubt I’ll be adding to it again soon.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer wand comes in classic rose gold packaging and along one side it has a tiny window so you’re able to see how much you’ve used and the actual shade. As I’d expect from a Charlotte Tilbury product, it feels very luxurious and the tube itself is quite sturdy.

The Magic Away Concealer contains Persian Silk Tree Bark Extract which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. It also contains a native Indian plant called Extract of Wild Indigo which helps to brighten under the eye area and enhance your skins luminosity. If all that wasn’t good enough, there’s Palmitoyl Glycine to help rejuvenate your complexion, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and making your skin look more youthful and fresh.

The wand is a twist up style with a sponge tip applicator. When you use it for the very first time you do have to give it a couple of twists to release the product out of the sponge. Then every time you use it after that just slightly twist the tube to allow a small amount of concealer to be release ready for you to use.

The concealer come in 16 different shades, which i think is quite a good variety. I got mine in shade 4 as I’m usually a warm ivory in foundation shades. This matched my skin tone perfectly, as you can see by the photo it’s concealed under my eyes lovely and reduced any signs of the previous late night. The magic precision sponge has been designed to roll over any imperfections and fit right into the eye contour without dragging the delicate skin. It really does give you the most flawless application compared to other concealers I’ve used. The sponge applicator is also shaped which comes in very handy for getting right into the corner and I simply used a beauty sponge to make sure it was completely blended in. For any small blemishes and around my nose I just dabbed gently over the concealer with my finger tip.

The Magic away Concealer has a thick, creamy consistency giving a full coverage which blends out beautifully. It may be a thick formula yet it feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. I love that it has a sponge applicator making it easy to apply and I’m absolutely amazed at how flawless it looks, no caking or sinking into any fine lines. It’s so good that there have been days when I’ve just worn a CC cream and this concealer as my base and felt like I was hardly wearing any makeup at all. My skin looks natural and fresh, which I love, and the concealer even managed to cover up a few tiny spots I had on my chin without making that area look dry. Occasionally I set my concealer with a fine dusting of loose powder if I’m going to be out all day but honestly I didn’t have to do too much with this one at all. It’s extremely long lasting and I didn’t have to top it up once.

I love everything about this concealer, it’s full coverage, lightweight, doesn’t crease and covers up dark circles and reduces fine line. What more could a girl want from her little magic wand?

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury,s Magic Away Concealer?

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My Autumn Everyday Makeup Routine

my autumn everyday makeup routine

A change in seasons usually means a change in my makeup routine, or at least delving to the back of my beauty drawer and bringing out some long forgotten favourites. After months of wearing pastel pinks or a bronzed look, I’ll swap my every day makeup to something a little warmer, with the main additions being darker lip products. I feel much more confident when I wear makeup and use products I know will give me the best possible result.

my autumn everyday makeup routine

Before I go anywhere near my face with a scrap of makeup I’ll prep my skin by carrying out my skincare routine. Then I’ll apply GOSH Primer Plus+ is pretty amazing, it smooths out my skins texture and helps my makeup last longer. This primer is super lightweight and comes in a pale nude shade when you first apply it, it will quickly adapt to most skin tones. I only need one pump to cover the whole of my face and it blends in easily using my fingers, making my skin feel super soft. It contains oak extract, plus it’s anti pollution and is perfume free, which is great for my sensitive skin and a perfect base for my makeup.

my autumn everyday makeup routine

Having the perfect base allows the rest of my makeup to come together for a flawless finish. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has a lovely creamy consistency and doesn’t dry out my skin. I use one pump on the back of my hand and dot some across my face, blending it in with a damp beauty blender. This foundation is incredible, it’s smooth application gives my complexion a wonderful flawless finish with a medium to full coverage, concealing any blemishes. It’s lightweight, lasts all day and still looks amazing. This is my new go-to foundation, so I’ll be using this one for quite a while!

I simply love the Makeup Revelation Iconic Lights Contour Palette if I want to add a little shape to my face. I’ll take a medium sized makeup brush sweep the warmer shade (bottom row, second right) into the hollows of my cheeks and across the top of my forehead. These powders are so soft and creamy and incredibly pigmented, so don’t go over board at first!

GOSH The Strobe ‘N Glow Kit in 002 Blush is a gorgeous cheek palette which includes a beautiful matte blush in a peachy shade, two highlighting blushers and a highlighter. All four shades are stunning, the powders are incredibly soft and blend in beautifully.

my autumn everyday makeup routine

my autumn everyday makeup routine

yellowed toned face powder

To brighten up my complexion I’ll add dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder all over my face. I’m using the shade Dim, which is a neutral peach beige, without being too sparkly. It helps to blurr any imperfections and gives me a healthy radiant glow.

I’ve been using Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer for covering up the dark circles under my eyes, it’s my little magic wand. I dot a small amount where I need it and blend it in with a beauty sponge, it has the most amazing coverage, concealing blemishes in a smooth matte finish.

