Bedroom eyes: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette and Eyeliner

If you haven’t caught onto my love for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk, well now you know.

What started as just a pinky-nude lipstick colour soon spanned into many different items in her collection. For me personally, I have the lipstick, the lip liner, the eyeshadow quad, and the blush, and my love for all of the products is so real.

Even though I have so many eyeshadows and palettes in my collection, her Pillow Talk Luxury Palette is definitely one of my most used since it has such pretty, wearable, everyday shades in it. There’s only four colours, but the shades she chose for this palette are so wearable that you really can transition this from day to night and wear it for pretty much any life event.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette and Eyeliner

Since I love the quad so much, imagine my surprise when I saw she launched a 12-shade palette, the Instant Eye Palette (C$95), which has shades that are complementary to her iconic Pillow Talk.

This rose gold palette opens up to 12 shades that are separated into four different looks, Day, Desk, Date, Dream, with the shadows coming in matte, soft, and metallic pearl finishes.

The thing that really makes this palette stand out is actually the formula. The shadows contain her Diamond Powder, which infuses a jewel-like light and clarity to the eyes, creating a natural-looking glow.  The matte shadows also contain coated pigments with silicones for a soft and smooth application, as well as emollient oils for precise blendability. The metallic pearl shades have coated pigments for a soft, cushiony feel and emollient esters for a comfortable to wear feel.  The colours go on fabulously and blend out perfectly.

Although the palette is split up into four different looks, I love mixing different shades from each trio to create just about any makeup look I could possibly want. Since I love the quad already, having eight more Pillow Talk-inspired shades to play around with really makes this palette super versatile for me.

At C$95, it’s definitely a splurge, but Charlotte Tilbury products tend to run on the higher end in general, and if you have her quad but wish there were more colours, then I really think you’ll love this.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette and Eyeliner

If you want to take the Pillow Talk look a bit further, then take a look at her new Pillow Talk Eyeliner as well (C$34).  This eyeliner is a smoky berry-brown shade that pairs perfectly with the palette or any brown or pink-toned shadows.

This is the first eyeliner I have tried from Charlotte Tilbury and I do have to say that I really like the formula of it. I don’t typically reach for pencils that often (I prefer a liquid liner), but I really do like the creamy feel of this.  The colour also goes on matte and I found that it applied opaque on the first swipe.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eyeliner Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette and Eyeliner swatches

Both of these products are quite the splurge, and truthfully, as much as I love the eyeliner as well, for C$34, I think it is on the pricey side. The palette is also quite expensive, but if you have blue eyes like me, then I think you’ll really love this palette since it contains colours that will really make your eyes pop. The formula in the shadows is top-notch and the shade range is also jaw dropping.

The Charlotte Tilbury website says that the Instant Eye Palette is limited edition, but I don’t think this is going to be going anywhere anytime soon since I’m sure it’s going to be a hit (if it isn’t already!). Plus, I find that anything Pillow Talk really does become quite popular, so if you are already a fan of the shade, then you’ll probably want to add these products to your collection as well.

Do you have any Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk products?

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Start fresh: My top skincare picks for February

It’s been such a busy February you guys.

Remember how January felt like an eternity? Well I can’t believe that we are already halfway through the second month of the year! Ever since I landed in NYC it’s definitely been non-stop for me, and now that NYFW is over, I can finally let my body and skin recover.

Before I left Winnipeg earlier this month I was fully loaded with tons of new skincare products. I love trying out skincare since it seems like brands are really putting their focus into giving you new and innovative products that help address major skin concerns, as well as turn back the clock on aging.

If you are looking for some new all-stars to add to your collection, then keep reading..

Aveeno Repairing Cica Hand Mask and Foot Mask

Aveeno Repairing CICA Hand Mask and Foot Mask

Thankfully the air in New York isn’t dry, but back home in Winnipeg my skin would take a total beating because of the dryness (seriously though, the NY air is doing wonders for my nails and skin!).

To help combat the inevitable dry hands and feet, the new Aveeno Repairing CICA Hand Mask and Foot Masks helped to keep my limbs nice and smooth.

The Repairing CICA Hand Mask and Foot Mask is a glove that you wear on your hands and feet that helps restore essential moisture and balance to extra-dry skin, leaving your hands and feet smoother and softer. All you need to do is wash your hands and feet, slip it on for 10 minutes and then take it off.

Both the masks are enriched with shea butter and prebiotic oat, and is gentle enough for dry, sensitive skin. I love using these when the weather dips below -20C since the air is typically very dry, leaving my skin feeling sore and uncomfortable.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

So you know how Bioderma is the OG micellar solution? As much as I love the Bioderma version, the price is a little steep.  Thankfully if you are looking for a great alternative, then Garnier has got you boo.

Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Water (C$8.97) is formulated with micelles that gently remove makeup and impurities from the skin. Just put this on a cotton pad or round to remove your makeup easily (including the waterproof kind as well!). This is an all-in-one cleanser that contains no oil, alcohol, or fragrance (making it great for those with eyelash extensions as well), and works for any skin type.

