Beauty Review: Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look in a Palette

I usually shy away from palettes, simply because I like to choose the colors I like.  However, there's something to be said for colors that are perfectly matched to work together. This palette hits the nail on the head!

Charlotte Tilbury has a few different options in her "Instant Look in a Palette" collection.  I tried Seductive Beauty, which also comes in an all-in-one makeup set called "The Instant Seductive Beauty Look."

There are a few things I really like about this palette, starting with the versatility.  The colors are neutral enough to wear for day, but can be amped up and applied more heavily for night.  Likewise, the shimmer is beautiful for a summer glow, but can also have a dramatic effect for a special occasion.

I also like that the colors are both cool and warm.  The #2 Eye Enhance is a neutral taupe that can go with brown or grey tones, depending on how it's applied.  The #3 Smoke is described as chocolate brown and has beautiful copper undertones. 

Finally, I love that it's all in one.  If you're traveling, this has everything you need from your eyes to your bronzer, blush and highlight.  You can even use the bronzer as a brow filler if you're really in a pinch!  The color is a subtle brown and not overly orange like a lot of other bronzers out there.

To apply... follow the numbers and adjust for what looks best with the shape of your eyes and face.  I prefer to start with #2, then apply #1, followed by #3 and a quick tap of #1 again to finish.  However, that's my preference.  Do what works best for you!

The "Seductive Beauty", "Natural Beauty" and "Beauty Glow" Instant Looks in a Palette are available for $75.00 each. 

Or if you really want to go big, check out the "Instant Seductive Beauty Look" I mentioned earlier, which retails for $190.00, but also comes with mascara, eye and lip liner, lipstick and lip lustre!  The "Complete Natural Glowing Look" retails for $144.00 and comes with mascara, lip liner and lipstick.


Valmont launches 'Essence of Bees' with focus on sustainability

Valmont Essence of Bees Collection

If you read my blog, you know I'm more than a little obsessed with the luxury skincare brand, Valmont.  As a TV personality, my face is important... and mine goes through a lot.  I wear loads of makeup every day, then scrub it all off every night.  Not to mention, the awful sun damage from my reckless youth.  So, it's worth it for me to spend the extra money taking care of my skin.

Valmont Essence of Bees Cure Majestueuse

Valmont is based in medical research so their products penetrate deeper and work with your body to renew and repair.  If you try the line, you immediately see and feel the difference.  In September, Valmont is adding a new trio of products to their l'Elixir des Glaciers collection.  It's called the Essence of Bees and I was lucky enough to try it before it hits the stores!!!

Valmont Essence of Bees Serum Majestueux

I thought Valmont was luxurious before, but this collection blew my mind.  I felt like a princess opening the oversized black and gold box.  The copper-toned bottles inside are nothing short of Hollywood glamour.  If you really want to splurge, Valmont's artistic director, Didier Guillon even created an 18 carat gold-plated sheath inspired by a honeycomb!

What's inside is also special.  The formula contains honey, propolis and royal jelly.  Honey is a moisturizer and skin repairer, while propolis is coveted for its purifying virtues.  Royal jelly is the most precious of the hive's products and helps with inflammation.  I've tried inexpensive products with these ingredients before, but had no clue how powerful they can be.  The cheap creams and lotions at the drug store don't do these ingredients justice.

Valmont Essence of Bees Masque Majestueux

Not only are the products good for your skin, but they're good for mother nature, too.  With this launch, Valmont is saving bees in Switzerland and investing in 50 beehives to sustainably use for their products going forward.  During the month of September, for every purchase of Essence of Bees, Valmont will donate $10 to the Pollinator Partnership to support the health of bees in North America.  I can definitely get behind (or should I say bee-hind) that!

Essence of Bees includes the Cure Majestueuse Votre Visage ($350), Masque Majestueux Votre Visage ($425) and Serum Majestueux Vos Yeux ($390), available at Saks 5th Avenue and at Valmont's online boutique.

Beauty Review: Charlotte Tilbury's Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint

To be perfectly honest, I don't have the best relationship with makeup.  For me, makeup is work.  I wear loads of it on television and leave the station each day feeling like a clown.  Most brands simultaneously cause me to break out, while also settling into my wrinkles, making them appear more pronounced.

So it is EXTREMELY RARE for me to be this excited about something I put on my face!  Enter: Charlotte Tilbury's brand new Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint.  This product is nothing short of miraculous.  I'm not quite sure how to classify it, because it's not exactly a tinted moisturizer, tanning cream, BB cream or foundation.  It's in a class all its own. 

You only need a pea sized amount of the product, which will appear white when it comes out of the tube and feels a little grainy.  In fact, I first thought it had separated and proceeded to put the cap back on and shake it like crazy, only to realize it's supposed to be that way! 

As you work the moisturizer into your skin, the color will immediately appear.  You'll see a very natural, bronzed glow, without any streaks or the heavy feel of foundation.  It truly does just tint the skin, so it doesn't sink into fine lines.  That being said, the bronzing effect magically disguises my uneven skin tones and even redness and blemishes. 

You can use it alone or if you need more coverage, with your regular foundation and/or primer.  I've tried both with great results.  And unlike a tanning cream, the tinted moisturizer washes right off at the end of the day.

The product isn't cheap, but with the versatility and incredible results, I think it's well worth the $40 price tag.  One word to the wise... the hydrating tint does not contain any SPF, so if you're going outside, you absolutely need to put on your favorite sunscreen first.