Monday, 28 July 2014

Birmingham July Meet

LtoR: Sam, Tash, Laura, Mish,x Ellie, Char, Becky, Me, Jess, Katrina, Chloe, Zoe, Jemma

So I will admit I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon a little over the past couple of weeks with one thing and another. However my lovelies I am back, and I thought what better way to get back into posting that blogging about the Birmingham July Meet that I attended last weekend, hosted by the lovely Jess and Katrina

I was really loving forward to the day as this was my first ever blog meet up, so to say I was excited was an understatement. The meet itself was fairly small, which meant that it was a great way to get to know one another and honestly it felt a lot less intimidating. For the first part of the day we went shopping and this meant hitting up Selfridges, the Bullring ect, and honestly we all did very well in not spending a lot - I was on a spending ban at the time, so had to be on my best behaviour. 

After our mini shopping spree we all headed to Pizza Hut for a meal, where we were greeted by gift bags bursting at the seam, boomf marshmallows and macaroons (my first time trying them). After the meal Becky who runs the company Harlequin Cosmetics gave us a little chat about the company and the products. Honestly it was lovely to hear about the company, which she runs with her mom and the products were delicious! 

I've added a photo of the amazing goody bag which has a whole host of treats! I was amazed at how much effort had gone into these, as the products included are fabulous. The necklace is so cute, and one I will be packing for my hols next week, and as a fan of the Stylfile I was uber excited to see a set included in the bag. I won't go into too much detail as I plan on reviewing quite a few of the products!

Overall I had a brilliant time at the meet up, and has left me eager to attend many more. Thanks again to Jess and Katrina for hosting such a fab meet up and to all the girls who attended - Chloe, Char, Sam, Zoe, Becky, Mish, Jemma, Ellie, Laura and Tasha - who were so lovely, and already looking forward to meeting them again!

Have you attended any meet ups lately? Let me know!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Haircare Routine: Maintaining Oily Hair

LtoR: Asda Little Angels Shampoo, Johnsons Baby Conditioner, Kerastase Oily Roots Sensitive Ends Shampoo, VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, L'Oreal Malt and Messy Sea Salt Spray, Batiste Dry Shampoo

One of the things I have wondered for many years was can you train your hair to be less greasy? The 16 year old me would think not, with washing my hair everyday and applying dry shampoo in a morning I was worried I would be living the greasy life. However I have found that over the past few months I have been able to get my hair into a condition that I thought was impossible, and thought I'd share with you some of my tips on maintaining greasy hair.

Don't wash everyday

I always used to be under the impression that washing your hair everyday was good for you, and whilst some people still believe this others don't. I have found that by shampooing my hair daily actually causes it to create more oil, so I started to wash my hair every other day and then once I was comfortable with second day hair I would try at three days. I have found that because I have fine hair my hair can only last around 3 days before it needs washing. I do tend to do mine every other day whilst I'm at work, and then don't wash it at all on the weekends, it's crazy but I have kind of developed a washing schedule meaning that I wash my hair on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - this may sound lazy but continue reading to see how it's helped my hair!

Give your hair time

Most importantly give yourself time, it's going to take a little while for your hair to adjust the amount of oil it produces. It may sound a little weird but to train your hair into producing less oil, you need to let it go oily - not a nice site but honestly it will help. I started by washing my hair every other day, so would do this on a weekend or when I wasn't in work so that no one would see the state of my hair. After a few weeks you will start to notice a difference in the amount of oil your hair is producing, meaning that you will be able to out your two day hair. 

Make Dry Shampoo your best friend

Dry Shampoo is an old favourite of mine, not only does it help to absorb excess oil but I find it a great way to style second day hair by giving my hair both texture and volume. I have a couple of ways that I like to apply this to stop a build up of oil, the first way is applying this in a morning after my hair has been washed on a night and then on the same night I will apply it before going to bed to refresh my hair so that the oil doesn't have chance to accumulate by the morning. This is actually a new technique but I have found that this works better with my hair. 

Second day styling

An obvious thing for me is styling my hair differently in between washes, I like to keep my hair down on the first and second day hair. However sometimes on the second and third days I will pop my hair up, this means that there is less chance of me messing with it and adding to the oil production. So this means that hairspray and texturising sprays are a must have for me. 

