I’ve really been into Charlotte’s beauty line at the moment and I can truly say everything I’ve purchased thus far has been a positive experience. I think she has done an amazing job with packaging, formula and branding. As much as I love the Hourglass Ambient powder in Dim Light I was looking for something a bit more mattifying. I went ahead and ordered the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Medium 2. I looks extremely light in the pan but doesn’t translate so pale onto my NC30 skin tone. I think the powder would suit all skin types because of its airy texture and it has hydrating properties (rose wax, almond oil) infused in it. I use the Wayne Goss #2 brush for a more precise application on areas of the face that tend to get shiny first. It isn’t chalky nor does it cling to dry patches, it literally has an airbrush finish!
I also went ahead and picked up one of her Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Very Victoria. It looks really dark in the tube but when swatched it’s a gorgeous brown pinky nude with a matte finish. Now I did notice it has some shimmer, it’s very subtle. The formula is matte and non-drying. The bullet of the lipstick itself has a squared tip which I found useful when applying on the lips.
I still have a few items from the line that are on my wish-list which by the looks of things I’ll be placing another order!
It’s still cold around these parts, almost as if spring is teasing us showing its face whenever it feels like doing so. I’ll tell you something though, I’d rather it pour rain and be in the 50’s than slushy snow. I’ve taken some time off from blogging the past few days because my personal life has been hectic! My nephews first birthday just passed, I’ve been working overtime at my “real” job, my son just finished his PSSA testing, the stomach virus took the house by storm, and to be honest it has left me tired as shit. I feel like I can’t catch up on sleep or my to-do lists which drive me nuts but then again its life, things could be worse. I don’t stress easily nor am I the type to complain about miniscule issues I have going on. I do feel like I owe it to you all to be honest because my life isn’t perfect and to some it may be portrayed that way. I will say I’m starting to feel much better and looking forward to my trip to NYC which is less than 3 weeks away!
Todays post is me trying to embrace the feminine side of myself but still keeping the masculinity aspect of my style intact. The top is from COS and the pencil skirt is from Zara, I really like the combination of both pieces together! I added tights underneath for some extra warmth although the hair on my legs should suffice (haven’t shaved them in two days).
A very lengthy “edit” indeed but splitting the video into two parts seemed a bit dragged out to me, this was just easier to wrap up in one session. I have 6 sections I go over in the video with 3 different products in each category to choose from. A lot of brands are starting to release new products/collections which I was able to preview and share my thoughts with you all. So make sure you have a snack and drink in hand, it’s going to be a chatty one!
I’ve gone overboard in the base/foundation department and currently have 3 that I’m extremely happy with! Dewy skin is my thing and all of these products deliver just that in their own way.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in Medium 6 - This looks, feels and screams healthy skin a tube. I love that it contains a bit more than your standard 1.0 oz bottle and the packaging is lightweight. I’d say this is a light to medium coverage foundation with a satin finish. It’s very luminous but in a way that the skin looks plump and fresh. I thought shade 6 would be too light for my NC30 skin-tone, somehow it blended into the skin and was a perfect match. Normal to dry skins would love this, if you are super oily you might want to try a sample and definatley set it with powder. I like to use a damp beauty blender or fingers to apply it.
Givenchy Teint Couture in 6 Elegant Gold - I didn’t research this before purchasing it but it was love at first application. I was testing the Dior Nude Air Foundation which was a total fail (settled into fine lines, sat on the skin, drying) so I exchanged it for this one and I’m so glad I did. This foundation has a semi-matte finish but again looks like skin. It can be medium to full coverage but the preference is up to you, less is more in my opinion. I think women make the mistake of using way too much foundation when it should be the opposite. Base should just even you out and then use a heavy duty concealer to cover up blemishes or hyper-pigmentation. The texture of this foundation is very creamy and easily blendable, I like to use a damp beauty blender to apply it.
Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream in 03 Dark - For those looking for something light, luminous and radiant this is your guy. This is perhaps the best BB cream formula I’ve ever tried hands down! This is one of those products that looks beautiful as it wears and blends with your natural face oils throughout the day. It contains SPF 20 which is great for the sunny days to come including rosehip tea, and lavender extracts. It does smell like the traditional Burberry Beauty product but later dissipates. This is easy to rub on everyday and it looks best when applied with fingers, the heat from the finger tips really helps with blending it in.
All great choices if you’re looking to try something new. Unfortunately the new gel-serum foundations do not work with my skin so I think its best if I just stick to what I know. . .
The Tom Ford Summer Soleil Collection for 2015 is absolutely beautiful. From creamy to soft textures it’s the right amount of everything to help achieve that bronzed goddess look this Summer.
Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60 each) - There are 4 eye duos ranging from neutral to bright. I have the shades Golden Peach (think of a peachy pink like M.A.C All That Glitters) and Naked Bronze (burnt rust brown like M.A.C Romp). Both have these high shine pressed glitter pigments above the creamy pot, I expect these to sell out immediately! The cream shadow is so pigmented you only need the tiniest amount and I advise to work in light thin layers if you want to build up color. They almost set instantly so I worked on one eye at a time blending it into the crease with a synthetic brush. I found that applying the pigment part with my finger tips worked best over the cream shadow. These are extremely gorgeous and my favorite pieces from the collection! *I’m wearing Naked Bronze on my eyes in the photo above
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand ($65) - Encased in this lush white compact is a pretty pink cream blush. When you look at it closely you can see shimmer particles but once on the cheeks it’s more of a healthy sheen. I can only describe as Nars Orgasm blush in cream form without the chunky glitter pieces. In the photo above I used a tiny amount but it can be built up to a higher pigmented finish. It blends like a dream without streaks or emphasizing pores. I have a feeling this will be on my cheeks 24/7 due to its glow-y effect. This and a tinted moisturizer would coincide perfectly. *I used a RT stippling brush for a natural looking application
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer ($50) - There are 4 lip colors in total, 2 of them being repromotes (Sweet Spot & Paradiso which are photographed above). I have one of the newer shades in Skinny Dip which is a frosty golden peach. The formula is creamy, hydrating and the bullet of the lipstick is squared off vs. the traditional TF lip colors. You can really build up the color with these or wear a sheer layer for a more natural look *I’m wearing the shade Sweet Spot with a dab of Skinny Dip in the center of the lips
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder (0.29oz $65 or 0.75oz $95) - TF have now downsized the massive compact bronzer to a smaller size which will be a bit more travel friendly. They will be a part of the permanent range in both shades (Terra & Gold Dust). I have the larger compact above in Terra which is the cooler of the two shades. I can definitely use this as a contour or bronzer with my skin tone. It looks very matte in the pan but doesn’t translate flat looking when on the skin.
The collection is available for pre-order now at both Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus sites. I’m extremely happy with the quality of the collection. I expected nothing less from Tom Ford and love how light everything feels on the skin, it’s very true to my taste in makeup.
I’ve finally gotten around to filming this video! I was holding off until I was happy with how I store everything you see above. Like I mentioned in the video keeping my stash condensed has been a huge change because I’m constantly testing new things and reviewing collections. If I’m not going to use it out it goes and this rule is what works for me. I love watching these videos for storage tips and solutions so I was pretty happy to post mine. I hope this was helpful to some of you and it’s my number one requested video so I live to serve lol!
Hourglass has launched their new ambient lighting bronzers in 2 shades, Luminous and Radiant Bronze Light. They’re created with photoluminescent technology which features optically transparent particles that transform the look of skin by manipulating and refracting light to emphasize your best features. So in other words these bronzers will create depth and dimension to the face where a more traditional bronzer can look a little flat at times. I have the shade Radiant Bronze and it’s the darkest of the two shades. It’s definitely on the warmer side and I think better suited as a bronzer vs contouring. You can get away with using it as a subtle contour but if applied too much it would take away from the bronzed effect. Hourglass really nailed it with the pigment and making sure it wasn’t too warm or cool, in my opinion it’s perfectly color balanced.
Now it is priced at $50 which is justifiable if you already own any of the Ambient Lighting Powders. The Lighting powders are priced at $45 for 0.35oz of product, the bronzers contain 0.39oz so you’re paying $5 for the extra grams of product. If you think about it you don’t use bronzer every single day so it should last you quite a while. You’re also not using it as heavily as you would the ambient lighting powders, I’ve owned Dim Light for almost a year without hitting pan and it’s my setting powder of choice. For the quality and uniqueness of these bronzers I’d say it’s worth the splurge. It isn’t shimmery, the formula is pigmented, and very smooth. The packaging is the same rose gold color as the ambient blushes and feels really hefty.
The bronzers will be available to Sephora’s VIB Rouge customers 4/7 – 4/14, and will launch wide on Sephora.com and HourglassCosmetics.com on 4/15. It will hit all stores in May.
Yup, I’ve been at it again! I must say the “one in one out” policy is working for me. I had a huge beauty clear out preparing my mooge(s) for the Spring/Summer. I still have a few items waiting to arrive but this was the bulk of my haul. I’ll def keep you guys posted on how I get on with all of the items so make sure you check back here for that. Hope you all enjoy the rather chatty video and don’t forget to subscribe!
Things have smoothed over since the whole re-launch and I’m trying to get back into a set routine. Everyday I feel like I’m more and more behind but luckily I’m finally starting to catch up. I have a few videos lined up to film this upcoming week including a makeup collection/storage overview. Now that I’m 100% cured from my cold I can start easing my way back into a blogging schedule. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for being by my side and having nothing but nice things to say. Blogging has really changed my life for the better and I owe it all to you guys!
I have a ton of work to do now so ill leave you with a list of reads, accounts and videos I’ve enjoyed this past week. . .
Not an eventful month but I still had some stand out items for the month of March. I was pretty sick on and off then preparing for my site re-launch, the testing was put on hold. Hope you guys enjoyed it and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!