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

If you're familiar around these parts, you'll be well aware that I'm a sucker for any eye makeup that is brown/gold/copper/bronze in colour. I thought I'd break down the bits and pieces of my ever-expanding collection for you today in an 'edit' form, with reviews and swatches. All of these products are from different brands, drugstore and high end, so there's definitely something for everyone here. Before we get started, apologies for all the shadows in these photos, I took these as the sun was going down and have learnt my lesson (at least you get a sense of the pigmentation though).

THE PALETTE
I'm surprised the original Urban Decay Naked Palette has only made one appearance on my blog as I pretty much use it everyday and it has lasted me nearly a year and a half without hitting the pan - result! Though the Naked Palettes are rather pricey, they are definitely worth it for their longetivity and their beautiful shades and pigmentation. I have swatched my most-used shades (from left to right:) Darkhorse, Smog, Half Baked and Sidecar, and all of these are shimmers with the later being a glitter-based shadow. I personally find this to be the best of the Naked Pallete collection, as it offers a range of cool and warm-toned shades, and so caters to everyone's complexion and eye colour. These shades in particular bring out the colour in my brown eyes - I couldn't recommend this palette enough!

THE DUOS
With these being on different ends of the spectrum price-wise, I thought I'd make note my favourite two eyeshadow duos. The first is the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde and is the brand's bestselling duo for good reason. The warm coppery tones in these shadows are unlike any I've come across and the formula is just so buttery, this mini-palette is possibly one of my most prized possessions in my makeup bag. I could ramble for days about this shadow, so instead click here for the full review. On the other hand the Topshop Eyeshadow Duo in Woodland Walk is more cool-toned and more shimmery. The lighter shade doubles up as a great highlighter, but unfortunately the product has been discontinued! Of the two, I much prefer the NARS offering but for those on a budget willing to search eBay and Amazon, the Topshop duo is a near-ish dupe.

THE PENCILS
MAC are arguably one of the most hyped about makeup brands, but although the majority focus on their base products, pigments and lipsticks, a hidden gem on their stand has to be the Powerpoint Eye Pencil and this is in the shade Bountiful Brown. The formula is creamy and metallicy, lasts all day and has hints of gold glitter within it. The chunkier pencil is the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing, which is a more light, pinky bronze. This is great for using all over the eye as a base shadow or primer for powder shadows, but also looks quite brightening on it's own. It's super creamy, so also great for blending! 

THE CREAM SHADOWS
Last but not least in this edit are the cream shadows *insert heart-eyed emojis here*. The light gold is actually stolen from my sister's Benefit set, the World Famous Neutrals Kit: Most Glamorous Nudes Ever and is the Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit (sorry sis). If I'm going for a gold eye look, I'll opt for this as the base since it adds longetivity to powder formulas (I often pair this with Half Baked from the Naked Palette). I did a full review of the EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline in On and On Bronze here, so I'll try not to babble about this but this is the easiest to apply and use out of these cream shadows. It's creamy, blends well and is a beautiful everyday shade. And finally Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze has such a dreamy air-whipped formula to it, you wouldn't believe it came off the high street. It has buildable pigmentation, meaning you can have it as sheer or as opaque as you like, if you'd like to read more there's a whole post dedicated to it here.

 So, there you have my edit of my favourite gold/bronze/copper eye makeup products. Do you love a good brown smokey eye? What's your favourite colour of eyeshadow/eyeliner?

Charlotte x

The Bronze Goldy Brown Eye Edit

22 November 2015

If you're familiar around these parts, you'll be well aware that I'm a sucker for any eye makeup that is brown/gold/copper/bronze in colour. I thought I'd break down the bits and pieces of my ever-expanding collection for you today in an 'edit' form, with reviews and swatches. All of these products are from different brands, drugstore and high end, so there's definitely something for everyone here. Before we get started, apologies for all the shadows in these photos, I took these as the sun was going down and have learnt my lesson (at least you get a sense of the pigmentation though).

