Body shop shimmer waves bronzer review

Hey readers,

As I am sitting in the sweltering heat in Paris I have decided to do a review of a summer product that I love- the shimmer waves bronzer by Body shop. Enjoy 🙂

The look achieved with the bronzer:

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Colour & Pigmentation:

There are 5 warm and shiny shades in this palette and they’re all very wearable and neutral. I use the lightest shade of coral as I am quite pale but the product is available for darker skin tones as well. It is perfect to give you a tanned look.

Application:

The product is very easy to apply as you only need a few brushes of it to light up your face. However, do be careful as your face may get too shimmery if applied heavily

It also has multi usages. I use it as a bronzer (the intended use), eye shadow, and highlighter and sometimes even for contouring.

The packaging: This product comes in a square transparent plastic box, which box is pretty sturdy. It’s very easy to carry around.

How does it wear:

This products lights up your face making it all shiny but in a good way as it gives you colour. The shimmer is great if you are pretty pale. .The pigmentation is great and particularly useful for the summer when your winter foundation no longer suits your tanned skin tone.

Nevertheless, moderation is the key with this product and you can go wrong if you’re too heavy handed or layer it up. Also, as this product is a powder it is not great when you have dry skin so ensure to moisturise before wearing it.

Would I repurchase?

Yes I love the look it gives me; however I will be looking for something that works a bit better with, those like me, who have dry and sensitive skin.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

What I Learned By Going Makeup-Free

What I Learned By Going Makeup-Free

Dear readers,

During the summer I have been wearing less and less make up every day. Funnily enough this has been quite a liberating experience even though the media continually tells us that we should be make-uped all the time. I know what you’re thinking: it’s not even possible to feel liberated without any make up as all your flaws are on show. Well, contrary to popular belief, life as you know it will not end if you skip makeup every now and then and opt for a fresh face.

A great artist that is taking this to another level is Alicia Keys who has decided to stop wearing make-up full stop. I love experimenting with my look so I’m not sure if I could go on a make-up ban but big up to her. Here I will share with you 3 things I learned by going make up free. Enjoy!

  1. My skin got clearer and my eyelashes grew longer

Indeed, makeup Isn’t Necessarily Great for Your Skin even though it’s marketed as a product that hides your flaws and you can even get spot healing make up. The truth was after stopping wearing foundation and mascara I noticed changes.

I noticed that my skin became clearer. And without having to remove mascara everyday my eyelashes had the time to grow a bit (or at least seem like it) so that I would have longer lashes after putting mascara on after a makeup ban.

 

2. I saved SO MUCH money…

I am not saying that I buy Chanel make up or anything but even using affordable makeup products from brands like Maybelline add up if you use it every day.  And if you’re a student you know the struggle for cash. With the money saved up I treated myself to a restaurant outing with friends etc.

3. I was able to relax as I saved so much TIME

Everyone knows the rush of doing their makeup before work/school/ a date. Indeed, Putting on makeup can take anywhere from 10 minutes to upwards of an hour depending on how you feel about yourself that day. Whilst going bare, I was able to sleep in so much longer and there is the expression ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason right?

 

To conclude, I’m not saying don’t wear makeup every again, but just think of it as you’ll be doing your skin a good service if you choose a fresh face opposed to heavy makeup on a regular basis.  It’s important to have a balance of make-up and non-make up days.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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Date night: The Great Gatsby Eyes

 

Dear readers,

Today I will be sharing with you a date night look that was inspired by the Great Gatsby. If you haven’t yet seen the film I definitely recommend that you do because it is absolutely stunning and an absolute tear jerker! Hope you enjoy the look and don’t hesitate to share your own make up tutorials.

So from the girls in the film I saw that the make-up of the 20’s was super-smoky! This was because ‘King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in the early ’20s and the world went crazy for everything Egyptian, including Cleopatra’s famed kohl eyes.’ (< http://thebeautygypsy.com/great-gatsby-makeup/>).