There are multiple versions of this product available, depending on your skin texture. I have the sensitive one (which is also the one I use in the Bioderma version) and find that it works miracles removing makeup and prepping my skin for the rest of my skincare routine.

Pixi Glow Tonic

PIXI Glow Tonic

Looking for a refreshing toner that is alcohol free? Then you’ll love the PIXI Glow Tonic.

This highly concentrated facial toner deeply cleans pores by removing excess oil and impurities.

The Pixi Glow Tonic (C$38 for 250 ml) is a highly concentrated, invigorating facial toner that deeply cleans pores by sweeping away excess oil and impurities. The formula is enriched with five per cent glycolic acid that gently wipes away impurities from your pores. It also has aloe vera to soothe and hydrate skin. You can use this both morning and night for a healthier and balanced complexion.

This is the toner that I brought out with me initially to New York in June and I still have about a quarter left in the container. I also want to note that I have the mini container out here, so it really does last forever (going on month four of using it day and night!). This is probably the most iconic product in the PIXI line up, so if you are interested in the brand, it would be a great intro product for you to try out.

Rodan and Fields Recharge Detox Mask

Rodan + Fields Recharge Detox Mask

You guys know I love a good mask, so when I got in Rodan + Fields’ new Recharge Detox Mask, I couldn’t wait to crack it open and try it out.

This clay mask is fortified with charcoal to help draw impurities out of the skin, as well as environmental pollutants that have built up throughout the week. The formula contains mango seed butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil which provides intense moisture to the skin to help replenish it, as well as fatty acids to give you more softer skin. For a more radiant complexion, the volcanic sand in the mask helps to exfoliate skin, leaving you soft, smooth, and glowing!

I love using this mask at least once a week for a total skin refresh. I always feel so amazing after using a clay mask that this one has quickly become one of my favourites.  You can order it through your R+F rep and it retails for C$71, which is a little hefty, but I swear you’ll love it!

St. Tropez Self Tanning Purity Bronzing Gel and Bronzing Facial Water

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel and Facial Spray

I live by self tanner, so these next products are ones I’ve talked about before but I really do love them.

If you’re looking for a consistently good self tanner brand, then try St. Tropez. Although self-tanning mousses are my ride or die, I do really love their Self Tan Purity Water Gel (C$44) as well. This transparent gel-to-water formula not only gives you a beautiful glow, but it also hydrates skin for up to 72 hours.

I recommend applying this with a mitt since it helps it spread the product more evenly (plus will save your palms from the tell-tale tanner shade). Since it’s a gel, I do find that a little goes a long way and it spreads really nicely and evenly. The formula also has hyaluronic acid to help hydrate skin.

I like applying this at night since the tan develops when I sleep.  For this product though, it actually starts to develop in just three hours, so it goes to work fast. My favourite thing about it is definitely the scent since it has a tropical scent.

For the face, I’ve been using their Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist (C$30).  I’ve actually been using this for years now and instead of using my body tanner on my face I find this to be a much more efficient product to use. All you need to do is spray it on your face and the 100 per cent tanning agents go to work to leave you with a golden tan after a few hours.

Since it’s also part of the Purity line, it also has the pleasant tropical scent to it. The formula also has hibiscus extract in it, which is an antioxidant, as well as a green mandarin water for a refreshing feel.

I have a few more skincare goodies to chat about with you guys over the coming weeks, but if you are looking to switch up your skincare routine or add in a few extra goodies, then I definitely recommend you take a look into these products.

Try any new skincare items?

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Pinch me moments: NYFW recap volume 3!

I’m officially done NYFW!

Although I did have some invites for later this week, truthfully, having done this for a week now, I’m ready to get back into my normal routine (and spend more time with Ziggy lol). This week started off with a bang when I got to go backstage with Kiss at Alice + Olivia.

The Alice + Olivia presentation is pretty tough to get into, so when I was given the opportunity to not only go to this presentation, but also go backstage, it was definitely a pinch me moment.

Monday morning started off at the Highline Studios where I got to learn about the nail designs from Kiss for the Alice + Olivia presentation. Kiss has been doing A+O’s nails for multiple seasons now (they also do Rebecca Minkoff) and for this season Kiss brand ambassador Gina Edwards did a stunning black press on nail with lots of embellishments.

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There were two different nail designs that they put on the models. The first one was from their new Couture Collection, which features bejeweled nails with premium crystals, rhinestones and pearls. The second design was the Salon Color nails in Witchy, which was actually from their Halloween collection, which Edwards filed down and then put on embellishments from their 3D Luxe Accents nail art.

Aside from the nails, which were stunning, they also put gem details in some of the model’s hair (Tresemme did the hair and Maybelline did the makeup). Truthfully, all the beauty details were glittery (the eyes featured green glitter), and everything about the models was totally up my alley (there is never enough glitter).

Since the Alice + Olivia presentation started at 1 p.m., we made our walk over to The Highline  Hotel for backstage with Bumble and bumble at ADEAM. The ADEAM FW20 collection was inspired by Kemari, a traditional Japanese football game that was popular in the Heian Period (794-1185 CE).

