Getting ready in Style with Beautify*

*AD – This product was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own

One thing I have always longed for is a dressing table. Somewhere I could relax and get ready in style. Where I could hide and conceal my pretty extensive beauty collection and ultimately have enough space to overhaul when getting ready for a good night out.
All of the above, without, of course, being interrupted and feeling like you I am in the way.

So, when I was sent the most beautiful dressing table, complete with rose gold accents and a colour shade that perfectly blends into my bedroom, I couldn’t contain my excitement!

Since buying my own home, I have realised how tough it is to find furniture that a) suits your space and b) is of a good standard.

There is nothing worse than spending your cash on furniture that will slack and need replacing within months of purchase!

Usually, that includes furniture of the flat pack kind.

I was a little dubious of the dressing table, when it arrived. Mainly due to my ability to build it, as well as how well it was going to look.

After just an hour of building ( with help from my hubby some times ), it was built and looking stunning as ever!

It has a full width draw, perfect for storing make up essentials and hiding your hoard. And its’ just the perfect width for our space.

I had a spot planned, in the corner of our room under the most precious piece from the wedding ( our Caricature signed by our wedding guests ). And much to my delight, it looks perfect!

I’m now eager than ever to go for a proper night out, just so I can spend as much time as possible at my stunning Dressing Table.

You wouldn’t think this is even a new edition, would you?

So, if you’re looking for stunning furniture this new year, look no further than Beautify! This stunning piece is part of an entire range and would look stunning in any home.

The ornate, curved legs and easy assemble makes it my favourite range, and I can’t wait to transform my entire room with the gorgeous pieces!

I’m not even dreading building more!

Whats your must piece of furniture in your bedroom?

Do you have a particular make-up space within your room?

As always, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

*This was a collaborative post with beautify. All opinions are my own.

Pampering my skin with Tropic Skincare*

Skincare is something we all either follow religiously or forget all together and unfortunately, I am the latter. Despite being told on the regular that a skincare routine is vital, I am still a lazy sausage when it comes to applying moisturiser and generally taking care of my skin. 

Bearing in mind I don’t really follow a routine, I was really rather eager to find and use a skincare brand that worked well with me and did the job – ofcourse! 

Tropic Skincare isn’t a brand I had some across before, so when I was approached to try some of their products I was hoping they would transform my skincare routine. They are Animal Cruelty Free, contain all natural ingredients and are Vegan friendly and are certified by The Vegan Society, Cruelty Free International and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I was so impressed with all these features, I just hoped their products stood up. 

I was kindly gifted a range of Body butter ‘whips’ and a selection of beautifully fragrant bath foams. Being a true lover of baths, especially in the winter, I was thrilled to try something that could help me relax and soften my skin. 

Mini Whipped Body Velvet collection

The body butter whips, again beautiful in fragrance, help retain moisture and feel absolutely amazing on your skin.  They help nourish and repair skin, whilst softening skin too.  

There were a range of scents, including Pomelo, Passion Fruit and Coconut. All 3 are packed with fantastic ingredients that help create a buttery texture, delicious scent and deliver anti-ageing, repairing properties. 

This stunning collection is just £28.00. Receive 10% off your order by ordering through Amy Price – Tropic Ambassador. Join here Facebook group to gain exclusive access to the most stunning products! 

Luxury Bath Foam Collection 

As mentioned, I am a hugeeeee bath lover. The cold winter nights make the perfect setting for a long, warm soak in a bath. 

Of course, teamed with Netflix and some candles, it makes the perfect time to unwind, relax and even nourish your skin.

Thankfully, Tropic skincare bath foams do just that. They describe it as a soothing blanket and honestly, they’re spot on. These gorgeous bath foams create a bath that softens your skin from the moment you dip a toe in. 

Packed with natural ingredients, including Aloe Vera and coconut, these foams will help soothe, nourish and cleanse skin. 

Once again, they came in 3 sumptuous scents including Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut, Passion Fruit and Ginger Lily, and Monoi and Orange Flower.

This must have collection is just £22.00. Receive 10% off your order by ordering through Amy Price – Tropic Ambassador. Join here Facebook group to gain exclusive access to the most stunning products! 

So how did I get on?

