Just Charlie G

Looks like Clarins are on a roll in 2006, after my post last week showing a couple of bits from the new Spring collection, I’m thrilled to share with you a few more new products. Meet the new Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base.

Clarins InstantI’m going to start with the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base which is a completely brand new product and retails at £18.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base

The Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is a transparent balm in essence, but this isn’t your average lip balm. Essentially its purpose it smooth and soften the lips, evening out lines and helping your lipstick to stay in place for longer. It’s quite honestly a little tube of magic. It goes on clear and feels very comfortable and not at all greasy (my pet hate, greasy lips!)  and it does indeed make my lips feel smooth and lovely. When combined with the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks it does indeed increase longevity and I see no reason why it wouldn’t apply to any brand of lipstick. I think, and I will try this out, that it would be amazing under liquid matte lipsticks for comfort, while keeping the finish matte.

Next up, the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks. £20 each.

Clarins Joli Rouge BrilliantClarins lipsticks are totally amazing. They can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve tried the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks before, and they are just very lovely. The difference with this new launch is that they have been reformulated, and now have more moisture, finer pearl particles and new shades.

What’s lovely about these lipsticks is that they glow, the pearl particles seem to give light, the colour is sheer and radiant and the finish is moisturising and comfortable. They are just lovely.

Left to Right is Guava, Fig and Cherry.

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Clarins Joli Rouge BrilliantThe tip of each lipstick is designed to make application a breeze and they are not only beautifully scented, but flavoured too. I suppose for some this may be off putting so it is something to bear in mind, but I personally love the scent, it’s red berries, light and fruity.

Here are some slightly embarrassing (for a variety of reasons) photos of each colour being worn.

First is Guava, a lovely peachy pink.

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant GuavaNext is Fig…

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Fig

Finally Cherry.

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant CherryAll the products are beautiful and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of them. The shades are beautiful and wearable and very comfortable to wear. I much prefer to wear softer, sheerer finishes so these are right up my street, and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is brilliant, having tried these on yesterday, with the base, the last shade I tried, Cherry, was still in evidence at teatime.

Both the new Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base are available now from Clarins counters and Clarins online.

*All items received free of charge for review purposes.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Today I’m blogging about the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil*. I’m so happy as these were launched first time in January to great acclaim and I missed out, they are now back, permanently and I finally get to try them out!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil Lets just start by saying how beautiful they are to look at, like stained glass or jewels. Very pretty indeed.

Okay  so the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils are a sort of lipgloss/treatment oil hybrid. Once applied they look like a lipgloss, but they perform like a lip treatment. Blended with essential oils and hazelnut oil as a preservative there’s also mirabelle and organic jojoba oil to nourish. There are two versions, Honey and Raspberry. Each is very lightly coloured, adding very little in terms of colour to the lip (although I do believe raspberry adds a hint of pinkness to my lips), and each is lightly scented. I personally think they smell very similar and I’m not sure they are honey and raspberry scented!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil The applicator is a larger than average doe foot applicator in a paddle shape meaning to can apply in swipes easily or dab on gently.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

In terms of performance they are lush! When you apply them they definitely go on like gloss. And a fairly sticky gloss at that. But in time these moisturise and mellow, leaving behind a satin sheen and plumped lips. They are really very lovely and I can now see why they sold out first time round and why they have been bought back permanently. They also stay on my lips for much longer than an average lipgloss. Possibly in part to the stickyness, but I applied at 10am and can still feel remnants on my lips now at 3.00pm, they are of course, no longer glossy.

I never wear gloss over lipstick, it makes me feel all unhappy when my doe foot applicators get lipstick on them, but I’d imagine they’d perform well over a lipstick for a glossy look but they are perfect for me as I skip lipstick quite often as I feel overly made up, but I feel wrong without something on my lips. The following picture is of the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey, immediately after application. The lines you can see in the finish, are the remnants of foundation I swept over my lips, rather than this product.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil These are £18 each and available from Clarins online and instore. I note that Raspberry doesn’t seem to be available, I am not sure if it has launched and sold out or if its just not been stocked yet, but both shades are currently available on Selfridges site.

