What happens when a luxury beauty box joins forces with a very famous skincare brand?  This month's box is what! This September, Mintd Box have collaborated with one of my personal favourite skincare brands, OSKIA London both of who could not be anymore perfectly matched and are set to take this beauty month by storm. 

As someone who works alongside Mintd Box to independently review each of their boxes, I of course get to know what the next month holds a little in advance and as soon as I heard that this collab was happening, I just knew it would be a hit without even seeing the contents. Going on feedback I have received so far, OSKIA London seems to be a brand that many people 'know of and love' or are 'yet to try'. This is perfect because there is no better way to try a brand than through Mintd Box and lovers of the brand already shall be leaping for joy at the chance to restock on a few favourites or maybe try a product that you have been wanting to for ages (me included!). All in all, Mintd are giving us the perfect introduction and reunion with this beautiful brand.
Mintd Box, OSKIA London
In case you are new to both then as always here is a quick recap about what the Mintd Team do and create behind the scenes ... 

"When you subscribe to Mintd Box, either every month or every other month, you will only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized high end, a-list, beauty products that are themed for that month which shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just the latest must haves in beauty. You can in fact click Mintd Boxes in the Categories section in the header bar (top of page!) where you can see all the previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end and full size'. It isn't cheap but the products are premium and the savings are huge".

The September OSKIA LONDON themed box contains FULL SIZED and 3 DELUXE SIZED products all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter.


Mintd Box, OSKIA London
OSKIA LONDON are a clinical and nutritional luxury skincare brand that was founded in 2009 which hosts a team of nutritionists, cosmetic scientists and skincare specialists who formulate and manufacture all products at their very own laboratory/factory in Wales. They were in fact winners of over 110 international product and brand awards including Best British Brand and Best Natural Brand. OSKIA use clinical bio-available nutrients and bio-actives to give us all ultimately healthy, happy, glowing skin.

The marbled design sets this month off in style and the box is packed full of Omegas, Proteins, Minerals and Vitamins all from a team that know skin well - what more could you ask for?! 

Mintd Box, OSKIA London
The 'OSKIA LONDON' Luxury Contents:-
1. OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel (Full Size £31)
 2. OSKIA Super 16 Pro-Collagen Serum (Full Size £85)
3. OSKIA Renaissance 360 Moisturiser (Deluxe Size £18)
4. OSKIA Restorative Oil (Deluxe Size £18)
5. OSKIA Renaissance Mask (Deluxe Size £13)

BONUS! 
Get a free Omorovicza Oxygen Booster when you sign up to a 6 or 12 month plan! 

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £165/€185 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £95/€107 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Anyone can see that this is a phenomenal saving which is exactly why Mintd Box is the top when it comes to discovering high end beauty brands in the most cost effective way. You practically get the OSKIA Super Serum for FREE

Mintd Box, OSKIA London
So, let's start with a personal favourite of mine that I have spoken about here before ... 

Mintd Box, OSKIA London, Renaissance Cleanser
Mintd Box, OSKIA London, Renaissance Cleanser
1. OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel, 100ml (Full Size £31) (link here!)
This beauty is a cult classic Cleansing Gel that is totally unique with it's gel-balm formulation containing a potent  blend of Vitamins A, C, B2 and E, Pumpkin Eyzyme, Starflower Oil and Magnesium (to name a few!) all designed to strengthen, brighten and revitalise your skin whilst getting rid of dirt and grime. It is also an amazing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps to protect and repair delicate skins making this 100% suitable for all skin types

I can only explain this as a cleanser of dreams. I have used and purchased this cleanser many times over because once you try it, you are hooked. It is one of these cleansers that makes you fall in love with cleansing so when I saw that a full size was going to be a part of the line up, my month was made - as I had run out. If you have never tried OSKIA then this is a good place to start as you shall surely get results that you never thought possible from a cleanser alone. The first thing you shall appreciate about this cleanser is the amazing texture of this pink coloured gel-balm alongside it's Rose and Chamomile scent which reminds me of Turkish delight, it is just incredible. The gel melts to form an oil before transforming further into a milk once water is added. It cleanses, brightens, soothes and ultimately awakens your skin to give it life and vitality, yet is so easy to use! 

