Friday, 31 July 2015

July Round-Up

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is thinking this but, how is it already the end of July?! July has been a very busy month for me, blogging five times a week and going on a few trips along the way so I thought today, I would do a little round-up of my month.

After finishing my first year of sixth form near the beginning of July, my family and I headed of to a slightly rainy Amsterdam. You can read more about my trip here and here but in short it was an amazing, busy, fun-filled trip and I can't wait to go back there some time in the future. Amsterdam is also a very beautiful city, perfect for a few Instagram snaps!

As I mentioned at the start of this post I have been posting five times a week during July, trying to post on weekdays but occasionally going into the weekend due to not having enough time in the week to write! Doing this really made me admire anyone who posts daily or just anyone who posts five time a week because it is hard work! I am going to try and continue posting five times a week throughout August too because, even though it is hard, I do love posting more often.

What have been some of your highlights from July?

Chloe
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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Instagram Lately


For the past few weeks I have been posting daily over on my Instagram (@chloe_louisa) so today I thought that I would show a few of the photos I have been posting lately.
From left to right from the top:
♡ New clothes from Topshop  The Sleek Eyebrow Stylist  Frozen Yoghurt  The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ♡ Hair Inspiration ♡ Relatable quote that made me laugh Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes  OOTD featuring some pretty flowers  Gorgeous house in Amsterdam ♡ TBT from Santa Monica last summer  Yummy chocolate covered flapjacks  Summer OOTD  Sunny day by the pool  View in Amsterdam ♡ The best pancake ever from Amsterdam

Chloe
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Review || Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue



If you are in need of a lightweight, dewy summer base then the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue might be the perfect product for you. I love lightweight bases as I don't usually need a lot of coverage and I don't like the look of most full coverage foundations on my skin, so when I picked up this Bare Minerals product a little while ago I was very excited to try it as I had heard it was a light weight product with a dewy finish, aka my perfect base.

First things first, the shade. The shade I picked up is Opal which is the palest of the shade and is a perfect match for me, even though I am very pale, so if you are pale, like me this shade should be perfect. I often struggle to find the right shade, especially in tinted moisturisers so to find a shade that matches perfectly was amazing!

The product itself is a gel like consistency and not at all thick or heavy feeling. I tend to apply it with the Sephora Multitasker brush as I find it blends it in really easily although you could definitely apply it with your fingers if you preferred. When you apply this product it almost disappears into your skin. You cannot see it at all on the skin yet it has left a bit of coverage and a gorgeous dewy finish to the skin. I really don't know how it does it but it is undetectable on the skin but it seems to even out my skin tone and make my skin appear flawless. The fact you can't see it on the skin is really my favourite part to this product as I hate it when products sit on top of your skin and are really obvious.

It also seems to last all day on me, even if my skin gets a little oily in the afternoon and by the time it comes to take my makeup off there is definitely some of this product coming off on the cotton pad which I take to mean it has lasted all day on my skin!

The packaging is very travel friendly as it isn't in a glass bottle like a lot of base products, instead it is housed in a plastic tube that it relatively thin, so won't take up too much space in your bag (allowing you to take the 10 lip products you definitely need to take!).

Overall I have fallen in love with this product and I will be using this as part of my everyday make up routine for a long time from now!

Have you tried this product before?

Chloe
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

An Eyebrow Pencil for Redheads: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist


Having red hair means that eyebrow products can be a little difficult to find. They are either too blonde, too dark or too grey toned. However one product that I have found that is a really good colour for us red heads is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Medium


First of all if you don't want red toned brows this might not be for you, however there are other shades that might be more suitable. This product is the perfect mix of a red-toned medium brown, not too blonde and not too dark either which is perfect for creating a natural looking brow for me. It can be built up which I love for days when I want a stronger brow, but for an everyday look, this is perfect for creating a natural, slightly more defined brow. It is also very soft so doesn't create any harsh lines.

The application of this product is very easy as it is a slanted rectangular pencil so you can create the appearance of brow hairs so your brows don't look too drawn on and fake. Another great thing about this product is it comes with a spoolie so for travelling I don't have to remember to take a separate one. 

Have you tried this product before?

