Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Duty Free...

I had a bit of a nightmare in duty free this year, I had planned to not spend anything at all, be good 
and save my pennies. However once I'd got to the airport I was a little nervous and needed something to keep my mind of the impending flight. The only thing I could partake in, was shopping. 

Leanne had a predetermined shopping list which started with MAC so we headed there. For some unknown reason I decided to try and find a nude liptick - I have no idea why as I usually just wear bright lipsticks. After trying a few I had settled on one, couldn't tell you what the name of it was but they didn't have it in stock so I couldn't buy it. This scenario continued for every single item I picked up. Three lipsticks and a foundation, needless to say I left MAC empty handed. 

I was pretty gutted, it's always nice to pick up a couple of new things and it was only when I got to The Body Shop that I picked up some bits. Leanne had heard about the Aqua Boost Sorbet so we got stuck in testing it on the backs of our hands, decided it felt great and promptly bought one. 

Whilst in The Body Shop I saw the moisture serum which Leanne had said is very similar to the less than budget friendly Caudile version. I think this was about £10, they had various discounts there too. So far so good, I really like using this and have noticed a good difference in the condition of my skin. This serum was also really nice to use whilst on holiday on my slightly sunburnt face - oops. 

The final purchase in duty free, apart from snacks for the plane, was the eye cream. I have bought a few over the past year and not like any of them. Most of the ones I have used already make my eyes water and I then just give up on them. Already knowing how gentle the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop I decided to pop this in the basket. Again, so far so good. I can't say I've noticed a huge difference but I think in your early twenties its more about preventing the deterioration of the skin around your eyes. 

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop recently?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Aeroplane Essentials...

I thought it was about time that I delved into my holiday snaps and bought a select few to the pages of Charli Blogs. It's been a long couple of weeks since coming back from holiday with various things going on and it's only today that I've been able to sort through the photos to decide what to post about!

I thought I'd start with the flight as you know that's where it all starts, being at the airport - duty free... oh I did buy things in duty free so probably should have started with that. Oops.

Anyway... I spent most of the time clinging to Matt's arm as the flight was like being on a roller-coaster. Scary.

Fluffy Socks

First things first and most importantly are a pair of fluffy socks. I Instantly feel more comfortable and relaxed with fluffy socks. Before we even take off I've thrown my shoes into my bag and on goes these bad boys. 

A Neck Pillow

Another must have above all other things. I cannot get comfortable without it and I'm considering spending more money on a pricer one now that this one has left me covered in "bean bag beans" on the way home from Egypt!!

Reading Material

This was the first holiday that I took my own Kindle. Last year I had borrowed one and fell in love with how easy reading on holiday was - I smashed through the whole Harry Potter set in two weeks! I bought this magazine in the airport, but it's still sat unread by the side of my bed! 

A Big Scarf

This year we flew with easyjet, which understandably is a cheaper airline and you don't get the comforts on the plane that you would with other airlines. I took a massive scarf from Primark which has a variety of uses from having another something to lean on, keeping me warm and acting as a blanket. 

The Toiletries

A massive part of me feeling calm on a flight is being so prepared that I am prepared for every situation I can control. From paracetamol to immodium I am set. A little bottle of bioderma and a facemask from origins. I didn't put that much effort into my hand luggage this time around because it wasn't such a long flight.

Monday, 25 August 2014


I've decided to completely stop blogging until I am back from my summer holidays. 

Too often over these past few weeks I've sat down to blog and all I have wanted to post about are dogs haha, not a bad thing for me, but I don't want my other passions I blog about to get lost in all of it.

I've not really had chance to access the laptop recently, had little time to take photos and haven't even really wanted to blog, which is very unlike me. I've not filmed a youtube video in months, the whole "Charli Slims" feature has fizzled out and I'm a bit uninspired. 

I'm going to take a notebook and pen away with me, of course my camera and vlog camera and see if the mood takes me whilst I'm out there. 

Here's to a much needed few weeks away!

Ta ta for now... x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Hagrid, Dobby & Marley | Cardiff Dogs Home

Yesterday my friend, her boyfriend and myself went along to the dogs home for a good five hours!! We took many dogs out between us and had a fantastic time. Above is Dobby - fitting right in with my t-shirt, who we walked with Hagrid. Hagrid and Dobby share a special bromance and it's just heartwarming. They didn't arrive in the home together but somehow Hagrid and Dobby share a love like no other. Dobby was so timid when he first came into CDH but now walks confidently just taking a moment every now and again to check that Hagrid is near. 
On Saturday I took out Marley again. His energy never stops and he started to pull a little too much on the sleep lead for me. At one point just at the end of the lane he tried a little too hard to pull the lead out of my hand and it made me go back to the home pretty quickly. Now I want to make it clear that in no way was it aggression, Marley just wants to play, run and move. It was decided that we would put Marley on a harness and chain lead to deter him form pulling and he is now a different dog! I couldn't believe the difference in him. No pulling, walking calmer and I honestly felt like he felt less restricted with no lead around his neck. Marley has a fantastic "sit" for a treat and I truly believe that he wouldn't harm a fly. 

Also on Saturday I took Alfie out who is just at the home whilst his owner is in hospital.

Dobby is known for his ability to stop, drop and roll over for you to fuss his stomach out on walks!

These two I had a lovely long play with in the garden, I didn't have time to catch their name but they are only there over one night whilst their owner is away, they are back home in their usual beds now but I thought you would love the photo of them waiting for the ball!




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