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TIME FOR TEA

Friday, 15 June 2018

London Borough of Hackney, London, UK







Hello lovelies!

How are we all? So not much to report today - I just really wanted to share these photos! As bloggers we're constantly taking pictures, right? I can never enjoy a good meal or go somewhere with pretty architecture without getting my phone out and taking a snap. So much so that I often forget what I've posted and what I haven't! 

Here are some pictures of when I when to afternoon tea with one of my blogger pals, Becks over at TheBecksEffect. I must confess, going to tea is my absolute favourite quintessentially British pass time. There's nothing like a nice cup of tea and a scone loaded up with cream and jam, right? 

We went to this super cute little cafe with really quirky deco - it was honestly a blogger's dream!

That's all for today, folks! For some reason, I'm feeling a little stumped with my writing at the minute. But I'm sure I'll be re-inspired again soon. 

What are your favourite quintessentially British pass times? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva 
xxx




SUMMER LOVIN'

Monday, 11 June 2018





So guys, I'm finally back with a new outfit post! It's been a while, right?! Blame coursework deadlines, exams, and a very disorganised chica. But finally it's all done. I've finished my uni exams for the year, I've got 2 weeks left until I'm home for the holidays, and I could not be more ready for summer. 
The sun is shining, skies are blue, and you know what that means, right? The summer wardrobe is out in full force. Expect copious amounts of bardot shouldered looks on my blog, #sorrynotsorry. 

Starting with the one in this look today. I was kindly sent this by the lovely people at Missy Empire, and I'm obsessed. I already want it in the two other colours they sell (Black and Yellow) - so expect to see a suspiciously similar version soon!

Then we have these new paperbag waist jeans, also kindly gifted to me from Missy Empire. Perfect for pinching in the waist, but slightly more forgiving than the staple skinny jean in letting your skin breathe a little more this summer. 

Oh also I guess I should introduce you to my new baby - my beloved vintage Dior. As well all know, the Saddle Bag, first created by John Galliano for Dior in the late 90s, is making a big comeback. As is anything monogrammed - it seems we're truly living in a 90s revival, and I for one am relishing anything that gives me logomania vibes! Maria Grazia has presented the modified version of the Saddle Bag in two shows now, so it's definitely here to stay. Granted, it's a bit of a marmite one - yes it does look like a kidney - but honestly, what can I say, there simply isn't anything better than vintage dior. And the best bit? These vintage babies are only a fraction of the price of a Dior bag now. If you're a fan, I'd urge on you to jump on the bandwagon quick!

Anyway, enough for now, I'll be back again soon with lots more. I can't wait to start sharing summer content - so stay tuned!

Are you guys excited for summer? What are your go-to summer looks? What do you think of the Dior saddle bag? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top: c/o Missy Empire*
Jeans: c/o Missy Empire*
Sunglasses: Ebay
Shoes: Adidas

THE PERFECT SUMMER SCENT: LOST IN THE CITY - MILLER HARRIS

Monday, 4 June 2018






"... at last, reward for straying off the well-trodden path. 
Hoodwinked by burdock
posing as rhubarb.
So I took the birds as my guide. 
And there on their perch
between the ferns...
blackcurrant, wild and tantalising." 

There's nothing quite like the feeling of the rush of memory and emotion a fragrance evokes, with that first inhale of its scent. 
Fragrance can often be so personal. Because of the way it can make you feel. It can remind you of people or places. It can make you feel strong and confident, or simply calm and relaxed. And what's most amazing is the way in which the same fragrance can have a completely different effect on different people.  

Miller Harris totally get this. Oh, I do love a product with a story. Each fragrance has a carefully explored theme or is inspired by a particular place or experience that captures the imagination and implores you to reflect on your scent more deeply. 

"Miller Harris breathes colour and life into the classic perfumer's art, with complex couture perfumes designed to tell vivid urban stories, inspired by London life." 

And if this is their goal, then they certainly succeed. 

