Just Charlie G

I first blogged about the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl back in 2013. I’m on my second one right now so I wanted to revisit it.

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder

As you can see below, my second one is well loved too and it probably won’t be too long before I need to replace again!

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder So what you have is a palette of face powder in a variety of colour correcting shades. The palette is so incredibly versatile and that’s why its become one of my most favourite products. Primarily this is a finishing powder, blend over your face, just like your average powder, with a big fluffy brush preferably. Used in this way it seems to add a touch of radiance and a soft focus effect. It’s fantastic.

The main way I like to use it though is as a highlighter. It’s not shimmer (only the white shade has a small amount of pearl effect), but because it brightens so beautifully, it almost has extra impact if you use it on your cheekbones, forehead, chin, on top of your usual powder. I use it this way very often. It adds an incredibly natural glow to the skin, exactly where you want the light to catch you.

The final way I use this palette is as individual colour correctors. As you can see the green has a big old dent in it as I use it on  blemishes A LOT. It wasn’t until reasonably recently I started using it in this way, using a small but very fluffy brush to pick out a shade and apply where necessary, personally I use these under my normal powder and you must take care to blend them but they work amazingly well. I use the green on any spots and redness, the purple goes on any yellow or sallow areas, the pink brightens around the eyes while the yellow is great for hiding purple or blue veins or under eye circles. The white highlights like a dream. The blue I don’t tend to use on its own but if your fake tan has gone a bit streaky, apply some blue, since blue counteracts orange nicely.

The palette is a whopping £42 so I don’t use it as an everyday all over powder (but definitely use it for this for special occasions!), but I use it for brightening and correcting every single day. 100% recommend, its an absolutely beautiful product!

I purchased this palette myself from Bobbi Brown but my original product was a sample for review purposes and as such is disclosed on that post.

Bonus picture as my Thor came to investigate what I was up to.

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder

In recent years I’ve strayed from Mac a little and I’m not entirely sure why that is. There are products that I’ve used and loved until there’s not a scrap left. The only reason I can think I’ve not replaced them is because, as I’m a blogger, there’s always something new to try.

I’ve been having some issues with my base make up lately, with it not staying in place and not looking flawless. Looking through some old blog photographs really made me realise that somewhere along the way I’ve lost my touch!

So, when Exeter finally got a Mac store, and I finally got a tax rebate, it was time to have a little splurge. I picked up a few products but today I wanted to talk about the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish NaturalI used to love this product, you can see it mentioned in an old post here. In fact I used it until there wasn’t any left. So I decided to repurchase. The range has had a facelift and the shade names have changed. I used to be a Light Medium, but that no longer exists so I wanted to be matched in store. My new shade is Light Plus, which I actually think is the same as Light Medium, just a new name. The packaging has also had a revamp and is much more attractive now.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish NaturalThe powder inside however, is exactly how I remember it. A perfect dome of pressed, mineral powder. The photo below shows the colour more accurately that the one above which is a touch too warm.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish NaturalApply it with a big, soft, fluffy brush and you’ll get a perfect finish to your make up. I can’t believe I forgot about it. This is absolutely without a doubt the best powder I have ever used. It seems to hold everything in place, nearly all day, with a touch being unnecessary for me (but I am prone to dryness rather than oilyness), but touch up can freshen everything up at about 3/4pm. Personally at that stage of the day I don’t really bother, and I find that my make up still looks good even though there’s a touch of shine creeping in.

I can’t recommend this powder enough, its amazing.

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish NaturalThe only downside I can think of is that it’s had a hefty £6 price increase since my last purchase, making it £24, but it lasts, and it is one of the few products that I know I will use every single bit of.

A very definite recommendation from me and I won’t ever stray again, using this again for the first time in years felt like coming home.

You can purchase your own from Mac counters and online.



After my last disappointing Makeup Revolution post, I’m thrilled to be back on form with another amazing product, one I would recommend to absolutely everyone. Here’s my Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette review.

makeup Revolution radiant lights paletteLovely rose gold outer packaging, and once you open it you get the usually great quality plastic pan, complete with mirror in the lid.

makeup Revolution radiant lights paletteI always think the packaging is worth mentioning, when a product is so cheap I expect the packaging to be cheap and nasty, but its just not the case with Makeup Revolution products. While its not a metal compact, the quality is great, and looks classy.