Chloe
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Bedroom Redecoration Inspiraton

As you read this I am about to start my third day of decorating my room. I'm not going to lie, I am looking forward to finishing it now and putting the paint brushes away for good but I am very excited to start putting my furniture in again and have a newly decorated bedroom. Although I won't have a lot of new pieces of furniture, my room will look very different and hopefully over the next few months I can put the finishing touches to it. Today I thought I would share some of the photos that I have been taking inspiration from and give you an idea of how I would like my room to look eventually!

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I am planning to do a blog post when my room is finished to show you the new interior but until then you will find me painting my walls white and reorganising all of the things that were in my room originally.

Chloe
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Curly Hair Tips


As a girl with curly hair I know just how difficult and unpredictable it can be (unless, of course, you have been blessed with curls that always fall into place perfectly). Today I thought I would share a few tips on how to tame and manage your curls (or at least attempt to...)

1. Choose the right products
This one might seem obvious but if you are not using the right products your hair might not do as you want it to. Choose products that are moisturising as curly hair is more dry than straighter hair. Some of my favourite products are the Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer range, John Frieda Frizz Ease range and the Aussie Frizz Miracle range. All of these are good at moisturising the hair and reducing frizz, a common problem with frizzy hair.

2. Cold water
As unbearable as it can be, washing your hair in cold water can really help reduce frizz and define curls. I've read this a few times and after a hot day a few weeks ago all I wanted was a cold shower. I washed my hair in the cold water from start to finish and it dried almost completely frizz free and the curls where a lot more controlled and defined. There were no other differences in my routine so I put it down to the cold water. I tried it again the next few washes and the results were the same so it is sometimes worth dealing with the cold water in order to have easier to manage hair.

3. Serums and oils
Similar to point 1, serums and oils can really help curly hair look how you might want it to. They can help smooth out frizz and define curls. My absolute favourite is the Garnier The Sleek Perfector Oil (which also smells amazing!). It has made my frizz decrease a lot since I have started using this after washing it. John Frieda also do some really good serums that I used for years before I found the Garnier one.

4. Air Dry
For most people with curly hair, hair dryers will make us resemble Hagrid from Harry Potter. The frizz can get out of control so I recommend where possible air drying your hair to avoid the extra frizz that hair dryers can give.


I hope some of these tips are useful. Have you got any other tips for curly hair?

Chloe
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Travel Bucket List: Part IV

Today's post is going to be Part IV of my Travel Buck List Series and this one is going to focus on cities rather than just countries so lets begin!

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Barcelona, Spain
I have been to Spain many times and have been to various parts of the north, south and central Spain but I have never been to Barcelona. After seeing a few bloggers going to Barcelona recently (mainly Suzie from Hello October) it has made me want to go there even more. The gorgeous beaches look like the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun. Other than sun I would also like to soak up some of the culture Barcelona has as I have heard there is quite a bit!

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Vienna, Austria
Austria is another place I have visited many times for skiing holidays with my family. I think Austria is stunning and Vienna also looks like it would be a beautiful city to visit. To be honest I am not really sure exactly what I would want to do in Vienna but I'm sure there are loads of amazing things to do and it would make the perfect city break.

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Dallas, Texas, USA
Other than to visit Southfork Ranch from the TV show Dallas (I watched re-runs with my mum, who was a big fan of it when it was originally on TV, a few years back and loved it!) I would love to do some shopping, visit the Dallas Zoo and go to another baseball game, which I loved when we were in America last year. I would love to go to Texas in general but Dallas sounds like a good place to start!

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Edinburgh, Scotland
After reading a lot of blog posts about trips to Edinburgh I really want to visit it for my self. I would love to visit Edinburgh Castle, walk through Edinburgh Old town and maybe get a bus tour. Although the only thing that puts me off is the weather, I've heard it is just as bad, if not worse, than the part of England I live in!

Have you visited any of these places?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Hair Dilemmas

If you follow me on Instagram than you might already know that I am considering cutting my hair quite a bit shorter. I'm not talking a pixie cut but more of a lob. I got this idea when I was in Amsterdam recently for a few reasons. Firstly my hair has got to a length that I am finding way too annoying to style and wear down so for the most part my hair is in a ponytail or a bun so it almost seems pointless it being so long. Secondly a lot of the people in Amsterdam had a lob hairstyle and they all looked very chic with it. So after thinking about it I hopped on over to Pinterest to find some sort of inspiration of what I want my hair style to look like. Here are some of the picture that I found and really like.
All of these photos are from Pinterest and can be found on my hair board
My favourite hairstyle of them all is the one in the top left corner and the bottom right corner, both of them are of Arielle Vandenberg whose hair I am absolutely obsessed with at the moment. I really like the layers and the length of her hair and I think it would be a little more manageable if my hair was this length rather than current length I have.

