Autumn Berries: Charlotte Tilbury’s Bad Romance & Glastonberry

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Autumn. With only a smattering of sunny days over the Summer months I feel as though it’s about time we kiss adieu to Summer and welcome in Fall with open arms. Plus, there are leaves already forming on the ground and it’s my birthday season, therefore officially making it the best one out of the four.

So I thought it was only fitting that I do a much-needed review of Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat lip liner in Bad Romance and her Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry. The most beautiful rich mauvey berry colours- perfect for Autumn!

When I bought the two together, I definitely fell prey to the ever-persistent beauty counter assistant at Selfridges, who absolutely insisted the two had to be bought together. In fairness, she was right.

The lip liner 

9/10

Glides on like a dream and really does give the appearance of fuller lips. In fact, the colour and consistency are so great you could probably wear it completely on it’s own.

The lipstick

7/10

The colour is deep and purpley and everything you could want from an Autumnal lipstick, with just the right amount of shine. My only criticism is that because of the shade, I do think the coverage could be a tad better, considering the price! You really have to layer it up because otherwise it has a tendency to look a little uneven and streaky.

Overall, the two products are fab together and I’ll definitely be on the look out over the coming weeks for my next Charlotte Tilbury Autumn-inspired duo.

 

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The Perfect Brow

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If like me, you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and have never heard of how amazing the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow range is (although I’m sure most of you have), then let me enlighten you!

I discovered the brand at the end of last year after my sister recommended it to me. Not only was it a breath of fresh (h)air for my eyebrows, but the products are also completely and 100% cruelty free- and proud of it.
Initially, despite being tempted by the Dipbrow Pomade, (I came to the conclusion I’d end up with a messy Scouse brow so decided to steer clear of anything too scary and liquidy) I started off with buying the Brow Wiz (in Medium Brown), which has a very fine retractable pencil, to imitate the strokes of hair, perfect for creating fuller brows. After hours of deliberation over which colour to buy, once it had arrived, I loved the pencil as the control you had over how much or how little you used was so precise. However, the downside was that it definitely didn’t last very long considering the price of £15.50.

The other day, when the remains of the pencil rather unfortunately came to it’s sorry end after falling out of the retractor, I thought I would give the Perfect Brow pencil a go. At £18 it is more expensive, but it will probably last about 3 x longer than the Brow Wiz.

First impressions?

Even though the Brow Wiz is the holy grail of ABH’s products in terms of the endless rave reviews it receives (and you only have to check Beauty Bay to confirm this), I actually prefer the Perfect Brow!

I ordered it in the same colour of Medium Brown, yet somehow it seems ever so slightly lighter and is in fact a better match for my hair colour, much to my delight. It’s long lasting, it looks more natural and doesn’t resemble that somewhat shiny appearance that the previous pencil occasionally did in warm weather, after a long day at work. Plus, it also comes with a spooley brush, handy for brushing up those brows and getting as much volume in them as possible after applying.

All in all, I’m over the moon that I finally discovered Anastasia Beverley Hills- thanks sis!

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My Mini Magazine- June Lookbook & Beauty Guide

Hey lovelies!

So I thought I would have a bit of fun and I’ve created my very own online mini magazine for June. I’ve explored my lust-haves for the coming month in the form of a lookbook, along with my top beauty discoveries, from lipstick and hair repair, to lotions and potions. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed making it, and I would love to know what you all think!

VIEW MY MAGAZINE HERE

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I’ve been crowned a Coconut Queen! Exclusive 20% off 

I recently discovered this really fun, quirky and cute boutique brand called Coconut Lane through a fellow blogger (thanks Scarlett Sherwood) . And I’m so glad I did. I love what they’re about- think weird and wonderful, gold pineapples and flamingos with a generous helping of unicorns and all things sass.

When I found out that they collaborate with bloggers of all shapes and sizes, I simply had to get in touch straight away! The lovely Charlotte (CEO and founder) swiftly got back to me that evening and said she would love for me to join the team, so here I am! I’m officially a coconut queen. (Best title ever for a coconut loving gal like myself, if you ask me). 

For this very special honour, I would like to share with you all an amazing 20% off at Coconut Lane by using the discount code ‘immimarsh20‘! You’re so welcome. 

I can’t wait to make my first order, which I’m sure you will all hear about very soon! They sell some fab stuff, from sunglasses (which I’m itching to get my hands on as soon as my favourite pair come back into stock), to adorable gold pineapple stickers, home decor, gorgeous notebooks ideal for blogging ideas, to phone cases and the cutest rings and jewellery that I can’t wait to adorn myself in. 

Check out Coconut Lane for yourself. 

Happy shopping everyone! X 

NEW: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque 

Ever since this exciting new Dermalogica product hit the shops, I’ve wanted to get my mits on it! It is an ‘All-in-one treatment masque [which] detoxifies, brightens and invigorates all skin conditions’, made of charcoal. Now, this is the part that really intrigued me- having never owned a charcoal based skin product until now.