Inside the compact you have three beautiful soft highlighting powders. I don’t think it’s any secret that this is a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lights Palette, I don’t have both so I can’t compare, but I will say that, owning this, I have no need to purchase the Hourglass version.

makeup Revolution radiance paletteSo you have three highlighters, a skin tone type shade, a classic highlighter shade and a bronzer shade. They are finely milled, super soft, not at all chunky or glittery and an absolute dream to apply.

Swatches, just a couple of shots with slightly different light to try and show the finish.

makeup Revolution radiance palette makeup Revolution radiance paletteIt’s worth noting that the swatches were just one finger swipe and once blended into your skin are far more subtle in appearance, and my gosh do they blend. I have tended to apply over my usual powder, just out of habit, but I have also worn alone over my foundation with no issues. All I can say is it’s not unlike airbrushing. My face takes on a slight airbrushed quality, a slight blur. I don’t find the finish too much for wear in the day time, they seem to just look great on the skin.

I use the far left shade all over for a soft focus effect, with the other two shades acting as highlighter and bronzer, sometimes I just wear the first shade. One thing is for sure I wear them every single day. Without fail.

I’m just so impressed and think every makeup lover should have this in their collection. I bought mine from the Makeup Revolution online store, for £8, but it appears to be out of stock there, it is however available from Superdrug for the same price.

I absolutely love this its my favourite Makeup Revolution product so far!

You might remember I recently blogged about the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make up and I promised I’d be back with a review of the powder I bought at the same time, the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder.  I don’t know why brands insist on giving products such lengthy names but I’ll be referring to it as just the powder from now on!

At £23, it’s not the cheapest powder on the market, but I’ve spent more before now, so for me its an okay price. I love everything about the packaging. Once you open the external box, you get this lovely little pouch.

P1170106I don’t really use these pouches that powders often come in, but they do look nice 🙂

Inside you have your palette, its a good quality plastic, in a metallic, bronze-grey shade.

P1170107 P1170108Press the button to open up and inside you’ll find your powder and a mirror inside the lid. Under the lid you’ll find a spongy applicator which I forgot to take a photo of but it’s nothing you’ve not seen before.

P1170110 P1170111As you can see, I don’t tend to opt for the applicator, preferring to use my brush, but the addition of a powder puff is certainly useful for when you’re out and about.

In terms of application it goes on beautifully, leaving a natural flawless finish. I picked up shade Medium Light as I was advised by the Urban Decay counter assistant, which seems to be perfect for me.

P1170112On my skin it sets my make up well and isn’t too matte and apparently there are optical blurring pigments to help minimise imperfections and leave you looking soft focus. It goes really well with the Naked Skin Liquid Make up and lasts on my skin most of the day, I find it needs retouching at about 2pm ish most days.

Here’s how my skin looks with both the foundation and powder, no filters or retouching. However, please excuse the photo, a) its back when my hair was very dark, b) it was just a quick snap taken to show a friend with my phone, c) clearly I wasn’t using my new hair routine for frizz free moisturised hair.

10873022_10155029299535144_7243454173185348070_oAll in all, I like this powder, it does the job well for me, and it doesn’t seem to break me out, which lots of products do so that’s always a winner!

Mine was £23 and I bought it from the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams.



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!

*All items were provided free of charge for review purposes*

27. 05. 2013

It was my birthday last week, I’d like to pretend at my ripe old age I don’t get excited but I really do! Mostly I had money and vouchers as I’d hoped for and so I mostly got clothes which is lovely.

I did however get a couple of lovely bits from Too Faced. Namely the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder and the Sweethearts  Perfect Flush Brush. Absolutely love the packaging and the products contained within. If you’ve not yet tried anything from Too Faced I recommend you do, everything I’ve tried has been exceptionally good quality.

Too Faced

I’m going to start with showing you the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder (£26).

