That Girl With Brown Hair

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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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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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


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: MAC's Blankety

Looking for the perfect nude? Well, this may be the blog post to read. I love my lipsticks, like, seriously love them. It's bad how many I own but you know what, I don't really care. I am all up for a bold lip however, when it comes to nudes, I have got time for that. MAC lipsticks are an all time favourite of mine and I could not fault any of the ones that I own. Blankety has been quite famous across the internet for a while now and I never really knew whether I wanted to try it out. If I'm honest, when I saw people wearing it on blogs and YouTube videos I thought it was more of a darker nude, and I prefer a lighter colour, so I was never really interested. But then the moment came when I somehow managed to fall into the MAC counter (how does that happen ey) and I stood next to the lipstick stand. Yes, I swatched a billion before I found blankety and oh my giddy aunt I fell in love. I know I say that about many lipsticks that I own but seriously, this changed me. I swatched this colour and was like ahhhhh then I looked at the name and was like AHHHHH. In my head though not out loud cause that might've made me look a bit odd...

The colour is definitely more on the pinky side of nudes which are my fav. I do own brown toned nudes but I just think that those with pink undertones suit my skin tone more and I've always gone towards them. I would say this is quite a girly pink and would suit all skin tones. It also seems to make my teeth look whiter which I love and it looks great with a tan. But what doesn't look great with a tan? This is because it is quite blue undertoned and I would recommend to anyone who wants a pearly white smile to get blue toned lipsticks as it really brings your nashers out.

The longevity of this product is pretty good. As it is an amplified finish, it is very pigmented. However, I do own many other amplified finishes from MAC and I wouldn't say that this is the most pigmented out of the ones that I own. This may be because it is a nude though and the others are bold colours so I'll give it that one. It does last pretty much all day, but that is if you don't eat and drink, which is never going to happen in my world because I love food too much and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I sometimes do need to reapply it but overall it stays well. I do sometimes find that it leaves a line on my lips when it wears off, which isn't very attractive. This could be because my lips are quite dry at the moment though so don't quote me on that. It isn't matte and gives a nice subtle shine and of course, the smell never fails to disappoint. Think vanilla.

MAC lipsticks retail at £15.50 (what a liberty, I remember when they were £13) and you can get them from their website or shop or House of Fraser concessions!

Charlotte xxx

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Confessions of a Stationary Hoarder

It's no secret that I love stationary. I'd happily spend my money on buying a new notebook or pretty gel pens than food to keep me living. My desk drawers have always been full of stationary that I probably don't even need and never use yet I love to keep hold of every single item. My mam will literally roll her eyes everytime I go shopping and come home with a new notebook but who cares. I am a stationary hoarder and here are my confessions:

1. Yes, I do buy notebooks because they're pretty. The amount of notebooks I have and don't actually have a use for is ridiculous. The thing is, I literally don't have an excuse to give when someone asks me why I've bought it, all I say is 'because it looks pretty.

2. The majority of notebooks I own are still blank. Yep, even the ones I bought over a year ago are still waiting to be scribbled in.

3. Seeing a pretty gel pen set really excites me. Is that weird? I love coloured pens like making my work pretty and colourful seriously makes me wake up in the morning.

4. Lists are a daily thing. I've said in many posts that I love making lists. Like, I LOVE making lists. I'm actually planning on writing one after I write this blog post so there you go. I have books and notepads specifically designed for lists and they excite me when I see them on the shelves. I just recently bought shopping list book and a desk pad (that's one of my favs). Plus, they look pretty, as always.

5. The amount of pencil cases I own is uncanny. I remember at the beginning of every year at school I used to buy a new pencil case and sometimes even bought a second one throughout the year. I used to enjoy going out to buy my pencil case and would take forever to decide on just one. Yes, I do still love doing that now and yes I may have a collection of pencil cases at home that I don't use anymore...

6. I probably have pens that don't work but I still like to hang on to them. No, not the normal biro style pens that once you use you just throw away and get a new one out of the pack. Those pens that have your name on or a cute pattern (mainly from Paperchase). I seem to hang onto pens that I may have bought in the past or received as birthday and Christmas presents even if they don't work.

7. One of my favourite presents ever was a pack of sticky notes. Yeah you heard me. In my stocking last year I was given a set of post it notes from Happy Jackson and I think it was one of the best presents I've ever received. I showed it off to everyone that's how sad I am.

8. I have no regrets. To be honest, I don't really care that I have more stationary than WHSmith itself and I'll continue to buy pretty notebooks and pens and won't regret. I will willingly spend £10 on a notebook that doesn't need to be that much but if it looks nice and feels good to hold I'll have it. I will drag my nearest and dearest into Paperchase forever more. Sorry guys.

Charlotte xxx

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