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Colour correcting is a minefield, there's a million and one different products - all of which happen to come in various pastel shades - that have to be seemingly expertly applied to reap the benefits. It can be tedious, time consuming and frankly confusing, but what if one product could offer a quick and easy fix to all your uneven complexion woes? Well Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow could be the one-stop solution to dullness, redness and perhaps even the odd blemish too.
If I could use one word to describe Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow it would be easy (steady on); from the straight forward, no non-sense and leak free packaging, to the physical application, it is a breeze to not only use but incorporate into a daily beauty routine - isn't that something we can all get on board with?
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow is a hybrid product both in use and physical properties; for instance, it can be utilised as a primer before make-up, applied on it's own, and/or applied as a liquid highlighter - how is that for bang for your buck?
As you have most likely gathered, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow is a skin luminising product - a gentle and highly sophisticated glow-inducing liquid that delivers a quick pick me up without the need for heavy glitter, nor shimmer particles. Rather it features Pearlescent pigments which bounce light to distract from any dullness, helping to soften & blur lines and dark circles. Being a Charlotte Tilbury product, Brightening Youth Glow is marriage of both make-up and skincare, and as such contains ingredients to care for your complexion, long after the glow has wore off: Watercress to brighten;Vitamin B3 to even out skin tone; Olive Extract to plump and moisturise; and lastly Chlorella (green algae extract) to stimulates even pigment distribution across the skin for an even tone - pretty nifty huh?
Sure a lightweight, non-greasy, adaptable skin boosting highlighter is great but what if it can go one step further and eradicate redness from the skin too? Well to an extent, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow does just that. I won't pretend that Brightening Youth Glow calms redness in the way a green corrective product can, it does however help to tone down any pinkness within my skin - it is also wonderful for taming angry, pigmentation marks left behind from healing blemishes. In my opinion, it's real colour correcting power lies in the under-eye area; I've tried many products and this is one of the few that really squashes the blue/purple tones of dark circles with ease, which is pretty rare.
In my opinion, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow isn't truly a colour correcting product - yes it does help to gently par down redness and brighten but it won't resolve a lot of skin tone issues. However if you are looking to inject a subtle, healthy glow with next to no effort and treat the slight colour correcting qualities as a bonus feature so to speak, you will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow £38.50/40ml - link.
DKNY Be Delicious fragrances will always have a special place in my heart, as a teen the original (the green bottle) Be Delicious scent was one of the first I was ever gifted and one I looked forward to purchasing each time I frequented Duty Free for many years to come. Admittedly now that I'm a little older, it is a fragrance family I often forget to visit but when I do, the love is very much still there. As the years have ticked by, DKNY have launched various guises of their Apple based ready to wear scents and the latest incarnation might just be my favourite yet - DKNY Be Delicious Flower Pop.
With Spring just around the corner, DKNY have utilised the fresh and blossoming blooms of the season for inspiration to create three, super fresh, youthful and altogether uplifting scents that will take you all the way through to Summer and beyond. The bright packaging, very much hints at the bold, fruity juices held within each bottle. If you have been longing for a new fruity-floral kick to liven up your days and fragrance collection, look no further.
DKNY Be Delicious Violet Pop contains notes of violet leaf, apple (of course) and orange flowers. This is a very sweet but evidently floral scent, the violet note is prevalent and is somewhat reminiscent of the childhood treat Parmaviolets. As of late, a lot of violet heavy scents are compared to Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Perfum, this is in noway comparable, the DKNY version is lighter, tart and altogether has a more modern flair.
Does anyone recall the scent, Nino Cerutti 1881 Eau de Toilette? My aunt used to wear all day, everyday as a child so much so that it is forever imprinted within my scent memory, well to an extent that is what DKNY Be Delicious Pink Pop reminds me of. This is in no way a criticism, rather a quick comparison and trot down memory lane. DKNY Pink Pop contains notes mandarin and nectarine, with floral trails of gardenia, violet and orange flower all of which help create a bright, slightly powdery, floral scent that is perfect for the lighter days of Spring.
