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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Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Sunday Post || Loving Lately

The Sunday Post, Loving Lately, Marble

Instead of a monthly favourites this month I thought I would change it up a bit and do a favourites which is a bit more focused on lifestyle than beauty, simply because I haven't got anything new in my beauty favourites and I have mentioned the products I have loved recently loads on my blog already.

1. GILMORE GIRLS
I started watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix a couple of months ago but it hasn't been until recently that I have really been obsessed with it. I can sit for hours on end watching this show and it has definitely become one of my favourite TV shows at the moment.

2. OUR GIRL
Sticking on the theme of TV shows, I have been loving the TV series Our Girl with Michelle Keegan. I watched the previous series with Lacey Turner but I think this one is even better and I never want the series to end. It is a completely different type of TV show to my normal favourites but it is definitely something I am glad I started watching.

3. AUTUMN
I am so glad that it is now Autumn. I think this might be my favourite time of the year, and even though I love summer, I think I love Autumn a little more. I am a big fan of chunky knits, coats and scarves so now I can wear these things again, I am very happy. I also love the food around this time of the year like roast dinners, stews and soups, so even though summer is over I am not too bothered.

4. SORTING MY LIFE OUT
Over the past couple of months I haven't been posting very much on my blog for many reasons but mainly because I have been so busy that I haven't had the time or the energy to get a blog post written. After results day when things didn't quite go to plan, I have been busy sorting out my plans for my unexpected gap year and also looking into reapplying for university for next year. Although at the time of my results I thought they were the end of the world, looking back now I am so glad things didn't go according to plan as now I think I will be applying for a course that I really will love, rather than one that I  might not have liked.

5. ONLINE SHOPPING
My Autumn/Winter wardrobe is definitely a lot bigger than my Spring/Summer one but there are definitely more pieces I need to add to my wardrobe this season. So recently I have been doing some browsing on online shopping websites (wishlist coming soon!) and I can definitely say that I will be making quite a few orders over the next few weeks. Luckily for my bank balance I got a few gift cards for my birthday!

So, there are a few of the things I have been loving lately. What have been some of your favourite things recently?

Chloe
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Review || Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Review, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Skincare is not something that I experiment much with, as once I have found a product that works for my skin I stick with it. One product that I have been using for ages now is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser and I only realised recently that I have never reviewed it here on my blog so I thought I would do that today.
Review, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
As someone with combination, dehydrated skin I struggle to find moisturisers that are hydrating enough without being too heavy. This moisturiser is the perfect formula for me because it is incredibly hydrating but because it is a light gel it isn't at all heavy on the skin and doesn't break me out, which many skincare products do.

As it is such a light formula it absorbs really quickly into the skin and leaves the skin feeling really soft and smooth without any sticky feeling on the skin meaning your skin doesn't feel clogged at all which I really love, especially if I use it in the mornings. It does provide a good base for makeup so if you wanted to use this as a morning moisturiser it would work really well with whatever base you are wanting to follow it with.
Review, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
At the moment I am using this moisturiser in the evening only and using another product in the morning, only because my skin can be a bit oilier in the summer and I prefer something less hydrating in the day but as a night cream this really works wonders. Whenever I run out of this and don't have a backup (which hardly ever happens anymore as I always try to have a spare one somewhere) I notice a really big difference in my skin and it can look a lot less healthy. 

Have you ever tried this moisturiser?

Chloe
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Sunday Post || Things to Do This Week

The Sunday Post || Things to Do This Week
For today's Sunday Post I thought that I would do a round up of some of the things I have been loving recently that I think you should try this week including my current favourite workout, recipe, YouTube video and book.

EAT 
Ever since I saw these delicious Raspberry Breakfast Muffins in one of Amelia Liana's videos they have been a firm favourite of mine. They are the perfect, healthy breakfast and are so delicious it is hard to believe that they are relatively good for you. I love having these for breakfast or as a snack throughout the day.

WATCH
About a week ago Em from My Pale Skin posted this amazing tutorial on YouTube and I absolutely loved it. One because I love Em's tutorials and two because it was a tutorial of my favourite Snapchat filter, the golden butterfly one. I am yet to try this out but it really is stunning and such a good idea for a tutorial. If you haven't already watched this I would highly recommend that you go and do that now.

TRY
I have been a big fan of Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up for years and have loved all of their workouts. This week I tried one that I hadn't already tried, the Pool Side Workout, which I absolutely loved it. If you haven't tried any of their workouts out before, definitely give this one a try this week.

