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


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I am pale. Not pretty, porcelain, Snow-White/English Rose kinda pale - ghostly, pasty, "Are you sick?" kinda pale. And normally, I just live with it and try to embrace it. After 18 years, I've pretty much gotten used to it anyway. But now with summer right around the corner, and me taking an interest in fitness/working out, I've kind of inadvertently become addicted to fake tan. 

I've tried a lot of drugstore tans but none have really compared to the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion in light/medium. It really gives a natural brown tan, rather than giving you the unnatural orange tell-tale tinge, and it lasts on average, about 4-5 days for me. On the 5th day, I usually exfoliate and moisturise ready to start again on day 6, and the results so far have been great!

I prefer to apply this fake tan without a mitt - usually mitts leave me streaky and my skin dry (for some reason, mitts always feel so bloody rough and harsh on my skin?!). The obvious downside to this is brown palms, but with a bit of scrubbing/lemon juice you can get that off no problem. This tan is quite liquidy and requires a lot of rubbing in, which I think, is what makes it give a flaw free finish! It's not a gradual tan either, so it comes out quite dark, but don't let that put you off. It also offers handy instructions on how you can get different levels of tans - you can reapply this one after half an hour to get a deeper tan.

The two things I love most about this self tanner is the fact that it dries really quickly and also smells like coconuts - it's kind of like rubbing myself in Malibu (which I would obviously happily do on a daily basis). Don't get your hopes up though - it does smell like coconut on application, but the next morning, it still does smell a bit like fake tan - but not as strongly as other products.

You can pick this up in the UK exclusively from Superdrug for £11.99, and I would definitely recommend doing so.

Any other milky ladies out there have any great recommendations? I'd love to hear! 

Charlie x


Thursday, 16 April 2015

"I'm only going to replace my eyeliner," I tell myself as I walk into Superdrug. Twenty minutes later, and I leave with this. I can't say I'm unhappy though!

Firstly, I picked up these three Makeup Revolution palettes, because I just couldn't resist. I've never tried Makeup Revolution before, but I saw how cheap the palettes were and started swatching! I'm so glad I did. Together these palettes cost £12 (the third was free).

This blush palette in 'Sugar & Spice' is my absolute favourite. I love blush palettes, and this is amazing for the cost (£6). My favourite two shades are the bright pink for blush, and the white/pinky shade for a highlight which is next to it. The highlight is incredible! I used to use the blush and highlight from the Naked: On the Run Palette, but now I'm using these on a daily basis.

The highlight swatch

I also picked up this Redemption Iconic palette for £3 I think? It's a really nice neutral eyeshadow palette. I haven't used it yet, but it swatches well, and I really like the first few colours. The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't have a mirror - but for the money, you can see why.

Another eyeshadow palette...this one (Run Boy Run/Salvation) got me due to the variety of shades. They had a lot of neon/colourful palettes I wanted to pick up too, because my shadow collection consists basically of neutrals and pinks, but I was on a budget. I'm really excited to try these, especially the reddish shade, 'Break Out From Society'. The shade names are super weird, but I like it (apart from the spelling mistake in 'Its Time To Run).

I also picked up my holy grail eyeliner, which is the Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner. I love this and rarely use or even try other eyeliners because I'm so used to this - it doesn't smudge or budge for hours, and I've perfected my cat eye with the brush, which I find easy to use. Perfect!

I was on the lookout for a primer too, so I picked up the L'oreal Infallible Mattifying Base as I've heard a lot of people talk about the foundation. Whilst I usually try to stay away from skin products that promise a 'matte' finish (skin is not supposed to be matte!!), I figured this would be okay as that is essentially what most primers are trying to do when evening out your skin. I'm glad I took the chance as I really like this primer!

Finally, a summer makeup essential I picked up for only £2.99 was the Rimmel Soft Kohl eyeliner in white. I've been using this on my waterline and inner corner then blending it slightly, and it looks amazing (if I do say so myself). I absolutely love how bright my eyes look, and it's so cheap and lasts ages. You definitely need one in your life!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think!

