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!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Blushin'


Blusher, blusher, blusher where do I begin? For me this is one of those must have products, it instantly adds colour and perks my face up even on the dullest of days. Especially during the summer, glowing skin is a must for me, and I find that it's time to ditch those darker, plumier blushes and bring out summer corals and golden bronzers to give a gorgeous sun kissed glow whilst sculpting my non-existent cheek bones. 

Benefit Bella Bamba is probably my most reached for blush, I have had to get a backup after Benefit chose to discontinue it - WHY BENEFIT WHY! This is my perfect bright pink blush, it not only gives my cheeks a little definition but also a gorgeous natural flush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones this blush gives a 3D effect on the face, which makes it my perfect summer blush!

Benefit Sugarbomb is actually the first blush I ever owned by Benefit, and what I like about this is how it's constructed into four colour segments which can be worn individually or altogether. This blush is any shimmer lovers dream, it not only leaves my skin with a gorgeous natural flush when all the colours are combined, but it highlights my cheeks at the same time. I find that this can double as a highlighter when my skin is a little tan, so this is a great multi-purpose product. 

Benefit Dallas was one of my first dabbles into bronzer, what I like about this is that it falls into the rosier side of bronzers meaning that it doesn't look orange or dirty. This gives a gorgeous warm flow which instantly helps to perk your cheeks up. I think that this doesn't get enough recognition when it comes to Benefit boxed blushers, as this is a really unique and beautiful shade. Despite having fair skin, I find that this still works really well, and blends easily to leave a more earthier (easiest way to describe this) shade without being too orange. 

MAC Peachykeen is actually one of those shades that lay tucked away and forgotten about, until recently. Peachykeen is a shimmery peachy pink, which once applied on the skin this leaves a radiant peachy glow. This isn't too overpowering so if you are a little heavy handed you can apply with confidence. A lot of people compare this blush to Nars' Orgasm, and I can see why - it's very similar apart from the golden shimmer that is within Orgasm. This is an old favourite, which I'm glad I re-discovered as this is a perfect summer peach blush.

Nars Orgasm is one of those iconic beauty products, which I caved and purchased a little while ago. I'm so glad that I did as I instantly fell in love with this beautiful blusher, this is a stunning peachy-pink which is laced with golden shimmer. Once applied this leaves your cheeks with a warm sheen as it not only adds a pop of colour but a healthy glow at the same time. Similarly to Peachykeen, this isn't too pigmented so you can layer this depending on whether you want a natural of dramatic look. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01. Last but not least is the much talked about Matte Radiance Baked Powder, I have mentioned this a few times on my blog so won't go into too much detail. However this is the perfect bronzer for a healthy glow, I like to apply this in '3' motions on either side of my face to perk my skin up. If you do want to venture into bronzer I would definitely recommend this as a great starter!

So there we have it, I hope you liked my choice of summer blushers. I'd love to know what you are sporting on your cheeks this summer!