Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat In “Pillowtalk”

I’m really not a lip liner kind of girl, but after reading about/seeing the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in “Pillowtalk”, I had to have it. While it’s not all that unique — color-wise — I’m finding that I’m enjoying the effects of layering on this product before a lipstick/lip gloss. Also, to be fair, this is the only lip liner own, lol.

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I find that this particular shade is like a ‘your lips but better’ kind of color. It’s great to lip line with, but also to lightly shade your lips in before applying lip color. I don’t like to pair it with both a lipstick and lip gloss; it’s just one or the other. It’s not a product that really is needed, but the color is pretty and it’s really long-lasting. I find that when I use this over my lips on top of a good lip balm, the matte-ish effect is long-lasting and mimics a nice lip color without being sticky or noticeable.

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I recommend this lip liner, but it’s not a necessity. All in all, in all regards to hyped up products, this is one of them, lol. If you want to give CT’s products, this can be a good start. I have to say that out of all the colors available, “Pillowtalk” is the best one.

Retails for $22.00 USD.

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JUST IN: Glowy Foundation Routine for Winter

Winter months are different in Texas as some of you may know. While it may not get super cold here until well into December-January, I’ve found that with the climate and temperature changes, my skin is having some up’s and down’s. Even though today’s high (even in December) was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve resorted to more moisturizing products since my skin has been needing it lately. Since my signature base/skin makeup is a dewy, glowy finish, dry skin or flaky skin is definitely not good for me. I’ve noticed that with my skin being drier, I’ve had to resort to creative ways to maintain the dew.

Today’s post is about my glowy foundation routine for winter…Texas-style. :)

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Innisfree The Green Tea Serum
In the mornings, I’ve been using a moisturizing serum for hydration to plump my skin and prevent it from feeling dry or uncomfortable. I skip the cream or moisturizer intentionally and move straight onto a suncream/sunblock before applying my base makeup. This particular serum is “a moisturizing and nourishing serum with organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.” It’s super lightweight and the water-gel texture feels like nothing on the skin when applied. It doesn’t make my skin oily or slippery; and, as part of my morning routine, this helps keep my skin hydrated and happy underneath makeup.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil
Lately, the trend in Korea is to add a drop of face oil to foundation/BB/CC creams for an added dewy effect. This “anti-oxidant moisturizing oil, [is] formulated with eco-friendly Jeju green tea seeds[that] replenishes moisture and nutrients from deep within your skin.” While it feels rich on your skin at first, it absorbs nicely, which gives a moisturized feeling. On top of that, it seals in all your previous skincare so it helps your makeup glide on easily and effortlessly. I don’t mind mixing a drop of this with my foundation, and it doesn’t make my skin overly oily or anything like that. When applied alone, this can be an extra-hydrating moisturizer replacement.

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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
My go-to foundation lately for glowy makeup is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the shade 115 Ivory is a perfect match for me. I’ve also noticed that this particular foundation is great as a mixing agent. I’ve mixed this foundation with other formulations, and it’s never interfered with application or color. I like to add my face oil to this and it applies sheer, but naturally. In addition, it adjusts the coverage level which I like since I prefer sheer to light coverage. This foundation “creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight.”

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
Normally, I don’t like to powder over my foundation or base makeup because it affects the dewiness. However, lately I’ve been into it since using the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. As “weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light,” it’s truly invisible and doesn’t negatively impact the color, tone, or texture of your already applied makeup. It’s so natural that I feel like you don’t even really notice a difference until you see your skin in natural light. Pores and lines or minimized and your makeup is set perfectly — and, surprisingly, oil is controlled substantially well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Ethereal Glow”
The final touch to glowy winter makeup is really the blush. While the complexion is important, nothing is more prettier than naturally flushed pink cheeks. A lot of blushes can do this, but one that is equal parts pretty and glowy without the glitter and shimmer. I like “Ethereal Glow” so much for this; and, it’s seriously the final touch that I look for when I’m completing my routine.

What are some of your dewy makeup tricks for the winter time?

Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in “Black Diamonds”

As promised, more Charlotte Tilbury reviews are here! In today’s post, the Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in “Black Diamonds” will be the star of the show and it’s truly a product that has impressed me. While the reviews I’ve read about this is about average, I find that it’s a really easy product to use — so, for me, it’s great for travel or when I’m in a hurry.

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Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil is a product that is designed to “bring out the natural sparkle of your eyes.” The pencil is not self-sharpening, so you’ll have to have a separate sharpener on-hand for this product. However, the formula is superb so it’s something I can personally overlook. This eyeshadow pencil “is infused with synthetic sapphire, a mineral gemstone with natural soft-focus powers for a smooth, perfect finish.” It’s packed with tons of glitter, so if that’s not your kinda thing then this won’t be a product that you’ll like. “Black Diamonds” in particular is highly-pigmented and has chunky, noticeable glitter.

Also, “combined with lighting tricks learned by Charlotte Tilbury’s experience in the makeup industry, the pencil will transform and enhance your natural eye color. The long-lasting, easy-glide formula smoothes on and stays on for up to 10 hours.” Now, while I’m a sucker for gimmicky product, I can’t say that my naturally dark brown eyes “change” because of this eyeshadow pencil, LOL.

