Just Charlie G

I’ve seen these posts or similar posts on lots of people’s blogs since I’ve been blogging but I’ve not yet managed to get round to doing mine yet.

The following are some of my favourite, most used, but basic, products. So I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Ok so here we go:

  1. Elf Eyebrow Kit – Medium. I’ve been using the wax to groom my brows into shape for a long time. For £3.50 I don’t think you can go wrong. I’ve recently started using the coloured powder to set my brows too and fill in gaps although it took some getting used to, as you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my blog!
  2. Mac Feeling Dreamy Lipglass. £12. Sadly you can’t get this easily now as it was part of Mac’s Ltd Edition Warm & Cozy collection. A beautiful nude with a hint of pink shimmer. I can’t carry nudes as a rule but this one just works. If I’d have known I’d have bought a back up!
  3. Guerlain Kohl in Oriental Metal £20. Another discon I’m afraid although I think if you google you can still find it in a few places. I actually got mine on ebay I think. I adore the Guerlain Kohls and this one is my favourite… so far!
  4. Mac Pearlmatte Face Powder. I use this every single day almost as a bronzer. It’s perfect to me, the faintest hint of shimmer, but mostly a matte finish, hences the Pearlmatte name. I adore it. Sadly, another one you can’t get now as it was part of the Mac in Lillyland collection. Another one I wish I’d got a back up of!
  5. Chanel Inimitable Noir Mascara £21.50. I was actually given this recently but it’s a product I’ve used a lot in the past. A lovely mascara. Does just what I want it to!
  6. Mac MSF Natural in Light Medium £18. I love this. Use it every day. I’ve heard reports of it being cakey but I’ve not had problems with that at all. I use a HUGE fluffy brush and just add a very light dusting to my face after finishing my make up and it seems to set it well. Sometimes I finish off with a spritz of Mac+ to add a more dewy effect, but mostly I don’t have to.
  7. Superdrug MUA Eyeshadow in #2 £1. I use this pretty much every day as my brow highlight. It’s just perfect and at £1 you can’t complain at all. Ideal product. I also use it on the inner corners of my eyes sometimes.
  8. Sheer Cover Concealer in Light/Medium £19. Well I have mixed feelings about this product. I was sent it to review and I love it. It’s fabulous for blemish covering and as I have lots of blemishes I use it daily. However, the price is ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. Love the product but won’t be replacing.

So there you have it! My top basic items. Do you have any of these or want any of these? I might do another one of these about my favourites that aren’t basics as I have some idtems I love so much I just want to blog about them!

In case you live in a bubble and have sadly missed my many updates, it is my birthday tomorrow.

As a special treat my sister came down for the day and took me out for lunch and for shopping. It’s the first time I’ve ever left Lola for any length of time, and I didn’t know myself. Really! Anyway, we had a lovely lunch sat outdoors on the Cathedral Green at Michael Caine’s Brasserie and it was lovely and then we went off in search for a pressie.  I showed her (amongst many other things) a Chanel quad I was in love with, which sadly was out of stock (Garden Party if you’re interested), I really need it, it’s stunning. Instead we left with my second choice of the Murano quad. It’s very lovely, a dark grey/black, a teal, a light light grey/turquoise and a pink. It’s very lovely. If anyone finds Garden Party though I’d love it, none of my local stores had it and I can’t find it online either. Anyway, aside from that, I got another Guerlain Kohl in the post this morning. The discontinued Secret Glow. It’s a beautiful pearly cream gold and really shows up beautifully on my waterline. All in all a very satisfactory day!

Pics & Swatches!

Chanel MuranoChanel Murano

The kohl swatch is on the very left.

Happy Days. Hope you are all having a nice time in this fab weather!

16. 05. 2010

Nothing exciting but unusually for me I think kind of polished. Normally, no matter how hard I try I never look as polished as I’d like and today is no exception… but it’s better…

FACE
Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation
Estee Lauder Bronzing Blush
Mac in Lillyland Face Powder to lightly contour
Mac MSF in Soft & Gentle

EYES
Mac Greasepaint Sick in Zinc Zone
Max Factor False Lash Mascara
MUA Eyeshadow #1 on brow bone
Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl in Oriental Metal

LIPS
Boots No7 75th Anniversary Lipgloss in 1990’s Jennifer

I love that lipgloss. Bought it with a No7 voucher of course, might go back for another shade at some point! Also still loving my kohl and the Greasepaint Sticks!

Well I have two people to blame for this review. Get Lippie (who I think might be slightly more obsessed than me but its close!) and London Makeup Girl. When I saw this product reviewed on London Makeup Girl’s blog it immediately piqued my interest as powder Kohl has never really been on my radar before. It looked a bit terrifying but I knew I had to add it to my kit. So I went along to Guerlain and got talked into Blue which I think is shade 3.

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl

So its a beautifully packaged vial of loose powder and a plastic stylus applicator. No brush…eek! So the instructions say there are two ways ro apply this, the Eastern Way and the Western Way. The Eastern Way involves putting it on the waterline and the Western Way involves putting it under your lower lashes and along your upperlash line. I wasn’t interested in the Western Way, I can use any pencil or eyeshadow to line my eyes. What I was interested in was the Eastern Way and the great things I’d heard about longevity on the waterline.

Now the application method is what I thought was the scary bit and I’ve spent a few days practising and now I’ve got the hang of it. There are quite a few videos on You Tube should you want to have a look but essentially you place the stylus on your lower waterline, close your eye and pull the stylus along the entire waterline. Et voila! Perfectly tightlined upper and lower waterlines. I actually find I have to go over this twice and I won’t lie, I had to practice this a few times but eventually I got it. The main problem I had was fall out and then the fall out smearing all over my face. However, a thorough tapping of the stylus before use gets most of the loose product off and problem solved. Again, it was just a case of practice makes perfect. Another thing is when you’ve finished your make up, just check your eyes in a mirror as sometimes the odd speck will stick in your tear duct area but you can clean that up and you’re good to go. And yes, this stuff stays in place all day. Very impressive. So I have another shade on its way to me and another three on my wishlist. Love this! Anyway, here’s a few pics for you.

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder KohlGuerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl
Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl

oh and finally, at £20 it’s not cheap but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. Be careful if you go looking for cheap powder kohls, lots contain lead.

Since writing this post I have received Oriental Metal so here’s a little shot of that. It’s a taupe-y shade. Lovely.

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl

I want so much Stuff.

Barielle June Bug & Myrza’s Meadow Nail Varnish

Estee Lauder Liquid Shadows in Ultra Violet & Molten Bronze
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Cherry Ice
Estee Lauder Exotic Lip Gloss in Wild Coral
Mac To The Beach Lipstick in Thrills
Mac To The Beach Eyeshadows in Firecracker and Sweet & Punchy
Mac Pret a Papier Lipsticks in Dressmaker & Made to Order
Mac Pret a Papier Lipglass in Fold & Tuck
The entire Chanel Orient Extreme Collection if it arrives inthe UK
An iphone
Muffins
Melissa Plastic Dreams Vinyl Shoes
Guerlain Loose Powder Kohl

I think I’d better stop right there! That’s not everything though. And with no money whatsoever, I think I’m in trouble! Please tell me I’m not the only one! Blog Sale coming up.