Just Charlie G

In the last six months I’ve fallen obsessively in love with two brands, one is Paul & Joe the other is YSL.  I’ve been fortunate to receive a few bits that were PR samples but have equally spent a fortune on the brand in recent months. I just can’t help it. I’ve not found anything I’m not in love with yet.

One of the samples I was sent was an eyeshadow duo, officially known as Ombres Duolumieres. The shade I received is Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst.

Yves Saint Laurent Ombres Duolumieres

Purple is tricky for me, I don’t tend to get on with anything too lilac, but this looked like a nice deep purple teamed with a very pale peachy pink.

YSL Ombres Duolumieres

In the pan they look fairly shimmery, but actually the shimmer is very subtle.

YSL Ombres Duolumieres Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst

Despite the deep plummy hints to the swatches of the purple, actually it’s a much truer purple once blended on the lid and its very pretty.

YSL Ombres Duolumieres Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst
YSL Ombres Duolumieres Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst
YSL Ombres Duolumieres Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst

Not only are they lovely colours but the wear on these shadows is incredible. The following picture was taken 9 hours later. No primer was used.

YSL Ombres Duolumieres Shimmering Quartz/Deep Amethyst

Slightly faded but otherwise perfect. I’ve teamed the shadows with an Estee Lauder Purple mascara which I’ll be reviewing very soon but I really enjoyed wearing this look.

The Ombres Duolumieres comes in a multitude of colourways and at £28 are not cheap but the texture and wear is really something else. I’m keen to look at the Petroleum Blue/Oatmeal and Anise Green versions so will be having a look when I’m sale shopping, not that I’m expecting these to be in the sales sadly!

More gorgeous things from YSL, the price point is high but so is the quality!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre lipsticks are my latest obsession. I bought one. I’ve asked for a couple for Christmas and I received this one as  sample from the PR’s. Rouge Helios. When I opened it up I had two thoughts, the first was oh! I really think I have too many red lipsticks now and oooh! I wonder how the golden lustre appears in this one?

First up, the beautiful golden metal case. Practically begging to be whipped out in public.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 111 Rouge Helios

And here’s the bullet. It’s really red.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 111 Rouge Helios

But this is the surprise… well have a look at the hand swatch first.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 111 Rouge Helios

It’s not opaque and it’s not scarlet either. It does indeed have a soft lustre which on my hand looks a little bit bitty, and it’s sheerer around the edges of the swatch. I was pretty excited because I love red lipstick but really struggle to find occasions to wear them, which is annoying as I have loads, could this be a red I could wear daily without feeling too self concious?

The answer to that is yes. It’s beautiful.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 111 Rouge Helios

On the lips there’s no bitty-ness (although the bullet does feel a little gritty when you apply, it doesn’t feel gritty on the lips) and in actual fact the colour has, to my eyes, more than a hint of coral which makes it soft and wearable.

Just to show you it in the context of my face here’s a picture I really don’t like but it’s the only one I have so it’ll have to do!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 111 Rouge Helios

Normally I make my pictures large, that one is staying small 😉

Anyway, gorgeous, I can’t get enough of these and since my husband had a House of Fraser box arrive today I’m optimistic that there’ll be at least another one for Christmas. Fingers crossed!

At £22.50 these are not cheap but they are certainly my favourite lipsticks…for now at least!

Available from all the usual stockists such as www.houseoffraser.co.uk and www.debenhams.com.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

YSL Pore Refining Skincare BrushYSL Pore Refining Skincare Brush

Well I’ve pretty much lived my entire life without primer until this last year. The first one I tried was a massive fail and I nearly didn’t bother trying another one. The next two were brilliant, one extremely highly priced and the other a much more budget buy.

So the Yves Saint Laurent Pore Refining Skincare Brush claims to be a skincare product but I’d have to say it’s essentially a primer, the aim of which to mattify, reduce the appearance of pores and give you a generally smoother skin to work with.

