Saturday, 22 November 2014

Summer Memories - The Creperie

Whilst procrastinating and looking through some old photographs (fyi procrastination is my biggest talent) I found some old content from the summer that I had forgotten to post about. I went on a little mini break to Brighton in August and oh my there are SO many cute places to eat there. Literally if I lived there I would probably gain 158854 stone. After seeing a couple of blog posts about The Creperie beforehand, me and my sister took to google maps (a lifesaver when geography isn't exactly your thing) and headed over there. It's probably quite obvious that I'm a pinterest and instagram addict but let me tell you this place was the cutest and most instagrammable place  e v e r  so it made me v happy to be able to take some photos. I had the strawberries and cream crepe which was heavenly and Katie went for a nutella one which I'm pretty sure was equally amazing although I'm not the biggest nutella fan (don't shoot me). Katie also went for a cookies and cream milkshake which was amazing too, I know these photographs probably seem very summery and bright compared to the November climate but when I re found them I couldn't help but share them. If you're ever in Brighton I would 100% recommend The Creperie not only because of how tasty the food is but it is just generally a really cute place and almost directly on the seafront so a win win! 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

An ode to Essie- my collection

TOP PHOTO, L-R: (top row)  Chinchilly, Ballet Slippers, Cocktail Bling. (bottom row) Dress To Kilt, After School Boy Blazer.
Hi there!

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years then you probably will have heard of the well known (and loved) nail polish brand Essie. Available in the drugstore, Essie is by far my favourite nail polish brand for affordable yet amazing quality varnishes with THE most incredible colour selection (I can spend a good twenty minutes mesmerized in boots. We've all done it, right?). I thought I'd share the colours I have in my Essie collection as although I don't have all that many, I feel like the colours I do have are a good basis to start collecting from. Most, if not all of the shades I own are quite dark so perfect for autumn and winter so I definitely be rotating these colours throughout the next couple of weeks and months. For all those inpatients gals out there like myself, I would definitely recommend these polishes for super fast drying formulas and also really pigmented colours meaning I usually only need two coats. Pretty damn good right? Also the staying power of these nail varnishes is another reason I always go back to them because they can easily last 5 days without chipping at all! Another great bonus anyone as lazy as me when it comes to painting nails.

Charlotte x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A/W 14 style inspiration

1 / 2 / 3
4 / 5 / 6

Oh Pinterest. That little website is quite literally my addiction (as well as instagram, twitter etc but then again I do write a blog so I tell myself it's justified, ahem) and I love flicking through other peoples boards to feel all inspired and happy. Inspiration is such a fab feeling, non? I've been absolutely loving high neck/turtle neck jumpers at the moment and I need more in my life. I picked up one from Topshop last week which I'm so in love with and will probably feature in an ootd soon (when I can find a spare second from college work at the weekends o m g). I love the slouchy look they can give to an outfit if you dress them down with skinny ripped jeans and a satchel/strucutred bag or how they can be dressed up to look more formal too. SO versatile and perfect for keeping warm in the colder months (combining comfort, warmth and chic = winner for me).

Layering is something that comes around every A/W and it's probably the thing I look forward to most about winter styling. I was really inspired by the layering of shirts, jumpers and a blazer in one of the above images because I think the contrast in length, texture and cut work really well together. Also by pairing the outfit with trainers it adds a more laid back and comfortable vibe which again I think works really well and is something I really want to try out myself. I've never been into the whole "oh I'm wearing my really cute gym shoes" look but I may have to delve into the trainers world because they look so fab with so many different pieces. I'm also still really into monochrome and so grey, black and white are the main colour palette for my current wardrobe this season. I love how chic and cool the combination of black tights, shoes and shorts look in the fourth photo and now I really need a pair of black structured shorts in my life. They look incredible. 

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

autumnal excitement

Hi there!

It's october, horaay! October is one of my favourite months for so many reasons but in particular because it's one month closer to chirstmas. I know. I'm obsessed. It also means I can buy 145932 jumpers and not feel as guilty because I **need** them now it's getting colder (ahem, that's just what I like to tell myself anyway). I've seen a couple of other bloggers upload similar autumnal excitement posts and took inspiration from them when I was writing this. Here are some of the things I want to do this autumn:

-carve a pumpkin (okay I guess this doesn't really fit with the entire season of autumn but for halloween I tend to get a little competitive (read: overexcited) when it comes to pumpkin carving)

-take more photographs for fun! I seem to be forever taking photos for my blog or photography a level but I really just want to take lots of me and my friends or just general life stuff to look back on 
-go for a walk when it's cold and not complain that I'm too cold (this will may be tricky as my body temperature is usually -73829 degrees)
-keep my room tidy for at least one week
-go to the cinema with my friends and get pick n mix
-walk through brown and red leaves in some ankle boots because this seems like a very pinterest thing to do
-organise my life (may take a while but I'm going to give it a go)

Let me know what you're looking forward to/hoping to get up to this autumn. In other non relevant news I've bought quiteeee a few new clothing items recently (I couldn't resist, I promise I tried) so was thinking of doing either a haul or just posting ootds? I'm leaning more towards the latter but just let me know which you would prefer! Happy weekend everyone!

Charlotte x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

u p d a t e s

Some photographs from the last few weeks 1) a bills breakfast with some of my best friends 2) I finally mastered the top knot. horaay! 3) I may have bought a few (read: 10) bath products in lush over the past couple of weeks. What can I say. 4) I really have been trying to drink more water and my tinkerbell cup is making a huge difference 5) granola is my addiction 6) I'm so in love with my AA playsuit. ootd anyone?
Hi there!

