I have no shame in telling you how much I love Charlotte Tilbury. Every product I've tried, I've loved and I'm sure every product I haven't tried, I'll love!
My first introduction to the brand was through my friend Dan, who at the time was working at Net-A-Porter. It had just come into stock - I think we're going back to around 2013 and he'd sent home Charlotte's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink and a matching lip gloss, and this was only the beginning for my love of this brand.
Charlotte Tilbury is one of the few brands than has helped me turn from a make-up hoarder with drawers and boxes ladened with products, to someone who now only has one draw dedicated to all of my beauty products, including hair!
One thing that I've learnt throughout my mid-late 20's, is to only buy what you're actually going to use and when buying new products - stick to shopping for products containing key ingredients that you know works for your skin.
Whilst I'm all for trialling new products, the key rule to follow, is to not be drawn into too many trend led adverts. I also apply this same rule to my wardrobe, which has resulted in little more than striped tops, and a colour palette of white, black, navy and grey. This might sound a little lacklustre, but I can guarantee that getting ready in the morning is so much less stressful. Lets face it too many options staring you in the face pre-morning coffee, be it makeup or clothes is pretty much a head-fuck and can put you in a really bad mood for the rest of the day.
My pre makeup routine is just as important as my makeup routine as I need my 'face' to last all day. If you're like most women of the modern world, you'll work long days and need your skin to work for you. This means investing in some great beauty products and as much as I'll always preach about minimising your skincare, trialling out a few new products with descriptions matching your skin-type, is the best way to find what's going to work for you.
Charlotte Tilbury's Gift of Goddess skin travel set comes with 3 travel-sized products; Charlotte Tilbury's famous Magic Cream, Goddess Skin Clay Mask and Wonderglow, and it's perfect for anyone looking to invest in some new skincare.
Goddess Skin Clay Mask £45
Whilst I'm all for the ease of a sheet face mask, clay or wet-based masks are great for focusing on key areas of your face. For example, my skin is normal-oily, which means my t-zone tends to hold a little more oil with occasional spots and blackheads and I'm lucky that the rest of my skin tends to stay pretty clear. Charlotte's supercharged face mask is a nutrient-rich formula packed with Spanish clay. Anything that's clay based is going to absorb excess oil and drawn out impurities from your skin, which is great for people like me, and anyone with oily skin. However, a lot of clay based masks can leave your skin feeling dry and uncomfortably tight.
Charlotte's Goddess Clay mask has the added benefits of sweet almond and rosehip oils which helps to add moisture back into your skin, BioNymph peptide which improves elasticity and collagen levels, and lastly frangipani flower extract which helps to smooth and purify. Charlotte's clay based mask has been designed to be used over the entire face (avoiding the eyes and lips of course) and is perfect for anyone looking to give their skin some tlc.
Instructions are to apply where needed, leave and relax for 10 minutes and rinse off using warm water or a damp flannel.
Charlotte's Magic Cream "contains a fusion of anti-aging ingredients, which promise to instantly brighten dull, lacklustre skin and stimulate collagen production." Whilst I'm lucky to have a relatively stable complexion, long hours can mean puffy skin and dark circles under my eyes. Charlotte's Magic Cream is perfect for most skin types and whilst it's quite thick at first touch, sinks straight into your skin and provides an instant glow. You really don't need a lot of this for day time wear. However if you're skin's needing a little TLC come the evening, dab onto clean skin and follow with a rose quartz face roller for an at home DIY facial.
When I speak to a lot of my friends about their skincare and makeup regimes, so many still don't bother with a primer. I'm yet to be converted to the faffing of priming my eyelashes pre-mascara, however a face primer is a staple in my every day beauty regime.
Not only does Charlotte Tilbury's Wonderglow Face Primer add an instant pop of glow to your skin, but it acts as a great base for your foundation and helps to extend its hourly wear. There's 1000's of primers on the market for every skin type and finish possible, however opt for something that's going to smooth and glow. Wonderglow face primer, not only features anti-acing BioNymph Peptide, which stimulates collagen, but it smooths over any impurities and lines on your face, helping to create a flawless, powerless complexion and adds an extra glow under your foundation.
All in all, if you're looking to trial out some new luxury skincare that's going to add some glow to your complexion then this kit if for you!