I have a few weeks until my next hair appointment to decide if I want to go through with this hairstyle or not although I am very tempted. However some days I really love having longer hair and the options that I have with it! I am the worst at making decisions so if any of you can help me with my dilemma I would very grateful. If you have cut your hair from long to shorter do you have any tips? Any help would be greatly received!

Chloe
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The New Additions: MAC Lipsticks




MAC Lipsticks are a cult product and many beauty bloggers own a large collection of them. And then there is me... Up until recently I only had one MAC lipstick in my collection and that had only been added in October of last year. But last week my lonely MAC lipstick (which is Crème Cup if anyone was interested!) was joined by two new additions, Lovelorn and Peach Blossom.

These new additions were added after a little trip to the MAC counter at the airport in Amsterdam. After many swatches on my hand I decided on Lovelorn and Peach Blossom two very similar pinky shades with Peach Blossom being slightly lighter and slightly more neutral than Lovelorn.

If you are like me and rarely venture outside of the pinky, my-lips-but-better shades than these two will be for you. I find them both incredibly easy to wear with my everyday makeup and, not that I have tried this yet but, I'm sure they would look great over the top of each other too.

The finish of both of these lipsticks is different, Lovelorn is a Lustre finish whereas Peach Blossom is a Cremesheen however I find the finishes very similar. Both of these are quite glossy in finish with the lustre having a slightly sheerer pigmentation. As I have quite dry lips, glossy finishes are much better for me than matte ones and for hot summer days the glossy finishes feel slightly less heavy on the lips.

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks? I would love to add some more to my small collection.

Chloe
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Monday, 20 July 2015

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part TwoHello everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and a good start to your week. Today's post is carrying on from Friday's post, all about my trip to Amsterdam. Today I will be telling you all about days three and four of my trip.

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

Day three was a museum day which was probably the best place to be as the weather wasn't so great. It rained constantly throughout the day, either really heavy rain or a light drizzle, neither are things I enjoy. After enjoying a very yummy pancake for breakfast at Pancakes! Amsterdam (see this picture to see how yummy they were!) we headed over to the Rijksmuseum for a morning full of art. As I mentioned in my previous post, art isn't really my thing however there were some really good exhibitions including one on fashion which included some beautiful jewellery pieces and some amazing dresses. The other thing I loved was this clock. I really can't describe it very well so I would recommend that you watch the video of it to see for your self, but in short it is a grandfather clock and behind the clock face is a man who every minute rubs off the minute hand and draws it back on to the correct time. It was a really cool thing to watch so if you do go the the Rijks I would recommend stopping by that. 

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

The next destination (after a quick lunch at a Spanish Tapas bar) was the Van Gogh museum. This was probably my favourite out of the two museums we visited that day as I am more interested in Van Gogh's art than any of the other artists featured at the Rijks. We only did a quick tour as my parents felt that we had done quite a lot of art that day and my younger brother probably couldn't cope with going around the whole museum, but we did get to see Van Gogh's most famous paintings. Other than eating my body weight in frozen yoghurt and pizza that was the last thing we did that day.

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part Two

Day four, our last day, had much better weather than the previous day and was actually quite hot. After another pancake breakfast (I think I also ate my boy weight in pancakes whilst we were out there!) we headed through the little streets by the canals for a bit of shopping. Nearer the canals are more boutique styled shops and as you get further in town the more common high-street stores start to appear. As a shopaholic I really enjoyed this morning and, although I didn't buy anything, it was nice to see some more of Amsterdam and enjoy the good weather. Shopping was the only thing on our agenda for this day and by 2pm we headed back to the hotel to wait for our taxi to the airport. 

I did pick up a few things at the MAC counter at the airport but you will see those later on this week.

I hope you have enjoyed these Amsterdam posts. Have you ever been to Amsterdam before?

