The palette's I've been loving this Autumn

Thursday, 15 November 2018

I'll be the first to admit I have a lil' bit of an obsession over palettes, I'm always swooning after them, I've currently got my eye on the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice and the Origin by beauty bay I wanted to run through a couple of palettes that are in heavy rotation in my makeup stash.

Soph extra spice palette 

Soph extra spice palette

Soph Extra spice shades.

One of my favourite palettes currently. This palette has so many great shades making it perfect and versatile for use all year round. Whether you want a sunset look for summer or a berry toned look for Autumn this palette is for you, my friend. The palette is made up of such beautiful bold colours which I love, I don't actually have any other palettes like that after my 'warm tones only' phase. The shadows have a good pigment making the colour pay off perfect, they blend so nicely and they're really easy to work with. Overall this is perfect for a drugstore palette. There's a full review of this palette here.

Original Naked palette

Original Naked palette

Original Naked shades.

The original Naked palette is a staple for any makeup collection. The palette is made up of 12 gold toned eyeshadows; A couple matte but mostly shimmer. The shadows are Silky to the touch which is so nice and they're easy to work with. The price tag on this one is a little bit higher than the other two palettes but the quality you get with it makes it more than worth it. As with all Naked palettes, you get the staple brush which is high quality and blends shadows so nicely (I actually use this with all my eyeshadow palettes).

I heart Revolution rose gold mini palette

I heart revolution rose gold palette

I Heart Revolution Rose gold Shades

This little palette is such a bargain at only £6. It's perfect for travel because of its size (smaller than my iPhone) it's honestly the perfect palette to chuck in your make-up bag. The palette itself has 8 shadows; 6 mattes, 2 shimmers which are all rose gold toned. I found with this I did have to build the shadows up for a decent colour pay off. However, saying this I wasn't using any primer and I also get quite oily eyelids (I know, grim) so some shadows generally don't work well on my skin, especially without a primer. The packaging is very 'Kylie' cross 'Too Faced' a rose gold dripping effect and it's actually really pretty.

How to fit blogging around full time work.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Hello lovelies, I'm currently sat in the corner at work with a cuppa, a Cadburys break bar (shh, it's a nutritious breakfast), no customers (not entirely true I've had the odd few and I'm bound to be hit with a lunch queue any second) and I felt like writing a lil post, about how flipping hard it can be to squeeze blogging around a full-time job. Don't worry, this isn't going to be a ramble or a massive moan I'm actually going to be dishing out a few pointers on how I manage to do it all. I feel like honestly this whole year, I may as well of live in this lil' building and whilst my blogging uploads have slacked a little bit, they're still happening and somehow I'm still managing. So how the heck do I do it?.

Enjoy blogging 

There's no point having a job which sometimes may run you down (I said sometimes, that wasn't a moan). To then go home or do something you hate when you get rest time, this isn't to say it can't be stressful or even at times you might not hate it you might hit a slump of writer's block and honestly not even want to look at your blog, that’s okay. I just mean in general you deserve to enjoy whatever you're doing in your rest time. So for me, blogging is my switch off. I started this blog as a hobby to do in my spare time and I don't even think I expected It to last or even get views or anything, I just enjoyed doing it and I still enjoy it just as much now, the only difference now is I think this could potentially grow into something so I've started being more serious about it.


Lists, Lists, Lists

I have lost count of the number of lists and 'schedules' I write to keep this up to date alongside working; Lists for posts; lists for social media; lists for lists. I have a full diary just for blogging. I'm naturally quite an organised person so this isn't too much of a hassle for me to do personally but if you're hella unorganised reminders on your phone are a perfect way to just give yourself a lil' nudge when something needs doing.

Little & Often

I'm a firm believer in this one purely because work does me over enough as it is that I don't want to wear out doing something I enjoy as well. I have my weekly schedule and I try my best to stick to it and whilst sometimes it doesn't work (cmon' am only human) 99% of the time it works for me. Below is my exact schedule (literally just copied and pasted) so please take some inspo from it;

Weekly -

MONDAY -TAILWIND LIKE MAD; Schedule your pins, if I have a busy week coming up do a couple of weeks at a time, Ideally a Monday or Tuesday would be perfect for this when I'm not in spar, I need to get out of the 'cba'  mindset (lol but seriously once it’s done it's done, simple and you pay for it so get your moneys worth).

TUESDAY  - Take photo's for a week worth on Instagram and also any photos you need for Thursday's post.



