16 Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

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Since August (!!!!!) Holiday makeup collections have been out in full force and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Because I love to shop I thought it’d be fun to share with you a few beauty items I picked up and a few that are on my wishlist (based on reviews from websites and other bloggers). Note: these items are, for the most part, limited edition. Shop early!

In alphabetical order:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette($42.00 // ULTA Beauty). I bought this when it first released and am obsessed with it. You know you’ve heard of it, you know you want it. I also need that Mario palette!
  2. beautyblender® + Too Faced Holiday Kit($40.00 // Sephora). I’m obsessed with this. It’s baby pink AND it has an awesome beautyblender AND one of my favorite TF highlighters AND a blotterazzi that I LOVE. Everyone just go ahead and buy me this for my bday. I’ll wait.
  3. BECCA Blushed With Light Palette($34.00 // Sephora). BECCA blushes are just so pretty and glowy… one of the few brands where I don’t mind my blushes to shimmer a bit because it’s not overkill and doesn’t accent pores.
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Sassy Lassie “Chick Picks” Beauty Bestsellers Kit($39.00 // Sephora). So many new products, so little time. This kit features 4 of the must-have products from the brand, all of which I love!
  5. Bobbi Brown New York Palette($65.00 // Nordstrom). Sure, the colors are something you might already own… but you guys know how I love packaging. Also how much I LOVE New York. There are also kits for Paris and London!
  6. Burberry Beauty Festive Set($115.00 // Nordstrom). Military Red Lipstick is one of my fave reds ever and it’s in this kit. That along with nail polish and a lot of glow make it a NEED.
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Luxury Palette($52.00 // Nordstrom). Excellent shadow quality from this brand PLUS all the gold tones you need to do holiday in one palette.
  8. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set($28.00 // ULTA Beauty). Oh, that’s a mouthful… but Superhero MATTE shades that you can transform into non-matte shades? Great product performance and a fabulous price. Own you some IT.
  9. Jouer Powder Highlighter($24.00 // Nordstrom). Particularly in the shade Rose Quartz. Citrine seems to be the hot seller… but Rose Quartz is where it’s at.
  10. Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set($49.00 // Sephora). Though Lolita 2 is my fave (and not in this set) there are a ton of shades that I’d love to try and the color palette is one I gravitate towards. Except for maybe that purple… but I’d try it 😉
  11. LORAC Mega Pro Palette 3($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). LORAC has always had wonderful shadows and I love their palettes… but Mega Pro 3 is really speaking to me in all the ways.
  12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artistic Lip Ink and Brush Set ($40.00 // Sephora). I love a good red and I love how different the product is. Definitely a good shade for the holidays!
  13. PÜR Cosmetics The Perfect Matte 5 Pc Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick Collection w/ Lip Oil($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Another long product name but you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to try this liquid lipstick. I work fo the brand and can’t get my hands on them! Insanely popular, must have.
  14. Sephora Favorites Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted($75.00 // Sephora). Fave brands + fave products = gift set win. Give to yourself 😉
  15. Tarte Tartelette Treasures Eye Set ($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). Tartelette in Bloom and Tarteist Mascara are some of my favorite products. I haven’t tried the Double Take Eyeliner but at a $92.00 value for just $59.00 I’ll take my chances.
  16. Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette($35.00 // Sephora). The only lip palette I’ve ever LOVED. It’s a good deal and full of must-have cold weather shades.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks // Fashion, Beauty & Home

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It’s my favorite time of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! With a lot of personal things going on this year I wasn’t able to get to the store to shop on day one so I picked up a few things online and I do plan on going in at a later date to check out more items. The sale begins July 14 for any Nordstrom Debit or Credit Cardholders and then begins on July 22 for everyone else. Check out my picks below and make sure you let me know what you’re going for!

Beauty

*AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream Duo($29.00). The first time I ever got this was during a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale maybe 2 years ago and it’s been a staple in my life ever since. The scent is perfection and it feels amazing. I keep it by my bed and slather it on before bed. It’s not greasy but it is moisturizing so you can drift off immediately after applying. IDK why I didn’t think that other products would also exist but there’s a AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion Duo($48.00) too! Life is good.

*Burberry ‘Glow-to-Go’ Set($76.00). My favorite eyeshadow of life is in this set (Pale Barley) along with several other killer items in a beautiful Burberry pouch. Yassss yasss yaaaaaassss.

*Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette – ‘The Dolce Vita Look’ 5-Minute Face On the Go($75.00). A signature look from one of my fave brands in a travel-friendly palette! MUST HAVE.

*Clarisonic ‘Mia Fit – Pink’ Skin Cleansing System($153.00). Last month I got this as a press sample and I love it even more than the bigger size! It’s much easier for me to hold and maneuver around with the same results. After the sale the price will go up to $219.00 so grab it now!

*Drybar ‘Beach in a Box’ Collection($140.00). I’ve never personally tried these items but I hear they’re good and they’ve been on my “someone buy me this for my bday” list for a while. Hair clips, curling iron, brush, styling products… anything for that beachy look, amiright?!

*Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps with Pump($52.00). If you’ve never tried this cream out before then you’re missing out. This jumbo size is a great deal during the sale and will last you a long time.

*MAC ‘Look in a Box – Sunblessed’ Face Kit($39.50). There are several sets of the Face Kits but this one is my fave. You get four products plus a bag at a pretty sweet discount.

*Murad ‘Perfectly Beautiful’ Skincare Set($89.00). The Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield is one of my fave items, but it’s pricey. This set takes the sting out of the cost by pairing it up with two other awesome products!

*Sigma ‘The Power Pair’ Set($34.50). My fave brush and my fave brush cleaning mat. Both making my life easier every day.

Fashion

*adidas ‘Superstar’ Sneaker($59.90). I can’t even tell you the last time I owned just a plain white sneaker, but these call to me. I love them more than anyone should love shoes ever.

*Alex and Ani Wrap Bracelet($29.90). I don’t wear much arm candy but this one in Gold, vintage looking and is exactly what I love to wear to dress up. The price is perfect, too!

*Alexander Wang Darcy Lambskin Leather Tote($598.90). TBH I’m not much of a hobo bag person lately. I tend towards a bag that can easily be worn crossbody. BUT. Look at the Rose Gold studs on the bottom! AHHH! So beautiful.

*Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Pendant Necklace($32.90). There are four options but Pyrite is my fave. I have a few of these necklaces and they just wear so well and match everything. If you don’t own at least one get on it ASAP!

*Rebecca Minkoff Dog Clip Leather & Suede Saddle Bag($129.90). Longtime readers know what a fan I am of Rebecca Minkoff and am especially a fan of her bags in the color Port – a beautiful burgundy. This saddle bag is PERFECT for Fall!

*Tom Ford ‘Alicia’ 59mm Sunglasses($253.90). I have been coveting Tom Ford Sunglasses for awhile now and I think I’ve finally found the perfect pair for me in these shades!

*UGG® ‘Cobie II’ Block Heel Bootie($129.90). I have an older pair of black booties that have seen better days. UGG shoes are always comfortable for me and wearing a thick heel makes me feel sturdy and tall… I need all the help I can get with tall!

Home

*American Atelier ‘Daphne’ Stemless Champagne Flutes($23.90). I don’t often drink champagne but I feel like I could put my wine in there.

*Levtex ‘The Snuggle Is Real’ Pillow($25.90). The Snuggle is REAL. Yes, honey, it is.

*Oliver Gal ‘Excuse My Swag’ Framed Canvas Print($171.90). Excuse my swag. Something to make you smile. I’d hang it in the bathroom I think 😉

*Oliver Gal ‘Walk Like You Have…’ Wall Art($118.90). … and some more Oliver Gal art but this time for the bedroom. Walk Like You Have Three Men Walking Behind You.

*PARADIGM TRENDS ‘Lonestar’ Medium Organizer($52.90). Perfect for keeping makeup or toiletry items in their place!

*PONCHO & GOLDSTEIN ‘In This House’ Sign($31.90). This is basically my house but for real. “We do” all the things. Especially loud.

*Sonoma Lavender Silver Rosette Blankie ($48.00). Look how soft and beautiful this is! A removable insert is filled with flaxseed and lavender flowers. It can also be warmed or chilled.

What are your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks?

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Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Brow Gel Swatches + Review

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For the last several years brows have basically all but defined beauty. Some of the most famous people of today are known for their natural, full brows. Not all of us are so blessed, but we can pretend like we are. The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Brow Gel ($22.50 // Charlotte Tilbury) has got the first of it’s kind micro-fine brush that can grab on to every single brow hair, even the baby ones you can’t see.

