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All Hail A #TilburyTaxi


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On a weekend you'll find me in rather a few too many taxis as my heels are not made for pavements, but I've never been in a taxi quite like this! A few lucky black cabs were treated to a Charlotte Tilbury makeover in aid of the Selfridges Live + Loud event and the email jumped out as a great way to get to know a brand I've never really tried. If only you could jump in every taxi, have a fabulous make-over and then come out the other side looking glam! Well the #TilburyTaxis offer just that when they pop up across cities, and my blogger credentials meant I had an appointment nice and early on Saturday morning to experience a complimentary quick trick by one of Charlotte's backstage Lead Artists Julia. I heard the appointments got booked up like hot cakes so I arrived fresh faced and ready to experience something magical.

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Now truth be told, I've never 'got' Charlotte Tilbury. The first time I explored the brand, the make up artist told me that Charlotte herself feels she has to always wear black eyeliner because she's a redhead and has fair skin. Now I'm a redhead with fair skin and I don't feel I have to, so that comment always stuck in my mind and whenever I pass the counter, I always think of it. I dabbled in the brand by purchasing Pillow Talk lip liner after Amelia Liana raved about it, and yes it is the most perfect pouty 'my lips but so much better' colour. At night I find it too pink but in the daytime it really enhances your make up to the most gorgeous level with just a sweep of the pencil. I checked out the Norma Parkinson collection launch too and that's where I just didn't feel the brand was for me. I put it in the box that I consider Benefit in - it's all about the brand. It's the packaging, the product names and the 'magical' effects that they promise that my sceptical side feels are a bit excessive. They fit perfectly into the world of marble beauty blogger photos, but I always feel to me that the most important thing when buying make up is the shade and finish on your own face, and it makes me feel dizzy when the fancy names and decadent packaging gets in the way. I feel I'm just being sucked in by the noise around the product rather than the actual thing!

But how many people rave about Charlotte Tilbury? Possibly every single blogger. So I have been itching to have a makeover at CT as you know that I usually always trial products at counter makeover appointment where you can redeem the cost. A qualified makeup artist hand-picking the shades and products for you is so important to me as you never know how something will look for certain before you've parted with your cash. My funds have been put towards different brands this year though, and so having this makeover was definitely a test for me. Could I be a Tilbury girl?

The answer is yes or else I wouldn't be writing this post! Charlotte Tilbury has a range of set make up looks where you can purchase the products as a set in a box. These have the hefty price tag of around £200 and a make up artist once told me that a gentleman selected a set for his wife, mistress and daughter one Christmas, choosing a suited look for each! My make up artist Julia was so sweet and was really excited to get started, as was I! Once I stepped into the taxi, I got swooped into the hype, with the mirrored draw stack full of the products awaiting. We chose the Vintage Vamp look, using antique gold and deep rouge tones for the classic siren look, swapping smoky shades for deep brown liner and rust eye shadow.

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And predictably I'm hooked! From talking to Julia, I learned that as Charlotte is such a well known and acclaimed make up artist, she would never put her name to any product that was not of a superbly high standard. After experiencing the range, the high price tags are justified in my eyes, which were framed in the most beautiful shades from the Vintage Vamp Luxury Eye Palette. That palette is what dreams are made of! I love the Barbarella Brown eye pencil too and the pop of ruby red blush in Love is the Drug. I really think I need to get this lip combo of Night Crimson Lipstick, Savage Rose Lipliner and Unleash Me Lip Lacquer. If only I wasn't going on a super expensive holiday next week!

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I did walk away with a few products and let me tell you, the £58 dent in my purse was definitely noticed. However I really was in love with these items and they were on my shopping list that day. They're not in a famed colour but it was the quality of all of the products that really made their mark for me. The Airbrush Flawless Finish powder was SO fine yet made such a difference. It felt like absolutely nothing on my skin yet did all the work of a heavy duty powder. A dust of this on your brush leaved a feather light layer to set your make up beautifully. I can't believe how great it looks without any cake. The Retoucher just seemed the perfect concealer. Hydrating, smoothing, pigmented, this was created by Charlotte to take out imperfections at the most close-up photoshoots. I am a little sceptical about pen packaging and I think it can conceal only a small amount of product, but so far it's a dream to use. I've been saving these for nights out and weekend looks, and even kept them in the boxes - such respect! I'm excited to feel part of the Tilbury gang now and will be scoping out the rest of the products for the Christmas party season.


