January Makeup and Skincare Favorites 2022

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.com

I have been rotating a few foundations every month and the one I stuck to for the month of January was the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish foundation. It gave me medium to full coverage, which I love. It wore beautifully throughout the day and I didn’t have to touch up very much.

Photo Courtesy of Catrice .com

The concealer that has stolen my heart is the Catrice True Skin high coverage concealer. This one was a real hidden gem at the drugstore. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s light and full coverage, and blends like a dream. It wears for a long time, and I don’t notice any creasing. This concealer also works great with my favorite setting powder.

Photo Courtesy of Laura Mercier.com

My favorite setting powder has been the Laura Mercier loose setting powder in the new Translucent Honey. This is the greatest thing that Laura Mercier could have done with her iconic, translucent loose setting powder. This is my perfect setting powder. It’s the same cult favorite with a little hint of color.

I don’t have a new pressed powder because I am currently on a no buy/ low buy. I’ll have an update on that at the end of the quarter. I’m currently working through two MAC mineralized skin finishes and a Studio Fix powder.

Photo Courtesy of Natasha Denona.com

My favorite blush, highlight and eyeshadows are all in one palette. The Natasha Denona glam face palette. I’m currently working on finishing that palette and I will have an update on how that is going and how long it’s going to take. The Natasha Denona glam face palette is so beautiful and not just the outer packaging but the products inside are just gorgeous. Just add liner and mascara and you’re good to go. I like to just tight line for day and winged liner for night. This palette is a true staple for the simple makeup lover.

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.com

Finally, to finish off the complexion, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush bronzer. This bronzer is exactly as it says. It gives an airbrushed bronze to my skin like no other. If I want a subtle contour, I apply with a tight brush. If I want a bronze, I use a fluffy fanned out brush. Either way, the bronzer is gorgeous. I got the deep shade, and I am an NC50 in MAC and it is perfection.

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.com

I have a kit that is my skincare favorite, and I am so glad I brought this into my Routine. It is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic skin Icons. This kit is a supercharged quartet of proucts that gives you supermodel skin. After using this kit in the trial size for a month, I had to get the full sizes.

Discover the results observed in a user study for Charlotte’s Magic Cream moisturizer: Charlotte’s Magic Cream is infused with supercharged skincare ingredients!

  • 100% agree that WRINKLES appear REDUCED!
  • 100% felt their skin was instantly MOISTURISED
  • 100% agree dull skin was instantly TRANSFORMED

Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir: 

Discover the results observed in a user trial for Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

  • 93% AGREE SKIN LOOKS YOUNGER!
  • 97% agree skin feels INTENSELY HYDRATED!
  • 94% agree skin looks and feels FIRMER!

Magic Night Cream: 

RESULTS OBSERVED IN A USER STUDY:

  • 100% agree skin looks and feels SMOOTHER
  • 96% agree skin looks and feels PLUMPER

Magic Eye Rescue:

RESULTS OBSERVED IN A CLINICAL STUDY:

  • 100% agree DARK CIRCLES are significantly BRIGHTENED
  • 100% agree skin looks and feels SMOOTHER
  • 100% agree skin looks and feels FIRMER

Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir: 

Discover the clinically proven results of Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir.

  • Lip volume appears boosted by up to 70% in 28 days
  • MOISTURISES for up to 24 HOURS***
  • BOOSTS HYDRATION by up to 157% in 1 hour!***
  • Visibly REDUCES the appearance of LIP LINES by up to 20%

This kit is amazing and actually does what the clinical trial says it does. You get these awesome results from a company that really stands behind their products. A true “Supermodel” skin brand. Charlotte has magic elves working in her lab. I swear they are really putting pixie dust or something in these products to make them so amazing. You really do get what you pay for.

Well, that’s all of my makeup and skincare favorites. I’m going to give an update on my low buy in a future.

Natasha Denona Glam Face Palette review

I have had this palette for a few weeks now. I have been reaching for it every time I do my makeup. I like the convenience of having everything in one place. The only thing I have to add is bronzer and my complexion products.

It was a hard decision to get this one. I had to step back and examine my makeup collection and see where this palette would fit in. I am not regretting my purchase in the least. I don’t have any other Natasha Denona products, and this was a great starter palette for me. I find that this palette gives me a basic day to night look without worry.

I love that Natasha Denona as well as other brands are becoming more consumer conscious. As a consumer I want products that make my life easier. I don’t want to have to figure it out. That has been achieved with this palette. I’m not a beginner but I appreciate the simplicity. I can also experiment and come up with a very cohesive look that didn’t take too much time or effort.

