Archive | July 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips- review and swatches 

Hi everyone, 

It’s been a while since I posted anything about makeup but anything Charlotte Tilbury deserves a mention (or blog post) 😀. 

Her Hot Lips lipsticks were too hard to resist especially since they were in collaboration with certain celebrities. It was so hard for me to choose but I went for 3 different pink shades as I find pink toned lipsticks suit my skintone better. 

The first one is Liv it Up named after Liv Tyler. It’s a pale pink shade which is hydrating and has a satin finish. I was worried that this particular shade would not suit me because it’s too pale but I quite like it and is perfect for wearing to the office as it is really subtle. Love it. 

Liv it Up

Liv it Up lip swatch

The second pink shade I chose was Bosworth’s Beauty which is a bright pink shade and this is my favorite of the 3. Named after Kate Bosworth,  this has a matte finish but Charlotte Tilbury takes matte to a whole new level. I am yet to come across a matte lipstick that matches her formula which is hydrating yet has a matte finish. It doesn’t tug at the lips at all. 

Bosworth’s Beauty

Bosworth’s Beauty lip swatch

The third pink shade I went for is a fuschia color called Electric Poppy named after Poppy Delevingne. This also has a matte finish and is extremely flattering on the lips. 

Electric Poppy

Electric Poppy lip swatch

I bought my lipsticks online from Beautylish and each costs $32.
Has anyone bought any of the lipsticks from this collection?  What’s your favorite color?

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Retinol- the magic ingredient for perfect skin

Hi everybody! All those who personally  know me or have been following me in social media know how skincare obsessed I am. I have always kept myself updated on latest skincare brands and through trial and error have worked out what works best on me. 

For about a year now, I have started incorporating retinol into my skincare routine (all thanks to Caroline Hirons). Once we cross the age of 30, we need to take extra care of our skin and retinol is the answer. For those who are not sure about what is retinol and what it’s benefits are- Retinol,  or Vitamin A is an anti oxidant and the answer to fighting wrinkles and it’s also anti-aging therefore,  it is best for mature skin and in my opinion, not really necessary for people in their 20s. Retinol can also shrink pore size caused by clogging or sun damage (not genetic ones). It does not have to be used every single day. Every alternate day is sufficient but it has to be follow by spf the following morning (and every morning of course). 

My first foray into the usage of retinol is with Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I use it after every 2 nights, right after double cleansing my skin. This oil is fabulous. I have been using it for about a year now,  straight after I stopped breastfeeding my child (avoid using any retinol products while pregnant or breastfeeding). My skin has never looked better. It has become virtually poreless with no pigmentation and looks so even-toned. My skin (especially the morning after application) looks so plump and radiant.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil costs a bomb (£85 for 30ml of product)  and can be purchased from Space NK or Cult Beauty websites. It lasts extremely long though,  and is worth every penny for the benefits it gives. Another costlier alternative is the Zelens Vitamin A treatment drops which costs a whopping £115 for 30ml of product. 

Disclaimer: This review is entirely based on my experience with Sunday Riley Luna. Please do sufficient research at your end before using any retinol based product especially if your skin is not accustomed to such products.