How to Highlight with your Foundation

In my post reviewing Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Foundation (if you missed it catch up here) I mentioned that sometimes I highlight using a lighter foundation. You guys seemed interested in some more detail so I decided to do a post on it. Also, I wanted to let you guys know that because of some stuff going on in my life for the next month or so, posts over here on the blog are going to be very infrequent. Be sure to keep up with what I am up to and what makeup I’m loving on Instagram.

Heres the technique, its really not advanced at all so don’t be worried. Instead of using a lighter colored concealer through the center of my face and then having two layers of cream products on my oiliest areas, I just use a foundation one shade too light all over my face. Then when I bronze I add depth and get an instant contoured look, no highlight step required. See the result of this on my face below.

wearing Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 2 (a shade too light for me)

For a more natural look, which I have been enjoying more lately, use a foundation that matches your skin tone and skip the cream/lighter shade highlighter step entirely. For that technique on my face, see below.

wearing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Finland (my shade)

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick post, if you have oily skin or just don’t like the feeling of lots of layers of product, this works really well for highlighting.

Let me know how you are doing in the comments and what your favorite contouring technique is! Have a good week 🙂


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is Some Kind of Magic

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in Fair 3

As a lover of Charlotte Tilbury makeup (I love just about everything I have ever tried from the brand) I had to try the Magic Foundation. Especially since I am a foundation lover (I have way too many open, just because I love trying them) and this is a natural/semi-matte finish, medium to full coverage foundation which is basically the description of my perfect foundation.

Out of the gate, I love this stuff. It is thicker in texture (which I like since it catches less on dry patches than those super thin formulas) and dries down and sets (which I enjoy as someone with oily skin). I love the medium coverage, which is exactly how much I wear for everyday. I find sheer coverage foundations don’t cut my overall redness enough. A medium coverage evens my complexion but I still need to go in and use concealer for acne, so its not a mask. Its just my happy foundation coverage place, and everyones is different.

Okay, to the proof in the pudding. Pictures of me with and without this on are below. In the image with the foundation on, you can see the finish of it on its own, no powder or concealer. Its matte but not flat (aka, my kind of stuff).

bare face!
wearing Magic Foundation applied with fingers (my go-to way to apply all foundation)

I find this lasts beautifully on my skin through a work day, with needing to blot around twice a day (this is the average number of blots/day for me). I am very oily in my t-zone and cheeks, and I have not yet encountered a foundation I don’t need to blot (and I actually think it would dry the rest of my face out and make it look leathery, so blotting is okay by me). The good thing is that this doesn’t separate or fade/disappear in a patchy, obvious way. It holds up. Since this is a foundation that “sets” down, I do find this can collect in fine lines (like the smile lines around my mouth), so I don’t know if its really suited to mature skin, at least without proper moisturizing or primer first. For an idea of how this foundation layers with concealer and some powder, heres a shot of my final makeup.

all done up and ready to go to brunch

Overall, I think this can be made to work for skin that is mature or normal with the right primers or highlighting products. But it is one of those foundations thats sets and lasts which always goes over well with the oily skin set (aka me).

For reference I am about an NC/NW20 and I wear the shade Fair 3. You can see in the pictures above that its a great match. I have been thinking about getting Fair 2 since I like bronzer, and that would give me the ability to get the whole highlighted look with less effort (do you guys want a post on this weird thing I do? I do it all the time, you get a foundation thats a touch light and use bronzer/contour where you want depth and boom, you have a highlight and contoured face, easy peasy, no extra lighter concealer layer needed so you get to wear less makeup).

You can get this foundation at Charlotte Tilbury counters, online, at Nordstrom and at Beautylish for $44.

The rundown: A+ (this baby is in the foundation rotation club)

My Favorite Makeup Products of 2015

Hi guys! I know this took me a while, but I finally rounded up my 2015 makeup favorites. I’m trying not to repeat any from last year, so if I am still loving the same item in a category it won’t be on this list ( like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, check las years out here).

Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation is my favorite from last year. I finished off a bottle of this last year (my new one is currently in my makeup bag). The only other foundation I have finished a bottle of is the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+, which I still adore. This foundation is hydrating, but long wearing. It doesn’t break up from oil. Long wear and comfortable wear, is a win in my book (no nasty dry patches or crepey dry skin).

