Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My New Real Techniques Brushes and ELF Brush review!

My New Real Techniques Brushes and ELF Brush review!

Hello ma'lovelys, today I am going to start by sharing my new real techniques brushes with you.

I have already got the stippling brush, the core collection set and the starter set and absolutely love them. I use the brushes every day to apply my makeup and I am so pleased with the results. So I couldn't wait to get my hands on some others.

The brushes I was lusting for were the powder brush, the blush brush and the expert face brush. 

Through one of the blogger chats I found this great website that sold the brushes at a cheaper price. 
My Pretty Face Place is based in the United States but ship internationally. 
Samantha who owns the business is so lovely and helpful, any questions you may have she'll answer and cater to.
 Whilst browsing her website I noticed she stocked ELF products.
So onto the ELF brush. I had heard loads of great reviews about ELF products but I have never purchased any of them. I decided to try out the Studio Powder brush, it is a flat top brush and wanted to see the difference between it and the more common big fluffy rounded brushes.

My order came to £18.13 including delivery instead of £42.62 including delivery from boots and Elf themselves. Although I did get discount from Cosmetic Crave's blog, it still would be cheaper than buying the brushes directly from the other websites.
Cosmetic Crave is a lovely beauty blog, you should definitely check it out :)

I was exceptionally pleased with my order. It came within the two weeks time scale that was stated, and even though that may seem a long time for most orders, just bare in mind that it was coming from America.

Now on to the brush reviews!

ELF Studio Powder Brush -  The reviews were right, this brush is amazing for setting powder. I use this with my MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder and it works wonderfully. I just press the powder over my face where I need it and then im good to go. I use a pressing motion, sort of like stippling rather than sweeping or buffing as it locks my foundation in better instead of smudging half of it off.

Real Techniques Blush Brush - For me this brush is a multitask brush. I use it for three things: powder, bronzer and blusher. If you want a light dusting of powder its great for that, and you can use this brush to sweep some bronzer over your face. Now for the main purpose, blusher. I love this brush, it picks up a light amount of colour but is easily buildable. It is so soft and I love how it is tapered at the end.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - Oh My Gosh, i love this little brush! Originally I used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the core collection set to apply my foundation but switching to this was one of the best thing I ever did. This applies my MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation so smoothly and flawlessly. I use this brush in circular motions and buff the foundation into my skin. I am really pleased with this brush and will definitely buy some more for my makeup kit.

Real Techniques Powder Brush - This is a lovely big soft fluffy brush. I find this great for dusting off loose eyeshadow and just generally giving my face a final quick sweep all over. I also use this to dust on powder to touch up throughout the day if needed. An all round fab brush!

Overall I'm really impressed with these brushes, so glad I ordered them.

Feel free to leave me a comment below, let me know what you think about these brushes :)
Love Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

150-250 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway - Including Real Techniques!

Hello ma'lovelys, today I have a lovely treat for you all, my first giveaway!

 I mentioned on twitter a few months ago that I was going to hold a giveaway when I hit 150 followers on bloglovin, so I went to check my followers about a week ago and low and behold I had zoomed past 150 and was now on 230! I was amazed, I didn't think I would gain followers so quickly.

 I then decided my giveaway would be for 150-250 followers. I haven't quite reached 250 yet but I am so thrilled so many of you like and read my blog. I love writing my blog, and it is a joy to share with you my passion for beauty. Although I do write a few odd lifestyle and fashion related posts, I write mostly about beauty, my knowledge, reviews and tutorials. I would like to take this chance to thank each and every one of you who reads my blog and all the other bloggers who have helped and supported me through my blogging journey so far.

On to the giveaway!
This is to say a big thank you and give one of you lucky followers the chance to win a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and a makeup bag with a few goodies inside.

This giveaway is open to UK residents only, sorry to my International followers, hopefully my next giveaway will be world-wide.

To enter this giveaway you must use the Rafflecopter widget. The first 3 options are mandatory. You must follow my blog via Bloglovin and GFC, and leave me your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

You can then gain extra entries by: liking littlemissclouise on facebook, following me (@char_beyy) on twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following me on instagram and leaving a blog post comment.

