Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Spread the Love With an Orange Lipstick

From left to right: Rimmel Apocalips 'Luna', Revlon Lip Butter 'Juicy Papaya', Rimmel Moisture Renew 'In Love With Ginger', MAC 'Saigon Summer'

From left to right: Rimmel Apocalips 'Luna', Revlon Lip Butter 'Juicy Papaya', Rimmel Moisture Renew 'In Love With Ginger', MAC 'Saigon Summer'

Orange has creeped into this years make up trend whether it be a glamorous look or even a casual daytime look, orange is one of the most flattering colours that suits every skintone. I never used to be a fan of orange but when I started to experiment more with make up I began to fall in love with it. Whether it be a subtle shade or a full on bright lip, it's perfect for a summer glow and there's a shade for everyone.

The Liquid Orange

The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers are a great favourite of mine and when they were discovered at the beginning of 2013, I knew I had to get my hands on some. The shade 'Luna' is a subtle orange that has a satin finish but dries quite matte. The formula of the lip product is, what I would say, the mediator between a lip gloss and a lipstick, for those days where you're feeling crazy and want a bit of both. The colour is applied quite bright, especially for my skin tone, but when it dries it's actually quite subtle and not too in your face.

The Glossy Orange

For those glossy girls who think a matte lip doesn't suit their cracked lips that mother nature likes to give us (I feel your pain), the Revlon Lip Butters are the perfect option for this case. I have three shades with my first one being 'Juicy Papaya', a gorgeous orange shade with a slight shine. Not only does it give a natural orange colour to the lips, it moisturises them too (PERF!) so that cracked lips are no more! I would say the colour of this is darker than your typical orange but great for a natural make up. I love just popping this on my lips when I'm having one of those lazy make up days!

The Blood Orange

MY FAV. I love this orange shade and I think it really compliments my skintone, particularly when I have a tan. The Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'In Love With Ginger' (how cute is the name?!) is my personal favourite when it comes to a good orange lip. The product is highly pigmented with a moisturising formula, giving a subtle glossy finish. I would say that these lipsticks are similar to the amplified MAC lipsticks, in that the colour pay off is amazing and they last for a long time. This colour is a mix between a red and orange and a perfect shade for the summer AND makes your teeth seem whiter, ticks of an extra box for me!

The Bright Orange

Now, when it comes to this type of orange, I'm always a bit hit and miss. I love a bright lip and have really started to get into this look at the moment, however when it comes to orange I'm just not sure. I decided to try out 'Saigon Summer' from MAC  (of course I had to include a MAC lipstick) and at first, I wasn't too keen, but once I wore it a bit more I got used to the colour on my lips and actually love it! It's a cremesheen formula meaning that it applies quite creamy and has a slight sheen to it. I must say though the lasting power of this isn't so great but it still has a place in my heart.

Charlotte xxx

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Monday, 21 July 2014

It's Time to Leave School

Leaving school is a huge thing for anyone. You spend 13 years of your life in compulsory education before moving on to do different things, whether that be sixth form, college or an apprenticeship, everyone makes their own decisions. For me, after I left school in year 11, I decided to spend the next two years in sixth form to complete my A levels, which were English Language, Religious Studies and Geography. I'm going to be completely honest with you, sixth form has been the hardest two years of my life and I've had many ups and downs throughout. I'm not here to put anyone off sixth form or even force you to go, I'm basically here to express how it feels to leave school altogether and offer my experience to you all. 

Sixth form started off weird for me. I'm the type of person who hates change but once I settle into it I'm absolutely fine. It was a shock to see how hard A Levels are and I just want to point that out to everyone. They're not easy I can assure you! Throughout year 12, I settled in, grew close to people I wasn't expecting to grow close to, I went through a relationship, I thought I'd studied hard and then went through my AS exams, which for those who don't know are exams you sit at the end of your first year of sixth form. I was actually away for my results day so I received them through an e-mail from my head of sixth. I'm not going to lie, I was gutted and so disappointed with my results. When I came home from holiday I had different meetings to help decide what I was going to do but in the end I was lucky enough to resit the papers which needed resitting.

Year 13 has been, in my opinion, the most difficult year of my school life. I know that sounds a bit depressing and may not be reassuring for many of you, but if I'm honest, I didn't like it at all. The work got harder and the stress levels had risen. I quit my job to give extra time for my studies, which was the best decision I've made. In my sixth form, there had been a lot of dramas in the common room which added to the stress of A levels and the bloomin emotions I had. I didn't do very well in my mock exams, causing more meetings and blah blah blah. There were some high points of year 13, however, such as our school production where I took the role of stage manager. I've been doing productions for years and made my way up the backstage hierarchy, if you can call it that, and since this was my last one it was a special'un.

