Friday, March 24, 2017

Monthly Book: February

This month I have re-read the amazing book 'The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time' written by Mark Haddon and it is truly incredible. I first read this book for my literature A-Level in a matter of days. If I'd had theme I probably could have done it in a day, it's a really easy read, and the writing style is very simple due to the nature of the story itself.

Now, as much as this a story about a curious incident of the dog in the night time, the back story and the true meaning of this book is learning about the protagonist, Christopher, a young, 15 year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a truly breathtaking story and written from Christopher's perspective we can get a true feel for what it's like to live a life with Asperger's and we are able to find out so much about Christopher due to this curious incident where Christopher pushes the boundaries of his home life and comforts and travels way pass the end of his road by his own, making the terrifying journey to London by his own in search for something he once thought was lost. I say this as I don't want to reveal what it was that he began to uncover through the story.

We see life through Christopher's eyes throughout this book, showing his love of math with his diagrams and equations, and how he can't really understand people and their emotions because there is no factuality behind them. He also hates to be touched, so those small moments where he actually accepts someone reaching out to him are truly amazing and you feel proud to be a part of that moment.

This book will truly make you feel the most amazing feelings and I really really can not recommend it enough, when I was first told to read this book I wasn't overly interested, but now I have lost count of the amount of people I have told "Borrow my copy. You have to read this." and every single one of those people have come away with a different outlook and complete happiness and awe for this story.

I really do hope you will take my recommendation,
it's a life changer.
Have any of you read this story? Leave me a comment below!

Charlotte Rose


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

February Favourites...

This month has gone pretty god damn slow, don’t get me wrong, I have loved some of it, Valentines with Will was really nice, just a shame we only had the evening together. I have been pretty hands on in the making of my sister’s wedding invitations, she has designed them all herself we just spend a couple of nights putting them all together and ready to be mailed out so that was super fun! The downside of this month has been constantly working, I am still working two jobs and that means I have only had one day off this entire month, and it wasn’t even a weekend so I spent it by myself! 

I am still loving the ‘Game Of Thrones’ books, I featured the first one in my monthly book series, and am currently reading the second one, I am featuring a different book in the 2nd part of that series this month though, but keep an eye out for ‘Clash of Kings’ in my March monthly book. It’s really keeping my attention and I don’t want to put it down, but everything else has taken over this month and I haven't had chance to pick it up as much as I would have liked! 

I picked up the Nyx ‘Cannes’ soft Matte Lip cream early this month and I really really love the colour, a deep pink I would describe it as, you can see the colour in the photo below. But I’m not a fan of the formula at all, it’s very thick and pastey. I much prefer their liquid suede formula, so if any of you have suggestions on a good dupe of the colour of this one it would be amazing if you could leave it in a comment below! I don’t care if it’s a liquid lipstick or just a normal lipstick I just want that colour! 

Oh my goodness, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara is amazing. Definitely my holy grail mascara, I was gifted this mini for my birthday and I have been trying to keep hold of it as long as I can. I have never ever had a mascara that after one coat looks this beautiful. I will add a second coat just because I do really love my eyelashes thick but you wouldn't need to if you didn't want them extra clumpy. This mascara makes my lashes look full and long and separated in one sweep. It’s super black and I would say a fairly wet mascara so if you are not into that let it dry out a bit and it will still work wonders for your lashes. Beautiful. 

New season of ‘Call the Midwife’. Now this may not be everyones cup of tea, or you may not of even considered watching it. But you should seriously reconsider if that is the case. This show has got me hooked,  and I disappoint myself when I think about the fact that I didn't watch the first and maybe the second series, I think thats all I missed. I stumbled across my mum watching it one day and you know what its like, you’ll sit on the sofa for just 5 minutes an then realised you have watched the whole show and you couldn’t walk away. Now I will pre-warn you, this show is a tear jerker, but I love that, it is a happy show though, don’t get me wrong, there are sad moments, but overall I think but the end of each episode you’ll defo be in a feel good mood! 

Do you have any things you are loving this month? 

Charlotte Rose 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion Review

A few years ago I used to use the Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion religiously. And I did love it, but I will admit that I had only used really cheap moisturisers before and thought that this new more high end moisturiser I found to be amazing. I would class it is as a mid market/high end product pricing at £27.00, though it can still be found in some drugstores such as boots.

The scent of this product is really pretty and not too overpowering, the product definitely has a scent but it's not very light, but equally not strong enough to give you a headache. It is a really great moisturiser for dry skin as it gives your skin a real boost! I personally have normal to dry skin, I suffer with eczema and sometimes this affected my face and it helped to clear that up. The only thing I would say is I wouldn't recommend putting anywhere near you eyes, it really does sting!

I also think it's really really good that the moisturiser contains SPF15, a lot of various make-up products have SPF in these days and I would suggest especially in the summer months to always have   some sort of SPF based product to protect your skin from the sun. The sun can cause a lot of damage that is invisible to the naked eye but could have long term effects!

I am now using the Liz Earle moisturiser that goes with my skincare routine using the cleanse and polish set, but I would still recommend the Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion as it really does what it says on the tin, just find something else for your eye area!

Do you have any moisturisers you swear by?

Charlotte Rose 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Monthly favourites!!

How has your January been? As dull, dreary and dragging as mine? I thought so!

January is the worst, no-one has any money, the festivities are all over and everyone is holding out for pay-day, but don't worry it's all over now! It's 324 days until the next January..... scratch that I don't want to think about it.

What have I been loving this month?! Aren't you all dying to know? Lets start with my new found love. 'Etsy' planner stickers oh my christ  these have made my life, better, organised, and cute! I bought quite a few as the clock struck 12 on NYE and pay day came in! I have work ones and cleaning ones and gym ones. You should really check them out and I don't go all out mad and have a full weekly spread like you see in YouTube videos, no no no, I just have them stuck in my little 'Paperchase' diary that I bought towards the end of last year. I'm thinking of doing a post on my fave 'Etsy' planner shops soon? What do you guys think?

Okay, okay, moving on before I get obsessive. My super duper cute River Island double pom pom hat I got for christmas, it's that perfect cutesy pink and I know you are probably thinking, "Charlotte, you knit, make one yourself!" But I saw this online back in November and asked for it for Christmas, and I didn't take it off all day after I took it out from under the tree!

I am absolutely loving my Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette for a matte neutral eye and then adding a pop of colour under my waterline with MAC 'Stars n' Rockets' or 'Aquadisiac' really adds something else to a simple day look I think! Pair it with MAC's Whirl or Velvet Teddy Lipstick and you are good to go!

And my final love which has only been the last two weeks of the month is getting back into the gym and having a personal trainer, my PT is really helping me to push myself a lot further than I have been doing before and I am really feeling that muscle ache still a few days after each session now rather than just a little for the next day! I really hope I am going to tone up quickly and lose those bits of weight that appeared during that last year of uni from all those take-aways and lack of exercise. I have two amazing hen-do's this year, one which I will defo need a bikini for and then two equally amazing weddings to follow them and I want to be feeling my best. Plus I have some really hot skirts that either can't fit into or don't feel good in anymore! I want them back in my wardrobe!

Have you kick-started January with a BANG?!

Charlotte Rose