That Perfect Rosy Complexion

22 September 2014

Bonjour mes beaux lecteurs!

Here is a lovely little combo I have been absolutely loving during the last month. I thought this was a seasonal inspiration, as I know how everyone loves pink cheeks to compliment their dark lipstick during the Autumn months. I can't wait to share with you a little review of these skin dazzling beauties I bought mid-August.

Benefit Rockateur Blush (£24.50) - I know I'm really late on the whole Rockateur hype, but believe me when I say that I've been wanting this product forever! Despite the major dislikes of the packaging, I don't really have a problem with it. It sticks to the cute bene-famous packaging and what more could you want? Who cares about the packagaing though when you look at the product yourself. Rockateur is embossed with a cubic pattern, complete with the word 'Rock' engraved in the centre - hence the name. This powder blush appears to be shimmer based but nonetheless, it produces the most gorgeous pink flush to the cheeks - perfect for autumnal months (especially when that summer glow has started to wear off). Unbelievable product, well worth the steep price mark.

Soap and Glory Glow All Out Highlight (£11) - Glow all out is a luminizing radiance face powder, fit for dusting over parts of the face/body you wish to highlight; the back of the product suggests to apply it to your face, neck and shoulders. Personally, as the highlight is very peach toned, I tend to apply it on my cheekbones - fairly heavily if my skin is looking rather dull that morning. On a night out, I would also apply some, very lightly, down the centre of my face, focusing specifically on my nose, cupid's bow and forehead. This helps to provide you with natural glowing skin as well as faking that super tired and dehydrated, dull complexion.

Rockateur(left), Glow All Out(right)
To finalize, these products look insane when applied together on the cheeks. I apply Rockateur to the apples of my cheeks and Glow All Out to my cheek bones on a day-to-day basis. These really help me to achieve a gorgeous finish on my skin and I woud love it if any of you could help me and comment any cheaper alternatives for both. I will be forever repurchasing these, however I think they are going to last me a hell of a long time!

Love you all :)

Char Xxx

Autumn Inspired: Bold Lips

13 September 2014

Hey there everyone! Today I have the other half to my Autumn Inspired Lips - the bold. I know this can sometimes be scary to some, so I also posted a neutral autumn lip which you can check out here, if you prefer steering clear of the deep reds and purples. Let's get started...


Primer: Benefit Porefessional
Foundation: Garnier BB Cream mixed with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection (Cover Blemishes), Nyx HD Photogenic(Highlight Undereyes)
Powder: Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder
Highlight: Soap and Glory Glow All Out 
Blush: Bourjois Jasper Rose 
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola
Eyebrows: BeautyUK High Brown All in One Brown Definition Kit
Eyeshadow: Naked 2 - Bootycall(Lid), Tease(Crease), Mac Cranberry(Blended in crease and outer corner)
Eyeliner: Maybelline Gel Liner, Sephora Coffee(water line)
Mascara: Benefit They're Real
Lips: Rimmel Kate Moss 107

Everyone knows that Autumn is the time when everyone goes crazy with berry's, reds, purples and burgundy's. I chose Rimmel's ever so famous Kate Moss Lipstick, in the very popular shade 107 because it a true deep red. I think this colour gives great sophistication to both a day and night look and is very wearable, without the red being too bright and overpowering. Stay tuned on my blog to see a top 5/10 Autumn lipstick faves in the next week or so.

Do you prefer to wear dark or neutral lipsticks in the autumn? What is your favourite time of year? 

Char Xx

What I got for my 16th birthday...

7 September 2014

On the 4th of September, I turned 16. It seems so crazy how time has flown by and another birthday has passed. I'm here to show you the gifts I received from all the amazing people in my life - my family, friends and boyfriend. I am so grateful and pleased with all my gifts,(*disclaimer*) however I haven't made this to show off or brag in anyway, I just like reading these kind of posts so I thought some of you might do too!


Simple Kind To Skin+ Illuminating Radiance Cream
  I've been wanting this ever since I used my best friend Megan's - it is amazing. It is a white moisturizing cream that gives your skin the perfect radiant glow. I have been mixing it with my foundation or putting it on before applying my base and you can honestly see it glowing through and illuminating your whole face. Beautiful product - totally recommend it!

