Review: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl

Let’s review today my very first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick!

From the website: “Matte Revolution – the words on everyones lips!

Create the illusion of fuller, wider lips with my Matte Revolution – for lips that look lit from within.

It’s a trick I use all the time on photo shoots, using lighting trickery, pigments and powders, and have been working for years to re-create this effect in the slick of 1 lipstick. Now everyone can create this full, matte lip effect in a long-lasting, buildable, hydrating formula – it’s the matte lipstick of the future!

Exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. Layer and build the color to create the intensity you want, from a light-as-air matte stain to dramatic full-velvet coverage. Color glides on easily and precisely, thanks to the specially shaped square-tip, inspired by the classic shape of a lip brush.

In 10 luminous modern-matte hues there’s a shade to suit all skin tones”.

The packaging is to die for. I must confess that Ms. Tilbury really put great effort into the design and image of her line.

The lipstick tube is a rose gold color and it comes in a burgunday soft cardboard box.

Bond Girl is described as “a chic natural berry for sultry and alluring beauties from Halle Berry and Barbara Bach to Olga Kurylenko.”

I consider it to be a slight plum, soft berry with a matte finish. It is more red-berry than purple-berry.

On me it’s an amazing everyday berry pink.

The second swatch tempts me to refer to this as a very soft, mild red. It’s not, but you can see why I’m tempted to say that.

It applies very smoothly and feels nice on my lips. The texture is actually cashmere-like. I was attempting to find a good way to describe this, because even though it’s matte it doesn’t feel completely matte. It’s not creamy either, but more like velvet or cashmere. It’s definitely softening my lips and it feels superbly comfortable.

It takes a few swipes to build up color. I think this is due to my pigmented natural lip color. Once on, it lasts for about 5 hours without a touch up. If I eat or drink something, it does wipe off.

Pros: Beautiful color, feels comfortable, applies smoothly, gorgeous packaging, lasts for a few hours, doesn’t dry out lips.
Cons: Very expensive.

Grade: A

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Wet n Wild MegaLast Retractable Eyeliner in Blackest Black

Spotted at Family Dollar, this mechanical pencil eyeliner costs a whopping $2.

The packaging is lighter than other mechanical pencil eyeliners I’ve used, but in no way inferior.

The color is black, but not the inky, deep midnight black I had expected.

How did this hold up?

It lasted all day on my upper lashline. I stayed in place unless I rubbed my eye. On my lower lashline it lasted for 3 hours.

It’s not terribly long lasting, but it’s not unusable or unsalvageable. I’m passing this onto a friend, but if it was my only eyeliner and I couldn’t afford another one, I would hang onto it.

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 26

It’s my birthday month! So far my friends have made it pretty great.

Here is what I’ve liked about it so far.

1) Afternoon Tea at King’s Carriage House: I can cross this off my list of afternoon tea sites I want to visit. The whole tea was scrumptious and a perfect way to spend my birthday.

2) Shopping at Bloomingdale’s: I don’t visit this store often enough. It’s a lot of fun to browse the aisles and gaze at all the pretties.

3) Soapmaking: Look at my first batch! It’s still curing and won’t be ready until April 13th. It was fun to make.

4) My Birthday Gifts: I got Beyonce Pulse perfume, Heimish All Clean Balm and an antique Edwardian locket on a turquoise bead chain.

5) My Friend’s Wedding: Ana has spent the last 20 years raising her son and sacrificing a lot to provide a good life for him. It was great to see her find her life partner and to see her glow with happiness.

Well, friends, that’s my month’s collection of favorites? What about you?

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Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eyeshadow Collection Swatches

I’m amazed: I’ve owned this palette for some years now and I’ve never swatched it.

Well, I’m swatching it today, even if it’s the last thing I do!

I’m overly dramatic sometimes. It’s a curse, really.

The packaging is cardboard, but quite sturdy and dependable.

Top to bottom: Heaven, Silk Teddy, Nude Beach, Velvet Revolver, Push-Up, Honey Pot.

Top to bottom: Sexspresso, Erotica, Cocoa Puff.

I didn’t realize this before, but there is a mix of cool and warm tones in this, as well as some red. This is a great way to make this palette workable for a number of people.

Do you own this? Would you want to own it?

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50 in Tan

Lisa’s gift box included this CC+ cream. I was happy to see it in there because 1) I want to try more It Cosmetics products and 2) I am curious about CC creams.

This cream is advertised as a foundation, hydrating product, brightening color corrector, serum, pore reducing primer, dark spot corrector, and sunscreen.

It is more foundation-like than a tinted moisturizer or BB cream.

Here are the swatches.

It feels a little serum-like (you can see this texture in the swatch.

I would still need a sunblock while using this. It works great as a medium coverage foundation. I like the way it blends easily and covers my uneven skin tone and dark marks (I am not a Death Eater!).

The one complaint: it’s very beige in tone. Phooey. I can’t wear it because it’s obviously very gray on my golden complexion.

If you’re lighter than me, give it a go. It also comes in Fair, Light and Medium.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 34

I’m happy to report that I had a pretty good week.

1) I was in Long Island City last week and I got some nice, tranquil photos of the East River.

2) My birthday was on Sunday. I had a nice afternoon tea and went shopping.

3) I’m getting caught up on “Once Upon a Time” episodes. I totally forgot it’s back on the air.

4) I bought myself a delicious chocolate cake and took it to the office to share with my co workers.