The Cleansing Gel is actually a partner to Oskia's award winning Renaissance mask of which you get a deluxe size to try in this box! The cleanser is also very travel friendly so you don't have to be without it when your away from home, yay! Both the Renaissance Cleanser and Renaissance Mask are two of my all time favourite products from OSKIA and are ones that I fully urge you to try as they both live up to every good word ever spoken or written about them. 

Mintd Box, OSKIA London, Super 16 Serum
2. OSKIA Super 16 Pro-Collagen Serum, 30ml (Full Size £85(link here!)
The Super 16 is a potent collagen serum ideal for all skin types containing a blend of 16 super nutrients and bio-actives to target multiple signs of ageing. It uses an ingredient called Bakuchiol derived from Indian Babchi seeds which is nature's equivalent to Retinol, renowned for it's ability to un-do and prevent signs of ageing, making this serum a prevention and a cure all in one. This is best loved for it's ability to minimise the loss of collagen and elastin in our skin as well as offering protection against UV damage. It also contains that ingredient that we all love, Hyaluronic acid enabling us to attract and retain moisture as well as Vitamins C and E to add free-radical defence.

How can you not be sold by that rundown? This is the reason why Super 16 has been on my personal wish list for sometime now. I have always looked after my skin seeing as skincare was a big part of my career but I am now at that age where I am closer to my 40's than my 30's and it worries me. In fact I am freaking out as I have been so lucky with my skin that I think, what if that all changes? So it is products like this really get me excited as I feel it has some work to do now.

Obviously serums take more than just a few applications to see true results but on first impression it sure does feel lovely being not too heavy, or sticky yet enough to feel instantly hydrated which in turn makes my skin look healthy and radiant. I shall endeavour to keep you posted on my progress but so far I am really enjoying using this one as I am a serum addict. It has the same beautiful rose petal scent that the Renaissance line has so it really does feel like you are soaking your skin in a rose petal bath and feels so cooling and comforting. I love the fact that it works like a Retinol (Vitamin A) just without any of the side effects as I think this is something that many of us have been searching for, especially sensitive skins. It is a bit of a spend being £85 which is what makes this Mintd box such incredible value so I would whole heartedly recommend buying it in this way should you be interested in trying the serum out. 


Just the Renaissance Cleanser and Super 16 Serum alone make this box worth the buy but as a bonus, you also get three deluxe sizes to introduce some of OSKIA's other skincare gems!

Mintd Box, OSKIA London, Super 16 Serum
3. OSKIA Restorative Oil, 5.5ml (all skin types) (Deluxe Size £18(link here!)
This luxurious facial oil addresses nearly every skin concern in one, being hydrating, rebalancing and radiance boosting using a blend of nutrients, floral oils and extracts to replenish skins vitality. It is scented by Moroccan Rose, Geranium, Sweet Orange, Lavender and English Chamomile all of which make you feel like your sat in a spa somewhere exotic.

This is a very generous deluxe size oil that will last a good amount of time seeing as you only need to use a few drops on your skin day/night. I love aromatherapy and facials oils as they are so beneficial to your skin and your senses and this really helped to give a sense of calm and comfort. I personally tend to use oils at night being a normal/combination skin type but I have to say that this one really absorbs well and leaves minimal residue which is a great plus point for my skin. They do say that it makes a great base for make-up and I tend to agree and drier skins will most certainly appreciate this under make-up! This travel size this is going straight into my travel essentials bag as I would never be without a good facial oil in my stocks whenever I am away from home. 


Mintd Box, OSKIA London
4. OSKIA Renaissance Mask Mini (Deluxe Size £13) (link here!)
The Renaissance Mask is another cult classic being a super luxurious buttery soft, rose scented mask designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections. It uses natural fruit acids such as Passionfruit and Papaya to loosen bonds in the upper layers of skin to then resurface the skin, making it look brighter and clearer. 

