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Primark, Palettes & Apps – April Favourites

I missed doing a March favourites due to technology fails. April is one of my favourite months of the year though, and I couldn’t wait to share some of the things I’ve been loving.

Primark

Primark has been killing it lately and I’m sure every Disney fan has been loving it. The Disney collaboration has no doubt been something I’ve been fan girling over. I’m a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast after all. The Rose makeup brush I’ve included a pic of is just beautiful. The slip on sneakers are of course right up my streetIt’s the children’s clothing though that I’ve been really impressed with. I don’t have my own kids but I’m an auntie who absolutely loves to spoil my nieces and nephews. They just have the cutest collection to choose from. All great quality and for the price you can really go on a bit of a spree. Also great when you consider how fast kids grow.

Palettes

The Sweet Peach palette by too faced has become a staple in my collection, which honestly I’m surprised by, considering I wasn’t totally sold on buying it in the first place.

In general I prefer fairly natural looks but I’ve been trying to be more adventurous with my makeup lately. The colours in this palette have allowed me to, I guess take baby steps towards more out there and creative looks. The pigmentation is great and the smell, just like most too faced palettes is amazing.

I’m no beauty guru so I find makeup is hard for me to review. Sorry.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are something I’ve read about many times in the chronic pain community. Hailed as an all natural, all rounder product with more benefits than I can name. It’s been something I’ve been meaning to try for a while but never got round to.

Well over the last month I finally gave them a go. Admittedly I only tried possibly the cheapest, most generic tub I could get, (£1.50 from Tesco if you’re interested) but It’s turned out to be love at first sight. Relaxing in a nice hot bath of them, has really made a difference to some of the muscular tightness and pain I struggle with. Especially after gym workouts.

Even when my facial pain has flared, a pain I can’t soak in the bath. I found them to help me relax more than other bath soaks, it seemed to also help reduce some of the general puffiness I’ve been experiencing. Plus my skin felt stupidly soft afterwards.

I’d be interested in testing out some more expensive brands.

Sweatcoin

So in some sort of attempt to encourage myself to walk outside more, I downloaded the sweatcoin app upon recommendation of a relative.

In absolute basic terms it pays you for walking outside. You can then get free products, use what you earn towards gift vouchers and even save up for larger things like phones, TVs etc.

Here’s a snapshot of my earnings over the last 2 weeks. Believe me I hardly walk anywhere.

Click here to download.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about a few of my favourites. I’d be interested to know your thoughts. Let me know if you’ve tried Epsom salts and be sure to tweet me and let me know how you get on if you choose to download sweatcoin.

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Pills, Apps & Adidas – February Faves

There’s been a few things I’ve been loving in the month of February. Let’s just jump straight in.

Instagram Stories

Late to the game as always (plus I used to be a hardcore snapchat fan) I’ve recently fallen in love with the Instagram stories feature. In fact in case you haven’t noticed, what I tend to do is take the actual pic on Snapchat and then upload it to IG, add the stickers, location, etc.

Recently I haven’t done anything particularly Insta worthy. However the stories feature allows me to regularly update my audience with slightly more ‘real’ snapshots. The stuff I wouldn’t necessarily want permanently on my feed.

Check it all out at www.instagram.com/charlottedebs

Pill Mate

Having recently had an overhaul of my medication regime. I’ve been finding it rather difficult to keep track of what to take and when. Not only that but sometimes I take my tablets only to then forget wether I’ve taken them or not, and then take them again.

I recently bought a handy organiser by the brand pill mate, from Superdrug, for around £13. A whole week of clearly labelled compartments, with easy to access sliding windows and a flip open cover to keep everything sealed and safe.

Money well spent.

Here’s a link to one on Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shantys-Pillmate-maxi-multi-dose/dp/B006EHY50O

*Not Sponsored or an Affiliate link, I just love the product

Pandora Jewellery

Hey I’m basic. I own way too much pandora Jewellery as it is. Did I own the rose gold bracelet though? No. Well now I do. Plus some beautiful new charms too.It’s gonna sit pretty on my wrist next to the other two bracelets I own. Every charm a memory, occasion or sentiment. I’m not sorry in the slightest.AdidasMy January faves contained a super comfortable Jack Wills hoodie and this month I’m including a super girly and fun Adidas one.Ok, so technically it arrived in March thanks to the snow. I bought it in February though so it still counts right? It’s definitely more of a statement piece. Printed and pretty pastel for spring. It’s also on the thinner side so definitely one for when the weather warms up a little. I haven’t managed to get a decent pic of myself in it yet, sorry you’ll have to make do with a stock image.Pancakes & ValentinesIt’s was a month of food and love, that even myself as a single Pringle managed to find joy in. My Grandad turned out to be the only valentine I needed (also the only person sweet enough to give me a card). Plus who doesn’t love pancake day? Pancakes are awesome. Especially smothered in Nutella and strawberries. Of course the presentation might need work. It tasted amazing though. Weight watchers what? Where? Who?What did you love in the month of love?Let me knowCharlotte xxx

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January Favourites Including Baby Cuteness

Strong language because I’m a terrible influence.

I’ve not done a monthly favourites post ever, on the blog. Mainly because it’s hardly original content and secondly it’s just not a subject that really interested me before. I like to give at least somewhat of a flying fuck about what I write.

Insert some lame paragraph about some new year new me bullshit here….

Let’s give it a go then..

Without a shadow of a doubt my absolute favourite thing of this month, (If my nephew should ever read this, I apologise for calling you a thing), was the arrival of this bundle of baby cuteness 😍😍. I love being an auntie. A niece and five nephews later, a new arrival and the prospect of baby cuddles is still something I look forward too. Being an auntie is essentially getting all the good parts and then getting to return them when they wanna start acting like little shitbags.

Again… THE CUTENESS OFF IT ALL

A second favourite is also included in the above picture and it’s the Jack Wills Hoodie I’m wearing.

Unfortunately the exact one is sold out on the Jack Wills website so here’s a pic of a lovely looking model wearing one similar.. You can check out all of their hoodies / sweatshirts here. Yes they’re a little pricey but they’re super well made, as well as lovely and comfy.

On the subject of keeping warm, it’s been soooo freaking cold here, I can’t even… Recently I’ve been heading to bed with a hot water bottle, well kinda. The Noozie is basically a usb rechargeable heat pack. No water required. It remains hot for up five hours and heats up really quick in the first place. Great for the colder weather AND providing some much needed chronic pain / period pain relief.

New year, a new organised you? I dunno, but what I do know is that I’ve been loving using the following journals / bullet books.. My mind certainly feels less chaotic and my mental health has greatly appreciated the daily prompts that each book provides. After all it’s not always easy to know what exactly to write.

Finally on this list of random favourites of the month is….wait for it….BANANAS !! You’re probably reading this thinking “what the fuck?” I don’t care. I’ve recently fallen in love with them again and surely a love of fruit can’t really be a bad thing.

Enjoy a picture of me adding sliced banana on top of peanut butter on toast.

#sorrynotsorry

Let me know what you thought of this favourites post. I might just do another in February.

Oh my god !! I just realised that as a blogger I managed to do a favourites post without mentions of anything beauty or hair related.

Original content y’all !!

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Charlotte

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Hair

Becky With The Good Hair – Blogtober #19

I’m not Becky, but I do love, when I can be bothered, to have my hair looking good. My hair is something I’ve always prided myself on always making an effort with, even when I’m feeling at my worst.

There’s a few products I see as absolute essentials in making that happen. Today I’m going to share them with you.



Dry Shampoo. This is my number one must have product. It’s honestly hard to imagine how I coped in the days before its existence. Pictured are two of my favourites from completely different ends of the price scale. One from Morroccan Oil and the other is Schwartzkopf Got2Be that I bought from Primark for around £2. Both are amazing. Another of my favourites (and everybody else’s) that unfortunately I couldn’t find for a pic is Batiste. Dry shampoo is great for adding volume and texture, as well as being a life saver on days where you just couldn’t be bothered to actually wash your hair.


The Moroccan Oil Root Boost  is another of my favourite high end products. Perfect for adding that extra volume quickly, without a ton of product.


Shampoo & Conditioner. Now these are the products that I tend to switch up in my routine the most. I just can’t seem to find a tried and true. Pictured is what I’m currently using, the Mark Hill MiracOILous Duo.


Olaplex. This is truely gods gift to coloured / bleached hair. Definitely worth splurging for when at your salon and if you can buy some for use at home then even better. I like to use as a hair mask once a week.


A Blow dry spray / heat protectant. This one from KMS California is an absolute must if you have super thick hair like myself. It claims to cut blow drying time by almost 50% !! From personal experience I can vouch that it certainly makes a massive difference. Anything that speeds up the time spent battling with a hair dryer, is a win in my books.

I plan to do a separate post on hair tools and electrical items. Is it just me that’s not a fan of super long blog posts? I just don’t have the attention span to read or write them.

What’s your must have hair product?

Charlotte

xxx

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My Music Tastes – Blogtober #6

In every livestream I do, I know I’m going to be asked certain questions.

“How old are you?” 

“Where are you from?”

Pretty standard right? Another question I’m regularly asked is, can you guess ??

“What sort of music are you into?”

Apparently the playlist of tunes I have playing in the background of each stream doesn’t give away the answer. To put it in simple terms I listen to a real mix. Pop, pop rock, dance, edm, drum and bass, jazz. There’s probably a little something that fits into every genre on my Spotify.

For today’s post, in order to satisfy everyone’s curiosity, I thought I’d share five of my favourite tracks to listen to right now.

For some reason the original version of this song is everywhere right now. I assume it was featured in a film recently or something. I love this remix. It’s more of a dance / club vibe and a lot more lively than the original. I dread to think how many ‘sexytime’ playlists the original is on. If you hear it next time you’re at your latest tinder dates house. You know it’s going down.

I’d never heard of Phil Good and if I’m honest I haven’t listened to any of his other music. I first heard this playing in the background of a Nikki Blacketter workout video and immediately fell in love. An under rated track for sure and I’d deffo recommend checking it out. An ideal tune for blasting whilst getting over a break up. You know, after you’ve done the crying your eyes out thing.

 Cardi B is taking the rap world by storm. This is catchy as fuck. Wether she’s a one hit wonder or carries on running the scene I’m here for it. I watched her perform this on the Wendy Williams Show and she certainly knows how to rock the stage. You know how some people sound amazing in recordings and then you see them live and it’s just a mess. Yeah, that’s not the case here.

Trisha Paytas is my guilty pleasure. I’ve been following her for years and could quite happily bing watch her YouTube channel for hours. She’s certainly more well known / mainstream since her stint on Celebrity Big Brother UK and it’s great to see her success. Some of her music can be seen as trolling or taking the mick other tracks like Phoenix, Freaky and Warrior are genuine tunes worthy of radio play. Trisha isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of her videos her music is worth checking out.

Another track I fell in love with after hearing it in the background of a vlog. It’s not just giving off LA Vibes but summer vibes too. A chilled out chorus and upbeat verse, I could quite happily play this on repeat for hours at a time. I haven’t checked out any other tracks from Abstract but feel like maybe I should. Possibly the most ‘mainstream’ track on this list. It wouldn’t be out of place in the top 40. I imagine Abstract would be a great band to see live. I could see them being popular on the festival scene. Of all the songs mentioned in this post, this is the one I’d recommend you go listen too first. You’ll love it. I know I do.

I hope this post gives you a better idea of what music I like. No doubt if you join one of my live broadcasts you’ll hear one or two of them in the background. I play a mix because I truly listen to a real mix. It also keeps the audience happy. I don’t think anyone would be happy if I just played one artist throughout.

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What’s your favourite track right now? 

Charlotte

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My 5 Favourite Lip Products – Blogtober #5

I’m no beauty blogger or makeup artist, but I do love makeup. In particular I love a good lipstick. Surveys have shown that 65% of women wear lipstick daily and 25% wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving the house without it. So I’m certainly not alone in my love.

In today’s post I’m going to share my 5 favourite lippys.



Mac Cosmetics – Ruby Woo 

Are you surprised?? Probably not. Ruby Woo resides in most beauty babes collections. A staple with a reputation. This was actually the very first lipstick I bought from mac. The reason I bought it? Internet hype. I mean all these youtubers couldn’t possibly be wrong. 

Buying my very first Mac lipstick was overwhelming to tell the truth. I don’t live near a counter so ordering online was my only option. Starting at £15 they’re definitely a treat and I desperately didn’t want to buy something I’d end up hating.  This is the exact shade I think of when someone mentions a ‘red lip’. It’s a colour that look great on any skin tone and is comfortable to wear. It’s cool blue undertones also add a teeth whitening aspect. 

Not sure where to start with Mac lippys? Start with Ruby Woo. You won’t regret it.


Mac Cosmetics – Matte Royal

I promise this post isn’t Mac, mac, mac. 

Now this admitidly isn’t an everyday kinda shade, unless you’re super brave. It’s also not going to be for everyone. Yet it’s still one of my absolute favourites. Rocking this bold blue lip, with the blue streaks in my hair. I truely feel like a bad ass. A fun look for filming in or wearing on a night out. 

YSL – Rouge Volupte 1
My everyday go too. In my opinion YSL’s lip products are massively under rated. This is the most used lipstick I own. A your own lips but better shade, this goes with absolutely everything. It’s also super moisturising.

Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Especially if it’s going to end up an everyday essential in your makeup routine. The only down side is that it’s not the longest lasting. However you’ll feel like you’re living a life of luxury when you pull this baby out of your bag to re apply. Isn’t the packaging just beautiful?

YSL – Volupte Tint In Balm 11

Another YSL beauty. One of their newest releases, this is more of a balm. It offers a sheer layer of moisturising colour, that’s buildable and easy to wear.

Seeing the initial colour in the tube I was a little wary. I honestly didn’t think I’d get much use out of it. I’m so glad the colour applies sheer and can be customised to create the look you’re wishing to achieve. I love wearing this on days that I can’t be bothered with a full face of makeup. Its no makeup makeup down to a tea. Enough to stop my lips looking dull and dry. Not enough to coat my lips in colour. My lips look healthy, plump and moisturised. A favourite to chuck in my bag for the morning after any unexpected sleepovers 😉

Jouer Cosmetics – Lip Topper Frostbite

GLITTER IS EVERYWHERE !! And my lips are no exception. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t really do the product justice. (Note to self: maybe do swatches in future)

So this isn’t technically a lipstick. Although it can be worn alone. It’s actually designed as a lip topper. Lip toppers have been everywhere over the last few months and it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular. Apply your chosen lipstick as normal then swipe a coat of this glittery goodness over the top for that wow factor. Available in a wide variety of colours it can sometimes be a little hard to know what to choose.

This is my favourite because it’s exactly the shade I think of when I think sparkly lips. It goes with absolutely every lipstick you can think of. I have no idea how they get so much sparkle in one tube, but they do. If you can only afford to get one glitter lip topper, this is the one to go for.

I’ve just realised this post contains only high end items. Sorry loves. I have no doubt that there are some amazing drugstore lip products out there. It just so happens that none of them are my favourite.

Did any of your favourite lipsticks make my top 5 ??

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