Monday, 2 March 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream - A Review

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I have a review of a product I am pretty sure you'll have heard of. Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream. So is it really worth both the hype and the price tag?

I have what I can only describe as the driest skin known to man, it is also very dehydrated and is the absolute bane of my life! I have struggled so much over the years and tried out so many skin care products it is unreal, I'd read a lot about the magic cream and decided I needed to give it a try. 

So around 6 weeks ago I asked at the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges in Manchester if I would be able to have a sample of the magic cream, the sales assistant said yes of course but they didn't have any pots to put me any in so she would have to look for a pot, a couple of minutes later she came back with a little pot from the MAC counter and filled it with the magic cream, she filled it right to the top too which I thought was nice of her, she wasn't stingy at all with the sample. 

Unfortunately because I had a sample I don't have any nice images of the cream itself to show you but I didn't think you'd mind too much. I do however have some photos of my little sample pot of the cream.

My sample of magic cream after using it for almost 2 weeks

The magic cream on my hand

Actual Magic Cream packaging  

What Charlotte Tilbury Says About Magic Cream

My secret’s out… Over the past 20 years I’ve been mixing my own age-defying skincare known in the industry as CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM. I’ve been testing it backstage for years and models and my regular clients are already hooked. It’s a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster plus floral extracts that lift and transform tired skin in an instant! Think of a wilting flower that’s just been watered – skin is flooded with moisture for a glowing complexion in a flash, no matter how dehydrated or lacklustre your skin may look.
A break-through, multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the ageing process on all fronts: it stimulates collagen production and cell energy and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin. A hyaluronic acid booster called Sodium Hyaluronate floods skin with moisture, re-plumping the skin. And an infusion of rose hip oil and vitamin E bring your complexion back to life. Whether you’re stressed at your desk, dehydrated after a long-haul flight or an all-night hedonist with hungover skin, cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep with CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM, for a lasting dewy, plumped-up finish. It’s one of my seven wonders for your skin!

What's In It? (ingredients)
Taken from the CT website - Water (Aqua), Homosalate , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth-21, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, plus a little bit of top secret magic...

My experience of using the magic cream
I was really impressed with the ingredients in the magic cream as they all seemed to be suited to my horrifically dry and dehydrated skin and I'd read on the Charlotte Tilbury website about the ingredients and was impressed,  the hyaluronic acid to seal in moisture and wild pansy to renew the hyaluronic acid, the rose hip and camellia oil and vitamin e for hydration and nourishment to my skin, vitamin A for firmness and smoothing and vitamin C to promote collagen activity to help promote a more youthful skin and lets face it who doesn't want more youthful skin at my age? There's also organic aloe vera, damask rose water and extract of frangipani to help fight the signs of ageing, and it's paraben free and mineral oil free too and has an spf of 15, so all round lots of good stuff for my skin. 
The little sample pot I received lasted 2 weeks with me using the cream every evening and around 3-4 mornings a week, a little really does go a long way.
Magic cream is a very rich cream and has a lovely subtle scent to it, it smells slightly rose scented but if you hate rose scents don't let that put you off because I hate rose scents and this is lovely, it is a very subtle scent as I said and a lovely one at that.

My Thoughts
The cream applies beautifully and feels amazing and very luxurious, it is fabulous for dry and dehydrated skin and ageing skin, it made my skin look lovely instantly, I can see why this works backstage for models who may have been on long flights etc. My skin loved the magic cream, it smoothed my skin and left it glowing, the cream was amazing under foundation and my skin looked lovely and glowing on days when I wasn't wearing make up. It really is amazing for people with a dry skin and especially dehydrated skin and devitalised skin, it plumps up the skin and gives it a lovely glow, smoothing at the same time, I loved it and my skin looked and felt lovely when I'd used it. 
I wouldn't recommend the magic cream if you have oily or combination skin or if you suffer with acne as some of the ingredients could trigger acne including shea butter, the spf and essential oils, but for those of you with dry, dehydrated, devitalised and ageing skin it is a god send, it really is a lovely product and I loved it.
Would I Buy Magic Cream
I personally wouldn't buy the magic cream but for one reason and one reason only, the price. Magic cream is £70 and for me it is just way too expensive, I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a moisturiser no matter how beautiful it is, now if money were no object or we were in a better place financially I would buy this in a heartbeat, it would also make a beautiful gift for someone who loves their skincare and has dry and dehydrated skin but it is just too much for me to spend unfortunately, but that is the one and only reason I wouldn't buy it, if it sold for £30-£40 I'd buy it in a flash.

