Just Charlie G

Until the press release dropped into my inbox I’d never heard of Vitage Colour Minerals. With so many mineral colour cosmetics on the market these days it’s little wonder but let me tell you, Vitage deserve a second look because I’m going to show a couple of lovely bits one of which has all the hallmarks of being a hero product.

Vitage Colour Minerals Natural Skin Glow & Natural Blush

Nice simple packaging, these products don’t scream out look at me, but they are worth taking the time to look at, trust me!

Okay I’ll show you the Natural Blush in Pink Perfection first.

Vitage Natural Blush

All the powders come in these sifter jars which is handy and at first glance, Pink Perfection looks alarming. And it IS absolutely packed full of pigment so you need to go lightly, but that’s a good thing, you only need the tiniest amount of product. In fact, you see the specks that have fallen on the floor in the picture above? That’s only slightly less than you need to do a whole cheek. Seriously. Just a touch more and you’ll have the perfect flush of colour. Of course you can build up as much as you like but I’d say start with a tiny bit and add until you’re happy with the final look, better that than going in heavy from the start and looking like Aunt Sally (my god I’m old, I bet loads of you have never heard of Aunt Sally!).

Anyway, here’s a little hand swatch to give you an idea of the colour.

Vitage natural blush

Soft, natural and pretty. The Natural Blush is ¬£18. I’m pretty sure that pot up there is a life time’s supply you need so little ūüėČ

But now onto the hero product as far as I’m concerned. Vitage Natural Skin Glow (¬£18) is a mineral powder to add glow, you can use it to highlight, you can use it on your eyelids or you can, with a light hand, use it all over your face.

vitage natural skin glow

I can’t really explain the finish of this. It’s not shimmery, there’s no sparkle, no specks of glitter. It’s more pearly I suppose and that means that when you brush it on, there’s nothing unnatural looking about it, it simply adds glow. Really lovely glow.

This hand swatch will give you a little idea of the finish.

vitage natural skin glow

It’s a heavy swatch of course, I wouldn’t recommend you put a load like that on your face, just the merest dusting where you want it. This is a must have product as far as I am concerned and it fills a gap for me that I didn’t know I had. ¬†I want to look healthy and I want glowy skin, but I don’t always want the effect that highlighter gives me (Nars Albatross I’m looking at you right now). This is, for me, an every day product to add that glow.

I’ve been wearing both products, both the Skin Glow and the Blush every day and here’s how they look.

Vitage Colour Minerals Natural Skin Glow & Natural Blush

 

Vitage Colour Minerals Natural Skin Glow & Natural Blush

You can purchase Vitage Cosmetics here, and I highly recommend you do!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I’ve been looking forward to Too Faced’s Spring collection for so long, it’s only a small collection, consisting of a face palette, an eyeshadow palette and a blusher, and I’d rather have liked them all…. alas I could only afford one thing and I knew it exactly what that would be months ago when I heard about this collection!

Well after my absolute adoration of the Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette, my pick from the Spring Boudoir collection just had to be the No Makeup Makeup Face Palette.
Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face PaletteThere have been a few changes, in the format, but mostly it is the same as the Natural Radiance Palette. The first change, for the better, is that this palette comes in a tin. Much more hard wearing. Fab. The main difference between this and the Natural Radiance palette are the blushers, which are pink, very pink, much more so than my photographs here show, the light was quite bad on the day I took the photos. The Bronzing Veil, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener are all at first glance the same but I can’t help but think they’ve been reformulated somehow. The Bronzing Veil is pale and golden but seems much more pigmented. And the texture of the other three seems different…but not in a bad way. They are fab.

I’ve done some hand swatches which show the ¬†textures and the shades of pink much better than in the pans. They are shown here in the same order as they appear in the tin.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

Like the Natural Radiance Palette this comes with guides for the different looks you can achieve with the palette which are very useful (for someone as inept as me anyway!). I like very much that the looks are not just in diagram form but also shown on a model. Not that I look anything like her when I’m wearing it, but you know, a girl can dream!

