May Favourites

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May has rolled by so insanely quickly and as June is practically over it seemed like a good time to finally share my monthly favourites (one day I'll get good at this I swear.) As always we've got a bit of everything, I've tried my best to tone down the geekiness this month but I'm sure some will slip through the cracks.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was hands down my most anticipated film for 2017 and my expectations were set so high for it. Needless to say it did not let me down, I absolutely adored it. I thought it was absolutely hilarious, I really enjoyed the plot and found it to be so aesthetically pleasing. I loved the dynamics between the characters and all the individual character development. Baby Groot was of course a little comedic angel. I found the film thoroughly enjoyable and can't wait for it to come out on DVD. It was incredibly easy to watch, was so feel good but also hit you with the emotions as well. 10/10 would 100% recommend.

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As I am writing this it is the day after I saw Paramore perform live in London, I am still absolutely buzzing. I have a separate post planned for that so I won't talk about it too much now, but it was so incredible and they performed so many songs from their latest album After Laughter which is my favourite album at the moment. I found this album steps away from the Paramore sound that we have previously heard and I absolutely love it. It's so fun, the beats are amazing and it's perfect to sing along to, what more could you want? I pretty much love the whole thing, but my favourite tracks are Rose Coloured Boy, Pool, Caught in the Middle, Told You So & Hard Times.

I've mentioned this product countless times on this blog but it's one of those beauty products that I obsess over, then forget about then obsess about all over again. It's one of my skincare holy grail's and it is the La Roche Posay - Effaclar Duo. This product is so perfect for this time of year when it's really hot and you want something light on your face. It does such a good job at evening out my skin tone and really helps to reduce any redness. I find it to be really soothing for my skin and I always find that you can actually feel like it's doing something. It is by no means the cheapest product, so it's probably a good thing I go through phases with it because I definitely couldn't afford to use it constantly, but it is good for when skin is feeling particularly problematic. 

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Next up is the most random and the geekiest of the bunch, told you one would slip through somehow. It is the anime show Yuri!!! On Ice. I used to be obsessed with anime when I was a teenager and I've recently been trying to rekindle that love and so far Yuri!!! On Ice has captured my attention the most. If you've not seen it, it's about a group of competitive figure skaters, focusing mostly on Yuri Katsuki who is incredibly talented but lacks confidence after having a particularly bad season, Victor Nikiforov who is a world champion and up and coming child star Yuri Plisetsky. It shows their journey to the Figure Skating Grand Prix and all sorts of madness that ensues. I love this programme for many reasons. First of all, it is so pretty to look at, the colour palette is phenomenal and all the designs and art work are amazing. Hats off to whoever can make these animated males so attractive. Secondly, it involves figure skating which I am absolutely obsessed with and hopefully at some point will be giving a try myself. Thirdly, it breaks typical animal rules. It has a much more open representation of same sex relationships, it breaks gender stereotypes and also tackles issues regarding anxiety and self confidence. It is an insanely hyped up anime and it is completely justified, if you are into anime I would thoroughly recommend giving this a watch.


I've recently found a game changer when it comes to my foundation, I've never been able to find one that is just right, but my friends, this month that has all changed. It is Rimmel's Lasting Finish, I've tried countless Rimmel foundations and really don't understand how I've not come across this one before. I really like this foundation purely for the coverage, it's insane. A little really goes a long way and gives such a flawless finish, I by no means have flawless skin, but this foundation gives me the closest thing I'm going to get. I use 200 Soft Beige, which is a tiny bit dark for me, clearly I thought I was more tanned than I was when I bought it. It's a perfect foundation for this time of year when it's too hot to wear a full face of make up, but still want some coverage, because it's not to heavy on your face. It also has SPF 20 so will keep your face sunburn free. Win.


