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Friday, 20 March 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Review

(Please let me know any post's that you'd like to see on Daisy's Teen Beauty Blog!) 

I cannot possibly explain the amount of time I have spent drooling over this palette, and gone back and fourth putting this into my basket then going to pay and deciding not to. Then when I finally did buy it, I was disappointed..

Charlotte Tilbury is such a luxury brand (I speak for the majority of the female population here) that most girls dream about owning and I am certainly no exception. So of course, (as I keep mentioning - I am very sorry) when I had the opportunity in Selfridges to buy this I jumped at the chance. When I swatched this in Selfridges both the highlighter and bronzer didn't swatch well but this was most likely due to the build up of oil on the surface caused by lots of people. First things first, the packing is to die for. It's sleek, compact, and has beautiful, intricate packaging. 

The product however, is where it really lets me down. Although I find that they have beautiful pigmentation, it's almost the wrong type of pigmentation. The highlight has too many gold tones for me to find it flattering on my pale skin, and I think even those with a light to medium or even medium to dark skin tone would also struggle to use this. I also find that it doesn't last as long as I would have hoped, and even though my skin isn't at all oily I find that the highlighter works it's way to the bottom of my face.. The bronze shade - again much to my disappointment I find it very difficult to work with.   Although having tried to use this in numerous different ways there is no way you can use this to contour because of the amount of glitter accumulated. Whilst with bronzer, I find this nice to work with in my temples, and cheekbones. Having said that - you need a light hand to apply this and even then you need to make sure you blend it very well.

So, although I am disappointed with this product, I still use it regularly (in turn with my Marc Jacobs O Mega Bronze!) to bronze up my skin, and I feel like I would reach for this fairly often in the summer when I have a bit more of a tan. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have tried this product, and if you haven't I'd love to hear about your favourite bronzer in the comments below! 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Review

Ever since the Hourglass Lighting Powders launched last year, there's been a huge hype that has yet to die down. There seemed a point when I couldn't even watch a youtube video or read a blog post without a mention of one of the infamous powders. Prior to youtube or even blogs - hourglass was a brand that I had not even heard of, and now I find that most of their products enter my online basket without a second thought, so it seemed inevitable that when I was in the Libertys Beauty Hall I bit the bullet and purchased one. Now.. I want them all.

The lady at the Hourglass counter was so lovely (I wish I could say the same about the Laura Mercier counter...) and I told her that I couldn't decide between Dim Light and Diffused Light. She recommended Diffused Light saying it would suit my skin tone better and I always trust the make up counters advice so pretty much paid and ran all the way home in excitement. She tested it on my skin and although I didn't notice any difference I purchased it all the same. She also added a dash of one of their equally as famous blushes whilst I cringed! (You red-faced girls understand my problem with blushes), but to my sheer amazement it looked lovely and almost counteracted my redness entirely so thats now ended up on my next to buy list! So back to the powders.. Each of the different shades mimic the most flattering of lights each tailoring to certain skin problem such as redness, pores and discolouration.

They retail at £38 which made me grimace at the till after using a similar product (Nars Light Reflecting Powder) and hating it, but after hearing so many rant and rave I knew I had to try it and see for myself what the fuss was about! The first time I applied this, I didn't notice any difference and felt so disappointed, however as the day went on by I noticed that my makeup looked almost identical to when I had first applied it which meant that it had already reached holy grail status in my mind. After that I noticed my skin looked good, really good - almost flawless looking! My pores were visibly smaller and my complexion looked bright and radiant. But the thing that really pushed me over the edge was the fact that my redness was barely visible. It was about 5pm and I had been wearing my makeup for eleven hours - normally by 12pm I need to do touch ups to conceal the redness but I could not believe that at 5pm my redness was barely visible. This is now one of my holy grail products that I reach for every single day without fail! It gives my skin a subtle radiant glow, blurs impurities and pores and controls redness for a number of hours. I really recommend this product - I use it as a setting powder and dust it all across my face (avoiding my nose, as nobody wants a glow-y nose!) using a Zoeva Contour Brush.

I cannot recommend this product enough - the packaging is so sleek and beautiful and comes with a mirror that (finally!) does not fog up with powder. The powder itself makes your skin look beyond beautiful and glowy! Next up on my list is Mood Light and Dim Light and of course their beautiful blushes! If you would like to purchase one of these then you can do so here.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes Review

(First of I am very sorry that there are so many photos! These brushes are the most photogenic items I have ever laid eyes on, and I took about a million photos and then couldn't decide which ones to delete! I also just realised that I always start my posts with apologies so I'm sorry about that! - I rest my case..)

After seeing these brushes on perhaps every social media site possible and dropping many many hints in the weeks leading to my birthday I was lucky enough to receive these from my brother (even if they were three weeks late) and after ordering them (yes three weeks late.. and yes I'm still not over it!) they arrived three days later which was so exciting! Within the package (which I tore open in a record breaking four seconds) I was also given two free eye brushes as it was National Women's Day which was such a thoughtful idea, and they'll most definitely come in handy. After opening the package the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the case it came in was, it's very large which means it will now be my designated travel  makeup bag and is very good quality - real leather I believe.

The brushes are exceptionally soft and also apply product in such a beautiful manner. The set retails at £56 and it comes with eight brushes, so each brush works out at £7 which is extremely inexpensive for the quality of these brushes. Each have a designated purpose, although (being the rebel that I am,) I don't stick by that. I use the Silk Finish for powder as I found that it pacts on the powder really well, and I am currently enjoying the wing liner brush to contour my nose! The brushes are such good quality and I cannot recommend them enough. It's also an added bonus that they are perhaps the most photogenic item I have laid my eyes upon!

If you would like to purchase this set then you can do so here. Zoeva have also recently launched a matching eye set which I am lusting over right now, and a Rose Gold Volume Two set which are as equally beautiful! If you have tried these brushes I'd love to know your thoughts of them, and if you haven't I'd love to know your favourite brand of brushes!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Beauty Haul

First of, I want to start by saying that I'm sorry I have not written a post in over a month. I don't particularly want to explain the circumstances as to why however I may do in the future, but I do know that this break was incredibly helpful! I have been itching to write some blogposts, and I felt like today was a good day to go back! I hope you enjoy this post!

My birthday was two weeks ago, and I was incredibly fortunate to receive two of the items as gifts from my bestfriends (who are the best!) and the rest I bought with my own money in which I had saved. Some were bought in New York (which I was incredibly lucky to visit for my birthday!) and the rest were bought in the Selfridges and Liberty's beauty halls! (Which I recommend you visit, it's such a fun experience!) 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow Palette
Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder
Stila In The Light Palette
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 01
Benefit Gimme Brow
Smashbox Pore Minimising Primer
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Powder Foundation 03

I'm not going to talk about the products as of yet, because I am going to review each product separately to give you some better in depth information. I just thought I'd upload this so that you know I haven't forgotten about you! I will be uploading some reviews over the weekend, and if you would like some sneak peaks then I recommend you follow my twitter account! (@daisyteenbeauty) Thank you so much for sticking by me, even though I haven't been the most consistent! I love you all, and honestly I can't explain how much the support you give me has helped! x