Mauritius: a Holiday Photo Diary

24 January 2016

Before I get started with the rest of this post, I just want to apologise for being quiet over the last few weeks. Posting twice a week on here is impossible during January because it is essay and exam period for me. The next posts will be going live on the 24th, 31st and hopefully I be back into my routine by the 3rd of Feb

Anyhow, as you may have guessed from my social mediaz and my last post, I was lucky enough to go away to Mauritius on my holly-bobs over New Year. It was amazing, and I honestly wish I had never left. But as it was a long haul flight, and we all know how much havoc this can cause on complexions, I had to have a serious think as to what I'd take on board with me. This H&M Handbag has made an appearance on the old blog before, and I think a smart bag is great when travelling in comfy clothes as it adds a little structure to the outfit. 

In terms of essentials, I obviously carried round my keys, phone (in it's sleek marble print GoCustomized case - blogger cliché over here), earphones, battered passport, River Island Purse, chewing gum, and my Clubmaster Ray-Ban sunnies, to hide any puffy eyes and to prepare for the (what turned out to be non-existant) sunshine on the other side. For me relaxing music is key on a plane, as I forever struggle to sleep on flights, so some mellow tunes are my go-to for some downtime. Prior to the flight I imported the Gabrielle Aplin and James Bay albums I received for xmas onto my iTunes, and purchased the latest Mumford and Sons album - all of which are ammmaazzing.

Beauty-wise, I try and wear as little makeup as possible to avoid my pores getting all clogged up and my skin completey drying out. So I opted for La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream, Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder to slap on my face. To freshen up during and towards the end of the flight, I picked up a pack of Simple's Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes, and made use of my recent purchases and Christmas skincare gifts: the La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream, and Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I found this to be a great skincare regime on board and nothing disastrous happened to my complexion - yay! For hydration elsewhere I opted for my trusty Carmex Lip Balm and mini L'Occitane Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream, and to smell a little fresher I took my  L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Solid Perfume - solid perfume definitely the way forward when you have liquid restrictions! For hygeine Hand Santizer is also a must and a Tangle Teezer is great as it takes up so much less room in yer bag than a regular brush. 

In a bid to be  good masters student I did take my Macbook Pro, M&S Lemon Squeezy Zip-Up Pouch Pencil Case, work and books with me but as it was an overnight flight both ways that didn't prove too successful.... But having brought my 2016 Paperchase Diary I was able to pen down some upcoming dates and get myself organised before the year full on started.

Planes are always fricking freezing, so one must take precautions when travelling. My Next fluffy socks add extra comfort (and I always hope they'll make my ankles swell up less but I'm not sure if it actually works) and I was originally planning on bringing my New Look Black Cable Knit Faux Fur Bobble Hat but on the day I ended up swapping this for my Black Topshop Cable Hand Knit Scarf as it would provide warmth and double up as a pillow. I also spritzed it with the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for a bit of aromatherapy and as mentionned before I need all the sleeping help I can get on planes. For further hacks, chewy fruity sweets are a must for me as I swear my ears are 100% worse at unpopping compared to everyone else I have ever travelled with and these definitely help. I also wear as much jewellery on me as I can and carry it in my hand luggage as it would break my heart if I put it in my checked-in luggage and it got stolen. I also do the same in terms of carrying my makeup on board, unless it's a liquid.

I hope you enjoyed this little nosey into what's in my bag - I know I always love reading them/watching these videos on YouTube! Stay tuned for Sunday's post as it will be a photo diary of my time in Mauritius. 

What are your long-haul flight essentials?
C x

What's in My Bag: the Long Haul Flight Edition

20 January 2016

Before I get started with the rest of this post, I just want to apologise for being quiet over the last few weeks. Posting twice a week on here is impossible during January because it is essay and exam period for me. The next posts will be going live on the 24th, 31st and hopefully I be back into my routine by the 3rd of Feb

Anyhow, as you may have guessed from my social mediaz and my last post, I was lucky enough to go away to Mauritius on my holly-bobs over New Year. It was amazing, and I honestly wish I had never left. But as it was a long haul flight, and we all know how much havoc this can cause on complexions, I had to have a serious think as to what I'd take on board with me. This H&M Handbag has made an appearance on the old blog before, and I think a smart bag is great when travelling in comfy clothes as it adds a little structure to the outfit. 

In terms of essentials, I obviously carried round my keys, phone (in it's sleek marble print GoCustomized case - blogger cliché over here), earphones, battered passport, River Island Purse, chewing gum, and my Clubmaster Ray-Ban sunnies, to hide any puffy eyes and to prepare for the (what turned out to be non-existant) sunshine on the other side. For me relaxing music is key on a plane, as I forever struggle to sleep on flights, so some mellow tunes are my go-to for some downtime. Prior to the flight I imported the Gabrielle Aplin and James Bay albums I received for xmas onto my iTunes, and purchased the latest Mumford and Sons album - all of which are ammmaazzing.

