Just Charlie G

I saw this collection over at British Beauty Blogger recently and much like the Spring Collection, I find myself wanting it pretty much all.

I’ve received the press release myself now so I just wanted to share some of the items with you.

The collection is inspired by the heart of India and the festival of colour. Think bronzed complexions, intense eye make up and lips highlighted with shimering shades.

First up is the Colour Quartet and Liner Palette £30.

Want!!! Beige, Bronze, Gold, Violet with a golden brown liner all in a beautiful compact.

Then there’s the Kohl Kajal Long-Lasting Eyeliner £15.

This comes not only in the black version but also in violet which you can see on British Beauty Blogger. It’s the violet one I want to go with the Colour Quartet!

There are four limited edition Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms, gloss, lipstick and balm all in one. £16.50

 

Shown above are Coral and Rose. There’s are also violet and pink versions, Violet has my name all over it, as does rose!

Then there are three new Bronzing Duo’s. £26

Given my new found love for Clarins powders, this is on the list. I’m interested to know why two shades in one pan! There are two darker versions too, but it’ll be the lightest one for me.

Then finally, Colour Quench Lip Balms £15. I do have an image for this product but alas Blogger won’t let me upload it for some reason. Available in two shades, Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi. Described as luscious balms offering subtle colour and shine, both shades appeal.

The collection isn’t available until May. Booo. I can’t wait!

I’m so excited to share this product with you just because it’s amazing. I received a press release for this a month or so ago, maybe longer, and waited waited waited for the release date and then bought it the second it came out. That’s how keen I was to get it.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

I’ve never tried Too Faced cosmetics before, well not as far as I can recall, but something about this really captured me as soon as I saw the press release. Perhaps I was imagining a sculpted face, supermodel stylee, either way. I bought it. The packaging is lovely. Up there is the lovely outer packaging. You open that to reveal this box:

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Obviously, it’s what’s inside that’s important though.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Okay, so what you have is a box that closes magnetically, with a mirror in the lid. Then six products, two powder and four cream as follows. Powder Bronzing Veil, Creme Blush, Powder Blush, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener.

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Brightener and Luminizer sound like they are probably the same but they are not. Take a little look at the swatches of all of the above.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

All lovely soft natural shades, with the luminizer definitely shimmery whereas the brightener isn’t. The main reason I really wanted this kit though was the idiot’s guides that come with it. I LOVE a guide because quite frankly, I’m a cosmetics dunce, the more guidelines the better. These are FAB!

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Of course you can use the products however you wish to, but should you want a bit of help, these are invaluable and they really work.

I wanted to take photographs of these products in use but of course because they are subtle, its hard to make them show up on photographs! I’ve taken some pics anyway to show you, using the “Classic Radiance” card, and I have to say, I really think I look radiant! The last picture in particular shows the light bouncing off the areas with the brightener and I just love the look of these products.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Other than the Natural Radiance Face Palette, I’m wearing Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (104), Clarins Pink Coral Joli Rouge Sheer Lipstick, MeMeMe FatCat Mascara and Mac Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance.

I do have one reservation about this product though I have to say and that is that I do as a rule tend to avoid creme products in pans. They never seem to last long as there never seems to be much product there so I’m anxious that I may not get my money’s worth out of this. If this lasts me a good while it will be £31 well spent but, well, we’ll see.  I do love this SO much I’m half tempted to buy a back up… I have no idea if this is a limited edition item or not so I don’t know what to do!

I love this palette more than I can say! I paid £31 and bought it from Beautybay, who I highly recommend. The order included some fantastic free samples and delivery was speedy.

Colour Couture

Until very recently I’d never heard of Colour Couture and to be honest I still don’t know a huge amount about them. From what I can gather Colour Couture is a budge priced range of cosmetics claiming to be of a professional standard. It’s an extremely well priced range with plenty of products to choose from and certainly the bits I’ve got are very nice. Lets have a closer look.

First up the BB Perfect Beauty Base.

Colour Couture

A BB cream, an all in one product to reduce redness, appearance of fine lines and blur out imperfections and very nice it is too. Has an SPF 15 too which is great. I really like the product but I’m a little confused about what I should do with it… on the tube it says “Time to Prime” and the name is Perfect Beauty “base” which makes me think it’s a primer but in the description of the product there’s no mention of it being a primer, indeed it implies it’s a sort of foundation substitute. I’ve tried it both ways, alone it does a good job of evening my skin tone and it does gently hide minor blemishes like the smallest lines, hints of redness… but it doesn’t do a good job on its own when faced with spots, but then, thats what concealer is for. Under foundation it does a great job too. It doesn’t seem to clog my skin up, but it does a good job of hiding pores and fine lines, even under foundation. The best thing about this is it’s a bargain at £5. Well worth a look.

