Just Charlie G

It’s a bright sunny morning here in Devon at the moment so it seems a good moment to keep the Spring vibes going and to share with you the Spring offerings from No7.

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Starting with the two nail polishes. There are two shades in the Gel Look Shine formula. Coral Crush and Sweet Lilac. (£7 each)*.

P1160382The colours are beautiful and opaque in one coat, although I would always recommend two coats. Gorgeous Spring shades. I found Coral Crush applied like a dream but Sweet Lilac was a little trickier, having a bit of a tippex type formula, I also didn’t find Sweet Lilac that shiny, but with a careful application and and nice top coat, neither of those things are too much of an issue. Nice Spring colours.

The highlight of the launch is the No7 Mini Eye Palette (£11)*.

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P1160363Although it’s called a mini palette, I wouldn’t say it’s especially mini really! There are eight shades, each shade is taken from one of No7’s other palettes and you can find the details of where each shade is from on the rear. Mine unfortunately turned up with one shade crumbling. It’s a soft shadow though and I’m not overly surprised or concerned. The shades in the palette are all amazing.

P1160369Each shade has some shimmer, the darkest shades have minimal shimmer, it’s more like sparkle, and very little of it and there are a couple of shades that are richer shimmery shades.

The palest shade is my favourite, it’s the best kind of highlight shade. It’s a white shade with the faintest tinge of pink, and no obvious sparkle or shimmer although there is a slight pearl. My descriptions aren’t the best, but trust me, it’s a great highlight shade.

I thought when I opened the palette that I’d experience some fall out on application and that the dark shades might be a bit tricky to blend, but that hasn’t proved to be the case at all. I would definitely recommend this palette if you are looking for a neutral set of eye shadows, and this one works especially well for night or day with a good range of shades and finishes.

My top pick is definitely the Mini Eyeshadow Palette, it’s a great all rounder.

The collection is available now from Boots counters and Boots Online.

*Items received free of charge for review purposes

 

 

 

For many of us, when we buy our make up we make decisions about what we find acceptable (morally). Whether it’s to shop cruelty free, or whether we care about parent companies that test on animals, even if the brand itself doesn’t.

For those who have heard of Lime Crime, you probably have one or two reactions “oh my god, amazing make up!” or “urgh, wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole”.

I won’t go into it in any detail, there’s plenty of information if you google, but Lime Crime and it’s founder have a checkered history and accusations of unethical behaviour abound.

In my previous blogging life, I spent a long time avoiding the brand, before deciding actually I’d like to try the products and make my own decisions on whether I felt they were worth spending my money on.  For me personally, I felt the products I tried were fantastic and I found it easy to not think about the issues surrounding the founder.

What I did start to notice was that Lime Crime products started to take on a cult-like status, the Velveteens especially. And no surprise, they stayed put, they didn’t dry my lips out and the colours really packed a punch. Other brands bought out similar products, but none really quite matched up.

With this cult status attached to the products, it became clear that many of them would be out of stock on the few UK stockists, sometimes for long periods of time. When they were in stock they sold out immediately, or very quickly, retailers couldn’t keep up, and it seems that Lime Crime couldn’t keep up with international demand either.

Soooo anyway, towards the end of the year Lime Crime released the Venus palette. I absolutely HAD to have it. Problem was, it kept selling out but I did manage to pull a few strings and get one put aside for me (thank you Cocktail Cosmetics) and then my husband bought it for me for Christmas.

P1160267 Lime Crime Venus

Truly a thing of beauty, the palette is visually gorgeous, the shades in the palette are a dream, the formula of the shadows is incredible and I’ve worn it most days in a variety of ways. Considering its red/orange hue, it works for both natural and dramatic looks and I love it. And normally, I’d blog about it, you know with some looks, some swatches, a run down of the shades, you know, your average beauty blog post. Except, there doesn’t seem to be much point now since Lime Crime have withdrawn from all of their international sellers. I’m sure it’s a massive blow to fans outside of the US. The only way you can purchase Lime Crime products now is via their  website, in the US. I’m not sure who will bother. I think the international shipping fee is reasonable at $10.95 (approx £7.24), but in reality, I’m not sure who will, would you really pay £7.24 shipping for one lipstick.

I have no real idea why they have stopped using international suppliers, but would hazard a guess that its because they just can’t keep up with demand, even their own website can go for long periods without popular products being restocked and from what I can gather, even when they are restocked, they sell out immediately… lets just say it’s not great.

So what can I say, Lime Crime, fabulous products, really fabulous, but a crying shame people can’t easily buy them. Perhaps its a wise idea to be sure you can keep up demand before releasing a highly covetable product!

I hope you’ll forgive me because today I’m blogging about a product that you can no longer buy, anywhere, as far as I can tell. Before you click away though, you can buy most of the products in this palette individually so the post still has value yes? Jolly good!

The Nars Skin Deep Palette is a few years old now but I picked mine up recently in a blog sale and I’m very pleased because this is the perfect every day palette which contains all you need for a natural look.

Nars Skin Deep Palette

Down the Left hand side  there are three eye shadows, the top two are the All About Eve Duo the bottom shade is Blondie which is available as a single matte shadow.

