Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Update: Exams 2015

Update: Exams 2015
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Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would do a little update styled post related to my upcoming exams and my blog.

For anyone who wasn't sure, I am in my first year of sixth form studying for my AS exams, which although I am only doing 4 subjects, there is a lot of work to do in order to get the grades that I want. Therefore over the next month this area of the internet might be a little quieter than usual.

With my first exam being on May 5th and my last not being until June 1st, May will probably be spent revising and doing exams and unfortunately there will be less time available for blogging. I would love to be able to balance blogging and revising for relatively important exams, but unfortunately, for me, there aren't enough hours in the day!

I have a few posts planned for this month and I will do my best to post a couple of times this month, but I'm not going to make any promises!!

I hope to post a lot more over the summer and already have lots of ideas for future posts, which I am looking forward to writing and posting for you guys.

Good luck to anyone else with exams soon, I hope they go well and I hope you can understand why things might be a little quieter over here for a little while.

Chloe

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes, Essie, Barry M, Rimmel

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes, Essie, Barry M, Rimmel

Essie nail polishes are one of my obsessions and I could buy a new one (or three) every time I go to Boots. Since Essie polishes are a little more expensive than some of the other brands available at Boots and Superdrug I though that I would show you some dupes for three spring and summer shades available from Essie and the cheaper alternatives available.

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes, Essie Cute as a Button, Barry M Grapefruit

One of my must have colours for summer nails is a bright pink and both the Essie 'Cute as a Button' and the Barry M 'Grapefruit' fit that category perfectly. These two are probably the best match out of the three pairs in this post and are virtually identical, They are both bright, coral pinks that will brighten up any summer look and this is the kind of shade I often wear on holiday.

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes, Essie Play Date, Rimmel Marshmallow Heaven

Lilac is one of my favourite spring shades along with mint green (see below) as they are colourful without being too in your face and crazy. The Essie 'Play Date' and Rimmel 'Marshmallow Heaven' are pretty similar shades with the Rimmel one being only slightly darker than the Essie, but not by much, They are both colours that I will be wearing plenty of in the coming months.

Spring and Summer Essie Dupes, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Barry M Sugar Apple

The final pair of colours consist of Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' and Barry M 'Sugar Apple', a pair of mint green polishes. In the photos above they do look quite different, with the Barry M being a slightly brighter mint to the Essie, but I have found that the Essie shade can vary on person to person. On some people it can appear to be quite blue, others more of a green shade but 'Sugar Apple' is definitely more of a blue mint. Both of these colours are perfect colours for this time of year and add a small pop of colour to your nails.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are some of your favourite nail polishes for this time of year?

Chloe
xoxo
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring and Summer Lip Edit

Spring and Summer Lip Edit, Maybelline, Bourjois, Lipstick Queen, L'Oreal, MAC

Spring and Summer Lip Edit, Maybelline, Bourjois, Lipstick Queen, L'Oreal, MAC

Now spring is under way and the summer is fast approaching, my everyday makeup needed a little revamp and like many, my lipsticks have changed a little, going into more peachy shades and also having some brighter red shades thrown in for good measure. With this little change in my makeup routine I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to tell you about my current top 5 spring and summer lip colours.

Starting at the nude end of the spectrum is MAC’s Lipstick in Crèmecup which I have mentioned quite a lot ever since I got it. It is one of those shades that is really easy to wear, especially if you have pale skin like me, and gives your lips a light pink look that goes with pretty much any makeup look.  

On the peach theme is the Bourjois Colour Boost in Peach on the Beach and the Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit. They are both the perfect transition colours into the spring and summer months. They both give the lips a nice wash of colour, rather than being too intense and the peachy pink colour is the perfect way to brighten up any makeup look.

For red the Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Chase and the L’Oreal Exclusive Red in Julianne’s Red are great for this time of year. In comparison to the deep, berry reds that are loved during the winter months, these two reds are more on the pink side of red, which means they are brighter and more summery. The Lipstick Queen one is more of a balm like product, like the Bourjois Colour Boost so it leaves the lips with a tint of red, whereas the L’Oreal one is a matte finish lipstick, providing a more dramatic look, great for a spring evening out.

