Just Charlie G

Not too long ago I bought the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara and liked it a lot, I think it was my first Bourjois mascara actually so I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to try another, The Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara. This time give a Limited Edition Tropical Festival Makeover.

Bourjois Volume ClubbingNow this is really my kind of mascara. It’s not only blacker than black, but it separates each lash really well, adding definition without clumping, and joy of joys, its got a perfectly respectable brush size. If there’s one thing I can’t stand,  its a massive brush on a mascara. This one is just perfect.

Bourjois Volume Clubbing

This mascara ticks all my boxes. It’s affordable at £7.99 (currently on offer at £5.99 with Boots), but it does not budge. It doesn’t smudge, smear or flake at all during wear, and it doesn’t even wash off easily using my normal cleansers. This requires either a specific eye makeup remover, or at least an oil based cleanser, then it removes easily enough.

I love the look it gives as well, it’s somewhere between perfect day wear mascara and full on lashes, and I’d happily wear it every day, and I do!


Just a quick post from me really but this Bourjois Tropical Festival Volume Clubbing Mascara gets a very definite thumbs up from me!

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

14. 10. 2015

I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).

Here’s what I dug out.

shop my stashStarting with the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation.

no7 Stay perfectI did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.

Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.

Clinique Almost LipstickYou can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising  balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.

Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.

Bourjois One SecondeMy original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.

Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.

clarins multi-blushThe Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.

Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!

Shop My Stash


I’ve  got a new favourite mascara. I hesitate to say its the only mascara I’ll ever use again because, well, when you’re beauty product obsessed, there’s always something new to try out. What I will say is that this is my current favourite and I rate it higher than any mascara that I’ve tried before.

Meet Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

P1160656 P1160657I’m extremely fussy about mascara wands, I find many modern mascara brushes are so huge that I keep inadvertently poking myself in the eye with them. This one is large, but not quite Loo Brush sized and I have thus far managed to avoid an eye poking.

One coat is all you need, but I don’t let that stop me, piling it on until I get the result I’m after. It combs easily through my lashes which are curly and can get quite tangly, to coat from root to tip, and you could, as I say, quite easily stop at one coat. I usually go for somewhere between two and three, usually though, I concentrate a third coat just on the tips of my lashes to add some extra length.

P1160665 P1160670 P1160676


So things I love about it, its incredibly black, (although I spotted an “ultra black” version when I picked up this, it doesn’t clump on me at all, it separates, curls and makes my lashes look fabulous.

It doesn’t flake, it doesn’t smudge and it removes easily too with my gel cleanser.  Love it. The best thing about it is the lack of clumps though, building up to three layers with no clumping is pretty fantastic.

I picked up mine in Boots where I paid £9.99. There’s also the Ultra Black version and I think I spotted a waterproof one too but I can’t see this on the website. Highly recommend!

So the weekend has been & gone along with a visit from my sister Lis or Aunty Boo as she’s known to my kids! She wasn’t here for long and I predicted some pretty intense make up application and removal as we tried different combinations but actually that wasn’t the case. I knew what I thought would look good and thankfully Lis agreed so we ended up only running through twice with a few adjustments the second time but I was really pleased with it and I think Lis was too. So without further ado I give you a whole load of photos!

I should mention that it was a concious decision to stay away from the usual neutral eye make up for two reasons, my sister’s colouring for one but the main reason being her wedding dress is pale blue so I felt that greys and silvers would be a better match.

The Before:

Wedding Make Up Practice

The Afters. This was the first run through and we decided to tweak a couple of things the second time round. The flash washed things out a little in these first pics and bought out too much of the shimmer but you get the idea!

Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice

So day two, I decided to switch out the MAC MSF (although we both loved it) and try Nars Orgasm instead, for a less disco effect. We also addeda touch of highlighter on the cheekbones and a smidge of contouring. We also added lipliner under the lipstick for longer wear and a hint more colour. The following pics are in daylight so I hope you can see that although the eyes are shiny, they aren’t as shiny as the flash pics made them appear.

Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice

So there we have it. The finished look. What do you think? I’m really pleased considering a) how nervous I was about it and b) my total lack of skill.

The products I used for this look are as follows:

Wedding Make Up Practice
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Pebble
Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Powder in Medium
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light Medium
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Light
Clinique Pore Minimiser Primer in 01
Benefit 10 Powder (just the bronzer side)
Nars Orgasm Blush
Mac Soft & Gentle MSF
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lip Liner in Tawny
Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-a-Boo
Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black
Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Liner in Graphite
Mac Subculture Lip Liner
Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Bourjois Gris Pailettes Eyeshadow
Mac Silver Fog Pigment
Mac Sweet Sienna Pigment
Mac Fix+

So there we have it. Typing that list up reminds me, anyone got Silver Fog or Sweet Sienna Pigments for sale?

I must also do a special thank you to both Clinique and Estee Lauder who provided several of the products used and several products that weren’t used. I am eternally grateful and it was a great great help. Thank you.

I thought I’d do a little review of this. It’s a new foundation from Bourjois and after reading Nooberella’s review of it Here I had to buy. Check her out if you haven’t already!

Bourjois Mineral Matte Foundation

OK so it comes in a satisfying black shiny screw top pot. Yes. I like the packaging. I also like the novelty aspect of it coming with a tiny kabuki brush you need to use to apply it.

So what they say:

The light mousse texture of the Mineral Matte foundation instantly blends onto skin for a flawless finish, without a mask effect.
Provides more coverage and an incredibly flawless finish, without a mask effect.
The Mineral Matte perfecting brush to apply the mousse foundation. Apply with circular movements for a perfect and natural finish guaranteed.
Lets skin breathe while maintaining its moisture level!

What I say:
First the colours, there were about five shades available in Superdrug and I picked the palest. It looked too yellow in the pot but I went for anyway, this was shade 81. In actual fact it was a fabulous match for my pale skin. I really didn’t expect it to be. Impressed.

The foundation itself looks like a little pot of thick mousse which you dab the kabuki into and buff into your face. This works really well, pretty much a flawless coverage, lovely colour match beautiful finish. It really struggled to cover a spot I had on my chin, but it claims to be light coverage so I’ll let that slide.

So far so good right? Yes but then it all went wrong.

I have normal skin, prone to hormonal spots once a month but otherwise I tend to have bits of dryness. You wouldn’t have thought it. By lunchtime this stuff was sliding all over my face settling in unflattering clumps around my nostrils, in my wrinkles, just yuck.

Next morning I had a new spot. I wasn’t too worried because y’know I do get the odd spot from time to time. So I tried the foundation again yesterday. Same again really, looked awesome, applied well, but by lunch…not so much.

I won’t be using this again. Here’s the kicker though.

I woke up today with a face full of teenage acne. Nice. I’m 35!

Bourjois Mineral Matte Foundation. No thank you you vile product from hell.

If anyone wants it, let me know cos I can’t afford to just throw money away like that. £5 inc postage. Which reminds me, don’t forget to check my BLOG SALE.

And if you haven’t entered my giveaway yet then do so HERE