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So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x

Skincare Saviours For Dry Skin

21 May 2017

So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x
Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

Hey Stranger: A Ramble and Rant

7 May 2017

Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

Faux Fur Collar Biker Jacket: Zara
Cropped Round Neck Jumper: Zara
Distressed Girlfriend Jeans: ASOS
High Heel Ankle Boots: Zara

In order to ease myself back into the daily grind on Tuesday, I opted for my new favourite outfit to give myself a little confidence boost and add a little sass to my stride. I'm lucky to have a fairly relaxed dress code in my office, so as long as I look put together, I am allowed to wear quite casual attire. When I first started I never dreamed of wearing ripped jeans, but I feel as though these heeled boots smarten these up the distressed part of this denim (plus other members of staff were sporting ripped jeans nearer summer so I learnt that it was acceptable haha). Also after ten days off work which mostly consisted of over indulging on mince pies, Bailey's, and Christmas telly, who would wear a tight outfit to the office? Not me!

Now I can't walk through central London without seeing at least two other women wearing this black aviator jacket from Zara, and it's gradual popularity nearly out me off purchasing it, but I love the longline, oversized shape to this. Whenever wearing this jacket I feel slightly more stylish and put together, and admittedly I do love it more than the Acne Jacket its design is based on.

If you read my What I Got For Christmas post, you will recognise these pink velvet pieces (also from Zara, I'm borderline obsessed with their stock at the moment). This jumper is made of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet, the fit is rather loose and it is super warm too. I now consider these boots to be my new babies, in that I am head over heels in love with them (pardon the pun). I am a big fan of the dusty pink clothes at the minute if you couldn't tell, and I kind of love that these match. 

Also if you are familiar round these parts you will notice that I have a new blog design!!!! Eek! I thought it was high time I got rid of my pretty pink head banners and menu bar, and opted for a sleeker, more professional design. Plus I now have a home page! Feel free to have a mooch around the new design, I personally love that my Instagram pics now appear in the bar below and that my recent posts revolve in a funky manner at the top. This template was also a bargain, and I cannot thank Eve at Fearne Designs enough for all her help. I am also in the process of switching over to my very own domain name (goodbye .blogspot, hello to my own website) so hopefully that will be changing in the next couple of days or so. 

But in general, it's all new year, new blog around here. So let me know what you think to the new layout! And what do you make of this outfit? 
C x

Photos by Nathalie Dickson

Back to Work Dressing and New Blog Design!!

5 January 2017

Faux Fur Collar Biker Jacket: Zara
Cropped Round Neck Jumper: Zara
Distressed Girlfriend Jeans: ASOS
High Heel Ankle Boots: Zara

In order to ease myself back into the daily grind on Tuesday, I opted for my new favourite outfit to give myself a little confidence boost and add a little sass to my stride. I'm lucky to have a fairly relaxed dress code in my office, so as long as I look put together, I am allowed to wear quite casual attire. When I first started I never dreamed of wearing ripped jeans, but I feel as though these heeled boots smarten these up the distressed part of this denim (plus other members of staff were sporting ripped jeans nearer summer so I learnt that it was acceptable haha). Also after ten days off work which mostly consisted of over indulging on mince pies, Bailey's, and Christmas telly, who would wear a tight outfit to the office? Not me!

Now I can't walk through central London without seeing at least two other women wearing this black aviator jacket from Zara, and it's gradual popularity nearly out me off purchasing it, but I love the longline, oversized shape to this. Whenever wearing this jacket I feel slightly more stylish and put together, and admittedly I do love it more than the Acne Jacket its design is based on.

If you read my What I Got For Christmas post, you will recognise these pink velvet pieces (also from Zara, I'm borderline obsessed with their stock at the moment). This jumper is made of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet, the fit is rather loose and it is super warm too. I now consider these boots to be my new babies, in that I am head over heels in love with them (pardon the pun). I am a big fan of the dusty pink clothes at the minute if you couldn't tell, and I kind of love that these match. 

