I can't seem to read a beauty blog nowadays without the mention of bestseller EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline, in particular the shade On and On Bronze (or Bad to the Bronze to any American readers out there). Being a lover of all eyeshadows bronze and gold, I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about and picked up another shade along the way: Metallic Pomegranate

The formula, as you may have guessed, is an exquisitely creamy gel and one that allows for the colour to be built up from a sheer layer to a much heavier one, and it still manages show off the metallic and sheeny pigment. Both of these shades have a gold shimmer to them, but of the two, On and On Bronze is inevitably more of a wearable, everyday shade. Although it is a beautiful bronze, of the two shades Metallic Pomegranate is my favourite and this swatch photo does not do the cranberry-purple-red-brown-gold kaleidoscope colouring justice. Some may argue that overdo-ing such a shade could border on it looking like your eye was punched rather than made up, but when you get the the application down to a tee, I find it really brings out your eye colour whatever that may be. 

Talking of application, I mainly use my ring finger to smudge the cream shadow across the lid and then blend the formula across the crease with the aptly named Crease Brush from RealTechniques. These one wash wonders are pigmented enough to work on their own without a powder shadow to add definition or set them. With their name claiming to last 24 hours, longevity is expected from the get-go, and the product doesn't disappoint. The shadow lasts all day and night, and you can test this out for yourself just by swatching the beautiful shadows at the Maybelline stand - the formula does not budge (without a very strong makeup remover of course). 

So what's my verdict on the hype? Definitely. Worth. It. 

Have you tried out these shadows? Know of any other makeup products that are worth their 'cult' status? 

Charlotte x

Cult Product Review: Maybelline's EyeStudio Color Tattoo

26 July 2015

I can't seem to read a beauty blog nowadays without the mention of bestseller EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline, in particular the shade On and On Bronze (or Bad to the Bronze to any American readers out there). Being a lover of all eyeshadows bronze and gold, I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about and picked up another shade along the way: Metallic Pomegranate

The formula, as you may have guessed, is an exquisitely creamy gel and one that allows for the colour to be built up from a sheer layer to a much heavier one, and it still manages show off the metallic and sheeny pigment. Both of these shades have a gold shimmer to them, but of the two, On and On Bronze is inevitably more of a wearable, everyday shade. Although it is a beautiful bronze, of the two shades Metallic Pomegranate is my favourite and this swatch photo does not do the cranberry-purple-red-brown-gold kaleidoscope colouring justice. Some may argue that overdo-ing such a shade could border on it looking like your eye was punched rather than made up, but when you get the the application down to a tee, I find it really brings out your eye colour whatever that may be. 

Talking of application, I mainly use my ring finger to smudge the cream shadow across the lid and then blend the formula across the crease with the aptly named Crease Brush from RealTechniques. These one wash wonders are pigmented enough to work on their own without a powder shadow to add definition or set them. With their name claiming to last 24 hours, longevity is expected from the get-go, and the product doesn't disappoint. The shadow lasts all day and night, and you can test this out for yourself just by swatching the beautiful shadows at the Maybelline stand - the formula does not budge (without a very strong makeup remover of course). 

So what's my verdict on the hype? Definitely. Worth. It. 

Have you tried out these shadows? Know of any other makeup products that are worth their 'cult' status? 

Charlotte x

When it comes to handbags I'm normally boring and just go for the simplest, blackest and most functional... until now. I was lucky enough to receive these handheld beauties for my birthday, and whenever I'm near them my inner magpie is unleashed and I turn into the heart-eyed emoji and swoon a lil' bit. 

On the left you have a clutch bag by the brand Marc B as sold in Topshop. I can't actually find this online, but I believe its formal name is the Leanne Pouch, and is lined inside with the brand's trademark leopard print fabric. With a handy wrist-loop you can keep a hold of this soft, leathery clutch and despite its size, this pouch can fit all your daily/nightly essentials in it. I carried this around on my graduation day, which you can read more about in my previous post.

The second, is actually a makeup bag from New Look which you may recognise from my recent post Graduation: the Makeup Edit. The holographic, textured plastic changes hue according to the angle you look at it, turning from blue to turquoise to silver to pink, and it very fitting with the dreamy mermaid accessory trend which is everywhere at the moment. Though this sadly cannot hold all my makeup, I can fit my all-time favourite products in and this did me fine for my most recent holiday. I also used this as a clutch on my birthday night out, cause its just too darn pretty to stay inside.