This post is going to be a bit of an apology because as you may have noticed my posts have been a bit infrequent in the month of September. I've found starting year 13 really difficult because the work load seems to have doubled even though I'm doing one less subject (a level logic, thank you government) so that's the main reason I've been so rubbishy on the blogging front. Also I've never really talked about health on my blog before and only very very few of my irl friends know about this but I suffer with a couple of mental illnesses which have been annoyingly present in my life this month. I don't think I'm going to go into detail about them because I don't feel quite ready to write about them yet but I'm sure one day I'll do a post talking about those kind of things because whenever I read others on those topics I find it so comforting and helpful! I don't really know if my post would be in the slightest bit useful to anyone else but who knows, I would love to upload it even if it were to just make one person feel a little better.

I thought I'd just make this quick post to say HI, I'M STILL ALIVE and I'm ever so sorry for not being able to blog as much as I would love to. I don't know when regular posting will resume but I'll still be uploading in october it just might be a little more sporadic, *sighs*. ANYWAY, on to the few updates of what's been going on in with me recently:

1) University searching. Oh my god this is the biggest stress in my life at the moment and to be honest is actually making my anxiety really bad (sad face emoji). I'm looking to study a course along the lines of fashion promotion and communication but finding a course that I like, meet the entry requirements for and don't need to do an art foundation course prior to it is near impossible. I won't bore you with the details of all of this but this is one of the main things in my life at the moment because this time next year I'll (fingers crossed) be living in halls doing a course I love!

2) Autumn is finally here and I'm loving it! I got my hands on my winter coat pretty early on in the season because I just couldn't wait any longer when the shops are packed with the gorgeous jackets and fluffy collars and ahhh I just love winter shopping. It's not exactly cold enough to be wearing a full on winter coat just yet but I can't wait until it's a little colder and I can wear it everyday. I'm sure it will be featuring in an ootd soon!

3)As I mentioned before I started year 13 a couple of weeks ago and things are pretty full on! I'm now studying history, photography and sociology and although I loooveee all of my subjects, the amount of work I get with these particular ones is pretty intense *drowns in essays*

Again I'm really sorry for not being here as much as usual but hopefully I'll be back soon; I really hope you're all good and september has been a fab month for you all!

Charlotte x


Sunday, 21 September 2014

tips for styling short hair

Hi there!

Since having a considerable length chopped off my hair earlier this year I've found styling and managing my locks a lot easier. When I initially had it cut I was aiming for a sort of Alexa Chung/Suki Waterhouse inspired look and I find having my hair at this slightly longer bob length so much easier! The only problem I've found with having a shorter mane is it does have a tendency to look a little bit flat or lacklustre sometimes so I thought I'd share some tips on how to add volume and a bit of life back into shorter hair!

1) I find a volumising shampoo is ESSENTIAL in my hair care routine for adding a bit of grit and texture to keep styling easier and avoiding that horrible sliperry/fluffy first day hair feeling (always to be avoided if your hair is on the shorter side!) I love the Big Sea Salt shampoo from Lush because I find it really does add texture to my hair making it far less flat and definitely easier to work with for topknots and ponytails. It also makes my hair super shiny so ticks another box for me!

2) If your hair is anything like mine and tangles pretty much as soon as you step out of the door then a tangle teezer will be your new best friend. These have been around for a few years now and are definitely worth the hype! It makes brushing through wet hair so much easier and works amazingly at adding volume at the roots if used for backcombing. Obviously backcombing your hair can be very damaging but I find just teasing the hair around my roots adds a little bit of extra volume and stops my hair from looking more on the flat side. 

3) Again heat isn't an option you want to be using every day (or if it is then heat defence spray is probably your bff) but I love using my GHD's to add more shape and oomph to my locks. Starting at the roots and using straighteners to pull your hair up and away from your head can add a bit more life to your hair and is super quick if you don't have time to backcomb and hairspray! 

Let me know if you have any tips for styling shorter hair or adding volume!

Charlotte x 

ps. sorry for posting SO infrequently this month. Starting year 13 means I'm crazily busy plus now it's autumn it means taking my blog photos is a lot harder when it's darker in the evenings. I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly soon but thank you all for bearing with me whilst things on CW are not so frequent. 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

"bloggers made me do it"

Hi there!

It probably comes as no surprise to any of you that I may have done a littleee bit of damage in Boots last week. I didn't go too crazy (my bank balance couldn't quite fund a full on splurge) but I'm super happy with all the things I did manage to pick up, most of which were inspired by bloggers or reviews I've seen recently. This is a kind of 'bloggers made me do it' inspired post sharing some of the things I picked up, who the purchases were inspired by and also my first impression of the products.

1) Revlon Colorstay Concealer (02 Light Pale) This purchase was inspired by the lovely Lily Pebbles (blog crush right there) after I saw her using it in a video she posted a couple of weeks ago. Similarly to me she said she didn't always enjoy the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer as much as it was hyped about so I was really interested to try this and see if I preferred it too. I find the formula of this product is SO much better than any other drugstore concealer I've used in the past because it's not at all cakey and gives just the right amount of coverage. I think the shade I picked up is a near perfect colour match for me and I'm just really loving this for covering blemishes at the moment!

2) Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Again a recommendation from Lily, I picked up the RT take on the beauty blender because I've always been so intrigued by the idea of a sponge for a more natural look with foundation. So far I wouldn't say I'm overly impressed with the sponge in terms of using for foundation because I just don't feel like it can blend the product in for the amount of coverage I like but I have really enjoyed using it with the Revlon concealer. The idea behind it is the wet the sponge so it's slightly damp and use it to blend in foundation/concelaer for a more natural, glowy finish. I'd 100% recommend this for concealing but I'm not sure if I'll be using it for my whole base on a daily basis because my love affair with the Bobbi Brown full coverage face brush is still ongoing. If you're undecided about the higher price tag of the beauty blender this is a far more affordable version to try!

3) Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner. For any long time CW readers you'll know eyeliner isn't exactly my area of expertise. I've only ever used liquid liners in the felt tip form so thought this would be good to try and see if I found it any easier and I'm so glad I did! This makes applying eyeliner so much easier and the finish is far better. The colour is jet black and it hasn't smudged at all on me which I sometimes found with the S&G supercat liner. I find applying eyeliner more precisely far more easier now and it also makes winged liner a lot simpler. One for your shopping basket for sure!

4) Maybelline Brow Drama sculpting brow mascara (Dark Blonde) Brows are my nemesis. I struggle every day to get my brows looking okay and so when I saw Kate from the blog and yt chanel Gh0stparties talking about Benefit Gimme Brow I was practically sold...until I saw the pricetag. I've seen lots of reviews saying that Brow Drama from Maybelline is really comparable to its Benefit rival and I'm so glad I picked up this version because I love it and for only a fraction of the price! I use this as the last step in my brow routine to set everything in place but also to add a little more colour to any sparse areas. I would really recommend this to anyone else who finds brows a little on the tricky side because it's such a great product and honestly makes such a difference to the look of my eyebrows! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the products I've picked up recently and a brief review of them. Let me know if there's any you would like me to talk about in more detail!

Charlotte x



Sunday, 7 September 2014

the dream team

Hi there!

First off, apology time. I'm super sorry it's taken me this long to get a post up in September but my to do list has been the size of my arm with college summer work to finish (read: start) and back to school things to organise. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of blogging more regularly again now though! Today I thought I'd share a couple of new loves in my make up collection and why you're totally going to need them yourself (*apoligises in advance to your bank balance*)

Nars is a brand I've heard so much about from blogging and youtube but I'd never actually tried any of their products until a couple of weeks ago (and I call this a beauty blog sigh). When in Brighton I may have made a slight detour to Space NK with my birthday money in hand to see what all the hype was about and treat myself to a new foundation after the shock of my Mac Studio Fix Fluid finally giving up on me (I was beginning to think that bottle had a never ending supply of product!). I went for the classic Sheer Glow foundation in the shade Mont Blanc which is the PERFECT colour match for me making me love this product even more! Having oily skin I was slightly worried that Sheer Glow would be a little too glowy and create a whole lot of shininess that I didn't want going on but so far this hasn't been a problem at all. I find the formula is perfect for blending to a really natural finish whilst still giving me enough coverage to mask those teenage blemishes and spots. 

Sheer Glow gives a medium coverage which is the sort of thing I like to use day to day but I think it could definitely be built up to more if you wanted. The only downside? It doesn't come with a pump! Not a huge issue but it's getting a little tedious pouring it out onto the back of my hand and then ending up spilling it on my dressing table (I am the definition of clumsiness). I'm sure for most normal people this isn't really the biggest problem and I should definitely just have remembered to buy a pump and all this drama could have been avoided. At £30.50 it's not the most affordable foundation out there but I would definitely recommend this as the best foundation I've ever tried. Formula, colour match and longevity all get a 10/10 from me.

For anyone who read my birthday haul (you can find it HERE) then you will know I received the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush and oh my am I in love. First up, it's the softest brush ever. It's one of those brushes you just like to stroke across your face when you're doing your make up (just me? okay then) because it really is that darn soft! It applies my Sheer Glow foundation seamlessly and I just find that they're the perfect team! The brush itself is quite small but I find it buffs the product in perfectly creating a natural but flawless finish. Again at £30 it's definitely not the cheapest foundation brush around but I honestly can't recommend it enough! One to add to your wishlist (or Christmas list if you like to start writing yours in September like me) because it's definitely worth the price tag!

Let me know which products you think work perfectly together!

Charlotte x


Sunday, 31 August 2014

skincare sunday: origins ginzing cleanser

Hi there!

For this months Skincare Sunday I'm featuring a reasonably new product in my routine that I received for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Origins is my all time favourite skincare brand so I was super happy to receive the Ginzing scrub cleanser which I've heard so much about. First fab point about this lil beauty is it smells like chocolate orange and what more could you really want in a skincare product?? The cleanser contains tiny grains to help smooth and refine skin tone and keep your complexion looking refreshed and bright! I love exfoliating products like this that are really gentle because it means regular use isn't too harsh or abrasive and they leave my skin looking so much more radiant! I've never really tried a cleanser like this which is so brightening because of the little exfoliating beads whilst still being gentle enough for sensitive skin. This one is definitely a winner.  

