So 2015 is officially drawing to a close... seriously where has the year gone? So much yet so little has changed in a short space of time and I am so ready to wave goodbye to 2015. Beauty-wise this year has been fairly busy and I have been lucky enough to try out a lot of new products (by spending my overdraft and student loan (RIP old friend, I miss you)) and have come out with a fair few new favourites. If you are an avid reader of my little blog, most of these will come as no surprise and full(ish) reviews will be linked up in the names of the products.

Working clockwise from the top, the Lush Daddy-O Shampoo has been a real game-changer in my haircare. In summer I lightened my ends a bit and this shampoo worked wonders at banishing brassy tones, and post-haircut it still brings out the colour in my hair and leaves it feeling silky soft. Soap and Glory's Butter Yourself Moisturiser is so rich in it's moiturising powers but the formula feels so light. The cream also has the brand's Fruitigo scent within it with notes of fig and orange oil, so understandably smells amazing and floats my boat more than any other body moisturisers I have tried. I have banged on about the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil many a time, but with it's radiance boosting and makeup removing powers it has stopped me from using cleansing wipes on a daily basis and taught me that an oily complexion doesn't mean you have to avoid facial oils like the plague. 

Soap and Glory's Solar Powder is a bloggers' favourite, but with good reason. This bronzer is quite creamy in its consistency, offers two shades of bronze (not orange) and allows me to build up a subtle glowy contour and thus give my cheeks a wee bit of definition. NARS' Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte only added to my love of red lipstick; the product literally had my name on it, the packaging is dreamy, the pigmentation is brilliant and it is very long-lasting. La Roche-Posay's Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser also has an amazing formula that seriously kicks blemish butt and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean. With the results it's given me, I can definitely see myself buying another bottle in the new year.

When it came down to picking my favourite nail polish I was stuck between chosing Essie's Bahama Mama and Topshop's Blue Rinse (not pictured). Both have beautiful formulas and finishes, but as the Essie polish was a late addition to my collection this year I think Topshop's offering wins. Maybelline's EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze has been my go-to eyshadow this year after receiving it for my birthday in June. This creamy, gel bronze with a wet-look, metallic finish works well on its own and as a primer to similar coloured powder shadows. It is so easy to apply and blend, adding a pop of colour to my eyelids when I am in a rush or feeling a little lazy. The Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm was also a birthday and another makeup product deserving of its hype. Thanks to this I am now a highlighter convert and would be lost without this gorgeous product in my life.

Okay, so I may be cheating a bit with this one but after trying to find cheaper alternatives to this and epically failing, I realised just how good the L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is. I have been relying on this oil for years to keep my frizz in check and heat-proof my hair, and this year has been one of reappreciation for this golden oil. Although I can only make use of this whilst visiting home, the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is quite possibly one of the best gifts I have ever bought a family member. It really does work in sending you off into the land of nod, the scent it heavenly and has you wake up feeling refreshed in the morning - worth the investment and the hype.

I hope you enjoyed the round-up on the beauty products that floated my boat this year and I wish you all a fabulous new year ahead! What were your favourite beauty products of 2015?
C x 

Class of 2015: Beauty Favourites of the Year

30 December 2015

So 2015 is officially drawing to a close... seriously where has the year gone? So much yet so little has changed in a short space of time and I am so ready to wave goodbye to 2015. Beauty-wise this year has been fairly busy and I have been lucky enough to try out a lot of new products (by spending my overdraft and student loan (RIP old friend, I miss you)) and have come out with a fair few new favourites. If you are an avid reader of my little blog, most of these will come as no surprise and full(ish) reviews will be linked up in the names of the products.

Working clockwise from the top, the Lush Daddy-O Shampoo has been a real game-changer in my haircare. In summer I lightened my ends a bit and this shampoo worked wonders at banishing brassy tones, and post-haircut it still brings out the colour in my hair and leaves it feeling silky soft. Soap and Glory's Butter Yourself Moisturiser is so rich in it's moiturising powers but the formula feels so light. The cream also has the brand's Fruitigo scent within it with notes of fig and orange oil, so understandably smells amazing and floats my boat more than any other body moisturisers I have tried. I have banged on about the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil many a time, but with it's radiance boosting and makeup removing powers it has stopped me from using cleansing wipes on a daily basis and taught me that an oily complexion doesn't mean you have to avoid facial oils like the plague. 

Soap and Glory's Solar Powder is a bloggers' favourite, but with good reason. This bronzer is quite creamy in its consistency, offers two shades of bronze (not orange) and allows me to build up a subtle glowy contour and thus give my cheeks a wee bit of definition. NARS' Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte only added to my love of red lipstick; the product literally had my name on it, the packaging is dreamy, the pigmentation is brilliant and it is very long-lasting. La Roche-Posay's Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser also has an amazing formula that seriously kicks blemish butt and leaves your face feeling squeaky clean. With the results it's given me, I can definitely see myself buying another bottle in the new year.

When it came down to picking my favourite nail polish I was stuck between chosing Essie's Bahama Mama and Topshop's Blue Rinse (not pictured). Both have beautiful formulas and finishes, but as the Essie polish was a late addition to my collection this year I think Topshop's offering wins. Maybelline's EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze has been my go-to eyshadow this year after receiving it for my birthday in June. This creamy, gel bronze with a wet-look, metallic finish works well on its own and as a primer to similar coloured powder shadows. It is so easy to apply and blend, adding a pop of colour to my eyelids when I am in a rush or feeling a little lazy. The Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm was also a birthday and another makeup product deserving of its hype. Thanks to this I am now a highlighter convert and would be lost without this gorgeous product in my life.

Okay, so I may be cheating a bit with this one but after trying to find cheaper alternatives to this and epically failing, I realised just how good the L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is. I have been relying on this oil for years to keep my frizz in check and heat-proof my hair, and this year has been one of reappreciation for this golden oil. Although I can only make use of this whilst visiting home, the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is quite possibly one of the best gifts I have ever bought a family member. It really does work in sending you off into the land of nod, the scent it heavenly and has you wake up feeling refreshed in the morning - worth the investment and the hype.