Chloe
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Friday, 17 July 2015

Four Days in Amsterdam: Part One

Four Days In Amsterdam

This is the first time I have sat at my computer in a while and, although it might not seem like I have been away as blog posts have been going up as normal (thanks to the wonderful creation of the schedule button) I have spent the past four days in Amsterdam. This is a trip that my family and I have had planned for quite a while and I have been very excited about it since I found out we were going. Some of the things I particularly wanted to see were the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh museum and also the Fault in Our Stars bench (yes, that really was something I wanted to see!). Today's post will be part one of the trip (days one and two) and on Monday I will post part two which will consist of the things we did on day 3 and 4. If I did it as one post it would get very long and probably a bit boring!

The first thing that was great about this trip is how close to home it is. Living in the south of England means that the flight time is only about 1 hour so after getting a 10am flight we had arrived in Amsterdam by 11am (or 12pm local time). We took the train into Amsterdam Centraal station and then got a cab to our hotel. We stayed at the NH Schiller Hotel which was located in a very touristy part of town. My dad described it as being a little bit like Leicester Square in London. There were a lot of very touristy restaurants and quite a few bars with crazy flashing lights. Personally I think I would have preferred to have stayed somewhere a bit more in the canal area but that was just because I thought that area was stunning. Having said that we were only a short walk away from some of the canals so it really didn't matter.

Four Days In Amsterdam

Our first day was spent walking around the city and getting our bearings. After having lunch near to our hotel we walked past places like the Anne Frank House and popped into a little cafe called The Happy Pig for some very yummy pancakes (with strawberries and Nutella of course!).

One of the first things I noticed about Amsterdam was how pretty all of the buildings were. Each one was so different from the next and they just looked amazing next to the canals. Another thing that I noticed was how many bicycles there were. One tip I would give to anyone going to Amsterdam is to watch out for the bikes when you are crossing the road, they are all over the place and very rarely stop to let you cross the road!

Four Days In Amsterdam

Four Days In Amsterdam

Day two was a slightly early start as we had decided we would go to visit Anne Frank's house that day and since we hadn't booked tickets we needed to get there early to avoid being in the queue for too long. We had arrived at the house by 8am and there was already a pretty big queue, so get there early if you don't want to be near the back! Myself, my brother and my dad went off to try and find something to eat and my mum very kindly stayed in the queue (we did bring her back a croissant and a coffee, don't worry!)

By about 9:30am we were inside the house so it really is worth getting there early if you haven't already booked tickets as by the time we left the house at 11ish the queue had tripled in size.

The house itself was an amazing experience. Having heard about the story and watching a TV adaptation of it a few years ago I knew the story, so to actually see where they lived for two years was quite surreal. The house was tiny for the amount of people living in it and it was quite a weird experience to be in the same house that these people had been trapped during the war. I would say that if you were going to do one thing in Amsterdam this should definitely be it as it is an amazing thing to experience.

Four Days In Amsterdam

After that we headed into the centre of the city and went on a canal tour. It was a really nice way to relax but at the same time see some of the city that I hadn't already seen. We then decided that after a very late lunch we would head to Rembrandt's House. Personally this wasn't up my street since I'm not really in to art and to be honest I hadn't actually heard of Rembrandt until we went to his house but if you are in to art or love Rembrandt this would be a good place to go as you get to see where he lived for some of his life.

So there is part one of my trip to Amsterdam and part two will be up on Monday at 12pm!

Chloe
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Thursday, 16 July 2015

10 Things Blogging Has Taught Me



Blogging has become a very important part of my life since I started this blog 2 years ago. I spend my free time writing and taking photos and planning future posts and I love it. Blogging has taught me quite a lot in the 2 years I have been doing it which I don't think I would have learnt had I not decided to start this blog so I thought that today I could tell you about the things blogging has taught me.

1. It isn't as easy as it looks
I think that when people who don't have blogs read a blog they think it is easy and don't appreciate how much hard work has been put into each post. From taking and editing photos to writing, scheduling and planning, blogging is not always an easy hobby and before I started this blog I had no idea how much work goes into having a blog.

2. It takes time
Both in terms of actually writing a post and building followers and readers it doesn't just happen overnight. Writing a post is not as simple as sitting down for 10 minutes to write the post and then grabbing a camera and taking a few photos and then uploading them to the post. Obviously the time it takes to get a post published varies from person to person but I find that it isn't always a quick process. Whether that is because I can't think of what to write or because I need to retake all the photos because they are blurry.

