Just Charlie G

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors aren’t new products, but I’ve not tried them before and have been three new colours added to the range. These are LUSH!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Meet Petal Shimmer, Candy Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Shimmer is actually virtually invisible on the lips (which is a thumbs up for me) but these are my new go to daily lip products. As much as I’m a lover of lipstick, I don’t actually wear colours on my lips all that often. These provide a non-sticky wash of sheer colour that goes with everything and completes any look. They are moisturising and not very sticky and although very glossy, I love them when they settle a little bit and leave you with a less glossy finish. Just perfect any way though really.

Petal Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Petal Shimmer

Candy Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Candy Shimmer

Rosewood Shimmer (sorry this is a bit blurry but its very colour accurate so I’m using it anyway!)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Rosewood Shimmer

Any beauty lover should have these in their arsenal. There are three other shades in the range, Rose Shimmer, Apricot Shimmer and Nude Shimmer. I’d like to add them all to my collection in due course.

These are £17 each and available from www.clarins.co.uk or you can get the three original shades from Escentual.com for £13.60 each!

*PR Samples*

You all know by now how much I love the Clarins collections for each season. I was late to discover Clarins but when I did it was love at first sight. Usually I share all the products in one great big long post but this season I’ve decided to break it down into pieces. Largely because it’s the Easter hols and I’ve got the kids here, time for sitting down and writing blog posts is limited, and when I do have time I just want to do nothing as much as possible! So here we have it, the Limited Edition Lip Products for Summer 2013.

Starting with the most eye catching, the Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms, £18 each.

Left to Right is Crystal Rose, Crystal Mandarin, Crystal Gold Plum and Crystal Berry.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms

Oh they are just so pretty aren’t they. Don’t be put off by the blue and green, the jelly like outside of these balms is completely transparent on the skin. I love these Crystal Lip Balms, although they are a little tricky to apply because of where the colour is in the stick, its worth the effort and I find the balmy outside of these gives you a sort of just bitten look. They are lovely and moisturising too.

Anyway, here’s swatches. In the same order as above, Crystal Rose, Crystal Mandarin, Crystal Gold Plum and Crystal Berry. Note, not a hint of green or blue to be seen.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms

I apologise for the quality of the following pics, they were cropped from much larger pictures and didn’t come out as well as I had hoped. You get the idea though.

Crystal Rose.

Clarins crystal Rose

Crystal Mandarin.

clarins crystal mandarin

Crystal Gold Plum.

clarins crystal gold plum

Crystal Berry.

clarins crystal berry

I absolutely love Crystal Rose, which is a goes with anything pink, but my surprise favourite is Crystal Gold Plum, a surprise as I thought I wouldn’t like it at all. It’s absolutely gorgeous though, Different but so pretty. If you only treat yourself to one of these, get Crystal Gold Plum. So so nice.

The other limited edition lip products for this Summer are gorgeously fruity and juicy Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels which are £16 each. Available in two shades, Crystal Pink and Crystal Plum. I find Crystal Pink to be completely wrongly named, it’s very much red toned to my eyes, but regardless, it’s pretty gorgeous.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels

There are supposed to plump your lips and add a non sticky high gloss. I don’t see much in the way of plumping, but they are extremely glossy with no stickiness.

Crystal Pink on the left and Crystal Plum on the right.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels

They are really fruity (so not one for those who don’t like scented lip products) and I love the scent, it’s like Summer in a tube.

Crystal Pink (see it’s red isn’t it?!)

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels

Crystal Plum

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels

These are both gorgeous and if you’re looking for a pop of translucent coloured gloss this Summer then look no further, these are gorgeous!

All of the above are available from Clarins counters nationwide now or www.clarins.co.uk/

Keep checking my blog for more of the beautiful Clarins Summer products this week.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

A new brand to me and I believe, a fairly new brand to the UK Kiko have certainly made an impact. Sometimes I don’t bother showing products packaging for products but the Kiko Colours In the World collection packaging is so gorgeous.

I received a few very colourful bits to try out. You can see swatches towards the end of the post.

Starting with the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Soft Green Apple (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

The most beautiful colour, highly pigmented, and blendable this is gorgeous and when they say long lasting, they mean long lasting. This is what happened when I tried to scrub it off with a wet wipe.

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

It took some shifting I can tell you. Fab product for the price.