I hope you enjoyed the round-up on the beauty products that floated my boat this year and I wish you all a fabulous new year ahead! What were your favourite beauty products of 2015?
C x 
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have an amazing new year ahead of you! Following on from last year's post, I thought I'd give you another nosey to the beauty bits Santa and my family/friends got for me this year. Just think of it as a preview to things that will be making an appearance on the blog in the new year, so sit back and maybe grab yourself a cuppa as this is quite a wordy post (even for me).

First off I got this gorgeous Alphabet Wash Bag from Oliver Bonas, the grey canvas against the turquoise is so aethetically pleasing (my old art teacher would be so proud of me for using his favourite phrase). This one was much needed as the insides of all my current wash bags are covered in spilt nail polish and smudged ends of eyeliner. For the first bit of skincare, I mentioned in my 'How to Get Glowing' post that I wanted to get my hands on the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum, but other purchases got in the way and so I popped this on my xmas list. I'm excited to trail this serum and see if it lives up to the Cleansing Oil's good reputation. 

The price tag of the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil stops me from buying this for myself, but if you are ever in need of a gift for me look no further than this liquid gold (I sing praises for this here, here and here). Also from L'Occitane is this nifty Hand Cream Set which includes minatures of Delightful Rose, Vanilla Bouquet and Dry Skin Hand Creams, all of which smell gorgeous. The first scented candle I ever treated myself to was a larger version of this Fairy Dust Lily Flame Candle, I'm so glad this light, fluffy and almost powdery fragrance is back in my life again. 

My dad genuinely asked if the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette was a chocolate bar when I unwrapped it... So you could say that the packaging lives up to its name? This palette has been on my beauty wishlist for what feels like years, and with the right balance of matte, shimmery and glittery shadows this may even take over the original Naked Palette's top-spot for my favourite eyeshadow palette. I'm most excited to try out the Warm Notes and Subtle Blend shadows. 

My two Lush goodies are the Intergallitic Bath Bomb and the Brightside Bubble Bar. The first was firmly planted on my list as I was unable to find it on a recent trip to the Oxford Street Flagship store. The colours this disperses in the bath (according to Instagram) look like they could take you to another galaxy but it smells like Elf's seven levels of the candy cane forest. When I come to use the bubble bar I will have to refrain from bursting into The Killers' lyrics, but the three different orange scents in this product are definitely uplifting and will more than help me to look on the bright side of life *starts to whistle*.

I've had my eyes on Topshop's Chameleon Glow in Shuffle the Cards for over a year and luckily received this alongside it's purpley counterpart Wax + Wane. These dual-pigmented powders supposedly can be used on both the eyes and as a highlighter, but I think I'll only dare use the pretty gold/pinky pigment as a highlighter when my skin looks a little more tanned. 

Talking of highlighter, the RealTechniques Setting Brush is back in my life after losing it on a night out (I swear Newcastle clubs swallow makeup brushes or maybe I just dance too rigourously). This brush is amazing for setting pressed powder under the eyes and nose as well as strategically placing highlighter along the cheekbones. Also from RT I now have the Miracle Complexion Sponge; I seriously want to get into properly blending foundation for a flawless base, and this is an expert sponge without a ridiculous price tag. 

The Summit of Style polish from Essie is part of their LuxEffects collection and is definitely a festive favourite amongst bloggers - and all for good reason. I will more than likely be sporting this golden formula on my fingertips come New Year's Eve. Last but not least is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I popped this on my list after hearing amazing things about the range and at this time of year the skin around my eyes particularly dries up with the change in weather, central heating and spot treatments. Also with pulling all-nighters around the January essay and exam period, maybe this will become my new best friend for faking a good night's sleep.

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 beauty goodies did you get this year? 
C x

Beauty Bits I Got For Christmas #2

27 December 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have an amazing new year ahead of you! Following on from last year's post, I thought I'd give you another nosey to the beauty bits Santa and my family/friends got for me this year. Just think of it as a preview to things that will be making an appearance on the blog in the new year, so sit back and maybe grab yourself a cuppa as this is quite a wordy post (even for me).

First off I got this gorgeous Alphabet Wash Bag from Oliver Bonas, the grey canvas against the turquoise is so aethetically pleasing (my old art teacher would be so proud of me for using his favourite phrase). This one was much needed as the insides of all my current wash bags are covered in spilt nail polish and smudged ends of eyeliner. For the first bit of skincare, I mentioned in my 'How to Get Glowing' post that I wanted to get my hands on the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum, but other purchases got in the way and so I popped this on my xmas list. I'm excited to trail this serum and see if it lives up to the Cleansing Oil's good reputation. 

The price tag of the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil stops me from buying this for myself, but if you are ever in need of a gift for me look no further than this liquid gold (I sing praises for this here, here and here). Also from L'Occitane is this nifty Hand Cream Set which includes minatures of Delightful Rose, Vanilla Bouquet and Dry Skin Hand Creams, all of which smell gorgeous. The first scented candle I ever treated myself to was a larger version of this Fairy Dust Lily Flame Candle, I'm so glad this light, fluffy and almost powdery fragrance is back in my life again. 

My dad genuinely asked if the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette was a chocolate bar when I unwrapped it... So you could say that the packaging lives up to its name? This palette has been on my beauty wishlist for what feels like years, and with the right balance of matte, shimmery and glittery shadows this may even take over the original Naked Palette's top-spot for my favourite eyeshadow palette. I'm most excited to try out the Warm Notes and Subtle Blend shadows. 

My two Lush goodies are the Intergallitic Bath Bomb and the Brightside Bubble Bar. The first was firmly planted on my list as I was unable to find it on a recent trip to the Oxford Street Flagship store. The colours this disperses in the bath (according to Instagram) look like they could take you to another galaxy but it smells like Elf's seven levels of the candy cane forest. When I come to use the bubble bar I will have to refrain from bursting into The Killers' lyrics, but the three different orange scents in this product are definitely uplifting and will more than help me to look on the bright side of life *starts to whistle*.

I've had my eyes on Topshop's Chameleon Glow in Shuffle the Cards for over a year and luckily received this alongside it's purpley counterpart Wax + Wane. These dual-pigmented powders supposedly can be used on both the eyes and as a highlighter, but I think I'll only dare use the pretty gold/pinky pigment as a highlighter when my skin looks a little more tanned. 

