Tuesday, 29 September 2015

What To Take To University

I might be a bit late with this post as I know many of you will have already started university however, I know some universities haven't started yet or are about to start. As a second year student, I have gone through the madness that is freshers, and to help you through that I wrote a post about how to survive your first year at uni. Before you go to uni, you need to figure out what you want to take and how much you're going to need. I'm the worst person for buying homeware stuff, if I see a cute mug I like I'll put it straight in my basket. I thought I'd make a list of things that you might need for your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. However, I must say that this is mainly aimed at self-catered accommodations (particularly the kitchen list) however, it can apply to everyone, even those who are returning to university!

Pasta Bowls
Mugs (If you're a tea/coffee lover)
Frying Pan
Cutlery: Forks, Spoons, Knives, Scissors, Chopping Knives, Ladle, Fish Slice, Pizza Cutter, Tin/Bottle Opener, Ladle, Whisk, Tong, Wooden Spoons
Chopping Boards
Baking Trays
Pizza Tray
Measuring Jug
Cheese Grater (particularly the ones with the box on the bottom so you can store your grated cheese. I LOVE THEM)
Casserole Dish
Tuppaware Boxes
Toastie Maker (AN ESSENTIAL)

Mattress Protector
Duvet and Pillow Covers
Television (Not a necessity)
Extension Cables
Storage (For make up, beauty bits etc)
Fairy Lights (If you wanna be cute)
Laundry Basket
Clothes Dryer (Saves so much tumble drying money)
Photo Frames (Filled with photos from home of family and friends)
Mirror (If you don't have one already)
Cleaning Kit
Over the Door Hooks

Toothbrush Holder
Soap Dish
Shower Holder (To hold your shampoo etc)
Bath Mats
Set of Drawers (To hold all your bits and bobs)
Over the Door Hooks

I hope you have an amazing time at university for whoever is starting and like in the picture above, don't take as much stuff as me because you really don't need it. Well, I can't really say that because even though this was my second car load, I still need everything in it...

Charlotte xxx

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review: Ardell Fashion Lash Demi Wispies False Eyelashes

I've never been a false eyelashes kinda girl, purely because I was so useless at applying them. But recently, I've been starting to wear them more, particularly on nights out and I've really been loving them. I have a few sets of falsies already but my recent purchase were these little beauties: Ardell's Demi Wispies lashes, the most well know lashes on the internet, if I'm honest. I'm not the type of person to go all out, I prefer people to not be staring at my eyes trying to figure out if my eyelashes are real or not so I opt for the more natural look. I have worn these a few times and people thought they were my natural lashes so that's a bonus!

I hate it when my lashes irritate the inner corner of my eyes so when I first tried them on, I ended up trimming the left eyelash (which now makes them look a bit odd but never mind) as I could feel it and I knew it would bug me all night. I love how natural these lashes look, don't look too over the top but add extra length and volume to your own lashes. I really like eyelashes that have more volume towards the outer corner as I think that is very flattering on the eye and makes the eyes look bigger than they are. I'm always a bit weary about wearing eyelashes, particularly on a night out, as I worry incase they fall off in the middle of the club. The half eyelash look doesn't really suit me, I must admit. But, they do last all night which is perfect! There is eyelash glue in the box but I tend to use the glue that comes with the Eylure lashes because I find that works best and I can easily take it out with me if I need to fix things up. 

They're so easy to apply, and that's good for a useless eyelash applier like me. I swear down I just make names up on my blog. They're so affordable as well at only £5.49 and you can buy them at either Superdrug or Boots

Have you tried the Demi Wispies?

Charlotte xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2015


I LOVE AUTUMN. As it's now September, I can say that it is officially Autumn. Don't get me wrong, I love Summer, but once my birthday is over I just want Christmas, jumpers and berry lips. 

Here's what I'm excited for and love about Autumn:

1. Dark nights. I love light nights in the Summer but when the dark nights start to creep in, it makes me excited for Christmas (16 Fridays!!) I always love the cosy feel that they bring and especially when you're wrapped up in bed and not going anywhere, it's the perfect feeling.

2. Candles. Oh my goodness gracious me, I love candles. What's not to love?! I light candles all year round but it doesn't get as serious as it does from September. I light a candle nearly everyday, just for a few hours, and it makes my room smell so Autumnal, particularly when the cinnamon and pumpkin scents come out to play. 

