Just Charlie G

As a blogger, I try to not review my products until I’ve given them a really good trial, but sometimes with the best intentions I blog about a product and then later change my mind. I might start off disliking something only to discover a couple of months down the line I actually rather like it, or I might start off liking something only to find over time it rapidly falls out of favour.

So here’s a blog post updating you on a couple of those things I changed my mind about.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre. I first blogged about this here and I loved it.

I don’t know what I was thinking. I loathe this. It’s unfortunate there’s so bloody much of it because I’m having to really force myself to finish it. I find it looks powdery and although it does indeed keep me shine free all day, for me personally, it’s nowhere near worth the money I spent on it, it has almost a chalky feel. Talk about seeing things through rose tinted glasses!

Probably my most famous about turn… Nars Orgasm blusher. I first wrote about it here.

Over time though, I changed my mind, it became the blush I reached for whenever I didn’t know which blush to wear….which is often. So I had to do another post about how it had become invaluable, you can find that post here.

I’ve got a few more to share with you, but I’ll do a part 2 at some point in the not too distant future!

I know, I know! Peridot is SO last season! I don’t care!

Chanel Peridot Le Vernis

You know when this came out I dismissed it. I don’t like greens all that much. That’s not true, I do like greens, I just don’t like them on me much and I wasn’t convinced that this wouldn’t be streaky and I don’t know, something about the swatches just really didn’t wow me for some reason.

Then it came up on Buyapowa recently and in a moment of obsessive beauty bargain hunting I just found myself buying it for a bargain £13. I didn’t really want it and I definitely didn’t need it but I’m bloody glad I’ve got it. For me, this has been entirely worth the hype. I’ve received more comments in real life about this than any other manicure I’ve ever done.

There’s nothing else to say, just enjoy the swatches.

Chanel Peridot Le Vernis
Chanel Peridot Le Vernis
Chanel Peridot Le Vernis
Chanel Peridot Le Vernis

I wanted a LOT of things from the Chanel Spring collection this year. I really wanted the eyeshadow quad, the two single shadows, the liner, the blusher, all of the polishes and several of the lip products but I managed to talk myself out of everything in the end. The eye shadows, well the European baked formula often leads to disappointment and I have similar shades already to the single shadows, I don’t need more lipsticks, I never wear gloss and although I really liked all the nail polish colours I couldn’t justify the best part of £60 on three polishes… and I couldn’t decide between them so I thought I’d skip them all. I found a similar blusher I liked just as much so didn’t need that stunning blush, which left the liner. Grenat. I still really fancy that if I’m honest. I tweeted loudly and clearly, left, right and centre that I’d be skipping this collection. Yes I did. In hindsight though it seems that was more an effort to convince myself and apparently I fooled no one. Especially since whilst I was busy in my bubble of denial I was lusting after everything from this collection on blog posts all over the net. And leaving comments saying how much I wanted things. Sigh.

So, it’ll come as no surprise to most that I ended up caving in and buying a couple of bits. Actually I was extremely conservative for me! Two things! If I hadn’t gone in to Debenhams and physically looked at the display then this would never have happened!

So, waffling over, I’ll show you what I picked up. Somehow I ended up without the liner I really wanted, so I may go back for that at some point.

I did picked up the Le Vernis in May and the Rouge Coco in Paradis which I totally fell for when I swatched in store.

Chanel May Le Vernis & Paradis Rouge Coco

I’ll show you the polish first, Le Vernis Nail Colour in May. I liked all three, I couldn’t have all three. I dabbed them all on my nails in store and still couldn’t choose. So in the end I went for the highly scientific method of picking the one named after my birth month, May (£17.50).

