Friday, 20 January 2017

Urban Decay: Full Spectrum Palette.

I'm going to make a bit of a bold statement here, but... I think I'm done with neutral eye makeup.
I know it's a big statement to make - but I've been feeling a little braver and more experimental with my makeup,  I have actually been enjoying delving into the world of colourful eye looks.

I work a few makeup counters away from Urban Decay, so naturally, I often find myself admiring their products. One day the Full Spectrum palette caught my eye (I mean, how could it not) - and I found myself lusting after it, despite it being worlds away from my standard gold eyeshadow.

When I saw they had one of their Full Spectrum palettes reduced due to the small chip in one of the shadows, I knew I had to have it. I was dying to play around which the colours - even if I'm meant doing the wackiest makeup, to wear around the house.

So, the palette consists of 21 colours, with glitters, shimmers, mattes and all of the in between - there is a real range of levels of sparkle in the palette - and the majority of the colours are quite, well, colourful... besides the white.

Here are some swatches of all of the colours so you can get more of a feel for them...

From left to right the shades above are: Alchemy, Gossip, Paranoia, Warning, Seize, and Jones

From left to right the shades above are as follows: Midnight Blaze, Calavera, Goldmine, Hundred, Hatter, and Mean

From left to right above we have the shades: Minx, Blindsided, Metamorphosis, Delirious, Sketch and Faded

These last three shades from left to right are: Platonic, Iced and Bump.

I've already used the shades gossip and warning, which created a looked that I loved, plan on recreating and I also received a couple of compliments on my eye makeup that day! Alongside these, on first impressions, my favourite shades are Alchemy, Minx (although I'm not sure my swatch does it much justice), Jones, Seize, and Blind Sided!

There are mainly three different shades of each colour, so this palette makes it very easy if you decide to, for example, create a 'blue' eye look, and there are three shade of blue which all work very nicely together.

The shadows are very pigmented and have a good amount of colour payoff. I've only used the palette once so far but found the colours to all my very blendable - something which is definitely a requirement which such strong colours.

I'm also pretty happy with the packaging. The palette is a black plastic square with a colourful Urban Decay logo, there is a large mirror inside - always handy, and a double ended mini brush, which is actually pretty decent too - one end is nice and fluffy for blending, and the other end is slightly smaller and flatter which allows you to be more precise.

Overall on first impressions, I'm really happy with this palette  - I think the colour range is beautiful - and will be perfect for the days I feel like making a statement. However, this palette is definitely something you either love or hate - I've had a few people tell me the colours are disgusting, but personally I'm excited to use them - I'll share some looks I create with this palette over the next few weeks!

What do you think of these colours?

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Give your friends flowers...

Today I finished work and before heading to see some of my closest friends I decided to get some skincare I'd be after for a while, and as I knew my friend Jaynie wanted to try out the same product, so I decided to be a good like egg and pick her up a set of her own.

As I carried on walk through the Mall, I got to M&S I stopped to look at the flowers (because who doesn't stop to admire flowers?!) and it made me think how lovely it is to receive flowers, so I decided to pick up a bunch, not for myself this time, but for my friend Gina - just because I thought it would make her smile, and then I realised the thought of it made me smile too (cheesy I know). However, I acknowledged how lovely it feels to treat your friends.

If people are good to you, you should show your appreciation, even when it's not expected for you. If you've got a bit of spare money, you should think about getting a little treat for you friends and family - because it's nice to be nice. I think it made my day, as well as there's!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Satin Sister

I've recently found a new nail polish love! It's from Essie (they do the best shades don't they?!), and it's a colour unlike any I've ever worn on my nails before - which is a lot of the reason I love it so much, you may disagree, but I think it is more than your bog standard nail colour. 
Satin Sister is a dark green shade, with a navy blue tinge to it. From a distance this nail polish almost looks black - but it is just a little more exciting than a black polish.
The formula of this nail varnish is pretty good as they go - it will chip after a couple of days, but what nail polish doesn't? 
The formula is also lovely, it paints on easily and you can get away with just one coat if you're in a rush, and it also doesn't seem to take too long to dry.
The only problem with the statement colour is any chipping really shows as it's quite a dark shade, but that just means it's time for a repaint!

