I promise this is the last 'holiday' themed post for a while here on Charlotte's Road, but thought I'd talk you through the daily 'makeup menu' I opted for everyday of my trip to Mauritius. In the hot climate, there is nothing I hate more than caking on foundation (or eye makeup for that matter) and watching it quite literally melt/smudge/drip off of my face; so I wanted to opt for a light base with a high SPF, as sun cream makes me break out like there is no tomorrow. Accordingly I purchased the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream (which has made several appearences on the blog in the last month or two). This corrected any redness in my complexion and left my skin feeling moisturised but not too much so. Though I did buy this before the launch of the brand's Effaclar BB Cream, which probably would have suited my oily skin type better, to add longetivity to the CC Cream I applied the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder on top. 

To apply both base products I used the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Though it needed a serious clean by the end of my trip, the sponge served it's multi-purpose function. Using the flat side of the sponge, I was able to blend in the cream to a much more natural finish than I could achieve with my fingers or any makeup brush I own, and for the powder I was inspired by Sam Chapman's tutorial and used the domed side of the sponge to set the cream in place, paying particular attention to my t-zone and under my eyes. 

On holiday, a waterproof mascara is definitely a must for being smudgeproof (or should I say sweatproof?) and withstanding dips in the pool. After reading what seemed like endlessly good reviews of Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara I caved and though I find it can be clumpy at times, I do love this mascara. It holds a curl fantastically well throughout the day and is possibly one of the most waterproof mascaras I have ever owned. I also love the long, spidery and volumised finish it gives to my lashes.

What kind of makeup do you opt for in the warmer months/when you are away? Any recommendations on products that withstand any weather thrown at them? 
C x

The Holiday Face

28 February 2016

I promise this is the last 'holiday' themed post for a while here on Charlotte's Road, but thought I'd talk you through the daily 'makeup menu' I opted for everyday of my trip to Mauritius. In the hot climate, there is nothing I hate more than caking on foundation (or eye makeup for that matter) and watching it quite literally melt/smudge/drip off of my face; so I wanted to opt for a light base with a high SPF, as sun cream makes me break out like there is no tomorrow. Accordingly I purchased the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream (which has made several appearences on the blog in the last month or two). This corrected any redness in my complexion and left my skin feeling moisturised but not too much so. Though I did buy this before the launch of the brand's Effaclar BB Cream, which probably would have suited my oily skin type better, to add longetivity to the CC Cream I applied the Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder on top. 

To apply both base products I used the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Though it needed a serious clean by the end of my trip, the sponge served it's multi-purpose function. Using the flat side of the sponge, I was able to blend in the cream to a much more natural finish than I could achieve with my fingers or any makeup brush I own, and for the powder I was inspired by Sam Chapman's tutorial and used the domed side of the sponge to set the cream in place, paying particular attention to my t-zone and under my eyes. 

On holiday, a waterproof mascara is definitely a must for being smudgeproof (or should I say sweatproof?) and withstanding dips in the pool. After reading what seemed like endlessly good reviews of Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara I caved and though I find it can be clumpy at times, I do love this mascara. It holds a curl fantastically well throughout the day and is possibly one of the most waterproof mascaras I have ever owned. I also love the long, spidery and volumised finish it gives to my lashes.

What kind of makeup do you opt for in the warmer months/when you are away? Any recommendations on products that withstand any weather thrown at them? 
C x
Dress: ASOS | Flip-Flops: Havaianas (Slim) | Bikini, Belt and Sunglasses: All Topshop 
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

 So, I'm dragging out the holiday-themed posts a little here, but just wanted to share with you one of the outfits from one of the last days of my trip to Mauritius (hence the odd bit of patchy sunburn). I picked up this ASOS Swing Sundress in Batik Print back in September/October time and what I love the most about this is the hippie-ish quality to the print. The lightweight fabric is also great quality and has crinkled finish to it (and is now in the sale ooo-ooo). I'd never normally go for the shape of a swing dress, and this is why I've paired it with this Topshop Belt, but I thought it would be great for chucking over a still-wet swimsuit. I've had these brown Slim Havaianas for a while now and they've lasted really well, being sturdy despite their slim fit. And you may recognise these Topshop Sunglasses from a haul I did last summer, and the little palm tree detailing was perfect for yhese surroundings and I already feel like I'm in need of another holiday.