I don’t generally get on with lip balms, I find that frequently they aggravate my dryness rather than soothing it, this product however really works, my lips definitely feel nourished. At £18 they are not cheap, but they are a touch of luxury, and for me, not just luxury, but effective too. Definitely recommend.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes.

LP Skin Therapy

LP Skin Therapy is a skincare range created by Dr Linda Papadopoulos PhD. Dr Papadopoulos is a very well known psychologist but what I suspect is less well known is that she is especially knowledgeable about the field of psychodermatology. I’d never heard of this before so just by way of quick explanation, psychodermatology is taking a psychological approach to skin disorders, recognising the role emotional stress can play in triggering conditions and tackling the distress they can cause. Therefore, it is no surprise that the LP Skin Therapy range has been designed to tackle ageing skin, not only by helping with external factors such as sun and pollution, but also by helping to tackle stress.

Not as out there as it actually sounds really, if you believe in the power of scent, or aromatherapy, then this is along those lines. One thing I particularly like is that on the brand’s website there’s a sort of encyclopaedia where you can look up many of the ingredients, and is actually in terms that I can understand, I don’t feel blinded by science.

Anyway, a little bit about the products, all the items I was sent are mini samples so they’ve not been rigorously tested but I am able to tell you what I think of them all so far.

Starting with the System Balance Face Wash which is £15.99 for 150ml. Now I totally avoid foaming face washes as I know they can be drying and not good, in the spirit of trying things out for the blog I gave this a whirl and have to say I’ve been loving it. It’s very lightly foaming and leaves my skin soft but not at all tight or sensitive. It is quite heavily scented, orange blossom, which I love. Would definitely consider purchasing this after I’ve finished my other cleanser, to use along with my oil cleanser.

The next item i tried is the Uplifting Facial Water.  Loving this again.  It’s £15.00 for 120ml and you can use either after your cleanser, as a toner or as a spritz as and when throughout the day, again this is fragranced with orange blossom. It contains aloe vera and hibiscus extract to sooth and calm along with Colloid PMG-WP (!) which is a source of hydrolysed wheat protein and 24 carat colloidal gold to fight the ageing process. This just feels very refreshing, so for that reason I like it and would definitely use it after my cleanser.

Then we have the Refining Lip Exfoliator, £15 for 8ml. Now this is a lovely product, I’ve really been enjoying using this.  It’s not a thick balm, on the lips it feels like oil which has small beads of jojoba oil in it. I use this as the last stage of my evening routine, every night religiously. I like the lemon oil scent for a start and the fact that it leaves my lips so soft. This doesn’t feel very exfoliating as the beads are sparse, which isn’t a criticism, I love this. You apply, massage in for 30 seconds and then tissue off, hence why I use it last thing at night, rather than throughout the day. It’s very lovely although a little pricey in comparison to the other products mentioned so far.

The final product I’ve been trying out is the Untired Eye Cream (£25 for 15ml) and it’s the only product I’m not entirely convinced by. I’ll explain in more detail. It’s an eye cream to help reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes but in the long term it promises to firm up the skin and keep the area hydrated. As an eye cream I really like it. It’s slightly iridescent and on application you can see it brightening the area, which is great, the thing I’m not so keen on is the sparkle….there’s a lot of sparkle in this stuff, and whilst it is incredibly fine and far from being chunky glitter, it is still quite obvious. Now under foundation this causes no problems at all…but if you are going foundation free then be prepared for sparkly eyes. For me, I wear foundation most days so its not a problem and I’ve enjoyed using this, but I have to say it’s a no go for me on no foundation days.

All in all I’ve really enjoyed trying out this range, it’s considerably more affordable than other brands I’ve reviewed this week, and the products are very pleasant to use indeed. I also really like the ethos, it’s logical, if you look after yourself, get plenty of sleep, manage your stress effectively, your skin will improve. A very nice range and it’s available from http://www.keepmeinspired.co.uk/

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Lanolips 101 Ointment

There’s only so much you can say about lip balms…. even so, I’ll probably waffle on far more than I intended to. I didn’t get off to a good start with Lanolips.

