Some New Charlotte Tilbury Items – Color Chameleon and Lip Cheat

Top – Color Chameleon in Amber Haze,  Bottom – Lip Cheat in Crazy in Love

I recently got a couple more Charlotte Tilbury items. I love the Lip Cheat formula and I wanted a deeper, more berry toned one for fall, so I came home with Crazy in Love. I also wanted to try the Color Chameleon formula and shockingly enough (not at all) I got a bronze, Amber Haze.

swatches from the top – Amber Haze and Crazy in Love

I really like the Color Chameleon formula, I scribble some onto my lid and then blend out with my fingers (you can obviously use a brush, I just haven’t given up on finger painting being applicable to my adult life yet). I do one eye at a time, since this formula does set up (the Eyes to Mesmerise formula is much more emollient). I find this lasts beautifully all day and it has a nice shimmer/glitter to it but doesn’t have any fall out since its a cream shadow stick. You can scribble just a little on your lids or build it up for more opaque coverage, its really pretty both ways (of course now I want more shades, figures).

I love Crazy in Love Lip Cheat, its such a beautiful, rich color. I like topping it with a gloss to help make my lips look fuller since this is a darker shade and will make lips appear thinner (no gloss in the picture below to show the finish).

Crazy in Love on my lips

Have you guys picked up any products you are loving right now? Is there a shade of the Color Chameleons I need? You can get the Color Chameleons for $27 and the Lip Cheats for $22 at Beautylish, Nordstrom and at Charlotte Tilbury.

The rundown: As’ all around

Color Treated Hair has Met its Match – Living Proof Restore Instant Repair

Living Proof Restore Instant Repair

I’m currently on hair color number two in one year (I got balayage the first time so it wasn’t actually a full color but then about three months ago I did get a full color, its a dark red/brown). When I went in to get my current color, my stylist suggested taking my leave in treatment up a notch to help with the damage.

I love the PHD from Living Proof if your hair isn’t in too bad a way, but Restore has more proteins in it which will help if you have more damaged hair. I try not to use this too often, since overuse of proteins can damage your hair on your own. But I have really loved using this. My hair has been doing so well, I really see a difference in my hairs health. My ends look better and I have fewer split ends. My hair is still soft to the touch and it doesn’t look frizzy.

Honestly, I love this stuff. I distribute two pumps through wet hair after I wash it. I can air dry or blow dry my hair with this and it looks good either way (but to like the air dried version you have to like the beach babe look which is actually just lazy girl hair and I love that because I’m a lazy girl) I have quite long hair, but it is fine, so I try not to use too much.

You can get this at salons that sell Living Proof, at Sephora and online for $29.

The rundown: A


Urban Decay Riff and Beware are Amazing Warm Browns

top – Beware and bottom – Riff

I find that as I get older midtone brown shadows are becoming my favorite shadows. I think a great midtone brown is so versatile, you can use it in the crease with other shadows for depth or all over the lid for some light definition thats a bit chic and easy. During one of my many visits to Sephora these two beautiful midtone browns came home with me, Urban Decay’s Riff and Beware.

These two browns are a bit similar (thats the beauty blogger in me, they are very similar, but I need them both! I swear!), they are both on the warm side with Riff being much more red than Beware. Riff also has some shimmer in it, which buffs out when you blend it. Beware is all matte. I find both of these really amazingly formulated. They are both mega creamy, pigmented and blend well. They don’t get choppy and the color doesn’t fade as you blend them in. These just smooth into a soft gradient. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and these both remind of why, the formula is amazing.

swatches of Beware (top) and Riff (bottom) on my NC/NW20 skin

I have been using these all over the lid and into the crease for easy, everyday eyes. I find taupe/midtone brown lids really chic and easy for some reason. I think they are cool, but not grungy. Its still put together somehow. If you want more of a brightening effect these go beautifully in the crease with a light shade all over the lid. They are also the perfect shades for blending out smokey eyes (honestly, I find midtone brown shadows the best shadows, I get the most use out of them).

You can get these stellar shadows at Sephora, online and at Urban Decay for $19 a shadow.

The rundown: A+

My Everyday Staples

NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Hourglass Veil Primer, Shisheido Lash Curlers

There are some products I never stop using or rotate. While the foundations, blushes and eyeshadows come and go, these products are always in use. I know they aren’t flashy or pretty, but if I run out of any of them I have to go out and replace them. And aren’t those the best products?

For priming, I do both my eyes and my base. The NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base is the best I have found for my extremely oily lids. Without a primer powder shadows will crease on me within 4 hours. This primer gives me all day wear without creasing and my days can last 12 hours. The Hourglass Veil Primer is another great one for oily skin. This doesn’t have any silicone in it (which I prefer since silicone can clog pores and I have very acne prone skin) but still feels silky smooth when you apply it. It helps control my oil and reduce the appearance of my pores. Another great primer for those with oily skin.

