Tuesday, 7 February 2017

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAUL



Can one go to Covent Garden and not go into Charlotte Tilbury?


Well if you are me, apparently the answer is no. I just can't help myself from being drawn into the little makeup boutique and getting lost in just how amazing all the make up is. Like seriously, how doesn't love the rose gold packaging, and how dreamy the palettes are? 

If you have read my latest post, 24 Hours in London, then you will know for my Mum's 50th Birthday she got her makeup down in Charlotte Tilbury. This for me meant an hour deciding what to pick up and deliberating over if I really needed a palette which is £49. The answer to that was yes, yes I do need that perfect bronzer and highlight that everyone raves about. 


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat | £16

This has got to be the product that was on the top of my wish list from Charlotte Tilbury, and for some reason I have always stopped myself from buying it. Maybe because I thought £16 was a bit too much for a lip liner. However, once the makeup artist put it on my lips, I was sold. I was also sold by the fact that my mum was also going to buy it for herself, and I really wanted it. Pillow Talk lip cheat is honestly dreamy. It is such a natural colour, and honestly my lipstick lasts longer while wearing the lip liner underneath. 




Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick | £24

I knew I wanted Pillow Talk lipstick. I knew if I was only going to buy one product that day, it would be the Pillow Talk lipstick. For me Pillow Talk is the ultimate lipstick colour for myself. It is a nudey pink and works so well on my lips. I have also been a fan of the Matte Revolution lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury, so there really is no surprise that I am already falling for the dreamy Pillow Talk lipstick. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow | £49

Yes I craved and no I do not have any regrets about finally picking up the dreamiest of dreamiest face palettes. I feel like Filmstar Bronze & Glow has been raved about now for such a long time, but I just couldn't make myself spent £49 on a bronzer and highlight, and if I even thought about putting it on a Christmas wish list my mum would have gone crazy at the price. However, the make up artist in Charlotte Tilbury put this on my Mum's face and I knew I had to get it. It looked stunning. Then when I said I was interested, she put it on my face and I was completely sold. Now after using it for around a week I understand the hype. The bronzer actually stays on my face all day (and that included playing sport) and the highlight is just natural and stunning. 



Have you ever tried a product from Charlotte Tilbury? 

Love Alicia x

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

24 HOURS IN LONDON

I have always loved London, and living just an hour and half by train from what some argue as 'the greatest city in the world', one can sometimes forget it is basically on my door stop compared to others. 

London for me has always been for day trips; whether that is a museum visit, to see a West End Show or see the sites. Funnily enough, that was what last weekend was all about. 

For my Mum's 50th Birthday, we decided to go up to London and see Mamma Mia and make the trip a bit extra special and stay in a hotel, instead of trying to rush back for the 11:18pm last train back to Clacton. While the Friday, was a bit of a stress in the morning (no trains in the morning because of a broken over head line, but the train we were on was the first running of the day), the afternoon comprised of eating cake, drinking prosecco in Charlotte Tilbury while my Mum got her make up done (and I spent 4 week worth of petrol) and having a meal at Smollenky's, before the 7:45pm performance of Mammia Mia. The Saturday, was spent wondering around Covent Garden, walking up to Oxford Street while my Dad moaned about he didn't want to go shopping, before catching the tube over to the V&A museum (which was kinda a let down). While the afternoon was spent looking around the James Bond museum, just off of Covent Garden, before catching the train back to Clacton. 













Love Alicia x

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION







I like to collect lipsticks, and more importantly MAC lipsticks. 


My MAC lipstick collection may not be the biggest collection in the world, as I only have 10, but I'm pretty darn proud of the collection. However, I am bitterly disappointed that I have lost 'Brave', which you will probably already know if you follow me on instagram (aliciajohnsonx for the self promo), as it just happened to be one of my favourites. 

Front Row (Left - Right) 
'D for Danger' // 'Mehr' // 'Velvet Teddy' // 'Syrup' // 'Fast Play' 

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Back Row (Left - Right) 
'Dare You' // 'Lovelorn' // 'Twig' // 'Pink Plaid' x2

What MAC lipsticks do you own? 

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 9 January 2017

5 BEAUTY DISCOVERIES IN 2016











When thinking about, in 2016 I discovered some beauty products that I really did love, and some lets be quite frank, hated them... 


When looking back on what I brought and used in 2016, there were five beauty products that really did stick out like a sore thumb. 5 beauty products that I have honestly loved and will probably continue to love in 2017. 

1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS 'THAT GLOW' GLOW KIT 

Honestly, like I am being deadly serious right now, the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit in 'That Glow' is honestly one of my favourite buys of 2016. Yes, there was so much hype around this highlighting palette, and yes I brought into the hype. I have been wearing at least one of the highlighting shades basically everyday since I brought the palette back in June.

'Golden Bronze' is not a shade I go to for everyday, because let's face it, it is far too dark for my skin tone, however it does make a great eyeshadow.

