WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS - 2015

Wednesday, 30 December 2015


It's been a long time since I've posted anything on here since I started uni and just became lazy, drunk trash. But it's almost the new year and I miss blogging so here I am again! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! 

I'm not gonna lie, and do some disclaimer where I say I'm not bragging - I totally am. I was spoiled by people I love this year and of course I want to show it off. Why wouldn't I?! I'm incredibly grateful for all the presents I got, including the ones I haven't mentioned in this post.

Firstly my main surprise present was an iPad Mini 2 from my mum. This was such a shock - she asked me to choose one main present and I chose the Zoeva brush set, so wasn't expecting this! She continues to amaze me every year. 

Also pictured above is the Red Queen book by Victoria Aveyard. I've included this because I started reading it last night and stayed up until 1am because I just couldn't put it down. It's not the most amazing piece of literature, but if you like a bit of YA fantasy, sort of along the Hunger Games lines, this would be for you. It's basically a mix of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games, with mutants. If that description doesn't woo you, I don't know what will.



My lovely boyfriend Ben bought me this beautiful Olivia Burton watch. He did have a few hints from me (I wish I could pretend he just knew my style oh so well) but I didn't think he'd actually get it. I'm so pleased he did because it's really gorgeous! I love the rose detailing on the face of the clock. Olivia Burton do so many beautiful watches - I've probably spent like three hours on their Instagram. So, if you're in the market for a new watch (they're around £60-£150) you should check out these ones!


No one in my family/friend group likes to buy me makeup, as I have a lot and I'm very picky. They more rely on me to get them makeup, as I know what's out there (which I love, it makes me feel like all these hours I spend watching Youtube are actually amounting to something). But I did receive these two gorgeous pieces this year. I absolutely love the Bobbi Brown eye wardrobe palette - it comes with six shades and four mini brushes that are actually of good quality. I haven't used it yet, but once I do I'm sure it'll be featured on here! I've never actually tried any bareMinerals makeup either, so I'm excited to give the Mineral Veil a try.


I asked for this gorgeous Zoeva eye brush set because currently I literally only use the double ended Urban Decay brush from the Naked 3, and a Mac 217. Don't judge me. The extent of my eyeshadow usage is usually a colour all over, darker in the crease, highlight in the inner corner. But all those Vines on Facebook and Twitter recently of the most amazing eyeshadow looks are really making me jealous, so I thought, for 2016, my eyeshadow game is gonna be stepped up. All the brushes feel gorgeously weighted and soft and although I don't know how I'll use every single one, I'm excited to experiment. 


A couple of stocking fillers I got were this little Cath Kidston lanyard for my keys, and this Osprey mirror/card holder, both of which are super cute and practical. 


I love having people pick perfume for me. I cannot do it myself. I go into a shop and I spray everything and it all just smells nasty or the same or I get torn between like 3 different ones. I have never had a successful perfume shopping trip. My signature scent at the moment is Alien, but only because my best friend who lives far away wears it and it reminds me of her (also: I'm a copycat). So when I unwrapped this, I was eager to smell it. I was worried it would smell like cat wee or something, but Jimmy Choo perfumes are usually really nice, and this was no exception! 


Somewhere along the line of this year, I started collecting weird cups/mugs. I don't know what I'm gonna do with them all when I get my own house and want everything to match, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. The mug on the left is actually a Boxing Day sale bargain gift to myself but I wanted to feature it anyway. I love Stitch (Lilo & Stitch is my favourite Disney movie) and this came with a Scrump spoon, and it's just adorable. I like adorable things. My boyfriend bought me the Little Miss Sunshine mug which is also really lovely. I am a wannabe ray of sunshine. 


Every Christmas, almost every girl gets a hundred and one* beauty/bath sets, and for me, this year was no exception. This Body Shop mango scent one is one of my favourites this year, as I absolutely love the smell!


One of my friends bought me this really cute dreamcatcher in rose gold to hang in my uni window, with my name on it. I thought this was really lovely and thoughtful, and I'm sure I'll put a picture on when it's up!


I also got these adorable Snow White socks from my mum, which were too cute not to mention!

