Just Charlie G

urban decay liquid moondust rechargedHaving fallen in love with Urban Decay’s Afterglow Highlighter and Fireball Eyeshadow and their beautiful peachy duochromey pinky goodness it was only a matter of time before I added the Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Recharged. The saddest thing is that whatever the light I stood in, my camera point blank refused to pick up how stunning the pink flash is.urban decay liquid moondust recharged

The eyeshadow comes with a tiny little brush inside the tube and the formula, is a cream. The sparkle is super fine and the final effect is more metallic on this shade than it is glitter, which works out well for me.

urban decay liquid moondust recharged urban decay liquid moondust recharged

I’ve read mixed reviews on the application of these but for me the application has been a breeze. I’ve worn them two ways, the first on it’s own as an eyeliner (stunning!) and secondly over eyeshadow (shown in the following picutres). For an eyeliner look, I found I just need to go over it twice and any patchy bits disappear. To wear over more traditional eyeshadow I’ve used the tiny brush to dab it where I want it and quickly pat it in with a finger. Applying more to get the desired effect. I haven’t tried it as an eyeshadow by itself, simply  because that isn’t how I’d want to wear this but the effects are stunning.

I’m no makeup artist and definitely no photographer and I really don’t do this justice, but regardless I absolutely love it.

urban decay liquid moondust recharged urban decay liquid moondust recharged

I am definitely up for trying some more of these. Even if the only place I go these days is the school run!

I got mine from urbandecay.co.uk where it cost me £15.50.

I love bagsy Beauty, the products are just so lovely and the concept is also great, so it’s great to hear about a new collection from them, namely the Savannah Miller X bagsy Collection.

Bagsy Savannah MillerPackaging perfection as always with this brand! Savannah Miller is a fashion designer who worked with both Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson but who now has her own collection, Nine by Savannah Miller, which you can find in Debenhams.

The collection is small, perfectly formed and stylish, with each product housed in black glossy casing with embossed lettering.

Bagsy Savannah MillerI’ve got three products to show you but there are a few more lovely offerings as well so I’ll tell you about them at the end of the post.

First, the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner (£15)

Bagsy Savannah MillerFor me this is a dream. I struggle with liner thanks to my age and hooded lids. No matter what I use, what promises it makes, it always always transfers to my upper lid in time. This does not. It is also one of my favourites to use, it just works for me really well allowing me to draw near perfect lines (I still suck at liner, the fault there is me, not my products!). I also really love that the bib is reversible, so if yours starts to look a bit battered, you can turn it round! It dries really fast, and doesn’t budge. Great stuff and definitely recommend.

Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (£24)

Bagsy Savannah MillerThe Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette. The shades vary in finish, there’s mattes, shimmers and satins meaning it truly does work for day and night. Honestly it’s hard to say why I’m so fond of this palette, the shadows aren’t as pigmented as other leading brands, and I think the price is a little high, but regardless, I wear this every single day. I think it’s partly to do with the colour selection which is great, as well as the fact that they combine really well to create a really beautiful look, and they are really blendable.  There’s a handy little brush included, which is adequate, and its a really great product for the handbag. Every shade is wearable. It’s not a must-have but it’s definitely a lovely-to-have. Swatches at the bottom of the post.

Finally, Vermillion Lipstick (£16)

Bagsy Savannah MillerDREAMY! I can’t even tell you how much I love this moisturising lipstick. It’s got a satin-matte finish, meaning it’s slightly more forgiving than a straight up matte. The colour, the colour is just perfection. There’s not much more to say… just look! (I’m also wearing the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner).

Bagsy Savannah Miller

Here are some swatches, the liner, the lipstick and then the shadows.Bagsy Savannah Miller

So not shown in my post is the beautiful looking Bronzed Brilliance Shimmer Bronzer (£20), the Pitch Black Mascara (£18) and the stunningly packaged Glamour Tease Hair Texture Spray (£8). A really lovely collection and I’d be thrilled to have any piece of this collection in my (non existent!) Christmas Stocking!  And don’t forget the lovely little quotes on each piece…

Bagsy Savannah Miller

The whole collection is available now on the bagsy Website, go check it out!

*Products Received Free of Charge for review Purposes

 

I told you I had lots more Urban Decay coming up and today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Fireball as well as the single eyeshadow in Fireball.