What are your favourite spring and summer lip products?

Chloe
xoxo

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Review || Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Review || Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Review || Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

You might be able to tell from many of my previous blog posts, Bourjois is one of my favourite brands and potentially my favourite drugstore brand. Their products are generally great and they are really high quality considering they don't cost that much. I would have to say that my favourite part of the Bourjois makeup range is their face products. From foundation and CC creams to blushers and powders, I've tried them, loved them and repurchased them a few times. A recent repurchase was the Healthy Mix Foundation, which I first bought about three years ago, before I really knew anything about makeup (although I liked to think that I did!). I finished up my first bottle of this and after remembering how much I loved it when I first bought it, I decided to make the most of a Boots 3 for 2 and pick up a new bottle.

I will start with the only negative part of this review so I can get it over and done with, and don't worry it is only a small thing. Like with other Bourjois base products I find the palest shade isn't quite pale enough for me (but bare in mind I am very pale). With enough buffing and not using too much product it works pretty well for me and it doesn't look too dark, but it does take a little more time than with paler products that are a more exact match for my skin tone.

Anyway, moving onto the more positive things about this product. Let's start with the coverage and finish. I would describe this as being a medium but buildable coverage, so it could be a full coverage foundation if you wanted to build it up a bit more, which is great for those days when your skin isn't looking so great and you need that extra coverage. It can also, if applied with a light hand, be used as a light coverage foundation on better skin days. The finish of this foundation is radiant but not overly dewy, so it could work for those with oilier skin. And because it isn't matte or drying on the skin, it is perfect for those of us who suffer from drier skin. 

Applying this foundation really is a dream. It blends easily into the skin and can be applied with fingers or with a brush, which is my preferred choice, simply because it is quicker, (I use the Sephora Multitasker Brush). It blends into the skin so well that it isn't too obvious that you are wearing foundation, and allows your skin to look like skin.

Have you tried this foundation before?

Chloe
xoxo

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Review || L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil



Back in January, after I passed my driving test I received the L’Occitane Cleansing Oil as a gift from a friend, which was very kind and totally unnecessary! I have used L’Occitane products for the longest time and have loved all of the ones that I have used so I was very excited about trying this product.

I haven’t tried many oils, the Body Shop one is the only other oil I currently own, but I do love using oils as more of a pampering way to remove makeup other than reaching for my Bioderma. The word oil might make some people, especially those with oily skin, think that it would be greasy, but this one really isn’t and it doesn't leave much of a residue on the skin either once you've rinsed it off with water. The texture is very smooth and it feels very luxurious on the skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. It isn’t harsh on the skin and it doesn't leave it feeling stripped; instead it leaves it feeling quite moisturised and soft.

The removal process is very easy with the product. I use about half a pump for each eye and apply it with dry hands and start gently massaging it into the skin. You can feel your makeup dissolving, especially your mascara, although you will start resembling a panda bear! Then I add a bit of water to my hands to emulsify the product and then I gently wipe it off with warm water and a cloth. 

If you like oil cleansers for taking your makeup off, I would recommend trying this one out as it does the job very well and it smells amazing too, always a bonus! 

Have you tried this cleanser before?

Chloe
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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review || Bourjois Colour Boost in Proudly Naked

Review || Bourjois Colour Boost in Proudly Naked

The Bourjois Colour Boosts have been popular in the beauty blogging world since they were released, however I had never tried them. I had been tempted but was never sure if the shades would suit me so always left them on the shelves at boots. However after watching some of Amelia Liana's videos I was very tempted by one of the newly released shades, Proudly Naked, which appeared to be a nude, 'my lips but better colour'. So in a recent 3 for 2 at Boots I decided to pick this shade up, and I am so glad that I did!

Like many of these Chubby Sticks inspired products this product has a balm like finish so is more on the glossy side than matte, which I personally like, as my lips are often quite dry. This does however mean that the lasting power isn't as good as a matte lipstick but since it is very similar to my lip colour it isn't a big deal and is very easy to reapply as it doesn't require much precision.

Like many other balm-styled products, the pigmentation isn't as intense as it would be if it was a slightly more matte formula, but that is not to say that there is no pigmentation at all. On my lips it shows up enough to look like I'm wearing something on my lips, but isn't too overpowering. It just gives the lips a nice wash of colour.

There are 9 other shades available ranging from peachy pink to a deeper berry shade so there should be a shade for everyone. I think these are the perfect lip products for the warmer months and I will hopefully try and pick up a few more colours as I love this one so much.

Have you ever tried the Bourjois Colour Boosts?

Chloe
xoxo
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Weekly Wishlist: If Money Were No Object

Weekly Wishlist: If Money Were No Object
As long as I can remember I have had a wishlist as long as my arm of things that I have wanted to receive for my birthday or for Christmas, or just things that I have wanted to buy myself. When I was younger they would be toys that I had seen in catalogues and now it is things that I have seen in magazines, or most commonly on blogs. Although most of the things on my wishlist are more affordable, realistic things, I do have some things on there that are more of 'in my dream world I will own this', as they are more on the pricey side, and I am less likely to go out and buy one of these items. So today I thought I would put together a wishlist post of some of the things on my 'If Money Were No Object' wishlist.

Mulberry bags have been on my luxury wishlist for so long. I think they were the first designer handbag I even wanted as they are so stunning. This Bayswater in Black Soft Grain with Soft Gold detailing comes in at an eye-watering £995 but to be honest it is such a classic styled bag that it would probably never go out of style and it would go with pretty much every outfit so I think the price per wear would be a little more manageable!!

Charlotte Tilbury makeup is stunning and everyone always raves about it, especially the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and the Powder & Sculpt Brush. I love contouring products and the amount of praise these products have had must mean that they are worth the price tag. Another Charlotte Tilbury product is her Magic Cream. I have quite dehydrated skin and this is apparently amazing at plumping the skin and hydrating it like no other moisturiser. If it is as amazing as everybody always says that it is I am sure it would be worth spending £70 on!

The other beauty bits on this wishlist include the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne which I had a sample of last year and loved and the Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink because one day I will own a Tom Ford lipstick!! 

Another handbag one, this time it is a Céline Micro Luggage Handbag in Navy Multicolour. I love Céline bags and I think this is such a stunning one and very different to anything else that I own, so it would make a good addition to my wardrobe. A girl can only dream!

Being called Chloe, I feel like one day I should own something from the brand Chloé. I would love a bag from them, but I decided for this post, as it would be a little bag heavy otherwise, I would pick something else. I saw this Baylee Pass Case in Coral Pop which really caught my eye, as I think that a little case for your travelcards and ID are really useful so that everything is a bit more organised and easier to find in your bag and I think that the colour is stunning.

I am obsessed with sunglasses and I really love these Prada PR20PS Square Sunglasses in Havana. All of my sunglasses are big so these tick that box and I really like the fact that the frame has two different colours/patterns which is a little different to any of my other sunglasses.

Finally, shoes! I have an obsession with Valentino shoes and would love to one day have a pair of my own because I think that they are stunning. These Rockstud Patent Leather Courts in Black/Beige are probably my favourite colour combination and they would go with pretty much any outfit. Louboutins had to feature in this post, as they have been a brand of shoes that I have loved for the longest time. I would love something from them that is classic like the Simple Pumps in either black or nude, I think both are beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed this post. What is on your luxury wishlist?

Chloe
xoxo
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Sunday, 5 April 2015

FOTD: Easter Celebrations

FOTD: Easter Celebrations

Hello everyone and Happy Easter!

As your reading this I should be on a very long train journey to Lourdes for a school trip but thanks to scheduling, this post should be up for you on Easter Sunday, or today! Since I was going to be away for Easter my family decided that we would have our Easter meal on Good Friday and so today I thought I would do a quick Face of the Day showing you the makeup look I chose to wear.