I'm extremely grateful for everything I got this year, although I couldn't include it all in this post. I got a lot of hair products and beauty stuff which I'm sure I'll be featuring in posts in the new year. So I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas haul, and I'd love a link to yours down below!

- Charlie CP xx

*maybe an exaggeration

BOOTS HAUL - SEPTEMBER 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015


I've kind of gone off drugstore beauty at the moment - I feel like I've tried everything? And thus I've kind of gone off beauty altogether, since I can't really afford loads of new high end products every other week...but in an attempt to get back into the swing of things, I headed into my local boots to browse the skincare and get a new primer. And apparently a new lipstick and hair product. Because you never go into Boots and come out with exactly what you wanted.


The first product I bought was the Maybelline Colour Drama pencil in the shade 'Berry Much' (swatched above) because, like every makeup maven, I'm looking for the perfect fall shades. However, like the lipstick I bought in my H&M haul, it's a bit too dark for me! I've got a few of these pencils already though, and I really like the formula and wearability of them, especially for the price (£4.99). If you haven't tried any, I definitely recommend them - although they don't have many shades, maybe with more purchases they'll increase the range and we'll have a new affordable lip staple!


I have been surviving without a primer for like two months - and I use the term 'surviving' loosely. To put it bluntly, my foundation has just looked like absolute crap. But finally I have something to prep my face properly with and I am soo happy. I tried the Revlon Photoready Prime + Anti Shine (£9.99) because it's caught my eye a few times and I usually love Revlon. It's a balm, which sounds cool but makes for difficult application...it comes with a little sponge which just gets filthy and gross within a couple of uses, so I tend to apply it with my fingers, which takes longer. It also really stinks. Like really stinks. I can't put my finger on it, but it's a bit like mouldy hairspray, if hairspray went mouldy. I sound like a right Debbie Downer ("This sponge is ghastly! My face smells funny!") but I am just giving you my honest opinion - all the cons aside, it's a decent primer and it's a lot better than nothing. Plus, once you've got your foundation on, you can't smell it. Or maybe other people can, and you've just gotten used to it. Food for thought!


SKINCARE. My new thing. My new obsession. I'm trying out a lot of Soap & Glory stuff at the moment, and Boots had a 3 for 2 on so I picked up these. Pictured top left is my new moisturiser, the All-Day Super Moisture Marvel. It's made for dry/dehydrated skin and plumps the surface of your face as well as locking in moisture, and I really like it. It also smells really lovely - it says on the packaging that it's watermelon, but it smells more like Terry's Chocolate Orange! I also love that the packaging feels really good and luxe, especially for £13.

Pictured at the bottom is the No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask (£11.50). I've only used this once, as it's a once per week thing, but it felt really good on my skin - you rub it in, and it gets warm, then you wet your hands and rub it in a bit more and leave it for 5 minutes, wash it off and your skin feels really fresh. I woke up with a few more spots the next day which I think is a good sign...my pores should be cleaned out now. 

I also got the Fab Pore mask (£10) for the T-Zone and I think I used to have this in older packaging a few years ago - it smells exactly the same. It did a good job at shrinking my pores back then, and hopefully will do the same now once I get a chance to use it!


Finally, I got this Bleach London Swamp Spritz to add texture to your hair, but this is a miss for me. It doesn't really do anything except make my hair stick together and it smells like cologne. Short and sweet review there.

Thanks for reading! Have you tried any of these?

Charlie CP xx

H&M BEAUTY BITS - FIRST IMPRESSION

Monday, 14 September 2015


Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that H&M have launched a brand new beauty line! Saying that, I only knew the day before it was released because I saw a sponsored tweet...but (cliche alert) I knew I had to have it. I was shopping with my SO the next day and we went into H&M and I had to trawl through the entire men's section, and the more mature/business-y type floor we have in my H&M before I finally found the beauty. And there were literally so many products. Like, so many. I was 'oohing' and 'aahing' all over the place and jumping about, as you do, and obviously my SO was taking the piss out of me the entire time. Anyway, here's what I picked up!


