Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser Review

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I want to share with you today my new favourite high performing, cruelty free, natural cleanser. I’ve been using the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser over a month and have been ecstatic with the results!

“Sukin was launched in 2007 by a Melbourne based family on a mission to provide high quality, affordable and effective natural skin and hair care. Sukin products are formulated with high efficacy, high quality botanical extracts and essential oils, carefully selected to bring out the best in your skin and hair.”

I’d purchased the cleanser on a whim whilst shopping on MyPure . When I “gave up” my old cleanser that I’d used the last few years, I was keen to find a replacement that was natural with no nasties. This is where the super hero Sukin cleanser swept me off my feet!

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It is…

Paraben Free
Cruelty Free
Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians
Sulphate Free

*Virtual high five*

I have been using this cleanser as part of my daily skin care routine and have been overjoyed with its quality and performance. It smells deliciously earthy and herbal. The packaging is sleek and understated and most importantly makes my skin feel ameliorated.

The cleanser is a clear, gel like consistency and only requires a small amount to remove a full face of make up. I dampen my face and hands, pump some product into my hands, gently rub it between my palms and press onto my face.

This is followed by a gentle circular massaging motion from my hands which quickly and effortlessly removes ALL my make up.

 

 

I used this product consistently through the Christmas period as well, where I was putting on a full face most evenings, even lashes. It completely lifted, cleansed and removed all signs of make up. It leaves my skin stripped, soft, smooth, clear and fresh feeling. I also have a frustratingly oily forehead and found this was one of the few products that removed, healed and absorb this problem. I cannot describe how comprehensively CLEAN and fresh my skin felt after one use!

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If you are looking for a new cleanser, please give this one a try. It’s incredibly affordable without compromising on quality, ethics or performance.

Have a great week!
Charlotte

 

 

P.s I was not paid to write, endorse or test this product 🙂

Monthly Reads |February and March 2016

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Whenever someone saw me reading this, I was asked “Have you seen the film? It’s so good!”. I haven’t yet seen the film but this book had been sitting on my “to read” pile for a long time. There were parts of Wild that were so evocative and emotionally raw, I had to put it down and take a few deep breaths to stop myself from crying. Cheryl Strayed vividly describes bereavement and loss but also her growth, strength, and victory as she hikes over 1000 miles of the PCT on a personal mission to help heal and guide herself. This is a moving read that that is suspenseful and bildungsroman, documenting a demanding physical and emotional journey. I really adored this

 

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

I loved the Sapphic Dickensian novel Fingersmith, so post-reading I immediately added all of Sarah Waters works to my Amazon basket as I had fallen head over heels with this author. However, The Night Watch is an appalling work  in comparison which was depressing, flat, dull, two dimensional and left me wondering if this was written by the same person.

This book is also responsible for why I didn’t have a chance to read much else through February as I felt unmotivated to keep reading this lifeless, soporific novel. I committed to the 500 pages hoping something would happen but it didn’t, I felt fucking deflated and annoyed when I finished. The personalities of the different women in the multi-stranded narrative were boring, the plot was nowhere near compelling enough to encourage you to continue reading as the story was told in reverse and ultimately there was a blandness to the limp ending.

 

Bassoon King, The : My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson

I am massive fan of The Office which is probably what I have in common with 99% of readers that bought The Bassoon King. I personally think of Rainn Wilson as having quite a singular identity, as an actor and my hero for playing my comedy favourite Dwight Schrute. However Wilson is far more multi-dimensional and his biography explored his revelatory relationship with faith, family, education, charity work and acting career (MORE EXCITING BEHIND THE SCENES STUFF ABOUT THE OFFICE!) which resulted in some thoroughly philosophical musings and extended critical observations explored in the footnotes throughout.  I was surprised how well written it was and how open Rainn Wilson was about his life…, a consistently amusing and richly revealing memoir of the man behind Dwight Schrute.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Some of the tone and content of this book is unbearably hysterical and hyperbolic. However, I found when Lawson writes of her experience with long term depression (in between chapters on drugs, taxidermy and her work) they are gems of lucid, mesmeric and painfully relatable essays. For this reason I adored this book because her description of mental health is refreshing and her refusal to be a victim of it, prescribes an unusual and amusing set of coping mechanisms… in which she started the Furiously Happy movement.

 

The Easter Tag | 2016

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This tag is currently going around Twitter so I jumped on the chocolate laden band wagon…

1. What does Easter/Good Friday look like in your country?

A long extended bank holiday during which most families get together, exchange eggs and sit down for a big roast on the Sunday!

In our household, Easter Sunday is a long lie in, then usually a special breakfast with croissants and fresh coffee, followed by exchanging chocolate and small presents. We normally have a roast followed by parlour games or silly quizzes and drinks.

2.Do you have Easter/Good Friday Traditions?