Have you purchased any bags recently that you just can't get enough of? Do you own any mermaidy or magpie worthy accessories?

Charlotte x

Magpie Moment: a Thing for Silver Bags

22 July 2015


When it comes to handbags I'm normally boring and just go for the simplest, blackest and most functional... until now. I was lucky enough to receive these handheld beauties for my birthday, and whenever I'm near them my inner magpie is unleashed and I turn into the heart-eyed emoji and swoon a lil' bit. 

On the left you have a clutch bag by the brand Marc B as sold in Topshop. I can't actually find this online, but I believe its formal name is the Leanne Pouch, and is lined inside with the brand's trademark leopard print fabric. With a handy wrist-loop you can keep a hold of this soft, leathery clutch and despite its size, this pouch can fit all your daily/nightly essentials in it. I carried this around on my graduation day, which you can read more about in my previous post.

The second, is actually a makeup bag from New Look which you may recognise from my recent post Graduation: the Makeup Edit. The holographic, textured plastic changes hue according to the angle you look at it, turning from blue to turquoise to silver to pink, and it very fitting with the dreamy mermaid accessory trend which is everywhere at the moment. Though this sadly cannot hold all my makeup, I can fit my all-time favourite products in and this did me fine for my most recent holiday. I also used this as a clutch on my birthday night out, cause its just too darn pretty to stay inside.

Have you purchased any bags recently that you just can't get enough of? Do you own any mermaidy or magpie worthy accessories?

Charlotte x

So last week, I graduated and now I can casually add BA (Hons) to the end of my name. Although I had a few ups and downs over the last three years studying English Language and Literature, the whole uni experience has made them the best three years of my life so far. I have definitely made some friends for life in Newcastle, and I have loved it so much I have decided to spend one more year in the city, studying for an MA in Media and Public Relations. I'm hoping that my master's will allow me to specialise all the skills I've learnt so far, and gain more experience before finally stepping out into the real working world. So here are a few photos from the big day...


As a graduation tradition at Newcastle University, when us graduates step onto the stage at the ceremony, we have our hoods placed on us by an academic before shaking the chancellor's hand. I thought that this left a lot of room to mess up, but luckily I managed not to trip up and neither did any of the other students in my ceremony.


After the ceremony, we had a drinks reception in front of the union and luckily the morning's rain had worn off before the late afternoon ceremony. On the day I wore an Oasis dress, which had crochet lace detailing on the top and then flowed into a cream skater skirt - you can find it here on ASOS. I felt it was important to have quite a classic dress for such a formal event, so this dress was high-necked and knee-length. I also chose a pale dress (like many other girls I know) so that it would stand out against the black of the gown. For the low-down on what makeup I wore, see my previous post.

After all the formalities were finished on campus, my family and I headed down to the Quayside - one of my favourite parts of the city. My parent and sister were staying at the Malmaison hotel for the night, and after hearing good things of the restaurant, we went there for my graduation meal. This was followed by drinks at the Pitcher and Piano with my flatmates and their parents too, and then the four of us headed for a night out with her rest of our coursemates.

Hope you enjoyed this little peak into the festivities of my graduation day! What have you been celebrating recently? And what would you wear to graduation?

Charlotte x

Graduation: the Big Day

19 July 2015


So last week, I graduated and now I can casually add BA (Hons) to the end of my name. Although I had a few ups and downs over the last three years studying English Language and Literature, the whole uni experience has made them the best three years of my life so far. I have definitely made some friends for life in Newcastle, and I have loved it so much I have decided to spend one more year in the city, studying for an MA in Media and Public Relations. I'm hoping that my master's will allow me to specialise all the skills I've learnt so far, and gain more experience before finally stepping out into the real working world. So here are a few photos from the big day...


As a graduation tradition at Newcastle University, when us graduates step onto the stage at the ceremony, we have our hoods placed on us by an academic before shaking the chancellor's hand. I thought that this left a lot of room to mess up, but luckily I managed not to trip up and neither did any of the other students in my ceremony.


After the ceremony, we had a drinks reception in front of the union and luckily the morning's rain had worn off before the late afternoon ceremony. On the day I wore an Oasis dress, which had crochet lace detailing on the top and then flowed into a cream skater skirt - you can find it here on ASOS. I felt it was important to have quite a classic dress for such a formal event, so this dress was high-necked and knee-length. I also chose a pale dress (like many other girls I know) so that it would stand out against the black of the gown. For the low-down on what makeup I wore, see my previous post.