I set my concealer in place with GOSH Prime ‘N Set Primer and Mattifying Powder in Banana, occassionally I use it after I’ve applied my foundation to help control  shine and create a flawless look. It’s so incredibly lightweight that it didn’t feel like I was wearing any powder at all. You can also use it under your makeup as a primer to help minimise pores, fine lines and redness.

my autumn everyday makeup routine

The Urban Decay Naked Palette is one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palette for an everyday look. The palette comes with 12 golden neutral toned shades, including matte, satin and  shimmer. Each eyeshadow has a silky texture and blends in effortlessly, the shades are super pigmented and have amazing staying power. I apply Naked all over my lid, Smog in the crease, then I’ll take Darkhorse in the outer corners, blending it up into the crease and along my lower lash line. I’ll finish with Sidecar on the inner part of my eyelid and Virgin right in the inner corner.

I’m also obssessed with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, every single shade is absolute stunning and pwders are such a creamy formula without any fall out. This definitaly made my Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes for 2018.

a mascara from GOSH

I use Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner to line my upper lash line, it’s absolutely incredible. I am rubbish at creating the perfect winged eyeliner and this one makes it so much easier to get right. It’s super pigmented in bold black and stays put all day, no amount of crying, eye rubbing or getting stuck in a downpour  is going to smudge this little beauty!

GOSH My Favourite Mascara gives your lashes a wonderful, natural, everyday look. The large fibre brush helps to lengthen and define each lash, yet adding loads of volume without going all clumpy. It puts quite a lot of mascara onto my lashes, making them look thicker and fuller, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day and I’m not left with any flaky bits that have dropped onto my cheek. It’s smudge proof, lasts all day and still looked amazing when I got home, even after my eyes were watering!

my autumn everyday makeup routine

my autumn everyday makeup routine

everyday makeup routine

I won’t decide on my lip colour until that day but I’ve mainly been wearing Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Monogamous, a gorgeous browny nude and comes in a creamy, moisturising formula. I’m also obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks in the shades Very Victoria (Taupe Nude) and Bond Girl  (Natural berry red). These are incredibly long lasting and considering they’re a matte formula, they actually feel really comfortable to wear without drying out my lips.

I’ve also been using Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in the shade Dusty Rose, a pinky nude, it’s extremely long wearing and I hardly ever have to reapply through the day. It’s non drying and feels really comfortable to wear.

Have you changed your makeup routine for Autumn? What products do you love right now?

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Leighton Denny Nails AW18 Modern Bohemia Collection

Leighton Denny Nails Modern Bohemia Collection

As soon as we’re into those first few weeks of Autumn I love to switch up my nail colours and start wearing much deeper, richer shades. If I’m honest, I’m not great at applying nail polish. For years I had gels to save me the hassle of reapplying chipped nail polish and over time it ruined the condition of my nails, and was costing me a fortune every time I had them done. Now I love spending time painting my own nails, I find it therapeutic, plus it’s so much easier if I get bored with whatever shade I’m wearing  or I see a brand bring out a new colour nail polish and it makes less of a dent on my bank balance!

Having said that, I expect an awful lot from a nail polish, I can’t sit still long enough so it needs to dry pretty quickly, it needs to be easy to apply and last longer than a few days. I don’t want to have chipped nails on show, so if I have to keep reapplying it every 5 minutes the bottle’s going to sit in a drawer and never get used.

Leighton Denny Nails Modern Bohemia Collection

I have quite a large collection of nail polishes which includes just about every colour under the sun. I was extremely excited to try the new Modern Bohemia Collection from Leighton Denny Nails* which includes 5 brand new shades for Autumn 2018. A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be sent 3 colours to try, I think you’ll agree they are absolutely stunning.

The Modern Bohemia Collection is inspired by the bohemian free spirit and are rich in colour, resembling luxe fabric, echoing confidence and individuality. Each polish cost £12 and in just two coats you have beautiful glossy nails. The shades look super rich and dries really quickly, which is great if you’re in a hurry or impatient like me and don’t want to smudge your nails. The soft, flat brush adapts to the shape of your nail, making it glide on really smoothly and doesn’t leave any streaks.

These polishes last incredibly well, my nails were still chip free after a week, but I’m more impressed that after two weeks the polish on my toe nails still looked as though I’d applied it that day. Fantastic, if it can survive me knocking into everything and scraping my nails against stuff, then it can survive anything.

I’m extremely impressed with the quality of Leighton Denny Nails but the Modern Bohemia Collection is my favourite from the brand so far. I’ve totally fallen in love with these shades, Bohemian Spirit (grey), Vintage Chic (purple) and Eclectic Vibe (green). They look amazing with all my new Autumn clothes, almost like an accessory on their own. If you do change your mind and fancy wearing a different shade the polish comes off easily with your usual nail polish remover soaked on a cotton pad. No faffing required.

