Monday, 26 May 2014

KIKO Haul

On a recent trip to Barcelona I stopped by at a cosmetics shop called KIKO. As KIKO is not available for purchase in the UK I may have gone slightly overboard with buying items at the shop, but I don't regret it considering KIKO makes really good products for really good prices. I made a haul video which explains in more detail what I bought: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jRiCDgTI-GI


I don't really wear a lot of makeup at the moment because I'm still in high school and my school has a very strict no makeup policy, but in September I move up to college so I'll be able to wear and experiment with more makeup than I do at the moment.


For my eyes I stuck to purple and blue colours as these are the colours I have the least amount of, so I thought it would be nice to try something new.


With lipstick I stayed with what I know best and chose deep pinks and reds. I even found a colour that perfectly matched my prom dress so of course I just had to buy it!


Now I love a bit of nail varnish and as my school's no makeup rules also cover nail varnish, I don't have many opportunities to wear it, making me even more excited to go to college.

If you want to find out more about my haul, or even KIKO itself visit www.kikocosmetics.com or watch my haul video at http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jRiCDgTI-GI

Charlotte x

Monday, 19 May 2014

Sunny Saturday

I'm going to be typically British now and talk about the weather at the weekend. It was sunny, warm and generally nice, which is rather unusual for England. So how many of us cracked out the short shorts and cropped tops at the weekend? I’m assuming that I wasn’t the only one to spend the entire day outdoors, trying to soak up every single ray. When you live in England you learn to seize the opportunity to go outside and enjoy the sun, even if it's only out for 20 minutes, so me, my dogs and my tortoise headed outside for a spot of sunbathing (and English literature revision).

So in this post I'm just going to share some photos I took on my phone whilst revising and simultaneously trying to save frogs from the clutches of my dog.
There she is, frog catcher Maisey.
So I'm guilty of what my mum likes to call 'skimping it out' which basically means that I'm one of those people who puts on their shorts and crop tops as soon as there is a glimmer of sunlight. My crop top and kimono are both from New Look, my shorts are from Miss Selfridge and my socks are from Topshop. I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for my visible bra.
Just in case anyone was wondering, I have two dogs, both German Pointers, one short haired, one wire haired and one significantly more chilled than the other. Murphy, the wire haired pointer, enjoyed frequent romps in the garden where he would stop and smell the flowers and then soon after lay in the sun for about half an hour, then repeat the process.
So as I mentioned before I felt the urge to go outside as I hate not taking the opportunity to go outside when it's sunny, a British rarity even in mid may. As I couldn't find a practical way to revise using my laptop, I brought out my copy of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (an incredible read by the way) and did some good old English literature. 
My studies were only occasionally interrupted when Maisey found a frog and began barking with excitement because she was either about to eat it or present it to me on my work. This meant I had to get up and rescue it, an action which made me feel like quite the hero. During the day I also discovered that (to my surprise) I am a lot less squeamish than my brother.
I'm just hoping that this amazing weather continues after my GCSEs have finished so that I can take full advantage of that and enjoy some more time relaxing with my family.

Charlotte x

Sunday, 11 May 2014

OOTD & Awkward Waiters

When I say outfit of the day what I really mean to say is outfit of the night, as I went out last night and I didn't think you'd want to see me in my actual outfit of the day (worn out joggers and an oversized t-shirt). The reason I spent yesterday looking so trampy was because I had to revise for my GCSEs which start tomorrow *curls up on the floor and cries*, so I thought I'd spare you the horror of seeing me look like a zombie and show you what I wore when I went out.

Me, my dad and my brother went for a meal at a Mexican restaurant without my mum because she's currently in Spain. Originally I was going to wear my black collared dress from River Island with my DM's, but as British weather never turns out the way you want it to, I had to adapt my outfit for the rain. So I put on a pair of tights and a baby pink jumper from Topshop.

I'm still trying to get good pictures of my outfits so I apologise for the quality of this photo and the others to come, and yes, I realise that my feet look huge in this picture.

I didn't do anything with my hair and I only wore a bit of concealer and mascara, but this still prompted a waiter to flirt with me in front of my dad, which was extremely embarrassing. There was one particular moment where he gave me my food (mango glazed cod fajitas, they were incredibly tasty) and said "that looks good, just like you." This then caused Dan to laugh and my dad to get a tighter grip on his cutlery, turn to our waiter with a look of disgust and tell him I was 16, "well I'm 17" he said as he winked at me. I think the fact that he wasn't bad looking also added to the awkwardness.

Here I'm wearing benefit boi-ing concealer and max factor mascara

Can I also just mention that I love collars, I don't know what it is about them that makes them appeal to me so much. I just think they're really cute. I apologise for the seatbelt in the picture, I took it on the way to the restaurant.


Charlotte x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Makeup Reviews

Like many other people, I like to splurge on products every now and again. I get extreme satisfaction from this when I buy makeup, hence why today's blog is just one big haul/review.
Firstly lipstick. I love a good lipstick and in recent months have been experimenting with some 'crazy colours' as my grandma likes to say. So it came as no surprise to my family when I came home with four new lipsticks to add to my ever-growing collection. The picture only shows about half of my collection.
My first purchase was a Barry M lipstick in shade 150 (5th from the left). Without the filter it's a rosey-pink colour very, slightly darker than my natural lip colour. It's very subtle when worn which is one of the reasons I bought it, it wears well and doesn't feel greasy as some lipsticks have in the past, and gives a matted effect.

My second purchase was 2 lovely Topshop lipsticks. I'm a huge fan of Topshop and I think that the cosmetics packaging is super cute.
I'm a sucker for novel names so when I found a lipstick named after the home state of Matthew Gray Gubler, (my favourite person ever, if you don't know him, look him up) I knew I had to have it; the fact that it was a nice colour also kind of helped to justify my decision. 'Nevada' is a little lighter than I would usually go for (and also feels slightly slippery to apply) but all in all I like it, but I would highly recommend using lip balm before hand as it gathers in the cracks in your lips if they're dry.
My other Topshop purchase was a deep purple colour called 'The Damned'. I am completely and utterly in love with this lipstick! It lasts for a long time without smudging or fading and gives a little edge to your outfit. Overall, I am so happy I bought this lipstick and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

My final lip purchase was Maybelline's Shocking Coral (7th from the left). I think it's a lovely summery colour and I will definitely be wearing it during the holidays. I found that it lasted a good amount of time before it needed reapplying and it teams well with big, defined lashes and subtle eyes.

Now I'm done with lips I can move on to what I've described to my friends as a 'miracle product': gel eyeliner. I opted for Maybelline's Lasting Drama gel eyeliner after hearing some good reviews. I am so glad I bought this, I used to have some slight difficulty applying eyeliner with a pencil, (which was a shame because I really love the cat eye style) but now it takes me about 5 minutes to apply nearly perfect eyeliner, it lasts all day and the only reason it smudged was because I forgot it was there and rubbed my eye at various points throughout the day. It also comes with a brush for smooth application. My only criticism with this product is that the brush cannot be attached to the pot, meaning if you're anything like me, you're bound to misplace it at some point. If you're considering whether it is worth buying or not I would definitely get it.
Another eye product I'm loving is Colour Tattoo, also by Maybelline, in the colour 'Eternal Gold'. To be completely honest, I only bought this because of a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, I just thought "Oh what the hell" as I piled it into the basket along with the eyeliner and lipstick, but I am not regretting this purchase at all. It has the texture of a cream and is very shimmery, which is quite noticeable in sunlight. I think that this particular colour will be great for the summer/autumn season as it resembles some of the beautiful yellow and gold tones that we see in these seasons. 
Here I am wearing benefit boi-ing concealer, Lasting Drama gel eyeliner and Nevada from Topshop Cosmetics.

Charlotte x