The Sculpt & Shade Gel is “enriched with volumizing Magic Elasticizing Wax, nourishing Vitamin E, strengthening Castor Oil and Natural Pigments that lift and tint”. If your brows are already that of the big and beautiful then you’ll love to use this product to fill them in with color and make a nice frame for your face. If you’re like me and don’t have much of a shape or baby hairs to work with then you’ll want to use this product to make your eye brows look more natural when you fill them in.

Below is a color swatch of the shade Linda, which is a medium taupe shade and recommended for those with dark blonde to medium brown hair. Other shades available are Clear, Brigitte (for those with blonde, light brown or red hair.) and Cara (for those with dark brown to black hair).

For the pic below I used Charlotte Tilbury Linda Legendary Brows Brow Gel on one side carefully making sure I applied product to any brow area that I wanted the shape at. This way it will pick up the visible hairs as well as any baby hairs that I can’t see. I tweezed anything that was “outer limits” and then used an eye brow pencil to lightly fill in any areas that were completely bald (where the brow gel obviously won’t be able to help me) making sure to brush the product through frequently. To finish it off I ran another coat of Legendary Brows over the hairs.

I really think the finished look is much more natural than what I’m usually working with!

What do you think of this super mini brow gel wand? Could you use it on your brows?

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Brow Gel retails for $22.50 and is available now at charlottetilbury.com.

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Low Maintenance Makeup Products for High Maintenance People

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Are you high maintenance? It’s okay, on some level we all are. It’s nothing to ever be embarrassed about, but maybe there are instances when you need your beauty routine to still be high maintenance but you don’t want to look like it’s high maintenance. Below are some products that I’ve been using lately to create a psudo-low maintenance look.

Face.

Prep with Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue ($28.00 // Sephora). Perfect to spot treat areas that need extra mattifying and to hide pores. It’s got a slight green cast that helps with color correcting also. This product is not technically a makeup primer, so you’ll need something else on top of it if you wish to prime (see below) but you can totally skip the Benefit if you don’t need the extra pore hiding or color correction.

Prime with a multi-duty primer like the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer ($37.00 // Sephora). This tip actually IS low maintenance because it’s going to prime, color correct, hide pores AND mattify. This particular one is for oily skin but there are many options to choose from. Find the one that best suits your skin type and buy!

Layer a medium-to-full coverage mattifying foundation on top of the primer such as NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44.00 // Sephora). It’s mattifying (when you’re as oily as I am, all the mattifying things you can get your hands on is what’s best). The coverage is perfect and it feels/looks light.

Hide extra things like under-eye circles and melasma with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00 // ULTA Beauty). It hides the extra BS that won’t go away.

When I’m in major need of coverage I dust on a bit of IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation ($35.00 // ULTA Beauty) which helps cover a smidge more and keep it all in place. Can you tell I need the coverage?!

For extra mattifying I go in later at my oily areas with a bit of invisible setting powder. A loose powder will keep you even more matte but lately I’ve been loving the MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($27.00 // Nordstrom) because it’s quick and easy to tote around in my bag without making a mess. The Zac Posen release is shown below but it’s also available in the regular packaging.

Cheeks.

Start by bronzing. Technically this is a face thing but I put most of the product at the cheek area and then work it down the jaw line and at the temples so it’s light and natural. A new product I’m loving is the IT Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact (shown) but it’s not out yet (IDK when, I’ll find out!) so until then check out the IT Cosmetics CC + Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Sunshine in a compact is matte, whereas the Ombre is not… so you really could benefit from having both anyway. 😉

Blush is necessary no matter what the makeup look. It’s also important to change up the blush color based on outfit, skintone and even your mood. The new butterLondon BlushClutch ($39.00 // ULTA Beauty) makes that easy, particularly for traveling. In addition to the clutch there are three single shades available in Hibiscus, Violet and Tiger Lily ($15.00 each // ULTA Beauty).

What’s the sun matter if it’s not bouncing off a gorgeous highlight? For my look I used Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold (which also makes for a gorgeous shadow) but I believe it’s not available anymore. For a choice that’s just as golden try NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush($45.00 // Sephora).

Eyes.

