Just Charlie G

Today I’m delighted to be reviewing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids.urban decay color correcting fluid If you’re into beauty and beauty products, you can’t fail to have to have noticed coloured concealers/correctors are must have products right now. With shades to tackle most issues, colour correctors are a great way to help achieve a flawless look.

Based on the colour wheel, correctors work to diminish problem areas using colour. So green couteracts redness, yellows and oranges add warmth and hide dark circles, lilacs counteract sallowess and reds and pinks work to hide blue tones, such as bruises or veins.

Urban Decay have launched five shades of their Color Correcting Fluids, Green, Lavender, Peach, Pink and Yellow. I have Peach and Lavender.

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In swatches, these are slightly alarming, but don’t forget, these are well blended and worn underneath your foundation.

urban decay color correcting fluid urban decay color correcting fluidThese are a dream to apply, they come in a tube with a doe foot applicator, just dab on where needed and blend. I find they blend flawlessly into my skin and make up, regardless of what else I’m wearing. These are so light too, I’ve been looking carefully to see whether I get creasing under the eyes, but nope, nothing.

I’ve been using both shades regularly, but of the two Lavender is the clear winner for my skin, while it does neutralise yellow tones, it also doubles up as a highlighter on me, worn under foundation it adds a subtle brightness wherever it’s applied.

Peach is less useful for me as it’s really a bit better for darker skin tones than mine, but even so it still covers my dark circles, without making my eye area look orange. That’s magic!! I think Pink would be a bit better for my fair skin though.

I’m hoping to grab the green one in town tomorrow. I’m no stranger to green concealers, they work brilliantly for me, I have a lot redness to counteract, but the formula of these has totally sold me.

Whatever your concern and whatever your skin type, I’m pretty sure you’ll find one of these to suit you.

£17.50 for 6.2g and available from Urban Decay Counters and the Urban Decay Website.

*Items received free of charge for review purposes.

acrylic nails exeter

Just wanted to do a little post about my nails as I’ve not done a nails post for god knows how long! The truth is that actually my nails have been so crap for a couple of years and despite trying so many products I’ve given up for now and have been getting acrylic extensions after seeing Tiff’s work on Facebook.

Tiffany Adamou runs Cutie Cuticles from a lovely little purpose built nail room in her house, it’s warm and cosy and most importantly, clean! If you’re looking for acrylic nails in Exeter, then look no further.

Cutie CuticlesYou’ll get a warm welcome when you visit Cutie Cuticles because Tiff is lovely, she’s so friendly and chatty, if you struggle meeting new people she’ll put you at ease immediately, but most importantly she’s brilliant at her job. Nothing is too much trouble and she’ll go out of her way to make sure you have the nails you really want, each nail is shaped and polished to perfection, if she’s not happy with something (which doesn’t really happen!) but if something isn’t quite right, you won’t leave until it is perfect. You can’t beat that for customer services.

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As well as doing acrylics, gel polish manicures are also on offer with prices you can’t beat. A full set of acrylics will set you back £25 and includes your gel polish.

Pleased to say as a result of having my nails done, I feel better and I’ve made a new friend. I wouldn’t go anywhere else so if you’re in Exeter be sure to check out the Cutie Cuticles Facebook Page for more information.

ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY FACIAL GLOWIt’s that time of year when my skin starts to look a bit dull and sad. Central heating and colder weather brings with it dull skin, dry patches and if that wasn’t enough, my skin has decided to be a bit congested around my jaw line again, so it’s been time to bring out the big guns. Namely the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel.


Facial Glow Radiance Peel is a beautiful mousse like cream, with exfoliating beads (jojoba NOT plastic!) that you massage into your skin, leave for four minutes and then remove. Skin texture is improved and cell turnover is increased. Active ingredients include apple serum and orange peel to help shed dead skins, manuka honey to soothe, lots of antioxidant ingredients as well as natural oils to hydrate.


This smells so delicious, it really smells like it’s made with lots of fruit (and it is!). Although this is chock full of exfoliating jojoba beads, it’s not at all irritating and it leaves my skin feeling so incredibly soft.