The fragrance I selected, 'Lost in the City' is inspired by the encroachment of nature on the 'concrete jungle' of the city, but when I smell it I get something quite different from it. I imagine myself back at home, my little countryside, suburban muddle. I imagine putting on a tracksuit and tying my hair back into a lose topknot. I imagine spraying a few squirts of this, and embarking on a long country walk down the winding paths of my local woods. I imagine birds tweeting and wildlife furrowing, and the sharp but comforting juxtaposition this has with the distant sounds of cars going by, planes flying over, and other people also on their daily walks. I am contentedly lost in nature, but the familiar buzz of people and society is not too far away. 

This scent is rather different. It's fresh and zesty, floral and natural, yet there is a deeper layer that lingers, which is warm and musky. It's a scent that is perfect for any occasion, day or night, and will most definitely be something unique and new in any perfume hoarder's collection. 

For those of you interested in the notes, here's the breakdown:

Top: Bergamot Zest, angelica Seed, Blackcurrant. 
Heart: Rhubarb, Rose Petals, Geranium
Base: Early Grey Tea, Crisp Amber, Musk 

If this isn't quite for you, then the other scents sound equally intriguing. 'Wander through the Parks' sounds fresh, green and zesty, whilst 'Hidden on the Rooftops' seems deeper and warmer. I'd definitely recommend taking a trip down to the stores in Covent Garden or on Monmouth Street and seeing what story your imagination evokes when you take in that first whiff of a brand new scent. 

c/o Miller Harris - 'Lost in the City'* available Here.
Explore the rest of the Miller Harris' Fragrance Collection Here.

Do you find that fragrances evoke emotions or memories for you too? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Miller Harris London. All items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

FRIDAY THOUGHTS: WHY I'VE STOPPED LONGING FOR LOVE

Friday, 11 May 2018








If you've been following this blog for a while, then you'll know two things:
1.) I'm a hopeless romantic.
2.) To say I'm unlucky in love would be a great understatement. 

Actually, if you'd like a bit of a catch up on that tragicness, then let me refer you to these posts (here and here) - read with a cup of tea (actually, bugger that, a glass of wine) and bag of popcorn in hand, and if you're lamenting your sorry own state of affairs, then have a giggle at mine (you're welcome). 

If I'm completely honest, that's a combination that sucks. See, I'm incredibly picky, because I'm hell bent on experiencing that Romeo and Juliet, Jack and Rose, movie love, but its also very much the case that the guys that I like never like me, and the ones that I'm less than keen on are big fans. Why is that always the way, eh?

I'd say for the past year or two, this is something that has really begun to bug me. It was fine when I wasn't alone in this predicament, and my friends and I could gossip about boys, joke about our disastrous experiences, and enjoy the single life together. But as they've gradually coupled up and left me the permanent third wheel, it gets to a point where you simply can't help but question, 'what's wrong with me?'

It doesn't matter how many times your friends tell you you're beautiful, or that the guys that don't like you are mad not to. Ultimately, you're still left with a deep feeling of worthlessness, as you stop and look around and think, 'why does nobody want me?'

Unfortunately we've been brought up on the chic flicks and rom coms that have been feeding us lies on love and romance for the best part of 10 years. From the moment you first watched 'High School Musical' and Troy, the popular jock, fell for Gabriella, the reserved science nerd, or brooding vampire boy Edward falling for painfully awkward Bella in Twilight, you probably expected to have a similarly handsome and romantic guy whisk you off your feet at some point in your adolescence. But I can't be the only one that's been severely let down, and to be honest, I'm not sure I believe there are 'Romeos' out there anymore. Boys around me are either incredibly immature, not wanting to 'commit', or are already taken by girls who are far above my own level. I'm now 21 and don't think I could ever say I've experienced 'real love', and I feel like I've missed out. 

Social media is a bitch for rubbing it in your face, too. I look at friends who are off travelling the world with their other halves, road tripping America, or are simply enjoying 'date night' every week, and it deepens your own sense of loneliness, the feeling that you're missing out on experiences and time that you will never get back. I feel a mixture of sadness, exasperation, and most importantly, envy. 

