Fair skin and foundations

I have issues with make up due to my skin tone, and I always have. I have problems with my skin tone as I can quite often get a greenish hue which makes me look quite poorly. Foundation has always caused a bit of a love/hate relationship with me and most brands oxidise and make me look orange, which isn’t a good move for anyone.

Naturally, I have had to hunt high and low for brands that cater for multiple undertones, and unfortunately this doesn’t happen to often on the high street.

If you have fair skin like myself then it’s a must that you find out your undertone before you buy what may look like your shade, as the undertone is crucial.

So how do you find out your undertone?

Undertones come in three brackets usually;

Cool: Pink, red, or blue undertones

Warm: Yellow, peach or golden undertones

Neutral: A balance between both cool and warm

If you’re not sure of what your undertone could be there are a few tests you can try…

The White vs. Cream Test: Grab two articles of clothing (or even a towel) — one white and the other off-white. While wearing NO makeup, decide which colour complements your skin tone best? If it’s the pure-white shade, your undertones are warm. If the cream colour suits you more (because the white washes you out), then you have cool undertones. If both flatter you just the same, you’re neutral.

The Vein Test: Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re green, then you have warm undertones. If your veins are blue, then you have cool undertones. Do you have both colours or do they appear to be blue-green? Then you have neutral undertones.

The Jewellery Test: If gold jewellery enhances your complexion, then you’re likely on the warmer side, if silver jewellery looks best on your skin tone, then you have cool undertones.

My undertone is neutral.

The best foundations I have tried so far are the following

M.A.C Studio Fix liquid foundation in shade NW13 (with NW15 concealer) RRP £21.50

Deceim The Ordinary full coverage foundation in shade 1.1N RRP £5.75

Deceim The Ordinary serum foundation in shade 1.1N RRP £5.95

Maybelline FitMe liquid foundation in 010 Ivory RRP £6.99

Revlon colorstay foundation in shade Buff RRP £12.99

 

 

 

CA x

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

In order to boost my site and my Facebook and show you guys how I intend to keep going with this I have decided to run a giveaway!

The prizes will be a little bundle of goodies from TAM beauty, the owners of MAKEUP REVOLUTION:

1 x GLOSS LIP KITS  in ORIGINAL (nude)

2 x METALLIC LIP KITS in EMPRESS (gold) and IN WAITING (pink)

1 x ‘CAPRICORN’ compact brow and eyeshadow palette.

1 x LIP LACQUER in VAMP (purple)

And one set of dramatic faux mink lashes! (Not from TAM though!)

 

 

 

GIVE AWAY RULES – 

  1. LIKE MY FACEBOOK > HERE < and like this post on the page
  2. SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE >HERE<

 

Give away closes 21st March at 7pm GMT. Must complete both actions to be entered. Winners will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

CA x

 

February favourites

As humans we are naturally curious creatures, and I took a peek at other bloggers I know and noticed that people tend to discuss what things they found in the month, favourite things and such so I figured why not join the clan and show my tastes to the community too. Enlisted in this piece are things that have taken me back, made me smile or have interested me this month.

OCCASION- I had my first ever Valentine this year from my boyfriend (I’ve never had a partner around holidays) so I was a little stuck for what you actually do! We settled on not doing anything as we show each other we love each other on a pretty much daily basis anyway (unison aww!) but we did get each other cards, and I don’t care what anybody says, getting a card with a sentimental and personal message in it, is 10x better than all the presents in the world. You just can’t beat written word and people pouring their hearts into cards and letters.

TV/STREAMING- I have recently started watching Netflix again after a long stint of not watching anything (I missed David Attenborough, I’m not going to deny it) and have been exploring the range of series they have to offer. Two series have interested me the most. Grimm, a fairlytale-esque crime drama that mixes the likes of LOTR with Harry Potter and adds a little Luther? There is round about 22 episodes per season and I believe there is 4 seasons on Netflix, each episode being 45/46 minutes long. I have thoroughly gotten into the plot and the episodes and I am obsessed. Which is quite a lot for me because my attention span for things like that is usually 0. My other favourite new series is Big Mouth. A comedy sketch cartoon (looks like it could have been made by the same guys as Rick and Morty?) about two best friends going through puberty. It’s crass, abrupt and very straight down the line but I think that is why I find it so hilarious! Each of the lads has a “hormone monster” that controls their urges and emotions and obviously their interaction with girls at school.

MUSIC-

Jorja Smith is coming in big time. She’s recently won British Breakthrough Act at The BRITS and performed a killer show with Rag’N’Bone there as well. Above is her newest track, Let You Down ft Stormzy who is also killin’ the game right now for UK music. Jorja Smith won the award that the likes of Sam Smith and Adele have won in previous years and I can bet that she will follow their super stardom. I don’t seem to dislike any of her releases!

