Charles Gillman and I have worked together a few times, for photo shoots, sometimes I am the model, sometimes I am behind the camera, but Charles is always the make-up artist, expert, beautifier and magician. He can turn any face into a glamor puss ready for the glossies with a couple dabs of his fingers and a few flicks of his brushes, and voilà…you look like a star.
But beyond his talents as a makeup artist, he is a true businessman, marketer and creator of a brand of cosmetics with a message. Charles promotes healthy skin through using nature inspired cosmetics and being healthy inside and out.
Here I want to talk to you about that « out » side of his brand. The products. Charles gave me a little gift bag full of goodies at Christmas, and I am thrilled to be testing them out. I have tried the body creams, the body scrub, the lip gloss, lip balm and the glow stick. And I am perhaps biased, but I love them all! Especially the citrus body cream, I slather that stuff all over me and I smell quite literally of a tasty lemon pie! Very tempting for Chéri… Hmmm! The cream has a rich luxurious texture, very smooth, but sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any oily residue. This is convenient for those, like me, who put their body lotion on 30 seconds before dressing. I don’t end up wasting the moisturizing effect on my garments. The vanilla cream is just as decadent and delightful.
The body scrub is also fabulous. It gives the right balance of exfoliating and moisturizing actions to make your skin look and feel healthy. Perfect for the winter doldrums when skin can get dry and blah (as well as keeping summer sun-tanned skin glowing). Plus it’s also lemon pie scented!
I am literally addicted to the lip balms. I have three of them, thank god, so I never find myself without one when I need a little lip lubricant. And I love the shape of the tubes, that are slightly flattened from a regular round tube, it’s perfect for tossing in an evening clutch. I love the « Katie » color?. It is just enough to give me a slight hue to my lips without a bold look. Great for every day.
And for when I want to look ultra glamor, there is the bright red lip glpss, that goes on smooth and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips. It’s gives off a lot of color for just a small amount applied. This a great product to pair with the glow stick for when you want to look your glamorous best. The glow stick can be patted on with the fingertips to the upper part of the cheekbones after having applied your blush, to give a hint of glow, hence the name glow stick, and tho heighten those cheekbones.
You can get your Charles Gillman Cosmetics here at his online shop, and if you are lucky enough to get married in France you can book him for your bridal makeup or even for his magical talents for your engagement photo shoot here.
Get a little indulgent with yourself this year, and be beautiful!