When I saw these new Urban Decay Highlighters, I actually wanted to get Aura, the pink-ish one, but when I hit up my local Debenhams, it was out of stock, as well as Sin. The only shade they had left, and they had plenty, was Fireball. I took one look at the orange pan and decided to skip it, but something called me back to swatch it and turns out, it was my favourite, I can’t understand why that wasn’t sold out too, its beautiful!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Fireball

The Afterglow Highlighters are I think from this Summer’s collection and retail at £19 each. Sin and Aura seem to be out of stock everywhere, but I can confirm that Fireball is still in stock online at Debenhams.

Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter is unbelievably finely milled, blends like a dream, wears for the promised 8 hours and all three shades are designed to suit all skin tones.

Fireball is a beautiful orangey peach shade, shot through with pink microshimmer, and at a glance it’s not for the feint hearted!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter FireballUrban Decay Afterglow Highlighter FireballUrban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Fireball Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter FireballDon’t be put off though, it’s both subtle and beautiful when on the cheeks. I did think that it might stand alone as a blusher, but it’s too pale and sheer for my tastes. It’s a gorgeous highlight though and I just can’t understand why this one hasn’t sold out too! Buy it now!

Because I loved this so much, when I found out there was an eyeshadow version, also called Fireball, I had to pick that up too!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fireball The eyeshadow version of Fireball is from last summer’s collection, but seems to still be widely available from several Urban Decay stockists (£14).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fireball The eyeshadow is virtually the same, only richer, more pigmented. It’s a gorgeous coral/orange shade shot through with pink and just perfect for Summer! I also love that you can pop the pan out to go into your Build Your Own Palettes, if you have one.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fireball

Urban Decay eyeshadows rarely under-perform and this is no exception, this wears all day, doesn’t crease, and has the impact you’d hope for, it’s full of pigment.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fireball  I’ve had quite a few Urban Decay palettes, but this is my first single shadow, it hasn’t disappointed.

I’m so in love with Fireball, both in it’s highlight and eyeshadow forms, and it’s definitely going to be my go to colour for Summer 2016.

I’m going to try and stagger my UD posts but coming soon are some of the new Vice Lipsticks, the One & Done Complexion Perfector as well as an eyeliner I picked up.

What do you think, could you be tempted to pick up Fireball this Summer?

 

Well, I’ve really been feeling some eye shadow love recently and today I’m showing you an eye shadow I think everyone ought to own. It’s that fabulous.

Meet ck one Powder eye shadow in Infinite.

ck one Powder Eyeshadow in Infinite

I know it doesn’t look that exciting and I don’t suppose it is exciting really but just because something isn’t exciting doesn’t mean it isn’t fabulous.

ck one Powder Eyeshadow in Infinite

I don’t really know much about the new Calvin Klein cosmetics line up really. I know that previous launches have ended up my local TK Maxx but I had high hopes for these having seen the swatches over at British Beauty Blogger. A word of advice for anyone as idiotic as me, the lid doesn’t flip open. Don’t spend ages wondering why the damn thing won’t open. Slide it round to the side instead. Doh.

ck one Powder Eyeshadow in Infinite

I picked the least exciting shade but the most useful. Infinite is the perfect colour. I use these kinds of colours absolutely every day, either as a base for other shades, or as a brow highlight, or alone if I want to look groomed but not overly made up.

The texture has just blown me away. It’s soft and velvety, but not soft like cheap brands feel, like Sleek, just soft and luxurious. It’s hard to show how fab it is in pictures simply because of the shade I’ve chosen, but take my word for it, this is a shade anyone could use.

ck one Powder Eyeshadow in Infinite

The shadows are £12 each and available from Debenhams.

*Disclosure – this shadow was a gift from a friend. Post does contain an affiliate link*

Oh boy have I got a beauty to show you today. If you like make up and if you like to step away from the neutrals from time to time then look no further. Meet the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Okay so the blurb is that this palette is a creation borne of a conjunction between Sugarpill and cult fashion designer Amelia Arsenic.

This is my first try of Sugarpill shadows and I couldn’t be more excited. The texture and performance of these more than lives up to my expectations. These are stunning.

Now to show you how they swatch. I’ve included a couple of photos to show how they look in slightly different lights.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Soot & Stars is a shimmering black. The blackest of blacks with a good amount of shimmer. Not too much and not too little.
Diamond Eyes is a shimmering white. Not a colour I can wear well because I’m never too sure how to use it but lovely regardless.
Elemental Chaos is the most stunning purple. Beautiful on worn alone but it really comes into it’s own when blended with the other shades.
Subterranean is a blackened teal and is my favourite by far, it’s stunning.

