Friday, 30 March 2012

Front Cover Cosmetics

I recently won a giveaway over at Nora Daisy
The lovely prize was a Front Cover palette, complete with 4 Pop-in eyeshadows and an eyeshadow base primer. I've never tried a baked eyeshadow before so I was especially excited when I won the giveaway.



I'd never heard of Front Cover Cosmetics before but after a look on their website http://www.frontcovercosmetics.com/ I discovered they are infact available at boots and the site has a list of all Boots stocking the range - link. I had a look on the site, there's a small selection available and they're also on offer too.

Now I was rather eager to try these out but didn't take any pictures of the products in their packaging, if you wanted to see then pictures can be found on Lisa's blog.

The Palette
The shadows were really easy to pop into the palette but click in nicely so there's no fear of them "unexpectingly" falling out. I did have a little mishap with catching one of the shadows whilst popping them in so do be careful.

The colours I received couldn't have been better, all being colours I would have happily chosen myself; Baked Bronze, Sunray, Miss Grey, and Twinkling Grape.


The design of the palette allows for the name printed on the back of each pop in shadow to be displayed, allowing them to be easily identified.



The pigmentation of all the shadows was very reasonable although the gold colour sunray has to be my favourite. Baked Bronze appears to be rather matte brown but does have a slight amount of shimmer to it. Sunray is a gorgeous, almost metallic gold, whilst Miss Grey is a typical silver shadow. Twinkling Grape, is actually a purple shadow containing a purple glitter, it doesn't feel scratchy to swatch however I'm yet to try it on the eye. All the shadows have a lovely texture however I found Sunray to be the creamiest feeling of the 4.
The brush included in the palette would be good for "on-the-go" application, especially as there is a nice big mirror inside the pallete, however  I didn't find it to be dense enough for everyday application.

All in all I was very happy with this palette and would buy more shadows myself.

The Shadow Base Primer
I was a little shocked when opening the primer to find it was infact a stick and not a liquid like other primers I currently use. The packaging looks very presentable with a silver casing, although I didn't find it to feel as sturdy as the palette.

Before I used this on my hand I gave it a little swatch on the back of my hand and found it to be a little "stiff", I tried to gently warm the product by rubbing on the back of my hand to make it easier to apply to the lid and cause less dragging of the skin. This did help but I still found the product a little difficult to use however this may be simply because I'm not used to a product like this.

The product does work well as a primer once applied to the lid, I wore this with a light sweeping of the silver across and found no creasing occured. The packaging states this can also be used alone as a highlighter which I would definitely recommend as it leaves a lovely sheen to the skin once blended.

Swatched

Blended
I would just like to say another thankyou to Lisa for this lovely prize!

Charlotte
xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Supermarket Swap

Hello lovelies.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and I hope your Mum's did too!
On Saturday I headed down to Asda with my Mum to return these pink jeans as they had a dodgy seam that liked to twist around whilst I was wearing them. Sadly they didn't have any left in my size so I decided rather than get my money back I'd see what else caught my eye.....cue following dress!

Dress - George £10
Cardigan - H&M

I really love how affordable supermarket clothing is, this baby was only £10 and ticks both boxes of "pastel-trend" and bird print. Plus it has POCKETS! always a winner.
The material isn't the thickest but isn't to the point of being ridiculously see through. It has an elasticated back panel making it good for any ladies who may be of a larger chest. I think it will be great come summer with bare legs too!

Please let me know your opinions of the "setting" of the picture. I've been trying to find a place within my room to take a picture as I find it so awkward when a family member catches me posing for my tripod. I realise I should have manoeuvred myself a little to the right so you could see my shoes properly, they are infact these babies....



The purchase of these shoes (although little does she know) was entirely influenced by DaisyChainDream after she linked them on her facebook. I've had these a few weeks now but have only worn them a handful of times due to them being excruciatingly painful in breaking in (cut feet galore) However now expect to see them more often!

Please do let me know how the outfit picture is for you. It's hard to find a plain backdrop in the house and have good lighting and also a little privacy :p

Charlotte
xx


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Pink (and Purple) lady?

Hello lovelies, hope you all had a fabulous weekend.
I went for a swim saturday morning then for a walk with my Mum, then came home got changed and went to visit the other half wearing this outfit. We had a nice night in of pizza and cocktails then had a lovely Sunday relaxing with films and cake and ice cream!

Dress & Tights - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - British Heart Foundation 
 Just a close up to show you my lovely purple shoes that were only £4.99 BRAND NEW from the BHF.

I wore this outfit with my newly appointed favourite coat which I too acquired from the BHF for £15! It was practically new and fit like a dream! I've been dying to get my hands on a fur coat for a while and had tried several on instore but to no avail of finding one I liked. I then stumbled upon this beauty in the shop window, tried it on and fell in love. It's a lovely swinging A-line with bracelet length sleeves and a large collar.


Have you found and charity shop gems recently?
I think these two purchases will definitely see me checking out charity shops more regularly!

Charlotte
xx

Monday, 5 March 2012

The best things in life are free

They say the best things in life are free? Well that's certainly the case with this dress I won just before Christmas from pearls giveaway. I have worn this a good few times now and can safely say its becoming one of my favourite dresses; beautiful thick material, the style, the fit and to top it all off it has pockets!

Sorry for the mirror picture. I'd been wanting to take a full outfit shot but after spending hours putting my new wardrobe together on my own when it should be a two man job I was feeling less than fresh for ootd posing.

I'm loving having an extra wardrobe meaning I can actually have enough room for all my things (providing I don't buy any more)

Friday, 2 March 2012

Technic Holographic

Hello lovelies. Just a quick post to show you a nail polish - Technic Holographic. 

I bought this just before Christmas and only recently got around to trying it. I don't quite think my pictures do it enough justice. (I'm having issues with still not figuring out the settings on my new camera - if it doesn't like the level of lighting it will alter the screen to a funny orange colour :/ so basically this was the best of a bad bunch)


This polish, although "holographic" is nothing like the much raved about GOSH holographic, however for only £1.99 it's an acceptable (for me) substitute, rather than paying the £20 GOSH is often found for on eBay.  Technic appears upon first glance to be a simple sparkly silver polish but once held in the light, it shimmers with a multitude of colours. 
Where Technic lets itself down with being further down the "holographic-scale" than GOSH, it makes up for it with staying power. These pictures are 3 days after application - nothing like the 24 hour staying power I've often heard about of GOSH Holographic.

I then decided to sparkle things up (and because I was getting bored of the same polish for 3 days) I would add a coat of Models Own Juicy Jules - a holographic glitter over the top.


Sorry for the picture quality - will have to have a fiddle about with my camera!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Charlotte
xx


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