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Monday, 29 June 2015

Review | Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Cheek Swish and Pop Blusher in First Love


Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Cheek Swish and Pop Blusher in First Love
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Cheek Swish and Pop Blusher in First Love
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Cheek Swish and Pop Blusher in First Love

Charlotte Tilbury is a makeup brand that I only discovered last year but it has quickly become a favourite. So far all of the products I have tried have been a wonderful quality and although they are a little on the pricey side compared to highstreet equivalents they are worth every penny.

In today's post I want to talk about the pretty Charlotte Tilbury blush called First Love which is part of the Cheek to Cheeky Swish and Pop range. Inside the brown and rose gold compact hides a pretty dual toned blush which when combined leaves a beautiful natural shimmer to the cheeks. The center is a matte mid toned pink which is surrounded by a more subtle pink/peach which has a shimmer running through it. I've tried wearing both individually and combined, both of which are beautiful but more often or not I do the latter as it's easier when rushing to apply my makeup before work in the morning. If you really wanted to the outer shade could also be used a highlighter whilst the middle shade could be applied as your blush.

The texture of this First Love blush (such an adorable name) is soft and dry which means it blends well onto my skin so I don't get any harsh lines but it doesn't melt away throughout the day which is perfect. I like my makeup to last as long as possible and this is definitely a product I can rely on for that. Due to it's subtle tone it also goes with a variety of make up looks so is pretty versatile.

If you want to buy this beautiful blush you can purchase it from Selfridges for £30. The amount of product you get is generous and although I use mine regularly it's barely even dented!

What do you think of this Charlotte Tilbury Blush?
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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Advertisers | June


June Advertisers


Hello Beauties!  We are half way through the year already and I know I say it every month but how fast is time flying? This is a really busy year for me what with my promotion at work and the wedding to plan and I'm sure it's making the time whizz by even more than normal. Anyway, if you haven't already had a look at the lovely advertisers in my sidebar it's not too late! You can also have a peak at the introductions they have written below so you can get an insight into both the blog and their owner!


Please let me introduce my June Advertisers....


Advertiser: Beky Lou

BekyLou is a Fashion and Beauty blog that I write alongside my full time job. I put as much time and energy into it as I can and absolutely love doing it. I write everything from reviews, Outfit of the days, nail of the days and lifestyle posts where I just like to have a chat and give my opinion. Giveaways are also a regular on my blog where you can win anything from the newest product release, some of my favourite goodies and recently there was even a giveaway to win tickets to the Premiere of Divergent in London. I'd love it if you could take a peep and give me a follow!

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Advertiser: Dulcie's Beauty Blog

Dulcie’s Beauty Blog – A Beauty and Lifestyle blog where I share my beauty favourites and my reviews of products I’ve tried and products I’ve liked. Make-up is my thing, with nails as a close second.  Created with inspiration from my beautiful friends, the blog features my make-up looks and outfits, nail polish favourites and skin care picks. A creative space, Dulcie’s Beauty Blog brings beauty products, style and fun together.




Advertiser: A Scottish Lass


Laura, a Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger from North East Scotland.   I am a coffee drinking, mother of 2 wife of 1.. (lol).   Lipstick lover - never usually seen without a bright red lip.  A fan of all things sparkly.  'A Scottish Lass' is my night time retreat, a place I can share my loves and meet new friends. You will find an array of different posts on my blog, normally beauty lustings but a few lifestyle posts in there too.

Holy Grails
Some of my Holy Grail products are :  YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick, Mac 'Constructivist' paint pot & Clarins Flash Balm.  

Favourite Shops
Boots, Sephora (when given the chance) & Oasis


online - Selfridges,

Celebrity Crush - Bradley Cooper

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Advertiser: Topdraw Fashion

Hello, I am Anna-Maria the writer of Topdraw Fashion. I believe fashion, beauty and fitness alls rom together and this is what my blog is all about. I love bringing you guys fashion tips, amazing beauty finds and fitness tips and tricks. I post every other day, and sometimes more if i can and along with this i have just started a youtube channel. At the end of every week I do a ‘Deal of the Week’ post where I find 5 of the best deals for you and where to find them. Hope you stop by and follow my journey here.





Advertiser: Scottish Stef's Nails

Hey everyone!I'm Stef from scottishstefsnails.blogspot.com and I am really excited to be featured in Kimberley's post! My blog documents my polish discoveries including swatches and reviews of polishes and nail products. I also post about easy nail art designs that I would like to think that everyone can have a go at. The nail art designs I write about are usually quite expressive rather than precise and intricate so you don't have to worry about whether your nails looks perfect. I love a good beauty/fashion tag post too! Hopefully you will be able to find inspiration from some of the polishes in my blog if you are ever feeling bored with your nails. I love interacting with all the lovely bloggers out there so feel free to leave me a comment or tweet me anytime!