Also if you are familiar round these parts you will notice that I have a new blog design!!!! Eek! I thought it was high time I got rid of my pretty pink head banners and menu bar, and opted for a sleeker, more professional design. Plus I now have a home page! Feel free to have a mooch around the new design, I personally love that my Instagram pics now appear in the bar below and that my recent posts revolve in a funky manner at the top. This template was also a bargain, and I cannot thank Eve at Fearne Designs enough for all her help. I am also in the process of switching over to my very own domain name (goodbye .blogspot, hello to my own website) so hopefully that will be changing in the next couple of days or so. 

But in general, it's all new year, new blog around here. So let me know what you think to the new layout! And what do you make of this outfit? 
C x

Photos by Nathalie Dickson
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life... etc etc. Anyhow HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Even though I do think a New Year's Eve night out can be a bit overrated, in that you have such high expectations of it, spend a load of money on a ticket and then it usually isn't that amazing; I am a big fan of a new year and what it represents. 

In the past I have set myself some pretty radical New Year's Resolutions, in terms of suddenly cutting out food groups or doing squats everyday, and I end up forgetting about them or just giving in and then getting frustrated at myself for not being able to keep up my Resolutions. I didn't really set resolutions last year, thinking that there was no point buying into the "new year, new me" façade as I knew I wasn't going to instantly change overnight. But this year I want to set myself some goals for things I want to achieve by the end of the year. Although most of these are pretty vague (to help myself keep to them), I feel like these goals a good place to start in terms of leading a happier, healthier life.

Take More Time to Look After Myself
Now this encompasses everything from beauty, sleep, exercising to healthy eating (see what I mean about vague?). In today's world it's easy to lose time scrolling through social media or slumped in front of the TV - or that might just be me when I get in from a tiring day at work? Either way I just want to take more time for myself like painting my nails and doing face masks on a regular basis, go to more exercise classes during the week, use my time to look up healthy recipes or just wear my retainers every night (lol). I basically just want to ensure I do more for me, and create me-time during the day. As cringe as it sounds your body is the only permanent home you get, so I want to ensure that I look after my mind, body and soul the best that I can - oh and get more toned and shift the weight I gained my eating my emotions at university, you know the drill. 

Stop Comparing Myself to Others
Without meaning to, I pretty much compare myself to others around round me in nearly every aspect of my life; whether that be in my career, love life or even my Instagram following. Too often I think:
 "Ooh so and so is on a salary double mine, why did I chose to go into media when there's more money elsewhere"
"*insert name here* has been promoted twice, but I'm still interning"
"This girl's got another boyfriend, where does she meet them?!?"
"How has *insert name* grown her Instagram/Blog Following so quickly?"
A lot of my perspective, self-reflection and comparison comes from social media. I'm not wholly criticising social media as overall I do love what can come out of it and without it I'd probably be unemployed, but it can be easy to forget that people only post about a third of the real story on there. Pretty much everyone will be going through something that I or you won't know about, nor will they post it online. I am a big believer in the phrase "Comparison is the thief of joy", but sometimes I do need a little reminder to take some time out and really focus on myself, rather than the success and progress of others. Life is not a race, nor should it be. I've still got plenty of time to achieve my dreams and I'd much rather work my way slowly up into a career I love, than in a job I hate, earning a big wad of cash. So yeah, this year I just to live by "you do you" and work hard to achieve my dreams rather than compare my starting destination to someone's mid-way point. 

Worry a Whole Lot Less
Too often I find myself getting anxious or worrying about things I personally can't control. When someone tells me "pull yourself together" or "just get on with it" it doesn't really work for me and sometimes the most random of things will make me feel on edge. Consequently, this year I want to attempt to be more carefree, think less of what people think of me and live my life to the fullest that I can, without worrying or anxious thoughts holding me back from doing what I want or speaking up.  