My lids are oily so I always prime them with something that will neutralize the color of the lids like Benefit Air Patrol ($29.00 // Sephora) as well as lock eye looks into place. Generally this is something like MAC Utterly Becoming Pro Longwar Paint Pot. Utterly Becoming isn’t available anymore but MAC Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 // Nordstrom) is a good replacement.

Your eye look will be fast, but look incredible. The new IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette($28.00 // ULTA Beauty) is perfection for creating a neutral, simple look that you can do fast but have it look like it took much longer than it did. The six shades are matte but the Transforming Hello Light shade can turn them luminous and soft in a snap. Work-safe matte to happy hour glow time.

Below this palette is swatched twice. The first time the shades are matte, the second time I applied the Transforming Hello Light on top.

Finish up by lining the eyes with a dark brown eye pencil. I love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00 // Sephora) because they go on quickly and even when you’re using a neutral shade it makes an impact. For this look I used Stag, which came in a set, but two other faves are Bourbon and Hustle.

For mascara, say it with me, IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24.00 // ULTA Beauty) every time. It’s literally that false lash look without the glue and fake-ness of it all. A time saver, for sure, but still looking like there’s that effort.

In this look I decided to try a new product on my brows – the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow ($27.00 // Sephora). It’s got the slanted tip for easy brow application as well as the spoolie brush on the other side. A special feature is a twist off that houses a small, sponge-tipped applicator already primed with highlighter. Keep it in place with a brow gel like Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($22.00 // Sephora).

Lips.

The world is basically your oyster here. This look is so neutral that anything is wearable. Below I’m wearing COVERGIRL Punch Oh Sugar Lip Balm ($8.99 // ULTA Beauty). Bet ya thought I was going to say Chantecaille 😉

Now you’re ready! In the look below I’m wearing everything that I talked about above!

Are you high maintenance? What are your favorite products for looking low maintenance?

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Swatches + Review

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The beauty world has been abuzz with talk of the recently released Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation($44.00 // Nordstrom). Originally, last year, this was released in the UK only (with a lot of us in talks to make a group order to get our hands on it early and save on shipping – which didn’t end up happening because no one knew what their shade would be in the formula) and was getting stellar reviews from bloggers overseas. On the Charlotte Tilbury Instagram page the before and afters were just stunning and amped us all up even more. Who doesn’t want an easy to apply foundation that hides all of the facial imperfections of life such as large pores, acne, melasma, rosacea.. you get me.

I do have pores (wahhh), some left-over acne scarring spots and some melasma under my eyes/upper cheek area. Cover all the things, Magic Foundation.

For how to use it just says to “apply with a complexion brush for flawless, poreless, weightless coverage”.

Application & Wear.
I’ve tried to apply this foundation a few different ways. (1) The first was with a brush, since Charlotte Tilbury has released the Magic Complexion Brush which has been shown used in conjunction with the Magic Foundation. I didn’t buy that particular brush but I do have a few that are similar from IT Cosmetics (I used this one). I applied a few dots of the foundation on my face and buffed it out. The foundation buffed out nicely and helped my complexion a bit. On this attempt I didn’t find it to be full coverage but more of a medium demi-matte. TBH at this point I wasn’t super impressed. But, in the spirit of a full review, I tried again… twice.

On the second attempt (2) I decided to just go ham and full coverage myself and apply a ball of this foundation with my hands. Okay, a ball probably seems like a lot but it wasn’t a ton. Applying this product with my fingers did give a fuller coverage and it still blended out well and evenly. I still wasn’t over the moon, probably because it was a little too much coverage at this point (which I fixed with a damp beautyblender).

On my (3) third attempt I took a dollop of product off of the applicator and swiped it on the back of my hand. I then took the IT Cosmetics brush (the one similar to the Charlotte Tilbury IMO – might not be IRL) and dabbed it into the product and then dabbed the product all over my face using the brush. I blended it out with that same brush and then added a bit more of the product left over to areas that needed more coverage. THIS was the best way, for me, to apply this foundation. I loved the end result. It was the perfect combination of coverage, matte finish but not too matte, not heavy… wonderful!

Wear time wasn’t too bad. I’m incredibly oily so I did get shiny within about 2 hours or so, which isn’t the worst result for my skin but it’s not the best. To fix the oil resurfacing I dusted on a bit more of Loose Setting Powder and that obviously helped.

