2015 / Charley Lucy



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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Beauty | Best of 2015

Twenty-fifteen was the year of the strobe paired with big, bold and beautiful brows. Though there were fewer liquid lipstick releases than I'd hoped - fingers crossed for early 2016 - the drugstore really upped its game in the world of brows and highlights during SS15.

Whilst products like my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer remain old favourites, newer releases stole the lip game with Maybelline's Creamy Matte and Colour Drama range. So what will I be reaching for to get ready on NYE, the last night of the year? My favourites, of course...

Foundation: GOSH Cover Drops
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Translucent
Blush: Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve
Highlight: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights
Contour: Benefit Hula Bronzer
Setting Spray: Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray
Brow Powder: Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Jules
Brow Gel: W7 Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in Browny Brows
Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Lipstick: Maybelline Creamy Mattes

Honorable Mentions: Benefit They're Real Mascara, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Makeup Revolution Highlight Palette, MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Opalescent Amber, Revlon Colorstay Makeup, Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick.

What were your favourites for 2015?
Did any of these feature on your list or will they be on your wishlist for the New Year?

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Beauty | Am I a Nars-cissist?

Beauty blogger confession #312: I didn't own a NARS product until 2015 *cue gasps of horror*

NARS, whilst being a brand I've admired from afar has never really been a brand that I have identified with - sure every bblogger knows the sleek matte black packaging and iconic lettering spells luxe, but I've always found lower-end products that fit the bill so saved my pennies for a rainy day - for example, when it was raining in Leeds last week and I literally ran to the Charlotte Tilbury counter...

That was, until the great red eyeshadow obsession of 2015 in which I search high and low for a matte MAC Cranberry-esque alternative until I found NARS' Grenadine. It's just enough out-there to be quirky but in a completely wearable and vampy fashion. I. Love. It. And then what turned up on my desk just a few days ago in my My Little Box? A NARS Orgasm Mini. If you are a fellow makeup enthusiast whose reading then then you'll totally understand my glee as I announced to my office that I finally had Orgasm - which thankfully most of them understood or else that could have been awkward...

Let me know what your favourite NARS product is in the comments below so I can add it to my now ever-growing list! Audacious lipstick anyone?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

My Showcase | Dolores Christmas Weekend-er

The Dolores Christmas Weekend Washbag* from My Showcase not only carries a few of current beauty must-haves but it embodies that old-school glamour - a look I fittingly attempted to rock at my very own Christmas party. Whilst it's exterior may be classy - it's also practical too with an easy wipe-down finish for those foundation fingerprints left behind my your blender.

This Christmas will be my very first away from the nest so whilst I can't see it getting much time on the road - sorry Dol! - it's definitely a festive treat from me to me that I can use all year round!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Esthechoc | Beauty Chocolate

Esthechoc* is the guilt-free way to enjoy chocolate this Christmas with a daily supply of 72.6% dark chocolate packed with skin-loving antioxidants, So whether you're looking for a quick chocolate fix for your afternoon tea or a tastier way to protect against aging and improve luminosity, Esthechoc* has got you covered.

Whilst I'm not able to vouch for a loss of crows feet, I've definitely been enjoying my daily dose of dark chocolate - and feeling good about it too! Why not make the advent calendar last all year?

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Beauty | Rimmel do we Really Only need 1 Lipstick?

Let's talk about the lip revolution. When Rimmel released their new line of 'The Only 1' lipstick (you'll ever need). I was adamant I was not buying into the hype. This coming from a Rimmel lip fanatic. Their Kate line is legendary in the beauty bloggers community - read: 107 - and their Moisture Renew line boasts more than a few MAC dupes. But there is no way they could back up the claim that you only need one line of lipsticks. Could they?

I'll admit I was sucked in one payday weekend by the vamped up packaging and ten minutes later ended up walking away with a version of my go-to wine - ironically called 'One-of-a-Kind' - and a vibrant and sassy orange with the rather apt name 'Call Me Crazy' - because, reasons.

Another 10 minutes later and I was hungrily eyeing up the two in my bedroom mirror debating which one would go better with the 0 plans I had that day. One of a Kind won out. One swipe and my lips were smothered in such a lustrous and pigmented sheen it had me worried that I'd skipped the lip liner. Confident that it wouldn't make it through a cup of tea without bleeding - the ultimate Brit test - my smile faded when I looked in the mirror.

Whilst my mug was indeed covered in kisses, my lipstick was holding strong in all its mattified glory. Fast forward a few weeks and One of a Kind lives in my work bag - pleather rucksack - maybe even a little more than MAC Diva.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Primark | Opal-esque Stack Rings

Primark Faux Opal Tribal Silver Stack Midi Rings Sun Moon

I have a love-hate relationship with the Primark jewellery aisle - sometimes it's like a treasure trove, other's it's more like a jumble sale. Thankfully on my latest trip to Leeds - one of the great northern Primarks imo - it definitely fell into the latter.

Just how beautiful is this set of opal-esque (faux-pal?) stack rings? It's like the insta-gods answered my prayers and created some costume versions the stunning stacks I have been lusting over on the Dixi feed. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Beauty | Revlon Black Cherry

After its release, Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry quickly became a beauty blogger favourite with it's deep berry tones, but it took me a while to join the masses and become a full blown A/W cliché, Red Cup in hand.

Even with my status as a predominantly matte-lipped kinda girl - especially during A/W - I have to say that the slight sheen and moisturising formula has won a special place in my heart. Whilst it's not the most long lasting, it holds its own and can last through a good few hours and a careful coffee before you need to reapply, atop a strong berry lip liner, naturally. Just beware of a little transfer here and there (totally managed to get it on my keyboard whilst writing this...).

The colour is dark and rich with just the right hints of reds and purples - and dare I say a little brown? In some lights it looks vampy as hell and in others, as in the photos, a more wearable shade that hits somewhere between a fuchsia and a red. For a drugstore lipstick - the entire line is really worth checking out with its luxurious packaging, range of finished and even a Russian Red dupe among the mattes, I only wish they'd expand the range of shades within each finish.


Friday, 6 November 2015

Youtube | Why I Stopped Blogging, Moving House & Social Media Blackout

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Beauty | New Drugstore Releases: Lipstick Haul

Swatches from left to right: (top row of lipsticks) 1, 2, 3 (bottom row of lipsticks) 4, 5

2. GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick // Sweetheart
4. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick // Nude Embrace (Matte)
5. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick // Siren in Scarlet (Matte)

Friday, 18 September 2015

Fragrance | Van Cleef and Arpels: Ambre Imperial

Van Cleef and Arples - Ambre Imperial Collection Extraordinare EDT Fragrance Perfume Gift

Last winter I went through a phase of mixing sweet, feminine perfumes with the darker notes in men's cologne. Firstly because I read that the goddess that is Blake Lively did it, and secondly because it made the perfect scent that was strong, complicated and androgynous. It's something I never considered they'd already had the brilliant idea of bottling and, in all truthfulness they hadn't - yet.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Beauty Dupes | Painterly - Paint Pot // Creme de Rose - Colour Tattoo // Lizzie - Vibrant Eye Shimmer

Beauty Makeup Cheap Drugstore Affordable Dupes MAC Painterly Paint Pot Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creme de Rose  B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer Lizzie Eyeshadow Base
Beauty Makeup Cheap Drugstore Affordable Dupes MAC Painterly Paint Pot Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creme de Rose  B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer Lizzie Eyeshadow Base
Beauty Makeup Cheap Drugstore Affordable Dupes MAC Painterly Paint Pot Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creme de Rose  B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer Lizzie Eyeshadow Base
Beauty Makeup Cheap Drugstore Affordable Dupes MAC Painterly Paint Pot Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creme de Rose  B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer Lizzie Eyeshadow Base
Swatches from L to R: MAC Painterly Paint Pot // Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Rose // B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer in Lizzie

A #bbloggers favourite, and for a very good reason. This versatile paint pot suits a range of pale skintones and can be used both as an eyeshadow base and as an all-over-lid colour for an everyday effortless look that really brightens up the eye by camouflaging dark undertones from one too many late nights and concealing those pesky veins. It lasts all day with minimal creasing and looks killer with a flick of winged liner. But has it just gone and lost it's top spot on my makeup shelf?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Kiss | Beautiful Brow Kit

Lately I have become obsessed with a good brow - it took me a while but now my feet are firmly planted in the not-so-recent bold brow crazy and lately, its become one of my makeup staples. Add a dot of foundation here, a dab of concealer there and a dose of highlighter (inner corners, cupid's bow) and I'm ready to go. Even without my mascara - I'm telling you, I've been rocking that - almost - natural vibe.

But, as an artificial red head, I cannot explain my distain for 90% of the drugstore brow product catered for the masses with ashy brows. Give me something orange tone! Thankfully the Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit* has got me covered for all of my redheaded custom needs with two blendable shades of 'brow' to give those with brown-red tones that perfect custom shade.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Youtube | GRWM: Lab2Beauty Edition

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Life | Tips to Declutter your Social Media

Like. Follow. Like. Follow. It's become somewhat of an endless cycle of seeing something you like or want to engage with and then connecting with that brand and another, and another... but with so many social profiles and a seemingly endless sea of haters, navigating social media can be rocky. Here are my top tips to de-clutter those feeds and encourage inspiration instead of despair.

Less is More
Finally, some clearing out that I can get on board with (not the wardrobe, never the wardrobe!). When it comes to the Twitterverse, I have realised the golden rule is less is more which is why I am usually following 400-450 people at most. Maybe we've grown apart since I last saw you at that thing three years ago or maybe we worked together on that project that time. But I just don't need to know what you're up to now. It may sound harsh but I like savouring my twitter space for the bloggers and brands I am currently connecting with. It makes my feed much easier to read and I can locate updates from all of my favourites without endlessly scrolling.

No Drama Lama
I am pretty darn ruthless when it comes to drama on Twitter. In fact, I made a whole video on it. For me, anything that's needlessly negative, frequently picky or just down right rude gets unfollowed. I don't need that in my life. I have enough problems to be taking on that of the internet. I don't care what they did, I'd just recommend airing that dirty laundry elsewhere. Say out of the public eye? I also stretch this to any abuse I see online. Telling a youtuber to "go kill yourself" is - and I know some people really struggle with this so I'm going to put it in bold - not okay. So I click the report button, and I'm proud of it. Didn't y'all ever see Mean Girls?

Present Positivity
In the same kind of vain, I like to surround myself with positive people. Both in life (wherever possible) and online. It's why it's been my pinned tweet for so long. Getting rid of the negativity and surrounding yourself with inspiring people does wonders for both mood and motivation. I can say I am both a better blogger, and a better person for doing this.

Putting Yourself Out There

I like to think of myself as quite a happy and bubbly individual and so I like to put myself across as a positive person, which means I don't tweet the bad. Ever. I get that some people will completely disagree with this saying that life is not all shiny and happy and others may see this as lying or as me not being myself online. But in truth it's what I would do as a person. I hide the bad in it's few, rare, occurrences - it's just who I am. I always have.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Beauty | Your Lips But Better / Topshop Beatnik Dupes

I think all beauty bloggers strive to find that perfect your-lips-but-better shade that's perfect for those no-makeup-makeup looks - just how #bblogger can you get in a sentence? And I found mine last year in Topshop's Beatnik Lips which has since been sadly discontinued. so since then I have made it my mission to dupe hunt far and wide for the perfect replacement. An after much swatching, I've finally narrowed it down the the final 4 contenders.

MAC Syrup and Rimmel 45 are both a touch too sheer and peachy, though equally glossy, to work but make the perfect dupes for each other in case you've been lusting. Where as Rimmel's Asia is pretty spot, if not a tiny bit more pigmented and slightly less sheer. But it's nothing you would be able to notice on the lips and has consequently become my new favourite lipstick of all time. That is, until Topshop take pity on us all and bring Beatnik back in all it's pink-nude glory. At which point I plan to buy a thousand.

What's your favourite your-lips-but-better tone?


Monday, 17 August 2015

Beauty | Three Ways to get Whiter Teeth

Today's post is all about getting whiter teeth easily, and in some cases naturally, at home. They won't give you those Simon Cowell grills but they do make great substitutes within your normal regime.

Blue Based Lipstick
As a rule of thumb, blue-based lipsticks works wonders for the lips (hello glamorous red!) as well as the teeth by working to cancel out the yellow-tones of stains. Though temporary they provide an instant lift! Pictured is one of three Wild About Beauty lipsticks in Rich Berry* from their recent collaboration with Listerine that has been especially chosen for just this reason! Which brings me nicely into my second, more-permanent fix...

White-Enhancing Products
There are a whole range of toothpaste that promise enhanced whitening, I personally love my White and Glo specifically formulated for tea and coffee drinkers. But until I got sent the news of the unique collab between Wild About Beauty* and Listerine Advanced White* that promises whiter teeth in just 2 weeks, I just had to test out the duo.

Sadly, I found the mouthwash to be particularly harsh on my mouth and although it did feel like my teeth had been blasted clean, it also felt like my taste buds had been taken off too! So for a gentler, more natural solution, here's what I've been reaching for lately...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

L.A. Girl | Pro Conceal

Nails: KISS Gel Fantasy Nails.

I jumped on another #bbloggers bandwagon and I'm so glad I did. Though I don't believe these L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Conceal (purchasable in the UK from sites like eBay, Amazon) are - as they are repeatedly said to be - an exact dupe for the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, I do think they give it a run for its money along with another holy-grail concealer by Collection, the Lasting Perfection Concealer.

They have an enormous shade range for a drugstore product which means that - and you pale girls may need to sit down for this - there's even a shade light enough to highlight under my eyes (Light Porcelain) as well as conceal blemishes (Classic Ivory) due to their high coverage. Their 0nly flaw lies within the brush-toting packaging which, even though it was made with the best intentions, can get a little clogged and makes it difficult to squeeze the product out. But for the drugstore price tag I am not complaining!

Another holy grail concealer? Certainly.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Absolute New York | Flower Beauty Stamp

Calling all festival goers, this is you number one accessory for getting your no-fuss festival chic on this year with Absolute New York's Flower Beauty Stamp*. Is it gimicky? Yes. A little childish? Yes. Remind anyone else of those multi-coloured stamping pens they used to have as a child? Obviously.

Growing up I was obsessed with temporary tattoos and when I ran out I doodled. I was a doodler and I think I drove everybody a little crazy. But honestly I have little artistic ability when it comes to non-digital creations. Point being - this little guy takes all the fun from my childhood doodles and requires almost zero effort.

So, as any adult-minded, twenty-one year old would do I've been running around with cute little flower stamps on my wrists, arms, back of the neck, ankles... basically anywhere I deemed to be cool enough to house my stamped designs. I feel about five and have no regrets.

Imo, this beauty stamp would look awesome in place of festival paint around your eyes - think cute sugar skull for inspo. I just wouldn't recommend doing it if you have to have any official engagements in the next 24 hours as the ink lasts relatively well and requires a little scrubbing to be removed.

Now excuse me whilst I go back to playing, I mean, thoroughly reviewing.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Kiss The Moon | Glow Sleep Recovery Set

I have decided that Kiss the Moon Sleep Recovery* bedtime baths are quite possibly my favourite baths - which I'll admit is an incredible bold statement with the likes of Lush on the scene. But I can honestly say I have never felt so relaxed before bed than after I up-ended half of their Glow After Dark Bath Oil* into the tub and settled in with my Youtube playlist - if you haven't tried this it is the best way to catch up on vlogs.

It's been an age since I have taken some time out to truly pamper myself bar the occasional hastily applied face mask here and there so it felt incredibly to just shut off from the world and focus relaxing with the scent of white tea. The truth is, I didn't really notice a major difference until I stepped out of the bath - my achy muscles felt fantastic, my skin nourished (without being greasy) and by the time I'd crossed the threshold to my room I was just about ready to crawl into bed.

But not before applying a few drops of the Glow After Dark Face Oil* to my temple and cheeks and settling into the cutest set of PJs (from Primark, naturally). I do love a good face oil, especially when your skin is dehydrated and lacking luster as it literally brings it back to life whilst all you're doing is sleeping. Especially when it smells like falling asleep in a field of flowers. Though, as with any face oil, I would advise putting a towel on your pillow if you're heading straight to bed to avoid any potential transfer.

As of yet, the only thing in the kit I haven't tried is their Silk Sleep Mask* as my room is pitch black at night by design, but it's definitely something I'll be packing to go travelling with in the future. If you're looking for the perfect gift, why not give someone the gift of a beautiful nights sleep? You can also get 10% off your first order at the moment by signing up to their newsletter!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Beauty | Dermacologica at Pure Beauty

Hi, my name is Charley and I would describe myself as a post-teen with the worst skin. At the moment I have dry, somewhat hormonal, spot prone skin that likes to flare up underneath my skin on my cheeks, chin and forehead - yes, you read that right there is literally no escape. So when I was sent some Dermacologica products from Pure Beauty for review, I jumped at the raving five star reviews of their young skincare range: Clear Start.

I so wanted them to be good, but instead they were more 'meh' on my 21 year old skin. That's the only word I have to describe them. Did they make my skin better? No. Did they make my skin worse? No. They just were, which I why I debated publishing this post for so long - is it really worth writing a whole post if you can sum up its effects in a single word? The Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment felt light and nourishing on my post-cleanse skin but had a very strong and undescribeable scent that I wasn't overly fond of. Whilst the Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque was again, just a generic masque, my skin didn't feel noticeably cleansed, soothed or improved compared to my go-to masks from Quick Fix and Aimee.

That is not to say that these products won't work on your skin, as I said they have five star reviews for crying out loud, however they weren't able to aid in clearing my break outs so I'm throwing it open to the comments. What would you recommend?

Youtube | I'm Heading to Cardiff!

If you've been following me on social media, you'll know that last month Cross Country Trains sent me* to vlog around Cardiff for the day. It's a collaboration that has been quite literally months in the making and hopefully the start of some more follow me around vlogs as I really do love doing them (yes, even the editing!).

As it was such a mammoth train journey there and back - accompanied with lots of tea and biscuits - my time in Cardiff was short and sweet so I spontaneously opted to do a bus tour from the centre to Cardiff Bay and the Wales Millennium Centre to see as much of it as I could. I also just happened to wander into Urban Outfitters to pick up a Travel Listography to fill out on the way home. After all, no train journey is complete without something to do!

The day was in honour of their summer competition to Find Your New... So don't forget to enter by sharing your photos using the hashtag #FINDYOURNEW to be in with a chance of winning a weekend away.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Lifestyle | Fatigue, Square #1 & CARROT

CARROT App Alarm Clock Wake Up Timer Morning Tasks
CARROT App Alarm Clock Wake Up Timer Morning Tasks

It's time to fess up where I have been for the past two weeks where I abandoned ship practically mid-blog post. As some of you may know I've talked about my fatigue before in posts and it's usually debilitating but incredibly manageable. At one point I was working 25-30 hours a week doing three part time jobs, blogging and keeping up with my degree and social life all whilst feeling like I was ready for bed from the moment I woke up. It's all about routine, small breaks, good health and a lot of positive thinking. But mid-July was a busy week for me, I had what I would call two major events in a matter of a few days which left me incredibly run down.

I'd also just headed back to the doctors for what should have been an easy scan of my blood test results follower by a diagnosis and a treatment programme. Instead I was met with an empty file. My practice I had been to whilst I was at university had failed to send over my results meaning that I was back to square -1, or more specifically square #1 minus 6 weeks. And somehow on my less than ten minute trip round the surgery I caught a tiniest of colds that proceeded to ruin the next three days of my week.

I was bed bound, dizzy and achey. I had little or no motivation to move and managed, at best, an hour long driving lesson before having to come home and pass out in bed for the rest of the day. This was a particularly bad three days for me. Imagine you have insomnia even though you have slept a good 14 hours, done little to no physical activity but feel like you have accumulated this huge sleep debt. It's an incredibly odd feeling and the worst I have felt in months. It did, however, do wonders in cleaning up my Netflix queue - namely watching three seasons of Heroes flat out whilst recovering over the next week and a half and slowly trying to do more each day.

That's when I found CARROT. It was just the motivation I needed to drag my ass out of bed and just do something. For most people doing something with their day means heading out to the beach or connecting with friends. For me it meant walking from my bed to the washing machine and doing a load of laundry or making something a little more complicated than an instant meal, sandwich or soup for lunch on days where I had next to no energy. It tells me off, yells at me and gets angry to wake me up or make me finish a task which, as a people pleaser, is just what I needed to start small and aim big.

But not too big. My little time out also left me some time to watch fatigue related video after fatigue related video (it's  a lot easier than reading on the bad days). I'm now working on a credit system of 10 credits per day on my days off with things like cooking as -2 or -3 and relaxing in a hot bath as a +1 with frequent breaks between activities. I'm saying goodbye completely to vigorous exercise and hello to massages and yoga (on those very good days). I am, whether I like it or not, being forced to take a break and SLOW DOWN.

So, that is where I've been the past two weeks. In case you were wondering, today I'm feeling better, happier and have a lot more energy than I could conceive a week or two ago but I still have some pretty brutal - but liveable - pain. I feel a lot more like productive me again! What about you? What have you guys been up to? I need someone to live vicariously through!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Matalan | Lookbook: His and Hers

A few weeks ago Matalan approached me with the idea of doing a His and Hers fashion collab on a budget of just £75. I have to admit, it's been a while since I have had a local store and I was rather convinced that it was impossible to get what I - as a semi-fashion blogger - would deem a complete outfit for less than fourty pounds a piece. That's the equivalent of what I would happily pay for a chic oversized jacket from River Island or a cute embellished dress from Topshop (sometimes needs must). So after gingerly texting my boyfriend to see if I could get him on board with both the idea and his blog debut, I eagerly set to work browsing their website. Which, photographically, has been updated to look like something right out of the ASOS magazine. It's chic and minimal and perfect.


Naturally we're starting off with the 'hers' section. Here's what I picked out for a casual outfit for the slightly chilly weather we've been having this summer. My favourite part of the ensemble has to be the Ribbed Tunic in Black* that fits beautifully, just screams the nineties and looks fabulous when worn over jeans - due to its split sides - or leggings for a sleeker look. The only criticism I have is that the neck hole is a pinch too small so there have been a few foundation transfer mishaps whilst changing!

Next up we have a pair of the softest jeans. Though not my first choice (check out these super popular Acid wash beauties) I'm glad I opted for these relaxed straight cuts with a low waist* instead of my traditional super skinny high-waisters. My current go to style to dress up one half whilst dressing down the other to create this effortless looks that's never 
 too done up or bland, and these fit right into that!

The best part of the whole experience was realising just how much of a budget I had left for accessories! And, as no outfit is complete without them - I just had to see what was on offer! The Roll Top Clutch Bag* caught my eye immediately as it reminded me of a pricey leather lunch box bag that ASOS had stocked a few years ago sans the delicate chain straps. As some of you may know I'm a practical girl first, style second so I can't be doing with clutches without straps - I will just end up losing it or end up juggling it with my camera and drink - and the chain detailing makes a nice touch and pairs well with the Metallic Disc Flip Flops*.

You can't go a summer without buying a new pair of flip flops. Their just the perfect slip on shoe, and the little metallic embellishments adds just the right amount of boho chic. Overall I love my choices and I've been wearing this ensemble frequently (without the flip flops sadly, we've been having the classic British summertime over the past week!).


The verdict from the boyfriend: I like the design of the shirts (Pictured: Listen Up Festival T-Shirt* but he also got Wave Print T-Shirt* too!). However their Cargo Shorts are a little thick for the summer. Good quality though!

The slightly embellished verdict from the girlfriend: It's a thumbs up from me too. As far as men's graphic t-shirts go, I really like the 'Listen Up' slogan tee, it's right up my alley and perfect for any music lovers. It just seems like a really casual summer outfit that's perfect for BBQs and days at the beach alike.

