Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lip Crayon Love

Good Evening Everyone!


Recently, I have been obsessing over the deserving raved about lip crayons. These nifty handbag saviors have been in store for quite some time now, but this month I've suddenly been reaching for them more regularly, whether it has been a neutral, bright or darker shade. 

Here are my top 5 faves...





From left to right...

  • E.L.F Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Movie Star - I think this is the perfect Autumnal shade that those who aren't so brave with dark lip colours can feel comfortable wearing. It looks like a super, deep berry colour in the tube but on the lips looks much more subtle, slightly glossy and holds surprisingly has pink undertones. An added bonus is that is tastes of mints.
  • Bourjois Paris Color Boost in Red Sunrise - Red Sunrise is a beautiful glossy red that I feel can be worn all year round. A vibrant red, with slight hints of coral, and a glossy finish, whilst still maintaining impressive pigmentation. My favourite things about this product is that it doesn't start fading from the inside of your lips, which the E.L.F one can occasionally do, and that it is very moisturizing. Drying lip products are a no-go for me!
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious - Say hello to the hottest fuchsia pink! Although this applies pretty pigmented in the first place, these well-loved balms can be layered to create a brighter colour. I love how the vibrancy of the pink really pops, and how the product contains minimal glitter (I hate when lip glosses have an overpowering amount of glitter). Overall, an amazing balm that will look suitable on a night out or worn in the day.
  • Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist - OMG. I cannot explain how much I've used this product over the past three months of owning it. It is a staple in my school bag and the perfect subtle nude, a must-have for those who aren't allowed to wear (much) makeup to school. I'd describe the colour to be a peachy-nude, with slight flecks of glitter running throughout. Although I'm not a massive fan of glitter, you can't really tell when the gloss is applied. The formula is very moisturizing and lasts a long time on the lips.
  • Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive - Finally, I have another balm from Revlon. This isn't as moisturizing as the lacquer balms, but isn't far off (considering it is a matte formula). The colour is however fairly misleading, as the tube is a dull, muted pink, but on the lips it appears much brighter and bolder. This has a tendency, like all matte lip products do, to settle into all the cracks on the lips, however this can be settled by using a lip scrub/balm beforehand.
Overall, I just love everything about lip crayons and cannot wait for all these brands, and more, to bring out more ranges/colours in their collections. Application is just bliss when the product is in the form of a crayon..I'm sure you will all agree with me? 

Thank you for reading, don't forget to leave a comment below on what you think about lip crayons.

Love 


Sunday, 26 October 2014

A/W Must-Haves


Hello everyone :-)

Today I thought I'd update you with a little less beauty inspired post. I wanted to talk about my favourite time of year - AUTUMN/WINTER! I can't wait to show you all the things I love about Autumn through a few pictures I've gathered together... enjoy!

Beauty







Who can say no to red lips in the colder seasons? I certainly can't! Mac Rebel has been a staple in my Autumn/Winter  makeup routine, along with Mac's gorgeous Cranberry shadow; pairing these together can just give the prettiest seasonal look. I also cannot get over how gorgeous Bourjois' Jasper Rose blush looks when applied to the apples of your cheeks. It just gives your cheeks a natural, rosy flush that instantly brightens up your face. This is also a great dupe for Benefit's slightly pricey Rockateur, which I also adore dearly.

Cool-toned nail polishes are a must-have in the A/W period; Barry M are a sucker for an amazing nail polish range so I would highly recommend checking them out. Their price range is very low too, which is an ultimate plus! Personally, I recommend checking out (from left to right) Cappuccino, Raspberry, Indigo and Black - not the most imaginative of names, but nonetheless, these colours are gorgeous.

Finally, what doesn't say Winter in the beauty world without a bit of bath bomb love? I cannot wait to go into Lush this week and have a naughty splurge on all the Halloween and Christmas themed products. I will not be able to help myself and may have to get dragged out of their by my boyfriend..
Anyway, I luuurve Candy Mountain form LUSH and always make sure to keep a spare throughout the whole year until Christmas comes again. I like to keep my bath products on a Cake Stand that I bought from Wilko for £9.99.

Fashion







Throughout the colder months, I tend to layer every outfit with a scarf and matching hat. My favourite combination are my grey scarf (Next) and grey hat (New Look) - the neutral colours make it so easy to pair with almost any outfit! The material is also super thick, which helps to keep me warm as well as 'fashionable' and cosy.

Next, is my undeniable love for tartan pajama bottoms. I am OBSESSED. The patterns are just so beautiful and the red/green/gold colours match perfectly with Christmas. In winter, especially December, I alternate between these bad boys and my collection of onesies.

Finally, on the fashion-front, I love to layer a collared shirt with a jumper. You can tell I've joined the layering bandwagon in the fashion world and I am totally loving this style. I think it just makes your outfits so much more interesting and cute at the same time! I am wearing a mint green, short sleeved mint shirt with a cropped Hollister white jumper.

Miscellaneous





From Summer to Autumn, my costa order changes from a mango & passion fruit cooler, to a large hot chocolate with heaps of cream and a few marshmallows. Hot drinks are such a must for me in the Winter, as I get cold so easily. I may be a bit naughty too and buy a Belgian Chocolate brownie - if you haven't tried one..DO IT, they are honestly heavenly.

Christmas candles and Autumn leaves. I don't even need to talk about Yankees, because everyone always raves about them whether it is summer, spring, winter or autumn. However, I prefer to burn candles in the Winter, maybe because it is colder? I don't know, it just doesn't feel right in Summer. I also love the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet, like most people do at this time of year. Who else cannot wait for the snow too?

