I haven’t done a beauty post in a while but I have a few new things that I love and want to share.
Starting with the Holy Grail of mascaras. Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash. It looks great for day with just a coat or two – I don’t wear any other eye make up when I’m wearing a bold lipstick and this makes me eyes look bright and awake.
For evening, I use it with this YSL primer, another brilliant buy. I’d never used a primer under my mascara before but I won’t be without this now. It gives an extra oomph to your mascara and definitely helps with the longevity.
This IT CC Your Skin But Better is lovely and buildable. I like a decent coverage foundation and have been a faithful Estée Lauder Double Wear user for years but this has won my heart. It’s so easy to put on and I like that one pump is great for day, two for days when I need it to last until evening. It has F50 SPF too.
I can’t mention IT without sharing what is still one of my favourite mascaras ever. The Hourglass has bumped it out of my every day routine but when I need a glossier, vamped up mascara, there is none better than this.
I bought this Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer when I bought the much hyped Power Fabric foundation last year. I hated the foundation (my 19 year old sister with flawless skin was a huge fan) but I really like this and use it as a blusher. It was too pale for summer under my tan/bronzer but I love it for winter. Apparently it’s what they use on Armani brides.
This concealer is new and getting rave reviews so I thought I’d mention it. I know lots of people who love it. I quite like it but I won’t rebuy it. I’ve gone back to my Laura Mercier concealer with a dab of this Magic Away on top when I’m out and need a light top up.
In general though, I love Charlotte Tilbury products. If I had to choose one eye product to use forever, it would be this eye shadow quartet. It’s easy to use and is the perfect day – night palette. For day I smudge the brown mixed with the reddy shade on my lash line, add mascara and I’m done. It really makes green/grey eyes “pop”. For a bolder look the 4 colours blend together beautifully and the gold really is a stand out, highly pigmented wow of an eye shadow. I have this Tom Ford gold quad too and prefer the Dolce Vita. I have a lot of the quads – the only one I’ve not really got on with is the Rock Chick but I am still trying.
The Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl eye pencils are brilliant too. I use Barbarella Brown almost every day (I soften it with the brown shadow from the Dolce Vita quad) and Bedroom Black when I am going out. They go on like a dream even on my wrinkled eye area and if you’re quick you can smudge them easily but once it is set, it’s on for the day.
But hold the front page, the Queen of Liquid Liners. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve been trying some new skincare this last week or so. I’ll report back in a few weeks if I see any major difference. I was initially very impressed with the day cream but am not sure it’s creamy enough for my winter skin. The night cream I am really not sure about. I use several The Ordinary products under it and expect to wake up still being able to feel a smidge of moisture on my skin but not with this cream on top. I’m going to keep trying for another few weeks but I may be putting my favourite Darphin on my Christmas list.