Saturday, April 29, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Face Palettes

If you've been following, you may know that Charlotte and I didn't exactly get off to a great start. It was that darned Pillow Talk Lip Liner and the mini lipsticks I got for Christmas one time. Nonetheless, I can't name a single brand whose every product I liked. While I'm still not hot about Charlotte Tilbury lip products, these "Instant Look in a Palette" palettes are really nice. I have all three to show you.

The first one out was the Natural Beauty palette and it remains my favorite. It's the one I always pick to bring along whenever I'm going away. For me, there's no wrong color in it. I use every single item in it happily. The eye "brighten" shade on that palette (upper left) is actually the most used item I have in it and it's the one color that I wish all three palettes had. It's because I prefer to use a shade like that for the brow bone area and as a base color, and I prefer mattes over shimmer shades. It's the only matte eye color in all three palettes. I do use all three eye colors in the Natural Beauty palette. I'll admit that they're light. Very light. It suits me fine though, as I'm generally fair and for everyday, I tend to use minimal eye makeup.

The cheek colors are kind of small so I tend to just use the two together, as opposed to doing the whole swish and pop routine. And then I sweep some bronzer on to define the cheekbones a little. I bought this new Wayne Goss brush set and there's this one brush, the no. 14, which I cannot put down. It's the one I use on the blush and bronzer on this palette. The brushes in that new Face Set are small so using it with this palette is totally fine. (Yep, you'll need small face brushes for these palettes.) I don't use the highlighter much though, not on any of the three palettes. I prefer some Guerlain Météorites for that purpose.

The nice thing about these palettes is the size. It's such a good size for travel, with a mirror you can use to put on the rest of your makeup. All you need is some foundation, some eyeliner, mascara, something to groom the brows with and some lipstick. You've got everything for a full face! Any lip color I use goes with it. I can see that it isn't for everyone though. Anyone even a half a shade darker than me might say it won't show up at all. So, maybe the second palette is more your speed...

The Seductive Beauty palette I got came with a mascara sample. I actually really liked the mascara. It's the Legendary Lashes one. Sadly, the box came apart at some point so I had to toss it. I like to keep the boxes whenever possible. The colors in this palette are a little deeper compared to the Natural Beauty one. However, I use them exactly the same way. I get a little more color out of Seductive Beauty and the eye look is more defined using the darker colors but because of that one eyeshadow shade (the "brighten" one), I like the Natural Beauty palette better. The bronzer shade might be the same. They look the same when on anyway. But the highlighter on this one is a little warmer. The Non-Blonde has pictures and swatches of this second palette (the Dolce Vita, as marketed by Nordstrom for the Anniversary Sale last year) if you click here. She also has an amusing review and Face of the Day here. I hope she doesn't mind my linking.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Burberry Lip Colour Contour

I bought three shades of the Burberry Lip Colour Contour on the strength of such fantastic reviews on the Nordstrom website. First, I ordered Medium No. 3 because in the swatch provided by Nordstrom, it looked like it would be pink. But when it arrived, it was really, really brown. I didn't want to use it.

Light No. 2 came back in stock and so I ordered that one, hoping that it would be a lighter brown since the "swatch" pictured looked like a light tan/beige. It arrived and it too was brown and not much less so than the Medium No. 3. I was left scratching my head...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale Purchases

As all Sephora shoppers probably know, it's that time of year when Sephora offers a 10-15% discount coupon for Beauty Insiders. This coupon is valid on pretty much everything in the store and online. There may be exclusions, but it hasn't yet failed me. The sale runs until April 24.

This year is a little bit different for me as I've come to realize that there really wasn't all that much that I wanted to buy. In part, it's a desire to trim down purchases to necessary things. However, I do treat myself and I'm still lured by new product launches so this "haul" is a combination of all that. I refuse to entitle the post a "haul" as I really rather dislike that word. I don't think people should be "hauling" makeup. There's just something fundamentally wrong about hoarding perishable products. There's nothing right about hoarding anything really. I can understand the need to save money. But rather than buying in bulk, sometimes, it's better to buy just what you need. You may find you'll spend less in the long run.

So, here's what I've purchased so far...

The Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver is the one thing I buy whenever Sephora has a coupon. My children have eczema and my 10 year old daughter had a really bad bout of contact dermatitis on her face last December. It set me on a quest for a product that works to bring moisture back to her skin and helps lessen itching, is non-steroidal and very pleasant to use. This has come out as a real standout among the items that we tried. She loves it and that makes her actually use it so I will probably be buying this several times a year for the rest of my life. Because it's a bit expensive ($48/4 oz.), she really only uses it on areas that are prone to sensitivity, like her hands and wrists, as opposed to the entire body (we rotate various creams and lotions for that purpose, depending on the season). It can also be used on the face! Right now, she is finishing up a jar of Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream for her face but as that is really expensive and the Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver performs equally well, I guess we will be going with Kate from now on.

The other "necessity" in this purchase is the bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. I got a tube of this in September last year, I think. I've found that it's the one product I keep going back to now, when I am trying to camouflage some dark skin under the eyes. Make no mistake, this is not a concealer. I still love my Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen for that purpose but as I've gotten older, I realize that I have no patience waiting for any of these pens to pump out liquid. It really is easier to pull out a wand and have the product there. And it seems I haven't got as much to conceal anyway that an eye brightener and some translucent powder is enough to even out my under eye area. Plus, this one doesn't really sink into fine lines that badly. Anything that does is easily tamped out by doing a light press with the ring finger. So, this is my new go-to. If $23 for 0.18 oz. is a bit much for you, I've found some success with the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. It's comparable, I'd say. At $14, it conceals more and I've come to use it to cover up a pimple mark here and there. I use the shade Palmier and for bareMinerals, I use Luminous 2.