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Things I've Learnt From My First Year At Sixth Form...


I'm going to be completely honest - I have not enjoyed my first year at sixth form for many reasons. As I'm approaching the end of the year (summer, I am ready for you) I thought it would be a good idea to look back on my year and reflect on the things I've learnt. I may not have had a good year at sixth form, but I have certainly learnt some important life lessons that I think are worth sharing.

Who you surround yourself with will affect you
I make this sound like a bad thing - it isn't always. People can affect you positively and negatively, even your 'friends'. I cannot stress this enough, and is something I didn't learn until half way through the year - choose your friends wisely. If you're surrounded by people who uplift you and support you, you will notice you are happier. If you surround yourself with draining, toxic people who try to compete with you, your mental health will suffer. If you're not happy with who you're surrounded with, change it. 

You do not have to be in contact with people and meet them every day to remain friends
As we get older we get busier, with more responsibilities and more commitments. When you leave school you definitely realise who is worth staying in contact with and who your true friends are. I feel  like as a society we believe we have to be in contact with our friends every single day (I think social media is partly to blame for that), however this is not the case. Some friends I don't see for weeks, but when we do see each other it's like nothing has changed. 

It's ok if you plan to go to university. It's also ok if you don't.
I'm finding there is a lot of pressure to go to university, but I'm still undecided. I feel like when everyone wants to go and knows exactly what to do it puts more pressure on those who don't, to go. I spoke more about this in my post Embracing The Unknown. I know it's ok if I don't end up going to university; there are so many other pathways.

I love learning 
The amount of interesting things I've learnt from this year alone has surprised me - I know so much more about the world in general and it's inspired me to learn even more. I never realized how much I love learning new things!

Hindsight is a wonderful thing
Ahh, hindsight. A love/hate relationship. As Bryony Gordon mentioned in her book, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Looking back, I should have gone to a different college/sixth form, but I didn't, and I've learnt to stop being hard on myself because of it. If I'd have known a lot of things before I did them, I would have made no mistakes, and making mistakes is the best way to learn :)

Did you go to Sixth Form, or are you currently there? What are/were your experiences?

I hope everyone has a fabulous summer!

See you soon.
- Charlotte x

My Thoughts On - E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation

This is the first E.L.F product I've tried, so I thought I would do a review on it...


Let's start with the packaging. I love the way the product looks; matte and simple. This is what drew me in to buy the product in the first place, as well as it being a reasonable price at £7.50. It also has SPF 15, which is a bonus in the summer, and is oil-free.

The actual foundation disappointed me. It was easy to blend and looked good as soon as I applied it and set it, but the minute my face got even slightly oily it became patchy and basically slid off my face, despite using setting powder and setting spray. By the end of the day it looked awful and I could see my cheeks clearly, left with no foundation on them. 

In terms of coverage, it isn't the best. Although my skin is improving, I still have acne, and it did not cover all of it so I found myself using a lot of concealer over the top, making me feel cakey.


After a few weeks of having the foundation, I read the back of the bottle, and it says to 're-apply every hour' - this would prevent patchiness, but surely doing so would be tricky if you were wearing other makeup, such as contour and highlight, and by the end of the day your face would be incredibly cakey and just feel disgusting?

Overall, the foundation felt cheap on my skin and is definitely not suitable for my skin type. I would not recommend this product and I will not buy this product again, however I might try other E.L.F products soon to see if they are any better.

-Charlotte x

10 Things You'll Only Understand If You Wear Glasses






I've worn glasses since year 3 as I'm short-sighted, and I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with them. Here are 10 things only glasses-wearers will understand...

















1. Steaming up when you walk into a warm room 
Seriously, all I want to do is to smoothly make an entrance and be able to see!

2. Sliding up and down your nose when you get sweaty
This is incredibly annoying, especially when all you want to do is exercise without having plastic slip and sliding around your face. I can’t forget to mention the horrendous marks when you wear foundation!

3. The classic 'how many fingers am I holding up?' or 'can I try your glasses on?'
No, I do not start seeing extra fingers when I take my glasses off, and no, you cannot try my glasses on. 

4. Not being able to lay on your side to watch TV or read a book
I just want to chill without my glasses digging into the side of my nose :(

5. Eyeshadow being hidden
Have a stunning new eyeshadow look? Guaranteed your glasses will hide some of it!

6. Roller coasters 
Having to go blind for a few minutes because you don't want your glasses falling from the top of a rollercoaster.

7. The extremely back-handed compliment - 'you look better without glasses!'
In fact, this can't even be classed as a compliment. Guess what? You look better when I'm not wearing my glasses too :)

8. The painful spots
Whyyyyyyyyy :(

9. Choosing a new pair
Despite the excitement of having a change, finding a pair that 1.feels comfortable and 2.suits you is very hard - especially if you're indecisive like me!

10. Reflection
Taking photos with the back flash is a very difficult task and the sun is just plain annoying.

Do you wear glasses? If so, do you have anything to add to this list?
-Charlotte x

My Current Hair Care Routine

The last hair care routine post I did was just over 2 years ago, so I thought it is time do an updated one, since it had changed quite a bit since then!


My hair goes just past my shoulders (I've recently had it cut) and it is blonde, curly and wild. A few weeks ago I had a few blonde highlights put in to brighten my hair, as over the winter it goes slightly darker. Now the sun is back out though, hooray!


Washing

I wash my hair every other day for 2 reasons - 1, so I don't wash away the natural oils my body produces, and 2, because I am lazy. 
Before jumping in the shower I brush my hair with my Tangle Teaser. Thick, curly hair can be a pain to brush because it gets tangled easily, however I've been using a Tangle Teaser since the age of around 10 and it makes brushing my hair so easy and painless.



The shampoo I use to wash my hair is the PRO:VOKE Colour Care Shampoo - I've only just switched to this from the  John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lightening Shampoo; as much as I loved the old one, I'm trying to save money wherever I can and the one I'm currently using is a lot cheaper and does the same job. I use highlight activating shampoo to keep my hair as bright as possible, especially over the dark winter months.


In terms of conditioner I switch it up every few weeks - I just grab whatever I see first in the shop! At the moment I am using Alberto Balsam Sunkissed Raspberry conditioner, because it is cheap and does the job.










After my shower I towel dry my hair slightly, brush it, and then put some product in the ends. I will either scrunch some Inecto Divine Shine Coconut Oil into the ends of my hair or run some Kitoko Arte Curl Booster Cream through the ends - sometimes both! The coconut oil makes my hair shiny and the curl booster cream makes my hair very curly and soft - both of them together is the dream team and I would highly recommend both products!

I let my hair dry naturally because this way the curls are more defined and my hair stays healthier in the long run. It takes around an hour for my hair to dry fully, though, so if I'm in a rush or didn't give myself enough time in the morning (this is a regular occurrence), I will briefly dry my hair with a hair dryer, however this makes my hair go big and frizzy. Leading me on to my next point....




Dealing with frizz

Sometimes my hair doesn't co-operate with me and decides to do its own thing - on days like this I have plenty of products to chose from to help me out.
The John Frieda Frizz Ease Touch-Up Creme is a light creme that I will use if it's just the ends of my hair that are frizzy and need more curls.
If the frizz is bigger and takes up more of my hair I will use my Creightons Frizz No More Revitalising Spray to help it out.
If I just want more defined curls I use my Derma V10 Sea Salt Spray, which does exactly as it says - it's just like actual sea water!











Straightening

When straightening my hair I take around 40 minutes (such a chore!), because I have to brush it thoroughly, section is 4 or 5 times before I can start straightening.
For heat protection I use the TREsemme Heat Defending Spray  - keeping my hair protected is so important to me because I want to keep it as healthy and as bouncy as possible. I spray this through my hair and then brush it through to ensure it spreads easily. Once I've done this I straighten it using my Remington hair straighteners.
I try not to straighten my hair too often, mainly because it takes so long, so I straighten it every other week and sometimes once a week, depending on what I'm doing.

For the days where I don't have time to wash my hair...

If my hair is looking slightly greasy but I don't have time to wash my hair at that moment (we've all been there!), I will either use my Batiste Dry Shampoo, or simply some talcum powder - although be warned, this can go everywhere if you're not careful and leave you looking like a ghost, which has happened to me a fair few times.




What are your go-to hair products?
-Charlotte x

My Thoughts On - LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty


This is a mask I've been using for around 2 years, and something I will continue to use for as long as it's around! 
When I bought this face mask I had severe acne and very oily skin but I don't think I had yet been to the doctors about it. I went in to Lush and asked what they would recommend for my skin type, and straight away they led me to this face mask.

It comes in 3 sizes; a small (£6.95), medium (£12.50) and large (19.95). I started off with the smallest size to try it out on my skin, but recently bought the medium tub because I love it so much! With any face masks I would recommend getting the smaller size first so you know if it's worth getting a bigger size. Although these prices may seem expensive, I believe it is so worth it. I bought the medium tub back in February, and considering I use it at least once or twice a week I'm only 3/4 of the way down!

This mask gently exfoliates your face when you wash it off, leaving it feeling so smooth. My acne and just all round complexion looks a lot better after using this, and it isn't harsh on my skin at all so it's perfect for those with sensitive skin. It's green and very minty which I love - I've accidentally eaten some before, and it even tastes minty which was a pleasant surprise (I wouldn't suggest eating it regularly though).

Lush will always surprise me with how good their products are and I honestly think their products are worth every penny; I am yet to try any other face masks from there but I will of course update you when I do!

Have you ever tried any masks from Lush? What do you think of them?

-Charlotte x

Why It's Okay To Be Selfish Sometimes



I feel like in general, we're brought up to always help and care for others. Of course, selflessness is an amazing personality trait to have... but what about caring for ourselves?

I often find it hard to say no to things, and if you're anything like me, people sometimes take advantage of your kindness.

A lot of the time, when I'm asked to do something or attend an event I will say yes even if I want to say no, because I don't want to hurt other people's feelings. Recently I've realized that it is completely okay to say no to things and do things for yourself, because if you don't love and look after yourself, who else will?!

Taking time for yourself is so so important. It gives you time to re-charge and re-balance your mind. I'm someone who has always liked to be busy and seeing people, but this past year I've realised I need my 'me time'. 

Cutting people out of your life that aren't making you happy or that are just all-round toxic is easier said than done, but very much worth it. Once you surround yourself with people who bring happiness to your life, you will see the changes it makes. I no longer feel bad for cutting people out of my life - we only get one, so we might as well make it good! You don't have to make it a big deal or fall out dramatically, you can start off with distancing yourself first. 

Obviously, there is a fine line between taking time for yourself and just being downright selfish.

What are your thoughts?

See you next week :)
-Charlotte x