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 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 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


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!


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!


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.


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!! 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.


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