3. It is an outlet to tell people about what you love
The two previous points were probably a bit negative but this one certainly isn't. I have always loved makeup, ever since I was about 10, but unfortunately not many of my friends or family love it as much as I love it and don't really want to talk about makeup quite as much as I can. But by having this blog I can talk about makeup as much as I like and that leads me on to the next point...

4. You meet/talk to like-minded people
This one is one of the greatest things about blogging. Although I haven't met many bloggers, I do talk to a lot of other bloggers through Twitter chats and it is really great. It's amazing how there are so many other people who also enjoy talking all things beauty.

5. Planning is essential
I have been using scheduling for the past year or so and I can't tell you how much it has helped me. I personally find that by planning and scheduling posts there is less stress as you always have either a post to put up or an idea of a post that you can write. The scheduling function has become my best friend!

6. Twitter chats are the best way to spend an evening
Not only do you get the opportunity to talk to like-minded people but you also can discover new products (be warned you will leave the #bbloggers chat with a wishlist as long as your arm!). You also get the chance to discover new blogs which I absolutely love.

7. Practise makes perfect
You're first lot of blog post won't be great and your photos might not be how you want it to look but over time it does improve. If I look back to my first posts they were awful and the photos were unedited and tiny. The more you read blogs you discover how you want your blog to look so you try and improve what you are not happy with.

8. HTML is as confusing as it sounds
I still don't really know what I am doing when it comes to HTML and I don't actually know what it means but what I do know, it is important. I want to understand it more but so far I really haven't had the time to properly understand it. Maybe over the summer...

9. Writers block is real and is very annoying
I get writers block a lot, both with ideas for posts and for what to write in the post. It is real and I really admire those who post daily all of the time because I really don't know how they do it! You do get over writers block and something will come but sometimes it takes a while.

10. Even though it is hard at times it is very rewarding
Every time someone comments on a blog post or follows your blog it is a lovely feeling because it means someone has taken time out of their lives to make your day a little better. My advice to anyone thinking about starting a blog it to just do it!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! What has blogging taught you?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Fitness Favourites

Fitness

So if you read my New Years Resolutions post you will know that I wanted to try and do more exercise in the new year. I was pretty good for about 2 months and then long story short I got a flu-like bug and didn't do much exercise for a couple of weeks and when I started again I had lost my original motivation. Now although my fitness game hasn't been as good as it was in the January I still am doing exercise between 2 and 4 times a week, not as much as I would like but it is exercise nonetheless. So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite fitness videos that I enjoy (is that even the right word to describe a workout video...) and some of the other things I like to refer to when I am motivated to do some exercise.

Tone It Up 
I absolutely adore Karena and Katrina and their videos. They are very motivational and their workouts are actually doable but you definitely feel your muscles working hard and you do feel tired at the end. Some of my favourite videos of theirs are the Hump Day HIIT, Love Your Leg and Booty and the Bikini Abs Workout. All of their videos are really effective and you will definitely feel like you can't walk the next morning but they are not impossible to do and if I can complete them than anyone can.

Blogilates
Definitely a lot harder than most of the Tone it Up videos and I think I am yet to complete one of here videos (not including the 9 Steps to doing the splits as I find stretching videos a lot easier since I have pretty good flexibility from dancing). Cassey's videos are pilates inspired and very tough but they are also effective. Most of my favourite videos of hers are all leg related as that is the area I prefer to workout and she has some really good thigh toning videos, but be warned they are hard!

Madeline Shaw
Madeline's recipes are amazing and super simple. I love eating healthily but I always lack inspiration on what to make especially for when I have to take lunch to college. Madeline's blog has some really good recipes including her 5 Simple Lunch Box Recipes and her Lunch Box Stack. Next on my list of things I want to make is the Pancakes with Strawberries and Coconut Cream and the Roasted Cauilflower, Chickpea, Fennel and Avocado salad.

The only fitness magazine I buy and that is because I don't feel the need to buy another one. This magazine is jam packed with exercises, healthy recipes and health related to articles on various topics. I find it really interesting to read and I am always a little more motivated to workout after reading it. 

