Monday, 18 October 2010

Eyeko Haul & Review

Hey Bloggers! 

If you follow me on twitter you would have seen I promised a haul and review of my Eyeko goodies, apologies its a little late, I just didn't have time to write it this weekend. On Saturday I went wedding/bridesmaid dress shopping my best friend and on Sunday I had the plumber here all day finally fitting my new shower. Yay for that, having to constantly have baths all the time was really getting on my wick!

Anyhooo, on to the good stuff. I ordered this stuff a while ago and it came when I was away in Tennessee but over the last couple of weeks i've been using everything I ordered and i'm pretty much in love with all of it. Here's a picture of everything I got. I didn't go mad, just a few key things to try.


The first thing I chose was the 'Must Haves' nail polish set. I was most excited about trying the polishes after seeing them on Victoria's Blog. I can honestly say that I LOVE them, the colours are amazing after one coat and apply really easily. The only one where the formula is a bit dodgy and needs 2-3 coats is Vintage, but even so the colour is gorgeous. A definite mixture of China Glaze's For Audrey and Mac's Peppermint Patti. I've swatched them all below, the colours are little more bright in real life.

L-R Coral, Petite, Vintage, Tea Rose, Vampira

My favourite of the bunch by a clear mile is Posh. Its so gorgeous, very easy to apply and its one of the murky/muddy colours i've been lusting after of late. Its definitly up there with my Chanel Particuliere and  Sephora for OPI's Metro Chic. Also, at £3.50 it's a total bargain!


Probably my favourite product of all is the 3in1 Eyeko Cream. It is so beautiful on the skin. My favourite ways to wear it are just on it's own with some eyeliner and mascara for a really natural, healthy glowing, fresh faced look OR used over foundation to highlight my cheek bones and down the middle of my nose OR I like to use it as a light reflecting eye cream, it really does help to conceal the dark circles.


You can see in the picture below the difference it makes just swatched on the back of my hands. Its goes on so smooth and sinks right in. Not greasy feeling at all. I think this would work for all skin types and all skin tones. It really is a hero product!


I decided to try the Big Eyes mascara and to be honest i'm really not that impressed with it. I've shown it below compared to my beloved CoverGirl LashBlast. Its not that it's a bad mascara, its just that I have better. Its very lengthening but it clumps my lashes together too much. I will use it up, but I definitely wouldn't repurchase it.


One product I definitely would repurchase is the Graffiti Eyeliner Pen (swatched below), if you struggle with liquid liner then this really will be your best friend. Its a million times better than Mac's Penultimate eyeliner and is so easy to use. My wings are certainly much improved using this! Lol! Its so easy to get varying eyeliner thicknesses by using less or more pressure and its really pigmented. One swipe and your good to go. A definite must try. I also love to smoke it out using a matte black eyeshadow and a pencil brush, it looks amazing!


So there you have it, my first purchase from Eyeko was definitely a successful one. I'm really happy with everything I chose. The mascara is a bit hit and miss, but I don't mind that. You can't always win with everything. If you haven't tried anything Eyeko yet, check out their website http://www.eyeko.com/. The prices are really reasonable and they always have a free gift code listed on the website so be sure to check that out before you checkout.

XOXO

Disclaimer: Everything shown and reviewed in this blog was bought and paid for by me! All opinions are my own and not sponsored at all!





Sunday, 10 October 2010

NOTD: Chanel Paradoxal

My nails have been in very poor condition recently, I have been carefully nurturing them back to health and today is the first time I've painted them in months.  I got this polish in Nashville and have been waiting patiently to wear it.



My first experience with Chanel nail polish was the No.505 Particuliere and I loved it. The formula is great, no chipping and really good coverage with just one coat. I always choose 2 coats no matter what the first coat looks like. I was just so impressed I couldn't wait to get another and No.509 Paradoxal is certainly not a disappointment. The formula is just as great and was very easy to paint. I only painted my nails today so I can't comment on the longevity or chipping.