When we were little, Easter time meant a lot of church/mass as my sister and I were brought up Roman Catholic. Although I would not deem myself a “religious person” anymore, my fathers side of the family are, so our extended family drop in to our house more frequently as they attend mass with my Dad post-various services during this period.

Due to our religious upbringing, Easter seemed to be infused with so much more meaning and celebration in our family than it was in any of my friends from school. None of my class mates or friends from my neighbourhood were Christians so for them it was seen as “chocolate weekend!” whereas we understood it was a symbolic religious celebration.  I don’t remember feeling bothered about this, although I felt a little resentful when I was younger about the amount of church we had to attend, giving up all sweet treats for lent and generally feeling a little scared about the mass involving the crucifying of Jesus.

I remember the frisson of excitement which was on par with Christmas eve when Good Friday came around and remember getting significantly more presents than my non-Christian friends on the Easter Sunday, result!

3.What is the perfect Easter/Good Friday?

Relaxing really! Normally doing a few last minute chores to make the house look extra clean and tidy. We put an Easter tree made of twigs and decorate it with small painted eggs and tiny decorations such as rabbits and chickens. My Mumma normally lays the table in advance of the Sunday roast as she likes to decorate the dining room, put up bunting, special candles etc. then we aren’t allowed in there until the Sunday.

4. Do you believe in the Easter Bunny?

We don’t really have the Easter Bunny in England — presents are shared and given amongst family members.

5. What is your favorite Easter Candy?

I love Lindt chocolate, although I don’t really have a sweet tooth so often I will melt my Easter chocolate down and make scrummy hot chocolates over the next couple of weeks.

6. What part of the chocolate bunny do you eat first?

Ears to feet? I feel so cruel saying that!

7. What is your favorite thing about Easter?

I love shopping for pretty Easter cards, chocolates and finding small gifts for my family and boyfriends family. I look forward to decorating my house with neat little bunting, bunches of daffodils and spring flowers and generally treating Easter as a celebration to welcome Spring into our house, after a very long, cold, dark winter in England.

8. What was your favourite Easter memory?

Probably my earliest memory, coming down from my bedroom to see our dining covered with chocolate eggs and toys.

9. What are your plans for the Easter weekend this year?

I spent it with my boyfriends family, we cooked a big dinner together on the Saturday, played with our niece and nephew, organised an egg hunt for the Sunday morning, went out to a local country bistro for a Sunday lunch and I had a yummy nut roast followed by an insaaaane cheese board (possibly a highlight of the weekend?). We then relaxed, curled up on sofas and watched a couple of family movies together. It was really special.

10. Do you colour eggs?

When we were little we did, I still remember aged 3, dying eggs at Nursery, dipping shells in warm coloured dyes and painting them once they had dried.

11. What would your perfect coloured egg be?

White with rose gold details.

12. Favorite Easter/Good Friday treat?

It’s allllllllllll about the big Sunday roast: chicken (or trout for me), crispy roast potatoes, greens, roasted butternut squash, broccoli, Yorkshire puddings, gravy…

13. Do you hunt/hide eggs?

We hide eggs for the little ones, so in addition to their big Easter egg, they have little baskets to hunt for smaller chocolate eggs.

14. What do you typically put in Easter baskets?

We don’t have baskets here, gifts are just given out in gift bags.

15. What does Easter/Good Friday mean to you?

Family time, food and rest.

 

10 FACTS ABOUT ME | 2015

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  1. I have been a vegetarian for 7 and a half years!
  2. My ideal night in would be cooking for my closest friends and boyfriend. I love the anticipation of planning and putting together a really good three course meal and the satisfaction of sitting down to enjoy it whilst drinking lots of wine with my guests.
  3. My favourite books include (but is not limited to) : Possession by A S Byatt, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, Hamlet – Shakespeare, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, Austen anything… and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde
  4. I am massive introvert and find large groups or new situations a terribly painful experience. Networking is my idea of torture and small talk awkwardness makes my insides squeeze with the discomfort of it all. People’s first impression of me (quite sadly) is often that I’m shy/uninteresting or, over compensating with extra loud, gushing babble to fill silences. I love being with friends but really need my solitude and private time to recharge, as this picture illustrates: https://40.media.tumblr.com/2b521b6424b2d320862c7b4c0bf9bdba/tumblr_inline_nmsawcIV9c1qf4j1l_540.jpg
  5. I have an obsession for Breton  jumpers, make that any stripey version of this top in a myriad of different colours… my collection is a little excessive.
  6. My ultimate female girl crush/style icons are: Angelina Jolie, Hayley Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow
  7. For my “Death Row Meal” I would have a smorgasbord of the following: Avocado mash (paprika, lime, olive oil, salt), fresh free range eggs from local chickens — poached, smoked salmon, brie, camembert, super stinky Stilton and thick hunks of fresh French crusty bread with tonnes of Mote butter with crunchy salt veins running through. I would pile up, dip, mix and feast…and die very happy.
  8. I have a Masters degree in Shakespeare yet have never been to Statford Upon Avon — Which I NEED to do ASAP!
  9. My favourite movies are: Ghost World, Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Young Victoria, Skyfall, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Marie Antoinette and Coraline
  10. I really, really, really want to move out and have massive nesting syndrome. All I think about is having my own house and being able to decorate my own little nerd space. Thank goodness for Pinterest for allowing me to virtually scrapbook all interior inspiration…. I also can’t wait to have my own dog. I want a gorgeous, little, fluffy, wolfy, black, shiny eyed Schipperke.