This post has got me super excited for a lot of events coming up in the next few months. Halloween being first, I have a fancy dress party coming up and I'm going as Snow White, being the Disney fanatic I am. I will most likely document the night on here shortly after the 31st and will update you on my makeup if you would like to know. I'm really looking forward to Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Years; this year has gone way too fast but bring on 2015!

What are your Autumn/Winter Must-Haves? Have you got anything planned for Halloween? What are your favourite type of posts to read?

Love you all <3

Charlotte Xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Collective Makeup Haul

Hey everyone..

Over the past couple of months I have been buying, and also receiving, some lovely new makeup products to add to my collection. I managed to pick up a couple of offers on the way, which was obviously great! There maybe a couple of reviews lurking in the middle from the products I have owned for a longer period of time too. 

Let's get started...


Benefit Watts Up Highlighter


Starting with the higher end products, I received a lovely email from Feel Unique in early October. There was a sale on all Bare Minerals and Benefit products - 20% off everything! Therefore, I took advantage and bought this beautiful highlight that I've been wanting for what seems like decades! I had already tried this previously so I knew that I wasn't going to be wasting £20.83. Anyway, overall this product is gorgeous - the creamy texture really glides onto the skin. The gorgeous champagne shade really brings out a natural glow. The only downside is that the blending applicator on the other end is useless, so I just apply it and then blend it with either my finger or a beauty blender.

Mac Paint Point


Yesterday, I was spoilt, once again by my boyfriend, on this stunning Mac Paint Pot. I have heard soooo much about these, constantly seen Youtubers using them in endless tutorials and have wanted Bare Study for absolutely ages. I can't wait to try it out this week (comment below if you want to see a full review of this on my blog in the next few weeks?!)

Balmi Lip Balms


Very recently, I picked up a couple of these Balmi Lip Balms in Boots. I got them in the flavours Mint and Coconut and they are very strongly scented. My favourite is the mint, not just for the mint green packaging, but the scent just seems longer lasting on the lips than the coconut. The formula is very hydrating and moisturizing for the lips and I am interested in collecting the whole range. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick


These little beauties are relatively new to the Bourjois stand. Fortunately, they were on sale for £4 cheaper, so I got this for only £5, which is crazy! I decided to pick up PEACH CLUB, as I don't own any matte lipsticks in brighter colours, such as this pretty peach/coral shade. Fingers crossed these don't ruin my lips, as I have been having a problem with matte lipsticks drying the HELL out of them.

Essence Volumizing Lash Powder


This product is lash-changing - excuse the awful pun. I am not even lying, my lashes are almost touching my eyebrows AND look like false lashes when I wear this. My cousin used eyelash fibres on my eyelashes before and they worked wonders, so I decided to buy something cheaper first just to double check it wasn't a fluke. The only downfall is that it can get quite messy, as show in the photo, but who cares when you can get this for only £1.50 at an Essence counter? I certainly don't! Anyway, this mini set also provides you with an applicator. I apply my Benefit They're Real mascara, then a coat of the lash powder, then a final coat of your chosen mascara to paint the white fibres black. I will be doing a single review on this in the near future, so if you are interested in this, then definitely stay tuned to find out more details!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation


Throughout the entirety of Autumn (so far), I have been using this wonderful foundation to keep my skin looking flawless everyday. This gives a light-medium coverage, however I prefer heavier coverage so tend to layer it up to create my desired look. I would say the finish is quite satin-y, which I like, and my shade Vanilla Rose is almost the perfect shade for my skin. One of the best drugstore foundations I've used, along with Rimmel's Wake Me Up and Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum.

L'Oreal Super Liner


Super sad that this eyeliner is already coming to an end, but I have gotten the best use out of it than any other eyeliner I have EVER tried. The small nib is perfect for accurate precision and really helps to create that cat flick on a night out. Definitely one to repurchase!

L'Oreal Color Riche Serum Lipstick


My mother brought me this autumnal lipstick whilst in France with her school. It is in the shade BRIGHT BURGUNDY and is a blue-toned red. Can't wait to be wearing deeper colours throughout Winter now, as well as Autumn - exciting!

MUA Matte Lipstick 


Finally, I bought this bright purple lipstick from MUA called LILAC BELLE. I've wanted to buy some slightly crazier lip colours for Halloween and I really wanted to be doing a tutorial or two over the next week or two. This may be out of my comfort zone, as it is not the sort of berry-toned purple I usually go for, but I've been feeling more daring recently in the makeup front so I'm giving it a go. 


Thank you for reading. Any questions? Then you know what to do..just leave a comment and I'll be sure to reply :-) Love you all X

Char Xx

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Crazy for Lip Combos!


Hello my lovelies,

I am really excited about sharing this, as I have wanted to post this for quite some time. The reason I didn't upload sooner is because I have been experimenting with my lip products over the past couple of months to see what combinations I liked, so I could share the best ones with you guys:). 

Currently, I have four favourite lip combos that I have photographed on my lips, I've applied them all separately, as well as them both on together. So...after sore lips and many snapshots later, I've finally completed this post for you...

ENJOY!

Combo 1 - Deep Red 
(Rebel review in this post here)
Combo 2 - Dark Pink

Combo 3 - Pink/Nude

Combo 4 - Peachy Nude
(Velvet teddy mentioned in more depth in this post)

In my opinion, I have to say that COMBO 1, has to be my fave! I love how the colour has so much more depth when both products are layered and paired together. The shade of red appears to become more richer and have slight purples hint to it; I am totally in love with this glamorous lip colour, perfect for an evening/night out! I must say it fits in rather well with the season too! I can't get enough of Autumn. 

Any further questions on any products mentioned above or in the photos, please don't hesitate to leave a little comment below:)

Love you all, thank you for reading.

Char Xx