2018 Favorites: The Skincare

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I’m back with Part 2 of my 2018 Favorites - all things skincare! I realized after taking the photos that I actually didn’t include any cleansers or moisturizers, but then I remembered I wanted to keep my picks to things I discovered in 2018, and my most-used cleansers and moisturizers were older, tried-and-true favorites (Glossier Milky Jelly, Priming Moisturizer Rich, Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, and Fresh Rose Face Cream mostly).

TONERS

Glossier Solution - I spent a good portion of the year not sure how I felt about this, actually. At first it really dried me out, but then I tried it again once my skin was more normal and less reactive and it’s been amazing. It keeps my skin (mostly) clear, super smooth, and hasn’t been too harsh.

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Glow Water* - I love a good continuous mist. This instantly perks up my skin and makes me look awake and healthy and glowy. It gives a good burst of hydration and smells like oranges.

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SERUMS

Venn Skincare Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate* - This technically isn’t a serum, but I guess I use it as one. It’s incredibly moisturizing (I go right in with oil afterwards, rather than moisturizer + oil) and makes my skin plump and juicy for hours and hours, so it’s always a go-to if I’m feeling a little lazy and want to skip steps.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow - I love a good exfoliating serum, and this one blew me away this year. I love that it contains Farmacy’s signature honey and Echinacea GreenEnvy so it doesn’t feel harsh or strip my skin. I always wake up to the smoothest, glowiest skin the morning after using this.

Peach & Lily Glass Skin Serum - When Peach & Lily dropped their own skincare line last year, I knew I had to try at least a few things for myself. This serum does what it says - gives that glass skin effect. It helps tone down my redness and gives a good boost of hydration without feeling sticky.

Stratia Liquid Gold - Again, this isn’t technically a serum, but I use it as one. If I had to strip my routine down to as simple as it could get, I would make sure I still included this. It’s chock full of ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterols to protect and heal the skin barrier - I’ve noticed my skin has become less dry/more normal and a lot less sensitive since I started using this. I use it every single night without fail!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum* - The loveliest serum. This has Caudalie’s patented Viniferine, which claims to be more effective than Vitamin C at brightening and evening skin tone. It’s a thin, milky formula that sinks into the skin quickly. I used this religiously leading up to my wedding and feel like that’s one of the reasons why my skin was so glowy and smooth!

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EYE CREAMS

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream - I wasn’t a dedicated eye cream-user until this one. It has a beautiful, soft, balmy formula that’s a pleasure to apply and really has brightened up my undereyes. I use it every morning and feel like I might be using less undereye concealer now (??).

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream* - This one made me a dedicated night-time eye cream-user. Most would make my eyes puffy by morning, but this one sinks in and moisturizes without being heavy. Although I don’t need much of its anti-aging benefits yet, I really do think this has helped to diminish some fine lines around my eyes I was starting to notice.

MASKS

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask - I had always wanted to be a regular user of the original charcoal mask because it really helped to keep my skin clear, but it was just too drying to use often. This one, however, is absolutely beautiful. My skin loves anything with added honey so it loves this hydrating take on a clay mask.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - I purely got this one for the packaging, but stayed for how plump and glowing it makes my skin every time. It works especially well at depuffing my eyes - it’s my go-to before special occasions when I want my skin to look perfect.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask - I only just got this in December, but I’m blown away. It has the nicest consistency - thick and creamy but sinks in with no stickiness. It smooths out my skin and keeps it moisturized and soothed all night.

Renee Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque - This is the one I reach for when the hormonal breakouts are taking over. It’s soothing and hydrating and yet really helps to make those stubborn zits go away. It also really reduces redness for me, too!

Peach & Lily Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask - This reminds me a lot of the Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask, but even better. It’s a slightly runny jelly consistency that gets to work eating away at dead skin cells and leaving you with a beautiful, glowing complexion. There’s also ingredients in there to soothe the skin so the AHAs don’t irritate it. My skin feels more soothed/less red after this mask than before it!

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask* - When my skin is throwing a tantrum, this is the one I reach for. It sucks everything out quickly, is easy to remove, and doesn’t dry me out terribly. It really reminds me of the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, which was an old favorite of mine.

