My Charlotte Tilbury Shopping Experience

My Charlotte Tilbury Shopping Experience

Recently I decided a bit of a make up splurge was called for. I was needing a new foundation and as I had several important events was happy to spend a little more than usual. After asking a few people in the know and doing some research Charlotte Tilbury felt like the right brand to go to for some luxury.

The concession in House of Fraser, my nearest stockist, is relatively newly opened but is clearly hugely popular. There was streams of people milling around looking at products or waiting to get their make up done in the boudoir themed area. I managed to catch the attention of a very friendly sales person who got me perched on a stool after a quick chat about what I was there looking for. She checked a few shades of the Light Wonder foundation on me and we agreed on the best one for me. As I was bare faced anyway she offered to do my full face to allow me to see if I definitely liked it on and proceeded to slather me in the ultra luxe Magic Cream, added Wonder Glow to brighten up my knackered looking skin and then applied the Light Wonder foundation whilst chatting away about the products and the company. 

While we were chatting we got on to favourite products and she mentioned their best selling Lip Cheat liner and the Kim KW lipstick very positively. I am a sucker for a great nude lipstick and liner so we added those to my look and ineviatably into my bag! A very subtle and gentle sales pitch which made a huge difference as I will effectively refuse to buy anything if someone pushes too hard in these situations. 

In the end I came away with the lipstick, liner, the foundation I had gone in for in the first place and the Wonder Glow too. She did try and coax me into buying the Magic Cream but maternity pay does not allow for Β£70 face cream, especially when you manage to blow over Β£100 on make up. I did cheekily ask for some samples to trial at home, as I felt a spend of that amount deserved a few little bonus treats but she just avoided the topic and handed me my purchases in a plastic HOF bag. I was a little disappointed in this ending as I’d enjoyed my luxury make up experience so far and expected a little more from it than a plastic bag and a cheery bye. 

All in all I am glad I bought the products that I did as they are amazing. I would re purchase the Wonder Glow for definite as it gives my skin an amazing texture and glow but I’m not so sure the others are worth the money especially when the shopping experience is a tad of a let down.

Keep up the lovely attitude CT ladies but maybe upgrade your bags and be a little more generous with your samples! 

Any other brands worth me spending my teeny bit of spare cash on? Let me know! 

K x

Why hobbies aren’t just for Enid Blyton characters or children…

Why hobbies aren’t just for Enid Blyton characters or children…

We all remember the days of being shuttled around from girl guides, to music lessons and dance or sports classes, I’m pretty sure as parents we are now doing the same for our little ones too. It is seen as crucial for kids to have hobbies to help with their social skills and personal development but it’s very easy to forget that adults need this too.

Mums apparently get 17 minutes a day of ‘me time’ according to a report from 2014, and I’m willing to bed that most of that is spent on Facebook, Instagram or in front of the tv. I know these are all high up on my list of ways to relax! However last year I made a conscious effort to invest in myself and get some hobbies. I re-taught myself to knit as a way to reduce my screen time and to find some creativity as well as getting something productive out of it, namely some pretty awesome baby blankets. I also started writing this blog, mainly to keep my brain engaged while swimming in the mental fog that is maternity leave. Both, slightly unexpectedly, bring me such genuine joy which is why I am encouraging as many mums as I can to find a hobby even if it is just something small to do in those 17 minutes a day!

Here are my top 5 reasons why they are awesome and important:

1. You can meet new people – Actual real grown ups that aren’t your other half!! Ones who want to talk about your shared interest and not baby led weaning or teething problems like the (none the less wonderful!) new Mum friends at baby groups. This is a chance to be just you, not Mummy or Wifey and to have some time to yourself.

2. Being interested is interesting – Have you ever sat next to someone at a work event or dinner party that had nothing to say about themselves? It makes for a hella dull evening and bloody hard conversation. But sit next to (or be) someone who has a passion for something and conversation will flow. It is always cool to hear about a new place or topic you didn’t know about before. Just maybe don’t spend the whole time talking…no one wants to be that guy!

3. It sets a good example for your kids – When they can’t be bothered going out in the rain to football practice or their tablet is more interesting than doing their piano lesson then you can, without hypocrisy, cajole them into keeping going with their hobby. Sometimes new skills are tricky but perseverance is worth while and being able to practice what your preach is the way forward.

4. You could make money from it – Imagine going to work every single day and feeling happy about it? That’s what creating a business from your passion will do for you. Perhaps you could build an exercise class around your own experience and preferences, or sell your crocheted baby blankets on Etsy. There are so many amazing people I have come across via this blog and my Instagram page that are doing just this, making a living from what they love doing and it’s amazing to see!

5. It brings you joy! – A nice easy one to end. If something makes you happy then your home is a happier place, then your kids are happier (and less of a pain in the arse to deal with!) and should you be blessed/cursed to have one your other half will be thrilled to have their loved one be doing something which makes them shine.

I am always on the look out for new skills to learn or new hobbies to try so please comment and let me know what you love to do! And for those mums that maybe don’t have a hobby yet, perhaps this will provide some inspiration. 

K x