If I could describe Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze in just three words, it would have to be "Oh My God". I have always been a lover of pairing a bronzey, goldey, coppery eye with my brown eyes, as I do believe it enhances the colour of my irises but the colour of this shadow is just on another level.

Cream eyeshadows seem to be having a bit of a moment in the beauty world with the hype around Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes to Mesmorise and I was pretty much smitten with these little pots of shadow. But when reading a blog post somewhere I stumbled upon this Max Factor offering, and from what I had read, I knew it had potential to be a dupe of the beloved CT shadow. However, being such a strong coppery bronze shade it doesn't strongly resemble any of the Eyes to Memorise collection - though it could be a close cross between Bette and Mona Lisa. Instead, I found that it was closer to Tom Ford's Cream Colour for Eyes in Spice but with a little more shimmer and being a bit warmer in tone. 

The main reason I am comparing this drugstore shadow to it's similar high-end peers is because of the pure quality of the formula. This creamy product feels so air-whipped and creamier than any other high street cream shadow I have swatched (and that says a lot). The littliest bit of product goes a long way in terms of pigmentation, and the bronzey copper shade has hints of this 'excess shimmer' in fine gold glitter but I wouldn't say its too much or quite in 'excess'. It blends and spreads across the eyelid like a dream and although you can easily use your ring finger to apply this, I prefer using a flat eyeshadow brush before softening the edges with a blending/crease blush. I wouldn't say this quite has the longetivity of Maybelline's Eyestudio Color Tattoo shadows (read more here), but this comes in at a close second.

Either way I think I'm in love with an eyeshadow (#beautyaddictproblems). The richness of the formula is far from telling of it's high-street price tag as the creamy feel of it is the definition of dreamy. To any other bronze eye-lovers out there I couldn't recommend it more!

Have you ever tried this shadow? What is your favourite cream eyeshadow or are you more into powder formulas?

Charlotte x

A Tom Ford Dupe Hiding on Your Local Max Factor Stand

25 October 2015

If I could describe Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze in just three words, it would have to be "Oh My God". I have always been a lover of pairing a bronzey, goldey, coppery eye with my brown eyes, as I do believe it enhances the colour of my irises but the colour of this shadow is just on another level.

Cream eyeshadows seem to be having a bit of a moment in the beauty world with the hype around Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes to Mesmorise and I was pretty much smitten with these little pots of shadow. But when reading a blog post somewhere I stumbled upon this Max Factor offering, and from what I had read, I knew it had potential to be a dupe of the beloved CT shadow. However, being such a strong coppery bronze shade it doesn't strongly resemble any of the Eyes to Memorise collection - though it could be a close cross between Bette and Mona Lisa. Instead, I found that it was closer to Tom Ford's Cream Colour for Eyes in Spice but with a little more shimmer and being a bit warmer in tone. 

The main reason I am comparing this drugstore shadow to it's similar high-end peers is because of the pure quality of the formula. This creamy product feels so air-whipped and creamier than any other high street cream shadow I have swatched (and that says a lot). The littliest bit of product goes a long way in terms of pigmentation, and the bronzey copper shade has hints of this 'excess shimmer' in fine gold glitter but I wouldn't say its too much or quite in 'excess'. It blends and spreads across the eyelid like a dream and although you can easily use your ring finger to apply this, I prefer using a flat eyeshadow brush before softening the edges with a blending/crease blush. I wouldn't say this quite has the longetivity of Maybelline's Eyestudio Color Tattoo shadows (read more here), but this comes in at a close second.

Either way I think I'm in love with an eyeshadow (#beautyaddictproblems). The richness of the formula is far from telling of it's high-street price tag as the creamy feel of it is the definition of dreamy. To any other bronze eye-lovers out there I couldn't recommend it more!

Have you ever tried this shadow? What is your favourite cream eyeshadow or are you more into powder formulas?

