Oh Charlotte…

As you’ve probably guessed this is about Charlotte Tilbury!!

Charlotte Tilbury is a British-born make-up artist. Charlotte started her own beauty and skincare collection in 2013. Initially this was launched in Selfridges, with the brand later expanding to other department stores throughout the UK and USA, in fact 37 countries in total by 2016. Charlotte Tilbury did open a flagship store in 2015 in Covent Garden, London, (I need to visit).

Now we’ve got a brief overview out of the way, lets talk products!

I have tried some products within the Charlotte collection.

  1. Magic Cream

I couldn’t resist! And yes it really is magic! Before deciding upon magic cream I had researched many, many, many products. My skin would always tend to break out from time to time and I wasn’t particularly sure what I was doing wrong or how I could improve it? My diet probably leaves a lot to be desired…..coffee addict right here!

I decided to go into a Charlotte counter and speak to someone about the product as I wasn’t totally set on it at this point, reading reviews can only tell you so much. I appreciate that people working to a brand are obviously trying to sell that brand to you, but they didn’t even need to. As soon as I tested the cream I knew I needed it. The feeling on your skin is unbelievable, incredibly soft and a good rich cream. The cost however was not very appealing! At £70 for a 50ml container it is probably on the higher end of a scale for what I was looking to pay. My previous creams had been round the £40 mark. Since I was hoping to help my skin I decided why not?

Magic Cream

The one container lasted me approximately 4 months and that was using it twice a day, morning and nighttime. I am quite annoyed at myself as I did not take pictures…when I bought it initially, I didn’t know I’d be doing this! I can safety say my skin has improve two-fold. The fact so many people have commented on the change in my skin has been proof to me, not just my word.

2. Multi-Miracle Glow

Now I did not use the magic cream on its own. I had initially used magic cream once i’d removed my makeup with other products. I had tried this when I visited the counter and I did fall in love with it however due the accumulating cost I had decided to hold off on purchasing. This lasted about 10 days, then I bought it.

This is described as a cleanser, mask and balm. I use this when removing make-up. Basically you apply it too your face and remove with a luke-warm wash cloth or flannel. It seriously works. My make-up comes of with such ease. You can also apply this to your face as a mask and leave it on overnight. I have only really done this a few times mainly because I enjoy the magic cream so I tend to use it at night more so.

This product is £45 for a 100ml container however I do tend to use it more and have required multiple purchases over the last 4 months. As my skin is much better I will continue to use it because I think the benefits outweigh the cost. You can get some samples in stores so if you aren’t 100% sure on what you want to use, try them before you buy.

Multi-Miracle Glow

3. Magic Foundation

I know at this point you are all probably thinking how much did she buy but I promise it isn’t a regular occurrence. I had been contemplating changing my foundation for a while mainly due to the fact I kept experiencing breakouts and was unsure how to combat it, so thought why not change everything? I have used multiple foundations from MAC to Chanel, Estee Lauder to Benefit and I just couldn’t find one right for me. I will say this no matter what I write about this foundation you need to try it for yourself, what works for one person will not work for everyone!

I decided to try this foundation mainly because I was changing my skincare routine to these products above. I felt that if anything was going to help it would be best to stick with the same brand as you’d think that’s why they make them. Well in my head that’s why. I would have fairly pale skin, (mainly as I haven’t seen proper sunshine in years…roll on September) so Magic foundation enabled me to find a really good shade match to my skin. They have an extensive range of colours to choose from and you can try out whatever you want in store, they will even give you samples to make sure you are selecting the right tone.

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At £30 for a 30ml bottle, I felt this was quite reasonably priced. You’d be hard pushed to find as good a foundation not around that price mark. Plus many would also be the same size. I honestly can’t say if this product would be as good if you are using a different skincare range but it is very light and stays on all day. I am one of those people who needs to feel their make-up on their face within feeling caked on! Foundation is really the type of product that will need replaced depending on how often you wear it. For me that’s usually daily as I feel more confident with some war paint on.

4. Brow Lift

This was the last Charlotte product I purchased on this splurge. I am majorly obsessed with my eyebrows, so for me this product just doesn’t cut it. I love a brush and a pot, (Can’t beat Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, £18), I find you are able to define your eyebrows better and into a shape that fits your face. In saying that, a brush and a pot takes time and practice, (I’ve had caterpillar eyebrows many times).

Dipbrow Pomade

 

I know many people like quick and easy with their make-up and not being an expert myself I thought this would be perfect. I do still carry it with me if i’m out and about, as it is much more compact. For me personally I found it wasn’t heavy enough for my eyebrows.

My sister had also purchased this product and she loves it, so again it may just be trial and error until you find what best suits yourself.

This product costs £22.50 and is described as a three-way tool for shape, lift and shade. If you do try this and find it works for you, let me know, I may just need a better technique.

brow lift cara

The girls at my local Charlotte Tilbury counter are always extremely helpful and give lots of free samples so make sure and ask! The lippys are dream but I already have too many to purchase anymore!

If you have tried any products from this brand let us know your thoughts!

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The Revival

Many designers ride a high and then filter into obscurity for sometime. This isn’t uncommon in the fashion industry. For most it means they are working on their next collection or taking some much needed R&R.

The past few years have seen this happen for designers such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. I can help but love both of these iconic brands.

Louis Vuitton rose to fame in 1854 in Paris, France, (someday I will get to go!). They began by making their famous trunks later developing the much loved suitcase. These items can take up to 60 hours to make.