Chanel May Le Vernis
Chanel May Le Vernis

Yeah, it’s pink. Its a lovely shade of pink though. I must say this was a dream to apply, two coats (as shown) is good enough, three would have been perfection but not entirely necessary. I wore this chip free for four days before removing to swatch another polish. The wear was excellent, however, I’m trialling a new base and top coat and am sure that has had a lot to do with the longevity of this. I’m sure it could have gone another couple of days without needing to be removed. I was so pleasantly surprised by this polish. I really enjoyed looking down at my nails. It’s pink, really pink, but it’s not barbie pink if you know what I mean! Very happy with that purchase.

Then there’s Paradis Rouge Coco (£23). I don’t know why I fell so hard for this, I just really did. I swatched all the new shades in store and this one called my name. Bright and spring like but not too pink and not too full on.

Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco
Obviously I have to include the usual weird wide angled big nosed unflattering shot. A post wouldn’t be complete without one these days!
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco

It’s not my first Rouge Coco but these are a lovely formula promising to deliver 8-hour hydration with a single application. Actually I didn’t get 8 hours from one application, more like 5, but I’m not complaining, that’s not too shabby at all really!

So that was it. As I say, I’m still being taunted by the Grenat liner which is a deep dark berry shade… we’ll see if I can resist it’s siren call!

I bought this recently. Its hard to come by as it’s pretty old now. I bought mine on Ebay from a reputable seller, but it goes without saying that Ebay is awash with Chanel fakes so be very careful! It was £29.50.

The palette contains four lipsticks and four glosses and there’s a long story as to how I came to buy it. Actually, its not what I thought it was when I bought it, but it turns out I like anyway!

Nothing more to say, just enjoy some pictures 🙂

Chanel Travel Aqualumieres
Chanel Travel Aqualumieres
Chanel Travel Aqualumieres
Chanel Travel Aqualumieres
Chanel Travel Aqualumieres

The lipsticks are all satin finish and the glosses although highly pigmented in the swatches, are sheerer on the lips.

I have to say Chanel Holiday collection didn’t really appeal to me on first, second and third glances. The eyeshadows looked nice but not very exciting, the lip colours didn’t excite me, the Feerie powder looked stunning but useless for me and that lovely  Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel highlighting powder looked gorgeous but didn’t really call my name either. But the more I looked, the more things I saw that I really liked and then before I knew it’d placed a little order for four teeny weeny things. And all were a bit of a gamble if I’m honest as I’d not seen any of them in person and I wasn’t at all sure they’d work on me. Turns out I’m absolutely thrilled will them all, one thing in particular.

Lets have a look!

First up, Rouge Allure Laque in Empire.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire

My first Rouge Allure Laque, It’s a beautiful formula and a gorgeous everyday colour. I’m so happy with this but it really doesn’t look on my lips anything like it does on swatches. I don’t know if that’s just me or not and it’s not a grumble. In the swatch a bit further down, you can see if you look closely there are gold sparkles in the swatch, but I can’t see them at all on my lips.

Next,  the Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Blazing Gold.

Chanel soft Touch Eyeshadow Blazing Gold
Chanel soft Touch Eyeshadow Blazing Gold

The first of the two pictures is more colour accurate. This is a very yellow gold which is what appealed to me about this shadow. It does have a tendency to be a bit chunky but I’ve not had any problems with the application, in fact I really like it. A good purchase. It’s shimmery but it’s not sparkle city.

Next the Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Beige Lame.

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow Beige Lame
Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow Beige Lame

The second, out of focus, shot is the colour accurate one and although it’s out of focus I’ve included it because it shows off the true colour of this shadow. It’s a warm beige on me full of minute pink, green and gold sparkle. It’s absolutely beautiful and I really like it. The sparkle is very special and it isn’t invisible once you put it on, you can see the sparkle, admittedly only if you’re close, but it’s there and very pretty. I must say though that within a few hours under my eyes and the tops of cheeks were covered in tiny pink and green specks of sparkle. So yes there is fall out, not on application, but over the course of the day. I don’t mind though, it’s not like it’s big chunks of sparkle.

Finally, my absolute favourite the Liquid Eye Liner in Or.