READ
Since tidying my room last weekend I started reading the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. Now you definitely have to take this book with a pinch of salt as it can be a bit extreme but the main ideas are really good and I can definitely say that once you have read it you will have an urge to start tidying and organising your stuff, so if you need some motivation to tidy and sort out your things, try reading this book and see if it helps.

I hope you have a good Sunday, and let me know if you give any of these a try!

Chloe
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Review || Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes

 Review, Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes
When I was browsing the aisles of Boots about a month ago I stumbled across a palette I hadn't seen before on the Max Factor counter, the Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes, and it looked right up my street. A nude, neutral toned eyeshadow palette, so of course it went in my basket because there was no way I was leaving Boots without it.
Review, Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes
Firstly, this palette has the perfect shade selection, ranging from lighter shades through to really dark shades, with an even mixture of matte and shimmery shadows, so it is really easy to create a beautiful eye look with this palette. I have also used all of the shades and I can say that there is not one shade in this palette that I don't love.
Review, Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes
The thing that really stood out for me though was the consistency of the eyeshadows. When you swatch them they are so buttery and creamy and I personally think that they are the best eyeshadows I have found on the high street for this reason. With the buttery consistency comes amazing pigmentation, and this is consistent throughout the palette, which I think is amazing considering the palette only costs £14.99. 
Review, Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette in Cappuccino Nudes
I also love the fact that these shadows have amazing lasting power and don't crease or smudge at all and still look really pigmented, even at the end of the day, so no need for any touch-ups throughout the day. 

Have you tried this palette before?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Minimal Makeup

Minimal Makeup
We all have those days when the alarm doesn't go off and you are left with little time to get yourself ready and out of the door in time. I have definitely had my fair share of those days so I think that now I have a good little makeup routine for those days where time is not on my side and I thought I would share it with you today. 
Minimal Makeup
Firstly I start with concealer and I love to use the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer first to colour correct and then add a little bit of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer to brighten under my eyes. I also use this one on any other blemishes on my face. I then go in and set that with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and then I will move on to brows.

I always make sure that I do my brows, even when I don't have much time. To do this I will use the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Medium and then I will set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Blonde.

The next step for me is to apply mascara and my favourite one is definitely the Clinique High Impact Mascara because it adds a lot of volume and length to the lashes.  
Minimal Makeup
The next steps are a lot more optional and I only add them if I have time. If I do have time then I will go on and add some bronzer and/or blush so that my skin looks a little more awake and for this I tend to reach for my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette as the shades in this palette are gorgeous.
Minimal Makeup
Then I might add a little bit of lipstick (usually a nude one like the Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Nude Pop) and then run out of the door!

What is your typical makeup routine if you are in a rush?

Chloe
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Monday, 8 August 2016

Review || Topshop Glow Pots

Review, Topshop Glow Pot, Highlighter
Review, Topshop Glow Pot, Highlighter
Topshop makeup is always something that people rave about and one of the products that I always see is the Topshop Glow Pots so when I saw them in one of my local stores I decided it was about time that I picked up the two shades, Polished and Gleam to try them out.
Review, Topshop Glow Pot, Highlighter
Let's start with Polished. This is a cooler, paler toned iridescent highlighter, which works really well on my paler skin. This would probably be the one out of the two that I would reach for in the winter when I am not wanting a bronzed look. The iridescent finish of this product really helps places like your cheekbones to pop and when it catches the light it is absolutely stunning.
Review, Topshop Glow Pot, Highlighter
Gleam is the more bronzed version, which is perfect for this time of the year when you want to look glowy and bronzed. It isn't iridescent but does have a shimmer to it so again, helps wherever you apply it to pop.
Review, Topshop Glow Pot, Highlighter
The shades and shimmer in both of these products are very wearable and can be applied as subtly or intensely as you like. I personally tend to dab a little bit onto the high points of my face and either blend with a brush or my fingers. It blends really well into the skin and sits well on top of other makeup like foundation.

Have you ever tried Polished or Gleam?

Chloe
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Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Sunday Post || Manicure Routine

The Sunday Post, Manicure Routine, Nails, Essie, Rimmel


I think Sunday is the perfect day for a bit of pampering. I like to relax as much as possible on a Sunday, to prepare myself for the week ahead and one of things I sometimes do as part of my pamper routine is to have an at-home manicure. So as it is Sunday today, I thought I would share with you my typical manicure routine when I want a proper pamper instead of just slapping on a couple of coats of polish and running out of the door.