I love using this cleanser in the morning when I need to be woken up a little more (most definitely next week when the 6am college starts begin again *cries*)  because it's so refreshing and leaves my skin super clean and fresh. It has lots of ingredients your skin will love like coffee beans which are a great antioxidant and also jojoba which I'm pretty sure is well know for balancing out the skins natural oils; perfect for oiler skinned girls out there like me! If you're a Origins newbie this is definitely one to pick up and especially good if you're a little zombie like in the morning (who isn't??). It comes in at £18.50 which I think is really reasonable for a more high end skincare product that has such fab results! Definitely add this one to your shopping list.

Charlotte x

ps. sorry for being a little MIA this week! 

Monday, 25 August 2014

the everyday eye look

Hi there!

For my everyday make up I keep things very neutral and simple because 1) who has time for a smokey eye and winged liner look at 6am (not me that's for sure) and 2) I'm not always feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed enough to concentrate on a complicated look. These are my go to products for an easy everyday look that still work really well together to create a neutral but pretty look.

First up, my mac pro palette. Oh my this is possibly one of the most loved things in my make up collection and I can't wait to fill it up completely (although my bank balance will be looking a little worse for wear when I do). The shades I have so far (L-R) are Wedge, Woodwinked, Shroom and Omega and I adore them all for everyday. I mostly use Shroom all over the lid and Wedge through the crease to add a bit of definition to my eyes and I find these colours really compliment lighter/blonde hair so if that's you then definitely check them out. I also love Woodwinked and usually but I tend to go for this shade if I have a little more time in the morning to blend etc because usually I'm a tired mess falling asleep into my granola. What a pleasant image for you all.

For my eyeshadow I usually grab my Mac 217 (fluffiest blending brush ever created) or my Real Technique base shadow brush. I would 100% recommend both of these for super easy blending and application of eyeshadow and they make it so quick and easy in the mornings. For mascara, no surprises here, I always reach for They're Real from Benefit which has the most dreamy formula ever. Literally you can get volumised, lengthened and jet black lashes from this little tube and am I the only one who loves this packaging too? I think it's so cute! Again if you had a little more time in the morning you could add some winged liner to give the illusion of thicker lashes or if a cat eye look is your signature thing then add that in too. So that's it! The perfect products for a neutral everyday eye look that is simple enough for if you're in a hurry but looks really pretty!

Let me know in the comments which products you gravitate towards on a daily basis!

Charlotte x

Friday, 22 August 2014

the cat eye glasses

Hi there!

As promised here is another of my Brighton OOTD's from last week featuring possibly the most worn dress in my wardrobe. I love this blue gingham smock from asos because not only is it ridiculously comfy (and who doesn't love a bit of lazy dressing some days?!) but it also has the classic smock dress loose fit which I love for those really hot days when you feel like wearing no clothes but that's not really an option. Anyone else get that? My new glasses are my favourite purchase in a while which I picked up from a little stall in the Lanes but I've seen lots of cat eye inspired glasses on Asos too if you fancy picking up some for yourself. I loved them so much I went back and got them in a tortoise shell brown too. Oops. 

My bag as per usual is my Cambridge Satchel which I'm not going to talk about too much because I have mentioned it about 52192 times (not even exaggerating) since I got it. Some of you commented on previous posts saying you would like to see a whole post dedicated it which I'd be more than happy to do if you're not all bored of me talking about it yet! For shoes I just went for my low rise pink converse because we were walking a lot that day and I'd made the mistake of wearing my birkenstocks the day before for a 6 mile walk. Not a good idea if you want to avoid ridiculously painful feels-like-you've-broken-your-ankle the next day times. Also I'm currently in the process of growing out my fringe so excuse the awkwardness of my hair. We've all been there right?

Happy Friday!

Charlotte x


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

loving lately - grey edition

Hi there!

Since splurging on a few new beauty bits and receiving a couple for my birthday, I've had an endless list of products I've been loving lately which naturally I wanted to photograph and share with you all! Blogging is fab, non? This post is a little different though in that all of the products are matching grey/muted blue colours (because who doesn't love a bit of coordination in their beauty stash ??).

1) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dreams perfume: Oh my. This perfume is quite possible heaven in a bottle and with such beaut packaging this has taken pride of place on my dressing table. As well as the gorgeous bottle (round of applause for everyone at MJ) the scent is just as perfect and is such a pretty twist on the original daisy fragrance. LOVE!

2)Essie Cocktail Bling nail polish: I've mentioned this numerous times before but I am feeling the need to post about it again because it is just so damn good! The formula, colour and drying speed all add up to the perfect polish and this is definitely it. The drying speed
of this polish is the main reason I come back to it again and again and for all you impatient ladies out there Essie formulas are definitely the ones for you. The muted grey/blue is the perfect transitional shade into autumn which is another reason why this hasn't left my nails for the past couple of weeks.

3) Urban Decay shadow brush: I got this brush when I received my Naked palette a couple of Christmases ago and haven't ever really tried it until a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe this brush has been lurking in my collection and I hadn't even realised but I'm so happy to have discovered it. I've been loving to use it with my glittery colours like Woodwinked by Mac to really press the colour onto the eyelid and then blend out with a fluffier brush. I find it packs on the colour a lot more easily than using any of my other brushes and is also really handy if you want to line your lashes with a darker eyeshadow colour. Such a versatile brush!