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Wedding | My First Dress Fitting


Wedding: My First Dress Fitting

One of the most exciting parts of planning the wedding has been picking my dress (read all about it here). I did that back in late November/early December which was really lucky as shortly after I was diagnosed with glandular fever and unable to do anything. It would has been impossible to have my dream dress then as it took 6 months to make in either the USA or Australia so I would have completely run out of time. It's such a relief everything worked out okay.

After going to four bridal boutiques I found 'the dress' and had no doubt this was that one as it definitely gave me that fuzzy feeling so many brides describe they have when they just know they have picked the right dress It was a very exciting moment and we celebrated with champagne which was really lovely as I had my mum and two Maids of Honour with me.

As you can imagine 6 months is a long time to wait but it went surprisingly quickly and before I knew it I had the call from the boutique telling me my dress had arrived and was ready for me to try on. I booked an appointment which was two weeks ago and was filled with a mixture of excitement and nerves. 

The big day was here and I arrived at the Bridal Boutique with my mum and future Mother In Law who would be seeing the dress for the first time. I had butterflies because I was so excited to be seeing not only the dress again but my dress, the one I would actually be wearing on my wedding day but was also filled with nerves in case I didn't like it... I knew I loved it at the time but 6 months is an awfully long time.

I came to the boutique prepared with my Rachel Simpson shoes and underwear and all that was left was to start getting into my dress while the mums enjoyed some tea and biscuits. I was taken behind a curtain so there was a 'big reveal' which is a fun idea and as soon as I saw my dress I fell in love. I can't believe I forgot how beautiful it was and I really shouldn't have doubted myself.. I picked it for a reason after all.

The lovely ladies helped me into my dress and I stood on a box to give me a little more height, not that I needed it because the length couldn't have been more perfect. I don't want to reveal too much about my dress here as my friends and family read my blog plus I want it to be a surprise for you guys too so I'm not going to go into lots of details about what it's like just that I absolutely love it and I cannot wait to wear it on the day!

My dress needs some minor alterations as I've lost some weight since I was measured but that won't be done until a few weeks before the wedding. I also need to go back to the shop to try it on with my mum and bridesmaids as they will be given a lesson in how to do it up so they are confident they can do it okay on the day!

Just 94 days to go.... eeeeek!

What did you think of this week's wedding post?

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Review | The White Company Pomegranate Candle


The White Company pomegranate candle

It's no secret I'm a big fan of candles so when my Fiance got me one from The White Company as a surprise you can imagine how happy that made me. The scents I tend to like are fresh, strong and floral however I also like sweet aroma's if they aren't too strong as well as fruity.

One of my all time favouite candles is Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone which I got for Christmas from my parents a couple of years ago (read my review here) and it's the kind of fragrance I can keep smelling over and over before even burning the candle. The candle my  Fiance is also Pomegranate so I was really interested to see how they compared as there is quite a price difference between them.

The scent is this candle is suitable all year round and is extremely close to the Jo Malone one. It is rich, floral and slightly sweet which actually reminds me of the kind of scent you would expect from a perfume. It's just dreamy. The notes of aromatic pomegranate and bright mandarin combined with soothing patchouli and amber create a pretty and luxurious scent which is soft, smooth and calming. It's just perfect for cosy night in when you want to relax.

The packaging of this Pomegranate candle, like all in The White Company collection is luxurious. The simple, sleek design makes this candle great to display and it's perfect as a gift too as it is displayed in a pretty box.

The Pomegranate Signature Candle is available for £20 at The White Company. It's worth every penny and is definitely better value than the Jo Malone version, if if that is gorgeous.

What do you think of candles by The White Company?

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Review | Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum


Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum

Chanel No 5 is a classic fragrance and is one of the best selling perfumes around the world. It's one of the products that every one knows about and has been made famous by the many celebrities who claim to wear it from Marilyn Monroe to Nicole Kidman. First launched in 1921, No 5 was created as Coco Chanel wanted a scent that 'smelt like a women' and was supposedly named after the batch that was picked as her favourite.

