NEW IN BEAUTY | Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L’Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

Review of Charlotte Tilbury Exagger-Eyes, L'Occitane en Provence Almond Delightful Body Balm, and Givenchy Le Rouge Liquid

A few beauty products launched earlier this spring that I wanted to share with you guys! First up is the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Exagger-Eyes (C$66). When I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was bringing out additional Luxury Eye Palettes, I was absolutely elated. Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes are one of my absolute favourites; I take them with me everywhere I travel because I know I can rely on them for a beautiful, long lasting eye look. She released two new variations – Transform-Eyes and Exagger-Eyes – both aimed at creating bigger, brighter eyes. I received Exagger-Eyes from PR and I can’t be more happy about it.

Of the two new palettes, Exagger-Eyes is the more neutral one (Transform-Eyes is very warm-toned). It is a fantastic palette to create a subtle, natural eye look that still has a bit of pop. If you love neutral palettes, you gotta pick this one up. Charlotte’s palettes are also completely foolproof and can be used by anyone with any makeup skill, so even if you are a complete makeup newbie, you can create a beautiful look from this one. Including this one, I own five of Charlotte’s eyeshadows so you know that they are definitely good enough to collect.

Next is a luxurious body care product from L’Occitane’s almond range, one of my favourite body care collections. I LOVE the Almond Shower Oil and it is a constant staple in my shower, both at home and on travels. The new Almond Delightful Body Balm (C$44) is such a luxurious treat. It is incredibly moisturizing and great for those with dry, scaly skin. I use this all over my legs before bed and I wake up with super soft, silky skin. It is a bit heavy for the summer, so I only use a little bit, and it can also be used to boost the moisture properties of your other Almond body products. I can see myself really indulging in this during the colder months. For now though, I’m using it sparingly both because it is so effective and because it is such a treat for the skin.

Lastly, we have something that I’ve been anticipating for a while – the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide (C$44)! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Givenchy lipsticks. I own several of the Le Rouge lipsticks as they are one of my absolute favourites. They released a liquid version of this amazing formula that is housed in the same gorgeous leather case. At the media launch in Vancouver, received a PR sample of this lipstick in #412 Grenat Alpaga, which is a deep garnet red. I later went back a few days later and purchased the shade #101 Nude Cachemire, which is a gorgeous my-lips-but-better nude pink.

The formula of this is great – good coverage but still lightweight, and dries down to a powdery matte. It’s not drying at all, compared to other liquid lipsticks, and feels very comfortable on the lips. For a liquid lipstick, the applicator is great because the product twists up, but you can actually wipe clean the applicator so that it doesn’t get gunky. Overall recommend!

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury and Givenchy at Holt Renfrew. L’Occitane products are available at their retail stores or online.

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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Top 10 splurge-worthy luxury products, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Vintner’s Daughter, Charlotte Tilbury, and more