THE PALETTE
I'm surprised the original Urban Decay Naked Palette has only made one appearance on my blog as I pretty much use it everyday and it has lasted me nearly a year and a half without hitting the pan - result! Though the Naked Palettes are rather pricey, they are definitely worth it for their longetivity and their beautiful shades and pigmentation. I have swatched my most-used shades (from left to right:) Darkhorse, Smog, Half Baked and Sidecar, and all of these are shimmers with the later being a glitter-based shadow. I personally find this to be the best of the Naked Pallete collection, as it offers a range of cool and warm-toned shades, and so caters to everyone's complexion and eye colour. These shades in particular bring out the colour in my brown eyes - I couldn't recommend this palette enough!

THE DUOS
With these being on different ends of the spectrum price-wise, I thought I'd make note my favourite two eyeshadow duos. The first is the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde and is the brand's bestselling duo for good reason. The warm coppery tones in these shadows are unlike any I've come across and the formula is just so buttery, this mini-palette is possibly one of my most prized possessions in my makeup bag. I could ramble for days about this shadow, so instead click here for the full review. On the other hand the Topshop Eyeshadow Duo in Woodland Walk is more cool-toned and more shimmery. The lighter shade doubles up as a great highlighter, but unfortunately the product has been discontinued! Of the two, I much prefer the NARS offering but for those on a budget willing to search eBay and Amazon, the Topshop duo is a near-ish dupe.

THE PENCILS
MAC are arguably one of the most hyped about makeup brands, but although the majority focus on their base products, pigments and lipsticks, a hidden gem on their stand has to be the Powerpoint Eye Pencil and this is in the shade Bountiful Brown. The formula is creamy and metallicy, lasts all day and has hints of gold glitter within it. The chunkier pencil is the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing, which is a more light, pinky bronze. This is great for using all over the eye as a base shadow or primer for powder shadows, but also looks quite brightening on it's own. It's super creamy, so also great for blending! 

THE CREAM SHADOWS
Last but not least in this edit are the cream shadows *insert heart-eyed emojis here*. The light gold is actually stolen from my sister's Benefit set, the World Famous Neutrals Kit: Most Glamorous Nudes Ever and is the Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit (sorry sis). If I'm going for a gold eye look, I'll opt for this as the base since it adds longetivity to powder formulas (I often pair this with Half Baked from the Naked Palette). I did a full review of the EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Gel Shadow by Maybelline in On and On Bronze here, so I'll try not to babble about this but this is the easiest to apply and use out of these cream shadows. It's creamy, blends well and is a beautiful everyday shade. And finally Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze has such a dreamy air-whipped formula to it, you wouldn't believe it came off the high street. It has buildable pigmentation, meaning you can have it as sheer or as opaque as you like, if you'd like to read more there's a whole post dedicated to it here.

 So, there you have my edit of my favourite gold/bronze/copper eye makeup products. Do you love a good brown smokey eye? What's your favourite colour of eyeshadow/eyeliner?

Charlotte x
Looking back through my draft posts, I found this review which was pretty much all written up, so I have no idea why I never clicked "publish"... But either way, it has been sitting in my drafts since last year (*whoops*) so I thought it was high time this pizza joint made an appearence on ze blog.

Pizza East is a restaurant chain based in London, and after photos of their food making numerous appearances on my Instagram feed, I thought it was worth seeing what the fuss was about. So one summer evening after interning, me, my sister Nathalie and bestie Grace headed to the Kentish Town branch for dinner. It is just set away from the main hustle and bustle of the suburb, and is accompanied by Chicken Shop downstairs and Dirty Burger around the back (which I seriously need to go back and try). When we got there, the interiors did make my heart melt a lil' bit because I do love a bit of a rustic feel to a resturant.

We had only booked the table for three at lunchtime so were told we could only have it for an hour and a half. The staff reminded us of this at the time, but luckily this didn't include the time we were waiting at the bar for our table to be prepared (which was only 5-10 minutes or so). For drinks, me and G ordered a cocktail that was named after Midnight which unfortunately is no longer on the menu, but it was delcious nonetheless. 
When in a restuarant I tend to be so nosey, as I'm always curious to see what those around me had ordered - and the starters looked so tempting! But in the end, we all just settled for a main course. As the kitchen is fairly open, you can even see your pizza being cooked in the wood-fired oven - which is pretty cool. Nathalie went for the buffalo mozerella, tomato and basil pizza, Grace chose the spicy sausage, mozerella and brocolli pizza and I opted for the proscuitto cotto, tomato and calabrese chilli. I underestimated the spice of the chilli on mine (I love a bit of spice but my mouth is very sensitive to it), but otherwise it was a delicious pizza - and the crust is what dreams are made of. And the girls really enjoyed their pizzas too.

