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Favourites Of The Month | September.

I swear I say this every single month but HOW is it already the end of September. It seems like just yesterday I was walking around with so much sweat between my thighs I constantly thought I’d weed myself, moaning about the sunshine and waiting for the delights of pumpkin spiced syrup. Nice image for you there, ey. Seriously though, it is mad how quickly this year is going. It is also mad how I have managed to do favourites of the month consistently now since March. Well done me.

By this point you’re probably getting the hang of these, so let’s just get straight into it. 

Fashion

It will probably come as no surprise to you that this month’s fashion favourite is from Gymshark (something tells me that this is going to become a reoccurring theme). A few months back Gymshark released their Slounge Collection and quite literally as soon as I got into the office and saw these sets in the flesh I knew I HAD to get my hands on them. I went for all three components of the set in the grey but can also vouch for the other colours (I was really torn but decided that grey would go with more). They are possibly the comfiest joggers I have ever owned and yet they still manage to have such a flattering, bootylicious fit. The whole collection is an absolute game changer for Gymshark and I cannot rave about them enough. They are perfect for rest days, casual days out and for smashing your gym session now it’s getting a little colder – the perfect all rounder outfit.

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I wear a size S in all three components and they fit perfectly. I am usually a size 10 in bottoms and around an 8-10 in tops.

Make Up 

When I first bought this product I was a little disappointed. Not because it was bad quality because it is definitely not (it has such a silky smooth formula – I cannot fault it) but because it was a little too golden for my skin tone. I am talking about the cult favourite from Laura Geller, the Baker Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey. This glow is one of the best I have ever owned but the colour just wasn’t quite right. HOWEVER, that all changed this month. I have been consistently using my gradual tan and so I have a bit of a glow. Plus, now my make up as transitioned from the dewy, summer, barely there look to a more intense, winter look, it is perfect. It goes so well with deep brown lids and burgundy/berry lips. The product has a little bit of sparkle and a LOT of glow. It makes my make up pop and my skin look super healthy even in the colder weather.

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I would seriously recommend having a look at this product if you haven’t already because I really can see why there is such a hype surrounding it.

Skin Care

As you will know if you’ve read these posts before, I get really dry skin and this only gets worse as the weather starts to get colder. My absolute go to over the past few weeks has been Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentration Cream. It is the most delicious, nourishing formula that smells like melted chocolate. It has a thicker texture than usual moisturisers and feels so silky smooth, which I really like. This product has made it into my daily bag, which is a HUGE achievement for a moisturiser so well done Palmer’s – I tip my wooly bobble hat to you. The collection is HUGE so have a browse and see what floats your boat.

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Exercise

It surprises me to say this but this month my love for the deadlift has returned. I really went off deadlifting when I pulled my lower back due to some dodgy form and seriously overestimating my capabilities (sure I am pull 100kg after 2 weeks off, no worries…). Since then I admit I have avoided it but since starting training in Solihull I have really started to love them again. Rather than going super heavy like I was doing before, I tend to do high reps with a lower weight (50-60kg) and I am really enjoying them.

If you’re not deadlifting here’s why you definitely should be doing:

  • It works your full body.
  • It helps with fat burning
  • It can help improve your posture (as long as the form is correct) 
  • Helps increase grip strength
  • Makes you feel BAD ASS.

Entertainment (Book) 

This one way easy this month. My September favourites when it comes to entertainment has to go to the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The first book in this series is the one that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film was inspired by. They are such fantastic reads – trippy, engaging and totally unpredictable. If you get the chance and enjoy crime fiction then I would seriously recommend giving these books ago. Larsson has such an original writing style that will have you hooked from the first page!

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This has actually been the easiest favourites of the month EVER! I usually find myself really torn but I am loving all of these things so much that they were unrivalled this month. What have you been loving this month? Did you treat yourself to the Gymshark slounge? On the hunt for an intense moisturiser to get you through the winter months? Let me know in the comments below. 