As with every collection, there is bound to be one variation you won't like and for me this is DKNY Be Delicious Blue Pop. This scent is based around notes of bergamot and unsurprisingly blueberry - I can't personally detect such note but I am assured that it is there. As a lover of lighter, fruity-florals, I personally find this to lean a little to musky for my personal preference but at the same time, I appreciate the change of pace with the strong presence of vanilla and jasmine none the less.
With three fragrances to chose from, at least one the DKNY Flower Pop collection will be the scent choice of many this Spring.
Look out for DKNY Be Delicious Flower Pop collection launching via The Perfume Shop later this month 30ml/£41.
It's Valentine's Day and sure I'd love a huge bouquet of Roses, hand-delivered by a dashing gentleman but as that's not quite what is on the agenda for today, I'll settle for perfectly moisturised lips. Well as luck - and maybe even fate - would have it, Jo Malone have newly launched a fresh and deeply nourishing lip balm that will comfort your lips all Winter long and beyond. Let me be the one to tell you about Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care.
Like 99.9% of the population (slight exaggeration of course), I adore Jo Malone packaging: its sleek, modern yet classic at the same time and the very epitome of luxury. The Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care is no different, it is decked out in cream and black finery, looking every part the Jo Malone launch. If I'm being hypercritical, I would say that as sturdy as the plastic pot happens to be (great for travel and every day use), I would have preferred an option that allowed me to apply the balm directly to my lips. It's not that I'm grossed out about using my fingers to apply products (I'm clean and I know where my hands have been), it more an issue of practicality; on the go, I'll have to route around my bag for a tissue to remove the excess balm from my hands, and that may result in me leaving this particular launch on my bedside table for when I have more time on my hands.
Before we discuss the fragrance - which is heavenly - let me divulge a little about the actual formulation of this lip care product. As you may have noticed, Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care is not billed as a lip balm as it goes a step further than simply moisturising the skin. The Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care contains an extravagant blend of moringa butter, rose flower wax and kukui seed oil to banish dryness, deeply condition and protect the lips in one quick step.
The texture of Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care is thick and a little on the firmer side but not overly so; once applied to the lips it is quickly absorbed making it a great everyday base for other lip products.
Now there's one thing Jo Malone do better than most and that is that they understand the science of a great fragrance - who doesn't go weak at the knees just walking past a Jo Malone store, let alone being the proud owner of a bottle of cologne or two. Admittedly I was a tad pensive about a fragrance combination of mint and ginger but it works. I mean of course it works, this isn't Jo Malone's first rodeo, they are experts at blending fragrance notes and this slightly zesty, veering spicy yet fresh concoction is unlike anything I've ever tried before.
Perhaps an odd but hopefully helpful observation - yes Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care is scented and obviously so (as you'd expect) but once it is on the lips it mellows out and isn't over powering - nor can you taste it when you eat etc which I know can be a deciding factor on whether or not some of us purchase an item of this nature.
I really hope the launch of Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care is a sign of things to come, I can of course only speak for myself but I would love to see the brand delve into more cosmetic based items - wouldn't that be the dream?
Jo Malone English Mint & Ginger Lip Care £20 via Jo Malone - link.
Roses are one of my favourite blooms and although they are heavily pushed in mid-February for the main event (by tomorrow they'll be slashed in price - I'll see you at the checkout, fellow bargain hunters) it is a scent that can and should be enjoyed all year around. If any rose based fragrance is worthy of a place in your stash it is Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne, in my humble opinion it is the best stand alone, Rose scent around: pure, classic and sophisticated.
What sets this apart from your typical rose scent is the complexity of notes, which include a combination of seven of the world's most exquisite roses blended with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon. It's fresh yet deep and not at all powdery nor dated. It's light, it's floral and is romantic and probably your new favourite in the making. As this is a Jo Malone concoction, it layers well with other fragrances adding depth and complexity to your favourite scents (Jo Malone or otherwise, today I've teamed it with Gucci Bloom to add a little of Cupid's magic to my everyday perfume choice).
