Just Charlie G

I hope you’ll forgive me because today I’m blogging about a product that you can no longer buy, anywhere, as far as I can tell. Before you click away though, you can buy most of the products in this palette individually so the post still has value yes? Jolly good!

The Nars Skin Deep Palette is a few years old now but I picked mine up recently in a blog sale and I’m very pleased because this is the perfect every day palette which contains all you need for a natural look.

Nars Skin Deep Palette

Down the Left hand side  there are three eye shadows, the top two are the All About Eve Duo the bottom shade is Blondie which is available as a single matte shadow.

Then in the centre are two nude hued blushers in Zen and Ninotchka. Zen is the top shade and available currently, Ninotchka I think is a discontinued shade. I use both colours at once, the darker shade as a very light contour and the lighter one on the apples of my cheeks.

Then finally there are Bambi and Manhattan Lipsticks and Viva Las Vegas Sheer Lipstick. Unfortunately Bambi and Manhattan don’t seem to be available but Viva Las Vegas is available in a full size product still.

Anyway, these are all fantastic products and especially good for work life. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them. Not great pictures but they should give you an idea at least! Oh and while I think about it, there’s something trapped inside my camera so if you spot random dark splodges on my photos it’s that and I don’t know how to get them out. There’s one on the side of my nose in the first pic here 🙁

Nars Skin Deep Palette
Nars Skin Deep Palette

Anyway, That’s the Skin Deep palette which I’m so pleased to own, but as I say, you can find many of the products individually if they take your fancy!

Vivo Cosmetics Shimmer Block

I’ve not tried any Vivo Cosmetics for ages now so it was a surprise when these two popped through my letter box the other day. Meet the Vivo Shimmer Block Blusher and Shimmer Block Bronzer.

Vivo Cosmetics Shimmer Block

Now the last time I dipped into the world of cheap shimmer bricks/blocks, they were very soft very pigmented and VERY metallic cheek making. Not a look I love especially so I approached these with trepidation.

I needn’t have worried, these are shimmery and they are pigmented but I can report that in the case of the blusher this is a definite hit. Dare I say that they are a very similar texture to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks? Yes I do dare say it, because it’s true. Only a hell of a lot cheaper. Try £3.99.

Now I’ve not swatched each stripe individually because, although pretty, no one actually picks out individual shades to wear do they? If I’m wrong and you’d love individual stripe swatches please let me know, I’d be happy to do them!

Instead, here’s how the blusher looks on me.

Vivo Cosmetics Shimmer Block

The next picture really makes me laugh, my hair is insane and I’ve got cross eyes but hey, look at my rosy cheeks!

Vivo Cosmetics Shimmer Block

It’s a really lovely blusher and I’d happily pay more than the £3.99 it costs. I have to confess I’ve not tried out the Bronzer and I’m not sure I will, I don’t do shimmery bronzers at all, in fact I rarely do bronzers!

But there you have it. The blusher definitely gets my seal of approval and I’m sure the bronzer is probably up to the same standard!

Get them HERE

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

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*

Ah I’ve been so looking forward to showing you these little beauties!

The Lime Crime Veletines have been selling out over and over since they hit UK shores but things seemed to have calmed down a bit down and you can buy them more easily. But why would you want to? Well if you’re looking for Matte colour, that’s vibrant and fully opaque and wears for a long time on the lips, look no further.
Lime Crime Velvetines

Lime Crime Velvetines

Meet Suedeberry and Red Velvet.

Suedeberry is described as a warm light red and Red Velvet, which is, a rich red, like velvet of course!

Suedeberry on the left and Red Velvet on the right here.

Lime crime suedeberry red velvet velvetine

In terms of how these look it’s phenomenal. Truly impressive. Suedeberry is a true orange on me, rather than a light red, and red velvet is just gorgeous. Here’s how they look.

Suedeberry.