The main thing that sets this product apart from other primers is the built in brush.

YSL Pore Refining Skincare Brush

I wondered how it was going to work and how well the brush would work but really it was flawless, you twist the brush into the on position, give a gentle squeeze until a little bit of product goes into the brush, then you brush the product where you want it… for me that’s the centre of my face mostly… down over my nose, up between my brows and out on to my cheeks… I don’t generally use primer all over my face, just on the bits I want to deal with and those are the areas where my pores are the largest and most obvious.

Well it’s another lovely primer. The wear of my foundation is definitely extended, my pores are indeed, all but the largest, invisible with the largest looking definitely minimised. It’s a great primer. Is it £36 worth of primer? Well yes, I’ve spent more on primer that’s for sure! I do absolutely love the MeMeMe Seventh Heaven primer, its probably my favourite budget product ever, and it’s hard to choose between them really.

Actually on reflection I’m not even sure it’s fair to, as the MeMeMe and Rouge Bunny Rouge Primer’s aren’t mattifying primers, whereas this one is. So in the end I recommend them all, and I think I can get away with saying that yes, I highly recommend this one if you are specifically looking for a primer that will mattify. I particularly like the application method of this one too, so far I’ve not tried it but I presume you can wash the brush for hygiene reasons.

Available from all the usual YSL stockists such as www.boots.com and www.houseoffraser.co.uk and priced at £36.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

When I bought the Noir Terriblement palette I couldn’t resist this lipstick too. I bought both online but it was the in store swatching that made me do it! I fell for about four of the Golden Lustre versions of the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks but I bought 108 (Ocre Rose) which is possibly the safest choice for a beginner.

The packaging is to die for BUT I do spend far too much time trying to wipe off finger prints…

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108

In the tube it looks pretty boring I suppose and truly, it’s not the world’s most stunning lipstick but regardless I absolutely love it. The “golden lustre” is incredibly subtle, you won’t be seeing glitter in this lipstick, just more of an extra dimension I suppose, a hint of shimmer without frost. It’s very pretty.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108

The formula is also amazing. It’s moisturising but not greasy (which I really don’t like in the Rouge Volupte formula), and it lasts surprisingly well on my lips. I was surprised to see my lipstick still in place after lunch the other day, this rarely happens to me, and is especially good in a lipstick that doesn’t promise any long wear.

A gorgeous lipstick and I will definitely be going back for more, and perhaps trying out some of them without the Golden Lustre.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108

And a stupid face to show the colour in the context of the colour against the full glory of my skin colouring

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in 108

I don’t know what I’m doing either. idiot.

Anyway, gorgeous lipstick, I really love it and am pleased with my investment. It cost me £22.50 by the way and although it is a stupid price for a lipstick really, I’m happy.

YSL  Noir TerriblementI think I’m on record as being a lover of smoky eyes? That and red lips. But mostly, the smoky eye thing. I would say that at least four out of seven days I can be found wearing a combination of greys or blacks on my eyes. I swear by my Blackground Paint Pot, I love my  black  greasepaint sticks, I love my grey shadows, I can’t get enough of my Guerlain Kohl. I just dig the black. I think it’s the rock chick in me really, I’ve always been a rock lover and although I’d say I was conventional in most things these days I think my nose stud and love of black make up remain as little acts of rebellion. I know I’m definitely the only Mum in the playground at 9.00am rocking the full on black eye make up look… I’m not sure that’s a good thing! Anyway! When I learned that YSL were releasing a palette full of blacks… well I had to take a look. Then when I looked, well I had to have it but not without a great deal of thought I can assure you.
YSL  Noir Terriblement
YSL  Noir Terriblement
YSL  Noir Terriblement
YSL  Noir Terriblement

The Noir Terriblement palette. Four shades of black, one shimmery white, housed in a the usual beautiful gold YSL compact but this time finished off with a black pleated satin band embossed with the YSL logo, which you can wear around your wrist. I’ve not tried that yet, but it might go with my Christmas party outfit quite well. Only because the logo is subtle though!