To recreate the ’20s sooty effect, I am using the urban decay naked palette. Here are the easy to follow steps:

1.Apply the colour ‘buck’ to your crease


2.Apply colour ‘naked’ just above the crease for a smooth transition


3.Apply the colour ‘creep’ to the outer v and crease


4.Apply the colour ‘gunmetal’ to the lid


5.Then blend, add mascara and eyeliner


Final look:


So there you have it. Until next time…

Charlotte xoxo

Packing checklist

 

Hey readers,

I hope you’re having a fabulous summer so far. I myself have been enjoying the varying sunniness of the British weather.

I’ve been a bit quiet lately because I am preparing for my first ever holiday without my parents. With this comes the freedom but also a lot of responsibility as I have to ensure that I bring everything I need. In order to ensure I do this, I have created a packing list for myself but I am sure that it may be useful for some of you so I’ve decided to share it here. Enjoy!

Official documents

Passport

Visas

Boarding passes

Holiday booking details

Monies

Clothes

Sandals

Platforms/high heels

Walking shoes

Underwear/bras

Nightie

Dresses

Shorts & tops

Bikini

Toiletries/Hygiene

Period pads/tampons

Contact lenses & solution

Deodorant

Make-up & remover

Floss

Lip Balm

Body lotion

Toothbrush & paste

 

First aid/ health

Plasters

Neurofen

Birth control

Travel pillow

 

Sun care

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Sunhat

 

Entertainment

Game

Books

Headphones and iPod

Snacks

So there you have it, hope it helps. Where are you going on holiday?

 

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

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Pony tail look

Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to spend a lot of time on my hair.  But at the same time, I don’t want to do the same look all the time with my hair down.

 

So today I tried a pony tail because frankly I only ever wear my hair down. I decided to keep my side fridge out so it was kinda harder to do. But I just put a clip of my fridge part to separate it from the rest of my hair and then tied it up.

 

I think it looks ok and is really nice when you are trying to work as there is no hair in your face . ( see picture below).

pony tail number 1

I think it can help reduce wrinkles because as you tie your hair up really tightly, you pull your face skin back. However, I would not recommend you to wear your hair like this in freezing conditions ( as I did).

Another way of doing it is to try your whole hair back into a pony tail- this is great for all those who don’t have a side fringe and just want to get their hair out of the way. I particularly like to do this when I do cardio or a zumba class as it holds up my hair pretty well as you can see below.

pony tail number 2

 

Funnily enough this hairstyle helped me realise how your hair keeps your neck and ears warm!

Do you like wearing ponytails? Xoxo

Bravissimo lingerie store (Covent garden, London) experience

 

Hey readers,

Hope all is going well for you.

So last week I decided that I needed to get a new sports bra for my gym and home workouts and I stumbled upon bravissimo. For those who don’t know about this shop, it is one that provides lingerie, swimwear & nightwear brands exclusively for D Cup and above.

It was my first ever time in Bravissimo because I find it so hard to find bras for my size (small waist but big breasts) so I don’t expect you to know this shop but I thought I would review my experience to give you an idea if it’s the lingerie shop for you.

 

Service: 6/10

Walking in me was met by the bright smiley faces of staff. However, I was not once asked if I needed any help, which I found rather strange. Due to this lack of help, I was rather confused when there were only like 5 different sizes for the sports bras and not one was my size but I then went to ask a member of staff if they had bras in my size and she told me I had to bring the bra I wanted down to the changing room and staff would check if they have it in stock.

After this I felt much more relieved as I had confidence that I would find a bra in my size. The lady at the changing room got me my bra in my size and handed it back to me. Interestingly she did not offer to measure me but I didn’t mind and I was able to get in the changing rooms immediately, which are absolutely beautiful. They fitted with a large mirror, silk dressing gown, and numerous hooks! What I particularly loved was that in the dressing rooms was that there were tips and advice on how to tell you had the right bra on you.

Sizes available and quality of bras: 8/10

Many sizes are available as the staff have easy access of the stock room, which is right next to the changing rooms, so you are able to get a wide range of bras in your size. As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog the sizes start from a D cup and they do provide back measurements of 20 etc., which are rather rare in other retail lingerie stores.