Lime crime Suedeberry velvetine

Lime crime Suedeberry velvetine

Lime crime Suedeberry velvetine
And Red Velvet.
Lime crime red velvet velvetine

Lime crime red velvet velvetine

Lime crime red velvet velvetine

LOVE! In terms of formula, because of their matte finish they can be a little drying (although actually I only found Suedeberry drying) but it’s easily remedied with a slick of lip balm about ten minutes before applying (I just apply lip balm before I do anything else and then crack on with my foundation and eyes etc).

In terms of wear, they are not transfer proof, they’ll come off on anything you touch with your lips but they were extremely well on me. I’ve heard one or two other people say they don’t wear too well but I really can’t find fault at all. They were exceptionally well and as they fade it gets a little bit patchy, nothing too troublesome though and I’m talking about over a period of hours.

These are £11.50 each and only come in the above two colours, but I know a hot pink one is imminent!

Available now from Cocktail Cosmetics!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I have a new foundation love! Meet Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup.

DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

Once I started to appreciate how amazing all the Dior cosmetics I tried were, then it was only a matter of time before I gave into the buzz about their base products. I popped to my local counter at Debenhams and let the lady do her sales pitch. I was going to either go for the BB or this one, but I’ve got a couple of BB’s on the go at the moment so I went for the more traditional foundation. Shade 20 is absolutely spot on for me, it’s what I thought I was going to be before I went in, but both the sales assistant and myself agreed this was pretty perfect colour wise.

This foundation promises a subtle velvet finish with just the right amount of correction, adding shine free radiance. And I’d agree with that. It is velvety, and it isn’t shiny and it does correct. It also does a pretty good job of looking like skin rather than foundation. What I truly love about this is that when I remove my make up at the end of the day, it’s looks pretty much the same as it did a moment after application. This stuff does not budge. The other thing that I love about it is that it just works perfectly on my tricky skin. With many products, they either slide off my (not very oily) nose, or sit in the pores, or make my not very flaky skin look incredibly flaky and I have to mess around with primers and different application techniques to make them work. This however works with whatever brush I use and without the need for any primer. It works every time and makes me flawless. It states that it gives just the right amount of correction, I’d go further than that and say that certainly for me, unless I have a blemish of epic proportions (which sadly happens too often), I can skip concealer all together.

It’s just a total winner of a foundation. The only reason I don’t reach for this every single day is that when my skin is clear, or it’s extremely hot (like it is now) then I like a sheerer finish. I am also still very much in love with the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, as I love the finish on that one too, it’s a little more shiny than this one, but you know how it is, you want a different finish on any given day. In terms of performance though this is a far and away winner.
DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup
I purchased mine from Debenhams but I’d recommend purchasing yours from Escentual where it’s currently £25.60 instead of £32!

*Product was purchased myself with my own money, but this post contains an affiliate link*

 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick

I’ve had Bobbi Brown’s Tulip Lipstick for ages now and can’t believe I’ve not blogged about it before. I am drawn to lipsticks and have way way too many to even think about, but in truth I rarely wear them. That’s today’s shocking confession out of the way. This changed with Tulip. This is the perfect daily shade for me, it’s pigmented and colourful but it’s not bright. Nor is it dull. It’s the perfect every day shade.

Here’s how I’ve been wearing it most days, minimal effort but the lipstick pulls it together to make me look a bit more polished than if I hadn’t put it on.
 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick

 

 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick
 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick

I’m struggling to think what else I’m wearing but here’s the things I can remember:

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Cool Beige, with Cover FX concealer* in Extra Light.
On my cheeks I have Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Almond and Blossom Blend.*
On my eyes I’m wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadows in Sugar Biscuit which is a softly shimmering cream and Twilight Rose (a limited edition shade no long available) but the softest pink. *
Magnetic Lash Mascara *
HD Brows Palette on my brows. *
Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick.

Unfortunately, Tulip is no longer available. It was discontinued quite some time ago but re-released for a limited time at the end of last year. It’s the kind of colour that I suspect you could dupe quite easily. It’s a very flattering shade and very wearable.

So there we have it! My most worn make up at the moment!

* Denotes items previously received as PR Samples

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

I’m a big fan of  all the Clinique Chubby Stick lip products so couldn’t wait to try out the brand new Chubby Sticks for eyes!