Next, the Bronzing Block.

Colour Couture

Very pretty in the pan and supremely pretty in swatches (see the end of the post for swatches) but lacking pigmentation on my cheeks. Instead this acts more as a highlighter adding a soft glow rather than colour.

Colour Couture

It’s a very pretty sheen and I’ve certainly reached for this a few times lately, but it’s certainly not pigmented enough for me to use as a bronzer. I am going to to try it with a denser brush at some point though as the swatch had such great promise. Again, a bargain price of £5.

Finally the Pro Pigment Eye Shadow Quad.

Colour Couture

The quad I received is the Grey, Light Gold, Mushroom and Dark Brown version. Handy little mirror in the lid and a brush/sponge applicator. The colours of this are amazing. The far right colour is brilliant especially. Swatch wise they weren’t that impressive as the two middle shades are quite close to my skin tone, that doesn’t mean they aren’t pigmented, they are, it just means they don’t show too well on my skin, on my eyes however they did a great job of blending with the darker colour for a light smoky eye.

Love it. And guess what? Yep, it’s £5!

Here are swatches of all of the above, you’ll see what I mean about the bronzer being quite pigmented in the swatch but not on my cheeks!

Colour Couture

Having had a good nose around the website I’ve got my eye on the Sheer Lip & Cheek Tints, the Light Reflective Loose Powder and the Single Eye Shadows which are an amazing £2.50 each!

As far as I’m aware this range is only available from www.ilovecolourcouture.com and it’s well worth a look!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Three iconic Nars  products, one compact, Orgasm blusher, Albatross Highlighter and Laguna Bronzer. This was a Limited Edition Product for Summer I think and is out of stock on the Nars site at the moment, it might be available elsewhere if you hunt around a bit!

I grabbed mine in a blog sale much to my deep joy. I already have Orgasm Blush but at the price I got it for it was more than worth the price just for the highlighter and bronzer.

So anyway this is a little zip up compact, fabric, so not easy to keep clean and inside, three pans of varying sizes.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

Here are swatches of the above:

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

I’m not the first person to notice this but that swatch of Orgasm blush and the actual pan looks different to my single blusher… so here are the two together…the trio swatch on the left and my old Orgasm on the right.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

They are different but only very slightly, the version of Orgasm in the trio is slightly brighter, on the cheeks though and blended out it’s all the same really. For the uninitiated, Orgasm is a peachy pink blush with a gold shimmer, I never understood why it’s a cult classic, until I found myself reaching for it every time I didn’t know which blush to wear… which is pretty often. It’s a great suits-all blusher and it goes with most looks. Which makes it versatile which is why it’s so popular I guess. And it’s pretty.

The Albatross Highlighter, also v. pretty. It’s white looking in the pan but on the skin is more ivory with gold and I love it as much as I hoped I would.

Laguna bronzer is not orange, it appears to buildable and as I’m petrified of bronzers this is important to me, I like to build it up slowly… and I don’t like too much colour, I’m very very pale, last thing I want is a brown face and white chest thanks. It has a small amount of shimmer in, but nothing noticeable on my skin. I love it! I  haven’t decided how it compares to my beloved Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzer, but its brilliant.

This kit is just perfect for anyone who wants to try out some top selling Nars products…alas, as I’ve already mentioned it’s not for sale any more so you may have to watch blog sales or hunt around for it, but for me this is an absolutely diamond of a product. Love it. I’ll leave you with a selection of photos of my face with all the products in use and as I couldn’t choose which pics to use, unfortunately you get them all.  Very happy indeed with this blogsalebargain 🙂

 Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

I was recently lucky enough to get myself the Nars Tuomota Multiple in a blog sale recently (from the lovely
http://www.daintydollymix.com/). I really balk at paying full price for  Multiples, I just find them hideously expensive for what they are. That said, I now own three of them, all bought in blog sales! I like them a lot but the price just makes me shudder!

So Tuomota is a bronzer and I’ve been looking to try a creme formula bronzer for a while since I have always used powder versions, but as I don’t always wear powder on my face I wanted something that I could blend into a liquid or creme foundation nicely. Step forward Tuomota.