Talking of highlighter, the RealTechniques Setting Brush is back in my life after losing it on a night out (I swear Newcastle clubs swallow makeup brushes or maybe I just dance too rigourously). This brush is amazing for setting pressed powder under the eyes and nose as well as strategically placing highlighter along the cheekbones. Also from RT I now have the Miracle Complexion Sponge; I seriously want to get into properly blending foundation for a flawless base, and this is an expert sponge without a ridiculous price tag. 

The Summit of Style polish from Essie is part of their LuxEffects collection and is definitely a festive favourite amongst bloggers - and all for good reason. I will more than likely be sporting this golden formula on my fingertips come New Year's Eve. Last but not least is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I popped this on my list after hearing amazing things about the range and at this time of year the skin around my eyes particularly dries up with the change in weather, central heating and spot treatments. Also with pulling all-nighters around the January essay and exam period, maybe this will become my new best friend for faking a good night's sleep.

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 beauty goodies did you get this year? 
C x
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.... Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Eek I can't believe there are now only two more sleeps until the big day; where on earth has this year gone? In order to give you a break from all the beauty posts (and the more I have planned), I thought I'd dedicate today's post to all things festive and the little traditions we have as a family have for this time of year.

Being at university has sadly meant that I have missed out on decorating the tree for a number of years, but luckily this has meant that arguments between me and my sister have been avoided - I always want a colour scheme and she is more of a free spirit... Either way my mum and sis have done a pretty good job this year wouldn't you agree?

If anything I think my dogs are more excited for Christmas than me and I'm not kidding. If you follow me over on twitter (@CharlottesRoad1) you'll know that my sassy English Setter loves to be covered in tinsel. My Collie Cross Olly sits by the tree waiting for presents and a couple of years ago, he managed to sniff out the hiding place of his edible gifts so we had to move them in all sorts of places around the house. At the mention of "presents" both of my dogs light up and they run to the tree, the little impatient clever clogs they are.

Traditionally on Christmas Eve, my family and I (and close family friends) will head to the cinema and then come home to drink some fizz and have a mini feast on canapés. This year we will be watching the final installment of The Hunger Games, which I'll admit isn't too festive but in previous years we've seen The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Elf. 

On Christmas Day itself, we wake up and head straight downstairs to open presents in our pjs. After eating a late breakfast, we will then go on a familt dog walk, come home and then head out to the pub while the turkey is cooking. Following this, we'll come home and eat and drink excessively before watching TV and falling asleep on the sofa. Also, one of my best friends Natsumi will be joining us for Christmas Day which is so exciting as soon she will be moving abroad.

So there you have my little traditions and ramblings about this amazing time of year. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas, and thank you so much for reading my blog - I have now reached my December goal of 350 followers on Bloglovin' and I am buzzing so thank you!

 How do you spend Christmas? Do you have any traditions over this holiday?
C x

Festive Traditions

23 December 2015

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.... Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Eek I can't believe there are now only two more sleeps until the big day; where on earth has this year gone? In order to give you a break from all the beauty posts (and the more I have planned), I thought I'd dedicate today's post to all things festive and the little traditions we have as a family have for this time of year.

Being at university has sadly meant that I have missed out on decorating the tree for a number of years, but luckily this has meant that arguments between me and my sister have been avoided - I always want a colour scheme and she is more of a free spirit... Either way my mum and sis have done a pretty good job this year wouldn't you agree?

If anything I think my dogs are more excited for Christmas than me and I'm not kidding. If you follow me over on twitter (@CharlottesRoad1) you'll know that my sassy English Setter loves to be covered in tinsel. My Collie Cross Olly sits by the tree waiting for presents and a couple of years ago, he managed to sniff out the hiding place of his edible gifts so we had to move them in all sorts of places around the house. At the mention of "presents" both of my dogs light up and they run to the tree, the little impatient clever clogs they are.

Traditionally on Christmas Eve, my family and I (and close family friends) will head to the cinema and then come home to drink some fizz and have a mini feast on canapés. This year we will be watching the final installment of The Hunger Games, which I'll admit isn't too festive but in previous years we've seen The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Elf. 

On Christmas Day itself, we wake up and head straight downstairs to open presents in our pjs. After eating a late breakfast, we will then go on a familt dog walk, come home and then head out to the pub while the turkey is cooking. Following this, we'll come home and eat and drink excessively before watching TV and falling asleep on the sofa. Also, one of my best friends Natsumi will be joining us for Christmas Day which is so exciting as soon she will be moving abroad.

So there you have my little traditions and ramblings about this amazing time of year. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas, and thank you so much for reading my blog - I have now reached my December goal of 350 followers on Bloglovin' and I am buzzing so thank you!

 How do you spend Christmas? Do you have any traditions over this holiday?
C x
This post is going to be fairly short and sweet but I thought it was worth sharing how I'm adding a bit of festivity to my fingertips this Christmas. I did a post on some Santa Hat Nail Art this time last year if you fancy something a bit more technical, but with a mountain of essays and revision to get through this holiday, I wanted to go for an easier, less complicated look.

To prep my mits for painting, I used L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Hand Cream which has a gorgeous, light florally fragrance to it and with ingredients including shea butter and grape seed oil, it's perhaps not suprising just how nourishing the stuff is. I then applied three coats of Essie's Blanc. Having tried to source this a little more cheaply, I ended up getting Essie's old packaging and the brush isn't half as good as it is now. For the snowflake effect I used Essie's Sparkle on Top Top Coat, which I purchased as part of the Twinkle Belle Nail Set. The glitter within the top coat is composed of mixed sizes, but each little piece is a greeny-pink irredescent colour which in my opinion is lovely. This polish subtley adds a bit of glitz to colour without being to in-your-face.

What nail look will you be donning this Christmas day? Have you tried any of these Essie polishes?
C x

p.s. Due to technical and lighting difficulties this post didn't go up on Sunday like I wanted it too, but I still wanted it to be a part of my "Nails on Sunday" series I have kept the post's original title!

Nails on Sunday: Snowflakes for Christmas

21 December 2015

This post is going to be fairly short and sweet but I thought it was worth sharing how I'm adding a bit of festivity to my fingertips this Christmas. I did a post on some Santa Hat Nail Art this time last year if you fancy something a bit more technical, but with a mountain of essays and revision to get through this holiday, I wanted to go for an easier, less complicated look.