Charlotte x

It feels like it was yesterday that I posted my last clothes haul, but really it was back at the beginning of August, so two months on is acceptable for another post right? This was a collective haul done over a few weeks and as some pieces were essential for my new term back at university, I'm trying to justify these purchases. Also kudos for those of you who got the Beyoncé reference in the title, 'cause I'm Drunk in Love with these pieces.

So, first things first how gorgeous are these trousers? I'm really trying to break out the habit of just wearing Topshop's Jamie Jeans, and these Zara Jacquard Loom Trousers are definitely going to help me do so. The cropped leg and shape around the hips is so flattering, and I feel oh so stylish prancing around town in this printed pair. The only downside is that they are dry-clean only *sigh*, and I didn't realise this until after purchasing them and falling in love (waa) - on the plus side I have a post coming soon on how I've styled them. Next up is is this pair of Black Converse. My burgundy pair  finally bailed on me and were so warn down, they actually had a hole in them... oops. I went for black this time, as the colour just goes with more and I can now pair my converse with black tights. For a gal studying in the North East of England its been pretty stupid unpracticle that I am so fussy with coats/jackets, as I have not owned a coat with a hood for about two years. But finally the hooded hiatus is finally over now that I own the Double Zip Lightweight Jacket from Topshop. I love the green colour to this; it's unfortunately a little short on the body, but it's still bloody brilliant.

You may recognise this Zara Basics Striped Shirt from my Interview OOTD blog post, but as it's a recent purchase I thought I'd chuck it in here. It is so soft and such a relaxed fit, yet is still quite smart at the same time. I've seen a couple of girls wearing this whilst out and about in London, so I know I'm not the only fan girl out there haha. Talking of tops, the cute cropped slogan Knitted Make the Boys Cry Tee is also from Toppers. The material is fairly see-through but with a nude bra I haven't found this to be a problem, and although the ends roll up (as they haven't been given a proper finish) I quite like the effect of it. Also with #TopshopStyle my Instagram selfie in this has somehow made it onto the brand's website (eek!!). The backpack was part of an Asos order but is by the brand Mi-Pac, and this is their Perforated Backpack in black. After years of using one shouldered bags for lugging around all my school/uni stuff, I have finally seen sense to invest in a backpack that won't further ruin my posture/back. I love the dimpled effect to this plasticy material and how it's waterproof, protecting my electrical goods and paper notes from being ruined by the typical British weather.

And although summer is definitely over, the likelihood of me and my family jetting off over the New Year is quite high so I caved into buying this swimming costume and dress that were under my 'Saved items' list for the whole of summer. Although these are both from Asos, neither are something I would normally buy because of their shape. The Swing Sundress in Batik Print is something I would normally avoid as I tend to only suit dress shapes that go in at the waist, but I thought the print was so fun and hippie-ish, that this would make a cute beach-coverup. I've also never owned anything as low cut as the High Waist Deep Plunge Swimsuit in Black, but after seeing this shape everywhere this summer I couldn't help but lust after this too.

So, there you have it for the latest additions to my ever-expanding wardrobe. What clothing items have you purchased recently?

Charlotte x

I've been spendin', I've been spendin': Another Clothes Haul

18 October 2015


It feels like it was yesterday that I posted my last clothes haul, but really it was back at the beginning of August, so two months on is acceptable for another post right? This was a collective haul done over a few weeks and as some pieces were essential for my new term back at university, I'm trying to justify these purchases. Also kudos for those of you who got the Beyoncé reference in the title, 'cause I'm Drunk in Love with these pieces.

So, first things first how gorgeous are these trousers? I'm really trying to break out the habit of just wearing Topshop's Jamie Jeans, and these Zara Jacquard Loom Trousers are definitely going to help me do so. The cropped leg and shape around the hips is so flattering, and I feel oh so stylish prancing around town in this printed pair. The only downside is that they are dry-clean only *sigh*, and I didn't realise this until after purchasing them and falling in love (waa) - on the plus side I have a post coming soon on how I've styled them. Next up is is this pair of Black Converse. My burgundy pair  finally bailed on me and were so warn down, they actually had a hole in them... oops. I went for black this time, as the colour just goes with more and I can now pair my converse with black tights. For a gal studying in the North East of England its been pretty stupid unpracticle that I am so fussy with coats/jackets, as I have not owned a coat with a hood for about two years. But finally the hooded hiatus is finally over now that I own the Double Zip Lightweight Jacket from Topshop. I love the green colour to this; it's unfortunately a little short on the body, but it's still bloody brilliant.

