Just Charlie G

Collaborative Post

With Valentines just around the corner, its time to think about what present I’ll be getting for Graham, my husband. Not only that, now’s about the time he starts asking me what I’d like too. Well, while I’m a sucker for chocolates and flowers, I’ve actually got a little more extravagant wish list ready to go… isn’t that handy!

Top of my wish list was a camera. Graham obviously did his research into Compact Cameras and got me a Panasonic Lumix for Christmas.


It’s actually brilliant, and I’m such a lucky girl. It has all the functionality I was looking for, but it’s really easy to use and the photographs it produces are fantastic! You can see some of mine here. These premium Panasonic Lumix cameras look pretty epic too.

I don’t know if Graham is still feeling so generous but I’m still after a few things and nothing too extravagant, but here’s hoping!

Next on my list, to help me deal with the copious amounts of chocolate I will be eating, is the Fitbit Surge. I already have a Fitbit but this one I found on Amazon is real upgrade thanks to its multisport function, heart rate tracker and music controls!


Obviously to go with my new Fitbit I could really do with the Fitbit Aria Scales. It measures your weight, body fat and BMI and of course syncs with your Fitbit stats!

My final dream piece of tech is the Apple iPhone 6S Plus in Rose Gold.

You either love Apple or you don’t. I just really do, I love how user-friendly and intuitive all my devices are and I’ve not been without an iPhone for years… this latest model is ticking all the boxes for me. It’s not only beautiful, but functional too with its top of the range camera, long life battery and amazing HD screen. I’m simplifying it of course, but all you need to know is I need this phone in my life!

I could actually go on for quite a long time with this wish list, but I don’t want to upset Graham so I’ll stop right here!

So, what are you hoping for and giving for Valentines? Do tech products feature anywhere?

This is a collaborative post on behalf of Panasonic. All opinions are my own.

While getting dressed up and painting our faces still has the same charm it had when we were young, it’s important that we remember to take care of our eyes. Luckily, there are a number of makeup items that are safe for your skin and eyes. With the array of makeup options to choose from, it can be difficult to discern what brands are best for you. Ladies with sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients in specific brands, and those women who wear contact lenses find it especially challenging to procure the makeup that is right for you, isn’t harmful to you skin, won’t cause obnoxious break outs, and don’t aggravate your contact lenses. Thus, it’s essential that you search every beauty counter, blog, and magazine for the right makeup products that not only look good on your face, but also don’t pose any hazards to your skin or your eyes. Here are a few beauty and makeup products that won’t damage your complexion and are designed especially for those with allergies and sensitivities.

Accentuate Your Best Facial Features without Harming Your Skin

Even if you have sensitive skin or allergies you can still partake in the latest makeup trends. In order to keep your skin smooth, clear, and free of breakouts, opt for cosmetics that are free of fragrances, chemicals, and preservatives. Keep in mind that although many makeup products carry labels that say they’re hypoallergenic, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe to use on sensitive skin, therefore, it’s best to carefully read the labels and test the products on your skin before you make your final purchase. Many department stores and other retailers that sell makeup often offer free samples of beauty products that you can take home and try before you buy. Those with extreme makeup sensitivities should try natural, organic beauty products like those available from Aveda or skip heavy items like liquid foundations and use a powder for
mula that has a lighter consistency instead. Always remember to use a sunscreen that contains an SPF of 15 or higher.

Highlight Your Eyes without Damaging Them

As any women who has ever worn eyeliner, eye shadow, or mascara can attest, wearing eye makeup can cause irritation if it gets in your eyes. This problem can be worse for those who wear contact lenses as lenses can be severely damaged if certain kinds of makeup get trapped between the lens and the eye. Before you apply any type of makeup around your eyes, be sure to learn how to properly care for your lenses when wearing makeup. I found a helpful guide online at Acuvue. Additionally, you should avoid applying oil-based makeup around your eyes in order to prevent bits of foundation from going into your eyes and steer clear of sporting false eyelashes while wearing your lenses as the glue can get in your eyes and damage your contacts. Remember to use mascara and eyeliner sparingly and apply any eye shadow or powder gently to prevent particles from flaking and getting into your eyes.

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16. 09. 2013

If you have never had a Turkish bath then it really is about time you did. There is nothing quite like it for getting a really deep cleanse to clear out your pores and slough off all those dead skin cells that cause break outs and dull complexions.