After all the formalities were finished on campus, my family and I headed down to the Quayside - one of my favourite parts of the city. My parent and sister were staying at the Malmaison hotel for the night, and after hearing good things of the restaurant, we went there for my graduation meal. This was followed by drinks at the Pitcher and Piano with my flatmates and their parents too, and then the four of us headed for a night out with her rest of our coursemates.

Hope you enjoyed this little peak into the festivities of my graduation day! What have you been celebrating recently? And what would you wear to graduation?

Charlotte x


The last three years have somehow whizzed by for me, and come Tuesday, I will have officially graduated from Newcastle University. When it comes to the big day I know I'll need to wear something long lasting and natural looking, considering the amount of photos that are going to be taken that day. As some of you reading this may also be graduating over the next few weeks, I thought I'd give you a snapshot of what I'll be slapping on my face for this special occasion. 

All about that base:
My primer of choice at the moment is Rimmel's Lasting Finish Primer, which is quite creamy in its formula but has a very matte and smoothing finish, which suits my oily to combination skin just fine. I will also be wearing my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW15, which I find to be mattifying but simultaneously gives my skin a bit of radiance (is that just me?) and is super super long-lasting. Next up is Bourjois' Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 52 Medium Radiance - I wrote about this a bit in my previous post and adds the right amount of radiance and coverage, without drawing attention to blemishes or imperfections. The only let down to this concealer is that it only comes in three shades! To set this all, I will then apply Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder in 021 Transparent - this doesn't actually work in clearing up your skin, but I will be wearing plenty of this, to keep the oil at bay as it is a long day and no one wants to look greasy in the photo that will be on every relative's mantlepiece. To make sure my blush is long lasting, I will be applying both a creme blush and sweep a powder blush over it to add to its longevity; my blushes of choice are Topshop's Cream Blush in Head over Heels (watch this one, as a little bit goes a long way) and Soap & Glory's Love at First Blush. To highlight and bronze I'll be reaching for theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer and Soap & Glory's Solar Powder, both of which I have written about here. 

Brows:
The Eyelure Shape and Shade Brow Pencil and Tamer in Dark Brown is what I'll be opting for to fill in the gaps of my busy brows and shape them in a way fit. I don't believe this is really the best brow pencil out there, it was just the only one that suited my colour of brows when I bought it a year ago. To keep my brows in place, I go to Miss Sporty's Just Clear Mascara

Neutralish Eyes:
To make my shimmery eyeshadow last longer, instead of an eyeshadow primer, I will be using Rimmel's Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing. This cream eyeshadow is light and thin in its consistency and has a brilliant metallic finish, in a pinky bronze which complements my chosen shadows. In the inner corner and under the brow arch, I chose Venus from Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette and for the crease I chose Naked 2 from this palette also. Working my way from the inner to the outer corner I then brushed Sin, Sidecar and Toasted from the original Naked Palette onto the eyelid in a sort of ombre effect. Along the upper lash line I used the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen. which is long-lasting and easy to control in a felt tip form and along my lower water line, I'll be applying the Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil in White, to make my eyes look bigger in photos (I tend to squint too much when I smile) and should it be a bad hayfever day, the whites of my eyes will look a lot less bloodshot. For mascara, I always seem to go back to Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black due to its low price and the way in which you can build up this mascara to look as natural or as voluminous as you like.  

Your lips but better (and pinker): 
My favourite nude but a bit pinker than nude lipstick (if that makes sense) has got to be Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in 11 So Hap'pink. Not everyone is a fan of the formula, but I love the matte and opaque finish this gives and the shade is nude but a bit brighter. To prep my lips for a smooth and flawless finish, I'll be using Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub and the original Carmex. 

Finishing touch:
A setting spray is essential for adding extra longevity to any makeup look, and mine of choice is Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. There are cheaper alternative to this one in the drugstore, but so far this bottle has lasted me a year and still has a lot of uses left in it - so despite the price, it is worth the splurge! 

Next Sunday, I will be posting about my actual graduation day, so keep your eyes peeled for that graduation post! I also apologise for the long-winded nature of this post - I felt I had to mention all the products, and let's face it, I use a lot. Wednesday's post will be a lot shorter, and on something I don't normally post about... So look out for that too!