All my dry patches disappear and while I don’t think my skin is ever going to be glowing, after using this product and a dose of Elemental Herbology’s Calendula & Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser, (note to self, need a new moisturiser, I’ve run out!) my skin is the best I believe it can ever be. It doesn’t get rid of those little congestion bumps after one use, but by using once a week with the rest of my lovely products, it very quickly gets rid of them. I love this so much I would like to use it more often but there’s a downside, and that’s the price.

It’s a miracle product but still a bit out of my budget at £40 for 50ml. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth every single penny, its just a bit out of my budget. If I could I’d use this regularly for the rest of my life, but as it is, I’ll settle for a pot or two a year, in the winter. Another winning product from my favourite skincare brand. After years of blogging and trying loads of skincare brands, many of which I’ve loved, none have made my skin quite as happy as the Elemental Herbology range, definitely check them out if you have fussy skin like me!

Check out the whole range on the Elemental Herbology website.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes

There I was running out of foundation when, with great timing, the brand new Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation* popped through my letterbox.  Urban Decay All NighterUrban Decay All NighterUrban Decay All NighterI received two bottles and what beautiful bottles they are. They have hygienic pumps and are beautifully stylish.

I received two shades, 2.0 and 2.5. Now the shades are supposed correlate directly with the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, (my review of that one is here) and I am a 3.5 in that foundation, but despite the shade difference I gave these shades a go. As a guide, whole numbers are warm toned while 0.5 shades are cool toned. As I’m cool toned, I guessed that 2.5 would be the best shade for me.

Swatches: In the next two photos, the shade on the left is 2.0 and on the right is the cool toned 2.5.

Urban Decay All Nighter Urban Decay All NighterWhile the shades look the same in the bottle, actually when swatched and lightly blended you can see that 2.0 is indeed warmer. I’ve tried both shades and 2.5 is definitely the one for me, but both work okay, I’d guess that the 3.5 in this formula would be too dark.

All Nighter Liquid Foundation is designed to give a flawless matte finish that lasts…all night. While the finish is matte, I have found that the finish is far from flat as I hope you’ll see in my last photograph.Urban Decay All Nighter You all know by now my skin is tricky, foundations either work for me or they don’t. They either don’t blend well on my dry patches or they cause me to break out. I’ve had no problems with this one, it applies like a dream (I use the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush for all foundations). I was a bit concerned the waterproof formula might cause me problems, it didn’t and the pigmentation on this one is amazing, you need very little product for a flawless finish. One pump isn’t quite enough for me BUT, if I have plenty of moisturiser on, one pump is plenty! It’s a high quality formula.

I don’t go for a heavy coverage all the time any more, just bad skin days and special occasions, but I can’t be without a fuller coverage foundation and this fits the bill nicely. Only thing worth mentioning is that this does go a bit shiny on me by tea time, using a primer seems to fix that for me and I will stay pretty much flawless till I wash it off 🙂

30ml is £27, it’s not a cheap foundation but if you’re only using one pump at a time, this is going to last for months! Definite recommend, Urban Decay do great bases!

Check out Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation’s 24 shades here.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes

Just a little heads up if you’re contemplating taking the plunge and trying out the Foreo Luna Play. I’ve tried several of the Foreo Cleansing Devices and have loved them all, but currently am using my Foreo Play most of all. If you’re interested in a full review, you can find mine here. I think mine is reaching the end of it’s lifespan now so I’m really pleased to have a new one, the Luna Pay Save the Sea Special Edition.

Foreo Play  Firstly, for the price of the Foreo Play (£29) you also get two 15ml cleansers included free of charge. The Day Cleanser and the Night Cleanser. The Cleansers are designed to work in perfect harmony with your Foreo Device.

So it’s a good bargain, but in addition 100% of Net proceeds will go towards the protection of ocean animals as Foreo have partnered with GreenWave and Sea Life Trust. The campaign supports initiatives such as the rehabilitation of endangered sea life and the creation of ocean farms to foster wildlife habitats.