PREP
If I am going to do a proper manicure routine I always like to make sure that I prep my nails and so that the finished look is as good as it can be. Firstly, after removing any left over nail polish, I like to trim and file my nails so that they are the length and shape that I want them to be. I will then gently push back my cuticles and then I am ready to go onto applying a base coat. I love the Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat but to be honest I am not picky at all when it comes to base coats, so any one will do. 
The Sunday Post, Manicure Routine, Nails, Essie, Rimmel
COLOUR
The next step is to add the nail polish that you want to apply. Two of my favourites at the moment are the Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Collection in Soul Session and Bikini So Teeny by Essie. Typically I apply two coats of these, although sometimes the Rimmel one needs 3 coats as it is a paler colour.
The Sunday Post, Manicure Routine, Nails, Essie, Rimmel
FINISH
I always apply a top coat over the top of nail polishes to help make it last longer and also to add a little extra shine to the nails. The one I use is another Essie product, the Essie Good to Go Top CoatI then apply some cuticle cream. Nothing fancy here, just the Boots Expert Cuticle and Nail Moisturiser. I then apply some hand cream, my favourite being the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and then I am done.

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday, I'm off now to do my nails!

Chloe
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Friday, 5 August 2016

The Smallest Sephora Haul in History

The Smallest Sephora Haul in History. Sephora, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Sephora Mini Multitasker Brush
When I went to Mallorca last week I knew that I needed to go to Sephora, simply because I haven't been to one for a long time. However, although there were plenty of things that caught my eye, I only left with two  things, and both of them were mini versions of the originals. I know, mad! I left a beauty store only spending 20€ *insert shocked face emoji*. However, even though it will be the smallest haul in history of all hauls I still wanted to show you what I picked up.
The Smallest Sephora Haul in History. Sephora, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Sephora Mini Multitasker Brush
Firstly I picked up the Sephora Mini Multitasker Brush. I have the full size of this brush and absolutely love it, so when I saw that they did a smaller version I instantly knew I had to get it. I thought that this would be a good brush to keep in my bag for touch ups throughout the day or even for blending in things like concealer, especially around my nose and under my eyes. It is just as soft as the bigger version and I can't wait to properly use this brush.
The Smallest Sephora Haul in History. Sephora, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Sephora Mini Multitasker Brush
The other thing that I picked up was a mini version of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I have wanted to try this mascara out for so long as I have heard so many amazing things about this product and it is pretty much one of the cult products in the beauty blogging world. As I wasn't sure if I would like the mascara I decided to pick up the mini version which I believe was half the price, just to try it out and if I like it I will buy the full sized version.
The Smallest Sephora Haul in History. Sephora, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Sephora Mini Multitasker Brush
I still have a lot on my wishlist from Sephora, so maybe I will be placing an order some time soon!

Have you tried any of these products?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review || Seventeen Stay Time Concealer

Concealer is one of the makeup products that I struggle the most to find one that works for me. Not so much in terms of consistency, as I am not very picky with that as long as it sits well on the skin and is easy to blend, but more so with the shade. Being a very pale girl, drugstore concealers tend to be a little on the darker side and even the palest shades often don't match up to my skin tone, and they end up being quite pink or orange when they dry. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the Seventeen Stay Time concealer is pale enough for me and doesn't turn pink or orange as the day goes on.
Review || Seventeen Stay Time Concealer
Honestly, it has been a while since I have used anything from Seventeen, for no reason whatsoever, it just hasn't been a brand that I have tried for many years, but after trying this product I feel that I need some more of their products in my life. 

The stay time concealer has a classic doe foot application, which is my favourite type of concealer application as I find it the quickest and easiest to use. It also has a really lovely creamy consistency that is really light on the skin and is easy to blend so there is no need to tug at the skin to blend it in. The coverage is really good too and only on really prominent spots do I find that I need to do an extra layer.
Review || Seventeen Stay Time Concealer
I use this concealer to conceal everything and anything. I find it works really well on spots, discolouration and it also sits really nicely under the eyes as it isn't thick or heavy so doesn't crease at all.

Seventeen claim that this concealer will stay in place for 18 hours and, although I haven't tried it out for that long, I can say that the lasting power is really good and I don't find that I need to do any touch ups throughout the day.

Have you ever tried this concealer?

Chloe
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Monday, 1 August 2016

July Favourites 2016

After another little blogging break I am back with my July Favourites. I took another break from blogging as I really wasn't feeling motivated to blog and didn't want to post things for the sake of posting. But I have some more ideas for the next few weeks that I am really happy with and so hopefully there will be some more posts this month.