I couldn’t really include February favourites without mentioning the return of JT could I? He has released prior to Say Something ft Chris Stapleton, with tracks like the edgy Filthy but I feel that this is the best of his new album Man of The Woods. JT’s last release was The 20/20 Experience which was way back in March in 2013, so we were due some new melodies! I love the transition of mixing pop and country together and it’s nice to hear more males bringing country styles into the charts.

 

VIDEO-

Lots of bloggers have agreed on the same video for February favourites and there is no denying the power of this video for the UK people. The passion to the music, the people and using his platform to make sure that the media and news don’t drop the case, ignore the crime and what has happened in this past horrible year.  “HELLO THERESA MAY WHERE’S THE MONEY FOR GRENFELL?”

Well…hats off to the man that is Stormzy…

 

MAKE UP-

Soap and Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

This mascara is a fibre brush which is what I always look for as I tend to find them a bit easier on the eyes and lashes than plastic brushes. The packaging is beautiful and sleek, as always with Soap and Glory and the mascara doesn’t clump at all. It’s super fresh, and the brush has a short side and a longer bristled side with an angle at the end for those hard to reach areas (yes I am looking to you, tear ducts). I think it’s fab and one coat makes my lashes look like they’re naturally long, and doesn’t really look like I have mascara on. If I apply two or three coats, it gives me the same lift and volume as strip lashes do, which is brilliant if you’re not so good with glueing fiddly things like lashes!

thickandfast

CA x

 

We have a domain!

Hello you lovely lot,

 

We have a domain! I can officially welcome you all to charlottexamy.com, my official website.

This blog is acting as somewhat of a lifeline to me and building my self confidence a little with each post. Challenging myself with articles such as facehate – is that a thing? and post a no make up selfie was my most daring thing to date, but it has boosted my esteem no end. I am looking to post YouTube videos shortly as well, I have been filming, but those who know anything about me will know that I am very much a perfectionist and will not release anything until it’s exactly as I want it.

Any ideas for YouTube videos and ongoing posts will be gratefully appreciated, obviously, the Am I Crazy? chronicles will be an ongoing project and I will be updating you all with those, but please drop me a message, facebook me or email me should you wish to give me any ideas, contribute with me or advertise on this blog.

Many thanks for your ongoing support

Happy Sunday!

 

CA x

 

Current favourite eye palettes

If you have headed over here from my Instagram then you would have seen my little hint of one of my favourite palettes at the moment… but did you guess who made it and what the palette was?

 

I have a top three of my current favourites and to be frank, I really can’t decide between the three! Instead, I will leave the final review down to yourselves, I do use these palettes on a regular basis and my main looks are smokey eyes, neutral browns and pinks and obviously glitter. If you want to see any of these looks or a tutorial of how I wear the palette/s please leave me a comment on this post or my Facebook page and I will try to create something for you guys.

 

 

Urban Decay – NAKED3 – RRP £39.50

 

12 different shades, all neutral and smokey, which is right up my street. Each matte shade is accompanied by a glitter counterpart, which makes it easy for make up beginners as well as the more experienced. My go to base colours are beige and brown so this suits me perfectly and the glitter shades are super pigmented but not OTT so brilliant for a day wear and moving into a casual evening. This is the most expensive of all three, but considering the durability and the length of wear from each application I don’t think you can go wrong. I had wanted one for ages before this one was generously purchased for me.

w7 Make up – SMOKIN’ – RRP £9.95

 

 

 

w7 are definitely an underdog when it comes to the make up industry. However, an underdog not to be messed with! I have numerous palettes from w7 and all of them have the same consistency as the high-end brands and the same thick colourful pigment. This is my go to for a more dramatic eyeshadow, and is therefore not used as much as the other two palettes, the gun-metal grey is my favourite for a smokey eye and I often add excess glitter (courtesy of NYX glitter pots) to dramatise the look even more. Can you say no to an eyeshadow palette under £10 that dupes the big brands? Definitely not.

 

Morphe – Jaclyn Hill Palette – RRP £37.00

 

KWEEN. Morphe are bossin’ the make up industry and I am feelin’ it! Collabs with artists or brand influencers usually leaves me on the fence as sometimes they can be a bit outrageous and contain a lot of colours I have never been brave enough to venture into (yellow, pink I’m talking to you…) but this palette is beautiful. Jaclyn Hill has worked her magic on the colour choices and Morphe have upped the game. When this palette was released it was constantly sold out. The eyeshadows are pretty big and the palette it’s nearly 3x the height of an Urban Decay palette. There is an excessive amount of choice, and again, there is mattes and glitter shade. All of the bases you could possibly need and all of the glitters to match! I have even delved into the world of greens and blues, giving myself mermaid make up, and my, I love this palette and the sassy confidence it gives you! At £37.00 it isn’t too pricey and for the size, quality and collab alone, I’d happily pay £10 more.

 

What do you think of my favourites? What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

CA x