Caudalie Moisturizing Mask - This is a good, basic go-to for me. It deeply moisturizes my skin, leaving it plump and smooth, and it smells nice (but not in an “this is definitely going to be irritating” kind of way).

Fresh Lotus Rescue Mask* - Maybe my favorite mask of the year? I’m working my way through my second jar now. It feels hydrating and leaves me with the smoothest, most plump skin without any redness. I always reach for it before a special occasion - I used in on the morning of my wedding to make my makeup go on as smooth as possible.

Fresh Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask* - This is one I’m dipping into more and more in the cold weather. It’s incredibly luxurious and deeply hydrating. I love honey masks because they feel like they’re helping to clear my skin, too.

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OILS

Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster* - An unsung hero of the year - I’ve gone through almost the whole bottle and I’m not sure if I even mentioned it once. It contains nine plant oils as well as ceramides so it really helps to keep my skin moisturized and fortified. It’s quite lightweight, so it’s good for night or day.

Leo Oil - If I had to choose one favorite product for the entire year of 2018, it would hands-down be Leo Oil. This beautiful blend of Rosehip, Meadowfoam Seed, and Blue Tansy Oils has absolutely changed my skin for the better - believe the hype! I started using this almost one year ago and saw such transformation in my skin. I’ve always used oils, but I think Dena got this one perfect. It’s nourishing, calming, and balancing. It’s drastically reduced my breakouts, calmed redness, and kept flaky skin at bay. I give full credit to this for clearing up my skin for my wedding so it’s something I’ll never be without!

What were your skincare favorites of the year?

Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

2018 Favorites: The Makeup

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Since I’ve been posting my 2018 favorites on Instagram this week, I thought I’d dust off the old blog and post them here as well - this way, I can give some insight into why these were my favorite products this year. Because this started as just making pretty flatlays for Instagram, I didn’t really do any narrowing-down of my lists, so even though they’re split into three parts, they’re still pretty hefty. So grab a snack and settle in!

My makeup style hasn’t really changed in quite awhile - looking at my 2017 Makeup Favorites, I still use and love all of those products. My 2018 favorites are still glowy, and creamy, and quite pink-toned. I tried to keep my favorites to things I discovered in 2018, otherwise it would just be a repeat of 2017!

SKIN

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter - I put off buying this for part of the year because I wasn’t sure what it was. But oh man is it beautiful. I use it underneath my foundation as a primer and it leaves the most beautiful glowy sheen to the skin that still shows through foundation.

Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint - This was by far the standout base product of the year for me. The lightest shade is too dark for me so I specifically bought a white mixer so I could still wear it. It’s smoothing, really glowy, has good coverage for being labeled a “skin tint,” and it has good lasting power on me.

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer* - This concealer feels weightless, blends in like skin, and has great coverage and longevity. A win all-around.

Ohii Glass Powder* - This powder stole the show for me this year. I’m usually not even that big into powder, but this one looks invisible on the skin, diminishes shine but leaves a glow, and sets my makeup well.

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EYES

MAC Eyebrows Styler in Stylized* - I’ve always loved these kinds of skinny brow pencils the most, and I’ll never go back to another one after trying this. It has buildable pigmentation so you can go for a soft brow or something more bold, and it lasts forever. I wore this for my wedding and also have had it last perfectly through super sweaty kickboxing classes.

Glossier Lidstars* - I had totally forgotten these launched last year. I’ve been using them so often it feels like they’ve been part of my collection for years. These are the easiest eyeshadows to just swipe on and go. I like that they’re on the sheer side so they’re more subtle and suitable for my everyday look. They also work really well as eyeshadow primers - I have super creasy eyelids and these keep that at bay for me - I used Cub underneath powder eyeshadows for my wedding!

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork - this is a recent addition but I can definitely see myself using up the whole pot. It blends easily and stays put forever. Groundwork is the perfect shade to just add a hint of definition without being “oh shes’ wearing eyeshadow.”

