Thursday, 31 December 2009

New Year's Resolutions!

Hi everyone, long time no speak. As you can imagine I have been caught up with all of the holiday festivities and have sadly neglected my blog. I hope you all had wonderful christmases and are bringing in the new year tonight with your friends and families!

Tonight is New Years Eve and I am spending it with my friends at a local pub, there is sure to be lots of drinking, dancing and general merryment! As tradition goes, I thought I would share with you all my new year's resolutions. I make a few every year and inevitably I always fail to keep them. And this year is no different, I make my resolutions with the best of intentions and maybe this year is the year i'll be successful!

So, here goes:

1. See my friends more! - I count myself lucky to have my friends very close to where I live, that being said, I don't think we do enough together. This year I am going to organise more things, instead of waiting for opportunities to fall into my lap, I'm going to be proactive! First up on the agenda is to plan and execute a trip to Edinburgh for my birthday in May.

2. Healthy body! Healthy mind! - This year my resolution is not going to be lose weight, diet and eat properly, give up drinking....blah, blah, blah! Because this has worked so well for me before right! Hahaha! No, this year my goal is to aim for a generally more healthy lifestyle. Not stress myself out over the latest diet craze or the fact that I never went to the gym 20 million times a week like I said I was going to. If I'm more positive about getting fit and healthy gradually over time, everything else will just fall into place. I've come to realise that cutting out everything you like will never work, its all about finding the balance! Although this will have to start tomorrow due to the copious amounts of alcohol I plan to consume tonight!

3. Keep my flat tidy! - This is definitely something I suck at! I can't lie, I make the most mess one person can possibly make. No joke... So, pull yourself together Charlotte, you are 23 years old, you most certainly can keep your flat clean and tidy. When you take off your clothes, put them in the washing basket not on the floor! When you cook, wash up straight away and it won't build up! Vacuum once a week! Clean bathroom and kitchen, once a week! This is not rocket science, YOU CAN DO IT!!! Okay, pep talk over with! This is definitely the one resolution, I'm determined to keep.

and finally, its the big one!

4. Stop SHOPPING! - This year I would really like to pay off my credit cards, save a little money, get a Louis Vuitton handbag and Christian Louboutin shoes and have nice holidays. But my problem is that I shop, buying stupid little things that I don't need which clutter up my flat and which all add up to hundreds of pounds over the year which would easily buy me a LV handbag! This means cutting out online shopping and to stop watching so many youtube hauls.

So, there you have it. Do you think I can do it??? I really hope so! Post your new years resolutions in the comments, I really want to hear what your goals for the new year are.

To everyone celebrating New Year's tonight, I hope you have a really fantastic time and I wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2010.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Me, me, me!

I saw this recently and knew it was something I had to post on my blog. I'm taking no credit for this, it all came from Laura and her amazing blog! Go check her out, her blog is awesome.


Me: Charlotte

Nicknames: I don't have any and I don't like my name to be shortened to anything. I am just plain Charlotte.

Birthday: 22nd May 1986

Place of Birth: Birmingham, UK

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Male or Female: Female

Occupation: I work for our family company. My Mom, Dad, Brother and I are all Company Directors. We deal with Thermal Insulation. Very boring stuff! lol!

Residence: I bought my own flat 2 years ago in Solihull.

Screen Name: emeraldjewels/sparklyemeraldjewels


Hair Colour: Dark Brown

Hair Length: Its getting quite long, i've been growing it for a while now.

Eye colour: Blue/Grey/Green - They are a bit of a mash-up of all three!

Best Feature: Definitly my hair, I get more comments about my hair than anything else!

Height: 5'6''

Braces?: No, I never had to.

Glasses?: I wear glasses to drive and I think my eyes are getting worse. I need to go back and have my eyes tested again.

Piercings: I got my ears pierced when I was about 7, I have absolutley no plans to get anything else pierced.

Tattoos: Absolutly not! Nor would I ever get one.

Righty or Lefty: Righty


First best friend: Alicia

First Award: I used to get awards in Secondary School quite a lot, I was good at school!

First Sport You Joined: I played hockey in school, thats about it.

First Real Vacation: I went to Majorca when I was 2, but I have no recollection of this. My first real holiday that I remember was when I was 7 or 8. I went to visit my Aunt and Uncle in New York. My family went for 3 weeks and to this day it is still my favourite holiday ever. We went down to Atlantic City and Ocean City and just had the most amazing time ever!

First Concert: Tom Jones.... Very embarrasing but I was very young and went with my parents.

First Love: Shane from Westlife was my first love! Hahaha!


Movie: The Life of David Gale is my favourite film ever, but I love pretty much any romantic comedy.

TV Show: I watch sooo many but my absolute favourites are Bones, Greys Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, 24, Private Practice and The Vampire Diaries.

Colours: Emerald Green, Purple and Turquoise.

Song: Flying Without Wings (Westlife), I Believe I Can Fly (R Kelly) and Amazed (Lonestar).

Candy: I adore Cadbury's Mini Eggs, but they are only available at Easter.

Restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory - Specifically the one in the Forum Shops, Las Vegas.

Store: Either Harrods in London or Bloomingdales in New York.

