Sunday, 26 April 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Hello Lovelies, 

If you're a regular reader of my blog you will have seen that I received some Charlotte Tilbury products for both Christmas and my birthday and I also treated myself with some of my birthday money to something from the brand too. Since then I have been letting you know my thoughts on the products I have, and today I am going to let you know my thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury foundation. 

I have the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in the shade 3 Fair, Simon surprised me with the foundation for my birthday but in January I had had a sample of shades 2 and 3 to try and to be honest I could wear either shade but 3 was the best match for me. The foundation comes in lovely packaging as all CT products do, it is housed in a box with the CT logo on the front and inside is a plastic bottle with a rose gold lid with Charlottes name on it. 

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation £32 (40ml) 

Charlotte describes this foundation as the "holy grail of foundations" she says it illuminates, smooths, hydrates, minimises pores and reduces wrinkles to give you perfect skin. 

Application & My Thoughts

The foundation applies beautifully, I like to apply it with either my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge or my fingers, it is lovely to apply and sinks into my skin nicely. The coverage I would say is a light to medium coverage, if I blend this into my skin with my fingers it gives a nice light coverage but patted onto my skin with the RT sponge it gives more coverage. In the spring I like to change my foundations up a bit and go from wearing a pretty full coverage foundation, my usual choice is the Illamasqua Skin Base (read my review here) to a less coverage foundation, and for the last couple of years I have chosen MAC Face & Body I much prefer a less heavy coverage in the spring.

I have very dry and dehydrated skin and because my skin is super dehydrated it brings with it awful and extremely unwanted fine lines, especially around and under my eyes and on my forehead. I also have very visible pores on my nose, chin and around my nose, all this sounds very attractive doesn't it? The CT foundation as I said applies beautifully but it also doesn't settle into my fine lines and I find it hydrating too, it does a good job of concealing my pores too and covers blemishes well although if it were a particularly angry looking blemish, concealer would be needed. My skin looks smooth and I do think it looks illuminated too,  I haven't noticed a difference with it reducing wrinkles I'm afraid but it doesn't settle into any lines I have so that is a definite bonus. 

Me wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation (shade 3 Fair) 

Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase?

Overall I really like the foundation, it applies well, feels nice on my skin, doesn't settle into any fine lines I have, smooths and illuminates my skin and feels nice and hydrating, so I'd say apart from reducing the wrinkles it does exactly what it says on the tin. 

Another thing I like is that there is 40ml of product and usually with a foundation there is only 30ml so you're getting an extra 10ml which is good. The light wonder foundation can also be used to cover imperfections on the body although I haven't actually tried this, it contains an SPF of 15 and is suitable for all skin types. I would definitely recommend this foundation if like me you prefer a lighter base in the spring or summer months or you prefer a lighter coverage in general. It's a lovely product and looks and feels lovely on the skin. 

If you would like to try the foundation you can find it on line at the Charlotte Tilbury website or Selfridges priced at £32 on both sites. 

What is your go to foundation for the spring? Let me know in the comments and I'll reply asap. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Invisibobble

Hello Lovelies,

A few weeks ago I wrote this post about the Primark coiled hair ties and in the post I mentioned I wanted to try the Invisibobble to see how it compared. I had seen a lot of bloggers talk about the invisibobble and they had all given them rave reviews saying they don't tug your hair and they don't leave a mark when you remove them etc etc so I thought "yippee I'm going to try those" so I did. I picked up the Invisibobble in pink from Boots there were only 3 shades to choose from, Pink, Black and Clear although I have found out since that the Invisibobble does come in up to 14 different colours.

The Invisibobble In Pink £3.75 for a pack of 3 

The company Invisibobble claims that this is a traceless hair ring and one that won't cause a kink in your hair when removed, doesn't cause headaches, it is easy to remove and doesn't tug the hair, it avoids split ends and breakage, it has a strong grip and is compatible with all hair types. I had read very similar claims on a lot of blogs too. 

The pack comes with 3 small hair bobbles or hair ties if you prefer to call them that and it has a bit of info on the pack about the "traceless hair ring" the pack of 3 is £3.75 and as I said I bought mine from Boots. I was really excited to try these and also gave one to Alicia to try, Nichole doesn't ever wear a pony tail so she didn't want to try one.

First Time Using & My Thoughts

I wrapped the Invisibobble round my pony tail as I would with any bobble or hair tie and left it, my hair stayed in the pony tail as it usually would and I left it in for around 2 hours.

one of the Invisibobbles

This photograph shows the size of the Invisibobble 

When it came to remove the invisibobble a couple of hours later it was very hard to remove and I pulled out loads of hair when pulling it out and it hurt too, I would imagine if you are very hair sore this would be very unpleasant for you. I eventually managed to remove the invisibobble and it didn't look anything like it did when I put it in, I left it over night and then took a photograph to show you how it looked 14 hours later.

As you can see it has stretched, it hasn't ever gone back to it's regular size and is now even more stretched than shown in the above photograph. The most disappointing thing for me though was my hair, I had high hopes for my hair and was hoping to be able to brush it and maybe straighten over it and then film a video for my YouTube channel but when I removed it I was left with a kink in my hair as if I'd used one of my regular hair bobbles.

Hair after removing invisibobble

I was so disappointed, especially as the kink wouldn't straighten out so I had to wash my hair again, the photograph isn't the best I'm afraid but I do hope you can see that there is a definite kink in my hair, this was after only a couple of hours wearing the invisibobble too. I expected to be able to remove the bobble and have no kinks at all. If I wear the invisibobble all day the kink is ridiculous and very very obvious, but even after a couple of hours wearing it I couldn't brush or straighten the kink out. 

Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase?

My overall thoughts are that the Invisibobble is absolutely rubbish, it is a complete waste of £3.75, they do leave a kink in my hair, they are a nightmare to remove as they hurt and pull loads of hair out with them, to remove them I have to unravel them or I'll end up bald! They stretch meaning after the first time you've worn them you need to wrap them round your pony tail a ridiculous amount of times meaning a huge kink and if you don't unravel them to remove them, a lot of hair loss and tears. They are awful and once again I have fallen foul of "blogger hype" Alicia found exactly the same results as me, she was left with a kink and she finds them hard to remove and they tug and pull her hair out too. 

I would definitely 1 million percent NOT re purchase the Invisibobble, it is an awful product that does nothing it claims to do. I think in future if I want coiled hair bobbles I will stick with the Primark ones that are 5 for £1.50 but to be honest with you I think I'll be sticking with my trusty old elastic hair bobbles!

But if you would like to try them or you like them, you can find them on line at Feel Unique and Boots for £3.75. Feel Unique have the best colour range if this is something that interests you. 

Have you tried the Invisibobble? Have you fallen foul of blogger hype? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Friday, 24 April 2015

GRWM Alicia's 18th Birthday Party Makeup

Hello Lovelies,

This is just a quick post to let you know I have a new video up on my channel today, it's a GRWM and the make up I wore for Alicia's 18th birthday party. 

If you haven't already seen the video but you'd like to please click the image below or click on this link

Thank you for reading and or watching, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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