We’re about to see the back of January and is it just me or did it feel like this month was an extra long one? Whilst January was crawling along, I re-discovered some makeup faves deserving of renewed attention, but I also have a few new additions that are fast becoming faves as well.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow helped me quite a bit this month as a primer and as a skin booster. With the cold temperatures and my dry skin, I needed to prioritise hydration whether I was wearing foundation or just some concealer and powder. It’s during the colder months that products like Wonder Glow really come into their own, as it provides subtle illumination and brightening while delivering an overall smoothing effect that’s especially appreciated when skin conditions are grey and dry.
Officially, Wonder Glow contains some ‘magic wand’ ingredients according to Tilbury’s website, such as BioNymph Peptide Complex that help you to fake better looking, more rested looking skin. Added to that, it also contains light-reflecting microspheres and anti-wrinkle ingredients. It’s also meant to offer that dewy finish, although ‘dewy’ has the potential to become tricky especially if one has oily skin. I also reviewed Wonder Glow in a [post here] sharing tips to wake up tired skin, which is something we can all relate to if not all the time, then at least some of the time.
I picked up Givenchy’s Dual Liner during the holiday sales and have had no real regrets, except maybe a tiny one. In the shade 02 Mystic Gold, this dual liner also works as an eyeshadow but I favour it more as a liner, especially on the bottom lash line because it opens and brightens the eye so much. While it’s long-wearing and goes on smoothly in its role as an eyeliner, it loses a couple of points when I use it as an eyeshadow. Layered over an eyelid primer, especially to help the colour to pop a bit more against my skin tone, the pigment stays put but some of the micro shimmers migrate beyond the eyelid after a few hours of wear. And while that’s not a deal-breaker, I’d prefer to not have that occur.
In anticipation of Spring, Givenchy has launched additional dual liner shades such as a blue-green in the shade 03 Dynamic and pink-orange in the shade 04 Passionate. Bottom line, I find this performs better as an eyeliner and less well as an eyeshadow.
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 02 Rose Bronze has been a part of my collection for a couple of years now. It tends to be the blush I reach for whenever I do a vivid red lip because I can use it to brighten my face without detracting from my lip colour. On my skin, this blush is a brown based pink with subtle hints of gold. It’s also buildable and also has the ability to work across a range of skin tones. Rose Bronze is a highly favoured blush among Chanel blush lovers, with its finely milled, silky texture, this is a long-wearing blush that can do no wrong.
Dr. PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm is another holiday purchase that brought me back to when I first tried the brand some years ago. There’s an original multi-use formula that can be used to hydrate lips, hands, nails, cuticles and more. This peach pink tinted one is meant for lips and cheeks and is meant to adapt to various skin tones, but I primarily use it for my lips. While the colour doesn’t come through clearly on my lips, it’s not a bother as I use it for the ultimate, long-lasting hydration it provides. I can see this becoming a major warm-weather staple which will ultimately lead me to re-purchase the original formula. Otherwise, Dr. PawPaw’s products are British-made, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan and well-priced.
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in 40 Doré Translucent 3 has since become even more central to setting my makeup since I first talked about it [here]. Yes, each week brings new powder launches but there’s a reason some products maintain cult status and this one certainly does. With a soft, silky texture, this almost traceless powder blends right in to leave a mattified finish that manages to not look mask-like. Although this powder has mattifying properties, somehow it never exacerbates my skin’s dry tendencies. Maybe because it also contains ingredients that deliver some blurring and luminosity, plus it’s oil-free. While this powder won’t conceal major scarring or hyperpigmentation, nor is it the most portable powder around, you do get a 1-ounce container that should last for a very long time.
I’d love to know if any of these items are already part of your collection or on your radar, so do drop a line or let’s chat on social. Plus, if you’re hungry you can see [last Sunday’s post here], while I’m compiling my holiday fashion finds to share with you in an upcoming entry.