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Trying out Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation

I've never actually tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury (sad, I know) so I decided to pick up a little sample of the Magic Foundation at my local Selfridges store after hearing loads about it. I've read from several blogs that it makes your skin look amazing, that the coverage is full and that it's even some peoples 'Holy Grail' foundation - which must really say something.

So I was given this small sachet in shade 2. Naturally I'm usually the palest shade in foundation, and have a neutral/pink undertone. You can't actually see the foundation colour through the sachet but on the Charlotte Tilbury Website website it says '2 is a pink-beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones' which sounds about right. The foundation claims to have 'flawless, poreless, long-lasting coverage' which sounds like the kind of thing I normally look for. Here are my first impressions of it -

The formula wasn't thick but did have a dense consistency to it. It was fairly light on the skin and blended well with my damp beauty sponge. I was quite suprised as I was expecting it to be really sheer and glowy, but instead seemed to apply with a natural matte finish. It reminded me of Estee Lauders Double Wear as it was quick-drying so I had to work fast.

I found the coverage to be quite good, I'd say about a solid medium amount once built up. I used along side the Collection Lasting Perfecting concealer and the coverage combined was really good. It worked fairly well covering up blemishes but did need the concealer to totally conceal certain areas.

The wear on this unfortunately only lasted a few hours. It probably could of stayed on longer but I was itching to get it off after around 6. I noticed it creasing and exaggerating my usually barely visible lines as well as sinking into pores. It did become oily-looking after around the 2 hour mark and was a little hard to touch up.

Overall after a couple of uses my pros of the foundation are that the shades are impressive and cater to a wide range of tones from light to dark, my particular shade was pretty much a perfect match! The coverage is buildable and can go from medium to full with the help of a good concealer and is fairly easy to blend into the skin. It also had a nice radiant finish and looked pretty impressive on.
The cons however are slightly weighing up, as although the formula was blendable I find it dries quite quickly so you have to work equally as quick. It did become tacky as the minutes passed which as a result made it a little difficult to add concealer on top. Although it looked great when it was first applied, as the hours passed it became shiny and I could really feel it on my skin. I also noticed lots of what looked like tiny pin pricks all around my mouth and cheek area, meaning it was sinking into my pores. Disappointing for a foundation that claims to do anything but this.

I'm glad I gave it a shot however this time this magical foundation has to be a no from me. It wasn't half as long lasting as I'd expected and hoped it to be, and it enchanced every pore and line on my skin which made me feel self conscious. As I have oily skin I don't think it was best suited to me, but I think it would work on normal/combination skin.

Have you tried this foundation? How did you find it?

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Tips & Tricks on perfecting your base

Almost a year ago now I published a post on How to achieve a flawless base and I remember it being really popular around the time. A little cringey looking back at the post now but I still stand by the steps mentioned. I've since learnt a few more tips and tricks through blogging and youtube on perfecting your base that really come in use to me. Again I use all of these methods too, so all have been tried, tested and approved!

Press the product in
Using my damp Real Techniques sponge is my favourite way to apply makeup, but I don't just simply bounce it over my skin. With this technique you really want to press and push the product in, to make it become a part of the skin rather than just sit on top of it. This is even more important if you are layering products, for example if you require more foundation plus concealer on top.

Use a small stippling brush
For uneven skin surfaces e.g fine lines, pores, acne scarring and even spots it can be difficult to make everything appear seamless. Using a small stippling brush for these pesky areas works wonders, and I find especially around the nose area to get into the pores. I always found it difficult when it came to applying foundation to my nose area but with this trick it's changed everything!

Apply concealer directly to the sponge
Rather than using your concealer wand to directly contribute the product from the tube to your face, apply to your sponge or brush and then work it in. I find when swiping a wand across your face it actually slightly removes some of the foundation you've spent time working on. It's also more hygienic this way, especially when it comes to applying on blemishes.

Don't over-do the powder
Touching up on the first tip, you also want to press the powder in with a sponge. It's tempting to use as much as you can to secure everything in place, but the best way to avoid that cakey look is to be sparing with it. Press it in under the eyes and oily areas, but lightly dust over the rest of the face for the perfect, flawless base.

I hope these tips & tricks have been of some use and that you find them to work! Please let me know if you have any other tips below

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Chewy White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Recipe

So on the weekend I had an urge to make my own chewy, white chocolate chip cookies. You know the type - deliciously soft to bite, sweet-tasting and very much moreish. I heard that the secret to the perfect chewiness was soft brown sugar, so I headed straight for the baking aisle and grabbed myself a bag.

As I'd never baked them before it was a bit of trial and error making these, and the ones pictured were actually my third attempt. I started out with the oven at 170 and leaving them in for 12 minutes, but gradually reduced both of these factors to get the perfect bake.

The final batch ended up just as I hoped they would - super soft, tasty and really sweet! They definitely came close to the likes of Millie's Cookies and other chewy bakery cookies! Unfortunately I only had 6 of the perfectly baked ones, and 12 rather hard, over-cooked ones. I definitely perfected my bake though and now know the perfect ingredients, proportions and timings for next time.

Here's how to make some of your own:


170g Unsalted butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Caster Sugar
200g Soft Brown Sugar
1 medium egg
1 medium egg yolk
250g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
half tsp Salt
250g White chocolate chips


1. Cube butter and melt in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and allow to cool.

2. Mix both the caster and the brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl, adding in the vanilla extract and butter once cooled.

3. Add the egg and egg yolk and whisk for about 5 minutes until mixture has lightened in colour.

4. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips and give it a further mix - it should be quite hard to mix by this point.

5. Put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes to firm.

6. Preheat oven to 160 (fan) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

7. Roll 6 cookie dough balls with a width no more than 4cm and evenly space out on the baking tray.

8. Cook for about 10 minutes - they should still feel soft to touch when you take them out. Allow to cool and set for a couple of minutes on the tray then transfer to a wire rack.

9. Add another batch to the oven and make as many as you wish!


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