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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
The Lush Christmas Collection is probably the most blogged about festive beauty collections on the block, so don't mind me as I add to the countless posts. A couple of weeks ago I popped into Lush, for just one product (Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and naturally came out with more than I needed. So if you're on the look-out for some Lush Christmas presents or if you fancy treating yourself whilst shopping for others this festive season, read on for some mini reviews! 

I first tried Ro's Argan Body Conditioner a few years ago, as it came part of the Secret Garden Christmas Gift Set when I got it for my mum and at the time I thought it was a pretty revolutionary product, and still do. When it comes to moisturising my body after showering or having a bath, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to body skincare  - which probably makes me a poor beauty blogger, right? But now that's it's winter and central heating is starting to cause havoc with my skin, I knew this would help me tackle my dry skin and still allow me to be relatively lazy. This works like a 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 jam packed full of oils and butters, with anti-aging argan oil as its base and leaves the skin super soft, radiant and beyond moisturised! This is a little pot of luxury and definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

The Ponche Shower Gel was a bit of a spontaneous purchase. When smelling it in the Oxford Street store, a shopping assistant told me that if I liked it, I should snap it up now as it was limited edition - and I didn't really need much more convincing than that. This is a fresh, fruity mix of orange juice, plum, bucho oil, and blackcurrant, spiced up with vegan tequila and cinnamon for a festive touch. I'm surprised this doesn't receive more love on the blogosphere, as it is a lovely fragrance and the cinnamon within it supposedly boosts circulation which I could always do with a bit of. It also reminds me a bit of the discontinued Flying Fox Shower Gel which I loved. 

Finally we have the Snowie Bubble Bar. The usual Snowman Bubble Bar has been give a Bowie makeover this year, which is pretty cool. This is a clean, fresh fragrance made up of grapefruit, neroli oil and rose oil, and when crumbled under the warm running water, this sparkly bubble bar creates more bubbles than any other bar I've tried from Lush. I do like this, but it does irritate the skin around my chest and causes me to break out in a light rash - which was really disappointing as it smells lovely and creates so many bubbles. So this might not be one for those with sensitive skin!

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite festive product from Lush?
Let me know!  

C x

A Wintry Lush Haul

4 December 2016

The Lush Christmas Collection is probably the most blogged about festive beauty collections on the block, so don't mind me as I add to the countless posts. A couple of weeks ago I popped into Lush, for just one product (Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and naturally came out with more than I needed. So if you're on the look-out for some Lush Christmas presents or if you fancy treating yourself whilst shopping for others this festive season, read on for some mini reviews! 

I first tried Ro's Argan Body Conditioner a few years ago, as it came part of the Secret Garden Christmas Gift Set when I got it for my mum and at the time I thought it was a pretty revolutionary product, and still do. When it comes to moisturising my body after showering or having a bath, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to body skincare  - which probably makes me a poor beauty blogger, right? But now that's it's winter and central heating is starting to cause havoc with my skin, I knew this would help me tackle my dry skin and still allow me to be relatively lazy. This works like a 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 jam packed full of oils and butters, with anti-aging argan oil as its base and leaves the skin super soft, radiant and beyond moisturised! This is a little pot of luxury and definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

The Ponche Shower Gel was a bit of a spontaneous purchase. When smelling it in the Oxford Street store, a shopping assistant told me that if I liked it, I should snap it up now as it was limited edition - and I didn't really need much more convincing than that. This is a fresh, fruity mix of orange juice, plum, bucho oil, and blackcurrant, spiced up with vegan tequila and cinnamon for a festive touch. I'm surprised this doesn't receive more love on the blogosphere, as it is a lovely fragrance and the cinnamon within it supposedly boosts circulation which I could always do with a bit of. It also reminds me a bit of the discontinued Flying Fox Shower Gel which I loved. 

Finally we have the Snowie Bubble Bar. The usual Snowman Bubble Bar has been give a Bowie makeover this year, which is pretty cool. This is a clean, fresh fragrance made up of grapefruit, neroli oil and rose oil, and when crumbled under the warm running water, this sparkly bubble bar creates more bubbles than any other bar I've tried from Lush. I do like this, but it does irritate the skin around my chest and causes me to break out in a light rash - which was really disappointing as it smells lovely and creates so many bubbles. So this might not be one for those with sensitive skin!

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite festive product from Lush?
Let me know!  

C x

Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Surreal Light: Review and Swatches

23 October 2016

Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx

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