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A Cult Beauty Haul

…that smells flippin’ fantastic

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When it comes to buying fashion, I’m a real online shopping kinda gal. I turn my bedroom into a changing room, lunging around in my new jeans to make sure they don’t cut me in half. It’s a real treat for my neighbours. When it comes to buying beauty though, it’s something that I like to do ‘IRL’. The swatching, the weighty feel of a lipstick bullet – it all adds to the allure, doesn’t it? However, there is one exception to that rule and it’s good ol’ Cult Beauty. I’ve been purchasing stuff from them for years and have to give kudos to the sleek design, delivery and my word do I love having a read of the reviews for products. They’re like mini blog posts of their own! They also stock a fair few things that I’m unable to get hold of easily and that I repurchase often. So that’s what this haul is; a mix of items that I desperately needed to buy again (dramatic, but true), and a few that I fancied giving a go thanks to the no-BS CB reviewers. And you think that I’m enabling, eh? 

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in Light/Medium. I’m always on the lookout for a contour option that’s outcome is natural and application easy. Being someone who possesses multiple chins and a complete lack of visible bone structure, I actually do contour most days that I wear makeup, despite the fact that my routine is pretty parred back. So given that contouring is quite high on my list of makeup priorities, I thought I’d give this a whirl as it looked like it ticked off my two main criteria. However, the outcome was so natural that you can’t even see it and the application was tricky to get right. Upon further testing I’ve realised that you need to tap it in with fingers so that a sponge or brush doesn’t suck up the majority of the product and that works better, but it’s still not enough for me. If you like the definition that a powder contour gives, then the chances are that liquid and gel formulas just aren’t going to float your boat here.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Magnetic. I will admit that I was completely suckered in by the packaging for this one. Just look at that clean, mechanic swish! It’s a thing of beauty and when it arrived I spent a solid five minutes playing with it and marvelling at the beauty. On first impressions though I wasn’t mad about the innards. I love the colour, which is a mid-tone matte brown that’s a little cooler than the rest of the shadows that I reach for. However, I found it to be a tad patchy on application, although the longevity was pretty impressive. The formula is certified natural and Cult Beauty labels Kjaer Weis an ‘eco-luxe’ brand, just a little FYI and actually, after I’d given it a go a few more times it’s grown on me. Sure, it takes a few seconds longer to blend, but the colour is a nice switch-up for autumn.

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Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. If you watch today’s vlog you’ll hear about how this is my favourite face mask ever. Hands down – no competition. It took me two and a half years to work my way through my old pot, but work through it I did; whipping it out whenever my skin felt dry, makeup wasn’t sitting right, or I needed a boost on the glow-front. I actually missed it when I’d run out. I’d think ‘ah yes – that’s what my skin needs right now!‘ and then be a little bit gutted when I remembered that I’d ran out and I hadn’t got round to repurchasing it yet. The one thing I would say is that for my sensitive chops, this is a little on the strong side. However, I recommend using it only in the evenings so no one except your other half sees you complexion which now resembles a big red thumb. It’s worth the face that resembles a chimp’s backside though because come the morning your face looks, and feels brand new.

Bella Freud Fig Leaf & Tomato Candle. It’s been a long while since I purchased a candle because I’d previously been collecting them as though there was about to be some kind of world candle shortage and I was solely responsible for the collection left in the south east of the U.K. ‘Don’t worry everyone – I can keep us going on the candle front for at least the next 10 years!’. When it got to the point that I could no longer close my drawer of them I realised that it was time to start burning through the stocks and I have kept to my vow actually, lighting a candle on my desk as I tap away most days. I’ve realised that the fig category are my favourite and I like my candles to be fresh, instead of scented with heavy notes; so this pot of wax that smells like my Grandparent’s greenhouse mixed with a soapy fig base is ticking all the boxes for me. PLUS, doesn’t it look the part too?

