Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hi everyone! For today's post, I thought I'd do a belated Primark Haul. These pictures have been sitting on my camera for a week now, so I do apologise!

Last Sunday, as it was Mother's Day, Mum and I went down to London for the day. We went to Westfield for some shopping, Oxford Street, and the Natural History Museum, which I might post a photo post of later! I couldn't resist going into the Oxford Street Primark, and was so glad I did! Whilst I didn't buy any clothes, I noticed how much more organised/civilised it was in comparison to my local Norwich store, and it was actually a fun place to shop. 

As you can see, I picked up a lot of jewellery. I went a little manic due to the low prices (everything was under a fiver) and started chucking whatever I liked into my basket. But Primark is definitely a good place to stock up on jewellery before summer. I love other high street brand jewellery, but I find it's all kind of the same, and usually much more expensive in other shops, so it's easier to just buy it in Primark!

I also picked up this adorable little purse for £3. It's not big enough for everyday use, but I bought it with the intention of slipping it into my clutches on nights out, and it works perfectly for that, as I found out this weekend! 

You can also see creeping into this picture the accessory hanger I bought for 99p! It's just a simple hanger with a few more hooks on it so you can hang multiple things on it...if that makes sense. It's currently hanging on the back of my door as a home to lots of necklaces, so I don't forget to put one on before I go out!

I picked up this large white bag too, which was definitely a steal for £10. It came with a longer strap too, which is handy, and I like wearing it in my arm or on my shoulder. It's really spacious inside, very simple, and a great thing to have when you're going out for a day/travelling/need a bit more than usual.

Finally...onto the makeup! I've never tried any of the makeup from Primark, so I couldn't resist picking up a few pieces. I got the blusher in the shade Fuschia, which is not very pigmented, but that doesn't really matter to me - although it's not as bright as I thought, I have pale skin so it just adds a little colour to my face, which I like as well. I haven't tried the lipliner yet, but it did seem to smudge a little when I swatched it, but for £1, you can't really go wrong.
The only disappointment here was the matte lipstick I bought, which didn't seem to have a shade (?). It applied really patchily to my lips and just didn't look nice at all.

Oh, and when I said the only disappointment...I kind of lied. My final purchase was this daytime eyeshadow palette, and silly me didn't open it in store because there was already one open that I saw. So, I didn't realise it was slightly broken. Unfortunately, I couldn't exchange it at my local store either, as they had none left, so I swapped it for a bra instead!

That's it for my Primark haul. Let me know how you've gotten on with their makeup range!

- Charlie x


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Today's post is something a little different for me - my favourite books! I've always been an avid reader so I wanted to share a few of my favourite books with you guys.

Alexa Chung - It is a recent favourite. It's a beautiful book you've probably heard about, filled with random excerpts from Alexa's brain. It's an easy read if you're looking for a bit of inspiration, as there are few words but many pictures.

Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl is a hilarious book! Whilst some parts are a little eyebrow raising, the majority of it makes you laugh. I don't think it's groundbreaking for women or anything like a guide to life, but it's certainly a book that'll cheer you up, whilst giving you an insight into Dunham's mind.

Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman is a must read for women everywhere. I don't agree with all that she says, but she is definitely an idol of mine, and the book is also funny, yet emotional and thought provoking!

Now, onto some more serious literature...I read The Great Gatsby after seeing the film and thought it was incredible. Even if you're not into classics, the book is readable - it can be finished in a few hours - and it's just perfect. I want to write essays on this book.

Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl
Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell is great - it's like the TV show, but in book form. I love Bushnell's writing style and love that I could just read snippets of the book here and there and get a little laugh.

The next two books are a little controversial and definitely not for everyone. I love the genius behind Lolita, but it's certainly not for the faint hearted, and can be very difficult to get into, but once you do, it's worth it. American Psycho is the book that the film is based on, and it's very gory and a little disturbing, but if you can look past that to see the true message, it's definitely a book that will stay with you and make you see things differently. Plus, Bret Easton Ellis is my favourite author.

Finally, we have I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This lady is an inspiration, and reading her story is an experience everyone should have - she's such an amazing woman. Although the book reads a bit like a news story in some places due to journalistic intervention, Malala's personality shines through and makes it a perfect read.

