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5 Charlotte Tilbury Products Worth the Hype

Charlotte Tilbury finally has a store in the UAE! Get your hands on our top 5 picks and find out what the hype is about.

In my career, I have been lucky enough to have two Tilbury transformations with the Charlotte Tilbury team, and I’ve met her niece, makeup artist Sofia Schwarzkopf Tilbury, at the launch of the new store at The Dubai Mall. The store is glamorous and everything you would expect from a celebrity makeup artist, with super friendly and knowledgeable staff to boot. You can book in for a full makeover for AED350 (redeemable on purchase) to see the Tilbury magic for yourself. As for what to take home with you, here are my top five Charlotte Tilbury must-haves:

1. The Hollywood Contour Duo

A little goes a long way with this highlighter and contour wand duo. It’s great over foundation and the glow it gives is sensational. It’s easy to use and blends out like a dream, which is perfect for someone learning how to contour. Pop some on your cheekbones, nose and under the browbone.

2. Revolutionary Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

I am obsessed with sheet masks so when I saw the price of this one, I had high hopes – and boy, I was not disappointed. This is a dry mask, inspired by Korean beauty, which can be used up to three times. It leaves your skin glowing like you’ve just had a facial and hydrated for eight hours. The fact that you can use it three times makes the price point comparable to high-street brands.

3. Wonderglow Face Primer

Is your skin looking tired and dull? Wonderglow Face Primer gives your skin an instant glow. You can use it alone for a fresh look or under foundation for a radiant and youthful look. It’s great before – or after – a night out.

4. Charlotte’s Magic Cream

Charlotte has been using this cream on her models backstage since before she launched her brand. Its cocktail of ingredients is designed to plump and hydrate your skin, as well as having anti-aging properties. This is a huge hit with makeup artists worldwide.

5. Instant Look In A Palette

This is a fab little kit for when you’re travelling or to keep in your handbag. You can create an easy day look or vamp it up for a glam evening look. The palette includes three eye shades, two blushers, a bronzer and a highlighter.


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The Rise of Clean Beauty: Understanding Natural Skincare Products

A movement worth understanding.

The beauty industry is always coming up with new formulations, ingredients, and techniques to keep us looking youthful, glowing, and flawless. These days it’s common to see beauty brands market themselves as ‘clean’. Led by conscious consumerism, this once niche movement has become mainstream. But what exactly is clean beauty?

What Is Clean Beauty?

Clean beauty refers to beauty products that are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients. These ingredients are sourced from plants, minerals, and other naturally occurring substances, and are typically free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and other potentially harmful additives and harsh chemicals. Clean beauty products are typically also cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable.

Why the Shift to Clean Beauty?

For many women, the shift to clean beauty is driven by a desire for transparency and authenticity with regard to ingredients sourcing, quality, manufacturing practices, and environmental impact. With so many chemicals and synthetic ingredients being used in traditional beauty products, it’s hard to know exactly what we’re putting on our skin. Additionally, many people have become more aware of the impact that the beauty industry can have on the environment, and are seeking products that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

According to a study by Grand View Research, the global organic personal care market is expected to reach $25.1 billion by 2025, with consumers increasingly seeking out natural and organic products for their skincare needs. The trend is particularly popular in Australia, the UK, UAE, and the broader Middle East region, where consumers are rapidly embracing clean beauty as a better alternative to traditional beauty products.

Clean Beauty Principles

This trend is not just a passing fad, as more women are educating themselves and seeking a more sustainable way to achieve beautiful, radiant skin. Here are some principles that the clean beauty industry is following to address consumer needs.

Reduced Chemical Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of natural and organic skincare is that it reduces exposure to harmful chemicals. Researchers have found dangerous levels of mercury in traditional skin lightening and anti-aging creams. Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling chemical that is used to lengthen the shelf-life of some traditional cosmetics and has been found linked to nose and throat cancers. Compounds that have “paraben” in their name are used in face washes and other skincare products. Parabens have been linked to increased incidence of breast cancer.

Increased Antioxidants and Nutrients

Natural and organic skincare products are often enriched with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which provide essential elements to safeguard against environmental stressors. Ingredients such as green tea, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid are known for their ability to regenerate and protect the skin.

Preventing Premature Aging

Exposure to UV radiation, pollution, and blue light from electronic devices can lead to premature aging of the skin. However, natural and organic skincare products can help prevent this damage as they often have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that protect the skin from these harmful effects.

Environmental Sustainability

Natural and organic skincare products are often sourced from ethically derived and eco-friendly ingredients. They are made without the use of harmful pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other environmental pollutants. Choosing natural and organic products enables us to support sustainable farming practices that have a positive impact on the environment.

Key Natural and Organic Skincare Ingredients

If you’re new to the world of clean beauty, the sheer variety of natural and organic ingredients on offer can be overwhelming. Here are a few commonly used ingredients to get you started:

Aloe Vera: With its cooling and soothing properties, aloe vera is a popular ingredient in skincare products designed to reduce inflammation and redness.

Coconut Oil: Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and hydrates the skin. It’s also packed with antioxidants, making it an excellent anti-aging ingredient.

Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in skincare products that target acne-prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: Abundant in vitamins A and C, rosehip oil is a potent anti-aging ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tips to Switch to Natural and Organic Skincare

If you’re ready to make the switch to clean beauty, here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Do your research: Look for brands that are transparent about their ingredients and production processes, and that prioritize sustainability and cruelty-free practices.

2. Start small: Incorporate natural and organic products into your skincare routine one at a time, so that you can test out what works best for your skin over 1-2 weeks.

3. Read the labels: Natural and organic skin care products can still contain synthetic fragrances or other additives, so make sure to read the labels carefully before purchasing.

4. Be patient: Transitioning to natural and organic skincare may take some time for your skin to adjust, so be patient.

The clean beauty movement is here to stay. With increasing concerns about the environment, our health, and the ethics of the beauty industry, it’s no wonder that more and more women are turning to natural and organic skincare products. By understanding the benefits of clean beauty, and incorporating natural and non-toxic ingredients into your daily routines, you can feel confident that you’re doing your part to take care of yourself and the planet. It’s a win-win.


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