Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Cosy Takeaway Night in with JUST EAT

Our yummy treats courtesy of JUST EAT

I have to admit it, nothing beats a takeaway after being at work all day especially when I'm not in the mood to cook. So James and I couldn't resist placing an order through JUST EAT* meaning that all we had to do was wait for the food to arrive and we could then tuck in.

This was my first experience using the JUST EAT website and to be honest I found it really easy to navigate. The hardest part for me was deciding where we were going to choose from to eat, as there are so many restaurants and food options to choose from. A great addition to the site is how you can pay online as sometimes it can be a faff if you don't have the right amount of change on you when your food is delivered. The website also notifies you of any discounts or deals and automatically applies them to your order which is a big bonus. As I know I have spent hours before trying to find discount vouchers both from around my house and online. 

I love the idea of finding new and local takeaways to try out, and in the end we opted for Bella Italia as both James and I have wanted to sample their food so why not try now! Each restaurant / takeaway have their own reviews and ratings which helps in the decision process, and let's be honest you're going to want to try somewhere that is rated 5 stars over that 1 star eatery. 

We ended up with a feast, after both settling on a pasta main we then looked to their sides and most importantly the desserts. For just under £20 we ended up with our pasta main which as you can see is mahoosive, a side of wedges, a large garlic bread a piece (which is classed as one garlic bread side), a bottle of pop, a slice of cake and a tub of Haagan Dazs (I did ask for Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough but they didn't have that in so sent me the next best thing - which I am in love with). 

Despite not having many takeaways, I do really enjoy them. Nothing beats getting comfortable in your pjs, joggers or whatever you may wear and know that your food is on its way and you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. JUST EAT provide an easy takeaway service that does really cater to all.

What is your favourite type of takeaway?

*Post in collaboration with JUST EAT

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Colab Dry Shampoo by Ruth Crilly / A Model Recommends

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Colab Dry Shampoo - £3.49 - Link

It seems like the beauty world at the moment is becoming inundated with releases from fellow beauty bloggers and vloggers, and many of which are fast becoming household names. The latest release I couldn't wait to check out comes from Ruth Crilly, the face behind A Model Recommends and let's face it, I couldn't resist the hype when I found out about her Colab dry shampoo range. 

Colab is designed to keep your hair feeling cleaner for longer, whilst instantly revitalising your look.  The range consists of five city themed scents, including classical London, fruity New York, floral Paris, tropical Rio and finally Tokyo an oriental fragrance. I opted for Paris which is described as an enchanting floral bouquet of jasmine and rose with a touch of patchouli and New York a fresh and fruity scent of apple and melon with a light amber finish. Both of which are really refreshing and light once applied to the roots of my hair, and to be honest are some of the best smelling dry shampoos I have ever tried!

Now as a trusty Batiste user I wasn't sure how this would live up in comparison, as it is probably my favourite dry shampoo to date. However what makes this dry shampoo really stand out is the fact that the formula is invisible, which means bye bye chalky/dusty looking hair - which has always been a downside for Batiste. This is perfect for 2nd and 3rd day hair as it covers up any signs of greasiness and provides that much needed texture that my hair needs. I was a little worried what the clear consistency would mean that it wouldn't matte my hair as much as other brands, however a couple of sprays instantly leaves your hair looking like it has been freshly washed - major bonus! I know I can trust this leading up to 3rd day hair which may sound dirty, but I like to not wash my hair for as long as possible. 

What I love about this range is how affordable it is, with a full sized can setting you back £3.50 (£2.32 if you get it from Superdrug as they are currently offering a 1/3 off) and mini travel sizes are £2.00. This is always a major positive considering how quickly I get through a can, honestly they only last a couple of weeks. 

Have you tried Colab? I'd love to know your favourite scent?

Thursday, 4 December 2014

It's a Brow Thing

Up until a little while ago if you had asked me what the most important aspect of my makeup routine  was, brows would have been very low down that list. That was up until recently with the rise of the statement brows, meaning it was about time I took them a bit more seriously. Similar to my foundation/primer post I wanted to share with you my top brow picks!

For everyday brows I like to keep them very natural looking, whilst well groomed. So I will often reach for my MAC Blonde eyebrow pencil or Soap and Glory's Archery two-in-one pencil. Both pencils are great for an everyday brow, matching the shade perfectly whilst filling in sparse hairs and adding that much needed oomph to my very light brows. What I like about both is that they never look like pencil lines on my brow, which you sometimes find after applying a pencil. After applying the pencil I like to finish the look off by popping a swipe of Benefit's Gimme Brow over to add a little extra tint and keep my brows in the desired shape.

Now when I'm looking for that statement brow I like to turn things up a notch and look to Benefit's Brow Zing to help. What I love about this product is that it is both a powder and wax, meaning that it not only gives the brow colour but the wax helps keep your brows in shape. Initially I was worried that this would be difficult to apply, but I find it really easily to fill my brows and keep the shape. This stuff stops in place all day also, I don't have to worry that I might accidentally smudge the end of my brow off - always a winner on a drunken night out! If I am looking for that little bit extra to keep my brows in tact I like to swipe a little Speed Brow through just to keep the shape,

My go-to brow tools are both from Benefit (I'm guessing you can sense the theme here) but the first has to beBenefit's Hard Angle Definer and this is perfect for shading brows in as the shape helps get a crisp line towards the end of the brow and then define the front. Alongside this I love to use Tweezerman's Brow Shaping brush as this just helps prep my brow shape before I start my routine and then can quickly go over them before I put any gel in them. My brows love to go a hundred different directions towards the end and I end up looking more like a bush animal than anything else, so this is a must have for me, and now I own Soap and Glory's Archery two-in-one I have a brow shaping brush for on the go. 

