Sunday, 15 January 2017

Review || Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

Review || Hourglass Surreal Light Palette
If you are in need of a new face palette the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette should be on your shopping list. Firstly Hourglass powders are some of the best that I have ever tried, really lovely consistency and easy to apply and blend. Secondly, this palette is housed in a beautiful marble case with gold lettering on the front, which makes it even more beautiful. 
Review || Hourglass Surreal Light Palette
The palette contains five different powders:

The biggest one is Surreal Light, which is an all over face powder, perfect for setting your makeup without your makeup looking matte.
Then there is the bronzer shade, Surreal Bronze Light, a really lovely bronzer shade mixed with Surreal Light to warm up the skin. 
One of the two blush shades is Surreal Glow, a peony pink blush mixed with Surreal Light to add a really lovely natural blush.
Surreal Effect (probably my favourite powder in the whole palette) is a pink rose mixed with a warmer peach colour that adds a lovely amount of colour to the cheeks.
Surreal Strobe Light is a gorgeous, shimmery highlighting shade with a hint of peachy pink.

The powders look really natural on the skin and even though they are shimmery, they don't look glittery or over the top, so can be worn in the day and they give a beautiful glow.

Have you tried this palette yet?

Chloe
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

2016 Makeup Favourites || Hourglass, L'Oreal, Max Factor and MORE!

It's that time of the year again when we round-up our most reached for beauty products of the year. I haven't got too many this year and they are all new products to me. Some products from last years favourites were reached for a lot over the past twelve months but I think these products were my absolute favourites out of my makeup collection.

I am going to start with face makeup first. The L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation (REVIEW) has been my most reached for face product of the year. It is such a gorgeous lightweight, buildable product that makes it perfect to wear when you don't want to wear too much makeup but feel like you need a base product. And another really good thing about this product is that it has a shade pale enough, even for me!!

I have also been reaching for the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (REVIEW) a lot this year. This has quickly become my favourite concealer because 1. it is pale enough for me, and 2. it is a really lovely consistency so I can use it under my eyes without it feeling heavy and cakey. And it is also really cheap which is another bonus!

I couldn't do this favourites without mentioning the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette (REVIEW) which I think might be my favourite product of 2016. I received this for Christmas 2015 and since then I haven't stopped using this. It is the perfect palette with 3 highlighters/setting powders, 2 blush shades and 1 bronzer. They all look gorgeous on the skin and also last really well. I love this palette so much that I asked for the new version of it for Christmas this year and I can't wait to use it.

The final face product is the Topshop Glow Pots in Gleam and Polished (REVIEW). I used these all of the time in the summer, especially when I was on holiday as they give your skin the perfect dewy highlight which you can make more intense the more product you apply.

Onto eye products now and I only have two products to mention. First one is the YSL Babydoll Mascara. I received this as a birthday present from one of my best friends and I haven't stopped using it since then. It lengthens and adds volume to my lashes which is exactly what I want in a mascara.

The second product is the Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes. Hands down my favourite eyeshadow palette of all time. The shadows are really pigmented and are really buttery so apply and blend really well. The shades are also my perfect eyeshadow colours, I honestly cannot fault this palette!

For lips, the only stand out product from this year for me is the Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Nude Pop. This is a lovely nude shade which I love for both day and night and has definitely been my most reached for lip product of the year.

The only other product that I wanted to mention is the fragrance I have been wearing all of the time which is Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede. I received this as a gift last Christmas and I have worn it pretty much everyday. It is such a stunning scent and I will definitely buy the big bottle once this one runs out!

What have been your favourite products from 2016?

Chloe
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 || Goals for the Year

2017, New Year's Resolutions, Goals for 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 is now over (anyone else glad to see the back of it?) and 2017 has begun and I hope that this year is a good one for everyone! Today's post is going to be rounding up the past 12 months and I am also going to share with you some of my goals for this year.

So 2016 was a weird one. A levels took over my life so everything else had to take a back seat, including blogging as my exams had to take priority. Then in August results day changed my plans a little and I decided to take a gap year and reapply for a different course. At the time I was so upset that I hadn't got into the course I originally applied for but now I couldn't be happier with what I am doing and the path I have now chosen to go down. So whilst most of my friends went off to uni, I started work experience and I have absolutely loved it.

2017 will hopefully be the year I start university and move out of home for the first time, which is both scary and exciting. Until then I plan to keep myself busy with more work experience and I have also set myself 10 different goals for the new year, some cliché, others not so much.

1. READ MORE - I want to try and read at least a book a month this year
2. MOVE MORE - I really want to try and be a little more active this year, even if it is only 15 minutes a day.
3. HAVE MORE ME TIME - I need to find time in my week to relax, do my nails, read a book or just do nothing.
4. LEARN SOMETHING NEW - I really want to learn a new language this year as languages were something I really loved at school.
5. STAY TIDY FOR THE WHOLE YEAR - Keeping my room tidy and organised is something I really want to work on this year.
6. EAT MY FIVE A DAY - Some days I struggle to get 1 or 2 of my 5 a day. I want to try and add more fruit and veg into my diet.
7. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE - This is something I have got better at recently but I still think I could do better.
8. COOK MORE - I want to become more confident cooking, mainly so that when I go to uni I don't have to live off of ready meals and pizza!
9. BLOG A LITTLE MORE - Last year was a bit of a blogging fail, so I want to try and blog as often as I can this year, starting with one post a week in January.
10. PASS PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TESTS AND GET INTO UNI - I am hoping to start studying to become a teacher this year, but need to pass the numeracy and literacy tests first!