In other news, I bought myself a new lens (the Canon 50mm 1.8) and it is so dreamy and the photos that I have been taking for upcoming blog posts look so much better than previous photos so I am looking forward to taking even more photos with it, and I think that has motivated me to start blogging again.

Back to the favourites though now and, this month I haven't done much makeup shopping so most of this months favourites are products you will have seen me mention here before with only a few newer products to my collection. So without anymore rambling, let's get into these favourites.
July Favourites 2016, NARS, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Topshop, Seventeen, Rimmel
An old favourite of mine that I keep coming back to. As the weather is a little warmer right now, my skin does have a tendency to look a little oily, so this powder helps eliminate that look and with a light dusting, any dewiness from your base product can still be visible, just without the oily look, which is exactly what I want. I like the consistency of this powder as well as it is really finely milled and so sits really nicely on the skin, without looking cakey or heavy. This has been an essential for my everyday makeup this month.

This is a new addition to my makeup collection and was picked up on a bit of a whim. After a #bbloggers chat a few weeks ago I was recommended a Seventeen concealer but they didn't have any left in my shade in the Boots I was in, so instead I decided to pick this one up and I am so glad I did. There will be a full review of this on Wednesday so keep an eye out for that, but in short this is the perfect concealer for covering spots and discolouring and is great for brightening under your eyes. I love that this also comes in a pale enough shade, even for me and it also doesn't oxidise as the day goes on like so many other 'pale' concealers. 

This is definitely the only contour product I have been using recently, simply because it is so easy to use. You just swipe the darker shade onto anywhere you want to contour and the lighter shade onto anywhere you want to highlight and blend it in. It is also really buildable and you can really build it up if you want a stronger contour, or just apply a small amount for an everyday look.

I picked this up last summer and although I loved it for a while after I picked it up, other products took my attention and so this was pushed to the back of the drawer. But this month I thought I should use it again and I have remembered how much I loved it. The shades are really wearable and there is the perfect mix of shimmery and matte shadows. I took this away with me on holiday recently and it really was perfect for all different eye looks that I wanted to create. There also isn't a shade in this palette that I don't use regularly and, let's face it, it is quite an aesthetically pleasing palette.
July Favourites 2016, NARS, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Topshop, Seventeen, Rimmel
Another L'Oreal product that I can't get enough of. This foundation has been one of the only base products I have been reaching for, for the past month or so as it is the perfect base for me. I am not a fan of overly full coverage foundations and I like my skin to still look like skin with makeup on and this ticks all the boxes for me. Although the coverage is pretty good (and buildable), it isn't overly full coverage or heavy on the skin and the finish is such a gorgeous dewy one, which is right up my street.

I think it is pretty obvious by now that I love glowy skin. Whether that is glowy foundations or tinted moisturisers or glowy highlighters I want my skin to look glowy and dewy rather than matte. My latest additions to my highlighter collection are the Topshop Glow Pots in Polished, the paler, cooler toned one, and Gleam, the warmer, more golden one. These are the perfect cream formulas and are so easy to blend into the skin and although you could go a little crazy with these highlighters, with a light hand they can look really natural.

This has been my most reached for lip product recently. This is another one of those shades I would describe as a your-lips-but-better shade and is perfect for an everyday look. I really like to apply a really light layer of this all over the lips and then blending it in with my fingers to give more of a tint to my lips. I have the little mini version of this and it is the perfect product for on the go as it is really compact (even the full sized ones are compact) and the lid doesn't feel like it is going to fall off.

Those were my favourites for the past month, what have you been loving recently?

Chloe
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Monday, 18 July 2016

Review || Maybelline Contour Products

Review || Maybelline Contour Products
I love the contouring trend as someone with very little definition in the cheekbone area so, when I saw that Maybelline had a few contouring products I knew I had to try them out. The two products I picked up were the Master Contour V-Shape Contour Stick and the Master Sculpt Contour Powder. With very little in my collection in terms of contouring products I felt like these two would fill that little space in my makeup collection perfectly.

I am going to start with my favourite of the two products which is the contour stick. This is a really clever idea and is made up of two halves, one half is a pale highlight colour and the other is the perfect cool toned contour shade. The consistency is lovely and creamy and quite easily to blend, although I do find it can dry quite quickly so it is best to blend it in as you go. The shade that I have is Light and I find that the highlight shade is light enough, even on me, to act as a highlight shade and the contour shade is the perfect cool, grey toned shade which is exactly what I look for in a contour shade. And even though it is a more grey toned shade, it doesn't make your skin look ashy. I find that the lasting power is relatively good, and it lasts longer if I pair this with the powder product over the top.