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad in Pillow Talk - If I suddenly had to get rid of all of my eyeshadow palettes except one, I would save this one. The pinky-nude shades are super flattering on my skin and my favorite kinds of colors to wear. As with all CT shadows, they are soft, buildable, blendable, and long-lasting.

Milk Makeup Kush Mascara - This makes my eyelashes look like those super fluffy, over-the-top lash extensions, and I love it. It stays put without smudging, holds a curl, and the fibers don’t get into my eyes.

Glossier Lash Slick* - This is my go-to on more natural days. If the Milk looks like dramatic lash extensions, then this looks like more subtle extensions. The real magic? Pairing the two together. I put the Milk on first for the fluffiness and volume, and then comb the Glossier over it for definition and extra length. I wore the pair for my wedding (sense a theme here?) and didn’t smudge at all - and I cried a lot.

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CHEEKS

Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose - This is such a pretty blush. The color is the perfect flush on me, and the formula practically blends itself. I really need to look into picking up another shade or two.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm* - Cloud Paints were my blush favorite of 2017, but the new shade Storm that dropped last year became my favorite of the lineup. It’s the prettiest warm rose shade that looks a little like mixing Dusk and Haze. It leaves the prettiest flush that looks like you’ve been out in the cold.

Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints - Probably my favorite cream blush formula. It feels a little dry to the touch at first in the pan, but it blends so seamelssly over the skin. I have the shades Petal (a pretty everyday peachy pink) and Rosy (a more bold pink) and love them both.

Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Sticks* - These are usually my everyday go-to’s because they’re so easy to use. They’re compact and travel well, and they’re easy to blend out with fingers on the go. They leave a beautiful dewy finish on the skin without being tacky, and they last a super long time.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - Can you believe I never tried this until last year? The bronzing side is probably my all-time favorite bronzer now. It’s the perfect in-between shade that both sculpts the face and adds some warmth without being orange on me.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter in Nude - I only just got this for Christmas, but I got the original Skin Fetish set when it was limited edition and am just happy I can talk about it again. This leaves the glossiest glow on the skin without being sticky at all. It’s definitely worth the money in my opinion (again, I got this as a gift, but I did by the original myself, so…)

Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette - This was actually an impulse buy last year, but it became one of my most-reached for products. The shades can be applied lightly for a glossy-looking glow, or they can be layered on for a stronger mirrorlike sheen. I use all four shades in the palette, too.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Highlighter - This might be the most beautiful highlighter I own. It leaves such a glassy sheen on the skin that truly looks lit from within. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging, but the formula is so lovely and sets down so your hair isn’t getting stuck in it all day or anything.

NARS Highlighting Powder in Capri - This also leaves a glossy look to the skin (my favorite kind of highlighter, obviously). The formula is smooth and easy to layer and blend, and Capri is the perfect pink/fair/champagne shade for me.

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LIPS

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Sandwash Pink - I had to include this because it was my wedding lipstick! The formula is beautifully creamy and comfortable, but still has good lasting power. Sandwash Pink is the most perfect neutral-pink-brown, hands-down.

Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in Infra-Rose - I fell hard for this formula last year. One layer is a little sheer and a little glossy, but you can add another layer for an opaque, glassy finish. Despite being a glossy formula it lasts such a long time without transferring or sliding all over the place. I layered this over Sandwash Pink for my wedding reception, and the whole thing was still intact when I washed my makeup off at 3am.

Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss in Dirty Chai - I’m really hoping Bite makes these coffee-scented lip glosses permanent. They feel like a balm on the lips, wear off evenly, and aren’t sticky. Dirty Chai is such a pretty warm rose color that doesn’t pull orange on me. I ordered a backup because I’m for sure going to finish this one.

ILIA Color Block Lipstick in Rosette - This is probably one of the most comfortable lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried. It glides on effortlessly and just feels like a balm, while still packing tons of pigment. Rosette is the same exact color as my lips, so naturally I’ve reached for it almost every day since I got it.

Pixi x Chloe Morello Lip Icing in Cake* - This was my everday go-to at the beginning of the year, and now I need to start wearing it again. Again, it has a balmy feeling rather than a sticky gloss feeling, it’s packed with shimmer that doesn’t feel gritty and makes the lips look plumper, and it smells like lemon cake (which is a nice change from vanilla scented everything). Definitely worth picking up!