I found the Lanolips balms actually rather drying on me, I don’t know why, I received mine as a gift so I didn’t review it, but I still like the shade and drag it out on occasion (Rose if you’re interested!).

I’ve had more success with the Lanolips 101 Ointment. A tube of 100% pure medical grade lanolin which seems to work well for me. I’m not sure how it differs from the coloured balms but  this is fine for me.

This adds a sleek sophisticated finish to my lips most days, I don’t wear colour on my lips as often as you might think, I far more often reach for this these days. But it’s not just good for your lips. Heal your wounds,  compromised skin conditions, suitable for new born babies, put it on minor burns or sunburn, or your dry heels, or dry cuticles, put it on your nose when you’ve got a cold, mix it with your lipstick to make a gloss, fix a squeaky hinge…. truly the list goes on.

Perfect handbag product and I’ll be taking it with me on holiday, much as I take it everywhere… a must have.

Lanolips 101 Ointment is £11 for 17.5g and is available at www.victoriahealth.com and Boots stores nationwide.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Ooh here’s something lovely! Yes to Carrots would very much like it if you could say Yes to kisses this valentines day and to get your lips perfectly kissable they’ve created the C Me Blush Lip Tints.

Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint

There are six shades and I have Ready Red to show you today. The lip tints provide you with a touch of colour and promises to soothe, conditioner and moisturise. 99% certified organic ingredients, no carmine and no parabens, phenols, petroleum or phthalates. It’s also highly worth mentioning that each Lip tint contains beeswax sourced from the Tung Teya community in Africa and all proceeds from the sale of their beeswax go back into the community to build schools and improve healthcare. So I think you’ll find these are a truly worthy product.

Here are some pictures, hopefully self explanatory!

Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint
Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint
Yes to Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint

This is quite a pigmented product on my lips, but they are designed to work with the natural colour of your lips and my lips are quite pigmented so I suppose that shows. I also find this to be a quite coppery/orangey red, but it’s lovely. There’s a light mint tingle thing going on and it’s definitely soothing. Not sure this product can do any wrong really, even the price is reasonable at £5.99.

The other shades available are Natural Smile (neutral), Cotton Candy (pale pink), Sunset Pink (sheer pink), Coral Sunshine (coral) and Chocolate Kiss (taupe).

These are available from www.victoriahealth.com.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

It’s New Years Eve and I’m sure we all have fun things to do… I speak for everyone else since I’ll probably be sat here doing what I always do, catching up on TV, blogging and sorting laundry out! I’ve never been a big fan of NYE celebrations which in the past have invariably meant being stuck in an over-filled pub or club, swaying as the crowd pushes you around and clutching a coat and handbag in one hand and a drink in the other… so no, I like my quiet New Year Eves!

Anyway, whatever you are all doing I wish you a wonderful night and a fantastic 2012.

On with this speedy review of Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss, in this case, which in this case is Zesty Red.

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

A 95% natural lip gloss that essentially is a protective lip balm. It provides a sheer hint of colour and nice subtle gloss. The effect is nice enough but there is a flaw with the product, or at least with my tube of product.

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

For the most part I like this product, it feels thick and protective on the lips without feeling gloopy and sticky but it contains these strange little hard beads of what feels like plastic but is probably some kind of wax? The beads are not packing the tube out so you aren’t left with lips covered in grit but they are enough to feel a bit annoying.

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

It is uncomfortable, but once you’ve managed to get rid of it by whatever means then you’re left with a nice hint of colour and a glossy sheen.

See if you can spot the little bead of  whatever it is in the next picture…

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Natural Lip Gloss

I don’t hate the product, I really quite like how it looks and it’s really protecting and softening. It’s just a shame about the little bits in it. It is however a bargain price at £4.49 so if you are looking for something to protect your lips from the elements this winter, that’s nearly 100% natural, is reasonably priced and does a good job but you don’t mind a little annoyance then please check it out.

I’m on the fence about this one, but there’s no denying that after using it my lips feels so soft and conditioned. I’m just not sure I want a product with bits in.