To prep my mits for painting, I used L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Hand Cream which has a gorgeous, light florally fragrance to it and with ingredients including shea butter and grape seed oil, it's perhaps not suprising just how nourishing the stuff is. I then applied three coats of Essie's Blanc. Having tried to source this a little more cheaply, I ended up getting Essie's old packaging and the brush isn't half as good as it is now. For the snowflake effect I used Essie's Sparkle on Top Top Coat, which I purchased as part of the Twinkle Belle Nail Set. The glitter within the top coat is composed of mixed sizes, but each little piece is a greeny-pink irredescent colour which in my opinion is lovely. This polish subtley adds a bit of glitz to colour without being to in-your-face.

What nail look will you be donning this Christmas day? Have you tried any of these Essie polishes?
C x

p.s. Due to technical and lighting difficulties this post didn't go up on Sunday like I wanted it too, but I still wanted it to be a part of my "Nails on Sunday" series I have kept the post's original title!
MAC certainly is a brand loved by many, but with focus on their limited edition collections, lip liners, lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows - what about their other products? Before trying out any of their crazily hyped about items, the first ever MAC product I came to own was this Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Forever Green. After reading about how the colour green could enhance brown eyes I set out on the hunt to find an olive or khaki coloured wonder and spent a little extra pocket money on this liner. 

With slight hints of gold within it, the colour really does help to brighten my boring brown eyes. The creamy formula glides on the eyelid so easily and is seriously long lasting, both in the pencil itself and on the eyelid. The metallic pencil is also smudgable before it sets, making it easy to blend the colour across the eye, and once it has set it hardly budges. The waterproof quality to the pencil definitely lives up to it's name. 

Having loved this pencil so much, I went on to purchase another and this is in the shade Bountiful Brown. The gold bits of glitter here are certainly more noticeable (as I'm sure you can see from the swatch) and being a brown, it definitely is the most wearable shade out of the two. I personally love pairing this with shades from my Urban Decay Naked Palette or smudging it all over the eye in a one colour look, whereas I prefer wearing Forever Green in a line across the eyelid. At £14 a pop, these certainly aren't the cheapest eye liners, but they last for years and the creamy formula has a luxurious feel to it - so is well worth the investment in my eyes!

Have you tried any of the MAC Eye Pencils? Or is there a product you perceive to be a hidden gem amongst a well-loved brand?
C x

Old Favourites: My MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencils

16 December 2015

MAC certainly is a brand loved by many, but with focus on their limited edition collections, lip liners, lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows - what about their other products? Before trying out any of their crazily hyped about items, the first ever MAC product I came to own was this Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Forever Green. After reading about how the colour green could enhance brown eyes I set out on the hunt to find an olive or khaki coloured wonder and spent a little extra pocket money on this liner. 

With slight hints of gold within it, the colour really does help to brighten my boring brown eyes. The creamy formula glides on the eyelid so easily and is seriously long lasting, both in the pencil itself and on the eyelid. The metallic pencil is also smudgable before it sets, making it easy to blend the colour across the eye, and once it has set it hardly budges. The waterproof quality to the pencil definitely lives up to it's name. 

Having loved this pencil so much, I went on to purchase another and this is in the shade Bountiful Brown. The gold bits of glitter here are certainly more noticeable (as I'm sure you can see from the swatch) and being a brown, it definitely is the most wearable shade out of the two. I personally love pairing this with shades from my Urban Decay Naked Palette or smudging it all over the eye in a one colour look, whereas I prefer wearing Forever Green in a line across the eyelid. At £14 a pop, these certainly aren't the cheapest eye liners, but they last for years and the creamy formula has a luxurious feel to it - so is well worth the investment in my eyes!

Have you tried any of the MAC Eye Pencils? Or is there a product you perceive to be a hidden gem amongst a well-loved brand?
C x
For me beauty-wise the autumn/winter season is all about injecting deeper and darker shades into the makeup and nail side of things. Of all the seasonal beauty trends, a good berry shade will always be my favourite so I've compiled a mini edit of my go-tos for the fingertips, lips and eyelids.

The most recent addition to my collection is the Essie Polish in Bahama Mama. This is one of the brand's most popular shades and for good reason. I'm yet to see a cheaper equvalent or dupe for this rich warm plum colour on other drugstore stands. Opaque within just two coats, this has to be my favourite berry nail polish ever

For the eyes, I'm currently reaching for the EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline in the shade Metallic Pomegranate (which I have done a more in depth review on here). It's not the easiest of shades to pull off, and a lot of blending is needed along the eye crease to make it look like you don't have a black eye - but when you get the balance of this right, it is such a gorgeous eyeshadow. The little hints of gold glitter also add a festive touch, and the formula is very long wearing as the name would suggest and is definitely a one-swipe wonder. 

On my lips in the evening I'm alternating between the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte (the middle swatch) and Rimmel London's Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 (bottom swatch). In these swatches the two seem very similar but their formulas are very different and on the lips their colours do look slightly different. The NARS offering has already had a blog post dedicated to it here, but it is worth saying how creamy and sheeny the finish to this oxblood burgundy is. Despite its finish, it is still extremely long lasting through the excessive drinking and eating of this time of year. This Kate Moss lippy is almost iconic in the British blogosphere and has a truely matte finish. It takes a couple of layers to build a flawless finish with this, but it's definitely a bargain find and the cheapest product in this edit. It also has a fruity fragrance to it, which in my opinion is a bonus.

What is your favourite beauty trend of autumn/winter? Are you a sucker for berry shades as much as me?
C x 

The Mini Berry Edit: Tips, Lips and Lids

13 December 2015

For me beauty-wise the autumn/winter season is all about injecting deeper and darker shades into the makeup and nail side of things. Of all the seasonal beauty trends, a good berry shade will always be my favourite so I've compiled a mini edit of my go-tos for the fingertips, lips and eyelids.

The most recent addition to my collection is the Essie Polish in Bahama Mama. This is one of the brand's most popular shades and for good reason. I'm yet to see a cheaper equvalent or dupe for this rich warm plum colour on other drugstore stands. Opaque within just two coats, this has to be my favourite berry nail polish ever

For the eyes, I'm currently reaching for the EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline in the shade Metallic Pomegranate (which I have done a more in depth review on here). It's not the easiest of shades to pull off, and a lot of blending is needed along the eye crease to make it look like you don't have a black eye - but when you get the balance of this right, it is such a gorgeous eyeshadow. The little hints of gold glitter also add a festive touch, and the formula is very long wearing as the name would suggest and is definitely a one-swipe wonder. 