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Louis Vuitton continued making different styles of trunks and introduced different patterns over the years to prevent others from imitating his design, which many tried to do. Louis Vuitton passed away in 1892 which lead to his son George taking over management of the company. His vision for the brand was to make the company a worldwide corporation. In doing this he created the signature monogram canvas and patented it, successfully stopping counterfeiting during the 19th Century. In later years, Louis Vuitton ‘fakes’ were very popular accounting for high numbers of goods seized, approximately 18%.

The brand continued to grow which lead to the introduction of the first handbag in 1930, “The Keepall Bag”. In 1932 “The Noé” came to be with “The Speedy” following soon after, both of these bags continue to be manufactured today and firm favourites within the fashion industry.

Over the years the company has grown and gone from strength to strength developing not only trunks and handbags but also menswear and womenswear. It has done multiple collaborations over the years with advertisements frequently featuring famous faces. This has lead to an increase in brand popularity with “The Neverfull” becoming a favourite amongst many bloggers and celebrities.

Handbags such as the Speedy and Neverfull, not to forget the Pochette Meis, are all highly sought after nowadays with many posting about them on blogs and instagram, (Yes I realise I have just done this). I will not hide the fact that I am very bias toward these bags. I purchased the Neverfull GM with Pivoine lining about a year ago. It has been the best bag I have bought and I love a handbag.

For those contemplating this purchase…..DO IT!!

This bag is extremely spacious and lightweight. Essentially this means you can grab it and go. It goes with any outfit. And it also comes with a small detachable pouch inside. The cost of this bag has increased over the past year, it’s now £925 whereas I paid £840, so if you are thinking about it, I wouldn’t wait unless you want to pay more!

I definitely have a few Louis Vuitton items on my wishlist compared to what would of been on it a number of years ago. Make sure and check out the new Louis Vuitton Collection: MASTERS LV X KOONS.

Another high end brand I feel this has happened to is Gucci. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci, in Florence in 1921. Gucci become one of the world’s most high -end manufacturers in leather goods, clothing and other fashion items. Guccio, together with his sons, Aldo, Vasco and Rodolfo, expanded into Milan and Rome. Gucci continued to grow from 1950s to the late 1970s, moving into New York and developing iconic fashion lines.

In 1964 the double-G logo was used for belts and other accessories. The Gucci belt has became a major player in today’s fashion world seen daily on bloggers and celebrities alike.

Unfortunately Gucci faced controversy in 1980’s for a fair number of years due to tax evasion scandals. Following this Gucci brought Tom Ford in to revamp the brand, he later got promoted to creative director. Ford was with Gucci until 2004. Gucci is currently under the direction of Marco Bizzarri.

Since joining Gucci in 2014 the brand has gained a greater following and more admired by its peers. It has became a constant in the fashion blogs, (Yes I’ve done it again), and fashion news. I believe it has became one of the most pursued brands within the last couple of years, not only because I want half of their collection, (I really do!).

Alessandro Michele, current creative director at Gucci, reintroduced the iconic double-G logo in 2015. The flamboyance of the new direction of Gucci  was what made it appealing. Pops of colour, flowers and cartoon emblems made way for a younger audience to have an interest in the “new” Gucci. Accessories became a focus of Gucci, shoes, handbags and belts to name a few were all and continue to be popular items for all fashionistas.

Gucci’s anonymity is certainly no more, the playful approach has brought Gucci back to the forefront of fashion making it one of the hottest and most coveted brands today.

As a lover of fashion and new trends the one thing I understand more than most is trying to keep current. Forever saving for the next item on ‘my list’, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are firm favourites of that list. Along with many other designers from Mulberry to Christian Louboutin, I doubt my list will ever be uninhabited.

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Slip & Slide

One of the biggest trends for summer has been the introduction of the slide shoe. From designer labels to high street brands, everyone is getting involved. Below are some of our top picks that you don’t want to miss out on.

 

What will you be wearing your slides with this summer? From retro denim to chic summer dresses, slides have became the must have shoe to wear. Lets not forget the classic summer sandal and much-loved espadrilles, they continue to be a popular choice year after year. I for one am in awe of the Chanel espadrilles, (I will get them….eventually). ♥ A simple shoe to go with every outfit. Whats not to love? This is the part when I try and plan how i’ll not eat for a month to buy these…if only!

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Patterns, stripes and big frills

Since the start of the year many trends have came and went. Our catwalks have seen the introduction of head to toe patterned ensembles as well as extreme minimalism, not to mention the comeback of the stripes and it certainly looks like the big frills are here to stay.

The high street has followed suit with the likes of zara and topshop stocking their shelves with co-ord outfits. The M&S jumper came and went in the winter, (yes I had this as well), are theses new trends just fads for the season?

The floral arrangements are perfect for the spring/summer, whether its raining or the sun is shining bright, the bright colours are sure to make anyone feel like a breathe of fresh air. I doubt this trend will survive long after the summer months. A major fan of stripes right here, such a versatile pattern for those who like a causal outfit or love to dress up.

As for frills…who doesn’t love a frill? It all started with trumpet sleeves and now you’d be hard pushed to find a piece of clothing without a frill somewhere. From peplums to ruffled necklines, the frills look like they will be around for the foreseeable future.

Zara 25.99 Top with flowers and frills
Zara £25.99
Stradivarius 35.99 Stripped strappy jumpsuit
Stradivarius £35.99

People always say fashion comes back around and this is very evident with the latest trend to be seen on multiple catwalks….tie-dye. This trend has always caused much controversy, you either loved it or hated it. Who knows what we will see next?

It’s hard not to find a pattern, stripe or frill when out shopping at the minute. Are the plain patterns gone for summer? Do we all need to jump on the bandwagon now?

Let us know what you all think,

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