CREAM LIP COLOUR & LIP DEFINER

Since we're going into autumn now, I wanted to try a darker lip shade, rather than the usual peachy pink or pale nudes I like to go for. I saw this purple shade called 'Heirloom' and immediately put it in my basket (yes, they have little mini beauty baskets!!). The lipliner pictured is in the shade 'Cherry Tart' and they swatch a bit differently, but on the lips the colours are a perfect match.


I must say the lipstick smells exactly like one by Mac, which I adore. As promised, it is super creamy, albeit a bit messy (although that's mostly due to the darkness of the shade). It's a little dark for me and I kinda feel like Lorde when wearing it, but the formulation and product itself is really good, especially for £7.99. You could probably do without the lipliner, although it's only £3.99, it doesn't bring much to the table - except making you look like you have a purple moustache if you apply it top lip first. I stuffed my face with McDonald's after applying and it lasted quite well, so I would recommend trying the lip products!


NAIL POLISH

I was completely enamoured with this nail polish in the shade 'Smoky Loden' when I first applied it last night. The brush is one of those thick thin ones that spread out on your nail, making application easy, and it's very shiny and pigmented with one coat. However this morning it is already starting to chip, and looks a little messy in the harsh light of day - I'd recommend two coats. However I am pleased I got this - I spotted it whilst I was in the queue, and it's the beautiful khaki shade that I am definitely 100% obsessed with at the moment. Plus, it was only £3.99, and they have a load of different shades.


HIGH IMPACT EYE COLOUR

Like I said, I'm loving khaki at the moment, so I had to have this eyeshadow in the shade 'Stayin' Olive'. It's literally my beauty goal at the moment to create an eyeshadow look using a nice khaki colour in the crease, and maybe a taupe-y/browny/camel type colour in the middle of my lid. I thought this would be a perfect crease colour for that, and I've never been so adventurous with my makeup look (I'm usually an exclusively Naked palette, Virgin all over the lid, Buck in the crease kinda gal). And, it is. Kind of. It's a bit weird on application - it can be quite patchy, and it doesn't seem to be very pigmented...then you put more on your brush and suddenly you're Shrek. It blends quite nicely though, once you get the hang of it. It was £4.99, which is about average - not really a bargain, not really expensive.


BRUSH CLEANSER SPRAY

Brush cleanser!! In a spray bottle!! For £2.99!! With nice packaging!! This was a big 'ooh' from me in the shop, and I chucked it straight in my basket. However, it's a bit disappointing. It smells nice and it does get the product of your brushes, but it takes bloody ages. It's quite easy as you just spray it on and wipe your brush on something (I classily used toilet paper) but like I said. It takes bloody ages.


BODY LOTION & PRESS ON NAILS

Finally, I picked up this lotion from like, a wall of every scent imaginable. I picked this one because it was cream coloured and looked the most chic. I thought, "Which one will look nicest in my blog photos?". This one. Unfortunately, my SO told me it smelled like his dead grandma (RIP), but it's still an alright scent, and a nice lotion. The bottle is 250ml for £3.99 which isn't too bad. Then, the press on nails (£5.99)...I haven't tried these as I'm saving them for Freshers, but they look like they have a decent size variety, and the sticky pads are already on the back, so you don't have to faff about with peeling little gluey bits like you do with some press on nails, which is a positive. I'll let you know in October if they're a hit or miss!

That's all I picked up from the beauty department, but I'd love to know what the blushes and foundations are like - if you've tried anything let me know!

Charlie CP x

P.S Once again, sorry for being AWOL! I'd like to say I've been super busy, but really I've just been super lazy. I'm moving into uni next week, but right after I post this I'll be writing and scheduling 4 more posts for the week, so I'll be sticking around! Thanks for reading <3


PRAGUE TRIP

Saturday, 11 July 2015


Some of you may know, at the beginning of the month, I went on a much needed little holiday to Prague. I went with my best friend Char, as we'd recently read a book together set in the city and thought it seemed like a beautiful place, so we wanted to check it out to celebrate her finishing Uni (and she graduated with a 2:1 so congratulations to her!!!) and me finishing my exams.

