Wednesday, 28 December 2011

LUSH Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo...


Ever intrigued by the different products in LUSH the last time I ventured in there I picked up one of their solid shampoos. To be honest LUSH tends to annoy me sometimes, I know that the people in there are probably only trying to help (unless they are on comission for what is in your baskets) but in my local store they literally pounce on you as soon as you walk in. This is good I suppose but sometimes I just want to walk and nose on my own.

Anyways, on one day where an assistant practically showed me around the whole store she explained about their solid shampoos. Yes ladies, a bar of soap for your head...my face literally resembled the emoticon - :S, but soon we were talking about the benefits of them and before I knew it I had decided that Squeaky Green would be the one for me. 

Squeaky Green has herbs and oils to balance the scalp with the basic solid shampoo base to clean out the dirt and grease on the hair. There is nettle in there to give shine to the hair but is also kind on the scalp, rosemary which is a great antiseptic hair and scalp tonic, peppermint to stimulate the scalp and increase blood flow to the roots and the tea tree to help with dandruf! Phew! 

Once you have wet your hair you can either lather the bar up in your hands and then rub in your hair, or do what I do and just rub it on your head. There is an instant cooling feeling which is the peppermint in the bar and this kind of tingles on the scalp but isn't unpleasant, but the peppermint does leave a lovely smell in the bathroom. The bar leaves my hair feeling really refreshed, shiney and clean, there are no volumising claims so there is nothing to report there, but all in all it is a really nice shampoo.

The bar has a very natural look to it with its green colour and visible bits of herbs, which does "please" my eye, however these bits sometimes get left in your hair if you don't rinse enough! The bar does smell quite herbally which apparently is a fragrance that used to be in an old product range of LUSH but since I have only been using LUSH for a couple of months I have no idea what range this is. 

The solid shampoos are super environmentally friendly because they are made and transported (and sold) with no packaging, so I purchased the shampoo bar tin for £2.50 so my shampoo bar doesn't get wasted away on the side of the bath. I think the tin is super cool, but using a cheap sandwich box will do. This also makes them fantastic to take away with you because they take up no room in a suitcase.

LUSH claim that the shampoo bars will last the same time as three bottles of shampoo (250g) which does make them really good value. However I have about 5 shampoos on the go (no exaggeration - it may even be more) so I haven't used this continuously. 

Have you used any of the solid shampoos? Or were you unaware of them like me? 

Charli...

x

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Barry M Dazzle Dust - #39...


Hello there! I finally have the internet so I am able to blog again - will do a massive update post with a few pictures soon, but right now I can't wait to blog about some of the items that have made their way into my clutches recently.

The first one that I am really loving at the moment is the BarryM Dazzle Dust in #39. For me this was the more affordable answer to an Illamasqua pigment that I very VERY nearly bought when shopping with Leanne a couple of months ago - I think it was called furore? 

Anyway, I was browsing the aisles of Superdrug one lunch time when this little pot caught my eye. I didn't think much of it to be honest as I have always been a little turned off by loose pigments due to a slight incident where a blue pigment ended up all over the carpet :/, yet I strolled over and swatched. 

Before I knew it I was walking towards to till to purchase. The colour is beautiful, a solid metallic peach which looks slightly coppery in my opinion. I absolutely love it, it's so nice on its own because it is such an interesting colour. But #39 also looks lovely as part of a neutral smokey eye. You need the smallest amount, I usually use what ever is dusted in the lid and it blends beautifully, plus it stays on all day with my primer (from ELF - I never go a day without it!). 

Yet, there is still one downfall....the fact that it is a loose pigment, it does slightly spill when you open the lid (nothing major) and this makes me not want to use it in a rush in the mornings because in my sleepy state at 7am it would most likely spill. However, it is such a beautiful colour that I am tempted to depot a small amount into another container and use it that way.! 

Anyways, its SO nice to be back! Thanks for sticking around!

Charli 

x

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Revlon Really Red Matte Lipstick...