I turn 22 next month, and I think it's about time I wave goodbye to that old pipe dream. There are probably a fair few of you sitting there reading this and thinking, but 22 is so young! You have your whole life ahead of you, and I know that you're probably right! I'm sure one day, or at least hope, that in the (probably distant) future, I'll find someone to put up with me, 'Mr Right'. But I think there's a difference between being in love when you're 20 and when you're 30. The priorities are different, what you look for is different, and ultimately, the experience is different.

I think I've realised that I need to stop getting actively hung up on this stuff, and continually questioning why I'm so 'undateable', or why nobody wants me, because ultimately, all this does is lead me onto the all too familiar path or self doubt and self critique, which does the old confidence no favours.

I hate to be super cliche with the end of this post, but there's that saying, 'when you stop looking for love, then it'll find you when you least expect it', and I guess, now, I'm putting more faith into that. Gone are the days of trawling tinder searching for the online validation our generation desperately seeks, or continually questioning why I'm not good enough. It's a waste of time, it's a waste of energy, and ultimately, it changes nothing. Sometimes I think the line between wanting to be loved, and simply wanting to be validated can be rather blurred and I guess, the more I'm navigating this whole self-acceptance journey, the better I'm becoming and putting aside these niggling worries, and instead focusing on myself.

That's all for today, folks. Are any of you guys hopeless romantics who are realising that real life is really quite different?

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top: Primark (in store)
Shorts: Topshop
Trainers: Boohoo
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: Ebay

THE PERFECT OVERCOAT

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

London Borough of Hackney, London, UK







You guys, you guys, you guys. Let me introduce you to the bargain of the month. Nope, of the year so far. It may even be my best bargain ever. 

Now, we all know that I'm a lover of sales, and every single item in this outfit was bought at some sort of discount. Whether it was an end of season sale, or with a student discount code - you just won't catch me paying full price, because why would you do so if you can get money off with a little bit of waiting?

So on that note, let me introduce you to my brand new £15.00 overcoat. Yep, you read that right - £15.00. And do you know what makes this even better, it was down from £150.00 from Topshop. I know, I couldn't believe it either.

The best thing is that this coat is an absolute classic. It's slightly darker than your average camel shade, more a terracotta, but is the perfect, oversized boyfriend fit that I know I'll be able to wear for years. The absolute cherry on the cake is the dogtooth print underneath the colour. 

So this is my my favourite kind of outfit: jeans, a tee and an oversized coat. It's super easy and mindless, but still looks, without being cliché, 'effortlessly chic'. 

So that's all for now, folks! A rather short post today, but it's not every day I have something to rant about or spout my opinions on lol. I hope you enjoyed it all the same!

As always, leave me your comments below - What's the best bargain you've ever found?

Until next time,
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx


OUTFIT DETAILS:

Tee: Topshop (Sold out, similar here and here)
Mules: H&M
Coat: Topshop (Sold out, similar here, here and here)
Bag: Zara (Sold out, similar here)
Twilly: Dior (Sold out, similar here)


FRIDAY THOUGHTS: IS SOCIAL MEDIA FORCING US TO BECOME CONSTANT CONSUMERS?

Friday, 27 April 2018

Notting Hill, London, UK





We live in an extremely fast paced society, where people want things now. Hence the frustration when you see a beautiful camel coat on your fave blogger and ask for a link, only for her to tell you that it's two seasons old and unavailable now.

My theory: there is an unspoken and underlying pressure on fashion and beauty bloggers to constantly 'keep up', and be the first one to possess and style any number of 'trending' items.

I've recently been seeing a lot more awareness of this and a few different posts on this topic, and I've been meaning to add my own 2 cents.

It's all fun and games when we watch 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' or 'Sex and the City', where Carrie jokes once more about buying shoes instead of paying rent. But I think that we're at a real risk of promoting this 'buy it, because yolo' culture as somehow glamorous and we're forgetting that things actually cost money.

