Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Bedside Beauty

Bedside Beauty

I love a good evening skin ritual, starting with cleansing my skin all the way down to moisturisers, oils and treatments. Whilst I try and keep most of my evening skincare next to my vanity, they tend to make my way to my bedside drawer - as the lazy girl in me loves to snuggle in bed with the TV on or music playing and give my skin the attention it needs as I wind down for bed. 

Despite removing my makeup earlier in the day, I have to always cleanse my skin for a second time to help remove any last traces of makeup or dirt. I'm a big fan of the Garnier Micellar Water range as it's not only affordable but cleanses the skin, helping to remove makeup and dirt. This range is so close to Bioderma, and Garnier have now released a variety of formulas to suit different skin types meaning that there is something for everyone. 

Once cleansed I like to alternate between the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Kiko Pure Clean Scrub and Peel wipes. The Glow Tonic is a skin lifesaver! Acting as a gentle exfoliator, this removes dead skin cells to reveal brighter looking skin, whilst helping to combat shine and breakouts - and with continued use my breakouts seem to heal quicker. Another favourite of mine is the Pure Clean Scrub and Peel wipes - and a Kim K favourite - these contain alpha hydroxy acids which help to boost the skin's exfoliation process whilst also gently buffing the complexion for a smoother face. A real life saver these wipes help to deeply cleanse the skin whilst leaving my skin looking more radiant.

A nightly must for my skin at the moment is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which is designed to target the key signs of blemish prone skin. This stuff really works wonders when applied daily, helping to clear breakouts and speed up healing time for those pesky under the skin spots. A thin layer overnight really helps to reduce any redness on the skin and my skin looks significantly clearer after just a few days use.

I like to give my skin a treat with the La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar for Eyes, this stuff works like a dream to correct dark circles under the eyes which is brilliant towards the end of the week when I find myself feeling and my skin looking more tired. This helps to even out the skin tone whilst brightening dull under eye skin, complete with light-reflecting particles I love how this illuminates the under eye area to give the appearance of brighter looking skin.

My bedside table would not be complete without the Benefit B.Right! Total Moisture moisturiser, this helps give my skin a much needed injection of moisture when it's left looking dehydrated. The texture is slightly thicker, however this hydrated the skin and feels amazing on the skin. Overnight my skin is left feeling silky smooth and a lot more radiant and awake. Especially now that we are heading into the colder months I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this to prevent dry and flaky patches that usually pop up across my nose and chin areas. 

Another bedside must-have for any pesky breakouts is the Clean and Clear Acne Spot Treatment, with just one treatment I find redness significantly reduced and this helps to speed up the healing process of spots. Working on the most stubborn of blemishes this is an overnight saviour helping to improve the appearance of your complexion even on the worst skin days.

What are your bedside beauty must-haves?


Monday, 5 November 2018

Five to try: budget beauty favourites

Five to try: budget beauty favourites, budget beauty

As much as I love to buy luxury beauty there's nothing more satisfying when you find affordable beauty that works wonders and are just generally good value for money. Whilst budget beauty can sometimes be hit and miss there are some real gems, and I wanted to share with you five of my budget beauty favourites. 

When it comes to foundation I tend to opt for high end brands, however I've really fallen in love with the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation - rivalling many of my favourite high end bases. I had been intrigued by cushion foundations for some time, so naturally when this came up on SoPost I had no choice but to give it a go. The concept I will admit is a little strange, using the foam pad you press this gently against the foam cushion to release product onto the applicator, then buff the foundation into the skin. Despite any doubts this applies so easily onto the skin, and creates a flawless base that is streak free. The foundation itself is very lightweight, yet build able meaning you can create the finish you want, the only thing I'd say is if you fall on the oiler side of the scale I would definitely set the foundation with powder. This lasts really well during the day with minimal shine, if you are looking for something to completely cover redness this may not be for you, but this does create such a natural and light base that is perfect for a flawless, airbrushed finish.

If you know me you'll know I'm always raving about the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, and with good reason. I cannot get enough of these liquid lipsticks, the colour range is amaze-balls and the formula is just a dream to apply! I've found that the shades are very opaque and creamy yet dry to the most comfortable matte finish, that lasts really well throughout the day. Once set these are not drying in the slightest, nor do they weigh the lip down - I would go so far as to say these are one of the best liquid lipstick formulas I have tried, and I have tried my fair share.  

A blogger cult favourite, and with good reason is the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, I have to admit I've been a bit of a base snob in the past and would only opt for higher end foundation and concealers. However this definitely rivals up to my NARS and Urban Decay favourites, providing a high pigmented formula that just works wonders on my skin whether it's for spot concealing - yes I know it's not really designed for that, but I like to experiment - or brightening up under the eyes, this concealer is the bomb dot com! This instantly brightens up my under eye area, concealing any dark circle nasties, without ever appearing heavy or cakey. 

I have a real love for Maybelline, I think their products are among some of the best that the drug store has to offer, and it's very rare that I'm spotted without my trusty Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. This creates the illusion or wide eyes and definitely adds a bit of oomph to my lashes, helping to lengthen and volumise to give the appearance of thicker and longer lashes. The brush helps to keep each lash separated and doesn't clump or flake throughout the day. 

Since the launch of Kiko at my local shopping centre, I think I owned one or two products from them. Luckily enough that small collection has doubled, tripled and well you know how it goes - you start with just the one product and then you have to keep adding. Especially the Kiko Water Eyeshadow in 200 champagne, and I will start by saying just look at how beautiful the eyeshadow is, looking more high end than budget beauty. 200 is such a stunning colour and the formula is just a dream to apply, these are so silky soft on the skin and blend with minimal effort. You can apply these wet, however they are packed with so much pigment you don't really need it as the formula is faultless. 

What are your budget beauty favourites?


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Self discovery!

So what started as a little hiatus turned into a full on year plus break from blogging, and you know what I think it may have done me the world of good. I'm back with a fighting spirit ready to get back into blogging and I hope you'll stick with me for the ride - as I may be shifting focus from solely beauty. 

I've never really delved into personal stuff on the blog but let's just get straight into it, I found my weight creeping up and I think I just put it to the back of my mind until one day I thought enough was enough and I needed to make a change. So what started off as a simple change in my food habits and joining Slimming World I found myself becoming so focused on wanting to hit my target and a part of this change was also discovering a new found love for fitness. Yes I used to be that girl that would go to the gym walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes and felt that I'd worked out - not anymore you can not get me away from weights! I started my journey at the end of September and I've noticed how the power of the mind has such a big impact on your journey and helping you achieve your goals.

Now five stone lighter I feel like a new version of me - I had to include the embarrassing before photo above - whilst I'm still discovering this new person I'm having fun along the way and learning to live life to the fullest. I'm a full on gym addict - you can never get me out the place, but saying that I have met so many amazing people there who are full of support and believe in you, and I even took part in Tough Mudder this past weekend! A 12 mile muddy obstacle course, which was one of the best things I have ever done! I have definitely caught the mudder bug!

So when it comes to CharmedCharlee I will still be blogging about beauty but I think I'm going to incorporate more fitness and food into my good ol' blog!

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