Marks & Spencer Beauty Hall | Haul & Review

If you’ve been following my blog recently or seen the videos I’ve posted on Facebook, you will no doubt have seen that quite a few products that I’ve talked about have come from the M&S beauty department! 

Over the last couple of years they have really upped their beauty game and are stocking some fab brands, giving them a real point of difference when up against the likes of Boots and big department store beauty halls! 

I wanted to a bit of a review on the beauty hall in general but also to give a special shout out to the Shrewsbury store. 

Essentially the M&S beauty hall is a self selection department – however they do now have specialist consultants to cover all of the brands sold. (Having worked on counters for many years, it’s hard enough knowing one brands products in and out, let alone multiple ones!)  Generally this can give the best of both worlds for customers. Opportunity to browse without feeling overwhelmed by staff, but also an expert on hand to advise when you need it. 

I feel that M&S have really considered which brands they want to feature, and stayed in line with their modern demographic of customers. They haven’t chosen any brands that you can get in the majority of department stores (possibly some cross over with Selfridges, but they are only in 3 cities), and they are all somewhere between drugstore and luxury brands, so the quality of products is certainly very reliable.  

Ranges like Pixi, REN, Diego Della Palma, Rosie for Autograph, GlamGlow, Percy & Reed, and Emma Hardie are all making subtle splashes in the beauty ocean at the moment, but when you’re up against beauty giants like EstΓ©e Lauder, MAC, Loreal etc, I think it’s brilliant that M&S are carving their own way in such a booming industry. 

The reason I wanted to go to the M&S beauty hall was for Pixi. I live in Telford and it hasn’t appeared there, so one afternoon whilst I was in Shrewsbury I popped in – and am I glad I did! The assistant told me she had just taken delivery of the range so if I wanted to see it she’d have to wheel the box onto the shopfloor. We both had a good rummage through and just chatted about how amazing we had heard the range was! I left with the products I wanted plus a cheeky little free gift because I’d bought a couple of things. πŸ™‚ 

A few months later I was given some vouchers to spend in M&S and so had my mom. I knew exactly where we were headed! The young lady who served me last time was there, Laura, and she was so helpful again – she wouldn’t have remembered me, but I remembered her! Her knowledge of the ranges and products was second to none! My mom is hard to impress and she said how good Laura was! πŸ˜„

Some M&S stores don’t get all of the ranges of products, and that then means that the consultants aren’t all then trained in the same way by all of the brands, which I think is a bit of a shame, but I can safely say I think M&S have well and truly put themselves on the beauty map in the last few years, and I hope will only get better! 

If you’d like to see what I’ve purchased from the M&S beauty hall, take a look at my video below! 

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April Favourites


The clue to this post is in the title! The products I’ve been reaching for all month!

ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH MAGIC RADIANCE CREAM

A dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow cream, this feel amazing on the skin and a pea size amount really goes such a long way! Skin feels hydrated, smoothed and prepped for foundation, but can also be mixed with foundation to give a more dewy look. I’ve even thought it would work beautifully on its own in the summer for a really beautiful natural glow, without any coverage. Great for dry skins who are finding their foundation is drying their skin more. 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY ICONIC NUDE LIP CHEAT LIP PENCIL

The lip pencil that changed my perspective on lip pencils! I’ve be totally converted to lip pencils since I bought this. The ‘perfect nude’ for pretty much everyone, long lasting, and non drying. Looks great on its own as well as under lippy! Adding more of these to my wishlist right now!!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY BITCH PERFECT K.I.S.S.I.N.G LIPSTICK

I did a post a couple of weeks ago about my ‘nude’ lipstick collection, this is an absolute staple for me now! A great nude that isn’t too brown. Looks fab with a super smokey eye and equally chic with neutral look too! And the packaging is so luxurious, I love taking it out of my bag on a night out! 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE DOLCE VITA EYE PALETTE

An unusual shade choice for me, but I totally fell in love with the ‘look’ on the CT counter in Birmingham. When I had my makeover done I knew I couldn’t leave without this in my possession, and I’ve not regretted it at all! I reach for it days and evenings alike and am loving the versatility of the shades! The quality of the shadows and especially the glitter are a dream to blend and never budge while worn! 

LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER

This has made me love the ritual of cleansing. I use this as my second cleanse and massage and breathe in the beautiful aromatic scent as I’m doing it. It’s extremely gentle, even around the eyes, and I always feel squeaky clean when using the muslin cloth to remove the last traces of markup and dirt from the day. 

PIXI GLOW TONIC

This has been part of my routine since Christmas and I love it. I confess I never used to tone – I was too lazy – even though I knew exactly how important it was to my skincare and how it worked, but since adding this to my routine I am religious with it!  I put it down to this that my skin feels so soft and smooth every day. The odd blemish that appears is still a bit stubborn to remove, but this is doing a great maintenance job on my skin, and with it containing glycolic acid, it’s boosting cell renewal to keep my skin younger and fresher looking for longer! A great addition to any routine at any age!

Beauty Haul April 2016

So this morning I decided to do something I was extremely nervous about… a live video on Facebook! πŸ™ˆ 

I have picked up quite a few bits over the last few weeks so I thought I’d show my choices in a haul video! I will not claim to be any ‘good’ at this, but I always personally prefer watching hauls rather than reading about them! I felt that because it was live, I could quite naturally talk about what I had bought, and also knowing that I couldn’t edit anything made me relax a little bit as well!

Nothing has been insanely expensive, all drugstore or eBay. 

I am tending to upload different things to my Facebook page and Instagram account, so be sure to follow me to keep up to date with everything I’m doing, I’d love to see you there too!

Enjoy! … 

Lipsticks: The Nude Collection



 If you ever took a look at my makeup collection, the one thing you would notice is how many ‘pink-nude’ lipsticks I own! I just can’t help myself! 

As much as I love a bright lip now and again, I always find them hard to maintain throughout the day, so I opt for something that wouldn’t look too obvious if it started to wear off. 

Having said that I have also discovered the power of lip liner in recent months, and although I always thought they were a slightly dated makeup product, I wouldn’t be without them now! 

Below is my collection of ‘nudes’! If you would like a more detailed review of any of the lipsticks, just pop me a comment below and I’ll get it done! 

 (From top left: ESTEE LAUDER – DESIRABLE // SLEEK MAKEUP – LIQUEUR // MAC – PATISSERIE // CHARLOTTE TILBURY – PENELOPE PINK // ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH – NUDE MINK // CHARLOTTE TILBURY – BITCH PERFECT // URBAN DECAY – RUSH)   

I’d love to know what your fave lipsticks are, comment below – sharing is caring! 😁

Charlotte Tilbury Makeover & Haul | The Beauty Spot

I’ve had some Selfridges gift vouchers burning a hole in my pocket since my birthday in June last year, and I finally spent them (albeit back in November – I’m such a bad blogger!)!

I had decided I wanted to spend them in the beauty hall – unsurprisingly – and I had wanted to try some of the Charlotte Tilbury stuff for too long! I finally found an occasion to get myself booked for a makeup ready for a night out celebrating the OH’s birthday! 

I had a few products in mind that I wanted to pick up, but I’m quite easily swayed so I knew I might change my mind! Below are my before and after images and my purchases. Reviews will be coming once I’ve had chance to properly use the products. 

   
 
   

  

  

 I absolutely loved my eyes! Aj – my amazing artist – used The Dolce Vita palette on me and although I didn’t purchase on the day, it is now in my possession!! This image doesn’t really do the sparkly-ness justice but I loved trying out colours that I wouldn’t normally use! 

I loved the experience of going to the counter and being ‘done’, most will know it’s normally me that’s doing the making up so to be in the seat was lovely! I knew I’d be in good hands with anyone from Charlotte Tilbury Birmingham and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!
Hope you like my choices!

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury? What are your fave products?