Just Charlie G

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*

All you gloss lovers listen up! I’ve got the creme de la creme of glosses to show you today!

Say hello to the unassuming looking Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in Beige.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in Beige

This pretty looking gloss is really something marvellous. You might as well forget the pinky looking colour because actually this almost completely clear on the lips, and here’s the weird thing. Look at the swatch, it’s positively packed with glitter…

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in Beige

On the lips though, the glitter is almost not there. So we’ve got a pink glittery lip gloss that is neither pink nor glittery on the lips, so what’s to love?

Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in Beige

Well quite a few things actually. Firstly I love how it looks, that sheer colour and that glitter do something and I just love the finished effect, natural lips. Also I can’t abide really glossy glosses, I don’t like the way they make my lips look, but I love the way this looks. Then there’s the texture, it’s lighter and less sticky than any gloss I’ve ever tried, it feels like it’s not there, almost. Oh and that’s not all. If you smack your lips together, or blot with a tissue, the shine will stay. There’s some fancy technology at work there but it really does work, have a cup of coffee and what is left on your lips after will remain perfectly glossy. It wears really well on the lip.

Not a cheap gloss at all at £23.50 but if you love a good gloss then everyone should have one of these in their collection.

Mine was purchased from House of Fraser but you can also buy from www.armanibeauty.co.uk. I can’t promise I won’t go back for more!

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*

We don’t hear much about the brand Mary Kay do we? I don’t know why and it wasn’t on my radar at all…but that said, the name is really ringing a bell with me. I know the company has been around a long time, fifty years I believe, so perhaps it’s something from my childhood that my Mum used, I’m really not sure, but anyway, these products are my first experience of Mary Kay and I’m liking what I’ve tried!

Starting with the stunning Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate. Now that’s quite a mouthful, but the “beauty that counts” portion means that £1 from the total cost of this lipstick goes to charity when you buy it. It costs £10.

Mary kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

 

NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

Isn’t that pretty? The two swirled colours are called Cream & Sugar and Pink Parfait.  The gloss itself is a neutral sheer shade with a teeny bit of shimmer and is really moisturising and non sticky, it’s a really lovely every day lip product.

Mary Kay  NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate

And then I want to show you the Translucent Loose Powder (£18).

Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder

 

Translucent Loose Powder

This powder is ever so slightly off white, and promises to be completely translucent making it suitable for all skin tones from the palest to the darkest. Obviously I can’t test that out as I’ve only one skin which is pale, but it certainly works on me. It’s incredibly soft and velvety. I do have to be careful not to use too much but with care this works really well and sets my foundation beautifully. To be fair, it does say in the info to use a very light hand in applying…as is the case with most powders!

It’s also one of those powders that diffuses light and therefore can appear to “soften” any imperfections.
Translucent Loose Powder
Oh and a final shout out to this little beauty which served me faithfully in the recent heatwave.

Minty lotion for hot legs and feet, sheer bliss and a very decent £8 price tag too.

All in all, I like the things I’ve tried and will be keeping a closer eye on this brand, who knows what hidden gems may be lurking in their product catalogue, I’m off to look!

http://www.marykay.co.uk/
*All items were provided free of charge for review purposes*

I’ve got a couple of lovely things to show you today. The Stained Gloss Lip Tars are the newest addition to the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics line and are a sort of hybrid lip product.

They are the same sort of formula as the original Lip Tars, in that they feel similar on the lips and only a tiny tiny bit is needed but they are different. The colours are slightly sheer (inspired by stained glass windows and lighting gels) and they are glossy, like a lip gloss. They also leave behind a stain as the gloss wears away, hence the name. I’ve got two shades to show you and at first glance, in their packaging they look very similar.

The packaging has changed since I last bought a lip tar, and they now come in a little plastic pouch with instructions and a brush, which is a welcome addition.

Anyway, meet Jealous.

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar jealous

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar jealous
A sort of coral shade, and it’s bright, but it’s not that bright. Well not in comparison to Meta.

Lets just get on with it and meet Meta.

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar meta

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar meta

OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar meta
Both colours are in the same family for sure, but Meta is considerably brighter. Although you can’t really tell in my “full face” pictures, you can see the difference in the lip swatches, Jealous is slightly more muted. It’s like Jealous is Meta’s shy twin.