Overall it was a really delicious meal, it was a bit of a shame the staff reminded us that we needed to be out in after certain time though. On a more positive (and slightly weird) note, the toilets were really nice... Is it just me that thinks that when effort has been put into the powder room, you know it's a good resturant?

I'll definitely be back at a Pizza East branch soon, I think I want to try out the Shoreditch restuarant next. Has anyone else tried out Pizza East? What's your favourite pizza resturant? 

Charlotte x

One from the Archives: a Restaurant Review of Pizza East in Kentish Town

18 November 2015

Looking back through my draft posts, I found this review which was pretty much all written up, so I have no idea why I never clicked "publish"... But either way, it has been sitting in my drafts since last year (*whoops*) so I thought it was high time this pizza joint made an appearence on ze blog.

Pizza East is a restaurant chain based in London, and after photos of their food making numerous appearances on my Instagram feed, I thought it was worth seeing what the fuss was about. So one summer evening after interning, me, my sister Nathalie and bestie Grace headed to the Kentish Town branch for dinner. It is just set away from the main hustle and bustle of the suburb, and is accompanied by Chicken Shop downstairs and Dirty Burger around the back (which I seriously need to go back and try). When we got there, the interiors did make my heart melt a lil' bit because I do love a bit of a rustic feel to a resturant.

We had only booked the table for three at lunchtime so were told we could only have it for an hour and a half. The staff reminded us of this at the time, but luckily this didn't include the time we were waiting at the bar for our table to be prepared (which was only 5-10 minutes or so). For drinks, me and G ordered a cocktail that was named after Midnight which unfortunately is no longer on the menu, but it was delcious nonetheless. 
When in a restuarant I tend to be so nosey, as I'm always curious to see what those around me had ordered - and the starters looked so tempting! But in the end, we all just settled for a main course. As the kitchen is fairly open, you can even see your pizza being cooked in the wood-fired oven - which is pretty cool. Nathalie went for the buffalo mozerella, tomato and basil pizza, Grace chose the spicy sausage, mozerella and brocolli pizza and I opted for the proscuitto cotto, tomato and calabrese chilli. I underestimated the spice of the chilli on mine (I love a bit of spice but my mouth is very sensitive to it), but otherwise it was a delicious pizza - and the crust is what dreams are made of. And the girls really enjoyed their pizzas too.

Overall it was a really delicious meal, it was a bit of a shame the staff reminded us that we needed to be out in after certain time though. On a more positive (and slightly weird) note, the toilets were really nice... Is it just me that thinks that when effort has been put into the powder room, you know it's a good resturant?

I'll definitely be back at a Pizza East branch soon, I think I want to try out the Shoreditch restuarant next. Has anyone else tried out Pizza East? What's your favourite pizza resturant? 

Charlotte x
Is it just me, or are Sundays the best day to give yourself a bit of a pamper? Personally, there is nothing better than taking some time to treat yo'self before the next week ahead. I went home last weekend and fully made use of having a bath (#StudentProblems), so it seemed like an essential part of my trip to have a pamper evening before returning to university on Monday morning. 

The first step in my perfect pamper evening is to run a bath and use a Lush bubble bar/bath bomb. This is the Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb (which first appeared on my most recent Lush haul), and on top of the glittery magic it creates, it does exactly as the name suggests; with a relaxing scent of lavender and chamomile oils, lavender absolute and neroli this bomb definitely eases you into the land of nod. If you follow me over on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) you'll also know that I tried out the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar too, which again has a gorgeous scent and is full of sparkle. Whilst soaking in the tub, I like to light a scented candle for some further aromatherapy and I'm still very much in love with my Lula-Ray Grapefruit and Bergamot Scented Candle (review here). I also like to catch up on my favourite Youtube channels like ViviannaDoesMakeup, SamanthaMariaOfficial and HelloOctober to unwind learn about the latest beauty products

Once I'm out the bath, I'll then put some relaxing music on and I'm currently loving Troye Sivan, The 1975 and James Bay. To moisturise ma bod, I'll apply BioOil to my problem areas (stretch marks, scars and keratosis pilaris) and then Soap & Glory's Butter Yourself  to the rest - this last one has the brand's Fruitigo fragrance, with notes of fig and orange oil so smells amazing and the formula is dreamily rich. Following this I'll then apply the Super Facialist by Una Brennan's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask which I know I have raved about a couple of times (here and here), but honestly this is by far the best face mask to have worked at clearing my oily, blemish-prone complexion without stripping it of all it's moisture.