Thanks so much if you’re still here - I know that was a lot! What were your makeup favorites of the year?

This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with an asterisk (*) have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own.

How to Look More Awake on Early Mornings

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I’ve been getting up earlier and earlier lately - not only do I try to get in to work by 7am (and my commute is at least 40 minutes), but I also like having some spare time in the morning to sit with Olive while she’s sleepy and cuddly. So while I’m getting in more prime puppy cuddles, I’m also having to work a little harder to not look absolutely exhausted. I’ve found this quick 6-step routine always makes me look a little more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Cooling/Depuffing Eye Cream

When I’m tired, it mostly shows in the puffiness of my eyes. I like layering a cooling and depuffing eye cream on before I start my makeup. Usually these are quite lightweight, so they work well underneath concealer. My favorite is the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb - it’s lightweight yet still creamy, and it works incredibly well at depuffing for me. I even find it helps to minimize dehydration lines under my eyes with just one use, so concealer applies more smoothly on top.

Undereye Corrector/Brightener

My biggest problem is puffiness rather than dark circles, but I do find my undereyes get a bit more shadowy when I’m tired. I like layering a lightweight brightener/corrector under my concealer to cancel out any darkness. I love the Ohii Wake Up Pen* in the shade Peach - it’s a sheer peachy tone that counteracts blue undereye circles, and it has a soft sheen that diffuses and reflects light, making the area look less dark. It has a thin consistency that blends into the skin easily and sits well underneath concealer.

Hydrating, Skinlike Concealer

There’s nothing worse than cakey undereyes when you’re trying to look more awake and alert. A hydrating and skinlike concealer will sit better on dryness and fine lines. Usually these formulas aren’t full coverage, but paired with the brightener/corrector, it shouldn’t be a problem. I really like the First Aid Beauty Bendy Avocado Concealer* for my undereyes - it’s very creamy and hydrating and mimics the look of skin, and it still has pretty good coverage. I’d say it’s medium coverage rather than full. It also works well all over the face, if you were wondering.

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Invisible Powder

Sometimes more hydrating concealer formulas tend to settle into undereye creases, but this can be remedied by setting with powder. Since you’re taking so much care to keep the undereyes hydrated, though, you’ll want a formula that’s weightless, invisible, and non-cakey. The Ohii Glass Powder* is one of the best I’ve tried - you truly can’t see it on the skin, it doesn’t dull a glow, it’s incredibly blurring (further helping any fine lines you may have under your eyes), and it really does set the makeup. (Heads-up, right now there’s a duo available with the Wake Up Pen & Glass Powder!)

Brightening Champagne Eyeshadow

Now that the undereyes are taken care of, another thing you can do is choose a reflective, brightening eyeshadow in some kind of champagne shade (or perhaps a gold/bronze if you have a deeper skintone) - basically, something that’s a similar tone to your skin but shiny. This will make you look more awake and help to open up the eyes. I like Liar Liar by Colourpop - it’s cheap but a beautiful buttery formula, and the shade is the most perfect slightly pink champagne tone for me. Another tip is to bring it into the inner corners of your eyes to really brighten things up.

Lengthening/Defining Mascara

Speaking of opening up the eyes, the last step is to curl your eyelashes (if you’ve never done it before, it makes SUCH a difference!) and use a lengthening mascara. This combo really gives the illusion that your eyes are open wider, making you look more awake. My favorite mascara for this is hands-down the Glossier Lash Slick - it gives crazy length and definition and looks like you have eyelash extensions in, and it doesn’t smudge at all. This is the only mascara I can use on my bottom lashes, and on days I want a more dramatic mascara, I’ll still layer Lash Slick over the top to make sure every lash is separated and defined, and it keeps everything from smudging.

What are your top tips for looking more awake?

*Products marked with an asterisk have been sent to me, but all opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliate links.