I hope you pick up a few of these books to add to your shelf, and I'm interested to know, what are your favourites?
- Charlie x

T O P 7 S P R I N G L I P S T I C K S

Friday, 13 March 2015

With spring fast approaching (a week today I think!), it's time to update our makeup collection, and add a pop of colour. These are my top picks. From left to right, we have...
Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in the shade Sorbet (swatch #5)
L'oreal Paris Color Riche in the shade Magnetic Coral (swatch #2)
Rimmel Lasting Finish in 101 (swatch #1)
Mac Pink Nouveau (swatch #7)
Maybelline Color Sensational in the shade Shocking Coral (swatch #4)
Rimmel Lasting Finish in 16 (swatch #6)
Max Factor Colour Elixir in the shade Bewitching Coral (swatch #3)

The Revlon Lip Butter is a staple piece in my makeup collection all year round, along with the Mac Pink Nouveau, as they both have amazing colour payoff and are really moisturising on the lips.

Both of the Rimmel lipsticks are a little muted but still perfect for spring time. I especially adore the 101, as it's a perfect baby pink that makes my lips look amazing. The only downside to these lipsticks are that they are a bit drying on the lips and tend to cling to any dry skin, so make sure you use sugar scrub and lip balm before applying them.

As for the coral colours (L'oreal Paris, Maybelline, and Max Factor), the L'oreal and Maybelline lipsticks are amazing for people with blonde hair - I often recommend them to friends, and they have a really good formula too, and are very long lasting. The Max Factor lipstick is one of my all time favourites, because it's so rich in colour and really suits my skin tone, as well as again, having a great formula.

Most of these are available from the drugstore for under £10 so even better!

I hope you liked this post, and have picked up a few new spring lip ideas. As I was writing this up, I thought that a matte pastel purple/lilac lipstick would be amazing for spring...agree/disagree?
- Charlie x

H I G H L I G H T E R S 1 0 1: Powder or Liquid?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Highlighters are amazing. I think we can all agree on that. But there are different types which are well...different. Even eyeshadows can work well (hence the sneak in of the Naked 3 Palette). So, which is it? Which is best?
The answer's different for everyone, but my personal recommendation is...both.

Liquid highlighter can be a bit daunting at first - there's always the danger that you'll put on too much, or that it'll look like you've got random patches of white skin, but once you've figured out the right amount (usually about 3 small dots on the top of your cheekbone coming down to level with the centre of your eye). Some people are a bit wary of it because they have oily skin, but don't be! There are ways to work around it.

Personally, I like to use liquid highlighter on my cheekbones as stated above. I use either the Benefit High Beam or All Over Glow by Topshop (both pictured), which is a new favourite of mine, and blend it out with a Real Techniques buffing brush. I then dot a little above my Cupid's bow and blend it down, and a little in the dip/centre of my chin.

Then, to avoid looking too oily, I switch to powder highlighter, usually using the Urban Decay highlighter from the Naked: On the Run palette, but the Sleek contour kit is a good dupe. I use this down the centre of my nose and above my eyebrows with a Real Techniques contour brush. This illuminates my face, without making it look oily or too metallic, like it does if I were to use liquid highlighters there.

Finally, if I'm feeling really fancy, I'll use the Naked 3 palette shade 'Strange' on the bridge of my nose and under my eyebrows. Then I'll open and close the palette a few hundred times because the sound it makes is so satisfying.

Maybe I'm just a highlighter junkie, but I think my routine genuinely justifies buying both types - and it keeps my skin looking fresh, bright, and dewy, which is exactly what I want going into Spring!

I hope you enjoyed today's post, and comment down below on what your highlighter preferences are!

- Charlie

B E A U T Y S N I P P E T: Mac Toledo

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

This lunchtime, I was enjoying some sugary pancakes when the postman arrived. I was expecting a delivery from Mac today, so as soon as I heard him fumbling with next door's letter box, I ran to my own door, to hopefully catch my miniature parcel before it fell to the floor (which I thought was a brutal way to treat a Mac product) but alas, I didn't make it. I think it'll forgive me though, since I'm devoting an entire blogpost to raving about it!!

I bought a lipstick that's part of the Isabel and Ruben Toledo collection, in the shade 'Tenor Voice' which is a matte red. We all know Mac lipsticks are amazing, and this one's no different - I've been wearing it all afternoon, and my lips look velvety and luscious and just exactly how you want red lips to look. But what I love about this product is that I didn't intend to buy it - I was actually looking at the Cinderella collection, and they'd sold out of the nude lipstick, so I looked at these instead. The packaging is gorgeous! The lipstick packaging has a soft feel to it, unlike the normal Mac lipsticks, and it's so white and minimalistic. I love it. And I just wanted to share it with you guys - hence the beauty snippet.