You’re getting a great deal and doing some good too!

Head over to https://www.foreo.com/savethesea where you’ll also find the Save the Sea edition of the Luna Mini 2!

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

mamhead-07-chloe-20160424-850So at the end of May, Chloe was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While it was no surprise to many who know her, it was still something of a shock to the system to have it there in black and white. The assessment reports were upsetting and really hammered things home.

We always strongly suspected Chloe had Autism, problems at home meant we really needed some assistance and diagnosis seemed logical. With a confirmed diagnosis we hoped we would be able to access services and interventions that were not available to us with out the label.

Oh how wrong we were. In Exeter, the Autism team is diagnosis only. They do make some recommendations on their reports, but they don’t actually offer any support and so we found ourselves saying thank you and walking off out into the rest of our lives with our daughter having this diagnosed condition and no support.

Can you imagine rocking up to A&E screaming in pain, them doing an x-ray and finding you have a broken leg and sending you off into the world to find a way to fix it yourself? No of course not, so why was this the case with our daughters autism? What’s worse is that we’re not alone, its a story you’ll hear repeated up and down the country with all sorts of neurological conditions.

Our kids are being failed. It’s been proven that the earlier a child is diagnosed and they can get interventions, the better, as the brain develops there is much more ability to change, learning new behaviours is easier.

You know me, not one to take things lying down I’ve spent months trying to find out what we can do. Camhs tried to close our case, “autism isn’t a mental health issue”. It’s been a dark time with lots of tears and stress from me…”how can they do this?!”, “where do I turn?” and while we still don’t know our way in some areas, I’ve managed to access help and support in others, through research and sheer determination borne of my absolute fury.

Lola starts attending Devon Young Carers this week, so she can have something of her own and meet other youngsters in similar situations. I hope it will be valuable for her.

Chloe’s sensory and dental issue continue to be a problem. The specialist dental service have now done a referral to the Occupational Therapy team in Exeter after seeing my desperation. I think the wait, as always, is lengthy, but I’m hoping some of those sensory issues will be looked at.  If the dental service hadn’t done this, I would have done the referral myself.

We have had a “Resource Allocation Assessment” and budget has been approved for Chloe to have an enabler for a few hours a fortnight as well attend groups and activities for kids like her, run by trained professionals. Again, if this isn’t done for you by a professional involved in your child’s life, do it yourself.

In addition the Communications and Interactions Team are going into Chloe’s school to observe and make recommendations. I hope this will help the school really get a handle on Chloe and provide advice for helping her through her school life.

Speech and Languages went into school to assess Chloe and while there’s no further need for their involvement they’ve been incredibly supportive, going above and beyond and giving the school advice and helping get the message home, just because she seems okay at school, doesn’t mean she is okay at school. Again, I did this referral myself.

As for Camhs, well they grudgingly agreed to do three sessions of exposure work with Chloe. They didn’t do that, they have done three family therapy sessions instead, the first with just Graham and I, the second with Lola, Graham and I and the final one will be one hour with Chloe. So they have offered one hour of support to Chloe. They have made it clear they don’t want to help any further. As other things have fallen into place however, it feels like Camhs are less important. I would argue though, that Chloe’s mental health is affected by her Autism and they have a duty of care to help…but its the only battle I cant be bothered to fight.

Finally feels like we’re getting somewhere, I say this tentatively though because we’ve learned the hard way not to be optimistic.

My advice to any parent in a similar situation is this:

Don’t accept what you are told. Don’t settle. Don’t stop fighting. When it feels like you can’t fight any more, keep going. Don’t let people pass the buck. Make people accountable, demand that if they won’t help, they will help you find someone that will. Demand a Team Around the Child Meeting (TAC) and get everyone there, hold them all accountable.