Jamie x

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Five Favourites | Benefit Cosmetics.

Hey guys! It’s time for another one of my #FiveFavourites and today is the turn of Benefit Cosmetics. I find Benefit products really hit and miss and a lot of the time they can be quite gimmicky and overpriced. That said, there are some products that I think are such high quality that they’ve become my ride or die products. I chose this brand as I have been serious lusting over some of their new releases, namely the Hello Happy foundation, which has had some excellent reviews. Who knows, next time I do this it might just feature in my top five, but for now, here are some oldies but goldies that I love. 

BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

First up is the BADgal BANG! mascara. I have always been a huge fan of Benefit mascaras since They’re Real but this is the best one yet. It’s a surprisingly light formula that is not as wet as They’re Real so doesn’t feel sticky all leave that weird black line under your eyes (not a good look) yet it gives your lashes insane volume. It builds up to give a false lash effect and lasts for ages on the lashes without feeling dry and gross. It’s water-resistance but still comes over nicely with make up remover and has B5 in the formula, which is known the thicken and strengthen your natural lashes. It is the perfect mascara to take you from day to night and I would seriously recommend giving it a go if you’re a lover of their other mascaras.

Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit

The Brow Zing’s Eyebrow Shaping Kit has been my ride or die since my year 11 prom (about 5 years ago!). During this time it has changed its formula and packaging and in my opinion the is now not as good as the older one, but it is still the only product I reach for when doing my brows. The cute little kit is perfect to throw in your hand bag or travel with and includes eyebrow powder, wax, mini slant tweezers and a dual-sided extendable applicator. It gives a really natural look to the brows and lasts all day (and night). If you love a full, natural brow then this is the product for you – it’s totally fool proof!

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Image from cultbeauty.co.uk

Watts Up Cream Highlighter

When I first got the product I was really unsure but I ended up loving it. The Watts Up Cream Highlighter definitely takes some getting used to and I had to play around with it a lot before I got the hang of it, but it gives such a stunning champagne glow. Rather than being full of chunky glitter (which I don’t like at all) it just gives you a beautiful sheen. The application is super smooth and has an almost powder like finish. I would say though, this is definitely a highlight for the cheek bones alone. For some reason it never sets on my nose or other areas and it is hard to control the intensity due to the nature of the application! It is, however, a really beautiful highlight and is also something that takes me from day to night.

Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer

You might remember that this product featured in my favourites back in July and it is still a firm favourite of mine. The Sugarbomb Blush/Bronzer might have awful packaging but the formula is stunning. It has four difference shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose, which blend together to give your cheeks a sugary, natural flush. I also sometimes uses the shades separately as the peach makes a beautiful addition to a summery, neutral eye look. The mix of shades also means it would suit loads of complexions and take you from summer to winter. If you can look past the packaging (hard I know) it is really worth the investment.

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Image from houseoffraser.co.uk

It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream

Last but not least is a product I have not used in forever and I couldn’t tell you why because I really did love it. The It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream is great for helping with dark circles and reduces/preventing fine lines. It instantly gives your under eyes a natural, hydrated glow and contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness. It’s a little bit on the steeper side but I tend to find that that is the case with all eye creams (my current set me back $27.99 in Crete – if you’re interested you can find it herebut I always think eye care is worth the investment as they’re the first things to age. If you struggle with dark circles or tired looking under eyes this might be the product for you.

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A natural day look using all of these make up product. I was glowing (if I do say so myself) 

And that’s a wrap. I actually found this #FiveFavourites a lot easier than I found it for Soap and Glory as I tend to find with Benefit products I either love or hate them. There are some cult favourites such as POREfessional and BeneTINT I really cannot get on with, and other things that aren’t as popular that I adore. It is definitely a marmite make up brand in my opinion, but these five products really are fantastic. Let me know in the comments what your favourite Benefit products are and if there are any particular brands you would like to see in the next #FiveFavourites. Until next time… 

Jamie x 

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Five Favourites | Fragrance Edit.