Leighton Denny are fast becoming one of my favourite brands for nail polishes. I definitely need to add a few more shades to my collection.

Which colour do you like best? What’s your favourite nail colour to wear during Autumn or Winter?

*This post contains PR samples
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Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device And Refreshing Cleansing Lotion

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device And Refreshing Cleansing Lotion

I’ve tried a fair few cleansers in my time and although I love wearing makeup, I also love that feeling of fresh, clean skin at the end of the day. Finding the right products that actually work and suitable for sensitive skin can be a bit tricky, but I’ve narrowed it down to a couple that I truly trust to remove every bit of dirt and makeup.

I first came across Kathleen skincare about a year ago when I was trying out their Amazing White Illuminating Serum and have loved the brand ever since. Kathleen have a range of luxury beauty products which are natural, organic and with no added chemicals. Their products are made in the UK and Kathleen really know what they’re talking about when it comes to skincare

During the last few weeks I’ve been putting the Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device And the Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion to the test. Here’s how I got on.

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device is completely different to anything I’ve ever used before and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this neat little beauty gadget when I held it for the first time. The aim of the device is to give you a much deeper cleanse compared to a mitt or a muslin cloth and I loved the idea of it giving my skin a gentle massage at the same time.

After reading through the instructions and giving it a charge I found it pretty simple to use. On the side of the device there’s an on/off switch and a speed button to allow you to go as intense as you want. You can use it with any cleanser, I chose to use it with the Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion from Kathleen, simply apply it either straight to your skin or on the silicone brushes on the cleansing device and away you go.

I’ve used  a number of Kathleen products over the last year but this has to be my absolute favourite and has honestly become an essential part of my skincare routine. I cleanse my skin morning and evening, including days when I’m not wearing makeup. Until now I always thought I did a good job of getting in deep enough to remove all the grime. I use the device for a minute or so and love the way my skin feels soft and clean afterwards.

This facial sonic cleansing device uses sonic pulsations combined with an innovative silicone brush design for a gentle deep clean and thankfully it didn’t leave my face all red and blotchy like a cleansing mitt does. My skin looked brighter and felt super clean compared to just using a cleanser on it’s own, the higher speed setting is great for getting right into any problematic areas like the nose or the chin. So if you do suffer from any blemishes this is the perfect cleansing device. I also love that it’s waterproof, so on those nights where I want a full on pamper session I can do my whole beauty routine while having a luxurious soak in the bath. Oh yes, this one is definitely a keeper.

It retails at £49 and comes with a USB charging lead.

Kathleen Refreshing Cleansing Lotion

Kathleen Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion

Kathleen Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion contains 6 active botanical ingredients and is designed to lift makeup, dirt, oil and any impurities without leaving the skin dry. The cleanser comes with two muslin face cloths which help to gently remove any dirt and makeup, while giving your skin a gentle exfoliation to remove any dead skin cells for smoother, brighter complexion. The cleanser has a clean, fresh smell, it’s 100% organic and doesn’t contain parabens or sulphate.

I wanted to test this before I tried the cleansing devise so I could give you a proper review, so I began by using the cleanser on dry skin and gently massaging it all over my face using my finger tips. Then after soaking a muslin cloth in luke warm water I used it to remove my makeup and exfoliate my skin. It completely removed all of my days makeup, even those stubborn waterproof products that will not shift. My skin didn’t feel dry compared to many facial washes I’ve used, this cleanser contains rose water, lavender water, lemon, and  avocado oil among other nourishing ingredients, which all help to soften the skin.

I used roughly one to two pumps of product which was more than enough to leave my skin feeling squeaky clean. I love that it comes in a pump action bottle so you don’t end up pouring out too much product in one go. It’s Available in 2 sizes, a 50ml which is great for travelling and 150ml which includes 2 gauze muslin face cloths.

Final Thoughts

Both of these cleansing products are absolutely incredible and are definitely going to be in my daily skincare routine for a long time to come. I loved that my skin didn’t feel dry after using them, they were both incredibly gentle and removed all traces of makeup, dirt and oil.

if you have sensitive skin or maybe looking for organic beauty products then I’d definitely recommend trying out Kathleen. My skin wasn’t in bad condition before I started using their products, however I do have dry, sensitive skin and suffered from red patches. I’ve certainly noticed a difference since using Kathleen Skincare, my complexion looks brighter and my skin feels fresher and much smoother.

I absolutely love the products I’ve used from Kathleen so far, they’re all natural, organic and extremely gentle on your skin. If you do fancy trying something from their range, use the code Sharon20 at the checkout and you’ll save yourself 20% off your total.

Have you tried anything from Kathleen? If not, which skincare product could you not live without?

* This post contains PR samples, all photos and opinions are my own

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