Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow review, photos

Little did I know that Joanne stalked my Twitter feed before Christmas seeing if there was anything I was coveting and sure enough, I was wishing my heart away for Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow.  And here it is thanks to my lovely generous sister!

In the words of Stevie Wonder, "Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful?"  As it is with the whole range from Charlotte Tilbury, the packaging is beautiful.  Art deco, rose gold - pure beauty, luxury and indulgence.  I'll never tire of whipping this or anything else I own from Charlotte (yes, I'm on a first name basis with her as we are pretty much besties after spending an hour with her *ahem) out of my makeup bag.  Inside you've a grand big mirror so you can see what you're working with.  In my case, we're working with no cheekbones whatsoever and I need something to sculpt and highlight like a mofo.

The sculpt shade is quite warm, something we've been told to shy away from when it comes to contouring.  And wait until you hear that it has really soft shimmer in it too!  Wait, shimmer in contour?  Yes, big fat yes and it's only recently that I've learned that having shimmer in contour isn't a bad thing.  But more on that next week.  The highlight shade is very shimmery indeed.  A bit too shimmery for me to wear during the day, but wearing it at night is a whole different story.  It gives a golden candlelit, lit from within, airbrushed glow to my cheekbones and for that reason, I lash it on when I'm out and about at night.  I can't wait to try it with a tan too.  I bet I'd be able to pack more on which is always a good thing.

So how does one use this I hear you ask?

1 - 2: Using an angled cheek brush, I start at my hairline and sweep down my cheekbone so that most of the product sits at the back of the cheekbone.  That's where you want most of the intensity and that's where you should lay your brush down first.

3: I blend back into my hair to make sure I don't have a scaldy white line right at the hairline which will give your secret away - that you don't indeed have mighty fine cheekbones.  For me, blending is key and I like to make sure all of my edges are soft.  Any powder brush will do the job and I like this angled one from Pink Avenue brushes.  If you're feeling particularly bored and like to wash makeup brushes, then go ahead and apply the contour with one brush and blend with a clean fluffy face brush.  That means everything will be seamless and you're halfway there to pretending you have cheekbones from the heavens.

4: This is where I stand back and assess the situation.  I look at see if I need to shade another stone off my face or leave it be.  Applying and blending in light layers is the way to go or else you'll just look dirty and mightily uncontoured.

I use a smaller brush to apply the highlight at the top of my cheekbones.  I applied really thin layer but you can see how it reflects the light, making my cheeks appear higher.  Just call me Jennifer Lawrence why don't you.

Used lightly, the Filmstar Bronze and Glow gives a wonderful soft glow to the face, both in the contour department and highlight department.

Do you absolutely need it?  Well, if you have a spare €65 knocking around the place, then by all means go out and buy it because you will most likely love it like I do.  But it is dupable though like so many of the great products out there.  In saying that, I know for an absolute fact that if I'd all the dupes for this, I'd still want to go out and buy it because it's Charlotte Tilbury, she makes fantastic products and it's the perfect contour and highlight compact for me when I'm heading out.

Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow is available from Brown Thomas and online.  So tell me, which film star do I look like other than the very obvious comparison to J Law?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video - Budget beauty haul!

Spending ban, schmending ban.  I wanted to shop for makeup so hoofed my way to all the chemists to see what was new and feed my beauty habit while being on a budget.  Boots points were spent, other money was spent, but I got some great deals and as it's the end of January and we're all broke, it's nice to treat oneself while not spending a bomb.

I hit up Boots, Deals, and Northwood Pharmacy before I realised what had actually happened and how many bits I picked up, but I love them all and am enjoying testing them out this week!  They were for the blog *ahem*


Monday, January 26, 2015

IsaDora Nude Essentials palette, photos, makeup look, review

Last week I told you all about the Twist-Up Matt Lips from IsaDora and I'm starting off the blogging this week with IsaDora's Nude Essentials palette.  This little palette (€17.50) properly knocked me upside the head when I used it and to be honest, I didn't think it was going to bowl me over as much as it did!  Lesson learned - don't judge an eyeshadow palette without actually trying it out first!

Inside the Nude Essentials palette are six shadows, varying in shade from light to dark as you can very well see yourself here.  It has a mix of shimmers and mattes and can be applied as a wash of colour or packed on.   When applying the swatches to my arm, I knew we were on to something good because there wasn't much fall out and they felt silky and soft.  I couldn't wait to get playing with them on my eyeballs.

Because I'm incapable of doing a soft and gentle look when playing with makeup, I went for the full blown soft yet powerful brown smokey eye.  I can't even cope with how much I love this look and I wore it in my most recent video where I talked a little about it too.

In this look I have the darkest shade on my eyelid, the second darkest shade in the crease, the lightest shade on the brow bone and one of the two middle shades in the inner corner - I can't remember which one!  To deepen the look a bit more for filming, I used a brown liner on the waterline and smudged a black eyeliner along the outer half of the upper lash line and patted more of the darkest shadow on top to soften it.  

