Sunday, 28 February 2016

10 Ways To Have A Perfect Sunday

Sundays and I have a love/hate relationship. I love having a day that feels so relaxing and there is no pressure to do anything "because it's a Sunday." But then there's always that knowledge that Monday is just lurking round the corner and your week starts again. Weekends go far too fast, but I thought I'd make up a list of how to have the perfect Sunday, whether you're productive or basically just lying in bed catching up on your favourite programmes (or hungover as I tend to spend it from time to time). I'm a big believer of the saying "a Sunday well spent brings a week of content" as there's nothing better than starting your week off with a positive attitude.

Make A To Do List
There's nothing more satisfying than making a fresh to do list for the week. I love making lists and I've mentioned this a gazillion times but I really do. I think if you make a list of things that you need to do for the upcoming week you can get a bit of an idea of how your week is going to look. And let's be honest, we all love ticking off those things on the list. Makes us feel that little bit better about ourselves. 

Have A Sort Out
I think having a nice tidy up really sets you off for a great week. Having a clean environment makes you feel a lot cleaner and a lot more organised. Have a wardrobe sort out, throw those clothes away that you don't even wear anymore. One thing I love to do is change my bedding. That feeling of getting into fresh new bedding is so dreamy.

I actually don't bake that often but it is something that I always loved doing when I was younger. I remember going to my Grandparents with my brother and we used to bake cupcakes and I used to spend my Sundays with my Mam baking cookies and cake. It is so therapeutic and there's nothing wrong with a few cookies here and there. 

Do A Bit Of Work
I know it sounds a bit rubbish and not everyones perfect way to spend a Sunday, but if you have a bit of spare time in the day why not do a bit of work? If it means you don't have to do it in the week and you can free up some time then do it!

Catch Up On Telly
Sunday is the perfect time to catch up on any telly that you have missed in the week. If I'm out on a Saturday night, I always catch up on the programmes I have missed that night with a warm cuppa and wrapped up in bed. Pure bliss.

Stay In Your Pyjamas
Who needs to get dressed? Why not stay in bed? If you're wanting to have a serious chill day where you don't want to leave the house then what's the point in getting ready? That's my motto. Especially if the weather is rubbish outside then staying in your pjs in a warm duvet sounds like a much better plan than going out and getting soaked right?

Go For A Walk
Probably one of my favourite things. I love just going for a walk in a nearby park or driving to the beach and having a stroll. Even if it's a quick walk or you make a day of it I think getting out into the air gets you going for the day.

What's a Sunday without a good pamper? When I was at school I always had a bath on a Sunday night, without fail. I have a bath at uni but have never used it so whenever I'm home from uni, I always have my Sunday night bath. Candles, bath bombs, face mask, the lot. AND freshly shaved legs. Girls, you know.

Have An Early Night
Start your week with a good nights sleep. What a way to end your perfect Sunday. Sometimes it's hard to have an early night because I know a lot of people get into a routine of going to bed late. But, turn your phone off, turn your telly off and wrap up warm in bed. You will feel so much better in the morning, at least it might make Monday a bit more bearable.

Spend Time With Family
Family is the most important thing. Spending your Sunday with the ones you love really brightens up your day. I love it when I go home from uni and can spend my Sundays with my family, visiting grandparents and having a good old Sunday roast with my parents. Even when I'm at uni, I always FaceTime my parent on a Sunday to catch up and see how they're doing. A Sunday wouldn't be the same without a good old chat.

I hope you have a lovely Sunday whatever you're doing. Whether it is something from this post or something else, let me know! My favourite part of the entire week is around 4-5pm on a Sunday afternoon when the sun is setting and it seems so peaceful. There's hardly any cars driving around and everyone is in their homes, probably falling asleep after their mammoth of a roast. 

Enjoy your day!

Charlotte xxx

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Contouring 101.

We all love a bit of contouring don't we? Well, who wouldn't want to look like they were born with cheekbones when in fact you're just trying to hide that large pizza, chicken strippers and cookies you ordered from Dominoes the other night...only me? Okay then.