The idea behind this famous fragrance is that the composition is so complex that you cannot define the notes that make it up as one doesn't overpower the other. Instead it is combined perfectly as one.  I think this is definitely the case as at the best of times it's hard to describe a fragrance but I find this one impossible. The scent is so unique it's really something you need to smell yourself to understand the beauty of it. It's rich floral notes combined with musk, citrus and a touch of sweet is just lovely

The top notes in Chanel No 5 are aldhydes, bergamot, lemon, nerli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris and the base vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli. When combined they create a timeless feminine scent which is beautiful. I expect people wear this scent both during the day and night but for me I stick with the latter. I think this floral yet musky scent is just perfect for evening occasions particularly if I'm getting glammed up to go somewhere. It just screams class and sophistication.

The bottle that houses this fragance is simple and elegant which suits this chic scent perfectly. I love that it is no fuss and it takes pride of place on my dressing table. Whether it be makeup or fragrances you can't go wrong with Coco Chanel.  In fact I even plan to wear a Chanel or Dior fragrance on my wedding day and this one is definitely in the running. I haven't fully made up my mind though as I also love the scent of a few others... decisions decisions..

If you want to purchase Chanel No 5 you can buy the 50ml bottle pictured above for £67.50 from Boots. Alternatively, the 100ml bottle is £95.50.   Chanel No 5 is available in both a Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette but I have the former. If possible I try do go for the parfum as the formula is more concentrated and I find it longer lasting.


What do you think of Chanel No 5?
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wedding | Our Menu Tasting Experience


Wedding: Our Menu Tasting Experience

Wednesday means one thing.. it's time for a wedding related blog post! I really hope you don't mind me including these on my blog, I know it's a far cry from my normal beauty posts but it's a very exciting time and I just love to share snippets of my experience with you. It will also be a lovely log for me to look back on in years to come.

Today's blog post is all about our menu tasting experience which my Fiance and I did a couple of months ago. It was a lot of fun! It started by us being greeted by a champagne reception at the castle followed by a 18 course meal...yes you did read that right! We thought we would just get a taster of each course but when they turned up we actually got full size meals including sides!

We were taken to our table which was in the room we refer to as the 'dancing room' in the castle as that will be where we will having our band on the night of the wedding. There were ten couples in total but we each had our own space which was nice because there was no need for small talk or awkwardness if we weren't too keen on a particular dish.

The first thing we noticed as we sat down was the huge spread of cutlery on the table. We had a fresh set for each meal so as you can imagine the display was huge and something we'll probably never see again. After a short talk and some wine the dishes started appearing and we got to see everything exactly as it would be presented at the wedding. We both thought the experience would be good but we didn't think we would enjoy the night as much as we did and we thoroughly enjoyed trying the delicious food, writing our notes on the sheets provided and having a good laugh. 

Before going to the tasting we had seen the menu so had made a decision on every course. We were able to either pick one meal from each course for all of our guests or select three options for them to choose from. We decided to do the latter as I didn't mind doing the extra organising to co-ordinate it and it's nice to give our family and friends a choice. Despite this, we were surprised to have changed our minds after tasting the meals so it was lucky we did get to try them all in advance!

Our Chosen Menu

Amuse

Wild Mushroom Veloute
Bloody Mary Jelly

Starter

Trio  of Salmon - poached salmon, smoked salmon and salmon mousse with caper dressing
Confit wild rabbit gnocchi and pancetta salad with mustard cress
Peppered chevre cheese with soused tomato, shallots and orange dressing

Main

Rack of lamb with minted sauce
Sirloin of Beef with Bordelaise Sauce
Duo of duck - confit leg and seared breast

Dessert

Trio of chocolate - chocolate and pecan torte, white chocolate mousse and sticky brownie
Trio of English desserts - Eton mess, dark chocolate tart and lemon posset
English cheese plate - Stilton, Somerset Brie and Grandma Singleton's with homemade English apple chutney and charcoal biscuits


What would you choose from our wedding menu?

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Monday, 8 June 2015

Review | My Favourite Bright Pink Lipsticks


My Favourite Bright Pink Lipsticks
[Left to Right: YSL No 5, MAC Girl About Town, MAC Show Orchid, MAC Full Fuchsia]
My Favourite Bright Pink Lipsticks

One of my weaknesses when it comes to makeup is definitely lipsticks, I just can't get enough of them. I love to wear a variety of shades and I mix them up all year around but when Summer is approaching I tend to reach more for my bright pinks. They may look a little scary to some people  but I find they finish off my makeup nicely and really brighten up my face. 

I have four bright lipsticks in my collection which are my 'go to' shades and by far my most worn so I thought I would share those with you in today's post. Whether I'm looking a little paler or have a tan I find they go well with my skin tone so I definitely think they are worth a swatch if you're tempted.