You better believe it lived up to my expectations. These products have become a firm favourite. The Bath foams and Body whips work so well together. The scents alone make them irresistible. They sit rather comfortably on my bath shelf and even my hubby reaches for them! 

How do you get yourself some goodies?

To get yourself some of their gorgeous skincare products, be sure to use a Tropic Ambassador like Amy. She can direct and help you choose gorgeous products for your every day needs. Tropic Skincare have a stunning overall range including Skincare, Bath and Body, Make-up and Hair care! 

Amy can even offer you some discount! The easiest way to grab some Tropic Skincare goodies is to join and shop via Amy’s Facebook group! Here you can discuss new and upcoming products, as well as exclusive discounts! 

I can’t wait to try some more products and share with you some more goodies! 

Have you ever tried Tropic Skincare? 

*This post is a collaborative piece. These items were sent to me to review. All opinions are my own

Men’s Skincare: Why Your Partner Needs A Good Skincare Routine*

The man in your life may not appreciate the importance of men’s skincare. Here’s why a good skincare routine is important!

As us girls know, looking after your skin is important. Not only does it keep us clean and spot free for the most part, but it also can help to slow down signs of ageing; always a plus! Now, where men are concerned, most of the population aren’t aware of how effective a regular skincare routine can be to their skin. Encouraging the man in your life to take those simple steps in the morning and evening can really improve their skin, and they’ll thank you in the long run! So, why is men’s skincare essential for your partner, and which products are the best to invest in?

The importance of men’s skincare.

No matter how much they might deny it, looking after male skin is just as important as female. A man’s skin can still be placed in the same normal, oily or combination categories, and there are still products out there to suit each individual skin type. It’s very important to look after and repair the skin wherever possible.

Shaving can damage your skin.

Shaving a beard can tug, tear and tussle with the skin. It can leave it irritated and rough to the touch, making it rather uncomfortable. Men’s skincare can help by soothing and repairing the damage caused by razors or trimmers, helping to get your skin back on track. Shaving products by The English Shaving Company can ensure your partner’s skin is revitalised and looked after every time they shave. The best premium products work wonders, no matter what your skin type!

A man’s skin tends to be oilier than a females.

Because of this, it’s essential to put a skincare routine in place to balance it. You can find a whole load of skincare products on the market to care for different types of skin. Some products can

completely strip away all of the skin’s natural oils and moisture levels, so handpicking the right ones will help to keep that balance.

You’re not invincible to the sun’s rays!

Sometimes, men can neglect that sunscreen when the sun shows its face. No wonder they tan so well! In fact, not using sunscreen is particularly dangerous as the skin is then exposed to those harmful rays from the sun. It’s important to prep the skin before and after being out in the sun, so starting the day with an SPF lotion is the best idea, followed by a cooling moisturiser in the evening.

What can be done to help?

We need to encourage more men to act when it comes to a good skincare routine. From being supporting to generally giving advice about the different products out there, we can quickly get men on track to really look after their skin in the right way.

Give them a crash course.

A lot of men come across as clueless where skincare is concerned. Most of us females are usually pretty clued up when it comes to caring for our skin, so we can inform them about what could be good for their skin, and the types of products to use on different areas of their face. Stock the cupboard up with skincare essentials including gentle skin wipes, face wash and moisturisers and set some time aside to explain the advantages!

Get the right products.

From the right razor to a facial moisturiser, the right products are essential to keep your skin looking fresh and to prevent early ageing. For a morning and evening routine, start the day with a cleansing facewash followed by a light moisturiser to prevent your skin from drying out. After a shave, use a good quality aftershave to soothe and disinfect.

Exfoliate!

Encouraging men to exfoliate twice a week could prove to be a little difficult. However, when discussing its benefits, it’s clear to see that it’s an essential part of any skincare routine. It’s all well and good using a moisturiser, but without exfoliating first, you’ll not be seeing the full benefit. It can give a brighter complexion and help to minimise lines or wrinkles.

Men’s skincare isn’t ‘too much work’!

Men may try to brush off the idea of skincare as they believe searching for the right products is a pain and is too time consuming. In fact, these days, it couldn’t be easier. With more skincare stores around and mums, wives and daughters at hand to give advice, finding the right products to use is simple.

How do you encourage the man in your life to have a great skincare routine?