And while all this is going on, and you’re trying to negotiate the system while living with a child who has additional needs, try your hardest to make time for yourself, you need all your strength. Take up a hobby, see friends, read books for fun whatever it is you need to wind down, do it. And find support groups, online or otherwise, find people who know what it’s like, who have either been there, or are going through it themselves, you’ll find other parents a wealth of knowledge about what’s out there and your rights. If you are local to me, Exeter, drop me a line, I can point you in the direction of groups I use or know of.

Just keep fighting.

It’s been about six blog posts since I last blogged about an Urban Decay product, I think that’s been a big enough break and I’m back today with another little review. The Urban Deecay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Walk of Shame.

urban Decay Walk of Shame urban Decay Walk of ShameIt’s well known I think that white eyeliners, worn on the waterline can open up the eye, brightening and giving the illusion of bigger eyes. Having tried white liners in the past though, this look isn’t for me, white liner is just too bright, too stark. So nude pencils are much better for me. I’ve tried a few in the past, if I recall correctly I had a Chanel one, and perhaps something similar from Benefit. I don’t know where they went or what happened to them!

I treated myself to the Urban Decay pencil based on the fact that I’ve rarely, if ever had a dud product from the brand.

Walk of Shame Waterliner Eye Pencil is a matte creamy nude shade that promises to last all day.

Urban Decay Walk of Shameurban Decay Walk of Shame On me it nearly does a full a day. I get a good eight hours of wear where it looks perfect and then it starts to fade. At 10pm at night when I cleanse, it may not look perfect anymore but it’s still there doing it’s job.

urban Decay Walk of ShameAs for the effect, it’s considerably more flattering than a white waterline pencil, well on me at least and it’s really effective, the more eye makeup you have on, the more effective it is at opening up the eyes, unlike in my photo, I’m just wearing mascara.

A great buy and definitely recommend for anyone looking for pencil of this sort. I think I’ll probably end up adding a couple of the colours too, black and maybe navy, just because the longevity is so impressive!

I purchased mine from Debenhams, for £15.50.


Bagsy BeautyI really like Bagsy. A cruelty free, British Brand with great products and beautiful packaging. I mean, what’s not to love? I’ve blogged about Bagsy products before, and today I’m reviewing a few more products.

One of the things I really love is the packaging. Each item has different exterior packaging, it makes the range both beautiful and distinctive. The products inside are always simple and clean looking, it’s a winning combination and should appeal to those who are drawn to pretty things and those who like classic simplicity.

Starting off with the Wow Lips Full Colour Chubby Stick in Ready to Wear (£12)

bagsy Wow lipsWow Lips are chubby lip gloss pencils in opaque shades, full of nourishing ingredients. Ready to Wear is a gorgeous red toned chestnut shade, very popular right now and very easy to wear. I have another one of these, Killer Heels, and I wear it often, this will be too I’m sure. Although they are a gloss pencil, they are quite light on the gloss and don’t feel at all sticky on the lips.

Next is the Lip Cocoon in Raspberry (£7.00).

bagsy lip cocoonHands down my favourite product. Raspberry Lip Cocoon is a tinted lip balm. I am literally living in this right now. I love tinted balms anyway, despite being drawn like a magpie to lipsticks, I actually don’t wear them a huge amount, preferring something more subtle for daily wear and this totally fits the bill. Its a beautiful tint, really comfortable to wear and moisturising and it has a beautiful fruity scent. It’s gorgeous,

Finally we have Beautiful Eyes in the aptly named, Take The Plunge shade (£14.00).

bagsy beautiful eyesI’ve only worn this a couple of times, it’s not really my colour, but don’t let that put you off, the colour is beautiful, a glorious lightly metallic blue shade that works like a charm as an eyeliner and that’s despite it’s chubby point, I can get a great line with this. It’s not (only) a liner though, this pencil blends like a dream meaning it’s great for a wash of colour. It wears incredibly well too, bearing in mind I have quite hooded eyelids, with a primer this is still in place when I remove my make up at the end of the day, it doesn’t budge! Without a primer, it still lasts all day but I have a tiny amount of transfer to my upper lid, and I do mean tiny. If bright blue isn’t your shade, there are several more shades to choose from.