This is a Chanel of the mask world, i.e. a classic that shall have you hooked. The scent, the texture, the results, I just love everything about this mask. This was actually featured full-sized in the July Treatd box, so if you got that box then well done and you shall appreciate every good word that I have to say about it. This is virtually a mask version of the Cleanser and could not be any easier to use. You apply a thin layer to clean skin and then massage until it turns from peach to white; leave for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water; that is it. If you do this once or twice a week then you shall most definitely start to see a big change in your skin. From the many masks that I own, I tend to choose this particular one when my skin looks dull and needs a good exfoliation yet I want something that's gentle and non fussy. Each time I use this mask my skin looks brighter, radiant and feels as smooth as silk. Resurfacing masks can sometimes be too much for some skins so this has that advantage of being gentle and hydrating which is what makes this one so popular. The deluxe size is the perfect way to get familiar with it and if you do own it already then keep this pot for travels as you can refill from your large glass jar!

5. OSKIA Renaissance 360 Moisturiser, 10ml (Deluxe Size £18(link here!)
A vitamin rich daily hydrating cream that helps to combat all common signs of ageing like fine lines, loss of firmness, uneven skin tone, dulness and so on. It is nice and lightweight light yet feels rich and nourishing at the same time, all with the gorgeous signature rose and chamomile scent. I do love the way it feels on my skin and find that it compliments the rest of the range perfectly. Using the Renaissance Cleanser, followed by the mask, then serum then cream, shall make your skin look and feel like you have had a facial! Just a gorgeous combination and a moisturiser I am sure I would enjoy full sized.  

Mintd Box, OSKIA London
Should you not have noticed, the cost of this entire box (£70) is still less than the Super 16 Serum alone (£85) so you practically get a discount, plus a free full sized cleanser, plus three free (bit of a tongue tangler!) deluxe sizes to sample, totalling £165!! I think that counts for an amazing skincare deal, don't you?

I was definitely most excited by the Super 16 Serum because it's one of those spends that you just deliberate over which is what makes Mintd Box so great. This box is such an incredible way of introducing you to OSKIA or to reignite your love should you want to try more from them but all in all, it's 100% worth the buy.

This box is a subscriber exclusive but should you want it and are not yet a subscriber or feel you maybe cannot commit just yet then don't fret! There is the option to buy this box as a one off from Mintd's online store for which you will pay £80 instead of £70 yet still make a huge saving on products. 

Mintd Box, OSKIA London
Sign up to Mintd Box should you want to get your hands on the box here; available on 3,6 or 12 month plans with free delivery in the UK or purchase as a one off buy at £80 (plus P&P). Ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia. 

SPECIAL OFFERS! Golden Ticket - Win a Complimentary Box on your next renewal when you receive a Golden Ticket in this months box! ALSO receive 20% off + free delivery on all Mintd Boxes + Sunday Riley Gift Set in the gift store!


What do you think of this collaboration? 
Are you an OSKIA fan like me?







It is no secret that I am some what of a (huge) Charlotte Tilbury fan so my collection is one that shall continue to grow for as long as Charlotte keeps enticing me. I do get asked a lot about what I recommend from the range so I like to keep up those recommendation lists by adding to my posts here on the blog. Every product is so IG worthy and looks stunning adorning any dresser but the products themselves always perform well for me hence it is a brand I love to support. 

With all the new-ness that has been coming from Charlotte Tilbury Towers of late, I wanted to run through a few products that may be of interest to you as I found myself going on a little CT shopping frenzy as well as being sent over a few new things from the PR team of which I am most truly grateful for and have all been a hit, so you may just well need a to try them out too ...  and possibly blame me for the spend. 

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
I am always so humbled to receive any product that has been sent over but this is a brand that I buy from often, so as you know this just means I can show and give you more feedback on a larger range of newer items as even I need to tow that 'spending' line ..... well, try. 