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

On this blog, I feature a ton of beauty products all the time. A lot of them are luxury products, some of them are worth buying, others not so much. I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the luxury products truly worth picking up, and also give you guys a quick guide as to what to invest your money in to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation* (C$295 for 30mL) – Starting this list with a bang is my all-time favourite luxury foundation. I’ve talked about this a ton on the blog, and you can see my original in-depth review here. This is what I use when I need a guaranteed good skin day and night. It lasts all day and into the evening, and wears beautifully on the skin. It is expensive, and the price has actually gone up since the last time I reviewed it. Your foundation covers your face for usually 12+ hours a day, you really want something that will not just cover up your skin, but also treat it at the same time. If $300 is just way too much for you, I also love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation. It doesn’t have quite the level of skincare benefits in it, but it also gives me a flawless complexion that I can count on.
  2. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls* (C$76) – I love these and I’ve talked about them extensively on the blog as well (one review here). They are the perfect finishing powder to give you a blurred, glow from within look. They are truly the real life Instagram filter. I love them so much that I own four jars of the Pearls from the different releases, as well as two variations of the pressed version (the first few I purchased myself so I’m not just saying that because I received some as PR samples!). If you have the extra budget, the Meteorites Voyage Compact is the ultimate luxury version, but will set you back C$200.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (C$80) – My favourite bronzing, sculpting, and highlighting compact, reviewed here. Actually, my favourite highlighter of all time. Mine actually cracked recently and the highlight is now missing a big corner of it, so I can’t travel with it. I’m so devastated that I might actually go pick up a brand new one just so I can take it around with me.
  4. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* (C$240 for 30mL) – The ultimate in face oils, this is the best of the best. I originally reviewed it here, so you can hear my backstory about how I started using this. I love this for when I have tired, stressed, dry, or angry skin that just won’t cooperate. It has amazing active ingredients in it, and is so nourishing. It feels amazing on the skin, both during application and afterwards, and then the morning after. It also smells incredible. I use this whenever I need that extra oomph!Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary reviewLa Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation review
  5. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL) – Another favourite face oil / balm is this blue cult favourite. I’ve talked about May’s products repeatedly on the blog, and I can’t rave about it enough with my friends. I love using this when my skin is feeling congested, as it has amazing healing and soothing properties. Compared to Vintner’s Daughter ABS, it’s lighter and more soothing, less nourishing. Both are moisturizing, but I like them for different purposes. I love using this to de-stress, and the scent alone calms me. Yes you need both, yes both are simply amazing.
  6. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil* (C$430 for 30mL) – The last oil on this list, this relies on high tech and science, rather than natural botanicals. Different than the other two, I love this one for its versatility. It is a very lightweight oil that dries down almost immediately, with no residue or leftover greasy feeling. It’s fantastic for mixing in with your foundation or moisturizer, or used on its own. It also smells really fresh, and I love that for my mornings when I want something lighter. I mostly use this in the morning, compared to the other two that I use exclusively at night.
  7. Diptyque Room Spray (C$89 for 150mL) – I used to love burning candles, until I got my princess Noodles the Siamese cat, and then I got really paranoid about candles because she might hurt herself (or burn our home down if she accidentally knocks one over). I fell in love with Diptyque Room Spray on my trip to New York. The one I picked up was Baies (berries, which is scented with rose and blackcurrant), and it smells so good. One spritz is all you need for a medium sized room and it lasts a really long time. The bottle is pricey but we’ve used it every night since we’ve been back from New York and we’ve barely made a dent. I plan on picking up Figuier next; that was boyfriend’s preferred scent when we went to try it out, but I really loved Baies and have been wanting a Baies candle for a long time, so I had to get it. Well now I have an excuse to pick up Figuier too!
  8. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$104 for 125mL) – The only cleanser on this list because I don’t generally believe in splurging in cleansers, but this one is SO GOOD. It’s a physical scrub and enzyme-based cleanser in one, and it’s pretty much the only physical scrub I use. I actually have the 50mL one because I couldn’t bear to spend over $100 on a cleanser, and I’ve been using it sparingly. I really love it, and you can also layer it with the Resurfacing Mask for a deeper cleanse.
  9. T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer (C$320) – I’ve never talked about this on my blog, but I have a T3 Dryer that I purchased from Sephora in 2012, and it’s still my favourite hair tool. I’ve used other blow dryers after that but I always still go back to this one. It’s lightweight, relatively quiet, hot, and dries my hair in record time. I have the older, original model, the current one is the Featherweight 2i, so I don’t know how this one performs, but I really love the original. With a good hair dryer, you save yourself a lot of time every time you wash your hair.
  10. Laura Mercier Body Souffle (C$72 for 355mL) – It’s a pain for me to say this because for a body cream, it is SO exorbitantly expensive. It is so good though, which is why I have to put it on this list. I purchased a set of six minis during the holidays, which came with six different “flavours” of the famous LM Body Souffle. I really wish I didn’t, but I fell in love so quickly that I had to buy the full size. Thankfully I did have the $20 VIB gift voucher from Sephora so I paid “only” $52 for this. I love this stuff because it’s so moisturizing, but it absorbs really quickly without feeling sticky. I have perpetually dry skin and this body moisturizer lasts until I wash it off, leaving my skin feel silky and hydrated, and also prevents itching. I compared it with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream that a lot of people are obsessing over, but I actually prefer this one. The Bum Bum cream leaves weird residue on my skin that never fully absorbs, whereas this one will absorb fully. Both smell AMAZING, but the Bum Bum cream scent will pretty much never dissipate, whereas this dissipates after an hour or so (which is my preference).

In terms of products I generally don’t prefer to spend too much money on, those are usually products that get washed off, such as cleansers or body washes. I review some luxury cleansers but only a select few will get the thumbs up from me, and usually because it does more than just cleanse. I generally use pretty inexpensive body products; I will buy LUSH shower gel but that’s pretty much it.