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face PaletteToo Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

I’ve played with this quite a few times now and I really do love it. I’ve attempted all of the guides which are very easy to follow, and have also just had a play about doing it my own way.

For the following I roughly followed the Nude Radiance Guide.

Too Faced No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

All in all, this palette is ¬£31 which isn’t cheap but I do really love it. As much as I thought I would. I don’t mind the duplicate products, I like having to only get one palette out to complete my face and I love the finished effect of all the looks, I wouldn’t quite call it a No Makeup look, but it’s certainly a nice fresh look which does flatter the skin.

I bought mine from BeautyBay and I highly recommend them as always.

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder

I recently reviewed the new Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim Face Powder which is fabulous, and now I’m going to show you another of the new face powders to the range.

Take a look at this beauty. The Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder.

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder

This little beauty is the softest powder, it’s almost creamy in it’s consistency. Just brush it on where needed for a soft glow. You can also use as eyeshadows of course, and apparently, although I’ve not tried it, if you use these shades wet on your eyes you’ll get a lovely foiled effect. I have used the two bottom shades dry on my eyes and they give the softest, prettiest sheer wash of colour but because of the the way the highlight works I can image they are really stunning foiled.

Anyway, I’ve been loving this, it’s very effective and I’ve been wearing it as blusher.

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder

A really beautiful multi-use product.

You can purchase one for ¬£28 from Daniel Sandler’s Shop. So go take a look!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

04. 02. 2013

You’ve probably all already seen this but I can’t wait to get my hands on Fine One One. The latest offering from Benefit.

Benefit Fine One One

I’m a big fan of, and have hit pan on my Benefit 10 Bronzing and highlighting duo. This is along the same principle…stripes of different colour you put on your cheeks and then blend out. The difference being this is a ¬†wind up cream product and a blusher and highlighter rather than a bronzer and highlighter powder.

Just love the look of it, and love the simplicity of having two products (two blush shades and a highlighter) you can apply in one sweep and quickly blend out for instant effect!

Available now £23.50 from all Benefit counters and Benefit Cosmetics Online.

Recently I was very lucky to be sent a voucher code to spend on the the lovely new Rouge Bunny Rouge Boutique, so that I could ¬†experience shopping on the site and get a feel for the whole process. I bought a few lovely things which I’ll show you later in the post but I can’t praise the experience highly enough.

The site is beautiful to behold really, which is unsurprising given the stunning packaging that contains the products. Whimsical is always the word I use to describe Rouge Bunny Rouge because really, it’s just so apt.

Navigating the site was simple ordering and paying was simple and from then on I just sat back and waited. Although the items come from Germany, shipping was really quite fast (although in all honesty I can’t accurately remember how long it was which in itself is a good sign because if it had taken ages I’d definitely remember!) and I was able to track it’s movements via the DHL website.

When it arrived, it came beautifully packaged in a Rouge Bunny Rouge box and inside was a veritable box of treats wrapped up in tissue paper.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow Keeper and Seas of Illumination

Along with the four items I ordered, was a little cardboard box which contained three samples of the Tinted Moisturiser and one of the Mattifying Primer which was a lovely bonus and actually I’m loving the Tinted Moisturiser, it suits me very well, much more than the foundation which I liked but didn’t love.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow Keeper and Seas of Illumination

Onto the items I did actually order.

Firstly the RBR Duo Shadow Keeper. ‚ā¨14

Rouge bunny rouge shadow keeper

 

rouge bunny rouge shadow keeper

Essentially a magnetised compact for the RBR Shadow Refills. It’s a gorgeous little thing. Substantial, comes with a little sponge applicator and there’s a mirror on the inside lid.