Beauty-wise, I try and wear as little makeup as possible to avoid my pores getting all clogged up and my skin completey drying out. So I opted for La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream, Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder to slap on my face. To freshen up during and towards the end of the flight, I picked up a pack of Simple's Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes, and made use of my recent purchases and Christmas skincare gifts: the La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream, and Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. I found this to be a great skincare regime on board and nothing disastrous happened to my complexion - yay! For hydration elsewhere I opted for my trusty Carmex Lip Balm and mini L'Occitane Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream, and to smell a little fresher I took my  L'Occitane Fleur Chérie Solid Perfume - solid perfume definitely the way forward when you have liquid restrictions! For hygeine Hand Santizer is also a must and a Tangle Teezer is great as it takes up so much less room in yer bag than a regular brush. 

In a bid to be  good masters student I did take my Macbook Pro, M&S Lemon Squeezy Zip-Up Pouch Pencil Case, work and books with me but as it was an overnight flight both ways that didn't prove too successful.... But having brought my 2016 Paperchase Diary I was able to pen down some upcoming dates and get myself organised before the year full on started.

Planes are always fricking freezing, so one must take precautions when travelling. My Next fluffy socks add extra comfort (and I always hope they'll make my ankles swell up less but I'm not sure if it actually works) and I was originally planning on bringing my New Look Black Cable Knit Faux Fur Bobble Hat but on the day I ended up swapping this for my Black Topshop Cable Hand Knit Scarf as it would provide warmth and double up as a pillow. I also spritzed it with the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for a bit of aromatherapy and as mentionned before I need all the sleeping help I can get on planes. For further hacks, chewy fruity sweets are a must for me as I swear my ears are 100% worse at unpopping compared to everyone else I have ever travelled with and these definitely help. I also wear as much jewellery on me as I can and carry it in my hand luggage as it would break my heart if I put it in my checked-in luggage and it got stolen. I also do the same in terms of carrying my makeup on board, unless it's a liquid.

I hope you enjoyed this little nosey into what's in my bag - I know I always love reading them/watching these videos on YouTube! Stay tuned for Sunday's post as it will be a photo diary of my time in Mauritius. 

What are your long-haul flight essentials?
C x
In the lead up to Christmas a load of my beauty products managed to run out at the exact same time *sigh*... and if you follow me over on Instagram, you'll be well aware that I've been sunning myself over in Mauritius (soz for the #HolidaySpam), so there were also some essentials I needed for me jollies. Either way, I ended up spending way too much money over the festive period so hopefully these bits and pieces will last me....

RECENT REPURCHASES
I only wrote about Soap and Glory's Solar Powder, Lush's Daddy-O Shampoo and the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil last week in my 2015 favourites post, so I won't bore you here... But these are seriously amazing products and I couldn't recommend them more! I've also lost count of whether this is my fourth or fifth tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream - the product is so light and I've seen sucha a dramatic difference in terms of my spots and the fading of scars. This hasn't fully stopped me from breaking out and I'm a bit worried that my complexion is becoming immune to its powers - but if you are in doubt over trying it BUY IT AND BUY IT NOW hehe... 

HOLIDAY BEAUTY BUYS
Whenever I am away, a waterproof mascara is a must for withstanding dips in the pool and lasting all day long. After reading glowing reviews for Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara on the blogosphere, I picked a tube up. I'm loving the formula so far, but I find that there's serious excess product on the brush and I have to apply it with a light hand to avoid clumping. Sun cream also causes serious breakouts on my face, so I was on the hunt for a lighter SPF for the daytime that would allow me to tan and still provide a bit of coverage. I was originally planning on picking up The Body Shop's All in One BB Cream, but after swatching La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream on the back of my hand it felt so much more luxurious and it was on offer so one thing lead to another... It's not the best at covering spots, but corrects my redness and offers a great level of sun protection with factor 30 SPF.

I broke down exactly what thermal water is back in August and although I do think it can be a bit of a gimmic, I wanted a little Thermal Water to freshen up on the long haul flight. This is within the carry on limit and I got this free alongside the Rosaliac CC Cream and the Effaclar Duo+ in a Boots deal. I love how this can be carried around just about anywhere and it's been in my beach bag all week! Although this wasn't strictly a holiday purchase, I had been trying to get hold of the Pixi Glow Tonic for pretty much the whole of 2015, but it was either out of stick or the delivery prices where redonculous. When I found out that my local M&S stocked it, I rushed to the cashier and so far so good!

