Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Best Foundations For Someone Who Hates Wearing Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Review

Growing up I was never the biggest fan of wearing foundation. I have a feeling that it might have something to do with my slightly traumatic teenage experience with Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? I still can't bring myself to look at some of the photos taken back in those days, when I was so clearly wearing a foundation about five shades too dark for my ghostly pale skin, without cringing.

As a result I spent most of the years that followed relying on concealer to mask a multitude of issues, mainly dark circles, pigmentation and the odd blemish or three but in recent years I've found myself looking for more coverage. That and as I was only relying on concealer, it meant that I was getting through a tube or stick of it quite quickly. That's when I started looking for bases that would cover me in every eventuality and I am so happy to say that I've finally found three foundations, of different coverage, that work for me, my skin and my ridiculously pale colouring.

And here they are;

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 1 Fair (£32)

Having always struggled to find a foundation that was light enough for me/didn't make me look orange, both in the drugstore and in the likes of House Of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis, you can imagine how excited I was when my local House Of Fraser got it's very own Charlotte Tilbury counter. You might even remember my blog post on that very trip (if not, here it is). It was my first time having a Tilbury Transformation and being able to actually try out the products and shades and test them out on my skin, after years of admiring them online, was incredible.

I'm lucky that I only really get breakouts and spots in the run up to my period so in general, a lighter coverage foundation is ideal for everyday wear. I also have dehydrated skin which can look a little bit patchy under certain products and I'm happy to report that none of these bases do that. I'm also a big fan of the consistency of this foundation and the way in which it blends in seamlessly.

It does have SPF 15 built in but I am trying to get into the habit of applying a separate facial SPF product prior to doing my makeup these days anyway and especially if I'm going barefaced. Expect a blog post on just that in the coming weeks.

it Cosmetics CC Cream Review

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Fair (£30)

Only a handful of beauty products ever truly reach holy grail/cult status but that's exactly what's happened with this particular base product and it's no wonder why when you give it a try.

For that in between coverage nothing beats this CC Cream! It's buildable, not at all cakey and truly does look like your skin but better. I feel so confident wearing this and have had many people mention how healthy my skin looks when wearing this. As someone who's had people ask if I'm not feeling well when they see my sans makeup, this has certainly done wonders for my self esteem, especially when it's so quick and easy to apply.

They also now finally do it in the lightest shade, fair, here in the UK after a while of only being available in the US. Seriously, there's a reason why everyone has been raving about this! It may be the first product that I've tried from it Cosmetics but it certainly won't be my last.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair* (£30)

For fuller coverage I absolutely adore Charlotte's Magic Foundation. It's full coverage without feeling like you're wearing a mask or a tonne of product on your face and again, much like the Light Wonder foundation, it matches my fair complexion perfectly. Seriously, if you're incredibly pale or fair and haven't yet found the right foundation match for you, get yourself down to a Charlotte Tilbury counter ASAP!

I completely get why Charlotte dubbed it as magic as it really does have a magical airbrushing effect on the skin. Your complexion honestly looks flawless as a result of using this and it's perfect for those special occasions or when you're looking for more coverage from your foundation. It, like Light Wonder, also has SPF 15 built in which is a great bonus.

As someone who was once foundation phobic, these three foundations have completely changed my mindset when it comes to base products.

What are your favourite foundations? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned in today's blog post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you also have fond or not so fond memories of Dream Matte Mousse?


Sunday, 25 March 2018

What I've Been Watching: In March

what to watch on tv netflix amazon prime uk

Much like my TV and movie watching habits in general, there's a real mix of stuff in this month's What I've Been Watching post and I really do urge you to watch as many of these as you can as I have a feeling your outlook will be changed as a result of each and every one of them, even Happy Death Day.

Active Shooter: America Under Fire

I technically started watching this show in February when it first premiered here in the UK but the series actually concluded this month and really, there was no better time to discuss this documentary series than now. It still absolutely blows my mind that we even have to have a discussion regarding gun control. Why the average American, the one that they always use as the example of why they should have guns, would need a semi automatic assault rifle to defend his land or home in the event of a robbery? I mean, it's honestly laughable. It really is unreal that nothing has and nothing probably ever will change and yet thousands upon thousands are killed every year.

