Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | First Impressions

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I know it’s been a while since my last post on my holiday to The Canaries, but I’m back in the game after much relaxation and ready to share my first impressions of one of the most talked about, iconic, luminous and weightless foundations out there – Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. After walking into Selfridges and collecting a few samples to play around with myself at home, I felt that shade 9 was the perfect match for my skin tone and decided to buy it on my next visit which was yesterday! When I was matched at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I felt at first that it was slightly more on the warm side, but after wearing it throughout the day, the colour grew on me more and more, and the luminosity that was brought out by the foundation, totally overpowered that slight mismatch in colour – so for me, this is the perfect shade!

Magic foundation is heralded as miracle in a tube with it’s flawless, powerless and long-lasting coverage, I can definitely say, it lives up to it’s promises! As a full coverage girl, who has some scarring – I’m always looking for that extra bit of coverage and after a first buff of this foundation into my skin, I can instantly see my skintone looking more even and with it, a subtle glow, blurring out my pores and covering my scars.

The finish of this foundation is demi-matte on me and I have a combination skin type. I feel like I don’t need to wear any concealer on top of the Magic Foundation to cover up any blemishes or scars, I would just add a touch of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Caramel to brighten up my undereyes for that highlighted effect. It feels comfortable on the skin and stays on for a long time without transferring. Although the end result is a radiant, luminous finish, it sets into a gorgeous, velvety texture.

One of the reasons, I was so drawn to this foundation was because of one of the main ingredients in the formula – Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – For a long time now, I have been researching a solution for minimising acne scarring and the pitting caused by this, and although hyaluronic acid acts as an anti-aging property, it’s a great product for plumping the skin by increasing the collagen production around problematic areas on the face. This is something that immediately drew me in and I was also very intrigued by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream also containing hyaluronic acid as well a number of natural magical ingredients. Retailing at £70, I thought i’d try out the foundation before I made the splurge, but I may be enticed to make the purchase very soon.

Previously, I would wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) in NC44.5 and this has been my holy grail foundation for so many years now! In comparison to the SFF, Magic Foundation definitely has a deeper and fuller coverage, and minimises the look of pores really well. I feel like SFF can have a slightly drying effect on the face as the finish is matte rather than demi-matte like the Magic Foundation, which can sometimes result in flakey-ness around blemishes. The Magic Foundation is great at preventing a dry look and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and luminous all day!

The swatch above shows the Magic Foundation in shade 9 with no blending and the swatch underneath shows how it looks when blended. As you can see, I’m still rather tanned on my arms from my holiday so the colour of the foundation doesn’t match too well on my arms, however i can assure you it looks like a perfect match on the face haha.


Have any of you tried the Magic Foundation or any other products by Charlotte Tilbury? I can’t wait to get my hands on the Magic Cream!


Sachita x

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I’m back! – Post holiday blues…

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I’m back from The Canaries and missing it more than ever! As I mentioned in my previous post, I have so much more to share with you guys from the rest of our holiday 🙂

After some lovely relaxation for the first couple of days, we thought it was about time to venture out and explore the island a little.

Heading over to the famous town of Playa De Las Americas, we spent the day on the sandy beach. In Tenerife, the beaches’ natural sands come from the volcano, Mount Teide on the island, which gives the sand a slightly darker, more brown tint than normal golden sand, still very fine and soft.

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Sunset in Los Cristianos

Playa De Las Americas

Piña Coladas

My cousins and I along the Marina

Making our way to the stunning Teide National Park we boarded a cable car to Teide Volcano, the highest point in Spain – towering the landscape at a mighty 3718m. As the car rises, the splendour of the landscape unfolds beneath your feet – it’s absolutely breathtaking! A definite must when in Tenerife!!

Mountain Range landscaping Teide National Park

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View from above

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Sunset view over Teide National Park

We made a few stops along the way up to Teide Volcano, one including a visit to an authentic Spanish Bodega or wine cellar called Zeverón, producing specialist wines for international export. I’m not usually much of a wine drinker but I have to say, some of the wines we tasted were delicious and freshly distilled adding to the smooth and rich flavour.

Viewpoint on Teide National Park

Bodega

And of course we had to make the stop when we saw an authentic Churreria for some mouth-watering Churros con Chocolate! Also a must when in Spain, these deep fried dough pastries coated in sugar and cinnamon, dipped in a cup of hot, dark chocolate sauce, are to die for!!!