Speaking of which, I actually came across a Feel Unique Store whilst staying in Jersey, Channel Islands for a few days which amazed me because I had no idea that they even existed and to excite me even more the first brand I spotted was Charlotte Tilbury. I call that fate! They only had a very small range but it mainly showcased some of the newer launches so I picked up the Brightening Youth Glow PrimerCollagen Lip Bath and Beauty Light Highlighting Wand as it has been on my shopping list for ages. In addition to this I received the NEW Bar of Gold Palette, Legendary Lashes 2 and the Collagen Lip Bath .. so I have an extra one for my handbag. 

Let us just say that each and every product was out the box and on my face as fast as you could say Charlotte and a few things impressed me massively*WARNING* there is a good chance you will need to try out a few of these things if not all of them. 

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
Let me start with one of the most recent launches that has caused a huge stir seeing as we have now become a beauty nation obsessed with highlighters. I hold my hand up - I own way to many but I will not stop buying them, especially when they look as good as this ...

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
BAR OF GOLD PALETTE, £49/€65  (*website exclusive*(buy here!)
The Iconic original Bar of Gold highlighter was solely one shade but now it has been revamped and joined by two new shades! It consists of three different golden toned highlighting powders; the original light gold shade, a rose gold blush shade and a deep gold bullion shade for a more bronzed look. All in all each shade is designed to lift your skin for a gorgeous, glowing look using Gold Pearls to illuminate the skin and the high tech 'wet' powder defines and sculpts to give us a personalised glow

The super pretty compact is lightweight, very portable (being plastic) and just simple and beautiful complete with a good sized mirror. I love the star like effect on the front of the casing as we usually see it just plain so this adds to the exclusivity of this palette. The powders are so finely milled and I love the high tech wet feel as it goes on like a liquid bronzer yet is still a powder. It is quite magical! I love that you can use it all over your body to just lift any dullness without looking sparkly or too highlighted. The highlighter effect is really subtle so you can build it up should you want more intensity but for those who steer clear of the 'moonbeam' effect, shall love this one as there is no scary looks happening here. I have to say, I own a lot of highlighter palettes yet this is the only one that has made me wear ALL of the shades. They really are the most wearable highlighters that you can even blend all together should you want to personalise your look even more.

All in all, this is a truly stunning highlighter palette that would work for all skin tones and all ages as older skins need not be afraid of this one thanks to it's perfect formula. This would be an ideal bridal palette should any make-up artists be thinking of adding it to their kit as the shades are super flattering and you can work from just the one palette alone. The Flawless Filter would also compliment this look beautifully! I do have a feeling this maybe a limited edition so may I suggest you grab it while you can should you want it.

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
Charlotte Tilbury, New-In,  Highlighter Wand
BEAUTY LIGHT WAND, £29/€35 (buy here!)
A stunning light rose gold liquid highlighter that has been out of stock for some time hence I am delighted to finally have it in my hands seeing as demand is so high for this beauty. Charlotte launched these highlight and contour wands some time ago but I was never into liquid highlighters much, until now. I sometimes find liquids difficult to blend but this formula and this wand make light work of applying it to your skin. I read that Charlotte was inspired by the digital trickery of Hollywood and filters on social media and she sure does have the knack for making products that really do work to act as a real like filter, so this is a great addition to her collection. 

I now see why this has been so popular because it is honestly one of the nicest liquid highlighter formulas that I have tried. The wand applicator makes applying it easier than ever before as you just apply directly on to your skin and blend. The soft rose gold shade is perfect; not too yellow yet not too pink and just lifts the skin in the most flattering of ways. Like the Bar of Gold Palette, this too uses treated pearls to brighten and boost your skin to give this magical real life soft focus effect that reflects the light just enough to make your skin look glossy yet non glittery and very red carpet. This again is definitely a product you should have in your collection or kit as I cannot believe I didn't own it sooner. 

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Youth Glow
 BRIGHTENING YOUTH GLOW, 40ml £38.50/€49 (buy here!)
This was one of those non-essential purchases but seeing as it was on a shelf in front of me and I hadn't tried it, I succumbed. Youth Glow is actually a colour-correcting, moisturising Primer that helps to even out skin tone and blur out blemishes. It also holds a lot of anti-aging benefits too to help with skin tone and texture so I slowly thought maybe I did need this one after all. 

