Saturday, 27 December 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Sale (& Tom Ford)

I can't believe I haven't spoken about Charlotte Tilbury Makeup.  I actually spent (nearly) an entire day with the Tilbury Team and Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) (and Ruth's mum) a bit earlier in 2014- I'll have to post a few things on that... I thought I would share a few items from my Charlotte Tilbury Collection in case it helps any of you who are looking to purchase discounted Charlotte Tilbury makeup in the sale (yes they are on sale- links below).
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat, The Retoucher and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick.

The Retoucher (link) Normally £25 now £22.50
It looks like YSL Touche Eclate, (the cult product) BUT it is so much more.  It is a concealer AND highlighter.  Not only does this hide bags under your eyes, it can also be used round the nose, on your cupids bow, cheek bones as a highlighter AND as a concealer on blemishes.  It's handbag friendly and thankfully the lid has been foolproof so far (I hate it when products open in your bag and then collect all the lint from the bottom of your bag).  It also has beautiful rose gold packaging.  It's a winner for me, and one to add to your basket.

Lipstick in Coachella Coral (link) Normally £23 Now £20.70
This is really a spring and summer colour, but I thought I would include the lipsticks in this post as I have been really impressed by the formulation.  I haven't tried the matte ones (yet) but I loved seeing this beauty in my bag.  It's part of the ingenue look, which is overall neutral and natural.
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Lipstick.

Lip Cheat in Pink Venus (link) Normally £16 Now £14.40
Charlotte Tilbury is all about glamour, so pencils and sticks are a must.  I don't reach for lip pencils on a daily basis as I never wear them with lipgloss or balm.  However when I want a polished look then defining the lip is a must.  Lip liners help prevent your lipstick bleeding onto your face (bleeding/feathering lipstick can make you look a bit drunk).  I also use them to to create a base all over the lip, to help my lipstick stay on longer.  Matching your lip liner to the lipstick colour can be tricky, so sometimes I just treat myself and let the sales assistants/ makeup artists match it to the lipstick I am purchasing.  (I did a post a couple of years ago all about lip liners link)

I can't find my eye shadow quads to photograph, but the shadows are soft and pigmented.  I don't think there is a dud in the pack.  I've also used the skincare and have to say that Charlotte's magic cream lives up to it's name.  Normally a small fortune, but similarly reduced (link).

It's also worth noting that the Tom Ford lipsticks are also reduced.  These are pricey normally, and still an investment in the sale, BUT £33 or £26 instead of nearly £40 is a big difference!  Everyone I chat to says TF lipsticks are THE ones to have, and I have been impressed with them- however the price is a sticking point.  That's what sales are for ;)

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury or Tom Ford products?  Have you found any good sales?

Friday, 26 December 2014

What I'm shopping in the Christmas Sales

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  It was a quiet but busy one for me.  Lots of people over, so today I am resting and making the most of.... internet shopping!  I *may* have made a few purchases.  I love reading blogs posts to see what bargains other people have picked up, so I thought I would share some of the things I have picked up (plus a few fab deals I have found while scouring the internet sales).

Lush 50% off items over 21 days old, plus all their Christmas range.  Lush Snow Fairy smells so good and at just over £10 for the snow fairy gift box, it's a winner! (I really like the fairy bath wands that you can reuse several times).

SpaceNK is always a top sale destination for me.  They carry some great products (normally with nor-so-great prices.  Previously I have picked up a lot of Laura Mercier body souffles cremes (as well as a bit of makeup).  SpaceNK online sold out of the bath souffle kits on Christmas Eve, but they still have some good Laura Mericer makeup including the great Artists Palette for Eyes and Cheeks at just over £20 (great for overnight trips).  They also have some bargains from Becca too.  I've now stacked up a few indulge rewards which I will probably put towards some replacement Emma Hardie/Sarah Chapman both of which my skin love.

Sometimes sales are about stalking an expensive product and splahsing out.  House of Fraser have reduced TONNES of Sisley products.  You can find their cult Black Rose Creme Mask (link) as well as lots of blush, eye pencils, lipsticks, skincare, haircare and tools.  Worth a look! (link).  Don't forget your reward points!  

I'm a huge fan of Lancome's Hypnosis mascara, so I purchased one in sale at Debenhams for £10 (link).  It defines, lengthens, adds drama- everything a mascara should.  They also have a kit with an eye-makeup remover and pencil for £15- well worth it considering the mascara alone is normally around £21

I'm also incredibly tempted by Cult Beauty's 15% off (until midnight Sunday) as I really want to try Anastasia's Brow Wiz because I have heard excellent things about it.  (For those of you that haven't come across this product, you can view it here).  Have you tried this product?  What do you think?  If you want the discount, just use the code FRIENDS15.

If you have found any great deals, please let me know.  I tend to save up and hit the sales, but always online.  You wont catch me queueing in the cold outside Next/House of Fraser/ from 2am boxing day morning!  No! Life is too short (and cold!) so I'd rather have a glass of sherry and buy things online while watching a film in my pajamas!

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