If you're familiar round these parts, you'll know I love a good red lip and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte is no exception to that. I have sung praises for NARS' makeup here and here, and so when I was gifted this gorgeous lippy for my birthday, it definitely didn't disappoint. I'd had my eyes on this for months yet it always seemed to be sold out. After purchasing the shade Grace for my friend Grace's birthday, she felt inspired to gift me with my own NARS namesake in return.

Though this is branded as an Oxblood Burgundy, I'd describe this as more of a deep berry shade with cool pink undertones. On the lips I'd say it looks a bit more as it does in the tube than in the swatch, but even so, the pigmentation is brilliant and the colouring is the perfect shade for the autumn/winter season. The formula is so creamy and accordingly glides so effortlessly along the lips, making for a dreamy application and luxe satin finish. Moreover this what I'd call a 'one swipe wonder' in that it leaves a distinct opacity in just one coat.

The packaging is just as luxurious as the formula's finish. It is a rather heavy tube, but hidden within its sleek, black casing is a magnetic closure (that I could probably play with for a good half hour as I am very easily amused). Made out of metal the tube is definitely an improvement from the brand's previous rubbery packaging, as this newbie is fingerprint resistant, but yet it has kept it's matte signature look. At £24 this lipstick is not cheap, but you do see where your money is going in terms of the lipstick's quality - both in and out of the bullet.

This currently holds a very special place in my makeup bag, it has my name on it after all... And although it's practically autumn already in the UK (typical British weather and all *rolls eyes*), I'm anticipating the cooler months to make wearing this bold shade more socially acceptable. I see myself sporting this with a sleek high pony-tail and nude-ist eye in the evening, and even though I love summer, I'm actually really excited for winter on the makeup front.

Have you tried anything from the Audacious range? Do you own any makeup products that literally have your name on it?

Charlotte x

The NARS Audacious Lipstick That's Got Me Wishing for Winter

30 August 2015


If you're familiar round these parts, you'll know I love a good red lip and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte is no exception to that. I have sung praises for NARS' makeup here and here, and so when I was gifted this gorgeous lippy for my birthday, it definitely didn't disappoint. I'd had my eyes on this for months yet it always seemed to be sold out. After purchasing the shade Grace for my friend Grace's birthday, she felt inspired to gift me with my own NARS namesake in return.

Though this is branded as an Oxblood Burgundy, I'd describe this as more of a deep berry shade with cool pink undertones. On the lips I'd say it looks a bit more as it does in the tube than in the swatch, but even so, the pigmentation is brilliant and the colouring is the perfect shade for the autumn/winter season. The formula is so creamy and accordingly glides so effortlessly along the lips, making for a dreamy application and luxe satin finish. Moreover this what I'd call a 'one swipe wonder' in that it leaves a distinct opacity in just one coat.

The packaging is just as luxurious as the formula's finish. It is a rather heavy tube, but hidden within its sleek, black casing is a magnetic closure (that I could probably play with for a good half hour as I am very easily amused). Made out of metal the tube is definitely an improvement from the brand's previous rubbery packaging, as this newbie is fingerprint resistant, but yet it has kept it's matte signature look. At £24 this lipstick is not cheap, but you do see where your money is going in terms of the lipstick's quality - both in and out of the bullet.

This currently holds a very special place in my makeup bag, it has my name on it after all... And although it's practically autumn already in the UK (typical British weather and all *rolls eyes*), I'm anticipating the cooler months to make wearing this bold shade more socially acceptable. I see myself sporting this with a sleek high pony-tail and nude-ist eye in the evening, and even though I love summer, I'm actually really excited for winter on the makeup front.

Have you tried anything from the Audacious range? Do you own any makeup products that literally have your name on it?

Charlotte x
So here goes my first ever outfit post... And it comes in the form of a triple whammy.

THE BUTTON DOWN A-LINE
 Skirt: Topshop | Jumper: Forever 21 | Top: ASOS | Plimsolls: Primark | Sunglasses: Topshop

This shape of skirt is seemingly everywhere at the moment, and this trend is not slowing down for the autumn/winter season. ASOS, New Look, and Primark are now all catering to the button-down a-line on the high street, but as you can see I picked this white one up from Topshop and it previously featured on my blog here. This is really just a daytime casual outfit and to take it into the colder months I'll be opting for cropped jumpers like this one from Forever 21.