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.natashadenona.com

The palette comes in two versions, light and dark. I thought it was about skin tone, but it’s really about whether you want a soft or rich eye look. I now wish that I had gotten both. I have the dark palette and the colors are so rich and berry toned. In

This palette has two cream products and five eyeshadows that are named by placement rather than color. This is great for beginners and those of us who suffer with decision fatigue. This palette is excellent to grab and go if you are pressed for time in the mornings. I am a wife and mother of two. I don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning and instead of looking for makeup items that will work together, I just put on foundation, concealer, bronzer and this palette. I’m ready to roll in about ten minutes.

This palette is for the person who needs to get ready quickly. It is beginner friendly and easily giftable. If you are looking for a palette that will be easy to use and get you out of the door quickly, this is the one for you.

My First Charlotte Tilbury in-depth product review

Pillow talk Dreamy eye kit

The Pillow talk instant eye palette and Full fat lashes mascara. This Palette and mascara really surprised me. I wasn’t ready for the gorgeous pigment and the soft blend of these shadows. I am reaching for this eyeshadow palette every day. It really is gorgeous and soft on the eyes. The shimmers are beautiful and they blend like a dream.

The mascara was also a surprise. It has the perfect name because just like the name says it gives you full fat lashes. It builds and builds. You can go overboard really quick. The formula and volume are incredible. I am forever hooked.

Airbrush Flawless Bronzer- Deep

This product started it all for me. The Airbrush Flawless Bronzer in deep. I purchased it after hearing and seeing hundreds of rave reviews. I couldn’t believe how many people loved this product. No matter the age or skin tone, everyone loved this bronzer. I got it in the mail and I haven’t put it down since. This was the product that introduced me to Charlotte Tillbury.

This, light as air, powder bronzer is so highly pigmented and easily blend able, which these two descriptions are rarely used together to describer a product, let alone a bronzer. I thought that it would be too warm. It is warm but in a flattering way on my skin tone. It gives me the perfect sun-kissed, and when I’m heavy handed, bronzy glow. It is like sun in a compact.

Hollywood Superstar Glow Highlighter

Another show stopper is the Hollywood Superstar Glow Highlighter.

Now this one had me on the fence for a while considering how many highlighters are on the market right now. From drugstore to high end, at least every brand has ten or more highlighters in their line.

The price didn’t deter me much considering the fact that I am in the middle of a makeup declutter and am now realizing how much money I am literally throwing away. I was ready to invest in one great highlighter instead of a hundred just okay ones.

This product certainly did not disappoint. It is as beautiful in person as it is in pictures. It is the most universally flattering champagne gold. Every skin tone across the board can wear this highlight. It’s not packed with glitter. It builds nicely. It doesn’t emphasize texture and it is beautiful to look at on your vanity. It is as huge as the bronzer and a great investment if you want something that will always work and last a long time.

I love kits. they make applying your makeup easy and simple. It’s really hard to find a face palette that can suit a variety of skin tones and still have ease of application. I believe that Charlotte Tilbury has made it her life’s work to make sure we are polished and put together on a daily basis no matter what. Her products and formulas are just unsurpassed. Each and every palette is crafted with the everyday woman in mind. We all have different styles, different lives, careers, etc.. Charlotte Tilbury made sure there was a kit for every woman in every walk of life and style.

Gorgeous glowing beauty makeup kit

Here comes the Gorgeous glowing beauty. This kit has literally saved my life. I use it every day and it is a staple in my makeup bag. When you need to get ready quickly, a face kit is truly a gem. The best thing is that I can use the whole palette. Every single product in this palette suits my complexion. I can’t go wrong with this kit. The only thing there is to add is my favorite concealer and powder and I’m off. This palette gives the perfect, glowing, neutral, daytime appropriate look. Whew! That was a mouthful.

I love the warm, mauve tones of this palette. The bronzer and blush go great together. The highlight glows without glitter or sparkles. This is truly for the grown and sexy or corporate America girl. You just can’t go wrong. This is an all powder palette, so you can use the powder any way you like. I have used the bronzer as blush and the blush as eyeshadow. The options are endless.

Here is a must have pair. Liquid foundation and pressed powder. You may say that there is nothing special about this. I’m here to tell you that I said the exact same thing. I asked myself, “How is this so much better than stuff I already have?” “Do I really need this?” I wonder how the coverage is?” I did my research on this product. I found all the reviews that I could and all of the ones that I trusted were giving these two products rave reviews and 5 stars. Of course, I was late to the party but, I still managed to get in. I have been loving this combination for the longest time now. I’m almost done with the foundation which, I might get a backup of.