I love both but you certainly don’t need both, if ultra bright is out of your comfort zone, grab Jealous but if you love bright bright bright lips, grab Meta.

In terms of wear I found the stain aspect disappointing, it didn’t stick around too long. On the plus side, unlike many lip stains, it wore away evenly, many I have tried leave a stain around the outside of your lips, wearing away in the middle first. In terms of a glossy lip colour I wasn’t disappointed at all. The lip colour stayed put for a few hours, enduring several cups of coffee and I needed to reapply after lunch.

I really like Lip Tars, they are excellent value for money, as you need so little when you apply and the new little pouches and brushes that come with them make it easy to touch up your make up on the go. The colours are always fantastic.

I really like OCC and the pigments are next on my wish list. I’ve been wanting the Garden collection since they came out over a year ago, I’m just struggling to justify buying the 4 I want at £9.50 each. I’ve got a couple of the Creme Colour Concentrates to show you later this week too which are lovely.

Anyway, if you like the look of these Stained Gloss Lip Tars you can purchase them from Cocktail Cosmetics for £11.95 each.

*These were PR Samples provided to me for review purposes*

Too much pretty!

Lancome Gloss in Love

Welcome to the newest products in the Lancome cosmetics range. Gloss in Love. Lightly sparkling, extremely shiny and lovely moisturising glosses. Available in twelve shades, I’ve got two to show you. Pink Pampille (left above) and Peach Show (on the right above).

First thing is the opening mechanism. It’s a gimmick really but I love it, it just makes for something a bit different.  All you do is press the little square button and the lid pops up and you pull out the wand and off you go.

Lancome Gloss in LoveLancome Gloss in Love

I realise now I’m actually writing the post that I forgot to take photographs of the applicators but it’s sort of double sided and you use the curved side to coat the lower lip and the pointed side on the top lip. It works perfectly.

As for the colours they are gorgeous. Pink Pampille is on the left here and Peach Show is on the right. Both are lightly sparkling, with the the pink shade having just the merest hint of sparkle.

Lancome Gloss in Love

Pink Pamille:

Lancome Gloss in Love Pink Pampille

Lancome Gloss in Love Pink Pampille

 

Peach Show:

Lancome Gloss in Love Peach Show

Lancome Gloss in Love Peach Show
Beautiful products that deliver on all counts. They feel a bit thick on my lips and I’m not overly keen on that sensation, but the thickness lends itself to a very good wear time. They promise 6 hours… I get more like 4-5. But hey, that’s good going for a gloss!

Really like these and love the sound of Glitter Mania!

They are £20 each and available from Lancome Online.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio

From Stila’s Festival of Colour Summer collection comes this gorgeous trio of the classic Stila Lip Glaze. There were two different sets released with the Summer collection and this one is called Road Trip.

In case you’re not familiar with Stila’s Lip Glazes, these are glosses in twist up applicators with a brush. These are award winning moisturising and I find they wear quite well for glosses too. I personally find them a bit sticky for my tastes but I can make these work easily by blotting ever so sligthly, they still maintain their gloss if i’m careful, but just lose the stickyness. I can put up with the stickyness though as the colours are absolutely gorgeous. Meet (top to bottom and left to right) Open Road, Pink Sunset and Rising Sun.

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio
And on the lips:

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio
(oh god I hate this last photo, sorry)

Stila Road Trip Lip Glaze Trio

These are an absolute bargain at £12 for all three and available from stila.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Good morning!

Today I’ve got some beautiful products and two very different looks from Aveda to show you today. This is my first foray into Aveda cosmetics and I want more! There are a few bits in the collection that I didn’t get so Might just get myself those, since I’m so impressed.