FRIDAY -  could be used to write posts up. SHARE YESTERDAYS POST (REFER TO SOCIAL MEDIA LIST).

SATURDAY -   plan out future posts

SUNDAY  - Use Sunday for whatever you need that week.

Keep an eye on stats but don't stress over them, They're just numbers!!!.
(Sorry for the atrocious spelling etc here, it's usually for my eyes only)

So as you can see apart from Wednesday and Thursday there's always something for me to do somewhere (I was just so engrossed in writing there, I completely forgot I was at work… it's okay there's still no customers).

Hopefully, this post helped someone but if not I hope you at least you enjoyed a lil chuckle at how busy my life is and how poor my list making skills are (seriously, I'm telling myself off via list because I already know in advance that future Charlie has not filled her tailwind schedule).

Mini Boots Haul

Sunday, 4 November 2018

oooh, the first late post in a couple weeks like Legit I've been rushed off my feet and currently I may as well live at work but onwards and upwards as they say and hopefully next week will be back to our regular Thursday. So grab a cuppa and a hot water bottle (how cosy does that sound) and let's all indulge in the fact that I broke my spending ban, again. It generally feels like I haven't had a lil splurge in ages. I was on my last pump of foundation (actual horror story) and decided to go after a new one so I've literally been scouring reviews for the last week trying to find an affordable yet decent foundation. I kept leaning towards too faced and benefit but I was strict on myself, stuck to boots and fell into the 3for2 trap.

CYO stay matte foundation

I've tried foundations from CYO before and I find the brand itself can be a little hit and miss, the bits I've tried have been a good enough quality for the prices (it's the cheapest stand in my local boots). The actual foundation itself I actually chatted about in my last post in summary though the shade range is pretty limited, I picked up the lightest and it was still too dark but once I have blended it out properly and I've applied the rest of my makeup it works. Although I loved how it looked when I'd finish all my make-up  It did melt off a little in my oily areas (as do most foundations on me) but I didn't have any setting spray on and I also didn't get chance to re-touch through the day so it may be that. 

NYX lip lingerie in Cabaret show,

I've never tried anything from NYX before so this is my first goodie from the brand and I took this as my freebie in my 3for2 and I honestly can't wait to try more, the colour is absolutely gorgeous. The lipstick generally lasts well ( I wore it for 5 hours as well as through eating and drinking with roughly 2 top ups) the only thing I would recommend is using a balm before applying it because it can be a little drying. I'd love to grab this in a few more colours.

Real Techniques Brush cleanser

I've never actually owned a proper brush cleanser (don't judge me) I usually use a hand soap and whilst that usually does the trick just fine I just wanted to give an actual cleanser a go to see if it makes literally any kind of difference and I'm generally not sure if it did. I do like the cleanser you only need a little bit of gel per brush and it brings them up like new and I feel like it didn't take as long to do my brushes as it usually does (with soap it usually takes a few goes before the brush is completely clean). It suggests you use this weekly and I do like the fact it's formulated specifically for brushes rather than essentially whatever I can get my hands on (I'm usually partial to shower gels and shampoo).

I'm so happy with my goodies and I can't wait to grab more of those NYX lippies!, have you tried any of them?




How to fill your make-up bag for under £30 - Autumn Edition

Thursday, 25 October 2018

I've been so excited to write this post since I thought of it, I feel like it's getting to the time of year where everyone is a little shorter on money; people starting back at University, hours dropping in seasonal towns/jobs and people saving for Christmas etc so being the frugal, bargain hunter I am, I've decided to plan for each season a 'Fill your makeup bag for £30' for anyone who needs a top up but doesn't have a huge budget. Lets face it just one foundation from Benefit, Too Faced or Urban Decay would set you back 90% of this budget and whilst high-end makeup is on another level in terms of quality, personally I just can't afford it and I have at times brought drugstore products that have more than lived up to high-end quality but for half the price tag, so I'm sticking to the drugstore for this post. I'm going to fill the imaginary 'make-up bag' with things I'd personally only use daily to make this a little easier,. So I'm giving myself £30 and I'm going to try my hardest to stay within this budget.

BUDGET - £30 

Foundation -  CYO no shine zone matte foundation £6

So starting off with Foundation, I honestly think this is where most of the budget will be blown but this is going to be our 'canvas' so we want it to be sturdy and we don't want it to just melt off our face come an hour later. So I've gone for the CYO matte foundation which is £6, I love a matte foundation for autumn personally. The coverage is good and it's surprisingly quite good for oily skin, the only downside of this one is there aren't really many shades. 

BUDGET - £24

Concealer - Makeup revolution cover and define concealer £4

On to concealer, my absolute favourite concealer is from the drugstore (Superdrug to be specific), it's the Make-up revolution conceal and define concealer. This concealer covers well, it's a good dupe for the Tarte shapewear concealer, it lasts well and only £4. It's literally my go to. The only thing is it gets used pretty quick because of the size of the doufer applicator.

BUDGET - £20

Setting powder - MUA loose setting powder £4.

I really wanted to include the revolution setting power here because I have been loving that stuff but it's £8 (that's nearly half our budget). So I'm going for the MUA loose setting powder.  This setting powder is a BARG. I've chosen the original setting powder but they also have some colour correcting ones for the same price if they're more up your cuppa tea. 

BUDGET - £16

Contour, Highlight and blush - Makeup Revolution £3.50

I'm gonna be cheeky here and join the next three together for the grand total of £3.50 before I just go into the overdraft of our budget with the Make-up revolution blush contour and highlight kit. These little kits are such a bargain and they're actually really good quality for the price!. The highlight in this kit is so pretty as well. I'm not going to buy an eyeshadow here purely because there wasn't enough money and I'm being strict with the budget, but you could always use the contour shade in this as well as the highlight to create a natural, pretty eye look.

BUDGET - £12.50

Eyeliner - MUA eye define felt liner £2

This is another firm favourite of mine, it's the MUA eye define felt liner. I use this daily and I always repurchase it, I personally prefer a felt liner because I just don't have a steady enough hand for a standard liquid liner and my eye also twitches quite a lot during application where it doesn't tend to do it with the felts. I've had mine for a good few months and it hasn't dried up yet which is fab!.

BUDGET - £10.50

Mascara - Barry M feature-length mascara £4.50

This could be a tricky one because all my fave mascaras are £10 + but we only have £10.50 so they're out the window, I'm going to do some review searching and see what I can find that isn’t going to break our budget (fingers crossed). Okay, so I've come to the conclusion that the Barry m feature legnth mascara is the best way to go, the reviews are looking good and although it takes a big chunk of £4.50 out of our remaining £10 it's still such a bargain.


Brows - Revolution brow kit £2.50 

Only £6 to go and we still have bits to get!, I'm going to put brows and lippy first (we may have to miss out on the eyeshadow, although if you wanna spare an extra £4 there's a gorgeous autumnal one here). So for brows I'm going back to the trusty Revolution for  little eyebrow quad for £2.50, I actually have the MUA version of this myself and it honestly has everything you could possibly need. This still leaves us with a tiny budget for our lippy!.

BUDGET - £3.50

Lippy -  MUA / REVOLUTION £1 (£2 in total)

So now we're nearly done and I'm going to use my last £3.50 to get a lippy. I really wanted the soph 'cake' to go here but I'm 50p off that (I know right) although if you do wanna splurge the extra 50p it's 100% worth it. So I'm going to go for a couple of the revolution/ MUA lippies here £1 each and they have so many shades as well (BARG). So the most 'Autumnal' shades I can find here are the MUA LIPSTICK 'Shade 2' and I'm also going to go for the Revolution amazing lipstick in Lady and Voila!.

BUDGET - £1.50

So we still have a lil bit of our budget left if you wanted to treat yourself to another lippy but I'm actually so happy with our little makeup bag here, to think high-end wise one thing would set you back half this budget, thank god for the drugstore!.




Mini Autumn wishlist

Thursday, 11 October 2018

I'm sure we've all established by now that it's autumn and with that comes a hella load of autumn blog posts... sorry autumn haters (as if there is any, right?). I've seen so many autumn goodies that I'm trying to avoid splurging on so I thought I'd share a couple of my faves here. Anyway, let's see how long that no spending lasts... spoiler alert, not very.

The body shop's hand cream in vanilla pumpkin | £5

First off there's The Body Shop hand cream in vanilla pumpkin. I absolutely love the body shop handcreams they're non-greasy, they all smell amazing and they do hydrate really well (I have eczema and they're my go to). The packaging is usually quite cute anyway but oh my god can we talk about this 'day of the dead' inspired packaging or 'Dia de Los Muertos' if ya feeling fancy, it's just stunning. This scent was one of my favourites from last year it's just super cosy and comforting and if they had this in candle form I'd have brought 20 by now.

Yankee candle's sweet orange spiced candle| Yankee | £8.99 here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an unhealthy obsession for candles (if they really know me they'll know I have a separate storage basket under the best dedicated to unused candles). This one only a lil candle but as this is a wishlist lets just go all out and say I'd happily buy the large jar if I could. Can I just say, I absolutely love the new packaging on some of these candles, you've done a good job Yankee, it's literally so pretty. They describe this candle as "A gathering of harvest scents - cinnamon, clove, ginger and pumpkin - that's refreshing and warm".. someone actually takes my bank card off me, thanks.

Tkmaxx White light up floral skull | TkMaxx | £9.99 currently £5 on offer here.

Whenever I'm after homeware Tkmaxx is always my go too, I've seen so many beautifully decorated houses for autumn and I've been lusting over a few little bits for Halloween etc for the flat and to use in the backgrounds of pictures. I saw this really pretty skull in the store which I thought would look lovely on my book stand, it's very Dia de Los Muertos inspired again and I just bluddy love it and did I mention it lights up?.

Red 'day of the dead' fruit bowl | TkMaxx |  £5.99 currently £4 on offer here.

Sticking with TkMaxx and the theme of 'Dia de Los Muertos' I found this adorable lil fruit bowl, it's bright and super pretty. I thought this would make the cutest trick or treat bowl, although as I live 3 stories up I don't really get trick or treaters (don't blame you all hate that many stairs on the best of days) It's also made of bamboo so it's gentle on the planet.

Too Faced latex lipsticks 7ml | TkMaxx | £5.99 here

Oh my gosh Tkmax, you've truly outdone yourself here, too faced lippies for under £10?, who even knew Tkmaxx sold make-up because I didn't and if you're a newbie to this one too go check it out because my gosh there's  perfumes with lie £100 knocked off their retail price and you can pick up benefit, too faced and Becca goodies for a fraction of the RRP. Anyway enough of the fangirling, I thought these lippies would be really good for Halloween, they have a few colours such as 'Bye Felica' and 'Can't touch this' that I think would work perfectly with Halloween costumes.

From my list, I'm sure we've all established that I'm never just going to be able to walk past TkMaxx without drooling over the make-up and that my spending ban has in fact already been broken whoops.

What's on your Autumn Wishlist?.

What's in my Autumn make-up bag

Thursday, 4 October 2018

I bloody love autumn (as you've all probably guessed by now) also although Strictly speaking, I don't have a make-up bag unless I'm travelling, I generally sore all my make-up in a little wicker basket (you can find it here), I'm having a lil sort out of my make-up in the transition into Autumn and a few favourites have re-surfaced so I thought I'd share them with you.




Soph x lipstick - Cake

This lipstick is one of my absolute faves. It's the perfect nude shade for me and I feel like it goes with so many different make-up looks, if you set this it lasts really well but sometimes if I don't use my setting spray then it will only last a few hours but for only £4 it's a bargain really.

Sleek matte lipsticks - Rijoa red & Old Hollywood

I'm going to be doing a few brown based eye looks through the winter and these shades just work so well against gold and bronzey shades.

Tanya burr's lipgloss in cranberry melt

I don't know if this is still available (and yes i know my packaging is completely worn out) but I want to mention it anyway. I got this in an advent calendar last year. I like a gloss in the winter because I feel they’re a little more hydrating but I literally hate the feel of your standard gloss but this feels so lovely on your lips rather than “sticky”.




Revolution vivid naked highlighter - golden lights 

I got this highlighter a few weeks ago and I bloody love it. It’s amazing pigment it's not “chunky” and it has the most gorgeous golden sheen to it, for only £4 it was such a bargain.




I 🖤  Revolution palette in rose gold 

Oh my god, this is the tiny palette of dreamsss, it’s perfect for travelling because of its size (it's no bigger than my phone) and it has the perfect shades for autumn ( 6 matters and 2 shimmers). The pigment is really good and the shadows are a really good quality for just a couple of pounds, there are a few different combinations you could create with matte or shimmer, all in all, it’s a great little palette.

The original Naked palette

My god, I love a good naked palette, there are 12 shades 2 matters and 10 shimmers / pearlescent shades. There are so many gorgeous shades in here. For autumn I’m thinking this is going to be bloody perfect for bronzer looks as well as smokey ones. As usual, with urban decay the pigment in amazing   You get a little fallout with a couple of shades but for me, that’s one of the only downsides with this palette because it’s brilliant otherwise.




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