THE ONE WITH THE LACE INSERTS

Skirt: Warehouse | T-shirt: Topshop | Sandals: Topshop

I feel like as I'm getting a bit older, my style is also maturing a lil' bit. This skirt is definitely one of those pieces in my wardrobe that makes me feel more lady-like and grown up. This technically isn't a 'white' skirt, but being cream (or 'neautral' as ASOS call it) its not far off. The lace is unfortunately a little flimsy, but I give it a quick iron with my straighteners (a serious life hack for anyone who is lazy or is at/going to uni) and this makes it come out the skirt a little more. What I love about this skirt is that it can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

THE JACQUARD MIDI
Skirt, Cami and Heels: All Topshop

Another lady-like skirt and I adore the full skater shape to this. I bought this last year, and its the first midi skirt that didn't appear to swamp me or make my legs look a bit stumpy. The flowery jacquard detailing on this is so lovely and the dainty, strappy kitten heels paired with it give the look a very feminine touch. This is definitely my go-to outfit for a semi-formal event, and paired with flats, this was my favourite outfit I wore during my internship last summer. 
 
So there you have it, I'm having a bit of a thing for white skirts at the moment. I never realised quite how hard it was to create an outfit post until now. There are multi outtakes still left in my Photos library, with grumpy, impatient faces included. But I have learnt a lot from this, so please let me know if you enjoyed this fashion post, should I do more like it?
 
Are you having a moment with a certain piece of clothing? 

Charlotte x

The White Skirt Edit

26 August 2015

So here goes my first ever outfit post... And it comes in the form of a triple whammy.

THE BUTTON DOWN A-LINE
 Skirt: Topshop | Jumper: Forever 21 | Top: ASOS | Plimsolls: Primark | Sunglasses: Topshop

This shape of skirt is seemingly everywhere at the moment, and this trend is not slowing down for the autumn/winter season. ASOS, New Look, and Primark are now all catering to the button-down a-line on the high street, but as you can see I picked this white one up from Topshop and it previously featured on my blog here. This is really just a daytime casual outfit and to take it into the colder months I'll be opting for cropped jumpers like this one from Forever 21.

THE ONE WITH THE LACE INSERTS

Skirt: Warehouse | T-shirt: Topshop | Sandals: Topshop

I feel like as I'm getting a bit older, my style is also maturing a lil' bit. This skirt is definitely one of those pieces in my wardrobe that makes me feel more lady-like and grown up. This technically isn't a 'white' skirt, but being cream (or 'neautral' as ASOS call it) its not far off. The lace is unfortunately a little flimsy, but I give it a quick iron with my straighteners (a serious life hack for anyone who is lazy or is at/going to uni) and this makes it come out the skirt a little more. What I love about this skirt is that it can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

THE JACQUARD MIDI
Skirt, Cami and Heels: All Topshop

Another lady-like skirt and I adore the full skater shape to this. I bought this last year, and its the first midi skirt that didn't appear to swamp me or make my legs look a bit stumpy. The flowery jacquard detailing on this is so lovely and the dainty, strappy kitten heels paired with it give the look a very feminine touch. This is definitely my go-to outfit for a semi-formal event, and paired with flats, this was my favourite outfit I wore during my internship last summer. 
 
So there you have it, I'm having a bit of a thing for white skirts at the moment. I never realised quite how hard it was to create an outfit post until now. There are multi outtakes still left in my Photos library, with grumpy, impatient faces included. But I have learnt a lot from this, so please let me know if you enjoyed this fashion post, should I do more like it?
 
Are you having a moment with a certain piece of clothing? 

Charlotte x

Oh I do love a good pun... Anyway, the other week my sister and I were in the Covent Garden area and for lunch we popped into the local branch of Franco Manca, which is nestled away from the main piazza on Maiden Lane. Franco Manca has 15 restuarants dotted around London and all of which boast to make their pizza from slow-rising sourdough, baked in a wood burning 'Tufae' brick oven. After seeing a fair few snaps of these pizzas on Instagram, I was sold and knew I had to see what the mini-hype was about.

