Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light
Givenchy Les Saisons collection, this season, brings the heat just in time for summer with African Light, a collection all about radiance. In true couture form, with this Les Saisons summer collection, there are new innovative textures and sophisticated colors with a strong influence from their couture fashion house. Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection has five products including the Bouncy Highlighter – African Light Gold, Prisme Blush – African Earth, Khol Couture No 8 – African Bronze, Rouge Interdit Vinyl No 17 African Copper, and Rouge Interdit Vinyl No. 18 African Raspberry. I am reviewing the Bouncy Highlighter which is the star of the collection in this post.
Givenchy Bouncy Highlighter – African Light Gold
Givenchy Bouncy Highlighter – African Light Gold (CAD $49) is a limited edition jelly highlighter. It is the prettiest highlighter I have seen, the couture design embossing is just so beautiful and delicate. The highlighter has a cooling effect jelly with bouncy texture and leaves a golden shimmer finish. The formula is infused with gold glitter and has a supple gel to cream texture. It blends in easily into the skin, giving the beautiful shimmering glow that reflects light. It does not leave any veil or any powdery finish, the jelly texture is one of the softest and creamiest I have tried, and the bounce effect is absolutely there. I would have never wanted to touch it but just keep looking at it, but then I have to had the swatches and then test it before writing this review.
The formula has some nice ingredients with skincare benefits, namely coconut milk, macadamia nut oil, and natural honey extract, that means there are hydration, antioxidants and protection, no doubt why it just melts into the skin. I use my finger to apply it to the high points of the face and it applies nicely, one gentle swipe gives me the beautiful natural golden glow. And just to mention that the lid needs to be closed after use so as to avoid it getting dry.
It has become an absolute favorite, the only thing I am afraid of is damaging the intricate pattern and embossing every time I glide my finger on this buttery highlighter.
Limited Edition Couture Edition 2018 – Le Rouge & Prisme Libre
Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder – Couture Edition
Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder – Couture Edition – N01 Mousseline Pastel (CAD $79) is the iconic loose powder for a mattified yet radiant complexion, in limited-edition couture packaging dressed in floral patterns for spring. The timeless case is dressed in a glamorous floral pattern—for the ultimate Givenchy Couture accessory. I have reviewed this powder multiple times in the past, linking the most recent review here.
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – Couture Edition
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – Couture Edition N315 Framboise (CAD $48.50) is the iconic lipstick with intense color, in a limited-edition couture case dressed with floral patterns. The genuine leather case is dressed in a glamorous floral pattern—for the ultimate Givenchy Couture accessory. The formula is beautiful, I have reviewed in detail in the past here.
Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection is available at Sephora Canada and Holt Renfrew. Couture Edition 2018 Le Rouge & Prisme Libre is available at Sephora Canada. All the products in both the collections are limited edition. I will keep you guys posted about the other products from the Givenchy Les Saisons 2018 African Light Collection.
Press samples, Givenchy Bronzer Brush is purchased by me
Charlotte Tilbury has some really amazing products, I have reviewed many in the past (I will link them in the post) and with every new launch, there is a new excitement and rush to try the product. With each new launch, my expectations from the brand have always risen, I do not think there is anything from the brand which I have tried and not liked. The newest launch from Charlotte Tilbury is the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter which I will be reviewing in this post along with my other favorites from the brand.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – 5 Tan
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (CAD $50) is the new Revolutionary product which is a must-have customizable complexion booster with the versatility of a face primer, with the mega-watt glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favorite digital filter. The ingredients in this product help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.
It is indeed a very versatile product, I have used it as a makeup base, a foundation, as a highlighter and it has amazed me in every way. As a base or a primer, it gives a radiant glowy finish to any foundation you use over it. As a foundation, it gives a beautiful natural radiant finish with light coverage, perfect no-makeup look, of course with the concealer for my spots. As a highlighter on the high points of the face, it gives the most natural highlight. If I mix this with my foundation or tinted moisturizer, the finish is a beautiful glowy face, which does look naturally flawless and radiant.
For my medium tan skin tone, Shade 5 – neutral caramel suits me perfectly. There are 7 shades available in the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and as the coverage is light to medium, it can be great for a range of skin tones which match the nearest from the range of 7 shades. The packaging is in a heavyweight glass bottle, and the product is applied by dotting with the foam-tipped wand. The product has been working okay for my combination skin, no breakouts or irritation. Overall a really revolutionary and nice new launch from the brand.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer (CAD $65) features ingredients to give your complexion an instant pick-me-up to create an effortlessly dewy look. It can be used as a face primer underneath the foundation or on its own for a relaxed dewy look. The packaging is in a nice sturdy plastic case with a pointed opening to dispense the product.
This primer does make the skin radiant and more youthful. I have used it as a primer or mixed it with my foundation, gives a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin which looks very youthful and fresh. The texture is very smooth and the consistency is creamy, a little more than a pea size is what I use on my face and a part of the neck. I apply it with my fingers and that’s it. I just leave it like that on the no-makeup days and on the other days, follow with my foundation or tinted moisturizer.
