Guest post/collaboration 

Hey everyone!! I want to do a quick chat with everyone today because I am working on some posts for you ladies for the upcoming week!! Anyways, I haven’t done a makeup collaboration or a blog collaboration yet so I would be interested in doing one with anyone who wants to do one with me 🙂
The post can be about anything you want – beauty, fashion, lifestyle, music.

or whatever, so if you want to work with me and is interested in any topic, then go ahead and give me an email or leave a comment.


Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Body shop shimmer waves bronzer review

Hey readers,

As I am sitting in the sweltering heat in Paris I have decided to do a review of a summer product that I love- the shimmer waves bronzer by Body shop. Enjoy 🙂

The look achieved with the bronzer:

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Colour & Pigmentation:

There are 5 warm and shiny shades in this palette and they’re all very wearable and neutral. I use the lightest shade of coral as I am quite pale but the product is available for darker skin tones as well. It is perfect to give you a tanned look.

Application:

The product is very easy to apply as you only need a few brushes of it to light up your face. However, do be careful as your face may get too shimmery if applied heavily

It also has multi usages. I use it as a bronzer (the intended use), eye shadow, and highlighter and sometimes even for contouring.

The packaging: This product comes in a square transparent plastic box, which box is pretty sturdy. It’s very easy to carry around.

How does it wear:

This products lights up your face making it all shiny but in a good way as it gives you colour. The shimmer is great if you are pretty pale. .The pigmentation is great and particularly useful for the summer when your winter foundation no longer suits your tanned skin tone.

Nevertheless, moderation is the key with this product and you can go wrong if you’re too heavy handed or layer it up. Also, as this product is a powder it is not great when you have dry skin so ensure to moisturise before wearing it.

Would I repurchase?

Yes I love the look it gives me; however I will be looking for something that works a bit better with, those like me, who have dry and sensitive skin.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil Deep Green review

 

 

Hi everybody!

I am back and today I will be reviewing the No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil Deep Green. No7 sells a set of pencils that come in five different colours, however I will be reviewing just the green one as this is the colour that caught my eye. I have blue eyes so it was interesting to see the result.

The look:

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Colour & Pigmentation:

It is a metallic deep green, which I adore as it looks vibrant next to my blue eyes. I think it would also be a nice contrast for those of you with brown eyes.

Application:

According to the boots websiteNo7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eye Pencils glide on easily and give intense colour that stays put all day ‘However the reality of using the pencil is rather different. Indeed the pencil is very difficult to apply as it’s hard  and so in order to get any colour, you need to press down on the pencil hard and drag across the eyes- I really don’t like doing that because the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate.

 

I have tried pressing the pencil softly but I hardly obtain any colour when I do this. When I have pressed hard on the point of the pencil and this has actually caused it to crumble or break off. Due to this problem, I also find these pencils difficult to sharpen because the crayon can easily break off or smear across the sharpener.

Packaging:

I rather like the packaging. The pencil is double ended- it comes with the pencil crayon on one side and on the other side, there is a sponge tip applicator which is used to blend the pencils and give a smoky effect.

Yet I do find that the packaging is actually very misleading because the pencil looks quite long, but there is only a tiny bit of product in this pencil since half of it is shared with the brush space.

Longevity:

Once applied, the pencil gives long lasting colour and I did not have to reapply at all during the day, which is fantastic since with other eyeliners I have to reapply every 2 hours.

Would I repurchase?

Yes! Although it is somewhat hard to apply it does deliver great results.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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What I Learned By Going Makeup-Free

What I Learned By Going Makeup-Free

Dear readers,

During the summer I have been wearing less and less make up every day. Funnily enough this has been quite a liberating experience even though the media continually tells us that we should be make-uped all the time. I know what you’re thinking: it’s not even possible to feel liberated without any make up as all your flaws are on show. Well, contrary to popular belief, life as you know it will not end if you skip makeup every now and then and opt for a fresh face.