The powder is really the star of this classy act. It blurs and perfects to give you a true airbrushed appearance. I have been in love with this powder from the first swipe. I love the finish and it gives just enough coverage.

The products are just the tip of the iceberg in the Charlotte Tilbury collection. She has made incredible products that have changed everyone’s makeup game for the better. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Best High End Makeup of 2020

Hello loves,
These are the products that make my morning and ultimately my day a whole lot easier. I love each and every one of these product and I will have each one linked below. Have a happy and safe holiday season.

Products Mentioned:

Charlotte Tillbury :
Magic Cream- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Magic Cream light- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Wonder glow primer- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Instant look in a palette -stoned rose- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Instant look in a palette- gorgeous glowing beauty- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Airbrush flawless setting spray- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Full Fat lashes Mascara- https://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/p…

Other products mentioned:

Pat McGrath Labs sublime perfection concealer- https://www.sephora.com/product/pat-m…

Fenty Beauty bronzer- cocoa naughty- https://www.sephora.com/product/sun-s…

NARS- Soft matte complete foundation- caracas/ medium-deep 3.3- https://www.sephora.com/brand/nars?ic…

MAC mineralized skinfinish natural -Dark- https://www.maccosmetics.com/product/…

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Profusion 6 piece Kiss me up matte lipstick review

I stumbled across this set in my local Dollar General store and it caught my eye. With all the matte lip trends I felt compelled to give this product a try. I already have an obsession about lipstick as it is. I just had to pick up this set. The lipstick packaging looks very sleek and They have a clear stripe so you can see each color. These are a comfortable formula with no real smell or taste. I love the feel of these lipsticks and they have at least a five hour wear without eating or drinking. They are not transfer proof which I wasn’t expecting for the price.

This is a great starter set for someone who wants to experiment with matte lipstick. Most matte lipsticks cost a pretty penny and it’s best not to dive in and invest before knowing if a matte lip is for you. I definitely needed to try matte lip before investing and I like how it looks so far. I’m a medium deep skintone and most of these lipsticks I had to use a lipliner with to tone down the color. This wasn’t a con for me because I usually wear a lipliner with any lipstick I wear anyway. The wear time is okay but the feel is amazing. They feel very moisturizing on the lips and don’t dry your lips out like most matte lipsticks do.

I would definitely recommend these to a friend and will repurchase more lippies from Profusion.

 

 

Buxom Full on Lip Polish Review

I have been a huge fan of BareMinerals for years. I loved their mineral foundation. That foundation was the first powder form of foundation that didn’t make me look ashy or ghostly. It never broke me out and it lasted forever. I was pleasantly surprised when the company came out with the Buxom line.

The first gloss I tried was Sandy. It was so beautiful and I loved the tingle it gave my lips. It was gorgeous on top of any lipstick that I wore. I used the entire tube and repurchased four times. I have been using and loving buxom glosses ever since. It has been about ten years now that I have been a devoted BareMinerals and Buxom lip polish user.

Lately they have been coming back in with more new colors. 100 in all. Which is so incredible. Each one lends a different undertone and hue. Each one sparkles and shines in it’s own way. There is a color for every skin tone and every woman. Whether you are a diva, or stay at home mom, Buxom has your perfect pout. Let’s talk about two of my favorites.

Brandi

Candied Berry

 This color is my true love. I am always reaching for this color and usually have a backup of this somewhere in my makeup stash. It looks like it’s a dramatic color in the container but on the lips, it is a sheer wash of berry with a little bit of brown undertone, I can never go wrong with this one.

Sarina

Chocolate Sparkle
This color has also become a favorite. I love a nude lip and this color is perfect to wear over a nude lipstick, with a nude lip liner or just on it’s own. I love this color on it’s own. It gives my lips a nice sparkle and shine. It makes me look a little more pulled together even on a minimal or no makeup day. I keep this shade in my makeup bag. It’s great for touch ups no matter what color I was wearing. 
The only complaint that I have heard about this gloss is the tingle and the stickiness. Gloss is such a personal preference. Some like a sticky gloss, like myself and others like a more slippery gloss. I love the feel of this gloss too. The tingle is actually very cooling to my lips, which is always welcome. It’s like popping a mint without actually eating one. I can’t testify to the plumping effect because my lips are pretty full, but the tingle does make you pout a little. I think that is the point of the cooling inside the formula. 
The Buxom full on lip polish retails for $20.00. I think they are worth every penny of your investment. If you don’t want to splurge on just one then get a set of minis to try and see if you like them. I recommend The Pout of paradise set or the Ulta exclusive Six degrees below. Both sets retail for $32.00. You get six minis to try and hopefully you’ll fall in love with them the way I have.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate bar review.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

