Saturday, 21 March 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

The Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation was launched last month. Since then, I've been trying out this fluid-touch foundation to see if it really 'evens and perfects the skin with complete, natural looking coverage'.

Shade: 10 Ivoire

So here are my thoughts:
This is the lightest, silkiest liquid foundation that I’ve ever put on my face so I had a hard time getting used to it. First of all, the concept of a dropper is new to me, so my foundation routine took a little longer than usual to begin with (but this applicator is the reason it gives such a natural looking finish). I started off by applying it with a Real Techniques buffing brush but ended up using my fingers to give a more natural, streak-free finish. 

This foundation is a medium coverage (but build-able) and is good at hiding any redness. The finish is almost matte, which is what I like. However,  I found any dry patches of my skin looked flakier and the foundation stuck to these problem areas; so it won't be replacing my Rimmel Match Perfection foundation just yet. Despite this, with a little more moisturising, I think the foundation is perfect for a more natural, light weight makeup look in spring and summer. 

Find it in Boots and Superdrug for just £8.99. 

Let me know your thoughts on this foundation, and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Charlie xx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Homemade Granola Recipe

Serving suggestion here.

300g oats
150g mixed seeds (I used the Omega Sprinkle from Holland and Barrett)
50g flaked almonds
50g coconut flakes
50g raisins
2 tbs honey
100ml maple syrup
1sp vanilla extract

1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/ gas mark 2.
2. Mix all the ingredients (except the coconut and dried fruit) in a large bowl.
3. Tip the granola mix onto a baking sheet (you may need more than one) and spread evenly.
4. Bake for 10/15 minutes. 
5. Add the coconut and dried fruit. Bake for a further 10/15 minutes.

Serve with milk or yogurt. 
Can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month. 

Note: this recipe can be altered however you like. Add more fruit, less seeds/nuts. Whatever you prefer. 

Charlie xx

Friday, 6 February 2015

'REVOLUTION' Ankle Boots // ASOS

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(reduced from £35)

The Details: 
Textured, leather-look upper
Lace-up closure
Metal Eyelets
Almond shaped toe
Chunky platform
Block heel

My Thoughts:
Super comfortable; despite 5cm heel.
Perfect for everyday wear.
Easy to dress up or dress down.
Lace tightly; good for narrow feet.

Charlie xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Healthy Way To Start The Day

If you read my New Years Resolutions post, you will know I want to be healthier this year. Not that I eat that badly, but I want to think more about what I am eating and feel generally happier with my body. 

With this in mind, I have started by tackling breakfast; the most important meal of the day. Instead of  just having toast or skipping breakfast, I have started having granola with yoghurt (and sometimes a little bit of honey or some fruit), delicious

Breakfast: Granola with Yoghurt and Honey. Coffee.

I have discovered Rude Health 'The Ultimate' granola which is the perfect mix of oats/spelt/barley and nuts (almonds and hazelnuts). This granola doesn't contain any fruit and therefore has a low sugar level compared to most granolas. I like to have my granola with plain yoghurt; any type will do really, just whatever you prefer. 

Charlie xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Lush Haul

Lush products are some of my favourite bath and shower products out there. When they had a 50% off sale after Christmas I went a bit crazy, so I thought I would share with you what I got. 

1. Christmas Hedgehog // Bubble Bar (£1.65)
'Soften skin and prickly moods this festive season. Crumble under running water for mounds of bubbles and a moisturising soak.'

2. Dashing Santa // Bath Bomb (£1.45)
'The citrus essential oils in this satsuma-scented bath bomb will put a spring in your step. Drop into the water and watch Santa fly.'

3. Melting Snowman // Bath Melt (£1.10)
'Melt away festive fatigue with this cocoa butter bath melt. Drop into your bath water to soften up.'

4. Yog Nog // Soap (£2.00)
'Give skin a drink of soap made with soya yoghurt and a fudgy blend of festive spices. Lather on, then put on your Christmas knits.'

5. Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds // Bubble Bar (£2.35)
'Patchouli and frankincense give it an exotic, hypnotic fragrance that helps you relax. This melts into your bathwater, turning the water sky-blue dotted with foam clouds.'

6. So White // Bath Bomb (£1.75)
'This brings a crisp, fresh aroma of a juicy apple to your tub. Pop it in the bath and watch it fizz, releasing softening baking soda and the uplifting oils of bergamot and neroli.'

7. Sakura // Bath Bomb (£1.75)
'Noriko, one of our product inventors, hails from Japan and this beautiful Bath Bomb represents what it’s like to be in a park while the breeze blows through the blossoms in the trees.'

Charlie xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Years Resolutions // 2015

New Year, New Me? I don't often make new years resolutions but 2014 has been quite a stressful year, meaning it hasn't been the best or happiest year for me. That's not to say there weren't any good parts (because there was) but I thought I would set myself 5 New Years Resolutions to try and make 2015 an even better year.


1. Work Harder
I know this is a common resolution but this year I really want to work harder in order to achieve my goals and get into my top choice university. 

2. Enjoy Life
This year I want to work on feeling happier generally and realise that if one thing goes wrong in life, it is not the end of the world. I believe that if something doesn't turn out the way you planned, there is always something you can do to change it. 

3. Be Healthier
I want to do more regular exercise and eat healthier in order to feel happier with my body and feel generally healthier. 

4. Be More Confident
This one is about feeling more comfortable in situations that would normally scare me. I need to stop worrying so much about what people think of me and focus more on doing what makes me happy.

5. Let Go of People Who Make Me Unhappy
This is very important one for me this year. I have realised that life is too short to try and impress people that make me unhappy and uncomfortable. I believe that it is possible to grow out of friendships; sometimes you have to accept that and let go of people that no longer make you happy. 

I hope you all have a great New Year. I would love to hear any resolutions you have made in the comments. 

Charlie xx