My product was provided free of charge to me for review purposes.

Lush Chilli Tingle Lip Tint

Well Lush, you’ve really outdone yourselves. The lip tints are the best things you’ve ever made. I absolutely love them. Celebrate is beyond lovely and goes with everything from a heavy smoky eye to a barely made up look. I love it but now I’ve added Chilli Tingle to my arsenal and I love it just as much. It’s amazing. A fab and  slightly scary bright orange in the tin. It’s lovely.

For me it’s only lightly moisturising, so probably not the best product for very dry lips but I wear this very much as a lip colour and any extra moisture I get from it are just an added bonus.

It is full of great ingredients though, obviously the lovely dried chillies, and hoja santa (an aromatic herb) and annatto seeds which have such a strong red colour in the seeds that the bush is known as the lipstick tree! Then there’s jojoba oil and chocolate-scented cocoa butter and wax to protect and seal the colour. It smells gorgeous but really it’s how it looks that I really love.

Re the taste, there’s a hint of chilli but its mostly chocolate. I’d personally like to experience a bit more tingle!

Anyway, here it is on. it’s a nice soft muted shade and not as scary as it looks in the tin!

Lush Chilli Tingle Lip Tint

Anyway, this is a Lush Christmas special and I’m really not sure how long it’s going to be around after Christmas so if it takes your fancy you  need to grab one fast!

It’s £4.75 and I’ll be trying to get the Snow Fairy one and the red one It Started With A Kiss. These are just brilliant for a hint of colour and they wear really well. Love them all.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

Lush Lips

When Lush make things I like, I REALLY like them and whilst so much isn’t for me since I decided I only like showering these lip products for Christmas are great… I’m actually contemplating back ups!

So first up the Pow Wow lip scrub (£4.75). It’s a seriously unattractive colour but don’t let it put you off. It’s a lime scented scrub full of sugar and popping candy. In addition there’s ginseng and caffeine to help you party all night and then there’s organic jojoba oil, rose hip oil and argan oil. I admit it’s not the easiest to use for a few reasons. Firstly my pot seems to have a bit too much oil in it so when I dip my finger in the pot I mostly get oil with a few bits of scrub. That’s ok, it’s super moisturising but it is very green and if it goes over the edges of your lips you WILL see it on your skin because it’s green. Then the other thing is that the popping candy is not the easiest to scrub with because of the shapes and sizes. That said it tastes and smells gorgeous and it leaves my lips so incredibly soft and flake free, even if they were flaky to start with. A great product with loads of gorgeous ingredients and a little kick to help you through the part season.

And then there’s the Celebrate Lip Tint,  also £4.75. A tinted lip balm in pale pink.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

It looks so pretty in its tin but actually that popping candy on the top is a bit irritating because it sticks on your lips. That aside, this smells gorgeous, and for some reason it was a hugely nostalgic smell for me, I’ve not been able to work out yet what it reminds me of, maybe it’s just sherbet lemons or something but it smells gorgeous.  It’s supposedly  cognac, lemon and grapefruit, I just get fruity loveliness. The colour of the tint is gorgeous and so is the texture. I’ve read reports that some people have found it a bit drying, that’s not been the case for me at all, maybe because I’m using it regularly in conjunction with the scrub, but my lips are definitely kissably soft. You just have to inspect closely to make sure you don’t have lumps of popping candy stuck to your lips!

It’s a pink with a very subtle golden lustre.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

And I’m sorry about this horribly unflattering photo you’re about to see, but it’s the only one I took that came out in focus…and I just wanted to show the colour in the context of my face.

Lush Celebrate Lip Tint

Love it and although I’m considering back ups of both products it’s the tint especially I love.  Only next tin I get I’ll scrape the extremely pretty popping candy off the top first.

I am also fancying very muchly the other two Christmas lip tints, Snow Fairy and Chilli Tingle. It’s the latter that’s really calling my name though, jojoba, cocoa butter  and chilli… and it’s orange. Looks gorgeous on the Lush website.