Contouring has become, to put it bluntly, bloody huge over the past couple of years, with a little bit of help from the Kardashians. I mean, who wouldn't want to look like they're from the most famous family in the world? A lot of people don't have a clue how to sculpt them cheekbones and to be honest, I'm not a pro. I try my best but it's not perfect, I just think (hope to God) it looks decent. By watching loads of YouTube videos and reading a hell of a lot of blog posts, I have tried my best to copy the looks.

I have tried loads of different products and mix them up all the time. I don't tend to stick with one product as I like to try loads of different things. I thought I'd share with you what I'm loving at the moment and how I create my Kim K cheekbones (lol). Most of the products are under a tenner as well which is perfect for those on a low budget.

Step 1: Suck in dem cheekbones.

Finding your natural cheekbones gives you the perfect outline of where to apply your bronzer. Your natural cheekbones usually line up with the top of your ears, but it depends on your face shape. And yes, you will look a little daft pulling a load of faces in the mirror but pfft, gotta do what you gotta do.

 Step 2: Apply bronzer.

I usually create a line with my bronzer when I find my cheekbones. I love using this contour palette from Makeup Revolution and having been using it ever since I bought it. I mix the bottom left two bronzing shades and apply them onto my cheeks using my MAC 168 brush. Now, the brush is a bit more on the pricey side, retailing at £28. The contour palette, however, is a fabulous £8, which makes me happy. 

Step 3: Blend, blend, blend.

It's so important to make sure your contour is blended out. ALWAYS BLEND UPWARDS. Never blend down as it just does not work. Cheekbones are definitely non-existent doing it that way. The bronzing shades in this palette blend so easily and make a subtle but effective contour.

Step 4: Cream highlight.

This step isn't necessary but for a highlight loving gal, I love a bit of glow. I use the Benefit Watt's Up highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones, down my nose, under my eyebrows and on my cupid's bow (the little indent above your lips). I apply this before my powder highlighter so that it lasts longer, as the powder sticks to the cream product and the beautiful champagne colour goes with any highlight.

Step 5: Blush.

Blusher always brightens up a complexion. I love apply blush and I love choosing what blush to wear. Again, I differ between different colours but at the moment, I am loving Sleek's Rose Gold blush, which is only £4.49! I love the colour of this and the fact that it has gold shimmer running through adds a little bit more to that highlight. I love following the line of my contour with my blush as I feel like it defines the cheekbones even more, but you can always just apply it to the apples of your cheeks for that pop of colour.

Step 6: Even more highlight.

Here we go again with the highlight but I just love it. Some of my favourites are the Makeup Revolution highlighters, particularly Golden Lights for only £3 (wooooo). A little really does go a long way though, they are so pigmented so be careful how much you apply. Of course, you can pick any highlighter, I also love MAC's highlighters as well as the two shades on the end of the Makeup Revolution contour palette. Just follow where you applied your cream highlight or if you skipped that step, just apply to the tops of your cheekbones and anywhere else that you fancy. Don't apply it too close to your eyes, however, as this can make your under eyes look a bit weird and shimmery which is not what you want!

Step 7: Clean up.
This stage is also optional because to be honest, I don't always do it. I will when I want a really sharp contour, particularly when I'm going out. I just use my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, a cult classic, and apply it underneath my contour line. I have the lightest shade which is actually too light for this, so I would apply a concealer that is more suited to your skin tone and not used for highlighting. I used this concealer for underneath my eyes before I contoured as it really brightens up the area. Then blend in the concealer, but not too much that it covers your contour.

Step 8: Powder.

Always a must. You want to set everything. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my face to set all of my make up in place. One addition that I have to make up routine and one that I now love, is using a yellow toned powder under my eyes and where I apply my concealer underneath my contour. I use the yellow shade in the Makeup Revolution contour palette (again, because I LUV IT). I just apply with a Real Techniques contour brush as it is a perfect size for small areas. This shade is amazing for evening out skin tone and setting the concealer as well as brightening that particular area.

I hope this helped you if you're still a bit stuck on where to start with contouring. I'm not a make up artist and probably doing everything wrong but it works for me. Do what you're comfortable with.

Let me know your contouring tips.