Have any of you tried the products I've mentioned? What's your secret to making your makeup last longer? 
Charlotte x

Graduation: the Makeup Edit

5 July 2015


The last three years have somehow whizzed by for me, and come Tuesday, I will have officially graduated from Newcastle University. When it comes to the big day I know I'll need to wear something long lasting and natural looking, considering the amount of photos that are going to be taken that day. As some of you reading this may also be graduating over the next few weeks, I thought I'd give you a snapshot of what I'll be slapping on my face for this special occasion. 

All about that base:
My primer of choice at the moment is Rimmel's Lasting Finish Primer, which is quite creamy in its formula but has a very matte and smoothing finish, which suits my oily to combination skin just fine. I will also be wearing my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW15, which I find to be mattifying but simultaneously gives my skin a bit of radiance (is that just me?) and is super super long-lasting. Next up is Bourjois' Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 52 Medium Radiance - I wrote about this a bit in my previous post and adds the right amount of radiance and coverage, without drawing attention to blemishes or imperfections. The only let down to this concealer is that it only comes in three shades! To set this all, I will then apply Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder in 021 Transparent - this doesn't actually work in clearing up your skin, but I will be wearing plenty of this, to keep the oil at bay as it is a long day and no one wants to look greasy in the photo that will be on every relative's mantlepiece. To make sure my blush is long lasting, I will be applying both a creme blush and sweep a powder blush over it to add to its longevity; my blushes of choice are Topshop's Cream Blush in Head over Heels (watch this one, as a little bit goes a long way) and Soap & Glory's Love at First Blush. To highlight and bronze I'll be reaching for theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer and Soap & Glory's Solar Powder, both of which I have written about here. 

Brows:
The Eyelure Shape and Shade Brow Pencil and Tamer in Dark Brown is what I'll be opting for to fill in the gaps of my busy brows and shape them in a way fit. I don't believe this is really the best brow pencil out there, it was just the only one that suited my colour of brows when I bought it a year ago. To keep my brows in place, I go to Miss Sporty's Just Clear Mascara

Neutralish Eyes:
To make my shimmery eyeshadow last longer, instead of an eyeshadow primer, I will be using Rimmel's Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing. This cream eyeshadow is light and thin in its consistency and has a brilliant metallic finish, in a pinky bronze which complements my chosen shadows. In the inner corner and under the brow arch, I chose Venus from Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette and for the crease I chose Naked 2 from this palette also. Working my way from the inner to the outer corner I then brushed Sin, Sidecar and Toasted from the original Naked Palette onto the eyelid in a sort of ombre effect. Along the upper lash line I used the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen. which is long-lasting and easy to control in a felt tip form and along my lower water line, I'll be applying the Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil in White, to make my eyes look bigger in photos (I tend to squint too much when I smile) and should it be a bad hayfever day, the whites of my eyes will look a lot less bloodshot. For mascara, I always seem to go back to Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black due to its low price and the way in which you can build up this mascara to look as natural or as voluminous as you like.  

Your lips but better (and pinker): 
My favourite nude but a bit pinker than nude lipstick (if that makes sense) has got to be Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in 11 So Hap'pink. Not everyone is a fan of the formula, but I love the matte and opaque finish this gives and the shade is nude but a bit brighter. To prep my lips for a smooth and flawless finish, I'll be using Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub and the original Carmex. 

Finishing touch:
A setting spray is essential for adding extra longevity to any makeup look, and mine of choice is Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. There are cheaper alternative to this one in the drugstore, but so far this bottle has lasted me a year and still has a lot of uses left in it - so despite the price, it is worth the splurge! 

Next Sunday, I will be posting about my actual graduation day, so keep your eyes peeled for that graduation post! I also apologise for the long-winded nature of this post - I felt I had to mention all the products, and let's face it, I use a lot. Wednesday's post will be a lot shorter, and on something I don't normally post about... So look out for that too!

Have any of you tried the products I've mentioned? What's your secret to making your makeup last longer? 
Charlotte x

With summer's arrival and temperatures on the rise, makeup goes minimal and focus turns on having that summer glow. But if you aren't sunning yourself on holiday this summer or prefer the shade or even suffer from dull skin, there are products that can help you get glowing. These makeup and skincare products are my current go-tos for injecting a bit of radiance into my complexion.

