Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 review: Popular Posts

Hi there!

As today is New Year's Eve and the final day of 2013 (seriously where did this year go?!) I thought it would be nice to look over my most popular posts of this year. I started Charlotte's Web back in February of this year and so this post is also just a thank you to all 35 of my followers for being the best ever *round of applause*.

Full posts:  Mac 'Rebel' Review  Top 5 autumn nail polishes Back to school make up ideas
summer lookbook  Festival Photo Diary  Cleanse and Polish Review 

My most popular post of 2013 was my review of the mac lipstick 'Rebel' which I posted in April. I was just getting into blogging at this point and so my style of writing probably wasn't the best! This post was so short and to the point but it seemed to be really popular and so I'm definitley thinking of maybe doing a mac collection or my top 5 mac products post in 2014 if that's something you'd all like to read? :) Next were my 'Top 5 autumn nail polishes' and my 'Back to school make up ideas' posts. I really enjoyed putting together both of these because it was nice to write in a bit more detail about products and make recommendations to products that I love using on a daily basis.

One of my only fashion posts of 2013 was my 'Summer Lookbook' which again proved hugely popular. In 2014 I really want to change my blog to be more fashion based so more OOTD's and lookbooks are definitley on the cards. I always feel a teensy bit awkward posing for these types of photo's, especially as my camera doesn't have a flip screen but I'm going to try my best to upload more in the new year! Another popular post was my 'Festival photo diary' which I loved uploading as it was nice to share something a bit different and primarily photography based which again I'm hoping to do more of in 2014. Finally, my first ever post on my blog was my review of Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish which not surprisingly was a popular one. This product has been talked about countless times in the blogging and youtube world and so I wasn't surprised that it was loved amongst you all! I've been getting into skincare a lot recently and have bought a few too many new products so it's likely a skincare routine will be on your screens soon!

I hope you enjoyed this look back over a year on Charlotte's Web and all have an amazing NYE tonight! 

Charlotte ♥

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas Reflections

Hi there!

I'm sure most of you will may be reading this on Christmas evening after a fun filled but extremely tiring day of present unwrapping, roast dinner eating and rubbish TV watching and I expect you're now feeling rather sleepy. I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope you all get everything you wanted! Since starting my blog in February this year it's been one of my best decisions ever! It's so lovely when people comment on my posts and also watching the pageviews go up and seeing people from around the world reading my little chunk of the internet. 

Followers obviously aren't everything and I never started my blog with the intention of being hugely popular but I'd just also like to say thank you to everyone who hit the 'follow' button because it really does make my day! This is only a quick little post to say I hope you all had wonderful days and to let you know how much I appreciate you all :)

Charlotte ♥

ps. If you haven't fought over quality street sweets/had one too many mince pies or stuffed your face with christmas pudding then make sure you change that before the end of the day!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Blog Baking: Christmas Cookies!

Hi there!

As christmas is now only 3 sleeps away *runs around bedroom squealing* I decided to get out my recipe books and start some christmas inspired baking! I'm a little crazy about baking and nothing would please me more than curling up in front of The Great British Bake off and planning to recreate everything from the cookies and the cupcakes to the savory pastries and puddings. Although my blog is beauty and fashion based, I occassionally throw in a lifestyle post (because who doesn't love one of those?!) and I thought that it might be a fun idea to start a mini 'Blog Baking' series! 

I'm not sure how often I will be posting pictures of things I've baked or sharing some of my favourite recipes but so far I'm loving the idea of uploading different things I've been making :) This is the first part of the series and since I was feeling festive (as always..) I thought I'd make some christmas cookies!

Please excuse how messy the icing looks on some of the cookies but I lost half of my piping kit and so had to improvise using different piping bags with the wrong ends (I'm sounding less and less professional by the second...). The cookies are just plain shortbread flavoured with a little vanilla essence and if I do say so myself take aaamazing!