Overall Round up
I think it's fair to say I love the magic cream, it was an amazing product and if like me you have dry and dehydrated skin I would highly recommend it, if you'd like to try it out like I did, go to a CT counter and ask for a sample, you won't regret it, however you may like me wish you had more money to spend on lovely items of skin care! I haven't tried a moisturiser ever before and thought "wow this is amazing" and I've tried a lot of moisturisers over the years and especially since blogging and making you tube videos but nothing has had an instant effect on my skin like the magic cream, it's beautiful and I would highly recommend it to those of you with dry, dehydrated skin, it really is a game changer, I just wish it were a cheaper game changer.

If you'd like to try the magic cream it is available at Charlotte Tilbury counters in store on on line at the Charlotte Tilbury websiteSelfridges and Net-A-Porter for £70.00.

Have you tried the magic cream? What did you think?

Thank you for reading, much love as always,
Zoe x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Topics Video - Mental Health

Hello Lovelies,

This is just a quick post to let you know that I'll be filming my next topics video very soon, I asked a while ago on Instagram (follow me here) which topic you'd like me to film a video on next and most people chose Mental Health, so that is what my next topics video will be about. 

I uploaded a little video today asking for questions and I also asked on Instagram but since some of you don't have Instagram and you tube is being silly at the moment and doesn't always put my videos into peoples subscription boxes, I thought I'd let you know here too. 

I'll let you know on here when the video is uploaded, but for now if you'd like to take part in the topics video please feel free to head over to the video and ask a question if you'd like to or via Instagram if you'd rather do that.

Thank you for reading or watching as the case may be, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Saturday, 28 February 2015

NOTD - Nail of the day

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I have another NOTD post (nail of the day post). These are proving to be quite popular with you all so I thought I'd keep them coming. So without further ado, here's today's NOTD.

What I Used

Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer In Patent Poppy

First of all as always I used my HG base coat the Orly bonder, available to buy here. I have featured bonder in so many blog posts I don't feel I need to photograph it every time I mention it, you know what it looks like now :) 

I then applied 2 coats of the Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer nail polish in the shade Patent Poppy, available to buy here for £6.99, allowing each coat to dry fully in between. I finished off with a coat of my HG top coat, the Orly Glosser, available to buy here, again no photograph of the top coat  needed it's featured so much on here already.

I featured another shade in the Max Factor gel shine range on my blog a few weeks ago, (blog post here) that shade was Twinkling Pink, a gorgeous vibrant fuchsia pink colour, I loved the colour and the polish lasted ages without chipping, I said in that post that I wanted to try some more shades in the range before I gave my opinion on it.

Patent Poppy is the second shade I have tried in the range, I recently bought it along with Sheen Merlot, (watch the haul video I show it on here) I'm yet to try the sheen merlot colour as I recently broke one of my nails so far down it was a mess and it has meant I haven't been able to paint my nails, don't you hate it when that happens? First world problems and all that! 

Thoughts On 'Patent Poppy'

As with twinkling pink, I loved the application of patent poppy, it applied well and the drying time in between coats was good. The gel shine polishes do have a lovely finish to them and they really do look gel like even without a top coat. 

Patent Poppy without a top coat (2 coats applied)

As you can see from the above photograph the polish has a beautiful shine to it and is really glossy and does in my opinion look like a gel polish, please excuse my poor cuticles, I had used a cuticle trimmer for the 1st time and to say it was sharp is an understatement! 

Patent Poppy is a beautiful bright true red colour and looks amazing on both the fingers and toes, it's a classic shade and one I feel would look lovely all year round but theres no denying this would make a fantastic Christmas nail shade. 

I did still apply a top coat as I always do with any polish, force of habit I suppose, but I was really disappointed when the polish chipped after just 24 hours, hoping it was just a one off I asked Lissy what she thought of it too and she said "I like the colour but it chipped really quickly" so unfortunately it wasn't a one off and the polish chipped quickly on Lissy too. 

The chipping issue is something that disappointed me because I think £6.99 is a lot to pay for a nail polish and for that price I'd hoped to get a little longer wear time from it as I did with the twinkling pink but I do adore the colour and the finish of the polish so it certainly won't put me off wearing it again. 

Overall I would recommend this polish because the finish and shade are beautiful, and in my opinion they do look like gel nails, it would cost me around £30 for a red gel polish to be applied at a salon and although I'd get 2 weeks out of it but I could buy 4 of these for less than that and have 4 amazing high shine colours on my nails during a 2 week period. 

I just wish there were more colours in the range, at the moment there are only 9 shades to choose from and I have the 3 I like the best so for now I won't be trying anymore of the gel shine lacquers, but watch this space for my review of the Sheen Merlot.

Have you tried the Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquers? Which are your favourite colours?

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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