This is just one of those posts where I really think the pictures sell the product. You all know by now that I’m not great at doing eye make up looks so I’ve just got a couple of simple looks to show you today.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

And here I wanted to show you the stunning effect when you blend Subterranean and Elemental Chaos (the teal and purple).

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Swoon! Just an incredible effect and so simple. Basically the shadows do all the work for you.

This stunning pallet is £24.95 and I can’t recommend highly enough which is fab after having a couple of not so positive reviews this week.

Also, all the above shadows are available individually at £8.95.

Available now from Cocktail Cosmetics.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Hi,

Happy Saturday! Well normally my weekend posts are not beauty related but since I don’t have anything to talk about and since I skipped a beauty post yesterday I thought I’d bring you a mini rant about these new MUA Colour Blasts.

Now before you read on, please be reminded that this is just my opinion, I’ve seen other opinions on these that differ from mine!

I’ve been trying out a few cheaper brands of late, and so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong. I’m always going to be drawn more towards luxe packaging and products but I’m being a little bit more open lets say. Don’t get me wrong. I do use cheap products and always have, but not as much as high end ones!

So anyway, meet the MUA Colour Blast Eye Tints.

MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tints
MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tints

The dark shade is called Loud and the lighter, sandy/gold shade is called Stay.

First of all let me say that I don’t really understand the concept of an eye tint. It’s probably just me but pretty much any eyeshadow can be worn sheerly but I suppose for the very colour shy the idea of tint might apply. But really, I don’t think they are that sheer. Okay they’re not fully opaque but they’re not very sheer either.

MUA Colour Blast Eyeshadow Tints

Okay so these are described as a long lasting tint of colour in a smooth cream eye shadow with an easy glide formula.

I found them quite hard and teeny bit waxy so not the most easy and I also found the black shade, in particular, quite patchy, if it swatches patchy I can’t imagine it’d be great on the eyes. And it wasn’t. It went on patchy. That’s not a massive issue since you can blend out with a brush or your finger if you wish

But in less than an hour these were indeed nothing more than the merest hint of colour on my eyelid. That’s because nearly every last bit of colour had gravitated to the creases. Awful. I had to go and remove it as it was just the beginning of the day (hence no photographs).

They may be better over a primer or set with powder but I haven’t tried as I’m just not that interested in trying them again as I’ve been put off.

So to sum up, I don’t find them long wearing or easy glide. Although I must add that the black is significantly worse than the pale shade for some reason.

They aren’t expensive at £3 each but I’d have to say I wouldn’t waste your money on them.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Guerlain’s Fall Collection for 2013 is entitled Voilette De Madame. The Dotty designs of many of the products in the collection are to represent a veil and very pretty the cosmetics are too.
Guerlain Voilette De Madame
So I’ll start by showing you The Retractable Cream Kohl and Liner. Priced at £18 and available in five shades, I’ve got Katy Navy to show you.

Guerlain Voilette De Madame

Guerlain Voilette De Madame

Katy Navy is a shimmering navy pencil. The pencil itself is clever, you can wind it up and down and built into the end is a mini sharpener. The formula is a not unlike a Gel liner in pencil form. It’s really pretty but I’d like to have seen it darker and richer (swatches are at the end of the post).

Next I’ll show you the Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine in Madame Batifole.

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine in Madame Batifole

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine in Madame Batifole
I love this Maxi Shine Glosses, the finish and texture is beautiful and I’ve previously reviewed a couple of shades. This is no exception and the colour is beautiful. Described as an electric sparkling fuchsia. On me it’s somewhat subtler than the description, but then I don’t like to layer too much lipgloss on.
Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine in Madame Batifole
There are two other shades in this collection, Madame Flirte, a sparkling red, and Madame Fascine, a sparkling deep purple. These are £22 each.