Active Shooter chronicles several of the most prolific and deadliest mass shootings in recent US history including the likes of Pulse nightclub in Orlando, San Bernardino, the Aurora movie theater shooting and Columbine. Through both archival footage and the accounts of victims, their family members and first responders, we get some kind of sense of what happened on that fateful day but not only that, we also the see the aftermath of the shootings and what little change has been made since. We see what we take for granted living somewhere like the UK and it's completely devastating and heartbreaking to see children taught active shooter drills in the same way that we're taught fire drills. It makes me angry even typing up this review, which only makes me want to share it with you all the more. Hopefully what we've seen in recent weeks following the Parkland shooting is only the beginning and change is actually on it's way but I won't be holding my breath anytime soon, sadly.

Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution

I'm not entirely sure why but I find documentaries about true crime truly fascinating and I'm always drawn to those kinds of TV shows, even when the likes of Piers Morgan are hosting them (which really does say something about my urge to watch them). I've watched a good number of these types of documentaries and TV shows on Netflix but I actually stumbled across Life and Death Row on the BBC iPlayer at the end of last month. It seems that there have been previous Life and Death Row series to this one, which I've already started but this most recent one, is currently or has just finished airing on BBC. I actually binge watched the entire series over the course of a few nights instead of waiting each week for it to air as there was the option to do so on iPlayer.

This most recent series, titled The Mass Execution, centres on the state of Arkansas where eight executions are due to be carried out within the course of a fortnight. It follows both the death row inmates, examining their crimes, as well as the families of the victims and the powers at be who have scheduled for the executions to take place. 99% of me has always thought that the death penalty should be completely abolished but in some cases, it really does make you think, well maybe they should die for what they did. Each of the eight cases are so different that you'll no doubt feel different about and towards each of the death row inmates and again, like with the previous show, it's crazy to see how different the US is to the UK for example, on some major issues and yet we all probably have the US on our list of places to travel. I mean, I've already got holidays to Florida and New York booked!


Arrival is one of those movies that has been on my 'to watch' list for a while now and thankfully I was able to check it off that list this month. If you or someone you know has Amazon Prime Video, you'll find it there, as I did. I'm a big fan of Amy Adams but not necessarily of sci-fi films however, don't let that put you off if you're considering giving Arrival a watch. What really had me wanting to watch it, in addition to being a fan of Amy's, was the fact that it was directed by Denis Villeneuve who directed the brilliant Sicario and Prisoners, both of which are movies that I absolutely loved.

It's not your typical alien or alien invasion movie in the slightest and actually the characters interactions with the aliens is really just a sub plot in a way, as we begin to find out more about Dr Banks, played by Adams and humanity and the way in which it would react, as a whole. The twist at the end (I promise I won't give anything away) was also a real shock and something that I certainly wasn't expecting plus it makes you look back on what you've just watched in an entirely different way. There really is a reason why this is as highly rated and award nominated as it is and is well worth a watch.

Happy Death Day

Dubbed Groundhog Day meets Scream, I had some idea what to expect from Happy Death Day but I am so happy to say that it actually far surpassed my expectations and didn't take the route that I originally thought that it would. Essentially, what happens is that the main character relives the same day over and over again but instead of just going to sleep and waking up again for it to be that same day, each night Tree (yes, her name is Tree!) is killed by a masked killer. As she attempts to work out who the killer is whist simultaneously trying not to get killed again, we find out more about Tree and the people in her life and I have a feeling that you'll change your mind on who the killer really is more than once, at least I did anyway.

There are some jumpy bits and classic horror movie scenes but they actually feel fresh, given that it has been some time since we last saw this kind of slasher movie. You also genuinely go from thinking isn't Tree just the worst person ever, to actually rooting for her to finally beat her killer and survive until the next morning. If you're looking for a movie to watch this weekend, I would definitely recommend giving Happy Death Day a go.