One of the first MAC lipsticks I bought was the cult shade Girl About Town which is talked about a lot in the blogging world and it's obvious why. This shade is just beautiful. The Amplifed finish is one of my favourite's as it's creamy, long lasting and hydrating plus very pigmented. This blue toned pink looks gorgeous with neutral eye makeup and although it's a bright lipstick I wear it in both the day and evening. Out of all the lipsticks mentioned in this post, this is definitely my most worn and is a lipstick I will always have in my collection.

Next is MAC Show Orchid which is a pro colour so is not quite as easily available. In fact, it took me several months of searching to track this down before eventually finding it in the London Carnaby Street MAC Pro Store but it was totally worth it. Show Orchid also has an Amplified finish hence why it is very pigmented but it is much brighter than Girl About Town. The latter is a deeper lipstick and far more wearable but Show Orchid is equally as beautiful. It is more pink toned and has a subtle shimmer running through it which makes my lips look fuller which is an added bonus. This lipstick isn't for the faint hearted as it is bold but it looks gorgeous with simple makeup and definitely makes a statement.

The last MAC lipstick I'm going to talk about is Full Fuchsia and is a shade I bought at the airport when I went on a work trip earlier in the year. If I'm honest it's very close to Girl About Town and wouldn't recommend someone to get both. If I'd realised it was so similar I wouldn't have bought it myself but as I've got it I wear it. Again the finish is Amplified and this shade is a deeper pink than Show Orchid and blue toned. It's very pretty and is ever so slightly lighter than Girl About Town but it is barely noticeable. Another pretty lipstick.

I've always been a big fan of YSL lipsticks as I find them very moisturising and easy to wear. My favourite collection is the Rouge Volupte Shine as I find the formula the most hydrating and the packaging is simply stunning. This shade, No 5, is slightly more on the red/pink side and is also blue toned which I find to be flattering plus it makes your teeth look whiter! The formula is lighter than the MAC alternatives but the colour is pigmented so you can still easily achieve a statement lip.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post about my favourite bright pink lipsticks. I plan to do some similar posts like this in the future so let me know if that is something you would be interested in seeing.

What do you think of my bright pink lipstick picks?
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Monday, 1 June 2015

Review | Benefit Hoola Bronzer


Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

In today's blog post I feature a cult beauty product by the popular brand Benefit.  As Summer is fast approaching I expect it to be a product that is talked about a lot in the blogging world. Afterall, it is the UK's number 1 selling bronzer!

*Hoola is a gorgeous bronzer which is contained in a deep maroon box which matches Benefit's style of packaging perfectly as it is similar to what they use for their blush collection. As well as the bronzer it also houses a large mirror in the lid which is perfect to use on the go (it has come to my rescue many a time) and also a cute white bristled brush which is great to use for contouring as it's slender and soft. The packaging is simply adorable and I love it.

Moving onto the product itself, I mainly use Hoola as a bronzer by sweeping it over the points on my face which would be hit by the sun. These include my forehead, chin and cheeks and I follow the typical 'E' shape that is so often used after of course dusting off any excess product. By this I mean I follow the edge of my face and the middle of the E falls under my cheek bones. I tend to use a big fluffy brush to do this such as the Real Techniques Blush Brush as I find it gives a more natural finish. If you do end up with any harsh lines or go a little overboard you can fix this by using your foundation brush to blends things out and make the look more subtle.

Hoola can also be used for other things too though as the shade is so natural looking. It isn't orange or 'dirty' so it gives you a very natural healthy glow. For some skin tones it could be used for contouring and also for eyeshadow too. I've done both and the affect is lovely for an all over natural and simple look. It's particularly good if travelling with limited space too as you can get more out of one product. 

The pigmented formula of Hoola is lovely. It's creamy enough so it is blendable and sits on the skin beautifully but is also dry enough so it is long lasting. I've spoken a little about the shade already but it really is suitable for a number of skin tones. It's a great product to take a look at if you are pale and would like a bronzed glow as it's not heavy but equally as it's buildable if your darker you can also use it. Hoola also has a matte finish so if you are a fan of highlighters and shimmery eyeshadows this product is the one for you as no one likes to end up looking like a disco ball by overdoing things.

This version of Hoola is extra special to me because as you have probably noticed from the above pictures it is personalised. I absolutely love this. Not only is the box adorable with my name on but also the wooden handle of the brush has it engraved which is a really love additional touch. Thank you so much for Benefit for sending me such a precious gift.

If you want to buy Hoola it is available at all Benefit counters for £23.50 and is worth every penny. Due to the natural shade it is a product that can be easily used all year around and is pretty versatile too! It's the perfect Summer staple to have in your handbag but of course is a beauty that can be used all year around too.

Happy Hoola Days Beauties!

What do you think of Benefit Hoola Bronzer?
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