Thursday, 17 May 2018

Carole's Coral Club

My Top Coral lipsticks for summer

Coral is my absolute favourite summer lipstick shade and these are my current favourite ones. I was aiming for 10 but it turns out my love for a good Coral lipstick runs deeper than even I knew. They range from the brighter lighter ones to the deeper richer shades - I love all and any shade of Coral lipstick. I hope you find one in the selection below that works for you. I have written a blog post on mixing Coral lipsticks with summer fashion and accessories which will be coming to the blog soon.

High Street

Collection - Blissful Peach - £3.99

Maybelline - Craving Coral - £6.99

Sleek - Guest List - £5.50 

L’Oréal Color Riche - Magnetic Coral- £6.99

NYX Lip Cream - San Juan - £6.00

Tom Ford - True Coral (this has to be my favourite lipstick ever) - £40

MAC - Lady Danger - £17.50

Chanel Rouge Allure - Vibrante - £31

Nars - Heatwave - £22.00

Hourglass - I Live For - £28.00

Charlotte Tilbury - Coachella Coral - £24.00

Charlotte Tilbury - Sexy Sienna -£24.00


A cheeky little extra one below. This is maybe more orange than Coral but still perfect for summer.

Charlotte Tilbury - Tell Laura - £24.00
As you can see I am fond of a Coral lipstick, and I hope there is one here for you. Coral is the way forward for summer.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wake up Boo....

Updated Everyday Beauty Routine 

Due to my break in blogging (let’s call it that) I thought I would write an updated post on the makeup products that I am using every morning. There seems a lot, I know, but I love makeup and it’s part of my morning routine and sets me up for the day. Not everyone needs to use this many products and you can pick and choose what works for you. 

I make sure my skin is moisturised first and then I use a primer, as I have oily to combination skin, and find my foundation can easily slide off my face before lunch. I have a few primers but my current morning favourite is the NARS Pore & Shine Control one, followed by my NARS foundation which is their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. If I have a morning where I am going out for a fancy lunch (am not sure what fancy lunches I am going to..) I would use my Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow under my foundation for some extra luminosity to my skin. I also like my YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer for a bit of extra glow - I love the gold flecks in it. Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle in their makeup?

I have only mentioned maybe a thousand times my obsession with my black circles, so I move on to concealing them next. I am always changing my concealer trying to find the perfect one. I have an old favourite and a new one on rotation at the moment. The one I keep going back to is the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer with the fab sponge applicator. My new one is the Too Faced Born This Way concealer. I also conceal any redness or any of the crazy hormonal spots I keep getting and at nearly 43 I am just loving these!

I like to powder my face due to its oiliness and I like the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder. I then do my eyebrows and I am currently using two products together as I like a well defined and strong brow. Firstly, I use a Maybelline Browdrama Pomade Crayon and then go over the top with the Glossier Boy Brow. I should say that I do have HD Brows done too to help define and shape my brows.

I am a big fan of bronzer. I did say at the beginning of the year that I wasn’t going to fake tan my face as much but it turns out that I feel happier with some colour on my face and to help with this I use a bronzer too.  I have been using the Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Gold Dust for a while now and for me it’s the perfect bronzer. Blusher - which is my favourite thing - is next and my new go to is by Marc Jacobs Beauty in the shade Lines & Last Night Air Blush. It’s such a great colour and lasts too - it’s so pretty too.

Eyeshadow is next, and as you saw from my previous blog post I love a palette and at the moment I seem to alternate between the two NARS ones - The Loaded and Wanted Palettes. I then use a black liquid eyeliner and I have just bought a new one by Guerlain which I am really liking. It is expensive though and I still really like my much more purse friendly Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner.  Then I apply a black kohl pencil to my waterline and I again have a more expensive pencil and a cheaper one which I seem to alternate between. My Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eye Liner one is lovely and soft and could be used on the eyelid too, and it has a handy smudger on the end to do a smokey eye, or to make it look more natural. My more budget alternative is a Rimmel black kohl pencil which is very good.