The restuarants don't take reservations, so it is first come first serve, but this wasn't a problem for us on a Tuesday lunchtime. The staff were really accomodating, asking if we had ever been to Franco Manca before and since we hadn't, our waitress explained the menu for us. There are six different options for pizzas, you can add toppings of your choice at a slight extra cost and there were two specials (one of which catering to vegetarians). I opted for Number 6, made of tomato, cured chorizo and mozerella (as I said in my last foodie post, I love chorizo, so this was an instant decision for me). My sister went with Number 1, the typical magarita with tomato, mozerella and basil. In using sourdough, the resturant chain claim the the slow levitation and blast-cooking process lock in the flour's natural aroma and moisture giving a soft, easily digestible crust - which was so yummy. We really noticed the difference in the base and crust from a regular pizza, it was soft and full of flavour. The rest of the pizza was also amazing. 

The only slight disappointment was the Organic Lemonade. We both ordered this, and there was a certain ingredient in it that just made it taste sour. It was okay when watered down, but when I return (because *I will be back*) I definitely won't be ordering the lemonade.

All in all, the pizaa was delcious, the service was excellent and the food came quickly - so what more could you ask for in a restuarant? If you're ever in and around London, definitely check out the Franco Manca to see which is closest to you.

Has anyone else been to Franco Manca? 

Charlotte x

A Quick Pit(zza) Stop at Franco Manca, Covent Garden

23 August 2015


Oh I do love a good pun... Anyway, the other week my sister and I were in the Covent Garden area and for lunch we popped into the local branch of Franco Manca, which is nestled away from the main piazza on Maiden Lane. Franco Manca has 15 restuarants dotted around London and all of which boast to make their pizza from slow-rising sourdough, baked in a wood burning 'Tufae' brick oven. After seeing a fair few snaps of these pizzas on Instagram, I was sold and knew I had to see what the mini-hype was about.

The restuarants don't take reservations, so it is first come first serve, but this wasn't a problem for us on a Tuesday lunchtime. The staff were really accomodating, asking if we had ever been to Franco Manca before and since we hadn't, our waitress explained the menu for us. There are six different options for pizzas, you can add toppings of your choice at a slight extra cost and there were two specials (one of which catering to vegetarians). I opted for Number 6, made of tomato, cured chorizo and mozerella (as I said in my last foodie post, I love chorizo, so this was an instant decision for me). My sister went with Number 1, the typical magarita with tomato, mozerella and basil. In using sourdough, the resturant chain claim the the slow levitation and blast-cooking process lock in the flour's natural aroma and moisture giving a soft, easily digestible crust - which was so yummy. We really noticed the difference in the base and crust from a regular pizza, it was soft and full of flavour. The rest of the pizza was also amazing. 

The only slight disappointment was the Organic Lemonade. We both ordered this, and there was a certain ingredient in it that just made it taste sour. It was okay when watered down, but when I return (because *I will be back*) I definitely won't be ordering the lemonade.

All in all, the pizaa was delcious, the service was excellent and the food came quickly - so what more could you ask for in a restuarant? If you're ever in and around London, definitely check out the Franco Manca to see which is closest to you.

Has anyone else been to Franco Manca? 

Charlotte x
Thermal water is a  product that seems to crop up here and there in various blog spots, skincare regimes and tutorials, but I found myself asking: what actually is it? On the last day of my holiday to France, I rushed to the local pharmacy to pick up some skincare goodies on the cheap (because let's face it, the UK isn't quite on par with French skincare just yet). This Avène Eau Thermale caught my eye, and as it was cheaper than its La Roche-Posay counterpart, I popped it in my basket.

Thermal water in simple terms is water minus the impurities that come out of your tap. With a pH level of 7.5 and by being low in mineral content, bacteriologically pure and rich in trace elements, its unique and constant composition gives the product sooting and anti-irritating properties as proven by numerous scientific studies. According to dermatologists, thermal water is a key element for sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin. So essentially the gentle purity of it can help calm your skin and this can apply to a number of situations. 