Facial mists are the other thing that I don’t spend too much money on, there are a select few that I think are worth the price (such May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to purchase it. You can get pretty inexpensive facial mists that do the same thing, and I’d rather spend my money on something more potent like serums or moisturizers. I was recently gifted a tube of Marvis toothpaste. They are $12 for a small-ish size tube here. While it’s a nice splurge once in a while, I don’t think it’s a total necessity, and in my personal opinion, I’d rather buy cheap toothpaste, then pool the savings together over a year and buy myself a nice serum, you know?

What are some luxury splurges you love?

Products that were provided by PR are denoted with *, others were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Sneak peek – quick review and swatches – Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

I was super lucky to get one of these not-yet-released Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks in my Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall media preview gift bag. This line of 10 liquid lipsticks is slated to launch on August 10 in the UK, so hopefully we’ll see them soon on this side of the pond as well. Pricing information is not yet known for Canada, but if it’s like all of her other lipstick products, it should be around C$39.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips features:

  • Cut-out doe foot applicator which is designed to mimic the curvature of the lips to create an ultimate volume boost
  • Sea Lavender SC, an anti-ageing ingredient that boosts collagen (more plump lips!)
  • Hyaluronic acid to firm and plump, also soothes and comforts

The doe foot applicator is very well designed in that one “scoop” is more than enough to cover the entire lip. I even had to blot because I found that it provided a bit too much product.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

The shade I have is Charlotte Darling, which is a peachy nude brown. Charlotte does an incredible nude lip, and this one is no different. At first when I put it on, it looked SO orangey-brown, and it also felt way too drying, settling a bit into lines. After a few minutes, it really warms up beautifully on the skin and then it becomes a really nice peachy colour that’s very wearable and didn’t look brown at all. Despite it being a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry down to be drying, and it is also very comfortable and weightless to wear. It has a moussey texture that kind of reminds me of the Jeffree Star liquid lips, but even more weightless. As with all matte liquid lipsticks, though, this doesn’t layer well on top of itself so I wouldn’t suggest this for touchups throughout the day.

You can sign up for advanced notice and sneak peeks of Charlotte’s new upcoming Hollywood collection, which includes this liquid lip.

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury products at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver, located at 737 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1E4.

The swatch

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Charlotte Darling review and swatches

Product received as part of a gift bag from a media event; all opinions are my own.

Transform your rocker chic look from day to night with Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth’s Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

As you all know my crazy obsession with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, today I’m really excited to share with you the newest Charlotte Tilbury look that I’ve had the pleasure of testing – The Rock Chick! In addition to The Rock Chick, I also enjoy using The Vintage Vamp, The Sophisticate, The Bombshell, and my absolute favourite, The Dolce Vita.

The Rock Chick Luxury Palette (C$66) is coordinated like any other of Charlotte’s palettes to create a desk to dusk, to disco look – from the top left corner in a clockwise direction we have the prime, enhance, smoke, and pop shades, with the top two shades being the desk shades (most daytime appropriate), right two shades being the dusk shades (for after work drinks or events), and adding the bottom two to create the disco look (for those nights out).

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

The Rock Chick is one of Charlotte’s only cool-tone leaning palettes. It contains a shimmery champagne (prime), a shimmery taupe (enhance), a matte grey (smoke) and a glittery silver taupe (pop). The texture of each shade is as amazing as every other Charlotte palette I’ve used – it’s smooth, almost creamy, and extremely pigmented with very good adhesion and staying power. This palette creates an amazing smokey eye that looks great on all skin tones. I don’t generally use glittery shades, but the pop shade in this one really ties the entire look together. The glitter does not migrate, and instead helps to create a very cohesive, funky chic look. I never use primers with Charlotte’s eyeshadows (I have to with other shadows because my lids are oily) and I always get a full day’s wear out of them with just minimal creasing and fading. They’re the one eyeshadow palette that I reach for time and time again.

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

During the day, pair your Rock Chick look with the ultra bright fuchsia Hot Lips lipstick in Bosworth’s Beauty (C$38). This is the most cool-toned lipstick in my collection, and honestly a bit too cool-toned for me. It is fiercely bright, and will definitely create a statement. In addition to it being so bright and cool-toned for my skintone, I actually found the formula to be a bit streaky and settle into lip lines. Sadly this one is a pass, unless you have very pale or cool-toned skin. I would prefer something more neutral like KISSING Lipstick in Bitch Perfect or Penelope Pink, or Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillowtalk.

