Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Soap and Glory Smooth Star Body Lotion


Soap and Glory Smooth Star Body Lotion, £10

So I have to admit it, I'm a newbie when it comes to Soap and Glory body/shower products, I've used their makeup range before but never the body stuff. I was hunting around in my room and found the Xmas gift set that I purchased as a good way to try their products out. First up is the Soap and Glory Smooth Star Body Lotion, and you know for me body lotion is just an everyday item that I use and really don't have much of an opinion of until now. 

I was amazed using this for the first time before I went away as I had shaved my legs and let them get a bit dry so popped a bit of this on and my gosh the results were amazing. Instantly smooth my legs felt hydrated and shiny - win win. It feels as if you have been applying this longer than you actually have if that makes sense purely because of how soft this makes your skin.

One thing that probably surprised me the most about this body lotion is how quickly it absorbed into the skin, because we've all had those moments where we moisturise and are then left walking around like a scarecrow waiting for it to absorb. Well this pretty much absorbed instantly, which meant I could moisturise and then jump straight into bed without worrying about getting it everywhere. 

Smell wise this you can definitely pick up the extracts of almond, cocoa, yoghurt and honey which is a big bonus. It has a very sweet fragrance that smells so yummy especially while applying, which I find just makes you want to carry on applying more just down to the smell.

Packaging is typically Soap and Glory, very girly yet cute. I think this is something the brand have always done so well at, I even love the short product description on the back, it's so punny (sorry). I think this is something that has always drawn me to Soap and Glory but I'd always chicken out incase it didn't live up to its hype for me. 

The lotion itself is very thick yet creamy which means that your skin doesn't feel clogged down with the product but instead a little goes a long way and glided on the skin with ease. This means that the 500ml will last forever as I only ever need a few pumps to cover my body. The addition of the pump is also welcomed as it means you won't waste any product or over apply, and can easily twist the pump to lock it closed. 

I really cannot recommend this product enough and if you haven't tried Soap and Glory this would be a must have product to start out with.

What are your thoughts on Soap and Glory? I'd love to know some of your favourite products?



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Monday, 26 August 2013

Blog Sale

I hope you are all having a fab bank holiday!!

Just a little note today to say that I have updated my blog sale page with tons of items from OPI polishes, to makeup to skincare.

All can be found at

www.charmedcharlee.blogspot.com/p/blog-sale.html




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Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Great Hair Extensions Debate

Now if you have read my blog before you will know that I am a massive fan of clip in hair extensions. It really stems from wanting long hair since cutting my locks as a teenager, so after a while I resorted to trying hair extensions and have never looked back. I love how versatile hair extensions can be, they instantly change a look whether it be for adding volume/length or even an additional shade to update your look.

Seekhair.co.uk is an online company that offer affordable hair extensions which come in one of the widest varieties that I have ever seen. You can choose from clip ins, micro loop, pre bonded, tape in extensions, remy weaves which you can choose the hair type (curly/straight) naturally I went straight to the clip in hair extensions and couldn't believe how cheap they were, even the deluxe sets are priced under £110.



If you are debating hair extensions I wouldn't really recommend remy clip ins, I have been using them for over 3 years and haven't looked back. I love the ability to have long hair when I want, and clip ins are probably one of the most popular types of hair extensions amongst women. With them being 100% human hair they are so practical, it means you can use heat/bleach when styling, they can be washed and cared for just like human hair. Obviously they will only last as long as they are cared for, which means it can be anywhere from 3 months to 18 months (yes I have had some sets for that long). Like I said it does really depend on how they are treated, and how long you wear them for. Naturally a set that is worn everyday all day won't last as long as a set that is used occasionally for a few hours. 

A great thing about the site is that they have a product help section which shows the colour shades available, I did notice whilst they have the more traditional shades they also have your blues/purples/reds/greens which is quite cool. If you can't decide your colour by just looking at the screen they will colour match you if you send a photo across to their team.

The site also has a length guide so you can get a round about idea of where the hair will fall, but the best way to check the length on yourself is to get a sewing measuring tape and measure downwards from your ears, this gives you a rough idea of how long your extensions will be. Another good thing about the site is that they give you application information about the different types of extensions. I remember this was something that was ever so helpful to me when I first started wearing extensions, they do the same on the site for care information. They go through washing/bleaching/styling your extensions which is a major bonus as you need to understand that hair extensions cannot restore their quality once you have damaged them.


Me with hair extensions in

They can really transform a look, I do get a lot of comments from people saying they don't realise I wear extensions. Do you wear them? If so what type? I'd love to know.

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

La Prairie Midnight Rain

Midnight Rain Gift Set by La Prairie*


Midnight Rain is described as a passionate and sexy alter-ego to your elegant daytime self, a fragrance for your wilder side. With notes of juicy fruit, sensual wood and flirty young florals this is one of the more mature scents that I own, but none the less it has become one of my favourites due to this. Truthfully I had never heard of this brand before but I have fallen head over heels with this fragrance, despite what the description says I find that it's perfect for both day and night. 

