charlotte tilbury lust list

When you see some of the prices, you’ll see why these beautiful Charlotte Tilbury products are on a “lust” list. I categorize the brand right alongside other high-end luxury brands like Tom Ford, Givenchy, Chanel and Guerlain. I have been coveting these products since becoming addicted to Charlotte’s makeup-porn tutorials. She is definitely on my list of makeup icons and people I’d probably pee my pants if I ever met. Charlotte Tilbury products can be found at Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom or Bergdorf Goodman’s and here’s what I’d buy if I were to ever be in possession of a gift card to one of those places.

1. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Full Fat Lashes’ 5 Star Mascara • $29
2. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Cheat’ Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Liner • $22
3. Charlotte Tilbury Printed Cotton-Canvas Cosmetics Case • $20
4. Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Feline Flick’ Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen • $30
5. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Eyes to Mesmerise’ Cream Eyeshadow • $32
6. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Light • $68
7. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask • $70
8. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Charlotte’s Magic Cream’ Treat & Transform Moisturizer • $100
9. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Fallen Angel’ Luxury Palette (Limited Edition) • $65Charlotte Tilbury ‘Luxury Palette – The Vintage Vamp’ Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette • $52Charlotte Tilbury ‘Luxury Palette – The Dolce Vita’ Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette • $52


Colourpop Strobing Kit

I want my highlighter to be visible…from space. The strobing trend has been well-timed with my highlighter overdosing and I love it. 🎶 But I love it….🎶


I got to try out Colourpop’s new Strobing Kit and have a full post and tutorial up on their newly-revamped blog, 1400 West. I’d love for you to check it out. If you aren’t familiar with Colourpop, you’ll love them. They create the most unique, pillowy-soft eye and cheek colors plus lip liners and lipsticks. I’ve talked about them before here and here and oh wait, here too!


The Strobing Kit contains 2 highlighters, a pearlized blush and 3 Lippie Stix and retails for $39.00. There is also a Strobing II for deeper skin tones. If you’d like to see that more in depth, see Jackie Aina’s video! The chart below shows where I applied the highlights.


I am also wearing Colourpop’s Plunge and Nillionaire on my eyes as well as the Marmalade Lippie Stix from the Strobing Kit.


This is the lightest highlighter in the bunch, Fanny Pack. It would be really nice for very fair skin tones that typically find most highlighters too golden or peachy. I also used it to add a brighter spot of dimension atop the more champagne highlighter, Parasol and on the inner corners of my eyes.


This is the blush shade, Non-Fiction. I absolutely love this rusty peach color. I feel like it looks really natural and it’s gorgeous for fall. I liked it when applied with a duo fiber stippling brush best.


This is the champagne-toned highlighter, Parasol. I feel like this is the most universal shade. It can be used as eyeshadow as well like I did in my back to school tutorial. To see more of the Lippie Stix, swatches of everything and a tutorial, remember to check out my post on Colourpop’s blog, 1400 West. Carry on, strobers. Carry on.

Organic Mineral Peel Face


Behold-one of the coolest skincare products I’ve tried. O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Face is a Korean chemical exfoliant that I mentioned in my July Favorites. It is not only extremely simple to use but leaves your face softer than you’ve ever felt it. EVAR.

I’ve seen my skin really get it’s act together since I’ve backed off on manual exfoliators (i.e. scrubs, Clarisonic). If your skin is looking dull, your pores are clogged and/or you have some dry patches, one use of this spray-on peel will literally roll all your probs away!

You spray the liquid on your clean face, wait 3 tiny seconds and then massage it in. It’s so fun because little bits of dry skin will immediately start rolling off. When you rinse, you’ll then spend a good span of time just stroking your face because I’m telling you-it’s going to be soft as a kitten’s bean toes.


This reminds me a lot of Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel, yet it’s $4 cheaper, easier to use and leaves skin even softer. The ingredients are also safer/better being that they’re organic plus sulfate, paraben, alcohol, petroleum and cruelty free! Some of the key ingredients are my side boyfriend retinol, brightening grapefruit extract, milk thistle and licorice root and soothing jojoba and cucumber. It also has no scent or stinging feel.

O.R.G. Organic Mineral Peel Face is currently available on their website or for $44. They have a $5 travel size on their site too so I just dare you to try it and tell me it’s not one of the most magical skincare products you’ve used.IMG_1608

Product was sent for possible review. No financial compensation was received nor was a positive review encouraged. All opinions expressed are my own.

Back to School Makeup

When I see the aisles of Target filling with backpacks and fresh notebooks, I feel the inner bummer of children everywhere. Summer is the best and this is often the first sign that it isn’t forever. Siiiigh. If you’re a parent though, you’re silently rejoicing inside? Maybe…just a little? It’s ok. I won’t tell.


One of the most bleh parts about back to school time are the early mornings. Having to get up and get presentable well before 8 a.m. isn’t easy or fun so I wanted to create a tutorial that was easy, fast and fresh. If you’re a high school student, I want you to keep the fresh part close to your heart. You have your whole life to go mental with black eyeliner, and trust me, you will. Enjoy this time in your life when even the most subtle of makeup looks gorgeous.

NARS Concealer in Pear
Root Pearl Powder in 3+LGT
Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Parasol
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Lush
L’oreal Silkissime Liner in Highlighter
Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express Mascara
It Cosmetics Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil
TheBalm Balm Desert Blush/Bronzer
L’oreal Colour Riche in Everbloom


I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful year for all my teachers, students and parents! Remember girls, your makeup will fade but your education won’t! Smart is the prettiest look of all :)




Sephora Sale Picks

I check Sephora’s online sale section semi-religiously. There’s almost always a steal…or 5. If I were you, here’s what I would totally add to my basket right now and why. Jump on ’em quick though because the sale section switches out fast and furiously!