The spray can be used for both health and dermatologic reasons, including facial redness, sunburn, following hair removal, general skin irritation, after cleansing, and during travel or exercising for a bit of a refresher. Avène advise spraying a fine mist over skin after cleansing and then waiting for 20-30 seconds, before patting it dry with a cotton pad. I personally use it if my face feels a bit dry and stripped of moisture after cleansing and to calm my facial redness. I also give it a spritz if my skin is itching/irritated and although I am yet to use it after hair removal, I imagine that it will work really well if your skin is left feeling tight. The spray can also sooth eye irritation caused by allergies in a simple beauty hack: spritz the thermal water onto cotton pads and leave on the eyes for 5 mins and then refresh this and leave for another 5, and wave goodbye to hayfever eyes. 

Overall, as my skin isn't that sensitive I'm not sure I would purchase this again but I feel it will come in handy in the winter months when my legs seem to dry out and in the height of spring/summer when my hayfever is at its worse. I find that it really does work to sooth any irritation, so if you're skin is sensitive or allergic, I would recommend it.

Have you tried thermal water? What's your verdict on this skincare product?

Charlotte x

What is Thermal Water?

19 August 2015

Thermal water is a  product that seems to crop up here and there in various blog spots, skincare regimes and tutorials, but I found myself asking: what actually is it? On the last day of my holiday to France, I rushed to the local pharmacy to pick up some skincare goodies on the cheap (because let's face it, the UK isn't quite on par with French skincare just yet). This Avène Eau Thermale caught my eye, and as it was cheaper than its La Roche-Posay counterpart, I popped it in my basket.

Thermal water in simple terms is water minus the impurities that come out of your tap. With a pH level of 7.5 and by being low in mineral content, bacteriologically pure and rich in trace elements, its unique and constant composition gives the product sooting and anti-irritating properties as proven by numerous scientific studies. According to dermatologists, thermal water is a key element for sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin. So essentially the gentle purity of it can help calm your skin and this can apply to a number of situations. 

The spray can be used for both health and dermatologic reasons, including facial redness, sunburn, following hair removal, general skin irritation, after cleansing, and during travel or exercising for a bit of a refresher. Avène advise spraying a fine mist over skin after cleansing and then waiting for 20-30 seconds, before patting it dry with a cotton pad. I personally use it if my face feels a bit dry and stripped of moisture after cleansing and to calm my facial redness. I also give it a spritz if my skin is itching/irritated and although I am yet to use it after hair removal, I imagine that it will work really well if your skin is left feeling tight. The spray can also sooth eye irritation caused by allergies in a simple beauty hack: spritz the thermal water onto cotton pads and leave on the eyes for 5 mins and then refresh this and leave for another 5, and wave goodbye to hayfever eyes. 

Overall, as my skin isn't that sensitive I'm not sure I would purchase this again but I feel it will come in handy in the winter months when my legs seem to dry out and in the height of spring/summer when my hayfever is at its worse. I find that it really does work to sooth any irritation, so if you're skin is sensitive or allergic, I would recommend it.

Have you tried thermal water? What's your verdict on this skincare product?

Charlotte x

Last Saturday night me and the fam headed to a pub very much local to us for dinner. We've eaten at The Bull many a time and the food is always delicious and the front pub garden always Instagram-worthy. It is the first in a long line of pubs that run up North Hill in Highgate, and they brand themselves as a gastro pub and brewpub as they have installed their own microbrewery in the building - believing that the heart of a great pub is amazing beer. 

So we grabbed ourselves a beer when we got there and sat in the beautiful garden. With a drool-worthy menu it was quite difficult choosing what to eat, so we took our time outside before taking up our reserved table inside. Underneath each dish is a recommendation of which beer/ale/cider would best accompany it... how nifty is that? The pub always seems to be buzzing, and was a especially busy that night, so if you want to head down there on the weekend for a meal I'd recommend booking a table. 


The service there is impeccable and we were well looked after by the staff. The decor inside is also very homely and welcoming. Unfortunately here is were the quality of my photos goes a bit downhill, as we were sat by candlelight in the low-lit eating area. 