On my lips in the evening I'm alternating between the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte (the middle swatch) and Rimmel London's Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 (bottom swatch). In these swatches the two seem very similar but their formulas are very different and on the lips their colours do look slightly different. The NARS offering has already had a blog post dedicated to it here, but it is worth saying how creamy and sheeny the finish to this oxblood burgundy is. Despite its finish, it is still extremely long lasting through the excessive drinking and eating of this time of year. This Kate Moss lippy is almost iconic in the British blogosphere and has a truely matte finish. It takes a couple of layers to build a flawless finish with this, but it's definitely a bargain find and the cheapest product in this edit. It also has a fruity fragrance to it, which in my opinion is a bonus.

What is your favourite beauty trend of autumn/winter? Are you a sucker for berry shades as much as me?
C x 
Jacket: Oasis | Jumper: Mint Velvet | Knitted Vest: French Connection | Jeans: Topshop Jamie | Boots: Call It Spring via ASOS | Phone Case: GoCustomized*

We are now into the full swing of the festive season and in the true spirit of Christmas, I'm donning everything in my warbrobe that is remotely sparkly. For those you of you not embracing the cringey, full-out and sometimes tacky festive jumpers, here's a little bit of inspo on how to inject the glitz of the holidays into your attire. 

This snuggly Oasis jacket is one I've had for a fair few years and was well worth the investment. The weather-worn material gives it quite a unique feel too. As the #SheepskinSweats are a real first world problem, I'll only crack this out in the height of winter or when paired with a thin jumper like this one from Mint Velvet. The sheer mink colour allows this to go with pretty much anything, and the small silver beads add a subtle bit of embellishment. This metallic knitted vest from French Connection actually used to be my mums, but luckily for me it shrunk in the wash. There's currently a really similar (yet sheer) version of this in Topshop that I was about to purchase until my mother pulled this out of her warbrobe - saving me some dollar. With this jumper being slightly too big for me, I like how the silver straps of this vest can accidentally be on show and that the sparkle of it is subtley exposed through the thin material of the jumper. 

My favourite jeans ever are of course my black Topshop Jamie Jeans - the perfect high-waist, slightly cropped fit hugs my legs and hips in all the right places. I found these Call It Spring Marguarite Snake Effect Flat Western Boots over on ASOS, and they have managed to answer all of my black ankle boot prayers this year. They are so comfy and I've been looking for a pair of flat black boots since last year - 'cause I'm that fussy. I finally gave in to the blogger cliché of a marble print case with this offering from GoCustomized*. The online company specialises in personalised phone cases, and I chose this design out of their popular images but you can very easily upload your own image and they will print it for you! If you've ever wanted to design your own phone case the site is easy to use and the case is delivered shortly after placing an order. I never knew a phone case would make me feel more sophisticated until now.
How are you embracing the festive season in terms of your warbrobe?
C x

p.s. sorry for looking like such a grump in the second photo, I was really tired the day of shooting and it's the only decent full length shot haha 

Disclaimer: this phone case was gifted to me by GoCustomized.co.uk but all opinions on the site are my own and genuine, as I would never feature something on my blog that I wouldn't go out and buy myself.

A Wintry OOTD: Subtle Sparkle

9 December 2015

Jacket: Oasis | Jumper: Mint Velvet | Knitted Vest: French Connection | Jeans: Topshop Jamie | Boots: Call It Spring via ASOS | Phone Case: GoCustomized*

We are now into the full swing of the festive season and in the true spirit of Christmas, I'm donning everything in my warbrobe that is remotely sparkly. For those you of you not embracing the cringey, full-out and sometimes tacky festive jumpers, here's a little bit of inspo on how to inject the glitz of the holidays into your attire. 

This snuggly Oasis jacket is one I've had for a fair few years and was well worth the investment. The weather-worn material gives it quite a unique feel too. As the #SheepskinSweats are a real first world problem, I'll only crack this out in the height of winter or when paired with a thin jumper like this one from Mint Velvet. The sheer mink colour allows this to go with pretty much anything, and the small silver beads add a subtle bit of embellishment. This metallic knitted vest from French Connection actually used to be my mums, but luckily for me it shrunk in the wash. There's currently a really similar (yet sheer) version of this in Topshop that I was about to purchase until my mother pulled this out of her warbrobe - saving me some dollar. With this jumper being slightly too big for me, I like how the silver straps of this vest can accidentally be on show and that the sparkle of it is subtley exposed through the thin material of the jumper. 

My favourite jeans ever are of course my black Topshop Jamie Jeans - the perfect high-waist, slightly cropped fit hugs my legs and hips in all the right places. I found these Call It Spring Marguarite Snake Effect Flat Western Boots over on ASOS, and they have managed to answer all of my black ankle boot prayers this year. They are so comfy and I've been looking for a pair of flat black boots since last year - 'cause I'm that fussy. I finally gave in to the blogger cliché of a marble print case with this offering from GoCustomized*. The online company specialises in personalised phone cases, and I chose this design out of their popular images but you can very easily upload your own image and they will print it for you! If you've ever wanted to design your own phone case the site is easy to use and the case is delivered shortly after placing an order. I never knew a phone case would make me feel more sophisticated until now.
How are you embracing the festive season in terms of your warbrobe?
C x

p.s. sorry for looking like such a grump in the second photo, I was really tired the day of shooting and it's the only decent full length shot haha 

Disclaimer: this phone case was gifted to me by GoCustomized.co.uk but all opinions on the site are my own and genuine, as I would never feature something on my blog that I wouldn't go out and buy myself.
In the morning rush sometimes it's just easier to have a go-to 'face', made up of products that work together, creating a look that can be quickly executed. Things haven't changed dramatically in my makeup bag in the past year, but some of these products in my day-to-day makeup menu are worthy of a mention.

