Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Red Carpet Skin – Review

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2015 was truly the year for Charlotte Tilbury. Her beautiful and luxurious make-up range graced our high-street and the beauty community can’t get enough of it!

As a skincare junkie I can’t help but lust over her skincare range, that beautiful packaging would make the even the most frugal want to part with their money. However, I’m always skeptical when a make-up brand delves into skincare. Nonetheless, the boy done well at Christmas when he bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Red Carpet Skin Set for me to try out her most popular products.

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This is going to be a LONG, detailed post by the way, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My skin type is oily, non-acne prone, non-sensitive, blemish prone, hyperpigmented.

Taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website:

I often get asked what products I use on models and actresses to make them red-carpet-ready, so as it’s a season for sharing, I’ve put together this little box of travel-size versions of all my magic tricks to help you get that red-carpet-ready, flawless glow.

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GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK

Claims: Packed with Bio-Nymph Peptide, Mediterranean Clay and Sweet Almond Oil, my GODDESS CLAY MASK will leave skin smoother, plumper and glowing.

To me a clay mask should be clarifying and cleansing on the skin. When applied, this fragranced mask didn’t feel tightening on the skin nor did I feel like it deep cleansed. When I washed it off my skin felt moisturised but I didn’t have that “glow” I get when I use an AHA exfoliant for example. For cleansing, my oily skin requires a deep cleansing clay mask like the Clinique Anti-Blemish Oil-Cleansing Mask.

Buy full sized version? No

MULTI MIRACLE GLOW

Claims: My luxurious MULTI-MIRACLE GLOW cleansing balm transforms the skin, leaving it noticeably soft and supple.

I’m not quite sure what this product is. It says it’s a cleanser, mask and leave-on balm. When squeezed out of the tube it feels like a cooling gel-balm which leaves a sticky residue on the skin, definitely not something I’d like to leave on. As a mask and cleanser it works okay, moisturising, but nothing special.

 Buy full sized version? No

MAGIC CREAM

Claims: My famous, miracle-working MAGIC CREAM contains a secret fusion of anti-ageing ingredients to instantly turnaround dull, ageing, lacklustre skin.

This is Charlotte Tilbury’s most popular product that I hear everyone speaking about. At £70 for a 50ml pot it’s one of the most expensive moisturisers I’ve seen around so I had it in my mind that it better make my skin amazing.

The product claims to lift and transform tired skin with BioNymph Peptide Complex which is said to fight the ageing process by stimulating collagen and fighting free radicals and hyaluronic acid to floods skin with moisture. It also contains rosehip oil, aloe, Vitamins A, C, E . It also contains SPF 15 (chemical sunscreen).

On to the product, the jar packaging means that is not hygienic and because it has light and air exposure the anti-oxidants are not stable. It only has SPF 15 therefore isn’t really suitable if you’re going to be outside for a long period of time. Also it is chemical sunscreen which I try to avoid. This moisturiser contains irritating fragrance which won’t be suitable for sensitive skin.

The cream itself feels emollient, hydrating and has a silicone finish on the skin. It does have a nice iridescence to it when applied and it very hydrating without being greasy but honestly, I can get the same effect with a cheaper moisturiser and a highlighting base like MAC Strobe cream.

I’ve used this cream a few times and my opinion hasn’t really changed. If you’re in the mood for a very luxurious product to have on your vanity and your skin is on the dryer side then go for it, but is it a must, absolutely not.

Buy full sized version? No

WONDERGLOW

Claims: And the genius award-winner, WONDERGLOW, uses breakthrough technology to steal UV light from its surroundings and radiate it as skin luminosity, transforming sleep-deprived skin in seconds.

Wonderglow is a anti-ageing primer which contains “Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin.” Like the magic cream it contains BioNymph Peptide Complex and Sodium Hyaluronate.

