April Makeup Favorites 2018

The month of April was full of rediscovering old loves, falling for new launches and changing up my techniques. Here’s a preview of the products I was loving last month (and am still using well into May). What are yours?

CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO MESMERIZE: MARIE ANTOINETTE ($36 CAD)

When I first bought this, I thought the cream was too emollient. Doesn’t matter how careful I tried to be with it, I would always end up depositing too much product and got an intense look out of it. However, over the years this has almost dried out to the perfect consistency where I can dip my brush into the product and blend out a sheer wash of colour that adds dimension to my lids without ever being over done.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Marie Antoinette

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Marie Antoinette

KKW BEAUTY BRIGHTENING POWDER: SHADE 3 ($23 CAD)

I did a full review of the collection, including the concealers and baking powders on my blog (linked here). After using it for a couple of months have decided that the brightening powder is really the stand out product from the collection. Where the concealer and baking powders are easy to dupe, the brightening powder is so unique, I havent seen anything like this on the market. I have shades 2 and 3, but dont see a difference on my face. The powder adds so much brighteness and light (no coverage) that it lifts without any shimmer, sparkle or sheen. I dont know how this product does it but that’s why it deserves a spot on my monthly favorites! Since I suffer from dark under eye circles I need to make sure that I colour correct and add a full coverage concealer as this powder can draw light towards the darkness if not concealed properly.

KKW Beauty Brightening powder shade 3

KKW Beauty Brightening powder shade 3

KKW Beauty Brightening powder shade 3 swatch

KKW Beauty Brightening powder shade 3

HOURGLASS VEIL TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER ($55 CAD)

With over 250 reviews on Sephora and an average rating of 4.7/5 stars this powder has taken the makeup world by storm! I love this powder so much because it does what I was hoping the Lancome Absolue powder would do (but could never find, was always out of stock and in Canada costs $80 CAD!). While Jacklyn Hill had made the Lancome powder popular, in a recent favorite video, she shifted to this Hourglass one and I can totally see why, it leaves nothing to be desired. This powder sets the creams on my face to last all day, leaves behind the softest sheen (not glittery or sparkly) that adds a natural finish back to the skin, never looks powdery and has a slight yellow colour to it that adds brightness. It’s not a dry powder so for all the dry to normal skins out there, I feel like this is finally the product to truly make loose powders work for you.

Hourglass veil translucent setting powder

Hourglass veil translucent setting powder

BOBBI BROWN BRONZER: STONESTREET ($54 CAD)

I never gravitate towards reddish bronzers, although I wish I could because they are said to give a more natural tan to the skin, it was always so intimidating to me. However, after trying the Bobbi Brown bronzer in Stonestreet, I am thrilled to have crossed this off my makeup bucket list! Stonestreet has an ever so slight terracotta undertone to it but the formula is so beautifully rich, creamy and soft that it’s never overdone on the skin and leaves behind natural depth, dimension and warmth. The formula lasts all day and blends out flawlessly. Although not the sexist packaging or the  most interesting product, there’s something to be said about the Bobbi Brown bronzers.

Bobbi Brown Bronzer Stonestreet

Bobbi Brown Bronzer Stonestreet

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MARC JACOBS MAGIC MARC’ER PRECISION PEN WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER ($38 CAD) & HIGHLINER GEL EYE CRAYON EYELINER ($31 CAD) 

The Marc Jacobs liquid eyeliner looks like a pen but that’s not the reason why I love it. The tip is so incredibly precise that you can make the thinnest of thin lines. Once it sets, it doesnt budge until I remove it at night and it dries to a matte, opaque black. The crayon eyeliner is one of a kind: it’s super black, does not bleed, I can line my upper lash line with this as it glides on and wears off flawlessly and lasts longer on the waterline than any other liner I own. Also, I can go into this with a brush to apply a wispy liner and it lasts all day.

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TOM FORD LIP COLOUR IN ALL MINE ($70 CAD) & CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP CHEAT IN ICONIC NUDE ($27 CAD)

I have a light-medium skin tone that pulls quite olive (for reference I range between a NC30-35 at MAC) and have been on the hunt for the perfect soft pink nude lip. Alas, I have found it with the below combination: the charlotte tilbury liner in iconic nude has a wonderful formula that does not dry out the lips and glides on evenly. On my lips, this  becomes a medium berry shade. When worn alone I find it too deep for my lips so I top it with the Tom Ford lipstick in All Mine. All Mine is a very light, pink with some soft lilac tones to it and has a creamy sheen finish. Tom Ford lip colours smooth out all the lines in my lips (which no other lipstick can do) and feels incredibly comfortable on the lips. When worn alone it’s too light for my lips but topped over iconic nude, I get the most beautiful soft, light mauve colour that I am obsessed with. This lasts a decent 4 hours before I need to reapply.

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Tom Ford lip colour charlotte tilbury lip cheat

Charlotte Tilbury iconic nude (left), Tom Ford All Mine (right)

 

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