I don’t recommend using a beautyblender as your only application method with this foundation unless you’re looking for a sheerer coverage of the light to light-medium level. If you’re into a lot of steps you could apply the foundation first with the beautyblender and then use the brush method I used in step 1, but that’s just going to give you the results that I got in step 3.

I have oily skin and I do think this is a good product, it covered well and I’m happy with how my makeup looked on top of it. If you have dry skin check out my girl Mallory’s YouTube video on how she’s applying & wearing this foundation on her dry skin – her amazing before and after included!!

Are you going to check out the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation? Tell me what you think about it in the comments!

You can pick up Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation at Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bergdorf Goodman and charlottetilbury.com.

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Top 10 Fall Luxury Makeup Palettes

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This week for Top 10 Tuesday we’ve gotten together to share with you our favorite Top 10 Fall Makeup Collections. However, I love entirely too many things so I made it palettes. Or rather the palettes within the Fall Collections that I love, luxury edition. By luxury I’m including anything that isn’t available at the drugstore.

In no particular order:

  1. Urban Decay Vice 4*($60.00 // ULTA Beauty). Every year I say that the currently released “Vice” is my favorite… but I think this year it really is. The packaging is definitely the best and the colors inside are perfection for neutral and also wild looks. Stay tuned for my review!
  2. Lorac MEGA Pro Palette 2($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). Everyone went crazy for the original Mega Pro Palette and this one is shaping up to have the same reaction. ULTA Platinum members had the chance to pick this up early, but as of this blog post it is available exclusively at ULTA Beauty stores and online at Ulta.com.
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit($80.00 // Sephora). This is the only palette in this list that isn’t eye related. It’s got what you need to stobe, bronze and have a cheeky glow all in one. Not in a glittery way, but in an under-stated, classy way.
  4. NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette($49.00 // NARSCosmetics). I love the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows and this palette is part of the Steven Klein Holiday Gifting Collection. While I’m highlighting this particular palette, tbh, you really need to pick up several things from this collection. If I’m really being honest I’ll be wanting to buy it all and at this point I haven’t narrowed anything down. =\
  5. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics($52.00 // ULTA Beauty). I love this beautiful set of soft pastel and neutral shades. It’s perfect for all seasons and if the other Naturally Pretty palettes are any indication the quality will be amazing.
  6. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette Metal Clash($60.00 // Sephora). Seeing this palette online actually made me breathe heavy. It’s insanely beautiful and every one wants flashy, metal, couture eyes.
  7. Makeup Geek Duochome Eyeshadow Complete Set($65.00 // Makeup Geek). Technically not a palette, but still available in a set so it counts! Just give me all the duochromes, all day long.
  8. Sugarpill Edward Scissorhands($52.00 // Sugarpill). I don’t own any Sugarpill (I don’t think) but the release of the Edward Scissorhands collection, particularly the palette, has me absolutely salivating – for obvious reasons. First… IT’S FLIPPING EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. Second, it’s insanely gorgeous! Of course, it’s out of stock. Sigh. BUT a note on the site says the second and FINAL shipment is coming soon!
  9. MAC M·A·Cnificent Me Eyeshadow Palette*($40.00 // Nordstrom). This was my first look at the Eyeshadow x 9 palettes that MAC has recently released. While the pans are smaller than what you’re used to the quality wasn’t compromised at all and the shade selection of this particular palette is a neutral lovers dream! See my review here.
  10. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Luxury Palette($52.00 // Nordstrom). While not technically a Fall 2015 release this is one of the first palettes that jumped into my head when I thought about Fall. The shades are smoky with burgundy and gold…. perfect for Fall eyes.

As an honorable mention spotlight I have to talk about the PÜR Cosmetics Love Your Selfie Palette($39.00 // ULTA Beauty) and the PÜR Cosmetics Cinderella Palette($29.00 // Kohl’s). Both are incredibly beautiful and very affordable! You get a ton of product and the packaging is definitely easy on the eyes. This is one of my favorite brands (obviously, since I work for them) and the quality is always on point.

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How To Wear: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow

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Last month I reviewed all six of the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows($32.00 // Nordstrom). Because I mentioned that these shadows can be blended together and worn on their own without the help of extra primers or powder shadows I had a few readers ask me on social media about doing up a look, specifically using Cleopatra.

