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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Haul

So, I have recently begun working as a Retail Artist from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I'm a big fan of Marc Jacobs as a whole, and I'm sure if you read my blog you will know I'm a lover of all things beauty, so being able to play with luxurious Marc Jacobs Beauty products during my 9-5 somewhat feels like a dream so far. 
Today I wanted to share some of the products from the brand I've got my hands on and have been enjoying using.


#instamarc in Mirage Filter: I'm sure you can tell by the name of this product, that is very much inspired by Instagram filters, and wearing this, you're supposed to feel like you don't need a filter because you put your filter on with you makeup - at least that's what I got from the name, and I think it's also a genius idea. The contour palette is nice and simple with just the two shades, so it doesn't get overwhelming and confusing. I mean, as much as I love using my Anastasia Beverly Hill Palette, I don't get use out of all of the shades and sometimes find myself staring at the similar colours for a good few minutes while I figure which one to dip my brush into. This palette simply cuts out the confusion. The contour shade isn't too muddy or too grey - it creates a natural looking shadow and you don't look dirty or grey - it's the perfect shade in between. The highlight shade in this palette is basically a banana powder. These powders are so fine you don't feel as though you are wearing anything and they blend like a dream, I think this palette is perfect for a quick natural looking contour. I definitely think I'll be getting more use out of the contour shade than the highlight shade, though.

The shiny black packaging has a sophisticated edge, the only issue I find is fingerprints really show up. Although this palette only has two shades, it is very oversized, meaning it will last ages, and you have a huge mirror on the inside which is a decent size for doing a full face of makeup. Although the palette is huge it's also very slim so you should easily be able to squeeze it into your handbag.
Twinkle Pop Eye Shadow Stick in Au Revoir: This eye crayon very much reminds me of the By Terry Ombre Blackstars. The cream eye shadow stick in highly pigmented and the shade is a beautiful glittery silvery bronze shade. The shape of the stick makes it very easy to apply all over the eyelids, or at an angle, you can create a line or more precise shape. The colour simply glides along as you apply it and you have a little time to blend, then once it dries will stay put. This is perfect for creating a quick and easy look, which will give the impression you've put a lot more time and effort into your eye makeup than you have - it's great for if your running late. It also makes a great base for other eye shadows.
Fineliner Gel Eye Crayon in (Truffle)d - I love this gel eye pen, it's easy to use and once it's dry it does not budge. The gel formula means it glides on, you've got a little bit of smudge time - it's very easy to create a wing using this liner, you can simply pull the liner out slightly and the use you finger to smudge the end into a wing. This also works really well in the waterline. This shade is a deep brown, it is perfect if you want something a little less intense than black.
Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - This lipstick has definitely been our best selling lipstick shade since launch day. The shade is a deep plum pink, it seems to suit most skin tones, and quite seems to be similar to many people natural lip colour, just a couple of shades darker.

This lipstick is a semi-matte formula, which means it's pretty long lasting, it also isn't too drying on the lips considering the finish. The package once again has that luxurious feel with the magnet as you pop the lid onto the lipstick.

Lipgloss in French Tickler - the Marc Jacob lipglosses are one of the only lipglosses I have ever found myself enjoying wearing, this is for the simple reason, that they are not sticky. I can wear this lipgloss without having to constantly pull my hair away from my lips. This is life changing (dramatic, I know, but it really is) if you like a glossy lip. It is also minty, which is also a great little touch to add to a lip gloss. This shade is really pretty, it's a peachy pink which works really well on top of a lipstick or alone. I've definitely been stepping away from a matte lip more since I've owned this.
Nail Polish in Lola -The nail polish is such a 'me' shade. This is bright red colour, which I love on the nails. It applies smoothly and one coat is really enough to cover the nails completely. It drys with a shine to it, and as nail polishes go, it's fairly long lastly. Once again the package in on point here, even it bottle of nail polish just feel lovely to hold. 
Have you tried any of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Products? 

 *although I am employed by Marc Jacobs Beauty, I am choosing to write this blog post in my own free time and all opinions are 100% my own. 














Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

A book I was very excited to read was Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven, as I previously read her novel All the Bright Places, I realised she was a great writer, and her I felt very connected to her words.

I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed reading Holding Up the Universe even more than All the Bright Places (shock, I know). I found the characters in Holding Up the Universe felt a lot more real and although it touched on mental health which I think is a good thing in a book, there was a lot more to the story, I found All the Bright Places just made me feel a little down as the story was so deeply surrounding mental health issues.

Holding Up the Universe is written in two different perspectives and the narrator switches with each paragraph change. I love hearing  multiple views in a book, I think it gives the reader a clear picture of the story being told, it also shows the writer is invested in all of the characters, and it's just more interesting  - having said this, if this is done badly, it can become too confusing and ruin a good book. I'm pleased to say, this wasn't done badly at all in this book, in fact, it was done really well. It was always very clear whose eyes you were looking through and both characters were so interesting, I think it was important for the story to be written in the minds of each of them.