Entries that have not been put on to the widget will not be counted and any fake entries will be removed.
I will be checking all entries, and if the chosen winner has not completed all mandatory requirements another winner will be picked at random.
I will contact the winner via email and then it will be announced on my blog, twitter, instagram and facebook. If the winner does not reply within 2 weeks a new winner will then be chosen.
I will need a full UK address and the prize will be sent within 3 weeks. If you are under the age of 18, please make sure you have your parents/guardians permission to disclose your address.

This giveaway will run for 2 weeks, starting at 12:00am on the 18th September 2013 and ending 12:00am on the 2nd October 2013

Good Luck!
Love Charlotte xxx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Recent loves! #1

Hello ma'lovelys, today I am going to share with you some products that I have been really loving recently.

The first product is from Lush and it's a dry shampoo called 'No Drought'
It's in a powder form (a bit like talcum powder) and it is packaged in a plastic container. The idea of it is that you tap a little into your hand or directly onto your head, and buff it in to the roots of your hair until the powder is no longer visible. I use this on days in-between washing my hair. What I love about this products is that it doesn't leave a sticky residue and it smells so delicious and refreshing.

Next up is another product from Lush. This time it's a face product. It's called the 'Tea Tree Water' and is a toner water.
This has done a world of good for my skin. It's helped clear up a lot of my spots, reduced redness and generally made my skin look much healthier. I use this with a cotton pad, I spray it a couple of times onto the pad and then gently wipe it all over my face.

Speaking of cotton pads, I love these things! They are so useful for many different purposes. I use them with my cleanser, I use them with my toner, I use them when applying makeup, I use them to take my nail polish off.. basically they are a multipurpose product.

My next recent love is this DKNY perfume. I received this as a gift from my parents for my birthday. I absolutely love this perfume, the smell is so fresh and light. It has a floral scent but not too over powering. If you like a sweet light perfume, this is definitely one to check out. 

This next product has been a life saver recently. For the past couple of weeks I have been getting really dry hands, not sure why, but this product has helped immensely to keep my hands moisturized. It's the Project D day hand and nail cream. It really helps to moisturize, and makes my hands lovely and soft. I love to rub this on my nails and cuticles too, to keep them healthy and strong. 

Up next is a product I have using for a few months, its the Original Source - Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Cream. Oh My Gosh, this is the most amazing smelling shower cream I have ever used, EVER! It smells so yummy. I love using this cream, it washes really well and leaves my skin lovely and moisturized and smelling delicious.  

The final product is one that is raved and spoken about so highly by us beauty addicts, its a wonder why not everyone uses it. It's the Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micelle Solution. After winning a Bioderma giveaway and receiving this little beauty, I have been using this cleansing water constantly! It takes my makeup off so effortlessly and thoroughly cleanses my skin. After using a makeup wipe, and another cleanser to take my makeup off, i decided to go over my face with this. Oh Boy! I still had loads of makeup left on. Since then this a product I have used every day and night in my skin care routine. Anyone who still hasn't tried this product, it is definitely worth investing in.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my recent favorites :)

Would love to hear about your favorite products,  let me know in the comment section below!

Love Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

High-End V's Low-End!

Hello ma'lovelys, on the blog today I will be sharing with you a comparison post of a stylish outfit from different ends of the price range.

First up we have the more "expensive" outfit!

Cream pretty paneled dress from Dorothy Perkins - £29.99 - buy here.
Rayne Tip Necklace from - £6.00 - buy here.
Steve Madden Luvley-Cut Out Detail Wedge Shoes from House of Fraser -£65.00 - buy here.
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Quilted Affair in Saphhire from Eluxe - £143.03 - buy here.

Ray-Ban Liteforce Aviator Tech RB 4180 from Ebay - £122.00 - buy here.

My favourite part of this outfit are the shoes! They are so gorgeous,the wedge is ridiculously high but the buckle and the cross overs make them so secure.

And secondly we have the "cheaper" outfit!

Cream Necklace Trim Waffle Textured Skater Dress from NewLook - £24.99  - buy here.
Faith Tan caged high wedge sandals from Debenhams - £13.20 - buy here.
Iconic Quilted Crossbody from Forever 21 - £12.59 - buy here.
Gucci Blue Aviator Sunglasses Model GG 2865/S from ebay - £109.00 - buy here

My favourite part of this outfit is the sunglasses! They are just lovely. I love the colour and they are not too big and quite rounded. 

Hope you enjoyed this post lovely's :) 
Ooops, sorry if i persuaded to make a few purchases hehe!

Love Charlotte xxx