Fun fact, I buy myself a Valentine's Day gift every year. Hey I'm not going to let being single get in the way of celebrating of a made up holiday, heck no - not this gal. To be honest, I'd celebrate the fact it is Wednesday if I could get away with it. Basically I'm all about the treat yourself life and if you have been looking for an occasion (aka excuse) to purchase Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne (or any product within the line) then take this as your universal sign.
Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne £90 via Jo Malone - link.
Gel nails, they are great aren't they but not all salons nor formulas are equal so to save you time and effort, I'm going to let you in on a nail secret - Semilac is one of the best formulations around and the good news is that you can experience it both at home and in the salon too!
Not so long ago I was kindly invited to the Semilac Salon in Solihull to experience the gel polish for myself and I can truly vouch that it was one of the best nail experiences I've ever had. My nails and hands were treated to a full manicure, along with a wealth of experience and kindness thanks to the beyond qualified and helpful team. I kid you not when I say this is one of - if not - the best manicures I've ever had; my nails were perfectly filed, polished and treated using Semilac products whilst I sat comfortably and watched. The salon is a modern space, clean, cosy, well equipped with personable staff and a welcoming atmosphere - all of which I found to make this an unforgettable experience.
With Valentines Day right around the corner we all agreed that it would be only fitting to experience the shade of the month which happens to be one of the brightest, yet classic takes on red around - Semilac 039 Sexy Red. This is one of those rare hues that looks great on everyone regardless of nail shape, length or skin tone. I don't think I've ever had quite so many comments on my nails than I have with this bold red.
It's been close to a month since I was at the salon and my nails are still going strong - no chips, no peeling and no breakage. I'm truly impressed and should I ever be back in Birmingham, I would not hesitate to book in with Semilac again, and would urge anyone local to visit at their first convenience.
Now for those who can't make it to either of the Semilac premises - or perhaps you are generally strapped for time - fear not as Semilac offer multiple at home manicure products including gel polishes and curing lamps so you can create your own perfectly glossy nails at home. The Semilac starter kit which contains everything you could possibly need to manicure your nails to a profession standard costs just £49 - link. The beauty of such set up is that a, you never need to leave home to have perfect nails and b, it can be used time and time again. And yes you can even buy the very polish I have on my nails in the above images for just £6.99 (it is usually £8.75 but as it is the shade of the month, it will be available for such reduced price until the end of February)- link but why stop there when there's a world of beautiful Semilac Hybrid Gel Polishes to be discovered.
For more information on everything Semilac please visit here- link.
This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and experiences are my own.
Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, the International Day of Love, or simply February the 14th - whatever name you attach to the date, circle it in your calendar and make the effort to treat yourself and/or a loved one this year. With the clock ticking and an inbox full of Valentine's Day promotional offers and pushes, it is tricky to know where to start but with Debenhams not only will every whim (and person) be catered for under one roof - or at the click of a button - you can experience luxurious brands at a fraction of the price especially for the occasion. Now where to start?
Is lingerie really an outdated Valentine's Day gift? I don't personally think so, a good majority of us won't (or can't for whatever reason) splash out on a pretty (and matching new) underwear set. If the 14th is that one occasion, that you say to heck with practicality and indulge in something ultimately more frilly and fancy, than your typical underpants then so be it. Never underestimate the power of a good bra, a lot like a brilliant red lipstick, it can (and will) instantly boost your confidence, making even the crappiest of Monday's that more bearable. The great thing about underwear is no-one can see it underneath your clothes (well unless you want them to), so you can be as daring or as bold as you want to be, which again is surprisingly empowering. As there is 15% off of all designer lingerie and nightwear at Debenhams, there truly is no time like the present to snap up a set or two.
If you are purchasing some new smalls for a loved one: a, ensure you know their sizes - nothing worse than saggy pants and a too tight bra; b, unless you know they wear thongs, skip straight to briefs. Trust me on this one.
