Friday, 28 November 2014

MY TOP PICKS UNDER £10




Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara: This is by far one of the best mascaras ive ever used, it works wonders for my lashes and I cant keep track of how many people ive recommended this to! I did a mini comparison review here if youre interested on my opinion of it compared to more pricey mascaras.

Essie Mind Your Mittens: I picked up this Essie polish for a mere £3.99 from TK MAXX and as the perfect deep teal colour I couldn't not feature it in this post. Dark colours dont usually suit my nails but this is definitely an exception, this is my first Essie purchase and I am now understanding the hype around the formula and gorgeous colour range. These would make such a perfect little stocking filler, especially if you can get them for a discounted price!

Angled Tweezers (similar): I think I got these from Superdrug, but im sure any other drug store angled tweezers will be equally as good. I've had these bad boys for a few months now and used them for plucking my eyebrows (obviously) and to tidy up after waxing and they are still yet to blunt. I think these set me back no more than £3.50 and I heavily suggest you go get yourself a pair.

Maybelline FIT me Foundation: If youve been following me for a while you'll know I've raved about this foundation  a million times but it's just soooo good, I currently use it in combination with the MAC Pro Longwear concealer and it works a dream as a fuller coverage foundation. I did a full review of them both here.

Eco Tools taped blush brush: Eco Tools are a brand that are new to me but I cant believe Ive ever lived without this brush. Their range of brushes are super soft and applie product so evenly, plus they come up so clean and dont shed when washed - winner winner.

I'd love to hear what your favourite products are for under £10 in the comments, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin!

Charlotte x




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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

SCHEDULING SAVES LIVES



I have no excuse for this and im sure im not the only one that schedules at least 80% of their posts. I have a craaaazy hectic life at the minute and trying to balance my work life, social life, relationship and be committed to this blog is so much harder than I expected. So just a quick one to say don't feel guilty about hitting that schedule button more times than you should, if it means you have 2 weeks of posts ready and waiting to go then so be it, just don't forget to keep up with emails and social media.

Follow me on Bloglovin to stay updated.

Charlotte x
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Friday, 21 November 2014

CLINIQUE EXFOLIATING SCRUB



To say that before Autumn this year I had rarely used any Clinique products, they've had quite a lot of limelight on my blog recently - see my previous posts here and here. This however is by far my favourite product of all. Their Exfoliating Scrub* is to die for. Hear me out before the "exfoliators are all the same" comments, Im aware it cant be drastically different to regular high street products, but the thickness is comparable to a face mask that easily buffs it into your skin and instantly leaves it feeling smoother and plumper. It claims to be great for oily skin types which at the minute is a savior for my T-Zone, and I've not found it to be drying as long as I use my regular moisturizer afterwards. 

What are your thoughts on high end exfoliators, are they worth the price tag?

Charlotte x
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

SPY LOVE BUY PT. 2

Back in late August I featured a Spy Love Buy wishlist here after stumbling across their website, and its safe to say I did not anticipate how cold it would be already here in the UK so I thought I would provide you with a more up to date (and more practical) list of their pieces I am currently lusting over. They have a huge range of shoes available for the colder months and they look like amazing quality for the price you're paying.

If you, like me can't help yourself to new shoes this winter make sure you tag them on Instagram @spylovebuy and tell them I sent you!



Charlotte x



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Monday, 17 November 2014

BODY SHOP SHEA SHOWER CREAM



In this months Glamour magazine I received a Body Shop gift card with the possibility of it being worth £3-£100, this time I only got the £3 one but with this shower cream only at £4 it only set me back by one single pound! Its not too heavily scented but has just the right consistency and lather to make up the perfect body wash.

Have you tried any of the other shower creams?

Charlotte x
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Friday, 14 November 2014

SHEINSIDE BASICS

I can never quite bring myself to order a lot of things at once from Sheinside, firstly because they take so long to arrive and secondly because if they aren't good quality or you don't like them you either have to send them back (which is the biggest pain in the world) or find a friend to take them off your hands. One thing you can guarantee though, is the good quality of their basic pieces - so although I do have an order on its way I thought I would share with you a few basics I currently have on my wishlist.




Have you ever tried anything from Sheinside?

Charlotte x

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

DARK NUDE LIP W/ RIMMEL





I'm late on the bandwagon, I know.. But I've been wanting to attempt the Kylie Jenner nude lip for a while now, but without turning to MAC like everyone else. I've had this Rimmel lipstick in number 08 from the old Kate Moss collection and I think I've used it once then removed it before leaving the house, it just didn't suit me at all. But now I think I've upped my make up game and researched make up trends without just attempting it blind I've found a dark "nude" lip that I adore using only 2 products. As mentioned, the first product is the Rimmel 08 lipstick and I know this might sound strange but I used my Rimmel eyebrow pencil as a lip liner and buffed it onto my lips so it wasn't so obvious. I'm aware there is probably a brown lip liner available but I don't use the eyebrow pencil anymore, and I have no need to spend extra money.

I read and reply to the majority of comments so leave your thoughts on this look below and don't forget to link your blog too.

Charlotte x
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Monday, 10 November 2014

THE PERFECT WINTER SKIN COMBO





I know not long ago I slated the MAC Pro Longwear concealer in this post here, but something came over me the other day as I wondered what it would be like used mixed in with my current foundation. I was going for a fuller coverage foundation rather than a using it as a regular concealer and it works a dream! Im super happy with the results and its bought my foundation down a shade too which means I wont have to go and buy a lighter shade for the cold and slightly paler months - yay!

What are your thoughts on blending two products?

Charlotte x

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Friday, 7 November 2014

FIRST CAR ESSENTIALS

This post is a little different to the usual but if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I recently got my first car! (..yes I did pass my test nearly 3 years ago) and as most of my readers are the same age as myself I thought I would put together a little essentials post if any of you are looking into buying your first car or if you have your test coming up soon.






My first and favourite purchase is this MiTech dual USB in car charger. As you all know, iPhone battery life is the worst thing since semi transparent leggings. This charger has two USB ports allowing you to charge two phones at once, from one device - genius. Now, I wouldn't be a stereotypical Brit if I didn't love a good cup of tea before I go to work would I? And if it means drinking on the go then so be it. I picked up this travel cup from TK Maxx (similar) and it has been a God send. No spillage problems and my cuppa is still the perfect temperature for my entire journey!

Next, we all know its a hard life being female and the worst time to wear those uncomfortable new Primark shoes you just bought - is when you're driving. I cant stress enough how important it is to have a comfy pair in your car because you never know how long you're going to be on the road for. My faves are these dusty pink skater shoes from Malatan, I did a small review of them here.

And lastly I've found that having a little jar for loose change really makes a difference. All those naughty little McDonalds trips (not guilty) that leave you with the odd bit of change and every time you find some coins rolling about in the footwell all add up! Its not long before there's £5 worth in there and you can put it towards your petrol for what feels like free!

Have you got any tips or must have items for a first car?

Charlotte x

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

PREP + PRIME

For those of you that know me personally you'll be aware that I have a love hate relationship with primers. I love the idea of them and the possibility of longer lasting make up but I've never been able to find a good one until I got a tester of MACs Prep + Prime with an order a while back. I dabbled in it and wasn't that bothered until I received another tester in an order and found myself using it daily and applying it before I even considering which foundation to use. 

The Prep + Prime has a really lightweight feel to it, initially I couldn't decide weather it was greasy or just really smooth but I think its both. Its super hydrating on the dryer areas of my face but its also gentle on my slightly oily T-Zone. It's not a huge miracle worker that makes my make up last for 24 hours but it does add about 3 hours to the general wear of my make up. Being in the industry I'm in, its great news if anything makes my make up stick through the day/night and I still look presentable when I crawl back into bed at home.




Have you tried Prep + Prime?

Charlotte x
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Monday, 3 November 2014

IF ITS NOT BLACK OR WHITE, ITS GREY

After an impulse purchase from Tesco the other week in hope for some new work clothes I grabbed this top here. Once I got it home and received a tonne of compliments about the shade its all I seem the be gravitating towards at the minute, anything grey - I want it. Here's a few of my faves that have caught my eye recently.


How would you style these items?

Charlotte x
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