This lipstick is the most beautiful Hollywood Red lipstick that I have ever tried on my lips. With the name of "Really Red" I had high hopes for it and boy it doesn't disappoint. I know this says "Matte" but with this lipstick it does not mean drying, this is actually very moisturising. I can wear it all day and not feel like my lips are dry at all. You don't have to load this on the lips either as it is so opaque....I LOVE IT.

Bit of a rave review there for you! I bought mine from Superdrug for £7.49 and you can get it from boots and other places online.

I am going to look into buying other colours because I love the formula of the lipstick.

Charli...

x

Monday, 28 November 2011

Witch Concealer Stick...


This is going to sound really bad but I can't remember if I won this from Witch or if I bought it. I have either won, bought or been sent things from Witch Skin Care and I now have the whole collection (which is BRILLIANT) apart from the moisturiser which I really want to try and get my hands on! If that follows suit and is as good as the rest of the range then I will be a happy chappy.

This concealer is one that I reach for to cover those pesky spots that I have once in a blue moon. I find this slightly too thick to use to cover the massive bags under my eyes so for that I use their other concealer which I am now on my third one of. I use it everyday.

The witch hazel in the product helps to fight the spot whilst concealing it. Available from boots here, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to cover spots and fight them all in one product!

Charli

x

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Lumiere Eye Pigments...

[Champagne, Creme Brulee, Espresso]

I was asked to review these by Lumiere Cosmetics a while ago and after using them for sometime I have to say I really like them. The words "loose pigments" usually fill me with dread. An incident of a blue loose eye pigment and a cream carpet at the age of 14 comes flooding back, but I thought now with a steadier hand at the age of 21 I might manage not to get them everywhere.

The colours that they sent me are PERFECT for me, I do love a nude/brown eye! These pigments were right up my street, two shimmers and a matte which I can create so many looks with. I love putting Champagne all over the lid with some black eyeliner and a strong lip. My other favourite is to use Creme Brulee all over the lid with Champagne as a inner eye and under the brow highlight, then defining the crease with Espresso. 

Onto the powder themselves there are so soft and blendable - just what you would expect from pigments that are as finely milled as these are. There is no fall out from these, but of course I wear my ELF primer so there shouldn't be any fall out from any eyeshadow! 

Overall I love these and you can buy them from here. I love all the different names of them!
I have my eye on a few more...
I have some foundations, blushers and bronzers to post up from Lumiere Cosmetics which are equally as beautiful.

Charli...

x

Monday, 14 November 2011

Central Pharmacy and Escentual.com 25th Anniversay...

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to Central Pharmacy (Escentual.com) to celebrate them being open 25 years! To celebrate this they had various events over the week which were amazing, yet this one was the one that excited me the most! Mr Daniel Sandler was there!! And better still he was going to be holding a workshop - EEK!! I have been a fan of Daniel's products since I won a fair amount of them so I was oober excited to meet him and watch him work - secretly hoping that I would get the chance to model (I DID! Major fan gir moment!). You'll have to forgive the iphone photos though..In all the excitement I forgot my camera.
Some of Daniel's makeup was on display and I have to say I really do want it all, I am going to be adding to my collection for a long time. 
 Lovely snap of me having my makeup done. As I already had minimal makeup on Daniel did a quick and easy (but not so easy looking) smokey eye to take my makeup from daytime to night time. Pretty much just using his Waterproof Eyeliner in black and green coupled with some contouring. Daniel was so down to earth and was really gentle when applying the makeup - some people on counters have left my eyes watering after putting makeup on me. It was the best makeup I think I have ever had applied on my face, I have never EVER done a winged eyeliner thinking that my face was too round for it, but I love it! What do you think?
I shall list all the products used at the end and in another post I shall tell you what I actually picked up on the night and what I am planning to purchase next. 
 This is my eyelashes after the Jumbo Jet Mascara ... Needless to say I am buying it very soon!




 A VERY happy Charli and the man himself.
Products Used:
FACE
Blotting Powder
Creme Bronzer
Watercolour Blush in POP

EYES
Waterproof Eyeliner Black
Waterproof Eyeliner Green
Sheer Satin Eyeshadow in Coppered Bronze
Eye Delight in Ice
Jumbo Jet Mascara

LIPS

Liquid Lustre Lip Gloss in Bare



Sneaky peak at what I bought.