I think this colour is beautiful and will look stunning with any outfit, as although it's a bit of a statement, it's dark and neutral enough to just add a touch of sophistication to a look.

What do you think of this shade? 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Morning Routine.

I don't often share my Youtube Videos on my blog (you can find my channel here), however, I was so happy with how this one came out that I want to make sure people saw it!

It's a bit of a morning routine, mixed in with a getting ready with me, which I filmed and edited entirely by myself. I definitely want to start making more videos like this one - I felt as though I pushed myself creatively with this one, and I believe it's great to always push your creative boundaries. I know some of you may feel a little underwhelmed by the video now, but I'm proud nonetheless.

Also how much does that jumpsuit paired with corkscrew curled hair rock! I'm not gonna lie - I felt pretty badass that that.

What do you think?

Love, Chloe x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Corkscrew Curls

Corkscrew curls are a trend which I've seen around the internet a fair bit recently - and it's a look I really love, so I decided to treat myself to the Lee Stafford Chopstick Curler to try to create this look myself.
My hair is quite short, so I wasn't sure that I'd be able to pull off this look, or even get my hair around the curler burn free. However, these curlers are just £19.99 so I figure that if I didn't get on with them it didn't matter too much... but I'm glad I parted with that 20quid for these!
I do find it is quite time-consuming to use these to curl all of my hair- however, you only need to keep the hair on the curler for a second or so, so it probably works out it would take the same amount of time to curl your hair with any other curlers. This is also a hairstyle which completely transforms your look, so it worth spending a bit of time on.
I struggled the most with the underneath layer - especially as the back, I soon learnt how careful I need to be with this curler as I managed to burn my face :(

How freaking cool does my hair look?!
...Well, I like it (which I'm sure you grasped from all of the photos).
I feel like I may become obsessed with this hairstyle!
It definitely a statement look - but I do love to make a statement!
What do you think of this hairstyle?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pixi Skincare Haul

A beauty brand I really love is Pixi. The Pixi Glow tonic has quickly become a staple in my skincare routine,  as soon as I'm running low, I'll repurchase because I can't bare to go without this.

Anyway, as my love for the brand seems to be common knowledge. I was very kindly treated to some other Pixi skincare bits for Christmas - so here's what I got and my thoughts so far...

Rose Oil Blend (£26) - I've really enjoyed using this oil so far, it just gives my skin that extra bit of nourishment could do with. It does take a little while to sink into the skin, though, but smell lovely and leaves my skin feeling well looked after.
Overnight Glow Serum (£26) - okay, I've cheated a little with this one, as I actually had it a while before Christmas. But I love it. The morning after I use this my skin is just a little less dull than usual and noticeably evens skin tone.

Nourishing Sleep Mask (£18) - this is super moisturising and comfortable to sleep in. In the morning after using this I can really feel the difference, my skin feels a lot more hydrated and less tight than usual. I'm really enjoying using this product so far!                                                                                                                        Glow Mud Cleanser (£18) - This is one of those cleansers which just makes your skin feel really clean, although it doesn't really remove makeup, so you have to do that in a separate step. It's very thick and feels almost mask-like when it first goes on the skin and then leaves your skin feeling really fresh and exfoliated, despite the texture of the product feeling more like a balm than a scrub on the skin

Glow Tonic (£18)- as I've already touched on, this has become a staple in my skincare routine. It's hard to describe, but it just gives my skin a radiance and my skin feels so much smoother when I use this. 