Wine distillery

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Churros con chocolate

The next morning started with a horse-back riding hack along the coastline of South Tenerife. I absolutely love horses and horse-riding! As I no longer have time to take lessons, I try to take every opportunity to go, when abroad 🙂

As we were living on the footstep of a golf course, we had to take the opportunity to play along the captivating coastline with views of Mount Teide in the distance, the warm sea breeze blowing through your hair…

Stables by Amarilla Golf

Stables by Amarilla Golf

On Horseback

Amarilla Golf Club

Hitting that shot after 100 attempts! LOL

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Gorgeous sunset view

Mount Teide mountain range in the distance

Our second to last day had arrived, and we decided to take a trip up to North Tenerife, which took around an hour by car, to visit Loro Parque – a parrot paradise and dolphinarium. There was 4 shows which we saw; the Loro Show, Dolphin Show, Whale Show and Sea Lion Show. The best two, in my opinion, where the Whale and Dolphin shows – they were absolutely magical! A definite must see in the Canary Islands!!

View when we stopped over on our journey

Arrival at Loro Parque

Gorgeous Macaws upon arrival

Sea Lion Show

Waffle Break

Waffle Break

White Tiger

White Tiger

Dolphin Show

Dolphin Show

Orca Ocean - Whale Show

Orca Ocean – Whale Show

And that concludes the end of this little getaway! I had such an amazing time and starting to feel those holiday blues…
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Sunset from the plane back to London


Have you been to any of the Canary Islands before? What did you get upto on your holidays?


Sachita x

Spontaneous Family Holiday to The Canaries!

Hey from Tenerife!

I thought I’d write this post upon my return from this spontaneous family holiday to the Canary Islands, but as I had some time to spare this morning I thought I’d share my travel adventures so far, and this place is just too gorgeous to wait! Currently my family and I are on the island of South Tenerife and will be moving across to another island – Fuerteventura – in a few days time 🙂

Leaving the UK for vivid, clear blue skies and over 30 degree temperatures, was definitely a great decision! After an intense and stimulating summer, trekking Kilimanjaro and starting a summer internship a week after our return, I think my family and I, were truly happy for this small getaway!

Our villa is situated in the area of Amarilla Golf – Golf Del Sur, overlooking open, green planes of a huge golf course with horse stables in the distance. There are 9 of us in our family party, including my parents, two aunts, uncle, three cousins and myself. I love going on large family holidays, they’re always SO much fun when we all come together and chill out!

Here’s some photos so far, we’ve been here a couple days, so haven’t done anything too exciting, just been relaxing in our villa and been to town a few times. Stay tuned for more pics soon 🙂 Enjoy!


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Back garden view from our villa

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Our private swimming pool

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Balcony views

Cutest little town

Haha! Don’t mind me!

Evening before dinner


Have you guys been to Tenerife or on a big family holiday? Where did you go? I’d love to read about your travels in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick

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LOVE at first swipe! I received my BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick in Bronze about a week ago as a ‘back to uni’ gift from my cousin Sapna and honestly, I have been using it every night out since!


Uses

A combo of both a highlighter, with the slightly more sheer, lighter shades towards the top of the compact and a bronzer, when fanning your brusk through the bottom few shades. I love how it gives me an elegant glow and elevates my cheek bones.

As an eyeshadow, I spray MAC’s Fix + on my brush and sweep it across the last three shades for a beautiful lid colour. MAC’s Fix + generates vivid colour on the eyes by magnifying the pigmentation. The lighter shades are great for the inner corners and brow bone highlight.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 18.14.54


Formula

The formula is very soft, buttery and the sheen is very subtle leaving a gorgeous glow and build-able for a more intense look.


Packaging

The packaging for me is slightly bulky and I would have preferred a thinner packaging style. Having said that, the mirror is very ideal for popping in your handbag for a night out, on the lid of the generally exclusive feeling, white on black BOBBI BROWN packaging.


My thoughts

This shimmer brick looks amazing on my cheeks and creates a healthy shine, making my skin look and feel hydrated. I’m not usually one for bronzers but I feel that taking my Crown fan brush through this compact a couple of times, is enough for imparting a natural looking bronze colour. The colour is perfect because it is not at all orange or a dark or flat brown. Other brown-based bronzers can make my skin look dirty but this one doesn’t!

You can blend all the shades together for a warm golden glow or what I like to do is first apply the darker shades on my cheeks and then concentrate with the light highlighting shade on the tops of my cheekbones. It photographs beautifully and adds such a great dimension to the skin.


Have you guys tried the BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick? What are your thoughts? Check out all the different colours here.


Sachita x

Moving in day – Back to uni!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I have actually been away on work for the past week and was totally knackered to post during the time I was there. Now it’s the weekend, I have finished my summer job and back to uni for me!

