So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x

Skincare Saviours For Dry Skin

21 May 2017

So I may have shot these pictures a while back with the intention of naming this post something along the lines of 'Skincare Saviours for the Colder Months' - but as the British can't really make up it's mind when it comes to summer and my skin seems to be fluctuating between being oily to combination to dry, I thought I'd pop up this post to share the products I turn to when my skin misbehaves and dries out. These products are available all year round, but are great for incorporating into your skincare routine when it gets colder or equally great at prolonging a summer tan. 

Let's start clockwise from the top with Avène's Clearance EXPERT. Despite being made for acne-prone and oily complexions like my own, this moisturiser is rather rich in it's formula - but in a good way. As my skin grew immune to La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+], I sought out a replacement that would combat my spots but also cater to my skin becoming drier throughout winter and stumbled upon Avéne's Clearance range (which saves me about 50p for a moisturiser and every little helps right?). Anyhow, as a French pharmaceutical product, of course it works wonders. This moisturiser has really helped to clear up my complexion and unclog my pores, as well as regulating the production of oil around my T-zone, leaving my skin mattifyed (if that's a word?), hydrated, soft and smooth. The cream also claims that it exfoliates the skin too, but I haven't found this with my skin and so I'd recommend using an exfoliating toner with this to remove any flakey bits of skin.

Another great product for oily skin (and I imagine all skin types really), is the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I feel like I have banged on about this holy-grail status worthy cleanser a fair few times (have a read here), but I feel like it needs another little ode so here goes... With an oily complexion, I always used to shy away from facial oils, believing the skincare myths that these would only make my T-zone produce more oil, but in fact it doesn't at all and the formula is pretty lightweight. The more you massage this into your skin, the more radiance this cleanser injects into my complexion. As well as Vitamin C this formula contains olive, grapeseed, rosemary, cucumber and rosehip oils so understandably moisturises the skin but despite this, it doesn't overload the skin with moisture. After using this my skin feels refreshed and cleansed of impurities - it's also amazing at dissolving stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara, so I tend to use this as a primary cleanser before a facial wash. 

Another product I have previously raved about is Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (links here). This is another product that has won holy-grail status in my eyes as it works so well as an in-shower/bath quick fix for dry skin - especially if moisturising after you shower/bathe is a step you tend to skip (like me, worst-beauty-blogger-ever-alert). Think of it as an equivalent of hair conditioner for your body in that you rub it into wet skin, leave it for a couple mins and then rinse it off.. The formula is packed with moisture giving ingredients including argan oil (ofc), almond oil, organic brazil but oil, rose oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and shea butter. This little pot of luxury leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and radiant - definitely worth the £16.50 price tag.

Last but not least is the beauty classic Bio-Oil. Although this oil is better known for its results in reducing scars and stretch marks, it can also be used for uneven skin-tone, aging skin and dehydrated skin too and used as an after-sun treatment or bath oil. It has a lovely fruity and floral scent to it, combining lavender oil, rosemary oil, calendula oil and chamomile oil, meaning that Bio-Oil is packed with calming ingredients and vitamins to help soothe problem areas of the skin. If my skin is extremely dry, this is the product I turn to to rejuvenate it - key areas I use this are my knee caps, feet, elbows and over my keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. 

Have you tried any of these products and if you have, what do you think of them? Can you recommend any skincare saviours of your own to help combat dry skin?
C x
Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

Hey Stranger: A Ramble and Rant

7 May 2017

Hello, oh hi there, how are you doing? 

It's been far too long since I have contributed to my little corner of the internet, so I thought it was high time I address this. Back in 2014 when I first set up my blog, I used to post little life updates/excuses a little too regularly as to why I hadn't been around (feel free to lurk through my archives if you fancy cringey content/a lol in general), and so I will try not to make this a boring long list of excuses that quite frankly you won't care about. 

I've tried sitting down to complete two mahoosive posts for months on end now; the first a real-talk post on what to expect from a master's degree (which I'm hoping to publish before I actually forget what it was like) and the other was a big round up of my favourite fashion finds, beauty bits and reads from 2016 - but let's be honest it is now May (!!) so it's probably too late to post it (or would like to read it? Let me know!). I've felt like I couldn't push out other content without posting these meaty posts first, but in pressurising myself to write them, I ultimately became overwhelmed and unmotivated. I'm not one to post half-hearted content for the sake of it as I only want to share content I am proud of (then again I'm not sure of how proud of this post I am going to be...).

From September to the end of February, I was doing a paid internship at a media agency and a big part of my job was to work on their blogger/influencer network. This was by far my favourite part of my internship and although it's not a part of my current job role, influencer and content marketing is definitely an area of advertising I want to get back into in the future. However, in sourcing and researching bloggers for major brand collaborations, I think it made me more aware of myself as a smaller blogger - that I haven't produced nearly enough content as I would have liked to and that perhaps my blog is not as popular as I'd have hoped it to be. I know that a big part of blog growth comes down to determination, hard work and constant content creation - the time when I saw the greatest traffic to my blog was whilst I was posting twice weekly, but I have been unable to get myself back to that level. Working full time has made me feeling a little deflated and uninspired to write in the evenings and on weekends I tend to just want to relax (or feel sorry for myself binge-watching Netflix if I'm hungover). Essentially, I fell out of love with blogging.

I know that in the future I will never be a full-time blogger (even though I still think of it as the ultimate dream job), but I am okay with that. For now I just want to fall back in love with blogging. I thought I would achieve this by investing in my domain name and a new blog design at the beginning of this year, but alas along came job applications and I had no time to dedicate to Charlotte's Road. So although I have felt really guilty and disappointed in myself for not blogging, as my blog name suggests this is all about sharing my journey and so I guess that will come with ups and downs, and sometimes in waves.

Anyhow, now that I have settled into a new job and a bit more of a routine I am hoping to channel more creativity into the ol' blog. My current role isn't that creative and I do consider myself to be a creative person, so I'm kinda in need of an outlet for it at the moment.

I have always thought of this as predominantly a place for beauty content, but right now I'm more in love with fashion and so I'm hoping to get more haul and ootd type posts on here. I am also hoping to post a tonne of a lot more regularly again, so here's to hoping this post won't be a complete joke. However, if you do want to keep up with my daily life you can find me on Instagram at @charlotte_dickson or by clicking the pics from my feed below - where I'm a whole lot more reliable for producing content (and I've even been involved in a few sponsored campaigns on the 'gram during my blogging hiatus, which still seems a bit surreal).

Talking of Instagram, I feel like I could post a whole lot complaining about the current algorithms stifling small accounts, how it seems like people are no longer genuinely following others for the content they like, how it's just becoming a numbers game and don't even get me started on those cheating their following with bots and buying followers. Nonetheless, this blog post is probably moany enough, so I'll save that for another day.

So yeah, thank you for sticking around and with me on this little blog. I still can't believe there's a total of 505 of you following my content over on Bloglovin'! So think of this as a note to say that I haven't forgotten about you and a thank you to anyone that has ever read any post I have ever written - hopefully there's still a lot more to come from me.

If you're a fellow blogger have you ever felt guilty for not posting enough, or put too much pressure on yourself that you felt you just couldn't blog? Or have you ever fallen out of love with blogging? Do you still think there's space on the internet for smaller bloggers or those that don't post that regularly?
As always let me know in the comments below!
Cx

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