4)Benefit 'They're Real' mascara: I really don't need to say much about this apart from it is the best mascara I've ever used. I did love the YSL Babydoll mascara but compared to this Benefit beauty it just doesn't compete. For perfect long, volumised (is that even a word?) and jet black lashes this mascara really does tick all the boxes. The only problem I have with it is it can be a little tricky to remove (make sure you've got a couple of cotton pads at the ready) but for the way it makes my lashes look I can overlook it's slightly tricky to budge formula!

5) Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: As most of you know I am a huge fan of facemasks and use them probably more often than most so when I opened this on my birthday I was v excited to see if it lived up to my Lush favourites. The formula of this mask is a lot different to Lush as it hardens on your face which is something I actually think works a lot better as it's not as thick and messy in comparison. The aim of this mask is to clear pores which I would 100% agree with as it definitely has helped with breakouts and the overall apprentice of my skin. This is a firm favourite in my skincare routine now!

Let me know which products you've been loving at the moment too! I'm always on the look out for more :)

Charlotte x

Monday, 18 August 2014

a weekly roundup - seaside edition

Hi there!

Time for one of those photo diary inspired posts that I haven't done in such a long time but you all seem to really like. Wow great coherent first sentence Charlotte. Most of you will know I was in Brighton for a few days last week and these are some of the photos from said trip. It mainly involved shopping, walking (not a good idea whilst wearing new Birkenstocks let me tell you) and eating ridiculous amounts of doughnuts, crepes and burgers. All in all it was a lovely break away before results day and now I'm home and the stress levels are rising about all the college work I need to do. Sigh. There will be numerous OOTD's coming your way soon plus the usual beauty stuff because I have lots of new birthday buys to share with you all! Who doesn't love a bit of bday shopping hey?

Charlotte x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

17th birthday haul!

Hi there!

As I mentioned in my last blog post it was my 17th birthday (yay for bday's) last week and I thought I'd share some of my most loved presents. I didn't know if this post would be taken the wrong way/seem like I was boasting but I always love watching youtube videos and reading blog posts like this so I hope you guys will too!

My main present which I haven't stopped talking about is my pastel pink Cambridge satchel which is possibly the most beautiful bag I have ever owned. I was so excited when I received this and I'm so obsessed with it, I might upload a whole post dedicated to it. Too much? Nope okay. My Dad (I'm sure with a lot of guidance from my sister) got me a few beauty things which I'm not going to go into too much because I'm sure there will be plenty of posts dedicated to them! A couple of these beauty buys were a couple more eyeshadows to fill my mac pro palette (shroom and omega) which I was so pleased about and the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush which is possibly the softest foundation brush to have ever been created. Other beauty related gifts include Benefit's 'They're real' mascara and the Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Dreams' perfume aka heaven in a bottle. Seriously it's amazing (plus it has such typically gorgeous Marc Jacobs packaging so it's even more of a winner for me)

My sister bought me some white birkenstock style shoes from topshop which I am head over heels for and have been wearing non stop since last friday for ultimate comfort and bonus points for looking pretty damn cool too. I also got a copious amount of lush products which I was a little over excited about and it might even be possible for me to open my own lush store from the amount of baths bombs currently in my room. These were my main presents which I hope you enjoyed taking a little look at. Keep your eyes pealed for more detailed posts about most of them coming soon!

Charlotte x

ps. I hope everyone who collected their AS/A level results today is happy! I'm super pleased with mine so today has been a pretty happy day (plus my dad bought me some new topshop jeans so y'know that also added to my happiness)

Monday, 11 August 2014

stripes for the seaside

Hi there!

Sorry for not posting in what seems like forever, things have been a little hectic with my birthday last friday and then heading down to Brighton on saturday for a few days with my family. The weather is sunny but windy. Oh so windy. Outfit posts have been a little tricky to shoot because of lots of hair flying in face situations; it's not a good look but I'm just going to roll with it. We've pretty much just been exploring the lanes and shopping/relaxing so it will be a nice break before results day on thursday which I'm praying will be a happy day but I can't help worrying ridiculous amounts *cries*

I wear this outfit all the time and I thought it would be comfy and nice to travel in as well as not looking all that bad (I was considering pyjamas but I thought walking around in my piglet leggings might not be the best idea). My jeans are looking a little worse for wear but they're the topshop leigh's if anyone wanted to get their hands on some which I would definitely recommend because they're super comfortable and soft. Trust me on that one because I'm a very fussy jeans/denim person. My tee is also from topshop and again is one of the most worn things in my wardrobe. Does anyone else find themselves instinctively drawn to stripes? 

If any of you are long time Charlotte's Web readers (plus 10 points for you) then you will probably know I've been wanting a Cambridge satchel for the longest time. I received this one for my birthday last week and it hasn't left my shoulder for  the entire weekend, I love it so much *insert all the heat eyed emojis*. The colour and everything about it is so perfect and I can tell I'll be using it non stop for the foreseeable future. My lovely mother also got it embossed for me so it's even more special and I think it just makes the whole thing look even nicer. My white birkenstock-esque sandals were another bday present and have been pretty much glued to my feet since I opened them. They're from topshop and I love how they bring almost any outfit together and look especially fab with jeans and my satchel (yes I am still talking about that bag).

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! Watch this space for lots more outfit posts this week.