Let us know in the comments!

**This post was in collaboration with The English Shaving Company, who sell the finest beard and skincare products. For more information about their products or for expert advice, visit their website: www.theenglishshavingcompany.com.

Get away with not washing your hair for 3+ Days!

I try to not wash my hair for 3+ days at a time. My friend only washes her hair once a week! Incredible.

It may sound totally gross, BUT hear me out!

I have been to the hairdressers numerous times and been lectured on how many times I wash my hair in a week. Yes, I do have colour treated hair so that has something to do with it, but as many of us know, the number of times we wash our hair can seriously damage our hair. No lie, damage it.

Washing your hair strips it of its natural oils and in turn, damages the structure of it. It can be more prone to breakage and split ends. You may even have to have more chopped off due to serious damage to the hair. A little drastic but it can happen!

Sooo what’s the solution I hear you cry?

Well….cutting back on how many times we actually wash it.

So if you want to improve the health of your hair and prolong the amount of time in-between washes, read on because I have some of the perfect solutions! (Trust me I do all of them!).

Use dry shampoo

It’s a product sent from the hair gods. One spray of this mystical product and greasy roots are no more! It can not only help prolong the amount of time in between washes but help you get away with it in style. Lot’s of different companies now provide dry shampoo, but my favourite product is

Curl your hair

I am a dead straight kinda hair girl. Honestly, doesn’t matter whether I dry it or not, it always ends up dead straight. Some say it’s a gift, I can often see it as a curse. So one way I get round washing it all the time is by curling it. Adding some volume to my hair not only gives it a variation, it means I can get away with leaving it longer in-between washes. Using a curling wand, I curl my hair the evening after I have washed it. Super easy, not to time-consuming and gives me style for the next 2 – 3 days!

Start using different styles

One of the main reasons I was put off trying to wean my hair onto a shorter wash cycle was down to the fact I didn’t know too many styles. Other than, bun and down, my hair was pretty boring. BUT, knowing various styles to trend throughout the week can make it soo much easier prolonging the number of days you can go without washing it!

Take a bath

Not only can it be a lot more relaxing, but it’s a real easy way to keep your locks out of the wet and in the dry. Run yourself a nice bubble bath, grab a book or even your iPad and truly relax. The time alone you’re spending unwinding rather than washing and drying your hair will transform you into a bath queen who’s broken her own hair washing routine!

Invest in a Shower cap

You may either not have a bath at all, or actually not too keen to have baths. Failing that, baths are too much of a ball ache to run sometimes and you just need a quick nip in nip out wash motion. All hail the shower cap. The genius invention that was actually for our mothers and protecting their perm. But it works all the same and can keep your mane water free in-between washes. Even better, it keeps the humidity out too, which in itself can make your hair look all levels of minging. Grab yourself one when you’re next in Poundland. Or you can nip to boots who have a nice variety of designs too!

Click here for 5 things to avoid doing to your hair to keep it super healthy!!

How long can you go without washing your hair?

How do you do it?

Let me know by starting some chatter below!

Picture

Beauty products I cannot do without – Aug’18

There has been a lot of skincare changes in recent weeks in my bathroom! Before the wedding, I went into panic mode as my skin seemed to explore with enormous and rather painful spots! And then there was the recovery effort after wearing make-up in the sweltering heat and then there was the drowning my skin in moisture effort as I was overexposed on honeymoon.

Whilst August hasn’t been the best month for my skin, there have been atleast 3 proucts that have found their way to being my fav these last couple of weeks in atleast giving me hope and confidence in my skin!

Read: Skincare I packed for my Honeymoon

R.E.N – Perfect Canvas

This stuff is ruddy beautiful. I apply every morning after cleansing and honestly, it works wonders. Whilst this product works wonderfully under your make-up, I have found my skin looks so full using it, I have been using it without makeup. Applies beautifully and leaves my skin looking and feeling revitalised. A real staple in my morning routine!

Skin Kissed

I started using this product before my wedding and honeymoon and honestly cannot stop using! It leaves my skin feeling plumped and even helps with the appearance of spots. Since arriving home, my skin has certainly been troublesome, but after re-applying every night, its really helped the overall appearance of my skin!

