Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair

I’m always on the lookout for a good pale foundation, as I’ve found in the past that many of the ones that I have tried have been far too dark, or have looked orange on my skin- which paired with my hair really isn’t the best look! I’ve also wanted to try a Charlotte Tilbury product for a long time, mainly due to the super pretty packaging and products (Sometimes I am lured in by a cover… This isn’t always a bad thing!)

So when I found myself in a Charlotte Tilbury store a few months back, I couldn’t resist the urge any longer. As is my usual go to move with foundations I headed straight to the palest they had, and treated myself! I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair which according to their website is a “neutral beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones” and it seems to be a pretty close match, with no oxidisation on my skin.

I really love the packaging for this product, with the attractive glass bottle, rose gold lid and a pump- it’s both pretty and functional! I find a pump or two is plenty to cover my face- although I often do a fairly light layer, and you may need more if you want full coverage.

The foundation does have SPF15, which I like. Although I often wear sunscreen on my face I’m sure doubling up does no harm! It’s a fairly thick foundation, and I find that the easiest way to apply it is with a brush (I’m currently using my real techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush – and I love that it matches the bottle). I have found it easier to blend into my skin with a brush, than with fingers or a sponge.

As you can see in the photos above, it does a pretty good job of covering up imperfections- particularly around my eyes, and blemishes are covered up well enough that I wouldn’t feel that I needed to also use concealer.

I don’t wear foundation every day as (most of the time) I have fairly good skin to start with – and I generally save makeup for days when I’m going out and about (too lazy to apply it every day!) but I do think that this foundation makes my skin look more flawless, and helps to cover my pores. However, as I don’t use it frequently enough, I can’t really say whether the foundation meets the skin care claims it makes – such as reducing age spots and tightening pores. To be honest I’d rely more on my skincare to do that!

It’s not a cheap foundation, at £30 for a 30ml bottle, but sometimes you have to treat yourself, and I really like the way this feels on my skin/ makes my skin look. It makes me happy to pick it up and use it- although for the price I do sometimes feel like I should save it for special occasions.

So overall if you are looking for a new pale foundation, and have the money to treat yourself I’d recommend picking this one up.

I’ve only used a couple of Charlotte Tilbury products, so I’d love to hear what I should try next!

GOSH BB Cream in 01 Sand and Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla Review

I picked up a couple of items, by the new to me brand ‘GOSH’ a few months ago and after using them for a while I feel ready to give my thoughts! I got the GOSH BB Cream in 01 Sand and the GOSH Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla- both of which I have seen online as suggestions for those with pale skin so I was eager to give them a go.

Prior to purchasing the GOSH BB Cream, I read a fair amount of reviews online. I’ve got pretty pale skin, so after seeing quite a few positive reviews I decided to give it a try. I’d previously never tried a BB Cream- as I had issues with only finding those which were far too dark, but I was curious to try out a product that combined Foundation, Primer and Moisturiser! It’s a pretty thin and liquid consistency but seems to cover fairly well- although as you can see blemishes are still visible with a light layer. However it did a decent job of covering the dark patches around my eyes, and definitely helped to even out my skin tone.

To apply, I have used brushes, makeup sponges and most recently my new silicone sponge and with everything I have tried, it blended in fairly easily. The colour isn’t too yellow or pink toned, and this is perfect for lazy days when I don’t fancy the whole moisturiser, primer, foundation routine- although admittedly if I wanted my skin to appear more flawless I’d want to couple it with a good concealer! I’m definitely glad I picked this up, and when it runs out, I’m sure I’ll pick it up again.  It’s a great single step item. Due to this I love it when I go travelling, I took it on my last two holidays and it was small enough to not take up much of my liquid allowance whilst making my makeup routine super speedy so I could spend more time enjoying the sights! For £9.99 I’d definitely recommend giving it a go- and as they stock it in Superdrug you may even be able to find it on an offer.

I also picked up the GOSH Lumi Drops in 002 Vanilla. I like to use it in one of two ways- either on its own as a highlighter, or mixed with the BB Cream (or a foundation) to give a more luminous glow to your skin. I find that it gives a quite subtle look when worn as a highlighter- as seen in the picture but it’s perfect when I am going for a natural makeup look.

What I really like about the Lumi drops is that it isn’t a glittery formula, and instead just seems to give my face a glow! This is the palest shade in the range, and it is really pretty looking on the skin. You get a lot for such a small bottle- which once again makes it perfect for travelling!  It’s also well packaged- as it has a small opening which means a lower risk of squeezing out far too much! I’d highly recommend giving it a go, and I found it the perfect shade for my skin tone. For £7.99 I think it is a bargain, and as someone fairly new to highlighters I have found it a brilliant introduction.

I’d really recommend both of these products- and I was happy that both worked well for my fairly pale skin, so definitely one to look out for if you struggle to find pale enough products!

