Friday, 29 June 2012

NOTD: Ciate Jelly Bean

Hi lovelies,

So just a short NOTD post today, I have decided over the next few weeks to try out the polishes that I have received free from magazines and last week I shown you Nails Inc Instyle Bluebell shade and today I have Ciate's Jelly Bean. 


Looking at the shade from the bottle it is absolutely gorgeous, I don't own anything like this in my collection. What makes this colour different to others is the lilac shimmer within the polish, which means I couldn't wait to put it on my nails. I fell in love when it was applied, the only thing I had hoped for was that the shimmer was more noticeable when applied on my nails.

I applied this on Wednesday and hoping that it lives up to my other Ciate polishes - which seem to last ages on my nails before chipping.

Hope you like the shade, did you manage to get your hands on it?

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Wednesday Wishlist #1

Hi lovelies,

So today is my first Wednesday Wishlist post, I have noticed that since I got paid and literally paid my overdraft items in shops have become more attractive, even though I know I can't have them. So roll on my first wishlist.



Now I must say I'm not the biggest fan of the Olympics - I know very un-patriotic of me, but it's true. I will still watch some of the games but won't religiously watch it. Anyways when I saw that MUA were releasing this palette I was very excited as the shimmers are some of my favourite colours. Cannot wait to get my hands on this! And at £4 you can't really go wrong.

2. Witch BB Cream £6.99

Now I am the biggest fan of BB creams, and a big fan of Witch products so combine the two and you should be onto a winner in my opinion. Cannot wait to try this out, I think it only came out a couple of days ago so couldn't find a link. For £6.99 it's mid range for BB creams, so I'll try it when I empty my Garnier one.


I adore Drop Dead's summer range and got a few bits and bobs when the collection was released. I really wish I had got this product now as my brother got the guys version and I love it. I may end up getting it for my holiday, and will probably do a couple of OOTD's with my latest DD additions. 


Lately I am really loving acid wash, and I saw this jeans last week and fell in love. At £38 it is quite expensive for a pair of jeans, but I adore Leigh jeans as they are so soft and comfortable to wear, I own a couple of pairs of these already and definitely want to get more. 


Another Topshop pick, but when they announced their summer sale last week I thought I'd have a nosy on what items were new in and this is when I spotted this baby. I love Topshop silk vests and I can imagine this one being gorgeous - may have to be a holiday top for only £16 - cheap for Topshop!!


So I hope you enjoyed my first Wednesday Wishlist and let me know what you think of my chosen products. What are your wishlist Wednesday products?


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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Summer Essentials

Hi lovelies,

So I'd firstly like to apologise for the lack of posts over the past week, working both jobs has been manic (but rewarding) and then I've been feeling quite ill the past couple of days so that hasn't helped.

Anyways I am back and am ready to go, so now that the summer is approaching - ever so slowly over here in the UK as per usual, our makeup is also changing: hello bright lips, pastels and neutral eyes. So I wanted to share with you all my summer essentials. Unfortunately I'm not going to be going on holiday until September, but already I know that these will be some of the items that I will be taking with me.





























Face


So for my face I tend to go for thin dewy foundations in the summer, even though I suffer from oily skin I find Garnier's BB cream great, as my skin looks fresh but no too oily. However if you are looking for a higher end product I cannot say enough good things about Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua. Now because I'm using foundations with less coverage I have put my mini Pore Professional into this list, just so it keeps my skin at bay while wearing less coverage. Blusher wise I have opted for Benefit's Sugabomb, just because I love the choice of colour with this blusher and love the blended look of all four colours. A great cheaper alternative for this would be MUA's mosaic blusher.

Eyes



It may come to no ones surprise that Urban Decay's Naked Palette is in my summer essentials, during the winter I found myself neglecting this palette, however now that the summer is here I have been reaching to this palette more and more (and more than Naked 2). The colours are great to work with and can look really natural depending on the look. When using this palette it has to be teamed up with their primer, so that your eyes look fresh and crease free all day. Mascara wise I have opted for a high street one, which is 17's Va Va Voom - I really like this mascara, it's cheap and cheerful and I find it gives lashes a lovely look. Brow wise I love Avon's and I find this very similar to my Mac one the only difference with this being that you get the brow brush also which for me is an added bonus.

Lips

Lips wise I would keep quite simply yet bright, I am really love Kate Moss's latest colours in her Rimmel collection, and 16 is a great shade for the summer. This brand is really great value for money and normally I don't go for Rimmel lipsticks but the Kate Moss collection would be one of my favourite  lipstick collection. Teamed with Revlon's Super Lustrous Gloss in Coral Reef, it makes a great summer combo. I am so glad I have this gloss, I actually got my hands on it at Christmas when it was in an offer at Boots - if you spent over so much on Revlon products you got a little box of goodies and this was among those.