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

It’s not only a beautiful looking product, it does pretty beautiful things to the skin too. I’m not going to lie, there was less product in the pot than I thought there’d be judging by the promotional shots I’ve seen, it’s pretty much as you can see in the picture above, there aren’t any beads below that layer. That said, actually there’s a lot of product there.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

What you’ve got is a little pot of gold, tan, peach and pink hearts. Sweep your brush over them and then apply. I use all over as I think it’s pretty radiant rather than sparkly or shiny, I don’t think there’s enough glow there to use this as just a highlight unless you wanted a very subtle look But over the entire face? Hello glow!

The other item I received was something I’ve wanted for months, the Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush (£24). I’m so incredibly cross with myself as I dropped my camera on it before I had chance to photograph or use it!

Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush

A really beautiful blusher, again this is one for fans of glow. Three stripes of pink, peach and coral. I’ve not used these individually, I’m just swiping my brush all over and applying. It’s so gorgeous, even nicer than I thought it was going to be and I had high expectations!

The best way to show you what I mean by the glow imparted by these products is to show you. So here’s my face of the day and I’m wearing both of these. And I’ve been photobombed by Lola!

Too Faced Make Up

Too Faced make up
My husband bought both of the above from beautybay, one of my favourite retailers!

As an aside and completely none cosmetic related, my favourite present was the one I bought myself. I love my Printstagram!

A few months ago I reviewed the Yellow Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder which has become a staple item of me, with a light dusting around my nose and another signs of redness but now I’ve added another of the Retouching Powders to my arsenal, in an attempt to get a flawless finish. Namely the Peach version.

Bobbi Brown Peach Retouching Powder

Whereas the yellow powder is for neutralizing red areas the peach is for either warming up pale skintones or evening out darker or tanned skin. Naturally I count as pale and I find the lightest touch of this across the high points of my face does indeed add a bit of warmth, nothing obvious mind, but we don’t want obvious. I say I used it on the high points of my face, but I have a little routine going where I get the yellow powder and lightly dust around my nose and well the peach… I seem to have gravitated to using it all over. It’s ultra fine, HD if you will, except for me, the white HD powders seem to sit in my pores and have a tendency to look dry, whereas this is invisible on the skin, absolutely invisible.

The opts are small, at 4.7g, but they are not supposed to be finishing powders for the entire face, it just so happens that’s how I’m using mine. That said, as I learned on my Bobbi Brown make up lesson a few months ago, I was using far too much powder (even though I was thought I wasn’t) so I still envisage this pot will last me a long time, the yellow even more so.

Bobbi Brown Peach Retouching Powder

Far from being gimmicky as you might think with these powders, these are truly awesome tools to have, to help create that flawless finish. I have a hankering for Rose now… and White to see how it compares to other white HD powders I’ve previously tried….

All of the Retouching Powders are £25 and I got mine from www.bobbibrown.co.uk/

Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl

You could be forgiven for running away from this gorgeously pretty but funky coloured face powder but I urge you to not run away, but indeed order it (seriously when are Bobbi Brown going to actually just employ me?!). This stunning powder is an all over powder for brightening the face and fear not, you will not end up with a multicoloured face, you’ll just end up looking radiant (minus the shimmer).

The palette is a generous size with a great mirror in the lid. The top left shade, the white, is lightly shimmery and the rest of the colours are matte so far as my eye can see, but I suspect that actually there’s something a little luminous in there. The best thing about this product is that it does what it does without actually being noticeable…which of course makes it impossible to show you in photographs.

Personally, whilst this is a finishing powder to be used over the entire face, to add some contrast I choose to use it only in selected places. I use my usual face powder all over and then add this along the tops of my cheek, my lower forehead (between my brows), chin, down the nose. All the areas I want to brighten. This isn’t a highlighter, it doesn’t highlight, it does brighten.

Anyway, here’s my mug yesterday.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl


Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl

So there you have it. Another highly recommended Bobbi Brown product. Yes this was a sample provided for review purposes but I swear to go I mean every single word of this (ALL of my) review(s).

For me this is the final step, like the icing on the cake as it were, once I’ve completed the rest of my make up.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is the price, at £40 a pan, its another reason I don’t use this all over, and just on selected parts of my face. I want this to last. Although  I should add, that although I use this daily, I see no signs of wear on it yet. Time will tell I think!

Available now from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

*Product provided free of charge for review purposes

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*