 D A Y  O N E 


I've never really been abroad much, and we were doing this trip on the cheap (as we are students after all!) but I couldn't resist dressing up (at 1 in the morning), and wore a grey top from Primark, with split sides, high waisted black skinny jeans from New Look, black strappy sandals with a slight heel from New Look, and accessorised with my new Topshop bag, a rose gold watch from Next (no longer sold) and a gold Freedom jewellery necklace - as well as my snazzy little suitcase, found here.

We travelled from Stansted with Ryanair, who we'd heard have been really strict with what you can/can't take on the plane and the size of your hand luggage, but we had no problems (which was a relief for me, as I was terrified they'd make me chuck away one of my lipsticks or a palette!).


The flight was quite short and when we landed in Prague we were so surprised at the clear blue skies, as it'd been raining (typically) in England when we'd left. In the airport, we were a bit overwhelmed with what to do next, as we'd only really planned as much as getting on the plane...so we stopped for a Subway. Very adventurous. After, we got the airport bus to the train station, and from there, a taxi to our hostel. Even from the bus/car windows we could see Prague was literally stunning, and I was so excited to start exploring once we'd left our luggage at the hostel!

Now seems like a good time to praise the hostel - we stayed at Hostel One in Žižkov, and like literally every building in Prague, it was huge. It was really clean and spacious, and the staff were so welcoming, friendly, and helpful - I never wanted to leave. I'd heard some horror stories about hostel stays before, but this was literally just like staying in a nice hotel, with a bit more of a social side to it. The hostel had a shared kitchen, a garden, a lounge area, a computer room, and its own bar. It was filled with many travellers who Char and I made friends with and most of my fondest memories from the trip involve them (and alcohol). Plus, our room was amazing. We walked in later on the first day, and were shocked - it had its own kitchen and fridge, two beds, then a loft area with two more, and an ensuite. We thought we'd paid for a bog standard ensuite private double room and figured the hostel had given us the wrong one, but nope! It was all ours.

Our room, ft. Char.

Anyway - I've gotten ahead of myself - before we actually checked in and saw our room though, we decided to explore the local shops in search of food and bare essentials we didn't bring on the flight, like deodorant, whilst we waited for our room to be ready. It was really fun just getting to know the neighbourhood, and Prague is super cheap, so we got a lot for our money!

The street our hostel was on.

Once we went back to the hostel and checked into our room, in true Char and Char style, we had a nap. We'd been up since 1am. Don't judge us.

When we finally woke up, we went out into the garden, drank beer, met other travellers (there was this guy and a girl who we assumed had known each other years - later we found out they'd met the day before, gone skydiving together, and then were going off to Slovenia with each other the next day!), and ate free pancakes. It surprised me that so many people travelled alone, or travelled without set plans, and it made me super excited for when I properly travel Europe. When the bar opened, we headed down there and played a fair few drinking games etc...I'll spare you my drunken escapades!


D A Y  T W O 

My favourite OOTD! Top is from ASOS, shorts are vintage Levi's from UO, and the shoes are from Public Desire!

The next morning we got up early and decided to make the most of our day. So we headed into town, went to the Palladium shopping centre, where I bought some really nice trousers, and found a Sephora. I was so shocked. I couldn't believe the Czech Republic got Sephora before the UK. But I was totally in heaven in there, although I didn't buy much except a vanilla eau de toilette and a shower puff squishy thing you wash with (words escape me) because I was worried about getting it home. The Palladium was really nice and classy, definitely would recommend for any shopaholics visiting the city.

Because you've never seen a Sephora before...

From there, we went to Old Town Square, which was beautiful. We waited there for about an hour, just soaking up the sun and sights, before embarking on a three hour walking tour of the city. We were the only two people on the tour, and our guide, Michelle, was so lovely and informative. She took us across the Charles Bridge and up to the Strahov Monastery and the castle, showing us other important sights along the way. She gave us such a good overview of Prague's history and it was so interesting - I'm doing a history degree next year so I was aaaaall about hearing what had happened in the city. It was so bloody hot though, like, my face was just melting off. I want to move to Australia as well, and I just don't know how I'd manage if I couldn't cut it in 35 degree heat!!