You may recognise this Zara Basics Striped Shirt from my Interview OOTD blog post, but as it's a recent purchase I thought I'd chuck it in here. It is so soft and such a relaxed fit, yet is still quite smart at the same time. I've seen a couple of girls wearing this whilst out and about in London, so I know I'm not the only fan girl out there haha. Talking of tops, the cute cropped slogan Knitted Make the Boys Cry Tee is also from Toppers. The material is fairly see-through but with a nude bra I haven't found this to be a problem, and although the ends roll up (as they haven't been given a proper finish) I quite like the effect of it. Also with #TopshopStyle my Instagram selfie in this has somehow made it onto the brand's website (eek!!). The backpack was part of an Asos order but is by the brand Mi-Pac, and this is their Perforated Backpack in black. After years of using one shouldered bags for lugging around all my school/uni stuff, I have finally seen sense to invest in a backpack that won't further ruin my posture/back. I love the dimpled effect to this plasticy material and how it's waterproof, protecting my electrical goods and paper notes from being ruined by the typical British weather.

And although summer is definitely over, the likelihood of me and my family jetting off over the New Year is quite high so I caved into buying this swimming costume and dress that were under my 'Saved items' list for the whole of summer. Although these are both from Asos, neither are something I would normally buy because of their shape. The Swing Sundress in Batik Print is something I would normally avoid as I tend to only suit dress shapes that go in at the waist, but I thought the print was so fun and hippie-ish, that this would make a cute beach-coverup. I've also never owned anything as low cut as the High Waist Deep Plunge Swimsuit in Black, but after seeing this shape everywhere this summer I couldn't help but lust after this too.

So, there you have it for the latest additions to my ever-expanding wardrobe. What clothing items have you purchased recently?

Charlotte x
It's been a while since the last post in my Nails on Sunday series, so here's the latest installment of my Sunday chit-chat on all things nails. This summer I ended up picking up two blue polishes and after falling head over heels for them, I had a rummage through my collection to realise I actually had five blue-hued varnishes. As much as I love a good neutral nail, I also love having something a bit more eye-catching on my fingertips; something that makes me stop to admire them. So here's a mini lowdown on what has my nailbeds feeling blue from left to right...

Barry M Nail Paint in Indigo is (as the name suggests) an indigo shade of blue and has purplely undertones to it. In just two coats the polish is suprisingly opaque for it's cheap price-tag, and is a perfect shade for those who love a deeper and darker colour on their nails in the autumn/winter season. After a good ten minutes spent searching the internet for the Jack Wills Nail Polish in Blue, I've come to the conclusion that they've sadly discontinued this metallic polish. I received this as a Christmas present, and was so pleased with it as it seemed to be my solution to Topshop's discontinued polish in Blue on Blue - so if anyone has any recommendations for a blue metallic polish similar to this, please send them my way!

If you're familiar around these parts, you may recognise Topshop Nails in Blue Rinse from my Topshop haul post from back in August... yes, I'm still banging on about this. After Anna raved about the polish, I had to get my mits on it too as it's such a lovely cornflower pastel shade and even looks lavendery in some lights. Of all these polishes this is my favourite in terms of formula (and maybe colour too?), because how opaque it is for a pastel, without feeling gloopy or heavy.

On the other end of the spectrum there's Rimmel London's Rita Ora 60 Seconds in Pillow Talk, which has my least favourite formula of the five. It took three thick coats of this to build up the colour and coverage you can see in the photo, and it chips really easily after application. I think this may have been discontinued too, and although it is a nice ice blue colour, the random bits of shimmer in the polish aren't completely to my liking. And finally, the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Eat My Dust was my second purchase of the summer and I love it. This is a super light pastel blue that does as it says on the tin and dries so quickly - it also looks gorgeous with a tan (come back summer!). The only downside to this is that I've found the formula to get a little gloopy over time, so to thin it out I've been placing the bottle in the fridge for 10 minutes before application which works a treat.