When was the last time you paid cash for a piece of clothing? For me, it's so far back that I can't remember. Everything seems so much less when everything is available to you with a swipe of plastic. Or with just a tap of apple pay. All the amounts, the £10 here, £20 there begin to lose significance, until you've maxed out your overdraft or reached the limit of your credit card. Then the reality of debt comes crashing down on you.


Fast fashion there's a constant pressure, particularly on bloggers, to stay 'on trend'. I know this from personal experience, and I'm not afraid to admit that if I see a particular H&M blazer on 10 different bloggers, all of whom have got incredible engagement in their posts containing that item, then I'll be upgrading that piece straight to number one on my wish list.

This isn't just limited to fashion, either. I'm sure we all remember when Fenty Beauty first launched, the way everyone was desperate to get their products first, so they could upload video reviews and blog posts as quickly as possible to get the most views and most engagement.

I'm becoming acutely aware of the fact that I feel a continual pressure to buy new things. I have deliveries arriving every other day, I'm constantly checking the 'New In' sections of my favourite online stores in a bid to make sure that I call which items are going to be 'it' pieces before anyone else, so that I get there first, before they sell out. I know that I rationalise my spending with the feeble excuse that I am 'investing in the blog', and whilst I know that realistically, this a somewhat pathetic attempt to disguise the fact that I just love to shop, it's dawning on me that there is also some truth in that.


The way bloggers shop and accumulate new things is, in my view, becoming kind of damaging. There's is just a continual cycle of new. Every other day we're being shown a new item they've just 'picked up' (anyone else absolutely HATE that expression?! I have no idea why but it really grinds on my gears lol!) Youtubers are continually 'hauling', and don't get me wrong, whilst I enjoy this content and continue to consume and partake in it myself, I'm also aware of the fact that this extremely fast paced lifestyle and shopping habit being promoted is wholly unrealistic not just for the average person, but for the smaller bloggers who are aiming to be on that same level way before they're means allows them to be so.

I think there's become an expectation for bloggers to constantly be seen in what's 'new', to have a firm hand on the latest trends and pieces, and of course, to an extent this is part and parcel of being a 'fashion blogger'. But there's also a fine line between showcasing a realistic wardrobe, and just essentially becoming a clothes hanger for everything that's new in the shops. It's a tough one, because I understand the need to create new content, seeing the same old sweater 20 times is boring content and I can see why that would be of little interest to the audience. But is this creating a culture of continual spending? A pressure to buy things that I'm not even sure we always want, and definitely do not need, in order to satisfy what we think our audience wants.

It's no surprise that posts with 'trendy' items do better in terms of engagement on social media. I remember there being a camel coloured H&M sweater last winter that was constantly sold out for months, and was featured on just about every blogger's instagram feed, each time doing incredibly well in terms of likes. I remember how, after seeing it so many times, I too was desperate to get my hands on this sweater, there's a certain brain washing element to social media feeds, right? And being honest, I was also sure that if I got my hands on it, it'd do well on my own instagram feed. Now I did genuinely like the jumper too, but it was £39.99, and I knew, being honest with myself, that there was no way I would have bought it for that price, it's the kind of piece I would've waited to go down in the sales before I purchased, because £40 for one jumper just seemed far too much. I also knew that if I waited until the sales to buy it, then the very reasons for me wanting it; having an 'it', 'hot right now' item to get good engagement as so on, would have worn off, and it would have lost its desired effect.

It's not only new in, 'trendy pieces' that have this affect either. It would appear that engagement tends to favour luxury pieces, and I think we're becoming increasingly aware of the elitism of the blogging world. It would appear that the more luxury pieces you have, the better engagement you have, and if you manage to tick the 'it' piece and 'luxe' piece boxes in one item, then you're laughing. Isn't this essentially a case of, the more money you have, the more likely you are to be a 'successful' blogger?


This is something that has been proven to be true even with my own engagement. I've realised that when I upload a post with an expensive item, like my Chanel slingbacks, or my Gucci loafers, I do particularly well in terms of engagement, I'll be met with a barrage of likes and new followers and this understandably makes me want to invest in more luxe pieces which I think would look good on the 'gram. Don't get me wrong, I've always been a sucker for my designers, but I can't deny the thrill I get when I've finally managed to purchase a luxury 'it' item that has subsequently gone on to do well on my social media channels, and I'm aware that that's both sad and quite wrong.

