Saturday, 5 April 2014

Fake it 'til you make it. Products that give you GLOW.

I'm frequently asked what makeup I use - especially when I'm bringing the glow products out. Which, these days, is every. damn. day. Welcome to my new Series: Fake it 'til you make it.

When you are 20 something you spend 2 minutes on your base - and ages on your eyes.
When you are 40 something you spend most of your time on your base - and I stopped wearing eyeshadow years ago.
Pigmentation, discoloration, uneven skin tone - it can all be covered by a good base and concealer.  And these days I even use a primer - albeit a primer designed to give a 'glow' to the skin.

Both of the products below have saved my face on more than one occasion. They take me from '40+ just got out of bed didn't sleep the kids are sick/being noisy and I may have drunk too much wine' to 'WOW she CANNOT have FOUR children how does she do it? she looks so FRESH' in a matter of 15 seconds:

First up:

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow


The launch of Charlotte Tilbury's range last year was one of the better-executed launches I have seen in a long, long time. Specific, strategic and she owned it. When a small group of us were given early access to the products before the launch I could literally feel her passion. Makeup is her life. And where it becomes obvious is in the product. Wonder Glow for example, is something she said was perfect for 'doing the school run'. Although I doubt Char has ever done a school run in the car with no bra and a pineapple bun (I digress) - I knew there and then that this would work for me. It was a product made for me. And it's beautiful. Light, luminous, luscious. Gives the skin a beautiful glow and makes your skin look radiant.

And the other must-have primer in my kit is....

pixi Flawless Beauty Primer


This product was originally gifted to me by pixi after my glowing review of the Glow Tonic. And I honestly didn't pay it enough attention until earlier this year during my Nana's sickness when I was travelling a lot up and down the motorway and not getting enough sleep and working and..and..and....
I had lunch with Petra - the Founder of pixi - just before Christmas. Petra is a force of nature - if it's in the make-up world she's seen it, done it, worked with it, sold it - she basically worked her butt off to get where she is and has done it with compassion and a deep, deep understanding of women and their needs. This primer literally makes me look like I've been on holiday. Relaxed, with a little colour and glowing - this does it with one pump. It's called 'Flawless' - it should be called 'Effortless'. 

If you have a face, I highly, highly, recommend these products and suggest that you check them out.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow is £38.50 and available online and from Selfridges and net-a-porter.

pixi Flawless Beauty Primer is £20.50 and available online and from ASOS and Target.


43 comments:

  1. Between mildly oily skin, sunscreen sheen, and a bit of not-so-delicate perspiration in the heat of the California sun, most days I could honestly do with a bit less glow.

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  2. You would really use something with silicone in it?
    Olga

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    1. I LOVE silicones. I have no problem with them at all. That should in all honesty be a tad clear from previous recommendations. :)

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  3. Desperate to try some Charlotte Tillbury products!

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  4. "When you are 20 something you spend 2 minutes on your base - and ages on your eyes."
    This made me laugh, this is literally what I do, blend my foundation in real quick and then pretty much the rest of the time is spent trying to make my slanty chinese eyes bigger.

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  5. Hi Caroline

    I have a problem with blue veins under my eyes, do u know how to cover them?
    Thx a lot

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    1. Use peachy-toned concealer to counteract them before using your normal concealer.

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  6. Are these to be used for days without makeup? Or in addition to?

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  7. I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for these, I think a UK shop from Australia will be in need...

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  8. Thank you Caroline! Being a full time medical student with loans, I am slowly starting to invest in quality products based on ur recommendations. Even though I am sleep deprived, I don't like it now thanks to ur glowing recommendations! cheers thank u for saving my face

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  9. Caroline, as a woman around your age, I so agree with your time spent on various parts of the face ratio! The quest for more even, more luminous skin has long ago surpassed my desire to achieve the perfect cat flick! I have loved so many products you've recommended, and incorporated so much of your skin-care philosophy into my routine, with lovely results. These products look beautiful. Do you use them together? I've got my credit card in hand...

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    1. Yes I sometimes use Pixi on the bottom with a little Tilbury on top or on top of the foundation.

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  10. And PS I am in the States, can't seem to find a stockist here for CT, but she will ship here for £14 or something. You really have all the best products over there across the pond. When I was in London recently I brought back a suitcase full of Emma Hardie cleanser. Thanks a LOT for that little addiction!

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  11. Hi Caroline. Love this series idea, thank you!

    Can I ask why you would choose one primer over the other on any given day? e.g. is one better for evenings/going out, and one better for a daytime look?

    Hannah

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  12. I LOVE this series already......

    Sally

    http://www.wheelingalong24.com

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  13. Hi Caroline! Do you have any tips for getting rid of acne scars? I have a lot of them on my cheeks and they just won't go away!