To keep my eyebrows well groomed I like to pop to Benefit's Brow Bar to do their magic, and I always walk out happy. Despite the high price tag for what is essentially a brow wax, I do really trust the girls at my local bar and don't have to worry about over waxed brows. In-between sessions I like to keep my brows groomed with my trusty Tweezerman Tweezers, this way I can pluck those pesky little hairs that grow quicker than the rest, and saves my trips to the brow bar. 

What are your go to brow products?

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Girl Online by Zoella

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Girl Online by Zoella / Zoe Sugg - Link

Now I'll be honest in saying book reviews aren't really what you'd expect to see on CharmedCharlee, however I couldn't resist after - what seems like an influx of bloggers releasing products - one of my favourite YouTube vloggers Zoella / Zoe Sugg released her first novel. And let's be honest a lot of us will know of her and be drawn into the release of her first novel to see what all the fuss is about. Since I haven't purchased a good book in a while this was the perfect opportunity as WH Smiths were offering this at half price. Now I will try my best to keep this review spoiler free, incase any of you are waiting to get the book. 

Girl Online focuses on Penny, a 15 year old student from Brighton who under the alias of GirlOnline blogs about her personal life. After a shock incident her family take her to New York over the festive period where an inciting incident means she meets the gorgeous Noah, and starts to fall in love all whilst capturing every moment on her blog. However Noah has a secret, one that could ruin Penny's cover and her closest friendship.

Personally for me I didn't know what to expect from this book, especially as I had heard that it was aimed at a younger teenage market and we know how these books can sometimes be. It did take me a few chapters to fully get into the book, as it started with reading a couple of chapters and putting the book down as it does venture down the teen fluff aisle. However once the story gets going (when Penny travels to New York) that is where I found myself in trouble and not being able to put it down, and before I knew it I was fully gripped. Through various twists and turns that's where I found myself most interested in seeing where the story went, and found myself loving the chemistry between Penny and Noah. 

What I liked about the book was the way it was written, and as someone who is a fan of Zoe pick up little things that reflected both her personality and life, including potential nods to Sprinkle of Glitter aka Louise. 

Now whilst there is a lot of fluff the book also tackles more serious issues, something which I did not expect from the book and is a real eye opener. It tackles anxiety, bullying, the loss of loved ones, and an outing to parents that aren't very understanding, and all I feel are treated well during the book and you get the feeling that some of these experiences could be coming from Zoe herself. 

My only hope was that the beginning and end could have been swapped round as I found it took a while to build up to the main plot and the last 3/4 of the book felt a little rushed with the resolution coming a little quicker than I imagined it to. 

Overall I think this is a great first novel from Zoella, and should really prove a hit with younger audiences. It reminds me of a young Sophie Kinsella book, in terms of the plot and the way it is wrote. I think there are parts that become a little predictable almost like I'm watching a rom com and know where the ending is going to take me, but that's all part of the fun in seeing how we get there and despite the predictably I couldn't put this book down all weekend. I think that is probably the most important thing when it comes to book, that you are not only enjoying what you are reading but you can't put it down until you know how the story is going to end. All I want to know now when is the sequel coming?!

Have you got this book? Let me know your thoughts? Or are you excited to get your hands on it?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

All About That Base

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Benefit Porefessional, Nars Sheer Glow, Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and Seventeen Skin Wow Primer

Sorry for the cheesy title, but I just couldn't help myself! I wanted to do a little blog post sharing with you my current base routine as something a little different, granted it does change from time to time but these are my most reached for products in the wintery months. 

Foundation and primer for me are those essential items that can really transform any look. Whether it's blurring imperfections and redness or just brightening your complexion for a night on the town, the perfect colour and finish can really make a difference. Foundations and primers are a couple of those items that I don't think I could ever go without, and find myself constantly building on my collection. 

To start I usually opt for either Benefit's Porfessional or Seventeen's Skin Wow Primer. Porfessional is a silicon primer which helps mattify my oily skin, leaving a smooth and satiny base for my foundation. I love the feel of this on my skin and really helps prolong my foundation during a long day at work or a night out. Seventeen's Skin Wow Primer is a different story however, as this falls more on the dewy and brightening side - and I must admit I am a sucker for dewy some days! This is a great high street alternative. Both work really great with my range of foundations, blurring pores and gripping my foundation for a long lasting finish!

Now if I'm looking for a dewy finish I always look to my trusty Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, this has the habit of looking natural and dewy but never greasy! For me this is one of the best matches colour wise for my skintone and always leaves my skin looking radiant and glowy. Teamed with either foundation these make a great long lasting combo which remains natural looking for start to finish. This combination never needs powder, which is always a great thing when in a rush in the morning, however I might dust a little over my t-zone during the day just to be on the safe side. 

When I'm in the mood for a hint of matte I always look to either Nars' Sheer Glow or Bourgois' 123 Perfect CC Cream. I recently reviewed Sheer Glow, and it has honestly been love at first sight, this leaves my skin not only looking radiant but provides a great coverage that blurs imperfection without looking cakey. This baby doesn't move either, from morning to night really making it worth every penny! My favourite high street alternative is Bourjois' CC Cream, if you can get over how runny it is - and be prepared for a foundation when you open this. You wouldn't think of this as a CC Cream due to the coverage and longevity, honestly a great budget option and one of my favourite hughstreet bases!

And finally, to apply all of this I love to use either Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Zoeva 110 Face Brush. Real Techniques infamous brush is a great high street option that reduces the time to apply foundation, as it helps smooth foundation easily around the face. Hot on its tail however has to be the Zoeva 110, and it works and brilliantly as it looks. Not only does the rose gold finish leave dressing tables across the nation looking pretty, but it is one of those brushes that works with pretty much every foundation I own!

I'd love to know your favourite base products!