I'm pretty sure there are bloggers out there, drowning in debt and just managing to keep afloat, but continue to justify their spending as being an 'investment' or as 'part of their job'. Have we gotten to a point where there is simply too much emphasis placed on numbers and engagement, and we're beginning to lose that sense of individuality, of showcasing the pieces that we want and that we would realistically buy, which made the blogging space so personal in the first place?

Are we forcing bloggers to surrender themselves to one mould, one of fast fashion and 'it pieces', which chips away at their own personal styles?

The prospects of engagement and numbers are beginning to influence our shopping habits, as we have in mind, whether consciously or sub-consiously, the pieces that will do well on the 'gram, or what is 'trending'.

Does this therefore restrain our individuality and sense of personal style? After all, we all know how annoying it is when you see a outfit post with a piece you love and are desperate to get your hands on, only to realise that it's old season and now sold out.

I know that I can't afford to be constantly buying new things to keep up. Financially it just wouldn't work, I'm a 21 year old uni student who still lives at home, relies on Student Finance and my parents, as well as the little I earn from my blog for money, and so do the Chanel bits and new pieces I flaunt on my feed every week really reflect my circumstance? Probably not.

But it's not only the financial aspect, I know that it just isn't realistic, or relatable either. I can't keep buying new clothes continuously, I don't have the room for it, in reality I re-wear my clothes and only select a few pieces each season that I would usually invest in.




I'm aware of the fact that often, if I create a post centred around one particular item, I then become reluctant to wear it again to feature it on my social media profiles, because I feel as though I've covered that content, I've created it, and to do so would just be repetitive. That piece then risks being relegated to the very back of my wardrobe, I forget I have it and it gets little wear. It's not feasible to be continually buying clothes that I wear once and then feel that I can't wear again.

I don't really know what the solution is, folks. I don't really see the blogging world changing anytime soon. If anything, I can see the issue only getting worse - as the industry becomes more and more monetised, and the ability to profit off the clothes you wear and recommend through affiliate links making the idea of buying new clothes that you can then link to people all the more enticing.
Don't get me wrong, even if I were not blogging myself, I know I'd be keeping up to date with what was 'trending'. Fashion and beauty are my interests, after all - I buy into the 'fast fashion' culture even if I know that 6 months down the line my furry mules will be old news, because it's fun and I enjoy it. But I wonder if I would be so influenced by what others are buying, wearing and showcasing if I didn't have this little virtual home. Would my spending habits be more sensible? I would still be buying new bits and pieces that were 'on trend' because ya gal loves to shop, but I definitely wouldn't feel the need to buy a particular makeup palette or jacket or accessory as soon as it came out.



It's taken me a lottttttt of spending, and finally becoming exhausted by the constant packages and trips to the post office for returns to realise that I need to start actively fighting this habit, and reassessing what I'm buying.
I know this is where a lot of people would invoke the whole 'that's why you should never blog for numbers and purely for your love of it' spiel, but honestly I can be spared that bullshit. I think we all get caught up in the numbers game at one point or another. It's hard not to, particularly if you're someone who likes to 'do well' or succeed in other areas of your life, and you're never content with just doing 'alright', it's only natural that there are times where this mentality leaks into your hobbies sometimes too.
I think these days I'm trying harder to maintain more of a balance. I still like to buy new things, and often, these things will be 'it pieces', but I'm making sure that these are pieces I really love and won't just wear once, and that I only by a few pieces here and there each season. There is simply no need for me to be setting out almost as though I need to buy a whole new wardrobe each season.
That way, I'm not ashamed to say that if I do get my hands on an 'it piece', that I'll milk it a little to get the added 'engagement' bonus, because let's face it, we all do it.