I change my mascara so much as I can never find one I really love and I am currently using the Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot which I really like. I am a big fan of the Maybelline and L’Oreal mascaras and for the more expensive ones I like the Clinique High Impact Volume Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes and Dior’s Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume mascara.

I think I may own more lipsticks than anything else. I love them and to me they can make an outfit and brighten my mood. I tend to wear brighter colours. I just can’t seem to find a natural or nude shade that suits me. I tend to go for Corals, Pinks and Reds. The ones I use on rotation are my YSL Rouge Volupte Shine no.12, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lost Cherry and Coachella Coral and Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Colour in No Vacancy.

All these products make up my everyday look.  I have been known to be seen without it on but these are rare occasions as makeup makes me happy and it is best not to scare people I find.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hungry Eyes.........

Eyeshadow Palettes

I am a big fan of eyeshadow palettes. They are all I tend to use these days, as I like to apply more than one colour on my eyes, so it makes life much easier for me. It’s probably out of date now but I still like to sweep a main more neutral shade over the whole eyelid. I then use a darker one on the outer edge of the eye and into the socket line. I then use a lighter colour in the corner of the eyelid nearest to the nose.  Then for my evening makeup I apply sparkle or glitter to the middle of the eyelid. To make the eye “pop” as they say.  

My two current favourite palettes are both by NARS- the NARSissist Loaded Palette and the Wanted Palette both containing 12 shades. Loaded is more gold/bronzey in tone and Wanted more pinky/rose gold. They both contain a mixture of matte and glittery shades which I really like as I do enjoy a bit of sparkle for a night out. 

I really like the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quads as they have the perfect colours and shades for a smokey eye which is my go-to look. They also tell you on the bottom how to apply them which I think is so helpful. My favourite two are The Dolce Vita and The Legendary Muse. Dolce Vita has copper and bronze shades while The Legendary Muse is more golden. As you can probably tell my usual look is a copper/bronze smokey eye for the day and the same - but more intensely with some sparkle - for the evening. Recently though, I have been liking more pinky shades on my eyes which I incorporate into my bronzey smokey eye look.

Other palettes I like are the Anastasia ones. I enjoy her Modern Renaissance one which is shades of brown/bronze and berry and I have her new palette which is called Soft Glam on my wish list. It looks perfect for me. I also like my Huda Rose Gold palette which is pretty but I find the foil shades tricky to apply.

I mustn’t forget the Urban Decay palettes. Their range of NAKED palettes are so successful and I think for good reason. I have 2 or 3 of the palettes and have used them well. I think for me the original palette and the Smoky ones are my favourite. I also rate the Heat one but to me it feels more of a summer palette and think it will get most use when the sun comes out. The sun will re-appear won't it?

The mini MAC palettes are also really nice and have 9 shades in them. I have the Burgandy one and all the colours are very wearable. The other palettes in the range look great too and are reasonably priced. I particularly like the look of the Amber one.

I do use the odd individual shadow  - there are some MAC individual shades I really like such as one of my favourites called Amber nights. I also like individual ones to add glitter or sparkle to an evening look. Top Shop has a couple including one called “shuffle the cards” and for a bit of va va voom of an evening I love my Stila Magnificent Metal in bronzed bell - just the right amount of glitter. No longer being 17 I don’t need glitter flying all over my face and landing in all my wisdom lines!

I must give an honourable mention to an eyeshadow duo from NARS which is my staple at the moment for my evening eye look.  The duo is called Isolde and are the perfect copper/bronze/gold shades. To say I love it isn’t too strong a statement - my feelings run deep for this eyeshadow.

I keep meaning to try the NYX palettes and the Colllection or L’Oreal ones as these all look like they have some lovely shades in them. The NYX Ultimate Shadow palettes in particular look very good. Please let me know if you have tried any of them. 

On my wish list currently is the new Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Makeup Palette, and her Vintage Vamp quad, the MAC Warm Palette x 15, Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette and the Too Faces Chocolate Gold one as it looks all kind of glitzy.