A Turkish bath – or Hamam – is naturally best enjoyed in Turkey. For the equivalent of between £10-£20 you can enjoy a day of unparalleled relaxation and cleansing where you will enjoy a hot steam in a grand marble room. Once you’ve sweated it all out, this is followed by an exfoliating scrub on the gobek tasi – a giant stone in the centre of the room. Once scrubbed and buffed you will then be soaped up to wash away all the excess dirt.

Owing to its popularity as a tourist resort you can find great deals for flights to the Dalaman region of Turkey throughout the year and last minute flights with airlines such as Jet2.com can be found for under £300 for 2 people.

DIY detoxing

If you need a quick fix more urgently then there’s some great ways to achieve this same clean and relaxing feeling at home.

What you will need:

•A hot shower/bath

•A loofah

•A good exfoliating body scrub

•A good face scrub

•Moisturising soap

•Moisturiser and body lotion

•Fluffy robe and slippers

•Delicious herbal tea.

While most of us won’t have an at home sauna we can still relax with a nice hot bath or shower. While you need the warm water to heat the room to really get the most of the experience, you need to allow the water temperature to cool before you get in. Enjoy the relaxing soak while you let your pores open up before you exfoliate. Be sure to use a specific product designed for the delicate skin on your face and only use the loofer on your body. Once scrubbed, rinse off and then massage all over with a great moisturising soap or body wash before rinsing again.

Once you’re dried off, moisturise all over and slip into a warm fluffy robe and slippers and enjoy a hot herbal tea on the sofa while you put your feet up.

Exfoliating is an important step in our beauty regimes, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Over exfoliating can actually be worse for your skin and cause more breakouts. Stick to once a week or longer if you have sensitive skin.


29. 07. 2013
When I was younger, so much younger than todaaaaaaaay…. I
used to shop in New Look all the time! Then there were several years when I
didn’t go in there at all. I think at around the thirty years old mark I felt
like I was maybe too old for New Look and that everything in there was for
people in their teens and early twenties. Then, well I got over all that and
decided to dress just how I wanted to and to shop wherever I wanted to and New
Look has been back in favour ever since.
It’s perfect for throwaway fashion and jersey basics (hello
leggings!), accessories and indeed shoes (I love their black leather pumps, I
need new ones, must check they still do them!) and whilst some of the fashion
is definitely too young for me, pushing forty as I am, it’s not all. And even
if it was, I’d still shop in there for accessories, such as jewellery.
Speaking of accessories, here are my top wants right now.
Black Owl Face Clip Frame Purse £3.99
Neon Coral Cut Out Mini Satchel £12.99
Nude and Grey Novelty Pop Up Owl iPhone 4 Case £4.99
Black and Gold Embellished Moroccan Clutch. I need this for
nights out and Christmas Parties £19.99
Coral Owl Print iPad Case. Am totally buying this as soon as
I’ve scheduled this post. £9.99
Blimey I do seem to be a bit owl crazy at the moment. Owls
aside, there’s something for every taste, and budget. Whether you’re looking
for casual attire and accessories or office wear and accessories.


If like me, you’ve not stepped into New Look for a while, do
take a chance and have another look, you might find you’re surprised. And if
you are a New Look regular shopper, tell me what I need to be buying! It’s
clearly worth checking for the handbags!
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I don’t know if you know but a just under a year ago we
moved house. We upgraded when we moved and really had to stretch ourselves
financially in order to buy the house meaning we weren’t left with anything to
do any real decorating or refurbishing needed.
Fortunately, the house we bought was clean and fairly
neutrally decorated in style so we’ve been happy to live with it all this time
knowing that one day we’ll be able to do what we need to do to make it our
The only thing I really really don’t like is the wardrobes in our
bedroom. Whilst for the first time ever we’ve got built in wardrobes and  I have a whole cupboard devoted to shoes, they
are white. I don’t even know how to describe them really but they look something
like this finish.
This isn’t my actual bedroom, but you get the picture. We
can’t afford all new doors or anything like that for now so we’ve had to make
the best of it and I’ve found the way to do this is with accessories! I have a
beautiful crackle glass vase, and candles, and a huge modern vase thing in one
corner, but I’ve been wondering what to do with my make up and brushes. I used
to have one of those fab Ikea dressing tables, but it wouldn’t fit in this room
so it had to go and the built in furniture has a tiny tiny little table with a tiny
tiny little drawer in. Which is fine, I have a lot of stuff in there, but on
top I have a couple of Muji drawers and then this black monstrosity that houses
all my pencils, brushes and mascaras. I’ve been on the hunt to prettify this
system and now I have the answer. More vases. I want vases to  store these things in and have been hunting
the John Lewis site for answers!
These little vases come in various sizes, but all small and
I can imagine having a row of them along the back of my desk, housing all the bits
I need, perfect.  But I notice you can
get bigger ones so maybe I’ll just go for a couple of those instead. I will
probably pop in store to take a look.