3. Rain. This is funny because I hate rain when I'm out in it but when I'm all warm and cosy inside and I can hear the rain hitting off my window, I'm in heaven. And what's better than that? Thunderstorms.

4. Jumpers. I love a good woolly jumper and what is a better time to get them out than in Autumn. In England, it's always cold, but we're still in the transition from Summer to Autumn so it's still not quite woolly jumper weather. Still wear them though...

5. Bonfire night. Fireworks are one of my favourite things and when the 5th November comes, I can't wait to put on my hat, scarf, gloves and wellies and trail through a muddy field and watch the firework display with my favourite people.

6. Onesies. Need I say more?

7. Fires. Since I'm at uni, we don't have a fire. So I love going home and sitting in the living room with my parents whilst we have the log burner on. There's something so relaxing about the sound of the logs burning and watching the flames. And it keeps me warm too of course.

8. Berry lips. As a beauty lover, I had to include something make up related. I love whipping out my trusty Rimmel 107, a beautiful dark berry toned red, perfect for Autumn/Winter

9. Autumn colours. Khaki, burgundy, black, grey and white. I love wearing these type of colours. I feel like they're the perfect Autumnal combination and match the leaves on the trees. Because who doesn't love to coordinate with trees ey?

10. Baths. I have baths all year round and there is no secret in that. But there's something about a bath in Autumn/Winter when it's cold outside that makes them much more special. Using a bath bomb that smells just like Autumn would smell, if it had a smell (SMELL SMELL SMELL), puts the icing on the cake.

11. Fairy lights. Since moving into my new house at uni, I decided I wanted to make my room cosy. I decorated my bed with fairy lights and when they're on at nighttime, it makes the room a lot warmer. Is that possible? I think they're an essential for Autumn.

12. Christmas is coming. Well this is obvious. Like I said, once my birthday is over in August, I get so excited for Christmas. It's my favourite time of year and I am SO excited.

What's your favourite thing about Autumn?

Charlotte xxx

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Review: Topshop 'Rio Rio' Lipstick

A red lip is a must have for every girl. I just think there's something so sassy about a girl when she wears red (cue sassy girl emoji). Summer is the perfect time to be wearing a bright red lip, particularly and orange-toned red, however as the transition into my favourite month, Autumn, is upon us, the deep berry reds will begin to come. But I don't see what is stopping us from wearing our bright reds, hey girls? I've never really been the type of person to give into the hype of Topshop make up and ever since they released their own make up line in 2010, I didn't really seem to bother much about it. To this day I own 5 products: 2 nail varnishes, 2 lipsticks and 1 lip pencil in the shade 'Coy' (which Corrie from Dizzybrunette3 made me buy way back. Yes Corrie, you did). I also had an eyeliner which I absolutely loved but sadly I had to part ways a few months ago.  

This year, Topshop celebrated their 5th birthday for their make up line and for this, they brought out their 5 best selling lipsticks, nail polishes, black liquid liner, 'Head Over Heels' blush and their 'Glow' highlighter in a stunning new packaging. I love the Topshop packaging already however changing the original black detail to rose gold just topped it off for me. I love a bit of rose gold me, and Topshop just pushes all my rose gold loving buttons. At the beginning of Summer, I took a trip to Westfield in London. Being a Northern girl, I don't go here often and had actually only been once before my recent trip but having a Southern boyfriend means I can take a few more trips I guess. I decided to add 'Rio Rio' to my Topshop collection, a bright orange-toned, matte red perfect for Summer but also the upcoming Autumn months. As well as deep reds, orange reds are one of my favourite kind of reds. Say red again? Red.

This lipstick is super long lasting. I am so impressed with the longevity of this lipstick, this is particularly down to the fact that it is matte but still, it is most definitely a positive. I love matte lips. I love my shiny lips but I have never been a fan of lipglosses, just creamy and glossy looking lipsticks. Matte lips are all in at the minute, particulary in Autumn and Winter. Unlike some matte lipsticks, this one is not drying which is great because as the colder weather draws in, the dry lips come out. It is defintiely a bright colour, however it would suit every skin tone. I love it because it makes my teeth look super white, especially if I have a tan going on. BONUS. This shade is perfect for the transition of Summer into Autumn and is one of my go-to lips at the moment.

Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Wet 'n Wild Eyeshadow Palette in 'Comfort Zone'

I'm getting quite obsessed with eyeshadow palettes recently and this is not helping my addiction. 'Hi I'm Charlotte and I'm a makeupaholic', is that a thing? I was SO happy when I saw a Wet 'n Wild stand in Tenerife back on my summer holidays so I knew straight away that I had to take something home. I've heard many good things about the eyeshadow palettes and I've always loved the fact that they have what they're used for engraved into the shadows. Because I'm so simple like that and need instructions for everything...or I just get excited about the littlest things. ANYWAY, I decided to go for the 'Comfort Zone' palette, an 8 shade palette full of neutral eyeshadows that go to together to create the perfect look. I love a good neutral eye and rather than getting the normal 3 shade palettes that they have, I thought I'd go all out, especially as we can't get these in England.

As I said, this palette is very much a neutral palette, however it is described as an 'earth-toned' palette, which I completely agree with. It contains 2 browbone shades, 2 base colours, 2 definer shades as well as 2 crease colours, but you obviously don't have to use them in the way that it says. In the look above, I used the two browbone shades mixed together across the lid with the left crease and definer shades in the outer corners. I'm going to admit, the colours aren't the most pigmented eyeshadows I've ever used but they're still good to use and last all day. This palette is such a perfect travel palette as it has everything you need and you don't need to waste space bringing more than you need.

I just want to point out the bottom right definer shade. OH MY GOD, this colour is stunning. It looks like a blue/grey in the palette but when swatched, it comes out as a more metallic and duo-chrome kind of colour. It really reminds me of MAC's Blue Brown pigment and is probably the most pigmented shade in the palette. I don't know how I'm going to use this colour yet but I'm so excited to use it!

You can buy Wet 'n Wild products on Amazon which is great as in the UK we can't physically purchase them. They're such an affordable brand and I will definitely be expanding my collection.

Charlotte xxx

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Top 10 Tips For Surviving Your First Year At University

As many of you will be starting university soon I want to first, congratulate anyone who has gotten what they wanted and I hope you are extremely happy with what you've got ahead of you and secondly, I thought I could give a few words of wisdom on what uni is really like. This month, I will be starting my second year at university. To be honest, I can't quite believe I even made it to university never mind my second year. It feels like yesterday when I moved into my halls with people that I had never met and had to figure out how to survive on my own. No more going to mam when I'm ill and wanting sympathy, I had to deal with that myself. Not going to lie, I was a mix of emotions before I went to uni. I didn't even know whether I was excited or nervous but I new deep down I really wanted to go. As a second year student, I know exactly what goes on in freshers and throughout your first year so I thought I 'd share with you some of my wisdom (good one) about what and what not to do and see if that helps any of you who are about to start university! I envy anyone who is doing their first year, I'd defos do that all again!

1. Before going to uni, join as many Facebook groups as you can to see if you can find people who are in the same accommodation as you and on the same course! I remember I joined a group for my halls, course and freshers overall and it was such an easy and helpful way to find the people who you could be spending your first year with as well as finding out all the events that goes on during freshers week and what you can get involved in. What I did was I posted the course I was studying and the flat number I was living in and actually found so many people that I'm friends with now. I managed to find out all of the people who I was living with too which made it so much easier when I moved in because we got to know eachother a little bit before we met!

2. Find out what is going to be supplied in your accommodation before you start your uni shopping. I couldn't wait to go shopping for my room and to be honest, I'm just as excited to be shopping for my second year. But anyway, most accommodations offer a list of stuff that they supply on their website so double check that to stop you from buying something that you get already! One thing I would recommend taking is a mattress protector. I was given one in my room but it was so awful that I had to get a new one because it was all ripped after a few months! I'm thinking about doing a post about what to bring to uni so let me know if you'd like to see that.

3. Join in. During Freshers week there' always so much going on. There'll be loads of different fairs at your students union with things for you to get involved in and I would highly recommend going to them! I went to most fairs and got so much information about what goes on at uni and what opportunities there are. Say yes to things. Go outside your comfort zone. Don't hide away from things because you think you can't do something because it'll get to the end of the year (and promise me that will come sooner than you think) and you'll regret it.

4. Freshers flu is a thing. Be prepared to be ill up until around Christmas time. I kept getting many colds and kindly passing them onto my flatmates so out of all us, we were just sharing germs for months. Changing from the comforts of home where your parents will give you a lovely hot water bottle, paracetamol and a cup of tea to having to fend for yourself by going to Aldi and finding the cheapest form of medication possible and resorting to staying in your bed all day is pretty tough. The struggles of being a student.

