I have lusted over NARS make-up for a very long time due to its pretty packaging and the luxurious feel of the products. After hearing rave reviews of this particular pencil in this shade, and with a handy Premier discount on ASOS, I finally took the plunge (into my wallet) and purchased this beautiful lipstick.

It was love at first application. Having it in the form of a pencil avoids the need for lip liner, and it is effortlessly easy to draw around the outline of the lips before filling it in. The consistency is gorgeously creamy, meaning that it will moisturise anyone's lips easily and stay put. This formula is very long lasting; feel free to eat and drink with this on and the colour will not budge.

The shade itself is a bright orangey-red and I feel the orange tones to Red Square make it that much more wearable than a typical, and possibly harsh, red lipstick. The matte quality of the lipstick also adds to the wearability, as it packs a punch and makes a statement without the in-your-face shine. The deep creamy consistency of the lip pencil did come as a surprise to me, considering that it was matte, but it does what it says in the title and really does feel like velvet on the lips.

So with its gorgeous colour, feel and longevity, this lip pencil has become a key staple in my make-up bag and now it is very rare to find me on a night out without this on my lips. Currently it is my number one, go-to lipstick and here's what it looks like on....


So what is your favourite lipstick at the moment? And have you tried any NARS lip products? Let me know in the comment box below!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

26 June 2014


I have lusted over NARS make-up for a very long time due to its pretty packaging and the luxurious feel of the products. After hearing rave reviews of this particular pencil in this shade, and with a handy Premier discount on ASOS, I finally took the plunge (into my wallet) and purchased this beautiful lipstick.

It was love at first application. Having it in the form of a pencil avoids the need for lip liner, and it is effortlessly easy to draw around the outline of the lips before filling it in. The consistency is gorgeously creamy, meaning that it will moisturise anyone's lips easily and stay put. This formula is very long lasting; feel free to eat and drink with this on and the colour will not budge.

The shade itself is a bright orangey-red and I feel the orange tones to Red Square make it that much more wearable than a typical, and possibly harsh, red lipstick. The matte quality of the lipstick also adds to the wearability, as it packs a punch and makes a statement without the in-your-face shine. The deep creamy consistency of the lip pencil did come as a surprise to me, considering that it was matte, but it does what it says in the title and really does feel like velvet on the lips.

So with its gorgeous colour, feel and longevity, this lip pencil has become a key staple in my make-up bag and now it is very rare to find me on a night out without this on my lips. Currently it is my number one, go-to lipstick and here's what it looks like on....


So what is your favourite lipstick at the moment? And have you tried any NARS lip products? Let me know in the comment box below!

So this post is a little late in the making, but the sun keeps making an appearance and then hiding behind the clouds again here in England. But with the temperature hotting up, more of our skin is on show, and therefore a lot more maintenance is required for arms and legs. These are currently my four favourite products that are keeping my skin in tip-top condition, and I will talk you through the order in which I use them (cleanse, scrub, moisturise, tan) and why I love them so.

1) CLEANSE
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: I briefly mentioned this amazing shower gel in my mini haul from Paris and it has lived up to all expectations, so much so it has become one of my holy grail products (a blog post coming soon). The consistency of the oil is completely grease-free and even the smallest drop lathers up to a rich bubbly formula that helps replenish and restore the skin's moisture levels. I have also found that this oil is great for shaving your legs with, as it is thick enough to protect your skin from the razor and leaves your legs feeling silky smooth (and who doesn't want that?). Also if used by itself, the oil leaves a delicate (and delicious) almond fragrance on the skin, and so you feel fresh throughout the day/night.

2) SCRUB
Sanctuary Body Scrub: this scrub has the usual sanctuary scent to it which is also delightful - it is made up of patchouli, orange oil and natural pumice, so it's worth having a little sniff before purchasing. The gel-like consistency makes the product easy to use as it lathers up quickly, and the small micro-beads are gentle enough to allow for daily use of the scrub. In scrubbing away any dead skin, it gives way to a rejuvenated, refined and smooth arms and legs. This is in turn makes for the perfect preparation for fake tan, as it helps give a flawless finish and limits the chances of the tan going patchy or blotchy. Though if you are looking for a thicker and fruiter scrub (and looking to use it less frequently) I'd also recommend Soap and Glory's Pulp Friction. 