L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer/Highlighting Pen in Light
I've only used this once since I've been gifted this, but it is wonderful. I have a problem with my horrific, dark under eye circles so I usually turn to higlighting concealers to brighten my under eye. This was a dream to use the other day as it completely got rid of the blackness and I would say it a great drugstore dupe to the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Concealer. 

Bourjois Blusher in 95 Jasper Rose
I am very pleased to own this beautiful rose gold blush. VelvetGh0st on youtube (aka Gabby) went on about this blush frequently a while back and I have been lusting it ever since. She described is as a similar drugstore dupe to Benefit's Rockateur Blush. Recently, I purchased the Benefit one and it is my all time favourite blush colour and blush in general! Therefore, I wanted to have a drugstore dupe of it so I didn't constantly have to use the Benefit one. It was such a nice surprise that my best friend got me this, as she obviously listened to me go on about this a while back - she is so sweet! :)

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP
 To begin with, Benefit packaging is my favourite, it just has to be; it has girly-girl written all over it! Thank you again to my best friend for listening to me... I have wanted this for a while, ever since I went to a party and borrowed this shade off of another friend. I used it as a base with Naked 2's YDK on the top of it and it looks stunning honestly. So happy to have this beautiful champagne-y pink added to my very loved cream shadow collection.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Quad in E4 Marron Glace
What a beautiful neutral palette. I am very aware that this will become a staple in my daily routine as it has four gorgeous wearable shades. A white champagne, taupe, soft brown and chocolate brown all in a sleek golden compact - what more could you want? IN LOVE.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara
It is so crazy how I now own a full size of this lash defining mascara. My friend Jess, who I have mentioned before (, kindly brought me this whilst on holiday. It is really sweet how she picked this up for me. I have only used miniature samples of this product but it has done wonders for my lashes - both in defining and lengthening them. I highly recommend this mascara as it is my favourite, along with the Revlon Lash Potion, which I will be featuring in a soon to be post. 

Well, basically I wore this yesterday and I already have claimed it to be my favourite lipstick. I have fallen in love with this sexy deep nude colour at the minute and my best friend, once again, bought me this little gem. Despite this being a matte formula, it is no way at all drying on the lips. The colour is truly pigmented and it reminds me of something Kylie Jenner would wear. This lipstick has been on my wishlist ever since Sammi from BeautyCrush mentioned it in a video. She looks beautiful with it on and proves it looks good on many different skintones. 

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Liquid Lipstick in 601 Nude Ballet
This has been quite a recent lust but I fell in love with the colour, packaging and name all at once so..yes, that kind of popped onto my wishlist recently. It is so creamy on the lips and it is such a beautiful subtle lipgloss that I find I will be wearing a lot, especially at school. I have a feeling this would look lovely paired with my new Mac lipstick above! (Comment if you agree)

Avon Nail Art Nail Foils and Avon Glamour Palette Set
Lastly, on the makeup front, I was given a couple of things from Avon. On the left of the photo, there are three cute sets of the nail foils that you stick onto your nails. I am really happy with the pretty colours and patterns on them. My Nan and Grandad were also super cute and bought me this huge blush, lip and eyeshadow palette called Glamour from Avon too.


Valentina Valentino Eau De Parfum
My wonderful boyfriend bought me this beautiful perfume for my birthday. It has been a scent that I have been in love with for ages and am so glad to finally have it. I'm awful at describing scents so look online if you want to know more details about this beauty! I've been wearing this everyday since and it just smells so so so feminine. 


I received this classy gift from my cousin; she picked it out for me, particularly because I love chunky/big necklaces. I adore how perfect this looked when paired with the outfit I wore on my birthday (photo will be at the end of this post). I can't wait to be wearing this on many nights out!


How beautiful are these flowers my boyfriend got me? This was so sweet of him to do this and I am so unbelievably grateful. At the minute, they are perched in a clear vase in my room, looking as pretty as ever. Aidan and his mum went to a florist to get them professionally displayed and they asked for something 'pink, girly and youthful', which I thought was adorable because it basically describes me in three words.

 Finally, I received a lot of other little bits from family and friends. I got some of the self-heating face masks, which I feel really make a difference to my skin. I also got some novelty gifts that have the number '16' on (mini snow globe/ornament and mug). I wasn't able to photograph everything because I had quite a lot of little bits and bobs.