Nars Tuomota Multiple
Nars Tuomota Multiple
 I think, but I’m not sure, that this is the palest bronzer that Nars do, and the best thing about it is that it’s matte. It’s pretty much the perfect shade for giving me a lightly sunkissed look without a hint of orange or shimmer in sight. I don’t wear it every day as I do tend to wear powder most days, but on good skin days where I can get away with a more dewy base, thats when I reach for this.  Due to some skincare I’ve been trialling not suiting me too well, those days are few and far between at the moment! But anyway, I did manage to get one day where my skin was good enough for a natural look and I think I look like I’ve spent a weekend in the sun. Love it! Please bear in mind that I’m incredibly pale so I’m never going to be a bronzed godess, all I can hope for is just a sort of healthy been in the sun a bit glow!
Nars Tuomota Multiple
Nars Tuomota Multiple
Nars Tuomota Multiple
 I basically just applied this in the three shape down each side of my face.
Anyway, if you’re pale and are looking for a creme formulation bronzer, this is well worth a look if you’re finding most things too dark or too orange.

Love these seasonal sets Ellis Faas produce for us and this Summer’s is brilliant for creating a bronzed look.

Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
 The set contains Broze Light for the eyes in E303, the Bronze Blush S303 for the cheeks and the clear gloss Glazed Lips L309.
The products as always are beautiful, but as always with Ellis Faas products, be careful when you are twisted the pens to get the product up, once too many twists and you’ll be drowning in product, but also, with the blusher and eye light, blend quickly as they dry quickly (which is good as they don’t budge!) so you only have a limited time to blend!
Look at the amazing swatches, the Eye Light in particular is unbelievably beautiful, but you can see there’s a lot of product there, I twisted one too many times 😉
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
I also blended the bronzing blusher out a little bit for you as well, sadly it was an afterthought and had dried down a little by the time I’d come to do it, but you’ll see how smooth it is in the further pics:
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
I’ve applied all the products and what I love is that as I’m so pale and was about to do the nursery run I kept the applications fairly light but these products can really be amped up to give you ultra bronzing in the case of the blusher and a super metallic look on the eyes should you so wish, as I say, I went for the subtler end of the spectrum in the following pics.
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011
I’m really looking forward to having a go with these products when I’ve not got a nursery run to do as I know that Bronze Blusher can be built up considerably and I think with a little effort the Eye Light will be AMAZING, although it’s fairly amazing just how I’ve used it.
These sets are a great way of trying out coordinating Ellis Faas products and is £55 from http://www.ellisfaas.com/index.php making each product a little over £18 each which is a saving of £3.67 on each product. I’m just waiting to hear if it will be available at Space NK and will update when I know.
Gorgeous!
Disclaimer – PR Sample

Just an update to my earlier post as I’ve now used the sea Star Bronzing Blush.

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing BlushEstee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

 

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing BlushEstee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

I think it’s really beautiful!

I’ve not been well of late. I’m not sure whats up but it seems like its gall stones, but I don’t yet have a proper diagnosis… all I know is that I’ve been in a hideous amount of pain and a bit miserable with it.

So what does a beauty blogger do when the chips are down? Shop of course.

I’m currently loving the http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/ for shopping. Fab brands, free delivery if you spend over £50 (which lets face it, when you’re shopping on that site is easily done on just a couple of items) and best of all the delivery is quick.

So I treated myself to a couple of things I really wanted.

Firstly the Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush from this Summer’s Bronze Goddess collection.

 Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

It is absolutely stunning. I dare say one of the prettiest items I have ever owned. I’m not worried about using it and ruining though, the colours look divine. Actually it’s a measure of how ill I am that I’ve had this since this morning and not used it yet. Tomorrow I’ll be putting this to good use.  It was £29 and I don’t regret one single penny of it, it brings a huge great smile to my face.

Then the other thing I bought was my first YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9/Caress Pink.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

The packaging is every bit as high end as you would expect, heavy, shiny, luxurious but I don’t mind telling you that my initial reaction the lipstick was one of disappointment. I googled swatches for hours when deciding what colour to buy and I really thought this was going to be brighter, slightly lighter a  bit bluer… it’s not.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

But I tried it on and whilst it’s not what I was after, the colour is actually really gorgeous.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9
YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

I can’t say I really love the formula though. When I put it on, my first instinct is to blot, it’s so shiny and smooth it feels odd. I suppose I love matte lippies and I’m used to a touch of dragging when I apply them, this just glided over my lips so easily that I struggled to get my application right because the lipstick feels almost melty.