I would love to know your favourite palettes or ones that you are thinking of burying. I can never have enough eyeshadows or makeup in general......I have only spoken about eyeshadows and palettes here but my love of eye makeup runs deeper than this. Keep your smokey eye out for further eye related blog posts. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Lipstick, powder and paint

In summer, I love to mainly wear Coral lipsticks or colours in this range. So, I thought I would share with you my current favourites. They range from some quite pricey to more purse-friendly ones. There are also a couple of lip glosses thrown in there too. Hope these give you some inspiration to add a new colour or two to your collection.
I should say that everyone's natural lips are different colours so this can affect how some lipsticks may look on you as well as your skin tone. I have a yellow undertone to my skin which tends to suit these type of shades.

Sexy Sienna
Portobello Girl, Ibiza Nights and Belize

The first one in my collection is Sexy Sienna by Charlotte Tilbury. This is one of the lighter Coral ones in my collection but I just love it in summer especially in the daytime or at night when I like to put a gloss over it. Then I either use my Glossier clear one or my Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights which is coming up shortly.

Now for glosses. I do like a lip gloss in summer for a quick and easy daytime look when you want a hint of colour but not anything too much. The first one is Belize by Nars which is a very sheer gloss but makes your lips look healthy and glossy. It isn't very pigmented so great for daytime or applying over the top of a lipstick. The next two are both by Charlotte Tilbury. Portobello Girl has a slight pink colour, though again very sheer, and Ibiza nights has a gold shimmer running through it. I like to put this over one of my other lipsticks for a glossy evening look. I would say that I am not sure the Charlotte Tilbury ones are worth the money. I am on the look out for some better glosses. I find these are a bit sticky and clogged to apply with not much colour payback.

Lost Cherry, Striking Specataculaire and True Coral

Lost Cherry by Charlotte Tilbury I love all year round, but I think is great for summer as it's a lovely pinky Coral which is super flattering.  This Lip Crayon called Striking Spectaculaire is by Revlon and is one of the brighter more "out there" ones in my collection but I love how easy these lip crayons are to apply and they feel so soft too. I have tried and like a lot of Revlon's lip crayons and have been really impressed with them all.

My all time favourite lipstick next - True Coral by Tom Ford. As with my Lost Cherry you will have seen this colour on me a lot and not just in summer. I think this is the most perfect true Coral shade.  I can't tell you how much I love it! It would have to be my Desert Island piece of makeup.

Disturbia, Stay With Me Coral, Heatwave and Wild Ginger

I hadn't tried a lip pen before and picked this one up by L'Oreal in the shade Disturbia and loved it straight away. I like the pen - it goes on easily and feels nice - plus the colour is just so great for summer.  This one by Maybelline always has people asking me what I am wearing. In fact I only found it by asking someone what they were wearing on their lips. It's one of their 14 hr lipsticks in the shade "Stay With Me Coral" and it's such a great colour. A gorgeous Coral but I can't find it anywhere and fear they may have stopped making it. Why do companies do that?

The next two are my most recent purchases. I bought the Nars Heatwave lipstick after seeing it on Sali Hughes and loving it - she is the beauty columnist in the Guardian. Now I have it I really like it. It's a lovely texture as it's a sheer matte and is the perfect reddy Coral. I think I need to work on my colour descriptions!

Maybelline Stay With Me Coral

Nars Heatwave

Tom Ford True Coral

This Tom Ford one I also saw on Instagram - it can be such a dangerous place! It's called Wild Ginger and I think is one of my new favourites. It's such a great reddy orange and I do love the texture of Tom Ford lipsticks as they just glide on and look so lovely. They are expensive though so I recommend trying before buying as I would hate to waste that money.

Hope this has given you some inspiration to try a new Coral lipstick or tell me what your favourites are. I always have room for one more!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Here Comes The Sun



On a summer holiday I know I shouldn't really wear any make up and I don't in the daytime, or at least not much, but I do like to in the evening or if I am going somewhere other than the beach or pool. For our summer holiday we go to a campsite in France so it's not overly glamorous but I think you know me by now and I always have to have some kind of "face" on. I  think its what Joan Collins would do if she happened to find herself on a French campsite and not St Tropez!

