Happy Wednesday, y’all!
Today I’m sharing some evergreen content. You might have seen some of it before, but even if you have, it is definitely worth visiting again. If you haven’t seen it before, get ready to see lots of my personal favorites for the first time.
We’re starting off with a makeover I had with CHARLOTTE TILBURY!
So here I was (in the Starbucks line sans makeup) headed to Northpark ready to update my makeup drawer! All I had on my face was Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen and my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I was fresh-faced and ready to update my look!
I had made an appointment at Nordstrom with their Beauty Stylist, and I was going to have her do a makeover on me…choosing her favorite products/brands from all over the beauty department. WELL, when I arrived and explained to the stylist what I was up to, she actually suggested I meet with Sarah.
Sarah is a full-time regional artist with Charlotte Tilbury, and she travels all over sharing her Charlotte knowledge with the world. She just happened to be at Northpark that morning, and since she does killer makeovers, it was pretty much a no brainer for me to sit down in Sarah’s chair. I loved the makeover she gave me, and it was super interesting and so informative listening to all of the important info she had to share about the Charlotte Tilbury products. I’m excited to share her knowledge with y’all today.
Sarah preferred not to be photographed, but she got right to work choosing all of her favorite products for me for a full face!
Everything you see in italics in today’s post are Sarah’s words. She let me audio record her as she was doing my makeup, and I learned SO MUCH.
SHE STARTED WITH SKINCARE…
Magic Cream: This is a product that I’ve been using AND LOVING for years. I first found it years ago after reading that many people liked it more than the much more expensive La Mer, so I knew I had to try it. I quickly fell in love and I’ve used it daily now for a little over 3 years or so. The Magic Cream is the first product Charlotte ever created. It’s serum, primer, and moisturizer all in one! It has a peptide patent that Charlotte actually owns IN the Magic cream, so no other cream will ever have that peptide. Massage it into the skin because you’re activating the peptides and the collagen in your skin. When massaging it into the skin, lift up and away to help fight the gravity. You’re really getting to the underlying muscle tissue in the skin when doing this and it encourages the fastest cellular turnover of anything on the market. I mean, WOW! I fell in love with this cream because of how it soaks into my skin and leaves it hydrated, but not greasy at all. It was great to learn all of the other reasons that it’s so awesome!
Glow Toner: This was a new to me product, but I loved the way it felt on my skin, and I really loved how my skin looked after she applied it! And after Sarah talked about it, I knew I had to start using it. It has hyaluronic acid in it, and it also has niacinamide as well. The niacinamide is actually going to help with texturization, pore minimization, and hyperpigmentation of the skin. It’s acid free, so you can use it twice a day, every day. It gently exfoliates, and it reveals a glowing and glass-like finish. And the peptides brighten then skin for a more even complexion. SIGN ME RIGHT ON UP.
Magic Serum Crystal Elixer: The serum also has the niacinamide, because Charlotte believes the texture of the skin is of utmost importance. This serum also has the crystal elixers in it (diamond dust, ruby dust, and rose gold) in it. And it has polyglutamic acid in it which is 4x more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. So if somebody has dry patches on their skin, this is going to be super super helpful for hydration as well as brighter skin! It also plumps and hydrates your skin to promote flawless makeup application.
Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum: The packaging on this eye serum is awesome and super functional. It has the titanium tip, which is going to be cool to the touch every single time that you use it. And it has the cryocomplex which is going to be like dipping your face into an ice bucket of water. It’s a blurring serum for the eye area and helps to smooth out the fine lines. Go all the way around up and out below as well as under the brow bone. It has the caffeine complex and the niacinamide, so it will help with both texture around your eyes as well as dark circles. This is great to keep in the fridge. It visibly depuffs, smooths, and brightens!
Magic Eye Rescue: When you use this Magic Eye Rescue, you will instantly see the tightness and the smoothness around your eye area because of the caffeine complex. Use the eye cream in morning as well as night. Our delicate skin around our eyes is 40% thinner than the other skin on our face, and it’s the fastest place to age, so you definitely want to protect that eye area during the daytime. This product will give you INSTANT gratification. Charlotte actually likes to call this eye cream Spanx for the eyes! 🙂 It can also be used as a mask at night when you are feeling extra tired.