I hardly ever buy myself perfume, it’s always more of a Christmas or birthday gift, but I really don’t know why. I love perfumes and like to have different scents to suit different events and my mood – some days I want floral, some tropical and others a hot, spicy scent! Inspired by my not so recent duty free experience, I decided that this post is going to be on my 5 favourite fragrances at the moment. Some are new and others are oldies but absolute goldies. 

Obviously when it comes to fragrance its very subjective and dependant upon your own personal tastes and how the combination of scents react with your body. However, I will try and talk you through what these smell like on me the best I can and why they’ve made my top five.

L’Occitane Cherry Blossom

First up is a scent that I absolutely love. As soon as I had the idea for this edition for Five Favourites it was the first scent that came to mind. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom is definitely not my usual type of perfume. It’s a very feminine, floral scent with strong notes of freesia, cherry and lily underlined with a delicate musk. When you first put it on it is very intense but it softens into a beautifully floral scent that lasts all day! It also happens to be the scent that my Mum wore on her wedding day and the scent I plan to wear on mine. It is the perfect bridal scent or, if you’re not planning on walking down the aisle just yet, it is great for summer days, cocktails with the girls or heading out on a dinner date.

If you like the scent you’re in look as there is a full body collection so your whole beauty regime cane smell like the cherry blossoms of France – delicious.

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 Gabrielle Chanel Eau De Parfum

I am usually a Chanel No.5 girl through and through, but this new scent from Chanel is stunning! A little more pricey than some of the others on the list, Gabrielle comes in at £116 for 100ml so might be something to put on your Christmas list. It came as a surprise to me but this is another floral scent (maybe it’s more my thing than I first thought) based on a bouquet of 4 white flowers. It has an almost creamy top note of jasmine and more fruity, fresh notes of ylang-ylang and orange blossom. It’s a really feminine fragrance that seems to have a lot more life than Chanel No.5, which I find can fall a bit flat when it reacts with my skin.

As always with Chanel, it lasts for ages and is really good quality – definitely worth the investment!

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Image from www.chanel.com

 

Versace Bright Crystal

Out of the five fragrances I have chosen, this is definitely my most worn. It is such an easy scent to wear on a daily basis and wears really well. Unlike the previous three scents that have been either floral and pretty or sensual and warming, this is almost a hybrid between the two. The scent is made up of juicy pomegranate grains, lotus flowers followed plant amber, acajou and musk. This clever mix means it is not an overpowering scent and so it perfect for the office as well as for going out.

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar

I was a little unsure about the fragrance at first and by a little unsure I mean I didn’t like it one bit! However, as the day went on I was pleasantly surprised and it reacted beautifully with my skin. I ended up loving it so much that it made it in my top five, which I did not expect! Like Versace Bright Crystal it is a really easy scent to wear. I don’t want to jump the gun but I might even prefer it to my usual go to scent. It is a stunning mixture of my warm and spicy hues from the clever mix of tonka beans and vanilla and sweet, fresh notes from the jasmine and orange flower. It’s a really unique scent I would really recommend you add to your collection.

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Bronze Goddess Estée Lauder

Unlike Gabrielle Chanel Eau De Parfum and L’Occitane Cherry Blossom, I knew this one would be right up my street. Bronze Goddess Estée Lauder is the perfect holiday fragrance. It’s another creamy, warming scent with notes of bergamot, warm amber, tiara flower, vanilla and, one of my favourite fragrances ever, coconut! As soon I I spray this I am immediately transported to some tropical island somewhere, sipping a cocktail and sunbathing. I always get loads of compliments when I am wearing this and it is the perfect ‘feel good’ fragrance. Out of the five fragrances I have chosen, this is definitely my most worn. It is such an easy scent to wear on a daily basis and wears really well. Unlike the previous three scents that have been either floral and pretty or sensual and warming, this is almost a hybrid between the two. The scent is made up of juicy pomegranate grains, lotus flowers followed plant amber, acajou and musk. This clever mix means it is not an overpowering scent and so it perfect for the office as well as for going out. I would definitely recommend giving this one a go.