Did you end up treating yourself to any beauty gifts in the run up to Christmas? Or are there any products you keep buying over and over? 
C x

Recent Repurchases and Holiday Beauty Buys

10 January 2016

In the lead up to Christmas a load of my beauty products managed to run out at the exact same time *sigh*... and if you follow me over on Instagram, you'll be well aware that I've been sunning myself over in Mauritius (soz for the #HolidaySpam), so there were also some essentials I needed for me jollies. Either way, I ended up spending way too much money over the festive period so hopefully these bits and pieces will last me....

RECENT REPURCHASES
I only wrote about Soap and Glory's Solar Powder, Lush's Daddy-O Shampoo and the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil last week in my 2015 favourites post, so I won't bore you here... But these are seriously amazing products and I couldn't recommend them more! I've also lost count of whether this is my fourth or fifth tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream - the product is so light and I've seen sucha a dramatic difference in terms of my spots and the fading of scars. This hasn't fully stopped me from breaking out and I'm a bit worried that my complexion is becoming immune to its powers - but if you are in doubt over trying it BUY IT AND BUY IT NOW hehe... 

HOLIDAY BEAUTY BUYS
Whenever I am away, a waterproof mascara is a must for withstanding dips in the pool and lasting all day long. After reading glowing reviews for Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara on the blogosphere, I picked a tube up. I'm loving the formula so far, but I find that there's serious excess product on the brush and I have to apply it with a light hand to avoid clumping. Sun cream also causes serious breakouts on my face, so I was on the hunt for a lighter SPF for the daytime that would allow me to tan and still provide a bit of coverage. I was originally planning on picking up The Body Shop's All in One BB Cream, but after swatching La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream on the back of my hand it felt so much more luxurious and it was on offer so one thing lead to another... It's not the best at covering spots, but corrects my redness and offers a great level of sun protection with factor 30 SPF.

I broke down exactly what thermal water is back in August and although I do think it can be a bit of a gimmic, I wanted a little Thermal Water to freshen up on the long haul flight. This is within the carry on limit and I got this free alongside the Rosaliac CC Cream and the Effaclar Duo+ in a Boots deal. I love how this can be carried around just about anywhere and it's been in my beach bag all week! Although this wasn't strictly a holiday purchase, I had been trying to get hold of the Pixi Glow Tonic for pretty much the whole of 2015, but it was either out of stick or the delivery prices where redonculous. When I found out that my local M&S stocked it, I rushed to the cashier and so far so good!

Did you end up treating yourself to any beauty gifts in the run up to Christmas? Or are there any products you keep buying over and over? 
C x
Two years ago today, on the 3rd of January I clicked 'publish' for my first ever blog post. It was just a bit of a naff post saying Welcome and all that, but it's officially been two years since I started rambling on my little spot of the internet. Charlotte's Road first began as being really personal, in that I posted updates on why I'd go a month without posting, tried to start a '365 Photo Challenge' series (which only lasted one week, 'cause there were only so many photos of the library I could take) and my photos were taken indoors, in the dead of night with just my bedroom lighting - if you fancy a laugh/cringe feel free to read through these, they are all still there... 

Since summer I finally got my blogging act together, in that I now post consistently yet I am so much prouder of my content, both written and visual. I still have a long way to go but as my lil' ol' blog title suggests, this blog is a snapshot of my journey and things that are right up my street. Anyhow, this is just a little post to say a massive thank you to anyone who has ever read my blog. I appreciate it so so much and I am so excited to get started on my future posts. Get ready for quite a lot of beauty content headed your way this month, and here's to another year of blogging!

Lots of lovin' and Happy New Year,
Charlotte x

ps: full photo creds to my sister Nathalie, who conveniantly had to take this photo as part of her graphics project

Charlotte's Road's 2nd Bday

3 January 2016

Two years ago today, on the 3rd of January I clicked 'publish' for my first ever blog post. It was just a bit of a naff post saying Welcome and all that, but it's officially been two years since I started rambling on my little spot of the internet. Charlotte's Road first began as being really personal, in that I posted updates on why I'd go a month without posting, tried to start a '365 Photo Challenge' series (which only lasted one week, 'cause there were only so many photos of the library I could take) and my photos were taken indoors, in the dead of night with just my bedroom lighting - if you fancy a laugh/cringe feel free to read through these, they are all still there... 

Since summer I finally got my blogging act together, in that I now post consistently yet I am so much prouder of my content, both written and visual. I still have a long way to go but as my lil' ol' blog title suggests, this blog is a snapshot of my journey and things that are right up my street. Anyhow, this is just a little post to say a massive thank you to anyone who has ever read my blog. I appreciate it so so much and I am so excited to get started on my future posts. Get ready for quite a lot of beauty content headed your way this month, and here's to another year of blogging!

Lots of lovin' and Happy New Year,
Charlotte x

ps: full photo creds to my sister Nathalie, who conveniantly had to take this photo as part of her graphics project

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