To eat I opted for The Bull Burger, which was served with bacon, smoked Applewood cheddar, chorizo jam, homemade chips and a side of mayo. The more you read this blog, the more apparent my love for chorizo will become, and I have to admit that this is the best burger I've had in a long while (and that says a lot as I order burgers 75% of the time when I eat out). The homemade chips were also divine. 

My dad and sister both opted for the Rib-Eye of Angus Beef which came again with the heavenly chips, garlic and herb better and cress. My mum chose the Beer Street battered haddock and chips, and this is served with minted mushy peas, tartare sauce and lemon. Now she has this every-time she comes here, so I think that's a testament in itself for just how good it is.

Me and my sister split the Whole Roasted Peach dessert that comes with lavender syrup, Bo-chi lycée sorbet. This was an interesting and refreshing dessert, and quite different from anything I've had before. 

Overall it was an enjoyable evening filled with great food, so if you are ever in North London or nearby, I'd strongly recommend giving The Bull a visit. 

Charlotte x

Local Eats: The Bull in Highgate, London

16 August 2015


Last Saturday night me and the fam headed to a pub very much local to us for dinner. We've eaten at The Bull many a time and the food is always delicious and the front pub garden always Instagram-worthy. It is the first in a long line of pubs that run up North Hill in Highgate, and they brand themselves as a gastro pub and brewpub as they have installed their own microbrewery in the building - believing that the heart of a great pub is amazing beer. 

So we grabbed ourselves a beer when we got there and sat in the beautiful garden. With a drool-worthy menu it was quite difficult choosing what to eat, so we took our time outside before taking up our reserved table inside. Underneath each dish is a recommendation of which beer/ale/cider would best accompany it... how nifty is that? The pub always seems to be buzzing, and was a especially busy that night, so if you want to head down there on the weekend for a meal I'd recommend booking a table. 


The service there is impeccable and we were well looked after by the staff. The decor inside is also very homely and welcoming. Unfortunately here is were the quality of my photos goes a bit downhill, as we were sat by candlelight in the low-lit eating area. 

To eat I opted for The Bull Burger, which was served with bacon, smoked Applewood cheddar, chorizo jam, homemade chips and a side of mayo. The more you read this blog, the more apparent my love for chorizo will become, and I have to admit that this is the best burger I've had in a long while (and that says a lot as I order burgers 75% of the time when I eat out). The homemade chips were also divine. 

My dad and sister both opted for the Rib-Eye of Angus Beef which came again with the heavenly chips, garlic and herb better and cress. My mum chose the Beer Street battered haddock and chips, and this is served with minted mushy peas, tartare sauce and lemon. Now she has this every-time she comes here, so I think that's a testament in itself for just how good it is.

Me and my sister split the Whole Roasted Peach dessert that comes with lavender syrup, Bo-chi lycée sorbet. This was an interesting and refreshing dessert, and quite different from anything I've had before. 

Overall it was an enjoyable evening filled with great food, so if you are ever in North London or nearby, I'd strongly recommend giving The Bull a visit. 

Charlotte x
In the lead up to my graduation day my skin was looking rather dull and spotty and I was in need of a good mask to rid my complexion of its impurities. After loving the brand's Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil (which I wrote a bit about here), I wanted to dabble further into what they had to offer and picked this up. Super Facialist by Una Brennan's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask worked a treat on my oily to combination skin, and is by far the best blemish fighting mask I have ever tried. Yep. It is that good. 

Salicylic acid has been proven to unclog pores and reduce redness in pimples - but it is the combination of ingredients that goes into this that makes the mask unparalleled to any other. Whilst most spot treatments can be very drying and tightening on the skin, the avocado oil (containing vitamins A, D and E) and acacia honey work together to actually moisturise and rebalance the skin to reveal a clearer, refreshed looking complexion. Mud sourced from the Dead Sea absorbs excess oils and contains magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron, all of which detoxify the skin. Moreover, all of this gets to work within five minutes (half the time of your typical face mask), making it easy to slot in a quick pamper mid-week.

When applying face masks I was always told not to put one on the night before a big event, as the product would bring the impurities to the surface of the skin, causing it to break out before its condition improved. I have noticed this with other masks - but this, ... this gets to work straight away. As soon as the clay hits the skin, it starts to tingle and it feels as though it is getting right into the pores; it feels as though its working. Upon first use of this, the bumps on my forehead vanished overnight and this is how it acclaimed 'miracle' status in my eyes.

Despite no need to refrigerate the mask, the product applies smoothly and cools the skin. It has a pleasant smell of flowers when applying, the only down point to the mask is that the smell lingers a little on the face and the after-smell can border on that of hair removal cream (but that might just be me). This little unpleasantry though, is more than worth it for the results, and the mask is so easy to remove.

After repeated usage, I have noticed my skin to be clearer, my pores to be less clogged and whenever my skin gets a little blemish-y, I know I can count on this product to clear and clarify my complexion.  This truly is a luxurious find with a high-street price-tag.

Has anyone else tried this mask? What is your favourite mask to banish your blemishes?

Charlotte x

The Five Minute Miracle: Super Facialist's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask

12 August 2015

In the lead up to my graduation day my skin was looking rather dull and spotty and I was in need of a good mask to rid my complexion of its impurities. After loving the brand's Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil (which I wrote a bit about here), I wanted to dabble further into what they had to offer and picked this up. Super Facialist by Una Brennan's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask worked a treat on my oily to combination skin, and is by far the best blemish fighting mask I have ever tried. Yep. It is that good. 

Salicylic acid has been proven to unclog pores and reduce redness in pimples - but it is the combination of ingredients that goes into this that makes the mask unparalleled to any other. Whilst most spot treatments can be very drying and tightening on the skin, the avocado oil (containing vitamins A, D and E) and acacia honey work together to actually moisturise and rebalance the skin to reveal a clearer, refreshed looking complexion. Mud sourced from the Dead Sea absorbs excess oils and contains magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron, all of which detoxify the skin. Moreover, all of this gets to work within five minutes (half the time of your typical face mask), making it easy to slot in a quick pamper mid-week.

When applying face masks I was always told not to put one on the night before a big event, as the product would bring the impurities to the surface of the skin, causing it to break out before its condition improved. I have noticed this with other masks - but this, ... this gets to work straight away. As soon as the clay hits the skin, it starts to tingle and it feels as though it is getting right into the pores; it feels as though its working. Upon first use of this, the bumps on my forehead vanished overnight and this is how it acclaimed 'miracle' status in my eyes.

Despite no need to refrigerate the mask, the product applies smoothly and cools the skin. It has a pleasant smell of flowers when applying, the only down point to the mask is that the smell lingers a little on the face and the after-smell can border on that of hair removal cream (but that might just be me). This little unpleasantry though, is more than worth it for the results, and the mask is so easy to remove.

After repeated usage, I have noticed my skin to be clearer, my pores to be less clogged and whenever my skin gets a little blemish-y, I know I can count on this product to clear and clarify my complexion.  This truly is a luxurious find with a high-street price-tag.

Has anyone else tried this mask? What is your favourite mask to banish your blemishes?

Charlotte x
It's a rare occasion nowadays to stumble upon a nail polish that gives an opaque finish in just one coat. But after applying Models Own's Chrome Rose nail varnish for the first time a few weeks ago, I found exactly that (hence why I've called it a one coat wonder).

The pigmentation of this polish is great in the sense that it is very opaque, and I haven't seen a polish that quite rivals this rose gold colour before. I'd best describe this as a neutral metallic, so its perfect if you're a nude nail lover looking for something a bit more jazzy but no less classy. After application brush strokes disappear to leave a flawless metallic finish, almost giving the effect of a nail wrap - it is that smooth. The formula also drys quickly and seems to catch the light in the middle of the nail, giving off the illusion that you have longer fingernails than you actually do.