🙂

Charlotte xx

 

*Photo was taken at the rose garden, Hampton Court by boyfriend

 

Birthday Week | July 2015

IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!

I had a whole week a celebrations planned.

I took an indulgent few days off work, went up North to visit my best friend where many snuggles, drunken silliness, trips to Ikea, dinners out, mischief and catch ups happened… then I had a more relaxing, beautiful evening at Cote with friends closer to home, delicious bubbly, conversation and French food. Perfect.

On the day of my birthday, boyfriend and I headed into London and visited the eccentric oddity that was the Sir John Soane Museum. We ate at Bob Bob Ricard where I had the famous lobster burger and my boyfriend had the pork belly with the BEST truffle mashed potato. If it hadn’t been my birthday he wouldn’t have let me have steal so many spoonfuls!Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerSource

In the afternoon we went shopping in Harrods and later on I was treated to Oysters and Champagne in the food court. Whilst the bubbly was crisp and delicious, I detested the bitterly salty Oysters! We wondered around,  gazed longingly at many beautiful diamonds (me) and watches (him), bought my yearly birthday cigar and had enough time to purchase some Macarons from Laduree before catching the train home… Tummies full with rich food, sugary treats and arms heavily loaded with glossy dark green Harrods bags.

I was lucky enough to receive many lovely presents but since forever I have wanted a Mulberry handbag. What I didn’t expect was that the kindest individual would treat me to my first one! When my boyfriend presented it to me the night before my birthday, I was too stunned to even speak, except to give a little squeak and stare disbelievingly at the chic, grey carboard shopping bag, with gilt gold writing.  It was the most thoughtful  present I have ever been given. mulberry1 mulberry2 It’s a Blossom tote, and I am head over heels in love with the colour. What do you think? Next was this adorkable macaron bracelet from Laduree at Harrods. It’s in pistachio, my favourite flavour. Yum! macaronbracelet This perfume by Jo Malone. I had wanted to try this range for a while now, the scent is sweet, complex and I adore the crisp, woody notes. joe malone

Boyfriend’s parents gave me this necklace from Mint Velvet, I love the bronzed, golden colour. They also treated me to a cream dress from Mint Velvet, to wear out in London on the day of my birthday.

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I also got so many candles, I’m pretty much obsessed with candles, after I took this photo I received three more! The Gardenia Blossom is particularly gorgeous, a heady mix of coconuts, beaches and white gardenias.

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Oh and it wouldn’t be my birthday without a little geekery… the new pokemon game — I am obsessed with!

I admit, I was feeling very anxious about aging another year, creeping closer to 30 (well, in a few years) but with the company of my good friends to celebrate, plenty of fizz and decadence… It all made it a little less painful 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

Love,
Charlotte

 

Monthly Reads – April/May

Oh my Gosh. Such reads.

 Marie Antoinette I loved, loved, loved this. All 550 pages. Riveting from beginning to end. An astoundingly extensive and comprehensive work on French history, The French Revolution, Versailles and Courtly life, and  of course…Marie Antoinette. If you love 18th C history or are mildly obsessed with Marie Antoinette, this is an incredible read. A huge volume of information digested easily, beautifully well written, never dry or dull… such an impressive work!

 

Sex, Lies, and the Ballot Box I was trawling the political literature section on Amazon in light of the upcoming/recent British election and this was flagged up: a collection of political essays that scrutinised the electoral process, psychology of voting and our current understanding of parliament. I found it moderately interesting, short pieces that you can dip in and out of, especially if you aren’t very interested in current affairs or politics.  It’s accessible and will hopefully get you more interested, but gives a very accessible insight into British politics.

 

Mini Shopaholic This was pure, guilty, chick lit, feel good, holiday, easy reading. My little sister recommended this because she is a big fan of all of Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. This was a great addition to the series, cute, funny and upbeat… which also helped distracted me from my fear of imminent death whilst flying en route to my holiday to Rome. Ha!

 

Eat Nourish Glow I was really inspired by Freer’s instagram account,  I thought this would be predominantly a recipe book but it’s so much more. Refreshingly honest both in tone and information, it’s a down to earth, full on lifestyle guide which has really helped sculpt my understanding of the value of nutrition and healthy eating. Freer writes in a no-nonsense tone, you can change the fact you feel tired all the time, you can change small aspects of your food habits and resultantly change your life. I love the simple yet revolutionary philosophy of this and would encourage you to buy it 🙂