For some reason I always feel more put together when my nails are nicely painted, so I then go on to give myself a mini manicure. To prep my nails, I use the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and a hand cream too, this rose one is from Bulgaria but I've also been loving the L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Hand Cream recently. Despite pastels being associated with spring time, I'm still wearing Essie's Lilacism Nail Polish as it's one of my all-time favourites.

As a finishing touch to my pamper evening, I'll steal some of my mum's ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray as a few spritzs really help me to get a better night's sleep and I end up feeling more refreshed than usual in the morning.

What essential steps are part of your pamper evening routine? 

Charlotte x

My Perfect Pamper Evening Routine

15 November 2015

Is it just me, or are Sundays the best day to give yourself a bit of a pamper? Personally, there is nothing better than taking some time to treat yo'self before the next week ahead. I went home last weekend and fully made use of having a bath (#StudentProblems), so it seemed like an essential part of my trip to have a pamper evening before returning to university on Monday morning. 

The first step in my perfect pamper evening is to run a bath and use a Lush bubble bar/bath bomb. This is the Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb (which first appeared on my most recent Lush haul), and on top of the glittery magic it creates, it does exactly as the name suggests; with a relaxing scent of lavender and chamomile oils, lavender absolute and neroli this bomb definitely eases you into the land of nod. If you follow me over on Instagram (@charlotte_dickson) you'll also know that I tried out the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar too, which again has a gorgeous scent and is full of sparkle. Whilst soaking in the tub, I like to light a scented candle for some further aromatherapy and I'm still very much in love with my Lula-Ray Grapefruit and Bergamot Scented Candle (review here). I also like to catch up on my favourite Youtube channels like ViviannaDoesMakeup, SamanthaMariaOfficial and HelloOctober to unwind learn about the latest beauty products

Once I'm out the bath, I'll then put some relaxing music on and I'm currently loving Troye Sivan, The 1975 and James Bay. To moisturise ma bod, I'll apply BioOil to my problem areas (stretch marks, scars and keratosis pilaris) and then Soap & Glory's Butter Yourself  to the rest - this last one has the brand's Fruitigo fragrance, with notes of fig and orange oil so smells amazing and the formula is dreamily rich. Following this I'll then apply the Super Facialist by Una Brennan's Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask which I know I have raved about a couple of times (here and here), but honestly this is by far the best face mask to have worked at clearing my oily, blemish-prone complexion without stripping it of all it's moisture.

For some reason I always feel more put together when my nails are nicely painted, so I then go on to give myself a mini manicure. To prep my nails, I use the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and a hand cream too, this rose one is from Bulgaria but I've also been loving the L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Hand Cream recently. Despite pastels being associated with spring time, I'm still wearing Essie's Lilacism Nail Polish as it's one of my all-time favourites.

As a finishing touch to my pamper evening, I'll steal some of my mum's ThisWorks' Deep Sleep Pillow Spray as a few spritzs really help me to get a better night's sleep and I end up feeling more refreshed than usual in the morning.

What essential steps are part of your pamper evening routine? 

Charlotte x
This is the type of post that probably would be better in video form, but it's a post I've been wanting to do for a while so here goes! The reason I love 'What's in My Bag' posts is because they offer a little insight into blogger's/vlogger's lives and can make you think of things that you should be carrying around with you. So for any other students out there (and anyone else that might be interested), here's a nosey into what's in my uni bag.

This bag is the Mi-Pac Perforated Backpack (bought via ASOS), as this year I decided that one-shouldered bags aren't worth the back damage to look good and so far my back/posture is thanking me for it. The straps of this are fairly padded, I love the effect of the plasticy material (and that it's waterproof) and there's a compartment within the main part of the bag called an 'internal sleeve pocket' which is great for storing and protecting your laptop. So for the contents of my bag, I'll start from the left and work my way clockwise...