Another present that I didn't mention earlier on was that my boyfriend's mum kindly gave me a gift voucher to get gel nails and them infilled; this was so generous of them and I cannot wait to go and get them done. Any recommendations/opinions on gel nails?

I am super grateful for every single present everyone got me and I love you all! I can't wait to be spending my boots vouchers and money on lots of makeup and clothes hehe....

Char Xx

Autumn Inspired: Nude Lips

6 September 2014

After another fast six weeks, summer seems to have flown past once again and autumn is here. I honestly love Autumn, 1 being it was my birthday two days ago and the other is the makeup. Berry lips, cranberry eyes and rosy cheeks; I can't wait to start wearing all my burgundy jumpers and wooly hats. 

This was quite a spontaneous little thought this morning, but I have decided to post two Autumn makeup looks this week, one for you today - the nude lips, and one for the coming week (you guessed it, bold lips). I have recently been loving, as has everyone else seems to be, the deep neutral, and rather glamorous nude, worn on the lips. This look is surely going to be a 'go-to' this Autumn, as I have just found the perfect lipstick for this job...

Primer: Benefit Porefessional 
Foundation: Rimmel London Wake Me Up
Concealer: YSL Touche Eclat(Under Eyes) Nyx HD Photogenic(Highlight centre of face) 
Powder: Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder
Blush: Benefit Rockateur
Highlight: Soap and Glory Glow All Out
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola
Brows: E.L.F Brow Kit 
Eyeshadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream in RSVP(Base), Naked 2 YDK(Lid), Naked 2 Tease(Crease)
Eyeliner: Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Mascara: Benefit They're Real
Lipstick: Mac Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Mac Velvet Teddy, Matte Lipstick (RRP £15.50)

Generally, I believe nudes are a really glamorous, stunning colour to wear on the lips, especially deeper nudes on a night out. I can't wait to be wearing this lipstick more often as it was a gift from my fabulous best friend for my birthday (love you meg!). If you would like to know more about this lipstick or any other products mentioned then feel free to ask for a review in the comments below. 

Do any of you love the latest nude hype? What is your favourite nude lipstick? Would you like to see a birthday haul of all the gifts I received? 

Char Xx

Mini Dior Shopping Spree...

2 September 2014

Here's a little post to show you how carried away I got at the Dior stand I found in Ireland. I bought a couple of items and would love to show them to you... HERE GOES!

Firstly, I picked up this gorgeous Dior Addict Lipgloss in the colour SEAFARER.

Dior Addict Gloss 642 Seafarer RRP £22

I have fallen in love with this bright coral coloured lip gloss, which has been perfect over the summer months. Seafarer accentuates your lips by creating a medium colour payoff - it is in the middle of sheer and opaque. I adore the glossy moisturizing feel this leaves on my lips too; I am very happy with this purchase.

Afterwards, I looked at the eye products. I spotted the eyeshadow palettes and may have fallen in love with this one called SUNDECK.  

Dior 5 Couleurs Transat Edition 564 Sundeck RRP £41

To begin with, the packaging is incredible - a deep blue compact lined with silver. It even has a cute little pocket with the CD initials on! I love how luxurious this palette looks, inside and out. There are five powder eyeshadows, three shimmery and two matte. I love the one in the centre as it is engraved to look like rope; it is a gorgeous muted orange with golden flecks scattered all over. All of these are very everyday wearable, in my perspective (most probably because I always stick to neutral eyes). I cannot wait to try out all the colours!

Finally, I picked up a little summer nail polish duo in two amazing colours, a shimmering sea blue and stunning mint green. This is from the Summer Bird of Paradise Collection called SAMBA.

Dior Bird of Paradise Summer Nail Lacquer Duo 001 Samba RRP £22

I decided to pick up this duo because 1. I am completely obsessed with mint green and collect mint green nail polishes and 2. I have wanted Pacific from the Barry M Aquarium collection for ages now and this is an exact dupe. However, if you are on a tight budget, I would obviously recommend getting the Barry M one, as they are only £3.99. I cannot wait to see how these nail polishes apply.

I hope you enjoyed this mini haul. If you wish to see any of these reviewed in a future post then make sure to leave a comment! Don't hesitate to comment some constructive criticism; tell me what you like and dislike about my posts, give me suggestions to improve etc. I want to make y'all happy:-)

Char Xx

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