Save Some Pennies
So this is a bit of a basic, traditional resolution but by the end of the year I hope to have saved a bit of money. At the moment I'm living back at home, and luckily my parents aren't asking me to pay any board or bills (well yet anyway), so currently my income is a bit disposable and I just spend all of it on TFL and clothes and makeup bits I think I need. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I have a great amount of income to save from, as I am only getting paid an intern salary, but I want to save nonetheless and get myself closer to being able to afford to move out (if that will ever happen in London). I also want to save some money to visit my best friend who has packed up her bags and moved to sunny Dubai and I need to save up to pay off the rest of my Glastonbury ticket (eek!).

Volunteer
I said to myself once I finish uni, get myself a proper job and routine, that I will find the time to volunteer again. Over university and even my school days, I did a lot of volunteering, but since moving back home I've found little time to even research where to volunteer and who for. So this year I want to set a goal to do some more and give back to the community. At times it is important to be a bit selfish and put yourself first (see my top two resolutions), but it is also important to remember others. So by the end of the year, I will hopefully be doing some sort of volunteer work or be involved in a cause as opposed to being a bit of a slacktivist by signing all the petitions online without following through.

Thank you for reading! I feel like sharing my resolutions online makes me more likely to follow through with them, and if anything it gives me something to look back on when the year is through. I hope you all have a wonderful new year ahead of you and that this year you achieve everything you want to!

What are your resolutions for 2017? And what do you think to mine?
C x

Goals For 2017

1 January 2017

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life... etc etc. Anyhow HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Even though I do think a New Year's Eve night out can be a bit overrated, in that you have such high expectations of it, spend a load of money on a ticket and then it usually isn't that amazing; I am a big fan of a new year and what it represents. 

In the past I have set myself some pretty radical New Year's Resolutions, in terms of suddenly cutting out food groups or doing squats everyday, and I end up forgetting about them or just giving in and then getting frustrated at myself for not being able to keep up my Resolutions. I didn't really set resolutions last year, thinking that there was no point buying into the "new year, new me" façade as I knew I wasn't going to instantly change overnight. But this year I want to set myself some goals for things I want to achieve by the end of the year. Although most of these are pretty vague (to help myself keep to them), I feel like these goals a good place to start in terms of leading a happier, healthier life.

Take More Time to Look After Myself
Now this encompasses everything from beauty, sleep, exercising to healthy eating (see what I mean about vague?). In today's world it's easy to lose time scrolling through social media or slumped in front of the TV - or that might just be me when I get in from a tiring day at work? Either way I just want to take more time for myself like painting my nails and doing face masks on a regular basis, go to more exercise classes during the week, use my time to look up healthy recipes or just wear my retainers every night (lol). I basically just want to ensure I do more for me, and create me-time during the day. As cringe as it sounds your body is the only permanent home you get, so I want to ensure that I look after my mind, body and soul the best that I can - oh and get more toned and shift the weight I gained my eating my emotions at university, you know the drill. 

Stop Comparing Myself to Others
Without meaning to, I pretty much compare myself to others around round me in nearly every aspect of my life; whether that be in my career, love life or even my Instagram following. Too often I think:
 "Ooh so and so is on a salary double mine, why did I chose to go into media when there's more money elsewhere"
"*insert name here* has been promoted twice, but I'm still interning"
"This girl's got another boyfriend, where does she meet them?!?"
"How has *insert name* grown her Instagram/Blog Following so quickly?"
A lot of my perspective, self-reflection and comparison comes from social media. I'm not wholly criticising social media as overall I do love what can come out of it and without it I'd probably be unemployed, but it can be easy to forget that people only post about a third of the real story on there. Pretty much everyone will be going through something that I or you won't know about, nor will they post it online. I am a big believer in the phrase "Comparison is the thief of joy", but sometimes I do need a little reminder to take some time out and really focus on myself, rather than the success and progress of others. Life is not a race, nor should it be. I've still got plenty of time to achieve my dreams and I'd much rather work my way slowly up into a career I love, than in a job I hate, earning a big wad of cash. So yeah, this year I just to live by "you do you" and work hard to achieve my dreams rather than compare my starting destination to someone's mid-way point. 