When I put a little bit of the product on the back of my hand I was pleasantly surprised by the colour. I had expected it to be a pink/cool toned primer but it is a very sheer beige/goldy tone. Perfect for warm complexions. When I applied this onto my skin it literally made my skin glow. Not that in your face, shimmery, glittery glow, but a very subtle, youthful glow that my skin has been lacking this winter. After a full days wear it didn’t exacerbate my oiliness. I can’t wait to try this on it’s own during the summer to see whether it affects my oiliness!

I can’t comment on the anti-ageing properties of the product but the air-proof and light-proof packaging means any anti-oxidants remain stable in the formulation. If you have ageing or dull skin this would be wonderful to use, I’m thinking of buying a tube for my mum as well. Important to note this product contains potentially irritating scents which makes it unsuitable for sensitive skin.

Buy full sized version? Yes

SUPERMODEL BODY

Claims: I poured all my makeup artist know-how into creating SUPERMODEL BODY, an incredible ‘slimmer shimmer’ that sculpts and highlights your contours for glossy perfection. It’s total body confidence in a bottle. The subtle pigment blended with contouring highlighters acts like an invisible film of shapewear lingerie for body confidence.

This is a nice product, a great one to put across your decollete and cleavage on a night out but I could honestly get the same effect with some cocoa butter from the Body Shop and a bit of liquid bronzer/ highlighter. I don’t particularly need any slimming so I can’t comment on that. Perhaps this product just isn’t for me.

Buy full sized version? No

TAKE IT ALL OFF

Claims: Die-hard makeup-wearers will love TAKE IT ALL OFF – my oil-rich, two-toned cleanser that removes even the hardest to shift makeup in one swipe.

As a make-up cleanser this performs well. It’s a bi-phase micellar cleanser. It’s a great little bottle for my travel bag but I know the drug store does a lot of really good micellar waters at a fraction of the cost like Neutrogena or Bioderma. I’m extremely content with my current make-up remover Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil from Clinique and therefore don’t see any need to for this product.

Buy full sized version? No

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I hate to write “negative” reviews, but as an honest blogger I’m a bit disappointed with my first experience of Charlotte Tilbury skincare range, because her make-up is some of my favourite. The Wonderglow is the only product I would consider purchasing. I feel like a lot of people will spend excessive amounts of money on these products when I personally feel there are cheaper alternatives available with much more potent ingredients and minus the fragrance irritants.

So tell me, have any of you tried any of these products before? Did you love them or did you have a similar experience to me?

Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

A Week In Lipstick – Autumn / Winter Edition

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I’m not sure if it’s the crisp weather, the pumpkin spice everything, oversize knits or baking every weekend but I just find this season so incredible cozy and lovely. The moment I start gravitating towards darker lips signals the change of seasons, so here are my top 7 lipsticks to wear in the Autumn / Winter period, one for each day of the week!

Monday

MAC Verve – Satin finish. This lipstick is a brown- plum and extremely wearable for those that aren’t that brave to wear a dark lip. If you want to rock a dark lip to work for example this is the perfect one to choose, I’ve been wearing this to the office and I love it. The formula is also amazing, it glides on really softly and doesn’t dry out your lips. It lasts until lunchtime when it needs a quick top-up.

Tuesday

OCC Lip Tar Black Dahlia -Matte finish. I have a love-hate relationship with this lipstick. Let’s start with the negatives. It is so difficult to apply and bleeds even with lip liner so it takes ages to clean up and perfect your lips. However. Once this is on it stays on, also the colour is this most gorgeous blackened berry red at full opacity or it can be worn as a sheer wash of colour too. If you want to feel extra vampy and have the time to apply it, this is the lipstick to go for.

Wednesday

Revlon Super Lustrous  Really Red – Matte finish. I remember first seeing this lipstick on a girl at uni and when I found out what the name was I went to Boots to buy it the very same day. This classic red lipstick has a slight orange undertone and looks fantastic on all skin tones. It is a matte finish but I don’t find it drying.