So anyway, I deliberated long and hard about this palette, I’ve been mulling it over since I first heard about it and then once it was released I went to swatch it in town and then thought for a few more days before buying…did I really need four black eyeshadows? (no), did I really want four black eyeshadows? (well that was the tricky bit). I wanted to know if they were different enough for a black connoisseur or if they were identical, I also wanted to know about the finishes on them. After a swatching session my only remaining question was could I justify the price (£39). Eventually I decided that given my love of smoky eyes, my passion for black, then it was probably a more justifiable purchase than many other things I do buy and that was that. Now I’m well aware that to some, maybe even many, you will think I must be on drugs. All I can say is that I love it, am delighted with my purchase and I find each black to be quite different, although it is subtle!

So here we go with the swatches, this is the bit where you start thinking I’ve really lost the plot I’m sure 😉

YSL  Noir Terriblement
YSL  Noir Terriblement

Please forgive the orange swatch of foundation in the middle of my hand….oops!  Okay, so what we have is top left, a grey/black. Top Right, a darkest purple/black with shimmer. Bottom Right is a sort of brown/black. Bottom Left is a shimmery black and the middle is a silver/white. Oh just looking at the swatches fills me with a kind of joy parallel to the joy a good cake brings me. Clearly I need help 😉

Oh and here’s a subtle look I did a few days ago with plenty of the white to tone it down, so by my reckoning, that makes it perfectly suitable for day wear. Since I have no social life, it HAS to work for day wear! It’s a horrible photo I’m afraid, I’ve had to crop the worst of my hair out. God knows what I was thinking that day!

YSL  Noir Terriblement

So what do you think? Am I mad? Could you go for a palette consisting mainly of four blacks? I LOVE it and I’d even go so far as to say it’s possibly my favourite thing I’ve bought all year.

I also bought a Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre lipstick at the same time which I’ll blog about separately. Swoon!

YSL Midnight Garden

Do you ever just see something and know right then and there that you have to have it at any cost? That’s how I felt when I saw this post over at British Beauty Blogger. That palette there at the bottom of the post. WANT. And then I nipped into my local House of Fraser for a swatching session and that’s when I fell in love. I have also been after a RED blusher for ages since I failed miserably to get that Chanel Byzantine one. So then I saw the Fall blushers and I needed one of those too.  Sigh.

Love the YSL gold packaging.

YSL Midnight Garden
YSL Midnight Garden

Also like the little black velvet pouch for the blusher with a brush I didn’t notice tucked in a tiny pocket. It literally look me DAYS to notice there was a brush in there!

Two pics of the Blush Radiance. I picked up Shade 5. It’s red. The second picture is completely colour accurate. The first is not and is only included as it’s not actually blurry like the second. This cost me £29.50. Was it worth it? I need more time with it to be sure…

YSL Midnight Garden Blush Radiance 5
YSL Midnight Garden blush radiance 5

God it’s amazing in the pan. I’ve been not too daring with it and have just been working on a gentle flush. Do not ask me why I have put this on the lower half of my face in the first pic. Clearly I was just being a total make up noob that day 😉 As you can see, it’s not very red. I am going to have to be braver with it I think. I will say this though, it’s easy to be light handed with it making it quite suitable for anyone terrified of looking like Aunt Sally. Check the swatches at the end of the post for the depth of colour that is possible.

YSL Midnight Garden blush radiance no5

Ok so now on to the best bit. The most stunning thing I’ve ever owned. Ever ever. EVER. Yes, I’m quite enthusiastic about this.The Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette. Although you can’t really tell, that middle pale green is the best eyeshadow I’ve ever owned. I’ve been searching for it for a long time. I had found close to what I was after in two Chanel quads (Murano and Garden Party) but it wasn’t perfect. This is. Let me explain a little, three of the shades, the dark green, the pink and the purple all have tiny blue iridescence in them. The pale green is PACKED with iridescence. And it’s that that makes this palette truly out of this world. I am ashamed to tell you this cost me £40. It’s a good job its about the best thing I’ve ever owned in my life.

YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Ok so before I show you the looks I created this palette here are swatches. Blush on the left. Please do enlarge these pictures, one shows the shimmer off and the other does a better job of showing the level of pigment.

YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette

So here’s some looks. The first features the pink and purple from the right side of the palette, a tiny bit of the dark green on the lower lash line and a little smattering of the light green for sparkle. I urge you to enlarge because at these sizes for some reason you can’t see the amazing green sparkle. ENLARGE I ORDER YOU!

YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette

The next look features the two dark shades and the pale green again. ENLARGE!!

YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette
YSL Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Hopefully my enthusiasm for this palette has been adequately conveyed? It is sublime.

BUT, it is always my way to wear colours, but to wear them in a relatively subtle fashion…to see the palette’s potential have a look at this blog I found the other day http://www.kittennails.co.uk/ I was amazed at the depth of colours she got so I’ll have a play. I’ve got a night out coming up soon and I’m gong to try for something a little more full on (although not that full on!)

So did you buy anything from this collection? Would you? I’m really fancying  the YSL Luxurious Mascara Shocking Volume in either Black Green or Black Blue or even the purple one to go with the palette….

YSL Touche Eclat Review

I used to use this religiously many many years ago. Back in the very olden days when it was in every paper and magazine, and the latest in product. I bought it, loved it, used it religiously, got through tonnes of the stuff, and then one day, probably because I was skint, I just stopped using it!

Fast forward many years, two children later, an average of 5 hours sleep a night for month after month and horrific dark circles, and it became apparently I was going to need something effective to work on these eye bags and my thoughts returned to YSL’s classic Touche Eclat. Billed as a highlighter (and NOT a concealer), it certainly is but the highlighting effects work wonders on adding light to your dark areas. I use it under my eyes and on my cupid’s bow mostly and it does a marvellous job. Actually it’s akin to being reunited with an old flame. I’m wondering why we ever parted!

Timely post this really since Touche Eclat is undergoing a massive relaunch with a load of new shades so it’s well worth a look if in it’s old form, the colour wasn’t right for you. For me though, the old original shade seems just about perfect and I’m delighted to welcome it back into the fold.

YSL Touche Eclat Review

*Huge thanks to the fabulous Kenneth Soh for sending me one of his own collection to try out.

I couldn’t believe my luck when the YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow Palette in No5 cropped up on one of Goss Make Up Artist’s legendary blog sales and no one had bagged it before me.

YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow Palette in No5YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow Palette in No5
The Chromatics palettes are designed to be used wet or dry and I LOVE the fact that each palette has a bright shade and having previously looked at the palettes this one was calling my name (along with a few more!). So I was completely thrilled to get this.
I had it in my mind that I’d like to use the two neutrals and the dark colour wet and add the hot pink dry so it was softer but anyway, more on that later. To the swatches! The top blobs are wet and the stripes below are dry and I’ve include two pics because I couldn’t decide which was best 😉
YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow Palette in No5
YSL Pure Chromatics Eye Shadow Palette in No5
 I’m always afraid of pressed products that suggest they can be used wet because when they dry you sometimes get that shiny hard surface over the top that you have to scrape off? That’s not the case with these, they are very very soft. Almost slightly wet already, a new consistency for me and very nice. The shades are gorgeous and rich and consistent in that each applies the same and there’s no dud 🙂
I applied these dry yesterday and took about 50 photo’s. Those that weren’t blurry or washed out by sunlight just didn’t capture the colours at all so sadly I have no pictures of them in use. They were very pretty though and blended well but they were very very shimmery and by the time I took my make up off last night there were specks of shimmer everywhere. I’ll have to have a go with Primer potion and see if that helps, am also wondering if there may be less travelling shimmer if they are applied wet.
All in all a gorgeous palette and one I’m delighted to own but I certainly wouldn’t pay £37 for it!