Then there’s the Pigment Loose Eyeshadow in Breezy Azure (£5.90)

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

What a colour! I have to admit, I’ve not really played with this although I can imagine for those younger than me (cough)  this would be amazing. I have an image in my mind of this with the pencil up there that would be incredible, but alas way beyond my skills! Still this is stunning and there are other shades to choose from, Beaming Beige looks beautiful.

I was also sent two lip products from the collection.

Looking at the Long Lasting Lipstick first, in Red Orchid (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Again, for the money this is exceptional. It lasts for ages. Actually I only remembered to take these photographs after lunch! So the lips you see there have been through numerous cups of coffee and my lunch. It was about 3pm when I got that annoying stain around the outside of the lips and bare in the middle. I think that’s really quite impressive wear time.

Finally, the  Extra Volume Lipgloss in Sorbet Peach (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Kiko Colours In the World Collection
The most gorgeous lipgloss. A peach shade with very subtle shimmer. I have to confess I didn’t even realise there was shimmer until I cropped that photograph! It’s lovely and actually, it does plump too with very minimal tingling sensation, which you usually get from plumping glosses and I really don’t like.

Here’s swatches of all, including the eye products.

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

All of the above are available from www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/ along with a host of other goodies. Well worth a look if you’re in the market for affordable, cosmetics.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

I’ve talked a lot about the Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose collection, but I’ve still got a few things to show you, and today is the turn of the two gorgeous Limited Edition Lip Glosses, Lilac Rose and Pink Lily.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how great the formula of these is.  Highly glossy these are subtley vanilla (or manilla if you are my three year old) scented and I find them to be quite sticky. They are not extremely sticky though, but what they are, on me at least, is super long wearing. I’m just not used to that in a gloss. These even stayed on during the eating of a bacon roll. I’m surprised they aren’t marketed as long wear because they really are.

Both shades are shimmer free and milky, but where Mac lipglosses, the milky ones especially, settle into the lines in your lips, these do not. They are sheer, but still obviously coloured, with, as I say, a slightly milky tone. Very pretty.

Lilac Rose, is as you would imagine from the name, a purpley pink shade (left swatch) and pink lily is a gorgeous true pink (right swatch).

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

The difference between them is subtle, but there is a difference but you possibly don’t need both, unless, like me, you are a total make up addict.

Lilac Rose

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lilac Rose Lipgloss

Pink Lily

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pink Lily Lipgloss

Available now, for a limited time from your nearest Bobbi Brown counter or from Bobbi Brown online where they retail at £17 each.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Clinique Kiss is Better 2013

For the 6th Year running Clinique is partnering with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for the Kiss It Better Appeal.

Throughout February the Kiss it Better appeal raises money in various ways to fund research into the causes and treatments of childhood cancer. Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children first opened it’s doors on Valentine’s Day 1852 and to help celebrate the hospital’s birthday and raise funds for the Kiss it Better Appeal once again Clinique have created a really lovely gift.

The set is six of the best selling shades of Superbalm Moisturising Glosses. Currant, Raspberry, Lilac, Grapefruit, Apricot and Rootbeer. It retails for £24 with 590% being donated to the Kiss it Better Appeal.

If the set isn’t your cup of tea, if you purchase any lipgloss or lipstick from House of Fraser, £2 will be donated to the appeal (£1 by Clinique and £1 by House of Fraser).

Finally, if you don’t need any more lip products in your life you can text KISS12 followed by a donation amount (e.g KISS12 £3) to 70070. The message is free, except for the donation and your donation will go straight to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The Kiss it From Clinique lip gloss set is exclusively available from House of Fraser stores or the Clinique online store.

I recently made a few cheeky Bobbi Brown purchases that I wanted to share with you.

First up the Pretty In Pink Lipgloss. £17

Bobbi Brown Pretty in Pink

A sheer hint of pink lipgloss that doesn’t add much in the way of colour, but adds a touch of healthy pink to the lips. Shown below swatched and on my lips.

Bobbi Brown Pretty In Pink Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pretty In Pink Lipgloss
My first experience of a Bobbi Brown lip gloss and I found it fairly thick and a little sticky which does help the longevity. Also it’s minty which I think is a nice touch.

The next item I bought is the Retouching Powder in Yellow. £25

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

The retouching powders are new and come in a variety of colours, each of which serves a different purpose. Yellow is to tone down redness in light to medium skin tones and it works amazingly well.

