Just Charlie G

I’ve never quite “got” dry shampoo…however, in recent years I’ve taken to having a can around, just in case. I’m not a huge fan of the smells of any that I’ve tried and I often find that despite brushing through, I can still feel product in my hair and it still feels dirty.

But. I adore every single thing I’ve tried by Aveda, many of which are staples for me now, so I was pretty pleased to give their newest product a try. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.

Aveda Dry Shampoo The Aveda Shampure range hasn’t let me down yet and I love the shampoo and conditioner, they smell amazing, so this is a welcome new addition to the line up. It’s a 99.8% naturally derived powder formula, with ingredients such as Cassava and oat to absorb oils and 25 pure flower and plant essences for the beautiful signature scent. Rather cleverly, this is not an aerosol. In fact, what you have a little hole at the top, that is covered, but when you twist the lid and expose the hole, all you have to do is give the bottle a light squeeze and the product shoots out just like an aerosol.

Aveda Dry Shampoo Aveda Dry Shampoo I’d definitely recommend having a test before aiming at your hair, just to get a feel for how much product is being released.

It’s so easy to use, simply section your hair and apply to your roots, and then massage in, you can then brush through and style. It leaves my hair smelling freshly washed and the scent lingers for me, and it leaves my hair feeling clean too. Not freshly washed clean, but certainly much cleaner than before use. More importantly, my hair looks clean and I can dispense with the need to scrape my hair back into a ponytail. It also works well to revive a style, great if you have layers, just add to your roots, massage in and hey presto, volume and definition. I know its an expensive product, but it really is in a different league altogether from cheaper brands I’ve tried, the fresh scent alone is a huge selling point for me. Definitely recommend this one.

The Shampure Dry Shampoo is £22 for 60ml and a refill is £18 for the same amount minus the spray top available now from Aveda.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes



You probably won’t know, unless you read my old blog, that I am a devout, even evangelical lover of all things Aveda.  I use exclusively Aveda skincare products finding they suit my skin perfectly and I have done for at least the last year, and for me who has notoriously chopped and changed my skincare, this is a miracle. It may even been closer to two years now. I’m sure products will come my way but I’d be very surprised if anything could pull me away from my beloved Aveda permanently.

That said, I recently ran into some issues with my moisturiser. I had been using the Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Relief Lotion which was helping to keep my skin (mostly) clear but as Winter set in and central heating turned up, it just wasn’t cutting the mustard, my skin was becoming dry and spotty. Sticking with Aveda I decided to try out the Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Cream but that didn’t agree with me too well either, it was just a touch to rich for my poor skin. The dryness disappeared but my spots increased. I was just wondering what to do when Aveda launched some new Botanical Kinetics products, and now I seem to have just the right moisturiser for me.

The Botanical Kinetics range are, as the name would suggest, plant based and are designed to support natural energy production in the skin cells,

I’ve got the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Soft Creme* and the Botanical Kinetics Energizing Eye Creme*.


Starting with the Eye Creme (£35), this is a 98% naturally derived light creme to help tackle dark circles and puffiness. Including  Licorice root (known for it’s soothing properties), plant derived caffiene (to energise the appearance of the skin and and reduce puffiness) and Cupuacu Butter to seal in moisture. You only need the smallest amount it blends easily without needing to rub and I feel that the area feels hydrating immediately and skin looks plumper. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for instant results, look no further.


The Intense Hydrating Soft Creme (£40) is perfection. It’s just what I was looking for, where I was finding that during this cold winter my moisturers were either too light or too heavy, this one falls right in the middle and is perfect. It smells beautiful for starters, if you’re familiar with Pure-Fume then you’ll know the scent, Rose, Geranium, Olibanum, Sandalwood and Neroli a gorgeous combination. Although the scent is perfection, it’s the active ingredients that really matter and they are good too. There’s Salicornia Herbacea (a seashore plant prove to stimulate skin cells) and Cupuacu Butter (contains lips like the skin’s own helping to seal the skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss). My skin is now adequately hydrated, all my dry patches (particularly my nose) are gone completely and I’ve not had any new spots, the old ones are fading and I couldn’t be happier.

The Eye Cream on the left and the Hydrating Creme on the Right. I’ve used enough eye cream there for about 10 eyes, you need so little!


If your skin is in greater need of moisture, Aveda have also launched a “Rich” version of the hydrating creme to offer even more moisture.

The products are available now from the Aveda website and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I’ve not had a bad word to say about Aveda products yet. A hugely underrated brand in terms of everything they do outside of hair care.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes





So I recently showed you my simply amazing toner duo from Aveda, that I’m using twice daily. I also did a post about the face oil and balm cleanser I’m currently using. I’ve also told you all about how my skin is looking so much better these days. I’m still getting spots at my time of the month, but they are going much faster than ever before, but best of all, all the bumps under my skin are GONE. Every single last one of them. Gone. I’m going to thank my prescription med and a quality lot of products for this about turn in my skin which is looking pretty radiant at the moment, even with my spots!

Next in my arsenal of regular products which I think have really helped get me back on track is the Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner.

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner

I use the liquid Exfoliant twice a day, but this one, a more traditional exfoliator, I use twice a week. Tourmaline, finely powdered, boosts the skin’s energy and radiance. The product itself is thick and creamy, and made with clay, bamboo extract and tourmaline. Simply massage onto a moist face and remove with a warm, damp cloth, blot your face dry and then brush away any particles left on the skin. A word on the moist skin thing, I’d go much much further and say make sure your face is really wet. The first time I used this my skin just wasn’t wet enough and it was nearly painful and left my skin quite red. Rookie mistake, I didn’t make that mistake again, once I started to get my skin wetter, I found this to be an exceptional product, you feel like your skin has been really exfoliated, and you’re left bright and glowing afterwards with no discomfort.