A Streetcat Named Bob

As mentioned in my What I Got For My Birthday This Year blog post, I received both this movie and Happy Death Day, for my birthday this year. It was another one of those movies that I'd had on my 'to watch' list for a while but hadn't actually gotten around to seeing, so when I saw it, with the book as well, for just £5 on a food shopping trip to Sainsbury's, I just had to add it to my trolley. My Mum then very kindly asked if I'd like it for my birthday, which I happily accepted.

If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie or read the book, it's about a homeless man who's struggled with heroin addition and the ways in which his life changes when Bob, a ginger moggy who also seems to be down on his luck, comes into his life. It's honestly one of the nicest movies that I've seen in a long time and it taught me quite a bit about both the life of a recovering addict and a street busker and how just one incident can change your life for the worse or in James and Bob's case, the better. I also couldn't help but smile whenever I saw Bob appear on screen. He really is such a special cat. I mean, not only is Bob the most adorable cat that I've ever seen, it's the real Bob not a trained cat that plays him in the movie, which just makes everything that he does even more impressive. Seriously, where can I find my own Bob?!

Have you seen any of the shows or movies that I included in this month's post? If so, what did you think of them? And what have you been watching this month?


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Glossier Lidstars Review & Swatches

glossier lid star review

Every time Glossier release a new product I promise myself that I won't buy it, at least straight away anyway but there I was on release day adding these two little tubes of cream eyeshadow goodness to my basket. The Glossier Lid Stars had been alluded to prior to their release after Beyonce wore them on her lids to the Grammys. And I have to say, I wasn't really too fussed when I saw them on Bey, even though they looked pretty enough. Then again, right before their launch, some of the biggest names wore them to the Oscars of all places. This certainly piqued my interest a little more but when I started to see the swatches on the internet/Insta, I knew that I had to break my promise to myself and try the two shades that spoke to me the most, Slip and Cub.

Thankfully, much like with their incredible Cloud Paints (check out my first impressions post to find out why they're so good), you can save £5 by buying two so I quickly added this duo to my basket and eagerly anticipated their arrival.

glossier lidstar

First of all, I am obsessed with the two shades that I picked. Slip is the most beautiful baby pink with golden highlight effect, whilst Cub is the dreamiest rose gold shade with a stunning shimmer to it. I love how quick and easy they are to apply and the fact that they do not crease, not even a little bit. I was really surprised by how long lasting they were and the fact that I don't feel the need to use a base product or primer underneath them.

glossier lid star swatches

If you're looking for crazy bold colours or pigmentation, you'll be extremely disappointed by these but that's not what I'm all about on an everyday basis anyway. It's more of a wash of colour on the lids than an intensely pigmented hue, which is exactly what you would think of when it comes to Glossier's aesthetic.

I'm so pleased with these, that pleased that I'm even thinking of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying some of the other shades such as Herb and Lily.

glossier lidstar review

Don't forget, if you're placing your first order or if you sign up with another email, that you can get 10% off and free shipping over £25 if you use my link. It also means that I get a little bit of credit to put towards my next purchase, which will most likely be another Lidstar duo, unless they release another exciting product before then that is.

What do you think of these eyeshadows? Have you tried anything from Glossier? If so, what's been your favourite find thus far? And what do you think they'll bring out next?


Sunday, 18 March 2018

My First Trip To New York 10 Day Itinerary & How To Create Your Own

new york itinerary 10 days

I don't know about you but New York has always been at the very top of my list of places to one day travel to. And last Summer I finally made my dreams a reality by embarking on my first piece of solo travel to visit New York for 10 days.

As someone who loves a to-do list and just lists in general, I spent many weeks contemplating and coming up with an itinerary, one that would hopefully allow me to check off as many of the things I wanted to see and do whilst I was there and today I'm here to share that exact itinerary, as well as the tips and tricks that I learnt when I was actually there.