This cute watch print pouch from Mary Quant London contains my uni beauty essentials, including painkillers (current choice Anadin Extra and a 4Head Stick) as I am quite prone to headaches and you can never be too prepared. To top up my makeup during the day I carry around Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light, the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder in 52 Vanilla, the original Carmex Lip Balm and the RealTechniques Powder Brush. For a bit of aromatherapy/a pamper mid-library session, I turn to a scented hand cream and currently I'm using L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Hand Cream - the scent of which is so light and florally and the formula sinks into the skin dreamily. As things can get a little sweaty on my way to uni, I also ensure that I pack a bottle of Sure's Bright Bouquet Compressed Deodorant and L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Solid Perfume.

My purse is from River Island, and it depends on how organised I'm feeling as to whether I bring my Paperchase Diary into uni, since being hardback it is rather heavy to carry in every day. To keep it organised though I write out my to-do lists on post-it notes and stick these in on each day. For my pencil case I'm using the Lemon Squeezy Zip-Up Pouch from Marks and Spencer, which I think is so cute - Marks and Spencer have seriously upped their stationary game and I could easily spend a small fortune on it. Colour is an essential part of my note-taking and reading process, so highlighters are always a must and these are the Stabilo Boss Highlighters which were on offer at the start of the year in Rymans. For said note-taking I find it useful to have all my notes from different modules all in one place and so I tend to purchase a new Pukka Pad Project Book for each semester. If I'm having a library day (which is most days) my Macbook will be in my bag as I hate using the uni's keybaords (#PrincessCharlotte) and I tend to listen to classical (or at least relaxing) music whilst I work so I always have my earphones on me.

As well as my house keys and student card, I do carry my phone with me everyday but forgot to include it in the picture - my current phone case though can be found over on my Topshop Haul post. So I don't actually carry this around with me at uni... but as it's organisational and generally helps me map out my week with deadlines, seminars or lectures, I had to include the Compact Weekly Planner from Anthropologie. I recently went into the Regent Street store for a friend's birthday present and couldn't leave without getting something for myself so settled for this planner; it's been so useful and is pretty to look at too *bonus*. And last but not least, I print off my set reading of scholarly articles as my attention span is too short to read off a screen and I recently really enjoyed "Decoding Cosmetics and Fashion Advertisements in Contemporary Women's Magazines" by Dolores Martinez Reventos.
 
What are your daily essentials that you have to carry around in your bag?

Charlotte x

What's In My Bag: the Uni Edition

12 November 2015

This is the type of post that probably would be better in video form, but it's a post I've been wanting to do for a while so here goes! The reason I love 'What's in My Bag' posts is because they offer a little insight into blogger's/vlogger's lives and can make you think of things that you should be carrying around with you. So for any other students out there (and anyone else that might be interested), here's a nosey into what's in my uni bag.

This bag is the Mi-Pac Perforated Backpack (bought via ASOS), as this year I decided that one-shouldered bags aren't worth the back damage to look good and so far my back/posture is thanking me for it. The straps of this are fairly padded, I love the effect of the plasticy material (and that it's waterproof) and there's a compartment within the main part of the bag called an 'internal sleeve pocket' which is great for storing and protecting your laptop. So for the contents of my bag, I'll start from the left and work my way clockwise...

This cute watch print pouch from Mary Quant London contains my uni beauty essentials, including painkillers (current choice Anadin Extra and a 4Head Stick) as I am quite prone to headaches and you can never be too prepared. To top up my makeup during the day I carry around Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light, the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder in 52 Vanilla, the original Carmex Lip Balm and the RealTechniques Powder Brush. For a bit of aromatherapy/a pamper mid-library session, I turn to a scented hand cream and currently I'm using L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Hand Cream - the scent of which is so light and florally and the formula sinks into the skin dreamily. As things can get a little sweaty on my way to uni, I also ensure that I pack a bottle of Sure's Bright Bouquet Compressed Deodorant and L'Occitane's Fleur Chérie Solid Perfume.