I tried to get a picture of myself after all of the above skincare had been applied, but it didn’t work out. I looked so fresh faced and my skin looked so healthy, but under the harsh lights, the photo just didn’t do the products (or my face) justice! Haha!
AFTER THE SKINCARE ESSENTIALS, WE MOVED ON TO FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER / COVER UP…
This is what she used on me…
Beautiful Skin Foundation (6 Neutral): I told Sarah that I wanted a heavier coverage for fall than the normal Glow Screen combo that I use in the summer, and I also told her that I had recently started using a combo of Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation with the Supergoop Glow Screen for fuller coverage for fall.
Based on what I told her, Sarah thought that the Beautiful Skin Foundation would be just what I was looking for. She said it is medium coverage and going to give you beautiful and dewy skin. You’re going to get good coverage, but with a light and airy skin-like look. You can use a brush, a beauty blender, fingers, whatever you like to apply it. It has brightening rose complex and hyaluronic acid in the foundation.
Beautiful Skin Concealer: When choosing concealer, some people like it one shade lighter, some like it two shades lighter. This one does optimize a bit, which means it changes its color a bit as it dries down. It is a self-setting concealer, so technically you don’t have to set it. It is the most beautiful concealer. It’s for any skin, including mature skin. It has niacinamide to help with texture and dark circles around the eyes. This also has vitamin C, vitamin E, and hyaluronic. There is actually skincare in this concealer, which is amazing! Some people (including me) actually use this as their foundation. I haven’t used a typical foundation in 20 years. You can dot it on your skin with the wand. Do it where the hollow of your eye is and then blend up. Think of it as an eraser for the face. Use thin layers because that’s all it takes.
So she put the #6 under my eyes for some brightness, and she put the #7 where she thought I needed a little more coverage, like on my dark spots.
NOW ON TO THE EYE MAKEUP
It’s actually my eye makeup that was my absolute favorite part of the makeover. She lined my upper lid on my actual eyelash line (not above like I’ve been doing it for years), and she didn’t line my lower lid with matching eyeliner. She used the metallic champagne eyeliner on my waterline, and then she used this eyeliner brush to apply Charlotte Tilbury Bronzing Powder where I used to apply typical eyeliner. Sarah said she’s always done the eyeliner in the upper lashline because it makes the lashes appear fuller and darker. You actually put it between the lashes! She does it to every single person that she does makeup for, and I couldn’t believe the difference it made for me. This little tip of lining the lashline is something that I’ve continued to do. I honesly cannot believe the difference it’s made in my overall appearance.
When I lined above my eyes, I think it just covered up my eyelashes. Lining in the lash line actually just made the base of my lashes look naturally dark. It looks less like makeup (is way less severe), and I love doing my makeup like this now!
And then, when working on my lashes, instead of using an eyelash primer, she just used two mascaras. She started with the Full Fat Lashes Mascara and then she finished with the Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara.
When applying the mascara, she worked in sections and explained how you want to have your lashes look like a spread out fan to help draw your eyes out and have your eyes look more elongated. I’m telling you, my lashes didn’t even look like my own lashes when she was done with them!
And then she just did a light coat of the Full Fat Lashes Mascara on my lower lashes.
I believe her method really opened my eyes up, and the whole look was just younger and fresher!
Lining in my lash line definitely took a little bit of practice, but I’ve done it every day since the makeover, and now it’s easy! See how it looks like the base of my lashes is just really dark? It doesn’t even look like eyeliner!
Here’s a picture from a previous post, and it highlights how different my eyes looked was when I was using the dark eyeliner on the bottom as well as the top. Such a difference, right? I really like the new look above so much more!
And remember, to get the whites of your eyes this white, use these eye drops. They are a complete game changer.