So here are my tips for how to create your own New York travel itinerary, whether you're there for a few days, a week or even longer, along with the actual itinerary I used during my own trip. Be sure to bookmark this if you're planning a trip to NYC in the future or are looking for places to visit on your next holiday there.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Best Bargain Concealer I've Ever Tried

makeup revolution conceal and define

If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for years now, you might remember how much I used to feature Makeup Revolution, especially when they were first starting out. Since then they have released so many incredible products, that many that it's been tough to keep up at times. It's also been a while since I dedicated an entire blog post to one specific product but here we are and for good reason, might I add.

So let's find out why this is easily the best bargain concealer that I've ever tried;

After weeks of trips to every Superdrug within about 20 miles of me, I finally managed to hunt down a tube of this much lauded concealer in the lightest shade, C1. Having heard some of the hype surrounding this particular product, I was expecting there to be quite a buzz around the Makeup Revolution stand but I in no way expected it to be as difficult to get my hands on as it was. If you're struggling to find your shade in-store, it might be worth checking out the Superdrug website as they do tend to restock quite frequently but as I was only really looking to purchase this one item, it didn't make sense to pay for P&P when the product itself was only £4. You can also purchase directly from the TAM Beauty site, which was seriously tempting as I have so many of their products on my current wishlist but I was trying to be good with my spending, which is the only reason why I didn't indulge this time.

makeup revolution conceal and define swatches

This is a great shade match for me and my insanely pale/fair skin, which was quite the surprise. So if you're as pale as me, I'd definitely get yourself down to your local Makeup Revolution counter in Superdrug to give this a try. It almost matches my beloved and current favourite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in terms of colour and consistency, which kind of blows my mind given the price.

It provides great coverage without clinging to any dry patches or looking too cakey, doesn't really settle into any fine lines and doesn't irritate my typically sensitive eyes either. For £4 you really can't go wrong with this concealer! It's creamy, blendable and the shade range is incredible. Not only have they got a broad range of shades but they've also taken into consideration different undertones, which again for the price, is pretty unbelievable.

makeup revolution conceal and define concealer

Many have compared this to the iconic Tarte Shape Tape Concealer but sadly I haven't been able to try that one out for myself as of yet, as they didn't have it in stock in any of the Sephora's that I visited when I was last in the US. But from what I have seen online, this could definitely be a great dupe, especially when it's pretty tricky to come by Tarte here in the UK. The applicator is considerably bigger than any other concealer that I've ever tried but I do now tend to apply my concealer directly onto the back of my hand, to warm up a little, before then applying to my face, so it's not really a big issue for me. Shape Tape seems to have a similar sized applicator so that might be the reason why this one is as large as it is but saying that, it does make application incredibly quick and easy as you don't need to double or triple dip to get enough product out with this concealer.

Basically, if you've been thinking of picking this up or hunting it down; DO IT! I have a feeling that you won't regret it.

I've also got my eye on the newly released Fast Base Foundation Stick but again, I want to wait until it comes into store just to double check that it is in fact the same shade as the concealer. It's priced at just £5 too!

Have you tried Makeup Revolution before? If so, what's your favourite product from them? Have you managed to track one of these babies down? And what's the best budget concealer you've ever found?


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Some Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas (& A Thomas Sabo Giveaway)

Despite January dragging on for what felt like five hundred days, it's now somehow already March. Seriously, how did that even happen? And even earlier than normal, it's almost Mother's Day with just a few days until Mothering Sunday this weekend. Which is why I'm here to share some last minute gift ideas for your Mum, at a variety of different price points, all of which should put a smile on her face and make her Mother's Day that bit more special.

So here are some great gift ideas and be sure to stick around to the bottom of the blog post to be in with a chance to win a beautiful Thomas Sabo necklace;

mothers day gift ideas 2018

I managed to do most of my Mother's Day shopping at one store this year and that was Home Bargains. I hadn't intended on looking there for gifts but was really pleasantly surprised when I popped in to do some shopping. I mean, how adorable are these blush pink fluffy pom pom slippers?! As soon as I saw them, I just had to get them (and even picked up a pair for myself too)! I also found some other great gifts whilst I was there. The pretty prosecco keyring, floral fridge door list notepad and gorgeous rose gold mirror were all too good to ignore, as were the brilliant bouquets of chocolate flowers, which you'll see scattered throughout today's blog post, along with little chocolate hearts, which I may or may not have already eaten. Oops. Hehe. I mean, has there ever been a more apt Mother's Day gift that a chocolate flower bouquet? I don't think so!