Being such a huge Wonder Glow fan I wasn't expecting to love this one as much, but after just one use I was sold hook line and sinker. My god, I love this primer much more than I thought I would and think it may just be a new favourite above Wonder Glow; not what I was expecting! The creamy texture feels the same as Wonder Glow and absorbs really nicely into your skin without any tackiness or stickiness. I thankfully don't suffer with too much redness but this primer really evened out my skin causing it to jump back to life and just glow. On my fair skin it looks almost pearlescent yet leaves a stunning glow that lasts under makeup to give a real luminous, plumped and hydrated finish. It has a lovely light rose scent which really reminds me of another firm favourite, the By Terry CC serum so if you love that one, you are sure to love this one too. I do love how portable and non messy the primers are so it's a great primer for travelling with. 

I think this primer would be ideally suited to anyone that needs help with tone and luminosity but all in all it will create a perfect base for your make and give you a flawless finish. It's a definite repeat buy for me. 

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
COLLAGEN LIP BATH, £25/€32 (buy here!)
When I heard about this Collagen Lip Bath I was sold as bigger lips are high on my wish list! The Collagen Lip Bath is ultimately a clear lip gloss enriched with skincare to create plumper looking lips. Coconut Oil is used to moisturise with Marine Collagen to smooth out fine lines and plump by hydrating the lips for a better looking pout. The super high-shine gloss holds Pearlescent pigments that give it a milky pink tint that reflect the light to make your lips appear bigger than what they are. This is ultimately how this gloss works and how all lip plumping products work, by creating an illusion. The wand is cleverly shaped like a heart to fit the lip so you can wash over them easily. 

I have wanted to get my lips done since Kylie K made big lips a thing yet something holds me back because I want a 'good job' as we all know the horror stories; but I still want them done. So I have had to 'fake' it with makeup which is how I get questioned a lot about 'have I had them done'? Sadly not but it's products from Charlotte Tilbury that make it possible for my small lips to become all grown up! I swear by Pink Venus & Pillow Talk Lip Cheat, Kidman's Kiss Lipstick and some gloss; that and a little pout, works wonders in selfies

This gloss itself feels really nice and hydrating and definitely helps to make your lips look plumper (as glosses tend to do) I just dislike the Peppermint extract which is used to give a cool tingle as I do with any lip product. I love the packaging, the shade and how it looks on as it really is possible to cheat your lips, so I shall just have to learn to love the minty fresh feel! In my opinion this is not an essential buy but if you are looking for a good hydrating lip treatment that isn't sticky or heavy and you don't mind the minty fresh feel then add this one to your make-up bag. Plus it's super pretty.


Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Legendary Lashes 2
Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Legendary Lashes 2
Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Legendary Lashes 2
LEGENDARY LASHES 2, Black Vinyl, £25/€32 (buy here!)
This is a brand new reformulated version of the original Legendary Lashes which I actually never got round to trying as I always felt that Charlotte Tilbury was lacking in the mascara offerings. Apparently the previous version had major issues with smudging and flaking hence this new formulation. Volume 2 is designed to be long wearing, smudge proof, humidity resistant and increase lash volume by 507% in just one application; that is some big promise! You know I love trying mascara and there have been some amazing new launches of late, all of which have been huge hits with my lashes i.e. By Terry Lash Expert, Hourglass Caution (here), Nars Climax ... and maybe another one here?

The packaging is beautiful and the winking eye detail just makes this even sassier. The wand initially wasn't my favourite style of wand but it does get into all of your lashes and adds plenty of length and volume in just one coat which seriously impressed me first off. I wouldn't quite say it's 507% more volume but still, it is a lot! It does dispense a lot of product onto the lashes so do make sure you zig zag your wand so it distributes evenly. The formula is intensely black and glossy so this is definitely designed to give a strong, false lash effect and I would personally suggest only applying 1-2 coats or you start to lose definition with the risk of being 'too much' and looking a little clumpy. On a plus note the formula does stay nice and soft on your lashes so you have less chance of any flaking occurring. Because my lashes are quite long and the formula is wet, I did find that it kept imprinting on to my eyelids each time I moved the wand which was my only niggle.

