Review: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I dag tänkte jag recensera Light Wonder från Charlotte Tilbury, som jag köpte i London i november. Jag recenserade nyligen primern Wonder Glow, och nu har turen kommit till parhästen Light Wonder. Jag betraktar verkligen dessa produkter som parhästar, eftersom de passar så otroligt  fint ihop. De kan såklart användas separat, eller tillsammans med andra märken, men jag märker att jag oftast kör dessa tillsammans.

In English: It’s time to review my new foundation, Light Wonder from Charlotte Tilbury. I recently reviewed the primer Wonder Glow from the same brand, and today we’ll be focusing on the foundation. 

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder - Fair 2

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder – Fair 2

Nyansen jag köpte var Fair 2, som är den näst ljusaste nyansen. Den passar utmärkt till min bleka vinterhy. Säljaren försökte få mig att välja en nyans mörkare, men då hade jag nog fått vänta till våren eller sommaren för att det skulle funka. Vi tar oss en titt.

In English: The shade is Fair 2, which is the second fairest shade. It works perfectly with my pale winter skin. Let’s take a look.

Without foundation

Without foundation

With Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder

With Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder

På bilderna har jag applicerat Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder på ena sidan av ansiktet medan jag låtit den andra sidan vara utan foundation. Som ni kan se är det en ganska stor skillnad mellan de båda sidorna. Det jag gillar med den här är att den är så lätt och smälter in så fint med min hud, samtidigt som den jämnar ut min hudton och täcker nästan allt jag behöver, även området under ögonen ser skapligt ut med bara foundation applicerad. Jag har inte märkt att Light Wonder lägger sig i veck eller framhäver torrflagor. Extra plus för SPF 15, även om jag ändå alltid använder dagkräm med SPF.

In English: In the photos above, I have applied Light Wonder on one side on my face, while leaving the other side bare. As you can see, there is a visible difference between the two sides. What I like about this foundation is that it’s very light, and it blends really nicely with my skin, but at the same time it evens out my skin tone and covers pretty much anything I want to cover. Even my under-eye area looks half-decent with just foundation and no concealer. I usually do go in with a concealer on the areas where I want some more coverage, but I only need to use a tiny bit of it with this foundation. I haven’t noticed that Light Wonder sets into fine lines or accentuates dry spots. Extra kudos for the SPF 15, allthough I always use a daily moisturizer with SPF.

Wonder Glow + Light Wonder

Light Wonder applied on top of Wonder Glow, photographed in direct sunlight.

På bilden ovan har jag applicerat Light Wonder ovanpå primern Wonder Glow (också från Charlotte Tilbury). Jag skulle lätt kunna klara mig utan concealer med den här kombon, åtminstone under en bra huddag.

In English. In the photo above, I have applied Light Wonder on top of the primer Wonder Glow (also from Charlotte Tilbury). I could easily do without concealer using this combo, at least on a good skin day.

Det negativa med den här är möjligtvis priset (32 £), och att Charlotte Tilbury som märke inte är så lätt att få tag på i Sverige. Det går att beställa från t.ex. Selfridge’s, men när man shoppar (dyra) foundations vill man gärna prova ut färgen ordentligt först. När det gäller priset kan jag tipsa om Max Factor Miracle Match som ett budgetalternativ. Du får liknande finish som med Light Wonder, den sitter fint under dagen och kostar hälften av vad Light Wonder gör. Den ska ha lanserats i Sverige v. 37, men jag har svårt att hitta den online. Fråga i någon butik som säljer Max Factor så kan de säkert hjälpa dig att hitta den.

In English: The only negative things with this foundation is the price (32 £) and its limited availability outside of the UK. You can order it internationally from e.g. Selfridge’s, but when buying an (expensive) foundation, you want to try it on before placing an order. I can’t do much about the availability, but if the price is an issue, I can recommend Max Factor Miracle Match foundation as a budget alternative. The finish is quite similar to the one you get with Light Wonder, it stays on really well, and half the price compared to Light Wonder!