There are twelve incredible looking colours in the range and essentially these are a sort of cream eyeshadow in pencil form which I find dries down a little to a powder- ish finish.

On me I don’t need a primer, but if you have particularly oily eyelids I would recommend you do use a primer.

The colours I have have, Whopping Willow and Lots’o Latte are both lovely. I wasn’t thinking I’d like Whopping Willow, a green based shade but I absolutely love it!

Lots o’ Latte is the top Swatch and Whopping Willow, the bottom.

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

In terms of application, although the pencil format is very convenient and quick. I struggle a little with my eye shape to fit the large rounded tip and get any kind of precision. I tend to swipe it on and then try to gently blend with my finger so the edges are where I want them to be. But other than that, it’s a breeze and they are quite buildable from a nice sheer wash to a good deep colour as shown in the hand swatches.

Anyway, here’s how Whopping Willow looks on me!

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

 

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

I just love the colour so much and the formula suits me very well so generally speaking its a huge thumbs up, I’d personally just like the tip to be a little pointier for ease of application on my eyes. The end of them is wider than my mobile lid, meaning I cover more than I’d like to when I apply. But they are very easy to blend so it’s not that much of a problem really.

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

The Chubby Sticks for Eyes are £16 each and as I say, come in twelve shades… I’m eyeing up Massive Midnight which looks gorgeous!

Available now from Clinique Counters nationwide and of course www.Clinique.co.uk

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Gorgeous collection from No7 for Spring…the very title of the collection, Ballerina Beauty, conjures up ethereal, light, pretty and spring-like colours and that is indeed what No7 Creative Director, Lisa Eldridge has conjured up for us this season.

You need to get your base right for this look and for that you’ll need the No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream (£12.95).

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream

Given my current skin issues I’ve not actually tried this one out yet which is a shame, but I’m currently sticking to things I know from experience won’t cause my skin to flare up. I’m saving this one though for better days in the future.

Once you’ve got your base sorted it’s time to start on the eyes. There are two Stay Perfect Eyeshadow shades in the collection, Innocence and Wheatsheaf (£7 each). I have Wheatsheaf.

Stay Perfect Eyeshadow

A very light wash of colour for me, with just a hint of shimmer. Very pretty it is too. It’s a little washed out by sunlight in the photograph before but the shade is a peachy beige shade, whereas I believe innocent is a white-ish shade.

Then you need to add your liner. In this case the No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner (£8)

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner

 

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner

The finest felt pen style liner I think I’ve ever used! I’m still absolutely rubbish at applying it, but it’s very impressive and very black. You can see both of the above in the two pictures below.

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

 

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

Then there’s the lashes… Extravagant Lash (£7.50)

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

Extravagant they are indeed! I have to confess I’ve not put these on yet! I took one out and held it up to my eye and it looked so big and scary I chickened out. I’m not a false lashes kind of girl, I only wear them once a year, but these are very fluttery indeed!

Moving onto the start product in my opinion, the Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette (£12)

Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette

 

Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette

So so pretty! Lovely sturdy compact that screams quality. I find this blush to be very pigmented (I suppose it’s the darkest of the pinks in the fan shape that adds the most colour) and the first time I wore this, I majorly over did it… since then I’ve used less and this is a perfectly pretty pink flush of colour. It’s absolutely gorgeous.  And such a beautiful looking product to own!

Then there’s the lovely Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly (£9.50)

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

 

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

 

Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly

My second favourite thing in the collection.  A beautiful lipstick, a gorgeous shade and a lovely soft shiny (but not glossy) finish, and fully opaque, although it is very easy indeed to apply lightly to get a softer finish. It feels really beautifully moisturising too.

Finally the nails, there are two nail varnishes, Get Wed and Tip Toes (£6 each).

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

I’ve not yet tried these out, my nails are very short and not in a good enough condition for me to want to photograph for the blog, but both shades are very pretty, lightly shimmering and perfect for the Spring. I don’t find the wear time too great on No7 polishes in general, but I’ll be trying these out as soon as I can with my best base and top coats. I want to wear them!