The only negative with Paradoxal is the colour, it doesn't show up half as beautiful on the nails as it does in the bottle. I still really like the colour, but its more flat than the pretty purple shimmers promised from the bottle. In the direct sunlight and with the flash you can see below that there is a slight shimmer to it but its really not visible to the naked eye. I still love it, its a beautiful muddy purple, perfect for the winter season and I'm sure i'll be sporting this a lot in the coming months.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Jealousy & Haters in the Online Beauty Community

I really don't know what inspired me to write this post but I think I can trace it back to Michele1218 on youtube. I recently found Michelle through her swap with Lollipop26 and for me it was love at first viewing. Her videos are full of honest reviews, awesome makeup tutorials and my personal favourite, AMAZING HAULS! She's a real, genuine makeup lover with a passion for sharing her beauty knowledge and I loved that about her. But I was really shocked to see this video pop up in my subscription box. I follow Michelle on twitter so I sort of knew it was coming but that made it no less pleasant to watch. The fact that one of the gems of the online beauty community feel so strongly that they have to leave, give me such a bad taste in my mouth and I felt I had to come out with my opinions on the whole topic and openly give support for Michelle and anyone else feeling a little beaten up by the negativity.

I don't know how these haters, these people think that posting horrible, negative, insulting comments and emails is the right thing to do and for me it all comes down to their jealousy. Its so easy to post things anonymously behind a computer screen, where there are no consequences for your actions. But in reality the consequences are losing great beauty vloggers like Michelle.

I can understand when you see some 'gurus' posting review after review of products they have been 'compensated' for, that it gets a little much. I for one whole heartedly disagree with people being paid for reviews of products, I don't think anyone can be totally honest when they are being paid to have an opinion on anything. However, I have no problem with beauty youtubers and bloggers getting sent free products to review as long as they are honest and I genuinely think that 90% of the beauty community are honest and would still post the same videos whether they had 5 subscribers or 50,000.  It's just a small group ruining it for everyone else. I see the changes in people, I see how some people now are completely fake and not at all the same person that started posting videos in the first place. I just don't think hating on people is the right way to deal with this. If you don't like it, follow what I do and don't watch anymore. It really is a simple solution.

To wrap this up as I don't want to keep going on, I just wanted you all to know my 2 cents, I have my blog because it is something I love to do, I love thinking of new things to talk about or show you and I would post exactly the same if I had no one reading my blog. I don't care how many 'followers' I have, I just post what I want because it's something I think is worth sharing. The blogger statistics tell me I had almost 1000 blog views last month and that is massive and something I really appreciate and no hater can ever take that feeling of excitement away from me. I also love to read blogs and watch videos and I hope that its something I will be able to do forever. I am so grateful of the effort people go to upload videos and post blogs and respond to comments and tweets and everything involved, so that people like me can read and watch. Long may it continue!

If you got this far thanks for sticking with me! I'd love to hear what you think about it all!

Loads of love and appreciation,

Charlotte xxxx

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Charlotte's September Favourites

So I have been reaching for the same products over and over this month, so I feel it's only fair for me to share them with you. I also have a few non-beauty highlights that i'm going to share at the end! Feel free to let me know what you have been loving this month too.

(N.B. I am trying to get my holiday blog uploaded but the Blogger Photo Uploader is taking forever and a day to upload one photo. I have something else in mind to try, so hopefully it will be up soon.)

1. Urban Decay


This month, I've been loving Urban Decay. Particularly my Naked Palette and 24/7 eyeliners. I have used my Naked Palette literally every day since I got it. Its the only eyeshadows I took on holiday with me and there isn't a single colour I wouldn't use in the whole palette. I'm not sure what the situation is with getting hold of this in the UK but if you can get your hands on it, you won't regret it. Its bloody amazing! Also, I'm a massive fan of pencil eyeliners, I like gel and liquid eyeliners but for ease and quickness I reach for my pencils pretty much everyday and the UD 24/7 liners are the best. My current fave is Bourbon but I just bought Underground and Binge whilst I was away and they are both gorgeous. I feel this particular love affair with Urban Decay is going to last a while yet!

2. CoverGirl Lash Blast

I talk about this all the time, its my ultimate holy grail mascara! I was in the process of using up all different mascaras when my parents bought me some of this back from Hawaii, I had seriously forgot how good this mascara is. Its well and truly back in my everyday routine. if you haven't tried it yet, why not?!


3. CVS Cocoa Butter Lotion


My friend Emma recommended this to me after she bought it in Washington DC this summer. Apologies to my UKers this is CVS own brand and not avaliable over here. I bought one (and then had to get another one before I left) to try whilst I was away and was amazed how gorgeously soft it leaves your skin. Its not as thick as Palmers Cocoa Butter but sooooo much better. I have used it every night since I got back and my skin is in such good condition. The best part.....Its only $2.99! Bargain!

