Sunday, 29 September 2013

Holiday Week... The Makeup Bag

Welcome to my last post before I head off to Mexico and I thought I'd finish off with a little insight into the make up that I'm taking with me - I'm not going makeup-less the whole time. It's only going to be makeup for night time, I'm going to go makeup free in the day, forcing myself really, panda eyes aren't a good look even though the mascara is waterproof.
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Three little pots are coming with me containing my base products. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm to use with my Origins Drink Up Mask as the products that will hopefully keep my skin nice and moisturised. I'm taking my favourite foundation in two different colours - Bourjois Healthy Mix in 52 and 56 so I can mix them up and get my colours as the holiday goes on.
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The collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer along with my Witch Skin Care concealer are coming along with me. Both cover well for spots and dark circles and are really reasonable in price if I lose them out there. There is a theme here and yes I am taking really cheap makeup away or things that I've almost used up. For bronzer it's the Bourjous Chocolate Bronzer which I have had for YEARS and it's almost gone, I will probably bin it after this holiday! The ELF highlighter is actually a favourite of mine (cheap too) so will be used to add some light to my face in the evenings.
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I had to have a stern word with myself when I put my beauty blender in my makeup bag. There is no way I am taking a sponge that cost me £16 abroad. A rummage through my drawers later and I found this sponge (I think it's from h&m) and again I won't worry if I lose this in Mexico. Added to that is just one face brush for bronzer and highlight (notice the lack of blusher being taken ;)) and a couple of cheapy eye makeup brushes.
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Just three eye products are coming with me, whilst I am debating taking the colour tattoos I own this is what's in the bag already. A really old neutral eyeshadow set from 17 - typing this now has made me think maybe I do need the colour tatoos as a base for these anyway...*runs to add them to the already overflowing suitcase*, a sample eyeliner from Estee Lauder and an old favourite Maybeline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. 
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This is the section where I had to really reign myself back and only take a few things with me. A red ELF lipstick (which is actually really good!) and three lip pencil/crayon things. Two from Revlon and one from Bourjous. I just think there are so easy to travel with and the Revlon ones are so long lasting. 

Hopefully I haven't gone and taken too much makeup, we shall see - I am so out of touch with this travel malarky! I have some wonderful bloggers who have written some amazing guest posts for me so I hope you enjoy them over the next two weeks and you'll see me, all my holiday posts and vlogs in a few weeks.

Charli...

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Holiday Week... Haircare

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A small but sweet post from me tonight again. It's the turn of what I'm taking for my hair on our holiday. I really don't want to take loads with me so I narrowed it down to just five products. A shampoo, clarifying shampoo, hair mask and a straightening cream.

I'm taking my blonde shampoo from Naked because I feel that my hair may lighten a lot on this holiday and I won't want it to go brassy. Plus this shampoo is half full so it's lighter! The clarifying shampoo I'm going to use 3 times a week to just fully clean my hair with all the chlorine and things. In the travel pot is the Aussie 3 minute miracle. Self explanatory really, hopefully it will keep my hair soft. With the addition of the argan oil from Lidl I'm hoping I will maintain some sort of condition in my hair. Finally is the straightening cream which I can get away with using with a hair dryer and no straighteners. But of course I'm going no where without my straighteners ha.

Hopefully I've got everything now, tomorrow is the last day that I will be able to go and buy things! Eek!

Charli...


Friday, 27 September 2013

Holiday Week... Holiday Skincare

A real late post from me this evening. This week has been all of a blur to be honest. My Nan is currently in hospital recovering (really well) from a hip replacement and where I had planned to blog about my holiday prep my evenings have been spend with her in the hospital. Not that I care - it's nice to cheer her up and have a right laugh watching the patients play wacky races with their zimmer frames.

Anyway, here is my holiday skincare. Naturally holidays are a time to dig through those samples and use them up. This is the times that you have been saving them for. Of course I have loads and this is what's made the cut to come with me to sunny Mexico.
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I think every blog post that I read for holiday skin care contain a pot of Bioderma. I bought this size from Escentual.com specifically for this holiday and I have sample pots for the flight. I've decided to take a small tube of the Clarins Pure Melt Gel Cleanser for when I decide to wear makeup on occasions like dinner so I can keep my face fully cleansed. A bottle of skinetica just incase I break out. Clarins Eye Makeup remover because I'm taking waterproof mascara with me and Bioderma just doesn't cut it for me. Two handy samples that I had from event goody bags are the Benefit It's Potent Eye cream and the Weleda Skin Food which should keep any dry skin at bay! And finally I will be taking my Avene face spray to keep things cool!
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Rather unexciting I'm just taking some samples for moisturiser because I figure that most of the time sun tan lotion will be gracing my face. If you've used any let me know what they are like!

This post was supposed to be so detailed, but like I've said this week has been crazy. Not to mention a WHOLE CHANGE OF HOLIDAY 5 days before we fly because the hotel we were originally going to had started building works :/.

Any other items you think I should be taking skin care wise?

Charli...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Holiday Week... In flight skincare routine

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I'm sure we've all seen the amazing youtube video from Lisa Eldridge about her In-flight Beauty Routine. If not - watch it here! Since watching this video ages ago I have been planning for the moment that I get to pack my own. Well ladies and gents the time has come and on Tuesday morning I will be jetting off on holiday, the first one in 7 years and the first long haul flight in 12 years- eek.

Naturally I have watched numerous in-flight routine and read so many holiday blog posts that I think I am well and truly prepared. I've packed it all into a clear plastic bag that I bought from ebay that came with loads of pots inside. (Link here!) The postage time was excellent and considering you would pay a fiver for just three clear bottle in supermarkets this is a bargain.

First up, let's get the boring things out of the way. The medicines. I will be taking panadol (my life saviour), gaviscon just in case, my pill, tissues and a clear plastic bag. Then the hygiene items - deodrant and hand gel. very important. 

Then we have the skin care items. My plan is to make this last as long as possible to keep my nerves at bay. First things first, I am not going on the plane with no makeup on. Putting on a little makeup first thing will help me relax much like before an exam and also wake me up for the 5am start. So naturally the first thing I am going to do when I get on the plane is take it all off again. I will probably wait until about 45mins into the flight hopefully when the nerves have gone and I can get on with things. First thing I am doing is spritzing my hair with the Caviar Spray, I've not used since getting it in the glossy box (ha ha) so putting it to use and seeing if it keeps my hair nice whilst on holidays.

Bioderma is the go to product next, whip off the face makeup (keeping the mascara on - a la Lisa!) making sure it's all off. Then a spritz of Caudile Beauty Elixr, I love the smell of this and have been saving the last of it for the holiday. Hopefully will refresh my skin, keep any travel sickness at bay and also provide a little pick me up. Then the infamous Origins Drink Up Mask and that is going to be slathered on my face - once my hair has been safely pinned back. I think I might just put a couple of little layers every hour on my face and if I need to go to the loo and I'm too oily I will just use the kleenex blotting tissues to dab off the excess. Whilst the mask is doing it's work I have a couple of samples of eye cream to use up and i'll use one sachet on the flight out then one on the way home.

Probably about an hour before we are due to land I will start putting my makeup back on again. Using bioderma I will take off the residue from the mask and apply a little moisturiser as a base. Then using the little sample pots that I have I will concoct a special mixture of foundation to suit how my skin is feeling and just apply this with fingers (I'm also taking a little pack of wipes!). Dabs of concealer to cover my dark circles form being up so early, just using an old favourite - the Collection 2000 one, although I'm hoping to get some sleep on the flight. I'm taking my Bourjois powder with a mirror in it because I'm guessing mexico will be hot when we land so I can just sweep some across my head so I don't get nice and shiny. A slick of my Revlon Kissable Balm stain and hopefully I will look half decent to go and collect my cases.

What are your inflight essentials? Have I missed anything? Any tips for long flights? (I have bought a wordsearch book and have things to read)

Charli...

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Friday, 20 September 2013

John Frieda Full Repair...

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Anyone who has ombre hair will know the pain of trying to keep the bleached parts of your hair nice and healthy. Especially when I regularly use a hair dryer, hair straighteners and curlers which really don't help with the whole keeping my hair healthy plan. I've been using this range for the past couple of weeks and I can honestly say I will be repurchasing these straight away.

The shampoo is obviously the first step, this lathers so much without having to use loads and it doesn't feel like a massive effort to use if that makes sense? I hate shampoos that you have to use loads of so this will last a really long time. I feel like this gives a really deep clean too which wasn't really a massive concern for me as I use a clarifying shampoo every weekend. 

The conditioner really is something else. I have never used such a brilliant conditioner that leaves my hair so soft and so easy to brush through without weighing it down. Like the shampoo this contains Inchi Oil which rescues the hair from damage and leave mine feeling like it did before I ever discovered bleach. 

The final step in this little trio is the hair oil. This is such a lightweight oil to what I am used to. But the effects are amazing, I don't have to rip knots out of my hair, another side effect of ombre hair. I can even brush my hair without using my tangle teaser, a normal hair brush works just as well and this hasn't happened for a while.  The website has actually been really useful, so if you are wondering such things as  how to oil dry hair then that is the place for you!

These are coming with me on holiday, I'm confident they will help my hair cope with the sun!

Charli...

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Beauty Blender...

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If you had said to me before I'd started blogging that I would go an spend £16 on a bit of sponge to dab makeup on my face when I have thousands (exaggeration) of makeup brushes that do just that job. My mind started to come around to the idea after first hearing Leanne say how good it was, then watching her do her wedding makeup with it. So finally one weekend whilst visiting her I sat there and ordered it (from beauty bay = free delivery). 

I haven't looked back either. Foundation brushes have been well and truly pushed aside in favour of the beauty blender that doubles in size when squeezed under running water. To make sure that I don't just dab a load of water on my face I squash it into a towel before I use it.

I pop the foundation, bb cream or primer on my hand first, then dab the sponge in. The rest is so simple you just blob it all over your face until you get the coverage you require whilst using the different edges of the sponge to make sure that you can take the foundation 

The finish is just perfect and I've tried it will a fair few foundations. It's very relaxing too, but using cold water helps wake me up in the morning. Using a cold sponge to put your makeup on is quite the wake up call. I was concerned that a damp sponge would make my foundation looks awful but it's the total opposite and I love it.

Have you used a beauty blender?

Charli...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Holiday Shopping...

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Cami Top - New Look // Printed Skirt - h&m

Whilst on my holiday shopping trip in which I found out that there are no summer clothes left on the high street I did find these two cheeky little numbers. I think these were the only things in the whole of Cardiff that weren't emerald green or plum. Autumn is well underway in terms of clothes shops and I am under no illusion that they have every right to be. But I did expect a good sale rail to dig through. But nope - nothing!!

The cami tops have been everywhere this year and I was not spending the money on the Topshop one so this £9.99 (less with student discount) New Look cami was the perfect alternative. I have also order some more in more colours so they will make an appearance soon. Prepare for this blog to be very holiday focused over the next few weeks. 

The skirt was something that I just fell in love with straight away. Mainly because I can wear it all year around and I love the pattern. It was £19.99 from h&m which is more than I wanted to spend but I was having a strop in town that I couldn't find anything I liked so - I bought it.

There was another vest top that I picked up in h&m but I didn't photograph it. It was only £3 in the sale, bought it in the biggest size they do so that it's like a see through vest for the beach.

Charli...

x


Monday, 16 September 2013

A Holiday Primark Haul...

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PJs - £5 // White Daps - 3 // Black Hair Bands - £1 // Cosy Socks - £2

This post could actually be titled "a  Primark winter haul" as there is absolutely NO holiday clothes to be seen anymore on the high street. Ok, ok, so we are into September but my holiday is in two weeks and I needed to stock up on some clothes for it.

The few things that I did manage to get from Primark, which was supposed to be my go to place for cheap bikinis and the rest, are actually holiday essentials so I wasn't too annoyed. My usual bed time attire is long trousers, jumpers, dressing gown, slippers and yes I sleep in all of that. But I'm guessing in Mexico that it's going to be too hot for all of that, let alone the luggage allowance! So the first thing I picked up were some shorty PJs. These have chubba chubs on them because I didn't fancy wearing the christmas PJs that most of them were. Next up was a large pack of thin hair bands, perfect for keeping my fringe back on lazy beach days :). Added to the basket were a pair of cheap white daps because I don't fancy taking my converse.

The final purchase was a pair of cosy socks for the flight. Something that I didn't even consider. However after downloading Sarah's holiday check list pdf (which is bloomin' awesome btw) I realised that my feet would get freezing on the plane and rather than wear slippers i'd buy some funky socks. I am going to look so weird on this flight. Fluffy socks and a face mask on. Fit.

Charli...

x

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Sunday Snapshot... Holiday Prep

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I felt rather restless this morning and was actually pretty awake. I think it's partly to do with how the flat looks at the moment. We have got very carried away with putting "things to take on holiday" on to our dining room table, it's too exciting going on holiday. We don't actually go to the airport until the 30th, but ya know that's only 15 days away. Queue holiday anxiety.

I think because of my anxiety (not going to dwell on it because it seems to have already been widely talked about in the blogging world) I like to be fully prepared. Knowing that I have items for every single eventuality really calms me down. I need to remember that I'm going on this holiday to relax and not get worked up about things. 

