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

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