Charlie x

B E A U T Y S N I P P E T: Collection Spring Lipsticks

Thursday, 9 April 2015

I absolutely love all the new spring makeup that is hitting the shops right now! Since I'm still waiting for payday though, I've only managed to pick up a couple of bits, so I thought I'd briefly share my thoughts on the Collection lipsticks!

(Excuse my patchy tattoo - had it touched up the day after I took this!)

I believe there are only three shades of these lipsticks, and I picked up shades 1 & 2 ('Pink Rose' and 'Tulip'). Both are matte and really pigmented without being drying on the lips, which is great. They're super affordable too, so definitely a hit in my books - even though you do have to reapply every few hours as they aren't super long lasting. My only problem is that the pink shade was far too pink for me, it looked really odd. It would suit someone with a darker skin tone though and make quite a bold beautiful lip!

How's spring makeup treating you?

Charlie x


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

As a blogger, I think it's fundamental that we, of course, rave about our favourite products, but at the same time, still discuss those that simply don't work for us - and there's nothing wrong with that at all. So, here's my first 'misses' post, and it's all about lips!

Starting off with lipsticks, I purchased both of these on a whim. 

The first Lola lipstick in the shade 'Dream Like' was reduced to something ridiculous like a couple of quid in Marks and Spencers, so clearly, I had to pick it up - it would be rude not to. However, this product just doesn't do it for me - as you can see, it's got quite a metallic sheen to it, and I absolutely hate lip colours like that. I wouldn't call a product a 'miss' just because I don't like the colour though, obviously, as that's all down to personal preference. I also hate the formula of the lipstick, as I find it's not very pigmented...but is still quite thick? It's quite an odd experience. But on the plus side, I really like the packaging. 

The other is from Primark, and I talked about it in my recent Primark Haul. This is supposed to be matte, and it is, but it just doesn't work for me at all and applies really patchily, which is a shame as it's a beautiful colour, and super affordable!

These four products are all from the drugstore, and are a range of different styles.
Firstly, the Sleek 'Matte Me' in the shade 'Rioja Red' really caught my eye in store, and it's almost perfect - it's highly pigmented and applies really well. However, it falls into the matte trap - it's super drying on the lips!!

The Bourjois 3D Effect lipgloss is a beautiful coral/orange shade called 'Corail Artistic', which is what caught my eye, but it doesn't make my lips look as luscious as promised, and it's really gloopy and sticky, which I was surprised about coming from Bourjois.

I usually really like the Rimmel Apocalips formula (my favourite is in the shade 'Stellar') but this one ('Celestial' - digging the shade names)just didn't work for me. Maybe I got a dud product, but it just applied really oddly and didn't settle on my lips. It felt super strange, and was really different to the ones I'd tried before.

Finally...this Max Factor Lipfinity in the shade 09 was a freebie, I think - you know how if you spend a certain amount in Boots sometimes, Max Factor will give you a free gift? Anyway, I really hate this, which is quite a statement coming from me, as I always try to give makeup the benefit of the doubt. It's so weird. It looks like a felt tip and feels like one too - maybe this works for some women, but I can't stand feeling like I'm literally colouring in my lips. It's so thin and wet. Ick! But - it does have a really good colour pay off and super long lasting power, so if you can put aside the sheer oddness of it, it could be a hit for you.

I've only got one high end product that I consider a miss - I don't try many high end products without going into them fully read up on how they work, because I'm a student...I don't have the money to be throwing it away on all sorts of pricey makeup just to give them a go (as much as I wish I did). This is a travel sized chubby stick in the shade 'Super Strawberry', and it looks like a really nice colour. It does apply nicely and gives the lips a nice sheen, but the trouble is...it's not very pigmented. At all. Which is okay, but if you wanted a simple 'your lips but better' product, you could pick one up at the drugstore for much cheaper.

That's all the lip misses I've encountered so far! What are yours?

