Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The One Where I met Charlotte Tilbury... and asked some cheeky questions

Look at those hands, there’s no one they haven’t touched – Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Kim K, she’s done em all. So getting a chance to meet the woman in person and ask some juicy questions for myself was a dream.. even pregnancy fainting couldn’t stop me! 

Surround by beautiful make up artists, exquisite roses, the aroma of Diptyque candles and all the gold encased Tilbury product you can imagine, including the not-yet-released hot lips (yes the Kim K W shade is to die for), myself and a small number of bloggers and press waited for the raven haired siren to enter the room.

When Charlotte enters the room, you.know.it! She has that presence, that star quality, plus she shouts “Hello Darlings!” She walked the room, shaking everyone’s hands, asking names and staring deep into their makeup – thank gawd I’d donned the her signature Dolce Vita look. I swear she gave me a telepathic seal of approval – good job darling.

In Newcastle to officially launch her counter in Fenwick, the make up maven spent hours with us talking passionately about her entire product line, how she discovered the transformative power of make up and the American women that use her wonder cream on their lady areas (I’ll not repeat the word she used, but rhymes with Stussy). Charlotte’s passion is infectious. She clearly cares about women. She wants to empower them and make them feel like the best versions of themselves. Yes, her brand is expensive, but it’s expertly curated to make professional looking make up accessible - Runway to real way! Her make up wardrobes include everything you need to create your chosen look along with simple how-to videos and tips, she teaches you what blush goes with what lipstick and the best shadows for your eye colour.

Charlotte’s secrets spilled… 

  • The Kardashians are really lovely girls and a pleasure to work with!
  • Light Wonder Foundation is Kim K’s and Kylie J’s off duty make up of choice.
  • Charlotte’s top 3 can’t be withouts – Magic Cream, Full Fat lashes Mascara and Eyeliners.
  • The one person she hasn’t worked on but would love to – THE QUEEN
  • Her favourite client (and I really had to push for an answer because she LOVES everyone) Kate Moss!

Here's a little peak of the stunning hot lips collection - it took all the restraint I have not to accidentally let them drop in my bag...

Meeting Charlotte was an absolute pleasure. She did not disappoint and was everything I wanted her to be – hilarious, outrageous, open, honest, witty, wise, charming and super knowledgeable. I’m even more obsessed with the woman and came away with a wish list longer than my arm. Being gifted on of her amazing get the look boxes (Rock Chick) was the icing on the cake – I promise I’ll do the look and share soon.

Check out the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Fenwick. Tilbury transformations start at £35 and are fully redeemable against products. And watch out for Hot lips landing in July!


Monday, 16 May 2016

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask - Skin’s New BFF

Does.It.All! Three words I can’t get enough of right now. As my time continues to be squeezed I’m all about the multi-tasking products. Enter Dermalogica charcoal Rescue mask – a powerful treatment mask that delivers a cocktail of benefits. A little bit of science first then I'll tell you exactly how it rescued my skin...

The formula contains activated Binchotan Charcoal, which absorbs impurities and draws out excess sebum and toxins. It's basically a 7 minute detox for the skin. It exfoliates, both chemically and mechanically and ingredients including Volcanic Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Extract and Sulphur promotes cell turner for dramatically brighter skin. The mask also treats acne, calms rosacea and soothes eczema or sebaceous dermatitis, making it a fantastic treatment for a variety of skin woes. Niacinamide helps reduce congestion and calm the skin, while Chilean Wild Mint helps refine pores.

How to Use

Not only is it a clever-cloggs, does-it-all-mask, it’s also quick and easy to use with visible (and touchable) results after just 7 minutes. Whack a generous layer onto clean/cleansed skin. Unlike other clay masks it doesn’t dry and go chalky really quickly. There’s plenty time to smooth it on and it doesn’t end up crumbling off when you move your face. It takes just 7-10 minutes to do the biz. Wet your hands, give it al good old massage to enhance the exfoliating properties, then rinse. Heads up, it’s a bit messy, and extremely dark so don’t use your fluffy white face cloth.  