The last few weeks of school were a mix of emotions. Stress, tears, laughter, all of which were shared across the common room. As our exams creeped closer and closer (and nails were bitten shorter and shorter) the atmosphere in sixth form became so tense that you would never know when someone was going to come round the corner and rip someones hair out. A bit of an over-exaggeration but slightly true...
All year I'd been waiting for the day to leave school and was actually really excited for it. In the last two weeks of school, reality began to hit me: I won't be waking up at 6:45 every morning, I won't need to face Monday morning assembly or fishy Fridays at lunchtime. I was going into the world outside of the school I had been  in for 7 years. Okay, let's not get too deep but I mean, come on, it's pretty scary. I started to realise how much I'd miss it but I couldn't wait to leave to make a fresh start. I had a pretty dramatic last term at school, it's too much to get into but for me it was pretty difficult. I wanted to leave but I wanted to stay and it was all exciting but nervewracking.

For our end of school celebrations, our school held a leaver's dinner in our main hall, which in my opinion, was an amazing evening. Sharing stories, memories and embarrassing old photos, I think it's safe to say we all enjoyed the evening thoroughly. But then the last day appeared and we celebrated it with school pranks (a sixth form tradition) bbq burgers and again, embarassing photos. It was lovely to see my creepy photobombs. It was crazy to think that we were no longer going to see the people who we'd practically grown up with everyday and that we won't be in the same routine. I need to stop going so depressed! As always we had a leavers prom which again, was a very special. Our head boy and head girl organised the whole night and I have to say I couldn't be more thankful. It was held at Lumley Castle in Durham and as we arrived, the girls were given roses (my fav flower) and photos were taken. Thank goodness the sun came out especially for us, as I like to think. I've never laughed so much and I think everyone had slightly too much wine but why the hell not ey?!

Leaving school is something that the majority of us will experience and for many it will be a scary thought but for others it will be so exciting to think of what is just round the corner. For me, I can't wait to go away to university (HOPEFULLY) and make a fresh start, meet new people, learn new places and just get away from everything. Let me know if you've left school and how you're feeling!

Charlotte xxx

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Friday, 18 July 2014

A Graduation Outfit || Fashion

Dress: River Island - £30

Sandals: Accessorize (bought last year)
Nail Polish: 'Don't Be Shy' - Rimmel's Rita Ora Collection

Necklace: Wallis (Mam's necklace)

Hello Everyone!

So I thought I'd do a small outfit post from this week when I attended my brother's graduation in Cardiff. We travelled down to Bristol on Tuesday and then woke up bright and early (which is always so much fun) and drove over to Cardiff the next morning. The day was amazing and although the morning weather was grey and miserable it soon brightened up and made the day even better. 

My brother, Matthew, graduated from Cardiff University with a 2:1 in English Language and as a family we couldn't be more proud. Seeing him in his gown made him look so grown up and it was crazy to see how fast the past three years have gone.

The day as a whole was special and so much fun (with a shoutout to whoever put on the reception lunch, the food was fabulous.) However, we were knackered by the end of it and I couldn't wait for my bed! 

Well done Matthew!

Charlotte xxx


Thursday, 3 July 2014

L'Oreal 'Miss Manga Mega Volume' Mascara || Review

Hi everyone!

I've realised I've never reviewed a mascara before and for me, mascara is an everyday essential. I've been attached to my beloved Maybelline 'The Falsies' and Benefit's 'They're Real' for too long now that I thought I'd have to try something new. Around the blogosphere, the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume mascara has had it's fair share of opinions. There's been a mixed bunch of thoughts on this product so I thought I'd give it a go and see how I feel.

First of all, I love the packaging. I think the way they've created the product with the pink and black together really attract me to the mascara as well as shape of the bottle. I know, that sounds weird, but packaging is a big thing for me! The brush is different to any other mascara I've tried. It doesn't really have a clear shape. From what I can describe, it goes in a triangle shape but rather than being straight, it has lumps throughout, which helps to create the 'Miss Manga' look.

I find that the mascara gives my lashes a lot of volume which I love! However, it doesn't make my lashes look thicker, which isn't necessarily a problem for me as I have naturally thick lashes. In my opinion, I'd prefer to add length to my lashes which this mascara does perfectly. It separates my lashes and doesn't clump. I use it on both top and bottom lashes and I find that it doesn't smudge or rub off through the day and is actually quite long lasting.

Let me know what you think of this mascara! Have you tried it yet?

Charlotte xxx

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