Having said all that, as the day has gone on and I’ve looked at it more both on my lips and in my pictures I really do think the colour is fab and it looks really nice. So I guess I’ll be continuing my search for the pink lipstick of my dreams but this isn’t the mistake I thought it was a first glance. Not too shabby for £22 anyway.

So what do you think of these items and can you recommend me a bright pink that isn’t fuschia that you think might suit me?

I’ve been meaning to do a post about these products for a little while now as I use them quite frequently.  I kept putting off the post though as I simply find I’m unable to capture the eyeshadows on my eyes at all! I have no idea why but my camera really struggles to pick up the colours. They are really clear in real life though.
So anyway, I thought I’d just go ahead and do the post without images of them them in use, just some swatches instead
First up the Estee Lauder Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder in Bronze Shimmer. Estee Lauder Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder in Bronze Shimmer
This is a beautiful product. Although it is full of shimmer, actually, on the skin, it’s just radiant on the skin. It’s also largely beige and beige toned colours, so there’s nothing too brown and definitely not a hint of orange to be seen. Swatches of the different shades: Estee Lauder Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder in Bronze Shimmer
The second and fourth shades are the same, I wasn’t paying attention when swatching. The darkest shade gives a little depth of colour but it’s sheer. It’s a really pretty product and whilst I do use it often, I can see it really coming into use in the Summer. I should add you can use this where you choose, but it’s primarily a bronzer and/or eyeshadow.
Speaking of eyeshadows, Estee Lauder kindly sent me the the Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Spiced Peach.
Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Quad
You probably know by now that neutrals aren’t really my thing, I don’t wear them often. I think 20 years of wearing brown eyeshadow and nothing else just killed it for me. This quad has enough punch to make it interesting and wearable for me.
Swatches:Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Quad
There’s a beautiful bright peach which adds a dimension to this palette that I really love. There’s a beautiful white gold which packs a punch, a matte brown and then a shimmery caramel colour. As I say I’ve used this quite a lot but I just can’t get them to show up in use on pictures, but they really do and whats more the quality is outstanding. They stay in place all day long. I tend not to use the the matte brown so much at the moment as I’m really enjoying a lighter brighter eye at the moment.
I highly recommend, not just this quad, but assuming the quality is consistent, which I don’t doubt really, then any of these signature quads. A really fantastic product and Estee Lauder never disappoints, their eyeshadow formula is really impressive.
Both products, highly recommended. The Quad is £31 and the Bronze Shimmer is £29.

For many years I was a user of mineral foundation, namely Lily Lolo. In the last couple of years however, I’ve found it doesn’t meet my requirements anymore and I’ve returned to more traditional liquid formla in varying finishes. However, I was recently offered the opportunity to try out bareMinerals and was keen to give it a whirl in case it did whatever the Lily Lolo wasn’t doing for me.

What I was sent was the Get Started Kit, in Light.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

It’s a good starter kit. It has plenty in it to get you started.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

Two pots of foundation in Light and Fairly Light, a pot of Mineral Veil, Warmth All Over Face Colour, Concealer in Bisque and three brushes, one for concealer and two for the powder application, one for heavier coveage and one for lighter coverage. Also included is an informative.

I wish I could tell you I loved this kit, sadly it’s just not for me. Both Light and Fairly Light foundation are the wrong colour for me and give me a fairly orange glow, the Bisque concealer is far far too dark and several shades darker than the foundation and the Warmth face colour is far too dark for me, I think you can just see in the above picture that pot of dark brown powder!

I should point out that I’m not the palest person in the world, approximately a NW20. I also struggled to get the level of coverage I like and the more product I applied the oranger I got! Here’s a little look at my face, it’s a flattering picture colour wise. Trust me, theres a huge difference between my face and chest.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

Having said all that I don’t dislike these products. The main problem is the shades I received are not good matches for me. Having had a look at the site I suspect Golden Fair or Fair would be a better match for me and the True or Tropical Radiance face colours would be much better choices for light or fair skinned customers.

I think the finish of the products is nice and similar to that of the Lily Lolo I wore for years, and I was really happy with that, I just seem to prefer a more creamy finish these days.

If you fancy trying something like this, the whole kit is £45 and good value for money, but it would be my personal recommendation that you try shades out at a counter before purchasing, Had I bought this kit, I’d rather upset to have bought the Light kit and find most products in it are too dark!