Summer wedding makeup tips to keep your makeup from lasting longer in the heat, featuring For Beloved One, La Prairie, Tatcha, and Charlotte Tilbury

You know you’re in your late 20s when your summers are spent attending various weddings. Thankfully I’m not one with too many close friends, so I don’t have THAT many to go to, and my boyfriend’s friends also aren’t really at the marrying stage yet, so I haven’t been entirely crushed my wedding season yet. I do enjoy the few weddings a year that I go to though.

My personal philosophy for doing any kind of makeup is that you still want to look like you – this is especially true for wedding photos (either yours or someone else’s) because you don’t want to look like someone else. Looking back at these photos, you want to be able to recognize you!

In general, don’t use any new products a month before the wedding, or any big event, in case your skin reacts poorly to it. As a beauty blogger, this was harder than ever since I am constantly testing out new products, but I did my best!

To prep my skin, a few days before the wedding I like to exfoliate my skin, then apply a hydrating mask the night before. The reason I exfoliate 2-3 days before the wedding is that exfoliation causes skin sensitivity, and oftentimes summer weddings are outdoors so I don’t want to make it easier for my skin to get hyperpigmentation from sun exposure. I exfoliated my skin with Miracle 10 Enzyme Face Scrub, an exfoliator that combines both physical and chemical exfoliation. It’s quite gentle but gets the job done. I used the For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask, which is extremely hydrating to help keep my skin looking supple and ready for a long day of makeup. I then follow up with my normal routine at night, and go to sleep.

The morning of the wedding, I like to make sure that, again, my skin is properly hydrating. I have dehydrated skin, so any dryness will show through my foundation and create a cakey look, which is what I want to avoid. I will always use a hydrating serum, and then to create an extra bit of glow, I use my La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold. Sun protection is important, particularly if the ceremony is going to be outdoors, but you also want to avoid having that awful white cast in flash photography. Choose a sunscreen that doesn’t use titanium dioxide as its key ingredient – I like the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35. This sunscreen has high enough SPF protection to protect you even in the harshest of sunlight, but it’s still lightweight, making it ideal for a hot day. Bonus, it also doubles as a makeup primer because of its pore smoothing properties.

In terms of foundation, I try to go for something that is lightweight, but still has medium to full coverage. I’m not generally a fan of concealer because I don’t want that full mask coverage effect, but I use some in my under eye area to brighten any dark circles. I’ve been using the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation, which is exactly what I like in a convenient package. The top cover flips up to reveal a high coverage brightening concealer, and the bottom is a medium to full coverage foundation that is super light but still offers that nice coverage. The shade I use is Warm Linen and it’s a good match for my light medium skin tone. The La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is the most expensive foundation I’ve ever used, and I believe it is also marketed as being the most expensive foundation on the market. Despite it being a makeup product, it contains heavy doses of La Prairie’s signature Cellular Complex, as well as the famous Caviar Extracts, so it doubles as a skincare product. As foundation covers your entire face for often longer than 12 hours a day, you want to make sure that you’re giving your skin only the best ingredients.

This foundation sets down to a satin finish, so I like to set it with some powder. I’ve been using my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder a lot, and it’s also the first powder I ever hit pan on. The finely milled powder is perfect for setting foundation without leaving any cakeyness behind. I will definitely repurchase this.

In terms of my eyes, I’ve been reaching for my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette a lot. It’s easy to apply, blends out nicely, wears for a long time, and also is crease-proof and fade-proof throughout the day. I also love using my Amaterasu Liquid Liner for a crisp, kitten flick, and then Lancome Grandiose Mascara Extreme for fluttery lashes.

What are your tips for keeping your wedding face looking fresh throughout the day?

The ultimate skin indulgence – La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold review

As a skincare fanatic, I’m always in the market to try out new skincare products. Most of the skincare products that I use and review average around $100, which is already pretty luxurious, but La Prairie blew my median out of the water with their new launch, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold.