Of course, I had to get something to put in this so I grabbed two of the Shadow Refills. Namely Lilac Reef Curassow and Trumpeter Koel. ‚ā¨17 each.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lilac Reef Curassow and Trumpeter Koel

 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lilac Reef Curassow and Trumpeter Koel

 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lilac Reef Curassow and Trumpeter Koel

These were unusual colour choices for me…purples and I don’t get along too well generally speaking. But I really liked the look of Trumpeter Koel. Described as a dark lead-grey with lilac-blue iridescence I was hoping the grey base would make all the lilac-ness work a bit better for me. Lilac Reef Curassow is described as pale lilac with iridescence. Whilst both of these shades do contain iridescence, it’s very lightly done. Which is a good thing in this case I think. I actually added a whole lot of extra iridescence when I wore these for the first time but these are lovely.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lilac Reef Curassow and Trumpeter Koel

I’ve a chequered past with RBR shadows in the past. Some I have liked, others I’ve struggled to get to work for me, but I’m pleased to report no problems with these at all. Go on just as they appear in the pan. My pictures later don’t really do them justice but I’ll point you in the direction of the lovely Visionary Beauty who took some great photos of the shadows in use.

The other and final item I bought was something I’ve wanted for a long time but couldn’t justify buying. Which is the Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Tranquility ‚ā¨50

Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Tranquility

 

Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Tranquility

 

Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Tranquility

The palest pink highlighting liquid which has exceeded all my expectations. I’ve worn this every single day and I’m sure it’s still going to last me years. What an incredible product. That little blob up there in the middle picture? Yeah that’s way too much to do my cheekbones and all the other areas I highlight (cupids bow, center of the nose, temples, forehead). I use a brush to put the tiniest dots where I want it and then I just pat and blend with my fingers. It blends with ease over whatever surface I choose to put it on, bare skin, foundation or powder. Dream highlight product.

Anyway, beautiful products from a beautiful website.

Here’s how I wore them. The liquid liner is the RBR Quartz Eyeliner in ¬†Amethyst Essence which I bought quite a long time ago and didn’t like much….until I realised it needs a really good shake before use….

Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow Keeper and Seas of Illumination

 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow Keeper and Seas of Illumination
http://en.rougebunnyrouge.com/

*Disclaimer – all products were purchased using a voucher provided to me by Rouge Bunny Rouge.*

Since I’ve been seeing the fabulous Michelle and she’s been keeping my brows in tip top condition keeping them looking fabulous every day has become the most important part of my make up routine. I have found I’ve been skimping on other areas and spending extra time on my brows.

I’ve been using the Benefit High Brow pencil to highlight my brow bone but I have to be honest and say I wasn’t loving it. I don’t like using a shimmering shade under my brows, I don’t really know why, it just doesn’t feel very me. I like something matte. I must say I do rather like the Illamasqua eyeshadow in Sex which is pure matte white but as a rule I like the ease of High Brow, draw your line, smudge with finger, done. The problem with it is it doesn’t blend at all well.

Step forward Shavata’s Arch Enhancer which sells at ¬£9.95. Could this pencil be the answer to my eyebrow prayers?

Shavata Arch Enhancer

In a word, yes. This is Shavata’s best selling product and its easy to see why when you use it. ¬†It’s a soft pink, light reflecting pencil to accentuate the brow arch. It’s matte, it’s subtle, it does just what I want it to do.

Shavata Arch Enhancer

Once in place and blended you can’t even see it’s there, it’s barely perceptible but that’s exactly what I want it to be, just so long as it shows the arch, which it does.

I like a lifted looking arch with no shimmer, no obvious highlight, I want it to look as though that is the natural effect of my brow. And I think it does. I really think this fabulous.
Shavata Arch Enhancer

Can you see it? I’m kind of hoping not, but I am hoping you can see the effect, if that makes any sense! Oh and for reference, that’s the Shavata Double-Ended Pencil on my brows.

Fab, this is a holy grail kind of product for my tastes. I want lift but not shimmer, unless I’m wearing lots of eyeshadow for a night out. Which is virtually never. ūüôĀ

This is available from the Shavata Online Store. Go get one!

MeMeMe Arch Angel Review

Ah brows. The current bane of my life. Whilst I’ve been growing them out and singing the praises of Rapidlash which has helped me fill in the bald spots I am having to endure the most ridiculous Susan Boyle eyebrows. At some point when they’ve finished growing out I’ll be going to get them properly shaped etc but for now I need to keep them under control and I had high hopes for this product. MeMeMe’s Arch Angel.

