Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dublin gets Charlotte Fever

Last week Charlotte Fever took over the beauty hall of Brown Thomas Dublin when Charlotte Tilbury made an appearance at her counter.  The beauty hall was packed with excited fans waiting to get a glimpse of the genius behind Ireland new favourite brand.  The hall was packed with half the female population of Ireland and the interesting thing about Charlotte's appeal is there were women of all ages and from all walks of life there, from the very young to the lovely Nana (who was buying Light Wonder Foundation).  Being a huge fan I had to go in to Brown Thomas to stalk meet her.

Charlotte took the time to meet EVERYBODY take a selfie but more importantly she gave you a breakdown of what products she though you should be using.  She really took the time to talk to everybody and give tips on how you can be the best version of yourself.  When I got up to Charlotte she said "Your Glowing" being Irish and unable to take a compliment of any kind I thought that translated into "your sweaty and all your makeup has come off" (it was a VERY crowded beauty hall).  I said oh sorry it must be from "Out there" pointing to the crowd of well mannered and excited women patiently awaiting their turn.  "No Darling, Your Wearing Wonder Glow" she replied.  Charlotte has the power to spot her own product Wonder Glow at 10 paces because I was in fact wearing Wonder Glow mixed with my foundation.  I told her whenever I use it people say I am glowing, which she was delighted to hear.  She then told me that I should try the Uptown Girl Palette (which just happened to be next on my list) and also some of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks.

 Charlotte is undoubtedly one of the most passionate and enthusiastic people with regard to beauty and her products - I overheard her say to one of the people with her that if she had suitcases of Magic Cream she would give it away-  because she is so animated and passionate about her beauty products you dont notice how amazing and flawless her skin is.  Us Irish girls know a thing or two about pale skin and how it can show us redness and discoloration but Charlotte's skin was flawless ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKINGLY FLAWLESS she said it was her Magic Cream. Magic Cream is going top of my Christmas List.  Although Magic Cream is spendy at €90 I did hear that Charlotte was offered a deal to sell her Magic Cream separately from her make up line (such is its legend) and it would be sold for a much higher price, Charlotte wanted the cream to be available to as many people as possible so she refused and has tried to keep the price as low as possible.

When I went to meet Charlotte I wore mostly Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Products, I had picked up the whole Dolce Vita kit (which I will tell you about another time) which I wore on my eyes.  For me the most impressive thing about Charlotte's range is how it can make you glow. I love the blush in the shade Ecstasy I have been following Charlotte's rules about applying blush to make you look more alive and brighter and I always apply it at the end of my makeup so I can judge how much to apply. 
My hero product (so far) is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow I have been using this EVERY DAY since I got it.  If your looking for subtle easy face shaping/brightening you need Filmstar Bronze and Glow.  The packaging is stunning, the product is amazing and so simple to use and leaves you with subtle soft contouring (if your looking for heavy Kim K style contouring this is not the product for you).  
Wonder Glow is a must have product for me, whenever I wear it (which is most days now) I mix a little with my foundation and everybody says I look glowing.  It still blows my mind that Charlotte can spot this product on somebody.  When I first played with it on the back of my hand I wasn't overwhelmed (then again I am a fan of the mega JLo Glow) but people keep saying I am glowing wearing it and I have become more than a little obsessed with it.  

Its beyond my control to visit the Charlotte Tilbury counter without making a purchase and since Charlotte was there to launch her limited edition 11th Girl The Supermodel I had to pick up some products from the look.  I picked up the lipstick in the shade Confession a nudy/pink.  That's another thing Charlotte has this self confessed bright lipstick girl buying nude shades.
From the left we have the liner in Pillow Talk, Confession and to the right the wonderful Bitch Perfect.
Confession is the perfect My lips but better shade - its not too nude and feels fantastic on the lips.

As I said earlier the next eye shadow palette on my list was the Uptown Palette so I debated the Fallen Angel Palette (for about 5 seconds).  Since the counter was so busy I didnt even swatch it, I thought this baby needs a home.  At €59 its more expensive that the regular eye shadow palettes but the formula is slightly different and the shades can be used dry or wet for more intense colour.  

As you can see from below the palette is the same size as the other eye shadow palettes but its decorated with Charlotte's signature stars.  I love the fact that there are no applicators included in the palettes, in my opinion if your going to pay €50 for an eyeshadow palette you will have some beauty tools in your possession. 

The shadows themselves also have Charlotte's signature stars on them (they go once you use the shadows).  The shades are buttery soft and so pigmented.  

To the left I have the quad swatched dry and to the right its swatched damp - as you can see the colours are stunning dry.  Dampening your brush really just ups the amp on these already pigmented and beautiful shades. This is a limited edition palette so if you want to pick it up do it sooner rather than later.  I am more than a little obsessed with the top two shades.

As we waited to meet the wonderful Charlotte we were given samples of some of Charlotte's lipsticks and some lip shaped treats - perfect for me the lipstick lover.

I am totally besotted with Charlotte's packaging - its so classy and vintage inspired.  The lipsticks truly look like something Marilyn Monroe would have in her handbag. 

There is something genius about Charlotte's products, the skin care items make your skin look glowing.  The eye products make your eyes look a little brighter.  The lip products make your lips look a little pouty.  You still look like yourself but as Charlotte says a better version of yourself.
Every time I visit the Charlotte Tilbury Counter my list gets a little longer and especially after meeting her and seeing her enthusiasm first hand my love for the brand has grown more.

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