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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Recently I decided to mix up how I was applying my foundation and concealer, as for some reason I don't seem to get on too well with foundations and concealer brushes, and I don't really like to use my fingers. So I thought I'd give the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge a go.



Despite using Real Technique Brushes a lot and really liking them, I have got to say I didn't have high expectations for the sponge, I think this was mainly because using a sponge reminded me of being young, have no idea how to apply make up and my fail attempts using cheap sponges - however using this sponge, is fortunately far from my memories of being 15 and failing at apply my foundation to a decent standard using a sponge.

I decided to watch one of the videos on the Real Techniques website before using the sponge so I could see how the sponge was created to be used. I was impressed by the amount of uses you can get from this one sponge - it can be used for foundation, concealer under the eyes, concealer on blemishes, cream blusher, and power. When I purchased the sponge I only intended to use it for foundation, I have how also been using it for concealer and blusher too which is nice bonus. 

What I like most about the sponge is the clever shape. The shape really allows you to ensure you get in all of the small creases of the face, and all around the nose, I have to say I struggle to find a brush which makes getting in all the nocks and crannies easy. 

The main problem I had with using foundation brushes (or any brush to apply my foundation), is that the finish wouldn't look natural, it wouldn't blend as I'd like so I would also have to use my hand for blending too. Using a brushes I felt too much like I was painting my face, and I think it looked like it too - maybe I just don't have a great technique with faces brushes, but nonetheless the finish would not be as I had intended using a brush. 

I like my foundation and concealer to look fairly natural, I don't like heavy face make up on myself, just some light coverage, which I think using the sponge is perfect for. Using the sponge allows you to really blend the make up in to suit the texture (is that the word I am looking for? I'm not sure, but you know what I mean, right?) of your skin. 

Using this sponge I have found my base make up has applied quickly and just as I have intended it to.
I would definitely recommend this to those who like natural looking make up and if you don't get on too well with face brushes.

Happy Birthday Amy!

Today beauty posts have been put on hold as it is my best friends birthday so I thought it would be nice to share some of my memories with you. I have already done a similar post to this which you can find here, however we have taken so many photos together, I have so many more I'd like to share.

So this blogpost is basically to say, Happy Birthday Amy, I love you a lot and here are lots of silly photos of us...




























I've got say nothing makes you appreciate your best friend like looking through old photos does!
Amy is literally the best friend ever, and I am so lucky to have such a good friend :)



He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo


Bizarrely I recently found myself reading a dating/relationship self help book, which is not something I usually do, or really intended when I bought the book. I ordered the book "He's just not that into you", thinking it was the book which the film is based on, which technically it is, however I did not look much more into the book, as had assumed it was a fictional story, as the film is. 
When it arrived I soon realised my mistake (I should learn to do a little research before buying things), however I decided to read a couple of pages just to see what it was like - I found myself finishing the entire book that same day. I feel I've taken a lot from the book so it turned out to be a happy mistake.

I have got to say I am a hopeless romantic, and when I like someone, I tend to really fall for them, and the majority of the time they don't feel the same way, and if they do for a short amount of time it is most likely I scare them off because to put it bluntly strong feelings freak me out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, like to see  the good in people and do not like to hold a grudge, which means some people see me as naive, and I often get taken advantage of because of my nature.
So this book was basically written for women just like me.

The book gave me a really clear perspective on my actions, the actions (or lack of actions) of others and most importantly my worth.

What I like most about this book is it is written by both a man and a women so you get the perspective from both genders, it's not often I get to the opinion of a straight male on my (non existent) love life, and girlfriends can often not want to hurt your feelings. Also your friends can (understandably) get a little fed up of you constantly asking advice and opinions on the same guy, so sooner or later you stop asking and begin to over think every little detail of you (non) relationship with the guy (or girl) in question, which certainly isn't healthy.

The style of writing throughout the book is very conversation so it's a quick easy read. A lot of the book is as letters to Greg (the male writer) who responds with advise and opinions which are very to the point - which I'd say if what you need a lot of the time you want to believe something which might not be the truth (it's easy to confuse the truth with what you might want).

I've got to say the book was most definitely an eye opener for me. It has made me realise I make excuses for people not being very good to me in hope that there might be some small part of them which may care for me, I over complicate things in order to find a way to see the good in someone - but it's as simple as people who care act like it, and people who don't, don't.

I am not going to say much more about the messages the book gives, incase any of you decide to give it a read, but I will say I would recommend this book to any girl who often find themselves let down by guys. I expected reading a self help book to feel a slightly belittling and patronising, I mean I'm not stupid (as I said the book isn't something I'd usually read), however it wasn't at all like that, it just had the balls to say what my friends might not. Rather than making me feel weak as I had expected reading this made me feel empowered and happier with myself.

Hot Vanilla Fudge Facemask

In my most recent haul (which you can find here) you'll know I picked up the Hot Vanilla Fudge Clay Face Mask from Primark for just 90p which I think is such a bargain! 
As I used the face mask Saturday I thought I'd do a little review to let you know my opinion on this one so you can decide if it's worth picking up.