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So there you have it, some of my absolute favourite fragrances that take me from day to night, summer to winter! I would love to hear what you guy are loving so let me know in the comments. Until next time.

Jamie x 

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Favourites Of The Month | August.

Hey guys! It’s my favourite time of the month again. If you are new to the blog (hi!) then this is a monthly feature where I share with you all the things I have been loving (clues in the title I guess). This month has been chaos! I have moved away from home and started my first job. I’ve made a loads of new friends and generally had a wicked time. Don’t you worry though, I have still found time to experiment with new bits and bobs and so have a lot to share with you guys today. So sit tight and let’s get started… 

Fashion 

As mentioned I started work this month, which can only mean one thing – a massive Zara order (I mean, I had to get a new wardrobe for work, right?). I tried to look beyond the heat wave with this shop and so got myself some autumnal clothing to take me into the next season. I love everything I got but my favourite has got to be these Leopard Print Trousers from their latest animal print collection.

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Image from Zara

I have never been a huge animal print fan but I saw these and I totally fell in love. They are so comfy and easy to wear, plus they look like I’ve made a load of effort when in reality I feel like I’m lounging about on the sofa. I usually team these up with some black or white mules (I love these onesand a cute little crop top (they go with so many colours – black, brown, red and purple look amazing with them). 

Make Up 

This month’s favourites have come as a huge surprise to me for 2 reasons. Firstly, I had no clue I was getting them until they turned up in the post from the lovely folks at Influenster. And secondly, last time I received lipsticks from this brand I was really not a fan. However, the Rimmel London Stay Satin Liquid Lipsticks have really impressed me – so much so they have secured a spot on this months favourites.

Now I’m going to be honest with you, they take some getting used to. They’re not the easiest to apply and the formula of the brighter colours never, ever fully dry so they smudge super easily (not selling them so far, I know). This said, the colours are absolutely unreal (I have never had a lipstick with such intense and beautiful colour pigment) and they do last for ages even with the risk of smudging. The brighter lipsticks haven’t been my go-to’s (however, I am loving experimenting with them and trying new looks) BUT the shade Shoulder Pads well and truly has my heart. It is the most stunning pinky nude that lasts all day and suits my pale complexion like a dream! I am truly obsessed, I think I have worn it every make up day this month.

As for the other colours, normally I would never be seen in a purple or a grey but these are just so stunning and have a perfect satin finish. Yes they have some negatives and yes you really do have to play around with them, but you can create so so many different looks and these have really made August the month that I have moved out of my comfort zone when it comes to make up.

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Skin Care 

I don’t know if this counts as skin care but just roll with it. This months winner is the MakeUp Eraser by MakeUp Eraser (imaginative…). I got this product in last months The Pip Box and, despite initial scepticism, I am totally obsessed! This rather underwhelming little bit of cloth is actually really impressive. It removes make up with water alone and therefore uses no chemicals or nasty stuff. It’s vegan, reusable and really does remove even the thickest mascara (believe me, I put it to the test).  It’s made from a specially knitted polyester/silk fibre which, when wet creates a hydro-mechanical process (fancy, right?) that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond make up to the skin. Not bad for a little bit of cloth.

I love it. it’s good for the environment, it’s good for my skin, it’s good for how super lazy I am when it comes to removing make up AND it lasts between 3-5 years. Everyone’s a winner.

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A runner up this month has got to be Bepanthen. Nope, I haven’t got nappy rash. I do, however, have a baby tattoo and this stuff has been an absolute dream when it comes to keep it moisturised and healing properly. I would seriously recommend picking yourself some of this up if you’ve got a new tattoo.