What's your go-to outfit for a day by the beach or pool?
C x

A Holiday OOTD: Hippie Hippie Shake

24 February 2016

Dress: ASOS | Flip-Flops: Havaianas (Slim) | Bikini, Belt and Sunglasses: All Topshop 
Photos: Nathalie Dickson

 So, I'm dragging out the holiday-themed posts a little here, but just wanted to share with you one of the outfits from one of the last days of my trip to Mauritius (hence the odd bit of patchy sunburn). I picked up this ASOS Swing Sundress in Batik Print back in September/October time and what I love the most about this is the hippie-ish quality to the print. The lightweight fabric is also great quality and has crinkled finish to it (and is now in the sale ooo-ooo). I'd never normally go for the shape of a swing dress, and this is why I've paired it with this Topshop Belt, but I thought it would be great for chucking over a still-wet swimsuit. I've had these brown Slim Havaianas for a while now and they've lasted really well, being sturdy despite their slim fit. And you may recognise these Topshop Sunglasses from a haul I did last summer, and the little palm tree detailing was perfect for yhese surroundings and I already feel like I'm in need of another holiday.

What's your go-to outfit for a day by the beach or pool?
C x
For those of you needing a break from the constant stream of Valentine's Day themed blog posts (Single Ladiez Put Your Hands Up), here's a quick guide to giving your complexion some summer lovin'. Before jetting off on my New Year break, I was determined to shake up my skincare regime to get rid of my skin's dull, winter feel and get it glowing so that a tan would only enhance it. With the help of some Christmas presents and recent beauty purchases, I believe I've stumbled on a great combo to boost skin's radiance. 

To cleanse, I've been using my ever trustworthy Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil. The citrusy goodness is evident in it's gorgeous smell, and this oil definitely isn't too heavy for my oily complexion, in fact the longer I spend massaging this into my skin the better the brightening results. Without stripping the skin of all its natural oils, it leaves skin feeling fresh and moisturised and is also great at removing waterproof mascara (a must on holiday). To tone, I've been using bloggers' favourite Pixi Glow Tonic and after the first use, my skin was noticably smoother and a bit brighter. It also smells amazing too.

To brighten my eye area, hydrate it from spot treatments and depuff my under-eye baggage caused by late nights, I've been using the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream after hearing so many great things about the GinZing range. Although the directions advise to apply this in the AM, I find it to be more effective using it before I go to bed, avoiding the puffiness and dark circles in the morning. For my base, I wanted to where something rather light whilst away that provided SPF and so picked up La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream. The finish to this banishes any signs of redness and is very dewy looking, giving even my oily skin a radiant healthy glow.

The star of this collection though, has to be the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum. You apply a layer of this under your everyday moisturiser, and for me this works the best at giving my complexion that summer holiday glow. Although it says to only apply a pea size amount of this to the face in one go, I normally find myself using more and so I may need a replacement tube soon. But it is a great drugstore find and is serious bang for your buck.

What are your favourite skincare products that get you glowing?
C x

How to Get the Holiday Glow: Home or Away

14 February 2016

For those of you needing a break from the constant stream of Valentine's Day themed blog posts (Single Ladiez Put Your Hands Up), here's a quick guide to giving your complexion some summer lovin'. Before jetting off on my New Year break, I was determined to shake up my skincare regime to get rid of my skin's dull, winter feel and get it glowing so that a tan would only enhance it. With the help of some Christmas presents and recent beauty purchases, I believe I've stumbled on a great combo to boost skin's radiance. 

To cleanse, I've been using my ever trustworthy Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil. The citrusy goodness is evident in it's gorgeous smell, and this oil definitely isn't too heavy for my oily complexion, in fact the longer I spend massaging this into my skin the better the brightening results. Without stripping the skin of all its natural oils, it leaves skin feeling fresh and moisturised and is also great at removing waterproof mascara (a must on holiday). To tone, I've been using bloggers' favourite Pixi Glow Tonic and after the first use, my skin was noticably smoother and a bit brighter. It also smells amazing too.

To brighten my eye area, hydrate it from spot treatments and depuff my under-eye baggage caused by late nights, I've been using the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream after hearing so many great things about the GinZing range. Although the directions advise to apply this in the AM, I find it to be more effective using it before I go to bed, avoiding the puffiness and dark circles in the morning. For my base, I wanted to where something rather light whilst away that provided SPF and so picked up La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream. The finish to this banishes any signs of redness and is very dewy looking, giving even my oily skin a radiant healthy glow.

The star of this collection though, has to be the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum. You apply a layer of this under your everyday moisturiser, and for me this works the best at giving my complexion that summer holiday glow. Although it says to only apply a pea size amount of this to the face in one go, I normally find myself using more and so I may need a replacement tube soon. But it is a great drugstore find and is serious bang for your buck.

What are your favourite skincare products that get you glowing?
C x

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