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

När jag var i London gick jag till Charlotte Tilbury och kollade in deras läppstift i formulan Matte Revolution, som jag gillar. När jag köpte nyansen Red Carpet Red (mer om den sen) fick jag ett infall och frågade säljaren vad jag absolut inte får missa från Charlotte Tilbury. Hon tipsade mig om deras primer Wonder Glow och deras foundation Light Wonder, så jag slog till på båda. I dag tänkte jag att vi skulle titta på Wonder Glow.

In English: When I was in London I passed by the Charlotte Tilbury counter and picked up a lipstick in the formula Matte Revolution in the shade Red Carpet Red (more about that one later), the face primer Wonder Glow and the foundation Light Wonder. Today we’re going to take a look at Wonder Glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

Wonder Glow har en gyllene färg med otroligt fina skimmerpartiklar. När man smörjer ut den på huden ger den ett väldigt diffust och subtilt glow. Den som gillar lite mer sparkle kan nog lätt tycka att den här är för diskret, men jag är helt såld. Varför? Jag ska förklara nedan.

In English: Wonder Glow has a golden colour with and extremely fine shimmer. When applied on the skin, it gives a very subtle, hardly detectable glow. If your into sparkle, you might think that this is too discrete, but I really like it. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.

Det jag gillar med den här är just att skimret i sig är knappt synligt. Vi vet ju alla att hud inte skimrar av sig själv, så när man ser de individuella skimmerpartiklarna i ansiktet blir det tydligt att skimret är påsminkat, särskilt i direkt solljus. Det behöver inte vara något problem, såklart – jag är den sista att förespråka smink som inte syns. Men det jag gillar med den här är att lystern ser ut att liksom komma inifrån huden. Om du tittar på närbilden nedan så ser du vad jag menar.

In English: What I like about this primer is that the shimmer itself is hardly visible. We all know that skin doesn’t have a shimmer to it, so when you see the individual shimmer particles, it’s evident that it’s makeup. Which doesn’t have to be a problem – I have no issues with my makeup showing. But the cool thing about this is that it looks like the glow is coming from within the skin, if that makes sense. On the close-up below you might see better what I’m talking about.

With Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow2

Wonder Glow fungerar i perfekt symbios med foundationen Light Wonder, och när jag applicerar den ovanpå får jag en hy som glöder utan att skimra. Se bilden nedan, tagen i direkt soljus. Ett fantastiskt glow, men inte ett glitterkorn så långt ögat kan nå.

In English: Wonder Glow works beautifully with the foundation Light Wonder, and when applying the foundation on top of it, I get a skin that’s full of glow without any visible shimer. The photo below is taken in direct sunlight, and as you can see, my skin has a lovely glow, but you can’t see any shimmer or glitter particles at all.

Wonder Glow + Light Wonder

Hållbarheten är bra – jag som har lite yttorr hy blir ofta blank i pannan om jag använder uttorkande produkter, eftersom min hy får spel och börjar massproducera talg för att kompensera för yttorrheten. Det har inte hänt med den här, vilket brukar betyda att produkten är precis lagom återfuktande/fuktbevarande för min hy. Hyn behåller sitt fina glow under dagen, men blir inte blank. Jag har heller inte fått några negativa reaktioner som plitor eller annan irritation av Wonder Glow.

In English: When it comes to longevity, I have no complaints whatsoever. I have a dehydrated skin, and if I use drying products, my skin tends to overcompensate this by mass-producing sebum, which leaves me with a shiny forehead. This doesn’t happen when I use Wonder Glow, so I guess that means that means this doens’t dry my skin at all. I keep a nice glow throughout the day, but I don’t get shiny. I also haven’t gotten any breakouts or other kind of irritation when using this product.

10 steps to get the glow back to dry winter skin

Winter is here, allthough it has been exceptionally mild so far, at least in Stockholm. That could change any day though, and I wanted to share some tips to help protect your skin from the cold weather, once it strikes (we all know it will).  With falling temperatures outdoors and central heating indoors, your skin can feel a bit dry and dull, even if you don’t normally suffer from dry or dehydrated skin. In this tutorial, I want to show you how to get some life and glow back to your skin, with the help of the right skincare and makeup. There’s no need to use the exact same products that I am using here – you can always swap them for your own personal favourites.