It’s truly amazing, used in conjunction with the exfoliating toner, I believe these have had a drastic effect on my skin, for the good.

It’s not cheap at £32 for 100ml, but this is another winning product and one I will absolutely buy again. No question, that said, a little goes a long way so I’d expect it to last me quite some time.

You can purchase from counters nationwide or from the Aveda website here.

*Disclosure – Sample sent for Review Purposes*

Aveda Heartlands. A few months ago I saw these photographs on a US blog. I forget which but I never forgot the images as they blew me away. Today I’m able to share them with you myself and and in the not too distant future, show you some of the associated products. I love the clothes, the photoraphy, the styling and of course the make up looks. Truly evocative.

I don’t usually do blog posts like this but I’ve been waiting a long time to see these again and now I can share them.  Welcome to Aveda Heartlands Autumn/Winter 2013.

Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands
Aveda Heartlands

And finally the collection itself.

Aveda Heartlands

What do you think? I honestly just think it all looks stunning.

Good morning!

Today I’ve got some beautiful products and two very different looks from Aveda to show you today. This is my first foray into Aveda cosmetics and I want more! There are a few bits in the collection that I didn’t get so Might just get myself those, since I’m so impressed.

The first thing I want to tell you about is the packaging. It’s all recyclable, it’s functional rather than needlessly pretty and in terms of eyeshadows, you just buy the pans, and are encouraged to buy palettes to store them in rather than lots of plastic cases.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Don’t get me wrong, the packaging is lovely, but it’s basic and that really encourages you to concentrate on the products within.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

The items I received to try out are as follows:

Petal Essence Single Eye Color Refills in Bare Bellis, Cinnamon Bark, Oceanica and Papyrus (£11.50 each)
Nourish-mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Melochia Bloom (£12)
Nourish-mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana (£12)
Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Barbarry Bloom (£14)
Petal-essence Eye Definer in Jade Bloom (£13.50)
Nourish-mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Kukui (£15.50)

On looking at these pictures I’ve realised I’ve not taken any photos of the Lip Glaze in any pictures, although I have got a hand swatch so I’ll do a separate post on that.

Okay, so before I show you the looks, here’s the hand swatches of the stunning colours.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

My favourite things are the two pencils, the eye and lip pencil, they are so packed full of colour and they stay put all day long, just great products… and that red lipstick, well it’s mind blowingly bright on… a little out of my comfort zone, but just amazing.

Anyway, here’s the first look, brace yourselves!!

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection
For this look I used Cana Lipstick with Barbary Bloom Lip Liner, and on the eyes Jade Vine Eye Definer with Papyrus and Oceanica shadow. The lipstick is just insane, so so bright, but absolutely stunning and really I don’t have a bad word to say about any of these products.

But if brights aren’t your cup of tea, fear not, Aveda’s Summer collection has subdued tones too. Here’s my second look.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

For this look I used Cinnamon Bark and Bare Bellis eyeshadows,  with the much softer Melochia Bloom Lip colour. Again, lovely products that blend flawlessly to create a lovely soft look.

There are a few other items in the collection, but mostly I just wan the Petal Essence Face Accent powder in Hibiscus which is gorgeous and a palette to put them all in!

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Anything take your fancy and would you go bright or natural, or maybe mix it up a bit?

All items are available now from www.aveda.co.uk and I’m seriously impressed.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Aveda Love Pure-fume Absolute Review

Aveda Love Pure-fume Absolute is a beautiful beautiful product. For your £21 you get a very small 7ml roller ball glass vial full of intense scent. Meaning you need only the tiniest little swipe on your pulse points and you’re ready to go.

This is aromatherapy at its finest! Love Pure-fume contains sandalwood, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang, withe base notes of bergamot, frankincense and myrrh.

This is so up my street, it’s strong, and beautiful. I suspect for many this would be an evening perfume only, for me, this is an anytime scent. I like all my perfumes to be strong. This stays the day on me as well.

Despite my claims that this is a strong scent, I don’t find it overpowering and having checked with people who are around me, they don’t find it to be overpowering either. Regardless, it’s a scent people will get a whiff of when they are around you, but in a really good way.

I could curse my inability to describe scents well, but suffice to say this is really nice, it’s a heady scent, not too overpowering and it lasts really well on the skin. Well worth a sniff.

The little roller ball bottle is of course the perfect purse or handbag size!

You can get yours from Aveda online for £21.

Aveda Chakra 4 Balancing Body Mist

My first Aveda product (I know! Where have I been!) is a gorgeous product.

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old healing tradition from India that helps us balance our chakras. Chakras are the 7 spinning wheels of  of energy that affect our health, well being and beauty.
Aveda has a Body Mist for each chakra and this one is Chakra 4, the heart chakra, which is the centre of  sympathy, empathy and love. When the heart chakra is balanced you should feel love and connection to self and others, and when the heart chakra is imbalanced you can feel depression, loss of connection and lack of caring.
The aroma for the Chakra 4 Body Mist is the beautiful combination of sandalwood, mandarin and palmarosa. Palmarosa has a scent not unlike roses. The combination of the three is unusual but beautiful. I haven’t come across   a scent that combines the rose and sandalwood with the sweet citrus of mandarin and its really beautiful.
You don’t have to use the spray on your body, you can also use it as a room scent, which I’ve done now on numerous occasions. Glorious really.
What I especially like is that as there are seven chakras, there are seven Body Mists, meaning you can use your instincts to pick the chakra you feel most drawn to.
I’m quite drawn to  Chakra 3, Intention, with the aroma of fir balsam, lavender and lemon.
The Chakra Body Mists are £27 each and available from www.aveda.co.uk.