Charlotte xxx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick - 'Glastonberry'


Charlotte Tilbury has become a household name in the past year of make up. Even though the brand has been around for a while, it is only recently that I have been interested in her products and lusted after many but sadly cried because I couldn't afford anything. I remember watching one of Zoella's make up tutorials on YouTube and she used this lipstick, this beautiful beautiful lipstick, and I thought, this is definitely going to have to be added to my ever-growing lipstick collection. The lipstick isn't the cheapest, however, so I knew it was something to save for. I asked for the shade 'Glastonberry' for Christmas, thinking I wasn't really going to get it but when I looked in my stocking and found it, I was in genuine shock. I was so grateful to have received this from my parents. After all it is £23.

Let's start with the name. I mean, come on, 'Glastonberry'. Get it? Like the festival but mixed in with the actual shade of the lipstick. Wow, I'm definitely an English language student if I find that interesting. The packaging is something else. A STUNNING rose gold case with Charlotte's initials on the top. Even the box it comes in is beautiful. The lipstick bullet is strange, however, as it is not like your normal everyday lipstick. The tip is squared, making it quite difficult to apply. Definitely a lipstick that takes a few goes before you get the hang of it.

The colour of this does what it says on the tin. It is very much a berry colour, perfect for Autumn/Winter. Now I know we're in the months leading up to Spring but there's no reason why the dark and vampy shades should be taken out of your make up. I am currently wearing Glastonberry whilst I'm writing this so it's fine for me! I'm going to be honest, the colour was a lot darker than I was expecting. I don't know why but I thought it was going to be more red than purple. This did not affect me whatsoever. because I do love a good dark lip. As it says in the name, the lipstick is a matte formula, meaning it is very long lasting and doesn't look shiny on the lips. The lipstick does not dry my lips out which is perfect as I've been having some serious dry lip business going on at the moment. Its longevity is amazing, lasts all day even through eating and drinking. It does bleed a little bit but that is easily resolved with a lip liner. I tend not to wear lip liners, silly me.

It is on the more pricey side at £23 but it is definitely an amazing products, particularly for those special occasions.

Have you tried 'Glastonberry'?

Charlotte xxx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

High End Make Up Wishlist.

I don't own that much make up from high end brands. After all, I am a student and that money is just non-existent. But, this year I've decided to branch out and try a few new high end products once in a while (when I can afford it). I love making lists, and make up lists are my favourite kind. I actually go through each website and make a list of every bit of make up that I want. And then I cry because it's going to take me forever to buy everything off that list. I'm never going to give up though girls, I'm never going to give up. I thought I'd pick a few of my most wanted items, because let's be honest, we'd be here all day if you saw the actual list I have.

Charlotte xxx

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

2016 Goals.

NEW YEAR NEW ME? Really? Maybe this is the year where this saying is true. Or maybe this is the year I continue to be my lipstick loving, tea drinking, weird old self. Probably that last one. The whole 'new year new me' makes me giggle, everyone says it but does it really happen? Let's be honest, I've said it nearly every year and nothing has changed. But for some reason I feel like 2016 could be a bit different. Looking back on my 2015 resolution post I feel like I've achieved one thing on that list. And to be honest I'm still not sure whether I completely achieved it. So this year, I'm going to be realistic. I want to change certain things in my life and find something that keeps me motivated and determined. By creating a list of goals, I can look back on at the end of the year and see if I possibly have achieved them. Let's be positive (I really struggled to spell positive right there, what a great start)

1. Drink more water.
Water is one of the most important things you could include in your daily routine. I remember a few years ago I went through a stage of constantly drinking water every day and it made my skin look amazing. Like, I'm not meaning to brag or anything but it looked pretty damn good. I want to get back into that. Drink 2 litres of water a day and I should be in tip top condition. Not exactly but I seriously want my skin to look less dull and just feel better in myself.

2. Be healthy.
So, this was in my 2015 resolutions and it's safe to say it didn't really happen. This year it will. When I go back to uni I'm going to start doing healthy shops, planning my meals and cutting all the crappy food I used to eat and start a fresh. I've already made a list of food to buy but also food that I am not allowed to eat. I'm going to be strict with myself.