Steph

Steph – Misplaced Brit

Today’s beautiful model is Steph, who runs the blog Misplaced Brit. If you’re into gorgeous photos, yummy recipes and great parenting/life hacks, you should definitely check out her blog. Steph as a person is truly inspirational, and so is her blog. You can also follow Misplaced Brit on Instagram and Facebook.

Now, let’s start working on that glow.

Step 1: Exfoliation
Start out with a clean face. After cleansing, exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. This will help your skin soak up any serums and moisturisers you put on even better. Here Steph is using the Elizabeth Arden Pro Hydration Peel pads. These are cotton pads soaked with lactic acid, glycolic acid and mandelic acid. They exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time. Just remember that on days when you are using these kinds of acids (also known as AHA acids), your skin may get a bit more sensitive to sunlight, so I advice you to add a sunscreen to your skincare routine those days. Not that there’s much sunlight to speak of this time of year, but just to be on the safe side.

Step 1_exfoliating pads

Step 1 – Exfoliation. Product used: Elizabeth Arden Pro Hydration Peel Pads

Step 2: Toner/face mist
Use a toner or a face mist to hydrate and soothe your skin after exfoliation. You can either use a face mist or dampen a cotton round and swipe the toner over your face. Here Steph is spraying Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist on her face – a bit wary of the spritz in the beginning :-).

Step 2 - Toner or Face mist

Step 2 – Face mist or toner. Product used here: Hydrating Milky Mist from Pixi by Petra.

Step 3: Serum 
After the toner, apply serum all over your face and neck. For maximum glow, I like to use an oil-based serum, like Serum Paradoxe from Beauté Pacifique, which contains squalane and grape seed extract.

Step 3 and 4 - serum and day cream

Step 3 and 4 – Serum and day cream. Products used: Beauté Pacifique Serum Paradoxe and Crème Paradoxe Anti-age

Step 4: Day cream
Once the serum is absorbed, follow with a hydrating and nourishing day cream. Here we have used Crème Paradoxe Anti-age from Beauté Pacifique, which is a deeply nourishing and repairing day creme. This is the last step of the skincare routine, and now it’s time to move on to the makeup.

Step 5: Primer
Apply a shimmery primer all over the face, or on specific areas you wish to highlight. I prefer to use primers that have just a subtle shimmer, and then keep building up the glow in layers with other products, rather than using a super shimmery primer straight away. Here Steph is applying Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow all over her face. Wonder Glow has a beautiful golden shimmer which looks very flattering on Steph’s olive skin tone. This is a high-end product, but several brands have great, more budget-friendly alternatives, for example Sleek MakeUP (or Lumene, if you’re in Scandinavia).

Step 5 - Primer

Step 5 – Primer. Product used: Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

Step 6: Foundation
Once the primer has set, it’s time to apply foundation. I chose a very sheer, light-coverage foundation, since Steph has beautiful skin and doesn’t need a lot of coverage but rather just something to even out the skin tone. I also didn’t want the golden glow from the primer to be completely covered by the foundation. This is Pürminerals Liquid Veil 4-in-1 Spray Foundation, which is also a bit on the pricier side, but a lot of budget brands make great foundations, ranging from light to full coverage. One example of a good light-weight foundation is Miracle Match from Max Factor.

Step 6 - foundation

Step 6 – Foundation. Product used: Pürminerals Liquid Veil 4-in1 Spray Foundation

Step 7: Concealer
Since we used a sheer foundation, we go in with a concealer on areas that need a bit more coverage, for example the under-eye area. This is The Eraser Eye Instant Anti-Age Concealer from Rimmel. I’m not so sure about the anti-age function, but it does a great job of neutralizing and covering up dark circles under the eyes. The picture below shows the concealer before it’s blended. To blend, just use your fingers, a sponge or a fluffy brush and gently buff the product into the skin.