Changing my shampoo and conditioner routine

A big thing for me has been changing my shampoo and conditioner routine. Recently I have had a big issue with a high street brand leaving my scalp sore and very flaky to the point that combing my hair was very painful. This meant reverting to baby shampoo to help soothe my scalp, and from there I have invested in Kerastase shampoo and conditioners. The combination I have found to be very effective, I am loving Kerastase Oily Roots and Sensitive Ends shampoo, it helps to prolong the oils produced in my hair. 

The condition of my hair

So has this worked? Honestly it has, I don't know if it's due to washing my hair less frequently but I have noticed a visible difference in the condition of my hair. Most noticeably its started growing again - miracle? Yes! As an avid hair extension wearer a lot of people have commented asking if I'm wearing my hair extensions, which is when I can gladly say no. I hope it will continue to grow to a length that I'm happy with. Secondly I've noticed my hair get a little thicker, not a lot but I can really tell when I style my hair or pop it up. Lastly my hair doesn't produce as much oil as it did, which is the biggest thing I am happy about. 

I'd love to know what your hair routine is to keep the oil at bay!

Monday, 14 July 2014

BIC Soleil Secret

BIC Soleil Secret 2 in 1 Trimmer £3.99*

I will be completely honest when it comes to shaving my legs I'm more of an electronic girl, gone were the days of hacking bloodied legs and the underarm sting of spraying deodorant. So for me going back to a disposable razor was something a little different, yet I was excited to try as I haven't used disposables since I was around 17. 

The BIC Soleil Secret 2 in 1 Trimmer is the first disposable shaver and bikini trimmer in one. Both razors comes with three independent spring-mounted moveable blades, which provide a flawlessly smooth shave. The tip of the razors include a lubricating strip with Vitamin E to pamper your skin. Included in the pack is a slide on trimmer which is designed for safe, simple and even bikini trimming. 

So how did I get on? Well pretty well, this is your bog standard razor however it does the job. I did let myself go a little so that I could see how well this worked on my legs and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this worked, my legs felt silky smooth and honestly it did do the job better than my electric razor. When I say this I mean that it was a cleaner cut, where my electric razor sometimes doesn't pick up smaller hairs this did - which is perfect! I love how this has a pivoting head as I think this helps trim the hair off your legs/arms ect easier. Now we all know that this razor has an additional attachment to neaten up your bikini area, and I'm going to keep this short and sweet because I doubt you want me to discuss this, and I don't really want to get in to too much detail - TMI possibly? Anyways, the bikini attachment is a painless tool which helps keeping certain areas neat - it does exactly what it says on the tin - and we are leaving that there. 

For £3.99 this is a bargain set, as you not only get one razor but you get two alongside the trimmer. I know this is currently on offer in a few places which makes an ever better bargain!

Overall I'm a disposable convert, and there was no hint of blood in sight. My unharmed legs would be happy to try this again, and I can see myself repurchasing in the future. For something that is so cheap, it works wonders and leaves my legs smoother than my previous shaving tools.

Are you a disposable or electric kind of girl? Let me know!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The Lipstick Tag



Eeek, I've done it! At the beginning of the year I was quite vocal about the fact that I wanted to get back into filming videos, and last week I figured that I would kick my videos off by filming a tag. I thought I would get things started with the lipstick tag, as I a slight lipstick hoarder I thought this would be the perfect start. I really hope you enjoy!

I'd love to know if you'd like to see more videos, and if you have done the lipstick tag let me know below!

PS. I tag you all! And don't forget to enter my blog giveaway where you can win Benefit's They're Real Eyeliner and Remover minis! http://www.charmedcharlee.com/2014/07/3-year-anniversary-giveaway-with-benefit.html

Friday, 4 July 2014

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway with Benefit!


Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the support I have received over the last few years since starting CharmedCharlee. It's strange to think that three years ago today I decided to start up my little blog, and honestly I've enjoyed every minute of it. I don't have a cake, but instead I have a little giveaway for you lovely lot!

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of money at the moment - I blame my mom and dad as I have their birthdays and anniversary coming up over the next couple of weeks - so I was super happy to get my hands on mini's of Benefit's They're Real Push-up Liner and the Remover. So I figured as these are new products you guys would love to try minis of these!

Onto the boring Terms and Conditions:

The prize contains miniature sizes of Benefit's They're Real Push-up Liner and They're Real Remover
Open to UK residents only (sorry folks!)
The giveaway will end on July 31st
To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below

Good luck!