Swatches, Lip Cocoon in Raspberry, Wow Lips in Ready to Wear and Beautiful Eyes in Take The Plunge

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If you haven’t checked out Bagsy Beauty yet, then please do, I really recommend!

*Products received free of charge for review purposes


Eucerin Hyaluron Filler ConcentrateEucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate is the first Hyaluron product I’ve tried that I really can rave about. I know a few years ago hyaluronic acid was the must have ingredient, products were launched and bloggers waxed lyrical about it’s magical properties. The ageing process depletes hyaluronic acid, and as a result the skin’s connective tissue dips and forms wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid retains moisture and therefore helps fight against this ageing process. I tried several hyaluronic acid products, none made any difference to my skin at all and a couple broke me out incredibly badly, so I dismissed the ingredient as hype, not for me, and forgot about it.

I can’t explain what prompted me to try Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate but it ended up in my basket and here we are, several months on, and I’m ready to review.

For £31 (£23.25 at Boots currently) you get 6 5ml vials of product.

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler ConcentrateI have no idea why the product isn’t in one single 30ml bottle, it makes no sense particularly since the vials aren’t single use, but it’s not a complaint, I like the vials, they are cute to use. Apparently one vial contains a weeks worth of product, using it twice a day. I think that’s a conservative estimate, mine has lasted longer than six weeks and I frequently use slightly too much product. I wouldn’t be surprised if this lasted more like six months.  To use, you just shake the bottle and apply all over your face, neck and chest if required! As I say, a small amount goes a very long way.

Honestly, this stuff is amazing. First and foremost, no break outs, hooray! On application it is absorbed really quickly leaving your skin so smooth and soft its amazing. I usually finish with moisturiser, but not always, even though I love my moisturiser it just doesn’t leave my skin as smooth as this stuff does so occasionally I skip my moisturiser. Not only is this stuff really hydrating on my dry skin but it makes for an amazing make up base. I do usually follow with moisturiser though, like a good girl!

I believe this has eliminated my dry patches, its added a touch of glow to my skin and everything seems a bit plumper and less patchy and wrinkly in general. Genuinely impressive stuff. Suits my fussy 40–something year old skin very well and finally I’ve been able to see why hyaluronic acid has been so lauded.

Huge recommend!



I was a bit worried that I’d left this review a bit late but the sun is still shining here in Devon and there’s still a very definite need for sunscreen for me and the kids!

I’ve blogged about lots of Badger products before but for some reason it escaped my notice that they did sunscreens.

I received three for review purposes.

Badger Sunscreen The three I received are the Tangerine and Vanilla Kids Sunscreen, the Chamomile and Calendula Baby Sunscreen as well as Unscented Sunscreen. As they are all SPF 30, we’ve made use of all of them over the Summer, especially while we were on holiday in Cornwall.

As you would expect, all of these Badger Sunscreens are organic and natural. I think these are all basically the same, with the child and baby versions having the addition of essential oils. They offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB using Zinc Oxide and they are water and sweat resistant for at least 40 minutes. Thanks to sunflower oil, beeswax, seabuckthorn and vitamin E, these are beautifully moisturising. It’s also worth mentioning that the tubes are made from recyclable plastic.

The unscented sunscreen, doesn’t have any scent added to it but it does have a very subtle scent of beeswax. The Baby sunscreen, has the addition of Chamomile and calendula which is a very delicate scent, but the kids sunscreen with tangerine and vanilla is to die for. It smells absolutely sublime!

The downside of these beautiful natural sunscreens is that they are a little harder to rub in than some of the more modern formulas today, not impossible though and they don’t feel uncomfortable on the skin, as I recall sunscreens from my childhood being. Its a worthwhile trade off in my opinion, especially for the glorious tangerine and vanilla!

These Badger sunscreens have served us well this Summer and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for something more natural to protect themselves and their families from the sun.

They retail at £14.99 each and are available from Graftons Beauty.

*products received free of charge for review purposes.