The story takes place in a high school (as many young adult novels do!) It is based on two characters, Jack and Libby. Both Jack and Libby are not your average teenagers. Libby was once the fattest teen in America, to the extent part of her house had to be knocked down to get her out. Libby has now lost some weight and is ready to lead a normal teenage life - which of course means going back to high school.
Jack has his own problems - he has a medical condition which means he is unable to recognise faces - friends, family, teacher, strangers, anyone, Jack cannot recognise them. Jack is keeping this to himself, keeping his head down by trying to fit in with his "popular crowd" - which leads to some bully, that Libby being an easy target receives the brutal end of.

And then everything changes are Libby and Jack, ironically grow closer due to these strange nasty circumstances.

The book talks a lot about bullying, high school cliques, and fitting it. It also deals with subjects such a death, separation, unhealthy relationships, cancer, virginity, the internet, and being a teen - there are a lot of important themes running through this book, and they all fit quite naturally into the story.

I really liked both Jacks and Libby's characters. Each of their characters made me think, they made me consider how I treat people, and really reminded me that everyone is going through their own things, which you may not know about. I think the character they worked really well together and seemed very real.  I wish some of the smaller characters played a bigger part. There were a lot of characters I would have liked to have learnt more about - however, they weren't necessarily all that important in the narrative.  I loved this story, however, the ending was a tad cheesy, but who doesn't love a bit of cheese?

I'd strongly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Autumn Walks

If you follow me on Instagram (@chloehayfs), you'll know how much I love Autumn. Autumn is by far my favourite time of year, to the extent the excitement gives me butterflies in my stomach when I notice the first signs of leaves falling, and temperatures dropping. I love how colourful the world becomes, I love stepping on crisp autumn leaves, and feeling that crisp cold air against your face, I love the clothes, I love being cosy inside, and being chilly outside, I love wrapping up in jumpers and sitting by bonfires, and Halloween, and the oranges, and reds, and did I say I love autumn leaves?! As you can probably tell, everything about this time of year makes my heart happy - I just love everything about Autumn.

Lately, I've been enjoying appreciating Autumn and taking myself on some Autumn walks, along with my camera to get some snaps of how beautiful everything is this time of year.  So I thought I'd share my love for Autumn through the view of my camera...


You can probably tell I think Mother Nature is just a real babe this time of year by the excessive number of images (it took a lot of narrowing to get to this many!)

As I'm enjoying playing with my camera more than ever, one of my favourite things about Autumn this year is capturing the beauty of it through my camera lens, as you can probably tell!

What's your favourite thing about this time of year?

Friday, 28 October 2016

October in Poetry.


04.10.16
As I built up the courage
to utter the words
you laughed,
in my face

So, my 
I miss you
will go unheard.

_______

05.10.16
I became wrapped up in myself
Because you wouldn't allow me
to be
wrapped up
in you

Bitter makes selfish
through and through

_______

05.10.16
I am proud of all these raw, honest things that
I do,

So laugh,
all that you, please
Because, gleefully
I'm laughing too.

Mock me, block me, but your
bitterness
won't stop me.
Genuine lips turn to smile
Because I take pride when we say
I've got my own
style.

______

05.10.16
As I longingly wonder over the intricate
delicate details of your day

And ponder helplessly over the windows,
Winding, whirls of your brain.

Selfish, you say
As thoughts of you drive me
Insane.
_______

 05.10.16
We should be still

You're an ocean, your waves come
crashing in
I'm the jagged rocks 
which slowly crumble
at these careless forceful encounters. I
turn to dust.

The elements change their mind
there's a change of heart
in the air
The wind stays, frozen.

Together we are still, as the rock
embraces the 
steady ocean.
There's more than beauty in this lack of 
motion.

_______

06.10.16
The girl who was always stuck in her 
head
Found herself present
In a moment
An unforgettable, unmemorable minute
While her head lost it's vision
Based on hearts decision.

Her head came down from the clouds
Blissfully ignorant to the rain and thunder
So loud

Hearts were beating louder
With the loss of all power
by entangled bodies
And forces claiming 
kisses
Fingertips drawn to 
touching
Bodies laughing
aloud.

The only moment to remove her head from the 
cloud
For once her head was quiet
and the world was
loud.

_______

08.10.16
I cannot decide whether it's twisted
Or beautiful
that you inspire me enough
to write broken poetry of 
hurting hearts
And feel world's apart
As I sit in M&S 

Over coffee and cake
I tremble over every mistake

_______

08.10.16
I guess, there's not really anything special
about 
that you sometimes felt like sharing
And sometimes you didn't
No messages hidden
Just meaningless, emotional rhythm 

_______

08.10.16
It's somewhat comforting, to think our version 
of fate
Was more dependent on alcohol intake
and planned mistake.