I also have the powder in the lightest shade, Light Medium and again, find this works really well even on my pale skin. The powder itself is a really nice consistency and I find it really easy to apply and blend out. I would say that the contour shade is not as cool toned as the contour stick i,s but I still find that I can contour with it, but it can also be used as more of a bronzer. The highlight shade is a lovely shimmery shade which adds that extra glow on the skin and although it is shimmery it isn't over the top. This product does come with a brush but I personally wouldn't use this as it is a little bit scratchy and I don't think it would apply the product very well. 

Have you tried these contouring products before? What other contouring products do I need to try?

Chloe
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Holiday Wishlist

It dawned on me the other day that I go on holiday in a few weeks time and I haven't really done a proper summer shopping spree as I haven't really needed shorts or summer dresses up until now. So in preparation for a lot of money going out of my bank account I thought I would share with you today some of the things I think I will pick up soon so that my wardrobe is summer holiday ready!

What is on your wishlist at the moment?

Chloe 
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review || L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

Review || L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
When the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation first came out I was really intrigued by it. I know it isn't a new idea but if I am honest I hadn't ever really noticed any of the other cushion foundations currently available on the market. So, when I was in Boots about a month ago, I saw it on the L'Oreal stand and thought I would pick it up to try it out, not only because I was interested in how it worked but also I had already heard a lot of really good reviews and was desperate to try it out. 
Review || L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
First of all, the packaging is really great. Not only is it quite aesthetically pleasing, but it would also be great if you are travelling because you won't have to worry about anything breaking or any spillages. Another great thing is that there is a decent sized mirror in the lid, so again, great for when you are travelling or for touch-ups on the go. The only thing I probably won't ever use is the applicator that it comes with. It is a very thin sponge-like applicator which I'm sure could work but I much prefer applying this with a brush like the Real Techniques Stippling Brush or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Review || L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
In terms of the shade, there is one pale enough, even for me which I really like because so many drugstore brands don't go pale enough for us supper pale people. It also doesn't turn orange on the skin which is another bonus, as so many other foundations do tend to oxidise slightly.
Review || L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
The coverage is described as buildable and I would agree. I like the fact that you can change the coverage every single day, depending on what you need. It applies a really thin layer to the skin initially and this can be layered up a few more times if necessary, to add a little extra coverage without looking heavy or cakey. In my opinion, although it is labelled as a foundation it is much more like a tinted moisturiser/BB cream in terms of coverage. It also has a really lovely dewy finish so looks really lovely on the skin and it doesn't cling to dry patches like so many other foundations do.

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Summer Products

Summer Products
So apparently it is currently summer, I mean what says summer like it chucking it down with rain everyday, am I right? But with the potential of some sunnier, warmer days (or a holiday to a sunny destination) I wanted to share with you today some of my favourite products that I think are perfect for warmer weather.
Summer Products
HAIR
As someone with frizzy hair, hair serums and oils are essential all year round, but especially when humidity is high, as it can be in the summer. My two favourites at the moment are the Garnier The Sleek Restorer Oil and the OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Dry Styling Oil. Both of these product smell amazing and work really well on both wet and dry hair, so I use one of them after washing and then after I have styled my hair as well. 

Another hair product that I have been really liking recently is the Toni and Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray. I like using this when I plait my hair in the evening before bed, to help the waves form a little better and then after I take them out in the morning to help the waves have a little more hold and keep them in place for longer. 

Summer Products
MAKEUP
For base products, if it is really hot or I am spending the day by the pool or the beach I will skip base products completely, but for when I do want to wear something on my face I will always choose a lightweight product, something like the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (could I mention this product anymore times?!) or the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. Both of these are really lightweight on the skin so you won't feel like you are wearing any makeup and they both have a lovely finish that leaves your skin looking really natural and as if you are not wearing any makeup at all.

I also swear by cream products for the summer months as I think that they sit a little better on the skin and have a bit of a lighter, dewier finish to the skin. Some of my current favourites are the Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearly Sheen, the No7 Pop & Glow in Classic Rose and the Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape in Light. With these three products you have blush, highlighter and bronzer/contour. 

In terms of eye makeup, waterproof mascara is an essential. I don't have too many in my collection (so any recommendations are welcome) but the one that I do love is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara. This is the perfect volumising and lengthening mascara that really is waterproof and smudge-proof. I used this last year on my holiday in Spain and it didn't budge, even after going swimming.