Old Town Square

Inside the castle.

After that, we were suitably drained, and went back to the hostel for another nap, before getting drunk again and going to a nightclub called Roxy. It was pretty much the same as British clubbing, except cheaper drinks and you could smoke on the dancefloor. Bit dodgy, not gonna lie. Everyone was just getting burned by other people's fags. Still hilarious though.

D A Y  T H R E E 

When you don't know what to do with your legs...ASOS dress and Topshop bag!

Friday morning we awoke very hungover. But it was our last full day, so we wanted to go to the museum of communism as well as the John Lennon Wall. Spoiler alert: we did neither of those things. We tried. We really tried. We print screened directions at the hostel, then when we got to where we thought the museum should be, we couldn't find it, so sat in McDonald's, taking advantage of the free wifi. Yet we still couldn't find it. So we got on the trams to find the Wall, and again, got to where we thought it was. Walked around for another hour. NOTHING. We eventually gave up as it was getting late and we were boiling - but it wasn't a waste at all. Funnily enough, just exploring the city and seeing how pretty everything was was enough to make the last day worth it!



Then we napped. This is so embarrassing. It didn't seem bad at the time, but now I'm writing it and it's like oh, all I did on holiday was nap. Then we got drunk again. We were celebrating okay?! And this is the night I smashed my new iPhone 6. I literally cried in the middle of drunk Jenga.

Our flight was at 10am, and we wanted to get there early, so we basically pulled an all nighter and headed to the airport in the morning. Probably one of the best bits of the holiday was checking out - it was like 7am and most of the hostel was just hanging about downstairs, on the come down from the night they'd had, and this guy from Sweden (who we aptly called Sweden) had a guitar and was singing and it was just a perfect end to a perfect holiday.

All in all, this was a super sweet taster for the travels I want to do after uni, and was one of the best experiences of my life. It's hard to capture it all in a blog post, but there were so many laughs and amazing memories (here we go getting mushy) and ugh. Words can't even describe. Prague is beautiful and awesome and you have to visit at some point!

Charlie x

P.S sorry for being so absent. It's been a rough few months. But Prague has gotten me my mojo back!
P.P.S - hit me up on Instagram/Snapchat @tsarlies to see more of what I get up to and keep up to date when I'm in a slump! 

MAX FACTOR COLOUR CORRECTORS

Thursday, 28 May 2015


I was in Asda a few nights ago picking up a few notepads for revision, and obviously, I couldn't resist having a peek in the beauty aisle. These colour correctors caught my eye and I had to test them out - I've been looking for colour correctors for a while, but I'm used to only seeing them in high end palettes. So, I wanted to test firstly if they actually work, and secondly if the stick format is just a gimmick!

The Product

This products comes in six shades, although my Asda counter only had three - the third being a highlight. I didn't pick this up as I have many highlighters and these were £8.99 a piece! They also have a purple and peach shade, and another highlighter. They are relatively new products as far as I'm aware!



First Impressions

Both sticks swatch really creamily and felt quite thick. They don't have an odours or anything and blended really easily on my hand. Plus, they're clearly quite pigmented which I took as a good sign.

In Use

I applied these with my fingers and blended them out onto my under eye circles (yellow) and a few minor blemishes (green) after prepping and priming my skin. I used the pointed Real Techniques foundation brush to blend the green stick on my nose as it's very very very red naturally, like I might as well be wearing Mac's Ruby Woo...on my nose. 

The yellow stick worked really well in the sense that it didn't cling or crease as many under eye products do, but I found I had to apply it again after my foundation and then blend it quite a lot to avoid it looking yellow as well as ensuring it did actually cover my circles. It wore quite well throughout the day too, and I'd definitely use this in my day to day routine.

The green stick...this was a miss for me. It didn't really do anything and just blended out into nothingness. Except on my nose, where it clung to every tiny bit of dry skin I could possibly have and just made me look really flaky. 

