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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A Semi-Accidental Charlotte Tilbury Haul.

If you follow me on Instagram, I can only apologise. Today I ventured into central London with my favourite shopping pal (i.e. my wonderful mother) and spent the whole day spamming my feed with beauty finds. Oh and the Liberty's flowers of course #sorrynotsorry.
But the main attraction was always going to be the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Selfridges. Oh my god, it's all kinds of beautiful. Note to self: always visit Selfridges on a Tuesday afternoon, it's as quiet as that kind of beauty hall will ever be. I'd been planning this trip for quite some time, swotting up on my Charlotte Tilbury knowledge and seeking out all my favourite blogger's must-haves.

I can't even remember when I began obsessing over the 'FilmStar Bronze and Glow' palette, it's been that long. Let's just say I swooned when I finally got to try it out. I completely understand why this has been such a hit - the finely-milled powder is universally flattering and luxurious to apply. This may be a slightly shocking confession coming from a beauty blogger, but I've never worn bronzer. I've always shied away from the stuff, thinking it'll turn me that dreaded shade of orange. Equally, contouring has been similarly off limits. But seeing so many of my favourite bloggers rave about it over the last few months (this is a typical 'The Beauty Blogger Made Me Buy It' purchase) I thought, what better way to ease myself in?
So far the staying power's been great, it withstood a rather sweaty, humid tube ride home which is pretty impressive in itself. Gotta love a London heatwave. I anticipate that this is going to be one of my everyday, go-to products. It's so versatile and easy to use. Also, can we just talk about the packaging? Inspired by the cigarette cases of the 1920s, this oh-so-gorgeous sculpting duo comes in equally gorgeous rose-gold case. No wonder the bloggers go mad for it.

So having gone into the beauty hall with an agenda, after finding the 'FilmStar Bronze and Glow' that went completely out the window. Charlotte Tilbury's collection is just so beautiful, it's so easy to get lost. Next, I gravitated towards the lipsticks - naturally. I was instantly drawn to 'Amazing Grace', a pretty vintage pink rose colour. It's pretty much me in Lipstick form. The CT website describes it as a 'tea rose for pretty, polished perfection' which I'd say pretty much hits the nail on the head here. Due to their pigmented formula, the Matte Revolution lipsticks also create a 'lit-from-within' effect which are supposed to make your lips look fuller. So far, so good. I'll get back to you on this one. As a long-term lover of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, I'll be interested to see how 'Amazing Grace' compares. Colour-wise, nothing in the NARS selection springs to mind but they'll be a tough formula to beat. I think this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick is up for the challenge.

The next one was a bit of an unexpected purchase. Once again, shock horror, I've never used a product on my brows. I'm a general believer in leaving them to do their own thing. But when I was trying on the 'Bronze and Glow', the lovely make-up artist just whipped this on without me even realising and I seriously loved the results. What I have been doing the past eight years? I guess I've been scared off by some of my own friends' stenciled eyebrow disasters. But well defined, groomed brows can really transform your face. I love this product because it's such a multi-tasker - it's a pencil with a gel formula and wand on the other end and a mini-highlighter in the middle. Everything an eyebrow could want in one go. Simples. Because I'm an eyebrow pencil newbie, I'm going to have to take it easy with this one but the colour of the pencil is an absolute perfect match for me (another Grace Kelly inspired product here) and it seems like a pretty foolproof product.

My last purchase is probably the one I'm most excited to try. My love of Benefit's They're Real mascara is no secret round these parts. The only problem is that I get through the stuff so quickly, a tube only lasts me a couple of months at most. And the stuff isn't cheap. Although it's great when it comes to volumising and lengthening lashes, I've noticed recently just how drying the formula of 'They're Real' really is. It makes me want to pick at my eyelashes all day, something that seriously freaks both my Mum and my sister out. Ha. So for just an extra £4, I thought why not give the Charlotte Tilbury 'Full Fat Lashes' a try? This is a mascara that claims to separate, curl, and add volume, length, and drama. And achieve world peace while we're at it. One of the top selling points for me is that the application stays fresh, meaning you can top up your mascara throughout the day without that slightly gross crustiness that happens when drugstore brands dry out. If it does all it says on the tin, then my search for the perfect mascara is over. I have faith. 

My concluding thought? The Charlotte Tilbury counter is dangerous... yet so so worth it.

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