Chanel Liquid Eye Liner in Or

It’s a bright yellow gold and so far as I’m concerned the absolute highlight of the collection. I’ve pretty much given up on black liquid liners, I’ve tried gels with brushes, felt pens, fine brushes and all sorts and I never get a decent line, black is just too unforgiving for my wobbly hand. When I discovered Illamasqua’s Glister Precision Ink I fell in love with a lighter look liquid liner on my upper lid. And to date Glister was my most favourite liquid liner ever, until now, Chanel’s Or is perfection in application, consistency, and colour. But only if you don’t mind your golds very yellow!

Here are swatches of all of the above:

Chanel Swatches

Do you agree with me about the lip colour swatch, it looks much brighter and deeper in the swatch than it does on my lips? It’s not a complaint, I love it.

So here are the shadows and liner on my eyes, Blazing gold all over, Beige Lame in the crease:

And my full face, including the Empire Rouge Allure Laque. I don’t know why I’m looking a bit orange in the first one, given that in the third one its not so orange.

And the last picture is a shocker of a photo but I think it does a good job of showing accurately the colours.

Beautiful products and well worth a second look if you’d previously dismissed this collection as a bit dull. I love the combination of the products and find them incredibly flattering.

Oh and before I forget, they sent me a sample of the Vitalumiere foundation which is unfortunately the wrong shade for me, but the finish is gorgeous and it’s an absolute dream to apply!

All products were bought by me from the fabulous http://www.garden.co.uk/ which is not an affiliate link, just one I recommend!

I’ve been putting off doing this post. I don’t really know why! This will be fairly picture heavy, but then my posts often are so no surprises there. At first I bought just a couple of things, then I went back for a couple more. Naughty!  Anyway, lets start with my surprise favourite purchase from the collection.

The Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin. It’s just gorgeous.  For some reason my swatch and photo’s are coral toned but I find the blush to be most definitely pink. A pale, dusty sort of a pink. I never planned to get it but I had to have it. My blush collection is now completely out of control.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin

And then I had to go and get eyeliner. Le Crayon Yeux. At first glance, distinctly underwhelming. It’s very pale, a very pale Silver Khaki. That didn’t put me off though as my other favourite liner is Illamasqua’s Precision Ink in Glister, which is a nude shade. I’m loving the effect of a pale liner on my top lid at the moment. It helps that their paleness helps to hide my lack of skill in application… anyway. Here’s a little look.

Chanel silver khaki
Chanel silver khaki
Chanel silver khaki

And then I bought three of the much-blogged-about Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadows. I bought Epatant, Illusoir and Mirifique. These are bizarre! And I don’t mean that in a bad way. They are just completely unusual in finish. I’ve seen them described in so many different ways, but I’ll go along with a mousse like cream shadow. There’s a brush with each one, which is perfect for lining, but I’m not so sure it’s great for applying the whole lid… I’ve not found a perfect way to do this yet…

Lets start with the Khaki/Gold, Epatante. If not my favourite of the three I got, certainly the most wearable. It’s glittery, but classy glittery 😉 These do crease on me, and my eyelids aren’t very oily. Primer fixes that though.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow epatante

Then I got Mirifique, which is the black one. I’ve not managed to get a great application on my entire lid, but it makes a superb liner. The whole lid thing is just practice I think. In the bottom picture, I’m wearing the blush again and it looks a bit more colour accurate.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow mirifique

Finally, the one I wish I hadn’t bought. Illusoir. I can’t make it work at all. It doesn’t seem to have the same levels of pigmentation of the other two. It also consistently applies patchy on me, and it doesn’t really suit me all that well I don’t think. I found even doing the swatch hard work with this one. Live and learn!

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Cream Eyeshadow illusoir

It’s not awful, it’s just…meh on me.

Mirifique is absolutely my favourite, but needs more practice from me to perfect the application, but Epatant is far and away the most wearable for me.