Worry a Whole Lot Less
Too often I find myself getting anxious or worrying about things I personally can't control. When someone tells me "pull yourself together" or "just get on with it" it doesn't really work for me and sometimes the most random of things will make me feel on edge. Consequently, this year I want to attempt to be more carefree, think less of what people think of me and live my life to the fullest that I can, without worrying or anxious thoughts holding me back from doing what I want or speaking up.  

Save Some Pennies
So this is a bit of a basic, traditional resolution but by the end of the year I hope to have saved a bit of money. At the moment I'm living back at home, and luckily my parents aren't asking me to pay any board or bills (well yet anyway), so currently my income is a bit disposable and I just spend all of it on TFL and clothes and makeup bits I think I need. Don't get me wrong, it's not as though I have a great amount of income to save from, as I am only getting paid an intern salary, but I want to save nonetheless and get myself closer to being able to afford to move out (if that will ever happen in London). I also want to save some money to visit my best friend who has packed up her bags and moved to sunny Dubai and I need to save up to pay off the rest of my Glastonbury ticket (eek!).

Volunteer
I said to myself once I finish uni, get myself a proper job and routine, that I will find the time to volunteer again. Over university and even my school days, I did a lot of volunteering, but since moving back home I've found little time to even research where to volunteer and who for. So this year I want to set a goal to do some more and give back to the community. At times it is important to be a bit selfish and put yourself first (see my top two resolutions), but it is also important to remember others. So by the end of the year, I will hopefully be doing some sort of volunteer work or be involved in a cause as opposed to being a bit of a slacktivist by signing all the petitions online without following through.

Thank you for reading! I feel like sharing my resolutions online makes me more likely to follow through with them, and if anything it gives me something to look back on when the year is through. I hope you all have a wonderful new year ahead of you and that this year you achieve everything you want to!

What are your resolutions for 2017? And what do you think to mine?
C x
Hello, hope you are well and that you had a wonderful Christmas! I know the blogosphere love a nosey into what everyone got for Christmas and having done this post twice before, I'm not one to break tradition (if you're interested in the old editions, you can have a read here). For these posts I normally only focus on the beauty products I've luckily been gifted, but as there aren't as many this year I thought I'd do an all-rounder and cover fashion and lifestyle bits too!

I had way too much fun sorting my gifts into the above themes and my favourite by far is the pink/rose gold lot of presents. This Zara Cropped Round Neck Sweater, with a scalloped hem at the bottom, is made up of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet - which is just dreamy in this dusty pink colour. Matching (and also from Zara) is the High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots which I now consider my new babies. Even though I loved the embroidered and velvet boots trends this season, I didn't think I'd buy a pair (believing them to be impractical), until I saw these - so now I just won't wear these when it's raining etc. My makeup brushes have been falling apart and getting lost as of late, so I was really in need of a brush set to sort myself out. Having heard nothing but praise for the affordable and gorgeous Zoeva line, I hinted at the Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2 and luckily received these. This set includes 3 face brushes, including the hyped about 104 Buffer brush, 5 eye brushes and a rose gold leather pouch. I have high hopes for these gorgeously packaged brushes - so will be posting a full review shortly. The Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar has the traditional Lush Christmas scent Snow Fairy, and when it comes to waving/swirling this powdery fragranced, glittery bubble bar around my bath, I'm sure that's exactly what I'll feel like. 

