November/December Favourites & a Disappointment

Where have the last two months vanished?
I’m not particularly keen on New Year’s Eve (except for Jools Holland’s Hootenanny and the films that can be on) – the enforced celebrating just makes me feel exhausted, even thinking about it. Especially, after a full Christmas, where the house is bedecked decorations. We are talking made for TV American film levels of decoration; Love Actually has nothing on us.
However, Christmas is magical – I still get the same feeling of excitement as I did when I was younger. I just wish it had been a bit colder.

I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, whatever you might be doing.

Now to the favourites – hair, beauty and the disappointment.


Bumble & Bumble Straight Blow Dry 60ml £12 – It’s a light creamy balm which you apply to towel dry hair before drying (or not as I did). It smells lovely, a little goes a long way and it contains tourmaline to protect the hair when heat is applied. It helps control kinks and frizz into straight or bouncy hair.

Hair dried naturally – it kept my hair manageable, shiny and feeling hydrated. If I wanted to boost the volume with tongs or a blow drier, I already had the protection ready to go.
When I dried my hair with a drier the results were great. I had the added insurance my hair wouldn’t be compromised and stayed shiny for a couple of days.
I bought the smaller tube of product and it’ll last me some time.

Bumble & Bumble Cityswept Finish 150ml £22 – This is a light hair spray which is great for fine hair. On the website it describes it as giving you a ‘Street styled’ and ‘lived in’ look. It is perfect for undone done hair.
Mist this through the hair and gently tease into place. I’ve not tested this fully but I know this is not the hairspray for the windy weather we’ve been having.

Percy & Reed Wonder Cleanse and Nourish from QVC UK £18 +£3.95 postage (this does come with a small Wonder Balm and Session Hold Hairspray but elsewhere it is £19) – This is a co-wash (a cleansing conditioner which you use to wash on its own so no shampoo or conditioner). This is the first ‘co-wash’ I’ve tried and it is very strange not to shampoo and get the bubbles and the reassuring squeaky clean feeling that you know you have cleansed the hair and scalp. I saw Adam Reed on QVC demonstrating the the new co-wash, and this is 97% natural and the preservative is the only thing which isn’t.

The scent is very powerful in the same way that the Clarins ‘Relax’ range is very aromatic – the first hit is rose geranium, lavender and a gentle note of peppermint. There is also calming aloe vera, avocado & jojoba oil. I noticed on the 4th day my hair started to get a little greasy. This can be used as a weekly treatment or in between washes.

Dried naturally – the smell lingers and it’s calming. It’s a great compromise of not having a perfume on if you can’t cope with a smell that day. The hair has mirror shine, my brush glides through it and it’s soft but had a bit of grip. My hair and scalp feels moisturised and healthy.
Dried with a hairdryer – without any additional product my hair was sleek, again mirror shine but was quite slippery (in a good way). If you didn’t want sleek hair try a barrel brush and a bit of product. Also for putting hair up I think using some dry shampoo would be an idea to create some grip.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit £65 still at Net -a Porter – I know, I know this is ridiculously predictable and this is my first experience of Hourglass. I saw this in July on so many Instagram feeds and knew I had to try it. I got it from Sephora and it is worth every penny. This palette brought some brightness back into my skin after over doing the usual Christmas delights (turkey, ham, cold turkey, cold ham, Mum’s Victoria sponge and jam tarts) and the tingling sensation of a burgeoning migraine. It made me glow and there is something deeply satisfying seeing your reflection actually look pretty ok instead of just ok.

There are other beauty products but I need to really experiment with those.


My Festive Disappointment

And this is with a particularly heavy heart but it was the Charlotte Tilbury Book of Make Up Magic £150. I actually bought it from as my treat. There were only a few make up items a tiny lipstick from the KISSING range, an eye shadow, an eye liner and a full size of the Red Carpet Red Matte Lipstick. The rest was skincare products which I expected but not quite so many.

The skincare is beautiful quality, beautifully packaged (perfect for dressing tables with acres of mirrors) but the scent was too strong for me. I tried the famous Magic Cream ( a very thin layer) but within 15 minutes I needed to wash my face – I couldn’t cope with the scent. I can see why it would benefit dehydrated skin but the strong frangipani scent wasn’t for me. This was a similar theme with the rest of the skincare.

I’ve seen reviews which say it’s good value but to me the only item I liked was the red lipstick. The packaging was exciting and beautiful but I felt very disappointed that I essentially paid £150 for a lipstick and the packaging.

As an introduction to the Charlotte Tilbury skincare range with added make up – yes. I will look at the make up again but perhaps I’ll visit a counter to fully look at the products.

Disclaimer:- These are my personal experiences. I can’t guarantee whether you’ll experience the same thing with the products.

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