A great artist that is taking this to another level is Alicia Keys who has decided to stop wearing make-up full stop. I love experimenting with my look so I’m not sure if I could go on a make-up ban but big up to her. Here I will share with you 3 things I learned by going make up free. Enjoy!

  1. My skin got clearer and my eyelashes grew longer

Indeed, makeup Isn’t Necessarily Great for Your Skin even though it’s marketed as a product that hides your flaws and you can even get spot healing make up. The truth was after stopping wearing foundation and mascara I noticed changes.

I noticed that my skin became clearer. And without having to remove mascara everyday my eyelashes had the time to grow a bit (or at least seem like it) so that I would have longer lashes after putting mascara on after a makeup ban.

 

2. I saved SO MUCH money…

I am not saying that I buy Chanel make up or anything but even using affordable makeup products from brands like Maybelline add up if you use it every day.  And if you’re a student you know the struggle for cash. With the money saved up I treated myself to a restaurant outing with friends etc.

3. I was able to relax as I saved so much TIME

Everyone knows the rush of doing their makeup before work/school/ a date. Indeed, Putting on makeup can take anywhere from 10 minutes to upwards of an hour depending on how you feel about yourself that day. Whilst going bare, I was able to sleep in so much longer and there is the expression ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason right?

 

To conclude, I’m not saying don’t wear makeup every again, but just think of it as you’ll be doing your skin a good service if you choose a fresh face opposed to heavy makeup on a regular basis.  It’s important to have a balance of make-up and non-make up days.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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Date night: The Great Gatsby Eyes

 

Dear readers,

Today I will be sharing with you a date night look that was inspired by the Great Gatsby. If you haven’t yet seen the film I definitely recommend that you do because it is absolutely stunning and an absolute tear jerker! Hope you enjoy the look and don’t hesitate to share your own make up tutorials.

So from the girls in the film I saw that the make-up of the 20’s was super-smoky! This was because ‘King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in the early ’20s and the world went crazy for everything Egyptian, including Cleopatra’s famed kohl eyes.’ (< http://thebeautygypsy.com/great-gatsby-makeup/>).

To recreate the ’20s sooty effect, I am using the urban decay naked palette. Here are the easy to follow steps:

1.Apply the colour ‘buck’ to your crease


2.Apply colour ‘naked’ just above the crease for a smooth transition


3.Apply the colour ‘creep’ to the outer v and crease


4.Apply the colour ‘gunmetal’ to the lid


5.Then blend, add mascara and eyeliner


Final look:


So there you have it. Until next time…

Charlotte xoxo

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick review

 

Hey readers,

Sorry that it has taken me a while to post but I have been feeling quite down lately. However, I feel much better now so I thought that I would take the opportunity to review a gift from my boyfriend. I don’t usually wear make-up but my boyfriend persuaded me to do so by giving me this lip stick and lip liner and I would love to tell you about it.

Color & Pigmentation: Ruby Woo, in my opinion, is the classic red lipstick of the world. It’s got a deep strawberry colour to it and I love it.

Longevity: Thanks to its matte finish, it’s definitely a long-lasting lipstick. , I wore this and it stayed the whole day in spite of eating and drinking.  Perfect for a night out.

Application:The texture is dry and stiff, which makes it harder to apply meaning that it takes me several swipes to put it on .It is also very matte , which makes my lips feel slightly dry but that’s not a huge issue as it makes it stay on longer.

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Packaging: Black and round and closes with a safe click. Not exactly aesthetically pleasing but it’s what’s inside that matters.

Overall: 9/10. I am highly impressed by this lipstick, which has a gorgeous colour as well as a long lasting finish. My only quibble is the dryness that it causes to my lips.

Which is your favourite lipstick?

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Tyler’s beauty routine

Hey bloggers! Today I will be introducing someone very special to me: Tyler.  He is my dog and I have had him for about two years.

He is three years old (which is 32 in human years!) but I adopted him two years ago when I helped him escape an abusive life style. Indeed his owners weren’t capable of looking after him as they had five dogs and didn’t walk them ever! From this experience I honestly can say that if you want a dog I think that the most beautiful thing you can do is adopt a dog to help them get back to a normal life.

