My Monthly Beauty Buys – January


January is always a month where I tend to have a little beauty splurge – something about those dark days and spring still seeming a long way off makes me try to cheer myself up with some beauty treats!

Coachella Coral Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

Coachella Coral has been my first foray into the world of Charlotte Tilbury and I love it. It’s from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. range which have more of a sheen than the Matte Revolution lipsticks and Coachella Coral is more of a muted coral than many out there, so very wearable on a day to day basis. The formulation of these lipsticks is just incredible. I normally find highly pigmented lipsticks can be drying on my lips, particularly in winter, but this is great – really creamy, just glides on, and while it’s not moisturising, it doesn’t dry out my lips at all. The finish is great – it has a satin sheen to it, but still has that creamy matte look. It lasts really well, no feathering round the edges and fades very gracefully, not leaving that tell-tale line round the edge of the lips, which is admirable for such a strong colour. The packaging is as glamorous as the £23 price tag demands – rose gold which just glistens in the light and is a really beautiful addition to my makeup bag. I was upsold the Pink Venus Lip Cheat lipliner to go with the lipstick, which is a great colour match and does give that extra oomph to my pout, but in all honesty the lipstick is so good that I’m not sure it really warrants a lipliner!

My one issue with the Charlotte Tilbury range is that I feel the range of shades are really geared towards paler skin (unsurprising perhaps given Charlotte’s own skin colour) and that leaves me only a limited number of shades to choose from which will look good on my olive skin. More shades please Charlotte!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Powder

I may be late to the party on Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation but I am a total convert. I only ended up trying this as it’s my sister’s foundation and she accidentally bought the wrong shade (Pebble), which turns out to be a perfect match for me. I love it – it’s so smooth and blends perfectly, covering all flaws and giving a really even finish. When used with the Double Wear powder it gives a truly flawless finish (I save this for special occasions as it has a pretty ‘glam’ look!)

I’ve also been trying to make an effort to keep my nails in better condition this year and keeping them painted helps me to focus on this. I love Essie polishes and added Exotic Liras to my collection – a deep pink that sits really well on my nails lasting for around 3 days with no chipping (2 coats, no top coat), and suits my skintone nicely.

So, all in all, I’ve had quite a little beauty haul in January! What are your recent beauty favourites?

  • Carrieanne
    January 30, 2016

    I really want a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick And what a beautiful shade you chose. Lovely little haul.
    Carrieanne X

    • Katy
      January 30, 2016

      Thanks Carrieane – they definitely live up to the hype!

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