As you may know, I dyed my hair from brunette to blonde recently, I mean I've not stopped going on about it so well done if you missed that update. Obviously when hair is bleached it can become pretty frazzled so I've been making an active effort to look after my hair so it doesn't all fall out. I've started trying to use more heat protection on my hair for when I'm drying or straightening it. I've tried many heat protection products over the years and haven't found one that's stuck. I recently went back to using Tresemme Care & Protect Heat Defence, and I am very happy with the things it has done for my hair. It is meant to protect your hair up to 230 degrees, which is good for a GHD addict like me. I like this heat protector because I've actually noticed my hair looking in better condition, it feels slightly stronger and looks a bit shinier. The thing I like most about this product is that it doesn't leave my hair looking greasy like some have done in the past. If you're looking for a heat protector for your hair then I would thoroughly recommend giving this one a go. Take care of your hair kids.



My last favourite of the month is a fashion item that I am absolutely obsessed with; Culottes. I used to be so scared of culottes because I'm a little short arse and I thought I would look so stupid if I wore them, I then eventually gave into temptation, and I'm hooked. First of all, they are so ridiculously comfortable which is a selling point in itself. They are also surprisingly flattering, more so than I thought they would be at least. They are so lightweight and airy which I am all about for this hot weather that we are currently having. I own so many different pairs in different colours and will probably continue to buy more. I need help. 

What were you loving during the month of May?
Based on these items, do you have any recommendations for me?

Speak Soon
Char xx 

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This Week #10

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Boy, what a week it's been. First of all it would be impossible not to mention all the election drama that has taken place. I'm so proud of the young people of this country, we have all stepped up and have had our voices heard, and whilst it may not have been the result I wanted, I'm so pleased we could prove Theresa May and the Conservative government wrong that it would not be a landslide victory. I remain convinced that there will be another General Election, and if it does I am so ready to fight again. 

I finally dyed my hair back blonde this week, and I love it. It sounds stupid but I feel completely revitalised and like a whole new woman. As much as I love experimenting with different hairstyles, I will always return to blonde, as I am truly a blonde. I definitely feel now that I've got my mojo back and a whole new lease of confidence and I'm ready to take on the world.

In terms of actual goings on, this week has been pretty boring. It's kind of been a case of eat, sleep, work, repeat. I have a crazily busy week coming up which I'm sure will produce much more interesting content. 

Until then I'm going to continue having the laziest Sunday I've had in a while and enjoy countless cups of tea and the new series of Orange is the new black. Buzzing. 

What was the highlight of your week?
What are your plans for the week ahead?

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Char x 
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Brunette to Blonde // Bleach London

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And she's at it again...

First of all can I just get a massive appreciation for keeping my hair dark for 7 months, considering how notorious I am for dying my hair I think I did pretty well to leave it alone for that long.

So summer is quickly approaching, and as much as I did like my dark hair I found myself getting bored and I always prefer my hair lighter in the summer. So it was time to bite the bullet and attempt to go back blonde. As I am very much a DIY hair dyer, I knew this was probably going to be one of my most difficult dye jobs to date. *has horrific flashback to the last time I tried to dye my hair from black to blonde.*  I went into it this time a little older, wiser and with a few more tricks up my sleeve. What could go wrong, right?


Before
Well...

It's a pretty difficult task to going from dark brown to blonde without using bleach, so I wanted to try and find one which would be easy to use and wouldn't completely destroy my hair. I opted to try one from the brand Bleach London, it's in their name so I thought it wouldn't do me too wrong. It was actually pretty kind to my hair and did a really good job at stripping the colour. I tend to forget when dying my hair that my hair is actually quite long so annoyingly I did run out of bleach, hence why it's a tiny bit patchy. As a lot of bleaches can do, it made parts of my hair go quite yellowy/brassy so I used the Bleach London White Toner to try and diminish those tones as much as possible. It didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped unfortunately, but did enough of a good job that it wasn't ridiculously obvious.

