Well okay, maybe not alllll of it, but at least a never-ending supply of these 5 items. Pretty please with sugar on top.
Man, am I WELL overdue to gush about makeup and the only thing that provides me joy, OR WHAT? And do I have some good shit for you todayyyy. Hint: I do. When I went to Europe in October, I was actually pretty restrained (for me, comparatively) with my beauty purchases (to the surprise of EVERYone) but I did buy up big on Charlotte Tilbury products. I kinda went a little nuts because a) I’d heard so much about them and b) they weren’t available in Australia. Of course, I realise that they are available to purchase online (charlottetilbury.com, net-a-porter.com), but I like to try before I buy.
After about 4-5 months of regular/daily usage, most of the products are still over half full (amazing) and I’m pretty in love with them (who needs a bf? #single). These are, in my not-even-slightly-humble opinion, must-haves. However, this list does not include every CT product I bought. Some of them were nice, but not to-die-for. Like, I’ve worn them, but I haven’t been overwhelmed with emotion or blown away compared to other very similar products on the market/in my makeup drawers. So I’ve obviously undertaken a very picky, exclusive process here and you can definitely trust my word. Though take note my sensitive-skinned friends – both of the liquid foundations contain fragrance. If that does not bode well for you, skip on ahead.
Links to all products below for your absolute ease of purchase. You’re welcome. Or, I’m sorry.
Light Wonder is a suuuuper lightweight foundation that I pretty much use as tinted moisturizer (CT also has “Magic Foundation” which offers more coverage which I got given a sample of, but wasn’t impressed by the texture) on the weekends. You know, when I have an important brunch to go to, or groceries to buy when I’m desperate and may run into people I know. It is great. It glides on, feels heavenly, and just glosses over the discoloured “imperfections” such as redness, light scarring, etc. I still back myself up with concealer for under-eye baggies and pimple-friends that may be visiting though. Still – solid light coverage foundation for those of us who hate BB/CC creams and feel all shiny when wearing them.
OH MY THIS IS SOOOOOO PRETTY. Apparently you can use it on its own (I have never) or as an illuminating primer (I will try this and report back), but *I* use this mixed in with my regular foundation (Smashbox 15-hour Studio Skin in 2.1, for those playing at home) over my regular primer (Benefit Porefessional) for a glorious all-over glow. It’s supes subtle but mixes in well and offers a lightness to regular medium- full-coverage foundations. Such a fan. Or do I just keep doing it because it’s become a habit and I can’t tell the difference because now it’s just my daily standard? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Okay but for real, never since I discovered NARS’ Laguna Bronzer have I been such a fan of another brand’s bronzer before. This one comes in two shades (I have the light-medium coz I may as well be transparent but there’s a medium-dark version too) and it is just such an easy way to fake a contour without actually knowing how to contour that I fell immediately in love with it. I use an angled fluffy brush to bronze in a “3” shape around my face (forehead-cheek hollow, cheek hollow-jawline), add some blush, then use a smaller fluffy brush to highlight the high points of the face (top of cheeks, eyebrow bone, nose, cupid’s bow). It’s not an in-your-face nighttime highlighter (I still use Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz for that), but gives a lovely day-appropriate glow, especially when coupled with Wonder Glow. I also like it coz you can be quite light with it and it still looks pretty or you can be more heavy-handed (lazy) and you won’t look fucked up. AND the packaging is hea-ven and luxurious and beautiful and you won’t even be ashamed whipping it out for touch-ups in public. If you even need them.
I don’t know why this is called a “lip cheat” and not just “lip liner” or “lip pencil” but it is one of the greatest effing products I’ve ever discovered and had the pleasure of using. After using it for one day, my bestie desperately wanted to try it and then promptly bought it herself (I’m dark-haired and brown-eyed, she’s light brown-haired and blue eyed) and it looks amazing on her too. It’s the most perfect nude-but-better lip product I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It’s halfway finished now, but I will be repurchasing fo sho. And it looks NOTHING like what it does on the website. It’s a pinky nude that is not boring and super interesting. So I guess it’s magic. Bonus: it looks AMAZING under other lip products. I often couple it with Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey for a deep but sheer berry lip (does that make sense?) or CT’s Walk of Shame (below) for a muted daytime rosy red. Goooorge.
Look, to be completely honest, this one makes the grade because of it’s phenomenal colour and not particularly because of the texture. It’s matte, but it doesn’t have the staying power of a matte lipstick if I’m being real with you (and I’m being real with you). Judging by how often this is sold out on the website, it’s also proven popular with many others. And if it wasn’t for the lovely lady at de Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam, I would never have even picked it up, let alone bought it. She was very sweet and convincing and I’m pretty easy. It looks like a totally boring, unflattering brick red, but it goes on anything but. It’s described as “a beautiful, berry tinted rose for antique chic, perfect for Christina Hendricks and Margot Robbie” which I would agree with! But I know for a fact Miss Christina Hendricks always wore Laura Mercier’s Smooth Creme Lipstick in Mistress in Mad Men, though this seems to be discontinued or renamed *clings to my last tube desperately*. Er, I guess this is a pretty accurate dupe then. WHATEVER. It gives you a nice bright look without screaming “I’M WEARING RED LIPSTICK” which makes it a great option if you’re not one to wear a bright colour usually and want to transition, or if you want something more muted for daytime.
So go forth and indulge! There’s so much more I want to try (the Long Lasting Easy Cream Shadows, the Quick and Easy Collections, the Beach Sticks, etc.) but let me know if you’ve tried anything you liked too. I’m always in the market for more, more, more. Did I mention I was easy?
Images: Courtesy of charlottetilbury.com (not to scale – obviously)