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

16 things I learnt whilst being 16

1) You still don't like coffee despite really really wanting to (no amount of buying starbucks iced caramel lattes will change your mind *sighs*)
2) Bubble baths can't fix everything but they are a good place to start
3) Christmas definitely is the best time of the year
4) Treat yourself every now and again because you deserve it
5) Exams aren't everything so don't stress too much because it achieves nothing and in the end you'll probably be okay

7) Not everyone you meet is going to be particularly nice so feel free to avoid those people without feeling rude
8) Friends can be the most important people in your life so treat them. Buy them chocolate and bath bombs and show them you're there for them too because you never know when you're going to need someone to call at 2am
9) Buying flowers can make a genuine impact on your mood so treat yourself to those peonies you saw yesterday because they're pretty and why not
10) Strawberry milkshake rules and it's okay to drink it every single day
11) Some people will have ignorant and silly opinions and sometimes you have to stand up for yourself
12) It's cliche I know but I genuinely feel like a lot of things in life happen for a reason you just don't know it yet
13) Yes boybands will ruin your life (I'm talking about you one direction) so crying at wembley stadium when you see your two favourite bands perform on the same night is a totally okay thing to do
14) Fangirling is fab and don't let anyone tell you otherwise
15) Reading books can make such a difference to your mental state/health so read as widely and as much as possible.
16)Not everything that matters happens on twitter. Explore without your phone and instagram for a while

Charlotte x

Saturday, 2 August 2014

after party skincare

Hi there!

As the warmer weather/heat wave/unbearably sticky weather continues it means bbq's and summer parties are in full swing. I often find after wearing heavier make up for parties or products with a higher spf in warmer weather, the effects on my skin are really noticeable. Cue whipping out the face masks and scrubs with my favourites being from Lush aka my second home. Lately I've been loving the Cupcake face mask from Lush which I use to give me skin a little pick me up or if it's looking a little tired. It has some fab ingredients including cocoa powder (so it smells incredible too) to help draw out impurities leaving your skin clean and soft! It also includes fresh mint to tone your skin and reduce redness so it's the perfect mask for me and any other oily skin suffering bloggers out there. This is definitely one of my favourite Lush skincare products and so far it's worked wonders on my skin. Definitely one for your shopping list.

For a more deep skin clean then exfoliating is your new best friend. I exfoliate quite regularly to help get rid of dead skin cells and keep blackheads at bay and Lush's Ocean Salt face and body scrub is my favourite for this. Not only does it look like mermaids and unicorns (trust me its the prettiest shiny blue/silver colour) but it when I use it after the Cupcake mask my skin is SO SOFT. This is perfect for giving your skin a bit of TLC if you've been to a few too many summer parties and it needs a little revitalising because the ingredients really help to brighten your complexion! With grapefruits to help cleanse and tone and sea salt to help scrub away any dead skin cells this really is the perfect after party skin solution (could that sentence have been any longer..?). 

The final product I wanted to mention is one I have yet to try but I am so excited for! Lush's Dream Steam tab is quite possibly the best after party skincare idea ever for helping get rid of any impurities that could have got into your skin through make up or just from suncream and general other summer things your skin might hate! The idea behind Dream Steam is to drop it into hot water and use the it to steam your face with all the fab essential oils inside it. You can also use a muslin cloth or flannel once the water is cooler to wash away any dirt or product/make up from your face; the perfect product non? 

Let me know what your favourite skincare products are for the summer months or if your thoughts on any of these Lush ones!

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

my 'things I want to do this summer' list

I'm one of those very annoying organised people who likes to make a list about every single thing that's happening in my life and swears by  'to do' lists on a daily basis. I know that sounds a little like an organised obsessive but I thought it would be nice to share what's on my summer bucket list this year. None of these things are particularly unachievable so hopefully I can do as many as possible because not only will it be super fun but we all know how satisfying it is to tick something off a list (don't deny it)

-swim in the sea
-go on a bike ride and not know where we're heading
-have lots of picnics with my favourite people
-bake a birthday cake for myself (yes that is an acceptable thing to do)
-have dinner at a restaurant I've never been to before
-meet a celebrity (okay this one might be a little tricky but a girl can dream)
-buy a disposable camera and take photographs on my birthday
-meet an internet friend
-drink an unthinkable amount of smoothies and milkshakes because I live my life on the edge *sarcasm*
-bake cake pops

-send a postcard

Let me know what things you want to get up to this summer because I'd love to know, this can be like a summer bucket list kind of thing!

Charlotte x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

skincare sunday: top tips to help improve your skin

Hi there!

For this months Skincare Sunday post I thought I'd switch things up a bit and share some tips I've learnt along the way that have really helped to improve my skin. My skin has always been one of my biggest insecurities but I feel like now it's finally calmed down a bit and it's definitely as a result as some of these tips as well as great skincare products too! I'm in now way a skincare expert as my complexion is still FAR from perfect but I definitely think these tricks and tips could help you too if you're suffering with blemish/spot prone skin.

1) WATER! This is probably the most repeated and talked about tip for keeping skin looking clear and glowing but I can honestly vouch for this one and say it 100% makes a difference! I've never been a massive fizzy drinks fan anyway but if you are, simply swapping this out for water at dinner time will be a step in the right direction for helping improve the overall appearance of your skin but also leave you feeling more revitalized and with more energy too! I've been drinking about 4 glasses of water a day now and think this really is one of the biggest contributing factors in helping my skin go from crazy red and blemish covered to more manageable and clear! 

2) Don't use overly harsh products that strip your skins natural oils. If your skin is oily like mine then this tip is definitely one for you but I think it really does apply to all skin types. I know how tempting it is when your skin is oily to use harsh products to try and counteract it but this is more likely to cause your skin to get worse as your skin will produce more excess oils to compensate for those stripped by products. Use more gentle and if possible natural products to help maintain your skins natural PH as well as combating the oil and leaving fresher and clearer skin.