The first thing I want to tell you about is the packaging. It’s all recyclable, it’s functional rather than needlessly pretty and in terms of eyeshadows, you just buy the pans, and are encouraged to buy palettes to store them in rather than lots of plastic cases.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Don’t get me wrong, the packaging is lovely, but it’s basic and that really encourages you to concentrate on the products within.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

The items I received to try out are as follows:

Petal Essence Single Eye Color Refills in Bare Bellis, Cinnamon Bark, Oceanica and Papyrus (£11.50 each)
Nourish-mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Melochia Bloom (£12)
Nourish-mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana (£12)
Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Barbarry Bloom (£14)
Petal-essence Eye Definer in Jade Bloom (£13.50)
Nourish-mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Kukui (£15.50)

On looking at these pictures I’ve realised I’ve not taken any photos of the Lip Glaze in any pictures, although I have got a hand swatch so I’ll do a separate post on that.

Okay, so before I show you the looks, here’s the hand swatches of the stunning colours.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

My favourite things are the two pencils, the eye and lip pencil, they are so packed full of colour and they stay put all day long, just great products… and that red lipstick, well it’s mind blowingly bright on… a little out of my comfort zone, but just amazing.

Anyway, here’s the first look, brace yourselves!!

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection
For this look I used Cana Lipstick with Barbary Bloom Lip Liner, and on the eyes Jade Vine Eye Definer with Papyrus and Oceanica shadow. The lipstick is just insane, so so bright, but absolutely stunning and really I don’t have a bad word to say about any of these products.

But if brights aren’t your cup of tea, fear not, Aveda’s Summer collection has subdued tones too. Here’s my second look.

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

For this look I used Cinnamon Bark and Bare Bellis eyeshadows,  with the much softer Melochia Bloom Lip colour. Again, lovely products that blend flawlessly to create a lovely soft look.

There are a few other items in the collection, but mostly I just wan the Petal Essence Face Accent powder in Hibiscus which is gorgeous and a palette to put them all in!

Aveda Art of Nature Make Up Collection

Anything take your fancy and would you go bright or natural, or maybe mix it up a bit?

All items are available now from www.aveda.co.uk and I’m seriously impressed.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I know we’re barely into Spring but what I’ve got to show you today just screams “HELLO SUMMER”. Beautiful colours and beautiful products.

I don’t even know where to start with these, they’ve got me all tongue tied. I absolutely LOVE make up, unsurprisingly, since I’m a beauty blogger, but these products have taken my breath away.

Okay, I’ve decided. I’m going to start with showing you the Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine glosses. I’ve two shades. 420 – Rouge Shebam (L) and 471-Prune Zip (R).

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine

Dear god, look at those colours!! Okay so the range has 20 shades, in varying degrees of opacity, pigment and some shimmer and some none shimmery. Both of the above are shimmer free and Rouge Shebam is a little more opaque than Prune Zip.  In terms of texture these are amazing. They are non-sticky, long wearing, moisturising and although they aren’t plumping glosses as such they certainly make my lips look plumper.
Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine Rouge Shebam

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine Prune Zip
Rouge Shebam in the full context of my face (!).

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer Maxi Shine

I am in love. If you are planning to treat yourself to only one high end product this Spring/Summer, get one of these, there are four nude shades, two red shades, two orange shades and twelve variations on pink. I think I’ll treat myself to one or two more of these, I have am completely won over. High impact and highly wearable. Simply stunning. These are £22 each.

Oh oh but I’m not done yet. What about the new Colour lacquers? Well these are available in ten shades  and again I have two shades to show you. Meet 143 – Nahema and 165 Champs Elysees.

Guerlain Colour Lacquers

Guerlain Colour Lacquers

Guerlain Colour Lacquers

I took about 20 photographs of Champs Elysees but I just can’t catch the colour at all accurately. It’s more pinky purple than it looks above and its brighter.

First thing I’m going to say is I’m not wearing any top coat in these pictures. This high shine belongs to the Colour Lacquer alone.  It’s easy to overlook creme polishes as being boring in this day and age where “effects” are the in thing (can I just say that aside from glitter I’ve not seen one single effect that I like???), but even so, I often bypass cremes. But these are so not boring. These are saturated glossy and amazing. There’s a wide brush making application a breeze two strokes for me, one on the little finger, and two coats for opaque perfection. These go on easily, wear well and look beautiful and these two shades in particular are sunshiney bright.

These and all the other shades can be purchased from Selfridges right now, and the ranges will be launched nationwide from 1st May. I can’t wait to get more!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*