Then in the centre are two nude hued blushers in Zen and Ninotchka. Zen is the top shade and available currently, Ninotchka I think is a discontinued shade. I use both colours at once, the darker shade as a very light contour and the lighter one on the apples of my cheeks.

Then finally there are Bambi and Manhattan Lipsticks and Viva Las Vegas Sheer Lipstick. Unfortunately Bambi and Manhattan don’t seem to be available but Viva Las Vegas is available in a full size product still.

Anyway, these are all fantastic products and especially good for work life. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them. Not great pictures but they should give you an idea at least! Oh and while I think about it, there’s something trapped inside my camera so if you spot random dark splodges on my photos it’s that and I don’t know how to get them out. There’s one on the side of my nose in the first pic here 🙁

Nars Skin Deep Palette
Nars Skin Deep Palette

Anyway, That’s the Skin Deep palette which I’m so pleased to own, but as I say, you can find many of the products individually if they take your fancy!

Oh boy have I got a beauty to show you today. If you like make up and if you like to step away from the neutrals from time to time then look no further. Meet the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Okay so the blurb is that this palette is a creation borne of a conjunction between Sugarpill and cult fashion designer Amelia Arsenic.

This is my first try of Sugarpill shadows and I couldn’t be more excited. The texture and performance of these more than lives up to my expectations. These are stunning.

Now to show you how they swatch. I’ve included a couple of photos to show how they look in slightly different lights.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Soot & Stars is a shimmering black. The blackest of blacks with a good amount of shimmer. Not too much and not too little.
Diamond Eyes is a shimmering white. Not a colour I can wear well because I’m never too sure how to use it but lovely regardless.
Elemental Chaos is the most stunning purple. Beautiful on worn alone but it really comes into it’s own when blended with the other shades.
Subterranean is a blackened teal and is my favourite by far, it’s stunning.

This is just one of those posts where I really think the pictures sell the product. You all know by now that I’m not great at doing eye make up looks so I’ve just got a couple of simple looks to show you today.

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette
The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

And here I wanted to show you the stunning effect when you blend Subterranean and Elemental Chaos (the teal and purple).

The Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Swoon! Just an incredible effect and so simple. Basically the shadows do all the work for you.

This stunning pallet is £24.95 and I can’t recommend highly enough which is fab after having a couple of not so positive reviews this week.

Also, all the above shadows are available individually at £8.95.

Available now from Cocktail Cosmetics.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I was really excited to see this new collection from Bobbi Brown, the combination of Navy & Nude is really appealing. There’s something classy and sophisticated about it. Of course once in my paws it ceases to be classy and sophisticated, but I’m a fan despite initial doubts!

The whole collection is lovely and I could have gone mad, I’d love to have got the Brightening Brick, and the Nail Polish in Navy, I find the formula of Bobbi Brown nail varnishes to be really lovely and I realised that I don’t actually own a navy polish. I was quite surprised when I checked. The thing I’ll definitely go back and get at some point is the Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. I’m a new convert to Bobbi’s much acclaimed Gel liners and I think the palette could do with a navy liner. Another thing I realised I don’t actually have!

Anyway, the Navy & Nude Eye Palette had to be mine. I received Spring’s Lilac Rose version as a PR sample and I really love it, it’s a daily staple so I wanted this one too. Although it’s similar and you probably don’t need both. The colours are all different and I don’t own a navy shadow so I was sold.

I love the case, it’s a classic Bobbi case, but this time the black is marbled with navy.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

And the contents…sorry, I used it before I took pictures. Not like me, but I couldn’t wait.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Here are the swatches.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Just in case you have the Lilac Rose Eye Palette and you are wondering how similar they are, here’s the swatches for that one. too

Bobbi Brown Lilac rose Eye Palette

Lets just say you probably don’t need both unless you’re a bit mad like me….

When I first used this Navy & Nude palette I was a bit underwhelmed. The navy (which I think is the selling point of the collection) wasn’t all that impressive. Add a base or a primer though it it performs really well. Now I strongly believe that an eyeshadow should work without a base, I don’t want to have to add an extra step to my routine in order to get a product to perform how it’s supposed to and I still think that now. But shallow Bobbi Brown fangirl that I am, I’m prepared to let it slide on this occasion because I love the combination of colours and the looks you can achieve with it, even if you do need a base or primer!’

And here’s how I’ve been wearing it!

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

It’s a really expensive £48 but the quality of all the shadows is really good, except the navy, which just needs a little TLC.

You can buy from Debenhams or Bobbi Brown.

*Product purchased myself, but post does contain an affiliate link*

I’ve long been a fan of HD Brows and indeed HD Brow products. Unfortunately I’m no longer getting my HD brows since as the girl who did them no longer works in my town, so I’ve been just looking after my brows myself. I still however, use the HD Brow shadows almost daily as they are just the best. I had the original palette which they no longer make but it was starting to look very tired and old now so I was delighted to be given one of the new palette’s Vamp to try out.