I got some self-care in, so hooray for that!

How was your week, my dears?

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Birthday Haul 2017

Gee whiz, I’ve been gone a whole week! My office went on vacation last week on Wednesday, my friend Ana got married on Thursday (had to get up at 6am to get to city hall by 8:30am and let me tell ya, it’s a miracle I didn’t kill anyone in a fit of sleep deprived rage), I recovered from the resultant pain caused to my legs and feet from wearing my accursed (but gorgeous) Stuart Weitzman boots on Friday, rested and shopped for soapmaking supplies on Saturday, and Sunday was mah birfday!

My friend and I went to King’s Carriage House for afternoon tea. It was scrumptious and lipsmackingly good. Afterwards we went to Bloomingdale’s (but while Jan went home to drop off some briefs I went to Sephora). I bought some Charlotte Tilbury makeup and a Clarins eyeliner.

I was allowed to choose my Sephora gift, so I chose the Caudalie skin care duo. The second item was a Tarte set. I picked up the Fresh Age Renewal eye cream because I need something really heavy-duty for these fine lines.

At Bloomingdale’s I swatched Walk of Shame and Bond Girl. I chose Bond Girl because it’s less red (I’ve been wearing red for months). I also bought Hollywood Honey lip liner.

At the Clarins counter the sales person was very nice and gave me samples of two eye creams (one was a deluxe sample) when I bought the Instant liquid eyeliner. I’ll be talking about the samples in a post later on.

So, that’s the story of how your favorite 32-year-old spent her birthday! Which products would you like to see reviewed first?

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Korres Powder Blush in 22 Purple

I think the Korres makeup line is often overlooked. There are some gems to be found in it.

One of the things I especially like from Korres are their blushes.

15 Natural is my all-time favorite, I-would-kill-my-best-friend for HG neutral blush (let’s hope my best friend doesn’t read this). It makes me look gorgeous. Hell, it would make Gollum look gorgeous. It’s really that good.

It comes as a small surprise to me that 22 Purple also makes me happy. I love it when I experience consistently good quality across a product line.

Purple is a soft plum that leans a little brown.

Here is the swatch:

It looks kinda brown in the swatch but it is more plum on my face.

It blends smoothly and effortlessly, lasts for 8 hours and doesn’t look too heavy or clown-like. I’m pleased at the soft flush of color. I think many plum blushes have a tendency to look very deep and red. This doesn’t commit either offenses.

What do you think of this? Have you ever tried Korres makeup?

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Review: Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers in Pecan Pie and Creme Caramel

As I continue forth in my concealer journey, I look more and more at house brands, in particular the Sephora collection.

There are some great products to be found in the line. They’re really improving in that area.

I bought 12 Pecan Pie, but once I realized it was a little too light for my NC42 complexion, I bought 13 Creme Caramel. Both are described as “tan with yellow undertones”.

dscn701112 Pecan Pie is on the top and 13 Creme Caramel is below it.

From Sephora: “This lightweight, highly pigmented concealer provides buildable coverage and color without adding texture to your skin or settling into fine lines. Infused with pineapple ceramides, the gel-serum formula brightens and improves skin texture as it covers, making it ideal for the underye area. The unique applicator ensures the perfect amount of product- just dip, dot, and blend.”


In natural light:


It is lightweight, blends easily and provides good coverage. I would say it is medium coverage.

The gel-serum formula is lovely to work with. It’s a refreshing change from creams, which seem heavier to me. It seems like the lighter formula is good for those who mostly have decent skin texture and need less coverage. If your skin needs more coverage this may not be the best one for you.

Creme Caramel is the better match for me. Pecan Pie I use for highlighting my forehead, cheekbone, bridge of my nose and under my eyes.

This does settle into my fine lines. Everything settles into them so this comes as no real shock.

It lasts all day on me and looks natural. Another good thing about it: there are half shades in between the whole numbers. I wish more companies would release in-between shades.

Pros: Great formula, a wide range of shades, affordable (relatively, at least), easy to use packaging, lasts all day.

Cons: Settles into fine lines, only sold at Sephora.

Grade: A

This is $14 at Sephora.


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L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Did I ever tell you I love being a Sephora VIB Rouge member? You get so many great rewards!

One of my rewards last year was a box filled with L’Occitane products.

This cleansing oil was in the box. It was a small bottle, but that’s enough for me.

I’m so happy this was in the box. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and I thought I would have to purchase the full sized bottle.

From the website: “This cleansing oil, with its silky texture, efficiently removes impurities and make-up (including waterproof) in a single step.
Enriched with nourishing shea oil (5%), it transforms into a soft emulsion when applied with water to preserve skin’s natural hydration. Your skin is left clean and comfortable, and your complexion looking fresh and radiant.”

I used this a few times during the especially cold months. I rubbed it over my face after removing my eye makeup. It foamed to a degree  with the addition of water.

It is richly moisturizing and feels silky smooth against my skin. It did break down all my makeup and the day’s grime well enough to remove pretty much everything.

I had to use a foaming face wash after this because my face felt a little oily after a few rinses.

There is a perfumed scent with this, as is common with L’Occitane products. The scent wasn’t powerful enough to deter me from using it, but I generally don’t love strongly scented products for my face.

I think this would be great for those who have dry or normal skin. It’s a little too greasy for oily faced people. Otherwise, it’s a nice cleansing oil.

This is $24 at Sephora and at L’Occitane.

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