Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2020. Seen as though everyone will have already began banging on with that ‘new year, new me’ malarkey, what better way than to kick off my first blog post of 2020 than with a brand new face?
Before you begin to panic, no I didn’t come into a boatload of money and splash out on fillers, botox or even a facelift. But I did splash out on some brand new (and the odd repurchase) of some staple makeup and skincare products.
I received a combination of high-end skincare and makeup products for Christmas that I have always wanted to try. So I thought why not share with you my thoughts as I used them for the very first time. I’ve talked about each product in the order I used it, so if you have some of these products and wanna follow this almost like a tutorial then, of course, feel free.
But as a little disclaimer, by no means do I think everyone should bankrupt themselves to buy these, most of them were gifts and I’m purely giving my honest review about whether they worked for me and my skin, whether they were overhyped and just my overall rating out of 10. So keep reading to find out more.
Farsali Unicorn Essence- £50.00
This was a product I was humming and haring about purchasing, having heard mixed reviews about whether it was worth the money etc. But I thought I’m never going to truly know if it works well for me if I don’t try it out. So of course, I bought it.
I really love this product and it does scream luxury. The Farsali Unicorn Essence is a well-renowned Instagram fave and I can totally understand why. The serum is a gorgeous millennial pink shade with tiny little shimmers in it to which absorbs into your skin leaving it to feel quite tacky. Thats what I like to call a perfect base for make up that lasts allllll day.
Not to mention it’s jam-packed full of all your super-fruits, including blueberry which helps prevent your skin from ageing. I’m only 21 so this wasn’t a majorly appealing factor to me but I’d heard it was a great primer and because of that tacky base I can totally see why.
Although it does claim to prevent creasing, my under-eyes did begin to crease throughout the day. I only tend to suffer from under eye creasing, I never seem to crease where my laugh lines or on my forehead, so unfortunately I can’t quite say it has completely combatted my under eye creasing.
Because of that, I would rate it at a 7.5/10. For a £50 product that doesn’t quite fulfil the promise on the bottle, it’s slightly disheartening that it doesn’t work complete wonders. But my make up didn’t budged at all from the rest of my face and I do always put that down to a brilliant primer so I’d deffo wear it again for an all-day event or night out. But re-purchasing may be off the cards.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Wonder Glow’ -£39.00
This was another skin primer/perfecter I’ve wanted to give a try for a while. Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite make up brands and one that I reach to a lot of the time for a perfect base. I was completely blown away by ‘Charlottes Magic Cream’ that I wanted to try a full face of CT.
This is a product that I’d heard a lot of great things about and I can’t say I was disappointed. The Wonder Glow is an illuminating primer that you can use in three ways. The first being underneath your foundation so it glows through. The second mixed into your foundation to create a dewy and glowy base. Or thirdly on your cheekbones, nose and the bow of the lips as a highlighter.
I opted to use it as a base. The first time I used these products was during the day so I wanted my skin to look like my own just better. The product smelt amazing and left my skin glowing from cheek to cheek. I wouldn’t use this product every day as I am more of a matte finish kinda girl, but for spring and summer, I can see this product being a daily favourite of mine. A little bit goes a long way with this product and for that reason, and every other reason provided, I’m giving it a 9/10.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Airbrush Flawless Foundation’ – £34.00
Shade- 3 Neutral.
This post is very CT based as its a brand that I’ve previously been really impressed with so if you’re thinking of trying some of these products out please keep reading.
I’ve always wanted to try a CT foundation, but I’d heard controversial reviews about the Magic Foundation. The general feedback was that it was quite drying and clung to certain areas of the face. But the latest release from Charlotte seemed to have a good rep and I was in need of a new everyday foundation.
The Airbrush Flawless Foundation is deffo medium coverage. I’d say it’s a buildable foundation, but I don’t necessarily think its purpose is to be a long-lasting foundation. It’s essentially your skin but better, in a bottle. But it doesn’t completely hide blemishes, redness or uneven skin tone as the name would suggest. It’s a great foundation if you want that no makeup, makeup look, but for me personally I need something that’s a little bit fuller coverage, which is purely for my own personal preference.
Another thing I’d note about this is the fragrance. The majority of Charlotte’s products smell unreal and scream high end, but I personally don’t really like the smell of the foundation, it’s quite overpowering and strong for such a light-weight product, I don’t want to say off-putting but it is noticeable.
