Tuesday, 30 April 2013

One of those days...

...that reminds you why you're doing what you're doing.

Today I met a woman, the same age as me, with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) who after an ectopic pregnancy resulting in the removal of an ovary was told it was highly unlikely she would ever have a child...

I Spy... Pastel!

Sorry this is so late! Been insanely busy.

I've never been the girliest of girls but there's one thing I'm without question incredibly girly about and that is style! 

I don't believe in following trends because not all trends work on everyone and frankly why should we have to waste that much money every season just because some fashion haus somewhere tells us we have to change? BUT that doesn't mean I can't enjoy what wanders down the catwalk and into the highstreet. I believe that the most important way to approach fashion is to enjoy what you love and what works for you. And on that note I'm going to tell you about one of my favourite looks of the moment - pastel!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Not enough hours in the day....

I keep saying I'm going to post things and then I don't.... I'm really sorry!!! I keep thinking I have time but I'm really busy trying to help my boyfriend with his dissertation thats due tomorrow :(

In light of that I'll be catching up with posts over tomorrow and friday evenings with the first of my trendspotting reviews, a couple of cosmetics reviews, and a post I was hoping to do today in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide (I'm half-Armenian in case any of you were wondering).

In the meantime here's a picture of two ducklings swimming in a coffee mug...

Until tomorrow!

Monday, 22 April 2013

My bank account is weeping...

Student loans are here again and any student reading this knows what that means... SHOPPING TRIP!!!!

And of course what better way to burn a hole in your pocket than being exploited by the high-street who know full well your bank account has just been replenished!

Intrigued? Find out more... :)

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Nail Polish Review - Models Own 'Grape Juice'

I realise it's not been very long since I last reviewed a nail polish, but as I'm back in clinical practice from Tuesday I won't be able to wear nail polish except on weekends, also I'm going out tomorrow evening, so I'm making the most of it while I can!

I present to you...

Models Own - 'Grape Juice'

PRETTY PLEASE!! There's still time...

... to vote for me in this photography competition!

I will love you forever if you do <3

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Lippy Review - Lip Smacker 'Disney Princess Collection'

Well I found these in Claire's yesterday and, well, before I knew I was typing in my pin number.... seriously it's like I was in a trance O_o

But anyway whilst I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with 8 lip balms at least it gives me something to show you guys! So behold... here's my review of Lip Smacker's 'Disney Princess' collection!

The number of the beast...


Class song, class kiriban! Thanks guys <3

Friday, 19 April 2013

Twerk it...

Deep down inside of me there is little ghetto woman twerking away. I don't know if its cos I'm a 90's kid and 90's urban music was amazing, or whether I was just born in the wrong body, but even though I primarily love rock and alternative music I can't resist working it to some old school hip hop or rnb. Call it a guilty pleasure if you will, but I certainly don't feel guilty for it ;)

Anyway here are 10 tunes I like to shake my booty to now and again... (they're not my top 10, just what I could think of on the spot!)

Monday, 15 April 2013

Little girl lost...

Let me tell you a story...

Horton Hears a Ribblehead

A group of my friends including my boyfriend did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday to raise money for the National Deaf Children's Society and Leeds University Union Sign Language Society. I was part of the "stragglers" group - basically we stuck around in safe places (totally not the pub..... *cough*) to collect anyone that was unable to carry on with the challenge and generally provide support to the group. 

Being in the little group it gave me the opportunity to take my SLR out for a walk and shoot the majesty of the place I am honoured to call my home - Yorkshire <3

Nail Polish Review - Essie 'Muchi Muchi'

Today I'm going to be looking at...
'Muchi Muchi' by Essie

Essie have been going since 1981 and have established a solid reputation for quality - being favoured by Queen Elizabeth herself! Their maHOOsive range of colours just can't be found anywhere else and that alone is enough to make me drool over their shelves...

Last week I lost my Essie virginity after making the most of Boots' current 3 for 2 make-up offer. I've been looking for the perfect pastel pink for ages and after trying shades from Topshop, Limecrime, and Model's Own that just did not compliment my skin tone I finally found a friend in 'Muchi Muchi'!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Pretty please with a cherry on top... (edit with working link!)

... vote for me in this photography competition

Unfortunately instead of being judged by merit its being judged purely by popularity :( so if you see this please vote!

Thanks lovelies :)

Friday, 12 April 2013

Lippy review - 'Poisonberry' by Limecrime

So I'm going to start my lipstick reviews with my favourite colour - purple!! I've always loved purple everything but purple lipstick is something I've only dared to try in the last year... and I haven't done it by halves. In 12 months I've gone from owning a grand total of zero purple shades to owning at least 5 (seriously they're all over the place I've lost track lol)! As a very fair-skinned girl I've always been a bit hesitant with dark colours but when I finally found my perfect red shade a few years ago (which I will be reviewing at a later date) I realised it didn't hurt to try and was inspired to be a bit more daring with my shades. Now I have LOADS of deep shades which I absolutely adore and have had numerous compliments on.

With a grunge and goth inspired fashion scene it's currently really easy to find a wide range of deep and sexy lipstick shades with reds, purples, and browns the top choice for the trend. I challenge you lovely ladies out there (and gents if you so wish ^_^) to challenge youself to try something new you wouldn't usually go for. You never know you may be as surprised as I was!

Anyway enough chat, onto the review!

Today I'll be reviewing 'Poisonberry' from Limecrime's Alchemy collection.

When life gives you lemons....

Some people just get more lemons than others. Whilst the old adage tells us to make lemonade sometimes it just isn't that easy. 

As a medical student I see some pretty shocking things and none more-so than during my current placement in Psychiatry. Whilst social stigma dictates the most shocking things I should be seeing are extreme acts of violence and depravity from patients with schizophrenia and personality disorders I have to say that has not been the case. The most shocking things I've seen are from ordinary people who really have been dealt the most lemons. From people addicted to drugs and alcohol, screwed over by poor childhoods, social and financial deprivation and a faulty system hindering their progress despite motivation to change, to the ordinary family man/woman whose lives have been destroyed because of one person or thing setting of a chain reaction. It's the latter that has lead to me writing this...

What's occurring??

Just a quick post to say hello and give you an update on what I've got planned for the next few days!

I'm going to be looking at my favourite trends of the moment and taking you through some of my latest fashion purchases as well as my favourite key pieces in my wardrobe. I'll also be introducing you to my lippy collection with the start of my reviews on reds and purples. I also plan to start work on my campaign against sizeism on the high street with a post about big boobs and weird bras (rant warning) so girls unite and keep your eyes peeled for that! (In and amongst those will likely be some general musings so I apologise if I bore any of you :P)

Tata for now!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

My Tumblr....

If anyone is interested its pastelfangs.tumblr.com/ :)

Its generally reblogs of images and other posts I like or find interesting. You never know you may like what you see! 

Nail Polish Review - Models Own 'Indian Ocean'

So what better way to start a blog than with a nail polish review!

I'm going to start by reviewing my most recent purchase, and a shade I've been trying to get hold of for ages... 'Indian Ocean' from Models Own's Beetlejuice collection.

Greetings Earthlings!

And welcome to my blog :)

My name is Charmian but you can call me CharBop. After years of mindlessly reblogging picture upon picture on my Tumblr blog, and after some encouragement from friends, I thought it was about time I started a proper blog! 

Here you will find a whole heap of things, from photography to nailpolish, music to the super nerdy, fashion and make-up to the weird and wonderful, as well as general musings and topics for discussion. 

I hope you enjoy the ride :)