The masque is designed to rescue tired and lackluster skin, which is where the charcoal comes in. It contains activated Binchotan Charcoal from Japanese Oak trees, which produces some of the highest quality charcoal in the world. This absorbs the impurities of your skin, and the sulfur in it ‘promotes cell turnover for dramatically brighter skin.’ Other exotic ingredients include Volcanic Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Extract, Chilean Wild Mint (great for refining pores). I absolutely adore how natural Dermalogica products are! You can rest assured that what you are putting on your skin is packed full on nutrient rich ingredients that have been thoroughly researched, and none of those nasty artificial beauty fillers and fragrances that clog up far too many products these days.

The masque: left my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom, and felt a whole lot cleaner and brighter. I really did feel like all those lingering toxins and impurities had been sucked from my face, which was a refreshing feeling.

When removing the masque, (I’ve found this to be easier to do when having a shower, as it can get a little messy), the grainy texture turns into a handy exfoliator allowing you to gently massage off. I love this aspect, as it transforms it into a 2-in-1 product- perfect for buffing away any dry skin. My skin did go rather red upon removal- I know others experienced the same- but I assume this was simply down to the exfoliation, and any blotchiness soon settled down.

I would definitely recommend!

I’m Immi… And I’m a lip balm addict

  

Yes- I’ll admit it. I appear to have developed a serious addiction to collecting lip balms, if my growing hoard is anything to go by. (And this is just a select few). So I thought it was only right for me to rate and review some of them! I also threw in my trusty Lush lip scrub for good measure. Despite the changing of seasons and ever-so-slight rise in temperature, my lips have been particularly dry recently. But rest assured, I will find a balm to cure me!
 

Nivea’s Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter: 4/5
 

It’s moisturising and creamy, and it smells so delicious I could eat it. Plus, you don’t have to take out a loan to buy it! A classic budget lip balm that you can’t go wrong with. (£2)


Lush Santa Lip Scrub:    3.5/5  

I love how soft my lips are after using this and the rouge tint that it leaves. And you can actually lick the scrub off your lips (it tastes great) with this one! It’s the perfect companion for using before applying lipstick, as it really smoothes and buffs away at any lingering dead skin. However, I find the softness only lasts a few hours before my lips start to feel dry again. To avoid this, I tend to cake my lips with lip balm afterwards for ultra moisturisation if I’m not leaving the house! (£5.50)
 

Eve Lom’s Kiss Mix:    3/5

I love a good lip balm that makes your lips tingle, and Eve Lom’s does just that. It feels refreshing and gives a lovely shine to lips too. (The most expensive of the bunch at a crazy £16)
 

Nuxe’s Reve de Miel:      2.5/5

I’ve reviewed this before on my blog and I definitely fell in love with the stuff when I first bought it. It’s buttery and melts onto lips and smells DIVINE. But much to my disappointment, over the months it seems to have gone slightly grainy in texture- and come to think of it, it has probably come to the end of it’s short 6 month lifespan. Sob. Considering the price, you would expect it to last a tad longer. (An expensive £9.50)


Korres Jasmine Lip Butter:    3/5

Let me begin by saying this smells delicious. The scent is sweet and I love the dusky pink colour which leaves a shiny tinted finish on lips. It isn’t the most hydrating lip balm I’ve ever found, but is great for Spring for adding a nice subtle dash of colour on lips that aren’t overly dry or chapped. In the depths of winter when my lips are crying out for moisture, this probably wouldn’t be my first point of call. (£8)
 

Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm: 2/5

I bought this because I was drawn to the fact that it’s natural and suitable for vegetarians, which you don’t often see overtly displayed on beauty products. The tube has a nice monochrome design and the balm has a delightful fresh and orangey scent to it. However, I’ve found it only gives a light level of moisture to lips, and so it definitely isn’t what you’re after if your suffering from severely dry skin. (£6)
 
And finally, the surprising winner of the bunch? Scoring an impressive 5/5 stars, it has to be…

Blistex’s Relief Cream! 5/5

Yes, you heard correct. The humble Blistex at a modest £2.69. In my eyes, it is the holy grail of lip products as it is the only lip cream that truly seems to cure my cracked lips overnight. (It’s medicated and is designed for cold sores too.) I personally love the stuff, and have no idea why I’m always tempted with the higher end expensive brands when I know I’ve got such a fail-safe winner in Blistex!
 
Thanks for reading! X

Cruelty-Free Beauty

Along the way since becoming vegetarian over a year ago, (and also since inadvertently stumbling across some really quite disturbing photos of what had happened to the cutest bunnies after being tested on), I really want to gradually transition my makeup and beauty collection into one that is cruelty free. As quite frankly, I really don’t condone animal abuse. Obviously, I’m not saying I am perfect in the slightest, and I definitely still own makeup that is probably tested on animals, which I bought without really giving a second thought to. However, I guess it’s one big learning curve and I would like to at least try my best!