Somehow I forgot to get a picture of the products, but Sarah used two different CT products on my brows. At first she used Legendary Brows Micro-Presicion Tinted Brow Gel in dark brown. She explained that it has castor oil in it and a microbrush, so it captures any little fuzzies and tiny hairs you have and turns them into a nice hair strand. Castor oil also helps to stimulate hair growth and condition it as well. LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN THESE BROWS!
After the tinted brow gel, she went in with the Brow Cheat Pencil where she saw patches that seemed to be lacking. She also recommended to add a bit more of an arch to my brows with the products to help to “lift” my eye up. Another hot tip she gave was for me to brush my eyebrows UP (more than sweeping them to the side) because it gives my eyes a lift and makes me look more awake. Both products are waterproof.
If you were going to choose to buy 1 of the eyebrow products, I would recommend the Tinted Brow Gel over the Brow Cheat Pencil. I can’t live without the gel.
This Pop Shot Eyeshadow is the product that she just dabbed on my lower lid over the bronzer that she used as eyeshadow.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush bronzer: Grab this bronzer if you want to be glowing, but but not sparkling. I want to GLOW, but I do not want to sparkle. And I want to be bronzed, but not orange. This bronzer is perfection. Sarah told me that the bronzer has hyaluronic acid in it as the hydration where the setting powder has the almond oil. This is Sarah’s favorite bronzer because it gives a blurring effect to the skin. She said I apply it with the Air-Brush brush. It’s such an underrated brush, it’s my very favorite brush. I love using #3 because it gives you a bit of a red sun-kissed look vs. an orange-y look. This brush was previously sold out, but it’s now available, so you can better believe I threw it in my cart!
Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder: Sarah used this #1 setting powder on me. She explained that this one has almond oil in it, so it’s never going to be drying, but it’s going to blur out the skin. It’s micro-milled, so it’s the finest powder in the world. It also has rose wax in there that gives the blurring effect to the skin. I like to gently pull the skin up when applying it so you don’t risk getting any creasing and it just makes for a very smooth application. Charlotte created this because she wanted a powder that she could use, her mom could use, that anybody could use. She knew people dreaded powder because it often had a drying effect, but she also knew that didn’t have to be the case.
Cheek to Chic Blush: Sarah chose Ecstasy for my blush shade, which surprised me because the color is quite a bit softer than the brighter pink blushes that I typically go for. She said to apply blush on top of cheekbones, and then use whatever is remaining on the brush in the hairline and on top of the nose.
Lip Cheat Lip Liner: Pillow Talk Medium was the perfect shade for the lip look that Sarah was planning on creating. She told me to smile as that’s the easiest way to line the lips, but then she said that she often goes just right above and just right below the actual lip line to create a bit fuller of a look. I find most lipliners to be incredibly drying, but not this one!
Matte Revolution Lipstick: Sarah chose Pillow Talk Medium for my shade. I told her that I really like a shiny lip, but she still chose this matte lipstick. Don’t let the matte descriptor discourage you though, this lipstick is incredibly hydrating, but the “matteness” gives it staying power. I loved the color, and we just finished the look off with gloss.
Collagen Lip Bath Lip Gloss: Sarah applied this Pillow Talk gloss at the very end. This gloss contains marine collagen and it infuses your lips with actual collagen. It also has mustard and mint extract in there too. It won’t burn your lips, it’s just going to give you a beautiful and plump smoothed out lip look. It will treat your lips over time because of the collagen. Charlotte Tilbury glosses are FANTASTIC.
She finished off the entire look by spraying generous amounts of the CT Setting Spray all over my face. It has zero alcohol in it, but it also has aloe and Japanese green tea so it’s very soothing and hydrating to the skin. You can use the setting spray as a primer, as a setting spray, and as a hydrating mist.
Sarah put on more than I normally do, and she encouraged me to use more because it really melts everything together! This product is truly incredible, and I have found that spraying more is better! It really does make such a difference in the staying power.
I really enjoyed my time with Sarah, and I’m so grateful for everything I learned from her about the Charlotte Tilbury products. THANK YOU, SARAH!
I grabbed one quick shot while still at the makeup counter, but you can see how the in-store lighting didn’t really give a real true picture of my finished face. I don’t feel like it gave my makeup (or my face) a chance to shine. Haha! 🙂
As soon as I got in my car to head home, I grabbed another picture.