This summer for me has probably been the most intense so far, with our Kilimanjaro Trek (check out the video here) at the beginning of summer and starting my job a week after we returned! It has definitely been a super intense but fantastic experience and I have learnt a heck of a lot this summer, not just about the working life, but also about me as a person. Tbh I never thought in a million years that I would be working a summer job during summers between uni until my year in Industrial training as part of my course, and for me to actually get through it and stick it out till the end has made me realise that I can really complete anything I set my mind to. It leaves a great feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment 🙂

An inspirational summer to say the least, and now it’s back to uni and a much needed holiday to the Canaries in two weeks!

Here’s a few snaps of my time at work, being given the amazing opportunity to work on the World’s Leading Defence and Security Event #DSEI

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Royal Air Force Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

United States Army Helicopter

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Eurofighter Typhoon

Royal Navy Helicopter

Royal Navy Helicopter

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View from the Sunborn Yacht

View from the Sunborn Yacht


Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! How have you’re summers all been?


Sachita x

Died and gone to highlighter heaven!

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My feelunique.com order came today and I had to write another post out of excitement, even though I posted my ‘Brush Cleaning Day‘ post yesterday!


Primarily I made my order for the gorgeous Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated in Aura but but also added a couple of sneaky nail polishes into my shopping bag too – OPI Nail Lacquer!


Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated – Aura

At first glance I am speechless! This highlighter is gorgeous! To add to my obsessive highlighter collection, this is just a must have. Whilst not for everyone as it is super shimmery and striking, I always love a bit of sparkle and this would look gorgeous on the high points of your face for a night time glam look leaving a gorgeous iridescent shimmer.


The Colour

Aura is described as a “soft pink shimmer with a golden iridescent sparkle” – the perfect rose gold for medium to dark skin tones but can also be blended into the skin for a more sheer glow for paler skin tones. I haven’t used used this on my face just yet but I’m going out tonight so will try it out and definitely report back!


The Packaging 

A thick cardboard box with two compartments; the top compartment has a mirror and the highlighter and the bottom compartment contains a brush.


The Texture

The texture of Aura is slightly chalky straight from the pan, but incredibly smooth and finely milled when swatched. Leaves a sparkly, almost metallic finish on the skin when applied. I feel that it may not have great adhesive qualities when applied to the skin as the product did not seem to stay in the same place, when swatched and seemed to move around quite a lot.

I feel like this would also look beautiful as a light mist over the centre of your eyelids to create a soft sparkle to your eyeshadow and give it that extra pop!


The Price

I bought this at £20.25 as it was on sale at feelunique.com!


Have you guys tried this highlighter out yet? What did you think of it? 🙂


Sachita x

Brush Cleaning Day!

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It’s the end of the week and of course, this calls for a deep brush cleaning day! I’m super lazy when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes but I hadn’t done so in a while and they really needed a good clean so I thought I’d share with you guys, my brush cleaning routine, it’s super simple!

I have gone through a variety of brush cleaning products like shampoos and soaps as well as soap bars but I haven’t found any to do as great a job as the BlenderCleanser. Primarily used for cleaning the makeup off your Beauty Blender but I’ve found it works just as well for make up brushes too!

This blender cleanser perfectly cleans the Beauty Blender, leaving it as good as new -with a lovely, light, lavender scent.

With a pump dispenser, it squirts the perfect amount of product to clean your brushes and blender – I tend to use one pump for each brush and two for the more dense brushes. It lasts ages! I’ve used less than half and I’ve probably had the cleanser for nearly a year now.

When I went to IMATS (see my IMATS haul here), I bought another Beauty Blender (for those lazy days) and with it, I received a mini version of the blendercleanser and solid for free! The solid is basically like a bar of soap, I haven’t tried this out yet so can’t compare the liquid to the solid just yet, but will do in a future post 🙂


Brush Cleaning 

So all I do is run the tap of warm water, take a pump of the blendercleanser, dip the brush into the cleanser and swirl the brush into my palm with the water running through the the hairs until all the product is out, and the brush looks as good as new! It’s that easy 🙂


Beauty Blender Cleaning

This one’s a little tricker as you have to be careful not to puncture a hole in your beauty blender (Confession: I have a hole in mine 😦 ) I apply some cleanser onto the blender and gently slide my thumb along the blender, pushing the product away under warm water. And thats it!


How do you guys clean your brushes? I’ve read in some reviews that this cleanser actually removes some of the pink dye on the blender, but it has worked really well for me and I haven’t experienced that, have any of you? I also really want to try a soap bar from Lush to clean my brushes, what do you think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

P.S. I used my new camera for the photos in this post! 😀 Check out my post here if you haven’t already! What do you think of the photos?


Sachita x