My current foundation is still the ever-trustworthy MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (shocker), this picture is of the shade NW15 but it has since run out and winter has got me on the paler shade of NW13. For concealer, I'm currently coveting the Maybelline Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer which is a fairly recent purchase and one I was intrigued about for a long while. I can see what the hype is about as the yellow-tones within it really cancel out the green-blue shades under and around my eyes - the only niggle I have with this is the sponge applicator, as it does feel a bit unhygienic. The Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder is seriously mattifying, so for any other oily skinned gals/guys I really recommend this, but beware as a lot of excess comes off when swirling your brush around the compact. 

Highlighter probably shouldn't be a necessity in your day-to-day look but I always feel so much more glowy and happier with how I look with the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm dusted over the tops of my cheekbones. For blusher I'm still loving Soap and Glory's Love at First Blush and I am seriously surprised that I am yet to hit the pan of this. To add colour and a subtle contour into my face, I apply Soap and Glory's Solar Powder  in a figure of 3 on each side of my face. As you can see mine has pretty much fallen apart, so I'm glad they've finally repackaged this in hard plastic!

I've gushed about how easy to apply and pretty the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze is a fair few times on the blog, but it is an amazing shadow and so easy to blend out. Barry M's Kohl Pencil in Brown is pretty darn good for it's expectionally low price tag. The matte formula of this is natural looking and makes my lashes look a lot fuller than they actually are. I'm also still loving the Benefit They're Real but really want to try out the brand's RollerLash Mascara soon. I recently picked up the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate, and I really enjoying using it but when I'm in a real rush in the morning I'll just swipe clear mascara through my brows as I have been bleshed/cursed with big brows.

I'm still yet to find the perfect nude lipstick for me, so I'll normally just add a swipe of lip balm - but if anyone has any nude lippy recommendations please send them my way!

What makeup products are part of your daily essentials? Have you tried any of these products?
C x

The Daily Makeup Menu

6 December 2015

In the morning rush sometimes it's just easier to have a go-to 'face', made up of products that work together, creating a look that can be quickly executed. Things haven't changed dramatically in my makeup bag in the past year, but some of these products in my day-to-day makeup menu are worthy of a mention.

My current foundation is still the ever-trustworthy MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (shocker), this picture is of the shade NW15 but it has since run out and winter has got me on the paler shade of NW13. For concealer, I'm currently coveting the Maybelline Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer which is a fairly recent purchase and one I was intrigued about for a long while. I can see what the hype is about as the yellow-tones within it really cancel out the green-blue shades under and around my eyes - the only niggle I have with this is the sponge applicator, as it does feel a bit unhygienic. The Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder is seriously mattifying, so for any other oily skinned gals/guys I really recommend this, but beware as a lot of excess comes off when swirling your brush around the compact. 

Highlighter probably shouldn't be a necessity in your day-to-day look but I always feel so much more glowy and happier with how I look with the Mary Lou Manizer by theBalm dusted over the tops of my cheekbones. For blusher I'm still loving Soap and Glory's Love at First Blush and I am seriously surprised that I am yet to hit the pan of this. To add colour and a subtle contour into my face, I apply Soap and Glory's Solar Powder  in a figure of 3 on each side of my face. As you can see mine has pretty much fallen apart, so I'm glad they've finally repackaged this in hard plastic!

I've gushed about how easy to apply and pretty the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze is a fair few times on the blog, but it is an amazing shadow and so easy to blend out. Barry M's Kohl Pencil in Brown is pretty darn good for it's expectionally low price tag. The matte formula of this is natural looking and makes my lashes look a lot fuller than they actually are. I'm also still loving the Benefit They're Real but really want to try out the brand's RollerLash Mascara soon. I recently picked up the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate, and I really enjoying using it but when I'm in a real rush in the morning I'll just swipe clear mascara through my brows as I have been bleshed/cursed with big brows.

I'm still yet to find the perfect nude lipstick for me, so I'll normally just add a swipe of lip balm - but if anyone has any nude lippy recommendations please send them my way!

What makeup products are part of your daily essentials? Have you tried any of these products?
C x
*completely unrelated picture of a cabbage flower - but hey it's seasonal right?*
I saw a load of these posts floating around the blogosphere September/October/November time, and thought it would be a nice one to write myself - giving me a little break from beauty product and restaurant reviews. In writing down my goals and publishing them all for the world to see, I'm hoping it'll motivate me a little more to achieve them.

BLOG RELATED STUFF
1. Find a better balance
Blogging regularly and consistently alongside of doing a full-time masters hasn't been easy, but this month I want to find a better balance between the two without one or both suffering. After this Friday, my deadlines are over until January so hopefully this will be a little easier to get myself into a routine. I am really pleased with myself that I have managed to get a new post up twice a week for the last couple of months, but I aim not to lose this mojo and not to let it effect the quality of my assignments.

2. Stop comparing myself to others, and instead take inspiration from them
I feel like I am producing content that I am more proud of than I was a year ago but once in a while I need to remind myself that "comparison is the thief of joy". Comparing myself to other bloggers will get me nowhere, so even when I'm down, I want to turn my negative energy into good by getting my blog out there more and writing better blog posts. And instead of getting jealous over other blog's photogrpahy and layout, I want to instead take note of what it is about them I like and find a way to take that into the stuff I create.

3. Reach 350 on Bloglovin' 
Numbers really aren't everything when it comes to blogging and I am fully aware of that. If you'd had told me a year ago that I'd be aiming for this number at this point of time, I wouldn't have believed you. My blog has come a long way in the last year and in focusing 100x more of my energy and creativity into my own space over this last summer, I have managed to grow my traffic and following significantly. This goal will seem miniscule to some in this era of blogging, but I still fist pump every time someone clicks the little tick in the side bar of the site or comments on one of my posts, so I hope this blog can reach another 26 people by the end of the month.

4. Make more use of my blog's Twitter
This term I have been trying to get the hang of promoting my new posts via Twitter and get involved with the odd blogger chat, but the majority of the time I've been a bit clueless and when I do tweet I'll have days when I'm completely silent or tweet three times in one hour. So I want to spread this out a bit more and get involved with more chats, instead of joining in in the last ten minutes (forever the late-comer). I also want to get my hands on Hootsuite to schedule tweets for when I'm too busy to do it in real life. Follow me over at @CharlottesRoad1 and leave your handles in the comment box below!

