Hello, and a huge warm welcome to my blog! My name’s Charlotte Jayne Jackson and I’m currently based in Shropshire, England. The main focus of my blog is fashion, food and adventures so if that sounds great to you stick around, take a look, and enjoy! ~ x
Just wanted to pop on here and share some photos of a home spa night I had a few days ago…
One of my goals for this year is to take the time to look after myself a bit more (skin, hair, body, mind etc.) and I think putting an hour aside to do just that every so often is really important for all of us!
My two best friends got me a spa kit for my birthday as a way of cheering me up because I caught Covid and couldn’t go to a spa weekend that I had planned…Major bummer at the time but it got re-arranged so it was all good in the end! How cute is this kit though?!
I was dying to try these ‘oatmeal’ bath salts as they smelt sooo divine. I love that they come in a little bag that you can put straight into the bath ❤
They made my skin feel really soft and smooth ~
This was a clay face mask that is supposed to soak up all the dirt off of your face. You slowly add hot water until it becomes a paste and then apply it while it’s still warm for 5 minutes.
I really liked this face mask. My skin felt genuinely clean and fresh and also SUPER soft afterwards. I did make the mistake of using it all at once though…but luckily I have another one, hehe.
The final thing I used was this floral water. It’s apparently really pure water that you apply after your face mask. It’s really refreshing to use to be honest – especially after a hot bath!
Feeling fresh faced and relaxed!
All of these products are made from recycled materials and are vegan too! How great is that? ❤
My friends were so cute getting me this – I love them to pieces.
Today I wanted to share with you some of my *favourite* beauty products I have been using this year!
Hopefully you might find this helpful as a lot of these products are quite inexpensive and you can buy most of them at high street shops like Boots ~
These products are my favourites because I’ve found they do exactly what they are supposed to do, to a high quality, for not too much money! So alas, let’s get into the blog post:
First up is this vitamin E nail and cuticle oil from Superdrug. It applies like a nail varnish and one dip can coat nearly all your nails on one hand! I use this on top and underneath my nails to strengthen them so that they can grow long without chipping!
When I discovered this I could not believe how amazing and effective it was. It really does work and your nails feel so hard and strong after just a few minutes of applying the oil.
I’ve not tried any other brands but I know that this one is definitely worth purchasing!
I’m terms of price, I got this for £7.99 so it’s very affordable (it will last ages). My nails rarely chip anymore! 8/10.
Up next is this Hoola Benefit Bronzer ~
I first started using this in 2020 as a friend got me the travel sized version as one of my birthday gifts, as she used it and thought I’d love it.
I did. This year I bought the full sized version from Selfridges and I still think it’s amazing. It’s light on your face, not over powering, blends beautifully and gives your face a more sharper look. Sells at around £27 for the large and £12 for the small. Big fan, 9/10 from me.
P.s used by Selena Gomez I’ve noticed ~
Thirdly, the 60 Second Super Shine nail polish by Rimmel London.
This nail polish is nothing short of incredible. It’s a gel that lasts around a week without chipping (I’m serious). I apply two coats of this with no top coat and it lasts for a week straight…(I honestly don’t know how).
I bought three new shades today from Superdrug.
Compared to other cheaper nail polishes this one can run against my Chanel nail polish and keep up. It is fantastic quality for only around £3-£5 depending on what shade you want!
It’s hard to buy any other brand after you wear these – they are just brilliant. 10/10.
Moving on now to blush.
I’m someone who has only recently started using blush but has come to love it more than any other type of make-up (as I am incredibly pale and it gives me some colour!).
The first blush I ever bought was one from Nars but I wasn’t really a fan because it had a shimmer to it. Now… finding a blush without shimmer is near impossible I’ve found.
I had to look all over the place to find the best blush with no shimmer, and then I wasn’t sure what colours would suit me the best and how well they would blend :(.
Finally, I managed to come across these blushes from M.A.C. They are very pigmented, blend and apply wonderfully and last forever. And guess what? NO SHIMMER!!!
They were quite pricy sadly (£30 each) but a really great product. I wear them every day and they look very natural. Really recommend these. 8/10.
Now, last but not least are the Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner with the Brow Pencil and Gel.
I love these products so much! I’ve been using the eyeliner all year and it’s the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. It applies so easily and rarely smudges. I will warn that is it’s NOT waterproof but I’ve never had a problem with that!