Overall

Overall I do feel these products are quite gimmicky - I don't like the crayon format, but I guess it makes them handy for those on the go! I'll still be on the lookout for more colour correctors especially as the warmer months come up - I usually only wear medium-high coverage foundation as naturally my skin is very blemish prone and uneven, but in summer this gets a bit much and I'd love to be able to get a good light coverage/BB cream to wear with colour correctors! But, the yellow one will do for now, and I'll give the green another try another day!

What're your favourite colour correcting products?

Charlie x

HOW I PREP MY FACE | TUTORIAL

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Firstly, let me just apologise for my absence! I've been really busy this month with revision...and exams haven't even started yet. But I've managed to find a bit of spare time to write a post, and I should be back into blogging regularly from now on (it's my reward for when I do lots of revision!) 

Today I want to talk about how I prep my face before makeup - I've always had a lot of problems with my skin and found that many foundations just don't sit nicely on it or cling to all my dry bits, but now I've experimented with my morning routines, I've found one that works for me. It usually takes longer than doing my actual makeup...but hey, that's the price you pay for having good skin!

Usually, I'll have just gotten out of the shower and cleansed my face, so I'll put up my hair in the clip (£2.99 from New Look) and get cracking. 



My favourite step, and arguably the most important, is toning. I use this Lush Tea Tree Water toner (£4.95 for 100g or £7.95 for 250g) and I absolutely adore it. It does recommend spritzing it directly on your face but I just find that far too daunting - I hate spraying products in my face!! So instead, I squirt it onto a cotton wool pad and gently wipe it over my face. Instantly, I feel refreshed and my skin feels hydrated. As well as toning my skin, the product provides benefits as it is antibacterial and helps to combat spots. Toner is really important in your skincare routine as it helps to even out your skin and reduce oiliness as it helps to repair your skin's surface after cleansing.



I then apply a little of this Clinique serum, which is actually a sample I received (I'll be buying the full size version when it runs out though) from a magazine this month. Serum seems a bit daunting at first, and it's step that many people miss out, often because they don't really know what a 'serum' is. Basically, a serum is essentially just a lightweight moisturiser which goes deeper into your skin and evens out your it out and often makes pores appear smaller. Using a serum is not essential in your daily routine - if you're on the go, faffing about with yet another product can be time consuming. But if you want to go that extra mile and make your makeup even more flawless, you should definitely give serum a go!



I then moisturise with this Vitamin E Body Shop moisturiser (£11) which is pretty self explanatory - everyone has to moisturise! I think moisturisers work differently for everyone, so I could recommend this until the cows come home but it might not do anything for your skin...I find it works for me though, as I've had incredibly dry skin on my nose and chin recently, and it's cleared those patches right up. I've heard it's a bestseller too, so if you're definitely looking for a new product, try this!



When all of these products have absorbed (it usually takes 2-3 minutes each), I then apply my L'oreal primer (£7.99) which makes my makeup long lasting, reduces the size of my pores, and evens out the surface of my skin, giving it one final boost.



Whilst I'm waiting for my primer to settle, I'll apply a little of my Lush lip scrub (£5.50), partly because I want luscious smooth lips, and partly because I really really really like licking it off.

When that's all done, I'll go ahead with whatever makeup routine I'm feeling for that day!

I hope this post has been helpful, and I'd love to hear your skincare product recommendations!

A P R I L F A V O U R I T E S

Friday, 1 May 2015


April...is over? I literally can't believe it, like, I know practically every 'favourites' posts starts with some kind of dismay over the month ending...but like I said. I literally can't believe it. Or maybe it's a case of not wanting to believe it - May is a baaaaad month for those still in education. I dread this time next month when I'll be writing my May Favourites as exams will be in full swing!!
Anyway, let's get on to what I've been loving this week...


First is a Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice which I hauled here


I use the top two right shades as a blush and highlight on a daily basis now - they're perfect for spring! I tried to swatch them but they didn't show on camera - they just give a light touch of colour to your face which looks incredibly natural.


In the same haul, I picked up this L'oreal Paris Infallible Matte Primer, and it's really nice on the skin, without feeling like a thick layer of silicone. It also helps my foundation stay in place for longer. It's not the most amazing primer ever, but it really does the job for the price (£7.99) and as I've been loving using it, it had to be a favourite!

