The Trafford Centre at Christmas.

Over the Christmas period, I decided to take a shopping trip to The Trafford Centre in Manchester and I thought I take some pictures of the beautiful decorations they had up!

I love going to the Trafford Centre at Christmas because it is so festive and the array of shops makes my Christmas shopping so easy!

Charlotte x

New Year’s Day Makeup.

Make-up used:

Garnier BB cream in light 

Maybelline Fit Me powder in Natural Beige 

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Light

Becca Split Pan in Prosecco Pop and Amaretto 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light

– Morphe Concealer Palette (not in stock anywhere) 

– Buck from Naked 1 Palette for my eyebrows

Essence I Love Stage Eye Base

– Foxy from Naked 2 Palette to set the base

– Zone from Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani Palette in my crease

– Topshop Glow Dome in Zephyr on the lid (discontinued) 

– Pop from Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani Palette to set Zephyr

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Essence Lip Liner in Cute Pink

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Clueless

Too Faced isn’t cruelty free?

So I am not sure if this is very well known yet but Estée Lauder have recently bought out Too Faced.

Estée Lauder are a brand that sell in China and due to laws there, they have to test on animals to be a part of the Chinese market. Too Faced have also come out and said that they will never, even being owned by Estée Lauder, sell in China and they still feel very strongly against the testing of animals for cosmetics.

Can a company really be against animal testing if they will happily be bought by a company that does test on animals?

I also would like to point out that I am unsure where I stand in this whole situation. I personally do not buy from companies that sell in China, nor do I buy from companies who have a parent company that does (e.g. The Body Shop and Urban Decay), but it’s still a hard one for me to think about. I do think companies like Too Faced and Urban Decay should receive my custom because, as a brand, they do not test on animals although I would struggle not to think that my money was then going to the parent company too.

Someone I know, quite rightly, pointed out to me that I still shop in places like morrisons to get my vegan food from yet morrisons also sell meat and dairy so is that not a similar issue?

I would love to know anyone else’s thoughts on this matter.

Charlotte x

My go to Autumn Make-up.

Over the past few years I have been having some eczema issues on my face so I haven’t been able to wear make-up but recently I have combated this problem and I am excited to wear it again! I like to wear simple make-up for day to day and experiment more when I have somewhere to go or some spare time.

I start off with Garnier BB cream in Light for a light, dewy finish. I love BB creams because I have very dry skin so they don’t accentuate the dry patches at all. I also love the Garnier one because it has a good amount of coverage so it evens out my skin tone nicely.

I then powder the edges of my face as I do not get so dry there and I want to bronze up those areas, it makes blending a whole lot easier. I use the Maybelline Fit Me powder.

I bronze up and do a little bit of a cheek and nose contour with Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. I also use the Real Techniques Sculpting brush.

I then highlight the tops of my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose using Benefit’s Watts Up. This is such a gorgeous cream highlight that is quite subtle but you can still see it.

I then moved onto my eyes. I used a mixture of the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I started with Anaheim from Gwen Stefani in the crease, it’s my favourite crease colour at the minute. I then used Trick from the Naked 3 all over my lid and highlighted the inner corner and brow bone with Bootycall from the Naked 2. I then went back in with Anaheim to blend all of that together.

I finished off the eyes by curling my eyelashes and using the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.

I then used the Sleek Matte Me Lipstick in Birthday Suit. I like to pair this with a gloss as it is sometimes a little dry on my lips.

To finish off the whole look, I used the Urban Decay Setting Spray in Chill. This is my all time favourite setting spray as it is great for hydrating my dry skin, I just love it!

I hope you enjoyed this look!

Charlotte x