My favorite brow pencil is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. These come in great ashy tones (which is my biggest reason for loving them). They are also a bit hard, so they wear a long time. I find if you just need a little filling in, this pencil makes it super quick and natural looking. The pencil also lasts a long time, so you don’t need to buy a new one every couple of months.

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is my favorite liquid liner. This has a brush tip so it doesn’t fray and the color is good and black. Its very easy to use and lasts a few months before it dries out. Plus its waterproof. I love it!

My ride or die concealer is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I still really love this, it has great coverage, blends beautifully and lasts all day on my oily skin. I keep trying other concealers and returning them, the consistency of this one just can’t be beat for me.

My lash curlers are another item I am never without. Curl your lashes! It wakes up your face. The Shiseido lash curlers are great if you have almond shaped eyes and I love how clean and simple the design is.

What are your makeup staples? Or do you always try new things?

Becca Champagne Glow Palette Lights You Up

Becca Champagne Glow Palette

With the VIB sale this weekend I wanted to get some swatches and a review up on the Champagne Glow palette. I got Champagne Pop as a single when it came out and I still love it. This palette also having (I hope they come out with it permanently) pressed Pearl sealed the deal for me.

I find these highlighters perform like the full sized versions, if a bit looser. Like they aren’t packed down as much, but they still don’t kick up any powder and blend nicely, so I don’t mind. I find these can accentuate pores if you use them in the wrong areas, so I always keep these out of the center of my face. The sheen of these is intense, so I always dab some off on the back of my hand before I apply. But the effect is really beautiful if you love a good highlight.

swatches from the left: Pearl, Champagne Pop, Blushed Copper and Pearl blended out

I love the shade Pearl, its really pretty blended out into my fair skin. I also love mixing Pearl and Champagne Pop, which is really pretty. On me, Blushed Copper is a real blush shade, or a great eyeshadow. Depending on your skin tone this may not be an appealing palette to you, but I just wanted to explain how I use the wide shade range in this palette. I like that you get three shades in the one palette though, so you can try a variety of colors. You need such a small amount of these highlighters to get a real glow, I can’t see myself ever finishing a full sized, so the smaller pans are great for me (though Moonstone is still on my wish list, that color is stunning!).

You can get this palette online and in store at Sephora (currently sold out online sadly, check your local store if you are in the states) for $34.

The rundown: A


Bare Minerals The Regal Wardrobe Eye and Cheek Palette has me like a Queen

Bare Minerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette

Hi guys! I got this palette before I left for Denmark and took it with me. I basically only used this for the two weeks I was away, which might explain why it looks so beaten and battered. This got a lot of use and love.

I personally really love the Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadow formula, I hadn’t really used the blushes and bronzers before.  This palette comes in cardboard packaging that folds in thirds, so you get a really nice and compact palette for travel thats quite sturdy. This bad boy made it through three connecting flights both ways and not one powder is broken. I love the mix of shades in this palette, it has some good cool toned and warm toned shadows. You get a highlighter and a bronzer (awesome) plus a peach and a plum blush (love these).

swatches from the left: Natural, Cognac, Namaste, Treasure Hunt, 500 Thread Count, Romp, Flash, Regal eyeshadows. The Summer Fling, The Skinny Dip, The Brilliant Sunset and The Love Letter cheek products

The eyeshadows are fabulous, I love this formula and these perform very well overall. I don’t get any fallout or creasing when I use primer. These are very pigmented and creamy, Namaste is actually my favorite shadow in the palette. I love a good taupe shade. Its perfect for all over the eye (simple eye days) or to add dimension in the crease. I swear Natural is swatched above, its just very close to my skin tone and not super pigmented, so it kind of disappeared. Flash is another great color, but I just really love plummy matte shades. You do get some great shimmery basics, a copper, taupe and dark brown. Then a good round of mattes, from cream to dark plum. This sets you up for tons of looks with depth and dimension in them. The bronzer, The Skinny Dip, actually really surprised me. I love this shade of bronzer, its very yellow/golden so it looks really flattering on. The blushes are nice and pigmented and blend well (as does the bronzer). I found with a good foundation the color cheek products lasted all day on me. The highlighter, The Brilliant Sunset, is really nice. I love using it as an eyeshadow too (little thing I tried after I needed a new shade for my lid around one and half weeks in).

I think this is a great kit if you enjoy the Bare Minerals pressed powder formula. Its a nice range of colors and I (clearly) used it tons. You can get this palette at Bare Minerals, Nordstrom and Sephora online for $39 (also, this palette is a steal if you ask me, great bang for your buck).

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