I also always think that Mother's Day is a great time to pick up some pieces that will actually be of use to your Mum, in addition to the traditional flowers and chocolates. My Mum routinely collects and uses recipes, either from some of her favourite magazines or ones that she's found online but then they're inevitably thrown away, lost or get ruined as soon as sauces are involved or some serious cooking is done. This recipe box* from Kate Spade New York is the perfect solution and looks brilliant sat on our kitchen windowsill.

Another practical but great gift idea; a reusable water bottle. If you've not already made the switch from drinking out of plastic bottles, a reusable metal water bottle like this one from S'well* should give you that much needed push. My Mum has always been pretty envious of my large S'well bottle, as seen in my packing tips blog post, so I have a feeling that she'll be over the moon with this one, also from Amara Living.

last minute mother's day gift ideas

My Mum's birthday also tends to fall about a week after Mother's Day and this is when she traditionally asks for a new perfume. She normally likes to try something new instead of picking out one that she's already worn in the past and this year my Mum will be receiving this gorgeous Penhaligon's scent* thanks to the team at World Duty Free. I have a feeling that I will be in her good books for quite some time with this one and how beautiful will it look on her dressing table?

Another fail safe gift idea has to be something skincare related. Whether it's something from the drugstore or the department store, you can pick up some lovely treats either for everyday use or for a bit of a pamper. My Mum has been dying to try some of Charlotte Tilbury's skincare so I decided to treat her to my favourite Goddess Skin Clay Mask for her birthday this year (hopefully she's not reading this as that might spoil the surprise) but it would also work wonderfully as a Mother's Day gift. The Gift of Red Carpet Skin Travel Kit is also a great way to let your Mum try out some of Charlotte's bestsellers at a fraction of the usual price.

The fantastic team at World Duty Free also very kindly sent me out this brilliant skincare set from Clarins*. With a 50ml of the Double Serum and two great travel sizes of the extra-firming day and night creams, I can see this going down a storm with lots of different Mum's, especially those looking to turn back the clocks or at least slow them down a bit, when it comes to their skin.

best sheet masks uk

A selection of sheet masks would also make for such a great Mother's Day gift and I got her a few different kinds from some of my favourite brands to try out for herself.

I've also linked to some of Charlotte's offerings as well, as I have her dry sheet mask on my wishlist and I have a feeling that many Mum's will too.

lush mother's day 2018 review

Much like for the other special holidays and occasions throughout the year, Lush have got you covered for Mother's Day. I'm so in love with the special limited edition products they've released this year. I mean, how good they all look?! Additionally, they smell equally as great. I also picked up The Comforter, my Mum's very favourite Lush product as I know that will go down a treat with her.

And last but not least we have a special something for that special someone all wrapped up in this lovely little box. Talk about a gift that your Mum will cherish forever! And I'm so happy to give one of you the chance to win this absolutely stunning Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Together Forever Heart Link Necklace*.

thomas sabo mother's day heart necklace review

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter entry form below;

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Hopefully this should give you some ideas for what to get your Mum this Mother's Day and all of them should arrive in time for next Sunday, the 11th, if you order as soon as you can.

What are you planning on getting your Mum this year? Or have you already done your shopping? And what do you think of my Mother's Day picks?


Sunday, 4 March 2018

What I Got For My Birthday This Year

what i got for my birthday 2018

Normally I like to do a bit of a wishlist post when it comes to my birthday and what I'd be over the moon to receive, as you'll have seen in previous years. But if you saw my Why I Feel A Bit Meh About My Blog At The Moment & How I'm Hoping To Change This blog post, you'll know that I've been struggling with all things blog related recently. I've just not had the motivation to get blogging like I normally do. I did get as far as putting together a bit of a Polyvore set (that's where I make the majority of my wishlist imagery) but just never got around to finishing it or finding the words to accompany it.

