Just Charlie G

I used to swear by Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer in the tube and it was all I would use. It covered my blemishes with ease and stayed put all day long. Somewhere along the line I stopped buying it, I think when I ran out, I was a bit strapped for cash and bought something cheaper, but I also had a High Cover Concealer (also Estee Lauder) concealer so I have been using both a cheaper concealer and the High Cover Concealer, but I recently got alarming close to running out. I remembered how much I used to love my tube of Double Wear Concealer and opted to purchase it again. The full product name is Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer

First of all, at £22, this is definitely an investment. Whether you’re willing to pay that much is going to depend very much on how much you value your concealer. For me, with my spots and redness, I just have to have a high coverage, portable, quality concealer.

It’s had a repackage since my last purchase, the tube used to be square, and is now round, and I’m not sure if the formula has changed. I don’t think it has, I think it’s not quite as I remember it. The applicator is the original doe foot style though.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer It is more liquid, than I remember it seems to have a little more slip. I was a bit concerned that it might not work for me.Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear Concealer

What I loved about the old product was it wasn’t really thick, but it was thick enough to cover spots with ease, while blending really well.  I get quite a lot of cystic spots, the shiny ones with no head and covering them is a nightmare, I wasn’t sure this was going to work.

It’s available in 9 shades and I have Light which is perfect for me. Turns out it’s even better than I remember. I don’t usually wear concealer under my eyes, unless its a dash of Touche Eclat, I find they all settle in my fine lines, and look horrible, so I just skip it.

This stuff blends beautifully under eyes, it’s really impressive and the liquid formula means that it feels really light too. Couple of dabs with the applicator, and a quick pat and I’m done. It doesn’t settle in my lines AT all and it brightens my whole face. Very good!

As for spots, its brilliant! I just dab it on, then blend out with my finger in a light patting motion. I need to use very little, it doesn’t oxidise and I find I only need to touch up on the very worst spots, otherwise, it’s still there when I cleanse at the end of the day.  I also don’t find that it sticks in any dry patches, which is another problem I have with creamier formulas.

This is an ideal formula for my ageing, spot prone skin, with more than a hint of dryness. Highly recommend the investment. I apply it in the morning and then just carry it round all day, not that i really need to use it again, its just a safety net!

Available from Estee Lauder online, but I bought mine from Debenhams in store.

Well hello there. I bring glad tidings!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex

You may well have already heard but in case you haven’t here’s the skinny. Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair (which I LOVED but stopped using as I wasn’t sure it was helping my spots thanks to my shoddy skin), has been totally revamped and is back and better than ever. I loved this though and got through two bottles. I decided to ditch it when my skin started to get really bad. I don’t blame this at all, but I stripped my regime right back and this had to go. I missed it though as I always felt my skin looked good in the mornings. Anyway, I digress.

Now I won’t lie, I’ve got the press release here and I’ve read and re-read it but it’s way too sciency for me to regurgitate here, I’m not good on science, but here’s what I can glean.

The bottle looks very similar to the previous Advanced Night Repair, the dropper is still there.  Essentially this is less heavy on the silicones, but I think they are still there, don’t quote me on that, I’m not able to find out for sure right now. But other than that it’s been totally reformulated.

It  has new technologies which help the skin to fix and cleanse itself  over night as you sleep, all whilst adding moisture and being less sticky and heavy than the previous formula. Hyaluronic acid is in the mix too for those keen to get on board with beauty’s latest must have ingredient. All of this works together with antioxidants and other sciency sounding ingredients to reduce your wrinkles and to repair along with reducing damage caused by pollution. Result!

If that doesn’t sway you, how about the fact that it’s been put through its paces in trials on over 1,000 women around the world over four weeks and is proven to be suitable for most, if not all, skin types, including those of us with spotty skin. Hoorah.

I hope to be trialling this for myself really soon, but if this doesn’t happen, then I’ll be more than happy to buy and try it out for myself. Sounds amazing.
Prices 30ml £48 and 50ml £65. Cannot wait!

Available Nationwide from August but previewing now  on www.esteelauder.co.uk.