3) MOISTURISE
Lush Ro's Argon Body Conditioner: there has been quite the buzz on the beauty blogosphere about this product, and in my opinion it is worth the attention it has got so far. The pot shown in the picture is smaller than what is available in the store, as my mum received this in the Lush Christmas Set Winter Garden (and yes, I did steal it), but I definitely see myself repurchasing the bigger size when this one runs out. It works like a hair conditioner, in that you massage the product into wet skin and leave it for a minute or two before rinsing it off. It is packed full of nourishing oils and butters and I found that this truly leaves my skin feeling supple and radiant. I would go as far as saying that this is the best body moisturiser I have ever used as it leaves skin feeling soft throughout the day, and I've found that it combats problem areas such as dry elbows and knees like no other. And as with the other products so far, the conditioner smells lovely and smells like roses.

4) TAN
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser: now this last step is optional to achieving summer-ready limbs, but being a little on the pale side, I find that I am more confident revealing a little more flesh when my skin has a more healthy looking glow (whether it be real or fake). This St. Tropez is the best tanning product I have come across so far, as I find it to be the most reliable in that it leaves a nice golden colour with no streaks. I go for the Medium/Dark shade just to ensure that the colour comes up a little quicker, as I am a little forgetful when it comes to applying a gradual tanning product a while in advance. When it comes to applying though, I cannot stress enough the power of the tanning mitt. Before going to uni I was unaware of how flawless and natural using a mitt could make a tan look, it makes applying it fool-proof. However, if I am looking for a an instant(ish) tan I turn to St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse which is more than half the price, and if used correctly also leaves skin glowing with a golden tone.

How do you prep your limbs for summer, and do you use these steps in this sequence? And are there any cleansing/scrub/moisturising/tanning products that you would strongly recommend?

How to Prep Your Limbs for Summer

23 June 2014


So this post is a little late in the making, but the sun keeps making an appearance and then hiding behind the clouds again here in England. But with the temperature hotting up, more of our skin is on show, and therefore a lot more maintenance is required for arms and legs. These are currently my four favourite products that are keeping my skin in tip-top condition, and I will talk you through the order in which I use them (cleanse, scrub, moisturise, tan) and why I love them so.

1) CLEANSE
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: I briefly mentioned this amazing shower gel in my mini haul from Paris and it has lived up to all expectations, so much so it has become one of my holy grail products (a blog post coming soon). The consistency of the oil is completely grease-free and even the smallest drop lathers up to a rich bubbly formula that helps replenish and restore the skin's moisture levels. I have also found that this oil is great for shaving your legs with, as it is thick enough to protect your skin from the razor and leaves your legs feeling silky smooth (and who doesn't want that?). Also if used by itself, the oil leaves a delicate (and delicious) almond fragrance on the skin, and so you feel fresh throughout the day/night.

2) SCRUB
Sanctuary Body Scrub: this scrub has the usual sanctuary scent to it which is also delightful - it is made up of patchouli, orange oil and natural pumice, so it's worth having a little sniff before purchasing. The gel-like consistency makes the product easy to use as it lathers up quickly, and the small micro-beads are gentle enough to allow for daily use of the scrub. In scrubbing away any dead skin, it gives way to a rejuvenated, refined and smooth arms and legs. This is in turn makes for the perfect preparation for fake tan, as it helps give a flawless finish and limits the chances of the tan going patchy or blotchy. Though if you are looking for a thicker and fruiter scrub (and looking to use it less frequently) I'd also recommend Soap and Glory's Pulp Friction. 

3) MOISTURISE
Lush Ro's Argon Body Conditioner: there has been quite the buzz on the beauty blogosphere about this product, and in my opinion it is worth the attention it has got so far. The pot shown in the picture is smaller than what is available in the store, as my mum received this in the Lush Christmas Set Winter Garden (and yes, I did steal it), but I definitely see myself repurchasing the bigger size when this one runs out. It works like a hair conditioner, in that you massage the product into wet skin and leave it for a minute or two before rinsing it off. It is packed full of nourishing oils and butters and I found that this truly leaves my skin feeling supple and radiant. I would go as far as saying that this is the best body moisturiser I have ever used as it leaves skin feeling soft throughout the day, and I've found that it combats problem areas such as dry elbows and knees like no other. And as with the other products so far, the conditioner smells lovely and smells like roses.