So anyway back to the subject matter.  I shall be presenting to you Tyler’s beauty routine. As he is a bichon frisé he requires a lot of maintenance.  According to some websites bichons need to be groomed at least every 6 weeks and of course this can be costly so if you are thinking of getting one do bear this in mind.

But that is not all of it! Indeed between the grooming sessions you will need to take care of your bichon as its hair can get knotty very easily.  What I do is try to brush him every two days if not every day!

The look:

Here are the steps to Tyler’s beauty routine:

1.De-tangling brush

I use this to start off with as it just helps to get out a few knots. I wouldn’t rely on this entirely as there will be deeper knots.

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2.Metal comb
This is the comb to use to get to the proper knots. Now this will not be pleasant for the dog so try to hold the hair you are combing whilst you run the comb through it so that is less painful for him/her.

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3.Fluffing up brush

This brush looks pretty weird but it does a great job at fluffing up you dog to make him/ her look beautiful. Use this brush all in one direction to get the best results.

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4.Eye cleaning

Bichons usually get tear stains which are brown and smelly. It is crucial to remove these every day or the stain could get harder to remove. Use special wipes specifically for eye tears

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Done !

Do you have a pet? Do send me a picture.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Urban decay naked palette going out eye shadow tutorial

Hey all, I hope you’re all doing great!

Today I will be posting my first tutorial using the urban decay naked palette, which I absolutely adore. I got this palette as a gift from my boyfriend and now I am addicted to using eye shadow.  This look is really great for going out so here we go:

The look:

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Essential items for this look: urban decay ‘naked’ palette, an eye shadow primer (I am using a NARS one), any mascara and eye liner.

Step by step guide:

Step 1: Prime your eye lids using an eye shadow primer. This is essential to ensure that your eye shadow will last longer. With the NARS one I am able to keep my eye shadow on for the entire day.

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Step 2:   Apply the colour ‘naked’ to about half of your eyelid. This will be the lightest colour, which will be blended with the other colours of the palette.

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Step 3: Apply the colour ‘buck’ in a round line above the colour ‘naked’. Don’t worry if it is not neat as it is our transition colour that will be blended in to create the whole look.

Step 4: Next draw a small line in the middle of the colour ‘buck’ using the colour ‘gunmetal’. Try to make this as thin as possible as you don’t want this to be the main colour.

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Step 5: Above all the colours add the colour ‘half baked’ up until your eyebrows.

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Step 6: Blend all together and you have created this going out look. Blend as little or as much as you want to get your desired look.

Step 7: Add eyeliner and mascara

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Do send me links to any of your tutorials.

Lots of love,

Charlotte

xoxo

Caviar Nails Review

One of the hottest new nail art trends is the caviar manicure, a three-dimensional look created when tiny beads, called “caviar pearls,” are pressed into regular polish. I truly got hyped up about this trend of nail ‘caviar’ thinking that it would be super ultra.  However, I was really let down. In this article, I’ll give you a quick overview of my experience with the caviar nail polish.

 

Pictures speak louder than words so I will post a picture to show what I mean:

 

 

Apart from my wonky fingers, it is clear that this nail caviar does not provide the luxury implied in its title. It has been described as a ‘carpet’ texture by one of my friends and I just thought it looked fuzzy.

Also, the caviar pearls won’t last long on your nails as I had a few pearls pop off within two hours of application. I applied a top coat to make them last but actually all that happened was that the colour of the pearls came off and my nails looked awful

In summation, caviar nails are not my thing at all. By all means try it out and make your own opinion about it- you can’t go wrong when you can get about half a dozen different coloured nailed caviars for a quid in the pound shop.

 

Let me know if your experiences with nail caviar have been better than mine xoxo

Come follow my Instagram account!

 

I have decided to create an Instagram account relating to beauty as well as bits and bobs. On there you’ll find some sneak peeks of upcoming blog posts and also images beauty related.

Here is my account name: @eyeallureblog. Any follows will be much appreciated, and I’ll be sure to follow back!

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Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo