Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit dupes

NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit dupes, NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks, Kylie Cosmetics Dupes
LtoR: Embellishment, Lace Detail, Ruffle Trim, Push Up, Satin Ribbon, Bedtime Flirt, Baby Doll, Exotic

It seems that NYX have really been upping their beauty game and have taken the UK by storm since the brand launched across the pond a couple of years ago. Their products are not only affordable but the quality is amazing, and I'm yet to come across a bad product, so when I saw the launch of their new Lip Lingerie range the liquid lipstick lover in me had a little flutter and I couldn't help but add a few to my basket - and let's be honest a girl can never have too many nudes!

The NYX Lip Lingerie range is described as a weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish and available in a range of 12 colour-kissed nudes - from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown, to warm mahogany red and class nude beige - each shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy colour.

These are probably some of my most favourite liquid lipsticks to date - big statement I know, but the formula of these are amazeballs! Each lipstick is so creamy to apply, and yet dries down to a matte finish that doesn't budge throughout the day without ever feeling drying and instead feels quite comfortable. Once applied these literally won't budge, whether you're drinking or eatings these are incredibly long lasting to the point I can come home from work and my lipstick is still in tact! These won't crumble or flake after a couple of hours wear either, and I've also found that the formula once applied doesn't settle into any fine lines in my lips which is a big plus for me.

In terms of pigmentation, no matter the shade these are so opaque and you only need the thinnest of layers and you're good to go! I love the doe-foot applicator also, at first it was a little weird to get used to, but now I find it just so easy to use as it glides around the curves of my lips perfectly. 

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits, I'd definitely recommend these! Not only do they look very similar packaging wise, but the formula matches that of the lip kits. I'd probably go so far to say that the formula is slightly better as it's less watery, and a few of the shades make the perfect dupes including Beauty Mark, Lace Detail, Bedtime Flirt, Honeymoon and Exotic. Now that Kylie is introducing new shades to her collection, I'm finding they look very similar to the Lingerie range. 

Overall I have fallen for the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick hype, these are perfect for everyday wear as they won't leave your lips dry at all and are incredibly long lasting! I really love the colour range available, as not only can you pick up your traditional nudes but there are some stunning shades in the collection including Embellishment a purple toned nude and Exotic a totally wearable red. For £6.50 these are an absolute steal, and I'm pretty sure I'll end up owning the whole range!

Are you a fan of the NYX Lingerie range?



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Autumn fashion wishlist

Autumn fashion wishlist
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Autumn has to be my favourite season, from the crispy morning air to berry everything! Especially when it comes to autumn fashion, I love to layer chunky knits and scarves teamed with a pair of trusty ankle boots. It's crazy to think that I'm talking about autumn fashion already, as it seems that summer has only just arrived, however with autumn fast approaching - 22nd September to be exact - it's the perfect time to update your wardrobe with new AW staples, and I wanted to share with you some of my fashion favourites.

I love a good chunky scarf to drape around my neck during the colder months, especially this pastel pink scarf from Primark! I saw this a little while ago in my local store, and I've been putting off buying more scarves until the weather drops but I think I need to go back and pick this up before it's too late. The material is so soft and will be perfect to wear or even drape around yourself as the cold nights draw in.

Now for anyone that knows me, will know that I have a massive obsession with Disney, and as I like to say you can never have enough Disney in your life! The Mickey Mouse Icon Silver Key Necklace is absolutely gorgeous, designed as part of the Arribas Jewelled Collection, this reminds me of the Tiffany key styled necklaces - which I've always wanted - so why not combine the two to create the perfect blend!

This season definitely calls for a new autumn/winter coat, especially as I've been sporting my current autumn jacket for the past 5 years plus. I spotted this Navy swing coat from River Island and it was just love at first sight, this looks so cosy and would be perfect for the cold autumn mornings and evenings. I really like that the length isn't too long also, as being 5'3" certain longer styles end up looking really silly on me. The fact that this coat comes in more than one colour means that I can see myself getting either the beige or pink coat also!

You can't have a Disney necklace without matching earrings, so naturally I had to include the Disney Couture Mickey Mouse studs, I've actually wanted to get these for years so I'm not really sure what I haven't, but these are just the absolute cutest and would go with anything!

It seems that swing dresses aren't going anywhere this season, and I'm glad about that as I've really fallen in love with the style, not only are swing dresses so comfortable to wear but the style is also very, very flattering. I love this jacquard texture funnel swing dress from new Look, not only is the pattern the perfect autumnal design, but I can also see myself getting a lot of wear out of this dress, especially when teamed with a trusty pair of ankle boots and a leather jacket. 

Now I will admit I've never really seen the hype surrounding Pandora, just seeing the constant business of their stores is enough to put me off. However I've seen their stacking rings popping up quite a bit and I will be honest I do think they are really cute, especially both the Princess Tiara Ring and the Sparkling Heart stacking ring. These rings look perfect for everyday wear and I just have an obsession with stacking rings so I could see myself getting a lot of wear out of both rings - these may have to be added to a very early birthday list.  

Last but not least, since I scratched the leather - beyond repair - on my favourite leather boots I've been in need of a new pair for the autumn. I really love these ankle boots from House of Fraser, I didn't realise how great of a range they stocked, and will definitely need to pop down to my local store to scope the range. I think ankle boots are just such a staple for the autumn and winter months, and you really can't beat a good pair of flat black ankle boots, as they are so durable and seem to go with everything! The hunt is now on for the perfect pair!