I used it for the first time. Looked in the mirror, thought um, my skin looks good. It’s had a good bloody clean out, skin’s brighter, pores are tighter. Then I touched it and oh my god – babies.bum! I swear my skin has never felt so soft. I decided not to go straight in with moisturiser, I wanted to give it some time to see how my skin reacted – no drying or tightening whatsoever. Then when I did apply my serum and moisturiser, they glided on smoothly giving me the most ridiculously even base, along with a kick-ass healthy glow

I can absolutely vouch for the fact it draws out impurities. You know when you go for a good facial and you’re “rewarded” with spots. Well after my first use of the Charcoal Mask I did get a few pimples, but better out than in, am I right? I’d highly recommend this if you’re preparing for a special event/night out and you want your skin brighter and tighter. Just make sure you don’t use it the day before, give some time for those nasty impurities to get out and stay out!

Charcoal Rescue Masque £38/$46 dermalogica | John Lewis | Ultra 

Have you tried it yet?


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Hello Bright Eyes!

Sometimes getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye a night is out of the question – especially with a gymnastic baby back flipping in your belly! More than ever I’m having to rely on good skincare to cheat the appearance of “awake n with it”.

Cue the newest edition to the Liz Earle Superskin dynasty – SuperSkin Eye Cream £35/15ml*.

This triple threat cream is packed full of botanical and active ingredients designed to to visibly lift and firm the delicate eye contour, reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. The luxuriously hydrating formula is creamy and rich but not in the slightest bit heavy. It absorbs fully! This is absolutely paramount to me. I apply concealers and highlighters around the eye area and need an eye creams that will work in harmony with them – not ones that sit there or cause my make up to slide. Superskin Eye Cream provides an even, hydrated, youthfully plumped base. If definitely soothes the puffiness and helps to neautralise the appearance of dark circles. Fortunately my lines are still pretty fine, but this does a great job of hydrating and plumping them – thus making them barely detectable, nice one Lizzy! As with all of the Superskin range, it’s jam packed with a botanical blend of rosehip, borage and cranberry seed oil and carries the signature (and heavenly) superskin scent.

Before - After
I've been using this cream for around a month now and have seen a visible improvement around the eye contour area. Often we think we have lines/wrinkles, but we're actually dehydrated, which accentuates crows feet. Using Superskin Eye Cream has seriously improved the moisture, hydration and plumpness of the contour area, which in turn improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles! 

Available from Liz Earle | John Lewis | Boots

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream will have you bright eyed and bushy tailed in no time, sleep or no sleep!


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fenwick Beauty Week 2016 and the Beauty Bag you won't want to miss!

Listen up ladies, Fenwick Beauty Week is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!

From Saturday 07th May to Sunday 15th May, Fenwick stores will be dedicating themselves to all things beauty. Masterclasses, makeovers, gifts with purchases and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to spruce up your beauty routine just in time for Summer 16. I went along to Fenwick Newcastle earlier in the week for a little taster sesh, and believe me, you don’t want to miss out. I got to watch a professional Charlotte Tilbury make up demo and experience the best facial of my life at Sisley. Needless to say I came away with a wishlist worthy of Kim K. Can I just say, how amazing is Fenwick Newcastle these days!? After a stunning makeover, the addition of a massive Charlotte Tilbury counter and its proximity to THAT FOOD HALL, it’s my number on shopping destination.

3 Reasons to celebrate Beauty Week

Live stage demos, masterclasses and more with leading make up artists from Tom Ford, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, to mention just a few. 

15% off beauty at the Fenwick Newcastle Summer shopping event – Tuesday 10th May 6-10pm get your voucher here.

Best of all, spend £75 or more in the beauty hall (I’ve had bigger challenges) and bag this exclusive beauty bag worth over £100 for free…

Check your local Fenwick store for the full line up of beauty treats on offer in your area


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