Sunday, 5 October 2014

Zoella Beauty

As many of you may know the blogger and youtuber Zoe Sugg, from Zoella, has released a range of beauty products known as Zoella Beauty. The range is aimed around relaxing and pampering yourself which is something Zoe loves to do at home. 

All products are priced between £5 and £8, making them affordable for everyone. The packaging is beautiful and attractive which is an added bonus, making the products feel even more luxurious.

When I popped into Superdrug last week I picked up 'Fizz Bar' (£5) and 'Blissful Mistful' (£8). These products smell amazing

'Fizz Bar' is a fragrant bath fizzer which is designed as a bar so you can break off as many pieces as you like and pop them into your bath. It is suggested to drop 1 or 2 cubes into warm running water to start the fizzing process. This bar is fresh and fragrant; perfect for a relaxing, evening bath.

'Blissful Mistful' is a fragrant body mist with a sweet and floral fragrance which is not overpowering. This product is perfect for teenage girls and priced at just £8 is really affordable. 

Other products in the range include a candle (£5), a body lotion (£5), a bath soak/shower cream (£5) and two makeup-bags/pencil cases [Eyes and Guinea Pig] (£8). 

Products are available online at and online and in store at Superdrug


Charlie xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Top 5 Drugstore Makeup Products

I have the shade 101 Classic Ivory which is a really good match. It applies perfectly to the skin and I like to use my Real Technique buffing brush to give a natural looking finish. I think this foundation is a bargain at £6.99.

I like to set my base makeup in place using Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder. I have the shade 'Warm Beige' but there are a variety of shades including a translucent powder. I love this powder because it helps hold makeup in place all day and removes any shine from my T-zone. Also, it does not cling to any dry patches on my skin. Amazing!

Solar Powder is a two-toned bronzing powder, allowing you to either go for a subtle glow or a full on contour. Personally, I like to blend the two shades together and use it as a gentle all over bronze.

I like the MUA pencil because it comes with a brush at one end so that you can blend the product through evenly, giving a more natural look.  I like to apply it using small strokes and then brushing through. I have the shade brunette but they also have a blonde shade and a black shade. I use a clear mascara on top to set them in place. This brow product is super cheap priced at just £1!

I recently picked up the shade Picnic in the Park and Vampire Kiss when I saw the whole Tanya Burr range on offer in Superdrug. I don't normally opt for a lip gloss because I find many of them feel sticky on the lips. However, after trying these products I might be a convert. These lip glosses are super pigmented, they smell a-maz-ing (like sweeties) and they are so long lasting. Vampire Kiss is a typical autumnal deep red shade, and Picnic in the Park is a lovely pink shade, for a more natural look.


Charlie xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Battle of the Brows

Over the past few months I have been experimenting with different brow products so today  I'm going to tell you what I think.

The first product I tried was an eyebrow pencil. I like the MUA pencil because it comes with a brush at one end so that you can blend the product through evenly, giving a more natural look.  I like to apply it using small strokes and then brushing through. I have the shade brunette but they also do one for blondes. I use the MUA clear mascara on top to set them in place.

This is a two-in-one product with a felt tip at one end and a waxy pencil at the other. To start with I preferred to just use the wax end but now I enjoy the felt tip end because I feel it gives a natural looking finish and lasts all day. I use the felt tip end to draw little lines which look like hairs to give a fuller looking brow. I use the shade Brownie Points which is for brunettes but they also have a shade for blondes. I also use a clear mascara on top to set my brows in place. 

This is a relatively new product which acts as a colour and setting agent in one. There is a range of shades; clear, blonde, mid brown and dark brown. I have 'dark brown' which is a perfect match for my brows. I really love this product because it is quick and easy (being a two-in-one product). However, I find that too much product comes off on the brush but this is easily sorted by wiping the excess before use.

These are just some of the brow products available in the drugstore. Let me know in the comments what your favourite brow product is.

Charlie xx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Benefit 'The Real Steal' Review

Earlier this month I picked up 'The Real Steal' set by Benefit. It contains a full size of They're Real! mascara, a travel size of the Push-Up Liner and a tester of They're Real! remover. These three products come in a set for just £19.50 which is an absolute bargain because its RRP is £24. 

If you want to purchase this set, here are a few places you can find it:

They're Real! Mascara
I know I'm late on the bandwagon but this mascara is amazing! On use, it is so easy to apply adding length and volume as well as separating the lashes - everything I look for in a mascara. It stays in place all day without smudging and to top it all off it is easy to remove with regular makeup remover (I used the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water).

Would I repurchase: Yes

They're Real! Push Up Liner

I've never been able to master the art of winged eyeliner so I was excited to try this product. I had heard a mix of reviews about it so I was interested to try it for myself.  

This is a gel liner but in a super handy pen form. The nib is angled and flexible but it's not easy to get the right amount of product out. Overall, I found it difficult to use and the product itself was quite dry and flaky. All in all I made a total mess of my face and had to remove it immediately. It does not come off with regular makeup remover so you definitely need to buy the 'They're Real! Remover' (a sneaky move Benefit!).

Would I repurchase: No.

They're Real! Remover 
The remover worked pretty well to remove the liner from my eyes although I had to scrub it a bit, leaving my eyes quite red (a big no no).

I hope this review is useful. Let me know what you think of the They're Real! range.

Charlie xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Mixed Berry Muffins

I found the recipe for these muffins in The Hummingbird Bakery 'Cake Days' recipe book. It suggests the following ingredients make 10-12 muffins although I found it too make 15.

300g plain flour
155g caster sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
250ml milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
85g unsalted butter (melted)
50g blueberries
50g raspberries

*I would advise to use more berries than the recipe recommends to make sure each muffin has an equal amount*

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/gas mark 5. Line the tin with muffin cases.
2. Sift together the flour, 115g of the sugar, the baking powder, the bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. 
3. In a jug mix the milk, vanilla essence and eggs.
4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and egg mixture - beat until smooth. 
5. Add the melted butter and mix to incorporate.
6. Stir in the berries by hand, making sure they are evenly distributed in the batter.
7. Spoon the batter into the muffin cases, filling each up to two-thirds full and sprinkle the tops with the remaining sugar.
8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown on top and bounce back lightly when pressed. Leave in the tin for a short while, the transfer t a wire rack to cool.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know in the comments if you make them and what you think.

Charlie xx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Edinburgh Photo Diary

Last week my sister and I went on a short city break to Edinburgh (one of our favourite cities). When we arrived on Wednesday evening we went to Wannaburger to get a takeaway for dinner.

I got a grilled chicken burger with fries and shake (black and white).
My sister had the grilled halloumi burger with cajun fries and a shake (black and white). We also shared some onion rings.

The next day we spent the morning exploring the shops on Princes Street.

Dress: Forever 21
Jumper: Zara (sale)
Shoes: Vans
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company 11" Navy Satchel

Nails: NYC 'Raindrop'
Lipstick: MAC 'Crosswires'

In the afternoon we took a walk down the Royal Mile. 
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
A View of the City
St Giles Cathedral

The Queens Gallery

Scot Monument

Top: H&M
Shorts: Forever  21
Shoes: Vans
Bag: Asos
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 'Wayfarer'
Necklace: Primark

For dinner that night we went to Nandos. I had a chicken pitta with chips. Yum. 
On Friday we strolled through Grass Market and had lunch in a lovely restaurant called The Outsider. 
Grass Market
Edinburgh Castle

Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Forever 21
Shoes: Nike Air Max 'Thea'
Necklace: Primark
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 'Wayfarers'

For lunch I chose crispy rosemary gnocci with peas and baby gem lettuce, it was absolutely delicious.

Alice had aubergine and halloumi salad. We shared some garlicky fries which tasted amazing.
After lunch we took a walk up to Calton Hill to get a view across the whole city. 

On the way back to the flat we stopped off at Patisserie Valerie to get a takeaway dessert :).

Lemon Cheesecake


Overall we had a great couple of days in Edinburgh and thankfully got the best of the weather. 

Oh Comely Magazine and Gordon Street Coffee for the train home
Are you going on holiday this summer? 

Charlie xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

July Favourites

The end of the month is approaching so I thought I'd share with you some off my favourites.

1. Ed Sheeran - X
Ed Sheeran's new album was released at the end of June and I have been listening to it non stop since then. Some of my favourite songs from the album include 'I See Fire' and 'Nina'. The album is available HERE for £9.00 or the deluxe version HERE for £11.99.

2. The 'Three-Product-Face'
This month, as the weather has been improving here in the UK, I have been trying out a minimal makeup look using only concealer, powder and mascara. The products I have been using include Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' concealer, Collection 'lasting perfection' concealer, Rimmel 'Stay Matte' powder and Maybelline 'The Rocket' mascara

3. NYC Nail Polish
I own quite a few nail polishes from this collection and recently I have been loving wearing blue shades on my nails. Two of my favourites include 'East Village' and 'Raindrop'.  You can find them in Superdrug, priced at just £1.79 per polish. I also love using a glitter top coat, such as Kiko Fancy Topcoat, for an accent nail.

4. Ray Ban - Wayfarers
I bought my Ray Ban's at the end of May and I have worn them a great deal since then. I love the way they look, feel AND they protect my eyes from the sun. I ordered mine through Tesco Opticians but I would not recommend using this company because they did not send the order out on time and the customer service department is frankly appalling.

I bought my new trainers at the beginning of the month and I have been wearing them nearly everyday. They are super comfortable and I love the colour. They cost £80 (£72 with student discount) but they were totally worth it and will last me a long time.

6. Fresh Mango
A bit of a random food favourite this month has been fresh mango. One of my goals for the summer is to eat more healthily and so far I have mainly been eating mango. I find it so refreshing and delicious.  

7. Homemade Smoothies 
To make my smoothies I have been using the Brenville Blend-Active Blender. I use about half a banana, a cup of mixed frozen berries, a cup of fruit juice and half a cup of water and blend it all together.

So there are some of my favourites this month. What have you been loving?

Charlie xx