Hair Thoughts: Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 in 1 Curling Wand


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I've always felt like a 'hair girl' as I'm lucky to have a few traits that on the one hand are awesome. but they could also be considered as not so heaven-sent. Super thick hair that raises even a hairdresser's eyebrows is a money-can't-buy thing but it also means it takes me at least 40 minutes to do a 'quick' blow dry that inevitably ends up five times bigger in the morning. By big I mean it has layers and layers of volume and texture, so there's never any need for extensions but also it's a one way ticket to frizzville in rain. The dry texture means I will never have the sleekest locks, but whatever I do to it will stick. Curls will last days and days until they are washed out, and I only need to wash my hair every four days as it doesn't go greasy, just frizzier and dryer! So I have no hair complaints but it is work, and I wouldn't change it as you should always count your blessings. I wouldn't change anything about myself as I try to work with what I've got, and remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not an industry standard rule book!

I've really been pondering recently how individuality is actually hard to form or indulge in today as there is so much inspiration and trend saturation out there. With Instagram, Tumblr, blogging and vlogging, it feels like I'm gulping in other people's style in droves rather than considering myself as a blank canvas and exploring my own style. You know I'm a huge Tumblr fan and I feel like my choices are a mash up of those already made by others, but I try to also tune into what I gravitate towards naturally. There's no feeling like an item or product or look that is just at one with your vibe, and you unashamedly feel aligned with it, no matter who you've seen in it before or how it fits with any pretension you are trying to achieve. I don't feel shallow talking about hair in this sense as throughout history hair has prevailed as a key characteristic of times and eras gone by, and it's high up in my life of importance. Having curly hair just feels like me, it just gives me life

Like Samson, my hair is the source of my sense of self, and recently I've been through a few changes. After having ginger hair for most of my life and having endless strangers commenting and hairdressers running out of salons, I went from an on-trend bright red to a caramel version of my natural colour, and now I've got blonder at each root touch-up. I've always had blonde hair in my mind as a look that I love but I could never purposely become a blonde. I feel like being blonde is an earned title and I had to warm into it, literally. I'll never suit platinum locks but I've got honey streaks now and I think blondes look AMAZING with curly hair! The image of blonde ringlets has always been in my mind when imagining the colour. It could be because most blondes don't go for curly dos, and in fact a lot of people don't go for a super curly head of hair. This could be because curls are hard to keep intact for some or it's considered a less sleek look. I feel curls give you an energy, presence and confidence that you can't convey otherwise.

I have been using the Enrapture Totem tong for around three years and it sadly broke recently. Once you have to position the wire in a certain way for it to switch on, it's time to get rid! It had a good run and gave me solid, chunky curls with good lasting power. I didn't use the whole 1-2-3 system, I just cranked the barrels to the highest no.3 heat settings. I alternated this with the Babyliss Diamond Waves wand which gives very natural waves that soften as the day goes on. Other bloggers may agree that when your inbox is lucky enough to be filled with blogger requests, something you can bide your time and a post you had in mind will come to life through a well-timed email. I needed a straight tong back in my life after I said goodbye to the Enrapture offering and I went back and forth across websites. As I was about to bite the bullet, an email pinged into my inbox and I was offered a product from Irresistible Me to try and I found the curler of my dreams. The curler of any girl's dreams! It shall be known as THE curler. Because curling wands begin and end with this item. Oh my gosh!

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Yes this curler is basically EIGHT curlers in one. The Sapphire Curling Wand has eight different interchangeable barrels that click straight into the base and are ready to go. From bouncy, natural texture from the 32mm barrel to corkscrew curls from the 13mm, to those soft 70's waves from the pearl, the possibilities are endless. The set comes in a roll up case so they all fold up into a space smaller than a shoebox too. As someone that likes to think they travel a fair amount, this is so handy! 

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And this isn't mentioning the quality of the wand. I have received so many compliments over the past few weeks because not only am I showing off some serious curls, but they are sleek and shiny. This is down to the negative irons from the tourmaline and ceramic barrels - the natural positive charge that hair has causes dryness, and negative ions smooth down the hair cuticle, cutting down on the frizz. I had dinner with friends on Friday and my bae Melissa out of the blue said "I'm using your hair curler in Dubai OK", and she didn't even know I had a new one! My friends are going to freak when I bring this baby on holiday, I'm sure there will be a queue to use it!

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It also has a digital screen so you can literally watch the numbers go up to as high as 230C within seconds. The blue base is very light and quite short so you're not manoeuvring a huge appliance to odd angles around your head, causing aching arms. I cannot sing the praises enough and I am already planning my holiday hair styles to go with each of my outfits. Is that sad? I live for holiday planning!! I took a bunch of photos of my hair too but they just did not do the effects justice! I wasn't happy with them so I made a fun video below - you can see just how far this tong goes, and how my hair began as puffy and dull. I cannot sing the praises enough and can't wait to try out more of the barrels. Bring it on!