4. Mario Badescu Skin Care
I don't know if it was the greasy food or change in weather or what, but my skin had a major breakout whilst I was in Tennessee :(  Not good! But when we stopped at Ulta in Jackson on our way from Nashville to Memphis I saw this range and remembered Xsparkage on youtube had good reviews about it. So I picked up a trial size of the acne face wash and full sizes of the drying lotion and drying cream. I can honestly say nothing has cleared my skin up quicker. The face wash is not drying at all and the Drying Lotion works brilliantly over night at shrinking your spots. I'm definitly going to look into getting more of the Mario Badescu range.

5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid
I used to use this religiously but started to find it a bit heavy compared to my MUFE HD foundation, but when I got back from Tennessee my skin had a tan and so I went for the Studio Fix Fluid as its a shade darker than my other foundations. I now can't imagine why I haven't used this in so long. Its definitely perfect for winter, good coverage and long lasting. I'll be repurchasing this soon as I only have a little bit left in the bottle. Glad I went shopping in my stash and rediscovered this.

So I mentioned a few non-beauty highlights, the main one being my Amazon Kindle. I always thought I would miss real books and so put off getting one, but with the new 3G one being released I bit the bullet. I had it pre-ordered for months and was so glad it came before I went away. If you travel a lot its perfect for you. I just fell in love with it from day one. 

Secondly, I have to mention the Ryder Cup. I never watch golf, I know the basic rules but don't follow it as one of my sports. Yet, with the Ryder Cup approaching I told myself this year I was going to watch it. Sure enough, I am hooked. This weekend I have pretty much been stuck to my laptop trying to get all the changes i've had planned for months to my blog finished. But whilst sitting in front of my laptop i've been glued, literally glued to the tv. Its actually a lot more exciting than it seems once you actually understand what's going on. I may be a golf fan afterall!



Friday, 1 October 2010

Change Is A Good Thing

Hey Guys,

You may have noticed my blog is having a little make over, I'm making a few changes and have a few things in the pipeline. Please bear with me, it should be all ready by the end of this weekend.

Also, i've had trouble uploading my holiday blog, the pictures are taking forever to upload. I'm working on it and will get it up asap!

Thanks for sticking with me!

Charlotte xx


Monday, 27 September 2010

Home Sweet Home

Well well well hello my beautiful bloggers!

I'm finally back on home soil and in my flat with a fast Internet connection which means I can catch up on everything I've missed and can fill you in on everything I've been up to whilst I was away.

Right now though I'm typing this on my iPhone because I'm having new windows fitted and can't get on my computer with the workmen all around. So this will just be a short 'What's up?!' post.

So you know I went to Tennessee with my friend Emily and we really had an amazing time. We spent 5 nights in Nashville and 5 nights in Memphis. We got to do some really cool things, we went to the Jack Daniels Distillery, went to a Grand Ole Opry show, ate some nice meals, did a lot of shopping (especially on my part! Lol!) and my favourite thing of all was going to Graceland. I liked Elvis before but now I LOVE him!

Would you believe I didn't even go to Sephora????!!!! I did however haul pretty big in Ulta which I'll go into more detail about in another post.

I haven't uploaded my pictures yet but I will do a holiday blog post with full pictures as soon as my flat is not windowless (its current state) and ready for me to get all my stuff out again!

So that's all for now, I will hopefully have a proper post up tonight with pictures galore! I did take 357! :)

XOXO

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Baking 101: Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

Recently I have gotten into baking in a HUGE way, which is probably why my weight loss has plateaued right now. But anyways, I wanted to post some of my recipes and so I'll start with the simplest one. Any one can bake these with minimal effort. They turn out wonderfully soft and chewy with a little crunch on the outside and they are really yummy!



I adapted this recipe from one I found online, the recipe is in cups but i'll try to give the metric measurement where possible. Also I took away chocolate chips and nuts and added raisins and cinnamon. So if you would prefer you can swap the raisins for chocolate or nuts or whatever you like. The recipe is easily adapted.