I keep my base light as I usually have some colour, or the nights are warm and I don't want heavy makeup that will just end up sliding off my face. I will either just wear my Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow on its own or a BB cream - I like my Bobbi Brown one or Garnier one. I always use concealer for my pesky dark circles and I am liking the YSL Touche Éclat at the moment.

I tend to stay away from powders in the summer heat and that applies not only to a traditional setting powder but also with my Bronzers and Blushers. I love my NARS liquid Bronzer but also my Les Sahariennes by YSL which is what they call their balm-powder and is in a handy compact with a mirror too. I will bring my Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer too as I can't be without it. What I do love for holidays are products that do more than one thing and my new favourite is the Beach Stick by Charlotte Tilbury in shade Les Salinas which is a really pretty pink colur and can be used on lips and cheeks.

I need to get my hands on the NARS liquid blusher in Orgasm as I think that will be perfect but I do have a cream blusher by Tom Ford which is a lovely pinky/peach colour (the name of which has rubbed away which is rather annoying!) I also have my little tube of Cloud Paint by Glossier in Dusk which is a gel-cream blusher and is a lovely peachy colour. I do like a spot of highlighter for a summer evening as I like the dewy/glowy look and I am loving my MAC Cream Base In Hush as well as the MAC Strobe Cream along with my Glossier Haloscope Highlighter in Quartz.

I normally love a good smokey eye but I tend to not go quite as full on when I am away. I like to use a good cream eyeshadow such as my Maybelline Color Tatto in On and On-Bronze or I also like my Clarins Waterproof Eyeshadow in Copper Brown for summer evenings or even for the day by the pool if I am in that kind of mood. I also like an eyeshadow crayon for ease of application and my go to ones are my Top Shop one in Trickster and my Laura Mercier one in Burnished Bronze.

I will still wear my black eyeliner in my waterline as I feel naked without it but I may or may not wear my old faithful Collection Liquid Eyeliner as if it's too hot this can end up all over my eyes! Mascara has to be worn though as I don't feel I look alive without it!

Lipgloss is my preferred lip product on holiday and I have two by Charlotte Tilbury that I love which are Ibiza Nights and Portobello Girl but I also like Belize by Nars too. I always bring a lipstick or two and my favourites would be my Sexy Sienna lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, True Coral by Tom Ford or my new L'Oreal lip pen called Disturbia.

If you want your makeup to stay in place - and to be honest who can be bothered to re-apply while there is rosé to be drunk - I sprtiz a bit of my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and hope this stops my makeup sliding off my face.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Come fly with me

It's getting towards that time of year when everyone seems to be jetting off on their summer holidays. We don't actually fly to ours as we drive to France but I know a lot of people do, so I thought I would write a post on what I bring in my little carry on plastic bag. I hope you find this helpful or at least interesting in a nosey kind of way!

As you have probably gathered I love makeup and have a lot of it, so that little plastic bag can be very problematic for me! Luckily, I travel with 2 boys who have nothing in the way of liquids so I fill theirs up too. My son is less than impressed though when he has to carry a lipgloss through security!
I know the perceived wisdom is that you shouldn't wear makeup on the plane. I don't apply it while on the plane but when landing I like to freshen up and put some on.  I must admit though I wish I was that person who takes all their makeup off and sits in a face mask as I know that would be the best thing for my skin (I imagine that's what Victoria Beckham does!)

I do though bring makeup remover wipes in my handbag or carry on in case so if I do feel like removing some of it or for taking off my eye makeup to do again I can. I must spend a lot of time rubbing my eyes in planes as I never seem to have any eye makeup left on!

Anyway, back to my liquids bag/carry on essentials. I am still confused if bullet lipsticks are liquids or not so I put them in the plastic bag anyway, along with my lip glosses. I always marvel at how many lip glosses I appear to travel with. Liquid concealer goes in there too as well as my hard (am not sure that is the correct makeup term!) concealer- again unsure of its status. I don't sleep on planes so concealer is a must for me when I get off.