I left the hair a couple of days after bleaching to let it rest and restore a little bit before opting to put some Colour Freedom silver blonde all over my hair. (I forgot to take a picture of the packaging before I threw it away, oops. But you can buy it in Superdrug and they have loads of colours.) Silver or Purple shampoos/toners are the best for getting out the yellow/brassy pigments in your hair. Whilst this did help to tone down the brightness it did leave the ends of my hair with a slightly pinky tinge. Which I don't mind too much, it looks quite cool.


After
Since then I've been using purple shampoo/conditioners alternating when I wash my hair just to keep those brassy tones at bay, so hopefully that will gradually help get it to my ideal colour.

I'm actually really happy with how it turned out, considering how dark it was before I'm really pleased with the colour. It's not exactly how I wanted but it's a good base to start from, cost a lot less than getting it done professionally  and my hair didn't all fall out so that's a massive bonus.

I would definitely recommend Bleach London if you are looking to go blonde from dark hair, it works well, is fairly cost effective and has actually left my hair in surprisingly good condition.

I wonder how long I'll keep it like this for before I start playing about with the colour again? Here's a spoiler, it won't be that long ;)

What's your go to hairdye brand?
Are you a DIY-er or a Salon junkie?

Speak Soon
Char xx 
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Please Vote // General Election 2017

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Today's the day, it's General Election day. I implore everyone to get out there and use your democratic right. No matter how much effort it feels, or if you can't be bothered, it doesn't matter if your constituency is a safe seat and you feel your vote won't make a difference. Please use it. 

It is so important that we have our say in how this country is run, if you're still not sure have a last minute read of the manifesto's, do some research. There is no excuse not to vote. I think it's so important for my fellow ladies to go out and exercise that right, the largest demographic of people who don't vote in the UK are women under the age of 30. Considering the fight that the women before us had to give us the opportunity to vote, and the fact that so many women around the world are still denied the chance to vote it saddens me that so many in this country aren't using it.

The way I see it, if you don't vote in this election then tomorrow morning and for the next 5 years you don't get to moan about the state of the country. End of. 



Today I will be voting Labour, because I believe in Jeremy Corbyn. I think for too long this country has pandered to millionaires & the corporations and left the rest of us behind. It is time that someone put the country first, and I believe Jeremy Corbyn to be a man of integrity who will do that. As someone who has a parent who has to deal with mental illness, and who is on benefits, I've seen first hand how the crumbling NHS and the cuts are affecting those who are just about getting by. 

How is it fair that those who are working so hard to keep us safe and who are saving lives are struggling to make ends meet, and having to rely on food banks?


I don't want to live in a country where our government is selling arms to Saudi Arabia which are subsequently being used for terrorist acts. I don't want to live in a country where children can't have a proper education because they can't get adequate support because classroom sizes are too big. As a young person I don't feel that this Tory government is in touch with our generation and are leaving us saddled with debt and unable to afford property. I also don't want to live in a country where our PM thinks the needless killing of animals is considered good sport. 


I will be voting Labour in this election because I think it's time for change, it's time for the richest in the country to start helping the poorest. It's time for a government that is for the many, not the few.


Whilst I have just made my views very clear, you have your own chance for your voice to be heard, regardless whether you agree with my opinions. Make your thoughts heard, use your vote and be the change you want to see. 

Regardless of the result the sun will still come up tomorrow and we will all have to get on with it. Don't be a dick to those who vote differently to you, it is their right to do so. But please do your research, don't be influenced by your family, your friends or even the media. Look for yourself and vote accordingly.

Will you be voting?
Who will you be voting for?

Speak Soon
Char xx


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Common People feat. Ultimate Blogger Dress

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Guys, festival season is finally here. This is not a drill. I love summer for many reasons; the weather, the tanning, the long evenings etc. but the main reason I love summer is for the festivals. There is nothing more freeing than roaming around a muddy field in floaty dresses and glitter, drinking dirty pints and dancing like a fool to talented musicians. 

My 2017 festival season kicked off with Common People in Oxford. As I live only 45 minutes away from Oxford it seemed like the perfect day festival to go to. It's quite a cool, small little festival, but was the perfect way to ease into the madness. 