I tried on a couple of sports bras and they fitted me nicely but I didn’t think they were that amazing, especially when I considered the high price tag!

Price: 4/10

Rather expensive! All the sports bras that I tried on were at least 40 pounds, which is rather a lot of money. I wasn’t sure if the bras were really worth this so I left the store and found a much more affordable sports bra in M and S, which was about the same quality and half the price!

Overall experience: 6/10

It was interesting to visit this shop for girls like me who sometimes have a hard time finding a bra in a size. However, I was not blown away by the products or service so I’m not sure I would recommend it to anyone else.

Much love,

Charlotte xoxo

 

My love-hate relationship with summer

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Dear readers,

Those who have read my previous blog post will have noted that I hadn’t posted in a few days because I was feeling down. And here I write a post in order to explain why I have been feeling down. This post isn’t going to be easy to write but I think it’s important that I do this for myself if not someone else who is in the same position as me as has no one to turn to or to relate to.

I love summer as it is synonymous with fun and freedom. By April, most students will be done with exams and if not we will be shortly going on holiday and relaxing. But summertime does have some negativity attached to it, especially if you’re a girl. I will go into details as to why;

  1. We are taught to hate ourselves and be super self-conscious

So as everyone knows summer is approaching and the propaganda for getting fit for the summer or getting that ‘summer body’ is everywhere. But what exactly is this summer body? It seems to impose a view on us that our normal bodies are not good enough and that we will be ashamed to show our bodies in the summer time unless we have worked to produce this ‘summer body’. This means that gyms start to get packed and people start to do extreme exercise, however I am really against this whole ideology. Not because I think it’s bad to exercise, but because I believe that we should strive to exercise and improve our bodies all year round not only during the summer months.

And it is exactly this ideology that has been making me feel down because for the first time in my life I have decided that I am truly fat even though I am naturally slim. I am honestly sick and tired of the media constantly telling us that we are not good enough according to society’s beauty standards. We should love our bodies and strive to get healthy and not simply to lose weight

  1. Predators are out and about

Also, as it gets hotter, we wear less clothes and this is something NORMAL that we do. However, as a woman I have received quite a lot of backlash for dressing in a summer fashion and I know I’m not the only one. By this I mean men beeping at women in their cars as they walk past ones that they consider as ‘hot’ and men thinking that they can touch women inappropriately because they are dressed like a ‘slut’. I am so sick of this as well and I can only hope things change.

In consequence of this kind of behaviour I really don’t feel comfortable wearing dresses without leggings underneath or shorts unless I am with someone else or actually in a holiday resort where it is considered ‘normal’ (as it truly is) to be wearing summer clothes.

I guess I should feel more reassured since the British government started an imitative last year where you can text a number if you are harassed on public transport in London with the location where the incident happened and when it did. However, when I went on the tube I realised that there are no cameras on the tube compartments themselves so it is unlikely to protect us unfortunately.

Now I would like to end with a few words of wisdom:

5 Facts Every Woman Should Know:

  1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
  2. When someone tells you that you’re beautiful, believe them. They aren’t lying.
  3. It’s okay to not love every part of your body…but you should.
  4. No one has a flat stomach just after eating
  5. Society’s beauty standards do not define how beautiful you truly are

 

I just had to get that off my chest and I hope that by speaking about it we can raise awareness about it to eventually get to a solution.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

 

On the search of nightdresses

 

As I have been spending many of my week-ends shopping, I have become addicted to looking for nighties.  This may seem banal but when looking in stores, I have found it extremely difficult to find nighties and when I do they are very expensive (over 30 pounds for something only to be worn at night!). In consequence I have had to order some online and not all of them have been exactly what I have been looking for. In this article I will review a few that I have ordered over the past two weeks.

Nightdress number 1: Ann summers Sylvia chemise

RRP £40, bought discounted at  £12

 

Pros:

Beautiful colour

Silky feel

Beautiful back décor

Just the right length

Cons:

There are too many adjustable straps on the back making it very oddly shaped

 

I was so sad that I couldn’t keep this nightie but the back messed everything up!