I am so excited to try out my first ever Jo Malone product, the Lime, Basil and Mandarin Body Crème - this was a gift from work and everything from the gift packaging to the scent of this is so luxurious. It smells really fresh, citrusy, herby and the formula feels light and, well, creamy. I'm also really pleased with this Cream Ribbed Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Top from New Look, as I feel like it is such a versatile piece for layering. Next up is the M&S Ragdale Hall Spa Sleep Candle, which is blended with lavender, chamomile and patchouli oils and is supposed to relieve stress and help you sleep better. I'll be interested to see if this little bit of aromatherapy works, so will start trying this out when I go back to work. I am always a sucker for personalised gifts, especially when they involve palm leaves and blogging, so this personalised Papier Palm Leaves Lined Notebook really was the perfect gift for me. I'm not sure if you can see so on the front it reads "Charlotte Emily's Blog Notes", so I can't wait to start using this and get my blogging game back to where it should be. Talking of blogging, I now have my hands on blogger favourite The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. This is a lovely looking book which encourages it's readers to lead a happier, simpler lifestyle, and I can't wait to get my nose stuck into this!

Now, here comes two more items from Zara which probably wouldn't come as a surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) as I am currently obsessed with pretty much everything in their stores at the moment. This is the City Bag With Charm as it is dubbed on the website, and has three compartments (big enough to fit in a laptop I may add) with a navy lining. I was in need for a new bag for work and this feels like such great quality and is the perfect size too. The Pack of Earrings were a bit of a surprise from Santa, and I am a little dubious to wear these as I only ever wear matching earrings, but these look like a great way to experiment. 

In my family it's always a bit of a tradition to get new slippers for Christmas and so these are the adorable Brown Bunny Character Slippers from Next. These are super cosy and cute, and the perfect pick-me-up for winter. Next is the Lancôme The Blooming Look Hypnôse Doll Eyes Set which includes the Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara, a mini Le Crayon Khol in 01 Noir and a mini Bi-Facil , which si a non-oily instant eye makeup remover. I've read some incredible reviews about the Doll Eyes Mascara and it's been years and years since I've used any Lancôme Makeup Remover, so I'll be interested to see if I still like this. Christmas wouldn't be complete without a chocolate themed gift and this is The Tipsy Truffles H-Box from Hotel Chocolat. This beautiful Topshop Tile Print Pyjama Set has unfortunately all sold out online, but if you see it in store I'd definitely recommend snapping it up. The silky material is so soft and this set actually makes me feel a bit glam whilst going to bed (though on a side note I will be wearing these separately outside the house as part of the pyjama-style trend as they seem too pretty to waste just wearing them at home!). The M&S Ragdale Hall Sleep Pillow Mist is to accompany the earlier mentioned candle, and I'm so interested to see if this could be a possible dupe for the This Works' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. And last, but by no means least, is the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. I've heard so many bloggers rave about this lil' mask and as my complexion is currently looking a bit lacklustre (and has been for the past month or so), I'm hoping this will even out my skin tone and give it some much needed rejuvenation. 

Father Christmas was extremely generous this year and I am so grateful for all that my friends and family have done for me over the past 12 months!

 What presents did you get this year? And have you tried out any of these? Let me know!
C x

What I Got For Christmas 2016

29 December 2016

Hello, hope you are well and that you had a wonderful Christmas! I know the blogosphere love a nosey into what everyone got for Christmas and having done this post twice before, I'm not one to break tradition (if you're interested in the old editions, you can have a read here). For these posts I normally only focus on the beauty products I've luckily been gifted, but as there aren't as many this year I thought I'd do an all-rounder and cover fashion and lifestyle bits too!