4) TAN
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser: now this last step is optional to achieving summer-ready limbs, but being a little on the pale side, I find that I am more confident revealing a little more flesh when my skin has a more healthy looking glow (whether it be real or fake). This St. Tropez is the best tanning product I have come across so far, as I find it to be the most reliable in that it leaves a nice golden colour with no streaks. I go for the Medium/Dark shade just to ensure that the colour comes up a little quicker, as I am a little forgetful when it comes to applying a gradual tanning product a while in advance. When it comes to applying though, I cannot stress enough the power of the tanning mitt. Before going to uni I was unaware of how flawless and natural using a mitt could make a tan look, it makes applying it fool-proof. However, if I am looking for a an instant(ish) tan I turn to St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse which is more than half the price, and if used correctly also leaves skin glowing with a golden tone.

How do you prep your limbs for summer, and do you use these steps in this sequence? And are there any cleansing/scrub/moisturising/tanning products that you would strongly recommend?

To celebrate returning home for the summer, I thought I'd treat myself to some bath products seeing as having a bath is off limits in student living. So before leaving Newcastle, I popped into Lush's Eldon Square store and picked up A French Kiss bubble bar and the Sex Bomb bath bomb. The two products worked so well together, but I will give each of them a little review of their own.

But before I do review the bar and bomb, first of all I should warn you that I love Lush (see my review of their Mr. Punch soap where I also raved about the company). This is down to a number of reasons, and here are just a few: the beautifully scented products, how well they work, the amazing customer service and in general, the ethics of the company are also great; they do their bit for charity, fight animal testing, make sure their products are completely vegetarian, buy all of their ingredients ethically and use recycled packaging. So as an eco and animal friendly beauty brand, Lush definitely get my vote.

A French Kiss: I have tried a fair few of Lush's bubble bars in my time, I have loved them all and this was no exception. The twisted shape resembles a meringue and with a strand of lavender poking out of it, the flower stands as a reminder of how fresh all of Lush's products are. After the journey home, the majority of the flowers had fallen off, so I chucked these in the water. To create the bubble bath I broke off part of the bar, and crumbled it under running warm water. A little bit went a long way, so I can see me using this for a while. The lavender oil created a relaxing scent which is perfect after a stressful day of travelling and last minute packing. The oil is also used to treat sore skin and burns, and this worked well with the virgin coconut oil to help nourish and soothe my skin. This didn't leave a greasy feel after climbing out of the tub and I had no need to apply moisturiser either.

Sex Bomb: It is taking all my energy to stop myself from typing out Tom Jones lyrics to this cheekily named bath bomb, but phwoar the scent of this was lovely!! This, as well as a French Kiss, is supposed to help relieve stress and with floral notes of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage it did exactly that. As the pink and purple fizzled away, the hard rose softened and opened up to a soft, pretty soap. It left my bath water a beautiful pinky purple colour, and as a girly girl who wouldn't want a pink bath?

I would go as far as saying this was one of the best baths I have ever had, and I see myself repurchasing these over and over again. What are your favourite lush goodies? And what are your favourite products for unwinding after a stressful day?

ps. Sorry for the missing blogposts on Wednesday and Sunday. On Wednesday I was out on this beautiful beach....

and the rest of the week I was packing and then had a terrible migraine on Sunday and was ill in bed all day. But to get back on schedule, I will be posting 3 more articles this week so keep your eyes peeled!

Pamper Evening with Lush

16 June 2014


To celebrate returning home for the summer, I thought I'd treat myself to some bath products seeing as having a bath is off limits in student living. So before leaving Newcastle, I popped into Lush's Eldon Square store and picked up A French Kiss bubble bar and the Sex Bomb bath bomb. The two products worked so well together, but I will give each of them a little review of their own.