Charlie x


Thursday, 2 April 2015

I can't believe April is here already. I wasn't going to write a favourites post this month because I didn't think there was much beauty things I'd been loving, but I sat down and had a think and came up with these!

Firstly, my absolute favourite is these shoes from New Look. They're from the premium range, as they're made from real leather, and they have a velvet ankle strap and a mirror on the inside of the heel. I got these in the sale so they were a bargain, and I love them so much! I won't lie, they're not comfy in the slightest, but they're definitely versatile, and a little different with the mirror detail. If you follow my instagram, you'll see I kind of have a shoe obsession, so me ranking these as my favourites is kind of a big deal.

I have two face washes as my next favourites - one is by Neutrogena and is their daily scrub, one is by the Body Shop. I use the daily scrub on my T-Zone and on my chin, as this is where I'm most prone to spots every other day, and then the tea tree oil all over everyday, as it's really soothing on the skin and has helped fight breakouts!

My one beauty favourite is the Max Factor Colour Elixir lip crayon, which I wrote a whole post about here

I love the Maybelline Colour Show nail polish in white, and the L'oreal Paris nail duo in the shade 'Irresistible Bonbon' as they are both really pale colours that go with everything. The gel polish that comes with the L'oreal duo is amazing! It smoothes my nails out and makes them look professionally done, so I'd definitely recommend picking one of those up.

The Clinique Rinse Off Cleanser I have is only travel sized, but it's so lovely to use in the bath because it's so creamy! I definitely want to pick up the full size one when I've run out.

I watched Gone Girl this weekend and I was so engrossed in the film, hence its place on this list. I enjoyed the acting as it was amazing, but as for the story...I love domestic noir as a genre, but I hated the ending of the film, and I didn't enjoy Amy being both a representation of misogyny and misandry; it was a bit odd and offensive. However, it really made me think and stay with me, and it is an enjoyable watch, in the way that Lolita is an enjoyable read, if you get what I mean.

My last favourite should technically be an April favourite since I started reading it yesterday...but whatever. The Smoke Is Rising is Mahesh Rao's debut novel, set in India and it's all a bit weird and confusing, but for some reason, it's definitely working, and I'm super engrossed in the story already. Plus, it has a beautiful cover.

Thanks for reading! Do we have any favourites in common? 
- Charlie


I went to Brighton for a few days to visit my best friend Char, and I absolutely loved it. We didn't do much (student budgets) but I still had an amazing time. Brighton is so beautiful!!


Ever since Nars came out with their velvet matte lip pencils, and they proved to be popular, it seems new ranges of pencils/crayons have been popping up everywhere in time for spring. I haven't had a chance to get my hands on a Nars one, as we don't have Nars in Norwich and I prefer to shop in store when it comes to makeup, I thought I'd try out some drugstore alternatives, and landed up with the Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in my basket!

I chose this one specifically because of the shade and brand - it's called 'vibrant pink' and I absolutely adore bright pinks like this for spring/summer, especially with my pale/kind of translucent skintone. I also really love the formula of Max Factor lipsticks, so I was eager to see if they could carry this into crayon format. However, I was also tempted by this No7 alternative, so hopefully I'll pick that up next time, as it's a new release (and it's matte, if that's your thing).

Max Factor have released five other shades of this product (seen here) and it only costs £6.99, which in my eyes is a total bargain. If it works.

It does have a slight sheen to it, which I like, and it's super pigmented! It wears like this on the lips too, and it's a really bright pink colour. 

I've been wearing this non stop for about a week now and I absolutely love it. I've gotten many positive comments about it too, which are always nice to hear! It's really long lasting, which surprised me, and as I said, highly pigmented. I would definitely recommend using a lip scrub before applying this product though, as it does cling to dry skin - other than that, it's really moisturising and glossy, without being sticky.

Overall, this product is definitely a hit, and I can't wait to check out more shades from the range, and try out more lip crayons - any suggestions?

Charlie x