I'd love to know what your fashion staples are for autumn?

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Monday, 29 August 2016

CharmedCharlee is moving


Ok I'll admit I told a little porky pie in the title, I'm not completely giving up on my blog, but I have introduced a new channel to CharmedCharlee - CharmedCharlee21. I'm back on YouTube, I've said for the past couple of years that I was going to get into YouTube but it never quite happened. Over the past month or so I've really been toying with the idea of doing videos and I will admit I've always been a bit wary as I've always felt that you're putting more of yourself out there for the world to see as video content is so different to being a writer behind a keypad. But you may have noticed content has been few and far on here for a while and I think that has just been me trying to find myself again as a blogger and within the beauty community, the spark had gone and I'd rather just stop writing than forcing myself, so I'm hoping that the contribution of videos will help to bring back that spark - and it's definitely coming back just a bit of a slow burner at the moment!
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

The fuss free gel manicure - Essie gel couture

The fuss free gel manicure - Essie gel couture
LtoR: Stitch by stitch, Touch up, Take me to thread, Signature smile, Model citizen, Sit me in the front row, Nail topcoat gel couture

I've recently found myself getting back into nail polish, and whilst enjoying my original beauty obsession I've been on the search for a formula that doesn't chip or peel after just a few days - please tell me I'm not the only one who can sit there and peel once you see the polish lift a little? So on my search I came across the newly released Essie gel couture range, and as a fan of gel polish I couldn't wait to try them and see how they compare to the real deal!

Now I will admit being a fan of gel nails I was yet to come across a at-home nail polish that really lived up to the real deal, well that was until I tried this range...

The Essie gel couture range is an extravagantly sophisticated collection, complete with 25 brand new colours that promise up to 12 days wear - without the need for a base coat or LED light - applied in an easy 2-step system. Apply two coats to bare nails and then apply the specialised, quick-drying top coat to lock in the couture manicure for a gel-like manicure, without the hassle of curing and the painfully long soak-off removal. 

The application is a dream, all you need is two coats of colour and one of the top coat and you're good to go. The brush makes application so much simpler, the wider, flatter shape helps to create the perfectly curved salon like cuticle line, and three strokes are all that's needed to fill the nail. 

I have to admit I was a little skeptical after hearing the 12 day wear claim, as many on the high street seem to offer this but I can never get more than five days wear out of them, easily making them comparable to just normal nail polish. However I have really put these polishes to the test, with the shades lasting more than the advertised 12 days and easily up to 14 days without chipping or lifting - which is amazing! Especially as they kept the shine throughout without the need for any additional top coats, the only type of wear to the nails was at the tip, just a faint line - if you know what I mean. What's better? The fact that you can just use a regular nail polish remover and you're ready for a fresh mani, making the perfect fuss free gel manicure!

The shade range is absolutely amazing, and after trying several shades I am yet to come across one that doesn't deliver. I don't know about you but as much as I love Essie I have come across a couple of shades that are streaky, chip quickly and to be honest a bit of a let down. However this isn't the case with the gel couture range, the only thing I have come across is a couple of the shades requiring three coats, but all still live up to the 12 days wear. 

I couldn't do this review without talking about the new shaped bottle, which is just so cute! A bugger to store amongst other nail polishes, but I love the twist on the regular bottle, and even the brush wand is twisted, which I find helps keep dripping nail polish at bay. 

Overall Essie have done it again, their range of gel polishes definitely stand out amongst the rest and considering I've tried a fair few these definitely come out on top. These retail for £9.99 but if you're lucky Boots and Superdrug are offering these for buy one get one half price which is the perfect way to try a shape with the top coat for less than you'd pay for a salon gel manicure - but with the same flawless finish that you'd expect!

Have you tried any of the Essie gel couture range? I'd love to know which shades your recommend!



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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Finding the perfect sunglasses with Vision Direct #MyFaceShapeIs


For as long as I can remember I have always loved accessories, probably more than clothes with mountains of shoes, bags and even sunglasses piling up in my bedroom! Whilst I'm always buying countless pairs of sunglasses come spring, I often find myself toying with different shapes and styles to find a shape that suits my face best, because lets be honest there's nothing worse than buying a pair of sunglasses to find that the style is very unflattering. 

When the lovely folks over at Vision Direct got in touch to let me know about their #MyFaceShapeIs campaign I couldn't wait to get involved. As someone who is guilty of sporting a pair of sunglasses come the slightest hint of sunshine, I know how important it is to choose a style that will compliment your face.

Vision Direct have set up an interactive page to help you determine the perfect pair of sunglasses to suit your style and face shape, and once you've been matched to a style there's even a 20% discount code included - so it's definitely worth taking a look whilst we enjoy the last couple of months of summer!

Naturally I had to check to see what style of sunglasses would suit my face shape, and as someone with an oval face I'm apparently quite lucky when it comes to choosing sunglasses because most of the shapes and styles suit - including round, aviator and cat-eye styles. I have to admit I had never really thought about my face shape before, so it was great to see which category it fell into and finding out which shaped sunglasses suit my frame. 

I opted for the American Freshman Plastic and Metal Combination Sunglasses in black, orange and gunmetal (£27.99). I wore these round London last weekend and they are just so comfortable and stylish, there is something about the retro style that I absolutely love and think really flatters my face shape. 

I'd love to know what face shape you fall under, and don't forget to check out #myfaceshapeis on Instragram!

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