For my lashes, this gave me way more length than volume and I loved how my lashes looked as I found myself checking them out in the mirror. It did not flake or smudge on my lashes and wore insanely well. I would say this is a great mascara for those looking for a nice everyday mascara that you can apply then forget about with an even balance of length of volume. If serious volume is your thing, I do still think that the Hourglass Caution mascara gives way more volume compared to this one as you can build as much as you like with that one but both still give any lashes oomph! The best way is to always try them for yourself as we differ massively with mascara but I have to say, I am glad that I have this one in my collection as it means I can just change up my lash look whenever I want.
Charlotte Tilbury Lips: Liv it Up, Kidman's Kiss, Tell Laura
HOT LIPS, £24/€32 (buy here!)
I admit that I do have a serious Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick addiction and I cannot help add to my collection as I simply love her formulations, so as well as my favourites that I like to re-peat purchase it is always nice to try some others too. I have repurchased Kidman's Kiss Hot Lips many times now (as seen many a time worn on my blog and Instagram) as this is my go to rose-pink matte lip so I obviously grabbed another back up then picked up pink shade, Liv it Up and the stunning Tell Laura a beautiful warm orange red matte. 

In addition to these I admittedly also purchased American Sweetheart and English Beauty (which you can see me wearing on my Instagram here) as I scooped them up in the summer sale online as well as these lipsticks holders, although now all full and I need a few more (damn it).

Charlotte Tilbury, New-In, Bar of Gold Palette
As you can see, when Charlotte launches, she launches! Out of every new item I have  recently added, the Youth Glow Primer and Bar of Gold palette are items I have been reaching for daily as they really add a little something special to my everyday makeup look so you know that I highly recommend them.

There are many more new exciting launches happening as we speak which I am sure shall inevitably succumb to - so keep you posted on those soon! 


Hope this helped, if not hindered your bank balance a little 😏
Anything new caught your eye?



Good News! Cult Beauty has Free Worldwide Shipping for the whole of September on all Charlotte Tilbury Products!

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The Summer months seem to be a time when we all want our skin to look and feel it's very best so we can be confident enough to let it breathe and embrace being 'au natural', without the layers of makeup. But we don't just want it for the summer, we want it all year round, yes? Hence we are talking all about that natural base. For me there have been so many new products responsible for giving my skin life, so I felt it only right to share that love! We all have our preference when it comes to foundations, tints and coverage but one thing that we all seem to agree on is wanting our skin to glow, radiate health and look flawless

Thankfully I have always been lucky with having clear skin, apart from the odd hormonal breakout as I do take very good care of it and always have done. I have a normal/combination skin type and based on an everyday look, I always opt for a light/medium coverage and in summer I only ever want light textures that look and feel almost invisible as I want my skin looking clear, glowing and flawless and most importantly, still looking like skinTherefore I choose base products that are long wearing yet give me a demi-matte, dewy kind of finish. 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin
Before any makeup ever hits my skin, skincare is key for me and I cannot stress enough how good looking skin all starts with your skincare routine! I have many skincare posts, product recommendations etc here and over on my Instagram should you ever want or need advice - your always welcome to message me should you want help! 

Priming is also another important step that is key to a good base but a few of these products I am about to touch on do that job for you - (see previous primer posts here & here).

