Best Bets: March 2015 – Featuring Charlotte Tilbury and Kevyn Aucoin


Spring cleaning and spring beauty doesn’t have to mean out with the old and in with the new. You can get the most out of your old lip gloss tubes or small-necked bottles of foundation or concealer with Swoon, a nifty, easy-to-clean tool that promises there will be no more lost gloss and fancies itself a “lip gloss pick-up artist,” which pretty much means it speaks my lingo.

The rubbery tip and thin wand maneuver into any tube o’ gloss and Swoon has its own portable storage container, which is easy to keep clean. You ever feel intense frustration over a tube of gloss with at least 10-15 applications stuck at the bottom that you can’t reach? Swoon lets you insert, scoop, and swipe! No waste! Weeeeee!!!!

The “no makeup” makeup look is in right now, but how about the “no makeup” makeup feel? Oh, that’s delivered by Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation. It’s a light-as-baby-breath, creamy, and easy-to-blend formula that goes on with fingers, a wet product brush, or a Beauty Blender. It’s weightless but provides a healthy amount of coverage. The serum formula looks watery in the bottle, but it goes on like a dream.

Have you totally indulged in or engaged Charlotte Tilbury’s products yet? You haven’t? Shame on you! You are missing out. I love the rose gold, mirrored cases almost as much as the products contained within.

The Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach is a dewy, lip-to-cheek chubby with a shimmery, metallic pink finish that looks lovely popped in inner corners of eyes, on the apples of cheeks, and as a light, mod’ish lipstick. Don’t go crazy on lippies or it looks a bit chalky and you look washed out; blot it and it’s beautiful! You can use it for, like, three different parts of your face.

But that’s not all that CT offers that I am unable to live without. The Charlotte Tilbury All About Eve Film Stars on the Go combo boasts a cream shadow in a golden mink hue and peachy pink blush that can also be liberally applies to lips. You can sooooo tote this on a weekend trip if you want to pack light when it comes to cosmetics but don’t want to sacrifice options.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a trust fund? Yeah, well, wish in one hand and you-know-what in the other. Still, you can allow Trust Fund Beauty into your life, with its luscious, cruelty-free vegan polishes that nix all that nasty, gnarly stuff like phtalates. Since I prefer a lighter, doesn’t-show-the-chips nude x neutral on my fingers, I was magnetically attracted to I Had It First, the faintest pink I’ve ever seen.

Denim With Diamonds will get me ready for pedi season, thanks to its dark blue with sparkle texture.

The cornflower, matte blue of I Give Good Tweet makes me want to wear open-toes stat.

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