If your someone who likes a scented foundation then this may be perfect for you, but for me, I wasn’t keen and its kinda put me off using it on a daily basis. Not to mention it is a bit too thin coverage for a product that suggests its a very full coverage and long lasting foundation. It’s a 5/10 from me.
Nars Creamy Concealer- £24.00
Now, this is a product I’ve used before however the last time I used it was after my holiday when I was a little bit more tanned so I picked it up in the shade ‘Ginger.’ This time around I’m literally a milk bottle so I bought the second lightest shade which is ‘Vanilla.’ So, yes technically this is a first impression.
I think this product works soooo well with other Nars foundations, but when I’ve tried it with MAC or Georgio Armani or Huda Beauty, its never quite had the same effect. But I needed a new concealer so I blended it on-top of the CT-AFF and it just added that extra layer of coverage I needed.
I love this product but I’m always begrudged buying a high-end concealer as they last me about a week. As well, this concealer is a bugger for creasing when you want to bake your under-eyes. So a little trick I use is to apply the Creamy Concealer under my eyes and then apply the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer over the top and that just adds a thicker base to bake upon.
This concealer is great if you can keep up with regularly having to purchase it but for me I feel there are so many good drug store dupes that are much more affordable on a regular basis. It’s great for a treat and works so well with the 3 other Nars foundations so for that reason I rate it 6/10 but like I say I’m sure if you head down to Boots you’ll find one thats much easier and cheaper to replace it with.
Huda Beauty Tantour – £26.00
Huda Beauty has fast become one of my all-time fave high end make up brands. So much so that when I go to the gym I always watch ‘Huda Boss’ which is the Kattan sisters reality tv show all about their multi-million dollar make up empire…if you haven’t watched it deffo do…ASAP.
Anyway I’d never really heard of the tantour before but its basically a cream bronzer which as the label states is used to tan and tone (bronze and contour.) It’s not too dissimilar from the Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzer, but I’d say it’s a lot creamier a little bit of product goes a very long way and really just sculpts those cheekbones and the jawbone.
The packaging is so slick and smooth and you can really tell that they use some of the best ingredients to create their products, everything is just spot on. I actually think Huda Beauty is SUCH a value for money too because I can honestly say I’ve loved every product I’ve purchased from their website from lipsticks to setting spray, its all just been flawless and it really isn’t too expensive either.
The Tantour gets a 10/10 from moi, it’s my new go-to bronzer and it’s going to take a lot for me not to reach for this staple product.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder’- £35.00
Another CT product that has been on my Cult Beauty wish-list for a while now, was the compact powder. Like all CT products this gorgeous powder is so beautifully packaged, that if it was rubbish I probably wouldn’t care because it looks bomb AF.
Either way, I love it! For the past couple of years, I’ve always used a loose powder. I’m an all or nothing kinda girl (and by nothing I will legit look like I’ve been dragged through an entire forest, never mind a hedge, backwards.) So, yeah I love a full coverage look. Though I probably could get away with minimal makeup as I don’t experience breakouts as much as I used too, I just love the thought of my make up literally being baked to my face and not moving for 16+ hours. I mean why have some ham when you can have the whole hog, right?
Wrong. I don’t really know what I was expecting from a compact powder, but this product did not disappoint. In fact I’d put it on par with my all-time fave- Laura Mercier AKA Queen of the Translucent Loose Powder. This product didn’t crease, it didn’t stick to certain parts of my foundation and its just so beautiful that I can’t not rate it a 10/10, MUST add to wish-list. It swooped in, did its job and now sits in prime position in my makeup drawer. Just try it and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Cheek to Chic Blush’ – £30.00
As you can probably guess by now, I proper wanted to try some CT products and as I majorly hit pan on my ‘Rockateur’ blush, what better time to try the infamous ‘Pillow-talk’ Cheek to Chic Blush.
Blush for me is a complete unsung hero. Don’t get me wrong I love bronzer and without it, I’d look like an 18th-century woman with a severe case of consumption. But blush brings your face to life and adds a much more natural tone to your skin, especially if your one for wearing a lot of full coverage make up.