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Powder – My favorite finishing powder of the year is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, which is beautifully finely milled. It sets the makeup with a rose-petal-velvet-soft finish. It perfects pores and controls oil. Its amazing. I’ve gone through three of these. I can’t stop.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

Bronzers – My top two (I couldn’t pick just one) are NARS Laguna and the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. Both of the bronzer shades have some sheen to them (I like the dimension and life it gives the skin). I use Laguna when I want more of a tan and the Charlotte Tilbury when I’m pale.

top – NARS Laguna, bottom – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Blush – Per usual I have a bunch of blushes (who can pick just one!?). This has been the year of the nude blush for me. Well, nude makeup really (but we’ll get to that with eyeshadow and lipstick too). I love the Charlotte Tilbury and Clinique Cheek Pop blushes. Both formulas are stellar and I would recommend any shade from both lines. I have just been all about the nude blush this year. I cannot recommend First Love, Nude Pop, and Sex on Fire enough if you love nude blushes.

from left – Charlotte Tilbury First Love, Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop, and Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire

Eyeshadows – I have been loving simple, clean eyeshadow looks this year. I already did a whole post on my deep love for Urban Decay Beware, but basically its a beautiful shade and great formula. I was surprised by how much I love the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette. I used this for two months straight after I got it. Its amazing, the formula of these shadows are great and the shades are perfect for everyday, nude eye looks. Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate is my favorite all matte palette from last year. I love the colors and the formula, matte looks aren’t boring to me, I love the definition you can get without it being over the top. The Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are amazing. The formula is easy to use, long wearing, and beautifully shimmery. My favorite shade is 11 Cold Copper, a stunning champagney taupe.

from the bottom left clockwise – Urban Decay Beware, Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate, Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in 11

Mascara – My two favorite mascaras this year are at totally opposite ends of the expense scale, but they are both dramatic and volumizing. I love Maybelline Lash Sensational, I’ve gone through tubes of these in the last year. This gives great big voluminous lashes, which is my jam. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill is a new love, but man, this stuff is amazing! No wonder everyone has been talking about it. In a few swipes I get huge, amazing lashes. I swear, my lashes look fake. Its amazing, but really only if you like dramatic lashes. This is not for the faint of heart.

top – Maybelline Lash Sensational, bottom – Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill

Lipstick – I still love lip liner in a big way, but I’m still loving the same shades and formulas I did last year. So this year I’m going to talk about lipsticks (another real love). I spent all of my summer in NARS Rita (after becoming obsessed with 1920s lips), a beautiful true red. Marc Jacobs New Nudes formula is amazing, super comfortable and a nice medium pigment. Its easy to wear and easy to re-apply. Eat Cake is a beautiful muted pink that I have been wearing all the time. Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect is the perfect nude shade in the perfect classic lipstick formula. Creamy, comfortable and pigmented these lipsticks (any color really) are just amazing.

from the top – NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita, Marc Jacobs New Nudes Eat Cake, Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect
swatches from the left – Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect, Marc Jacobs New Nudes in Eat Cake, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita

Please let me know what you loved last year in the comments! I need a new shopping list and you always have the best recommendations.  Thank you guys so much for reading this blog and being makeup enabling friends this past year 🙂 .

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

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Defines Cheekbones with just one Compact

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Light to Medium

Filmstar Bronze and Glow has been a raved about item from Charlotte Tilbury since the line launched. I was never really tempted to try it until the highlighter craze of this summer happened which, is when I picked one up. I have the shade Light to Medium, there is also a darker shade called Medium to Dark.

The gorgeous retro gold packaging houses two powder products. One is called Sculpt, a cooler bronze shade and the other is Highlight, a shimmery gold sheen. Both shades have some shimmer to them which I don’t mind too much, since I am not a big daily contour-er. If you are, know that shimmer can make a contour look less convincing since it reflects light. I’m more of a bronze all over and highlight gal nowadays, so this works for me. The shimmer in both products helps them blend into the skin and look natural (no one is naturally matte and if you are, know that my oily self is very jealous).

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Light to Medium Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

I didn’t love this as much when I had a tan, since the Sculpt shade is quite light. Now that I am back to my pasty natural self, this works really well. I use the Sculpt shade to add some definition to my face. I use it like a bronzer  (I am a long time lover of the 3-E bronzing technique) but it is a bit cooler than your standard bronzer, so it is more defining. The highlight applies really beautifully so long as you use a light hand. It doesn’t come off too gold, just glowy and healthy.