In the following pictures, you can see the loose powder on my hand and then blended out. I didn’t move my hand between taking the two pictures so the light is the same, and I think you can see the blotchyness and redness on my hand is vastly reduced on the second photograph, without giving me a yellow hand!

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow
You can use the powder in various ways, in place of your usual face powder, on top of your usual face powder, with the pink shade you can use it as a blusher, you can use it to correct your foundation if it’s not quite right, or on bare skin… really it’s a very versatile product. The next unflattering photo is just to show you the product on my skin… I get quite red around my nostrils and I think this really helps.

Bobbi Brown retouching powder in yellow

I really want the Full Coverage Face Brush to apply it with and the white version for brightening and illuminating! Very impressed.

The final item I bought is the Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star. £20

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

I’m going to struggle to review this as my photos don’t really do it justice but before I talk, have a look at it in action.

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

 

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Gold Star

This is the finest glitter I think I have ever seen and it’s  so so pretty. For these photographs I haven’t used any kind of eyeshadow primer or base, but I think it goes without saying that if you did you’d get a slightly more obvious effect. As it is this is just gorgeous, it’s the softest hint of gold and sparkle very wearable. I found that on application I had no fall out but after 8 hours of wear, whilst it still looked as though I’d just applied it, it had migrated a bit under my eyes. Very pretty and very understated. I fancy getting Ballet which is pink and Cement which is a grey beige. I’ll do another post soon with this over a base so you can see the difference.

All in all very pleased with my purchases and together they make a lovely soft day time look.

 

All items were purchased from and are available at Selfridges.

Do any of the Spring Bobbi Brown items take your fancy? I fancy the new Creamy Matte Lip colours,  the Sheer Colour cheek tints and the Brightening Finishing Powder is really calling my name!

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring Collection

This blog post has been quite a while in the making! I’ve got all these gorgeous products sat here but the light has played havoc with my photo taking, so I’ve been taking photographs in dribs and drabs and now I’ve managed to take them all! Hoorah!

As is usual with the Clarins collections, there isn’t an item here I don’t like, so I’ll try not to gush too much and just provide you with images and swatches.

Starting with the Limited Edition Face & Blush Powder £30.

Clarins face and Blush powder

Clarins face and Blush powder

Clarins face and Blush powder
I love every single version of these I have, there’s usually one with each collection. Each differs slightly and so I have to play around with them each time to work out how best to use them to suit me. This one works well,  when as a blush for me, those stripes of peach and pink provide enough punch so that that when a brush is swept over the whole thing, they still come out mostly blusher coloured, and what a pretty colour it is too. You can see this in use on my cheeks at the end of this post.

New Mineral Loose Powder £30.

Clarins Mineral Loose Powder

Clarins Mineral Loose Powder
I’ve long been a fan, nay, devotee, of Clarins pressed powders, but hadn’t tried a loose powder. This doesn’t disappoint at all. Available in Light, Medium and Dark and I have the light version. My preferred method of application is to press on using the included powder puff and then go over my face with a powder brush afterwards. Simply a great powder. I am wearing this in the final photographs on this post, but I am forcing myself to use up my much less pleasant powders before I use this again. My Chanel powder refuses to die damn it!

Limited Edition Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette £30

Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

As with all the Clarins Mineral Palettes, these shadows can be used wet or dry. Now I only ever use shadows dry, I simply can’t be bothered with using things wet, and I generally prefer a sheerer finish anyway, but the combination of colours here is very pretty, there’s a taupe, black, purple and ivory. All offer a satin finish except for the ivory which is quite shimmery. Such lovely colour combinations and I’ve particularly like wearing this with the Violet Kohl Kajal from the Summer collection which really brings out that purple shade.

Next we have two new Jolie Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks in 17 Watermelon and 18 Sweet Plum £17.

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant Watermelon

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant Watermelon

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant sweet plum

Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant sweet plum

These lovely lipsticks are so lovely, they have a sheer finish and a moisturising formula, I’ve a few of them now and they are fail safes for when you want a pop of colour but don’t want a full on lipstick. I particularly love Watermelon (the first of the two shown above) but I feel Sweet Plum matches the Eye Quartet better. I’ve worn both though, so lovely.

Finally there are two  Gloss Prodige, one of which is Limited Edition. 09 Water Lily and 10 Vibrant Rose (Ltd Edition) £15.50.