New for February 2016, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold (C$670 for 40mL) claims to improve skin quality and texture from within; helps stimulate skin’s regenerative capacity and rejuvenates skin’s appearance; and softens the look of dark spots and enlarged pores. It contains real gold and diamond powder, as well as La Prairie’s signature and patented ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3), ginger root extract, field horsetail extract, nicotiana sylvestris leaf cell culture, amino acids arganine and lysine, lotus extract, garden cress sprout extract, raspberry fruit extract, and a whole list of other plant extracts. These ingredients help to improve skin quality and increase radiance, reduces pigmentation of age spots, provide anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and energizing benefits, as well as decrease irritation. You use this as the last step to your moisturizing regime, before sunscreen, and it can also be used in conjunction with other moisturizers or facial oils.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold review

Now you’re probably thinking, for $670 it’d better be absolutely amazing. Well if you are a person who shops based on value then you can turn away now because La Prairie is a high end, luxury brand which produces luxury products for luxury prices. If your $15 or $50 or $100 cream works for you then there’s nothing I can say that will convince you to switch to La Prairie.

My personal experience with this moisturizer has been very positive. My initial impression is that the light gel-creme fluid texture is ultra lightweight and smells like the signature La Prairie powdery floral scent. The fluid contains suspended pearly and gold shimmer that mixes together and mostly It absorbs quickly, leaving a smooth, mattified finish. Despite being such a light fluid, my skin feels very comfortable and balanced. When used in the evenings, I wake up with my skin looking and feeling normal with no additional shine or random dry spots. When used during the day, the hydrating yet matte finish makes for a great base for foundation. My skin feels ultra smooth and my foundation also finished more matte than usual. I prefer using this during the day over using it at night because then I can take advantage of that great glow this moisturizer gives me.

Now for the best part, i.e., what makes this moisturizer magical. A few minutes after I applied this fluid, I looked into the mirror and was surprised by my own reflection because my skin looked absolutely radiant. The gold from the fluid warmed up my skin and made it glow from within. It was a very natural-looking glow that isn’t cosmetic at all.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold review

If I had to point out any downsides, it’d be that if I was having a particularly dry day, this product wouldn’t be enough to keep my skin moisturized. When this happens though, I mix in a few drops of facial oil, such as my La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (quick review below), and it gives this fluid a boost of moisturizing properties without sacrificing the radiance effect. In addition, the second ingredient on the list after water is dimethicone, which is a silicone. Over the years, I’ve learned to be okay with silicones in my skincare products, but with such a high end product, I would have preferred to see less fillers.

In conclusion, would I recommend? Yes and no. If you are looking for a luxury skincare product that’s lightweight with skin perfecting properties, and you have the budget to shell out, then yes I do like this product. The ideal skin type to use this product without adding anything is normal, combination to oily, but if you have dry or dehydrated skin, then you may want to skip. Or you know, you don’t want to spend $700 on a single product.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold review

Because the products work so well together, I also wanted to do a quick review of the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (C$385 for 30mL). I received a 5mL deluxe sample of this oil, which is actually perfect for me because I only use a few drop per application. The first time I used this oil was in conjunction with the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream (which I thought was just meh on its own), and I woke up with incredibly soft, supple, and radiant skin. I was shocked at how good my skin looked with just a single drop of this oil.  The Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil contains sweet almond oil as the main carrier oil, as well as sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil. The 11 ingredients that follow after the carrier oils are all essential extracts with no fillers.

The oil is ultra refined, and despite its oil-nature, very lightweight and dries down extremely quickly with no greasy residue. This was the facial oil that made me realize I can indeed use facial oils on my face and it won’t become a giant greaseball! I’ve tried this out with a few La Prairie moisturizers and it works wonderfully with each of them. I’ve also used this with my non-La Prairie moisturizer and it also provides a boost of moisture, although I don’t feel like my skin looks as good as when I do pair it with a La Prairie moisturizer. This is a great supplementary skincare product when you want to maximize the efficacy of your other products. As a facial oil, you can use this on its own or with another product, and it’s a great introductory product into the world of La Prairie because the price is not as high as other La Prairie products but you still get that luxury experience.

