Saturday, January 30

Sunday, January 24

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Charlotte Tilbury is one of those brands that pops up all over my Insta feed but I've never really been able to afford, yet this hasn't stopped me stalking their website everyday to lust over everything. During Christmas we visited my nan up in Liverpool and I was beside myself when I found out the John Lewis there has a Charlotte Tilbury counter, so as you can imagine this was the first place I headed. With A LOT of self restraint (and the fact the bronze and glow was out of stock), I managed to narrow it down to a handful of cult items. 

Amelia Liana is the main reason I went for the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. She swears by it and I think her lips always look so voluptuous and perfect, so I couldn't resist picking this up. Plus I've recently developed a soft spot for a decent lip liner and you can never have too many! Next up of course I picked up a lipstick - I went for the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry which is a gorgeous deep blackcurrant which really compliments my skin tone. Finally I wanted to pick up one of the eyeshadow quads which I have heard EVERYONE rave about so much! I didn't quite realise how many there were and I was torn between the Dolce Vita and the Vintage Vamp but I decided on the former because I think I will get more wear out of it, and fell in love with the top right reddish-brown shade as soon as I swatched it. 

I was also lucky enough to receive the trio of lipstick charms from my amazing boyfriend as one of my Christmas presents which are so dinky and cute and I am totally obsessed with. Its safe to say next time I am anywhere near a counter a full sized So Marilyn will be making its way into my make up bag, along with the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and of course the Bar of Gold!


Monday, January 18

Nanshy Brushes

Nanshy are a brand which have been on my radar for quite some time and ever since I received my first blending brush at an event a year or two back, its safe to say I have been hooked. Last year I was lucky enough to receive this set to try out from the bloggers festival and a couple of these have become firm favourites which I use daily. I have recently started investigating cruelty free brands and its amazing to see that Nanshy are 100% vegan, cruelty free and approved by PETA! The brushes themselves are such high quality with an air of luxury you would expect from the likes of MAC or Sigma but for half the price. They are hand crafted and use synthetic taklon bristles which absorb less product and transfer less bacteria.

My favourites by far are the buffed base* and the contouring brush*. How I lived without the buffed base brush in my life I am not really sure but it has jumped miles ahead of my real techniques buffing brush and I take it absolutely everywhere with me. The bristles are so soft, and mixed with the density, provide the perfect tool for creating a flawless look. The contouring brush is slanted to fit the natural contours of your cheeks which really define, shape and contour the cheek area. The soft and dense bristles make this the perfect brush for cream, liquid and powder products and the large angled shape means its also great for highlighter and bronzer too! 

When it comes to flash smoky eyes and clean cut creases I am most definitely not the girl to go to. So, unfortunately I haven't had much use for the angled detailer* or the pencil brush* and although I do like the stippling brush* and use this for tinted moisturisers quite often, I prefer a more dense brush so I find I reach for the RT stippling brush more. However, overall, I am so impressed with the quality of these brushes and the affordability of the entire range. The wooden chunky handles make these easy to work with and to hold, the brushes themselves are incredibly soft with zero fallout after washing several times. If your looking for high quality, affordable brushes, I would highly recommend checking out Nanshy. 
* PR Sample

Tuesday, January 12

Festive Styling with West Quay

Back in November I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive Christmas event at West Quay shopping centre along with Jess, Brogan, Alice and Kat and the lovely Frank PR girls. We started the evening with canap├ęs and bubbles in Wagamama's and being a complete waga virgin I was very excited to start tasting some of their delicious dishes. We sampled a variety of treats from chilli squid to lollipop prawns to edamame beans to my newest addiction gyoza. I absolutely loved everything I tried even the squid (which I am very surprised about) and I will definitely be venturing out to my local restaurant as soon as possible. 

We then made our way to Oasis where we discussed the current trends and the new season essentials in store at the moment. The party wear was full of rich jacquard prints and embellishments with some winter florals thrown in for good measure - a change from the usual glitter and sparkle but a chic and sophisticated one. I absolutely adore the check boucle skirt on display in the changing rooms and the lace trim jacquard dress is to die for. The new season focuses on stripes in the usual oasis colour palette with hints of denim and suede throughout - nice to see the 70s trend is here to stay!

Our final stop was the bodyshop where we were introduced to the body shop christmas ranges and their new scent frosted plum (which fyi smells AH-MAZING). The body shop have released two ranges for their Christmas season party looks this year one based on gold and one based on silver. We were talked through all the products in each range and given time to have a little play around with everything, including the gorgeous vintage inspired sparklers which I absolutely fell in love with! 

Thank you so much to Laura and Hayley, I had a fabulous evening with the girls and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely be heading back to the body shop to pick up one of those sparklers now their in the sale....or maybe both!

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