New "Clean" Beauty Favorites | Kosas + Jillian Dempsey

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Beauty sales season hit me hard this fall - I grabbed a few too many things in the Sephora VIB Sale (let me know if I should write a post on that, too), and then I was sucked in by Credo Beauty’s sale. I had never ordered anything from Credo Beauty before, but the shipping was so fast, and there’s so many brands there that I’ve been meaning to try, so I think this might be the start of a dangerous obsession.

I made a beeline to the Jillian Dempsey and Kosas Cosmetics sections as soon as I saw them both offered - I’ve heard nothing but good things about both brands and had a couple things I wanted to try from each. I ended up getting the Tinted Face Oil and Lipstick in Rosewater from Kosas, and two Lid Tints and two Cheek Tints from Jillian Dempsey.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil & Lipstick

T-B | Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints in Petal & Rosy, Lid Tints in Lilac & Bronze, Kosas Lipstick in Rosewater

T-B | Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints in Petal & Rosy, Lid Tints in Lilac & Bronze, Kosas Lipstick in Rosewater

The Kosas Tinted Face Oil is something I’ve been wanting since its launch - a tinted face oil sounds right up my alley. It comes in 10 shades, which is not the most inclusive shade range, but since it’s very light coverage it is forgivable if the shade isn’t a perfect match. I got shade 01, and it seems to be a great match. You have to shake up the bottle before dispensing to make sure the pigment is dispersed in the oil, which always gets me weird looks when I’m applying this at my desk at work. It’s a super runny, thin oil and you have to be careful when you tip the bottle over. It blends so easily and smoothly into the skin that I can slap it on and have it looking good in about 10 seconds flat. I do find that if I don’t wait long enough after applying certain moisturizers (like the First Aid Beauty Priming Moisturizer), it can pill, but it’s usually not an issue. I don’t use it over a primer, and I don’t powder it either. You’d think this would look greasy as the day went on, but it just looks more and more beautiful with time. It actually has a bit of a satin finish on me when I first apply, slowly becoming the best version of dewy over time. My favorite thing about it is how beautifully my cream products apply and blend on top of it - I’ve actually fallen back in love with my Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate again because of how easily it glides over the Tinted Face Oil. This has been my everyday go-to since I got it, and I definitely feel like it was made for me. I do find that by the end of the day, it’s mostly faded away, but it fades away so evenly (and was light coverage to begin with) so it’s hard to even notice.

The Kosas Lipstick has also become a fast favorite. I’m not sure if it’s just because the tube is the same, but it really reminds me of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks. It’s smooth and creamy, but has great pigmentation and a satin finish. The shade Rosewater is one of the best my-lips-but-better shades I’ve found - if you took my natural lip color and made it a tiny bit more pink. this is the shade you’d get. It’s perfect for adding a quick, subtle flush of color to the lips, and the formula is super comfortable and wears down to a lovely stain over time.

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Jillian Dempsey Lid & Cheek Tints

I’ve seen the Jillian Dempsey Lid & Cheek Tints all over Instagram lately, so I had to try them out for myself. I had heard the Lid Tints crease pretty quickly, but I love a good messy, glossy lid so I didn’t mind and ordered a couple. I got Lilac, a pale pinkish-purple, and bronze, a sheer wash of bronze-y brown. They are so beautifully juicy and glossy, and yes, they do crease - probably within 30 minutes for me. But you know how there are some products that crease, and then when you try to blend them back out, they disappear? These aren’t like that. They’re easy to manipulate right back into place without losing any product, so I really don’t mind the creasing at all. I just tap my eyelids every so often throughout the day and know they’re still going to look good. I’m so tempted to just order all the other shades now.

The Cheek Tints are the standout favorite of this whole haul - I actually only got one shade initially, and went back and ordered a second as soon as I tried it. It has more of a cream-to-powder formula than the Lid Tints, so they stay put all day, and I can see them working well on more oily skin types, too. I first got the shade Petal, a subtle pinky-peach, and then went back for Rosy, a bright pink. They have the perfect amount of pigmentation - they pack a decent amount of color right away without having to layer lots of product, but it’s not so much pigmentation that it’s hard to blend out and doesn’t look clownish. Petal is going to be perfect for when I’m wearing red lipstick this winter as it’s such a lovely subtle shade, and Rosy has already become my everyday go-to - I love a good healthy flush on my cheeks, and this is one of the best shades I’ve found. They blend out effortlessly despite feeling a little bit stiff in the pan and instantly become one with the skin. I actually went a little overboard with Rosy the other day and had someone ask me if I had a fever - they thought it was just my cheeks naturally flushing rather than me piling on too much blush.