At night, pick up a more vampy lipstick suck as KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson (C$38). Charlotte’s KISSING Lipstick is one of my all time favourite lipstick formulas – I think I own like 6 of the 10. I love that it applies easily, is lightly hydrating, and is very lightweight on the lips. Night Crimson is a beautiful vampy red that can be worn sheerly like a vampy stain, or with full on coverage.

I highly recommend you check out The Rock Chick palette, or any one of Charlotte’s Luxury palettes. The KISSING Lipstick is also a winner. If you need more Charlotte Tilbury shopping ideas, check out my shopping guide here.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Luxury Palette, Hot Lips in Bosworth's Beauty, and KISSING Lipstick in Night Crimson review and swatches

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Ultimate shopping guide to Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury shopping guide

In the last year or so, my Charlotte Tilbury collection has gone from zero to something like 30+ products. After much trial and error, here are my top 5 must-buy products, as well as top 5 products that were duds for me.

Must buys

  1. Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in the Dolce Vita – My favourite Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette, and super wearable for all skin tones. The colours are so wearable for both day and night looks; it doesn’t require a primer to show up with full pigmentation; and it stays put ALL DAY without fading, creasing, or smudging, which is completely unheard of for an eyeshadow palette on me without primer. I’ve worn this for 10+ hours straight with no touch-ups and no fading, and the eyeshadow looked as good as when I just applied it. You need this!
  2. Filmstar Bronze and Glow – If you have a limited budget (okay I’m using a very liberal definition of limited), then you need to buy the Filmstar Bronze and Glow as the only Charlotte Tilbury product. The bronzer gives you the most incredible sun kissed look, while also doubling as a natural sculpt and contour. The highlight is strong and gives you a very beautfiul glow. The powder is ultra refined
  3. Cheek to Chic Blusher in Sex on Fire – My favourite all-rounder blush from Charlotte Tilbury. It gives me a gorgeous rosy glow that’s great for all year round. Charlotte Tilbury blushes are very finely milled and super long lasting, which is great for those hot summer months when makeup tends to melt off your face.
  4. Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder – You NEED to feel this the next time you’re at a Charlotte Tilbury counter because it is so finely milled it’s almost creamy. This is the powder that I can pile on without it ever looking cakey or heavy, and even after multiple layers, it still looks really natural, light, and gives you a very smoothed over look. This is the ultimate low maintenance powder, it’s also the only powder I’ve hit pan on.
  5. Magic Cream + Wonder Glow + Light Wonder Foundation – Okay this is kinda cheating since there are three products here, but I have a legitimate reason for this. I tried the Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, and Light Wonder foundation separately on their own, and they are just meh. I found that the Magic Cream was too heavy, Wonder Glow glowy but not special, and Light Wonder Foundation just not offering enough coverage. However when used together, oh my goodness I get the most incredibly soft focused, glowy skin with medium coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

Honourary mentions: Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy, what I’ve been wearing a lot this summer; K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, my perfect pink nude without washing out my features; Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk, a pretty pale pink lip liner that is creamy and easy to use.

Skips

Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

  1. Goddess Skin Clay Mask – I wanted to love this mask so much, it was one of the first Charlotte Tilbury products I’ve ever purchased. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for my skin, and it was expensive ($80…). I will still use it because I can’t bear to throw it away (because expensive…), but it’s just not worth the money or the time. I’d rather spend a few extra bucks to get the Ila Skin Face Mask for Revitalizing Skin, which is AMAZING and completely rejuvenates my skin.
  2. Magic Eye Rescue – It gave me milia, that’s all.
  3. Colour Chameleon – I LOVE this eyeshadow stick, it is long wearing, easy to blend, comes in gorgeous colours, and makes my eyes pop. However I’ve had mine for just over a year, with the cap on, and it has already dries to oblivion and now is unusable. I like my eyeshadow crayons to be convenient for on the go, and I can’t bring this out with me because the cap just doesn’t like to stay on, which aggravates the whole drying out thing. For something that is $32, this is just not acceptable, so despite how awesome it is, it’s just not practical or wallet-friendly.
  4. Feline Flick Pen – I generally prefer a brush applicator over a foam one, so the Feline Flick Pen lost points there. It also smudges on me, which is a big no-no.
  5. Full Fat Lashes – I know that this is a cult favourite of many people, I just couldn’t to get it to work on me. My lashes are naturally stick straight and also very short, so I need something that is lengthening, volumizing, and also holds a mean curl. This is none of them. It also smudges a bit on my lower lash line. I tried using this so many times, I just couldn’t find myself loving it, which sucks because so many people rave about it.