This Bondi Sands fake tan is amazing. I talked about it in detail here, but please. It's just amazing.


I also hauled this eyeliner earlier this month, and it's become a spring/summer staple. I love using it on my waterline and inner corners to subtly make my eyes appear bigger and brighten up any eyeshadow look. It's really good value as well! You definitely need one in your collection.


Moving away from makeup, I finished this book very early on in April, I think. My friend bought it for me as she picked it up when we were together and loved it, so ordered me a copy. Surprise surprise, I loved it too. It's a YA fantasy, but it's not...wishy-washy? I don't know. It's got really dark themes (such as trading of teeth!!) and is about humans and chimeras and just...awesome stuff. It's set in Prague, and we loved it so much we're hoping to go this July! The main character is also a really great girl who's unlike your average female protagonist, so it's nice to have a bit of variety.



This necklace is from Primark and I've been loving it. It's a really simple yet effective design and I wear it with basically everything. The only downside is it's obviously not going to last forever as it was so cheap - but Primark have some great jewellery at the moment so I doubt it'll be hard to find a replacement!


Finally...these shoes. These shoes are my life. I love them so much. I bought them a few months ago from New Look in the sale for £7 which is an amazing bargain. They're a really versatile piece. I won't lie, they're not overly comfortable, but I do love wearing them, and they're quite easy to walk in. I love ankle boots at the moment, and these cutouts give them a more open and spring/summer appropriate look!

Do we have any favourites in common this month?

Charlie x


P A Y D A Y H A U L

Friday, 24 April 2015


After what felt like two years (but was actually two weeks), I finally got paid yesterday - and I've already spent 3/4 of it. Budgeting is just not something I'm capable of, I'm literally the woman from Confessions of a Shopaholic!! Anyway, here's some of the fun stuff I bought!


Maybe you don't think fancy wet wipes are classified as 'fun stuff', but I sure do. The cashier at Superdrug sold these to me as they were on offer at the till, two packs for £2.75 or something? I originally said no, as I always do to offers like that, but then I saw they were Micellar cleansing wipes and...I caved. I used one last night to take off my makeup and it was really soothing, and the wipes are very wet, presumably and hopefully with Micellar water. They're really simple makeup removers that are good for skin, so I'd definitely recommend picking up a pack, especially as they're so cheap.

Also pictured (just) are my two new fake tanning goodies. In an earlier post about fake tan, I did say I didn't use a mitt, but I just wanted to give them another go as I'm sick of orange palms. I also picked up a buffing mitt, which apparently, will help get rid of excess fake tan and avoid streaks, but I've yet to use it. Both of there were around £3, so also really cheap.


These right here are the secret to my lashes. These are the falsies I use on a daily basis, but I cut them down to 3/4 the length so they're not as obvious. They just give my lashes a bit of extra oomph and length, and I can't imagine going without them now.

The angle makes my shoes look huge but...I'm only a size 5 okay!!
These types of shoes are everywhere on the high street at the moment, and after picking them up in every store I went into and almost buying them in either white or black, I chose a Primark pair instead. These were only £10, which is half the price of other places selling them, and they're pretty much exactly the same. They are super weird to walk in though...


After trying Makeup Revolution last payday, I had to go back for more. I've heard a lot about this Radiance palette, so wanted to try it for myself. The colours kind of remind me of the Charlotte Tilbury duo, which enticed me. I haven't tried it yet, but I am very excited to! The shades are really pigmented when swatching, and as per usual with Makeup Revolution, the palette is really cheap.


Finally, the pièce de résistance...a cream blush palette!! I literally squealed when I saw this, because cream products are few and far between on the high street. Mostly, you'll just find powders, maybe the odd cream blush single. But for a brand - and a cheap one - to bring out a palette full of cream blushes (my favourite makeup product) is amazing, and I had to have it! On swatching, the products seem very pigmented and creamy as well as blendable and buildable. I'll probably do a full review later on in the week.

That's all I bought this payday, have you tried any of these products?

Charlie x