So my top picks from this collection are the gorgeous blush and Epatant and if anyone wants Illusoire for £15 plus postage then give me a shout, it’s only been used for the swatch and eye pic above, is still boxed with it’s brush.

I nearly forgot to mention this, but you may have seen me tweet that my first lot were faulty. I had to send them back for replacements…. this is why…

See how they are all shrunken in their pots, compared to the above pots? It’s a confirmed faulty batch, so if you’ve bought these, please do check them!

I’ve not done a post like this in AGES! So here we go, here are the things I’ve been loving the most lately.

Sorry I chopped the bottom off that pitcure!

Anyway, lets have a look more closely at the things I’ve been loving! Starting with Benefit 10.

benefit 10

I’ve had this for so long and it’s lasted so well but as you can see, I’ve finally hit pan. Bronzer on one side, highlighter on the other. I use the brush included to sweep the two on in stripes and then blend out with a blusher brush. I will absolutely repurchase this.  Love it and it’s my most favourite Benefit boxed powder although it’s nearly a tie with Dandelion.

Next, another Benefit product, Girl Meets Pearl. So easy to use, not too shiny, just, pearl, for a subtle glow.

Benefit Girl Meets pearl

I reach for this at least a couple of times a week. It’s just so simple to use and subtle. I’ve previously reviewed this here so I won’t go on!

Next, another Benefit product. I’m clearly feeling the benefit love at the moment despite my utter disdain for Some Kinda Gorgeous.

Benefit High Brow

Benefit High Brow. I think this is my third one? I love this on my brow bone, waterline sometimes, corner of the eye. It’s just a handy product to have and I get through a fair few of them!

Next, Nuxe Eau Demaquillante.

Nuxe Eau Demaquillante

I was sent this sample size product by the lovely people at www.escentual.com and I’ve loved using it. In fact the bottle is empty. I’ve not used it as my main cleanser but somehow I’ve used it all up anyway. One of the problems is I clean my face downstairs (we have a downstairs bathroom and the light isn’t great) and get upstairs and sit in front of my make up mirror (with lights) and then I spot the tiny sparkles dotted all around my eyes that I’ve not managed to get off with my cleanser and hot flannel. Not especially noticeable until looking in a magnifying light up mirror… that’s when I tend to reach for the cleansing water and a cotton pad to just go over my eyes once more. Clearly I am rubbish at washing my face. Anyway I’ve loved this but I can’t find it on the the escentual site to repurchase, all I can find is this which looks similar and has a similar name but a different description. Am v. confused.  I wonder if they are the same thing… its just that the sample I have makes no mention of 3 roses…

Anyway, next, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadows in Twilight Rose and Wild Sable.

I received these over a year ago as PR samples and blogged about them here. Although I loved the quality, I’ve not really used them much as I’ve not worn neutral shades much in the last couple of years, until recently. Twilight Rose is a soft satin finish and sadly I think a limited edition shade but Wild Sable is a lovely matte mid brown and I’ve been wearing them both a lot recently. Very nice.

Then there’s the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation.

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

I was sent this sample a while ago and reviewed it here. I thought it was a lovely foundation but it didn’t suit my skin at all. I’ve tried it again since discovering the Rouge Bunny Rouge Aqua Primer and now this foundation works like a charm and I’m wearing it frequently. I love it.

Finally Chanel Rouge Coco in Perle. Sorry for the stock image, I did take one but it all came out horribly.

A very lovely colour. Its a sort of my lips but better shade but with a pearly sheen. It’s very hard to describe but it finishes off a natural look really well.

Swatches of all of the above:

Top Row – High Brow, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow Wild Sable and Twilight Rose.
Middle Row – Shiseido Foundation, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Chanel Rouge Coco Perle
Bottom Row – Benefit 10

So there we have it, my most recent loves. I’m scheduling this post a couple of weeks in advance so I’m sure it’ll have all changed by the time this goes live!