To see how I got the look, keep reading! Also, be sure to check out the original review here. The Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows used in this look are Bette, Cleopatra and Jean. Below in the pic I lined the brushes up that I used with each shade.

To get the look below:

(1) Using a small, fluffy brush pick up a bit (and I do mean a bit) of Cleopatra and dab it on your eye lid (leaving the inner corner of the eye bare) using a pressing motion with a slight push to it. You’re not swiping or blending this color at all. If you blend it or swipe it, it’s going to streak. Continue to pack this color on until it’s as intense as you want it. I did two layers of Cleopatra to get this particular look. In this look I also used the color to get a thickly pointed cat-eye at the outer corner of the eye. Not necessary, but easy to do with this product.

(2) Taking a wider, but still fluffy, brush pick up a dab of Bette and dab press it into the crease. After the color is pressed in begin to very lightly blend it in and move it upward. I did this twice to deepen the color just a bit more.

(3) Using a semi-firm, small tapered brush pick up some of Jean and work the color into your inner corner using the pat and press motion. When it’s on there blend it lightly and neatly into Cleopatra. I also used this brush to put Jean under the brow bone as a highlight and under the inner third of the lower lash line.

(4) With the same brush pit up a bit of Cleopatra and smudge the color under the rest of the lower lash area.

(5) Grab a dark black-brown liner – I used Urban Decay Stag 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – and make a small line on the upper lid to define and also line the lower water line.

(6) Three coats of your favorite, volumizing mascara – I used NARS Audacious Mascara. Because that mascara is a little too severe for the bottom lashes I used Clinique Bottom Lash to define those small hairs.

What shades of Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise would you pair up?

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow retail for $32.00 each and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Beautylish and CharlotteTilbury.com.

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Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow Swatches + Review

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Is this brand ever going to have a dud? Every single time I try out a Charlotte Tilbury product I love it. And when I say love it, I mean must have every single thing would probably save it in a fire type of love. The six shades of Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows($32.00 // Nordstrom) just may be my favorites to ever come out of the entire brand.

The packaging is a hefty glass jar with a chocolate brown cap, stamped with CT on top in gold and then Charlotte Tilbury written on the side in gold. This jar comes inside of a secure, square box of the same color combo.

Six shades are available in Norma Jean, Bette, Mona Lisa, Marie Antoinette, Veruschka and Cleopatra. The descriptions below are taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website, in the words of the makeup artist herself.

Norma Jean. A gorgeous, sparkling-pink champagne inspired by the iconic beauty Marilyn Monroe. (note: on my packaging it says the name of this is Norma Jean. When you order from the website it just comes up as Jean).

Bette. A rich, burnished, amber-gold tone designed to recreate those famous and powerful Bette Davis eyes.

Mona Lisa. A wisteria-chocolate bronze that I designed to recreate the soft-focussed smokey stare of da Vinci’s leading lady with that unbreakable a gaze.

Marie Antoinette. An antique oyster gold hue inspired by the hypnotizing beauty of the infamous Queen of France.

Veruschka. A dreamy, minky-mossy golden grey-green that pays tribute to the sultry feline eyes of the iconic model, Veruschka!

Cleopatra. A vibrant peacock hue inspired by the mesmerizing Queen of Egypt and Elizabeth Taylor’s portrayal of her in the film – Cleopatra…

The formula is similar to a soft mousse and all have a metallic finish. It feels very wet but isn’t tricky to use at all. I’ve found them quite easy to apply with either your brush or a finger. It sheers out easier with my finger and applies more opaque when I use a brush. These are also blendable into each other with a fluffy brush, so it’s nice that they can be used as bases or alone as an eye look. They don’t set immediately so you have time to work, but they do set… so make it happen sooner rather than later 😉

You do not need a secondary primer with this cream eyeshadow, which is awesome for me because my lids are oil-party central. Even when worn alone the Eyes to Mesmerise will stay in place all day long without any fading or creasing. No matter what you do, with a primer, without a primer, with shadows, without shadows… these aren’t budging.

Below the Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows are swatched dry with no primer underneath:

Charlotte Tilbury is very much a brand that when you buy one thing, you’ll need to buy about 30 more things. It’s just an incredible luxury that is worth the price. Above all others, if you’re going to splurge, this is the brand to splurge on.

What shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows will you be picking up?

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow retail for $32.00 each and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Beautylish and CharlotteTilbury.com.

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Top 10 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Buys

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There’s nothing easy about navigating and then narrowing your choices down for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This sale happens every year and if you’ve been around my blog for awhile you know it’s one of my favorite times to shop. I hit up the sale the first day of the preview (July 9) and picked up some items that I am in love with. As I shopped around in store I was surprised that there wasn’t a huge area of beauty items up for grabs… not as many as usual, anyway. I actually only bought ONE beauty item in store! When I came home I was excited to see several more available online so I bought a few more there as well (they are currently en route).

Here are my Top 10 beauty favorites from this years Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

  1. Dior ‘Eye Reviver – Rosy’ Palette($62.00 // Nordstrom). This palette was the only item I picked up in store. At first glance this palette and the original Eye Reviver look exactly the same so initially I walked by it a few times until I asked “Where the Dior, son?!”. Because of the store lighting and tent I had to put the original and Rosy side by side. Only then did I notice how different they are. And how much I needed them both. The review and swatches are coming!
  2. Dior ‘Addict Lipstick’($33.00 // Nordstrom). I didn’t see these in store at all but I loved all 4 that came out with the Summer line so I bought both of these from the computer later. The two shades available are Cosmic Pink and Hypnotic Plum. The review and swatches will be up after they arrive, hopefully soon!!!
  3. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Erin – Retail Therapy #nordygirl’ Pouch($49.90 // Nordstrom). Every year the exclusive #nordygirl pouch has come out I’ve bought it. Last year “Chic Happens” and the year before “I came, I shopped, I conquered”. This year is a beautiful pale pink and the Retail Therapy theme couldn’t be more perfect.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury ‘On-the-Go Essentials’ Set($155.00 // Nordstrom). I always hear readers saying they want to check out this brand and the On-the-Go Essentials Set is a great place to start. I love the makeup bag it all comes in (especially the quote) and the products included are key pieces needed to start your collection. Once you begin to wear Charlotte Tilbury, there’s no looking back!
  5. MAC ‘Nordstrom’s Finest’ Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 // Nordstrom). Technically this palette isn’t listed in the Anniversary Sale, but it’s a new palette from MAC that is exclusive to Nordstrom and first appeared during the time of the sale. So imma count it. A lot of perm shades are included in this but there are several new ones also. If you loved Nordstrom Naturals you’ll absolutely need this one also!
  6. NARS ‘Blame it on NARS’ Cheek Palette($59.00 // Nordstrom). I absolutely blame NARS for a good bit of my beauty obsessions! This palette features a Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.), Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.), Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.) and Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.) as well as a Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush. All completely travel friendly! NARS also has two lip crayon sets that are drool worthy and worth checking out in Ultimate NARS and True NARS (I love the cases!).
  7. Chanel Travel Makeup Palette($95.00 // Nordstrom). This is a great kit for travel, it’s truly everything you need in one compact. The shades are wearable and perfect for any occasion. Like with Charlotte Tilbury, if you’re looking to try out some Chanel and need a place to start this is an excellent way to get your hands on several products at once.
  8. Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain Exclusive Trio($72.00 // Nordstrom). This YSL set was one of the first beauty items that caught my eye as being a great deal. These retail for $36 each so it’s buying 2 and getting 1 free plus you get a free cosmetic bag. I’ve had all positive experiences with the product and the shades are stunning. The only reason I didn’t pick it up is I already have one of the shades they included (review linked). Shades included: Glossy Stain Classic No. 7 in Corail Aquatique, Glossy Stain Pop Water No. 204 Onde Rose and Glossy Stain Plump Up No. 200.
  9. Tom Ford ‘Lips & Boys’ Set($96.00 // Nordstrom). The resolve is strong with this one. I didn’t buy it, but I’m dying for it. Tom Ford Lipsticks retail for $52.00 each so this is a sweet deal for shades that you’ll actually get some use out of. The trio comes in a case but I think if it were in a Tom Ford back I wouldn’t be able to hold out. Shades included are Flynn, Giacomo and Alejandro.
  10. Hourglass ‘Nude Essentials’ Set($64.00 // Nordstrom). One of my favorite items from Hourglass is the Femme Nude Lip Stylo and No. 5 is included in this set along with the 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner in Obsidian, Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara and a Travel-size Veil Mineral Primer. I didn’t buy this because I have the Lip Stylo and Eyeliner here already. But, again, it’s a pretty sweet deal for the set.

