Monday, June 27, 2016

Lotties Thoughts 3rd Birthday

If you'd asked me three years ago what blogging is and how people use it, I couldn't have told you much apart from 'well, we use it at uni to create a working diary for our projects...'


Three years on and I've found an amazing community of people who enjoy talking and sharing information about all things beauty, a plethora of stunning, informative blogs and some really inspiring weekly reads.

I started my blog with the intention of creating a hobby for myself which gives me a bit more of a purpose and self identity as well as constantly learning how to improve my writing skills.I've never really been one to enjoy writing, I always hated going to English class at school because I was just really bad at it, and so I'd get frustrated and just give up on the work. However, after starting my own blog for university work, I googled 'blogger' and found out what else other people were doing with their blogs, I came across a whole world of information about different things, from makeup to cooking, interia design and sketch booking, there were so many different directions that people has gone in with their blogs that I just loved the idea of having the freedom to express your thoughts about anything and everything you wanted too.

Three years later and I feel like I've created a space online where I can write and share my ideas about (mostly) makeup and beauty products, and sometime some lifestyle bits and bobs, which I enjoy to do. I feel like I am still at the beginning of this blogging journey, and I'm still trying to figure out what it is I want to focus on, but for now I am enjoying it and all the learning curves that come with it.

I hope for the next year I learn a lot more and that I can begin to get a bit more feedback and interaction from fellow bloggers and blog readers. I'm also thinking that I need to be more adventurous with my blog and venture into areas that I feel to shy to do. I hope that I can grow my blog and learn things all the way through. And Finally I would like to say Thank you to the 152 people who have subscribed to my blog over the years, I hope I can create more posts that interest you and provoke communication and thoughts!

Thank you to the people that have followed and commented on my little piece of the interest over here, it means a lot to know people are interacting with things I have written, and I am thankful to each and everyone of you!

Love Charlie xo 

*Image is not my own.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Current Makeup Bag Favourites | June

It's been two years since I last posted a video to Youtube, and I guess that a lack of confidence in myself didn't help, but after two years and finally investing in my own camera that can take videos I tried a stop motion animation (I've never tried to make a stop motion before, and I feel like it taught me a lot - in particular: Lighting is a very IMPORTANT feature and it is easier to use a controlled light source than natural lighting).

So after serval hours of taking photos and a day in editing, here is a stop motion video of my favourites makeup pieces for June! If you enjoy it please leave me a comment and if you have any constructive feedback please let me know!


Makeup Bag from Marks and Spencer's

M.A.C Quad Eyeshadow palette
- Make Up Geek Vanilla Bean
- Quarry
- Satin Toupe
- Handwritten

- Ruby and Millie Eyebrow tool

- Blanck Canvas  Cosmetics E26 Brush

- Zoeva Wing Liner 317 Brush 

- Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease 231 Brush

- L'Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster

- Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot

- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01

- Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 018 Addiction

- M.A.C Cremesheen Lipstick in Hot Gossip

- Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle

The weather hasn't been the greatest, in fact you'd be forgiven for thinking it was February or something, hopefully the summer is just around the corner and we will finally get some good weather! When we do I can crack out some brighter colours and more summer like makeup, but for now Im enjoying some of my all time favourite beauty products.

Charlotte xo

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Work on Me #3

Its been a while since my last update, I've been away from my blog for far to long but unfortunately I haven't been feeling connected or motivated to focus on it, each time I've tried I've left feeling dishearten and guilty about not posting or commenting or being present on any level of social media, but that's been the same for my social life too, I just havent' been online in ages.

Over the last couple of months I found a routine to focus on my health and fitness, managing to wear my Fitbit pretty much everyday and achieving those 10,000 steps that is recommended. Finding time to fit in a session of exercise is difficult for me, as I'll get up for work at 6am, leave at 7am and get home at 7pm, by which time I'll have dinner, shower and then relax. There isn't a gym near me and there isn't a good safe place to go for a walk (the road we live on are national speed limited road (60mph) which isn't the best place to just go for a stroll).

However I've tried to exercise for an hour on saturday, sunday and if I am off on wednesday I will do another hour to make it up to three days of hour long exercise. I've tried to work out three days a week and I have to say, so far I can feel the difference. I have more energy, feel a lot better after working out and my clothes do tend to fit more comfortably!

The hardest time to achieve those 10,000 steps are on days off, at work I'm consistently on my feet and so walking around and walking from one store to the other builds up those needed steps. To build them up on those days off I will work in some cardio and 30 minutes jog on the treadmill and another session on the elliptical trainer.

I defiantly lack the motivation on most days to push myself to workout but if there is one thing I would recommend it would be to create a journal to write down what you do and how long you exercise. Writing it down and seeing all the days and exercises build up on paper helps to motivate you and inspire you to keep going. It's easy to want to give up when you are constantly seeing how far you have left to go to achieve your goal but having it all written down on paper allows you to have a visual representation of just how far you've come, so if there is anything I'd recommend it would be to make a planner and write down every bit of exercise you do, if it works for me, maybe it will work for you too!

Charlie xo