The final item I have to show you is the L’Ecrin 2 Couleurs, Colour Fusion Eyeshadow duos.
Guerlain L'Ecrin 2 Couleurs

Guerlain L'Ecrin 2 Couleurs
Not only is the gold packaging of this quite a thing of beauty but when you open the compact, the colours (I have Two Spicy), will make you gasp. Alas I found these shadows really disappointing. The Brown shade is rich and applies beautifully but that orange is really disappointing. It is, and is supposed to be, a sheer shimmering wash of colour but I was hoping for vibrant orange sparkle. I got… well I got nothing really. I don’t even have pictures of being worn, once I blended the two shades together on my lid, the brown was washed to nothing and the orange is so sheer all I can really see is the sparkle.  There are numerous suggested ways of wearing this, either by just wearing each shade alone, or by applying the matte shade and washing over the top with the sparkle, or using the shimmer as a highlight. In reality I would have preferred the orange shade to be a shimmery shadow with lots of punch that I could sheer out where necessary and build up…but as it stands the shimmer is nearly impossible to build up to anything much. I’ve seen some beautiful looks on other blogs, but I totally failed to achieve them 🙁

All of that said, if a soft look is what you are after then this is lovely. Plus for such a glittery shade I experienced absolutely zero fallout. And that brown… wow that brown is really special…you’ll see in the swatches. There are eight colour ways to choose from and I love the sound of Two Extravagant, Two Candy and, Two Lovely, well all of them!

Swatches!

Guerlain Voilette De Madame

Guerlain Voilette De Madame
So a mixed bag for me from this Fall’s collection, there are also Nail Lacquers and a stunning blush available.

All are available now on Guerlain counters.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Mary Kay at Play Collection

I’m getting my head around Mary Kay cosmetics a bit now. I gather it’s a catalogue cosmetic company, like Avon, but there’s also a website where you can purchase. Generally speaking it would appear to be geared towards a more mature customer which is where the Mary Kay at Play collection comes in, it’s quite clearly geared towards the younger consumer. And I’d say, looking at this range, it’s for those younger than me, like teenagers perhaps. It’s a colourful range and there’s a range of products within the collection.
Mary Kay at Play Collection

Here’s the low down on the bits I was sent to try.

First, the Baked Eye Trios in Tuxedo and Ocean View.

Mary Kay at Play Collection

First of all, let me just tell you that the darkest shades in each of these trios is sublime. That shimmering black is AMAZING and that dark blue is beautiful, with a gorgeous sheen (rather shimmer). You can scroll down for swatches. My top tip would be to avoid the palest shades in both of these. If you add these to your eye looks you will look like you just stepped out of 1983. Those beautiful shades will be turned into frost city. Steer clear of these and you’ll do just fine. That BLACK is worth the £8 per trio alone. I don’t wear blue eye shadow as a rule, and this is no exception but that dark blue is truly truly gorgeous. These are also available in a plum colour way and earth tones.

Next the Eye Crayons.

Mary Kay at Play Collection

I’ve been trying out  In the Navy and Gold Mine. Also available is Green Tea and Purple Smoke. These don’t crease on me but I did struggle to really build them up on my eyelids. Shame as the blue is really lovely. That said, they make a good base for shadows, including the trios up there. These are £7.50 each.

In a similar vein, we have the Lip Crayons.

Mary Kay at Play Collection

I’ve been trying out Toasted and Perfect Pink. These are £7.50 each and I really like them. Toasted is a really great nude shade which suits me quite well (unlike many nudes!) and they wear reasonably well. Perfect Pink looks lovely on application but alas it’s packed full of shimmer and it fades fast, leaving you with frosted lips to match your frosted eyes.  Other shades include Violet Love and Candied Apple which I like the sound of!

Finally here’s the Jelly Lip Gloss in Hot Tamale.

Mary Kay at Play Collection

Beautiful colour. Highly pigmented. The name however will always make me think of this….

In all seriousness though, this is a bit gloopy and sticky for me. These are £7.

Take a look at the swatches of all of the above. Hopefully it’ll be self explanatory which is which…

Mary Kay at Play Collection

Do look at that black, that blue and the dark blue pencil up at the top there. All lovely.

However, step into the sunlight and prepare to blind everyone with your Edward Cullen-ness.

Mary Kay at Play Collection

In sunlight everything is loaded with shimmer.

Still, love that black. My top picks are the Toasted Lip Crayon and the Tuxedo Eyeshadow Trio just for the black.

The whole range is available from www.marykay.co.uk

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I don’t do colour on my eyes as a rule. Coloured liner, yes. Occasional sheer washes of colour, yes. Full on, in your face colour, no, not ever. But being sent a Lime Crime eyeshadow palette and not trying it would be cowardly and rubbish. Time to step outside of my comfort zone.

