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How I'm growing my brittle, damaged nails.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Since as long as I can remember I've picked at my nails. most of my friends had long nails and there was always those girls who went a little extra and had them painted pretty with little gems on. My nail picking of course, meant I didn't have those sorts of privileges. My nail picking quickly became a nervous habit which I still carry to this day. Another thing I carry to this day? - my want for pretty painted nails. 

So how bad are my nails exactly? - Well, my nails are generally quite brittle and dry I do a lot of cleaning and I wash dishes roughly 5 times a day, sometimes more which of course doesn't do my nails much good. I don't apply many products usually other than my avon cuticle oil every now and again. 

My goal - To have long, shaped, strong nails and to make use of the 100 nail varnishes stashed in my beside unit. 

So, how are you going to manage that?, you ask. Well with a lot of determination and will power. For the next month I will be doing the following:

- Applying 'Sally Hanson nail rehab' which is a intense care for severely damaged nails once a week. 
- Use 'Laura Ashley Royal bloom cuticle balm' weekly 
-moisturise my hands daily using 'Soap and Glory Hand Food' 
- Swap my cheap nasty £1 bottle of nail varnish remover for Boots strengthening pads which are developed for brittle dry nails it contains calcium and vitamin B5.

I will also be stopping my nervous habit of picking, after some research I have found that the best way to do this is to stop when you consciously realise what you are doing. So say I unconsciously am picking my nails, once I realise I will stop and file the nail down to prevent any further picking.
My nails before the process (currently).

I really hope I can stick to this routine if I try hard enough and I'll of course check back in a month and let you know my progress. If you have any tips - Please let me know below!.

If you' like to see how I got on with this challenge, you can find a follow up post HERE.

Charlie xx

How you can make money through blogging.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

If you're a blogger you're most likely to know you can make an income with your blog. Obviously it's not a mandatory thing but who doesn't need a lil' spare cash, you could even buy that cute dress you've had your eye on for a while. Although you may know you can make money blogging, that doesn't mean you necessarily know how you can do so, so if you'd like to know go and grab a beverage of choice and get cosy because I'm about to break it down for ya.

Google ad-sense

Google ad-sense is a really easy place to start for making money with your blog, you simply sign up with your google account, If you're using a blogger platform you can find google ad sense in your sidebar, google then display relevant ads on your blog and you gain a commission from clicks and impressions. I've read that you can use google ad sense on other blogging platforms as well.

Sponsored posts / PR companies

As a blogger, you're likely to recognise this as the most obvious way to make money, you're essentially advertising for a company on your blog. I know bloggers large following who can charge £50, £80 even more per sponsored post but you can set your own prices depending on the time it takes you,, the research you need to do etc. You can also be sent product to review and although that technically isn't making money, you will save a heck of a lot in the long run.

If you're looking for brands to work with you can use - bloggers required or the blogger programme which are both free sites that connect brands and bloggers, I use both myself and I highly recommend them.

Affiliate links

Affiliate links are really great, you display links and products through your blog and you receive a small commission when a reader buys through those links. You can use free sites such as shop my style to find affiliate programmes for your blog.

I really hoped you found this post useful and you now know how you can generate a income form your blog.

Charlie xx

handy tips to keep your sh*t organised

Monday, 12 June 2017

I've heard a lot about 'minimalism' recently and although I'm not a hard-core one pair of trousers kind of gal, I've always lived a clear, decluttered lifestyle. I mainly live this way because of my money situation but I don't like to dwell on it after all this is the life I'm blessed with and if having a nice clear, decluttered lifestyle sounds like a dream to you - I wanted to share how I manage it.

'The circle of life'

lil' Lion King reference for you there (I know you sung that one in your head). With this I mean your clothes, make up and shoes have a lifespan. The make up goes out of date, the clothes and shoes get scruffed  and then boom you've got a full bin bag wondering why you spent so much money on it all.

Make - Up - You may, or may not know that make up does go out of date, take a peak at the little jar on the back of your product, usually things last roughly 12 months but if you need a rough estimate I'd say:

So keeping this in mind I only buy what I know I'll use in the timeframe given. If I'm going to drop £40 on a palette - those pans better be shining like a damn diamond by the time that 12 months rolls around. I generally keep a little masking tape on products saying 'opened _' just to remind me when to throw it out.

Clothing - With clothes obviously they don't need throwing out at a specific time or anything but they might get scruffy or damaged over time. I tend to only buy what I know I'm going to wear which honestly, doesn't always work, to be honest - impulse buys are my weakness but I'm working on it. I'm attempting to only buy clothes that match with a few of the things I already own too save on space and money. I usually take my old clothes down to the charity shop (You never know you might find a bargain whilst you're there).

Shoes - To be honest, I don't buy a lot of shoes, I don't really have the money for that and 90% of time I end up always wearing my nikes anyway, for comfort. At the minute I only have 3 pairs (nikes, boots and flip flops) and that suits me fine because they match all of my clothes. I am going to look for 1 pair of nice going out shoes next time I treat myself but if I can't really afford it at the time then, I'm not hugely bothered by it.

keeping the place clutter free

For me a clean house, is a happy house. I always feel in my element when the place is spacious, clean and tidy and as me and my boyfriend haven't long moved into somewhere new our flat is exactly that, which I love!. I like the things that I own to bring me joy, have value, make me remember an event - tell a story almost. I used to just buy things because I could I thought 'why not there's a sale on' or 'well I haven't got one of these so...' but I'm really starting to stop that (and I'm doing pretty well, if I do say so myself).