I’ve not been well of late. I’m not sure whats up but it seems like its gall stones, but I don’t yet have a proper diagnosis… all I know is that I’ve been in a hideous amount of pain and a bit miserable with it.

So what does a beauty blogger do when the chips are down? Shop of course.

I’m currently loving the http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/ for shopping. Fab brands, free delivery if you spend over £50 (which lets face it, when you’re shopping on that site is easily done on just a couple of items) and best of all the delivery is quick.

So I treated myself to a couple of things I really wanted.

Firstly the Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush from this Summer’s Bronze Goddess collection.

 Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

It is absolutely stunning. I dare say one of the prettiest items I have ever owned. I’m not worried about using it and ruining though, the colours look divine. Actually it’s a measure of how ill I am that I’ve had this since this morning and not used it yet. Tomorrow I’ll be putting this to good use.  It was £29 and I don’t regret one single penny of it, it brings a huge great smile to my face.

Then the other thing I bought was my first YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9/Caress Pink.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

The packaging is every bit as high end as you would expect, heavy, shiny, luxurious but I don’t mind telling you that my initial reaction the lipstick was one of disappointment. I googled swatches for hours when deciding what colour to buy and I really thought this was going to be brighter, slightly lighter a  bit bluer… it’s not.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

But I tried it on and whilst it’s not what I was after, the colour is actually really gorgeous.

YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9
YSL Rouge Volupte in No 9

I can’t say I really love the formula though. When I put it on, my first instinct is to blot, it’s so shiny and smooth it feels odd. I suppose I love matte lippies and I’m used to a touch of dragging when I apply them, this just glided over my lips so easily that I struggled to get my application right because the lipstick feels almost melty.

Having said all that, as the day has gone on and I’ve looked at it more both on my lips and in my pictures I really do think the colour is fab and it looks really nice. So I guess I’ll be continuing my search for the pink lipstick of my dreams but this isn’t the mistake I thought it was a first glance. Not too shabby for £22 anyway.

So what do you think of these items and can you recommend me a bright pink that isn’t fuschia that you think might suit me?

YSL Creme De Blush in Fuschia Temptation

Ever since I saw the YSL Creme De Blush blushers on a blog, and I apologise because I can’t remember where I saw it first, I have coveted one. Actually, I’d rather like them all. But at £28 thats never going to happen so I grabbed the very beautiful and ever so slightly scary looking Fuschia Tempation.

Totally love the chunky square pot with its gold lid. I’ve always loved YSL packaging. But I do just really really love gold 🙂

The blusher itself is so vibrant you can’t imagine it ever being a wearable shade and whats interesting about it’s appearance is that the ring around the blusher is pink plastic, but it matches the blusher so perfectly it’s hard to tell where the plastic ends and the blusher starts. I had to prod just to be sure!

YSL Creme De Blush in Fuschia Temptation

Which leads me on to the texture which is remarkable. It’s a creme blusher as the name would suggest, but it’s quite firm, but it feels very silky, silky and so so smooth. It doesn’t dry fast and it’s feels moisturising, I don’t know if thats the right word really, I don’t mean moisturising, what I mean is that it doesn’t feel dry.

So here is a swatch for you, on the left swatched quite heavily, and on the right blended out.

YSL Creme De Blush in Fuschia Temptation

Pretty no? Admittedly that right hand swatch isn’t brilliant so here are a couple of pics of it on my cheeks.

YSL Creme De Blush in Fuschia TemptationYSL Creme De Blush in Fuschia Temptation
 Absurdly easy to blend, easy to apply just a tiny bit and it seems quite buildable. Only problem is that of course I now want the red and the peach (and the others).

I bought mine from http://www.debenhams.com/ but be sure to check out http://www.ebay.co.uk/ for bargains too!