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 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.


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


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