My purse is from River Island, and it depends on how organised I'm feeling as to whether I bring my Paperchase Diary into uni, since being hardback it is rather heavy to carry in every day. To keep it organised though I write out my to-do lists on post-it notes and stick these in on each day. For my pencil case I'm using the Lemon Squeezy Zip-Up Pouch from Marks and Spencer, which I think is so cute - Marks and Spencer have seriously upped their stationary game and I could easily spend a small fortune on it. Colour is an essential part of my note-taking and reading process, so highlighters are always a must and these are the Stabilo Boss Highlighters which were on offer at the start of the year in Rymans. For said note-taking I find it useful to have all my notes from different modules all in one place and so I tend to purchase a new Pukka Pad Project Book for each semester. If I'm having a library day (which is most days) my Macbook will be in my bag as I hate using the uni's keybaords (#PrincessCharlotte) and I tend to listen to classical (or at least relaxing) music whilst I work so I always have my earphones on me.

As well as my house keys and student card, I do carry my phone with me everyday but forgot to include it in the picture - my current phone case though can be found over on my Topshop Haul post. So I don't actually carry this around with me at uni... but as it's organisational and generally helps me map out my week with deadlines, seminars or lectures, I had to include the Compact Weekly Planner from Anthropologie. I recently went into the Regent Street store for a friend's birthday present and couldn't leave without getting something for myself so settled for this planner; it's been so useful and is pretty to look at too *bonus*. And last but not least, I print off my set reading of scholarly articles as my attention span is too short to read off a screen and I recently really enjoyed "Decoding Cosmetics and Fashion Advertisements in Contemporary Women's Magazines" by Dolores Martinez Reventos.
 
What are your daily essentials that you have to carry around in your bag?

Charlotte x
T-Shirt, Jacket and Bag (old) - Topshop | Trousers: Zara | Shoes: Converse

So this blog post has been a rather long time in the making, but with a part time job, full time masters degree and general life in between, juggling blogging in the mix hasn't been easy but I'm hoping from this week onwards I'll be back to posting twice weekly. This post was shot back at the beginning of September whilst the weather was still forgiving, but these pieces seem easy enough to transition into autumn/winter with the help of a scarf and a thick cardi.

The majority of these pieces featured in my most recent haul (have a read here if you fancy) and the combination of them all definitely gives this outfit a relaxed sporty chic feel. I'm so in love with this cheeky slogan tee from Topshop, as why should us girls be the ones the cry eh? And as I've previously said, this Zara trousers make me feel so fancy with their luxurious jacquard material yet they are so comfy, and they such a flattering fit by tying in at the waist and going out over the hips. The lapels of my leather seem to fall nicely over this too.

Although the sporty chic trend appears to be taking a back seat this season, I can seriously see myself prancing to lectures wearing this outfit (except I'll be swapping this pastel bowling bag for my rucksack) or opting for it on a relaxed weekend in the city.

Have you picked up a cheeky slogan t-shirt this season? Do you like a bit of a sporty chic OOTD? Let me know!

Charlotte x

An OOTD to Make the Boys Cry

8 November 2015

T-Shirt, Jacket and Bag (old) - Topshop | Trousers: Zara | Shoes: Converse

So this blog post has been a rather long time in the making, but with a part time job, full time masters degree and general life in between, juggling blogging in the mix hasn't been easy but I'm hoping from this week onwards I'll be back to posting twice weekly. This post was shot back at the beginning of September whilst the weather was still forgiving, but these pieces seem easy enough to transition into autumn/winter with the help of a scarf and a thick cardi.

The majority of these pieces featured in my most recent haul (have a read here if you fancy) and the combination of them all definitely gives this outfit a relaxed sporty chic feel. I'm so in love with this cheeky slogan tee from Topshop, as why should us girls be the ones the cry eh? And as I've previously said, this Zara trousers make me feel so fancy with their luxurious jacquard material yet they are so comfy, and they such a flattering fit by tying in at the waist and going out over the hips. The lapels of my leather seem to fall nicely over this too.

Although the sporty chic trend appears to be taking a back seat this season, I can seriously see myself prancing to lectures wearing this outfit (except I'll be swapping this pastel bowling bag for my rucksack) or opting for it on a relaxed weekend in the city.

Have you picked up a cheeky slogan t-shirt this season? Do you like a bit of a sporty chic OOTD? Let me know!

Charlotte x

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