But that’s me, I like simple things in terms of décor, but
you could go mad. These are so cute and would really suit a more shabby chic
style, and are fairly affordable at £12, although I think they are tiny!

So before I go shopping, how do you store your pencils and brushes?

*Please note this is a sponsored post. The content was completely written by me as usual*

Buying products online quite a lot inevitably means that I’m always on the lookout for a half decent discount. Granted, it’s not difficult to find a saving on the internet, what with it swimming with voucher codes and the like, so how do you pick out the best ones?
Well, here’s a bit of a newsflash about a site I’ve recently discovered – the name My Favourite Voucher Codes might give you some clue as to what it’s all about, but let me tell you, it’s so much more than that. Unlike other voucher code sites, when you use My Favourite Voucher Codes, a portion of your hard-earned cash goes towards doing some good. These lovely people give 20% of their net profits each month to charity, and you can even have a say in the lucky recipient of said funds. Every month there is a choice of three great causes to vote on, and in addition to this, if you know of a worthy charity that is close to your heart, just contact them and it will add it to the list that they support. There’s not many discount voucher sites that do this, I can tell you.
So what else so they offer?  As well as all the latest savings on all your favourite beauty names such as Benefit, Boots, L’Occitane, Look Fantastic and Molten Brown, they’ve got a whole heap of discount codes for high street favourites too – Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and House of Fraser to name but a few. And that’s not all – they’ve also get lots of voucher codes from smaller specialist online retailers such as 15% of all purchase with this Fever London voucher code and this one from My Bag voucher codes – up until the end of the month, get 20% off all full price items (excludes Cambridge satchels, vintage and outlet) or you can get £5 off when you spend £35 or more! It’s this kind of secret sale that you don’t just get anywhere.


I’ve found that one of the most irritating things about ordering online is when you find the perfect item, pay for it, and then while you’re waiting, you find a voucher code for that retailer that could have saved you a few pounds. Very annoying, I think you’ll agree. But you can install a voucher code app onto your Chrome or Firefox browser that solves this problem – if you click on the My Favourite Voucher Codes icon once you’ve seen what you want, then it will tell you straight away if there’s a deal to be had. And something that saves you time and money is super in my book!

*Please note, this is a sponsored post, but I don’t take sponsored content unless I genuinely think it’s worth sharing and this site is definitely bookmarked!*

This year Carex celebrates it’s 20th Birth and to celebrate they have launched a nationwide competition to reward 20 pairs of hands around the UK. The prizes that will go to the 20 winners will be £500 of Red Letter Day Vouchers and a years supply of Carex hand wash..

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Red Letter Day website but with £500 you’re sure to find something fabulous to spend the prize on, whether it’s Spa Breaks or swimming with Sharks. It’s a lot of money!

So to be in with a chance of winning, you need to head over to the Carex Website competition page. And submit a day in the life of your hands. It can be photographs, video, a couple of sentences, or a short written diary, but be creative and showcase those moments in life that involve your hands!

I know exactly what I’d enter and I know exactly what I’d spend my winnings on if I was lucky enough to win.

Go on, it’s got to be worth a shot, show the world what those hands of yours get up to!

The Carex Live Life Hands On Awards

*Please note, this is a Sponsored post which I have willingly accepted because its such a fab original competition!*

27. 11. 2012

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned on the blog that I wear glasses… well, the truth of the matter is that I’m supposed to wear glasses but I’m a bit of a horror for not remembering (although writing this post has helped, I’ve just put mine on!).