What are your goals for the New Year?

Chloe
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Autumn Wishlist

Autumn has finally rolled around again and I cannot tell you how happy I am about it. Autumn/winter fashion is my favourite as I absolutely love chunky knit jumpers, coats and boots so the fact that the weather now suits this style of clothing makes me very happy. So after thinking that I needed to get a few new pieces for my A/W wardrobe I thought that I would share with you some of the things that I am thinking of picking up soon.


What is on your wishlist at the moment?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

November Monthly Goals

November Monthly Goals
Instead of a favourites post this month I thought I would do something a bit different. I have seen this style of post on other blogs and I really like reading them so I thought that today I would do my own Monthly Goals post. I am going to share with you 4 things that I would like to achieve in the month of November.

1. Finish my uni application
After deciding to reapply for university this year I am now finally getting closer to sending off my UCAS application. I really want to have this done in November so that it is done before Christmas and I feel like once it is done it will be a massive weight off of my shoulders.

2. Keep my room tidy and organised
After having a big tidy up of my room recently I really want to try and keep it looking organised and not let it get in a mess again. I really like it when it is organised but I can be lazy sometimes and at times my room becomes a bit of a floordrobe! I really want to try harder this month to keep it looking neat and tidy!

3. Read more
I used to read almost every day but recently for whatever reason I haven't made the time to read. I started a book whilst I was on holiday in September but never finished it so this month I really want to make the time in my day, even if it is just 10 minutes, so that I can try and finish this book (which is After You by Jojo Moyes).

4. Get some Christmas shopping done
December always comes around very quickly and before I know it, it is Christmas Eve and I haven't finished my Christmas shopping. This year, instead of leaving it until the last minute I want to try and get as much of my Christmas shopping done before December even begins.

What are some of your monthly goals this month?

Chloe
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Sunday, 9 October 2016

How I Tint My Eyebrows || Eylure Dybrow

As a natural red-head I have very fair eyebrows and although for years I never filled them in, in the past three years I have become a bit obsessed with filling my brows in and I love how much it changes my face. So in an attempt to have slightly more visible brows without makeup I looked into tinting my eyebrows at home and that is when I came across the Eylure Dybrow Kit in Dark Brown, a really easy way to tint your brows at home.

The kit comes with a small tube of the dye, activating solution, a small mascara wand, a plastic stick for mixing, a mixing tray and the instructions, which are really easy to follow.
To start with you need to clean your eyebrows with a non-oily cleanser and then put something like Vaseline around your eyebrows so that the dye doesn't tint your skin. Then squeeze about 2cm of the dye onto the dish and mix with 5 drops of the activating solution. Once fully mixed, apply it to your brows using the mascara wand and brush it through your brows until all of your hairs are evenly coated with the solution. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes and then clean off with a wet cotton pad and you should be left with tinted brows. Occasionally, if they don't turn out dark enough I will apply the remainder of the mixture to my brows and leave on for another 1-2 minutes.

This seems to last on me for about 4-6 weeks before I feel like I need to repeat the process again. I really like how, with this dye my brows stand out a bit more and it also makes filling them in a bit easier than when my brows are not tinted.

The process is so easy and definitely worth doing if, like me, your brows are not as dark as you would like them and you want them to be a bit more noticeable.

Have you ever tinted your brows before?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Autumnal Essie Nail Edit

Autumnal Essie Nail Edit
Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while now will know that Essie nail polishes are my favourite and recently I bought some new ones to add to my ever-growing collection. So, today I thought that I would put together a little Autumnal themed nail polish edit, exclusively of Essie polishes, including the new colours I picked up.
Autumnal Essie Nail Edit

Firstly one of my favourites, Bahama Mama. This shade is a gorgeous dark plum colour and I think it is the perfect autumnal polish. Another old favourite for me is Stylenomics. A very dark, almost black green which is great if you want something quite dramatic.  For more of a grey toned blue colour, I love reaching for is Bobbing for Baubles as it is such a unique colour. It looks really grey in the bottle but as soon as it is applied to the nails you can definitely notice the blue tone to it.
Autumnal Essie Nail Edit

The newer shades to my collection include Maximillian Strasse-her, a Lily Pebbles favourite that I think will be the perfect paler blue-grey shade for this time of the year. I also picked up Maki Me Happy, the perfect deep red shade, that reminds me of Christmas. The final full sized shade is Cocktail Bling, a gorgeous pale grey colour, which I am really excited to try and think it would look really gorgeous with some of the glitters I have from Essie. I also got a free mini bottle of Sugar Daddy, a pale pink shade as I bought one full sized bottle, which I think will be a good pink shade for this time of the year.

What are your favourite Essie shades?

Chloe
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