  1. Coach Citrine Blossom • $27 If you like fresh, green scents, you’ll love this. It’s super refreshing but has a level of depth to it. I used to wear this a lot when I worked at Sephora.
  2. Skin Perfect CC Cream • $11 When CC creams made their debut, our Sephora team tested 5 different ones. We all preferred the Sephora one. 2 layers gives you full coverage too!
  3. Double Contouring Cream Blush • $7 “Ugh! Are you still out of the cream rouge?!” This is what I heard for 2 years straight at Sephora. We were told that this product would return as they were reformulating it. Well lookee here-now it’s on sale! People were crazy about this so you know you want to see what the fuss is all about!
  4. Kat Von D Get The Look Set • $29 This is worth it for the Fever Ray trio alone, a long time fave of mine. Both sets look awesome on blue and green eyes and the waterproof liners are great too!
  5. Benefit They’re Real Tease: Mascara & Mini Liner • $18 If you’ve never tried my favorite mascara of all time, Benefit’s They’re Real, you can do it for $18 plus get their new innovative gel liner with it. Score dot com.


Makeup Brushes: Sigmatech

As an abstract painter, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with brushes that only intensified when I started doing makeup. The right brush makes applying makeup so much easier and the results, hella flawless and blended to perfection. Snap, snap! You can’t talk about makeup brushes without talking about Sigma Beauty. I’ve dished on their brushes before and now I want to talk about some new-to-me ones made with their SigmaTech fiber.

About SigmaTech

  • Synthetic fibers engineered to outperform animal hair
  • Picks up and applies creams and powders without absorbing into bristles
  • Antibacterial
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Will hold original shape even after multiple washes


I am really happy to see companies like Sigma engineering their brush fibers to perform like animal hair, without actually using any. It’s certainly a personal goal of mine to someday have a completely cruelty-free kit. I’ve tried many synthetic brushes, meant to perform like their animal hair counterparts, and they just don’t. But lately, I’m super excited about the innovation I’m seeing, as in SigmaTech.

Not only do these brushes feel even softer than animal hair but their performance is nearly identical. Synthetic brushes tend to stay cleaner and are usually more hypoallergenic as well.


Left to Right

E54 Medium Sweeper I would compare this to a flat shader brush, yet it’s a bit shorter. It works well for packing color onto the lid and light blending.

E32 Exact Blend This dense brush worked well for carefully placing color at the outer corner of the eye, as well as smudging liner and shadow along the lower lash line too!

E35 Tapered Blending Brush I was most curious to see how this brush would compare, being that it feels very soft and synthetic. I was a skeptical that it could apply a soft wash of color in the crease but it really did! It creates a beautifully-diffused look. This brush is my second fave in the group.

F25 Tapered Face This is my favorite of the bunch. Not only is it so soft that you’ll just want to pet it for a few minutes, it has been awesome for applying loose powder to set undereye concealer with it’s tapered shape. It’s so silky soft so I know my clients appreciate that too!

Overall, I’m extremely encouraged by what I’m seeing from Sigma’s SigmaTech line and I’m looking forward to trying more and phasing animal hair out of my kit entirely.

Brushes were sent for review purposes by Sigma Beauty. All opinions expressed are my own. No financial compensation was received nor was a positive review encouraged by Sigma. Post contains affiliate links.

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks


You might recall from a previous post that liquid lipsticks are everywhere right now. TheBalm recently sent me their take on them, Meet Matt(e) Hughes, and I’m stoked to tell you my thoughts!

These long-wearing lipsticks are available in 8 different on-trend colors and retail for $17 each. They have a delicious scent they describe as vanilla mint and that I describe as Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie.swatches

Pigment 9/10: Like most liquid lipsticks, there is instant color pay-off. You do need to swipe a few times to build up to the color in the tube but it’s no biggie.

Texture 9/10: These apply a bit thinner than some liquid lipsticks, which I actually really like. It makes it easier to control and distribute. The feeling is quite comfortable with only a very slight dry feeling compared to many matte lipsticks.

Wear 8/10: I would estimate the wear to be about 6 hours with normal behavior. The wear isn’t like that of some liquid lipsticks where you need to forcibly remove them and it’s borderline scary. The wear definitely exceeds traditional lipsticks with no need to touch up.

Value 10/10: This is one of the best liquid lipsticks below $20. I love that TheBalm makes paraben-free, cruelty-free products at very affordable products! In my opinion, $17 is a steal for these.swatches1-4

Left to right: Committed (peachy nude), Darling (mauve-nude), Honest (muted coral), Adoring (rich berry)swatches4-8

Left to right: Sentimental (true hot pink), Chivalrous (muted cool pink), Loyal (rich classic red), Devoted (mega bright pink red)

I am really enjoying these and featured them in my July Favorites so check that out if you want more!

July Favorites


July wasn’t a fabulous month. My husband and I ended up laughing at what seemed to be an endless streak of bad luck. For example, an entire bottle of Worcestershire sauce I didn’t even know I owned, tumbled from the fridge and shattered all over the floor and our white cabinets. Entire kitchen smelled like Chex Mix. August is already so much better so I’m happy it’s here! Despite all the catastrophes in the month of July, there were still some great beauty products to be had.

Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleanser
Root Organic Peppermint Facial Toner
O.R.G. Skincare Organic Mineral Peel
It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara
Bite Beauty Frozen Berries Matte Crème Lipstick in Barberry
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

Oh, and for my Des Moines frands, I’m doing a giveaway with local salon Trixie’s and it’s a super fun prize! I’m even jealous of it so check it out and enter:

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