BEAUTY || The 4 Product Base

I’m usually a “find a makeup base which you love and stick to it” kind of gal, which is why you’ll always find a bottle of Revlon Colorstay and a Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer kicking around my makeup bag because they’re my proven go to products to get a flawless and high coverage base for whatever makeup look I’m trying to achieve.

Just lately my skin has been absolutely diabolical and has been repelling my usual make up routine, so I’ve been shopping my stash and in doing so I have come up with a quadruplet of products which are working really well at giving me a makeup base which lasts an entire day at work (the timate test).



I’ve been using this Soap and Glory “Bright Here, Bright Now ” for just over a year now and I use it after my normal moisturiser has absorbed as a primer before foundation.  It gives my skin a natural glow and I find that it blurs my pores giving me the perfect base to apply foundation. This GOSH X-Ceptional Wear foundation has been lurking in my makeup stash for a while after being reccomended it for its ultra paleness – I use the shade “Porcelain”.  My skin seems to have adopted a super pale and almost ghostly hue after the winter months and even the palest of my usual foundations are coming up a shade too dark for me (this can be easily rectified by using the Stargazer White Foundation).  This foundation is perfect for my oil prone skin.   I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin as it can cling to any dry patches if my skin isn’t properly moisturised. I’ve taken to applying all of my liquid foundation with this Beauty Blender “dupe” from Primark, for £1.50 and it does everything that I’d need from an egg shaped piece of sponge.  I use the sponge slightly damp, apply foundation onto the back of my hand, pick up some product on the base of the sponge and then “bounce” it around my face to apply the foundation.  I find it gives a really even coverage and because you’re sponging a layer ontop of the skin instead of working it into the skin like you would with a buffing brush, it means you can build coverage without the foundation becoming too cakey.  I like to keep the coverage of this foundation quite light which also allows the “glow” from the Bright Here, Bright Now show through and I just cover any blemishes or redness with concealer.  This Mavala Water Resistant Concealer (Light)* provides me with with good matte coverage and doesn’t budge – the colour also works perfectly with the pale foundation – a bit of a rareity.  I tend to dab this on where I need the coverage and pat to blend with my finger or use the sponge again.  I then set my T-Zone with the Matte Maker Powder in Classic Ivory from Maybelline in their palest shade with the Flat Kabuki (K80) brush from Sigma which I love for setting my make up (little trick there learnt from Miss Lowe).  

Whether its the basic foundations of really contoured cheeks, a smokey eye and a neutral lip or a neutral eye with lashings of mascara, a flush of colour on the cheeks and a bright lip these 4 products give the perfect base for a whole host of make up looks. 

I’ve been doing this + HD Brows + a sweep of blusher and the Soap and Glory “A Great Kisser” Lip Moisture Balm in Chocolate Cherry for my day to day minimal work make up.

LIFE || The Monday Moan

A while back I used to do something which I blatantly stole off Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter called “Motivational Monday”. The motivational pictures from Tumblr started to dwindle pretty quickly as I found that as a person, I’m not too motivational on a Monday. This is normally me on a Monday morning:imageI was also pretty unenamoured with sounding like the Martha fricking Brady of Stoke-on-Trent because most of the time, I just love a good moan. If you follow me on Twitter (my handle is @misscharl) you’ll be more than aware that I like to partake in a bit of a moan, a whinge, a whine and a bitch in 95% of my tweets. In fact, Charlotte once said that she was considering unfollowing me once upon a time because I brought too much negativity upon her timeline (I like to think I bring some hilarity with my negativity so it balances itself out).

It’s with this in mind that I thought I’d adopt a more “Charl Friendly” post for a Monday : Monday Moan. I may do this every Monday, I may not. This whole feature is totally mood based and also dependent on whether I have something to moan about (lets safely assume that I’ll have something to moan about in that case).   This isn’t meant to be a negative feature, it’s more somewhere to vent, but in a funny way.  To prove that I’m not a negative Nancy I’ll begin with my first Monday Moan.

People who moan.

“Oh you’re so hypocritical!” “Girl, you’re batshit crazy!” “How can you moan about people who moan?” If any of you are asking this, then lets take a few minutes and chew the fat about it.

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FASHION || The First Date Outfit


The perfect first date outfit is as hard to find as the perfect date-ee. There’s the pile of potential outfits that wind up covering the bed, the floor, hanging off the doorhandle, the light shade and irrevocably finds me curled into a ball in my best underwear on the floor scrolling through recent fashion blog posts for outfit inspiration.

The waves are dropping out of my carefully coiffed hair (not to mention me repeatedly running my fingers through my ‘do in frustration) and my carefully planned face of make up is beginning to give way under the perspiration which is rolling from my brow.

There’s enough pressure which surrounds a first date…where to go (luckily theres an app to decide that), whether you’re going to like each other when in close quarters for a prolonged duration of time and whether he’ll find your witty anecdotes witty WITHOUT having to worry about the perfect first date make up and the ideal outfit.

Alas, I’m a girl and sometimes it’s these seemingly insignificant details that hold so much significance. First impressions make a lasting impression and I’m willing to put my hands up and admit that I’m a first date outfit judger. Jeans, a nice shirt, a jacket and shoes/smart trainers? Win. Jogging bottoms, battered trainers, a 10 year old Kappa jacket and and an Argos curb chain? I’m texting a friend to do the “something bad happened” phone call or planning the best way to let him down gently without screaming DID YOU GET DRESSED IN THE DARK, THIS IS A FIRST DATE NOT AN EPISODE OF JEREMY KYLE.

It’s this fussiness which leaves me in the foetal position infront of my mirror proclaiming to hate every single item in my wardrobe. My last date I tried on 4 outfits. FOUR. I felt like the gingerlocks of the first dates outfit, one was too hot (short skirt, low cut), one was too cold (all I was missing was a chastity belt) and one made me look like I was out of The Waltons. 

I’ve made the mistake in the past of trying to push the fashion envelope to try and impress a date and because of this I’ve spent the whole date not concentrating on what he’s saying or reading into the subtle body language he was trying to give off because I’ve been too busy fidgeting with a too short skirt or a too tight dress or feeling like everybodies staring at me as though I’m wearing Lady Gaga’s meat dress.

The most important “first date outfit” tip? Be yourself. There’s no point starting off something which may (hopefully) flourish into a relationship trying too hard or not being true to yourself, because ultimately your date is going to be “falling for” for somebody that you’re not. OR on the other foot, he isn’t falling for you because you’re not being yourself.

FASHION || Zatchels Flash Sale? Yes Please.


You must all have heard of Zatchels by now.  They make satchels in pretty much every single colour, and every single pattern, and they’re bloody beautiful.  With a wide range of sizes and styles to suit almost anybody, these handmade leather satchels are one of those handbag staples that will never go out of fashion.


The good news?  Zatchels flash birthday sale started Friday 11th April at 6pm and runs for 48hours.  With upto 70% off, now is the perfect time to “bag” yourself one of those beautiful satchels.  Only trouble now is deciding which one to go for?

I’ve got my eye on a few/twenty.