It can also be used as a natural highlighter, dotting on the high points of the face and it gives a beautiful glow to the cheek. I have seen with Charlotte Tilbury products that they are all multi-use products, and they all tend to make you look radiant and youthful. My skin does not looks or feel oily after application or even at the end of the day, it looks glowy and dewy all day. The other makeup products stay on well over this primer, no rolling off. It did not give me any breakouts or any irritation.
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher – Love is the Drug
Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher (CAD $50) has a creamy, color-rich texture in a cool shimmering pink to create an ultra-flattering makeup look. The blush is really beautiful, the texture is so creamy that it melts into the skin. The blendability is just amazing, love the way it just disappears into the skin and gives beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. The complexion looks healthy and luminous. The formula is very pigmented and gives a nice color payoff. The shade ‘Love is the Drug’ is beautiful bright pink, as I mentioned it is pigmented, so a little will be enough, means the blush will go a long way. On my medium tan skin ton, I just swipe and tap a little, gives me a nice rosy pinkish healthy glow.
To use this blusher,
‘1. SWISH your brush around the outer shade & tap off excess. Run the brush flat, up the cheekbone starting from the apples of your cheek, to structure your face.
2. POP the shade by taking the pointy end of the brush, dip it in the centre colour & tap off the excess. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, blending seamlessly to make them pop & glow.’
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Moon Beach
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick (CAD $48) is a Lip To Cheek Dewy Colour Pop which has luminous, rose-gold iridescent peach shade inspired by the mesmerizing light of Moon Beach. It is inspired by the unique lighting, golden sands & bronzed goddesses of Ibiza. To use it, simply twist up color & apply straight from the bullet, blending with your fingers for a youthful, fresh look of year-round summer.
The formula is really good, easy to apply and blends in nicely into the skin. It is perfect for on the go or for the next vacation you are planning. It gives a beautiful rose-gold iridescent glow to the skin with a hint of peach. It would be a great highlighter too. I am thinking of the beach and then this beach stick, the sand, the sun and the gorgeous glow with this.
There is a slight shimmer, so it is definitely not for work or everyday wear but perfect to travel with on a vacation or a night out. It will be great for the weekend, a dot on the cheek and blend with the finger, gives a beautiful glow. The shade Moon Beach is a nice shade for my medium tan skin tone can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, more of a highlighter as I did not notice much color payoff to the cheeks, a little unnoticeable hint, and rest is the glow.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – 3 Dark
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (CAD $58) is a face powder which features ingredients to prevent excess shine and brighten complexions. It can be used in the oily areas to make them matte or on the whole face to set the makeup or for more coverage. The powder gives a nice soft blur, giving that airbrush finish to the makeup. The powder is very finely milled, and very smooth. It blends in nicely and does not gives that powdery look or feel. I use it either to set my makeup or for retouching when I have to freshen up my makeup. It does not give a full matte finish but good enough to look bright and not shiny keeps the glow intact which I prefer. The dark shade is not as dark as I expected before I saw this in person, it is a medium shade to me and works perfectly to set the makeup. The makeup does not look cakey.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (CAD $80) is a perfect lightweight, buildable, blendable formula to create a well-contoured face. The Medium to Dark shade is perfect for my medium tan skin tone. The powder is like serious cream, it is so soft and melts into the skin so nicely. The lighter shade is the highlighter and the darker shade is the bronzer. The shades are beautiful and look so nice once applied, the formula is buildable yet looks very natural. The bronzer I feel is a bit dark for me, so a little swipe is all I need and it works for me, It is not orangey on the skin. The highlighter gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks, a little swipe into the product is all I need. The packaging is very beautiful, as is of all the Charlotte Tilbury Products.
To use Filmstar Bronze & Glow,
1. Apply the ‘Sculpt’ shade to the areas you want to define, the hollows of your cheeks, the temples, jawline, the sides and tip of your nose. Never forget to blend-blend-blend!
2. Apply the ‘Highlight’ shade on top of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, your lip’s cupid bow and the brow bone for a candlelit complexion.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Smokey Eye Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye is a makeup palette with intense black, gilded gold & nude shades. There are 7 shades to create a sexy, sculpted look and the ultimate classic smokey eye in this all-in-one makeup palette. This iconic palette is perfect for a wearable, gorgeous day look that is easily amped-up to a dazzling date night look. It is a gorgeous neutral palette for a daytime makeup look to dial up for date night with a deeply-defining, smoldering black shade. The intense black shade can be used to define the eyes for an instant smokey eye. The beautiful highlighter shade is the iconic Bar of Gold highlight to add gilded gold shimmer to your cheekbones. Add a pop of color with the Ecstasy-shade blush for an effortlessly sexy glow.