Foundation also seems to make it into my bag - I appear to be prepared for any makeup emergency that may occur whilst travelling. Mascara also squeezes in because as I don't sleep it is needed to make me look alive as is a bright lipstick and a swirl of blusher.

I am an absolutely appalling flier so I must have my Bachs Rescue Remedy - a total godsend. Along with my Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I love this product - not only does it help calm me down but weirdly it refreshes me too. The smell is just gorgeous.

If I remember I do try and bring a little hand sanitizer gel with me (I watched some random YouTube video once showing my how unhygienic flying is!).  I do always remember to bring hand cream though - I always keep my eye out for any travel size or mini hand creams. I am a big fan of the &other stories ones as they are the perfect size.

Lip balm is always with me on a flight. The plane air can be very drying. Plus, I just find putting it on to be very therapeutic. I also bring a little perfume with me. I don't know about you but I always feel a bit grubby when I get off a plane so I like to have a little spray. I am thinking while writing this all the other passengers must hate me! I am busy spraying various things all through the flight!

If I have happened to take my make up off or if it has just come off due to my face becoming a sweaty mess due to stress. I like to bring a moisturiser or the like. Again, the plane air is very drying on the skin so any moisture I can put back in it is good with me. I know I should be drinking plenty of water while flying but I tend to hit the bubbles!

Let me know what you bring on if anything or if you think there is anything I could add.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Morning has broken.......

Following on from my evening skin care routine it seems to make logical sense to write a post on my morning skincare routine. I am very wise like that!
I am not a morning person and it takes me a good hour to get going even with a coffee so my morning skincare routine has to be fairly quick and easy.

In the shower I try to exfoliate once or twice a week or when I remember. I like the Soap & Glory The Scrub Of  Your Life and I also love their shower gel too. I use their Orangeasm or Sugar Crush Body Wash in the summer and the Clean Girls Body Wash in the winter.  If I have time I may use the St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower - though this tends to only be at the weekend as I don't seem to have a spare 3 minutes in the morning!

Once out of the shower it's time to clean my face. I am using Effaclar by La Roche-Posay at the moment. I really like this it is a foaming gel and leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped of its essential oils. Once a week I like to exfoliate my face and my favourite one is the GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser by Origins - I love the smell of this and isn't too astringent on my skin I have also been using the Vitamin C Facial Wash by Soap & Glory but I found this to be too strong for my skin - I was getting a slight reaction to it for some reason. 

Then it's on to removing any left over eye makeup from the day before and my favourite eye makeup remover ever is the Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover by Nivea. So cheap but so good. Love it! I then apply my eye cream - another Kiehls product here and this is their Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate.  Always trying to do something about those dark circles and wrinkles!

Toner next and I use the spray version of my Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic I find it so refreshing in the morning (I also like to give my face a little spritz of this during the day, especially if I am tired as I find it wakes me up!) I leave that to absorb into my skin and apply my Kiehls serum and the one I am using at the moment is the Hydro-Pumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. Or I also like Trilogy's Rosehip Oil. The Kiehls serum is not an oil and feels more like a cross between a gel and a cream but I like it. I let this settle into my skin for a minute or so and then I apply my Kiehls Rosa Artica Lightweight Cream - it's quite a light one which I like. I am not a fan of heavy moisturisers but this is purely personal preference.

Sunscreen next and I like to use either the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream For Face in factor 50 or the Vichy Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch. I find my skin is getting more pigmentation and sun spots as I get older - all the joys! I finish off the routine with Body Lotion and I love the &Other Stories Moroccan Tea, it smells so gorgeous and is a nice light lotion for the daytime.

As you can see I am not using any acids or anything else at the moment and I really want to start incorporating them into my routine. I have just ordered the Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid from The Ordinary and once I work out how to use them and when to use them I will incorporate them into my routine. However, I have also seen various other products on Instagram that I would love to add to my routine so watch this space!