'Sunburst' and 'Dripping in Gold' are my two most used. For something more natural for my skin tone I go for sunburst, as it just looks like I have a natural glow and doesn't scream 'i'm wearing a highlighter'. Dripping in Gold was my go to back in the summer when my skin was more tanned, however I have still been loving it for more dramatic make up looks.

2. TARTE 'TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY' EYESHADOW PALETTE 

After watching one of Fleur De Forces video back at the first half of last year, I know I had to get my hands on this palette in New York. As much as I love my Urban Decay Naked Palettes, there is something about this Tarte palette that honestly makes me put down the UD palettes.

The pigmentation is excellent, and the fact that even when I haven't used a primer, they have stayed on for a good six hours with no creasing what so ever. So yeah, it is pretty damn good.

'Flower Child' is my ultimate go to base colour, with 'Smarty Pants' and 'Sweetheart' being used in my crease and also as blending with other shades. I am also a bit of a fan of the shimmer shades, most particular 'Firecracker' which looks amazing over MAC 'Sable'.

3. L'OREAL GOLD OBSESSION LIPSTICKS 

As much as I love my MAC & Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the L'oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks have just been worn a lot more this year, espicially since the end of September when I brought them. For me, I have kinda gone away from the whole matte lip trend, as my lips are so dry and I need something that won't make them crack. That's where the L'oreal lipsticks come into place.

My personal favourite has to be 'Nude Gold', as it honestly the perfect everyday lipstick. However, I am not as impressed with Gold Plum, it just doesn't do it for me. The colour isn't really there, and doesn't look that great unless I layer it over Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl.

On the plus side Nude Gold and Pink Gold are creamy, and have a good colour pigmentation.

4. BENEFIT 'READY SET BROW' BROW GEL 

I don't think my eyebrows have gone a day with out seeing Benefit 'Ready Set Brow' gel since the day I got my hands on it back in June. My brow hairs stay in place all day, so yes it does the job.

5. BECCA JACLYN HILL SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR PRESSED - CHAMPAGNE POP 

Okay so I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to include the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop, simply because although I love wearing it and don't regret buying it, I tend to reach for the ABH Glow Kit palette for my highlight rather than this. However, it just had to be included because of the pigmentation and the colour. I mean wow.


What are your favourite beauty discoveries of 2016? 

Love Alicia x

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Friday, 6 January 2017

5 THINGS I NEED TO DO MORE OF IN 2017



On January 3rd 2017 I decided to clean my make up brushes, that had not been cleaned in a while (I'm embarrassed by how long it has been) and I thought to myself, this is something that I really need to more this year.  

Then thinking about, there are plenty more things that I really do need to do more off in 2017, some quite trivial and some important. 

1. CLEAN MY MAKE UP BRUSHES REGULARLY 
As mentioned above, I really can't remember the last time I cleaned my make up brushes. Let's just say when I did finally clean my brushes they were gross, like I was using them on my face everyday and that's probably why my face started to come out in a few spots again. It really was my fault. Damn it. 

The goal for this year is to clean my make up brushes at least once a month. 


2. TAKE CARE OF HOW MY NAILS LOOK 
Yes probably quite vain but I tend to paint my nails and then they get chipped and then I can't be bothered to take the nail polish off, and then it just looks gross. I mean it really is just lazy, but it is a pattern I want to get out off. It probably doesn't help that I work in retail and hangers and security tags are not friends with nail polish as I have discovered. 

The goal for this year is to take off the chipped nail varnish, and if you don't have time don't rush painting them and then they smudge; just wait. 

3. MAKE A BUDGET 
Okay this one started off in 2015 when I had just started university. I created this swanky Excel file, put in all my expenses (like who much money I withdraw, what I spent where, when student finance was going in, how much I was getting paid etc) but it lasted a term, yes ONE TERM. Then in 2016 I simply didn't bother. Now that's gotta change, considering I might (well hopefully if I get a move on with the application and get decent grades) will be going on my year abroad in August/September, so one really does need to manage her money more. 

The goal for this year is to create a file where I put in everything that I have spent, what I am saving and what is going into my bank account. 


4. SPEAK TO MORE PEOPLE
I feel like this is a constant goal/aim/ thing in my live that I want to do. I have always been naturally shy, I mean I do actually talk to people and get involved, but I want to grow that a bit more. It's all about stepping out of my comfort zone more, and not being afraid of what people thing about me. 

The goal for this year is just speak to more people. It cant be that hard, can it? 

5. SKINCARE & HAIRCARE 
Okay I was debating this one, because in reality I actually need to save more, that goes in with point number 3, so that's where skincare and haircare come into place. 2017 will be the year where I have a decent skincare routine. Saying that I did have one in 2016, I just want to improve it, learn more about my skin and find products that work for me. In terms of hair care, I should probably get my hair cut more regularly, not wash it every other day, and putting loads of heat on it. I have been told my hair is in good condition, but that same with my skincare routine I just want to improve it a bit. Thetas all. 

The goal for this year is to find products for my skin that suit it and stick to that routine, stop straightening my hair everyday and get my hair cut more regularly (not every 6 months like the 2 cuts you had in 2016 Alicia)


Is there anything you want to do more off in 2017? 

Love Alicia x

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