What do you think to these polishes? Are you a more pinky/neutral nail lover or do you prefer out-there blues and greens? 

Charlotte x

Nails on Sunday: Feeling Blue

11 October 2015

It's been a while since the last post in my Nails on Sunday series, so here's the latest installment of my Sunday chit-chat on all things nails. This summer I ended up picking up two blue polishes and after falling head over heels for them, I had a rummage through my collection to realise I actually had five blue-hued varnishes. As much as I love a good neutral nail, I also love having something a bit more eye-catching on my fingertips; something that makes me stop to admire them. So here's a mini lowdown on what has my nailbeds feeling blue from left to right...

Barry M Nail Paint in Indigo is (as the name suggests) an indigo shade of blue and has purplely undertones to it. In just two coats the polish is suprisingly opaque for it's cheap price-tag, and is a perfect shade for those who love a deeper and darker colour on their nails in the autumn/winter season. After a good ten minutes spent searching the internet for the Jack Wills Nail Polish in Blue, I've come to the conclusion that they've sadly discontinued this metallic polish. I received this as a Christmas present, and was so pleased with it as it seemed to be my solution to Topshop's discontinued polish in Blue on Blue - so if anyone has any recommendations for a blue metallic polish similar to this, please send them my way!

If you're familiar around these parts, you may recognise Topshop Nails in Blue Rinse from my Topshop haul post from back in August... yes, I'm still banging on about this. After Anna raved about the polish, I had to get my mits on it too as it's such a lovely cornflower pastel shade and even looks lavendery in some lights. Of all these polishes this is my favourite in terms of formula (and maybe colour too?), because how opaque it is for a pastel, without feeling gloopy or heavy.

On the other end of the spectrum there's Rimmel London's Rita Ora 60 Seconds in Pillow Talk, which has my least favourite formula of the five. It took three thick coats of this to build up the colour and coverage you can see in the photo, and it chips really easily after application. I think this may have been discontinued too, and although it is a nice ice blue colour, the random bits of shimmer in the polish aren't completely to my liking. And finally, the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Eat My Dust was my second purchase of the summer and I love it. This is a super light pastel blue that does as it says on the tin and dries so quickly - it also looks gorgeous with a tan (come back summer!). The only downside to this is that I've found the formula to get a little gloopy over time, so to thin it out I've been placing the bottle in the fridge for 10 minutes before application which works a treat.

What do you think to these polishes? Are you a more pinky/neutral nail lover or do you prefer out-there blues and greens? 

Charlotte x

By 'semi-accidental/totally on purpose' I mean that I intended to go into Lush to repurchase my beloved Tea Tree Water (that I've raved about about here and here), but I came out with these instead. And no Tea Tree Water... My self-control is seriously tested every time I enter a store, but as baths are are non-existent in the student lifestyle, I figured I'd make the most of having a bath at home for the end of the summer. With a tonne of new releases from Lush cropping up over the blogosphere recently, I had eyed up the ones I wanted so here goes...

My first blogger enabled purchase was the Frozen Bath Bomb inspired by the Disney film itself. I had read some pretty good things about this bomb and with the description on the website asking 'Do you want to have a bath bomb? Do you want to splash and play?', I couldn't really say no. With grapefruit, rose and neroli oils the scent of this is made to be as uplighting as the film itself, and with swirls of silver, white and different shades of blues, the bath bomb swirled magically around my bath. I also emerged from the tub with subtle hints of the glitter on my skin, feeling like disney princess indeed.

Golden Slumbers bath bomb was another sparkler, but it wasn't one I had even read/heard about until I went into the Oxford Street store. This bomb is part of their exclusive Oxford Street collection (although it is also available online) and does exactly as the title suggests; with calming lavender and chamomile oils and lavender absolute and neroli (again) this scented bath definitely eases you into the land of nod. 