There is generally a significant amount of controversy over whether beauty brands do or do not test on animals. It’s no surprise that they never usually own up to it when questioned (and why would they), but I know that several brands find loop holes in the fact that their ‘parent company’ tests on animals, so technically they can claim that they don’t. I’m just glad my trusty Dermalogica don’t test on animals, and have even recently pulled out of selling their products in China because of the abuse that the country requires for cosmetic testing.

Anyway, I would love to know of any favourite brands which you use which are cruelty-free? I already use a few, but when I started reading the PETA list of brands, I’ll admit my mind was slightly blown by all these names I had never heard of!

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Avocado Adoration: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment

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I discovered a tiny spider in the lid of my Christmas stilton jar last year, which- practically forgotten about- resulted in a John Lewis voucher as a token of their apology finding its way through my letterbox a few days ago, albeit much to my surprise and absolute delight. (I may have run downstairs, letter in hand, shouting out to my Mum that THE BEST THING EVER HAD JUST HAPPENED. Yes, ever the drama queen.) Cheers Waitrose! Although I really shouldn’t tell everyone, or they’ll all want a spider in their cheese.

Anyway, I’d been craving a good eye cream for a while (the dark circles and bags have been screaming out for my attention for far too long), and so after my friend Hannah McMartin recently reviewed Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment over on her blog, I simply couldn’t resist trying it out for myself. John lewis voucher? You came at the right time my friend.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (best ingredient ever), is a thick, light green cream which comes in a small pot (14ml to be precise). At first I thought that the amount I had paid didn’t really justify the size, but upon application, I realised you definitely don’t need much at all. Plus, it claims not to be tested on animals, which I hope is the case- the internet seems to be divided on this- as I really want to make a conscious effort to try and buy cruelty-free products from now on.

The cream glides on nicely and feels oh-so-soothing, and because it is so thick, it stays in place so you don’t have to worry about it running into your eyes and stinging them like crazy. (I somehow seem to get moisturiser in my eyes more often than not.)

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I wasn’t expecting to miraculously wake up with a new pair of eyes, but what I did wake up to, was soft, slightly brighter, less puffy, tired looking eyes. Puffy eye-lids never bodes well when applying your morning coat of mascara, and weirdly enough my mascara now seems to go on a little better since using the cream. I do however, still have fairly dark circles under my eyes, but like I said, I wasn’t expecting miracles or a month’s worth of sleep to be injected overnight.

I’d love to hear what you guys think if you’ve tried it!

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Sunday Evening Pampering: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masque

 

I haven’t done a beauty post, well, for a while! And so I thought it was about time I changed that.

In the past few years, I’ve suffered from very acne-prone skin. Why on earth my body decided my early twenties was a more suitable time than my teens for these delightful breakouts, I do not know. Oh the joys of life. They got so bad that I’ve been on two lots of antibiotics since last Summer in an attempt to rid my face of the the pesky things, the last lot I have recently finished taking.

I doubt I’ve seen the last of them, but I wanted to invest in a good quality face mask that I know  will really deeply cleanse it, to try and keep the spots at bay. The reviews for Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque were what enticed me. Everyone was singing it’s praises and so it was simply calling out to me to put it in my basket. (Which is obviously what I did.) People spoke of how their skin was noticeably less oily, how it was great for breakouts, skin was smoother etc etc. I obviously had to try it!

 

Oh and the masque is mineral rich and clay-based, with ingredients sourced near the Amazon River. Sounds good to me.
As soon as I applied it, I knew there were some pretty powerful ingredients getting to work right away- you could practically feel the goodness sinking deep into the skin and cleansing it from the inside out. As it dried, you could visibly see where the mask had sunk into the pores, as tiny little holes appeared on the surface.

A little definitely goes a long way. You leave the mask on for 10 mins until dry and remove with warm water.

 

The result? My skin felt extremely smooth and soft to the touch, and I can definitely say it felt cleaner and that it could almost ‘breathe’ more- if that is even such a thing. I’m really impressed with my (first ever) Kiehl’s purchase and am already looking forward to my next application!

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Lush-ious Goodies

Father Christmas seemed to go mad for Lush products this year…but I am definitely not complaining!

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The Christmas Party box smells divine and a heady and heavenly smell of citrus hits you when you open it up. It features a Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream, a (totally adorable) Snowman Shower Jelly and a Baked Alaska soap. Good enough to eat, right?

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My favourite part of the whole box was when I came to the realisation that a cute little Snowman was folded up inside his tub:

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Like I said- adorable. This little guy smells just like passion fruit and I absolutely love the concept of Lush’s shower jellies. Not what you’d expect from a tiny little Snowman!

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This Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb (above), which is meant to resemble a Christmas pudding more like this one:

is so vibrant in colour, yet oh so relaxing with Lavender Oil being the main ingredient.

Top tip from my sis to make them last longer and if you’re feeling like being economical, is rather than to throw the whole thing into the bath (tempting as it may be), crumble as much as you want in, to make it go further!

Keep your eye out of my review of the rest of these delicious products!