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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