It seems like the hottest new release for the summer are bronzers.
Seeing as it’s the season to be tan, this obviously makes so much sense, and no matter how many bronzers I have in my collection, I always get so excited when new ones show up at my door.
I’ve tried a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products and something that was lacking from her line was a stand-alone bronzer. I have the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette and the Glowgasm palette, and although I do like the bronzer in the Filmstar one, I found the bronzer in Glowgasm to be really lacking in pigmentation (this is one of few products from the brand that I found to be a bit disappointing).
With that being said, when she released her new Airbrush Bronzer (C$65, which I participated in the Zoom press call for), I was really excited to try it out. This bronzer joins their Airbrush family, meaning that it won’t settle into pores and gives you that iconic airbrush look that her other products are known for.
This palette is quite large and comes in a beautiful rose gold packaging that looks like a seashell and contains hyaluronic acid powder, coconut oil, soft-focus silica, and mica, meaning that it applies flawlessly to skin, giving you the perfect summer glow while also hydrating your skin. Sounds like the best bronzer ever, am I right?!
This bronzer is available in four shades, Fair, Medium, Tan, and Deep, and in designing this, her team tested the shades on a variety of skin tones ensuring that none of them looked orange on the skin. I got the shade Medium and really like it. It gives you the perfect amount of glow without look muddy. Think vacation in St. Tropez rather than tanning bed.
This bronzer is also refillable, which is a feature I love meaning that there is less waste and if you love it so much you always want it in your life then you can buy a second one for a cheaper price (since the refillable doesn’t need the container). She will be releasing the refills for these later this year.
If you’re looking for the ultimate bronze glow, then pair her new Airbrush Bronzer with her Desert Haze Luxury Palette (C$66).
This eyeshadow quad is made up of four neutral matte shades that are warm tones. There is no sparkle or glitter here, instead you get four shades that I find are staples in my makeup collection.
The shades range from light to dark and contain a peachy nude, a deep orange/brown, a deep brown, and a medium brown. Since these are all mattes, you can wear them a variety of ways and this is the kind of palette that is good to have on hand when using other palettes with various formulas.
Truthfully, these are the kinds of shades that I use often in my eyeshadow routine, so I was really excited about this palette since I know it will get a lot of wear. I found them to apply really nicely and the blended out wonderfully as well.
Overall, I’m loving these two new releases and find them the perfect summer beauty products since they are so versatile to wear. I’ve been getting in a lot of new bronzers lately and have loved them all, but I do love the included skincare benefits that this one has in particular.
As always, Charlotte Tilbury knocked it out of the park with these products and I highly recommend checking them out.
Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.
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Looking for the perfect summertime lipstick?
Okay, so I know lipsticks are kind of hard to pull off right now due to the whole mask situation, but if you are looking for something hydrating, glossy, and the right amount of colour, then you need to try Fenty Beauty’s new Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipsticks (C$29).
These lipsticks, available in 10 shades, are a sheer lipstick that gives you comfort and colour, as well as the right amount of shine. Unlike their other lipsticks, these are more hydrating in texture and give off a more sheer colour rather than a pigmented one.
The shade range in here is quite vast, meaning you’ll definitely find the right colour for you (and lots of nudes, might I add, a total plus in my books!). These lipsticks, which are cruelty-free like all of Fenty’s products, are infused with pomegranate butter to condition your lips and keep them hydrated as you wear it. With that being said, there is still some substance in here and it doesn’t feel like your typical lip balm since it stays in place and doesn’t slide around. I also want to add that some of the shades have some added sparkle in them making them extra show stopping.
Although some of the colours definitely look bold when you open the tubes (like Vamps Who Brunch), they do give off more of a subtle colour, but still enough that it’s noticeable on the lips. In swatching these, I was actually quite impressed with how they turned out and even the shades I didn’t think I would like that much, I ended up really enjoying how they looked on once applied.
Regardless of if you are wearing a mask or not, I do recommend picking up a shade or two from this collection since it’s really a triple whammy. You get sheer colour, hydration, and some glossy vibes. I mean, what else could you possibly want from a lip product?
Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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Can you ever really have enough hair tools?
The answer is always no.
I kid you not, I have probably five or six different curling irons (they are all different, I swear!), but when it comes to straighteners, I only have one (I mean really, you only need one). Since my hair dries straight, I don’t usually straighten my hair that often as I’m more of a curl kind of girl. I have tried using my straightener to do flat iron curls but I always find that they never work when I try doing them as either my hair slips out or I get dents since the plates have more edges to them that makes it difficult to smoothly run it through my hair.
Then I got the new ghd Platinum+ Styler.
This new styling tool from pro haircare brand ghd (which stands for Good Hair Day) looks and works like a straightener, but is so much more than that. Not only can you seamlessly straighten your hair, but since the plates feature a more rounded curve to them it makes it perfect to use to curl or wave your hair as well.
So what makes this styler different from a hair straightener? Well, it features technology that predicts the needs of your hair as you style it, meaning that it will be a completely personalized experience every time you use it. As you are styling your hair, the device recognizes the thickness of your hair, as well as styling speed and adjusts the heat across the floating plates as you run it through your hair. As a result, you get perfect style every time.
As for temperature, this works at an optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees, so there is less heat damage, protecting your hair without compromising the quality of the style when you use it. Ghd says that you get 70 per cent stronger hair, 20 per cent more shine, and two-times more colour protection.
Since this device is called a styler rather than a straightener, that means you can use it for pretty much any style. Straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, mermaid hair.. you name it. Remember how I was saying that I can never curl my hair with a flat iron? This device features a unique wishbone hinge that holds the precision-milled plates in perfect alignment, meaning that as you run this through your hair it will be smooth with no jerking or stopping, which is usually what happens when I try to curl my hair.
My favourite part? You know that scary feeling of “did I turn off my straightener?!” when you’re driving to work? Well, in case you did leave it on, it actually shuts off after 30 minutes.
In case you can’t tell already, but I really love this styler and find that not only does it do a great job of straightening my hair, but I can finally achieve those flat iron curls of my dreams. This makes it so easy to curl your hair since the device is designed to glide through the hair.
I love using this styler after I dry my hair with their Helios Blowdryer for a salon-worthy style.
The ghd Helios Professional Hairdryer (C$299) is a light and fast hairdryer that is designed to dry your hair quickly, while leaving it smooth and shiny. The dryer features 2,200 watts, meaning that it will dry your hair in no time (it takes me around 3.5 minutes from damp to dry). It also gives you 30 per cent shinier hair.
Now if you’re like me and find that drying your hair can be a chore and a workout, you’ll actually be quite excited to pull this guy out. The dryer has an ergonomic design, meaning it distributes the weight evenly so it’s not top heavy. It’s pleasant to hold and style and even comes with a concentrated nozzle for the best temperature control and airflow distribution. It’s also not as loud as other dryers, which is a total plus if you’re like me and like to watch TV or YouTube videos while styling your hair.
The Helios dryer comes in four colours so you can match your blowdryer to your other styling products.
I love using these two devices together and find that they really do give me salon-quality style. Since it’s summer time and I’m still working from home, I have been letting my hair air dry a little more lately, but I like to use the Helios dryer when my hair is about 70 per cent dry to give it some added shine and then go in with the Platinum+ Styler for some beachy waves. If you are on the hunt for a new straightener or hairdryer, I highly recommend checking these out. You can order them online or find them in Chatters stores as well.
Have you tried any ghd products?
Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my honest own.
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