Honorary mentions: Classic Eye Pencil in Audrey, smudges on me in the first few hours; Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, Light Wonder Foundation separately, I just get much better results with other day creams, primers, and foundations separately, but together it’s like they have some magic synergy power.

What are your Charlotte Tilbury favourites? What are your Charlotte Tilbury duds?

Sultry summer date night makeup with Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury makeup looks in a bag are one of the most versatile and convenient makeup kits you will find on the market. Today I have the Dolce Vita Look to share with you, which is inspired by glamourous red carpet stars such as Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, and Monica Bellucci. The look focuses on sultry bronzes paired with a seductive, juicy pink lip. The Dolce Vita look is also Charlotte’s most popular look, being transformative on every skin colouring. Previously, I’ve also showed you my interpretation of the Bombshell Look, as well as reviewed the Sophisticate Look and the Vintage Vamp palette.

Spoiler alert, I wasn’t expecting to love the Dolce Vita look so much, especially the palette, but it has quickly grown to overtake the Vintage Vamp palette as my all time favourite Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette.

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

The Dolce Vita Look kit includes:

  • LUXURY PALETTE – The Dolce Vita (Eyeshadow)
  • THE FELINE FLICK – Panther (Eye Liner)
  • FULL FAT LASHES – Glossy Black (Mascara)
  • CHEEK TO CHIC – Ecstasy (Blusher)
  • LIP CHEAT – Pillowtalk (Lip Liner)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G – Penelope Pink (Lipstick)
  • LIP LUSTRE – Seduction (Lip Gloss)

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita palette review and swatches

The Dolce Vita palette contains a shimmery champagne prime shade, a shimmer warm copper enhance shade, a shimmery neutral dark taupe smoke shade, and a warm gold glitter pop shade. I’m a fan of Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes and I wish she would create more in other shade variations. The texture and pigmentation are just beautiful, and the quality is very consistent across all palettes, including this one.

My reaction when I dipped my finger in each of the pans was literally “ahhh.” It’s just so soft, smooth and pigmented. The champagne shade makes a gorgeous all over base and highlighter for the inner corner and brow bone. The warm copper is slightly warmer than what I’m usually used to, almost like a rusty orange red, but it’s simply beautiful and makes a very nice core shade. My favourite is the dark taupe shade, which is a very nice metallic that’s ultra smooth and works very well on its own as well. The warm gold glitter elevates the entire eye look, making it look luxurious and glam. I can easily see why this palette is a fan favourite, as well as one of Charlotte’s own favourite looks.

The reason why this has quickly become my absolute favourite Charlotte Tilbury palette is that the colours are so wearable for both a day and night look; it doesn’t require a primer to show up with full pigmentation; and it stays put ALL DAY without fading, creasing, or smudging, which is completely unheard of for an eyeshadow palette on me without primer. I’ve worn this for 10+ hours straight with no touch-ups and no fading, and the eyeshadow looked as good as when I just applied it.

I’m not going to lie, the colours are pretty dupeable, but the texture, finish, and overall wear time are definitely not, so you absolutely need to add this to your eyeshadow collection!

Charlotte Tilbury blush in Ecstasy review and swatches

The Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy is a shimmery coral peachy pink blusher. Charlotte Tilbury blushers are some of my absolute favourites – they are ultra finely milled, very pigmented, and just create a beautiful warm glow on the skin. I also have the blush in Sex on Fire (reviewed here) and I just can’t stop wearing them. Ecstasy is the perfect summer blush because it just drapes my skin in warmth. While the shade is relatively dupable, the high quality in the powder texture makes up for that. It is super pigmented though, so just be careful when you dip your brush in this.