3. Get fit.
Yes I will become a January gym joiner. BUT I don't want to be one of those people that stops going after a month and wastes a gym membership. Let's prove people wrong! I don't do any exercise and that is a serious problem. Yeah I walk everywhere but I can't just class that as exercise. I've never been a sporty person put going to a gym 3 or 4 times a week will get me back to the person I was when I used to dance. I never usually feel rubbish about myself or my body but recently I really have been. I don't know why but I just feel like there is nothing about my body that I like and I want to change that. 

4. Be adventurous with makeup.
I don't mean false eyelashes, bright green eyeshadow and heavy contour everyday. I mean, I love a good contour but I want to experiment with different make up. Having a makeup addiction is an expensive obsession but now I have a job I can KIND OF afford it a bit more than I used to.I don't own many high end products but this Christmas I luckily received some as gifts and it has made me want to go out and buy more. I want to be more confident and learn more about makeup.

5. Take care of my nails.
I have a love/hate relationship with my nails and to be honest, it's mainly due to laziness. I go through stages where I paint my nails constantly and keep them in good shape but sometimes I just, to put it bluntly, can't be arsed. I'm so impatient when it comes to drying my nails that I just sack the whole thing off. But I've decided that I'm going to pay a lot more attention to the little things. By keeping them in good condition and going to get them done professionally I'll be a bloody hand/nail model before you know it.

6. Go to a festival.
Bit of a random one. I reaaaaally want to go to a festival. I get so jealous in the summer when I see photos of everyone at festivals. Me and some of the girls from uni have been saying for ages that we want to go to one so let's hope that this is the year!

7. Take better photos.
I love photography. Ever since I was given my camera a couple of years ago I've been loving taking much better photos. My blog photography has (hopefully) gotten better, even if it's not the best. I want to take a lot more care of my photos, research into things and make them a lot better than they are now. I want to make my Instagram better in terms of the content and photo quality. I think photos are such an important part of life as they capture the best memories.

8. Create a better blog.
I had this on my 2015 goals as well and I feel like I've improved over the past year when it comes to this little baby. I love writing and fashion and beauty are my passion. I would love for my blog to grow but I want to make it something that I'm extremely proud of. I know that'll mean hard work and dedication but I'll do it, I want to create better content, include more fashion bits and interact with more bloggers out there. I started this years ago and I want to make it something that, when I'm older, I'll back on and love.

9. Start YouTube.
Guess what? This was in my 2015 goals too. I've been saying for ages that I want to start a YouTube channel and I've been told my boyfriend and my parents to do it. I'm just so nervous. And I'm so rubbish with computers, editing will just confuse me. We'll see what happens ey?

10. Take every day as it comes and believe in myself.
I'm the type of person that just doesn't believe in themselves. I seriously think I'm going to fail at everything or it won't come out just how I want it. I want to stop thinking that and be more optimistic. I don't want to be thinking about how rubbish tomorrow is going to be or how much of a busy week I'll have next week. Take each day as it comes and see what happens. I worry and stress far too much and that is such a massive downfall for me. I take my stress out on the people closest to me and I don't want to do that anymore. STRESS-FREE CHARLOTTE COMING YOUR WAY.

What are your goals for 2016?

Charlotte xxx

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Beauty Advent Calendars 2015

Even though we all love our chocolate advent calendars at Christmas, the rise of the beauty advent calendars has become huge over the past couple of years. From drugstore to high end, most brands these days are doing one and selling them out pretty much straight away. I've never actually owned one (*cries*) but I have created many a lists of which ones I would love to have. Yes, they can be a bit pricey but for what they are actually worth, the prices are pretty insane. As December is quickly approaching I thought I'd make a list of some 2015's best looking advent calendars and quickly before they all sell out.

Tanya Burr - £24.99

Feel Unique - £30 (Worth £85)

No7 - £38

Ciate - £49 (or £16.99 in TK Maxx!!)

The Body Shop - £60

Selfridges - £60

Benefit - £79

Jo Malone - £260

Charlotte xxx

Thursday, 19 November 2015

My Hair Routine and Go To Hairstyle Featuring GHD's Eclipse Straightener

My hair is probably bottom of my list when I'm getting ready. I used to not do anything. My routine included step 1: washing my hair with whatever shampoo and conditioner I had in, step 2: towel drying and brushing my hair, step 3: blow the hairdryer on my hair then give up because I have too much hair and I'm too lazy and step 4: put it in a bun then take it out and hope that it is slightly curly. There you go, my hair routine, bye.