School: My secondary school was my favourite.

Book: Hands down the Harry Potter books are the best i've ever read. I love loads of other books but Harry Potter is my favourite.

Magazine: Any celebrity gossip mags!

Shoes: I don't really have a favourite pair of shoes, at the moment I'm loving my knee high riding boots.


Feeling: Very festive! Can't wait for Christmas.

Single or Taken: Single

Eating: Nothing currently, I just had some toast for my lunch.

Typing: This blog post...bit of a ridiculous question really.

Listening To: Capital FM radio over the internet.

Thinking About: Christmasssssss!

Wanting: A new video camera!

Watching: Nothing, i'm on the computer.

Wearing: My work clothes - black trousers, red top and clack cardigan!


Want Children?: Yes, I would like at least 3 children. I would like 5 but only if I could afford it.

Want to be Married: Most definitly!

Careers in Mind: I'm very happy where I am, this is my future and I love working with my family.

Where do you want to live?: America! I'm pretty sure I was meant to live there, lol! I would move tomorrow if I could.


Kissed a Stranger: Yes

Had Alcohol: Definitly, i've had many a drunken nights! Especially when I was at University.

Smoked: Never

Ran Away From Home: No, as a kid I would say I was going to but never actually made it past the door.

Broken a bone: No.

Got an X-ray: Yes.

Broken Someone's Heart: I don't think so.

Cried When Someone Died: Yes

Cried At School: Yes


God: No

Miracles: No

Love At First Sight: Yes

Ghosts: No

Aliens: No

Soul Mates: Yes

Heaven: No

Hell: No

Kissing on The First Date: Yes, its the sign of a good date!

Yourself: Yes. I have a very positive outlook!

I hope you feel you guys know me a little more now, feel free to add this to your own blogs. I love to read these kind of posts!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Lush Skincare Review

So I promised a review of the Lush skincare I mentioned in a previous post. Honestly, I have to say i'm not as in love with it as I thought I would be. I haven't noticed any difference in the look and feel of my skin, there hasn't been the improvement I was looking for.

The Angels on Bare Skin cleanser has made no difference what so ever and if i'm completely honest it is a complete faff to use. When I'm rushing to get ready in the morning and trying not to be late for work, I don't have time to smoosh the cleanser to a paste with a little water, massage in, flannel off and rinse, etc... Its just too time consuming when i'm after a quick wash and go cleanser. I don't think i'll be trying this again!

The Enzymion moisturiser is my favourite of the things I bought. I really do love it, it smells great and its a very lightwight lotion so it sinks right in. It works really well under my makeup and definitly helps to control my very oily t-zone somewhat. This one I would definitly re-purchase again and again.

Now, while I do like the Mask of Magnaminty, i'm not sure if its not a little too harsh for my skin. My skin doesn't feel too great after it, I think one of the ingredients in the mask irritates my skin. Which is not the masks fault but my own dodgy skins fault. Grrrr! So i'll be staying away from this for a little while, but I would try it again in future because I did used to love it and used on a regular basis.

Sooo... onwards and upwards. On to a new regime, last night I was watching some youtube videos when this gem popped up in my subscription box:

After watching this and being unhappy with my Lush regime (and i'm a sucker for all things beauty related that promises results for my skin!) I had to order this holiday set Blair talks about in her video.

It is the Clinique 3-Step System. Its a great set, although its a lot more expensive to buy in the UK than it is in the US. I did my maths and the set would cost £36.56 ($58.50/by the current exchange rate of 1.60) if I bought it in America. Yet over here it cost me £60 which is a massive difference, but i've always known Clinique is a lot cheaper to buy in the states. So if you are going on holiday to the states over Christmas take advantage of the cheaper price!

Annnnd of couse, I couldn't resist throwing in a couple more products. I got 2 more products. The All About Eyes Eye Cream which is good for all skin types.

It has excellent reviews on the website and promises to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Two things I suffer from. It also helps to reduce the apperance of fine lines and wrinkles. While i'm not concerned about aging right now, it can't hurt can it.

Finally I got the Exfoliating Scrub for Combination/Oily skin. According to the Clinique website it "Helps to control oil-related problems; skin looks translucent, clearer, brighter; takes edge off tiny lines and wrinkles; wakes up tired skin. Better stimulation; gives a light reflecting glow to mature skin. Allows better makeup application and moisturiser to absorb more easily. Promotes even skin tone refines texture. Rounded granules will not scratch the skin. Rinses off easily and leaves the skin clean and refreshed." All of this sounds good to me, if it is as good as it says then  me and my skin should be getting on like a house on fire pretty soon.

And because I got 2 or more products I got a free makeup bag of my choice and 3 deluxe treats for free. Bonus! Check out the offer HERE. I chose the Silver makeup bag with the Lipstick (Its called Twilight, of course I had to get it!), the mascara, because I love sample sizes of mascara, they fit in my makeup bags much better for travel. My last choice went to the Take The Day Off makeup remover. Its one i've wanted to try for a while, so now I get to without buying the full size. If you decide to take advantage of this offer, let me know what treats you got.

Okay, so thats it for this post. Of course i'll be reviewing my progress as I go along! Hopefully i'll have the same results as Blair.

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