There are some lovely things from Lush this Christmas, some old favourites and some new but the lip products are my absolute favourites.

Go have a look, https://phoenix.lush.co.uk/

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I reviewed some Lord & Berry products quite some time ago and was impressed so I was delighted to receive a few more bits to play with. Unfortunately, one of them was a duplicate of the lovely Stardust Pure Pearl Loose Eyeshadow in Gold Black which I already reviewed in my previous post but I also received the Extra Care Lip Balm and Primer and the Silk Kajal Kohl pencil.

Lord & Berry Extra Care Lip Balm and Primer
 The balm is lovely and makes a wonderful base for the fab Vogue Matt Velvet Lipsticks which I adore! I don’t find it works terribly well under a more moisturising lipstick but I don’t like any balm under them, but alone or under a matte lipstick its lovely. It’s £9.50 and very nice. Mostly unscented and flavourless. Oh it also has SPF15 which I do like a lip product to have.
One thing I really like about the Lord & Berry range is the Black Wardrobe Collection. Since I’m a huge fan of black eyemake up it really appeals. I already tried one of the black liners, a smudgeproof one and the one I was sent this time is the Silk Kajal Kohl.
Lord & Berry silk kajal kohl
 As the name implies this is an eyeliner to replicate traditional Eastern Kohl. Draw along your waterline. It’s semi matte and smudgeable. For me, it can’t and won’t replace my beloved Guerlain powder kohl, but this is ideal for anyone who finds the idea of a loose powder and stylus applicator daunting. A pencil in undoubtedly easier to wield. It doesn’t quite have the staying power of the kohl, but on mornings where I have less time I’ll be grabbing this for a quick result. It’s very very black and very smooth. Heres a little swatch and a smudged swatch so you can see how soft it is.
Lord & Berry silk kajal kohl
Lord & Berry silk kajal kohl
I’m fairly sure all the eye pencils are £9.50 but I don’t have the information to hand to double check. I do know you can buy from ASOS or Beautyque.
I really like this brand and I’m very taken with the images on the home page of the official site I’ve been letting them scroll on repeat and wondering if I can recreate! Gorgeous.

I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share this collection with you. The Clinique Strawberry Fudge Colour Collection for Christmas is a small but perfectly formed  with glorious colours! This collection is available from the 12th November

Clinique Strawberry FudgeClinique Strawberry Fudge


The collection includes the stunning Strawberry Fudge Holiday compact. This is stunning. Retailing at £25 it contains a trio of the Colour Surge eyeshadows in soft pink, choclate brown and a slate shade. There’s also a beautiful pink blusher in “New Clover”. Apologies for the reflection of my double chin in the compact. oops.
Clinique strawberry bliss

Also included is a Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour in Strawberry Bliss. Lots of scrummy ingredients to help improve your lips at £13.50.
clinique plush pink

There’s a Defining Liner for Lips in Plush Pink which retails at £12.50. It’s a great colour and has a built in sharpener in the lid.

Finally there’s a High Lengths Mascara included in the collection which I don’t have but that promises to take your eyelashes to new lengths. £14.50.


Clinique Strawberry Fudge

L-R is the Liner, Lip Smoothie, the eyeshadows and below is the blusher.

I put all these items to good use today so here’s my face!

 Clinique Strawberry FudgeClinique Strawberry Fudge

And a close look at the eyes and lips:

Clinique Strawberry FudgeClinique Strawberry Fudge

So my thoughts on the items that I have received. The Colour compact is absolutely beautiful. The colours are gorgeous, really gorgeous and I’m absolutely head over heels with the blusher. The Lip liner is fantastic and will see lots of use from me and I adore the colour of the Lip Smoothie however, I’ve decided I don’t like the feel of the smoothies on my lips. they feel heavy on my lips… I’d prefer a lighter formula.

Overall though, I love this little collection and the colours are right up my street. I can see the compact and liner being my absolute staples in the months to come and although I will reach for the Lip Smoothie as I love the colour, I can’t see me using it quite so often as I’m just not a fan of the formula sadly.

The compact is a must have if you ask me!

*Disclosure – PR Sample *