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Top 10 Luxury Highlight & Contour Beauty Products

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Highlight and contouring are all the rage (thanks, Kim Kardashian) so for Top 10 Tuesday your fave beauty bloggers have come together to share some of our faves!

Chanel MÉDITERRANÉE LUMIERE D’ETE Illuminating Powder ($65.00 // Nordstrom). Lumiere d’Ete is limited edition but a brand new release so you can still get your hands on it! This subtle bronzer is more than just a pretty face – it packs the perfect shade for us pale gals to add up just a bit of color in a buildable way. It’s not intensely shimmery so it doesn’t accentuate pores, but I wouldn’t call it a matte either. It looks a lot more yellow sheered out on my arm than it did when I wore it, but it’s definitely more warm toned than cool. It was hard to dig into the product because I did not want to mess up that gorgeous rose design… but, and don’t boo me, it was worth it! Get your hands on this one fast!

* IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face ($38.00 // ULTA Beauty). It’s all the colors you need to perfectly contour your face and a friends all at the same time. There are 6 shades within this palette so it’s also great to keep in a makeup kit because you’ll find something to work with any skin tone. There’s also an included face sculpting chart if you need a bit of help figuring out the best placement for the shades – there is obviously more than one face shape out there, but you’ll get the general idea and with a bit of practice be a pro in no time!

* Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour($21.00 // Sephora)Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21.00 // Sephora). It seems there’s a Chubby Stick for anything now and as a 90’s girl that was always in lust with the original Chubby Sticks I’m totally okay with that. The latest duo are a highlight and a contour stick (sold separately) that make it easy to mark up your face while the silky cream formula makes it easy to blend out. I personally love the size of these ones because my face is round and I’ve got a lot more area to mark up than you slimmies out there 😉

NARS Contour Blush ($42.00 // Sephora). One of my favorite highlight/contour products from NARS is the Contour Blush (reviewed here). This matte duo is perfect for subtle, easy sculpting and is available in three shades. If you like a bit more shimmer the new Dual Intensity Blush in Craving($45.00 // Sephora) is a fabulous pick!

Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer($24.00 // Sephora). For those that find the size of something like the Clinique Chubby Stick to be too big for their face a great pick would be The Sculptor from Tarte (reviewed here). It’s still bigger than the size of a crayon but there is less of an area of exposed product. If you have a slim/long face, you may find that this one is easier for you to manipulate to the spaces you need it.

ColourPopAphrodisiac Blush($8.00 // ColourPop). Okay… so this isn’t luxury but I saw it sitting there and I had to make room for it in this round-up. It’s that amazing. The pigment is crazy intense but the formula is so smooth it makes it easy to work with and blend out. This will last all day long!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight ($68.00 // Nordstrom). In case you’re new I mention this one constantly and it’s the duo I reach for the most (reviewed here). I call it my no brainer contour and highlight. One hit application on both sides and I’m out the door. It never looks overdone and it’ll last all day. Plus… the packaging is REALLY pretty 😉

Benefit Dallas($28.00 // Sephora). Dallas is allllll the rage in terms of bronzing and has been for awhile. I was always intimidated by it because it looked so dark. Once I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try I could never go back. The shade is beautiful for a bronzer but I even like to wear it alone as a blush (reviewed here). For highlighting I love to use Benefit Watt’s Up($30.00 // Sephora) also. I get samples all of the time when I purchase things and the little size is great to get into the arch of the brow, cupids bow, etc. Note – the full size isn’t tiny for the areas I mentioned, but it does have a little spongey deal on the other side for easier application and blending.

BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/ Contour Perfector™($40.00 // Sephora). When this duo was new in store I had to have it the moment I saw it. It just looked so pretty. The contrasting bronze shades give the perfect contour. I lean more towards the light side in the Winter season but when my face gets a little color I add in the darker side.

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish($32.00 // Nordstrom). Okay who doesn’t love Lightscapade (reviewed here)? It looks like it would be a shimmer-bomb but when I wear it on my face it never turns up like that. If you want to look fantastical and glowy at all times, Lightscapade is where it’s at.

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