As a big fan of the The Comforter bubble bar, I was really excited to hear that Lush were bringing out The Comforter Shower Cream as I love this scent. It really is a comforting fragrance with the main ingredient being cassis absolute with hints of bergamot and cypress oils, this berrylicious scent is warming and uplighting and is almost like a hug in a bottle - making it perfect for the upcoming colder months. The creamy formula to this makes it perfect for shaving with too, the only nag to this is that it doesn't lather quite as much as I would like but maybe that's just me being a bit picky? This also has hints of glitter in it too so is pretty to look at but won't leave you looking like you stepped right out of Twilight.

Violet haircare is well-known for reducing the brassiness of blonde tones and really bring out its colour. In the summer months, my hair gets natural highlights pretty quickly and because of this my ends are always blonder than my natural hair colour. Recently though I have been trying to get my   ends even lighter (more on that to come) and to really bring out the blondey parts of my hair I opted for a small bottle of Daddy-O Shampoo to trial the violet theory. And it works. My hair as a result is shinier, softer and my ends appear lighter and less orange-toned compared with my usual choice of shampoo. Nice one Lush *insert clapping emoji here*.

So there you have it for my mini haul. Have any of you tried these great products? What's your favourite brand for bath products? 

Charlotte x

A Semi-Accidental/Totally on Purpose Lush Haul

4 October 2015


By 'semi-accidental/totally on purpose' I mean that I intended to go into Lush to repurchase my beloved Tea Tree Water (that I've raved about about here and here), but I came out with these instead. And no Tea Tree Water... My self-control is seriously tested every time I enter a store, but as baths are are non-existent in the student lifestyle, I figured I'd make the most of having a bath at home for the end of the summer. With a tonne of new releases from Lush cropping up over the blogosphere recently, I had eyed up the ones I wanted so here goes...

My first blogger enabled purchase was the Frozen Bath Bomb inspired by the Disney film itself. I had read some pretty good things about this bomb and with the description on the website asking 'Do you want to have a bath bomb? Do you want to splash and play?', I couldn't really say no. With grapefruit, rose and neroli oils the scent of this is made to be as uplighting as the film itself, and with swirls of silver, white and different shades of blues, the bath bomb swirled magically around my bath. I also emerged from the tub with subtle hints of the glitter on my skin, feeling like disney princess indeed.

Golden Slumbers bath bomb was another sparkler, but it wasn't one I had even read/heard about until I went into the Oxford Street store. This bomb is part of their exclusive Oxford Street collection (although it is also available online) and does exactly as the title suggests; with calming lavender and chamomile oils and lavender absolute and neroli (again) this scented bath definitely eases you into the land of nod. 

As a big fan of the The Comforter bubble bar, I was really excited to hear that Lush were bringing out The Comforter Shower Cream as I love this scent. It really is a comforting fragrance with the main ingredient being cassis absolute with hints of bergamot and cypress oils, this berrylicious scent is warming and uplighting and is almost like a hug in a bottle - making it perfect for the upcoming colder months. The creamy formula to this makes it perfect for shaving with too, the only nag to this is that it doesn't lather quite as much as I would like but maybe that's just me being a bit picky? This also has hints of glitter in it too so is pretty to look at but won't leave you looking like you stepped right out of Twilight.

Violet haircare is well-known for reducing the brassiness of blonde tones and really bring out its colour. In the summer months, my hair gets natural highlights pretty quickly and because of this my ends are always blonder than my natural hair colour. Recently though I have been trying to get my   ends even lighter (more on that to come) and to really bring out the blondey parts of my hair I opted for a small bottle of Daddy-O Shampoo to trial the violet theory. And it works. My hair as a result is shinier, softer and my ends appear lighter and less orange-toned compared with my usual choice of shampoo. Nice one Lush *insert clapping emoji here*.

So there you have it for my mini haul. Have any of you tried these great products? What's your favourite brand for bath products? 

Charlotte x

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