Dior Backstage 
Although I have my favourite foundations and tints etc that I use religiously, I do love trying new (which is all part of my job!) but never have I been so impressed by lots of new products all at the same time. They are at the luxury end of the scale but they are worth every single penny in my opinion and are worth a read at least! 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin
Two products from two brands that I adore have been on my faec daily; both designed to give you a flawless finished look and trust me, once you use them, you won't do your makeup without them! 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Charlotte Tilbury, ByTErry
BY TERRY CC Serum, 30ml, £61/€68 - available in 4 shades (buy here)
This serum has been spoken about a lot in the beauty world because it is hot property. This is actually more skincare than makeup but it does enough to allow you to go makeup free should you want the option to or you can mix in a little foundation to give you a little coverage. This Colour Correcting Serum helps dull, dehydrated skins with a radiance boost as it creates a veil of light reflective pigments to blur imperfections and give you a more even toned, radiant skin. The serum itself smells very lightly of fresh roses and feels like silk. It is heavenly! I use the shade "Apricot Glow' which gives my skin a gorgeous warm tint and on no makeup days, this just brightens up my complexion to make me look more alive. As well as mixing this in with other bases, you can use this serum under foundation as a primer to help correct skin tone which shall also enhance the finish of your foundation. This is a perfect one for holidays and summer days where you want nothing on your skin but the confidence to wear it 'au natural'. Pricey yes, but worth every single penny! 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Flawless Filter, 30ml,  £30/€40 (buy here)
A product that I have used constantly since I purchased it back in April because it is truly amazing on the skin. Flawless Filter is a customisable complexion booster with the ability to act as a primer, highlighter and digital filter. The magic ingredients all help to soft focus your skin by illuminating and making lines and pores appear smaller and more refined. I have already spoken about it in full (here!) as I use this with and without foundation to give my skin a natural glow that highlighters just don't give it. Although it does sound similar to the ByTerry Serum as above, they really are very different. By Terry gives more skincare benefits as it is designed to work on correcting skin tone etc where as the Flawless Filter is a makeup effect that gives you that flawless finish. In turn, both amazing products to have in your collection. 


How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin
ICONIC LONDON Prep/Set/Glow /Mist, 120ml £18.50 (buy here)
I had to add this product in as I was suckered into buying it through Instagram. Iconic London have a habit of using Celebs/Reality Stars to plug their products and the person I was following gave out a promo code so I thought why not try it! I have never ever tried anything from Iconic before but I know of their highlighter drops which are very popular with  many fellow bloggers. The Glow Spray is a multi-tasking face mist containing cucumber, chamomile, green tea and Vitamin E to set your makeup, refresh and hydrate your skin and leave a subtle glow thanks to the tiny light reflective particles in the spray. This is what had me sold, the glittery-ness when you shake the bottle, it's so magical! 

I am however a tad on the fence with this one as it is a very strong wet spray which is not quite fine enough for my liking yet it certainly does feel cooling and refreshing on the skin. Because of the intensity of spray and the glitter aspect, you really need to make sure you are covered up before spritzing it on or you shall be covered in glitter .. unless you have your shoulders and neck out then your fine. Although my clothing looked very glittery, I wasn't seeing the end result on my face too much? I really thought it would make more of an impact but on the body its beautiful! Décolleté, shoulders, legs etc all look super pretty with this misted on, all with the added benefit of cooling you down too! So save this for a Beach party or a Party Night out where the more shimmer the better as it really is great for a subtle all over glow. If you have tried it, let me know your thoughts! 

Next up, a new release and a product that I have been using all summer ....


How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Chanel Tinted Moisturiser
CHANEL Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 PA++ (buy here)
This is a new Tinted Moisturiser that is lightweight, super hydrating and instantly evens out your skin with a light coverage and nice tint of colour. The ultra fine fluid is creamy and glides on easily when applied with your fingers - it's that easy to use. If you want a bit more coverage then you can apply it with a brush. 

It is no secret that Chanel foundations are some of my all time favourites as Vitalumiere Aqua is my all time No1 favourite and my go to since it launched about 8 years ago. For me, this tint is a lighter version of Vitalumiere Aqua as it has the same feel, texture and lightweight feel. It gives a very light coverage so if you are looking for more of a foundation then this isn't for you but if you are looking for something that gives you an outdoor glow as in natural, sheer  yet perfected, then this is for youThe shades are different to that of the foundation line, but there is still a lot to choose from. I absolutely adore this tint and have been wearing it constantly all summer. It's gentle enough for all skin types, gives you high daily sun protection and is one of the best tinted moisturisers I have used. Worth the try! 