After trying out these two products, I definitely want to try out more by GOSH – so please feel free to share any recommendations of products you have discovered.

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick- First Impressions and Swatches

Too Faced is a brand I frequently see online, and one that I often eye up- particularly their gorgeous palettes! I had never tried any of their products as there aren’t any stores where I live that sell them, and because they are fairly expensive to buy on a whim.

However when I was in TK Maxx in London recently, I spotted that they had some of the Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks for £4.99 each- given that they retail for £19.00 in Debenhams this seemed like too good a deal to pass up… After doing the usual TK Maxx check (ensuring that nobody has already tried out the product!) I was able to find four different lipsticks, all new and in perfect condition.

I really like the packaging for these products, and they both look and feel good quality. I love the gold lids, and find the applicator tip on the lipstick simple to use- it really makes it quick and easy to apply accurately.

I picked up the following colours; Melted Metallic Bunny, Melted Metallic Macaron, Melted Metallic Violet and Melted Metallic Jelly.

I was quite surprised by the consistency of the lipstick, as it is more liquid than I expected and there was some variation between the colours- for instance I found that Violet was far oilier, and therefore less pigmented than the other colours.

I was really happy with the colours, and how wearable they are- as the packaging looks like they will be really bright. I don’t generally wear lipstick as I feel a bit self-conscious in it, but these are surprisingly easy to wear. I’ve got fairly pigmented lips naturally- so did feel that my own lip colour showed through on the more opaque lipsticks.

My favourites of the four are Macaron and Jelly- which are the most pigmented and give the most vivid look on my lips. I found that the Bunny and Violet were a little runnier and therefore struggled to give as thick and even a layer, and had a tendency to look spottier (and more like a straight gloss).  As I have used Bunny more, it does seem to be becoming a more workable texture so it’s possible that this will also happen with the Violet lipstick. Macaron and Jelly were a much better texture right from the beginning- so are currently my favourites!

I’d highly recommend picking up the lipsticks for the price that I paid- for £4.99 you can’t really go wrong! But at the RRP, it’d be worth swatching them first to check the colour and the texture. I also found that on my lips they looked pretty different to the swatches so keep that in mind.  I’d definitely suggest keeping an eye out at TK Maxx for bargains such as these- although I’ve sadly never spotted them in my local store!

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation/Concealer in Porcelain 1/Naked 1

ConcealerFoundation Collection

Last time I was in boots I spotted that there was a Collection foundation and concealer on offer, meaning that they were only £3.99 each. Given that the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1 is the best concealer I have tried for my pale skin I was excited to give these a try!

I picked up the Illuminating Touch Foundation in Porcelain 1, and the Illuminating Touch Concealer in Naked 1- both in the lightest available shade.

collection foundation

I am very happy with the Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation. It is in a frosted glass bottle which is nice and I think looks and feels more expensive than you would expect for a cheap foundation. It also has a pump which works well and means that you can get foundation out easily and cleanly, although it does give you a fraction less control over how much foundation comes out- I find that I pretty much have to do a full pump!

foundation pump

In terms of coverage I would call it fairly light, but buildable. In the picture above I have applied a single light layer using a real techniques sponge. Using your fingers or a brush I imagine you could get a higher coverage. The Boots website describes it as a ‘your skin but better’ finish, and I would definitely agree. It helps to cover small blemishes and red areas (such as around my eyes) well.

In terms of shade I would say that Porcelain 1 suits my skin pretty well. Although on my hand it looks a tad too dark, once it has been blended in I can’t see a difference so I would definitely recommend trying it if you have pale skin and struggle to find a foundation that works. Below is a picture with the foundation on.

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I am also pleased with the Illuminating Touch Concealer, although I will say that I prefer the collection lasting perfection concealer I previously reviewed. I like the concept behind the concealer, but find it a little too pink for my skin- although once blended in it seems fine! This means that I don’t feel that it gives me as great highlighting or illuminating abilities as it would if it were a lighter shade.

collection concealer

I find the brush a tad annoying due to the fact that it dries out and wastes product, making it hard to use. In Boots I was unable to use the tester due to the brush being caked with dried on product! So something to try avoid doing if you buy this concealer.

concealer brush

It does seem to conceal pretty well however, and does blend in well so I would still recommend this for people with pale skin- just maybe give the lasting perfection concealer a go first! To show the difference in shade between the two collection concealers, here is a picture of them side by side.

concealer comparison

Finally here is a before and after picture! On the left is my face with no product on, and on the right I have the illuminating foundation and concealer on, although I applied both with a sponge and in a fairly light layer so this could be built to a higher coverage level if desired. You can definitely see that it helps in covering dark circles under my eyes and red areas.

Comparison Face

Overall I am happy with my two purchases and would definitely recommend giving them a go! They are a bargain for £3.99 each (and fairly priced at £5.99 for the foundation and £4.99 for the concealer when not on sale.)