Pillow-talk is an iconic range for Tilbury, creating a lipstick, liner and eyeshadow palette under the shared name. It’s a very natural, beautiful shade, that illuminates the natural pinkness in skin tones, leaving you with a very ‘English Rose’ kinda vibe. Because the product is so pigmented (thanks Charlotte) a little bit is just enough.
A great tip I have for applying blush is using a fan brush. This picks up the smallest of product and evenly dispenses it onto the apples of the cheeks. Nobody wants to look like a rag doll, with huge red circles and this is the BEST way to avoid that from happening.
Though I really love this blush, a cheaper alternative can be found at any drug store make up counter, for a fraction of the price. Its a beautiful shade but I’m not going to sit here and say a just as beautiful dupe isn’t stocked in Boots or Superdrug for £3 or £4. Blush may be a staple in my makeup kit but for a lot of people, it isn’t a necessity.
I’d give this a 9/10, as I love it to pieces and it’ll last me a couple of years, but there will deffo be a much cheaper alternative out there. If anyone has any they could recommend please let me know!
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Beauty Light Wand’ £29.00
This gorgeous candlelight, highlighter is so unbelievably beautiful I can’t believe I’ve never tried it sooner. Though I’m not a massive fine of liquid highlighters, this was so easy to use and gave great results.
‘Spotlight’ is a very natural champagne shade that compliments my skin tone well, as its not too golden/bronzey that it muckies my face (really hoping you all know what I mean.) It really emphasises the high points of my face that I want to bring out and doesn’t at all separate my foundation as some cheaper alternatives tend to do.
The applicator is easy peasy too! The sponge applicator contraption can often be really messy and off-putting for a lot of people. However, Charlotte has mastered this problem by creating a sponge applicator that can be locked, reducing the amount of product that just ends up seeping out throughout the day or alternatively just exploding all over your make up bag. If that’s never happened to you then your lying or just really lucky.
This product is great for beginners and pros, its just so easy, so simple and works so well. 11/10. Oh yeah, it’s that good.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Film Star Bronze & Glow.’ – £49.00
The film star bronze and glow palette literally broke Instagram when Charlotte released this absolute gem and ever since I’ve been dying to try it. It’s one of those products that looks so basic and so plain, that when I actually used it I was completely astonished by how good it was. And now I can understand why so many people continue to purchase this dual bronze and highlight set.
The bronzer shade is not too dissimilar from the Benefit Hoola, but not as deep brown. Because the bronzer has subtle grey undertones it works wonders for adding definition to your cheekbones. But it also looks super pretty dusted across the entire face, making the skin look slightly sun-kissed. It’s a buildable bronzer which means that you don’t have to worry about putting too much on and looking like an Oompa Loompa.
My first impression of the highlighter shade was that it was pretty plain. In all honesty, I wasn’t blown away by this highlighter when I first opened up the rose gold case. But when I used it on my skin, it was a totally different kettle of fish.
Usually, I’m more attracted to highlighters that look shimmery in the pan, because who doesn’t want to look like a Christmas tree bauble all year round? So this wasn’t my usual preference. But when I used it on my skin the more I blended the product the better it looked, creating such a natural glow. Because of how good this highlighter was I really would struggle going back to using highlighters with a glitter base, as I loved how this looked on my skin.
Both products work so well together and are a great investment if you are low on both a bronzer and highlighter. 10/10.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Cheat Lip Liner’ and ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick’ – £16 and £24.
Shade- Iconic Nude and Nude Kate.
Finally, I purchased a lip liner and lipstick from CT to complete my look. Having used these lipsticks before I knew what to expect, but the shade Nude Kate is a beautiful simple nude. Instead of traditional undertones of brown and pink, Tilbury opts to use an orange undertone which neutralises the natural pink shade of the lips, creating a flesh like nude shade, that I’m obsessed with.
The Lip Cheat is really creamy and super easy to use, so if you make a mistake over lining your lips the liner just simply glides off your skin, leaving no nasty lipstick stain which normally tarnishes a make up look.
Iconic Nude and Nate Kate are a winning combo and leave my lips feeling super hydrated so overall I’m going to rate both products 10/10.
We’ve finally reached the end of my first impressions blog! If you guys have any products you want me to review or have any other makeup based blog topics, leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to see what I can rustle up for you.
Lots of Love,