On to another new release that once again seriously impressed me, yet more than I ever thought .... 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage Foundation 
How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage Foundation 
DIOR Backstage Face & Body Foundation, 30ml, available in 40 shades(buy here)
The Backstage Collection is a brand new launch from Dior that consists of a whole range of foundations, eyeshadow palettes, face palettes and brushes. The two things that drew me in were the Foundation and Glow Face palette; once you see them you'll know why! The new Backstage Foundation has a natural, matte finish with medium buildable coverage that is waterproof and sweat resistant. It can also be used to camouflage minor imperfections on the neck, shoulders, legs, or anywhere else. The formula allows you to create a natural or medium flawless finish and more importantly, comes in a whopping 40 shades which means DIOR have catered to everyone!

I love the packaging. It does in fact resemble MAC face and body but with a matte look bottle instead - as per the foundation finish. I love the fact that this means it is very portable and the lid twists and clicks so you know it is safely on. The only slight downside with this type of tip is that it does leak a little inside the cap and I hate waste, but if stored upright then your fine. DIOR did superb designing this collection as it sure does appeal to everyone. 

Dior foundations have never really been my thing; not because I haven't wanted to use them, not at all, I just always find their bases very drying on the skin and look very 'mask-like' on especially the famous Forever foundation. For some reason the ad campaign and hype around this whole launch had me dying to try it out and I am so glad that I did. I think in the back of my mind I was secretly hoping to like at least one Dior base and in fact it ended up being love! 

The formula is beautiful; it melts into my skin to give just the perfect amount of coverage where my skin is perfected yet still shows through and isn't masked. It is matte but not too matte and sets fast so you need to blend rather quickly. To put the waterproof/sweatproof claim to the test, I was in fact wearing it over our insane Monaco heat wave where it's been 38/40 degree celsius and this with stood it all. I mean we are talking extreme heat, extreme humidity, sweat etc and it didn't move. This is why I am so blown away because I always need to powder my nose and I didn't! So if you haven't tried this one yet and have been contemplating it, then add it to your list fast. In my opinion, it's a winner. 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage Foundation 
In addition, a good highlighter palette is key to enhancing a glow further I say and here are two newbies that I added to my collection that I feel would work for everyone ... 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage 
How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage 
DIOR Backstage Glow Face Palette, £34/€38 (buy here)
Sticking with the whole natural beauty theme, the Glow Palette helps to maximise that by giving you 4 shades of radiance and luminosity. Within the palette you have two highlighters, one white one golden, a rosy blush and a bronze blush. The embossed Dior within the powders adds to the gorgeous look of this palette as it is utterly gorgeous! The powders are very shimmery, highly pigmented and blend like a dream as do Dior powders in general. You can even swish your brush over all for shades for a more intense cheek/bronzed look.

I love the packaging and the plastic casing makes this very portable being not too big to pop in your handbag or travel bag and is such a great a flattering shade range on all skins and all ages. 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
• BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick Palette,  £55/€62 *Limited Edition* (buy here)
As soon as I saw this on my IG feed (thanks to the lovely BBPRO MUA Hannah Martin) I was sold. I don't actually own any of the famous shimmer bricks as a single but I have always meant to add them into my collection so this was the perfect way to do that! The trio palette contains the 3 most popular shades - Rose, Copper Diamond and Apricot. These shimmer powders are universally flattering and can be worn alone or together; the good thing is you can completely customise the look that you want. The powders are infused with ultra fine light reflecting pigments that give your skin a totally natural looking, sun kissed glow. 

How to  achieve Natural, Perfected, Glowing skin, Dior Backstage 
As you can tell, I have been a big fan this summer of using minimal products as opposed to using many products to get that 'natural look' - we all know the feeling right?

I shall without a doubt have many more recommendations to follow as even as I am writing this post I have another pile sat on my desk (hint hint the NEW Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold palette so stay tuned!) but I hope my opinion here has helped in some way!


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