I would like to thank Central Pharmacy and Escentual.com for the opportunity. A special thank you to Daniel Sandler for proving that I can wear a winged eyeliner!

Charli...

x

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Andrea Fullerton - Petrol In Water...






This one one of my lunchtime purchases mentioned here in this video. It is the Nail Trio from Andrea Fullerton called "Petrol In Water". I wanted this for a while after seeing the range pop up in a few blogposts and was curious as to how the colour change would work!
The first colour is a gorgeous bronzey, brown, plum (yes I am amazing at descriptions of colours!) which I love wearing as it is - two coats and it is fully opaque. But the magic happens when you put the other colour on top. The blue and purple shimmer really does look like petrol and I love it! The way the top coat changes the base colour means that you don't have to worry about a perfect application, the glitter covers it!
The only downside is that there is the usual fuss of taking glitter off your nails!
I bought mine from Superdrug for £7.99 which I think is a bit steep considering I don't think that you get that much polish, although I do love it. Plus Superdrug are doing 3 for 2 on all cosmetics at the moment...GO NOW!
Have you used this brand before?
Charli...

x

Friday, 4 November 2011

MUA Lipstick - Shade 13...




MUA Lipstick - Shade 13
Another "I'll nip into Superdrug on my lunch time" purchase. Not really sure why I bought another red lipstick, I think I have four, I might do a comparison post to see the difference in what brands label as their "red"? 
Anyway as you will probably know this is from one of the cheapest Make Up ranges around - MUA. From just £1 they are possibly the most affordable brand around (correct me if I'm wrong). 
In some lights this looks slightly pinker than I would like but I still like the colour. It takes a couple of layers to  get it to the colour level in the picture but it lasts a fair few hours for a lipstick that is only £1. Plus I actually really like the colours that it fades through, leaving almost a red stain on my lips. The formula isn't drying either, this doesn't make my lips chap up which is a major plus point!
I have been really impressed with this lipstick and now want more!
I have been loving the MUA range that I have tried so far (two eyeshadows, the Heaven and Earth Palette and this lipstick) what else is a "must have" from there?


Charli...


x

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Sleek Contour Kit - Light...








Another item that I have now managed to get my hands because of working in the city center. After months of lusting after the sleek contour kit - it is mine! 
I have used this pretty much everyday since I bought it, with the exception of about 4! The bronzer is the perfect contour colour that, with a light hand creates the impression that I actually have cheekbones! (I am a moon/football/big round clown face person). The contour lasts a fair amount of the day, I do like to do a sneaky lunchtime touch up of makeup and this is about 7 hours after I apply in the morning. Don't use too much however or you will end up looking a bit stripy! 
The highlighter is a bit of a miss for me, I'm not one to use highlighters that much so maybe I just don't appreciate it? It seems abit to shimmery - which I suppose is the point? See I just really don't appreciate it do I? Although, I do like it as an eyeshadow so I will use it...phew...I really hate wasting products, a reason why I love blogsales! 
I will be adding some face of the days every now and again using the past few products I have reviewed rather than just do a face every time I review something - I'm sure you would be sick of the sight of me :)
Charli...

x

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Lunchtime Primark Haul...



Working in a city center is dangerous for my bank balance. I have every single shop around me, ones that don't have online shops and worst of all (or best) is Primark.
I never used to go in Primark unless I was in town, but now being in town everyday I find myself "popping" in. This is what I picked up one lunchtime. The first are these amazingly thick and warm slipper socks with a christmas theme. For £4 you can't go wrong, especially when I have seen pretty much the same thing for loads more in other shops. Then I saw matching PJ bottoms and I couldn't resist. I have a "thing" for PJs I jsut love them and the more patterned on the bottom the better. I tend to wear them with just a plain cheapy tshirt, these were £5.
Finally I saw these "suede" dark green loafers. I had been looking for a pair for ages and bought these black chain shoes from New Look as an alternative (seen in this video) but they ripped my feet to shreds. However these from primark, for £8, are so comfortable its unreal, I really recommened them.


