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!

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When I was younger I only really knew the Body Shop for their Shower Gels and Body Butters, but I was obviously missing out- as I have found that they have some great skin care products in the last few years! I really love rose products for my face, as I have quite sensitive skin and they seems to help soothe it- particularly when I am having issues with dryness or redness. Due to this I was very interested after seeing the Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner online (and reviewed on my favourite blog for skincare – Makeup Savvy), and I just couldn’t resist picking it up when I was in the Body Shop recently!

As we’re beginning to get into colder weather – the duvet’s back on the bed and it’s been raining pretty much every day this week – it seemed like the perfect time to pick up this toner. It promises to re-plump the skin with moisture, and leave it feeling soft soothed and replenished, this sounded perfect for the Autumn/Winter period when I often find my skin feeling in need of a little extra attention and hydration! It’s a really easy product to use, after washing your face you simply put some onto a cotton pad and wipe it over your face and neck.

The packaging for the toner is simple, but attractive. It has a flip top with a small opening which makes it easy to control how much product is released, and due to the gel formula this helps to prevent accidentally putting too much on the cotton pad and wasting it. I really like that the toner has real (small pieces) of rose petal which are suspended in the gel!

This toner feels lovely on the skin, and has made my face feel smoother – helping with the dry patches that I tend to get around my nose and forehead. I also really love the rose scent, which makes it a pleasure to use, and it always feels like a treat for my skin after a tiring day. Due to the toner not containing alcohol, it also doesn’t leave your face feeling tight like some other toners.

I purchased it at full price for £9.50, and feel that it is a great toner for under £10- although it may be possible to pick it up cheaper as the Body Shop frequently has offers on.

I’d love to hear any recommendations for favourite Body Shop products!

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I’ve been a fan of the L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks since my mum bought me the Purity Mask for my birthday. As such I was excited to see the recent new releases- a Blemish Rescue Mask, and a Bright Face Mask. I picked up both whilst they were on offer for £5.99, but as my skin has been acting up a bit recently I’ve been reaching for the Blemish Rescue Mask most often!

To start with, I really like the packaging for the masks; they look and feel a lot more expensive than they are, with a hefty glass jar packaged inside a well thought out box. The glass jar makes it easy to keep an eye on how much you have left- although as it doesn’t take much to coat your face, and the packaging says it will do 10 applications (I’m guessing very generous ones!) I haven’t felt like I have to be sparing with it.

My preferred way to apply the mask is with an old foundation brush that I requisitioned to use with face masks- as this prevents wasting product by having it on my fingers, or from making an unnecessary mess. It applies beautifully in this way, as it is a very smooth formula that spreads easily on the skin. After leaving it until dry (usually around 10 minutes) I also find it very easy to remove with lukewarm water, and unlike some other masks I don’t feel like I need to scrub my face to remove all traces of it. Although I’d recommend tying your hair back as it is a little harder to remove from hair! (And gives me an excuse to wear my favourite cat ear headband!)

I like all of the L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks I have tried, but I admit that I have a particular weakness for this one due to the colour- it’s a brilliant bright blue, and is perfect for an impromptu Smurf dress up in your bathroom… Maybe not a traditional use for a mask, but entertaining whilst it is drying!

After removing the mask, my skin feels much fresher and it does seem to help clear imperfections. I’d recommend it for when your skin is acting up, or has more blemishes than usual. My skin is generally pretty well behaved, but when it acts up this is a great way to try kick it back into order. It helps to mattify the skin, and I feel it is a great addition to my skincare regime- and a lovely treat to use on a weekend afternoon.

Overall I would highly recommend this mask, particularly when it is on offer! You get a lot of uses for your money, and it feels lovely on the skin. It’s got great packaging, and for the price, I don’t think the mask could be much better! I also like to use a few of the L’Oréal masks on different sections of my skin as a multi mask- which can both help tailor the mask’s properties to what your skin needs, and is fun when you have an amazing pattern on your face due to the various mask colours.

I really enjoy trying out different face masks, both to keep my skin in good condition and because I feel like it is a lovely way to pamper yourself at the weekend, or after a tiring day- my rule is you can’t do anything but chill/ read whilst the mask is drying…

I’d love to hear any recommendations for masks you have found particularly good!

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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.

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