Make-Up Melting Cleansing Cloths (£10) - I tend to steer away from makeup wipes because overall they're not great for your skin, but these ones seem fairly non-offensive. They don't quite remove every inch of product from my skin, but they manage a fair amount, and they don't irritate my sensitive skin. They're great for those days when you're in a bit of a rush and I'll definitely be packing these next time I'm travelling.

Have you tried any of the Pixi products? As a whole, I'm pretty impressed with the brand!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Write About It...

Like most, I'm a big fan of stationary (who isn't?) I recently I realised I have a pretty excessive amount of notebooks, and when I tried to have a clear out, I then realise I actually get plenty of use out of the whole bunch so I thought I'd share my love and uses for notebooks with you.

I have 9 notebooks in total I want to talk to you about - yeah, I have slight notebook addiction, but I like writing things down, and well, stationary helps me convince myself I'm organised, even when I'm not...

Firstly I have my 2017 diary - mine is from Kate Spade (find it here) and I use it pretty much daily to organise my plans and to check what I am doing. I had the same diary for 2016, just in a bigger size. I enjoyed using it so much that I felt the need to repurchase. I love that this diary both has the entire month laid on a page and each week laid out on a page so I can see either my plans for the month or my plans for the wee which just makes everything very easy. Also, I did notice this year they added monthly to-do lists, which is just pretty damn cute.

While we're on the subject of diaries, let's talk about my other ones (...because one is clearly not enough). I like to write everything down, so I have a diary for 'dear diary' purposes. It started out for me to record memories, but it's slowly turned into getting anything off my chest, and if I'm honest it mainly consists of "I fancy this boy, and he doesn't fancy me back"... but I find it very therapeutic to write down my thoughts, no matter how ridiculous they really are. For this, I used another Kate Spade notebook (similar here).  This one is yellow, with the words "a likely story" on the cover. I loved the quote on the front which is why I choose this one, being yellow however it does tend to get a tad grubby.  This diary is very typical teenage girl, but I wouldn't be without it.

To record daily thoughts and goings on, I recently began a One Line A Day, 5-year memory book - which some far I've kept up (only another, almost 5 years left to go). I love the idea of this, it makes looking back so simple, and as it's only a line it's easy to maintain. You just fill out the year with each entry. I can't wait until a couple of years in to see how much my life has changed.

Now, let's talk blog organisation... I have a couple of notebooks I use for this...

The first is from The White Company, it's a grey notebook with the words Do Small Things with Great Love on the front - a nice little reminder to put love into everything. The pages inside are plain, which means I can be a little more creative with what goes on them. Originally, I bought this book intending to use it as a bullet journal - but slowly it became more of a blog post date planner and to-do list book.

The next blog planning notebook I have is from Kate Spade (again. Can you telI I'm a fan?!) and it's my favourite notebook of the lot. On the cover, it says "with freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?" which I think is possibly the most wonder quote ever (especially as I'm a very big fan of freedom, books, flowers and the moon). I use this notebook to jot down idea's, draft posts, plan video etc. I do however wish I kept this book for my personal diary, however, as it's so lovely (but I may repurchase it when I use this one up... is that acceptable?)

The newest to my collection is my Daily Journal from Oh Deer. The cover is a plain turquoise colour with the words daily journal printed in a rose gold. The pages inside are laid out perfectly to plan to your day. It just has everything you need. I've only used it a few times so far but I've loved using it, it's just made everything very easy to schedule in.

I'm attempting to immerse myself into the world of poetry writing, as it is something I'd love to be good at - so I find myself writing a couple of (usually awful) poem each week - and I keep them all written in this little red book - so hopefully in a few months time I'll be able to flick through and see an improvement.
Lastly, I've got some of the Zoella lifestyle stationary (full blogpost here). I use the Once Upon A Time notebook for general life organisation - it's where the shopping lists and things to remember go.
And then for the last smidge of organisation some weeks, I'll use the Zoella She Designed a Life She Loved Book to plan my days and write weekly to do lists.

Please tell me I'm not the only one with an addiction to notebooks...