My June 2017 Beauty Favourites

A few things I've been loving, clockwise from the bottom left: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster, NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen, and Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Beauty Glow.

It's summertime in Vancouver, and with it comes simpler, dewier, bronzier makeup. Also, I always seem to be running 10 minutes later than I want to in the mornings, so makeup that's quick, foolproof, and easy is a must.

To that end, here are a few things I loved in June.

1) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster
I'm a slap it on and forget it kind of girl when it comes to lip products. I can't be bothered with a complicated lip combo in the morning, and I hardly ever remember to re-apply during the day. So I love the fact that I can apply Ultra HD Lip Booster with my eyes closed. I also love that it adds a whole bunch of hydration that really seems to plump up my lips, as opposed to some balms and glosses, which just kind of sit on the lips. The true test of its hydration value is the fact that I have not dealt with chapped lips at all this spring/summer.

The list of loves goes on: Ultra HD Lip Booster comes in both clear (00) and this perfect rosy shade (01), which adds just a hint of natural colour to my lips. It's gorgeous. When I first popped it on at a Make Up For Ever event, I got compliments right away.

Finally, my favourite quality of Ultra HD Lip Booster is that it's not remotely sticky. I can't stand it when the wind blows and my hair sticks to my lips. Raise your hand if you've walked down the street with your lips pursed for protection. Not cute, right? So thank you, Make Up For Ever, for saving me from such trials. This was a PR sample, but I'll definitely be replacing it for $29 when it runs out.

2) NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
The best thing about NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer is the texture, which reminds me a lot of a MAC Paint Pot. A tiny bit will get you a ton of coverage without being drying. Under my eyes, that is everything. I like to tap this into the darkest part of my under-eye circles and blend. Here's a quick tip: I'm a Beauty Blender girl, but the texture of this product really doesn't love the Beauty Blender. It kind of just moves around. The warmth of your finger is much better for blending it into the skin. Overall, it's a good investment, even at $37.

(Aside: This came out around the same time as Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and a few folks have compared them. I like NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer MUCH better.)

3) Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen has eclipsed NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as my favourite under-eye concealer of all time. Yes, it's very over-priced at $48. Yes, it has that annoying click/brush packaging. But it's such a beautiful, effective product that I don't care. As I get older, my under-eye area seems to be more and more dehydrated and sensitive to drying concealer formulas. I need something with decent coverage, but that's also both hydrating and glowy. This is it. You should try it if you haven't. Love.

4) L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
A drugstore product on this blog? WHAT? I freely admit to being a luxury makeup snob. Typically, the quality is better, and I just truly enjoy the experience of luxe makeup. But there are exceptions to every rule. I bought L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara on a whim after seeing a couple of solid reviews online, and I have to tell you, I am IMPRESSED. I bought a tube of Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara for a whopping $34 about a month before I got the L'Oreal, and the Lancome has completely gone by the wayside. I much prefer L'Oreal's $10 product. It's incredibly volumizing—in fact, it gives my beloved Le Volume de Chanel a run for its money. It's also quite lengthening. What makes it so much better than the Lancome Hypnose Drama, though, is the separation. Lancome Hypnose Drama gives me spiky, clumped-together lashes. L'Oreal Lash Paradise gives me luscious, fluttery lashes. Also, it lasts quite well, smudging only if I wear it on my lower lashes.

(Aside: My lower lash go-to mascaras are MAC Extended Play and Clinique Lash Power, which are perfect because they have teeny-tiny brushes and NEVER smear thanks to their formula: they're soluble only with a lot of warm water. Keep this tip in your pocket for next time you find a mascara that you love, but smears. Could it work on your top lashes only?)

5) Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Beauty Glow
Beauty Glow is the latest in Charlotte Tilbury's Look in a Palette series. In my opinion, it's also the best. The first, Natural Beauty, is just a little too natural for me. Very no-makeup makeup, which just isn't usually my jam. The second, Seductive Beauty, is gorgeous. It's smoky and cool-toned, and it's fabulous when I want to look a little extra. It's not what I reach for on the daily, though. Beauty Glow is a (very) happy medium. It can be natural or smoky, and you can pull together a polished, glowing, beautiful eye look in just a few minutes. And that medium brown shade may just be the most perfect, beautiful, easy-to-blend crease shade of ALL TIME. You need to trust me on this one, lovelies.

Besides the shadows being beautiful, what I love about this palette is how quick and easy it is given everything is in one spot. I always seem to be in a rush in the morning, so being able to slap on an easy face quickly, without having to think about which colours go with what, is amazing. Two blush shades and the contour and highlight are right there. And they're AWESOME.

