Friday, 15 November 2019

Cult Beauty Starter Kit 2019

Oh look it’s only a little beauty post! It’s been a while! I’ve not been playing around with a lot of new makeup to be honest. When Mason is at school and Mila naps and I get some time to wander in the shops I generally head for a coffee shop to sit down to be honest, so playing with new beauty releases has taken a back seat. 

But last week it was my birthday and I was very pleased to unwrap Cult Beauty’s latest beauty box. The Starter Kit excited me a lot as it contained a lot of products I’ve been meaning to try. This almost never happens. I unsubscribed from beauty boxes as I always ended up with some bits I knew wouldn’t get opened. 


So, inside the box is a good little mixture of skincare and makeup.

First is the  Squalane Cleanser from The Ordinary  (50ml). Surprisingly, this is the first product I’ve tried from The Ordinary even though I’ve been meaning to give the brand a go for ages. 

This removes make-up and impurities whilst retaining skin's natural moisture. Plant-derived squalane  hydrates and moisturizes and I really like how it melts into an oil as you massage it into the skin. 
It’s a really affordable £5.50 when sold separately so I think I'll be repurchasing this.


As I’m in my 30s it’s necessary to be using a retinol to replenish the skin and help reduce those lines a bit. The Pixi Retinol Tonic (100ml) was one I was most excited about and it has not disappointed. Peptides firm skin and boost collagen production and Jasmine Flower heals and balances. I find applying this really soothing and it smells nice too. 

I bloody love watermelon. I have watermelon bikini, and any drink or scent with watermelon is right up my street. So naturally I loved the sound of the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 30ml (which retails at £20.50). While I love watermelon I actually had no idea about the benefits that it had on the skin.

Used in Korea to soothe irritated and inflamed skin, the watermelon extract floods the complexion with restoring vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. 
The gel-textured formula is full of a whole load of goodness and gets to work while you sleep. It gently exfoliates and moisturises so you can wake up to baby-soft, gorgeously glowing skin  that frankly, smells incredible!


Onto the make-up. First is a gorgeous cream blush from NARS  in  shade Orgasm  which is a warm pink with subtle shimmer to it. 

 ‘The Multiple’ is NARS’  original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and the body -I’ll definitely be using this on my cheeks though.  It’s lovely and  creamy formula and the colour blends effortlessly for a quick flush of colour. It’s so easy to apply either with your fingers or blended with a brush and it’s enriched with Vitamin E and a├žai oil too. This is a small 4g version which is great for trying out, a full-size 14ml is £30


I love Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, the packaging alone just feels so luxurious. However I don’t like to part with £25 without knowing I will love the shade. The lipstick in this box is very cute but really tiny! I’m pretty sure it’s going to get lost in my handbag but I’m looking at it as a way to try out the renowned shade ‘Pillow Talk' which is a perfect rose/mauve and the formula is so creamy.  According to CT one Pillow Talk lipstick is sold every 2 minutes - so it’s definitely popular.


The star of the show has to be the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette which is usually £25 alone.

 I actually gasped when I opened this up. There’s nine highly pigmented  shades with hues of gold, brown and amber.  Containing  five mattes and four striking shimmers, it’s the perfect palette for this season. I’m actually inspired to get a bit glam on the school run so this baby doesn’t go to waste! 


Overall this is an absolute bargain at £30 when 2 of the products retail at over £20 alone. Keep a look out on the Cult Beauty site as this would make a brilliant Christmas gift to any beauty lover.


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