Let me know what you think of the ensembles in the comments below! What have been your top Matalan picks lately?


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Pandora | Bracelet Update featuring Joshua James

Can you believe it's been an entire year since my last Pandora update? I can't - it doesn't seen five minutes since I was in my flatmates bedroom surrounded by my friends at 12:01 on the 30th October 2012 delicately undoing the ribbon on my first Pandora bag. After all, that's really what these bracelets are all about - memories.

My owl charm reminds me of the late nights I spent partying studying with my new found friends (and freedom!) during my first year of university, my pumpkin and my ghost - a nod to being an almost Halloween baby - and my camera given to a photography obsessed me for her 21st birthday by my wonderful flatmates and more importantly, long term friends.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Lush | Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser

Lush Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser
Lush Dark Angels Charcoal Cleanser 1

If there is one skin-loving ingredient I like to layer onto my skin, it's charcoal. I believe I read somewhere that active charcoal can remove up to four times its weight in dirt which makes it the best pore unclogging ingredient around. I'd also highly recommend the Biore range and have just purchased the This Works Quick Fix Purifying Charcoal Mask but have yet to try it out to see how it compares to this - my new love!

I cannot stress how much of a difference Lush's Dark Angels Cleanser has made to my oily and dehydrated skin. The charcoal deals with those horrible little white bumps whilst helping to exfoliate away all the dead skin at the same time. I like to use this the acne-busting cleanser by wetting my face and then scooping up a bon-bon sized (sorry, it's the closest thing I can think of!) nugget of product and wetting until it forms a smooth paste between my hands. I then scrub it all over to exfoliate and leave for 3-5 minutes until my skin feels fresh and clean (note that it doesn't say this on the tin but I like to think that it helps as you can still feel it working).

It then needs really carefully washing off - and I mean carefully, this stuff is black so make sure to use dark towels, flannels and wash the skin thoroughly when done. To me, the mess is the only down side of the entire process, which is gentle enough to be done daily, and I could see a difference in my congested pores as soon as I washed it off.

In my option, this does exactly what it says on the tin, it's Angels on Bare Faces but for those of us cursed with oily skin. A must try for anyone experiencing skin issues!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Beauty | Summer Lipstick Haul & Swatches

Beauty Lipstick Haul Revlon Matte Really Red Creme Black Cherry GOSH Flirty Orange Gerard Cosmetics Underground Swatch
Beauty Lipstick Haul Revlon Matte Really Red Creme Black Cherry GOSH Flirty Orange Gerard Cosmetics Underground Swatch

June was the month of lipstick purchases because that's just what you want before a giant British Summertime heatwave - right?

Gerard Cosmetics Underground
As Gerard Cosmetics frequently post so many discount codes over on their instagram, I thought I'd snag this unique shade for 45% off (Read: you must go follow them!). It reminds me a lot of the instahype surrounding Lime Crime's Cashmere. It's a bit of purple, a bit of brown and a bit of grey all rolled into one and feels almost waxy on the lips. It's quite unusual both in colour and texture and lasts a long time without being drying.

GOSH Flirty Orange
Recently I have been obsessed with the matching lip liner so I just had to get this and though I can say I honestly don't love it as much due to it's sheen, it looks great over either an orange liner for a true pop of colour or atop a red lip liner for a fully customisable red-orange shade. Both of which I think are perfect for summer.

Revlon Really Red (Matte)
Also known as the perfect MAC Russian Red dupe (see also Sleek's Russian Roulette). A classic red that just lasts on the lips. I also really like Revlon's packaging as it feels solid and luxurious.  Plus, as a beauty blogger it's always handy when you can see the colour through the top of the bullet!

Revlon Black Cherry (Creme)
This is the lipstick everyone was raving about in A/W 2014. Though I prefer the matte formulation of these lipsticks, this one certainly has its place as one of my favourite summer berries. YES, you did read that right! It can either be dabbed on for a light wash of colour or applied all over for that opaque and vampy finish we all know and love.

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