What have you been buying from Primark? As if I need more temptation!


Charli...


x

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Vivo Cosmetics...Baked Blusher in Peaches and Cream...








This was another VIVO item that I got sent when Leanne and I were blogs of the week, won via twitter. I chose this because I am really trying to get into blushers and word on the town was that they were similar to a well known brand (we all know who that is!)
Being baked this blusher will last for ages, very buildable so you can have a subtle glow on your cheeks or a full on cheek. There is a shimmer in there but not enough to be a highlighter and there is no chalky-ness to the blush like there can be with some lower priced makeup. I love the swirl that the product has in the pan and having a clear lid means you can see this when it is in your storage, a thing that I like with makeup.
Overall I really like this and it is a happy addition to my makeup, I would really recommend trying this range out especially as the blusher retails for £4, so it could sneak into your weekly shop and you wouldn't even know ;)


Charli...

x

Saturday, 22 October 2011

MUA Eyeshadow Pearl Shade 28...

MUA




A recent addition to my ever increasing make up collection. I can't wait until we are in our flat and I can have a proper dressing table and maybe do a storage video? Anywho onto the most beautiful eyeshadow I have seen in since I opened up my naked palette.  
One of the many benefits to working in the city center is that I have easy access to a large Superdrug that stocks MUA, the smaller out of town ones never do! One lunch time I "popped" out and came back with this, MUA eyeshadow - pearl shade 28 - £1....yes...£1!!! There were other things in my basket but I'm going to spread them out over a few posts. Lunchtime shopping is amazing and I have a massive haul post to film when I am on my TOIL day next week. 
This eyeshadow is brilliant, not chalky and easy to blend this lasts all day on my lid, especially when I use my eye lid primer. You can also blend this into oblivion if the colour in the picture is too "out there" for you so that a subtle copper colour is left on the lid. I use this colour mainly in a bronzed smokey eye, which is my signature eye look, that looks good for day or night time.    
Have you used MUA eyeshadows before?
What other colours do I need to try?

Charli...


x

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Essence - Ballerina Backstage Collection...

This lovely lot was what I won in a recent giveaway from Cornflakegirl's Musings blog. I was so excited to win these because I have never tried anything from this brand before...mainly because I think they are only available in some countries of the EU (correct me if I'm wrong). Plus just look at the packaging, now I was a dancer from the age of 3 and had to give it up at 16 due to an illness :/ so I love this theme. 
The first things that I opened were the nail polishes. The first is a really nice baby pink colour which is surprisingly opaque, much more opaque than the one that I have that a certain Kate wore at her wedding. The second is the most amazing black glitter, opaque in two coats there is the most gorgeous copper coloured glitter running through the polish.
The next goodie that I was sent was a blush souffle! I have never tried a mousse blusher before so I was quite intrigued as to how this would work. I really like the colour because it is really subtle, but I do find this a little "greasy" and "slippy" on the skin, I need to find a way for this to work on my skin because I really do love the colour.
This lipgloss is a really lovely baby pink (notice the ballerina theme!!) I really love the colour payout and its not too sticky - bonus!
Now for my favourite items of the whole lot. The eye souffles, I was hoping they would do the same as MAC paint pots because I want one of them but can't justify the funds at the moment. These are a "harder" product than the paint pots and are more like a cream eyeliner to the touch. You can use these as a primer as well as a colour in themselves and they held my eyeshadow in place all day. I won't be using these for that though because I have and love my ELF eyelid primer. But as colours they really are great, my favourite is the copper colour and I love using this as an all over colour for a quick and easy eye look. I always use my ELF primer under everything I put on my eyes and these last all day without creasing. Even though the black doesn't look that pigmented it really makes for a lovely smokey eye, and acts as a great base for a black eyeshadow! I love them and wish I had access to more of the essence products. 
[lipgloss, eye souffles, blush souffles, nail polishes]
[using the palest eye souffle all over lid]

Have you used any essence products?
What did you think?
How can I get more - do you know of any stockists?
I'm not even sure how much these things all are!

Charli...

x

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