So overall this Credo Beauty haul was such a win - have you tried either of these brands?

MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks | Review + Swatches

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One of my favorite things about the beauty world is watching trends evolve. First everything was all about the super opaque and precise matte liquid lip look, and now we’re coming around to more sheer stains and glosses. MAC’s new Powder Kiss Lipsticks are coming at a perfect time - they promise a soft, weightless, velvety finish perfect for a blurred lip stain straight from the runway, that you can wear every day.

When I first saw the photos of these lipsticks, I was immediately intrigued. The bullets themselves looked SO matte that they seem like they could be powders pressed into a lipstick bullet shape. They also come in a rubberized matte tube - think NARS packaging. I’m all about a more sheer, worn-in lip look so the Powder Kiss Lipsticks seemed perfect for me.

When first swatching these I was surprised at how easily they glided onto my lips/skin. They truly feel velvety and are like nothing I’ve ever tried. They feel so lightweight as you apply them and while wearing them - it’s almost like you can’t feel them at all. They’re not quite as pigmented as MAC’s regular matte lipsticks, and they have a soft-focus finish to them that makes them look like a lipstain once applied. Weartime has been good for me, a few hours if I’m not eating, and they’re easy to blend back into place as they wear away, too. I’m surprised something with such a matte finish doesn’t feel dry on the lips - they almost feel like you’re wearing a lightweight balm, so even my prone-to-dryness lips stay hydrated throughout wearing them. They apply best on dry lips (with no balm), otherwise they can tend to go a little patchy. And just as a heads-up - the scent is a little different than most MAC lipsticks here: it’s like the normal MAC lipstick vanilla scent, mixed with a little bit of rubber (?), which isn’t great, but the scent doesn’t transfer to the lips. I just love the finish of these - it’s like you spent a lot of time blurring and blotting down your regular full-coverage lipstick, and you’re left with this beautiful blotted stain.

MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks come in 16 shades (descriptions from MAC’s website)::

MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks in (top to bottom) Devoted to Chili, Fall in Love, Lasting Passion, Impulsive, Sultriness, Style Shocked, Influentially It, Burning Love, Sweet No Sugar, Scattered Petals, My Tweedy, Shocking Revelation, Mull it Over, Mandarin O, Best of Me, A Little Tamed

MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks in (top to bottom) Devoted to Chili, Fall in Love, Lasting Passion, Impulsive, Sultriness, Style Shocked, Influentially It, Burning Love, Sweet No Sugar, Scattered Petals, My Tweedy, Shocking Revelation, Mull it Over, Mandarin O, Best of Me, A Little Tamed

Devoted to Chili - warm brick red

Fall in Love - bright creamy fuschia

Lasting Passion - clean bright red

Impulsive - warm brown

Sultriness - baby blue pink

Style Shocked - clean red orange

Influentially It - nude beige

Burning Love - deepened red wine

Sweet, No Sugar - clean warm pink

Scattered Petals - pale clean pink

My Tweedy - blushy nude

Shocking Revelation - clean blue red

Mull it Over - dirty peach

Mandarin O - bright creamy salmon pink

Best of Me - pale milky beige

A Little Tamed - midtone pink

My favorite shades have been a mix of Sultriness and Devoted to Chili for daytime, and Burning Love for more special occasions. The MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks are out now and are $19. Will you be trying them?

MAC Powder Kiss Lipsticks were sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own.

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Look

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Few shades of beauty products have reached the instant fame and cult-status as Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk shade has. The shade first showed up in her Lip Cheat, quickly becoming an iconic favorite for being a universally-flattering pink nude that helped to sculpt and shape the lips. She then followed by making it into a Matte Revolution Lipstick (which I ordered the second it became available). And now she's done it again, adding to the Pillow Talk collection with a new Luxury Palette eyeshadow quad and a Cheek to Chic Blush.