Ingredients
1/2 Cup or 115g Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup or 110g Brown/Demerara Sugar
1/2 Cup or 100g White Sugar
1 Medium Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup or 125g Plain Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Cup Oats (The old fashioned original kind, not readybrek or oats so simple)
1/2 Cup Coconut (I buy the already shredded kind from the supermarket)
1/2 Cup Raisins or Sultanas
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Method
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

2. Add the Flour, Soda and Salt a little at a time until all is well combined.

3. Add the coconut, oats and whatever else you are adding. In my case the raisins and cinnamon.

4. Make sure everything is well mixed and spoon out into 2 baking trays lined with greaseproof paper. There is enough mixture here to make 12 large cookies. I put 6 on each tray, making sure there is 2 inches all round each dollop as the cookies will spread during baking.

5. Bake in the centre of the oven for approximately 12-14 minutes. 

6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the trays for 5 minutes or so, this allows the cookies to firm up so you can then use an egg slice to remove the cookies onto a cooling rack.

7. Put your feet up and enjoy with a nice cuppa!

If you try it with different fillings be sure to let me know how it turns out!

XOXO


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III - Swatches & Review

Hey Blogettes,

I'm in such a good mood this week, hmmmm I wonder why? Maybe because it's only 5 SLEEPS until me and one of my best friends Emily go to Tennessee! Wooooooo! I just baked some yummy cookies and eating them whilst writing this. Bliss!

So I posted previously that I received my Urban Decay NYC Book of Shadows and as promised here is my full review. The swatches are from L-R and are pretty true to colour, although not as bright in the pictures as they are in real life. But first a few pictures to show off how prettyful this pallette really is. 









  
Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush


Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money


Haight, Maui Wowie, Smog, Bordello

Radium, Snatch, Suspect, Psychedelic Sister


Zero, Ransom, Primer Potion

So what do I think of it.... I LOVE it. The colours are really beautiful and so wearable, even the brightest ones. I'm generally not a huge fan of Urban Decay pallettes, I gave away the Ammo pallet cause it was just a hot mess of glitter and the only other one I owned before the Naked pallette is the Wallpaper palette which I do like. But the Naked pallette and this one have totally convinced me otherwise, if you were a beginner to makeup, you literally could have just these 2 palettes and have pretty much every colour you'll every need. Not to mention the really cool extras. The Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners are awesome, really easy to apply and very long lasting, and I don't need to go into detail about the Urban Decay Primer Potion except to say it is the one thing I cannot live without. I never ever apply any makeup without using this first. 

As far as dupes and duplicates go, these colours are not totally original and can be duped by many other brands if you don't manage to get your hands on this exact palette. A few of the colours cross over too and are in previous Book of Shadows or in the permanent collection. Also if you have any other Urban Decay Palettes you are most certain to have Smog as it's in almost every single Urban Decay Palette, but the thing I love about Smog with this palette is that you can team it with ANY other colour in the palette and it will work. From a really elaborate look pairing it with Radium and Haight or a toned down neutral eye with Suspect and Rockstar. I really think you are onto a winner with this pallet.

I feel like I have to mention that there are a few glitterbombs in this pallet too, most notably Uzi and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. If you don't like fallout or glitter on your face then definitely steer clear of these shades. Snatch and Kush are following closely behind these two though and all four shades are not for the feint hearted. Lol! I personally don't mind a bit of glitter every now and then so it works out well for me. If you a lover of the matte and satin formulas then I would propose this palette isn't for you.

The packaging is just gorgeous and a lot more robust than I thought it would be. I was expecting a flimsy cardboard and awkward drawer mechanism. There is nothing like this and I love that the eyeshadow drawer comes completely out of the box, which is a lot easier to work with for everyday makeup application.

My overall rating is a solid 8/10.
(I would have given it 10/10 if only there were a couple of matte shades in the box and more new shades that were exclusive to this palette.)

If you have this already or it's on it way to you, be sure to let me know what you think of it. Urban Decay is fast becoming one of my my favourite makeup brands!

Until next time - XOXO

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Thursday Thoughts! - Wheeling and Dealing!

Today's thoughts are about selling your stuff, today I decided to start getting rid of a lot of the un-necessary stuff *cough* makeup *cough*, that I have piling up in my flat.

I just now listed 44 (OMG! My heart aches!) MAC eyeshadows for sale on Specktra and I have cleared out a bunch of other makeup to put up for sale at some point. Happily, I sold 9 within the first 10 minutes of them being listed, yay for me! I think i'm developing a healthier attitude towards makeup. I still LOVE it and will never stop buying it, but now I stop and think, do I really need it?. Also, I am pretty much a neutrals girl at heart so why I ever bought a yellow, red, orange, or fluorescent green eyeshadow in the first place beats me. Silly girl!