I was lucky enough to receive this gift set which includes the 50ml eau de parfum, and 100ml tube of body veil (body lotion to both you and I).

Let's start with the most stand out aspect to this set and for me that is the packaging, I love the fact that the box pretty much outlines what the bottle is going to look like. On first impressions I couldn't believe how gorgeous this bottle was for me it felt very high fashion, covered in silver glitter speckles it catches the light beautifully and for me is one of those perfumes that you don't want to simply toss in your bag to top up during the day. Once I got over how pretty it looked I didn't think golly gosh how am I going to open this darn thing due to its teardrop shape. However it's pretty easy to do so by just twisting the tip, so not as difficult as it looks.

I find that Midnight Rain has a very distinctive smell without being too overpowering, for day wear I find that just one spray on the wrist is sufficient but on a night out I do sometimes go for a couple. I don't know if this makes sense but it does smell very luxurious and high end, with exotic notes whilst smelling a little musky. 

Lasting power is amazing for a couple of sprays, even one spray will last the day whilst at work and still has a scent when it comes to five on the wrist. It doesn't smell as strong as once applied it does calm down but leaves a lovely smelling neutral scent. 

The body veil has a very similar scent to the perfume, just not as strong which you'd expect. It applies very smoothly onto the skin and smells lush once applied. I like to apply this when I'm going out as I find it complements the fragrance well.

One thing I didn't actually realise until I did some research into the perfume was how expensive it actually is, the 50ml bottle itself actually retails at £76 and the 100ml of the Body Veil retails at £25. I did expect to see a high price tag as this is available at Harrods and if I'm being honest I think I could justify the price for the fragrance purely because I can see this lasting a while with only using a couple of sprays at most. If I was using it and having to spray 3/4 times it would be a no go in terms of re-purcashing, but like I said I do see this lasting a while and probably twice as long as some of my £30 perfumes.

Have you ever heard of La Prairie? I'd love to know your thoughts on the brand.


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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Eyeko London


Eyeko is a brand that have had a lot of coverage recently with their freebie with Glamour magazine and their revamp back in 2011. I will admit it's a brand that I have wanted to try before due to the good reviews of their mascaras and eyeliners so couldn't wait to try some of their best products. 

I hadn't really heard a lot about Eyeko in the first instances of when they were in Superdrug however since the overhaul they are now in higher end stores such as Space NK and Harvey Nichols.

Eyeko have always been known for their stand out packaging, and on first impressions I fell in love with their packaging. Now it's not your conventional packaging for mascara and brow products but I find it so practical, there is little waste and I find the tube packaging helps with the longevity of both products. The tube packaging also makes sure that you get to use every last bit of product before shelling out for a new mascara/brow gel.

Secondly I love the little guitar pick that comes with the product, I didn't actually realise its purpose at first but it is actually a shield so that when you apply your mascara you don't end up applying any under your lashes and prevents smudging, something that I think is a brilliant idea to include and is so unique. 

On to the products themselves, I have been thoroughly impressed by the selection of products. 

Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara definitely lives up to it's magical name, I have fallen in love with this particular mascara the most. When applied this mascara holds a curl without the need for eyelash curlers, and I love how within a couple of coats your lashes look full and voluminous without the need for multiple clumpy coats (which I sometimes have issues with, and after all no one likes spider lashes). Boy this mascara just carries on wowing, it's waterproof which is a major plus for me and when it comes to removing it at the end of the day it comes off really easy. This is probably one of the best mascaras that I have tried, I love the slight curve in the wand it makes application on both high and lower lashes really easy. The black magic mascara retails for £18 which while on the more expensive side, I feel is worth the price tag as I normally spend a similar amount on Benefit's They're Real.

Eyeko's Curl and Hold Curvy Mascara has probably one of the strangest mascara wands that I have ever come across. It's split into what looks like three small cylinders, but despite how weird the brush is the mascara applies really easily. Once applied it gives a lovely natural look whilst defining and curling the lashes. It doesn't give the volume that I find the Black Magic mascara does, but I do find that somedays I don't want an as defined lash so this is perfect for that. The wand shape also helps to make sure that the lashes are evenly coated and separated. Again this doesn't smudge whilst it's applied and then is easy to remove come the end of the day. The Curvy Mascara retails for £15 so is slightly cheaper than their black magic mascara.