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look kit review and swatches

Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick is also one of my favourite formulas. I own five of her lipsticks in this formula, So Marilyn, Bitch Perfect, Hepburn Honey, Kiss Chase, and now Penelope Pink. The formula is ultra creamy, very pigmented, hydrating, and generally very comfortable to wear. Penelope Pink is a pink creamy nude that’s a few shades lighter than Bitch Perfect (my favourite of the bunch). I think this colour is a bit too nude for me, so I don’t see it getting too much wear, especially because I am going through a bright lip phase right now, but it’s a great nude for those with very fair or light skin. Lip Lustre lip gloss in Seduction is a pale milky nude, which works very well with Penelope Pink.

Full Fat Lashes and The Feline Flick liner were previously reviewed, so please take a look at my review on the Bombshell look for more info (spoiler alert: not a fan of these two products). I’ve also previously reviewed the Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillowtalk in my review on the Sophisticate look, which is one of my favourite products in these kits.

Of the products in this kit, my must have is definitely the Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette, followed by the Cheek to Chic blush in Ecstasy.

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury products online at CharlotteTilbury.com, HoltRenfrew.com, as well as Holt Renfrew in stores.

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in the Dolce Vita (these are one swipe wonders!!!)

Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita palette review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy

Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Ecstasy review and swatches

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick in Penelope Pink and Lip Lustre in Seduction

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink review and swatches

The look

Wearing the Dolce Vita palette on eyes, Cheek to Chic blusher in Ecstasy on cheeks, KISSING Lipstick in Penelope Pink on lips, as well as Filmstar Bronze and Glow to contour and highlight.
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look
Charlotte Tilbury the Dolce Vita Look

Celebrating Chinese New Year’s reds and golds with Charlotte Tilbury, La Prairie and Guerlain

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

It’s no secret that every since the brand has launched in Canada, I’ve been completely and utterly obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury. Today is Chinese New Year, and I’m sharing with you my Chinese New Year look featuring reds and golds from Charlotte Tilbury, accompanied by some of my favourite gold-based products from La Prairie and Guerlain. Valentine’s Day is also nearing, and this look with the soft eyes and lip will also make a great romantic look for a night out with your partner.

P.S. Happy Lunar New Year to everyone who celebrates!

On face:

  • La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold to prep skin (review to come)
  • Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate to prime skin
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation to cover (review to come)

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch

On eyes:

On cheeks:

On lips:

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

The Vintage Vamp palette is the star of my look; it is a beautiful palette containing four coordinating shades to create mesmerizing eyes. The shades are:

  • Prime shade: a shimmery metallic pink that feels ultra creamy and smooth
  • Enhance shade: a shimmery light burgundy that’s very smooth and pigmented
  • Smoke shade: a metallic dark burgundy that’s also beautifully smooth and pigmented
  • Pop shade: a glittery gold that has the hardest texture out of all of these. It has barely any base colour, and mostly is just chunky glitter

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

I love Charlotte Tilbury’s coordinating eye palettes because they are very easy to use with foolproof instructions, as well as excellent quality in terms of texture and pigmentation. I can also see why the Vintage Vamp palette is one of Charlotte’s more popular palettes. The colours are just absolutely beautiful together, with the ability to create a very soft and romantic look or an intense rock-and-roll look, depending on your mood of the day. Since I received this, it has quickly become one of my favourite eye palettes to use.

The light pink Prime shade is absolutely beautiful, applies smoothly (almost creamy) and adheres very well. There was a little bit of powder fallout with the two darker Enhance and Smoke shades, but it cleaned up easy. The only colour I wasn’t super fond of was the Pop shade of this palette because it felt a lot drier and was chunky compared to the other shades, but even then it adhered very well to the middle of my eyelid. For the Chinese New Year look I put together, this pop of gold glitter worked really well with the rest of the look.

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch
charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette review and swatch

How would you recreate your own red and gold look?

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

One of my most anticipated products in the Charlotte Tilbury range was this Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It’s a clay-based mask that also contains sweet almond oil (4th ingredient) to hydrate the skin.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from CharlotteTilbury.com): Forget everything you think you know about clay masks. My fabulous new formula will leave you moisturized, dewy and glowing whilst also tightening your pores and clearing imperfections. This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.

Working with the world’s leading laboratories, I took this centuries-old remedy and added the latest anti-age breakthrough ingredients, such as the BioNymph Peptide Complex to create a glow-giving formula your complexion will drink in. Try it using my patented Tilbury Tap Pro-Collagen facial massage for boosted results. Celebrity facialists have been sharing the formula with their clients to use in between treatments leading up to a red carpet appearance. Now everyone can have flawless, glowing Goddess Skin – discover the rebirth of your skin, the results are breathtaking.