Exercise 

This has been a tough one this month as I am back doing my usual 4 day split training programme with a 5th day of abs and cardio. I am loving it and it is certainly nice to be back into a routine, but there has been nothing particularly new/exciting to report. I am currently looking at joining some adventure holidays though. Ever since Crete I have been desperate to get back out on the water and go kayaking again. I absolutely loved it but sadly in Birmingham the opportunities are limited. I am therefore on the hunt for an adventure holiday where I can do this again. I’m thinking something where I can go kayaking, rock climbing and maybe try my hand at surfing so if you have any suggestions let me know!

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Get me back on those waves. 

One thing I have loved about switching up my exercise over the past few months has been how I no longer just love weights, I love being active. I have really opened my eyes to new sports and becoming willing to experiment with sports I never thought I would enjoy.

Entertainment (Books) 

This month it’s not a TV show that has been entertaining me. In fact, I have been struggling to find anything on Netflix that has been floating my boat. Instead I have been reading a hell of a lot. I love a good crime/mystery book and so I have been loving Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks novels. Nothing new here but they are really fantastic books that I would seriously recommend – my favourite is Cold Is The Grave.

If you’re fancying something a little less morbid, Everything I Know About Love is a fantastic read (you might remember it featured on my summer reading list a few weeks back) and I urge you to read it.

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So there you have it, some of my August favourites. As always, I want to know your thoughts! Up for trying out the Rimmel Stay Satin Lips or not up for braving grey lippy? Any August TV show band wagons I need to join? Let me know your thoughts and what you guys have been loving this month.

Jamie x 

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High-End Make Up Products I’m Lusting Over.

