Alexandra Charlotte 24.6.15
Alexandra Charlotte 17.6.15
Introducing my brand new favourite shampoo. Just when I think that John Frieda can't get any better - the famous Beach Blonde range has been bought back by popular demand. I love using the Sheer Blonde range so when I spotted this 'Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo' - I knew I had to give it a go. I first spotted it in Superdrug and bought it straight away - I get too excited when I find a shampoo! The shampoo itself is described as a minty cool, lightweight wash to add texture and shine. An extra added bonus to this shampoo is that it foams up well (which I love) and smells gorgeous with mint and seaweed extracts - it's a perfect summer scent! So, does it actually work? Yes, it works perfectly for me! I can be fussy with shampoos as my hair can get greasy quickly, but the Cool Dip shampoo is clarifying meaning my hair is a lot fresher, cleaner and also has added volume.
The Cool Dip shampoo retails at £5.99 for a 250ml bottle, but a little does go a long way. In the Beach Blonde range, you'll also find a detangling conditioner, a kelp deep conditioning treatment as well as a sea salt spray for beachy waves - I want to try them all! PS - don't be fooled by the 'Beach Blonde' name, it's actually suitable for all hair colours. PPS - I've been naughty and used the shampoo too much before photographing!
Alexandra Charlotte 11.6.15
Every now and then, when I get more time to spend on my makeup, I'll do a quick contour. It's not something I bother with everyday and I definitely don't resemble Kim Kardashian when it's finished but I do find it does make a difference to my makeup. I've been using various highlighters and bronzers, so when I found out about Barry M's Contour Kit - I knew I wanted to try it out. The kit means I no longer have to rummage around for a certain highlighter and bronzer, thanks to it all being packaged together in one compact kit. I also know that this kit has done it's round on the beauty blogs already but I think it's nice sometimes to forget about what others are writing about and focus on what you've been enjoying.
Barry M's Chisel Cheeks Contour kit does exactly what it says on the tin. The packaging is travel sized and really light and it can easily be popped in your handbag for touch ups on the go, although there's no mirror inside the kit. The aim of the kit is to give you a sculpted and flawless makeup look. Inside the kit, you'll find a highlighter, medium brown bronze and a dark brown sculptor. There are handy instructions showing just where each product goes, which is great if it's all new to you.
After applying my foundation and eye makeup (I always leave this step until last for some reason!), I then start with the highlighter. It's more of a light powder, than an actual highlighter - when it comes to highlighters, I tend to think of shimmer but this definitely isn't. I apply this on my chin, just above my cheekbones and in between my eyebrows. It makes a subtle difference, but nothing too drastic. Next up it's the medium brown powder for bronzing. I apply this on my cheekbones and forehead - it's the perfect shade without being orange and blends really well. Lastly, it's the dark brown sculpting powder, which I worry is a bit too dark for my skin tone. This is to be applied under the cheekbones and down the sides of your nose. I sometimes miss this step and just use the medium brown for both the second and third step as I find my makeup will get a little muddy if I'm applying too much. Overall, the kit is perfect for anyone who already loves a contour or for anyone who wants to give it a go. It's great to have the products in one place and be able to carry it around easily too. If I was to be extra fussy, I'd have loved to seen a brush too!
I've decided it's time for me to take a completely new direction in life. For a while now, I haven't felt 100% myself and not as happy as I feel I deserve to be. I haven't been unhappy as such, as I am so lucky to be surrounded with people who love me and look after me when I've needed it - and of course I do the same. Yet, I still haven't felt quite right. So I've made a decision to change. As the old saying goes - you are in charge of your happiness. Whilst I can't always agree with this, sometimes I do. The biggest step I am taking is that I'm looking for a new job, something part time where I can meet new people, learn new things and feel happier. Over the next few weeks I have managed to get some temporary office work which I'm looking forward to as I'm interested to see how I settle in and whether it will be something I want to go into. Also, my blog has taken a back seat recently as I haven't felt up to concentrating on it - but my third step is to get back into the swing of blogging and start enjoying it again.