I truly loved my final look!
Now listen, nobody needs to grab an entire new arsenal of makeup for a new makeup look. HOWEVER, you can definitely update your look by grabbing a new product or 2 (or 3) here and there. 🙂 As I said before, my eye makeup was the favorite part of my look, but I was truly impressed with everything from the eye cream to the collagen lip bath lip gloss.
And then I grabbed one more picture once I got home.
The level of coverage is just what I was looking for, and I truly felt like my skin looked airbrushed! From the foundation, to the concealer, to the pressed powder, to the bronzer…. I was just getting airbrushed every step of the way.
And can’t we all agree that my eye makeup looked so much younger and fresher!
And I’m in love with the lip color.
Sarah, you are so good at what you do! Thank you for spending your morning with me and for sharing so much of your knowledge and passion with me so that I could in turn share everything with my readers!
Now that we’ve talked about makeup, it’s time to talk about some closet staples!
I’ve got some more evergreen content for you with items I first added to my closet last year, and I found myself grabbing for them again and again. They became staples for me, and I’m looking forward to continuing to wear these pieces this year.
This cream sweater is simple and classic. It’s very lightweight and a very relaxed fit, I really appreciate the sleeve length, and it’s great for layering. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. (I actually ordered a small thinking the fit might be better, but I continued to prefer the fit of the medium.)
This pink plaid button up is DARLING. Seriously. It’s DARLING. It was a favorite last year, and I know it will be this year as well! It’s a lightweight cotton and is super soft. Plaid button ups have always been a staple in fall, but I love that this pink kind of freshens things up. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium.
These sunglasses are my most worn pair of sunglasses. They are only $15, and you can grab them on Amazon!
Okay, let’s talk about these gorgeous cognac boots. First of all, the cognac color is perfection. They are truly the most beautiful warm cognac color I’ve ever seen. I also love the stacked heel, the pointy toe, and the overall fit. I did size up a 1/2 in these. I wore them all last year with both jeans and dresses and I found them to be quite comfortable for me for several hours at a time. I don’t think I ever wore them for a full 8 hour day, but I was always pleased with how my feet felt when wearing them.
When I first bought the tall boots, I knew I also needed a new pair of skinny jeans to love. Because y’all, I might reach for my straight cut and mom jeans a lot right now, but I’ll always remain loyal to a great pair of skinny jeans. And tall boots really shine with a great pair of skinny jeans.
These skinny ankle jeans are from Wit and Wisdom, which y’all know has been my favorite denim brand for years and years. You just can’t beat the fit, and the Ab Solution technology is quite literally life changing. When a pair of jeans can be stretchy, comfy, and flattering as all get out – SIGN. ME. UP. The power mesh panels mold and hold you. They suck you in, but they still allow you to breathe. It’s a thing of wonder, y’all. I’m wearing my regular size 4. With Wit and Wisdom, definitely size down if between sizes.
Sadly, the bag is sold out, but you can find similar bags from the same maker HERE.
I love a sweater dress, do you? I knew when I was featuring tall boots that I wanted to style them with a dress, and the moment I saw this one I hit add to cart. I’ve worn this dress TONS OF TIMES, and this year they added additional colors including a dark camel, a wine, and an olive.
The dress is super cozy, not at all itchy, and quite flattering. It’s not body conscious, but it’s not boxy either. It’s just a great relaxed fit. For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
I love the combo of the dark grey dress styled with the cognac boots. Don’t you?
Years ago, I think black boots would have been what most would have reached for with this dress. However, over the last several years I’ve seen styling black and brown together become more of a mainstream thing. I think it adds so much more interest to the outfit when black and brown or gray and brown are paired together.
And again, you seriously NEED these sunglasses.
I’m in love with this dress.
Hope you enjoyed taking another look at some of my tried and true favorites. These are pieces that I fell in love with last year, and I’m excited to continue to use and wear them this year. They have served me well, and I feel confident that they will serve you well too!