I'm not a bronzer queen, but in the summer, when I get a bit of a tan on my arms and shoulders, I like to bronze up my face a little more than usual and pretend I'm not naturally white as a sheet. Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow, duplicated in this palette, is literally the best bronzer/contour highlight pair I've ever tried. The bronzer isn't too warm, and it has a tiny bit of a sheen. The highlight is somewhere in the middle of dramatic and natural, and adds a bit of golden glow (not glitter) to the skin. GLOW is what Charlotte does best, in my opinion.

Then there are the two blushes: A bronze and a pinky peach. If you're like me (read: pasty white with pink undertones), the bronze blush shade freaked you out a bit when you first saw it. I'm here to tell you that even on fair skin, a light "swish" over the cheekbones is gorgeous. Even if it's not for you, it doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow shade.

The pinky peach blush shade is designed to be "popped" onto the apples of the cheeks after you've swept the bronze shade up your cheekbones, and it does look beautiful that way. But when I'm in a rush, I skip bronzer, highlight, and blush layering, and just pop this onto my cheeks for a bit of freshness that I know will complement the eyeshadows perfectly. *swoon*

All in all, it's amazing. Well worth the $85. (I know it hurts, love. I'll hold your hand while you add to cart. )

What are you loving this summer? Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: All of these products except for the Lip Booster were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster was provided by PR for my consideration.

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Charlotte Tilbury's Liv it Up: My Favourite Lipstick Shade for Spring

A recent makeup look featuring Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Liv It Up.

I adore bright pink and plum lipstick shades. But this spring, I've developed a love for light pink and nude lipsticks. Some do wash me out—but the right ones are delicious.

I introduced a friend to the wonders of Charlotte Tilbury a couple of weeks ago, and of course, I couldn't walk away from the counter without a treasure of my own. I tried a lipstick shade I normally wouldn't gravitate toward—and I love it.

How I feel about Charlotty Tilbury's Liv It Up.

Liv It Up is part of Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips collection, a range of 12 lipstick shades inspired by celebrities. It's a light, neutral pink in her Matte Revolution formula. I presume it's inspired by Liv Tyler.

If you haven't tried any of Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks, you need to. They're my favourite formulas ever. Seriously, I have 13 of them. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipsticks are softly shiny and creamy, and the Matte Revolution lipsticks are matte without being TOO matte, and not at all drying. Honestly, I have a hard time wearing anything else. They're that comfortable, and that gorgeous.

Are you intrigued by Liv It Up?

Have you tried any of Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks? What did you think? If not, I'd love to hear about your favourite lipstick shades for spring. Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

A Look With Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look in a Palette and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk and Instant Look in a Palette.

Another blog post, another Charlotte Tilbury product. Welcome to my vanity.

If you have more self-control than I do and you haven't already emptied your wallet at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I suggest trying her Instant Look in a Palette products—they're a great introduction. The look I'm going to show you today features the lighter of the two palettes, called Natural Beauty. It features a three eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter, and two blushes designed to be used together (reminiscent of her "Swish and Pop" blushes). All colours are new—even the bronzer and highlighter, which are just a tad lighter than the colours in Charlotte's famed Filmstar Bronze and Glow. The eyeshadows are perfect for a very natural daytime look: A matte, barely-there pink, a champagne shimmer, and a light, soft brown with a satin finish. The blushes are both warm pinky-peaches with satin finishes.

If you've heard of any Charlotte Tilbury products, you've probably heard of Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, which is not only the perfect lip liner formula, but also the perfect nude for lining and enhancing your lips. Friends, it was a good day indeed when Charlotte released this perfect pinky-nude shade in the form of her Matte Revolution Lipstick, which happens to be the best matte lipstick formula I've ever tried—it's matte without looking flat, and it's incredibly comfortable on the lips. If you buy one nude lipstick this year, it should be Pillow Talk. Trust me. I ordered it about a nanosecond after I got the email, and I haven't looked back!

Here's a basic, light look I came up with featuring these two products.

Eyes:

I brushed the light pink all over my lid, from lash line to brow bone. Then I patted the champagne all over my lid and blended the light brown into my crease. I applied some black eyeliner and mascara, and then softened the black line with a bit more of the light brown shade.

Base:

I warmed up my cheekbones, jawline, and hairline with the bronzer, and applied the highlighter to the high points of my face. Then I swept the lighter peach blush shade up my cheekbone, and "popped" the darker shade on the apples of my cheeks.

Lips:

I finished with a slick of Pillow Talk on the lips—no liner or gloss.

What do you think? Will you be giving the Instant Looks in a Palette a try?

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.