More of a recent find but I have quickly fallen in love with Dana's recipes. I am especially keen to try the Easy Vegan Falafel  and the Gluten Free Pizza Crust. All of the recipes seem pretty easy and they all look delicious. Although I haven't actually tried any of these recipes yet I know that I will like them because they are pretty simple and fuss free foods which i much prefer to things with thousands of ingredients and flavours.

So there are some of my favourite health and fitness related things. What else would I include in this list?

Chloe
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

High Street vs High End || Powders

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I am a big fan of a dewy finish to the skin but in the summer weather when things get a little bit more oily powder is a useful addition to my makeup routine. By adding powder you don't have to remove all traces of dewiness as there are some powder that work well at setting your makeup without getting rid of the dewier finish some of us prefer.

The two powders in my collection that work well at doing this are the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. The two powders are very similar, both fine powders with a little bit of pigmentation but nothing too intense and both do a great job at setting your makeup. I would say out of the two, the Bourjois one is the better one if you, like me, love the appearance of dewy skin and I find it offers the least pigmentation so it is less obvious on the skin. However I do still love the MAC powder for setting my makeup and sometimes I find it to be longer lasting on the skin. 

I love both of these powders but I feel like the Bourjois one might just be a little better. Not only do I love how it appears on the skin but it is also only £8.99. Oh and it also has a decent sized mirror which makes it very good for on the go.

Have you tried either one of these powders?

Chloe
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Monday, 13 July 2015

Things Only People With Curly Hair Will Understand Part II

Today's post is going to be part II of my 'Things Only People With Curly Hair Will Understand (read part I here).

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1. Sleep ruins your hair
I wash my hair in the evenings because I like to straighten it and I don't have enough time to do it in the morning (or, you know, because I would prefer to be in bed for 15 minutes longer). Whether I straighten my hair or leave it au naturel I wake up looking like a completely different person. The hair has weird kinks in it in random places, the frizz levels have increased slightly and it doesn't resemble the hair I was happy with before I went to bed.

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2. Drying our hair is a chore
You can't towel dry it because it will go frizzy, you can't blow dry it because it will go frizzy but if you leave it to dry naturally it will take 3 years to dry and it will be frizzy. There really is no winning with our hair. Straight haired people need to appreciate their hair and how it dries so easily and STRAIGHT. The jealousy is real!

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3. People saying they have frizzy hair when they don't
When it is slightly humid outside us curly haired gals resemble Monica from Friends but our straighter haired friends seem it necessary to point out the fact that their hair is 'frizzy'. Believe me they have no idea what frizzy is. Their frizzy hair is mine on a good day or better. Trust me, IT ISN'T FRIZZY!

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4. It costs more than straight hair
Firstly the amount of products we have to use to tame our hair is more than the average person. Shampoo, conditioner, treatments, oils, serums, leave-in-conditioner, the list is endless. And on top of that we need to use a lot more of the product than most people so our big bottles of shampoo and conditioner don't last as long as everyone else's.

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5. Summer is difficult
To straighten or not to straighten is the big question for us curly haired girls who find the easiest way to deal with our hair is to straighten it. Straightening out hair in the heat can seem like a pointless task as it will need washing sooner and it adds even more damage to the hair. Equally if we don't straighten our hair we can end up looking like we have stuck our finger in a plug socket. And don't get me started on how dry our hair gets after going swimming in the sea or a pool. Curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair so when you add chlorine or salt to it it resembles something a bit like straw.  

I hope you have enjoyed this post. What other things do you think us curly haired people understand that other people don't?

Chloe
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Friday, 10 July 2015

Review || By Terry Ombre Blackstar

Review || By Terry Ombre Blackstar


Review || By Terry Ombre Blackstar
Review || By Terry Ombre Blackstar

The By Terry Ombre Blackstar eye shadow sticks have been on my wishlist for a long, long time. Every time I saw it in a blog post or in a YouTube video I wanted it more and more, so when I was in Space NK recently I had to pick it up. After deciding that I wanted to buy it I had to decide on what shade to get. I was torn between the shades Blond Opal, Misty Rock and Frozen Quartz and after quite some time and swatching I settled on Misty Rock as I thought it would be the easiest of the three to wear alone and it is probably the one that I see most often on blogs or in YouTube videos.

The colour itself is a gorgeous pinky-purple neutral shade that is a nice way to add a little bit of colour (albeit subtle) to the eye. It is also super shimmery which I absolutely love and the pigmentation and shimmer can be increased or made more subtle depending on the amount of blending you do. On a day-to-day basis I apply a small amount near to the lash line and blend out with either my finger or a fluffy blending brush (like the MAC 217) and it is really lovely and sheer and not overly shimmery, although for more of a dramatic look I would apply it all over the eyelid and then blend it out in the crease. 

One of the best things that I have noticed with this product is that it doesn't smudge or crease throughout the day like many eye shadows and I even tested it out in the hotter weather we had last week and there was no budging. The colour wasn't as pigmented as when I applied it in the morning, but I didn't expect it to be but the fact that it hadn't smudged or creased was amazing.

At £29 it is a little bit on the pricey side but I do want to pick up Frozen Quartz and Blond Opal at some point in the future because these are great products.

Have you ever tried the By Terry Ombre Blackstars?

Chloe
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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Contouring for Pale Skin

Contouring for Pale Skin

Having pale skin can mean that a lot of products that people use for contouring are too orange toned and don't look natural at all. Contouring is supposed to create the appearance of shadows and shadows are grey toned, not orange toned like many of the contouring products available. Although things are improving I still find that many products are too orange toned, apart from one surprising offer from MAC.

I bought the eye shadow Wedge when I was in America last year. Although I bought it to be used as an eye shadow for some reason one day I decided to try and use it as a contouring product and I have to admit it did a pretty good job. It wasn't too orange toned that I looked like I had streaky fake tan but it also wasn't too grey that I looked dead. 

For a while I was just using the edge of my Sephora Multitasker Brush because it was the only thing that was dense enough to pick up a decent amount of product but it wasn't perfect. The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is the brush that has replaced the Sephora brush since, after all, it is supposed to be used to sculpt the face and add definition. It is dense and also has the perfect shape to enhance or add cheekbones and it is able to blend the product so you don't get two lines done the side of your face (the tell tale signs that you have contoured).

If you are pale like me and also struggle with contouring then I would recommend giving Wedge a try and applying it with the Real Techniques brush.

Do you have any other products for contouring on pale skin?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

DIY Tinted Moisturiser

DIY Tinted Moisturiser
Foundation and summer weather are not good friends. If you wear it you will probably find that it will melt off of your face which isn't a look many of us want. However just because the weather has increased, it doesn't mean that you want to leave all base products behind until the autumn, Enter tinted moisturisers. A lighter alternative to foundation that can still offer some coverage like a foundation can without the heavy feeling on the skin. Sounds great but there is one small issue, many of them are quite pricey. For some reason, not many drugstore brands have a tinted moisturiser and many of the cheaper options aren't quite as good as the likes of Laura Mercier or NARS. My solution, make your own tinted moisturiser. All you need for this is your daily moisturiser and your favourite foundation.

DIY Tinted MoisturiserI love this trick and have been using it for years, and not just in the summer months. If you prefer lighter bases with a slightly dewier finish this trick is for you. 

I just take about half of the amount of moisturiser that I would normally use on my face and mix it with about the same amount of foundation on the back of my hand. Then take your brush of choice (or your fingers if you prefer) and apply as you would your normal foundation. Not only is this choice a lot cheaper as you already have all of the products that you need, but you can also adjust it to suit you, i.e. you can make it with heavier or lighter coverage depending on what you want that day.

Have you ever tried this trick before?

Chloe
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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Summer Hair Inspiration

Summer and my hair don't tend to get along. In the hotter weather I don't really like straightening it as I don't want to damage my hair any more than it is already being damaged by the sun and chlorine but sometimes if I leave it natural it can become a bit of a frizz ball. With that in mind I decided to go to Pinterest, the land of inspiration, to find a few ideas for what I could do with my hair over the summer.

As you can tell there is a common theme here, braids. I personally find that plaits are the best way to control my hair and they also look really pretty. I have been loving French braids recently and they are actually surprisingly easy, even for someone like me who can just about do a ponytail!

What are your favourite summer hairstyles?

Chloe
xoxo

Disclaimer: None of these images are my own, all of them are from Pinterest.

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