Thursday

MAC Film Noir – Satin finish. If you’re looking for a 90’s Janet Jackson dark brown lipstick then this is the one for you. I love throwing this on with an oversize denim shirt, big hair and hoops, throwback anyone?

Friday

MAC Diva – Matte finish. Diva is one of my all time favourite lipsticks, it is a burgundy red lipstick and looks just gorgeous on all skin tones especially if you’re warmer/darker. I find that it can last a really long time on the lips but because it’s a matte finish it is drying. If you’re looking for something darker then Sin by MAC is a really good option.

Saturday

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry- Matte finish. I gave into the hype about this lipstick and I’m not even sorry. Glastonberry is a dark berry lipstick with a cooler undertone. I love wearing this colour out and about on the weekend when I’m feeling a bit more glam. It wears comfortably on the lips but you’ll probably need a liner to pair with it.

Sunday

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl – Not everyday this season is a dark lippy day, so for those every day, out and about days, I whip this beauty out. I cannot stress how pretty this colour is, it’s a warm pink with brown neutral undertones that complements any eye look and make my lips look full and luscious, I find myself gravitating towards this whenever I want to look polished, yet simple.

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L-R: Verve, Black Dahlia, Really Red, Film Noir, Diva, Glastonberry, Bond Girl

So those are my Autumn/ Winter lipstick picks, what are yours? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Charlotte Tilbury Haul – First Impressions

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Hey loves! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been really busy with studying, work and just life in general. However, fret not, today I’m here with a first impression post!

For those that don’t know, Charlotte Tilbury is a British make-up artist who has worked on many high end fashion shows and supermodels. She released her own make-up range a few years ago and I’ve finally got my hands on some of her products.

When I first spotted Charlotte Tilbury’s make-up range on social media I was instantly intrigued by the beautiful packaging. However, being the skeptic that I am, I didn’t want to give into some marketing hype and spend excessive amounts of money on overpriced product ranges. So I waited it out. I did my research and as it turns out her products have been really well received by bloggers and non-bloggers alike.

Whilst perusing the website I found myself wanting to try a little but of everything but for my first haul I decided to try out three products. “The Dolce Vita” Luxury Eyeshadow Palette and two of the Matte Revolution lipsticks in “Glastonberry” and “Bond Girl”.

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The Dolce Vita Luxury Palette

There are four colours in this quad. Prime which is an iridescent champagne colour, perfect for all over the lid and highlighting the brow bone. Enhance, a warm terracotta colour with a satin finish which is great for adding depth to the eyes. Smoke, a cool tone brown for smoking out the eyes, also satin finish. Finally, Pop, a stunning shimmery gold shade which is the star of this palette.

If you’re not a make-up person and there was just ONE palette that I had to recommend for all ages, skin tones and occasions then this would probably be it. The colours are beautiful, effortless, golden tones that will take you from day to night. The pigmentation is vibrant and the texture is creamy and blendable. The four colours in the palette can be worn on their own or mixed and matched to create numerous different looks. When I received this I thought it was going to be a lot larger but actually it’s the perfect sized palette to travel with. I can’t wait to try out some looks with this palette this Autumn/ Winter.

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Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Bond Girl is the perfect, every day shade that will suit a majority of skin tones. It is a neutral pink with brown undertones. It feels comfortable on the lips but still dries matte. It lasts around 6 hours and doesn’t dry my lips out. Glastonberry is one for the evenings or an Autumn/ Winter shade. It’s a bold deep purple plum that applies very evenly and again isn’t drying. The angled shape of the lipstick makes it especially easy to draw detailed lines. In the pictures below I’m wearing Bond Girl on the left and Glastonberry on the right.

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All in all I’m really pleased with my first Charlotte Tilbury purchases and I will 100% be buying more. Yes, her product range is expensive but you are honestly getting all that you paid for. The quality of the products are great and not to mention the rose gold, weighty packaging that is both luxurious and absolutely gorgeous.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products before? What would you recommend I try next?

Jay x