Anything there surprise you? Or take your fancy?

A little while ago I found my self in search of a new face powder. Don’t get me wrong, my Mac Skin Finish Natural, in Medium Light and I love it, but I was looking for something a bit lighter and brighter to use with lighter foundations when when I just want to take the shine off my t zone.

I found myself with a bit of cash on my Debenhams Beauty Club card and well I splurged the lot on a pot of powder. £30 to be precise. Which is rather a lot for a powder I know….

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre
 It’s insane I know, but you just can’t beat the feeling of walking out of Debenhams with a little Chanel bag hanging from your arm. Well you can beat it, but you know what I mean, it really is a nice feeling.
Anyway, the powder. I picked up shade 30 Naturel – Translucent 2.
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre
 I’d have to say that I don’t find this powder to be completely translucent, it is slightly yellow on me, not enough for you to see it once swept on with a good powder brush, but, regardless I feel I should mention it!
Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

It sets your foundation beautifully, it keeps me shine free all day and best of all it gives me a real glow and shine, despite not having an shimmer or sparkle in it (that I can see with my naked eye at least). A gorgeous product. And well worth the splurge with my points!

I must just add, I was just double checking the prices on a few sites and I notice that the swatch colour shown for shade 30- Naturel bears no resemblance to the colour of the powder, so if you do ever find yourself buying this online, my pictures are accurate, the online swatches are not!

The lovely Jen over at http://www.lipstickluvvies.com/ very generously sent me her Chanel Pearl Drop nail varnish from the Spring Collection as when she got it she didn’t love it! Whereas I thought it really looked like my cup of tea.  I loved and bought Black Pearl but didn’t even look at this one or the Peche Nacre. How very remiss of me!

Anyway, I was thrilled to get this and I do, as I suspected, love this!

Chanel Pearl Drop
Chanel Pearl Drop
 It’s a gold toned white. It’s not frosty, but it is pearly I think and the application is perfect. And surprisingly the wear on this (with a top coat of trusty Seche) was outstanding, it’s the best wearing of all my Chanel polishes and it lasted four days without chipping and I only removed it because I managed to shave off a bit of my nail somehow!
Love. In case you’re wondering why I’m sharing this polish with you when it’s from the Spring collection, I’ve checked and if this does take your fancy it’s still available online at http://www.debenhams.com/ and http://www.garden.co.uk/

I recently won my choice of YSL lippie from the fab Sarah at http://www.iheartcosmetics.co.uk/ as it turned out Sarah couldn’t find a YSL counter so she sent me a Debenhams voucher to buy my own… guess what? My Debenhams didn’t have a YSL counter either so she told me to just get whatever I wanted with it.

I had chosen a YSL Rouge Volupte in a bright pink, so I decided to find another high end lippie in a bright pick to stay true to what my prize was going to be.

I found myself drawn to the Chanel Rouge Allure’s because I just love the formula of them and the lovely lady at the Counter grabbed a couple of pink’s for me and applied them (really badly actually!) and I walked out swinging a cute little Chanel bag holding Rouge Allure No 65/Insolente.

Chanel Rouge Allure No 65 Insolente Review
It’s incredibly bright. Very nearly neon and I really love it. Pictures below don’t show the true colour really, its one of those thats particularly tricky to photograph, even with this lovely sunshine (at the time of writing!).
Here’s the swatch:
Chanel Rouge Allure No 65 Insolente Review
And here it is on my lips (along with a good look at my nostrils, perhaps I should have cropped this one! and also, what has happened to my left eye? I don’t appear to have a pupil!):
Chanel Rouge Allure No 65 Insolente Review
It’s such a gorgeous colour. The forumla is gorgeous, so moisturising.
And I’ll still be going back for the Volupte sometime soon I think. It was going to be Caress Pink if anyone’s interested!
Thanks Sarah very much, I really love my new lippie!
PS: I really need a bright pink lip liner, any recommendations?