My Makeup Setting Spray Beauty Tip!

I discovered a little beauty hack recently that really works – and naturally wanted to share it with you all!

I love using my Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray, and really notice the difference on days I forget to use it.  You can catch up on my review of the spray in detail here – Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – Review

I recently suffered from sore eyes and was faced with a real beauty dilemma! I wanted to fix my makeup with my setting spray but didn’t want to spray any into my eyes as this would only aggravate my eye complaint.

So, what is a beauty addict meant to do in a situation like this?!  ……. Improvise!

I use my MAC 187 brush (but any soft kabuki style brush would do) and lightly mist my makeup setting spray over the bristles.  I then gently pat the brush  over my face.  This gives exactly the same finish as misting it in the usual way, but I am able to control where the setting spray falls.

Another benefit of applying in this way is that I suffer from a very oily nose, so I am able to make sure my nose has more spray than drier areas such as my cheeks.

Have you ever tried applying your makeup setting spray in this way? If not, give it a go and let me know your thoughts!

Talk to you all soon x


Beauty Tutorial : How I Enhance My Lips Using Charlotte Tilbury

How I enhance my lips Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick Pillow Talk Lip Cheat High Society Lipgloss Review Swatch

Beauty is all about working with what we have.  Thats why I love any products that allow me to look like me… but the very best version of me , of course!

I make it no secret, I have been loving Charlotte Tilbury lately. She makes products that allow you to look naturally pretty. I have been playing around with these three products over the last week and love each item individually but when put together they achieve a beautiful polished lip that is like nothing I have tried before.

The images above show (left) my natural lip and (right) my Charlotte Tilbury lip.

I achieve this natural ‘my lips but better’ look by using:

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk £16.00

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick £23.00

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in High Society £16.50

I start as I do before applying any lipstick. If you want your lips to look the very best they can, always start by smoothing a layer of lip balm over the entire lip.  This helps to prevent any rough patches and in turn helps with the longevity of your products.

I then use Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat to (quite literally!) Re-Shape and Re-size my lips as it promises to! I gently line my lips and then shade them in.  This is a modern way of applying a lip liner and prevents the Posh Spice look that was so popular in the 90’s! Applying this way will ensure that the lipstick does not fade during the day leaving you with lined lips.

When you are happy with the Lip Cheat, take your lipstick in shade Bitch Perfect and apply over the top.  You can use a lip brush if you prefer but on this particular occasion I applied straight from the bullet.

If you prefer a softer look then you can stop here.  By applying the Charlotte Tilbury High Society Lip Lustre you achieve a polished finish with a high gloss shine.  If you want to create the illusion of a fuller pout then apply the lip lustre to the centre of the bottom lip only.  This helps give a focal point to your lips and the shine you get from the light hitting the centre only makes lips look voluptuous!


I hope you enjoyed reading the first ‘How To’ post from Pretty Honest! I hope you found this useful and if you are looking for some products to create the very best version of yourself then perhaps you may consider these.

Have you tried these Charlotte Tilbury products? Can you recommend any other combinations for me to try? I would love to hear from you all!

Talk to you all soon x


Tom Ford Toasted Sugar 02 Nail Polish Review …. And Must See Dupe!

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

Nothing screams luxury quite like Tom Ford.  Not only is he the king of lipstick but in my eyes he can wear the crown for nail polish too!  Nude colours have long been my ‘thing’ and when I saw the shade Toasted Sugar last year my heart quite literally skipped a beat.  The perfect natural canvas shade with just the right amount of colour to prevent it being unflattering.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

Before I go into more detail about the formula, I must touch upon how beautiful the packaging is.  Well, it is Tom Ford, we would expect nothing less would we?! The bottle is square with gold detailing and the shape of the bottle makes the polish easy to hold when applying the colour to the nail.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

The brush applicator is nice and long, and the brush itself is long and thin.  The polish is a nice consistency and glides onto the nails effortlessly.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

The manicure pictured above is achieved using two coats of Tom Ford Toasted Sugar finished with a top coat.

I really can’t fault this nail polish, however it is rather pricey at £27.00.  The good news is that I have found a colour that is an excellent dupe and priced at only £4.99. Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream is perfect for those who love this particular shade!

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream

I have reviewed the Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream polish in more detail here.  But as you can see, the colours are very similar.  Obviously there is no doubt that the Tom Ford colour is much better quality and lasts over a week without chipping.  This for me, is priceless and makes the price tag worth paying. However as you can see, if it is the colour you are after then perhaps the Tanya Burr polish may be worth looking out for!

I really hope you find this useful! Do you agree with me that this polish is a good dupe? I would love to hear from you!

Talk to you all soon x

How To Make Sure Your Eye Makeup Stays Put | NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – Review

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review Swatch

For those of you – shall we say, ‘blessed’ with oily skin, you will no doubt feel my pain when it comes to applying eye makeup.  Who knew eyelids could get oily?! I certainly didn’t!  I have to work really hard to make sure my makeup stays in place and an eyeshadow primer is a must in my daily routine.  Having well and truly jumped head first onto the NARS bandwagon I decided I would treat myself to the Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  This product is a polymer and mineral based blend that help with making our eyeshadow or eyeliner stick exactly where it should.

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review Swatch

The primer comes in a tube with an applicator, much resembling a lipgloss.  I don’t however like to apply the primer directly to my eyelids as I don’t think this is particularly hygienic.  Instead, I pop a little on my hand and then apply with my fingertips.  As you can see from the swatch above, the product is a cream but disappears once blended into the eyelid (as pictured below).

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review Swatch

I am impressed with this primer and it has become my new ‘must use’ product in my morning routine. I love how it makes my eye shadow colours brighter and more intense.  It has also stopped the eyeliner smudges I was getting that were becoming an almost daily occurrence. This, paired with the fact it has also prevented my eyeshadows from creasing is definitely good news.  There is nothing more disappointing than blending your eyeshadows only to find they have separated and moved up to your eyebrows half way through the day!

For extra staying power, I can recommend using the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.  A brilliant combination, and well worth a try!

NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is priced at £19.50 and is available from NARS counters and at various online stores nationwide.

I would love to hear from you if decide to try this product out, or indeed if you can recommend any other tips for oily skin!

Talk to you all soon x

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