I had way too much fun sorting my gifts into the above themes and my favourite by far is the pink/rose gold lot of presents. This Zara Cropped Round Neck Sweater, with a scalloped hem at the bottom, is made up of chenille and jersey but the finish is made to look like velvet - which is just dreamy in this dusty pink colour. Matching (and also from Zara) is the High Heel Velvet Ankle Boots which I now consider my new babies. Even though I loved the embroidered and velvet boots trends this season, I didn't think I'd buy a pair (believing them to be impractical), until I saw these - so now I just won't wear these when it's raining etc. My makeup brushes have been falling apart and getting lost as of late, so I was really in need of a brush set to sort myself out. Having heard nothing but praise for the affordable and gorgeous Zoeva line, I hinted at the Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2 and luckily received these. This set includes 3 face brushes, including the hyped about 104 Buffer brush, 5 eye brushes and a rose gold leather pouch. I have high hopes for these gorgeously packaged brushes - so will be posting a full review shortly. The Lush Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar has the traditional Lush Christmas scent Snow Fairy, and when it comes to waving/swirling this powdery fragranced, glittery bubble bar around my bath, I'm sure that's exactly what I'll feel like. 

I am so excited to try out my first ever Jo Malone product, the Lime, Basil and Mandarin Body Crème - this was a gift from work and everything from the gift packaging to the scent of this is so luxurious. It smells really fresh, citrusy, herby and the formula feels light and, well, creamy. I'm also really pleased with this Cream Ribbed Turtle Neck Long Sleeve Top from New Look, as I feel like it is such a versatile piece for layering. Next up is the M&S Ragdale Hall Spa Sleep Candle, which is blended with lavender, chamomile and patchouli oils and is supposed to relieve stress and help you sleep better. I'll be interested to see if this little bit of aromatherapy works, so will start trying this out when I go back to work. I am always a sucker for personalised gifts, especially when they involve palm leaves and blogging, so this personalised Papier Palm Leaves Lined Notebook really was the perfect gift for me. I'm not sure if you can see so on the front it reads "Charlotte Emily's Blog Notes", so I can't wait to start using this and get my blogging game back to where it should be. Talking of blogging, I now have my hands on blogger favourite The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. This is a lovely looking book which encourages it's readers to lead a happier, simpler lifestyle, and I can't wait to get my nose stuck into this!

Now, here comes two more items from Zara which probably wouldn't come as a surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) as I am currently obsessed with pretty much everything in their stores at the moment. This is the City Bag With Charm as it is dubbed on the website, and has three compartments (big enough to fit in a laptop I may add) with a navy lining. I was in need for a new bag for work and this feels like such great quality and is the perfect size too. The Pack of Earrings were a bit of a surprise from Santa, and I am a little dubious to wear these as I only ever wear matching earrings, but these look like a great way to experiment. 

In my family it's always a bit of a tradition to get new slippers for Christmas and so these are the adorable Brown Bunny Character Slippers from Next. These are super cosy and cute, and the perfect pick-me-up for winter. Next is the Lancôme The Blooming Look Hypnôse Doll Eyes Set which includes the Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara, a mini Le Crayon Khol in 01 Noir and a mini Bi-Facil , which si a non-oily instant eye makeup remover. I've read some incredible reviews about the Doll Eyes Mascara and it's been years and years since I've used any Lancôme Makeup Remover, so I'll be interested to see if I still like this. Christmas wouldn't be complete without a chocolate themed gift and this is The Tipsy Truffles H-Box from Hotel Chocolat. This beautiful Topshop Tile Print Pyjama Set has unfortunately all sold out online, but if you see it in store I'd definitely recommend snapping it up. The silky material is so soft and this set actually makes me feel a bit glam whilst going to bed (though on a side note I will be wearing these separately outside the house as part of the pyjama-style trend as they seem too pretty to waste just wearing them at home!). The M&S Ragdale Hall Sleep Pillow Mist is to accompany the earlier mentioned candle, and I'm so interested to see if this could be a possible dupe for the This Works' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. And last, but by no means least, is the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. I've heard so many bloggers rave about this lil' mask and as my complexion is currently looking a bit lacklustre (and has been for the past month or so), I'm hoping this will even out my skin tone and give it some much needed rejuvenation. 

Father Christmas was extremely generous this year and I am so grateful for all that my friends and family have done for me over the past 12 months!

 What presents did you get this year? And have you tried out any of these? Let me know!
C x

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