APRIL FAVOURITES & MAY MUST HAVES

5.5.15

I've been so excited for my favourites this month.
I've done a lot of travelling and bought a lot of new products, so I think this will be hugely refreshing!

I've also rekindled my love for my camera this month.
If you didn't already know I'm also a photographer.
I've never crossed my blogging with my photography before as I've always liked to keep them separate, however after celebrating StyledbyCharlie.com's 1st birthday this week I thought it was about time to step up. Step up in my honesty to you guys, and my blog photography too.

So out came my child in life, my Nikon D800 and I hope you're enjoying the new blog photos. 

My April 2015 Favourites & May 2015 Must Haves

Rodial Skincare is something I've been adoring this month.
Ever since I attended the Top Secret Nip & Fab Ambassador Screening with Kylie Jenner (read the interview here) and with sister brand Rodial being something I've always dreamt of I was so excited to try Rodial's new products. 

I usually use Garnier Micellar Water to cleanse and clear my face of makeup every evening.

However, I've found a new love in Rodial's Dragon's Blood Cleansing Water.
It's light, cleansing, refreshing and does an amazing, sensitive job of cleansing the face.

It works wonders in great partnership with the Rodial Stem Cell Super Facial Oil which is amazing at hydrating my skin and has an instant effect. Rodial SPF Stem Cell Day Cream Moisturiser that have really giving my face the perfect 'spring clean' it's needed.

I've had nothig but comments saying my skin looks fresh, full and healthy.
My Nana even commented asking if I'd had botox, saying my cheek bones look difined and my skin healthy, saying I looked refreshed.


Recently I attend PopSugar's (Shop my ShopStyle here) Blogger Event Morning and was lucky enough to leave with the most perfect gift, a Marc Jacob's 'It's Not Rocket Science' Necklace.

I've been wearing it non-stop this month and it's such a unique, sassy accessory I just love it!

I don't usually wear gold jewellery, but with my Vintage Chanel Earrings this is the perfect match!

A Sassy Quote for a Sassy Girl!


I've never had the chance to visit Kiehl's propperly with my quick and last minute trips to London.
But last week before catching my trip from King's Cross I managed to pop into my first Kiehl's store and purchase my new favourite fragrance!

It was a toss up between this, the Patchouli & Fresh Rose Fragrance and the New Black Tea Fragrance from Kiehl's.

This time I feel like I played it safe, but the Patchouli & Fresh Rose is so unique, fresh and memorable and for around £44.00 for 100ml it was a no brainer.
However next time I'll definitely take the risk and purchase the unisex, unique, strong Black Tea Perfume too!


Whilst in King's Cross Station for the first time ever, as I usually travel to London via St Pancreas I visted Oliver Bonas inbetween waiting for my Trains Platform to be displayed.

As I now travel to London quite a few times a month I found it continously annoying to not have a Card Holder when approaching the Train Platforms and Tube Stations so when I stumbled across this 'C' Initial Card Holder in Oliver Bonas last week for £8.00 it was exactly what I'd been waiting for!

My Train & Tube Ticket worries are finally over.  

Whilst in Oliver Bonas I stumbled across their selection of candles and fell in love with thier Ginger & Lime Candle which I purchase.
It has taken the place of my The White Company Pomegranate Candle which is the second I've finished and is lovely to find another alternative.

Oliver Bonas have many candle fragrances but Ginger is a favourite scent of mine I just couldn't resist this particular one.


I've never tried Stila Cosmetics.

I still class myself a newbie in the makeup world having only found an interest in makeup in the last year.

However when I stumbled across this selection of Stila Cosmetics in TK Maxx this week, I have to filter my way throuh it and choice my must haves prices from £2.99.

The Stila Smudge Crayon Liner which I picked up in Black & 
subtle Pink are ideal.

The black for the perfect smokey eye and daily khol use, as well as the subtle pink with suble sparkle liner which makes a gorgeous base shadow and under eye shadow.

I also picked up 2 Eye Shadows which are stunning.
The first a trio with the most stunning Rose Gold Trio of shimmers as well as a singular Jewel Eye Shadow in Citrine (also one of my favourite stones!) of a bronze shimmer I can't wait to overlay over a matte bronze.

My favourite of my TK Maxx Stila finds is my Stila Concealer.
The coverage is amazing and it has an almost thick feel to it, however it's so blendable and the ideal under eye concealer.


I've also never tried Makeup Revolution Cosmetics either, so now you can get them in nearly all Superdrug stores and as I needed a new bronzer I picked up their huge Bronze Shimmer Highlight Compact and it's amazing and such good value for money for only £4

With a Highlight, Shimmer and Bronzer Section it's great for whichever you want to use it for, however I light using it all together to get the best of both worlds with a big fluffy bronzer, blusher brush!


If you've been reading all my #StyledbyCharlie 1st Blog Birthday Posts you'll know about my Blog's New Look and New Designs.


The amazing illustrator Vanilllatte (Jasmine Hicks) created my new portrait blog header design for me I love it so, so, so much so I got it made into a iPhone Case design at CaseApp.co.uk and I'm in love with it!


Since I've become makeup obsessed in the last year I've tried quite a few Primers and I absolutely, absolutely love Elf's Primer

It's so silky and smooth and perfect for priming the skin. I love it especially for around my nose it just glides over the pours and it works wonders with my eyebrow powder too.
Elf Cosmetics is so affordable with the best selection also.

I've also tried so many way of applying foundation. After hearing everyone rave about beauty blenders and sponges when applying foundations I bought Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge, used it a couple of times and I wasn't a fan.

So then after reading up on sponges more and more I read the most recommended way to use them is damp. Once I tried that, I'm hooked!

I hold the sponge under the tap squeezing it so it absorbs the water until it comes soft, I then squeeze the remaining water from it and use it to blend and buff my foundation into my skin, it creates the perfect flawless look!


Last week I attended the Very.co.uk #CANTWAITFORSUMMER Event in London at the Haymarket Hotel near Piccadilly.

Very gifted us with a gift of our choice from a choice of around 5 different gifts.

As I've found a new love for Skincare this year and hearing them raved about a lot on YouTube and Blogs I chose the Philips Cleansing Brush.

I love cleansing and love using new products. Using my favourite cleansing products from Emma Hardie and Rodial with my Philips Cleansing Brush is amazing, my skin feels amazing, clean and fresh afterwards!

Definitely would recommend buying a cleansing brush is you're contemplating it.


Again with my Blog's 1st Birthday Post (here) I also collaborated with the amazing Notebook Stationary Brand, Chroma Stationery.

I love having notebooks and items to write and plan with, what's better than a personalised notebook?

Chroma Stationery have a fab selection of notebook style and colours with the ability to customise them with whatever you like!

So I got #StyledbyCharlie's New Logo Design printed on my Notebook in Grey with Silver/White Embossing and I absolutely love it!

It's perfect for blog planning and recipe recording.


I've had my Vivienne Westwood Purse for a few years now and It's starting to show wear, wanting to save my favourite purse from ageing I thought it was about time to purchase a new purse.

So, with my Ralph Lauren Bag my Boyfriend bought me for Christmas I thought I'd purchase the matching purse for it too and it's perfect!

It's a wallet style with the Ralph Lauren Equestrian Print Purse with so, so many card slots and a see-through section for ID which is my favourite bit as I'm forever losing it and mixing my cards up.


Lastly, is something quite exciting that happened this Month when I won Indigo Memoirs Competition to Win an Anya Hindmarch Imperial Eyes Clutch Bag worth £900.

Yes. £900. 

So I travelled to London and collected my amazing new clutch that I literally cannot believe I now own. It's got the coolest design and I just love, love, love it!

However, it being so expensive, precious and perfect.. I'm being very sensible with it and keeping it all wrapped up, perfect and pristine forever and ever.

But by golly it's perfect.



I hope you enjoyed my April Favourites and having given you some ideas for your May Must Haves!





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