Nails

Again this is a no brainer - if you read my blog you will know that I have a slight obsession with OPI and these would be my favourite colours for the spring. Elephantasic Pink is a gorgeous bright pink which looks great on both your hands and toes, and what can I say I'm a sucker for bright pinks. The other colour I have chosen is Rumples Wiggin which is a pale pastel purple another colour I have a weakness for. I might even wear these two colours together as they look lovely next to one another.

Hair

Now a summer essentials post couldn't have been created without this product! I cannot rave enough about dry shampoo - a product I have been using for about 7 years. Usually I stick with just the pink one but while Boots had a three for two offer on I thought I'd venture out to different bottles and really love the lace dry shampoo. The smell is gorgeous and not too overpowering, and I find with this one my hair doesn't get as white as it usually does.

Anyways these are my summer essential products, I'd love to hear what yours are!



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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Rimmel Nail Rescue Review

Hi lovelies,

So a couple of week ago I managed to get my hands on Rimmel's Nail Rescue, I had just finished my bottle of Nail Envy from OPI and was on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. I wasn't too sure that I'd find a successful replacement but it's safe to say that I think I have.


Rimmel's Nail Rescue claims to harden and improve the look of your nails in just 14 days - very similar to OPI's Nail Envy. The same rules apply to this product, you put a couple of coats on and then re-apply during the two weeks before finally removing the product.

As I couldn't face bare nails for two weeks, and they weren't too bad in terms of strength, I have chosen to use this as both a base and top coat over the application of colour. Has it worked? Oh boy it has. The main problem I have found with my nails is because they are so long some have a tendency to become a bit weak and instead of cutting a couple of nails I wanted to improve them. Honestly, no one wants to cut a long nail!

I can press quite firmly on my nails and find there is no signs of them breaking - which is great! I have had a lot of questions from friends/colleagues/customers and you guys about whether my nails are real, and they are it's just that I have started to care for my nails with the use of products such as these to help my nails grow to the length they are, and be healthy in the process.

Nail care was never at the top of my list and at one stage I could never grow long nails, but now I've found myself wanting to keep my longer nails. To do so I make sure that this product is applied to my nails, and even with colour on I will re-apply every fews days just to help the condition of my nails.

I wasn't sure how this would apply to begin with as it has a pink tint to it, and worried that it may have changed the colour of my polish, but thankfully it didn't affect the colour of my nails, and once applied was a clear coat. 

When comparing this product to OPI's Nail Envy I believe that this is a really great dupe, and a cheaper alternative! I will admit I am a self obsessive OPI fan, but when I started using this product I think I will continue to use this instead of Nail Envy, friendlier to my purse and gives the same effects.

Nail Rescue can be purchased at either Boots or Superdrug for £3.59 (bargain!)

Hope you enjoyed, have you tried this product out yet?


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Thursday, 14 June 2012

I want to live in Bluebell!

Hi lovelies,

So if you watch Hart of Dixie you may understand the title of today's post *fan girl*, anyways last night I decided to pop Bluebell on my nails from the Nails Inc giveaway in last months InStyle magazine. 


Now I wasn't sure how this would apply to my nails as I tend to have a love/hate relationship with Nails Inc. sometimes I find the colour applies horribly and has to be redone loads, and others it applies lovely. Thankfully it was the latter, and this was great to apply, I found that I only needed two coats of this and topped it off with Rimmel's Nail Rescue (a quick favourite of mine). 


Apologises for the sloppiness around the bottom of my nails couldn't be bothered to be neat (I know I'm a bad blogger). Besides that I adore this colour it's unique within my collection, as i don't tend to go for dusky lilacs/blues, instead I have every variation of pink that you could possibly think of. 

On a random note I had my first session at the gym yesterday and considering I haven't done any form of fitness for a while since having all the trouble with my knee I lasted an impressive (for me) two and a half hours - however I'm feeling it today. Do you guys have any tips for weight loss?

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Diego Dalla Palma: Snow White and the Huntsman Palette

Hi lovelies,

So when I went on a little trip to Tesco the weekend I saw this palette finally, and figured James has discount so who would say no?



With the release of Snow White and the Huntsman earlier this month, Diego Dalla Palma have created this palette which is inspired by the film. The brand are pretty new after only launching nationwide in Tesco's last year - something that may seem strange as Tesco isn't normally the place you'd go to for beauty. Especially higher end beauty as some of their prices are in line with Mac. 