The weather was an absolute dream, the forecast was that it was going to chuck it down but it managed to stay bright, sunny and dry all day. Though I did manage to come away with some dodgy sunburn lines, oops. The festival itself was so aesthetically pleasing, I love all the quirks and decors that festivals have, I guess it must be the Instagram junkie in me. The lineup was a bit of a mix, the acts in the day were a bit hit and miss and I hadn't really heard of many of them, but that just meant more time for boozing. The lineup got a lot better during the late afternoon/evening, when we were greeted by Becky Hill, Rag 'N Bone Man & Pete Tong. All were absolutely insane, but I think jumping about to Pete Tong and the orchestra's renditions of Ibiza classics as the sun was setting was a personal highlight.



One of my biggest thought processes when heading to a festival is the outfit, it's the perfect excuse to go all out and experiment. I knew I wanted to wear this H&M embroidered number as soon as I bought the tickets, it's the ultimate blogger festival dress, perfect for those edgy Instagram pics. I actually got ridiculously hot in it, so did have to take it off towards the end, but it's super light and was easy enough to shove in my bag. 




My first festival of the year was a resounding success and I can't wait for the rest of the summer now. 

Have you been to any festivals yet?
What festival are you most looking forward to this year?

Speak Soon
Char xx 
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This Week #9 // Praying for the world.

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Today we woke to the news of a terrorist attack in London, the news obviously deeply saddened me and despite how often these attacks seem to be occurring, shocked me. After the recent Manchester attack I start to wonder how much our little country can take. It's not just our own country that my heart breaks for, it's for everywhere in the world that is suffering and has been attacked, but is unfortunately not receiving media coverage.

As well as the heartbreaking acts of violence that have recently shook the world, we heard the news that the President of the United States, Mr Tango himself has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement. As unfortunately unsurprising as this is, it is still very sad, and makes me worry even more so for the sake of our planet.

We cannot afford to be ignorant to Climate change, it is real and it is happening and anyone who tries to deny that is either incredibly naive or extremely narrow minded. We only get one planet and one life and we need to start treating both with the respect and love they deserve. We also can no longer be blind to the suffering of others, we cannot turn our back on people in pain just because they are not from western countries.


This week I have decided that whilst I cannot change the minds of others, I can change my outlook on life and accept responsibility for what I put out into the world, both for the environment and for humanity. It is time we all started behaving like decent humans, through actions no matter how small.

The earth is where we have come from and the earth is what we will become. If we destroy the planet then we are only destroying ourselves. 

I'm not 100% entirely sure what this post is, but I needed to get some things off my chest and this seemed the best way too.

Show Love.
Be Kind.
Change the World. 

Speak Soon
Char xx


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This Week #8

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This post has been sat in my drafts for a couple of days now, but I've just not quite had the energy to finish it. *Que ramble about tired I am.*

On Wednesday evening I met up with my best friend and we went for dinner in the sun. We were sat right next to the river and enjoyed wonderful food and plenty of wine. It was bliss. 

This weekend was a busy one. I headed up to London, again ( I really just need to hurry up and move there) for a friends birthday celebrations. We started off with bottomless prosecco brunch, where the vegan alternative was actually really good, but more of that for another post. After very much overindulging, we wandered staggered to Soho for some karaoke, which was such a laugh.

On Sunday, despite feeling a bit worse for wear, I was straight back on it as I headed to Oxford for the first festival of the year: Common People. In hindsight, Pimms on a coach at 10am was probably not my classiest moment. Common People was so much fun, the weather was fantastic, the atmosphere was buzzing and the music was awesome (again, a more detailed post for another time.) Despite sporting a rather sexy sunburn the first festival of the year was a success and I can't wait for the next.

A weekend of boozing and not much sleep has caught up with me and this work week is becoming somewhat of a struggle. Roll on this weekend and a lie in.

How was your week/weekend/Bank holiday?
What are your plans for this upcoming week?

Speak Soon
Char xx 


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