I'm trying to take up a less cluttered lifestyle, so doing things like this make me feel good about myself. I am planning to make a trip to the charity shop this weekend. Get rid of some books, clothes, old cd's etc...

In Other News:
This week I have been listening to this song over and over and over, I loved Danny Gokey on American Idol and his debut song is a keeper for me!



One other thing of note, my Urban Decay Book of Shadows III came in the post today, its so beautiful. It's love at first sight for me. I will post a full review with pictures and swatches soon. I'll just insert a little phone picture for the moment to wet your appetite!


XOXO

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A Haul Of The Best Kind...

The best kind of haul for me is one that doesn't cost me anything! Lol! I mentioned previously how stressed and overworked I was with my parents away, but after seeing what they got me, it was definitely worth the extra effort. My parents went to Las Vegas and Hawaii for 3 weeks and also stopped off in LA for 2 nights to see my family that live in the States. My cousin Jeni is pregnant and was having a baby shower whilst my parents were over there and i'm very jealous I never got to go! They got back yesterday and I drove to Heathrow to collect them, I was ecstatic to see them.

So, the only thing that I asked for was a Black hoodie from the Victoria's Secret PINK line, the rest they chose for me and I can honestly say that I love all of it. I am one lucky girl right now! :)

This Jacket is from Abercrombie & Fitch, its my favourite thing of everything they bought for me!

2 A&F Tees

This is a short sleeved sweatshirt, its really gorgeous, I don't think the picture does it justice.

This dress is from Old Navy, I was disappointed with how the picture turned out. It doesn't show off the dress to its full potential. Its really fitted at the top but then the 'skirt' part is really floaty. When I wear it, i'll post a blog of me in it, so you can see how nice it is on.

This is just a t-shirt from Old Navy but I love the words!


Old Navy Tee


My mom said this was $3.99 in the sale at Old Navy so she just couldn't not get it. Now you know where I get my shopping addiction from! Lol! The beading at the top is really lovely.


The Hoodie I was practically dying for, it has a zip at the front.



These are just VS PINK vests to go underneath.


This is such a cute tracksuit, perfect for lounging around in. I tried it on and its so comfy and soft. The LOVE PINK words are on the back of the top, its plain on the front.


These are just some little 'nic nacks'. My mom and dad get me a Hard Rock bear from every country they visit, I have quite a collection building up now. This one is from Honolulu, I have Las Vegas from them already. The washing up gloves are from Williams & Sonoma, they are the worlds best, the machine of washing up gloves. And of course my mom got me a couple of tubes of my favourite mascara Cover Girl Lash Blast, its not available in the UK so I like to keep a few backups.


These earrings are 18k Gold and Hawaiian Coral. They are gorgeous. Green is my favourite colour.


And just look how awesome the carrier bags are, its worth buying something in Abercrombie and Fitch just to get a bag with a really hot boy on it! Lol!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Filofax Love

So I recently came across Sofia and her amazing blog. I've been reading practically every post she's ever written and I urge you to go check her out. Anyway, she mentioned that she'd bought a filofax and I have been googling filofaxes ever since. What I found is an online community dedicated to their love of filofaxes. As someone who carries around a diary and 2 notebooks in her handbag everyday, I don't know why I've not thought of getting a filofax before. After much research, I had decided that the Personal Red Finsbury was the one for me, although I confess I based this solely on the fact that it is the exact one Katherine Heigl uses in one of my favourite ever films 27 Dresses. 

So yesterday, I saw Sofia had posted this Filofax Obsession blogpost and I knew it was time to bite the bullet. I went straight to Selfridges after work and to my delight found that all Filofaxes were 20% off, it was meant to be. They had the Finsbury I wanted in Red, Aqua, Raspberry and Brown. I came for the Red but left with the Raspberry. Its just such a gorgeous colour and in my opinion much nicer than the Red. It's safe to say that I absolutely LOVE it and have been delightfully filling it ever since! 



























If you too are lusting after a Filofax, check out these blogs, they will not help cure your obsession:

 -  Philofaxy

Happy Filofaxing!

XOXO

 

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