3) Use muslin cloths to your advantage! This is one technique I was completely unaware of until about 6 months ago but since starting to remove my cleanser using a muslin cloth in circular motions I have noticed a dramatic difference in my skins natural glow and colour. If you use your muslin cloth to in effect polish the skin taking it in circular motions around the face it helps to encourage the development of new skin cells but also gets rid of any dead/dry skin and leaves for an overall nicer complexion! This is probably my favourite tip from the whole post! :)

4) Double Cleanse! This is a tip I definitely picked up from Kate (Ghostparties on youtube/bloglovin') as she alwayyys mentions the importance of double cleansing and I think this is another way you can help your skin to look more glowy and bright.There are a number of products you could combine for this trick but most people would go for a mixture of balms, oils and cleansing waters to really give your skin a deep clean and make sure no bacteria and dirt can be left from the day. I'll leave a link to Kate's YouTube video on her evening skincare routine because I found it really interesting and her product recommendations are always great.

5) Remember SPF! This is definitely something I'm a bit lazy with but especially during the warmer months it's really essential to use an SPF as part of your morning skincare routine. There are lots available for different skin types so even if you have very oily skin (like sucks right?) then there will be one for you too! Suncream/screen is something a lot of people dismiss as not important but sun damage can really alter the appearance of your skin so it's important to include sun protection :)

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different skincare sunday post. Reviews of skincare products will resume next month but I thought it would be nice to share a few tips that have helped me along the way as well as products! 

Charlotte x

Kate's video :


Friday, 25 July 2014

the 5 product face

Hi there!

I've seen this tag floating around on youtube quite a bit recently with my favourite being the video from the fab and frankly hilarious becca from beccarose who is quite possibly one of the lovliest youtube ladies around. The idea behind the tag is to select just 5 products from your make up collection to create an entire make up look that you would be happy to wear in public. For some people this may not seem all that challenging but it really made me realise how many I products I use on a daily basis (11 products every day is a little excessive char)

Writing this post made me realise that there are maybe products I call 'holy grail' that didn't actually make the cut for this post. It's really interesting to think about the 5 products you would choose if you had to so let me know in the comments which beauty must haves would be on your list! 

1) For my base I would go for my well loved and trusty mac studio fix fluid in NC15. I went for this foundation mainly because the coverage is perfect for perfecting and masking blemishes and redness but can also be applied less heavily for a more natural look. Although 20 odd pounds can seem a bit of a hefty pricetag for a foundation it really does last forever and if you're unsure the lovely people at mac will most probably be able to give you a sample to try beforehand! It's a win win situation. 

2)The only other base product I chose was my Philosophy Blushing Bronzer in 'Tan' because it has a perfect bronzing and blush colour so works as a 2-in-1 (the best way to get around only being allowed 5 products...) The colours are perfect for my complexion and look really natural and glowy which is perfect for summer.

3)For eyes I couldn't go without a liquid liner and soap and glory supercat liner never fails me. The formula glides across the eyelids so smoothly and doesn't drag/smudge at all! The colour is super black so no need to worry about it fading throughout the day and the felt tip applicator makes it a dream to apply. I wrote a full post about the soap and glory liner which you can read HERE if you want to hear more fab things about it!

4)Also for eyes I went with my Rimmel London day-to-night mascara because the with two wand options it means you can create a more lengthened or volumised lashes with the same product. Similarly to the supercat liner the formula of this mascara rules and is a staple in my everyday make up. Couldn't live without this one!

5)The final product I went with for my 5 product face was the original baby lips lip balm from maybelline. Day to day I don't tend to wear a lip colour so stick to balms of which this is the bomb. Literally this lip balm is SO moisturising it's insane. It also smells pretty amazing too so it's just overall a great product to throw in your bag and you're good to go for the whole day. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know which products from your make up collections you would choose! I'm  going to tag a couple of people to do this post too but feel free to do it too if it takes your fancy:) 

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

happy decor and creative spaces

Hi there!

Hi there!

Blogging and instagramming (I'm not sure if that's a word but let’s just roll with it) are two of the things that take up most of my spare time. Sometimes it can be difficult to think creatively when you’re at home or if you’re environment isn’t particularly inspiring so I thought I’d put together this post today to talk a bit about the difference ‘happy decor’ can make. Instagram (as many of you will know) is my weakness. I can’t go an hour without scrolling through pretty photo’s of granola and waffle breakfasts or the ootd's and beauty blogger photo’s that help and inspire me everyday. Some of the people I know IRL find the whole themed instagram thing a little weird but I love being able to be creative and take photos of things I love in my bedroom! I study photograph A level but sometimes it's nice just to mess around with my camera less seriously without worrying about composition and if I've got the right ISO which is why I adore blogging so much! Having a creative and happy environment to work in can help me feel motivated with blogging but also leaves me happier overall with photography products and feeling confident with the content I produce.
Bloggers block is probably something every one of us has experienced when your creative juices aren't really doing their thing and you're stuck for what to write. Cue introducing creative spaces and inspiring pinterest typography! One thing that really inspires me and helps me with writing my blog or just being more positive in general is decorating your room with happy decor and including all the things you love. My room used to be a space that was pretty plain and included some of the things I enjoyed but in general was a bit of a mess. I've seen so many lovely rooms from youtube bedroom tours or from snippets in blog posts and it really motivated me to get rid of all the things I was hoarding and make my room a more positive less crowded place. I think surrounding yourself with positive quotes or just photographs with your friends or concert tickets stuck to your walls can honestly make such a difference to your outlook and mood which makes for a very happy charlotte. Sometimes it can be difficult to balance blogging and college work/other commitments and occasionally I find myself stuck with what to post when my creative juices just aren't doing their thing.