But I guess I'd like to be less wary of wearing outfits with old favourites, or pieces that are no longer available. I'm a lover of a bargain, about 70% of my clothes are bought in the sale, meaning that the chances of these being available are slim, but that's just what I've always done. I've never liked paying full price for items, so what's the point me buying those pieces purely for the blog? After all, I set out to blog to showcase my outfits, and my style, not to simply model the latest things you can buy on the high street. I wouldn't buy every new piece each season if I didn't have the blog, I would re-wear my old favourites like we all do, so why pretend that I'm this girl who can afford to constantly buy new clothes? I've unwittingly become guilty go upholding a bit of a facade, but no longer!





So that's my rant over for today, folks - sorry for the rambles, but I hope you enjoyed nonetheless. What do you guys think? Are bloggers beginning to perpetuate the problem of constant consumerism? I'd love the hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time,
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Turtleneck: Boohoo
Jumper: Na-kd Fashion (On sale!)
Skirt: Na-kd Fashion (Limited Sizes available, similar here and here)
Boots: Topshop (Sold Out, v. similar version here)
Jewellery: Bohomoon (On Sale!)
Bag: Zara (Sold out, similar here)
Twilly: Dior (Similar here and here, on sale too!)
Sunglasses: Ebay


AMPING UP MY MAKEUP FROM DAY TO NIGHT WITH CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Monday, 23 April 2018







Hello lovelies!

Welcome back for another Makeup Monday! This time around I've got another little tutorial/review combo post for you. Now we all have those days where we need our makeup to be as quick and easy as can be. Perhaps you only have 5 minutes to refresh your makeup before you're off out, or perhaps you're just super lazy and can't face doing anything that takes more than 2 steps - because there's nothing wrong with that!

So I thought I'd show you how I take my makeup look from day to night with the addition of just 2 products with the help of my absolute fave Charlotte Tilbury products, which serve me well time and time again. Most of the products used in this post I have already reviewed in either this post, or this postso if you'd like reviews of them, then please refer to those posts! 

I've also been testing a few new Charlotte Tilbury products that I've got my hands on recently, including the product that's got everyone talking; the 'Hollywood Flawless Filter'. It's a good'un, folks - keep reading for the full review!


TUTORIAL

BASE

So I thought even though I this post is about topping up makeup, and if I were doing so I'd only really add some eye and lip products, I'd still talk through the base that I'm actually loving at the minute. 
I'm really enjoying wearing Charlotte Tilbury's 'Wonderglow'* as primer with the 'Magic Foundation' in Shade 8* mixed in with the 'Hollywood Flawless Filter' in Tan 5* for the base, to add a little extra glow. I've then concealed using my trusty Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer over blemishes. 

EYES

On an average day, I usually just have a tad of eyeliner and mascara to open my eyes up a bit. If I'm therefore amping up my makeup for the evening, I build up the eye makeup. 
Firstly, for some quick colour and definition to the lids, I add my 'Colour Chameleon' in Dark Pearl and literally scribble it across the lid, then blending in the edges with my finger to create a seamless look. It's super easy, literally takes 2 minutes and as Charlotte always say, can literally be done in your car wing mirror. I would then always top up my liner and mascara. Here, I added some of my Barbarella Brown 'Rock n Kohl' Eye Liner pencil on the upper lash line, and then smudged this in to give a slightly smokey look. Of course, as always, lashings of 'Legendary Lashes' Mascara completed the eye look - we all know with me it's all about big lashes! This mascara gives you so much length and volume, and is perfect for a night out (or for the day, if you're like me, and think big lashes are always appropriate). 


CHEEKS

On my cheeks, I have a touch of my 'Sun Tan and Sun Light' palette for a hint of contour to define the cheekbones, as well as a little cream blush for some subtle colour. 
To freshen up my base makeup, I would then add a bit more of the 'Hollywood Flawless Filter'* to the 'C section' of the cheek. Just a few dabs adds the perfect subtle highlight, and gives the illusion that you've just applied a fresh base, and that it hasn't been worn in all day!