Ingredients:-50g of butter (preferably unsalted but I used normal cooking butter and mine turned out fine!)
-50g of caster sugar
-1 egg
-135g of plain flour
-a few drops of vanilla extract

To decorate:-Water (amount varies depending on how much icing you want to decorate with)
-Icing sugar 

-food colouring (optional)

1) Preheat your oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5
2) Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and put to the side ready for your cookies
3) Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl with a spoon and then beat in the egg a little at a time.

4)Add in a couple of drops of vanilla extract (this is optional but makes them taste that little bit yummier!)
5) Gradually sift in your flour stiring and combining the mixture as you go

6) Roll out your dough on a floured worksurface to approx 1cm thickness
7) Take some cookie cutters or a glass if you don't have any and (this is my favourite part!) cut out your cookies from the dough

8)Place onto your lined tray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
9) Set aside on a wire tray to cool
10) Decorate your cookies (yay!) with the icing.To do this gradually mix together some icing sugar and a small amount of water with a spoon until you create a stiff icing mixture. Make sure the icing is fairly thick otherwise you won't be able to ice your cookies very easily! Add any decorations you wish and they're ready :)

I hope you like the idea of a Blog Baking series and although these cookies are simple to make they look really effective and are the perfect christmas treat!

Charlotte ♥

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas nail art!

Hi there!

Christmas is so soon now guys Y A Y! I’ve spent my evening whilst I should probably be doing coursework who needs A levels anyway browsing instagram and pinterest and taking inspiration from nail art designs for Christmas and I've decided to re create some of my own. I used my nail art pens from Hamley’s toy store that I mentioned in THIS post previously. I would 100% recommend these if you are just starting to experiment with nail art as they are really easy to use and make designs so much less fiddly! 

My first and easiest design is this cute snowflake on a blue base! You can use any shade of blue that you have already but I chose a brighter metallic blue because I think it looks a lot more christmasy. Mine is from Miss Sporty in the shade 'Atomic Blue'.

Step one is to apply your base blue colour. As my nail polish is a dark blue I only needed one coat but if yours is a little more transparent then you may need to repeat this step :) Next I used my nail art pen in white to draw a cross on my nail with another line through the center of that to create the snowflake outline. When this had dried I added the details to the snowflake by drawing in little lines off from the existing outline (I explained this so so badly but I hope you can see what I mean from my photo's haha!) I love how simple this design is but it is still so effective and really bold! If you're looking to do some christmas nail art but aren't as confident with harder designs then I'd definitely say this is the one to go for :)

This cute little santa nail design looks a lot more impressive than it actually was to create! Again I used mainly my nail art pens to create this design but any colours that you already have will work just as well. The red for the santa hat was the only colour that wasn't from my nail art pen set and it is the Revlon shade I used in my Catching Fire nail post if you want to see more pictures of it.
The first step to this design is to paint a strip of red polish across the tip of your nail. This will vary in size depending on how thick you want your santa hat to be but I chose to make mine quite obvious because I love the Revlon shade for christmas!I then used my white nail pen to draw small linking circles as a border along the red section to create the fluff of the hat. I continued with the white pen down the side of the nail to form the beard and then simply added in the face with my black pen! Again this is a really simple design but works so well and looks really impressive. 


Finally my absolute FAVOURITE design is this adorable snowman! I'm considering painting this design on my nails all year round because it's far too cute to keep just for christmas time right?! 
 The first part of this design is to create a pure white base on your nail. I applied a couple of coats of my white polish to give a really pigmented base. I then took my black nail art pen (a cocktail stick with a black nail varnish would work too) and painted an outline for the hat. Mine is a little messy but I don't have a very steady hand so it went a bit wobbly haha! The rest of the design is so simple as you just fill in the hat and add dots for the eyes and mouth and then a line for the carrot nose. I used Barry M's 'Mango' polish for the nose which is the perfect orange shade!

I'm writing this post whilst listening to the Micheal Bubl√© Christmas album on repeat tucked up in bed and I couldn't feel more festive! If any of you try to re create some of these designs let me know in the comments because I'd love to see or tag me in them on instagram (_charl0ttesweb). 

Charlotte ♥

Thursday, 12 December 2013

November/December glossybox!

Hi there!

A couple of weeks ago some of my extremely lovely friends ordered me a glossybox as a surprise belated birthday present! After years of blog reading, YouTube watching and beauty obsessing I've heard a lot about Glossyboxes and so was practically sprinting (more of a jog, I don't do sport)  to open the box which is for November and December. As it is for the Christmas months the box was red and the products were inside an adorable snowflake covered bag which really did make me go "aww!".

First up is a product that I've coincidentally been wanting to try for ageessss and so was really happy to receive this and it’s the foaming cleansing wash from Dermalogica. I think I've mentioned in a previous post that I am ALWAYS on the hunt for the perfect skincare products for my oily skin (any suggestions would be very welcome in the comments!) and so when I opened my glossybox I quite literally squealed (sign of a skincare addict). 

I’ve previously got on really well with cleansing washes like the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and had high hopes for this product and so far I've been loving it! I can’t comment too much on it as I've only been using it for about 2 weeks but I’m thinking of doing a more in depth review when I've tested it out a little more :) .
Also in the November/December Glossybox were some nail wraps designed by Little Mix. I’ve never used nail wraps before as I’ve always thought they looked too fiddly however it seems I was oh so wrong! The nail wraps I received are not necessarily something that I’d usually go for but I definitely going to try and style them with a more simple outfit for a pop of colour. The nail wraps retail for £5.99 and as I haven’t tried them yet I can’t say if they are worth the money but they look really cool and a bit different so I'm excited to try them :)
Also in my glossybox was a perfume sample from Lacoste which made me SO HAPPY! For some reason I have a bit of a thing for perfume at the moment and have a few on my wishlist so when I opened this sample I had high hopes for it being lovely! I'm not the best at describing scents so I'm going to put a link to the perfume which is called 'Touch of Pink' at the end of this post. I'm absolutely loving this perfume at the moment and as it is the sample size it's perfect for throwing in my bag when I'm on the go which seems to be all the t i m e. 

Another scent I received in my glossybox was a So..? body spray in the fragrance 'sinful'. Body sprays aren't really my thing as I always feel like the smell a little too strongly in comparison to a perfume which in my opinion can be far more subtle. This spray does smell quite nice however I don't think I'll be getting as much use out of it as the perfume sample which I so so lovely!

Saving my favourite item until last, I was sent a Jelly Pong Pong eyeliner/shadow stick. It's kind of like a chubby stick but for eyeliner and so far I'm loving it! It's a gorgeous brown colour which I was really happy about because I often use brown kohl in my waterline as I find it far more flattering than black. It retails for £10.50 which I find a littleee out of my budget for an eyeliner but it has SUCH a lovely, creamy formula that I might just have to repurchase when I've used this one...
(someone hide my purse) 

 I am extremely happy with everything I got in the Christmas edition Glossybox and would especially recommend the fashwash and eyeliner to anyone who is thinking of purchasing some of the products I mentioned. If my friends are reading this post then THANK YOU for buying getting me this beauty lovers dream, I love you all x x x 



Monday, 9 December 2013

Clothes Show Live 2013

Hi there!

Today's post is something a teensy bit different because I'm feeling all christmasy and spontaneous and so decided to put together a few photographs I took at this years Clothes Show Live. If you aren't familiar with this event then I am going to put a link to the website at the end of this post but in short it's an exhibition of current fashion and style with catwalks, vintage shopping oppurtunites, make up and fashion university stalls too! I took my big girl camera with me so I could try and take some good quality pictures to share with you all so hopefully they'll be interesting!

The independent vintage stalls (for a charity shop lover like me) were one of the best parts of the day as they all had some ah-mazing pieces, a few of which I may have invested in...