Price: C$80 for 75mL

Texture/Scent: Light creamy clay texture with a very strong jasmine scent

How to use: Apply this mask all over the skin after cleansing, wait ten minutes, and off using warm water or a muslin cloth.

The good: The first thing I noticed about the Goddess Skin Clay Mask was how incredibly amazing it smelled. The strong jasmine scent was extremely relaxing and felt super luxurious. As a clay mask, I didn’t feel like it dried out my skin at all, rather the sweet almond oil kept my skin feeling soft and supple, and also prevented the clay from drying out too much. After washing this off, my skin looked smoother, albeit a tiny bit dry from the clay but not too dry, and provided a good surface for moisturizer and makeup application.

  • Not drying
  • Incredible jasmine scent
  • Skin looked smoother after application

The bad: I didn’t notice any long term effects from the mask at all. My skin looked good after each application – sadly not amazing, just relatively good, but it basically stayed like that and didn’t get any better with multiple uses. I tried to use this twice a week where possible, and even after a few weeks, my skin didn’t improve in texture by much. The packaging, while very pretty, feels almost cheap to me, especially for a $80 luxury product.

  • Didn’t notice long term effects or skin improvement over time
  • Packaging was pretty but felt cheap

Overall: Not sure if I just hyped it up a lot for myself, but I found this mask overall to be a disappointment. I feel like a lot of Charlotte’s products, especially her skincare, are good for instant brightening, or instant perfecting, but in the long run they don’t improve the situation of the skin. I wasn’t too surprised by this because her products were developed to use by her on celebrities and models for red carpet and fashion week where they don’t have weeks and weeks to prep, and are more in need of instant fixes. These products are definitely more instant fixes than long term improvements, which could be good and bad, depending on what you’re looking for. One thing is for sure though, I will definitely be using this (with Charlotte’s Magic Cream) before applying makeup for a special event or a night out. I might just save it for the special occasions and not use it regularly though.

Product: 14/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 20/30 | C
Repurchase? No

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask review

A proclamation of love for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Charlotte Tilbury‘s launch in Canada has created a whole new list of products that I really want, and that are now finally accessible. On the top of that list is Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which I quickly acquired on the first day of their e-commerce launch. This purchasing decision was quickly influenced by a free shipping promotion, as well as a free gift with purchase (mini Magic Cream) for the first 150 customers.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Even though it’s touted as a bronzer and highlighter, I actually use it as a contour and highlighter (like most people). The sculpt (i.e. bronzer) colour is a beautiful warm medium brown with a smooth, satin finish. It’s not too orange, and it’s not too grey; it’s just perfect to use as a contour on my Asian skintone. I prefer using a neutral to warm contour because I find the cooler contours almost too editorial-like, which is great for when you want that big contrast in photos, but might look a bit deathly in person. Even though most people say ideally you want a matte contour, but the satin finish of the sculpt shade still works beautifully on the skin to create that subtle contour, without sacrificing the skin’s natural luminosity, especially in the summertime when you want that natural-looking glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

The highlighter shade is a shimmery warm champagne that doesn’t have noticeable shimmer or glitter particles on the cheeks, just a beautiful warm glow that looks incredible all year round, especially in the summer. The highlight also looks great in photos, helping to blur out any imperfections and create a more flawless look.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

The texture of Filmstar Bronze & Glow is smooth, very finely milled, and just pigmented enough so that you can control where you apply the colour, but not too pigmented in that you will easily overdo it. I apply this with a small tapered face brush (currently loving the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush), which will help deposit the colour precisely where I want it, and also blend it out so that it looks natural on my face.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

In summary, you need this because:

  • Super natural looking contour
  • Contour colour is great on Asian skintones that’s a bit warmer, but not orange (and not too cool either).
  • Amazing glow that just looks like your skin is lit from within
  • Highlight colour blends in really nicely with the skin, with no visible shimmer particles

The swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review swatches

The look

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to contour and highlight, with Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop Blush in Sex on Fire on cheeks. On eyes, wearing Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze on lids and Full Fat Lashes Mascara on lashes, and Paul & Joe Liquid Liner to line.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow review review

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation