No7 Foundation Match

A couple of week ago, I popped into my local boots to get my foundation matched with the new No7 Match Made service. Normally, when I buy foundation, I do swatch checks on my hand and across my chin, and settle for the lightest shade in the range! (in some high street brands, this is still too dark for my skin - I'm looking at you Bourjois!) I've never had my foundation matched at a counter before, so it was a first.

The process was really easy and it took 5 minutes all together. The consultant (I forgot her name!) talked through what I was looking for in terms of coverage and how often I wear foundation. And then came the fun bit. She pushed the camera thing into my cheeks with some pressure to some the light getting in to the picture, and gave me my perfect foundation.

Despite my usual shopping habits, I was the second lightest shade in Stay Perfect foundation, not the lightest which me and my friend were actually shocked by. I've been wearing the foundation every day for the past few weeks and it is the most perfect foundation for me in my collection.

I really recommend this service because I would have ended up buying the wrong shade without it. I really hope this technology spreads to other make-up counters in the near future.


Lush Haul

 This smells incredible! It reminds me of The Comforter, which is my all-time favourite.

 This smells so fresh and clean. The pattern is so cute as well.

 I bought Fun in yellow and green. I bought them online so I wasn't sure what smell I would like best. I've used them so far to hand wash clothes and in the shower. I think they're ok, but I need to play around with them a little more.

Clockwise from top left: Porridge Soap, Party Popper, Fun in Yellow (vanilla), North Pole Soap in Pink (mint chocolate), Glogg Shower Gel ( This is amazing! It reminds me of my trip to Munich last Christmas and the smell of the Christmas markets and the Gluhwein stands. Heavenly!), Snow Globe Soap, Fun in Green, Mr. Punch Soap, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar.


Body Shop Earth Lovers

Earth Lovers Shower Gel, £5

What a surprise, I've bought something else from The Body Shop.
The Earth Lovers shower gels come in five or six different flavours. I got the Watermelon and Eucalyptus one, but I really wanted the Fig one.
The shower gel is like an oil/water which is something I've never seen before. When I first tested it, I thought the consistency was a bit strange as normally I'm drawn to the foamiest gels. It's really good though and it foams really nicely. I pour some in my hand (about the size of a 10p piece) and it lathers so well and smells amazing. I would buy the whole range because they're all beautiful.  Any more than that at a time and it begins to smell a bit overwhelming. But other than that it's an amazing product and its going to last me ages!!


Empties #3

L'Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner Duo
I can't talk highly enough about this duo. I reviewed these back in July here. I dye my hair red and it fades so fast! I felt like this duo helped the colour last just that extra bit longer. I'm not using these guys at the mo, but I'll be buying them as soon as I've finished my current stuff.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry
Another hair product. I don't really need to go about this, everyone loves Batiste! I go through these sprays shamefully quickly! I use it underneath hairspray to keep my fringe in place and then to freshen up throughout the day. This is by far my favourite smell of the Batiste family and I buy it again and again.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer
I always tend to skip priming my skin, even though I have quite a few primers in my make-up collection. I've been using up all my random pots and tubes. This is one of my favourite ones. I like the foamy texture and the slight pink tint which suits me.

Garnier Soothing Cleansing Lotion
I already have two back-ups of this, I love it so much. I use it to take off all my make-up at the end of the day (including my mascara) with a cotton pad or a muslin cloth. It goes so well with my toner as well so its a keeper! It leaves my skin with a nice sheen and in the morning my face feels really moisturised and plump.


Empties #2


Percy & Reed Splendidly Silky Moisturising Conditioner
This came free with a magazine a few months ago and it's lasted me aaages! I have a daily smoothing shampoo and conditioner duo, so I only use this once a week to add the moisture back into my hair as it gets quite dry at the ends from dying and straightening etc. I probably will  buy this again because it took me ages to finish it and because it smells amazing! It has blueberry and almond in it and it smells like muffins!

L'Oreal Elvive Triple Resist Masque
I reviewed this over a year ago when it first came out. This is my second tub of it and it still love it. I use this on average about once every ten days, something like that. The Triple Resist range is for people who's hair has the tendency to fall and for those of us who want stronger hair. I don't use the whole range so I can't comment on how well it works but I have seen a slight difference in my hair over the past year thanks to this product.

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Wash
I really like this product, but then again who doesn't like cocoa butter? Body wash and shower gels tend to last me a long time because I like to have a few on the go at once. I've had this tub about three months. Since my last empties post, I've finished two of The Body Shop Body Washes (the other one was my favourite product of all time, the pumpkin body wash, which came out last winter.) The only problem I have with the product is how hard it is to get the last third out of the packaging.

Really small post today. What have you been using up? 


Instagram #4

1. Duvet Day!
2. (old) ASOS sandals.
3. 'menu' for Kellogg's pop-up store in the Bullring
4. Kellogg's Red Fruit Bites
5. I finished my favourite ever shower gel :( roll on November!
6. Peanut says hello


Spotlight 1: My Favourite Make-up Brushes

High Street Edition
eyeshadow brush, slanted brush, foundation brush, blusher brush. priced between £8-£12

Most of my make-up brushes are high street. I'll only buy high-end brushes for foundation, but I think high-street eye and cheek brushes work just as well as the pricey versions.

I have brushes from elf, Cosmo and no7, but my favourites are from The Body Shop. The picture above is just a small collection on the brushes I own as some are duplicates and I didn't really want to do a 'collection' post. I like The Body Shop as a whole because of it's cruelty free message (and because everything smells so yummy!) Their brushes are obviously vegan and they're definitely the best vegan brushes I've tried. They apply the product really well, and more importantly, they clean really easily.

The blusher brush is my favourite (I have three of these!) because it's the perfect size for my cheek bone and it applies product like a dream. I can use this to contour as well because its pinched. I love the slanted brush for eyeliner, but I also use one to fill in my eyebrows.

The only downside to my collection is the foundation brush. I prefer applying my liquid foundation with a stippling brush or a buffing brush but otherwise I highly recommend these brushes.



I've been really obsessed with watching 'empties' videos lately. I had some empties lying around waiting to be recycled/thrown away so I thought I'd save them until I had enough to make a post.
I really love these types of posts/videos because it shows what people actually use, rather than buy.
So let's get started....

M&S La Maison de Senteurs body wash in Senteurs Blanche and Fleur d'Orangier
I got these as part of a gift set for my birthday from my dad. I really liked these. Because of the fruity citrus scents, these fitted into my bathroom really well. I probably will repurchase these because the scents complemented other things that I have already.

L'Oreal 'Volume Million Lashes' in Extra Black, Soap & Glory 'Thick & Fast' Super Volume Mascara
This is my third or fourth tube of L'Oreal Volume Million. It's been my favourite mascara for just over a year but recently its been really smudgy on me. I don't know if it's because of the humidity, or if its just because I bought the extra back this time and its more smudgy...
S&G's mascara is fast becoming my favourite. This is only the first tube of it but I really love it. I like to try lots of different mascaras but I probably will buy this again.
These mascaras are both around the £10-15 mark which is a lot of high-street brands. I think I can get something similar to the L'Oreal one for much cheaper.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream, Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream
I won't talk too much about these as they were mentioned in a recent post. These are both in my morning skincare routine and I've already bought their replacements. They're both relatively cheap and they work really well for me. Something will have to blow me away to take their place.

Maybelline 'The Smoother' Skin Retexturising Primer
I'm one of those people that tends to neglect putting primer on. My moisturiser does a really good job and I don't feel as though I necessarily need it everyday. I really like this product though. I don't know if I'll repurchase it because I want to try some new things to see what's out there. 

So those were my empties! Hope you liked it!


Forever 21 Haul

Rose Gold Top £19.75, White Shirt £15.75, Cardigan £11.50, Earrings £2.40


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

Clinique Liquid Face Soap Mild £15

I have tried quite a lot of skin care products from Clinique. Their seven-day scrub cream is one of my favourite daily exfoliators. (I reviewed it months ago and am still in love with it!)

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild comes in four types depending on your skin. I really like this idea because I don't think one size fits all when it comes to skincare. I chose skin-type 2 - Dry Combination 'dry in the cheeks, comfortable to oily in the T-Zone' which suits me perfectly. It makes my skin feel really soft and clean, and I don't get any tightness across my cheeks like I do with other face soaps I've tried.

I really like it because one pump will do my whole face, so I now it's going to last me ages.

It's a gel like consistency when it comes out of the tube and it doesn't lather too much. That means I can feel it on my skin, rather than loads of bubbles.

I use this with the seven-day scrub cream, this toner and this moisturiser in the morning. I also use it at night after I've taken all my make-up off and before my night cream.

I really recommend this because of the options available for different skin types.


Little OOTD

My outfit for my brother's graduation.

Mirror Shot, Sorry!
top: topshop, skirt: forever21, 


L'Oreal EverPure

I've really got into haircare in the past year. I never used to 'shop' hair products. I used to just grab a bit bottle of tresemme shampoo (I didn't even buy conditioner - gasp!). In the past year or so, I've been noticing my hair drying out and getting static quite a lot so I've been trying to find products that complement each other and give my hair a more natural and glossy finish. L'Oreal Ever Pure Colour Care & Smoothing duo are my every day go-to hair care products.

I've been using it for just over two weeks and I can definitely see a difference in the condition my hair. My hair feels less tangled and it hasn't been static at all! Which is a miracle! I even feel that my colour hasn't faded as much, which I love! 

I would recommend this to anyone with coloured/dry hair. The only thing that might put you off is the scent. The shampoo is Rosemary & Juniper and you can really smell the rosemary in it. I don't normally like herbal smelling products, so its taken some time for me to get used to it. The conditioner is lovely though. It smells strongly of mint. It really wakes me up in the mornings! 


Instagram #3

My Last Two Weeks

1. My Favourite Vest
2. Magazines
3. Golden Syrup Porridge on a rainy day
4. Favourite <3
5. My Frap
6. Hunger Magazine 2


Body Shop Body Butter in Chocomania

I cannot rave about this product enough! It's the nicest smelling thing I have ever sniffed. Honestly. Too good for words. 
I went into the Body Shop last week to pick up some bits and make use of a voucher I had on vouchercloud. (I tweeted about it on the day) The voucher was a free body butter when you spend £15. My friend had been raving about this product and how yummy it was so, obviously I picked it up. The lovely lady at the Highcross Body Shop gave me a free sample of the multi-use oil in the same scent. It's divine. The stores website describes the scent as indulgent and I completely agree.
I am a massive fan of the Body Shop Body Butters anyway, I always have three or four tubs on the go. This is just another level. It's a 48hour hydration. I can't say that I've tested it out for 48hours, so I can't really comment on that, but the smells lasts and lasts on the skin. So it's not really for you if you don't want to smell like a walking Mars bar all day. It's cool though, because I do.


L'Occitane Fresh Face Water

I bought this a few weeks ago because I just loved the scent! As I said in my haul post, I hadn't been using a toner for a while (naughty, naughty!) and had a hole to fill in my daily routine.

This is more than a toner though, you can use it by itself as a cleanser. I have to admit, I haven't done that. I've been using it after my make-up remover. I use it in the evenings by spraying it onto a cotton pad and I just go over my whole face, picking up any last bits of make-up. You can use it over your eyes as well, which is a bonus.
It leaves my skin feeling really cleansed and smooth. 

The lady at the shop said that I could use it like you would Fix Plus to refresh your face or make-up throughout the day, but I'm not sure if you can. 
 L'Occitane Fresh Face Water: £14


Clinique High Lengths Mascara

I got this mini mascara when Clinique did the mascara swap a few weeks ago. 
I chose this one purely for the 'willow' brush.

I actually really like this mascara. It doesn't get all claggy and clumpy on my lashes, and leaves a natural effect. There are a few reviews on the Clinique website that disagree with this. It really is down to application. I found that I had to be patient the first few times I applied it because I was getting used to the odd angle of the brush, but now I've got it I really like it!!
If you want big lashes for a night out, this isn't really for you but I really like it as my day to day mascara. 
It retails at £16.


Topshop Makeup

I posted a picture of my Topshop envelope on my Instagram (charcassidy) last week.

l-r: Lipstick in Powder Room (£7), Matte Finish Moisturising Lipstick in Whimsical (£8).

Powder Room is a powdery pink colour which is so easy to wear. I've wanted to try their lipstick pencils for ages! I'm really happy with my purchase.
Whimsical is described online as a 'pinky nude' but on me it looks more of an orangey nude. I'm looking forward to wearing this as I don't have much orange in my make-up collection (I only have Saffron eyeshadow by MAC).

Do you have any Topshop make-up?
What should I buy next?


The last two weeks

1. Finally bought a decent camera
2. My Rabbit
3. Cheeky shopping spree
4. Mascara swap!
5. New favourite
6. Topshop make-up order.