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Monday, 13 June 2016

Youtube | Summer Second Hand & Depop Haul



This is, hands down, the best second hand I have done in a while. From Depop I hauled killer some killer summer clothes - and, much to my surprise not one of them was in black. But the greatest of all gifts came from the carboot...

Red Leather Jacket // Forever 21
Palm Print Skirt // Primark
Green Knit Jumper // New Look
Crosby Cruiser in Mint Green
The Beatles Greatest Hits Record

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Beauty | Products for Hooded Eyes & Oily Eyelids

Beauty Makeup Products Oily Eyelids Hooded Eyes Lids NYX Liquid Black Liner Eyeliner Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creme de Nude ColourPop KathleenLights Cornelious Where the Light is Quad Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara Black

Beauty | Products for Oily, Hooded Eyes


Not only are these creme eyeshadows, mascaras and eyeliners great makeup for hooded eyes - they're also some of my current favourites and go-to products.


Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara in Black Taffeta (Sample Size)


After receiving a sample-size of Givenchy's Noir Collection Volume Mascara in My Little Box a few months back - I fear for my wallet. My lashes look naturally fluttery thanks to the specially crafted wand - featuring a plump base and tapered end to give you a wide-eyed effect - that defined my inner lashed and leaves my my outer lashes voluminous. Plus there is zero smudging throughout the day, despite my oily eyelids, meaning that I can wave goodbye to the crazy panda lady in the bathroom mirror.


ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in KathleenLights from their Where the Light is Quad


This eyeshadow is everything - from the striking gold to the formulation. Remember those oily, hooded, pain-in-the-ass eyelids I just told you about? They're no match for ColourPops's hella pigmented, smooth and creamy formula that literally lasts all day on my lids. Whilst it's not a colour I wear daily - it's one I yearn to reach for on my out-of-office days. All I want now is for them to hurry up and ship to the UK.



Almost every single day - when I'm not running late, that is - I lightly buff Cornelious into my crease with a fluffy blending brush to add some natural definition to the eye and set with a a warm toned shadow. Whilst it's not as fancy as KathleenLights, it's just what I need on a day-to-day basis.



I first raved about Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Nude quite a while ago, as it's sister - Creme de Rose - from the same collection is very similar, and quite possible dupe-worthy, to MAC's coveted Painterly Paint Pot. Though I find them less longer-lasting than their high-end counterparts - I still reach for Creme de Nude almost every day as, thanks to it's yellow undertones, it works to conceal the veins and brighten the purple - sleepless - tones around my eye, making me look more awake and refreshed, even if I don't feel like it. Though, I definitely need to set it with a pale shadow or powder before heading out of the house because the struggle is real with creasing and fading when it comes to working 8 hour days.


NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner


I recently raved about this eyeliner in my May Favourites video, it's black and black, transfer proof and has a super precise brush, making it the perfect eyeliner for hooded eyes. As you'll know if you read my, Disappointing Products post from June, because of this, I have such a problem finding new eyeliners. It's heartbreaking truly.

After my beloved NYC Liquid Eyeliner was pulled from Superdrug stores, along with their counters, I needed to find a replacement - stat. But the NYX Collection Noir Liquid Liner wasn't where I started - though I'm truly glad it's where I ended up. So, in the effort to avoid you from making a potential bogus buy if you have lids like mine...

Soap & Glory's Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
Transfers like crazy, but other than that was pretty loveable. The tip is a little large but it makes a nice wind and is really easy to use.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner

Again, this transfered and ended up in my crease and it faded throughout the day.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

 This just wasn't as black as I would like it but had a really precise nib.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner

A worth contender for which the reverse was true, no transfer but super hard to control due to its rigid brush.

You're welcome.



Got another holy grail product I'm missing from my list? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.