Just kidding obvs. Recently I've been caring for my hair more and styling it rather than just leaving it to do whatever the hell it wants. And if I'm honest, I'm pretty happy with my hair at the moment and my mam keeps commenting on how healthy it looks. Well done hair. A little bit of background on my hair would probably be a good way to start this off. I have brunette hair with a thousand different colours. I quite like the colour of my hair, I have a mix of red and golden tones to it which  show up in different lights. I've only dyed my hair once which was about 3 years ago. I had it dyed at my hairdressers to a lighter brown colour but then I went on holiday and it went practically blonde. Bit of a mistake but I quite liked it. I decided I didn't want to get it dyed again so just let it grow out and regularly had hair cuts to get rid of the remaining colour. For a while I looked like I had dip dyed hair. What a mare. My hair is EXTREMELY thick and I have lots of it. Like seriously, lots. It falls out everywhere and my boyfriend always seems to be the person they land on. Soz mate. 

I used to have a side parting and that's the way my hair naturally falls to however, lately I've been starting to style it in a middle parting which I really like the look of. So, let's start with the shower. I don't tend to buy specific shampoos and conditioners if I'm honest. I have always just gone with whatever we have had in and to be honest I sometimes just get the cheapest ones. But they seem to do the job. I quite enjoy using Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioners and for the price of £1 they are amazing value for money. One of my favourite ranges, however, is the Herbel Essences Bee Strong range. I love this stuff and it has done wonders for my hair. The smell is amazing. It smells of honey and apricot which together are the bomb dot com. I always seem to go back to this range after using something else and it never disappoints. Not going to lie, I do like to treat myself sometimes. For my birthday I was given the Liz Earle Botanical Shampoo and Conditoner. I love the skin products from Liz Earle and never though to try their haircare but I was actually impressed. I wasn't too keen on the smell however it wasn't overpowering on my hair after my shower. It made my hair silky smooth and if I'm honest, I feel like this is one of the main reasons why my hair looks so healthy at the moment.

After I have my shower I tend to brush my hair when it's still wet. Yes, I know that's not what your meant to do and makes your hair worse but it works best for me. I can't for the life of me brush my hair when it's dry otherwise it turns frizzy so this is the only way. I use my beloved Tangle Teezer which had been an essential in my life for a good few years now. I know they're a bit pricey at £10 a brush but it's honestly worth it. Mine last for a long time as well and you can get loads of different types. I then use my Garnier Ultimate Blends Marvellous Glow Oil and this little beauty has been a god send. I never used to use any product on my hair but I'm so glad I do now. I apply onto wet hair after I've towel dried and brushed my hair and then I dry my hair with a blow dryer. I don't blow dry it in any fancy way I just put my head upside done and dry it. Fancy.

Like I said before, I've been styling my hair into a middle parting rather than a side parting. I don't use heat too much on my hair because tbh, I sometimes can't be bothered. But recently, I have been using my GHD Eclipse Straightener to create a few curls here and there in my hair. My hair is naturally voluminous. Like, I always get asked what I use to get my hair the way it is and the answer is always nothing. I prefer to have more volume though so I'm quite lucky that my hair is like that. I rarely straighten my hair and it is naturally wavy anyway. However I like to curl my hair with these straighteners as it leaves a natural, beachy wave look. I usually separate my hair into two sections and start with the bottom. I take small (but not too small otherwise it will take forever) sections of my hair and take the straighteners down then curl it up. It doesn't leave the most perfect looking curls but I don't want perfect looking hair. To be honest, most of the time I look like I've been dragged through a bush backwards. I then start on the top section of my hair and take each side of a time so that my hair doesn't get in the way when I'm curling it. After I've finished curling I flip my hair upside down and back up again then drag my fingers through to make the curls a bit looser. And to finish it off I use my Tresemme Runway Collection Make Waves Hairspray to hold it all in place. I do admit, my hair does drop after I curl it because I have so much hair but it leaves a gorgeous look!

Charlotte xxx