The first product was the Bourjois CC Eye Cream under my eyes blended in with a mixture of my fingers and the MAC 286 brush to cover up my under eye circles. Since I am trying to leave the rest of my skin free from too much product, I went straight onto powder, which is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural applied with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, setting my under eye concealer and also dusting a little over areas where I get shiny, mainly my T-Zone. To bronze up my skin a bit I used my beloved NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, which I have now hit pan in majorly showing how much I love it and use it! I also used the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this. For blush I used a new product to my collection which is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush in 03 Rose Tender applied with my fingers and blended out with the Sephora Multitasker Brush

For brows it was the usual old Rimmel palette with the Benefit Hard Angle/Definer brush and the Maybelline Brow Drama to set them in place. For eyes I kept things really simple and did a thin line of the MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack applied with the MAC 210 brush across my upper lash line and then applied the MAC In-Extreme Dimension mascara to my top lashes.


I hope you have a fab Easter, if you celebrate it, if not Happy Sunday!

Chloe
xoxo 

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March Favourites 2015

March Favourites 2015, Clinique, L'Oreal, Bourjois, Maybelline, MAC
March Favourites 2015, Clinique, L'Oreal, Bourjois, Maybelline, MAC

Hello everyone!

I hope you are well and have had a good March. My March has had it's highs and lows, a high being going to Paris and a low being realising how soon my exams are (they start at the beginning of May!!), but overall it has been a pretty good month. This months favourites include a few old favourites and some newer ones, I hope you enjoy reading about them.

First up is an old favourite which has been mentioned loads of times on the blog, the Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Iced Lotus. This is honestly my favourite blush of all time. The colour is perfect for all times of the year and adds a nice natural pink flush to the cheeks. It is also slightly shimmery so acts as a highlighter as well as a blush. I feel like this really helps to pick my skin up and make it look a little more awake, even on mornings when I don't feel that way!

When I was in Paris I picked up a few bits and bobs including this MAC 286 brush. Not the most adventurous purchase but definitely a good one and I am so glad that I have added this to my brush collection. Although this is an eye brush not a face brush, I have been using this to blend in my under-eye concealer. Since my under-eye concealer (see below for what one I am using) is very lightweight in consistency it blends really easily with this brush and is very fast to do. It gives a flawless, airbrushed finish to the under-eye area which makes it look like you have no makeup on and that your eyes are naturally that bright!

The under-eye concealer in question is the Bourjois CC Eye Cream. I first bought this product a year ago and was obsessed with it. When I finished it up it was on my list of things to get but I always forgot to pick it up and instead bought way to many Essie nail polishes. However earlier on in the month Bourjois were having a 3 for 2 at Boots and so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to pick it up, and boy have I missed it. It has such a light weight consistency so never creases and the colour is the perfect shade to cover and brighten my under-eye area. I also love that it has a little plastic/rubber applicator and feel it is slightly more hygienic than a brush applicator like many other under eye concealers have.

Another Bourjois product featured in this month's favourites is the Bourjois Colour Boost in Proudly Naked, the perfect 'my lips but better' colour. The texture of this makes it easy to apply (it has a balm-like consistency) and is one of those colours you don't need to apply with caution as it isn't bold at all. Although I didn't really need another nude/natural colour in my lip product collection I am glad that I bought it as it is such a good everyday shade and of course, it goes with pretty much every makeup look.

Continuing on the lip theme is the Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Gloss in Glorious Grapefruit. In an attempt of making my makeup looks a little more spring themed I have been wearing this a lot more than I have in recent months and I remember now why I loved it so much last year. The formular is the perfect mix of glossy but not sticky and the colour can be made more bright the more layers you put on your lips. 

Finally, the L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Red lipstick in Julianne's Red. This is a red lipstick which has been made for us red-heads and I absolutely love it. It is slightly more of a pink toned red with a matte consistency (which all of the other shades have too). This means it lasts for a really long time and can even survive dinner without looking too 90s model with a lovely outline of the lips! This is one of the few bold lip colours I wear but I have really liked wearing it this month.

What have you been loving recently?

Chloe
xoxo
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