Eyeko's Brow Gel is something that I could not wait to try out, I used to leave my brows when applying makeup as I never really felt the need to do anything to them but now I do like to take the time to tame them and colour where appropriate. The gel is great for adding definition to the brow, as I don't always need to colour them. I've had a fondness for brow gels recently, as I love the way this sets the brow to stop them from moving during the day (but doesn't leave them hard) as I have a tendency to rub them and leave them looking a little busy - note, this is never a good look. I think this is a lovely product to help add definition to the brow, I'm just note sure how this would look on lighter brows, it may be a bit too dark. The brow gel retails for £18 which again is at the higher end of their product scale.

Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is a felt tipped eyeliner pen that makes applying liner a breeze, the firmness of the pen means that you can apply both thin and thick lines depending on the look that you are going for. I love wearing this, the formula is long-lasting and doesn't smudge which is a major bonus as we all know what some eyeliners can be like, one little rub and half your eyeliner is gone. I find that this is easy to apply, especially when doing the flick in the corner of your eye and helps define the eyes instantly.

I believe that the Eyeko Skinny Minnie Liquid Eyeliner was a freebie with last months Glamour magazine, and I actually received this in navy blue - a shade I thought I'd never use. However with having blue eyes I find this works really well, it is virtually the same as the skinny liquid eyeliner and I find it has the same lasting power, consistency and the pigmentation considering it's blue is fantastic. I find this dries really quickly once on the lid so you don't have to worry about the faint lines appearing on the lower lid. 

The skinny liquid eyeliner retails at £10 which I think is really reasonable for eyeliner as even drug store ones can seem expensive as you can be spending anything from a couple of quid to £7 on one.

All in all I have really been impressed with Eyeko and they are a brand I am going to start noticing a lot more when it comes to eye products.

What are your thoughts on the brand?

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream

We all get into these situations, whether a deadline is looming, our workload has got heavier or a regretted date is fast approaching. Stress, it's something that I find I personally cannot avoid in my life, from education (which I can hopefully say won't cause me anymore stress) to work there are always moments where I get into a panic. I will admit that I am probably the worst person for getting stressed and that can only mean one thing, my skin suffers because of this.

Now last week I had got a really bad breakout and when I say bad I wasn't sure if I had a reaction to a foundation or skin product that I had been using. It actually wasn't until I started using this that I realised that my bad breakout was due to stress meaning that my hormones were all over the place.

I didn't actually know I had this until going through my skincare items and I came across this boxed, I actually received this as a sample at Christmas when I had a freebie set from a mascara purchase. I figured I could lose nothing by trying this out and see if it helped my skin at all, and I am pleased to report that it has done exactly what it says on the tin.

I find that it has really helped calm my skin and reduce the redness that my breakout has caused, when you apply it, the cream is very smooth and soft and glides on effortlessly. I find its thicker creamy consistency means that less is more which is always a good thing considering the cost of this product and doesn't feel heavy on your face. Your skin feels instantly hydrated and looks and feels great once absorbed. As this moisturiser aims to hydrate the skin, I was a bit worried how this would handle on my oily skin, but found that it didn't make it worse and actually left it softer.

This is on the pricer side of £38 which I have personally never spent on skincare, however I am seriously considering buying the full sized tub when my little sample has ran out purely because it has worked wonders on my skin.

Do you guys prefer high end skin items to lower end?

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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude

Lately my skin has been in bad condition, I've been suffering from some bad stress related breakouts and I thought that by wacking my double wear on would help in the long run I though I'd try a different approach of covering my skin up but with something a little more breathable. I forgot that I had this sample lying around in my room so thought I'd give it a whirl before going to Chester as I can have a cheeky shop in Space NK.

I wasn't too sure about using this at first because believe it or not I haven't tried tinted moisturisers before, I've always gone for BB creams when it's come to lightweight alternatives to foundations. However all my concerns about tinted moisturisers evaporated after using this, it applied seamlessly and sinks in really quickly. I've noticed also it doesn't streak when applied and leaves skin looking fresh and hydrated.

In terms of coverage, I'm not going to lie and say it cleared all my blemishes but it did even out my skin tone distorting some of the redness. If you do need the additional coverage than you will probably have to pop a bit of concealer on your problem areas. But I am hoping that this will help with the healing process on my skin, by leaving it a little naked.

I do love the lightweight consistency of this product, it definitely gives the 'no-makeup' look as I gave my face a closer inspection and couldn't tell I had stuff applied which is a big bonus. I think this is perfect for the summer for the fresh faced natural look. A big bonus for me is that this comes with an SPF 20 which makes it perfect for everyday use, to ensure that your skin is protected against UV rays and all that jazz.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser comes in 12 colours and I got nude, but when I go I might out of curiosity have a look at Porcelain as I normally go for the lightest shades available. The moisturiser comes in on the expensive side of £33, which I would normally pay for foundations not moisturisers but it is worth the money in my opinion. You don't have to apply a lot so you will get your moneys worth and will probably last a while.

Have you tried tinted moisturisers before? If so what is your favourite?

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