  

I was a little skeptical of ordering this palette considering I already had the original Chocolate bar. I was wondering what the difference might be between the two and if it was even worth it to have both. The original Chocolate bar palette is very warm and neutral whereas the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar is very cool toned and neutral. They both give very beautiful looks and the colors are superb but I was still on the fence. So I dove in and got it and I must say it is worth every penny.

I love this palette for several reasons. First, it’s way more compact than the original Chocolate bar which I bought before the palette was redesigned. The colors are much more rich and warmer in spite of the fact that a lot of people say the colors are cooler. They read much warmer on my skin tone which I like. The shadows aren’t powdery. This Chocolate Bar smells even more like Cocoa than the first.

Now let me clarify that this palette is cool toned. My skin tone is NC50 in MAC so these shadows are warm on me because of my skin tone not because the color is warm. As you can tell from the pictures, these shadows are cooler in tone than the original chocolate bar but I personally don’t find this palette to be a totally cool toned palette. I reach for this one every day no matter what eye look I’m doing.

Each color is unique and the names match perfectly. I couldn’t have thought of better names for these shadows. After you use each one you will understand why the name is so fitting. Here are a few of my favorites.

A perfect satin brown taupe.- most of the glitter does not transfer on the eyes.

A rose gold shimmer- Great for highlighting the inner corner.
Warm matte light brown- Great transition and blending shade.

shimmery satin blackened plum- great alternative to black 

Golden vanilla shimmer highlight. Can also be used as a facial highlight.

Frosted sheer bronze with gold reflect- warms up any shadow you put it on top of .

Matte cream

Matte black

Pink frosted sheer shimmer- Transforms the look of a shadow when applied on top.

I’ve enjoyed this palette to the fullest. I have created very dramatic to everyday looks with this palette. I expect no less from Too Faced cosmetics. They bring us great quality when there is a focused theme. They make sure the palette is totally in line with the theme all the way down to the packaging. They excite our senses in every way. The look of the Chocolate bar draws us in cause we all love chocolate but maybe can’t indulge in it as much as we would like but we can have this bar sitting on our vanity to remind us of our love. The smell when you open the palette immediately makes you nostalgic and you go to a happy place because the scent reminds you of a long lost love, cocoa. Not only are the shadows infused with cocoa powder, research shows that the scent of cocoa is connected with increased memory and brain power.

Too Faced has brought us some great product and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. 

Maybelline Matte Lipstick Review

Ever since Maybelline came out with their vivid lipsticks, they have exceeded our expectation of a drugstore lipstick. From color choices to finishes and even comfort of wear, Maybelline has turned the drugstore lipstick genre on its head. Every other makeup company has had to reformulate their lipsticks because Maybelline gave the market a punch in the gut. So, now they have come out with two successful trend lines that don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The buffs and the mattes. I loved the buffs. That line was the first time I had four or more drugstore nude colors to choose from. The formula was amazing and the feel was incredible. And most of all they smell so amazing.  Now with the new matte shades and some new additions for fall, Maybelline has done it again. I fell in love with two colors from the matte collection.

Divine Wine-695

 This color is the perfect brick red with a little of a burgundy undertone. It is so creamy and smooth. I was never one for matte lips but this color and formula changed my mind. I couldn’t believe how creamy this lipstick was. I fell in love with the feel of it as well. It was really comfortable to wear and I didn’t have a problem with bleeding or smudging. Honestly this is the first time that I have worn a red this intense and it is gorgeous.

Touch of Spice-660
This color was also a big surprise to me. I thought that this nude would be way too light or look ashy on me. It was hard for me to try this one. I tried it without my trusty lip liner and well I guessed right. it was too light and ashy and it made my lips look ill. So when I tried it with a spice lip liner or a brown or chocolate it was gorgeous. That just goes to show you how you can be completely wrong about a product until you tweak it to you. Had I just used my usual lip liner from the beginning I could have saved myself a lot of stress and trouble. 
I can’t wait to see what Maybelline comes up with next. I look forward to their new releases. I’m a lipstick junkie and if they keep this up I’m just going to have to go work for them.