Anyways, the set includes six eye shadows, three shimmer and three matte - which is something I really like, all of which are natural everyday colours. A bright red lipstick, and black kohl liner. My favourite shades from the palette would be Shield and Mirror Mirror, I find they apply really easily and are well pigmented. 



left to right: Snow, Shield, Mirror Mirror
Left to right: Fairest, Destiny, Battleground

What I like that these are very light swatches, and already you can see the pigmentation from a small swatch. Before I saw the palette I was intrigued by the colours and hoped that they'd colours I could use - definitely going to be used a lot in the summer.


The lipstick is gorgeous, now normally I don't go for darker colours or eve red for that matter, however I am looking forward to wearing this out. When I tried it on it applies lovely, it's really soft and find a little application leaves it a dark pink like you can see in the swatch and if I full on apply it, the colour is so red! I'd be interested in seeing what the staying power of this lipstick is as their range of lipsticks retail at £14. I find that this lipstick has a lovely vanilla scent slightly similar to that of Mac lipsticks.

The eyeliner also is lovely, heavily pigmented and a pencil eyeliner that I can actually use of the top of my lids - something I don't usually try and succeed with. 

I really like this palette, the stand in store states that the retail of this palette is £105 which is shocking as if I were to buy these separately I don't think I could spend that much. However at £25 it sounds a bit better - still on the steep side but when you look at what you are getting and the retail price of each individual item you are getting a great deal. 

My only gripe with this is that I find the packaging a little cheap in comparison to the products inside it and the price of those. When you compare the packaging to those of Urban Decay and even cheaper brands such I find their packaging a lot better - also this is quite bulky so it's not something I'd recommend for travel. 

Check the palette out here!

Anyways I hope you enjoyed the review, have you tried this palette?


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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Witch Hazel Review

Hi lovelies,

So a few of you wanted to read my review on Witch Hazel, so I figured for my next post it would be just that. Now this is a product I first discovered about a year ago, but never used it consistently enough to see it work on my skin. This may look like a weird product to use to cleanse your skin in comparison to the lovely packaged products like Soap and Glory, Liz Earle and all that but I've found appearances can be deceiving. 


Yes I'm being lazy and re-hashing the photo.

Anyways, when I first heard about this product I wasn't sure how available it would be, but found it's really easy to get your hand on in the UK you can buy it from most Boots, Superdrug's and pharmacy's which is great. 

What I love about this product is that it can be used for almost everything, and some of its uses include: Bruises, sprains, minor skin irritations, sore unbroken skin, swelling, acne, eczema, toner, sweating, insect bites and much more!

I've been using this as a toner and makeup remover for a while, just simply place a small amount on cotton wool and wipe it across your face. You will be amazed with how much dirt and oil it picks up, and I find it a great makeup remover - works better than some makeup remover products I have previously tried. Once you have applied this it reduces pores and gives your face a lovely fresh face look.

At first I was a bit worried that this would dry out my skin, but I've found it's so gentle it doesn't dry my skin out - would definitely recommend this if you have oily skin. If you do have dry skin don't be put off by it though as it won't dry your skin out.

I think if you are going to look at using witch hazel you will be best looking for a distilled version which has no alcohol in it - which means less drying out of your skin. 

Using this to remove makeup and cleanse skin every night has really helped the improvement of my skin, I find that it gets less oily during the day and wake up with a visible improvement in my skin. Over the past month I had been suffering with some bad breakouts (those horrible red lumps which you can feel under your skin) and when I had dabbed this on them it had really helped reduce it, and they were gone in around three days. This combined with Sudocrem is my go to skin care routine at the moment. 

When I first used it to remove makeup I wasn't sure how effectively it would do so, but it's very similar to my Anne French that I used to use and it removed makeup to a tee. I don't think you realise how much dirt gets trapped in your pores until you clean your face and see it on the cotton wool pad. 

However there is only one thing I don't like about this product is the smell, it's not the nicest thing in the world but apart from that I can live with it as it's such a great product. Though I might see about adding a bit of rose water to it as I've heard that really helps with the smell.

You can't go wrong with this product, and my 200ml bottle from Boots retails at an amazing £2.99 and it will last ages as you don't need to use much.

Hope you enjoyed the review, and have you ever tried Witch Hazel?

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Friday, 8 June 2012

May Favourites

Hi lovelies,

So I'm a bit late with my May favourites, but better late then never, eh? Now last month saw the first glimpses of summer which meant a change in my makeup and here are my most reached for products this month:


Aussie Take the Heat 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment



Now I wasn't sure what to expect from this product as I think I paid about £4 for it, however I've found that this product is perfect for my hair. Considering I haven't been great to hair - excessive backcombing to pop it in a messy bun, top setting hairdryers and all the usual stuff. So this product has been a lifesaver for my hair, and don't have the need to then put conditioner in afterwards as it's so soft when wet. 