MAC – Half n Half

I have had this lippie for a few months and in love with the shade. I don’t tend to wear much makeup if any at all, but If I want to spruce myself up without using foundation, I always grab this shade. Subtle and long-wearing, it’s perfect for these in-between seasons and autumn!

Like I mentioned, I don’t tend to use much make-up and since coming home from honeymoon, I have been trying to get my skin back to it’s better state. These products have sure been a staple in my routine these last couple of weeks.

Have you been using some must buy products?

Any I should be trying in September?

As always, share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Charlotte x

January Cohorted Box*

The Cohorted Box is something I have had the privilege of receiving a couple of times, and you know what, it certainly lifts my mood!! Just the other day when I came home from a shoddy day at work and was greeted with this gorgeous box on my dining table, my entire mood, and day was lifted from the shadow of crap. Serious joy I felt, and as always anxious to crack it open and see what it contained.

Since January is a month we are all craving a detox in every way possible, I was thrilled to learn the January box was packed with skincare goodies to treat your skin. Whilst I am a lover of make-up, I do love treating my skin to the best products possible. And thanks to Cohorted, Jan was a good kick start. I was stunned with some of the products and have been absolutely loving some of the gorgeous products I was surprised with.

Read more

Crushing your bad beauty habits

We all have those bad beauty habits we just want to break, and yet can’t find a way to completely obliterate them. I have had many new years resolutions that I broke within days because honestly, I didn’t know how to tackle and manage my habit effectively. In a bid to make a drastic change to my lifestyle in 2018, I am going to crack a fair few bad beauty habits, and I have armed myself on how to do it properly!

Here’s the bad beauty habits I hope to crush this year, and how I propose I will do it. Hopefully, they can spur you to either embark on the same, or similar habits in 2018.

Read more

Beauty | A perfect Skincare Range*

A couple of months ago, I shared with you some first impressions on the beautiful Botanics products and how I was finding them. Several months on, and copious amounts of products later, I thought I’d share you some of my further thoughts on how I am and my skin is coping with this new found routine.

Previously I never really looked after my skin, and the only kind of products I used were in the way of make-up and some prescribed spot cream to try and keep blackheads and nasty spots at bay.

Yet, since I have started to use and create a skincare routine with Botanics, I have come to love applying products and looking after my skin.

Cleansing, toning and moisturising are all daily occurrences and I have felt a complete change in my skin, and how I feel with a bare face.
I know there are a fair few of us that can really struggle to control our skin and often feel there is nothing out there that can help. However, I am here telling you, all is not lost!!

Here’s the products I have been using from the Botanics collection, and bloody ‘ell are they good!!

Purifying Face Scrub | I use this face scrub every evening in the shower and honestly it is a bloody godsend. I have never used a product that has left my skin feeling so refreshed and clear. This alone is my fav product and I wouldn’t be without it!

Micellar Cleansing Solution | This is another product I use every day, mostly every morning and if I’m feeling generous, in the evening too!! Swiping across my skin, it makes it feel fresh in the morning, and takes away any dirt from the day in the evening. It’s a new staple in my skin routine.

All Bright Balancing Cream | This literally makes my skin glow! I have never had a cream that has left my skin feeling and lookin vibrant! In the colder weather, I have needed to use moisturiser prior, but it always leaves my skin feeling and look fresh and healthy!

All Bright Day Cream | I have always had a love hate with moisturiser, yet this day cream seems to give everything my skin needs, without being too heavy duty on my skin. It’s notorious to be picky yet Botanics goes down a storm.

Honestly, I have NEVER felt better in my own skin!! I am happy and proud to wear my face bare. Not only that, but my god does it make it easier to get up and go to work on time in the morning. No worry for make-up nor foundation that neither matches or wears for the whole day.

Have you ever tried Botanics? 
Let me know and comment below! 

Avoid doing these five things to your hair !

I would not say I have the healthiest hair in the world. But I like to think I try and take care of it, since I like to alter and change my hair colour a little often that would be recommended.

Bleach has certainly been over used on mine, so I am always keen to spare it any further damage. Turns out, I seem to be doing a pretty good job of taking care of it, and it’s thanks to some simple things I avoid when it comes to hair care!

