I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful weekend so far. I literally have so many exciting things to share with you but I thought today I would feature one of my all time favourite beauty brands; Charlotte Tilbury. Around a month or so ago I had a lovely weekend away in London where I met up with some friends and spent Mothers Day weekend with my parents. Family trips to London are becoming more of a tradition within the Meola household and we always make sure to do something new or discover something when we visit. On this occassion we enjoyed a lovely Mothers Day weekend, I actually snap vlogged the whole time I was there (you would have been so proud of me haha), we visited the Hummingbird Bakery and enjoyed a spot of shopping. Naturally, we visited one of our all time favourite stores which is Harrods and we enjoyed a little wonder and I even managed to pick up a few treats. I literally went in with one item on my wish list and I eneded up walking away with a few more bits and pieces - does anyone else do this?! Confessions of a shopaholic or what haha.
Charlotte Tilbury has grown to become one of my all time favourite beauty brands and I am always left so impressed after using anything from the line. The Charlotte Tilbury range launched in September 2013 to unprecedented rave reviews and broke all records. I have featured a few Charlotte Tilbury products on my blog already but I am very excited to slowly but surely be expanding my collection. Firstly, I think we all need to take a moment to appreciate this exquisite rose gold packaging! If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know my obsession with all things rose gold and I have to say that Charlotte has really hit it on the nail with this dazzling packaging. It is so distinctive and it just adds to the overall luxurious feel of the brand and it looks so stunning on my vanity.
The initial item that was on my wish list before stopping by the counter was the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow which retails at £49. I had majorly hit pan on the one that was currently in my makeup collection and I wanted to pick up a backup as this is one product I seriously cannot live without. The palette is now available in two shades (Light to Medium and Medium to Dark) but I went back to my tried and tested shade Light to Medium as I love how the shades enhance my skintone. When I first purchased this palette I was instantly blown away by it and I always recommend it because it has honestly changed my makeup game. You can slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features with this palette and I even use the shades as eyeshadow too (you can see me do this on my YouTube channel). It's amazing how a little bronzer and highlighter can instantly change the way your face looks - even when I look really pale and under the weather this palette always perks me up. The bronzer is the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to contour features and mimic a sunkissed complextion. The highlighter is built up from a golden base that flatters any skin tone, and uses Light Flex Technology to capture the light and radiate it our for a liminous complexion. Even though £49 is on the pricey side for a bronzer and highlighter duo this is an item I would repurchase over and over again without fail.
Whilst the sales assistant was collecting the Film Star Bronze & Glow palette for me I caught sights of the lipstick stand and one shade instantly stood out to me. I don't know about you but lipstick is one of my all time favourite beauty products and I just love how they can change the way you feel. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many lipsticks in your makeup collection! Very Victoria which retails at £23 is part of the Matte Revolution range and even though they are designed to leave a matte finish on the lips they are extremely creamy, super pigmented and comfortable to wear. This gorgeous soft rosy beige shade is inspired by the iconic Victoria Beckham and I have been hooked ever since. Usually, if I'm not trying something new you will find me wearing my beloved MAC Faux lipstick which is a shade I will always love and have in my makeup collection. However, if you are looking for something a little different which has similar hues I would definitely recommend Very Victoria. This shade has more warm undertones and a slight subtle shimmer. I can't wait to wear this throughout the summer months!
The final product I decided to pick up was the newest foundation to hit Charlotte's line-up, the Magic Foundation in #5 which retails at £29.50. Now, at first I wasn't completely sold on this foundation (shock horror because in my eyes Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong when it comes to her makeup line!). When I had my makeup done for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards back in November this was the foundation they used on me and honestly I couldn't wait to get it off at the end of the night. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved my makeup, however, I think the MUA put too much on my face and colour matched be wrong and it left me feeling a little disappointed with the foundation, especially because it even broke my skin out. However, never-the-less I had heard so many wonderful things about the foundation that I wanted to give it another try. The first step was being colour matched to the correct shade and we decided to go for #5 which is slightly darker than my natural skintone. When I am at my palest I can really blend out this shade and set it with a light powder and when I have applied fake tan I can get away with using it alone and enhancing my skin with the Film Star Bronze and Glow. I tried this foundation again on Easter Sunday and honestly it restored my faith in the foundation! The shade was great, the coverage was exactly what I needed, it felt light weight and it lasted all day. I felt it even wore better throughout the day when it had settled properly in with my skin - my Mum couldn't stop going on about it and now wants one in her shade haha. The Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types. Charlotte worked on this 'hyper-intelligent' formulation for years that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless with all the ant-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It concealed all imperfections, applied like a dream and felt almost like a second skin. I would definitely consider having a handful of shades of this foundation in my makeup collection to use all year round and I am so glad I decided to give it a second chance.
Overall, I have fallen head over heels for all of these products and I would recommend them to anyone. I fall more in love with the brand every time I stop by a counter and I have to literally restrain myself from purchasing every single makeup set they have available in-store and online. As a beauty enthusiast and collector I would love to own the whole line one day- a girl can dream right haha. I think the next step for me would be to venture out into Charlotte's skincare line. When I had my makeup done at Charlotte Tilbury in Selfridges for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards back in November my makeup artist used the Goddess Skin Clay Mask and the ever so famous Magic Cream on me to prep my skin before makeup. They were so luxurious and felt incredible once applied and I would love to treat myself when I next stop by a counter...or if I can't wait until then I might just have to make a cheeky online order haha. The great thing when you purchase from Harrods is you earn points which can be redeemed in store - it definitely helps justify the spend haha.
I hope you all enjoyed today's post and taking a peek at the new Charlotte Tilbury goodies I recently picked up. I would love to know your thoughts on the products mentioned above and if you have any tips and tricks whilst using them. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want to chat you can contact me on my social media or you can leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they honestly make my day!
Lots of Love