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

 

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick review

 

Hey readers,

Sorry that it has taken me a while to post but I have been feeling quite down lately. However, I feel much better now so I thought that I would take the opportunity to review a gift from my boyfriend. I don’t usually wear make-up but my boyfriend persuaded me to do so by giving me this lip stick and lip liner and I would love to tell you about it.

Color & Pigmentation: Ruby Woo, in my opinion, is the classic red lipstick of the world. It’s got a deep strawberry colour to it and I love it.

Longevity: Thanks to its matte finish, it’s definitely a long-lasting lipstick. , I wore this and it stayed the whole day in spite of eating and drinking.  Perfect for a night out.

Application:The texture is dry and stiff, which makes it harder to apply meaning that it takes me several swipes to put it on .It is also very matte , which makes my lips feel slightly dry but that’s not a huge issue as it makes it stay on longer.

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Packaging: Black and round and closes with a safe click. Not exactly aesthetically pleasing but it’s what’s inside that matters.

Overall: 9/10. I am highly impressed by this lipstick, which has a gorgeous colour as well as a long lasting finish. My only quibble is the dryness that it causes to my lips.

Which is your favourite lipstick?

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

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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

Come follow my Instagram account!

 

I have decided to create an Instagram account relating to beauty as well as bits and bobs. On there you’ll find some sneak peeks of upcoming blog posts and also images beauty related.

Here is my account name: @eyeallureblog. Any follows will be much appreciated, and I’ll be sure to follow back!

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Lots of love,

Charlotte xoxo

Tangle Angel Detangling Hair Brush review

 

Hi all,

I hope you are having a wonderful day. Today I will be talking about a life saver product: the Tangle Angel Detangling Hair Brush.

I have super knotty hair and de-tangling brushes have honestly revolutionised my life as it has made brushing my hair pleasurable rather than painful. So the other day when I was in TK maxx I bought the Tangle Angel Detangling Hair Brush and I thought I would do a review of it. Enjoy!

Overall Rating: 4/5

Tangle Angel Classic Black Hair Brush

I’ve only had it for a few days but I have been loving using it as it is very easy  to hold with a grippable head and  I can even use it with wet hair and when blow-drying my hair. But the good things don’t stop there as it is easy to get hair out of the brush, which I have found to be a struggle with other brushes in general.

Also, the design is aesthetically pleasing so I love using it. Furthermore, the small size means that I can pop it easily into any handbag, which is great for when I’m late for a party or rushing to the gym.

My only gripe is that brush bristles are slightly weak so I don’t know how long this brush will last but apart from that I love this product.

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The truth about long eye lashes

I have been wearing make up since I was 13 ( I am now 21).  Due to this experience I can assure you that there is a way to get super long eye lashes without wearing fake eye lashes.

I hear many compliants from my friends and family telling me that they are unable to get long eyelashes and are thinking of resorting to fake eye lashes,  or worse,  a product that makes eye lashes grow.

Firstly, let me make it clear that it’s great to be able to wear fake eye lashes but wouldn’t it just be easier to use a mascara rather than spending more money buying the fake eye lashes and having to stick them on?  Also,  I would like to point out that all these ‘miracle’ products that promise to make your eye lashes grow through a secret serum are Dangerous! I was very interested in these amazing claims so I did some research.

 

 

The key ingredient that is  used in these eye lashes growing products is exactly the same one to treat glaucoma ( an eye disease).  So I’m giving you one tip if you are really set down on buying these products – simply go to the pharmacy to buy the key ingredient rather than buying these expensive products.

 

The thing is because it is used to treat a disease it is probably not a good idea to use if you don’t actually have it,  right?  It’s like taking medication if you are not ill.  rather there are side effects.  One of my friends has told me that she now sees specks in her eyes so I’m guessing  it’s a side effect?  Personally I would not want to risk my eyes for longer eyelashes.  Especially when mascaras can actually give you the same result.

 

I can pretty much use any mascara and get really long eye lashes.  However this has taken many years to master and some have little patience. Therefore, I would like to recommend a great mascara that makes it really easy to get longer eye lashes.

 

This mascara is called ” they’re real ” from benefit cosmetics. All you need is a few strokes and you will be amazed with the results.  I have been complimented many times and someone even asked me if they were fake.

 

But before you get into a cufufel telling me that you did not get the desired look please do look at these little tips to keep in mind:

 

TOP TIPS

 

  1. Practice makes perfect, you are not necessarily going to get the best look the first time you try but eventually you will get the knack on how to get longer eyelashes

 

  1. Do spend time on your eye lashes.  It’s like when you work out.- you’re not gonna get super fit if you spend only 4 minutes at the gym.  Spend at least 10 minutes on your eyelashes before saying that this mascara is crap.

 

  1. It’s ok to get bits of mascara on your eyelid. I do it all the time.  All you need to do is wipe off the bits that you do not want and you can continue.

 

I hope this has helped all that have had trouble with their eye lashes previously. Did this mascara work for you?  Do you have any other tips?  Let me know
Xoxo