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