The two darkest broke shades blended like an absolute dream and I was able to pack on the colour too using a flat eyeshadow brush.  There wasn't a smidge of fall out for me and I did this look in about five minutes.  It would've taken shorter but I kept admiring my eyes and kept applying more and more makeup.  The struggle is real.

A look like this is definitely one I'd wear with a nude lip like above, or with a stronger lip like this one which is Rio Red, one of IsaDora's lip crayons that will be getting it's own post, so stay tuned for that.

Like last week, I sat in my pyjamas with this full face of makeup because I loved it too much to take off and I've already planned to wear it to a few events coming up.  It required minimal effort (my favourite kind of effort) and I feel like it's something Keira Knightley would have on her eyes.  I wore it for a good six hours before having to take it off because it was bed time and there was no creasing at all, but I'll try them on a full work day and update this post.

I think this is going to become one of my staple palettes because it's one that can be used for a light, work appropriate make up look and can be used for something more dramatic like this look.  It's a small, lightweight palette and has a little mirror in the lid which is handy, so I'll be adding this to my makeup bag for days where I'm heading out after work and am going from desk to disco.  Ok, I don't go to discos, but I like alliteration and couldn't think of anything else to get my point across.  Desk to dinner?  Anyways, this is definitely one to check out lads and I think the photos speak for themselves!

The Nude Essentials palette should be on stands soon if it isn't already.  Would you be interested in seeing a tutorial using it along with some of the other IsaDora products I've been testing out recently?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NARS Audacious Lipstick - Anita, photos, swatches, review

I think I've found The Perfect Dusky Pink lipstick!  When perusing (running around like a lunatic screaming "I'm here, I'm finally here!" in my mind) the aisles of Sephora during our trip to New York, I came across the NARS stand more specifically, the Audacious lipsticks.  I remembered coveting all of them after reading Temptalia's post and then the panic set in.  Which one to pick?  We all know that you're allowed to buy whatever you want when on holiday and more specifically, in Sephora, but at this stage of the trip, I'd already done a lot of damage in there.   Trying to be restrained in Sephora is extremely difficult as you well know, but I was very strict and picked up just one of the lipsticks.  One!  And it wasn't even a coral one!  Say hello to Anita.  Isn't she lovely? 

The formula of these lipsticks are luxurious, creamy, smooth and any of the shades I swatched on the back of my hand were super pigmented.  I knew I wanted an everyday shade and Anita with her muted rosy pinkness was the one for me.  I'm a sucker for the little details and with the NARS logo etched into the side of the bullet and the magnetic cap, it's a lipstick I enjoy playing with.  I say playing because you know yourself, a magnetic cap means that you can't close it just once.  No, I close it a good 5-6 times before it goes back in my bag.  You know you do the same thing too.

But back to the shade.  Anita is one of those shades that makes me feel and look put together when I haven't made a huge effort with my makeup.  And also, when it comes to buying high end lipsticks like this, I like to pick shades I know I'll get a lot of wear out of.  It's never the time to brave and pick something wild when I'm shelling out €30 on a lipstick!

As I mentioned above, the pigmentation is fantastic and there's no need at all for layering this baby because a quick slick and I'm good to go.  It feels really comfortable on the lips and the creamy texture feels like it's keeping my lips nice and hydrated - something that's very important altogether during these winter months.

We have them in 30 shades available from Brown Thomas.  Yes, they're spendy at €30, but if you're on the market for a high end lipstick that you'll get a lot of wear out of, then the Audacious range is definitely worth checking out.  I totally have my eyeballs on the corals and will pick one up in the summer no doubt!

Have you tried the Audacious lipsticks yet?  Which shade do I need to try next?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2014 favourites - Perfume, skincare & bodycare!

One of my biggest fears when I started doing YouTube videos was the waffle factor.  Would I be able to talk about things to a camera?  What if there was a lot of silence and my videos were really short?  Yeah, I totally didn't need to worry about that.  Case in point, behold part 2 of my 2014 favourites which is 17 minutes and 35 seconds long!  You can watch part 1 here where I waffled about all things makeup.  Today I'm talking fragrances, skincare and body care and really and truly love each and every item I talk about.  I want you all to try them and smell like them, such is my love.

Granted, I have a lot of favourite scents, but perfumes are my thing and I love 'em all.  And we won't get me started on the skincare.  I have waffled long and hard about my picks and really believe that I've found my perfect skincare cocktail!  So grab a cuppa and see what I loved last year!

Click here to subscribe to our channel and to see a list of the products mentioned and to be honest, there aren't that many compared to part 1!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New! L'Occitane Shea Butter Facial Care Range is here to help crispy face!

You'll know by now that L'Occitane features heavily in my skincare routine and now they've only gone and released the Shea Butter Skincare collection, right in the middle of winter.  Talk about good timing eh?

Winter has set up camp and between it being freezing outside and having the heating on all the time, now is the time when our skin can go haywire.  We need to combat this as best we can because having a crispy face isn't cute.

L'Occitane's Shea Butter Skincare collection contains fair trade shea butter from Burkina Faso that helps soften and nourish the skin - things I enjoy as I fight the flaky face syndrome during these colder months.  I was sent a couple of products to try and I thought I'd give you my first impressions today.