I haven't got much else to say, but one thing I'd say is that if you're unhappy with something that can be changed, please try and change it. It doesn't matter what it is, if it's something you can control and can improve your life by eliminating it or improving it - please do. It can be hard and a tough journey, but there's always better things to come!
Alexandra Charlotte 10.6.15
When it comes to your makeup, if you prefer to keep your foundation light and barely there, then I don't think today's post is going to be for you! I'm writing this post as if I could rewind time and read it when I was on the hunt for my perfect foundation. I pretty much keep my makeup simple but it's important for my confidence that my foundation is right as I have a lot of freckles and my skin can get dull sometimes. I've decided to round together four different foundations that are completely full coverage to see if you can find one which is perfect for you too. With all the foundations, I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
This foundation is full coverage heaven. This is what I currently use everyday, mixed with 17 which I'll talk about below. Beautifully Matte pretty much describes itself - it gives a shine free, matte and full coverage flawless look. It blends pretty easily, but if you have dry skin you'll definitely need to be using a primer and moisturiser. As with all No7 foundations, the hassle of finding the right shade for you is pretty much non existent as you can get colour matched with their handy devices before buying. So, not only is it full coverage, easy to match your skin tone and lasts really well, it's also affordable at £13.50.
Now, I don't think this needs much introduction. There's no doubt you've heard about it already as it's an award winning foundation - but what's all the fuss about? Well, the only problem I've ever had with Double Wear is to find the right shade for my skin - and I still haven't quite found it yet. However, I can see exactly why it's loved by so many of us. It literally covers everything, blends really easily and stays put for as long as you want it. If you're getting ready at 7am, your makeup is still going to look pretty good but 7pm - who doesn't want that?! This is more expensive at £29.50, but if you can find the right shade for you, it's worth every penny.
Now, me and my skin didn't get on with this one at all. However, I know that skin types are very different and it is a good coverage foundation so I still want to recommend it to anyone looking for full coverage. It blends very easily, but for me I found that the foundation almost changed colour on my skin after a few minutes. The coverage is great though, with my favourite matte finish.
This is one of my all time favourites - I can't recommend this enough. It retails at the bargain price of £6.49, it literally masks any flaws and lasts really well too. I find that the shades are perfect for my skin tone, but this is because they are quite a lot of pale shades - there's not an awful lot of choice for darker skin. It lasts really well, occasionally needing a quick top up through out the day. It is quite a thick formula so I definitely recommend using a brush to apply. Stay Time is a hidden gem that is amazing for any full coverage lover.
Alexandra Charlotte 3.6.15
I've always loved colouring. No matter how old I am, I think I'll always enjoy colouring. Over the past few years, I've coloured in mosaic patterns but I never really found anything that was intricate enough for me to really focus on and get lost in - until now. Millie Marotta is an amazing illustrator who turned her art into a colouring book for adults. 'Animal Kingdom' is her first colouring book and is soon releasing 'Tropical Kingdom'. Animal Kingdom is a Sunday Times bestseller and it seems that colouring in for grown ups has well and truly kicked off. Inside the book, you'll find so many different illustrations to choose from such as birds, whales, giraffes and so much more.
Each page has such intricate detail, meaning I can get lost and focus on the image for a few hours and it's the perfect relaxation. I've never liked using colouring pencils, I've always enjoyed using pens more, so I did a little research and found the best pens to use with the paper. I'm using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens which I picked up in WHSmith. The fineliner pens are 0.3mm, meaning they are perfect for colouring in tight spaces and also the pens aren't thick enough to seep through the opposite page. The book retails at £9.95, which I feel is really affordable as there are hours of relaxation to be had. There's also lots of other colouring books to choose from, which I'm going to focus on in a new post!