To prepare myself for date night I packed a variety of skincare and makeup essentials that are beautifully packaged and perfect for creating soft, radiant looks.
The Fresh Beauty Limited-Edition Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum ($212.00) helps counteract the effects of jet-lag, sun exposure and late nights. Lychee extract, fermented tea, peptides and honeysuckle leaf inhibit free radicals, improve elasticity, firm, moisturize, smooth, brighten and fade dark spots for an even complexion.
The dispenser resembles a hair dye nozzle and when you press the tip, it releases one dewy drop at a time to prevent waste.
The limited-edition red and gold bottle commemorates lunar New Year and makes a fabulous Valentine’s gift for anyone who loves effective anti-aging skincare.
If you haven’t tried the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments ($32.00) you should! The nourishing formula contains meadowfoam, grape seed and black currant oils to keep lips kissably soft, supple, protected and hydrated. Use it to refresh matte lipstick or apply on bare skin for a burst of sheer juicy color. Fresh Beauty is available at Sephora.
You’ll need an incredible moisturizer to go with your skin perfecting Black Tea Serum so I recommend Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream ($133.00 / 50 ml) for a luminous natural glow.
The rich, cruelty-free formula contains a powerful blend of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, camellia oil, rosehip, shea butter, aloe, peptides and frangipani flower to restore radiance, minimize wrinkles, calm, hydrate and soften for up to 24 hours. It melts in quickly with a lightweight silky finish and works wonders under makeup.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Pillow Talk Eye Shadow Palette ($70.00) is soft and flirty. The brilliant pink, shimmery champagne, rose gold and coppery bronze look beautiful together but the finish is sheer and subtle with a rough texture. For more vibrancy, use a good primer (a glitter base might work too), dampen your brush with setting spray and pat the shadow on in heavy layers for more sparkle. The bronze hue is the only one that applies full-coverage.
The CT Superstar Lip Color ($39.00) is my favorite product from the brand. The cushiony sheer pigment moisturizes and replenishes dry, rough skin with healing oils, diamond powder, hyaluronic acid and peptides (I always have one in my purse). On cold winter days the buttery texture keeps lips plush, comfortable and smooth for hours (it feels better and last longer than most lip balm).
Charlotte Tilbury is available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew and charlottetolbury.com.