I'll leave you with some photos now. Have you bought anything from either this collection or the Cinderella one? Let me know down below (that's my second rhyme this blog post)!
- Charlie x


Monday, 9 March 2015

I know we're well into March now, but I really wanted to kick off my blog with a few favourites! I've been trying a lot of new products in 2015 and trying to step out of my comfort zone, and it's definitely paid off. So without further adieu, here are my F E B R U A R Y  F A V O U R I T E S.

I've never really been into skincare, but after receiving a few items for Christmas, I decided it was time for me to really get into it. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of the things I've tried in the months to come, but for February, the products that I really found great were the Clinique All About Eyes eye cream and Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright Now moisturiser.
I'll start with the moisturiser, as it's the first thing I apply in the mornings. I use it as a primer, because I have yet to find a primer that I feel like actually does something to my face (suggestions welcome) and now I visibly see the difference between the way my foundation looks with and without the moisturiser. Like most women, I suffer from ridiculously dry skin in the winter months and this is really helping to combat that, and at an affordable price. The one downside for me is the smell - I'm not a fan of the S&G traditional scent. For some reason, it always reminds me of the Mean Girls thing where they made Regina's face smells like a foot. My face smells like a foot. I'm Regina when I wear S&G stuff.

As for the Clinique eye cream, I got a sample of this for Christmas - my mum bought me a Clinique nail polish and it came with a ton of free, deluxe sized samples which she gave me as well. I liked it so much that I immediately bought the full sized product (and then got another bunch of free samples with that order). I love this in the mornings because it's so cooling on my eyes and helps me to wake up at the crack of dawn without looking like I've woken up at the crack of dawn. If you know what I mean. A little goes a long way with this product too, so although it's £26 which is quite expensive, it's definitely worth it.

My next favourite is the Naked On the Run palette which I bought in December and haven't stopped loving since. I love everything about this palette, but I use the contour, blush and highlight everyday. My absolute favourite piece from the kit is the 24/7 eyeliner in the shade 'Stag' because it's a gorgeous colour - it's not too dark for the waterline - and it doesn't smudge at all. The downsides of the palette are probably the mascara and the random pink shade of eyeshadow - I'd much rather a champagne colour in its place, and I don't really get along with the mascara, but for travel, I can bear using it just because taking the little kit around with me is so handy. The lipgloss is a perfect 'your lips but better shade' and over all, this palette is great. 

I picked this Max Factor lipstick in the shade 'Rosewood' up at the end of February, but I had to include it on these favourites because I adore it. I've always been a fan of the formula of these lipsticks, I find them super creamy and pigmented, as well as long lasting. I love most of the shades in the range, but my absolute favourite is 'Bewitching Coral' - unfortunately, it's more of a summer shade though, so I had to pick up something a little darker. And okay, I'll admit it - I bought this because I've been binge watching Pretty Little Liars and come on, the shade is called 'Rosewood'. I had to have it.

 I've never really been into haircare and stuff. That's been more of my mum's thing, but she picked up the Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler & Heat Seal for me for Christmas, so I thought, why not give them a shot? They're pretty basic products, but they've kind of changed my life. After using the heat seal, my hair's been in much better condition, and the detangler is a life saver. I have extremely knotty hair that just gets tangled up so bad that even when I use my tangle teezer to diffuse it, it just goes frizzy. I don't mind the Hermione Granger circa Philosopher's Stone look, but I'd prefer something more...Emma Watson circa right now as she becomes the future Queen of England. Anyway, back to my actual point, the detangler does what it says on the bottle - it detangles, and that's why it's a favourite.


Finally, I had to include this cat eye mask. I got it from Tiger. I love Tiger. We recently got one in Norwich, and I'd heard so much about it that I just had to go in. I didn't expect them to carry such a range of products and for such affordable prices, and I just fell in love with everything. I was literally throwing things into my basket like a maniac ("Oh! A tiny pink rabbit? WHO DOESN'T NEED THIS?!") and the eye mask was one of the more useful things I chose. It's pretty self-explanatory really though, right? So I won't delve into the ins and outs of how an eye mask works. Just...go to Tiger. Become a sleeping kitten. 

Thank you all for reading this, do we have any favourites in common? Anyone else go on berserk rampages in Tiger? I need to know about it.
- Charlie x