In my humble opinion, everyone should own at least one "fancy" set of black underwear: it's classic, sexy and frankly is suitable for just about every occasion. Now I don't know about you but I'm not one to sacrifice comfort for a racy new bra. Nope. Not going to happen but combing both style, seductiveness and opulence is the Reger by Janet Reger Black diamanté 'Ella Rose' underwired, non-padded balcony bra (£22.10). Not only is this a classic design with a twist (the diamanté details are Swarovski as a heads up) but it is a great way to embrace the current, sheer and lace bra trend without forgoing support. This particular line offers both a thong (£12.75) and Brazilian knickers (£12.75) so there is something for most tastes and preferences. This is the very set that I treated myself to for Valentine's Day; I've been a little down in the dumps (is the February blues a real thing?) and wanted a little pick me up to make myself feel special, without going down the route of wilted roses, or yet another candle.
Speaking of trying something new, if underwear isn't quite what you had in mind, what about trying on a different than the norm fragrance for size? The beauty of perfume, cologne and aftershave is that you won't be bogged down with remembering sizes, favourite cuts etc, you just have to let your nose lead the way.
At just £47.25 the Mugler - 'Aura Mugler' gift set is a complete snip, not only does it come beautifully presented with its own gift box (saving you time and more money) but it contains two bottles of fragrance: a refillable 50ml bottle for day-to-day use and a dinky 5ml bottle for stashing in your handbag. In my opinion the dazzling, heart shaped, emerald bottle is a true thing of beauty - it is sleek, modern and yet has a touch of old school glamour; coincidentally that's exactly how I'd describe the scent of Mugler Aura too. Aura is sensual, yet fresh with plenty of green notes and a magnetic Vanilla base - anyone would be delighted to experience, let alone wear this. I can not wait to greet my Mum with this duo on the 14th, she never, ever treats herself to fragrance and I know it will make her day - who says Valentine's Day can't be extended to family members too?
Try before you commit - four little words I long to hear, especially in regards to fragrance. For one, I am fussy, I don't like to, nor tend to, blind purchase scents of any calibre; I am a beauty writer, the last thing I need is another unused and unloved product occupying valuable storage space. And yet, I do enjoy trying new things at any given opportunity, it is quite the conundrum...well that was until I was introduced to Secret Scent Box.
From just £13 a month, three deluxe samples of well known, 100% authentic designer, and often just on the shelves fragrances (there is an option for both male and female subscribers) are delivered directly to your door, beautifully presented in a gift box that will fit through most, if not all letterboxes so you needn't worry about missing the postman.
Each dinky but deceivingly generous atomiser, within Secret Scent Box contains 3ml of fragrance, which in theory based on two to three mists/sprays per day should last the average user up to 10 days - not to mention perfectly proportioned to slip into even the smallest of bags and tightest of pockets.
As the Secret Scent Box has been created and curated to offer variety - a discovery of fragrance if you will - no two months are the same, great if you have yet to stumble upon your signature scent or perhaps, a little (or a lot) like myself, you are fussy and bore very easily. I rather enjoy that they aren't themed, rather each monthly drop offers three very different from one and other, fragrant treats complete with information cards so you can learn a little more about each as you try them out.
The February Secret Scent Box is perfectly timed and suited for the awkward transition from the depths of Winter, into crisper and hopefully the brighter beginnings of Spring. Although the trio of scents are in no way similar in terms of composition, they do all share an uplifting overall vibe. From the aquatic, citrus and refreshingly zesty notes of Davidoff Cool Waters for Her, to the complex yet delightfully White composition of Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum to the modern, sweet and bright, fruity trails of FCUK3 for her - there's something for the everyone and every mood.
You can find and subscribe to Secret Scent Box here - link.
This is a sponsored post in connection with Secret Scent Box.