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This collection was actually designed with Naomi Osaka, an international tennis star. For the hair, Bumble and bumble took inspiration from tennis and did a loose, undone ponytail with a headband. The headband was either embellished with pearls or featured the brand’s name in a sporty motif.

Some of the star products that the hair team used was Bumble and bumble Prep Primer and Surf Infusion spray. Depending on the texture of the hair, they let it either hair dry or used a diffuser, especially on the Asian models to create movement in the hair.

We were very fortunate to actually see this show and watch the models in action to see how the hair complemented the clothes. The styles incorporated traditional Japanese elements as seen in origami-like drapes in the silhouette of the clothes. Aside from flowy pieces, there was also some stunning suits and biker sports to play into the sports theme.

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After Adeam, we went back to the Highline Studios for the Alice + Olivia presentation.  The presentation featured whimsical displays that transported you out of the rainy NYC weather and into a brightly-lit dreamland.

I got to see some of the pieces at the backstage event earlier in the morning and it was so nice to see them on the models.  Seriously you guys, this whole collection was so dreamy.

The presentation was divided into a series of vignettes and ranged from a lush green landscape to inside the Orient Express. The collection was apparently inspired by Stacey Bendet’s recent move to the Dakota building, which was featured heavily in Rosemary’s Baby as well as being the building that John Lennon was shot in front of.

The clothes themselves were such a dream with lots of leather, paisley, greens, camo, mustards, and lace. It was truly so exciting to see this presentation come to life and everything from the clothes to the nails, makeup, hair, and sets was jaw dropping.

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On Tuesday, my day started off with a visit to The Studio at Tractenberg, which is a gifting suite that Tractenberg & Co. holds a few times a year. I had visited this last NYFW in September and loved seeing the beauty products that were coming out from multiple brands in the coming months.

Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday, a lot of the brands revolved their releases around a V-Day theme.  The first station I went to was Hairdo, which is a hair extension company.  You guys know I already have extensions, but I was gifted their hair halo, which is something I actually saw like three years ago in the Philippines. These extensions work by a clear cord that you apply to your head similar to a headband. You don’t see the elastic part and you tuck your hair over the top part of it so it blends effortlessly.  Although I already have extensions, I’m looking forward to trying this out for even more volume, which will be perfect for a date night or even to wear on Valentine’s Day.

The Studio at Tractenberg The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 Hairdo at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 John Frieda at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 PUR Minerals at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 Tocca at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 DryBar products at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 Korres Greek Yogurt products at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20 Color Street at The Studio at Tractenberg NYFW FW20

Next up, PUR Minerals was giving out their new Blushing Act Skin Perfecting Powders, which is a blush that is infused with a nourishing formula that gives you a natural-looking flush of colour.  This blush is available in two shades, Pretty in Peach and Berry Beautiful.

Other brands that were showing off new products was Korres, John Frieda, DryBar, Lavanila (a new probiotic deodorant sold exclusively at Target), Color Street, Biore, Australian Glow tanner (so excited to try this!), Burt’s Bees, and more.

A little later in the day I made my way to Spring Studios for Cynthia Rowley’s FW20 show. I went to her show last season as well and loved the designs. Her show last season was held in a back alley, so I was kind of surprised that they chose to hold it at Spring Studios. I chose to get there a little closer to the 4 p.m. showtime since the shows never start on time and it ended up being a bad idea since there were way too many people (they definitely over-invited the show). I stood in line for about 40 minutes before being told by others in line that the show had already started.

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My friend Robin was at the show (front row!) and she ended up telling me all about it later on when I met up with her backstage at Christian Cowan. For Cowan’s FW20 collection, Bumble and bumble did a French twist into a ponytail leaving the front pieces out.  They also put gel on the sides to make the look more sleek, leaving the front part unpolished. The hairstylists used Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray to prep the hair, as well as the Does It All texture hairspray, and a little bit of Spray de Mode Flexible Hold Hairspray.

Afterwards, we were so lucky to be able to see the show since it was truly incredible. When you walked into the space it was definitely more of a street vibe and once the models came out, each design was more jaw-dropping than the next.  There was lot of animal print, sparkle, purples, greens, big shoulders, metallic fabrics… truthfully each design that came out was more incredible that the next.

Now that I’m officially done my second season I am sitting here in a place of gratitude. To be able to see and do the things I do to experience was truly a dream come true.  As I mentioned in my first post this season, coming into this I was trying to be more selective in the things I wanted to see and do since it really does take up a lot of your time and it gets exhausting really quickly.

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To be able to go backstage at Self Portrait, Jonathan Cohen, ADEAM, Christian Cowan, and Alice + Olivia was truly something so special, and there was a moment last night when we walked into Christian Cowan and we went through the backstage to go to our seats that I thought to myself, “wow, I’m so lucky to be able to do this”. The shows that I got to see are tough ones to get into and the fact that I not only got to see them, but go backstage and see the process of what goes into them and meet the models, stylists, and see the clothes up close was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Will I do NYFW again? I mean never say never. I’m very lucky that my boyfriend lives in New York so it was a no brainer to do it because I have a place to stay, but if these were my two seasons and I never do it again, at least I went out with a bang.

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