Nightdress number 2:  Ann Summers Women’s Alluna Chemise

RRP: £50, bought discounted at £15

Pros:

Sexy style

Built in bra for support

Cons:

Breast area is too see through so not ideal if you are living with parents or flatmates

Bust size does not correspond for my body size (slim waist but big bust)

 

 

Nightdress number 3: Rose High Apex Lace Slip

 

RRP: £20, bought discounted at £18

Image 1 of ASOS Rose High Apex Lace Slip

Pros:

Cute colour

Nice fit on body

Cons:

Completely see through – the picture is deceiving

Very thin so I would potentially be very cold in the winter

 

Nightdress number: Pour Moi Cherish Chemise

RRP: £35, bought discounted at £20

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Pros:

Beautiful back décor

Nice body fit

Breast area nicely covered

Cons:

My only gripe is that it is not cotton so you can easily get hot when wearing it in the summer

 

Overall, I kept the pour moi cherish chemise.

Until next time…

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Tyler’s beauty routine

Hey bloggers! Today I will be introducing someone very special to me: Tyler.  He is my dog and I have had him for about two years.

He is three years old (which is 32 in human years!) but I adopted him two years ago when I helped him escape an abusive life style. Indeed his owners weren’t capable of looking after him as they had five dogs and didn’t walk them ever! From this experience I honestly can say that if you want a dog I think that the most beautiful thing you can do is adopt a dog to help them get back to a normal life.

So anyway back to the subject matter.  I shall be presenting to you Tyler’s beauty routine. As he is a bichon frisé he requires a lot of maintenance.  According to some websites bichons need to be groomed at least every 6 weeks and of course this can be costly so if you are thinking of getting one do bear this in mind.

But that is not all of it! Indeed between the grooming sessions you will need to take care of your bichon as its hair can get knotty very easily.  What I do is try to brush him every two days if not every day!

The look:

Here are the steps to Tyler’s beauty routine:

1.De-tangling brush

I use this to start off with as it just helps to get out a few knots. I wouldn’t rely on this entirely as there will be deeper knots.

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2.Metal comb
This is the comb to use to get to the proper knots. Now this will not be pleasant for the dog so try to hold the hair you are combing whilst you run the comb through it so that is less painful for him/her.

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3.Fluffing up brush

This brush looks pretty weird but it does a great job at fluffing up you dog to make him/ her look beautiful. Use this brush all in one direction to get the best results.

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4.Eye cleaning

Bichons usually get tear stains which are brown and smelly. It is crucial to remove these every day or the stain could get harder to remove. Use special wipes specifically for eye tears

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Done !

Do you have a pet? Do send me a picture.

Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Urban decay naked palette going out eye shadow tutorial

Hey all, I hope you’re all doing great!

Today I will be posting my first tutorial using the urban decay naked palette, which I absolutely adore. I got this palette as a gift from my boyfriend and now I am addicted to using eye shadow.  This look is really great for going out so here we go:

The look:

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Essential items for this look: urban decay ‘naked’ palette, an eye shadow primer (I am using a NARS one), any mascara and eye liner.

Step by step guide:

Step 1: Prime your eye lids using an eye shadow primer. This is essential to ensure that your eye shadow will last longer. With the NARS one I am able to keep my eye shadow on for the entire day.

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Step 2:   Apply the colour ‘naked’ to about half of your eyelid. This will be the lightest colour, which will be blended with the other colours of the palette.

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Step 3: Apply the colour ‘buck’ in a round line above the colour ‘naked’. Don’t worry if it is not neat as it is our transition colour that will be blended in to create the whole look.

Step 4: Next draw a small line in the middle of the colour ‘buck’ using the colour ‘gunmetal’. Try to make this as thin as possible as you don’t want this to be the main colour.

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Step 5: Above all the colours add the colour ‘half baked’ up until your eyebrows.

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Step 6: Blend all together and you have created this going out look. Blend as little or as much as you want to get your desired look.

Step 7: Add eyeliner and mascara

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Do send me links to any of your tutorials.

Lots of love,

Charlotte

xoxo