7.26.2017

Charlotte Tilbury Makeover at Manchester Selfridges.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

Living in a small village, there's not much that goes on when it comes to the beauty world. Shocking, I know. 

So when in Manchester, a gal's gotta take the opportunity to satisfy her cravings, and what better way than popping down to the Charlotte Tilbury counter for a makeover, right?

I'd been itching to do this for the longest time, and with me staying over in the City for a magical three day break, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go ahead.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

After a browse around the Arndale Shopping Centre with Matt, I headed in to Selfridges to the counter. I was greeted by one of the makeup artists and offered an hour-long slot with just a short wait beforehand.

In this time, I was able to have a browse at the stand showing the ten different looks on offer for the makeover (I'm sure you'll be familiar with each, but if not, head here to have a peek). As the MUA explained, these aren't set templates, due to each artist having their own style, but they're used as a general indication for the look you're hoping to achieve.

Since I was sporting my leather jacket and pretty much head-to-toe black (what's new?), I decided to opt for the 'Rock Chick' look.

You can view the profile for the R.C. here (it's hard to believe that the model in the official 'look' photos was only 16 at the time!), but to sum it up, inspiration comes from the likes of Bridgette Bardot and Kate Moss. Smoky, feline and a little bit grunge.

With Charlotte Tilbury makeovers, you have two options. The 60-minute session costs either £35 or £55, depending on the level of the artist you choose (I went for the £35 option). Regardless of your choice, the price is redeemable against all C.T. products.

The overall experience was an absolute treat. The woman doing my makeup (I frustratingly can't remember her name, but she had an Irish accent and beautiful red hair if you ever find yourself at the MCR counter!) talked me through each step, discussing each product in detail.

When I first looked in the mirror to sort out my watering eyes *I apparently can't hack having eyeliner applied to my waterline*, I have to admit, I was a little shocked at my reflection. Normally I stick to fairly minimal makeup on my eyes and never really go to town with eyeliner, so the finished look was quite the contrast.

Application-wise, it was gorgeous. The MUA was so thorough, it was just a little heavy for me. Later in the day I'd adjusted to my new look, however the scorching heat (more on that in my upcoming Manchester post!) apparently had not, as I found it melted off my face, stat.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

With my £35, I snapped up another one one of my all-time favourite lipliners, the Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, and one of the many eyeliners in the range, the Rock 'N' Kohl in Barbella Brown.

If you're ever heading to an event and fancy a little TLC, or maybe you're just in the market for some more Charlotte Tilbury in your life (I feel ya), I'd highly recommend heading to your local counter. 

I definitely think I'd go for another makeover, however next time I think I'd try something a little lighter, like 'The Uptown Girl' or 'The Golden Goddess'.

charlotte tilbury makeover review manchester

Are you a fan of Charlotte Tilbury makeup? Have you ever been for a makeover at one of her counters? I'd love to know any product recommendations you may have!


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7.01.2017

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette

In terms of beauty palettes, there's one brand that continuously know how to impress. You know the score, it is of course, Urban Decay

Ever since snapping up the original Naked Eyeshadow Palette back in my uni days, I've been blown away by the quality of their products. The 12 shadow dream is still something I find myself reaching for, so when I noticed their latest skin-focused launch, I was a wee bit excited.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette

Available in two different shades, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette comes in two shades, light/medium and medium/dark.

My work colleagues clearly know me well as I was very kindly surprised with the palette alongside a gorgeous UD Vice Lipstick from the Sheer-Shimmer collection. Absolute babes.

Being a pale skinned gal, I have the lighter offering of the two, and let me tell you, it is quite somethin'.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette

Designed to contour, colour correct and highlight (seriously, what can't it do?), the Shapeshifter is made up of powder and cream shades, making it the ideal beauty addition all year round. 

Oh, and don't be deceived by its sleek exterior, this treat actually holds a whopping eight colours. Urban Decay really haven't been stingy with these, either. The rather sizeable *and oh-so handy* mirror sandwiched between makes it the dream palette for on-the-go top ups, giving it the edge from other contour palettes I've admired from afar. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette blogger

So what do we have inside, I hear you ask? 

The top side in the above photo shows the four cream shades; a pearl highlight, a colour corrector/highlight, a colour corrector, and both a light and a dark contour.

The underside shows the powders, consisting of a pearl highlight and light, medium and dark contour shades.

In true Urban Decay style, the bunch are a dream to apply and blend, and last a fair amount of time on the skin.

Contour: to sculpt and define
Colour correctors: to neutralise darkness
Highlighters: for radiance

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette swatches

The three-in-one isn't just restricted to the complexion, though. The kit also looks lovely when used on the eyes, particularly the creams if you're looking for a more natural finish.

For those dreaming of a more intense, long-wearing result, simply layer up the powder and cream consistencies and you're good to go. The swatches hopefully give a good indication of what to expect if you're a fellow pale skinned peep.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette swatches light medium

What are your thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette? Will you be snapping one up for yourself?


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