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The pigmentation is controllable — meaning, you can make it as light as you want and as dark as you want. Before blending, it’s really easy to pack on the color too. After swiping it directly onto my eyelids, I use my finger or a blending brush to blend out the color. For me, using my finger has been more useful. Another way to use this product is to sweep is onto your eyelid by using a pencil brush or flat eyeshadow brush. Just wipe the product onto the brush, and use the brush to apply the color. With the particular shade, blending or smudging with my finger has given me a grungy but neat look, which I’ve really been liking.

Work quickly, as the formula sets after 30 seconds. So, it’s better to do one eye before moving onto the other. This product is great for glamorous nights out, parties, and special occasions. While the smokey eye isn’t for everyone, I think this is great for anytime that you need a little oomph for you eye makeup look. I recommend “Black Diamonds” and I think it’s a great shade to have on-hand.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Made in Germany.

Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma

As a skincare junkie, I love when there’s a promising skincare product. While I’m cautious with what I use, I’ve found that I don’t mind venturing into new brands after I’ve done some thorough research. Recently, I came across the Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma, and found that there was limited reviews that met my expectations. For such an expensive product, I found that it was only fair that I post an extensive review before anyone decides to make the investment. To begin, let me say that this really is an investment product. At $135.00 USD, I was hesitant to purchase it; but, since the U.S. (and Sephora) has generous return policies, I thought that I would give it a go anyway.

The Perricone MD Hyalo Plasma is a “dermatological-grade, hyaluronic treatment that offers an alternative to more invasive procedures to achieve the appearance of youthful skin.” Because anti-aging products are normally what I look for these days, this peaked my interest. “Hyalo—the name derived from the medical prefix meaning ‘resembling glass’—harnesses the forms of hyaluronic, each holding a different molecular weight to target various skin functions. This unique formula addresses aging skin dehydration by nourishing collagen responsible for firmness for youthful-looking muscle convexity, addressing hydration needs, and superbly preparing skin for makeup application with its oil-free hybrid cream/serum formulation.”

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The texture of this product is unique. It’s like a jelly that jiggles in the jar; however, when you scoop a little bit out, it feels kind of creamy and bouncy. Once you apply it to your skin and massage it in, its gel-like texture melts onto the surface of your skin. It feels cooling, smooth, and your skin feels instantly more supple and hydrated. This product is recommended for all ages and skin types, and is a multitasking treatment that “works to re-establish the look of youthful muscle convexity, plumpness, and suppleness.”

In addition, “Hyalo Plasma’s gel-like texture disappears into the skin leaving it fully hydrated, imparting a radiant, glass-like translucency.” I like how my skin feels instantly better, and somehow, it seems to look better too. Luckily, a little bit of it goes a long ways; and, it absorbs instantly — leaving my skin smooth, hydrated, and clean-feeling. This has been a great day-time moisturizer for me since it’s so hydrating without feeling greasy or oily. It has great oil-control even though it doesn’t promise to be oil-controlling, it helps my skin look and feel good, and most importantly, I really do think that “youthful volume” has been restored to my skin. I think this product is great and I recommend it. I think this is worth giving a shot and the customers on Sephora’s website seem to be quite pleased as well. Watch this QVC video for more information.

Made in USA.
Retails for $135.00 USD.

REVIEW: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch

Normally, I don’t do much to my under-eye area and I use highlighters are my face when I remember. While I’ve dabbled in using the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, I only reach for the products when I feel that my skin really needs it.

Lately, however, I’ve been intentioanlly incorporating the Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch in shade #2 (which is the lightest shade), and I’ve been impressed with how it’s helped my skin. As a “radiance-enhancing concealer to wipe away shadows, blur imperfections, and brighten the complexion,” I’ve found that this product is a key part of my routine now.

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The Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch is a “high-precision concealer” because of its unique applicator that not only blurs imperfections, but also allegedly treats dark circles, and highlights the complexion as well. The product “contains light-reflecting pearls, which diffuse light for radiant skin.” Along with that, “Vitamin E and moisturizers pamper the delicate eye area.”

The “high-definition applicator” is unique because it’s super thin…literally like strands of hair. It’s soft and flexible, with just enough give to add the product where you want to place it. A little bit goes a long ways, so a few swipes here and there is really all you need.

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I like to use this concealer under my eyes for brightness; and, while I can’t really see the benefits of anything anti-aging, it feels comfortable and nice on the under-eye area. It doesn’t smudge my eye makeup or my eyeliner, and it feels virtually undetectable on my skin so I really like that. I also use this to highlight my cheeks and it provides the most subtle lit-glow that isn’t heavy or cakey.

I recommend this concealer, even though it may not seem like it’s unnecessary. The effects of this concealer are really subtle; but, it’s a product that would be missed if you forgot to use it, I promise. It’s pricey for what it is; however, it’s a great investment and will make such a big difference for your skin.

Made in France.
Retails for $39.00 USD.