Perhaps I’d be a bit better at remembering if I had some of the following! This is my glasses wishlist.

Starting with these Tom Ford glasses. These are the catchy named Tom Ford FT5146 56B. (£128.95)

Also loving these Tom Ford ones. The FT5189 55. (£141.95)

Then there’s these delicious Prada glasses. The also fabulously named PRO5NV PD6101 (£135.95)

Oh and I had no idea you could get Ray Ban prescription glasses. I love these Ray Ban RX5269 2383. I love the hints of olive green. (£79.95)

The strange thing about me is that whilst I like my prescription glasses small and narrow, when it comes to sunnies I like them big! And top of my sunglasses wish list are these Prada sunnies, I’d best get saving as they are £143.95.

SmartBuyGlasses is an Aladdin’s cave of designer eyewear, both prescription and sunglasses and I have literally spent hours trawling through everything on the site, you can use your webcam and virtually try some pairs and if you are going for frames for your prescription lenses, you can save yourself some hassle and get your lenses from them too. There’s free delivery too. Oh and if that’s not enough, there’s Buy One, Give One. A scheme whereby SmartbuyGlasses donate glasses to those in need, for every pair of glasses sold, they donate a pair to one of their charity partners (non profit). The partners work closesly with eye clinics in communities most in need. A truly fabulous thing!

So if you’re in the market for new prescription glasses, or fancy a pair of designer sunglasses look no further!




Hi all,
Today I’m going to talk to you about Nurture Skincare. This is a website that’s  pretty new to me but I’m delighted to have discovered it as  I’m really enjoying using the couple of products I’m trying out. I’ll get to those in a short while but first, a little about the company.  Nurture Skincare are based Guernsey and are a part of the Healthspan group who are the No 1 direct supplier of vitamins, minerals and supplements in the UK. Nurture Skincare are cruelty free and they are affordable and effective.
The philosophy of the company is simple. To look after not only your external beauty but also your inner health, so their skincare and beauty products are supported by appropriate supplements.  Quite a few of the products have won Beauty Bible  awards in  the Beauty Steals category which is great.  I’ve been trying out a couple of the products lately and am so far impressed.
The first thing I’ve been trying out are the Hair and Nail Strengthener Supplements which are £8.45 for  60 capsules. You take two tablets a day so that is a month’s worth.  These have a range of effective ingredients to  help promote glossy, shiny hair and strong healthy nails. There’s a range of B-complex vitamins to help with healthy cell formation, silica for strengthening nails, and natural oils including apricot kernel oil along with OptiMSM to provide bioavailable sulphur for the production of keratin. I’m not sure what OptiMSM is but it really seems to be working.  My nails and hair both seem to be enjoying a growth spurt, my nails in particular are not just growing but after months of having problems with my nails they are suddenly a whole lot stronger. I’ve always known my diet wasn’t fantastic but these supplements seem to be providing whatever it was I’ve been missing before now! Very impressed, and it is recommended that you take these for 3-4 months for best results, and I’ve only been going a few weeks, so I am looking forward to the end results very much indeed.
The other item I’ve been trying out is the Nurture Replenish Day Cream SPF15 which is a very reasonable £11.95.  This cream  is aimed at an older lady than myself, women in particular who have or who are experiencing the menopause. That said I’m having all kinds of hormonal issues and I don’t see why this wouldn’t work for anyone except those with very oily skin.  The cream contains Phytoestrogens (natural plant oestrogens) of soy bean and red cover to mimic the action of oestrogen (clever stuff!).  It  can help restore density to the skin, therefore reducing fine lines… they can also help to stimulate the skin metabolism, helping you get a brighter healthier complexion.  If that’s not enough for you then there are also ceramides to nourish, pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise long term. Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties and of course it’s SPF15 to help prevent sun damage which of course is ageing.
The cream itself is quite rich and I was afraid it may be too rich for my skin.  Surprisingly,  this wasn’t so, it needs less than a couple of minutes to disappear into my skin leaving me soft and moisturised all day long. Any dry patches are banished immediately. Fantastic stuff… I’d have to say this does compare quite favourably to considerably higher priced moisturisers I have tried.
I highly recommend checking out nurtureskincare.co.uk for affordable effective products. I am suitably impressed.
*This is a sponsored post, but all views reflected are my own, as always*