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Charlotte Tilbury lands in Canada: Part I

So it's been about three weeks since my last post.  Oops.  It's one of those things where you keep thinking, "Oh, it's ok. I'll just post something again in a few days".  But when you keep up with that mentality, and a month nearly goes by before you realize it.  I've been lucky enough to get a few new goodies in that time, and I'm so excited to share them now.  For the next week and a bit, I'm going to be reviewing a bunch of Charlotte Tilbury items that I was sent as compensation after a botched contest for the launch of CT in Canada.  I'm going to be dividing the posts by theme: skincare/face, eyes, and lips. So bear with me as I try and review these items as accurately as I can (and ignore the two different set up's and dupes of the Wonderglow. Things happen, am I right?)

Spoiler alert: Of all the items in the CT range, I love her skincare items more than anything else.  At first, I was a bit put off by the smell.  Some people claim it has a very rosy scent, but in my opinion, it smells like sunblock.  This is true of most of the skincare items, although I don't notice it as much with the body lotion.

Second spoiler alter: these products are hella expensive.  And I'm not being modest here.  The Goddess Skin mask comes in at $80, and the Magic Cream is $125.  Talk about indulgence.  But if you can afford it, I would highly recommend these products.  I don't say that about many skincare items.  I have acne prone, oily, relatively sensitive skin, but the mask and moisturizer work amazingly on my skin.  The mask, true to it's claim, clarifies and refines the skins texture, leaving it visibly smoother, and touchable softer.  And unlike other clay masks which can be quite drying, this mask leaves your face feeling nourished and hydrated.  Although I have very oily skin, I'm not a fan of products that really try and strip your skin of natural oils.  In the long run, it makes it more oily and more run down looking.  I find this is also great at bringing out those pesky lumps and bumps just under the skins surface.  As for the cream, I think it's an amazing one to use at night (for oily skin, anyway.  Dryer skin types may prefer it in the morning).  It doesn't irritate my skin at all, nor does it leave it feeling greasy.  It's super hydrating, but because it sinks into the skin so quickly, it doesn't leave any uncomfortable residue.  

Next is the Wonder Glow.  I'm still on the fence about this one.  It claims to be a cross between a skincare, makeup primer, on-top-of-makeup highlighter.  I think the poor product is a bit confused.  I've been using it on my less oily patches (cheeks and temples) as a way to add some dewiness to my complexion.  It has a shimmery quality to it, but nothing over the top.  It also has a golden sheen.  For the $65 price tag, I think there are much better primers/highlighters on the market.  

My least favourite of the bunch pictured here is the Super Model Body.  This product is odd.  It's glittery.  And I mean there are literal hunks of glitter.  Not a nice, subtle sheen.  But Edward Cullen-esque in the sun.  I slathered it all over my arms and legs the other day, and in the house, it looks like a subtle glow. But the second you step into the sun, the poor neighbours need to shut the curtains (slight exaggeration).  I will concede that it does add a nice and natural looking bronze tint to your limbs.  But make sure you let it sink in before you touch anything--white dresses and comforters, be warned.  

Lastly is the Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop blush in the shade "Sex on Fire".  I wasn't sure what category to throw this in, as it was kind of a odd ball out, but I thought I would talk about it briefly.  It's not a colour I would have picked for my fair skin, but I actually really like how it looks.  The Charlotte Tilbury blushes are not overly pigmented, which makes it really easy to add a slight wash of colour to the cheeks, or you can build them up for an intense look.  This particular one comes off as relatively matte, although in the pan, you can see some sparkle.  It has surprisingly good lasting time (for the $50 price tag, it should), lasting a minimum of 7 hours, but the blush was still going strong when I took my makeup off.  And while the price tag is quite steep, it contains more grams of product than any other blush in my collection by quite a bit, with 8g. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with the skincare/face products as a whole.  Like any collection, there will be some hits and some misses.  I don't know what I'm going to do when it comes time to replace the skincare items (which I'll inevitably want).  Start selling some blood, perhaps? 

Until next time,

Happy makeuping,

xoxo K