But before I do review the bar and bomb, first of all I should warn you that I love Lush (see my review of their Mr. Punch soap where I also raved about the company). This is down to a number of reasons, and here are just a few: the beautifully scented products, how well they work, the amazing customer service and in general, the ethics of the company are also great; they do their bit for charity, fight animal testing, make sure their products are completely vegetarian, buy all of their ingredients ethically and use recycled packaging. So as an eco and animal friendly beauty brand, Lush definitely get my vote.

A French Kiss: I have tried a fair few of Lush's bubble bars in my time, I have loved them all and this was no exception. The twisted shape resembles a meringue and with a strand of lavender poking out of it, the flower stands as a reminder of how fresh all of Lush's products are. After the journey home, the majority of the flowers had fallen off, so I chucked these in the water. To create the bubble bath I broke off part of the bar, and crumbled it under running warm water. A little bit went a long way, so I can see me using this for a while. The lavender oil created a relaxing scent which is perfect after a stressful day of travelling and last minute packing. The oil is also used to treat sore skin and burns, and this worked well with the virgin coconut oil to help nourish and soothe my skin. This didn't leave a greasy feel after climbing out of the tub and I had no need to apply moisturiser either.

Sex Bomb: It is taking all my energy to stop myself from typing out Tom Jones lyrics to this cheekily named bath bomb, but phwoar the scent of this was lovely!! This, as well as a French Kiss, is supposed to help relieve stress and with floral notes of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage it did exactly that. As the pink and purple fizzled away, the hard rose softened and opened up to a soft, pretty soap. It left my bath water a beautiful pinky purple colour, and as a girly girl who wouldn't want a pink bath?

I would go as far as saying this was one of the best baths I have ever had, and I see myself repurchasing these over and over again. What are your favourite lush goodies? And what are your favourite products for unwinding after a stressful day?

ps. Sorry for the missing blogposts on Wednesday and Sunday. On Wednesday I was out on this beautiful beach....

and the rest of the week I was packing and then had a terrible migraine on Sunday and was ill in bed all day. But to get back on schedule, I will be posting 3 more articles this week so keep your eyes peeled!

Nearly a month ago back in the Easter holidays, I finally visited the famous Sushisamba restaurant situated on the 38th floor of the Heron Building, near Liverpool Street. It was a bit of a treat as me and my friend Katya were in desperate need of a catch-up (and essay break) over a couple of cocktails, and that's exactly what we did. 


We went to the restaurant in the early evening as we had only reserved our table the night before, so if you are thinking of going, book early. The evening sun, however, really lit up the place and watching the sun set over the city was lovely! The samba music in the background added to the sunny vibe and the decor of bamboo and cascading lightbulbs was amazing. The restaurant's menu is formed from a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine and the cocktail menu also reflected this. All the cocktails are priced at £13; I chose the Batida de Mango (top picture) and Katya went for the Nashi Martini. Both drinks were really refreshing, and were (thankfully for the price) very alcoholic. 

Raw Dish: Sashimi Seviche Tuna
Samba Rolls: Pink = Samba London and Green = Ezo and Small Plate: Tuna Taktaki
The waiter recommended choosing six plates for a full meal, however being on a student budget and with the dishes being very expensive for their small size, we opted for four instead. The restaurant ensures that every plate comes out as soon as it is ready so we really weren't waiting long and the staff were all lovely. Although there was not a lot of it, the food was surprisingly filling and all of the dishes we tried were amazing. The names of the dishes went for can be seen in the photos' captions, and we chose one 'raw dish', one 'small plate' and two helpings of 'samba rolls' (sushi). I would recommend every one of these as they were all delicious and none of them disappointed. 

After paying the quite hefty bill, we moved to the inside bar and then out onto the beautiful rooftop terrace for another cocktail. Inside there's a beautiful view of the Gherkin, the river and most of the city. From the terrace you can see out across the east of the city and its quite easy to spot the Olympic Park. It's on the terrace that the beautiful and quite famous lit up orange tree can be found, and it really is quite magical! Katya went for the Chucumber cocktail, and it pretty much tasted like it sounds and had cucumber as a main ingredient. I played it a bit more safe and went for the Shiso Fine. We then shamelessly took a few selfies and failed to take any serious ones.
The view of London from the glass lift

Overall, it was a really enjoyable evening at Sushisamba. However, it was expensive so save up in advance and maybe leave the trip for a special occasion. 