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  14. Hi Caroline, I love a lot of CT products already. I have to order online as can't get to Selfridges to investigate in person so would you say that the Wonder Glow would work on very pale skin - the online swatches look a little dark to me. Thanks.

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  15. If it's about the glow I'm totally in love with BeneFit Girl Meets Pearl!

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  16. Slightly expensive. But they looks good
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi Caroline, I have one question. You said you went one shade darker with the pixi primer, but there seems to be just one shade. The Pixi Flawless Beauty Fluid comes in three shades. Is it possible you mean this one? And wich shade do you have then?
    Greetings from Germany,
    Claudi

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    1. Sorted thank you so much for flagging my mistake! :) The foundation in the next post is what I went darker on!

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  18. Thank you Claudi! Completely my mistake - rectifying now!

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    1. You're welcome ;o)
      Claudi

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  19. I am obsessed with that Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow (I'm 34!) its like nothing else I've ever tried! Now that Pixi stuff is going STRAIGHT on my products to try list as we speak. What a great post Caroline :)

    Lx

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  20. I don't wear a lot of make up, most of the time I am make up free, but I have to say I miss the days of moisturiser followed by some Rimmel pressed powder and that was the base. Now it seems you need primers, then foundation, then several concealers to cover up redness, blueness etc then we set that, then once we have the perfect even base we then spend ages making it all pink again with blushers,highlighters then slapping on the bronzer to shape the face. I get so confused with primers, bb, cc, and gawd knows what, then when it's all done I just can't wait to take to off lol!

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    1. I cannot agree with you more on that one! I'm always looking for something that gives a little glow but doesn't require ten steps . I don't mind investing time in skincare, but makeup? Ugh! Forget it! I get it on & all I want to do is get it off ;)

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  21. Hahahaha..."if you have a face"...love it!

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  22. I wish I could say that I'm 20 and sadly do need to spend a long time on base, acne scars and hyper pigmentation are something that us younger folk do suffer with sadly! I love anything that adds a bit of glow to the skin x

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Thanks for that Caroline ! I love to know what makeup you love xxxxxxxxxxx much appreaciated xxxxx

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  24. Oh I'm sorely tempted by Wonder Glow & SO with you on the base over eyes thing! Do you still use Chantecaille Skin or what would you use over Wonder Glow?
    Nic x

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  25. Hi Caroline, thank you for this! I'm always on the market for a little extra glow. I was checking the inci list for the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer and Bismuth Oxychloride is listed as one of the ingredients. I remember you said in a previous post that it's a common allergen and the reason why you can't use bare minerals. I'm assuming you haven't had a reaction to this product, though. How long have you been using it?
    Thanks again!

    Julia xx

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    1. Hi Julia,

      Ages - weirdly it's also in Sarah Chapman's eye cream - which I can also use no problem. Maybe it's something to do with using it when its dry?

      Cx

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    2. Great! Thanks for the reply and for the constant stream of wonderful advice! :)

      Julia

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  26. Speaking of CT, her magic cream... Y/N?

    And thanks for this. I was looking at both of these products in the last few weeks.

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  27. haha, that is so rigght! i used to spend ages trying to perfect blending and combining color on my lid and what not. now the only eyeshadow I own is the urban decay naked II and only use that on weddings and such affairs. Partially because I like to sleep in and partially because my boyfriend frowns upon my makeup skills I usually do the "no-makeup" makeup like everyday. So, cleanse (that I do in the morning because you made me Caroline! haha) , moisturize, bb cream and concelear and a final touch of a bit of colour in my cheeks and a bit of mascara and I am done.

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  28. Haha, you are so right. I used to spend ages trying to perfect my blending technique and to find new ways to mix shadows and such. and to make them stay on. Now the only eye shadow I own is the Urban Decay Naked palette and I only use that at weddings and other such afairs. Partially because I like sleeping in, partially because my boyfriend likes me "natural" i go for the no makeup makeup. So, cleanse( that i do thanks to you Caroline!), moisturize, bb cream and concealer(i still hate my dark circles) and a pop of blush and some mascare. In the good days I even use lipstick!

    So I am basically looking for a way to make my no makeup makeup pop and people beeing like "oh, you look so radiant".

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  29. Love this series already!!! Ah, I'm also past 40, so I know what you mean. Yes, the mornings when your kids have woken you up through the night...
    By the way - I checked the Asos UK website (already!!!), and they only have the Pixi redness primer, not the one you mention, but I did find it at the Pixi website.

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  30. I have been wanting to try wonder glow but can't find it so I am glad you posted about the pixi primer.

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  31. Caroline I wanted to thank you, they got back to me! Whatever you did, even if just bringing good karma, THANK YOU!!! <3

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