Will someone please tell me what Cello Shots actually means?! The new Estee Lauder collection, Cello Shots, features lip and cheek products that are all slightly translucent so I’m guessing Cello Shots is some kind of play on Jello Shots? I could be so wrong, someone put me out of my misery!

Mystifying collection name aside I’m very impressed with the two Cheek Rush blushers I’ve been trying out are lovely. There are four shades, Hot Fuse, Pink Patent, X-Pose Rose and Techno Jam and I’ve been trialling Pink Patent and X-Pose Rose.

Estee Lauder Cello Shots Pure Color Cheek Rush Blusher

Okay so what we’ve got are sheer gel like blushers in pump dispenser bottles. They can and do work as stains also so you need to work fast with them. The formula is water based and they feel really hydrating on and they add a soft dewy effect to cheeks.

Here’s one little pump of X-Pose Rose on the Left and Pink Patent on the right so you can see the texture of the product.

Estee Lauder Cello Shots Pure Color Cheek Rush Blusher

Blended out we can see a few things about these.

Estee Lauder Cello Shots Pure Color Cheek Rush Blusher

Firstly, Pink Patent on the right is virtually invisible blended out while you can see the sheer pink finish of X-Pose Rose on the right. And if you look really closely in the middle of the left swatch you can see a perfect little circle of darker pink, and that’s where the blob stained before I rubbed it in. This is a good thing as it means your cheek colour will stay put all day, but it also means you need to blend fast but if you’re used to working with stains that shouldn’t be a problem!

Let’s start with how X-Rose Pose looks when it’s on.

It’s pretty and pink and sheer and lovely. Highly recommend.

And here’s Patent Pink.

It’s really quite pretty. It adds only the very faintest pink, a hint of dewy-ness and that’s about it. I quite frequently go for minimal or no blusher and so this works pretty well for me, I’d say it wasn’t for anyone who isn’t fair skinned though, I don’t think it’d show up on anyone much darker than me. It is pretty though!

The two colours that are really up my street are the more orange/red based ones, Techno Jam and Hot Fuse, so I’m going to take a trip to the Estee Lauder counter to have a look in person!

I think these are pricey at £24 each, but they are really pretty and I do love the formula, they just feel lovely!

Available from Estee Lauder counters nationwide now, or from Estee Lauder Online. Hurry though, they are limited edition as are all the coordinated lip products.


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Powder foundations don’t have the best reputation do they? I think it’s because of the way they can sit on the skin and look…well… powdery!

I have found the most legendary powder foundation that isn’t just good for a powder foundation, it’s amazing as a foundation full stop.  It’s incredible.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

So  the powder promises lasting wear, not to cake, not settle into your fine lines or clog your pores and give you an airbrushed, polished finish.

Formula wise this isn’t your average powder, this is Estee Lauder’s powder gelee formula, so it’s a liquid, powder and gel texture.  We’ve seen it in shadows and highlighters and it’s a formula that was begging to be put into into a face product.

It comes in 14 shades I think and I have shade 1N1, Ivory Nude which couldn’t be any more perfect for me.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

In the bottom of the compact is a specially designed sponge for applying, it’s double sided sponge, a velvety side for a sheer coverage and a sponge side for a fuller coverage and the first couple of times I tried this foundation I wasn’t blown away….until I tried to buff it in with a kabuki. Dear lord. Talk about won over. This is base perfection. I’m not even kidding. This stuff gives me radiant skin that looks as though I’m not wearing anything. I could rave on about it but there’s only so much you can say about a foundation. In terms of coverage, it’s buildable which is nice, but it leans on the sheerer side but if you’re looking for something light and glowing for the Summer months this is it.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up
Available from Estee Lauder and other Estee Lauder stockists now, but it’s shifting fast, quite a few shades are out of stock on the Estee Lauder site. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself!

