I feel like I have just blinked and this month has gone. Having two weeks off work made this past month go far too fast. I don’t know about you but I feel like this year is going faster than any year! I was talking to Alex about this the other day, we both agreed that when your little you feel like a year takes ages to go past but once you get older, it feels like you blink your eyes and the year is gone! View Post


Why I suck at blogging but don’t care. The blogging world has become so heightened with competition and worry that people are doing better than you. I hate that part to this whole blogging malarkey. I started this blog 3 years ago with no idea what I was stepping into. It was a hobby that I wanted to stick my toes into without knowing the career’s blogging has given so many people. I don’t think I would ever see myself making this my career. Don’t get me wrong there are so many other sides of blogging that I love. But the constant battle of proving who you are to people, just isn’t me. And I guess that’s what makes me suck at blogging. View Post




I was set these samples by Ren to review their products, they asked me what skin type I was so they could send me samples which related to my skin. Just so you know I have combination oily skin and I also get occasional break outs. I had never tried the Ren products before but I am almost certain that I will be making an order very soon to get my hands on some full size products! I love the packaging of all the Ren products, I think the simple white container with the different colour stripe and small logo for each different range makes their products recognisable.

The first thing I received was the T-Zone Balancing Gel-Cream from their Clarimatte range, for the full size product (50ml) it costs £21. Which to some people is a lot for a moisturiser but for me something like this which is going to help my skin its not a lot to pay. I was using this on a night time instead of my usual  moisturiser as I always feel like with a  gel moisturiser it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and that’s exactly what this did. This sample size of 15ml lasted me a week and a half which for a small sized product like this I feel it is very good. I loved the consistency of the product and the over all feel. This is something that I will 100% be thinking about purchasing.

Next was the Invisible Pores Detox Mask again in the Clarimatte range, which is £18 for the full size product of 50ml which is an average price that you would pay for a high end mask. This was one of my favourite face masks I have ever used for my pores, once I had applied this I really felt like it got into those pesky little pores and pulled out all the horrible things that get into them. I did find that when I woke up the next day there was a few spots that wasn’t there the night before but I wasn’t too bothered about this as it made me think that this mask really did get into my pores! It has a clay like consistency which personally I love about face masks. This is already in my planned things to buy this month so cant wait to get my paws on this, hahah did you see what I did there!

The last thing I got was the Clarity Restoring Mask in the ClearcALM 3 range, which is £30 for the 50ml bottle, I don’t think I buy this in a hurry, don’t get me wrong anything that has mask in I love but I just didn’t love this as much as I did the other mask of theirs that I tried. For people who like a thinner mask this is definitely for you, it was still partly a clay texture but not as thick as the other. It still left my skin feeling silky smooth but it just wasn’t my favourite.

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Overall, I would definitely buy more of the Ren products! but I would just have a little test of the products before I fully committed to buying them.

Which Ren products have you used and which would you recommend?



A few weeks ago I picked up a few of the Soap and Glory make-up products as a big fan of their body products. Although I had never used any of their beauty things. I picked up three of their products as it was on 3 for 2, who can say n to that kind of bargain?! Another thing that drew me to all the Soap and Glory products is all the quirky names they have, I really think that this is a selling point for me both the names and the packaging draw me in!


The first thing I picked up was the Archery Brow Tint &Precision Shaping Pencil which I had heard so much about here on the internet. I bought mine in the colour Brownie Points which is a gorgeous light brown shade. It has two ends to the product, one being a felt tip end and the other a wax crayon. I like to comb through my eyebrows then colour and shape them then go over them with the wax crayon to make sure they don’t move. I am really enjoying using this product as i find it so easy to use! and is a great product to use daily if you want to make your eyebrows look neater in a smaller time frame. I would definiltly recommend anyone to get this and at the small price off £10 which I think is incredible for a eyebrow tool!


Next I got my hands on the One Heck Of A Blot, which is a translucent powder which I apply on top of my foundation and concealer just to set it in place. This comes with a sponge although I don’t like to use this as I find it makes the powder look too cakey. I find this powder perfect for when im going out on a night to places where it may get a little too hot for my skin as it keeps everything in place. This was a little more on the pricey side for a powder as i normally pay under a fiver and this one was £12 however I did get these on 3for2 so I can’t really complain.


The last thing I picked up was Love At First Blush, which is a pinky toned blush with gold flecks. I love this blush for an everyday blush although i don’t think it is very pigmented. I wouldnt buy this one again due to that but will enjoy using what I have of it. This was £11 which isnt too bad for a blusher, I am just slightly disappointed with the pigmentation.


Overall, I have loved using the soap and glory make-up and would definitely buy more of their products!
Let me know which products of theirs you have tried down below in the comments?


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Now we are all finished letting you all into my little secrets at how I get myself ready for the summer I thought it was about time I started to show you what I take etc when I go on my summer holibobs. With 7 small weeks to go till im  jetting off to Turkey for a relaxing week in the sun with Alex I have started to get all my stuff together. I am a list person and always will be, from the minute my holiday was booked I had my notebook out and the lists started. One of the first things that I like to make my lists on is my beach/pool bag. When i’m on holiday my favourite thing to do bar shopping in the local make-up stores is to lie on a sun bed and take in as much rays as I can whilst reading this summers book.

As my Summer series I thought I could take this chance to show you what I like to keep in my beach/pool bag although some things I don’t have yet due to waiting until I can find a better offer in the shops. But I can still explain what of them I like to add.

DSCF0969Above you can see the bag that I took with me last year when we went to Turkey, I have not yet seen a bag that I want as my beach bag this year so you will have to put up with last years for now. The bag is actually from Primark and I think it was only around £9 which I think it a bargain for a beach bag! It has a small hand handle and the long strap if you need it. I loved the look of this bag last year with the woven look and also loved the size. It kept everything in that I needed!

The stripy towel I have on top was also from Primark and was around £3, I get a new one each year when I go away and this is also last years as I haven’t yet done my Primark Summer shop! be prepared to see a haul soon!

DSCF0973One of the first things I make sure I pack into my beach bag is my sun cream, I love using a once a day sun cream as I just find it a lot easier although I do actually apply it more than once a day just as I don’t feel like once a day is really enough. I always start with a 30 when I go on holiday and gradually work my way down to a 10 once I have started to get a tan.

The next most important thing for me is my entertainment, first I always like to have two books with me just incase I cant get into one of them I have a back up, these are the two books im going to take away with me this year and I really cant wait to get into them! I also like to take my I-pod as sometime when I need a sleep by the pool I like to plug this in and block out all of the other noises around me. My phone is another must have, I cant go anywhere without it and seen as though my hotel has free wifi it is a definite must! Go follow me on instagram:charlottesamanthaox

I also like to carry a cover up in my beach bag just for when we head for an ice cream I can get a little bit covered up. Another is my flip flops, I have Havianas and I love them!

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In my little cosmetics bag I carry hair bobbles, grips, hair band, lip balm and hand sanitizer for just incase moments! I also carry my small hair brush for when I have been in the pool and my hair I ready for a brush.

Sunglasses are also a must when abroad as you need something to cover up those eyes! I have a pair from hnm but am hoping to get myself a nice new pair in the airport.

The last thing I like to carry with me is my purse, although we go on all inclusive holidays, I always like to have money on me just incase we decided to venture out of the hotel complex and I see something that I just must have!

So now you know what I keep in my beach bag let me know what you keep in yours in the comments down below!