I was actually pretty proud of myself for not going completely crazy *pats self on back* and being more sensible with my money (for once) and I managed to hold back on most of the tartan covered, amazing leather and denim studded pieces. If anyone is interested in the purchases I did make then I can do a haul post soon!

bath bomb h e a ve n
Sorry for such a rubbishy photo of my outfit but I didn't have chance to take any proper OOTD pictures so I thought I'd include this one to just give a little idea of the look I was going for :)

These are just a few snaps from my day but it was such a fun event which I would 100% recommend for anyone thinking of going next year! It's also really helpful if you are thinking about a career in fashion because there are plenty of University students there to talk to who were all really lovely and helpful :)


ps. guys the picture of me and maz makes me die of happiness a little every time I look at it so I just had to include it aaahhh *tries to calm down and act cool* 


Friday, 6 December 2013

Catching Fire inspired nail art!

Hi guys!

The Hunger Games have been my favourite books for a very long time now and when Catching Fire was released earlier in November I quite literally squealed. I have seen Catching Fire twice so far and it was one of the most incredible films e v e r! If you haven't yet got round to watching it I 100% suggest you run off down to the cinema now and get yourself some popcorn too!

After seeing the film again last week I thought it would be fun to try and do some Catching Fire inspired nail art and share it with you guys! I've seen a few tutorials like this on instagram and pinterest and decided to try to re create my own! Hopefully some of you are as crazy about The Hunger Games as I am and can try it out for yourselves :)

These are the nail polishes that I chose to use for this look! I borrowed a couple from my sister (ssh don't tell her) but they're all high street brands so affordable and readily available in the drugstore/highstreet.

The first part of creating the Catching Fire nail art is to create a base layer of a plain red colour. I chose quite a bright shade from Revlon because I think it makes the look even more dramatic but any shade that you have at home already would work just as well :)

The next step is the most important part of the design in creating the 'fire' effect. To do this I used a sponge to add ombr√® look to my nails. The first step to doing this is to use the nail polish brush to dab some of the product onto a sponge. If you want a more intense colour then you can also paint a small strip of nail varnish across the tip of the nail too. I used the sponge whilst the colour was still wet and dabbed this across the top section of my nail focusing and concentrating more on the tip. The nail varnish I chose was from the Barry M Gelly range in the shade 'Mango' which is a really nice and vibrant colour. 

Using a sponge for this step is really important as it helps to create a graduated look which adds to the overall flame look!  

The final part of my Catching Fire inspired design is to add some glitter! This step isn't necessary if glitter and sparkly nails aren't really your thing but they are definitely mine! I used Topshop's 'Razzmatazz' to add an extra something to the tip of my nails to finish off the design and I think this definitely makes the design a bit more impressive and fun! Obviously this step can be missed out if you don't have a glitter polish or it isn't something you want to do and a clear top coat can be added straight away! :)
This is the finished look! I hope the steps are easy to follow and you guys can try to re create the design for yourselves! If you do and post it on instagram then tag me and I'll have a look! There is a link to my instagram at the top of my blog if you want to have a look or tag me in a picture!:) 

Happy Hunger Games everyone!


Sunday, 1 December 2013

If the boot fits...

Hi guys!

Oh gosh. I cannot explain my love for my new boots and thought I’d write this impromptu post to share with you all their amazingness (yes I did just make up that word). I mentioned in my winter want list post that I was on the lookout for some Vagabond boots but since writing that post I haven’t been able to track any down in my local stores (sad times). I decided I’d have a little browse around some other shops to see if I could find any other boots that took my fancy and accidentally on purpose fell in to Topshop. I have been wanting some chelsea boots for years now but have never really been able to justify spending a lot on some of the boots I've seen before which have been a little out of my budget. 

When I saw these not only was it love at first sight, I also loved the price tag too which not only is a little unusual for topshop but also far better for my bank balance! Originally the Chelsea boots were £62 but topshop are doing some amazing discounts at the moment and so with the 20% offer were only £49.20! I’ve left a link to the boots at the end of this post so if you want to pick some up for yourself you can find them straight away :) There will probably be some styling posts with these coming up soon because I love them so much so make sure to press the ‘join this site’ button on the right hand side of my blog to make sure are first to see my next posts.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!


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