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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Blogging | 3 Easy Tips to Improve your Blog Photos



Six Easy Tips to Improve Your Blog Photography Camera Quick Simple Ways Hacks Right Now Today Blog Photos iPhone


From one blogger to another, here's three easy tips you can use  today to improve your blog photos - right now. Even if all you have is a trusty iPhone. a.k.a the photography tips I wish someone had told me back when I started blogging...

Don't be sad, get app-y.


Cheesy but true. A fancy computer paired with a ton of even fancier editing software is every bloggers dream - Nope? Just me then? But it's also totally not necessary. I have spent hours lost in the App Store downloading photo editing app after editing app on a one-woman quest to improve my Instagram feed so I know they're out there. Want to see what my favourite is and learn a few of my favourite Insta hacks? Read this post. You can always use them for your blog photos too!



Stop what you're doing. Go to your nearest hardware store and spend the best £4 you ever will on your blog.


Yep. You read right - the hardware store. There you will find the greatest selection of floor tiles known to man - and consequently a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to blogging backgrounds. I have never been so excited to stand in a freezing old warehouse. And when the cashier asks you if you've got a lot of decision making to do? Just smile and nod. It's easier than explaining - trust me.



Manual is labour.


If you're terrified of using the manual setting on your camera or can't find the time to learn - Canon has a great way of cheating the same look and feel in your images. Flip your camera wheel to 'CA' - also known as Creative Auto and have fun flipping through he various presents. You can make your images more vivid, warmer or cooler to match your lighting. Or, my personal favourite, brighter. It's practically instant Photoshop.


To read more posts in my #BloggingHacks series, click here.

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Disappointing Beauty Products | June 2016

Disappointing Beauty Products June 2016 Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner, Freedom Makeup ProStudio Strobe Cream Highlight, Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Private Members Lipstick, MUA Luxe Liquid Lipstick Velvelt Lip Laquer Unity.jpg

Disappointing Beauty Products | June 2016


Disappointing products posts are always a little sad to write - especially as some of my June 2016 discoveries come from some of my favourite brands -  I'm looking at you Makeup Revolution. But no product is ever going to work for everyone, which leads me onto this unpopular opinion of a Soap & Glory staple...



Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen

Before you rage-quit or head to the comments to vent your views - just hear me out. I have oily, mostly hooded eyelids and because of that Supercat Eyeliner by Soap & Glory just doesn't work for me. In fact, that's an understatement. Try transfers like crazy. I can't make it an hour in this liner - even if it does give me one heck of a wing - before it transfers to my crease and I end up looking like a crazy clown and/or panda lady. Take your pick

I was so prepared to love it - and I know you were too thanks to the zillion of you suggesting I try this in a #bbloggers chat a little while ago. But, alas, Soap & Glory's famed eyeliner pen just wasn't meant for me.


Freedom Makeup Pro Studio Strobe Cream*

Strobing is a trend that's here to stay at least another summer. So when Freedom Makeup joined the highlighting hype and released a number of new  products, I was pretty excited envisioning my Jefree Star-esque glow. But, when I swatched this on the back of my hand, I have to say I was severely disappointed. Whilst it leaves a slight dewy sheen and what I think could be a hint of bright, duochromatic, pink shimmer *reaches for magnifying glass*  it's not what I envisioned at all when I lusted over Freedom Makeup's constant social media teasers a few months back. 

Where's that coveted glow? I definitely can't see myself using this on top of my makeup for some extra illumination, like the packing suggests, as it lacks the pigmentation. But as a base, I'll give it a shot - after all, it does say the words subtle and natural too.


Makeup Revolution Private Members Club from their Rose Gold Collection*

Let's start on a high - that packaging is both enviable and eye-catching. Who wouldn't want to own a rose gold lipstick to match their rose gold... everything else - #trendy. And the colour is a beautiful blackberry. But I'm afraid that's all the good points I have to say about this lipstick. It's sheer, unpigmented and smudgy and  - in my humble beauty blogger opinion - worse quality than their £1 line. Plus it literally smells like a wax crayon - I actually did a DIY lipstick from a wax crayon that smelt better.

It's harsh, I know, and I'm definitely going to beauty blogger hell for hating on one of my favourite brands, but I just cannot with this product. Now, here are some other posts that show how amazing Makeup Revolution are: Best of Beauty 2015Makeup Revolution Lip Hugs & Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer.


MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer in Unity

MUA promises long-wear matte finish lip lacquer - a.k.a liquid lipstick - and believe me when I say, they deliver I am totally head over heels for a certain shade from their Luxe collection - you can find out which here. However, MUA's Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer in Unity, a straight up lilac shade, is just a little too ghostly for my pale complexion.

Which, I know, is totally my fault for assuming I'd like all Instag chic, and not MUA's for making a quirky and out there shade . In fact, more drugstore brands should really learn from that. We need more affordable drugstore liquid lipsticks in our lives!


Agree or disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Beauty | Top 3 Luminous Drugstore Blushes

Top Best 3 Drugstore Blushes NYX Illuminator Chaotic Milani Baked Blush Luminoso Sleek Blush Rose Gold Blusher

I do love a glowy blush - as you can see with my choice of three top drugstore blushes that all just happen to be peachy, and glowy, and perfect in every way...

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

This glowy, peach-toned blush has rightly earned it's claim in the blogger hall of fame. Milani's Luminoso is my go-to. It breathes life into my dull complexion and it matches literally any makeup look and even comes with a handy travel brush and mirror for those on-the-go touch ups. Plus - that iconic gold packaging is more than a little easy on the eye.



Sleek's Rose Gold Blush was a thing before the rose gold revival was a thing. This well-known NARS Orgasm dupe was all the rage in the bloggersphere back when I started blogging in 2013. Sleek's Rose Gold is vibrant and pigmented with a beautiful golden sheen that shifts the red undertones to a shimmering peach in the light. And, as an added bonus, if you're in a rush a quick swipe and blend of Sleek's Rose Gold across the cheeks means you can even skip the highlight too.


For those days I would like a rosy glow that lies somewhere between the peach of Luminoso and the red shimmer of Rose Gold, I opt for NYX's Illuminator in Chaotic. As the name suggests it's shimmering, shining, splendour in a compact - complete with a liberal helping of sheer sparkle. Though not as finely milled as the above, I do enjoy the luminosity of this blush during the summer months and reach for it often.

What's your favourite luminous drugstore blush?

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Blogging | How to Up your Instagram Game in 3 Easy Steps

Instagram Tips Tricks Theme Schedule Posts

Whilst it's great to be spontaneous I find the most effective way to keep on top of your Instagram game is to prep your posts in advance. Trust meAs Instagram is quite literally part of my day job - I spend quite a lot of time behind the screen shooting several photos of the exact same thing, making small edits and tapping away all for the sake of one simple post...

Editing

Taking your photos in advance gives you the time to edit the crap outta your Insta pics (ahem, technical term) - improve the lighting, make the colours pop or selectively defocus parts of your image... it's all up to you. More time almost always equals a better quality photo - and, in turn, hopefully more engagement. My app of choice is Enlight (£2.99) thanks to its colour curve capabilities that take your photos your photos from this to this in a just a few taps - thanks to some lighting black magic. Now you can flatlay like a pro, let's talk about planning.


Planning

If you're into Insta-themes - you need the app Planoly (Free) in your life to help you pick your next best post according to your theme. Whilst I myself am anti-theme - I find them way too restrictive and thoroughly enjoy the flexibility of being able to post what I want when I want - I can see the attraction and seriously envy those theme-tastic feeds like the @katvondbeauty.

Scheduling

I've spent a fair amount of time researching scheduling apps in an effort to save time - but honestly? They're just not up to scratch. All those reminders, copying, pasting... Why so many clicks? The easiest way to "schedule" an Instagram post is in Instagram itself. All you have to do is prep the photo, add the caption, tags and location and then shut off your mobile data and wifi. It's as easy as that. The photo will fail to upload and will remain in the top of your Instagram feed until you either want to upload it at the click of a button or cancel it. And the best part is? It even works with the fancy new account switching feature which makes my life sooooo much easier for managing my personal and professional accounts.

I hope you enjoyed reading my top tips for staying on top of Instagram - I'd recommend reading and repeating at least 2 or 3 times a day for optimum results - but lets be realistic, ain't nobody got time for that... If you'd like to hear more about how I manage my social media let me know in the comments below.

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Youtube | May Favourites 2016



I can't believe it's time for my May Favourites already! This month I have a variety of old beauty favourites are shiny new homeware and haircare products to share with you. Don't forget to let me know in the comments below what have you been loving this past month.

MAY FAVOURITES:


HOMEWARE:
Monochrome Print Plate from Netto
Cat Tea Bag Holder from George at ASDA

FASHION:
Green Suedette Waterfall Jacket from Primark

BEAUTY:
Oval Brush Dupe from eBay

HAIRCARE:
got2b Oil-licious Tame and Shine Styling Oil

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Blogging | Goodbye Rambling of a Beauty Blogger!


After four years of blogging it's time to say goodbye to Rambling of a Beauty Blogger and hello to CharleyLucy!

Rebranding my blog was a decision that took months of consideration, hours pouring over tutorials - and 10 minutes of actual work. It was a change I knew it was coming from the moment I was stood on stage at the #HUUMediaExpo in the March talking about the importance of building a brand on a strong blog name; only to realise that back in 2012 I hadn't done that. I hadn't researched, hadn't thought or brainstormed - and had ultimately come up with my blog name in less than 10 minutes on rainy afternoon.

Whilst I'm always going to have a special place in my heart for Rambling of a Beauty Blogger  - despite how often it was mis-pluralised - in the end I found it to be too limiting, childish and quite frankly out dated for the direction I wanted my blog to go. I am more than just my makeup storage and I want to open up my blog to new topics, new possibilities and break free of the beauty restraints. My only regret is being unable to take my DA with me.

Have you ever thought about changing your blog name? Did you go through with it?

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Brushes | Artis Oval Brush Dupes


Like the Beauty Blender before it, this Artis-Inspired Oval Brush Dupe (larger, left) - read: straight up dupe - has changed the way I put on makeup- quite possibly for good.

Whilst it may lack the shiny metal, sleek design and - most importantly - price tag of the original oval brushes (Artis, MAC) the bristles are the most densely packed I have ever used and leave even my dry, dull and blemish prone skin looking flawlessly blended each and every day. Using a dewy drugstore foundation foundation (currently Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation mixed with a few drops of GOSH Foundation Drops) I achieve a healthy looking, skin-like finish that is never cakey or clingy around my drier areas of skin. It's practically witchcraft.

Additionally application process is infinitely more pleasing than my go-to stippling brush with the goal being to swipe rather than to buff the foundation across the skin. And, I've often found myself reaching for it throughout the day to refresh any makeup slips in my oily zones - which, may sounds totally unappealing to those of you who haven't experienced crazy levels of combination skin. It totally freshens up my makeup! (Note: I don't set my foundation with powder due to my dry patches).

The smaller of the Artis-Inspired Oval Brush Dupes I purchased (right), doesn't come with the same glowing recommendation. Originally purchased  as an under concealer brush, I found it hard and streaky to use around the eyes. Plus the coverage wasn't quite good enough to cover my late night blogging bags; though I can imagine it behind the one to blend out a cream contour worthy of Kim K.

I know these kind of Oval Brushes are hella hyped right now - please see paragraph one through three - and imo rightly so. I'd definitely recommend them for several times their price - just maybe not quite as much as the Artis set that start at £28 per brush over at Space NK *faints*.

Have you tried out any of the Oval Brush Dupes?
Or maybe you've been lucky enough to splash out on the real thing?

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