MeMeMe Arch Angel Review

A tinted brow gel on one end and a creamy highlighter on the other end.

Have a little look at the applicators:

MeMeMe Arch Angel Review

There’s a mascara wand for the brow gel and a sponge tipped applicator for the highlighter.

The brow gel is a great colour for me, a true brown which doesn’t lean too red as so many brow products do, and the highlighter is beautiful.

MeMeMe Arch Angel Review

Unfortunately I haven’t got on as well with this product as I would have liked. The highlighter is fab, very blendable, a gorgeous subtle shade once blended and does exactly what it should, opens up the eye area. The ¬†brow gel is a perfect colour for me but I just can’t get on with the mascara wand type applicator. It’s great for combing the brows into shape and adding a touch of colour but I found I couldn’t be as precise as I’d like with this, especially where the brows start and at the top, I prefer a powder and brush or pencil. But that’s just me, if you know you can get on with this kind of applicator for applying brow products then I would definitely recommend this because once it’s in place it stays put all day and as I say the colour is great as is the highlighter.

The MeMeMe  Arch Angel launches on the 11th April and will retail at £8.50.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I’m so excited to share this product with you just because it’s amazing. I received a press release for this a month or so ago, maybe longer, and waited waited waited for the release date and then bought it the second it came out. That’s how keen I was to get it.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

I’ve never tried Too Faced cosmetics before, well not as far as I can recall, but something about this really captured me as soon as I saw the press release. Perhaps I was imagining a sculpted face, supermodel stylee, either way. I bought it. The packaging is lovely. Up there is the lovely outer packaging. You open that to reveal this box:

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Obviously, it’s what’s inside that’s important though.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Okay, so what you have is a box that closes magnetically, with a mirror in the lid. Then six products, two powder and four cream as follows. Powder Bronzing Veil, Creme Blush, Powder Blush, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener.

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Brightener and Luminizer sound like they are probably the same but they are not. Take a little look at the swatches of all of the above.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

All lovely soft natural shades, with the luminizer definitely shimmery whereas the brightener isn’t. The main reason I really wanted this kit though was the idiot’s guides that come with it. I LOVE a guide because quite frankly, I’m a cosmetics dunce, the more guidelines the better. These are FAB!

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Of course you can use the products however you wish to, but should you want a bit of help, these are invaluable and they really work.

I wanted to take photographs of these products in use but of course because they are subtle, its hard to make them show up on photographs! I’ve taken some pics anyway to show you, using the “Classic Radiance” card, and I have to say, I really think I look radiant! The last picture in particular shows the light bouncing off the areas with the brightener and I just love the look of these products.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Other than the Natural Radiance Face Palette, I’m wearing Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (104), Clarins Pink Coral Joli Rouge Sheer Lipstick, MeMeMe FatCat Mascara and Mac Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance.

I do have one reservation about this product though I have to say and that is that I do as a rule tend to avoid creme products in pans. They never seem to last long as there never seems to be much product there so I’m anxious that I may not get my money’s worth out of this. If this lasts me a good while it will be ¬£31 well spent but, well, we’ll see. ¬†I do love this SO much I’m half tempted to buy a back up… I have no idea if this is a limited edition item or not so I don’t know what to do!

I love this palette more than I can say! I paid £31 and bought it from Beautybay, who I highly recommend. The order included some fantastic free samples and delivery was speedy.

Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact

Well this is another Lancome thing of beauty, but before I talk about the product let me talk a bit about the inspiration of this product (and the others items in the collection, posts to follow). Lancome is supporting Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation and to mark the occasion they have created a limited edition collection with Kate herself.

The Golden Hat foundation was created by Kate Winslet. A book is in development and due out soon which brings together self portraits by celebrities all wearing Foundation’s Golden Hat. The non-profit foundation aims to better the lives of autistic children by removing or limiting the barriers they face, teaching them to communicate more clearly as well as offering education, job training and recreational activities. Today autism affects a staggering 67 million people worldwide and of all the serious developmental conditions, autism is the one seeing the most significant global growth.