Please meet the Lime Crime China Doll palette (£23.95). I’m including a picture of the outer cardboard packaging as it’s just so cute.

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

I have to confess, when I received this I thought it was gorgeous. And then I just looked at it for about a fortnight wondering what on earth a colour-phobic was going to do with it.

Then I swatched it. Woah, no need to build these colours, they are intense. Dare I say I the most intense eye shadows I’ve ever tried. Here are some swatches, just one swipe.

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

Pow. So after I swatched them I sat and looked at the palette for about another week. And then one night before bed, I decided to have a play. Here’s what I came up with. It’s not very good, but it is colour. On my face. Don’t ask about the brows… my own brows just looked totally insignificant next to these colours and I though hey, this is arty! This is me doing art right here people.

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

 

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

I got scared and blended blended blended until the colours were about as sheer as I could get them.

And then a couple of days ago I decided to have another go. This time I chanted the mantra “go bold or go home” to myself and went for it.

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

Lime Crime China Doll Palette

Kaboom. Hello colour!

Okay, so both of these looks were created at night, in poor light, just before I washed my face for bed…and at the ripe old age of not-far-from-forty I am not sure when I’ll get the chance to wear such colours out and about but it’s been fun trying and I really did love the second look especially!

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll step out looking like it for a special occasion!

So the Lime Crime shadows are incredibly impressive. So much so that despite my fear of colour I quite fancy the other palettes too. They are just pretty and in terms of quality, absolutely excellent.

Next though on my Lime Crime wish list are the Uniliners, all of them (liner is my favourite way to wear bright colour) and the polishes, in particular, Milky Ways, but all of them really.

Anyway, get your Lime Crime bits from Cocktail Cosmetics who are fab and please please don’t laugh at my clown faces….

*Palette provided for review purposes*

Hello!

Well, recently I showed you the Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette which is the star product from the current Navy & Nude collection, and today I’m going to show you some of the things from the supporting cast!

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

So lets start with the two eye products. Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Suede (£18.50) on the Left and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink on the Right (£17.50).
Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection
Starting with the Cream Shadow in Suede. This is my first experience of the long-wear cream shadows and this is a great start. The colour is fantastic, it’s a brilliant base for any shadows, but especially the Navy &Nude one of course but it’s also great on it’s own, it’s just a good colour. Very warm in tone but goes with most things. Wear time is, as you would expect, exceptional, very good indeed. Recommended, even though the price is a bit ouchy… And moving onto the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. Steel Ink looks to be a black in the pot, but it’s not. There’s a hidden surprise, it’s actually a blackened navy filled with shimmer. Not my first experience with this product in general but it’s in keeping with the others I’ve tried. Applies smoothly and easily and lasts all day with no transfer to the upper lid. Super. Swatches of both of these can be seen lower down. The Liner is Limited Edition. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them, combined with the Navy & Nude palette.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

Then we have the Limited Edition Brightening Brick in Pink (£40)

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I have mixed thoughts on this one. For a start, I really object to the £40 price tag. It’s nice but it’s not that nice if you know what I mean. I certainly wouldn’t have paid for this item. That said I do like it and I really love the Porcelain Pearl one I have and use frequently. I’d say if this was more around the £25-£28 price point it’d be something I’d highly recommend. The shade is beautiful, it’s a warm pink but be warned, it’s very very sparkly, something I don’t mind at all, but if you do, this one to avoid. I actually love this on me, it’s a very subtle way to wear a blush, and there’s something really classy about it.

Here’s how it looks on me.
Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection
The final item is the Limited Edition Sheer Lip Gloss in Sailor (£18)

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I like the formula of Bobbi Brown Lip Glosses very much, they seem to stay on my lips for a long time. This is a sheer red, but it’s not a must have unless you don’t own anything like it and you’d like to. It gives just the merest hint of colour on the lips and it is pretty but it’s not very exciting. Still, a sheer lipgloss is a handy thing to have and I’m sure this will be worn.

And here I am wearing all of the above and the Navy & Nude Palette.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I really love this collection, I love the look all the products give, it’s a natural and pretty look with interest added with the navy. Not all products are must haves, but I’d strongly recommend the Eye Pallet and Cream Shadow, along with the Liner. Other items are nice to have, but not must haves for me!

Oh and before I go, here are swatches of all the products shown above. L-R Sailor Lip Gloss, Pink Brightening Brick, Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Steel Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

All items available from www.bobbibrown.co.uk now.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*