Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Makeup 2016

It’s not even September but holiday sneak peeks are already starting to appear in the beauty world. Who else gets uber excited for these??? I love the holiday collections! Here is a sneak peek at what Charlotte Tilbury has in store for us this holiday season. It will start to become available in October.

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Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar (Retail $200) is made up of: a mini pot of Magic Cream, travel-size tubes of Take it All Off, Miracle Glow, Wonder Glow, Goddess Skin and Supermodel Body, and smaller versions of Eyes to Mesmerize, Legendary Lashes, Penelope Pink and Jessica Red lipsticks, and Sweet Stiletto lip lacquer. This will definitely be on my Christmas list!

The World of Legendary Parties advent calendar box of treats and treasures will be available exclusively on charlottetilbury.com.

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The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Kit is an oversized ball ornament that houses a mini Legendary Lashes Mascara and a Rock’n’Khol pencil. And yes, it can be hung on the tree. Retail $27.

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Charlotte Tilbury holiday 2016 Pocket Kisses mirrored compact in Kiss Me Quick. Also available in Jessica Red. Retail $22

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The Dreamy Look in a Clutch includes quite a few products: Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Luxury Palette of glow-enhancing eyeshadows; mini Legendary Lashes Mascara; mini Legendary Eye Liner in Bedroom Black; mini Legendary Lip Liner in Bitten Kiss; a lipstick in Secret Salma from the Matte Revolution Hot Lips collection; and a Tilbury tutorial on a USB key. Retails for $128

Taking Down Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star has been a YouTube star for a relatively short period of time but his “star”dom has risen fairly quickly. His over the top style, makeup, and general persona have caught a lot of interest. Recently he’s launched into his own makeup line that has received rave reviews by fellow YouTubers. His liquid lipsticks are known to sell out as soon as they’re launched and his new eyeshadow palette has been highly sought after…..until now.

Watching your favorite YouTuber take a spiral down the “pay me to say anything” hole has been happening more and more frequently. It’s hard to know who to trust. You watch someone with millions of followers say something is amazing, buy it, and find that it’s actually garbage. But the pay-for-good reviews is happening more and more, and it seems no one wants to really be honest about how a product is performing and risk being blacklisted by that brand. Until now. Stephanie Nicole is quickly becoming the go-to reviewer that tells it like it is, and more times then not, she tells you its crap and she’s right.

Stephanie has recently posted a very long and blasting video regarding the character of Jeffree Star. I want to share it because it’s truly insightful. It definitely was eye opening. And it really draws awareness to who we support, whether it be by watching a video, buying a product, or just liking/subscribing. I will not be supporting JS products, his videos or anything to do with his brand. I liked Jeffree¬†Star until I saw him smoking pot in the his videos. I think it sends a horrible message glamorizing drug use. So many teens look up to him, and watch his tutorials. But that aside, there is much worse things about his character that Stephanie Nicole brings to light. She shares actual video footage/tweets/messages of his antics, and violence against women.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Review

A couple of months ago the teasers came out for the new holiday Hourglass Ambient Edit palette. I was one of the first to order it when it came out on Sephora, as part of my “makeup revamp, so let’s spend a fortune”. I don’t normally wear powder. My 36 year old skin doesn’t do well with it. They say once you’re in your 30s that powder is not really a good idea because it shows wrinkles by settling in, and that seemed the case for me with every one I’ve tried.

Hourglass-Ambient-Lighting-Edit-Palette-526On my research quest I found that Hourglass was unique in offering powders based on the most flattering lights. Dim Light (first one-top row) seems to be the most popular. It’s supposed to give a dewy glow to the skin, lighting from within. Well, sign me up for whatever that is! I had never tried Hourglass so I liked the idea of 6 different products in one – 3 powders, 1 bronzer and 2 blushes.