I am feeling the love with this palette, its really handy to have a bronzer and highlight in one compact. I can travel with just this and some blush options and be set for a few weeks. You can get this lovely product (and the darker version) for $68 at Beautylish, Nordstrom and at Charlotte Tilbury online.

The rundown: A- ( I wish the Sculpt shade was darker, when I have a tan this palette is too fair for me, the powders are lovely, this is just a personal shade preference thing)

The Lip Products that have Accumulated in my Bag

the goods

I raided the bottom of my bag and per usual, I have quite a treasure trove of lippies down there. The real theme here is pinky-nude everyday lippies (shocking I know). My favorite formulas are represented though, so I thought it would be good to share.

I love Bite Beauty and their Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig is a newer shade for me, its a pretty pink. I love the Luminous Creme formula, the shade Rose is a long time favorite as well (Rose is warmer and Fig is cooler). I also have the Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather, which I love. Its more of a browny pink than Fig, which I find easier to wear day-to-day.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect Lipstick is an all time favorite, it goes with me everywhere. Fully pigmented, pinky-nude and, comfortable to wear makes this one a winner every time.

NARS has two products in here as well, their Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien is fabulous. Its a more mauvey pink, but the pencil format makes it super easy to apply. This is the mini size from Sephora’s birthday gift this year, but I could see myself getting the full sized (the shade and formula are fab). The gloss is the new Chelsea Girls color from their Fall 15 collection, its a beautiful sheer pinky nude. I have been loving both the color and the easy, non-sticky, unscented formula.

Then we are really throwing it back with the Dior Lip Glow. I used to be obsessed with this when I first got into makeup. Its a nice balm that changes your lip color based on your lips skin chemistry. Its easy to wear and goes a nice bright pink on me (this isn’t actually a gimmick, it goes more plummy on my mom). I think this is in my bag in an effort to use it up, this one is old, I must admit.

Another oldie and goodie is the Clarins Instant Light Balm Perfector. This one is in shade 02 but I love all the shades, this is just the one currently in my bag. This is an easy, moisturizing, lightly tinted lip gloss/balm hybrid. I just love em.

What do you have in your bag? Any lippies you recommend?

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

My other recommendation from the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collections (besides the highlighter, that I reviewed here) are the Matte Revolution lipsticks. I love the bright orange red 1975 Red and beautiful nude Miss Kensington, they are prefect summer shades.

swatches from the top 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

I find the Matte Revolution formula really nice, its not super drying (but I did feel some light drying after about 4 hours of wear, the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons are less drying in my opinion). I love that these lasted longer on the lips because of the formula, I got a good 5 hours or so of wear. I love the square-ish shaped bullet, I found it made it easier to apply the bold 1975 Red (1975 Red is very pigmented). The shades have a matte but not like the sahara matte finish (I hope this makes sense, the pictures should help).

wearing 1975 Red

1975 Red is such a great red! This one does look good and matte once it dries down, I love the warm red color. I don’t find it too orange, as in, it doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and still complements my neutral skin tone. Its a great summer shade and since I have been loving red lips lately, its been in heavy rotation.

wearing Miss Kensington

Miss Kensington is a bit more semi-matte in finish and the color is sheerer out of the bullet than 1975 Red. This is actually something I prefer in nude shades, since it makes throwing on this lipstick easy throughout the day (you don’t have to worry too much about staying in the lines). This is more pale than I would usually wear on my skin tone, but somehow, it still looks really flattering. I find it a nude with a tiny hint of pink (barely any pink) that doesn’t wash you out or make you look dead. If this is a bit too nude for you, you can add in a lip liner or gloss to amp up the color (I love wearing this with Laura Mercier Potpourri liner to make it pinker).  This shade settles more into my lip lines than 1975 Red does, but some gloss or lip balm (under the lipstick to keep the finish) should sort that out (I just wanted to show the effect of just the lipstick).

I really love these lipsticks, like all Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick they have a light vanilla scent and are generally lovely. These will be staples in my lipstick rotation and, I’m looking forward to trying other shades from the Matte Revolution formula (the whole line is now available in the US through Nordstrom).

You can get these shades for a limited time at Nordstrom for $32 each.

The rundown: A- (a tiny bit drying, but better than most matte lipsticks)