Ingredients of the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Soldanella Alpina Extract, Saxifraga Oppositifolia Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture, Ubiquinone, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Alchemilla Alpina Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Ethyl Ester, C10-18 Triglycerides, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Tocopheryl Triglyceride, Fragrance (Parfum), Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol.

Valentine’s Day look featuring Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette, Face Contour and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch

Burberry Beauty is one of my favourite office-appropriate makeup brands with reliable products, so when I was looking to create a romantic look for our Valentine’s evening out, I naturally turned to Burberry.

On face:

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
On eyes:

Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look
Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look

On cheeks:

On lips:

Burberry Valentine's Day makeup look

The star product of this look is indisputably the Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in No. 02 Nude Gold (C$72). This neutral-toned gold highlighter is an absolute beauty – imprinted with a lace embroidery design and housed in a sleek, magnetic metallic case, this highlighter is a definite must-have for any highlighter or Burberry fan. I had to really convince myself to dip my finger in this because otherwise it would have gone in my makeup archives where I store all the products that I only look at and not touch. I’m very happy that I did try this out because this is one of the smoothest, most buttery, and most pigmented highlighters I’ve ever used. It reminds me of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in terms of how soft this feels and how pigmented it looks, but it’s way less powdery with almost zero powder flyaway. Despite its softness, the lace print is nicely pressed into the powder and will last at least a few uses with a fluffy brush.

Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch
Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Palette in Nude Gold review and swatch

The Face Contour Pen in Medium No. 01 (C$39.00) and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance No. 01 (C$39.00) are complementary contour and highlight sticks housed in slim, twist-up pens. They remind me of the Clinique Chubby Stick Contours, but the Burberry pens are much slimmer in shape and can easily create a more precise contour, especially around the nose area. The texture of the Contour Pen is creamy without being slippery. It’s able to draw a precise contour line, but still blend out effortlessly to avoid the harsh lines. The colour is a nice neutral-brown that works great to create a daily wearable contour. While grey-toned contours are very popular as well, I find that when contours become too cool-toned, they tend to look too ashy and editorial, while neutral-toned contours work very well on my skin on a day-to-day basis. The Face Contour pen is also available in Dark No. 02 (C$39.00) for darker-skinned ladied, but I haven’t tried it.

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

I didn’t use the Fresh Glow Luminous Pen in this look, but I swatched it below with the Contour Pen for your reference. For a highlighter pen, this is not as frosty, and is more of a day-time appropriate highlighter. This pen is drier than the Contour Pen, and dries down to more of a glow. If you want something subtler, this highlight pen does a great job at giving you a dash of highlight to contrast with your contour.

Burberry Face Contour Pen in Medium and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance review and swatch

Lastly, I previously already reviewed the Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red, but I have to reiterate how much I love this red lipstick. It’s such a lightweight formula so your lips don’t look heavy at all. My boyfriend generally isn’t a fan of heavy makeup, so my compromise to him is a lighter lipstick formula so that it doesn’t look too overdone. I wore this as a stain during the day and the fresh colour was perfect for the look.

At night, I switched this out for Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood, which is a darkened mulberry with a matte finish. It vamped up the look just enough so that it was night-time appropriate, but not overly so that the boyfriend was uncomfortable with it. The Lip Velvet formula has a matte finish but felt super lightweight and comfortable on the lips. My lips were particularly dry yesterday, but I didn’t notice any creasing or colour migration into my dry lines. It also wore very well as it lasted through our entire dinner and movie. I swatched Oxblood below (one, two and three swipes).

Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch
Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch
Burberry Lip Velvet lipstick in Oxblood review and swatch

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?