The last time I went on holiday was 7 years ago, that's a long long time. But from what I remember I actually liked the flying part of it. If I can survive a Ryan Air flight then I'm sure I can survive the Dream Liner for 10 hours. Especially as I have a whole in-flight routine planned. I have to keep reminding myself of how often people actually fly, for some people it's work and for others it's because of work they take hundreds of flights a year (celebs). I will also have Matt sat next to me and I have plenty of films, music, games, books and beauty things to pass the time.  However in the past 7 years my IBS has become hell and I don't want a bad case of it on the flight, in the airport or on holiday even. I want to take peppermint tea bags on the plane, so if you know if I can't please tell me? To be honest I will probably whack a load of anti diarrhea tablets before the flight, tmi? Never taken them before, anyone have any tips?

So back to what I've actually done today and that's basically just lists, putting everything I think I want to take into piles ready to properly sort out next weekend. Look out for a "holiday" week on my blog before I go and I'm going to try and film some videos next weekend.

How have your weeks been?

Charli...

x


Friday, 13 September 2013

Barry M Gelly and OPI Gettin' Piggy With It...

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Over the weekend I did something that I hadn't done in a long time. I painted my nails with an accent nail. I don't know why I've strayed from this for so long, I think it's due to having gel nails which I'm now having a break from before holiday. 

I went for a classic red for this week, I have a work convention on Wednesday so wanted smarter nails for that. I've been managing to make my manicures last all week with some good top coats and a nicer keyboard to type on at work. 

The red of choice is Barry M Gelly in blood orange and has been my first choice red ever since I bought it. It really is perfect. For the accent nail I went for a new nail polish of mine that I won in a giveaway and it's OPI Gettin' Piggy With It. I just love the name, as with all the OPI polishes This is a clear polish with small and large red glitter particles and even large silver pieces that catch the light really well.

What's been your nail colour this week?

Charli...

x



Thursday, 12 September 2013

The White Company...

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Walking into the new The White Company store in Cardiff last Wednesday I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of the company before getting the invite to the launch night. Stepping inside my eyes were drawn straight to the clothes (surprise.) and I immediately wanted to restock my wardrobe. The whites, nudes and mushroom colours were just beautiful and with such simple pieces you could easily create a capsule wardrobe. Something I am trying to convince myself to do. The only downside is that it's pricer than what I am used to, but with the quality over quantity in mind it's not that pricey. I also fell in love with a scarf.

When I finally pulled myself away from the clothes area of the store I entered the homeware. Another section of shops that I have a renewed interest in since started to "homify" the flat. And yes that is a proper word. Everything from The White Company is so beautifully simple and I wanted it all, especially the little jars with wooden lids. The candles are scented perfectly and are all hand poured which is I guess is represented in the price. I could have easily put them all in my basket but I resisted. One item that really caught my eye was the furry bean bag, we've just got massive bean bags in work and I now want one for the flat.

Broodiness oozed over me whilst wandering through the childrens clothing section. The selection of baby clothes is just beautiful, when I have children this is how they will be dressed. The elephant jumper even I would wear, if only they did it in the adults sizes. 

Have you been into The White Company?

Charli...

x




Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The start of holiday clothes shopping...

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Jumper - Sainsburys - £16 // Primark Dress via Ebay


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Floral Dress -  Primark via Asos - £5 // Maxi Dress - Primark - Via eBay


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Skirt - Primark via Asos - £7


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Vest top - Warehouse via ASOS - £6


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Bikini top & Bikini bottom - Asos - £4.50 and £4

Holiday booked and ready and I've already started packing. It's three weeks away. Planning has gone into over drive and I've done something that I haven't done in years - holiday clothes shopped!
Naturally I headed straight to ASOS and there may even be a second order on it's way. Oops.
I also headed to ebay and found some right bargains. I'm trying not to go OTT on the clothes so I don't go over allowance, I don't fancy some unexpected fees at the airport.

The grey aztec jumper was a Sainsburys find, it's lightweight so thinking of wearing it for the flight. I want to snuggle up and sleep on the plane so will wear a vest top underneath for when we land in Mexico. Everything else is either for day or night wear. I'm planning on keeping some dresses just to wear at night and some just for the beach and by the pool.

Plus I have a neon orange bikini :) this makes me happy. It's a T bar back so a little different and a bit more secure for the days we do excursions.

What's your must have holiday items? I would be lying if I said I hadn't already written out 6 lists. Can someone say excited?

Charli...

x

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