As they arrived the reviews were pretty negative. Not that the product was bad but the value wasn’t there and it was too small for brushes. The palette is $80 and it’s a $48 value based on price per ounce. But I believe when you’re getting multiple products in one that that also offers value so I was still excited for mine.

hourglass_ambientedit011I, however, had no trouble getting a brush in. I use a Viseart blush brush that works perfect, I use a big fluffy eyeshadow blending brush for the lighter powder that is supposed to go well under the eyes as a concealer and setting powder and I use a kabuki for the bronzer and big fluffy brush that I mush a little to fit in the two powders. I don’t have any problems using it with brushes that I already owned. This is great for travel too; having 3 products in one compact.

hourglass_ambientedit003I love everything about this palette and I’m using it daily. I used to only use Nars Orgasm blush and it’s now been replaced by these two blushes. One is more pink and the other more plum. The bronzer is perfect for my light skin, gives it a soft bronze glow. I love all the powders, but some more than others. The center pink shimmery powder is exclusive to the palette, called Iridescent Light. It is more shimmery than the other two. I have plans on buying Dim Light in the full size. I like that powder the best and I feel like I will go through that one fairly quickly, so I want to save whats in this palette for traveling.

Hourglass-Ambient-Lighting-Edit-Palette-532I have very dry skin and I’ve heard some people complain it enhanced that. I do not see that at all. All I can think is maybe they’re not moisturizing their skin before applying makeup. Because my skin is like the desert and requires a lot of moisturizer so if I’m ok with it then everyone should be. And I’m happy to say I can finally wear powder again without it enhancing wrinkles. It really gives you a beautiful glow to your skin. I’ve definitely become a fan of Hourglass after this palette. Retails for $80 and Sephora is having a VIB 20% on November 13-16, 2015 with code VIB20 so you can get it for $64!

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Quad Review

My makeup bills have quickly shot up lately and I don’t dare add them up. It was a necessary evil though as I felt my makeup was getting boring and my looks stale. I love makeup, but I don’t love makeup enough to have 50 palettes and 100 lipsticks and every new thing that comes out. I like quality over quantity. Yes, I own about 12 YSL lip stains but then I only have a few other lipsticks and that’s it.

So 3 months ago I started doing a lot of research into new makeup to see what was good and worth the investment to revamp my style. I fell into Tom Ford simply from a perfume sample that came in my Sephora order. It was Tom Ford Noir and I loved it, and I bought it. I had never strayed from what I believed was my signature scent, Burberry Classic. I knew Tom Ford recently went into makeup and had even pinned some lipsticks but $52 seemed like a lot at the time.

So I started looking into Tom Ford quads. At $80 each it’s a big investment. Is it worth the price? Yes, I found out. I watched a lot of videos, swatches and first bought Silvered Topaz (will review separately). I loved it. So when I went to buy a second one I kept seeing that Cocoa Mirage was their best seller. I quickly dismissed it because it looked sooo boring. Just some browns, mostly matte. But it kept popping up and I kept seeing videos and liking the results. One of the things I was also trying to get away from was always doing bronzey shimmers, basically anything with glitter. I needed mattes. I lacked those greatly, so I drank the kool-aid and bought cocoa mirage.

imageFrom the onset it looks just like plain browns but it’s more than that. You really do get what you pay for when you buy Tom Ford. If you’re like me, I have super sensitive skin, as well as my eyes. Any little fall out makes my eyes go red and irritated. Tom Ford literally has no fall out. They are creamy and buttery. You can apply them lightly or heavy for my dramatic looks. So with four simple colors you can do endless looks. I’m enjoying trying more matte looks, but I have to say that one shimmer brown in the quad is a real winner. Sometimes I just wear that on the lid for a simple smoky eye and it builds up really nice. It is a coppery brown with just the right amount of shimmer. Temptalia ranked it an A and I agree. Cocoa Mirage is not boring. It is a high quality quad that has many looks and is amazing quality to justify the price.

imageI swipped about three times and you can see where the edges of the swipe are lighter and the center more bold. So you can see how the color builds up nicely.