LIPS

On the lips, during the day I usually have a nude lip colour on, so in the evening I often add something a bit deeper. Here I have a mix of two of my favourite lipsticks, 'Hepburn Honey' and 'Walk of Shame'*, to create this light Berry shade. 


REVIEWS

HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER*

Now I am actually shocked by how attached I've become to this. It's like the product that I never knew I needed! This really is a rather unique product in that it's rather hard to pin down exactly what it's meant to be used for. I remember when I first read the product name, I had no idea what a "flawless filter" would entail. Reading the product description, it's evident that it's not marketed as having one specific use, but simply promises to be a "complexion booster that gives everyone super starlit skin in seconds." This product is actually incredibly multi-purpose - and I think this is one of its best qualities. 

There are four ways one is recommended to use it according to CT's website:

1.) BENEATH IT - For a SUBTLE GLOW: Use all over your skin underneath your Magic Foundation for a subtle glow and polished finish.

2.) BLEND IT - For an AMPLIFIED GLOW: Mix with your Light Wonder or Magic Foundation on the back of your hand to dial up your Hollywood glow.

3.) BOOST IT - For TARGETED GLOW: Dot it along tops of the cheekbones, down the nose, above the cupid’s bow or anywhere to glow like a Hollywood star! 

4.) BLING IT - For a MEGA-WATT, ALL-OVER GLOW: Go mega-watt and wear it on its own at full volume, erasing any imperfections with The Retoucher for a fresh, glossy, all-over-glow!

You can get the flawless filter here



My absolute favourite way to wear this is to dab it on the high points of my face, particularly on my cheeks. If you're like me, and you're really not into that blinding highlight craze, then this is perfect for you. Just a few dabs on the top of the cheeks creates the most incredibly subtle highlight, which looks utterly gorgeous when the light catches it. When I was in London meeting a friend the other week, the light caught it perfectly and my friend remarked, (and I quote), "gurl your highlight is absolutely popping!" That was NOT something I was expecting to get from this product, and that's what I love about it. It's subtle enough to wear every day, but still gives enough of a glow that is noticeable but natural. 

On days when I'm doing a little more with my makeup, or particularly for nights out, I like to mix in a dab or two of the flawless filter with my foundation. It makes any base I have on much more glowy, without giving me a greasy look, which is something that usually scares this formerly ultra oily skinned girl away from any product claiming to give 'glow' or 'radiance'. 


I generally prefer a more matte complexion, but this has definitely made me enjoy the glowy look more. I have the shade Tan 5, which is recommended for those who use either shade 7 or 8 of either of Charlotte's foundations. I will however say that I think I probably could have got the shade 4, and if you're planning to use it simply as a highlighter for the high points of the face, and not all over, then you're probably better getting a shade lighter for that. 


COLOUR CHAMELEONS

So I bought 2 shades: Dark Pearl and Golden Quartz, the former is recommended for brown eyes, and the latter for hazel eyes. I think however that any colour suits any eye colour, and still makes it pop. 

My favourite thing about these is how easy and fuss free they are. Literally all you need to do is scribble them over your eyelid and then blend it in with your finger, or a brush if you prefer. They're foolproof, beginner proof, lazy gal proof, only have 2 seconds to do my makeup proof; anyone can use these and make them look good. 

I must say that you do want to work fairly fast with these as they set rather quickly once you've placed the product on the eye, and it's then really difficult to shape it or move it around the lid. The good thing though is that once they are set, they don't budge. You can go about your day or night safe in the knowledge that your eye makeup will be going nowhere. 

Overall I'm incredibly impressed by these and I definitely hope to grab some more! All the colours look so beautiful as well!

You can get the colour chameleons here


So that's it folks! I hope you've enjoyed this post. As always, I'm absolutely loving Charlotte's new releases. That woman is literally unstoppable! I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the new beauty filters collection too. A Legendary Lashes 2 which promises loads more volume?! Sign me up! The eyeshadow palettes look gorgeous too. Hopefully I'll be able to do a review for you soon.

Until next time, 
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

Please note that whilst this post is not sponsored, all items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me by Charlotte Tilbury. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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