So there are my go-to summer products. What do you love for the summer months?

Chloe
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

What Blogging Has Taught Me


From the 3 years that I have been blogging I feel like I have learnt a few things that I never would have, had I not started this blog, or wouldn't have learnt about them until a little later in my life. So today I thought that I would share with you some of the things I have learnt from blogging.

1. HOW TO USE A DSLR CAMERA
I don't think that I would have ever learnt how to use a DSLR camera if I hadn't started a blog because before I started blogging I wasn't really that interested in photography. But since starting my blog I am really interested in it and always looking for cameras that I would like and the lens to go with them. I now know how to brighten my photos with my camera and the difference between the manual and automatic settings on the camera.

2. HOW IMPORTANT SOCIAL MEDIA IS IN TODAY'S WORLD
With everyone being a bit Internet obsessed (me included!) social media has become one of the best ways to get your content out there. Without Twitter and Instagram I don't think blogging would be as big as it is because it would be a lot harder to spread the word about your blog. I love using social media for my blog and don't think I could blog without it!

3. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS NOT TO COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
This one is probably one of the harder parts of blogging because it can be hard sometimes not to compare yourself to other bloggers, especially the really well known ones. But in this industry, like many others, there will always be someone who takes photos a little better than you do, who has more followers than you do and but that doesn't mean that your blog isn't great and sometimes we need to remember that we don't need to be comparing ourselves to everyone else all of the time.

4. TWITTER CHATS ARE AT THE SAME TIME A LOT OF FUN AND VERY STRESSFUL
I absolutely love a good twitter chat, especially the #fblchat and the #bbloggers chat but oh my god are these stressful. There are just so many tweets that you find yourself constantly refreshing your page and trying to keep up with the chat and this can be challenging sometimes. Another thing about blogger chats (especially #bbloggers) is that you will come out of the chats with a shopping list as long as your arm of new products you just *need* in your life. If you're on a spending ban, don't take part in these chats as it will be too hard not to spend money afterwards! 

5. EVERYTHING REMOTELY AESTHETICALLY PLEASING NEEDS TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED FOR EITHER BLOG OR INSTAGRAM PURPOSES (OR BOTH!) 
Although I don't do this all of the time, it is something I do find myself doing from time to time. A pretty looking restaurant with equally gorgeous food? That will be Instagrammed. A pretty landscape/city? That will definitely need a photo, you know, for blog purposes. And if you see a pretty looking piece of homeware like a marble dish, well that has to be bought for blog photography purposes...

I hope you enjoyed reading about the things I have learnt through blogging. Is there anything else that you have learnt from blogging that I haven't mentioned?

Chloe
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Monday, 11 July 2016

Review || Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit has been on my 'To-Review' list since I received it for Christmas but, since my blog had to be neglected in favour of school work, I never got around to reviewing it. Even though this product was a limited edition product and I don't believe that it is still available (although it still says in-stock on the Liberty's website, so you might be in luck), I still wanted to review it as, only one of the powders is not available as a single product, and it was too beautiful not to dedicate an entire post to! 
First of all, the top row is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, which I think might be my favourite part of this palette. From left to right there is Dim Light, a pale gold-beige shade, Iridescent Light, the only new shade, a slightly pink shimmery shade, and Diffused Light (my favourite) which is a slightly yellow toned shade. I love using these powders to set my makeup, to add a really subtle highlight or to add on top of a cream highlight to set it in place and to add a little more shimmer.

Below the powders are two blush shades, Mood Exposure, a light plum shade and Luminous Flush, a pink blush with gold mixed in. I love both of these blushes as they are such gorgeous shades, perfect for both day and night and they are also incredibly pigmented, so a little goes a really long way.

The final product is the bronzer shade, Luminous Bronze Light, the perfect bronzer shade for adding a bit of extra glow to your skin and is the lighter of the two bronzer shades, so even works for those of us who have pale skin. Like the blushes, it has a marble pattern so has a light and dark shade of bronzer mixed together which creates a really gorgeous colour. Again like the blushes, it is really pigmented so a light hand is needed to avoid being too bronzed.
All of these powders last really well on the skin and have a gorgeous glowy finish which is prefect for those of us who love to have really glowy makeup. I would highly recommend these powders and I will probably be buying some more shades of the blush and maybe even the powders!

Have you ever tried any of the Hourglass powder products? 

Chloe
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