I love using a cleansing oil to both take off my makeup and cleanse my skin and the Cleansing Oil (€20) feels thick and luxurious on my skin.  It's enriched with 5% Shea Butter and does a stellar job at both taking my makeup off and cleansing my skin without stripping it, leaving it nice and hydrated and nourished.  The bottle says it can be used on the eyes and I gave it a go a couple of times despite having sensitive eyes as we all know.  It removed my mascara after about 30 seconds of massaging it into my lashes and after wiping my eyes clean with a facecloth, I was good to go.  It didn't sting my eyes at all when I was using it but I did find they were a bit watery when I went to bed.  So just because I have delicate little eyeballs like nobody else on the planet, I'll use my micellar cleansing water on my them and use this cleansing oil on my face.

One pump dispenses enough oil to do my whole face. I learned this the hard way the first time I tried it and pumped a good 2-3 pump fulls into my hand before realising what I'd done and I could've cleansed my whole body with the amount I had!  So one pump will do you and it'll mean this bottle will last for ages.

If you're more of a cleansing milk kind of person, then there's one in the collection (€20) as well as a gentle toner (€18).

In terms of moisturisers, there's a Light Comforting Cream (€32) and an Ultra Rich Comforting Cream (€34), depending on your skin type.

The Light Comforting Cream contains 5% Shea butter and is for those with normal or combination skin.  When I tell you the scent of this is gorgeous, you have to believe me.  It smells really soft and soothing and I've been applying this before bed, so it has all night to do it's business on my skin.  For those with dry and sensitive skin, then the Ultra Rich Comforting Cream with it's massive 25% Shea butter will take care of any dry scaldy skin beautifully, leaving it feeling moisturised and soothed like nobody's business.

Are you currently stuck in a battle against the elements with your face this weather?  Will you be giving any of these products a go?  The collection is in shops now, so go forth and test it out and see why I can't wait to go to bed and slather my face with my Light Comforting Cream tonight!

Monday, January 19, 2015

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips review, photos, swatches

Last week I got to have a look at what IsaDora has coming for Spring 2015 and all weekend I was playing with everything, taking photos and then panicking at what to tell you about first because there are some serious gems coming peeps!  So over the next couple of weeks, be prepared to hear a lot about the brand because I'm very excited.  So much so, I'm now sitting on the couch in my pyjamas with a full face of IsaDora makeup on.  Standard weekend shenanigans here at Lovely Girlie Bits.

Ok, I need to tell you about the Twist-Up Matt Lips first.  As you know, the matte lip revolution went into overdrive last year and we tried to find the next big thing that didn't dry our lips out while giving that soft matte look.  Spoiler alert for the rest of this post, but these are bloody brilliant.

IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips 
There are three of these twist up matte lipsticks on offer and I'm hoping they bring out more because it's love.  At €13.25, they're slightly on the spendy side for a pharmacy lipstick, but here's why they're worth the extra few bob.

No sharpener is required.  This makes it perfect for carrying around in one's handbag.  The formula is like nothing else I've tried and we know I've tried a lot of lippies in my bloggy life.  They don't dry out my lips at all.  Not a single bit.  And it's cold as hell outside and my lips are in bits!  They feel like velvet when I apply them and make my lips look pillowy soft.  The formula though, let me go back to that.  On the lips, they give a satiny velvety finish, but if you press your lips together, there's still a bit of slip to it, so no drying out at all.  They last for a good 4 hours on me before I need to reapply.

I love the packaging with the coloured caps and ends to make life a bit easier.  I already have two of them in my handbag for daily use and you probably already know which ones.  Can you guess which one is my favourite?!

Left - Right: IsaDora Twist-Up Matt Lips Posh Peach, Naked, Candy Store

Posh Peach

Posh Peach is positively gorgeous and is my absolute favourite.  It's bright but not glaringly so and is the perfect shade for me and my skin tone.  I've been wanting a pastel peachy shade like this for ages and any lip products that I've tried in this colour before have either been too creamy or milky and settle in lip lines, or too chalky and drying, but Posh Peach is perfect.  This is a coral peachy lover's dream for spring and summer and I know I'll fly through this one.


Naked is a peachy rose gold shade that is the most wearable of the three for everyday use.  I say that because I work in an office and generally keep my makeup on the neutral end of the scale.  It looks more frosty in the photos than in real life where it's a natural nude shade with a subtle sheen which will make a lovely accompaniment to a smokey eye.

Candy Store

Finally!  A bright pink I'm not scared of!  Candy Store is both vivid and soft at the same time.  This shade makes my lips look like lovely pink pillows and like the two before it, is a dream to wear.  Mags, I think this one has converted me to the pink side!  I love how this looks with just a slick of mascara and a healthy glow to the cheeks.

These will be on counters soon and I'll try to find out an exact date and let you know because they need to be investigated if you're looking for something matte but not drying, something that feels really comfortable on the lips and shades that are perfect for spring.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take off Naked and apply Posh Peach as it goes with my pyjamas better!

Stay tuned for more IsaDora news and tell me, which one is your favourite?
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