Beauty Anti-Haul: La Mer & Charlotte Tilbury
Okay, okay so I just totally click baited your ass but stil! You see last summer, Michael, aka globalgarcon.net, and I had this genius idea to do a skincare swap of our 5 favourite skincare items. Well, life happened and we didn't see each other for a while and next thing you know it's March! Honestly, I've had Michael's La Mer facial spray for so long that I'm surprised it didn't evaporate in the bottle! Anyway, let's jump right in and see if I liked Michael's bougie skincare as much as he does. AND If you want to see what Michael thought of the items I lent him for the skincare swap, click here to read his post.
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At $100 a bottle, I was hella nervous and excited to try this facial mist. If I liked it, I'd be screwed because I might be tempted to buy it. If I hated it, I'd feel bad for wasting Michael's precious La Mer.
What's in it: Marine botanicals, aka, magic.
The verdict: This stuff is incredible! Confession, I'm a facial mist/ face water fanatic and I've tried tons that are on the market, but this one is hands down the best! It left my skin super soft and feeling well hydrated and balanced.
Cons: It tastes awful! If you're keen on trying this stuff, suck in those lips!
Would I buy it? No! It's $100! Then again, I just spent $125 on lip gloss, blush and one bottle of nail polish at the Chanel counter. To each their own.
Michael wrote a whole blog post on his favourite sheet masks recently, so I had high hopes for this one from Missha.
What's in it: Snail secretion and baobab extract.
The verdict: This shit started to burn on my skin right away. It felt uncomfortable and it tingled and for some stupid reason, I left it on my skin for the whole 20 mins in hopes of looking radiant. #dummy After taking it off, I patted the left over product into my face and went to sleep. The next morning I woke up to what looked like crusty boogers all over my face. YUCK. Thanks Michael!
Cons: Slight burning sensation and boogery looking skin.
Would I buy it? HECK NO!
Don't get me wrong, while the thought of smearing my face with snail slime is gross, I have to admit that snail products work really well! Snail secretion is a humectant and it does a great job at repairing skin. In case you want to learn more, I wrote a whole blog post on it here. (shameless plug)
What's in it: Snail secretion.
The verdict: This one was nice. My skin did't react nearly as bad as the gold snail mask (above) and left my skin feeling hydrated and balanced.
Cons: Snail secretion if that's not your jam. Otherwise, none.
Would I buy it? Sure.
First of all, I love that Michael Charlotte Tilbury as part of his skincare regimen and raves about it. He's truly a skincare enthusiast and I wouldn't be surprised if he came out with his own line one day.
What's in it? Spanish clay with sweet almond oil.
The verdict: Honestly I didn't see or feel any difference from this and the other clay masks I've tried. At $65 a tube, I much prefer to save a bit of money and buy the clay mask from Consonant Skincare instead. Their's is 100% natural, organic, detoxifies and clarifies the skin. Oh, did I mention it's $45 a tube?
Cons: None really but not worth the price.
Would I buy it? No.
I believe this is type of face mask is Korean because I've never seen a non-Korean brand make something like this. Basically you apply the creme gel onto your wet face with your fingertips and you keep messaging until the mask starts to roll off in flakes, almost like an eraser!
What's in it? Prebiotics (not probiotics), organic witch hazel and natural cellulose.
The verdict: I love these type of masks! They're super quick and effective if you're short on time. They're a gentle exfoliant that work well and leave skin feeling super soft, refreshed and vibrant.
Would I buy it? Yes! If you haven't already tried this type of mask, go do it!