Finally Cardiff is stepping up on the retail front and we’re getting some really good brands coming to the capital. Most recently, in terms of beauty we’ve got Jo Malone, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and now Charlotte Tilbury. It’s really nice to feel like the city is growing and getting more interest from the bigger luxury brands and it means you don’t have to do all that shopping online.

The counter is in the John Lewis store at the end of the Hayes and occupies a pretty big space. It’s totally gorgeous, kind of like an old Hollywood movie star’s dressing room and they have a huge product offering. I tried out some pieces while I was there and the first thing I went for was the Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It’s so brightening and perfecting, I felt like this would be perfect for days where my skin is looking dull or tired.

I then picked up the Lipliner in Pillow Talk because the girl serving me had the same skin tone as me and it looked amazing on her. It’s the perfect pink/nude shade and works really well under a gloss. Lastly I went for the Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette because this was something I had read the most hype about. I loved the way it blended on my skin and the shade was a good match for my skin tone, which is hard to find to find with bronzers (as I’m super pale!). I was planning on getting the foundation but I didn’t feel like it suited my skin that much, however if your looking for a good colour match they had every shade imaginable.

stylerarebit.comFor more products and tutorials or to find your local Charlotte Tilbury click here. If you read my post about the Salon Success diner a fortnight or so ago, this is me finally getting around to reviewing some of the products from that night. I decided to start with this range because it sounds like it’s what my hair has been crying out for. It promises to hydrate, repair and moisturise…perfect. I guess I should begin by explaining my hair type as a starting point. I have very dry, frizzy, thin hair, that takes a lot of effort to look shiny and healthy and it’s been dyed several times every possible colour. I always look for products that are nourishing, moisturising and replenishing but not so heavy that they drag my hair down.

So firstly I want to talk about the rare oil treatment, which is my favourite out of the four products. This is probably one of the best oils I’ve tried of late and it’s really lovely to use. It smooths out my hair and feels weightless instantly, meaning it doesn’t get weighed down but looks shiny and healthy. I find it works really well as a finishing product just to smooth any fly aways and polish the look. You can use it on your body which is just as lovely, giving you a glowy finish and it smells great too. Onto the shampoo and conditioner, I really loved these two. I found that my hair felt instantly nourished and looked more shiny and it lasted even after styling. The smell is amazing and it doesn’t feel heavy but actually quite light. I can feel residue on my hair when I use it but it doesn’t feel greasy or weighed down. I can tell that the oil has smoothed my hair and it has a thicker, healthier texture overall.

Once or twice a week I used the Intensive Mask too but I struggled with this to begin with. It’s a lot stronger than your average mask and as I usually slather them on generously it didn’t work that well for me. I used too much product and my hair was weighed down and felt greasy really quickly. I think what is testament to the quality of the ingredients is that you really don’t need to overdo it. I started using a smaller amount and really working it into the ends of my hair and that gave a much better result. It’s definitely a once every now and again treatment because it’s a heavy product. However, it does leave your hair super shiny and moisturised.

If you want to find out more about the range click here or if you’ve tried anything out let me know your thoughts below. I’m going to be using this for a little bit longer also, so I can keep you posted on the progress.