It's nearly Valentine's Day, romance is in the air; as is the scent of over-priced red roses, neatly lined up in just about every Supermarket on the high street. Single, loved up or indifferent - the 14th is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something you want not need, but rather something a little more luxurious than perhaps you'd normally purchase and something a little longer lasting than a dozen wilted blooms. I suggest a candle (don't I always?), actually I have no less than three floral tinged indulgences that are perfectly suited to celebrate the day of love and then add ambience to the rest of February too.
Fun, fruity and extravagant, who wouldn't want to display the Ashleigh & Burnwood Wild Things Pinemingos Candle (£38),front and centre. Not only is the delicate but tropical pineapple, lychee and coconut scented candle perfect for chasing away any Winter blues, the storage container is frankly something to marvel at. The bright but stylish Flamingo print will add a splash of colour to any room and can be re-purposed as a keep safe jar once the candle is depleted. A new favourite find of mine and a brand I can't wait to explore further.
For those who couldn't ever imagine themselves enjoying anything rose scented, let alone a product to fragrance the home, I implore you to give Diptyque Rose Delight (£50), a chance. It is unlike anything else and will make a believer out of you yet. Think candied and sugary notes combined with powdery, soft rose petals to create a modern take on the delicacy of Turkish Delight. It's nostalgic, it's sweet and it's Diptyque - you can't really go far wrong but you will have to be quick as this is proving to be a tricky scent to source as it is very much limited edition.
So maybe you can't be convinced to embrace Rose notes and long for Peony season once again? Well until that day, you can enjoy the light and utterly darling scent of Grace Cole Vanilla Blush and Peony Candle (£20). The sweet but comforting hint of creamy Vanilla helps set this aside from other dusky Peony offerings - it is the ultimate addition to any cosy night at home, and also the most perfect gift should you be partaking in either Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day this year. If you do decide to peruse the Grace Cole website (and I highly recommend that you do) please use the code SUNDAYGIRL15 for a 15% discount on any purchases.
What are your Valentine's Day plans?
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It's the first Monday of February and I am raring to go - either that or I'm still hyped up from last nights Super Bowl sugar rush - I have a million and one things I'd like to achieve before the end of 2018. Yes most of my New Year's resolutions are now redundant and my super expensive daily planner is collecting dust on my bookshelf, but I do have achievable aims for the next few weeks ahead, some of which you might want to add to your to-do list?
1, Be ruthless with my make-up brush collection, I own more brushes than I could ever need nor want and as I'm not a professional make-up artist there really is no need for me to frankly hoard quite so many - especially as I use the same five or so brushes religiously anyway. If I'm also entirely honest with myself, a good few brushes have seen better days and really should be thrown in the scrapheap.
2, Curate a daily essentials beauty bag - I waste so much time in the morning getting ready because I flit from room to room getting ready and as such I have make-up and skincare items scattered all throughout my apartment. It would be so much more time efficient (not to mention tidier) if I stashed all the items I can't be without in the morning in one neat little bag and of course kept said bag in one place too. It would also be handy, when travelling to have a ready-made bag for my suitcase instead of scouring the lounge for my trusty bottle of mascara.
3, Switch to lighter formulations - My skin is oily, heavier formulations be it skincare or make-up tend to clog my pores and yet in the depths of Winter I find that sometimes it is a necessary evil. Thankfully, it seems the worst of Winter is over and as such my skin doesn't feel nearly as dehydrated as it once did, so I think the time is now to seek out more gel based lotions and potions, and maybe swap back to a lighter coverage foundation. I'm looking forward to my skin feeling like it can breathe again.
4, Drink more water - I have no excuses: I work from home, I have a water filter, I have a glass bottle and I have the time, I really need to step away from soda and start guzzling down more water, goodness knows my skin needs all the help it can get. I've also started working out with a personal trainer so it makes no sense to be investing in myself and health in such a big way, only to go home and ruin any would be results by cracking open a two litre bottle of Cherry Coke (it is my downfall). I'm going to aim to drink 4 cups of water a day to begin with and slowly but surely up my intake over the course of the coming weeks.