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Ah its the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to Estee Lauder cosmetics. Every year sees a new Bronze Goddess range of fragrance, cosmetics and bronzing products and  this year I’ve got a couple of the must have items to show you.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013

Starting with the beautiful Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette £35.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I’ve reviewed loads of these Pure Colour palettes, the quality and pigment is always exceptional and my favourite is still the Blue Dahlia one, it’s just so perfect. This one is so summery though, it’s beautiful. At first glance I wasn’t sure what I’d do with that bright orange and the teal. I mean, look at the swatches. The bottom swatch is actually the Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelee which I’ll show you after.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I needn’t have worried all the shades are wearable when blended out. At first glance the left hand swatch was a bit disappointing, all shimmer no colour but actually this adds a later of fine iridescent sparkle to your finished look, it’s really subtle and very pretty. So here’s what I came up with.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette
And in a more natural light….

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I just added mascara and a touch of teal liner. If you look at the middle picture above, on the right eye you can see a few of those iridescent sparkles shining through as the sun hits them. This is a lovely Summer palette and the quality is exceptional.

So then we have the stunning Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee £30.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

A truly stunning looking product. I’ve discussed the formula before, it’s a liquid/gel/powder hybrid and applies like a dream.

In terms of colour, well you can scroll back up for the swatch but I don’t find this works too well on my very fair skin, it’s a little too golden, would look absolutely sublime on tanned or darker skins and I can’t fault the formula at all, it’s seriously a beautiful product. Whatever my thoughts on the colour, there’s no denying that glow!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

The eyeshadow palette is available from http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/ but they have sold out of the Gelee, I have found some left on the Debenhams site but there is limited stock, it is also still in stock on the House of Fraser site. But move fast!

The rest of the range also looks beautiful. The nail varnish in Hot Spell has caught my eye, as have the Sheer RollerGloss!

Anything take your fancy? I really must get round to sniffing the perfume too!

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Not for the first time Estee Lauder have partnered with the award winning drama Mad Men to produce a limited edition collection of three make up classics.

I fell in love with the last collection, the packaging was to die for but the shades of the products made me lust heavily. Just to show you what I’m talking about, here’s last year’s Mad Men collection.

Estee Lauder Mad Men

I feel bad I can’t credit the source of that image as I just saved it in my Lust Haves folder last year! So last year saw two products in the collection, and this year sees three.

Estee Lauder Mad Men

The packaging  is just amazing and the products look so stunning.

So what we have is the See Thru Blush in Light Show, which is a shimmering pink. Then the Rich, Rich Lipstick in Pinkadelic, and finally a Nail Lacquer in Pink Paisley, a glistening pink.

The blush looks particularly to die for, but it’s the actual compact I’m in love with!

Estee Lauder Mad Men

The collection is due out this month, I don’t have an exact date, but it will be available from Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Selfridges and Esteelauder.co.uk.

Prices will be £48 for the Blush, £26 for the lipstick and £20 for the Nail Lacquer.

What do you think?

I recently did a little blog post about the launch of the Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquers for Spring. You can see my original post here.

Today I’ve just got a quick post with some swatches of a couple of the gorgeous colours.

I give you Dilettante and Narcissist.

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquer
The teal shade is Dilettante and Narcissist is the pink. Both are gorgeous but Dilettante is absolutely stunning, I did do a full manicure but forgot to take photographs, sorry! The wear time on these was average for me, three days before I got my first couple of tiny chips.

I’m a bit late with these and I see that most of the shades are now not available on the Estee Lauder site, I have however found both of them in stock on the Debenhams site.

They are £14.50 each.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I’ve reviewed Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation on the blog before so you’re not going mad if you remember that! I repurchased this a couple of months ago when I found out that there were new shades added to the range. Previously I wore Shade 1N1 Ecru but I didn’t feel it quite right, although looking back at the photographs on my last post I’m not sure why I thought that.

This time round I visited the counter to get samples to try out at home first before I finally decided upon shade 1C1 Cool Bone, which is one of the new shades.

I like the shade very much and I feel it suits me well. I would strongly recommend you read my original post as actually my thoughts are still the same on this product and I was reminded to write this post with the advent of some skin disasters I’m currently having and although I’m trying to avoid foundation as a rule at the moment, I when I do need some, it’s this I reach for to cover my acne. It still requires a huge amount of care on application and I have to be extra careful around my nose and I find that one buff too much and my whole face is ruined, and I can’t buff at all on my nose. I have to stipple it on until I can’t see the marks any more. Regardless this is still an amazing foundation for two things. First if you need your base to stay put all day without touch ups. Double Wear does not budge. Not one bit. Secondly  if you are trying to cover spots this is incredible.