Although you can achieve a brilliant finish in just one coat I have cheated slightly with these pictures, as I move my hands about when I talk and 'Clumsy Charlotte Strikes Again' is an actual saying in my household - making me more than prone to chipping my nail varnish than most gals. However, if you want this finish to last longer than a day I'd recommend applying a top coat over this. The polish works well if you need a quick fix for a night out or meeting, but anything longer than that I have found it to chip quite easily. Also if you've had the product for a little while, I would recommend shaking it well before use as I have found the formula to separate a little.

All in all, this is a great polish for the price of £4.99, and I have received a number of compliments for its rose gold colour and sheeny quality. You know you're on to a winner when your friends compliment your fingertips - making my hand movements that much prettier...

Has anyone else tried polishes from the Models Own Chrome Collection? Would you try out this one?

Charlotte x
  
ps. if anyone's wondering I am pictured wearing my trusting black Topshop MOTO Jamie Jeans and my Topshop Heaven Gladiator Sandals, that you may recognise from my previous post: A Recent Topshop Haul.

One Coat Wonder: Models Own Chrome Rose

9 August 2015

It's a rare occasion nowadays to stumble upon a nail polish that gives an opaque finish in just one coat. But after applying Models Own's Chrome Rose nail varnish for the first time a few weeks ago, I found exactly that (hence why I've called it a one coat wonder).

The pigmentation of this polish is great in the sense that it is very opaque, and I haven't seen a polish that quite rivals this rose gold colour before. I'd best describe this as a neutral metallic, so its perfect if you're a nude nail lover looking for something a bit more jazzy but no less classy. After application brush strokes disappear to leave a flawless metallic finish, almost giving the effect of a nail wrap - it is that smooth. The formula also drys quickly and seems to catch the light in the middle of the nail, giving off the illusion that you have longer fingernails than you actually do.

Although you can achieve a brilliant finish in just one coat I have cheated slightly with these pictures, as I move my hands about when I talk and 'Clumsy Charlotte Strikes Again' is an actual saying in my household - making me more than prone to chipping my nail varnish than most gals. However, if you want this finish to last longer than a day I'd recommend applying a top coat over this. The polish works well if you need a quick fix for a night out or meeting, but anything longer than that I have found it to chip quite easily. Also if you've had the product for a little while, I would recommend shaking it well before use as I have found the formula to separate a little.

All in all, this is a great polish for the price of £4.99, and I have received a number of compliments for its rose gold colour and sheeny quality. You know you're on to a winner when your friends compliment your fingertips - making my hand movements that much prettier...

Has anyone else tried polishes from the Models Own Chrome Collection? Would you try out this one?

Charlotte x
  
ps. if anyone's wondering I am pictured wearing my trusting black Topshop MOTO Jamie Jeans and my Topshop Heaven Gladiator Sandals, that you may recognise from my previous post: A Recent Topshop Haul.

If you know me, you will know that Topshop is a brand that has always been close to my heart (albeit a little less after they rejected my latest job application), and I never fail to find an item of clothing, makeup or accessory to fall in love with whenever I pop into a store. Thanks to a birthday gift card, I recently had a splurge on topshop.com and perhaps went a bit too far... Either way, I hadn't been clothes shopping in a while and these were all needed worthy purchases in my eyes.

With my old pair of gladiators starting to fray and with one of the soles snapped in half, I couldn't help but be drawn to these Heaven Gladiator Sandals. The suedey finish to the material, gold heel and long laces give a dreamy look to these flats, which also come in a snakeskin print and brown. They are super comfy too. Next we have the Crochet Square Neck Top, which you have probably seen before, and if not this you may have seen the orange or slightly grey version. This festival-forward, holiday perfect top is so on trend at the minute, but make sure to wear a nude bra with this one. I love pairing this crop top with the MOTO Demin Button Front A-Line Skirt in white. The high-waisted A-Line, button down skirt seems to be everywhere at the minute with ASOS and New Look selling suede and demin alternatives to this. I had to go a size up from my usual jean/general bottom-half size though, so maybe watch out for that if you decide to purchase one of these skirts from T-shop.

I have a newfound love for blue polishes at the moment, and after reading a lovely review of this one over on my favourite blog, I just had to get my mitts on Nails in Blue Rinse. This pastely, cornflower blue looks gorgeous with a tan and I couldn't stop staring at my hands whilst wearing it on holiday. The cute summery Watermelon Print iPhone 5 Case was a sale find, and only cost me £4! Bargain. My previous case was a cream one from Urban Outfitters, but its matte material attracted dirt and got so grubby. This hard shiny plastic has scratched a little, but definitely deflects dirt and I can see that this will last a lot longer than its predecessor. The Palm Tree Round Sunglasses were also a sale find, but I wish I had found these before setting off to the Isle of Wight festival, as they have such a summery vibe to them. The lenses aren't the most protecting, but this is to be expected from the price-tag of £12. I also never thought I suited rounded sunglasses before trying on these bad boys.

And finally to possibly my favourite and definitely most comfy piece in this haul, is the Stripped Ribbed High Neck Jumpsuit. This jumpsuit definitely isn't to everyone's liking due to the cropped leg length and it slightly resembling pyjamas, but when paired with a black waist belt and heels, this item looks sophisticated and flattering on. Perhaps when I master the art of posing for an outfit post I'll show you how I style this number, but for now I'll leave it here.

Have you had a splurge on the high street recently? What's your opinion on Topshop?

Charlotte x

ps. if there are any regular readers out there you may have noticed the blog's lasted revamp, thanks to a pipdig template. Hope you like the new layout!

A Recent Topshop Haul

5 August 2015


If you know me, you will know that Topshop is a brand that has always been close to my heart (albeit a little less after they rejected my latest job application), and I never fail to find an item of clothing, makeup or accessory to fall in love with whenever I pop into a store. Thanks to a birthday gift card, I recently had a splurge on topshop.com and perhaps went a bit too far... Either way, I hadn't been clothes shopping in a while and these were all needed worthy purchases in my eyes.

With my old pair of gladiators starting to fray and with one of the soles snapped in half, I couldn't help but be drawn to these Heaven Gladiator Sandals. The suedey finish to the material, gold heel and long laces give a dreamy look to these flats, which also come in a snakeskin print and brown. They are super comfy too. Next we have the Crochet Square Neck Top, which you have probably seen before, and if not this you may have seen the orange or slightly grey version. This festival-forward, holiday perfect top is so on trend at the minute, but make sure to wear a nude bra with this one. I love pairing this crop top with the MOTO Demin Button Front A-Line Skirt in white. The high-waisted A-Line, button down skirt seems to be everywhere at the minute with ASOS and New Look selling suede and demin alternatives to this. I had to go a size up from my usual jean/general bottom-half size though, so maybe watch out for that if you decide to purchase one of these skirts from T-shop.

I have a newfound love for blue polishes at the moment, and after reading a lovely review of this one over on my favourite blog, I just had to get my mitts on Nails in Blue Rinse. This pastely, cornflower blue looks gorgeous with a tan and I couldn't stop staring at my hands whilst wearing it on holiday. The cute summery Watermelon Print iPhone 5 Case was a sale find, and only cost me £4! Bargain. My previous case was a cream one from Urban Outfitters, but its matte material attracted dirt and got so grubby. This hard shiny plastic has scratched a little, but definitely deflects dirt and I can see that this will last a lot longer than its predecessor. The Palm Tree Round Sunglasses were also a sale find, but I wish I had found these before setting off to the Isle of Wight festival, as they have such a summery vibe to them. The lenses aren't the most protecting, but this is to be expected from the price-tag of £12. I also never thought I suited rounded sunglasses before trying on these bad boys.

And finally to possibly my favourite and definitely most comfy piece in this haul, is the Stripped Ribbed High Neck Jumpsuit. This jumpsuit definitely isn't to everyone's liking due to the cropped leg length and it slightly resembling pyjamas, but when paired with a black waist belt and heels, this item looks sophisticated and flattering on. Perhaps when I master the art of posing for an outfit post I'll show you how I style this number, but for now I'll leave it here.

Have you had a splurge on the high street recently? What's your opinion on Topshop?

Charlotte x

ps. if there are any regular readers out there you may have noticed the blog's lasted revamp, thanks to a pipdig template. Hope you like the new layout!

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