The brow pencil I get in the colour medium brown and I love it for shaping my brows before I add my brow powder.
The shape of the pencil makes it very easy to apply and it creates a very natural thin line. I like that it comes with a gel at the bottom to set your brows in place for the day so that you don’t have to carry around two separate products!
Really great quality products from quite an unknown brand really. If you don’t know, Soap and Glory are Boots’ own beauty brand. They are so good and if you are UK based you should really check them out 🙂
I paid £17 for both of these products together. 9/10
That’s it for today folks, as that was quite a long blog post compared to usual haha! I hope you enjoyed this and I’ll be back on here soon x
Something I have absolutely being LOVINGLY recently has been this tanning foam in ‘dark’ by Bondi Sands, so I wanted to pop on here and talk about it.
As a someone with red hair who has extremely pale skin, it’s always been a challenge finding a fake tanner that works for me.
I used to always use gradual tanner (in a moisturiser) that would always end up being patchy and transferable the moment I stepped foot in water…
So last year I started using self tanning foam as it stays on for a week or more and doesn’t transfer! The problem was, because of my light colouring I used to buy ‘light/medium’ in Bondi Sands or ‘medium’ in St. Moriz and even though they did make me look like I had some colour, I still didn’t look tanned.
Sooo, I’ve started using the Bondi Sands dark shade and… OMG I LOVE it. It’s perfect, it’s amazing, it’s everything it’s supposed to be!
These two photos below were taken of me yesterday (the day after applying the foam) in Liverpool and you can really see the results ~
I don’t have any streaking or patchiness and the colour tone is *perfect*!
Ultra dark would definitely have been too dark for my colouring but I think this one does the job great 👍
When I applied I also made sure to exfoliate, shower and moisturise any rough skin before applying the foam to help prevent build-up. I also left the product on for 6 hours before washing it off 🙂
Heya lovelies, how are you doing? I’m feeling great ~
I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester on Saturday to do a lil’ shopping (didn’t buy as much as I thought I would though…?) 🙂
I hardly bought any clothes (which is odd for me) and apart from one top in Zara I didn’t see much I fancied!! What I DID buy though was a little bit of make-up…
I went into Selfridges to get a Benefit bronzer as my friends got me the mini one for my 23rd birthday and it’s lasted until now (year and a half!). So I bought the larger version of that and, while I did, one of the shop assistants made me aware of a new Benefit mascara that gives great length, doesn’t clump, and really fans out your lashes!
How it works is that the formula is magnetic (apparently) and so all the mascara binds together to create great length (not sponsored haha) ❤
I was super intrigued by this concept and so I got one! And honestly guys, it’s actually amazing. I’ve never owned a mascara that wasn’t drug store bought and I don’t know why because this Benefit one is incredible!!
These pics don’t do it justice at all. I’m not one for eyelash extensions or glue on eyelashes as I find them irritating and weird on me (I’ve got big eyes so they make me look strange haha) but what I do always look for is a good mascara with great length and volume ~ this one is a perfect find for me x
Heya guys, I have something a bit different today!
My mom recently ordered me some BFF serum for both my face and eyes as a gift as I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturiser/ bb cream for a while.
Usually I wear a full face of make-up with foundation and concealer but I wanted something much lighter and natural for when I’m just at home or having a relaxing day with my boyfriend~
I really don’t have bad skin in all honestly but because I’m a red head I have a very pale complexion, meaning that I get very bad dark circles. It usually gets better when I got in the sun but because of the many lockdowns I have barely been outside and my complexion has gotten so much worse.
Therefore, a light coverage which I can quickly put on without brushes under my eyes and on my face (paired with filling in my eyebrows of course as they are very light otherwise!) is something I want to start trying. I want to look more natural and fresh! Haha.
So, as I was saying my mom decided to buy me a BFF cream and eye serum from Trinny London. It’s quite pricey but when I put it on my hand the coverage looked sooo good, even though it’s only light.
It came in beautiful sliver holographic packaging (LOVE), and the product tubes themselves have lovely holographic lids that just pull off easily. From the photos I’ve added you can see that there is also a third product. The serums came with a free mixing pot which I’m excited about as I LOVE to mix my eyeshadows, foundations, blushes etc.
I’m excited to use Trinny London as I never have before! I’ll post another blog update soon with a before and after of using the products 🙂