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

The Palette comes in three colourways, Bombshell for blondes, Foxy for brunettes and Vamp for those with dark hair. I don’t have dark hair any more but I do prefer a darker brow and always apply a dark tint to them, and besides, three of the shades in Vamp aren’t all that dark by my standards. If you look at the above picture, I find the bottom left one is the perfect shade for me.

The brush that comes with the palette is okay and it’s a decent quality, but I prefer to use a much finer brush to apply my powders, favouring the Japonesque Travel Angled Eye Liner Brush.
HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Vamp Review

In case you weren’t already aware, all of the above powders double up as matte eye shadows. I don’t use them this way, other than occasionally using the ivory shade as a brow highlight, but there’s no reason for this, they are very good quality and work well as shadows.

The palette is a little pricey at £19.96 but in my opinion they are worth every penny. Once the colour is applied to your brown, it stays put all day, and certainly in my case, until I wash my face. Superb and I couldn’t ask for more.

You can purchase yours here.

*Disclosure – PR sample*

Ah its the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to Estee Lauder cosmetics. Every year sees a new Bronze Goddess range of fragrance, cosmetics and bronzing products and  this year I’ve got a couple of the must have items to show you.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013

Starting with the beautiful Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette £35.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I’ve reviewed loads of these Pure Colour palettes, the quality and pigment is always exceptional and my favourite is still the Blue Dahlia one, it’s just so perfect. This one is so summery though, it’s beautiful. At first glance I wasn’t sure what I’d do with that bright orange and the teal. I mean, look at the swatches. The bottom swatch is actually the Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelee which I’ll show you after.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I needn’t have worried all the shades are wearable when blended out. At first glance the left hand swatch was a bit disappointing, all shimmer no colour but actually this adds a later of fine iridescent sparkle to your finished look, it’s really subtle and very pretty. So here’s what I came up with.

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette
And in a more natural light….

Estee Lauder Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette

I just added mascara and a touch of teal liner. If you look at the middle picture above, on the right eye you can see a few of those iridescent sparkles shining through as the sun hits them. This is a lovely Summer palette and the quality is exceptional.

So then we have the stunning Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee £30.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

A truly stunning looking product. I’ve discussed the formula before, it’s a liquid/gel/powder hybrid and applies like a dream.

In terms of colour, well you can scroll back up for the swatch but I don’t find this works too well on my very fair skin, it’s a little too golden, would look absolutely sublime on tanned or darker skins and I can’t fault the formula at all, it’s seriously a beautiful product. Whatever my thoughts on the colour, there’s no denying that glow!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee

The eyeshadow palette is available from http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/ but they have sold out of the Gelee, I have found some left on the Debenhams site but there is limited stock, it is also still in stock on the House of Fraser site. But move fast!

The rest of the range also looks beautiful. The nail varnish in Hot Spell has caught my eye, as have the Sheer RollerGloss!

Anything take your fancy? I really must get round to sniffing the perfume too!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

So today I’m blogging about two amazing products both of which I’ve mentioned before as they were used on me when I went for my Bobbi Brown Make Up lesson recently. You can see my post here.

So today I want to blog in a little more detail about the Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette and the Long-Wear Gel Liner in Sepia Ink.

Starting with the amazing Eye Palette.

Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette

If you only have space in your life for one eyeshadow palette in your life, make it this one. Price wise it’s a hefty £45 but for your money you get eight shadows, giving you all you need for day or night looks. It’s incredibly versatile and the range of colours suit everyone. It’s a good mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades with the addition of a shimmering lilac. At first glance it seems out of place in the palette but on the eye it blends in with the neutrals perfectly to add a certain depth and something just a bit special, without giving you a lilac frosty look. It’s actually rather clever.

Swatches.

Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette

I have worn this literally every single day in different combinations and different ways, but funnily enough, every single time I make use of the lilac shimmer. Adding it to the centre of the mobile lid and blending. Just as I was shown in my make up lesson. Can’t rate this highly enough. Its a fantastic palette. And I much much prefer it to the UD Naked Palette.  It’s just more… subtle and in my opinion more sophisticated.

Next, the Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink which is £17 and also the Eye Definer Brush which is £23.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

I have heard much about these Gel liners over the years and indeed they are not award winning liners for nothing. Coming in a range of shades these apply easily and do NOT budge one tiny bit over the course of day’s wear. The liner brush is also fantastic, working very well with the liner to apply a great opaque line. In my make up lesson they used the Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush which I think I’d like to use in addition to this one as I think it would make a nicer point on the end when doing wings with your liner. But regardless, this is no doubt fantastic. No transfer to the upper lid at all, not even with my hooded eyes.

Swatch.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

There are several other shades I fancy adding, Black Mauve Shimmer, Violet Ink and Forest Shimmer Ink to name a few. Really a fantastic product.

Now here’s an example of how I’m wearing both the palette and the liner at the moment, but please, before you look, I’m booked in to have my brows done at the exact time this post goes live so please forgive the state of my brows, and secondly, my eyeliner isn’t even on each eye, I know this, I suck at eyeliner, what can I say?

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

 

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink

Both products get my seal of approval. Highly recommended.

You can purchase from your local Bobbi Brown counter or from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

*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.

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*