Since going blonder I've found that my hair is prone to getting knotty in the shower easier, however using this really helps. Bargain!

Elf Studio Blush in Peachy Keen


This was a hidden gem in my collection, I forgot about a few of the ELF blushers that I got a while ago, however with the change in weather I found myself going towards orange blushers instead of my traditional pink ones. Normally I worry when it comes to this colour on my skin tone, but it blends effortlessly and doesn't leave me thinking I've gone orange.

This blush is lovely, gives a nice subtle glow and is a bargain at £3.75! Did I mention I love the packaging as well?

Topshop Cheeks in Luminescence


Again another product that I hadn't used in what seems like forever, what I love about this product is that it can be used as either a highlighter or blush. It's a gorgeous pink which when applied has a golden shimmer making it perfect for the summer. It's smooth and creamy to apply, however just have to be careful when applying it, because if you blend with your fingers you can wipe it off.

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation


Now this was given to me by my mom a while back as she wasn't sold on this product, so I wasn't expecting a lot from it, however once I tried it I couldn't stop using it. I really love this, it's a liquid based foundation so needs a good shake before use, but when applied it's really light but gives a great coverage. 

It gives a lovely dewy finish and find that it doesn't look too oily on my skin which is great, and I can see this being one of my most used day foundations for the summer.

NYC Skin Matching Foundation


You might wonder why I've put two foundations into my monthly favourites, but there is a reason for this. Again another forgotten product but I've been trying it out again and found that for the price of this (£2.99 I think) it's fantastic.

Normally when you don't pay a lot you don't expect much, but this goes on my skin effortlessly and has  great staying power. The only thing I've found about this - as a bit of a warning is don't apply too much as it can look a bit cakey as it's a thick consistency. However apart from that I'm sold, cheap and cheerful.

Boots Witch Hazel



This is something I want to do a full review on because I find this is a gem of a product. I'm not sure whether you've heard much about witch hazel, but this is my favourite makeup remover and skin cleanser. Witch hazel has healing properties which make it perfect to remove makeup, and find it does such a good job doing so.

I've also found that this works wonders on clearing my skin, the smell isn't great but that is something I can bypass when I adore the product. I found during the month my skin had really bad patches but teamed with my Sudocrem this worked wonders.

So that was my May favourites, I hope you enjoyed! What products have you been reaching for this month?

PS. I now also have an official Facebook page for my blog at http://www.facebook.com/CharmedCharlee be great if you could check it out.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Makeup Haul


Hi lovelies,

So a while back I promised that I would do a haul with the bits and bobs that I picked up while shopping in Birmingham, now I did pick up a fair few bits but I thought I'd share with you the cosmetics I got, and maybe do the clothes in a different post.


Revlon Colorburst - Berry Smoothie

I am a big fan of the colorburst lipsticks and had to get my hands on another colour, I figured because I don't own too many darker colours I'd get Berry Smoothie.


Mua Mosaic Blusher

MUA are cheap and cheerful, and I love this blusher. I was after a bronzer and I thought this would be a great start, as sometimes I find bronzers a bit too orange on my skin - but this looks perfect!


Kate Moss for Rimmel Shade 16

I loved the Kate Moss lipstick range when it was first released, and once I saw a few new additions I couldn't help but build upon my collection.


Chanel Vitalumiere 10 Beige

I caved! I have been lusting over this foundation for ages, and when Debenhams had the 10% discount offer I couldn't resist. This is becoming one of my favourite foundations, and if not my favourite summer foundation.


 Lily Cole for Body Shop Blusher



Lily Cole Primer



I was happy to see the Lily Cole range in Body Shop, even though it's a little pricey the products are lovely. Best of all they are currently three for two, so if you are after a few products snap them up quick.

So I hope you liked the bits and bobs that I picked up, I'm trying to be good and use all the makeup I have first but find it's so hard to not buy new stuff.

Have you got any new makeup lately?


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Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Nails

Hi lovelies,

I hope you're all having a great Bank Holiday (if you're in the UK), unfortunately I've been working all of it - the joys of retail. However I thought I'd spruce my nails up for the event and here's what I have done:


I know quite a few people had gone for the British flag on their nails, but I wanted to be a bit different so I kept it simple with blue and red glitter dots. It gave me an excuse to use the dotting tools that have been neglected in my drawer.

I was a bit worried before doing this that I didn't have a white in my collection, but was lucky to find Alpine Snow in my OPI's best of the best.

OPI's Alpine Snow, Barry M Red and Blue Glitter

So that's my nails, I hope you enjoyed. How are you celebrating the Queen's Jubilee?

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