Step 7 - concealer

Step 7 – Concealer. Product used: The Eraser Eye Instant Anti-Age Concealer by Rimmel.

Step 8: Face powder
If your skin is very dry you can skip this step and only use cream products to create a nice glow. But if you want something to set your foundation, you can lightly dust a thin layer of powder all over your face, or the areas of your face where you tend to get a bit shiny throughout the day. I used a soft beige, light-reflecting face powder by Hourglass, which is included in this palette (top left), but is also sold individually. Hourglass is yet another high-end brand (I may need to look over my shopping habits), but great budget options are available, for example from Sleek MakeUP.

Step 8 - face powder

Step 8 – Face powder. Product used: Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in the shade ”Dim Light”.

Step 9: Bronzer
Once the coverage is done, it’s time to add a little colour and dimension back to the face. To do this, use a light wash of bronzer to warm up the skin. You can use a shimmery bronzer or a matte one, depending on your preference. I often prefer matte bronzers, but since this look is all about that glow, I’m using a shimmery bronzer from the same Hourglass palette as above. Again, practically all budget brands will have a shimmery bronzer if you’re looking for alternatives, for example No7.

Step 9 - bronzer

Step 9 – Bronzer. Product used: Luminous bronze light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Step 10: Blush
The last step is a touch of blush on the apples of the cheeks. You just need a light dust of a pink or light red colour to get those nice rosy winter cheeks, like you just came in the cold (but without the red nose). The blush I have used here is once again from the Hourglass palette. Allthough it is an expensive palette, as you can see it’s extremely versatile and you get a lot of product for your money. And the colours are really pigmented, so a little goes a long way. But if you are looking for budget options, you can check out the Cream Puff Blushes from Max Factor, who are also richly pigmented, add a beautiful glow and are a lot more budget-friendly.

Step 10 - blush

Step 10 – Blush. Product used: Hourglass Luminous Flush

And that is the finished result! A natural-looking, radiant face with tonnes of glow, without looking sparkly or shiny. You can either stop here and let that be your make-up for the day, or you can continue with eyes and lips, depending on your preference and time schedule.

Ten steps may seem like a lot, but really each step is super simple and quick, and once you get the routine down, you’ll be able to do it in less than 10 minutes, I promise! Now let’s take a look at the difference between the first step and the last, or the ”before” and ”after”.

Before

Before …

After

… after!

Londonshopping, del 3 – Charlotte Tilbury

Jag tyckte ett tag att jag var ganska återhållsam med shoppingen i London – ända tills jag hamnade på Selfridge’s vid Charlotte Tilbury-disken. Jag köpte läppstiftet Red Carpet Red ur deras Matte Revolution-serie, som jag älskar. Sedan frågade jag expediten vad jag absolut inte fick missa från Charlotte Tilbury, och hon tipsade om deras lystergivande primer och deras lätta foundation.

IMG_5573 IMG_5576Lystergivande primer med ett subtilt och varmt guldskimmer som ska ha anti-ageing-effekt. Har bara testat ett par gånger, men gillar den diskreta glöden jag får med den här. Den passar för övrigt mycket fint ihop med Light Wonder Foundation. Pris 38.50 GBP.
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Light wonder – lätt foundation med mycket lyster. Har bara testat ett par gånger, men gillar formulan. Den är superlätt och märks knappt på huden men täcker/neutraliserar ändå bra. Ska testa lite mer innan jag ger något mer ingående omdöme. Pris 32 GBP. Jag har den ljusaste nyansen 2 Fair.

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Matte Revolution Lipstick i nyansen Red Carpet Red. En klassisk röd i den fantastiska formulan Matte Revolution. Jag ångrar faktiskt att jag inte köpte på mig fler färger när jag hade chansen. Det här är min absoluta favoritformula när det gäller matta läppstift. Applicerar mjukt som smör, torkar inte ut läpparna och sitter förvånansvärt bra med tanke på den mjuka formulan. Kostar 23 GBP.