5. Don't listen to the 'don't get with your flatmate' myth. Well, I know in some cases you probably should listen to this because depending on how you deal with things, after kissing or sleeping with a flatmate things could get pretty awkward. However, my boyfriend lived in the room next to me in my flat and we've been together nearly a year now so I guess we're an exception. You don't have to get into a relationship straight away, many people prefer not to be in one when they're at uni but some people do. If you want to pursue a relationship then go for it. Do whatever makes you happy (awwww cute).

6. Stay on top of work. This makes me laugh because the majority of university students leave their work until the last minute (and I am in that category) so thinking about it, I'm probably not the best person to be giving you this advice. Anyway, try and stay organised. I do admit I left some of my work until the last minute but I was never one of those people who would stay until 3 in the morning in the library trying to finish an essay that was due in for 9 that morning. Just work out when your deadlines are and try and get as much work done as possible before it's too late (first year doesn't count anyway ;-)).

7. Find the cheapest place to buy food. Aldi was my best friend in first year and that relationship will forever continue. Seriously, you don't need to buy the most expensive bag of pasta out there when you could get some for 59p from Aldi. I always shopped there and did a whole food shop that would last me weeks for £30. At the end of the day, you're only shopping for yourself so you don't need loads. Flat meals are also a good idea to help save money as you can all eat together and it would only come to around £2 each. By all means shop anywhere you like, I quite liked to treat myself to a few bits from Sainsbury's once in a while, but once you become a student you'll realise that spending £50 a week on food is the worst decision you could ever make.

8. Make your room homely. I'm going to do a separate post about how to make your uni room homely as I think it's one of the most important things to do. In my halls we weren't allowed to put anything on the wall and I think that's what it is like in most accommodations, however we were provided with a huge notice board. Before I went to uni, I printed off a load of photos of family and friends and covered my notice board with them and it made the room feel a bit more like being at home. I brought two soft toys from home, because I'm obviously not 19, and I bought little bits and bobs to make my room more 'me' like.

9. Keep in contact. Contacting my family was one of the most important things. Moving away from home when you're only 18 years old is a very daunting experience. Your parents aren't there all the time and you have to fend for yourself. I don't go a day without speaking to my family, whether it's a phone call, facetime or even just a quick text saying there's thunder and lightning. I would text my mam the most random things yet it was still great to talk to her. I usually go home once a month because I am a home girl and can't stay away from home for too long otherwise I find myself getting a little bit homesick. Contacting your friends is always important too. When you leave school or college and leave your school friends behind, you don't always stay in contact with everyone and in fact some people you were close to may not be as close anymore. Everyone moves on to do different things when they leave school but it is important to stay in contact with those you want to stay in contact with. I would hate to lose the friends I have and are extremely close with at the moment so a little text now and then does no harm. Even visiting some friends who are at other universities is a great way to meet up. I visited my friend in Nottingham who I hadn't seen in ages and it was such a fun weekend!

10. Just have fun. University is going to be the best few years of your life. My first year was absolutely amazing, the excitement of moving in and meeting new people and making a fresh start was just what I needed. Enjoy it while it lasts because I can promise you it goes over so quick. Get involved and go out of your comfort zone. Make as many friends as you can and make a lot of memories. I admit it is scary and not for everyone but just enjoy every single moment!

Charlotte xxx

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

My Favourite Ever Nail Polish - Essie's Fiji

Could this be my favourite EVER nail polish? I think so. Essie's 'Fiji' has always been a firm favourite of mine. Yes, I know, it is one of the most talked about nail polishes out there but I can completely understand why. This is the perfect pinky nude and one of those colours that always makes your nails look like they have been professionally done. If I don't know what colour to wear I always seem to be drawn to this colour. It is so wearable and suits every skin colour. I particularly adore this in the summer when I have a tan because I think there is nothing more polished and pretty than tanned skin with pink, white or nude nails, and this nail varnish fits in all of those categories. It is very much a milky pink and only needs two coats to create a solid colour. It lasts a long time too, I always find Essie nail polishes to be the most long lasting polishes I've worn. This colour isn't just a summer colour either, it is wearable all year round and I love it so much that I've had to repurchase this product because I wear it CONSTANTLY!

Have you tried Essie's 'Fiji'?

Charlotte xxx