Heat Damage |

I try and keep any heat damage to a minimum. I can’t remember the last time I actually blow dried my own hair. I wash my hair in the evening and go to bed mostly with damp hair. I ensure my hair is above my head when sleeping to avoid have a stiff neck in the morning. When using straighteners and curlers on my hair, I ensure I use plenty of heat spray before hand.

Conditioning |

This is something I read online and it has worked miracles on my hair. When washing my hair, I apply conditioner first to my ends, and then shampoo my roots second. I do not shampoo my ends and just let the shampoo run into the ends.

Washing |

I try and wash my hair as little as often. I usually go 3-4 days without washing my hair and whilst I hate the feel of my hair on the last day, It does my hair a world of good! When I do wash my hair, I wish as described in the point above.

Tangle Teezer |

My tangle teezer is my holy grail and I barely brush my hair with anything but it! It’s fairly gentle on my hair and limits the damage to my hair. I try and not brush my hair when it is wet, since this can damage it even more so, but sometimes this just can’t be helped.

Maintaining |

I try and get my hair cut / trimmed every 12 weeks. Sometimes this is harder to do, since it can be pretty expensive with a colour on top of that. Keeping your hair trimmed helps reduce split ends creating havoc further up your hair strands. Don’t leave your hair too long without a cut as it will only do more damage than good.

What do you avoid doing to your hair?
Any tips for me?
Let me know in the comment section below!

 

Blogmas | A Christmas Present to me from Cohorted*

Hay pals, miss me?

As you well know, Christmas has been and gone, sad face, yet there is still a air of Christmas to be felt. Especially when you are still yet to fully indulge and unpack presents, nor play or use them. Just like me!

It‘s even better when you have been sent some gorgeous products to make you feel a lil better for the onslaught of January. It’s like a little gift to me!!

If you caught the last box I received, you would know how much I enjoyed all of the producs. I honestly didn’t know how it could better. But once again, cohorted have surprised me to the max with stunning products for their December box!! Here’s a sneak peak on what it included!

Becca shadow & light brown contour mousse |

I have really become fond of sprucing and filling in my brows, so when I found this within the box, I was sooo excited to give it ago. Thankfully, the product colouring is a perfect match for my dark brows, so I could jump right in. What stunned me the most with this product was how lightweight it was against any other brow products I have used. I have never used a highligher shade against my brows neither, so was a little dubious at first. Yet it makes my brows totally pop without looking unnatural. I think this maybe my new go-o product for my brows!!

Emerald city eye shadow pallette – Cargo Cosmetics |

I have to say I have never heard of Cargo cosmetics, and I am not one to be too fussed for a eyeshadow pallette neither. But yet again, Cohorted have not only opened my eyes to a brand unknown to me, but a product I never knew I needed. The shimmer shades are absolutly stunning and perfect for upcoming parties, just like New Years Eve!! If you’re looking for a new brand and eyeshadow to try, give this one a go!! 

Eyeko Skinny liquid eyeliner (mini) |

I have used eyeko products previously and funnily enough, it was a eyeliner.
Honestly, its the best eyeliner I had ever used, so I was wondering how this mini would compare. And once again, cohorted have outdone themselves and given me a product that trumps everything I have ever used. The brush glides over my lid, and much like a felt-tip, it’s so easy to use and direct. It makes applying eyeliner a dream. I will not look anywhere else than Eyeko for my eyeliner needs for sure!!

Tarte tartiest glossy lip paint |

I love a good lip colour but haven’t nabbed a new lip gloos in yonks. I have been know to grab a lipstick as I feel gloss doesn’t give you a perfect coverage or shade. Plus, sticky lips is just a no no. However, as soon as I tested this one, just on my hand, I truly felt the difference in this product I hadn’t felt from other glosses. The shade of pinky-brown is utterly stunning and perfect for any occassion. With a slightly matte finish, and minimum stick, this is my new found fav for my lips! 

I am utterly stunned by the products I recieved in this months Cohorted box. I didn’t think they could do much better than their november edition, but they continue to surprise and please me with their product selections!!

You can grab yourself a subscription just here is you fancy some gorgeous new products each and every month throughout 2018.

If you want to know what I received in november, check this post here.

Have you ever tried any of these products? 
Are you tempted to grab youself a cohorted box? 
Start some natter in the comment section below!