5, Learn new techniques - Have you ever sworn a beauty product wasn't for you, only to find that if you mix it with something else, or use it in a different way than intended and suddenly you can't be without it? Well as one my biggest goals for the year ahead is to use more and buy less, I plan on utilising YouTube and beauty blogs to their full potential and reading up on less conventional approaches to make-up and beauty products.
I also need to de-clutter my entire bathroom and bedroom of half-used and probably expired beauty products, have a general cull of my mascara collection and of course deep cleanse all my beauty blenders but one thing at a time huh?
Beauty trends come and go; as much as I enjoy the glittering facade of a highlighter, I am a blush gal, through and through. I simply can not recall the last time in which I wore make-up, that did not include a quick a quick swirl of peachy blush to complete my look. Blush does what highlighter can not: it brightens the entire face and regardless of the occasion, complexion or skin type it always looks fresh and flattering. As much as it pains me to admit it but a lot like the trend of marble everything, I do think intense highlighting is nearing the end of its course of dominance and in the coming months we will see a more subtle approach to skin illumination. Perhaps the best tell of such trend approaching its expiry date, is the sudden influx of blush palettes: some with bronzers, some without, but all noticeabley skipping out on highlighting products completely. Paving the way with one of the most beautiful but utterly practical blush kits of this kind is Charlotte Tilbury with the new Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Palette.
Let's get straight down to business, the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Palette is not cheap at £60 - it is a luxury self-investment and one, admittedly I would initially hesitate to purchase had I not already been such a huge fan - and constant wearer - of the original Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar and Glow Palette. If like myself you do wear blush and bronzer pretty much on a daily basis and don't typically reach for a highlighting product unless it is a special occasion, this is the kit for you. At your fingertips you have two large, fairly universally toned face powders (I'd skip this duo if you have a deep skintone - I'm hopeful that other variations of this palette will launch sooner than later) at your disposal but also a compact brush perfectly suited to the application of either shade.
I imagine that the inclusion of the brush is the reason this particular colourway is more expensive than the original Filmstar palettes? As admittedly well made and proportioned as the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Artistry Blush Brush may be, I'd have happily skipped it for a reduced palette price point and utilised one of my own brushes - which I undoubtedly will anyway as I prefer larger blush brushes for a more diffused look. I can't however fault that Charlotte Tilbury, by adding the brush to kit have essentially constructed a complete, on-the-go, travel friendly cheek kit: a blush, a bronzer, a huge mirror and of course the pocket-sized brush.
The concept behind of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Palette is to add delicate flashes of dimension to the face via the glowing, flush of blush and soft contouring abilities of the bronzer. The idea is that both products add subtle flashes of light to the skin, so that there is no need for a separate highlighting product - pretty clever wouldn't you agree? As such neither the bronzer nor blush within the kit are flat, matte formulations, rather they have been infused with finely crushed pearls for an ethereal like glow. It's not often - if ever - that I would recommend a non-matte bronzer for contouring the face, and yet there is something so special about both the shade and finish of the Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer within this duo. The soft focus, glowing bronzing powder does not translate to a glittery finish on the skin, rather it injects just the right amount of glow, warmth and pigment so it is perfectly suited to all uses. It blends like a dream, wears wonderfully (even on the oiliest of skin types) and paired with the beautiful, rosy toned, blush in this duo, it creates the most wonderful naturally flushed yet sculpted look with a smattering of radiance.
I often say that with Charlotte Tilbury products you not only pay for the innovation but also the guidance of a world renowned make-up artist. As such a lot of the mystery and confusion of beauty products is eradicated from her line. For instance, the colour pairings of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Blush Glow Palette; if ever you have teamed the wrong bronzer with your favourite blush and despaired at the muddy mess you have created, you will welcome the addition of a perfectly paired, ready-made duo of cheek products. The warm, coral pink that has a slight golden reflex blush, is only heightened and complimented by the sandy, slightly sheer but olive-hued bronzer. Each product understands its place and purpose, there is no guesswork, nor do you need to tactfully approach either powder, simply apply, blend and go - and for that I will (and do) happily pay top dollar.