I like to keep letters organised instead of just chucking them on top of the fridge like I used to allllways do, whoops (!!). I'm even thinking about getting one of those file organisers, like a office queen. I usually chuck things that are broken and I try and keep junk to a 2 storage box minimum (not always easy admittedly).

When I buy a product to replace something I already have I generally send the used one to a charity shop or I pop it on Ebay that way I don't end up with 50,000 of the same thing (btw cushions and candles do not count, everyone needs cushions and candles).

How do you keep your shit organised?,
Charlie xx

I really must stop those impulse buys.

New Rimmel 'Magnifeyes shadow' palette review & swatches

Thursday, 8 June 2017

To be honest I was a bit stuck for a post idea today, I decided to go and have a little mooch around my local boots when I spotted the Rimmel London counter with some new product on & who doesn't love themselves some just out products, right?. I picked up the shade 002 'London nudes calling'. My first impressions on this palette were good, I hadn't seen a Rimmel palette before this with as many shades (correct me if I'm wrong). The shades look pretty from a first glance and it looks as if there could be a few looks made from this palette and the packaging is dreamy. I'm going to rate this out of 15 and break it up in to sections of 5 so you can see a more in depth review but first the swatches!. I'm comparing this mainly to other drugstore palettes of the same price range for fairness.


The colours in this palette are so dreamy, There's rosey shades, bronzey shades and even some pretty purples. From the swatches I can tell first off there's only one matte shade in the whole palette and that's the worst pigmented from the lot. However, the pigment in the shimmer shadows oh my lord is great!. The colour pay off is really good in my opinion and the shades do work together very well. The combinations suggested on the back work together well and the shadows seem very easy to blend out. However I do feel there will be some fall out of the shimmers. Overall I'll give this a 4/5 due to the amount of shimmers vs mattes.


The packaging on this is super cute a black base, clear lid and a rose gold title, It's quite simple which is very dreamy for someone who will most likely drop it into quite a few flat lays on Instagram, It looks like it'll photograph nicely next to other products but obviously this isn't everyone's main concern (unless you love a good insta). The packaging is nice and thin making it travel friendly and it appears to be fairly sturdy so I wouldn't be worried about chucking it in my white handbag. It has a lovely satisfying clasp on it (you know the one) which stays shut nicely. The back of the palate shows you some different looks and how to achieve them which is obviously great if you need a little inspo. Also 'magnifeyes'- like c'mon who doesn't like a good pun. Overall I'm giving this a 5/5 for packaging.


The application of these shadows is good, as I said the shades work well. The shadows are nice to work with because they're quite easy they are to blend there is a little fallout though, the shadows last well but the glitter tends to linger a little - hense why I'm about to look like I've taken a dive in some fairy dust from where I did the swatches (all for the name of blogging). Personally I'm not a fan of the matte shade because no matter how much I build it up it looks so dull next to those glitters which are pretty bold. However, I'm really looking forward to using this properly and trying out some new looks 3/5 for application.

Overall I give this palette a 12/15
compared to brands such as Maybelline, Barry M and MUA.

Bon Voyage writers block!.
Charlie xx

A week in photos

Monday, 5 June 2017

Haii guys!, Long time no speak - just over a week (sorry!). I've been so busy over the past week, every time I went to write something came up, then when I did sit down nothing came to mind isn't that typical?. Life's been busy recently and I fancied just letting it all out having a catch up if you will. So here you have it, My week in photo's.

Thursday - I had the cutest print arrive from Jemma (Dorkface). I have to say I love every single bit of her work so I couldn't resist grabbing this beautiful abstracty painting - It's bringing me so much joy. On that note I've made it a goal to only fill my home with things that make me happy to minimalize clutter (So far I'm doing great!). We also went for a lovely meal on this day but I haven't got any photo's of that - the steak burger was looovely though!.

Friday - One of my favourite days from last week - I finally did it I went to the hairdressers and I had a chop. A big chop. I went from ombre'd chest length hair to a lob and I've never been happier with my hair, The hairdresser did such a good job with it.  I picked up some of the curl cream my hairdresser used on me because of how luscious it made my hair feel, safe to say this was a good day!. It's easier to manage, style and it's saving me soooo much time!.

Saturday - Saturday was such a lovely day (minus the rain). Although it did warm up in the evening which is when we decided to book a table in Polperro at one of our favourite places to eat (The Harbour Greenhouse) after having a nice stroll around, It really was lovely.

Sunday - TODAY!. When I'm writing this ready for you guys to read it tomorrow morning. Currently I'm feasting on Pringles and digestive caramel nibbles (clearly I'm quite healthy). I actually made my boyfriend a cake - ready for his birthday Tuesday I'm not too keen on showing it because 1) he'll peak and 2) it's my first try with ready to roll icing etc and it's very messy and it doesn't look very visually appealing  but hey!, I'm learning (slowly). I hope he has a great day regardless!. Okay maybe one peak at the cake - It is my second shot - long story short the first one melted everywhere which was such a nightmare(!!). Also sorry about the awful photography - I took this photo at 10pm (genius).

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