_______

16.10.16
I hate to admit
I have a feeling
about
you

My gut tends to tell 
white lies of loneliness
but I hope this time
it's true

_______

16.10.16
I hope you know 
I wonder
How your mind
is keeping

I do not ask
My questions don't feel welcome
As in spite of kind communication
It's some sort of probation
We both know
Arguments always arrive

_______

24.10.16
I realise I don't like the thoughts which fill 
your brain, those little habits, the 
company you keep

It's more the way
your name rolls off my 
tongue
and how comfortably I can lay my head upon 
you stomach
hoping you don't suppress a need
to twiddle my red hair 
amongst your dirty
fingers.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Bloom by Estée Lalonde

I recently read Bloom by Estee Lalonde, and as I found myself unable to put it down (it only took one day to read from cover to cover), so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Firstly, this book is damn beautiful. The titled part of the cover is made from a gorgeous textured fabric, the image of Estée on the front is lovely, she just looks like her (you know what I mean right? Or am the only person who think we sometimes look like our personality in photographs?), and the colour of her jumper on the front carries through to the inside cover of the book. The aesthetic of this book are on point and I think the cover itself is a good reflection of Estée and the contents of the book.

I've watched Estée's videos and read her blog for years now, I feel as though I've really seen her grow into herself on camera, and I feel as though she's an old pal (sadly she's not!), and this book represents her truest version of herself through and through.

The book is split into the sections: life, people, work, beauty, fashion, home, travel and food. Each subject covers a wide ground. The book talks about serious topics such mental health and more light-hearted stuff like styling hair.


The book is very honest throughout, and Estée shares  a lot with the readers than she hasn't already shared on her Youtube and Blog, such as her relationship with her dad, and her struggles with mental health, all of these things she shared in her book only made my respect for Estée grow and made her seem so much more relatable. 


The book is very well written, I think sometimes when Youtuber release a book there's a stigma which surrounds it, and people assume they're writing a book because it will sell, whether or not they can write - well I'm telling you that Estée can write. Her words were engaging and the content was interesting throughout (hence why I read it in a day).


I found myself emotional as I read letters to Estée from her mum and partner Aslan. 
I also loved hearing more about Estée and Aslan's story. You know there is something special about a relationship when someone is willing to move to another country which they've never visited to be with someone - reading this made me see what relationship should be and understand that when you know,  you just know. Their love story is just really really lovely.

Estée talks a lot about finding yourself, and 'blooming' into who you're supposed to be in this book, and that's something I think I've realised is really important, and has begun to impact my day to day life as I trying to be the truest version of myself.

This book is also very beautiful - it's filled with lovely photographs which are all very personal to Estèe, that fit perfectly where they're placed. The layout of the book and the images chosen just really work, you can see the thought that has gone into it!

Bloom is really something special! I'd recommend picking up and having a flick through, take in the words, and appreciate the beauty and work that's gone into it.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Leopard.

I've recently been on the hunt for a new coat, I was in desperate need as the ones had just weren't cutting it. I popped into Topshop one day and this one caught my eye, and I knew it would be a great addition to my wardrobe but wanted to be sure, so I decided to go away and think about, and it seemed it was something I couldn't stop thinking about, so I knew I had to go back in and get it.
Leopard print in so on trend at the moment, and also never really goes out of style. Considering I was in need of a new coat and didn't have any leopard print in my wardrobe (shocking I know) this coat filled two pretty big holes in my wardrobe. 
I'm between sizes, so decided to size up and go for a slightly oversized look. I think it's always good to go a little bigger in coats, it means you can fit chunky knits underneath and it also gives off an oversized and androgynous vibe to the look which I love. 
I decide to keep the rest of my outfit fairly simple, as the coat is statement enough. I wore it with my grey high neck dress from Boohoo - it's a really simple piece, but I think cut gives it a sophisticated edge. I like the grey against the leopard print, as it brings in more depth to the outfit, but it's monochrome so compliments the printed coat. 
I paired this with plain black tights to keep my legs from getting chilly, and these cutest little black ankle boots from Office which have a same, circular heel which I love (unfortunately the boots are no longer available, sorry, similar here).

To finish the look, I popped on my Tom Ford specs and a NARS Lipstick in the shade Heatwave, alongside a couple of cute little rings I got from Coconut Lane, (where you can get 20% off with the discount code chloeharriets20, go go go!) and my much loved Urban Outfitter backpack (old, similar here). 


What do you think of this outfit? I love this coat so much, I'm going to be wearing it constantly!