Has anyone else been to Sushisamba? What's your favourite restaurant in London? 

Sushisamba: Dinner on the 38th Floor

8 June 2014 Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UK


Nearly a month ago back in the Easter holidays, I finally visited the famous Sushisamba restaurant situated on the 38th floor of the Heron Building, near Liverpool Street. It was a bit of a treat as me and my friend Katya were in desperate need of a catch-up (and essay break) over a couple of cocktails, and that's exactly what we did. 


We went to the restaurant in the early evening as we had only reserved our table the night before, so if you are thinking of going, book early. The evening sun, however, really lit up the place and watching the sun set over the city was lovely! The samba music in the background added to the sunny vibe and the decor of bamboo and cascading lightbulbs was amazing. The restaurant's menu is formed from a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisine and the cocktail menu also reflected this. All the cocktails are priced at £13; I chose the Batida de Mango (top picture) and Katya went for the Nashi Martini. Both drinks were really refreshing, and were (thankfully for the price) very alcoholic. 

Raw Dish: Sashimi Seviche Tuna
Samba Rolls: Pink = Samba London and Green = Ezo and Small Plate: Tuna Taktaki
The waiter recommended choosing six plates for a full meal, however being on a student budget and with the dishes being very expensive for their small size, we opted for four instead. The restaurant ensures that every plate comes out as soon as it is ready so we really weren't waiting long and the staff were all lovely. Although there was not a lot of it, the food was surprisingly filling and all of the dishes we tried were amazing. The names of the dishes went for can be seen in the photos' captions, and we chose one 'raw dish', one 'small plate' and two helpings of 'samba rolls' (sushi). I would recommend every one of these as they were all delicious and none of them disappointed. 

After paying the quite hefty bill, we moved to the inside bar and then out onto the beautiful rooftop terrace for another cocktail. Inside there's a beautiful view of the Gherkin, the river and most of the city. From the terrace you can see out across the east of the city and its quite easy to spot the Olympic Park. It's on the terrace that the beautiful and quite famous lit up orange tree can be found, and it really is quite magical! Katya went for the Chucumber cocktail, and it pretty much tasted like it sounds and had cucumber as a main ingredient. I played it a bit more safe and went for the Shiso Fine. We then shamelessly took a few selfies and failed to take any serious ones.
The view of London from the glass lift

Overall, it was a really enjoyable evening at Sushisamba. However, it was expensive so save up in advance and maybe leave the trip for a special occasion. 

Has anyone else been to Sushisamba? What's your favourite restaurant in London? 

Due to dreadful essays and exams over the past couple of months, I have been neglecting Charlotte's Road really badly. So after my break from blogging, I am now back. Summer has finally begun and I can now commit more of my time to my little blog and schedule posts, as I have now have such a backlog of posts waiting to go up. With this I now plan on posting at least every Sunday and Wednesday, and if I fancy it I may do a few little others during the course of the week.

Tomorrow's post will be on a recent trip I took to Sushisamba in London, and the beautiful tree above is part of their roof terrace bar.

To the regular readers I have (if there are any?) you may have noticed the little layout change, and I now have a new banner which I designed myself. The banner may be updated again soon, as I'm not completely happy with how grey it is but it took me ages so its gone up!

Hope you like the new layout and here are a few pictures from the posts that will be up on here in the next few weeks.

Quick Update

7 June 2014


Due to dreadful essays and exams over the past couple of months, I have been neglecting Charlotte's Road really badly. So after my break from blogging, I am now back. Summer has finally begun and I can now commit more of my time to my little blog and schedule posts, as I have now have such a backlog of posts waiting to go up. With this I now plan on posting at least every Sunday and Wednesday, and if I fancy it I may do a few little others during the course of the week.

Tomorrow's post will be on a recent trip I took to Sushisamba in London, and the beautiful tree above is part of their roof terrace bar.

To the regular readers I have (if there are any?) you may have noticed the little layout change, and I now have a new banner which I designed myself. The banner may be updated again soon, as I'm not completely happy with how grey it is but it took me ages so its gone up!

Hope you like the new layout and here are a few pictures from the posts that will be up on here in the next few weeks.

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