So there we have it, a beautiful Spring collection from No7, here’s my full face, minus the BB Cream and Lashes!

Spring With No7 - Ballerina Beauty

I know, I look absolutely nothing like a delicate ballerina, but I certainly feel set for Spring!

Anything here take your fancy? I think it’s a really beautiful collection, full of stand alone items that are staples!

Available now from No7 counters and of course www.boots.com

*Disclosure PR Samples*

When I received the press release for the Carine Roitfeld and Mac collaboration last year I blogged excitedly about it. Everything about it appealed to me. At the time I had no money so couldn’t purchase anything and then the moment passed and I forgot about it.

Then I remembered it and the hunt was on to get the bits I wanted. Tropical Mist lipstick was a no goer, I did find it on the Selfridges website but I wasn’t prepared to pay the £4.95 shipping for one lipstick, a sheer nude lipstick at that, so I had to let my wishes for the lippie go. The Desert Camoflage Face Palette was still in stock on the Mac website last time I checked, but a friend very kindly gave me hers. In the absence of the Tropical Mist liptick, I’ve teamed the palette with Mac’s Yash Lipstick which is a neutral peach nude, rather than a sheer sheen.

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage and Yash Lipstick

Mac Yash Lipstick

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage
The palette contains a Cremeblend Blusher in Sand Storm and four shadows, Sahara Dust (light creamy ivory shimmer finish), Cactus Thorn (bright golden bronze shimmer finish), Desert (cool toned taupe shimmer finish), Carbon (matte true black). All you need to create this seasons brown smokey eye look.

Swatches of the Full face palette wish Yash lipstick at the bottom:

Carine Roitfeld for Mac swatches

Couldn’t be more delighted with the face palette, I’m able to create just the look I was hoping to create, the blackened eye and more muted face. I just added kohl and black mascara.

Take a look:

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Mac Yash Lipstick
I’ve just checked and both Desert Camouflage and Jungle Camouflage are both still available on the Mac Website. Well worth a look I think.

Oh I forgot to mention the cute little star stencils, I’ve not used them yet but they are so cute!

Carine Roitfeld for Mac

Clarins Ever Matte SPF 15 Foundation

I’ve come to believe that Clarins are the producers of base make up Holy Grail items. Fact. I waxed lyrical about Skin Illusion. I raved about the Colour Breeze Face and Blush Palette (I was sent one to review and immediately bought another as a back up). I declared my love for the Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact and I’m about to swear I’ll never cheat on the Ever Matte foundation (except it’s lies because I adore foundation and just have to try new ones all the time but I do love it!). The review of this has been a long time coming because I was sent the wrong shade, but now I’m colour matched and ready to go. I am a Shade 103, which is nigh on perfect for me. I think Clarins are the first brand I’ve ever found where I can match myself perfectly instead of just settling for near-as-damn-it.

So, the foundation, as with the powder it promises to keep shine at bay, be oil free, have a SPF 15 and come in a great range of shades. It also claims to regulate the production of sebum and tighten pores.

So I’ve already mentioned in my Ever Matte Mineral Powder review that I tend to avoid matte base products for fear of looking powdery and flat. This isn’t the case with these Clarins Ever matte products. What I find they do is keep the oil at bay for several hours (used together with the powder they are a force to be reckoned with) but they maintain a natural slightly dewy finish.

On the hand….

Clarins Ever Matte SPF 15 Foundation

Clarins Ever Matte SPF 15 Foundation
Looks pretty matte there I know, but enlarge the picture, you’ll still see glimmers of life in there 😉 A little goes a very long way and it blends easily both with fingers and a brush, my preference, as always, is the ELF Flat Topped Powder Brush.

I have found that my pores are looking smaller these days but I can’t hand on heart say that the foundation is responsible, it could be the Clarisonic, either way, I’m happy with this.
Clarins Ever Matte SPF 15 Foundation

Above is the foundation, topped with the powder, 5 hours after application. I’m not matte, but I’m no oil slick either. Good work (again) Clarins! Ever Matte foundation is £24 and I give it the Charlie seal of approval.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*