I was browsing the card section of paperchase a couple of weeks ago (as any stationary addict like me will know this is a pretty regular occurrence) and found myself picking up a few inspiring/happy postcards. Some of them have little quotes to cheer you up or are just small reminders to keep going if you're having a rubbishy day. It really got me thinking that the environment you surround yourself with has a huge impact on how you feel just as much as the people that are in your life too. I thought I'd share this today to encourage other people to include some 'happy decor' into their own bedrooms because it honestly makes such a difference. As I said at the start of this post, blogging and thinking creatively for a large proportion of my time can sometimes be difficult but making your room or wherever you blog a more creative and naturally happy space can really help. I've written a couple of motivational quotes on post it notes around my room and I have postcards with happy messages written in pretty darn cute typography which are just a couple of ways you could include some happy decor to your room.  

Let me know if any of you guys feel the same about blogging or making for happy interiors or if this has inspired you to make your room a more creative space. In other news, I finish college for summer today so expect lots of posts throughout august (I think I have about 12 scheduled, I know, I was feeling pretty cray) so make sure to follow me on bloglovin’ too because i’m super close to 100 followers! Have a lovely Wednesday guys!

Charlotte x


Saturday, 19 July 2014

saturday snippets

I'm really in the mood to post today so I thought I'd just do a little update with some snippets from my saturday. I headed into cambridge today which was possibly the worst decision ever seeing as there were about 94811 students combined with the ridiculously hot weather and a protest taking place in the market square which wasn't the most pleasant combination. I didn't actually find anything in the shops that took my fancy (first time for everything) but I did grab a mango and passion fruit smoothie which somewhat compensated for the v humid weather.

The market is one of my favourite things about cambridge because it's so picturesque and lovely so I couldn't resist an instagram opportunity and took a photo of some very pretty flowers. I feel like my blogging this month has been very all over the place so it would be nice to do an update of things happening with me this summer:

  • I finish college on wednesday which means a whole six weeks of blogging, relaxing and seeing friends. I can't wait.
  • I have a ridiculous amount of summer work so the relaxing element of the first update might not actually apply *cries*
  • IT'S MY BIRTHDAY IN AUGUST! I'll finally be turning 17 on the 8th of august which I'm ridiculously excited about. My mum took me to choose my main present last week which is something I've wanted for absolutely years. It will be featuring on here as soon as I open it;)
  • I'm heading to brighton for a few days after my birthday which I'm also mega excited for. If any of you have any recommendations of things to get up to there or cute cafe's/juice bars to visit I'd really appreciate any suggestions in the comments :)
  • I collect my AS level results on the 14th of august and I'm unbelievably scared. I feel like my exams went okay(ish) but every time I think about opening the envelope with my results I cry a bit inside. I'll probably update you guys about what I get (if I'm not drowning in my own tears which hopefully won't be the case) but I've got my fingers crossed for all of you also getting results next month. Remember exam results aren't everything and they don't define you.
I hope you all have a fab weekend and enjoy the sunny if not somewhat sticky weather! 

Charlotte x

Friday, 18 July 2014

the drugstore micellar waters

Hi there!

Since Bioderma took over the beauty world everyone has been going crazy for micellar water and now almost every skincare lover has one in their stash. I thought I'd review/compare the two micellar waters that I've tried out in the past couple of months to help any newbies like me plus they're both super affordable so it's a win win if you want to try them out too!

After seeing so many people talk about the L'Oreal Skin Perfection micellar water I was really intrigued to try it as (don't tell anyone) but it's supposedly Bioderma but with a much smaller price tag. I use this L'Oreal cleansing water every day when I get home to remove make up and dirt from my face before cleansing and toning etc and I honestly can't fault it. It glides over the skin without being sticky and doesn't sting at all which I found occasionally with the Garnier version. Plus with such an affordable pricetag and it being super easy to get your hands on at Boots and Superdrug, there is literally nothing bad to say about it. Go L'Oreal!

As any beauty addict like myself will know, sometimes it's all too tempting when browsing the Boots aisles for a little too long (we've all been there) to try out the competition..oops. I decided to pick up the Gariner micellar cleansing water to test out and compare to my L'Oreal love but it just didn't make the cut. I found the solution to be far stickier and it stung my skin in comparison to the L'Oreal version. I've read a lot of great reviews about Garnier skincare but I'm thinking this just didn't get along too well with my sensitive skin so maybe avoid this one if you have a similar skin type to me. Overall it's fine and I have used it numerous times when I've been running low on other skincare products but I'm just not crazy about it. 

Let me know if any of you have tried Bioderma or any drugstore micellar waters and how they compare! In other news I break up for summer next week yay! Sorry for being a little MIA for the past couple of weeks; after my exams we went back to college to start our year 13 work (oh the joys of A levels) but soon all my attention will be on blogging! I've got lots of exciting posts coming up in August so keep your eyes pealed;)

Charlotte x
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