I am a bit disappointed in myself as it's always nice to look back on those kinds of posts so I've made a real effort today to share what I actually got for my birthday this year instead of the usual wishlist-style post. I think the last time that I shared what I got for my birthday was back in 2015 so I'm definitely happy to document it on here this year. So here's what I got for my 26th birthday;

marie primark

There were only a couple of things that I actually asked for this year and one of those was a cosy throw for my bed because my bedroom is literally like a freezer in the Winter months. Seriously, I can sometimes see my own breath even though I'm indoors, it's that bad. Anyone who knows me knows that I simply adore anything palm print so my Mum did a great job picking up this throw for me. Plus it was a total bargain at just £4 from Primark.

She also managed to hunt down what might be the best bedding set that I've ever seen, even though I'm now well and truly into my mid twenties. Marie is easily one of my favourite Disney characters so to have this just made my entire month. Plus it was pretty difficult to come by as they keep selling out of the double in my local stores so that made it even more special that my Mum had managed to track one down for me, after I mentioned how amazing it looked a few weeks back.

hello kitty pyjamas

Keeping on the cosy, 'am I a grandma or am I a toddler?' vibes, I also got this beautiful pair of pyjamas from Tu at Sainsbury's. If you don't already check out the pyjama section at your local supermarket, you are seriously missing out. I really rate Sainsbury's in particular and you might even have spotted them (yup, that was a totally intentional pun right there) in that Why I Feel A Bit Meh About My Blog blog post.

My Mum and Dad also got me these brilliant Hello Kitty pyjamas after spotting them at Aldi of all places. I think there is definitely a theme going on with some of my presents this year and my love for cats, both of the cartoon and the real variety, as you're about to see with the rest of my gifts below.

a streetcat named bob review

I also always like to receive a DVD or a few when it comes to my birthday and there are normally some pretty good releases to coincide with Valentine's Day, which is just a few days after my birthday. Instead of the usual rom coms, this year I saw that a horror movie that I'd actually really wanted to see when it was first released but for some reason never did, was being released in my birthday month and that was Happy Death Day. I'm going to be watching it this weekend so I will be sure to share what I think of it with you in next month's What I've Been Watching blog post.

The same can be said for the next movie, which also came with the book that inspired it, all for the same price; A Streetcat Named Bob. I watched this almost immediately after receiving it and I can already let you know that it was just such a great movie! I mean, where can I get myself a Bob?! My parents had heard me go on and on about the fact that I wanted to see this so I was really happy to unwrap it this year.

In previous What I Got For My Birthday blog posts you'll have seen that I normally get some sweet treats for my birthday and this year was no different. How incredible is this pack of mini eggs? It says that it's meant for egg hunts but I'll definitely be consuming all of them myself. Haha. They're such a great little size that I'll be able to take them with me as a snack for when I'm out and about too.

kate spade mini backpack

And last but certainly not least we have my birthday present to myself. At Christmas my parents bought me a beautiful floral Kate Spade backpack (it's this one here for reference). So when I saw that they had released a smaller one, I just had to get it for myself. It really is the perfect size for everyday use and goes with absolutely everything. I never really treat myself to anything other than when I'm on holiday and that's normally at the Kate Spade outlet or TJ Maxx so I felt like this 'treat yo' self' purchase was totally necessary especially when I've been saving recently.

It is the Small Hartley Backpack in black, if you also like the look of it and if you haven't shopped on the Kate Spade website before, or have more than one email, be sure to sign up for their newsletter as you'll get 10% off. That's exactly what I did and it just convinced me further that I had to have it.

Did you enjoy this take on my birthday blog posts? If so, what was your favourite item that I received this year? Have you seen Happy Death Day or A Streetcat Named Bob? And what are you hoping for when it comes to your next birthday?

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