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The eyeshadow quads and “swish and pop” blushes have been favorite formulas of mine for awhile, so it’s no surprise that I’m absolutely in love with these two new additions. Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadows are some of my favorites - they perfectly toe the line between creamy and soft, hitting that sweet spot between too dense and too powdery. They’re buildable shadows, so they can be applied as a sheer wash or built up to something more intense, and they layer on top of themselves easily with no fallout. These eyeshadows are also some of the longest lasting on me - I always use a primer of course, but there’s no creasing or fading at the end of a long day (they even last through my kickboxing class, which is the ultimate test for me). The shades in the Pillow Talk quad just completely speak to me - the setup is the same as her other quads, with the “Prime, Enhance, Smoke, and Pop” shades. Prime is a soft pink champagne that brightens the eyes and also doubles as a lovely inner corner highlight. Enhance is a pinky brown matte that adds soft definition to the crease. Smoke is a deeper pink-brown that’s perfect for adding some depth to the outer corners or smoking out an eyeliner. The Pop shade might be my favorite, a lovely rose gold glitter that I’ve been packing on with my finger. I haven’t gone a day without wearing these shadows since they were delivered - they’re so wearable, and I could definitely see myself finishing this palette.

T-B | Liner, Lipstick, Blush outer, Blush inner, Eyeshadow Prime, Enhance, Smoke, & Pop

T-B | Liner, Lipstick, Blush outer, Blush inner, Eyeshadow Prime, Enhance, Smoke, & Pop

The blush is also a beautiful formula. The other shade I have is First Love, which is a light peach, so using the darker nude shade of Pillow Talk made me realize how pigmented these blushes really are. I simply need to tap my brush in the compact once to have more than enough product for my cheeks. The Pillow Talk Blush shade is the absolute perfect pinky nude that adds both a flush of color and definition to the cheeks. Rather than another blush color in the center, the Pillow Talk Blush houses a rose gold highlight instead. Some days I mix the two together, and others I apply the outer ring as my blush and the inner circle as my highlight. They’re both beautiful, finely milled powders that blend over the cheeks seamlessly.

To complete the whole look I of course had to use as many other Charlotte Tilbury products as I could. One thing I love about her line is how well the products all work together. I started with the Hollywood Flawless Filter as a primer to give my skin a glow, and then followed up with the Light Wonder Foundation. This left the glowiest base and a pair I’ll keep using again and again. I don’t have a Charlotte Tilbury concealer (do I need the Retoucher or her new one?), so I used the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer. I also don’t have any CT brow products, so here I used a base layer of Glossier Boy Brow in Brown and then filled in sparse areas with the MAC Eyebrow Styler in Stylized. I used the Glossier Lidstar in Slip as an eyeshadow primer and then applied all four shades of the Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk - Prime all over my lids and in the inner corners, Enhance in the crease, Smoke on the outer corners, and then dabbed Pop on the center of my eyelids. Again, I don’t have a CT mascara, so I used Milk Makeup Kush Mascara on my top lashes and Glossier Lash Slick on the bottom. To sculpt my face a little I used the contour side of the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette (I forgot how much I LOVED this), and I went in with the outer ring of the Cheek to Chic Blush in Pillow Talk in sort of a draping-shape. I tapped on a little bit of the Beauty Light Wand highlighter to the high points of my face and then dusted over it with the inner portion of the Pillow Talk Blush. Lips were finished off with, of course, the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat and Matte Revolution Lipsticks. I’m in love with how this look came out, and frankly I’m a little offended that Charlotte didn’t release these products before my wedding - I definitely would have used them!

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So the new Pillow Talk additions are a definite win for me - so much so that I’ve been contemplating picking up a backup of the eyeshadow quad when it comes back in stock. The Pillow Talk products are exclusive to CharlotteTilbury.com (you can get the full collection or the blush & eyeshadow duo as well) and are limited edition.

Have you tried them yet?

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