The formula is very fine and smooth, blends in easily into the skin. It is perfect for sophisticated or glamorous yet natural look. The whole shade range is exquisite, but the blushes blend and balance for enviable cheekbones. ‘Swish’ is very pale pinky-peach and with the deeper ‘Pop’, both will suit all skin tones. This palette alone is a great way to transform from the office look to a party or night out look. And as it is travel-friendly, you can have it in the bag and you are good to go for all the occasions and events. Keep in mind to keep it in a pouch or something soft to not break the inner product, as It did happen to me in the past.
To use Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye,
1. For a subtle daytime makeup look, start by applying the Eye Prime shade all over your lid for long-lasting application using the Eye Blender Brush.
2. Then use the Eye Enhance shade along your eyelid for added dreamy dimension!
3. Using the Eye Smudger Brush, dip it into the Eye Smoke shade and run across the upper lashline, adding on the lower lashline if you want to add intensity to your gaze.
4. Lightly dust your face with the Sculpt shade to give you that natural sun-kissed look, and highlight along your cheekbones and t-zone with the Highlight shade. Swish and Pop the cheek color on for a natural flush.
5. To dial up your look for the evening, blend the Smoke shade across the upper eyelid crease using the Eye Blender Brush. Use the Smudger Brush to bring your Smoke shade along the upper and lower lash line.
6. Sculpt out your contour by sucking in your cheeks and follow the hollow to define those cheekbones
Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio
Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio (CAD $100) features 3 truly legendary lipsticks in 2 award-winning formulas, so that every woman can feel like a queen, look like a queen and think like a queen.
This kit includes:
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen is a soft neutral wine shade in the award-winning matte formula. This gorgeous lipstick will add a pop of subtle color to your face that looks divine on everyone from 18-80.
Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen is the best-selling iconic lip shade in the can’t-live-without rosy, crown-jewel pink that instantly lifts and brightens your complexion. Wear this matte lipstick all year round for a timeless lip look.
K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess is a charming tea-rose pink for a splendidly sophisticated lipstick look. In the sumptuous moisturizing formula that will leave your lips kissably-soft, this pink lipstick is perfect for every royal outing in your diary.
I have loved and reviewed Charlotte Lipsticks in the past here and I always have them the in rotation, they are one of my favorite matte formulas that do not make my lips dry and looks great. This kit is so beautiful. The Duchess is the perfect everyday lipstick. while the other two are for nights or parties or when you want a quick fix to feel and look beautiful. The formula is nice, creamy and does not irritates the lips or dries them out.
GIVEAWAY – Open Internationally
I am giving away the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark (purchased by me) and Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Dark Tan (gifted). For more details to enter the giveaway, go to my Instagram here.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours, launched in 2017, is a sophisticated and bold evolution of the signature Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, which was presented in 2011. From the official description of the fragrance, ‘With an intense leathery floral chypre, Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is a bold, opulent scent. Its intense floral notes, blending rose absolute and iris butter, express elegance, and voluptuous femininity. The leather accord adds a sophisticated touch, underpinned by the deep burgundy shades of the glass bottle and the luxurious hand-tied velvet ribbon.’ The nose behind Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is Michel Almairac and Mylene Alran.
About Bottega Veneta, ‘the house is committed to outstanding craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials and sets a lofty standard for inspired luxury. The brand celebrates the skill and passion of traditional Italian artisans and empowers them to focus wholly on perfecting their craft, leading to excellence in innovation in products from luxury accessories to fine fragrances.’
Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours (CAD $156 – 50ml) is a limited-edition, mysterious leathery floral chypre fragrance. The top notes of the fragrance are bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes are rose, jasmine, plum, and spices. The base notes are patchouli and leather. The fragrance is so delicious from the first spray. The first notes I notice are citrusy with bergamot, the leather starts in pretty quickly. There is a vintage feel to it but a mix of modern composition. Such a beautiful creation. I did not notice much patchouli, but plum was definitely there, adding a fruity sweetness to it, making it more favorable as women’s scent. It is not at all a sweet but there is a hint of sweetness that comes through the fruity notes. The rose and the spices are just so beautiful, they are noticeable just around the time when the leather notes come in, the blend of all is marvelous.
On my skin, the longevity of the Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is around 8-10 hours. I have smelled the Original EDP from the house and do feel the similarities in both after around an hour but the opening is indeed different on both. The fragrance is what I can describe as the class, the name, the packaging, and the blend are just extraordinary, It would definitely be in my top favorites. I would love to keep this for special occasions or the days I want to treat myself. This fragrance is not very heavy but the perfect sillage to make you feel that it is there. I am definitely going to look into the Original one as the last time I tried, it has been on my wishlist since then. This is definitely worth checking out if you like leathery floral chypre fragrance and moreover, this is limited edition and may be gone soon. I see it is sold out at Holt Renfrew, still available at Nordstrom, Bottega Veneta website(if you are in the US), Harrods.