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

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

summer smocks and birkenstocks

Hi there!

shoes - topshop / dress - asos / fedora - river island
Before I headed to the lush event last saturday my sister (thank you katie) took a few snaps of my outfit. I've been meaning to show this dress for SO LONG because it's honestly my favourite thing and I wear it pretty much non stop. Smock dresses are an absolute staple in my wardrobe and this gingham one from asos is so light and cute for summer..I love it! As I mentioned in my confidence with clothes and styling post earlier this month, I bought a fedora which I've also been wearing a lot lately. I feel like it can really bring together a simple outfit and make it look a lot more put together.

My birkenstocks are a kind of love/hate thing for most people but I've been loving mine for the past couple of weeks and also really wanted to feature them here! They're perfect for slipping on in the summer when it's hot and I also love how the black of the straps ties in which the fedora and brings the whole look together. My bag is quite a slouchy tote which I stole from my mum's wardrobe (oops..) so I'm not 100% where you can get one but I know Langchomp do some similar ones. 

Charlotte x 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

lush event loving

Hi there!

Today's post is something a little different because last night I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event at my local store to talk about their new self preserve range and look at some classic Lush goodies too. This is the first blogging event I've ever been to so I was pretty nervous (slight understatement) buy I had a really lovely time and met some amazing beauty and fashion bloggers too!

Lush have just started introducing the idea of self preserve to many of there products (if I remember rightly I think it's now 70%) meaning they can stay fresh without needing to add any preservatives to help them. Lush as a brand in general have some of the best attitudes to products and ethos because of how natural and fair their bath bombs and skincare is so I think it's amazing how they are still striving to improve it and make their products even better! Lush now have both self preserving and preserved formulations which have slightly different textures but both do the same amazing things. The self preserving products have a reduced water content so they are thicker and more moisturising in texture but that's the only real difference! Both preserving and self preserved work in the same way apart from the slight difference in formula so it's up to you which one you choose!

As well as taking a look at the products that are now self preserving we also got to make our own Comforter bubble bar (I got a little too excited about this because it's one of my lush favourites!) and also helped to make the Cupcake face mask which we got to take home too. You can see my attempt at making the comforter above and it doesn't look quiteeee how it's supposed to so maybe I'll just stick to buying them in future...One of the lovely Lush workers Freya also talked to us about the Lush cosmetics range which looks amazing and I definitely think I may be needing to pick up a lipstick (or 10) next time I'm in town! There was also lots of snacks and drinks too so I enjoyed an apple, asparagus and lemon juice which although sounds kind of disgusting was actually amazing! 

At the end of the evening we all recieved a little goodie bag (again I got a little too excited) which included the Cupcake face mask, our Comforter bubble bars and a selection of a few other bits which I'm thinking of reviewing over the next couple of weeks :) I had such a lovely night so thank you to Lush for the invite and apologies to my bank balance which I think is going to be affected by my frequent trips to Lush now that I want to buy everything...

Charlotte x

ps. from the links I could remember/had written down, here are some of the links to the lovely other bloggers who were there last night!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

confidence and developing your personal style

Today's post is a little different (also happy July everyone!) but I really loved a couple of videos I saw on YouTube lately about confidence with clothes/developing style and wanted to put my own spin on it here! The photo above has literally been my go to outfit for the past couple of weeks and I'm thinking of taking some OOTD photos with those pieces soon so keep your eyes pealed for that :)Having confidence with buying clothes out of your comfort zone and wearing what you love without what people think of you can be really tricky but here are my top tips: 

1) Be inspired! If you're anything like me you'll spend 99% of your time either reading blogs, on twitter or instagram so it's super easy now that technology is so prominent to be inspired by other people. On YouTube this is really evident and I definitely think being inspired by others is clear in the blogging world too so take a look at other people's outfits or fashion blogs online and see which parts of a lookbook or OOTD inspire you! Maybe you like the way someone has contrasted colour or texture or you just really like a way they've styled those shoes you've been eyeing up, either way it's always great to be inspired by other peoples style! Pinterest and Tumblr are great ways to find outfit ideas plus with tumblr you can multi task and look at cute kitten gifs at the same time..

2) Look at street style. Apart from blogs I would definitely say my style is most influenced by other people I see on the street and how they have put together their outfit. Just by walking through your town or if you're ever in London then it will be really easy to be inspired by other people so always keep a look out for clothes or pieces that you love and then try to recreate them your way! I know it can seem a bit weird to go up to someone and ask them where their top/dress/shoes are from but I know for a fact they will see it as a compliment and it also means you can get your hands on amazing pieces you may not otherwise have found.

3) Knowing a cut or colour that suits you perfectly. Finding a specific cut of jeans (I love the Topshop Leigh's and Mom jeans) is really great because it means you will always feel comfortable in wearing them and knowing they look suit you! Similarly with a colour, if you play around with outfit ideas and find a colour that really compliments your skin tone or body shape then stick with it and try to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Shopping can be really daunting if you don't know what exactly suits your body shape or complexion but I promise once you do you'll feel so much confident in developing your style around that idea.

4) Be confident in wearing what you love! This is probably the most difficult thing to do when developing your own style but if you love something just wear it despite what other people might think! At first it's really difficult to get out of your comfort zone in terms of clothes but I would say the first step to doing that is just trying on something in a shop that you wouldn't usually go for. If you find you like it despite not feeling overly brave about wearing it, just buy it and try and wear it as confidently as possible without worrying about anyone else's opinion. I bought a fedora last week and was kind of apprehensive about wearing it because I was worried I couldn't really pull it off/wasn't cool enough but I wore it out anyway and it felt really good! If you push yourself a little bit out of your comfort zone you'll probably find it wasn't as bad as you thought at all :)

5) Be comfortable. Trust me on this one ladies, don't just go and spend your hard earned pennies on pieces that you don't necessarily love just because they are 'in' or on trend. Find what works for you and don't buy things just because Alexa Chung managed to pull it off (although I may be slightly guilty of this on occassion...) What I'm trying to say is, buy what you feel comfortable in and items you know are really 'you' and don't follow trends just for the sake of it. I think this is the most important tip I have which hopefully will not only make you feel a little more confident in your wardrobe choices but also help your bank balance a little too!

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different style of post, I'm really proud of it (is that lame?) so I might do more things like this in the future :) Just let me know! Hope you're all doing amazingly!

Charlotte x

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