5. Redesign my header
I do like the homemade feel to my banner and I am proud that I designed and drew it myself, but I feel like the aesthetics of my blog have moved on from this a bit. In using my sister's DSLR camera to take my pictures, I think my blog is looking a lot sleeker and my header sadly doesn't capture that for me anymore. I'm still not sure exactly how it'll change so I need to get doodling... 

GENERAL LIFE
5. Get my Christmas presents sorted early
Although you won't find me in a petrol station shop (or gas station for any American readers) on Christmas Eve, I can be quite late with buying and deciding what to get people for Christmas. So this year I want to be a little more organised and so far so good as I already have four presents sorted. Woo!

6. Get more into the festive spirit this year
When Crimbo day itself came around last year, it didn't really feel like Christmas so this year I'm trying to embrace the Christmas spirit a little more. Wearing my xmas jumper and blasting Mariah out of my speakers are on my to-do list this week and I seriously need to get myself down to my local Starbucks for a red cup of festive goodness soon. How are you getting into the holiday spirit this year? Let me know!

What are your aims and goals for the coming month?

C x

December Goals

2 December 2015

*completely unrelated picture of a cabbage flower - but hey it's seasonal right?*
I saw a load of these posts floating around the blogosphere September/October/November time, and thought it would be a nice one to write myself - giving me a little break from beauty product and restaurant reviews. In writing down my goals and publishing them all for the world to see, I'm hoping it'll motivate me a little more to achieve them.

BLOG RELATED STUFF
1. Find a better balance
Blogging regularly and consistently alongside of doing a full-time masters hasn't been easy, but this month I want to find a better balance between the two without one or both suffering. After this Friday, my deadlines are over until January so hopefully this will be a little easier to get myself into a routine. I am really pleased with myself that I have managed to get a new post up twice a week for the last couple of months, but I aim not to lose this mojo and not to let it effect the quality of my assignments.

2. Stop comparing myself to others, and instead take inspiration from them
I feel like I am producing content that I am more proud of than I was a year ago but once in a while I need to remind myself that "comparison is the thief of joy". Comparing myself to other bloggers will get me nowhere, so even when I'm down, I want to turn my negative energy into good by getting my blog out there more and writing better blog posts. And instead of getting jealous over other blog's photogrpahy and layout, I want to instead take note of what it is about them I like and find a way to take that into the stuff I create.

3. Reach 350 on Bloglovin' 
Numbers really aren't everything when it comes to blogging and I am fully aware of that. If you'd had told me a year ago that I'd be aiming for this number at this point of time, I wouldn't have believed you. My blog has come a long way in the last year and in focusing 100x more of my energy and creativity into my own space over this last summer, I have managed to grow my traffic and following significantly. This goal will seem miniscule to some in this era of blogging, but I still fist pump every time someone clicks the little tick in the side bar of the site or comments on one of my posts, so I hope this blog can reach another 26 people by the end of the month.

4. Make more use of my blog's Twitter
This term I have been trying to get the hang of promoting my new posts via Twitter and get involved with the odd blogger chat, but the majority of the time I've been a bit clueless and when I do tweet I'll have days when I'm completely silent or tweet three times in one hour. So I want to spread this out a bit more and get involved with more chats, instead of joining in in the last ten minutes (forever the late-comer). I also want to get my hands on Hootsuite to schedule tweets for when I'm too busy to do it in real life. Follow me over at @CharlottesRoad1 and leave your handles in the comment box below!

5. Redesign my header
I do like the homemade feel to my banner and I am proud that I designed and drew it myself, but I feel like the aesthetics of my blog have moved on from this a bit. In using my sister's DSLR camera to take my pictures, I think my blog is looking a lot sleeker and my header sadly doesn't capture that for me anymore. I'm still not sure exactly how it'll change so I need to get doodling... 

GENERAL LIFE
5. Get my Christmas presents sorted early
Although you won't find me in a petrol station shop (or gas station for any American readers) on Christmas Eve, I can be quite late with buying and deciding what to get people for Christmas. So this year I want to be a little more organised and so far so good as I already have four presents sorted. Woo!

6. Get more into the festive spirit this year
When Crimbo day itself came around last year, it didn't really feel like Christmas so this year I'm trying to embrace the Christmas spirit a little more. Wearing my xmas jumper and blasting Mariah out of my speakers are on my to-do list this week and I seriously need to get myself down to my local Starbucks for a red cup of festive goodness soon. How are you getting into the holiday spirit this year? Let me know!

What are your aims and goals for the coming month?

C x

The Serozinc toner from La Roche-Posay has received many a good review on the blogosphere, and with the product catering to oily and blemish-prone skin, I knew I had to try it out for myself. I had a break between toners after running out of my beloved Tea Tree Toner from Lush, and it wasn't until then that I realised just how important the skincare step was in keeping my complexion clear.

The packaging of this is sleek in an aliminium can and a no-effort-to-apply spritzer. It sprays into a light mist which feels a lot finer than the Avène Eau Thermale, yet does leave yout face feeling rather wet. You can then leave the formula to dry and set on top of the skin (the ultimate lazy girl guide to toning), or cotton wool pad and pat away the excess. The formula itself smells/tastes (yeah... I've managed to spray this is mouth before) rather sulfate-y, and although some reviews have said it's rather moisturising for a toner - I didn't find this to be the case.

Although the product does mattify my skin, I have sound it to be quite drying. When I first started using this toner, the skin around my eyes and lips in particular became very dry and even flakey - but this could equally be down to the change in weather and turning on the central heating. Using a more intense moisturiser for these problem areas has seen my skin return back to normal, but I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by this product. Considering all the hype around Serozinc, it's not really made any difference to my blemishes and it just feels a bit meh. The formula is refreshing on the skin and it is more gentle than the Effaclar toner, but otherwise that's about it.

This is a product that I really did want to love, but the hype just didn't accomodate to my complexion. I really want to try out the Pixi Glow Tonic next as I've heard it's both brightening and spot-fighting, but now I'm a bit dubious about hyped-up toners.

What's your favourite toner? Have you tried Serozinc? 
C x

The Lowdown on La Roche-Posay's Serozinc

29 November 2015


The Serozinc toner from La Roche-Posay has received many a good review on the blogosphere, and with the product catering to oily and blemish-prone skin, I knew I had to try it out for myself. I had a break between toners after running out of my beloved Tea Tree Toner from Lush, and it wasn't until then that I realised just how important the skincare step was in keeping my complexion clear.

The packaging of this is sleek in an aliminium can and a no-effort-to-apply spritzer. It sprays into a light mist which feels a lot finer than the Avène Eau Thermale, yet does leave yout face feeling rather wet. You can then leave the formula to dry and set on top of the skin (the ultimate lazy girl guide to toning), or cotton wool pad and pat away the excess. The formula itself smells/tastes (yeah... I've managed to spray this is mouth before) rather sulfate-y, and although some reviews have said it's rather moisturising for a toner - I didn't find this to be the case.

Although the product does mattify my skin, I have sound it to be quite drying. When I first started using this toner, the skin around my eyes and lips in particular became very dry and even flakey - but this could equally be down to the change in weather and turning on the central heating. Using a more intense moisturiser for these problem areas has seen my skin return back to normal, but I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by this product. Considering all the hype around Serozinc, it's not really made any difference to my blemishes and it just feels a bit meh. The formula is refreshing on the skin and it is more gentle than the Effaclar toner, but otherwise that's about it.

This is a product that I really did want to love, but the hype just didn't accomodate to my complexion. I really want to try out the Pixi Glow Tonic next as I've heard it's both brightening and spot-fighting, but now I'm a bit dubious about hyped-up toners.

What's your favourite toner? Have you tried Serozinc? 
C x

To celebrate my mum's birthday, my family and some of her friends chose to head to the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell, London for brunch. As a family we had been once before in September for dinner (but it was too dark for any decent blog photos hehe), and the resturant and food was delicious so we decided to return. In terms of booking, you do have to book quite a bit in advance as it is a popular brunching destination in North London and they proved to be fully booked a week or two for the day we actually went. This proved troublesome when my mum ended up having to add one more person to our party 5 days in advance, as they initially said no but when she popped down to the restuarant and asked to see the table a few days before, they were a lot more accomodating and we managed to get the extra seat. Upon walking in, the front of house desk is a grand piano, the bar was buzzing and the atmosphere was great. With all white floors, wall and ceilings accompanied by hanging plants, the place looks like it literally stepped out of Pintrest. And with floral armchairs, marble table tops and french doors this resturant is my idea of serious interior GOALS.


Once we sat down I was craving a cocktail and they even do bottomless cocktails (can you even?) but instead my dad ordered a bottle of bubbles for the table. It was difficult when deciding what to order to eat, as everything sounded delicious. I was tempted my the B&H Breakfast but I wanted more than just three items to accompany my eggs and toast... and ordering chorizo with an English breakfast just didn't seem right. Instead I opted for Huevos Benedictos - a Spanish take on Eggs Benedit. 


My Huevos Benedictos was too die for. It was made up of poached egg, english muffin, chorizo, avocado, béranaise sauce and pico de gallo (a type of salsa). The other two meals pictured are that of my mum's and sister's and they both went for their own variations of B&H Breakfast. When we booked, we were told we would only be able to have the table for an hour and a half as we were eating at peak hours. After finishing the delicious brunch because the majority of our time had gone, we weren't asked if we could have dessert or coffee etc, which is such a shame as the last time I went I loved my dessert. We asked for coffee anyhow, but when we were mid-way through our coffee a waiter came over to ask when we would be leaving and if we wanted the bill. I do understand the place is in demand, but by that point there were a fair few empty tables so I think that was unneceassary and a bit rude.


Despite that last hiccup, the brunch was so enjoyable and I seriously fell in love with the interiors - does this mean I'm getting old? I will definitely be back at this little hotspot, even if it's just for the bottomless cocktails... *insert the looking eye emoiji here*.

Where is your favourite brunching destination? Have you ever been to the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings?

Charlotte x

Walking into Pintrest: a Birthday Brunch at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell

25 November 2015


To celebrate my mum's birthday, my family and some of her friends chose to head to the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell, London for brunch. As a family we had been once before in September for dinner (but it was too dark for any decent blog photos hehe), and the resturant and food was delicious so we decided to return. In terms of booking, you do have to book quite a bit in advance as it is a popular brunching destination in North London and they proved to be fully booked a week or two for the day we actually went. This proved troublesome when my mum ended up having to add one more person to our party 5 days in advance, as they initially said no but when she popped down to the restuarant and asked to see the table a few days before, they were a lot more accomodating and we managed to get the extra seat. Upon walking in, the front of house desk is a grand piano, the bar was buzzing and the atmosphere was great. With all white floors, wall and ceilings accompanied by hanging plants, the place looks like it literally stepped out of Pintrest. And with floral armchairs, marble table tops and french doors this resturant is my idea of serious interior GOALS.


Once we sat down I was craving a cocktail and they even do bottomless cocktails (can you even?) but instead my dad ordered a bottle of bubbles for the table. It was difficult when deciding what to order to eat, as everything sounded delicious. I was tempted my the B&H Breakfast but I wanted more than just three items to accompany my eggs and toast... and ordering chorizo with an English breakfast just didn't seem right. Instead I opted for Huevos Benedictos - a Spanish take on Eggs Benedit. 


My Huevos Benedictos was too die for. It was made up of poached egg, english muffin, chorizo, avocado, béranaise sauce and pico de gallo (a type of salsa). The other two meals pictured are that of my mum's and sister's and they both went for their own variations of B&H Breakfast. When we booked, we were told we would only be able to have the table for an hour and a half as we were eating at peak hours. After finishing the delicious brunch because the majority of our time had gone, we weren't asked if we could have dessert or coffee etc, which is such a shame as the last time I went I loved my dessert. We asked for coffee anyhow, but when we were mid-way through our coffee a waiter came over to ask when we would be leaving and if we wanted the bill. I do understand the place is in demand, but by that point there were a fair few empty tables so I think that was unneceassary and a bit rude.


Despite that last hiccup, the brunch was so enjoyable and I seriously fell in love with the interiors - does this mean I'm getting old? I will definitely be back at this little hotspot, even if it's just for the bottomless cocktails... *insert the looking eye emoiji here*.

Where is your favourite brunching destination? Have you ever been to the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings?

Charlotte x

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