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Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts. If you’re going to buy one bath product, make it this. Screw the milks and the soaks and the other salts on the market, I don’t think that anything concocts a bath as heavenly as these do. I haven’t used them for years, thanks to our enamel-free bath, but the urge for a sleep-inducing bathe got too much and I’m so bloomin’ glad that it did because I forgot just how magical this stuff was. I know it sounds like complete codswallop, but a sprinkle of these into the water as you’re running it lets off this dreamy fug that fills your home with a lavender and menthol cloud that hangs around way past you drifting off, and I genuinely do believe that I have a better night’s sleep when I’ve had  a bath with these prior. It might just be a placebo effect, but either way these are worth the investment in my eyes because it’s one of those luxuries that you miss when they’re not there and trust me – I haven’t had these in my bathroom for two years and just look at my face in the video. I look like a kid at Christmas…

Photos by Lauren Shipley

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  • Laura Emilia

    I don’t blame you for adding that candle to your selection – it looks absolutely gorgeous! And the scent sounds so lovely too, of course.. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • I’ve never been big on contouring, but have seen the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand in a few first impression videos and it looks lovely! And that Pumpkin Enzyme Mask has been on my wishlist for so long, I don’t know why I haven’t bought it yet.

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  • cult beauty is one of my guilty pleasure online stores. I need to try that candle though. Its getting colder and having a candle or two in the house will make it a little more snugly 🙂

    http://doseofbeckx.com/

  • I prefer shopping beauty in person too, but the Cult Beauty website is an exception. So many brands there aren’t available in Germany and the Goodie Bag they do several times a year is always worth waiting for.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

  • That pumpkin mask really intrigues me, I want to try it 🙂
    miki x

    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

  • Just added the mask you mentioned to my skincare-to-try list, always on the hunt for great face masks. Enjoyed reading this. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • Yes! I love Cult Beauty so much for all of the reasons you’ve mentioned. My favourite thing is their product descriptions, they are fantastic! I am a total addict with a wish list as long as my arm. Just waiting on my order from them to arrive for my Cult Beauty haul post too – hoping it shows up today. What are we like! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel

  • Oooh, that has definitely made me think twice about the Charlotte Tilbury Contour, I was so intrigued to try but did think the application looked a little tricky! The pumpkin mask sounds really interesting! Love a good Cult Beauty haul!

    Abbi | http://www.simplyabbi.com

  • Leanne Marshall

    The Peter Thomas Roth is the best mask I have ever used! I am a bit gutted it has gone up so much in price though. I paid £39.50 a few years ago and now its £55 so its a steep jump!

  • Em

    I love this super curated haul. I have the Kjaer Weis eyeshadow (in the shade Grace) and can totally agree that the packaging is the stuff of dreams 🙂 Also, definitely want to try the Bella Freud candle as a fellow candle hoarder/junkie.
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • I’ve had my eye on the pumpkin enzyme mask for what feels like forever! I think it would be so good for those “ugh” skin days.
    http://www.millievyse.blogspot.co.uk

  • theblackblush blog

    That CT contour looks awesome!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • That Charlotte Tilbury contour sounds awesome! I’ve heard so many great things about the pumpkin enzyme mask. I’m always looking for some new masks, I’ll look into this next time I’m in Sephora!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • Marina

    You made me buy the Pumpkin mask and it was (and still is) bloody brilliant! It s almost empty but the price…. ^^’
    I watched your YT video, so if you’re still looking for a good eye cream there is the Whamisa eye essence.
    Have a good day!

  • charlotte samantha

    Ive been wanting to try the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin face mask for so long, I think it needs to be added to my Christmas list!!

    CharlotteSamantha // http://www.charlottesamantha.co.uk

  • Lisa Autumn

    Just ordered the pumpkin mask… sounds amazing!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • This looks so good! I need that pumpkin mask! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • Jessica DeLuca

    I totally agree about Therapie. It’s so exquisite that it’s difficult to describe. The scent transports you and the salts detox you. Absolutely brilliant.

  • When I saw your vlog I couldn’t quite believe you’d got down to the bottom of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask! Mines taking so long, but I love it so so much!

    Shiana xx | shianajarvis.com

  • Gorgeous photos!

    x

    http://www.themollyellis.com

  • I need to try the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, it sounds incredible!

    Sara – Flemingo

  • Jess

    Charlotte Tilbury Contour wand looks great! http://iamjesscoleman.com