Downsides are that it can clump in places and I find sometimes it can accentuate any fine lines I have.

Still I highly recommend this foundation, its perfect for blemishes and long wear. Ideal for nights out and long days. Be warned, this is is not a natural looking foundation, it screams I’m wearing make up and I don’t care.  It does give a wonderful flawless finish though but it’s not a dewy natural finish by any means.

Anyway, here’s a plethora of pictures for you to look at.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

A staple that I think everyone should have in their arsenal for those bad skin days where you need to cover. I don’t wear it every day, as its quite heavy, but when I want to look my best despite my break out, this is what I’ll reach for.

Anyone who is looking for my massive break out, these are photographs taken before my skin freaked out.

I bought mine from the Estee Lauder website where I got two samples with my purchase, as show above. the mascara sample is outstanding so that’s straight on my list of must haves. It’s the Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume + Lift Mascara.

A mouthful of a title no?!

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquer

But behold these pretties, bring on the Spring! I’d like them all if I’m honest but I’d settle for the pink and the beautiful turquoise!

Left to Right we there’s Narcissist, Lilac Leather, Coral Cult, Dilettante and Absinthe.

Inspired by the Paris in Spring, think bouquets in the flower markets, carousels and macaroons.

So so pretty. These are out now and retail at £14.50. In previous experience, these polishes are always very good quality so worth the splurge on one or two I reckon!

It’s been a quite some time since I’ve been able to show you any new Estee Lauder launches but here we are back with some new bits and I’m pleased to say they are insanely good!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

I was sent a few bits, what I thought were four of the New Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints, and a mascara, but it turned out to be three Shadow Paints and one Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Liner.

Left to Right we have the Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner in Extreme Emerald, and then the Stay-on Shadow Paints in Neon Fuchsia , Steel and Halo.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Swatches of all of the above:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

In addition I was sent the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Emerald.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

I’m going to show you how I wore all of the above and then after I’ll talk about how I found them (but I can’t resist just mentioning in passing they were all nothing short of amazing!).

Here’s Neon Fuchsia, worn as a liner:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Here’s the Extreme Emerald Eyeliner and the Extreme Emerald Mascara on the bottom lashes.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

And then the Shadow Paints in Steel and Halo worn together, although they didn’t photograph well this is my favourite way to wear them, the combination of the warm and cool shades, so soft and subtle, is a really lovely day look.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint

Firstly the Extreme Emerald Mascara, not my first experience of a Sumptous Extreme Mascara, and I’m a big fan of the formula. Extreme Emerald is so bright and vivid I wasn’t brave enough to go with it on all my lashes, but it is fab, and looks wonderful on the bottom lashes as a pop of colour. If you like coloured mascaras, you can’t go wrong with this. Such a great mascara, £22.

The Extreme Emerald Stay-in Place Gel Eyeliner (£17) is also amazing. So vivid and does not budge. Not one little bit. Put it on first thing in the morning, it will be pristine at 10pm at night, perhaps a little faded, but still bright awesome green. I’ll be looking for more of these, I’m thinking Stay Midnight and Stay Coffee.

Finally the Shadow Paints, I’ve got to say I’m blown away by these. A cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease. Not one bit. And like the eyeliner, it stays put ALL day. When you remove your make up at the end the day, you’ll be removing immaculate make up. The colours are amazing. I found the Neon Fuchsia needed a bit of building up as on one pass it was a bit patchy, I had to go over the line a few times to get my desired depth of colour, but it took seconds, so that’s really nit picking. These are £19 each which does seem like a lot but these are the only cream shadows that don’t crease, well of all that I’ve tried, not only that but they stay where you put them all day. And the colours are beautiful. I’m thinking Pink Zinc, Sinister and Bold Cobalt today.

You have got to check these out, they are outstanding.

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