High-end make up. If you’re anything like me owning a lot of the sort after make up products from high end brands is a bit of a pipe dream. As much as I would love to splash the cash on a fancy lippy or foundation, the reality is I cannot justify it – especially when a lot of drug store make up does a pretty god job (MUA I’m looking at you)! This doesn’t mean I don’t browse beautybay.com, drooling over the latest high end releases. I thought today I would share with you guys high end make up products I have recently been lusting over. You know, just in case anyone’s looking at buying me a gift or something… 
Primer
Let’s start at the very beginning, as Mary Poppins said, this is a very good place to start. So first things first; primer. I have been eyeing up the Becca Backlight Priming Filter for a while now. At $38, it’s a little steep but it has got some impressive reviews. Becca is one of my absolute favourite brands when it comes to give my skin a glow and this primer is supposed to do just that. I have pretty dull skin that tends to get a little dry around my nose and so I adore a dewy make up look. It is water-based and contains small, pearlescent filters that are supposed to leave your skin glowing and your flaws blurred – sounds good to me. 
Eyebrows 
Next up I’m going to go for eyebrows. The Tom Ford Brow Sculptor sounds right up my street and has been raved about by all the beauty mags this year. It has a rectangle pencil can be used to draw on singular hairs and a spoolie on the end to blend out the pigment, which would be perfect for my preferred, day time feathery finish. As if that was’t enough there’s even a sharpener to keep the tip nice and pointy – that makes it worth the £40, right? 
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Eyeshadow
Now for the eye shadow palette I have been dreaming of having in my collection since the beginning of time. There are loads of high-end palettes I would adore, but this one always catches my eye and I have never seen a bad review yet. At £43, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a little steeper than my go to, trusty MUA collection. However, the colours are absolutely stunning and are supposed to have a creamy formula with great pigment. You’ve probably seen this palette before but if not it has a gorgeous selection of shadows ranging from cranberry/pink to brown toned hues and has a combination of both matte and shimmer finishes the shadows – an Instagrammers dream. 
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Mascara
I find mascaras really touch and go. Usually I can make them work but it is hard to find a really good one. Rumour has it that the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced can offer just that. It comes in at £23 and is the brands best selling mascara. Apparently just two coats of this magically stuff make you look like you’re wearing false lashes, which is handy as I am terrible at applying falsies. This mascara is supposed to give volume, length and colour, which is basically everything you could ever want from a mascara – whether it’s better than sex? I’ll get back to you on that one. 
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Concealer
This one was easy! I adore YouTuber Kathleen Lights and she raves about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer all the time – even calling it her favourite concealer ever, which is seriously saying something giving her huge make up collection! It comes in at £22, which when compared to everything else so far is positively cheap! It’s packed with shea butter so is meant to be super nourishing whilst offering full coverage that supposedly doesn’t flake or crack! All of that and it’s vegan – everyone’s a winner! 
Foundation
I don’t mind spending a little more on my foundation as I think it can make or break a make up look, even so £42 is a little steep. The Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation has been raved about in the world of beauty and is recommend by make up artists and beauty bloggers alike. It’s meant to be an illuminating foundation that doesn’t crease and stays looking natural for the whole day. As I’ve already mentioned, I love a natural, dewy make up look but I still want a medium-full coverage so this sounds absolutely perfect. If I had to pick only one product from this post it would probably be this!
Bronzer
I have a very pale skin tone and so bronzer is an absolute must! I tend to stick with the drug store brands for this as they tend to do the job just fine. However, I would certainly not say no to the Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna. Known for being a cult classic, this bronzer gives a semi-sheer natural finish, which would be perfect for both day and night make up looks. I have seen beauty bloggers rave about this as an all over bronzer (great for those no make up make up days) and as a contour. When something is this versatile you can justify spending £29 – right?
Blusher
If I had to sacrifice one of the make up items on the list it would probably be a blusher, however, I have recently started reaching for my blush collection more and more and I think the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush would make a lovely new addition to the ever-growing family. It’s £25, which is expensive, let’s be honest but the reviews are absolutely fab! It’s meant to last all day (clues in the name I suppose) and have a beautiful and easy to blend formula. After some serious consideration I think I would probably go for Risque as I adore a peachy blush and find this suits my yellow undertone better than a pink blush.
Highlighter
Now for one of my favourite make up products in the whole entire world – highlighter! I love highlight and so picking just one high end product to share with you guys was tough. I was really torn between 2 in particular but decided to go for the Dior Nude Air Luminizer that comes in at £39.50. I went for this one because the reviews are glowing (excuse the pun) and it promises everything that I look for in a highlight. Rather than looking ‘sparkly’, I prefer more of a glow that blends into my skin and this offers just that. The shimmers within in are meant to be some of the finest out there and that means it doesn’t pick up texture but just leaves that sexy, wet look – dreamy. 
Lipliner 
Nearly there, I promise! For lip liner I have chosen the NARS Velvet Lip Liner that comes in at £18. The product comes in loads of different shades so you’d have to stock up on a few (darn it!) if you want one for every lipstick in your collection. I’ve chosen this one as it is meant to keep your lips moist due to its creamy formula, which is perfect if you are applying a matte lipstick over the top as these can be a little drying, and it will keep your lippy looking good all day – pucker up people. 
Lipstick 
Last but not least it’s time for the lipstick. I decided to go for a nude that I would wear on a day to day basis in the form of the Matte Revolution Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk, coming in at £24. Described as a colour to suit everyone, this lipstick is another cult favourite, plus it comes in super pretty packaging (always a bonus). It’s a more pinky/brown nude, which is perfect for my skin tone and although reviews aren’t all happy with the fact it might not be as matte as promised, this just makes me want it all the more! I tend to avoid matte lipsticks as I find them drying, but this is meant to have a slight sheen to it (sounds a bit like a satin finish) which makes it all the more appealing.

 

So that’s that. A full face of high-end make up products I am totally lusting over. If I was to get all of these products it would set me back a cool £343.50. I think I’ll probably be sticking to the drug store for a little while longer. A girl can dream though, right? Let me know if you have tried any of these and whether you think they’re worth then money. If not, what would make it on your list? Until next time. 

Jamie x