Clarins Gloss Prodige

Clarins Gloss Prodige

Clarins Gloss Prodige

Clarins Gloss Prodige

These two pretties are both lovely, I’m drawn to glosses like a moth to a flame, not sure why since I don’t really wear them. Water Lily is a nude with a small amount of shimmer and Vibrant Rose is both vibrant and shimmery, very pretty, but manages to avoid being frosty.

Here’s most of the products in use with Watermelon Jolie Rouge Brilliant Lipstick:

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring Collection

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring Collection
There are of course all the new Rouge Eclat Lipsticks which I have reviewed and swatched here, and I have acquired a few more to show you very soon too.

So does anything take your fancy? I’d have to say the Face & Blush powder would be my top pick, its not only pretty to look at but it looks pretty in use too!

As always I’d have to recommend Escentual for Clarins as there’s always a discount!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.

In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.

So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!

Next, the Blusher.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.

Then for the eye products.  I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.

Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.

So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics
All in all a very cute but functional range, with my must have being the liquid liner and my item you should definitely avoid being the brow kit!

Swatches of everything:

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Clarins Spring 2013 Gloss Swatches

Surprisingly, Clarins Spring Make Up Collection launches in January and they’ve got very adventurous with their lipgloss and lipstick flavourings. Instead of the usual vanilla or mint, Clarins have opted for a blackcurrant and liquorice flavour and scent for their lip products.

The two that I’m swatching are the Gloss Prodige Lipglosses in Waterlily (neutral peach) and Vibrant Rose (sparkling pink) and you can definitely taste a sweetness on application. However, if you hate liquorice (not sure anyone hates blackberry!) you’ll be pleased to know that it’s far away from Liquorice Allsorts and Bootlaces although it is very faintly there. However, the taste disappears very quickly – you get a fleeting hit of sweetness and then it’s all over.

Clarins Spring 2013 Gloss Swatches
(goosebumps! sorry…)

They’re both gorgeous shades – Waterlily is delicate enough to add over any colour lipstick to give it a shimmer boost, while Vibrant Rose is exactly as its name suggests – rosy and bright.

Clarins Spring 2013 Gloss Swatches

Every season, Clarins give us a beautiful Face & Blush Powder Palette. These are designed to be perfecting, with optical illuminators, and yet they are very matte and don’t rely on *shimmer* to give your skin a boost. I hate glitter-face so these work really well for anyone who doesn’t want to sparkle their way to the office. The Spring 2013 palette above uses an iris flower for decoration, and the addition of peach and pink stripes means it works also as a neutral blush if you focus your brush on those areas. The palette is £30.

*Regular readers of LadyoftheLane will know that Charlie is recovering from an operation so this post is brought to you by Jane at Britishbeautyblogger. 

09. 11. 2012

Morning all,

Got a couple of fab 17 bits to share with you today. I’ve not really been paying enough attention to 17 in recent years but I’m glad to be aware of these bits because I’m very much in love with them.

First of all they have created a Eyeliner Studio, a collection of 8 black liners and I’ve been trying out the Tattoo Me Liquid which is a bargain £4.99.

17 Tattoo Me Liquid

Described as a Semi Permanent eye liner it claims to last up to 48 hours and you know what, this does live up to it’s claims… I think. I refused to not wash my face for 48 hours but I do know it didn’t budge one tiny bit all day and was stubborn to remove even with oil…

For halloween I drew stitches on my daughter’s face…. I couldn’t get them off after, and after making her face red with rubbing, I had to concede defeat and leave it there and try again the next morning, to my relief it did then come off.

The liner is blackest black and whilst I’m absolutely rubbish at liquid liner, I still managed to produce a half decent attempt. Very impressed.

17 Tattoo Me Liquid

17 Tattoo Me Liquid

Other items in the Eyeliner Studio range are a Khol pencil, a Brow Pencil, High Drama Liquid, Make Your Mark Liquid, Smoulder Gel Eyeliner, Perk and Paint Pencil and Lacquer Liner Liquid. Do check them out.

The other item I’ve worn constantly is the Mirror Shine Lipstick. There are 13 shades and they have all been repackaged in little tubes that contain a handy mirror for application. I have the shade Belle, which is a perfect sheer nude lip on me, or a my-lips-but-better shade if you’ll excuse the phrase. I love this. £4.79.

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick Belle

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick Belle

 

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick Belle

Here I am sporting both products, as I seem to be doing most days at the moment.

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick Belle

I’m definitely loving 17! Available now from Boots and Boots.com.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*