Starting with skincare, my first step is to use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil morning and night. Even if you have oily skin, don't be put off by the thought of a cleansing oil - I have oily to combination skin and I'm pretty much in love with the stuff. Its fragrance is reminiscent of the 'Satsuma' range by The Body Shop and the smallest drop goes a long way. Massaging this oil onto dry skin can remove even the most waterproof of mascaras and the longer you massage (morning or night), the more the radiant your skin gets. Although most beauty bloggers are going off the idea of a manual cleansing scrub (preferring the chemical exfoliation of a toner), L'oreal Paris' Skin Perfection Radiance Revealing Gentle Exfoliator is a lovely second step cleanser to follow the Super Facialist oil. It reveals smoother, brighter looking skin, and like the oil, has a fruity, refreshing fragrance of peach to help boost your mood, as well as your complexion. As the title suggests it is a very gentle scrub that can be used daily. 

When it comes to makeup I won't dwell on Soap and Glory's Love at First Blush and Solar Powder, as I recently did a full review of these lightening powders here. The third powder on this list is the honey-hued highlighter that every blogger and their mum probably owns, and that's the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm. Although I have only used it a few times, I can really see what the hype around this product is about, with its abilities to diffuse light, add a subtle glow and make the skin's appearance softer. The highlighter can also double up as a shimmer powder or eyeshadow, which makes the product so much more than its pretty packaging. Bourjois' Healthy Mix Concealer's radiance boosting powers, is apparently down to its fruit extracts that the brand call its 'fruit therapy'; whilst the apricot extract brings out radiance, the melon works to hydrate the skin and the raspberry activates micro-circulation. Although I cannot confirm these fruity powers, I do notice a glow to my skin when using this concealer. It also offers high coverage of imperfections, whether that be under-eye circles or blemishes, despite its light liquid formula. 

Products I'd love to add to this list but I haven't tried yet are the Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner and the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Glow Boost Skin Serum. I have only read good things about these so I would love to add them to my skincare collection. 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you use to get your skin looking healthy and radiant? 

Charlotte x

How to Get Glowing

3 July 2015


With summer's arrival and temperatures on the rise, makeup goes minimal and focus turns on having that summer glow. But if you aren't sunning yourself on holiday this summer or prefer the shade or even suffer from dull skin, there are products that can help you get glowing. These makeup and skincare products are my current go-tos for injecting a bit of radiance into my complexion.

Starting with skincare, my first step is to use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil morning and night. Even if you have oily skin, don't be put off by the thought of a cleansing oil - I have oily to combination skin and I'm pretty much in love with the stuff. Its fragrance is reminiscent of the 'Satsuma' range by The Body Shop and the smallest drop goes a long way. Massaging this oil onto dry skin can remove even the most waterproof of mascaras and the longer you massage (morning or night), the more the radiant your skin gets. Although most beauty bloggers are going off the idea of a manual cleansing scrub (preferring the chemical exfoliation of a toner), L'oreal Paris' Skin Perfection Radiance Revealing Gentle Exfoliator is a lovely second step cleanser to follow the Super Facialist oil. It reveals smoother, brighter looking skin, and like the oil, has a fruity, refreshing fragrance of peach to help boost your mood, as well as your complexion. As the title suggests it is a very gentle scrub that can be used daily. 

When it comes to makeup I won't dwell on Soap and Glory's Love at First Blush and Solar Powder, as I recently did a full review of these lightening powders here. The third powder on this list is the honey-hued highlighter that every blogger and their mum probably owns, and that's the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm. Although I have only used it a few times, I can really see what the hype around this product is about, with its abilities to diffuse light, add a subtle glow and make the skin's appearance softer. The highlighter can also double up as a shimmer powder or eyeshadow, which makes the product so much more than its pretty packaging. Bourjois' Healthy Mix Concealer's radiance boosting powers, is apparently down to its fruit extracts that the brand call its 'fruit therapy'; whilst the apricot extract brings out radiance, the melon works to hydrate the skin and the raspberry activates micro-circulation. Although I cannot confirm these fruity powers, I do notice a glow to my skin when using this concealer. It also offers high coverage of imperfections, whether that be under-eye circles or blemishes, despite its light liquid formula. 

Products I'd love to add to this list but I haven't tried yet are the Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner and the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Glow Boost Skin Serum. I have only read good things about these so I would love to add them to my skincare collection. 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you use to get your skin looking healthy and radiant? 

Charlotte x

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