So this is a mini collection consisting of the blush palette and a nail varnish and lipstick. The nail varnish and lipstick will be in a post coming soon. Lancome promises to donate at least 150,000 euros of its sales profits to the Golden Hat Foundation.

Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact

Ok, so serious bit over, the Blusher! ¬†A gorgeous glossy palette with Kate Winslet’s signature and a picture of the hat. ¬†The powder is a golden hat of course surrounded by a soft pink powder. There is a very glittery overlay. But its easily swept away (which is a good thing, it’s VERY sparkly), the gold hat is also overlaid with a shimmer, which is also easily removed.

Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact
Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact

In the following picture I’ve swiped the overlay off the band around the hate and the bottom half of the pink. It nearly killed me do it too, it’s so gorgeous you don’t want to spoil it, but to show you what you’re actually getting I had to do it.

Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact

And swatches.

Lancome Golden Hat Blush Compact

I don’t know if you can even see that pale swatch on the right there? And therein lies the problem with this palette. It’s not a blush. It’s far far too pale (and I’m incredibly pale) to give me even a hint of colour on my cheeks BUT for me this is is an amazing all over face powder and I do mean amazing. It’s not sparkly but it adds a touch of glow and really gives me a glow rather than a shimmer. It’s truly a thing of beauty.

I was waiting to show you how this works on my face but I’m suffering with a seriously bad break out and I just can’t bear to put a full face picture up at the moment so it’ll have do without as I’ve waited long enough to try and get rid of the spots and I needed to share this.

It’s gorgeous, potentially a bit too pale and chalky on darker skins I’d image but on anyone pale this is beautiful, either as very subtle highlight or the most beautiful face powder ever!

£34 and available now.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Three iconic Nars  products, one compact, Orgasm blusher, Albatross Highlighter and Laguna Bronzer. This was a Limited Edition Product for Summer I think and is out of stock on the Nars site at the moment, it might be available elsewhere if you hunt around a bit!

I grabbed mine in a blog sale much to my deep joy. I already have Orgasm Blush but at the price I got it for it was more than worth the price just for the highlighter and bronzer.

So anyway this is a little zip up compact, fabric, so not easy to keep clean and inside, three pans of varying sizes.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

Here are swatches of the above:

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

I’m not the first person to notice this but that swatch of Orgasm blush and the actual pan looks different to my single blusher… so here are the two together…the trio swatch on the left and my old Orgasm on the right.

Nars Blush Bronzer Trio

They are different but only very slightly, the version of Orgasm in the trio is slightly brighter, on the cheeks though and blended out it’s all the same really. For the uninitiated, Orgasm is a peachy pink blush with a gold shimmer, I never understood why it’s a cult classic, until I found myself reaching for it every time I didn’t know which blush to wear… which is pretty often. It’s a great suits-all blusher and it goes with most looks. Which makes it versatile which is why it’s so popular I guess. And it’s pretty.

The Albatross Highlighter, also v. pretty. It’s white looking in the pan but on the skin is more ivory with gold and I love it as much as I hoped I would.

Laguna bronzer is not orange, it appears to buildable and as I’m petrified of bronzers this is important to me, I like to build it up slowly… and I don’t like too much colour, I’m very very pale, last thing I want is a brown face and white chest thanks. It has a small amount of shimmer in, but nothing noticeable on my skin. I love it! I ¬†haven’t decided how it compares to my beloved Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzer, but its brilliant.

This kit is just perfect for anyone who wants to try out some top selling Nars products…alas, as I’ve already mentioned it’s not for sale any more so you may have to watch blog sales or hunt around for it, but for me this is an absolutely diamond of a product. Love it. I’ll leave you with a selection of photos of my face with all the products in use and as I couldn’t choose which pics to use, unfortunately you get them all. ¬†Very happy indeed with this blogsalebargain ūüôā

 Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio
Nars Blush Bronzer Trio