I've got to say this product exceeded my expectations - costing just 90p, I didn't think it would be great, but as it was so cheap I have nothing to lose. 
Firstly I was super impressed my the scent, although it says it's vanilla fudge flavour I wasn't anticipating it quite to smell so strongly of vanilla fudge, it smelt delicious, I felt half tempted to eat it! 
Also another thing which surprised me was how warming this mask was. As I massaged it into my skin the mask would heat up, which is a strange yet satisfying sensation. 
I was also impressed by how much was in one pouch. I used the entire pouch on one face mask for myself, but I didn't need to use so much, I simply continued adding more of the mask to use it up, however I think if you wanted to do a face mask with a friend, you could probably just about use one pouch for two of you!

I found with this face mask the consistency didn't change too much while the mask was on my face. I expected it to harden after a while on my skin like some clay face masks do but it didn't.

After using the face mask my skin definitely felt smoother and smelt great.

Overall I would recommend this product if you're in need of a little pampering and fancy using a face mask but you don't have much spare money. The only complaint I have about this product is I didn't like the packaging much, as I found it to be quite messy, but considering it cost 90p I can hardly complain about that!

What's your favourite face mask? I'd love to try some different ones out!

Love Chloe 
xxx

Little Life Update

It feels like ages since I have sat and wrote a blogpost, however it has only been just over a week. I was getting into a routine of blogging almost daily, and originally planned to publish a blogpost everyday during November,  yet I soon found myself uninspired, and lacking blogpost ideas, after some thought I decided I would rather not force blogposts although it would mean not sticking to daily blogging. I don't want blogging to begin to feel like a chore, and I don't want to lose the enjoyment of blogging or forget why I started. At the end of the day blogging is a hobby I enjoy, I do not earn any money (or product) from my blog, so although it nice to have a blog which publish posts with great photos and thought out content everyday, it's nicer to blog for enjoyment without the pressure of forcing a post each day, and I think that enjoyment shines through within the post content, making it a much nicer read.

Another reason the blogposts have been lacking this week is I have started a new job. It's nothing too exciting I am afraid, I am simple working as a Christmas Temp in a retail store. So far I have only been working really short hours, I have found it super tiring as I am still settling into the job and trying to get into some sort of a routine, which is difficult when shifts are constantly varying.

Another (slightly more shallow) change I've had recently is to my hair, I've had my long (it was past my boobs at one point) cut off. I did it in two stages because I didn't want it to be too much of a shock. It now sits just on my shoulders. It is also no longer red. After having vibrant red hair for years I decided I need a change to it, so I have dyed it darker in an attempt to hide the red. Some people have told me it's still red, but it is nowhere near as red as it once was. I've got to say although not many people seem to keen, it's good to no longer to be red. Eventually I want to go a dirty blonde colour, however that is going to take a while to until all of the red is gone, and then I still have to lighten it (hopefully without ruining my hair too much).


On Saturday night I had a night out in Bristol for mine, Amys and Matts birthdays with some friends which was really nice. It meant catching up with friends, drinking and dancing. I haven't had a night out in town in ages so I felt it was much needed. I meant to take some photos to share on here, but I was too busy having a good time to get my camera out, so I was only in one photo the entire night (which I don't think I look too great in).


It was a really enjoyable night, it definitely made me realise that I have missed nights out and some friends that I haven't seen in a while. 

On Sunday just gone it was my friend Matts birthday so a group of us went out for food (I was surprisingly not too hungover from the night before which is always good!), which was also really lovely. It feels like quite a long time since I've spent time with some of my friends so catching up was nice. It was a nice end to the weekend.

Yesterday when I finished work I had a nice little catch up with my friend Dan (the photo below is a super old photo of us)

Me and Dan had a nice catch up and did a little shopping. I got myself a christmas jumper (I'm getting excited already!), and a Harry Potter tshirt (because who doesn't love Harry Potter?!). We also walked through the German Christmas market in town which felt very festive, and a happy place to be.
 I hadn't seen Dan in absolutely ages, but what I love about our friendship is no matter how long it has been our friendship stays the same. We had lots of catch up on, and I got a few things off my chest, and got a bit of advice too. I definitely need to start seeing Dan more often, he's one of the few people I feel like I can talk about anything too. 

Despite a few little things (I might do a blogpost, I haven't yet decided if it's too personal) I am a very happy girl.

Not on the Highstreet | Homeware Wish List

With Christmas approaching I have found myself the notonthehighstreet.com website for gift inspiration, however I came across so many bits and bobs I love to have myself so I thought I would write a little wish list to show some of the lovely bits I've found (and will hopefully be treating myself to when I have a bit of spare money).


I think this pillow case is so incredibly cute, I really want to get one, but is it a bit weird for a single girl to have this pillowcase? I don't know, but I think it is adorable nonetheless!



I love this jewellery stand, I think it looks magical and is such a pretty way to store and display your jewellery. Also I think £9.95 is a pretty good price so I might treat myself to this one soon.

I don't have many rings because I have tiny fingers so really are something I can often buy in highstreet stores because they never fit my fingers, and I don't often have the money to spend money on rings in jewellery shops, however if I did have a lot of rings I would be buying myself this ring stand! I am definitely a cat lady, and I think this is such an adorable to store rings.

While we are on the subject of cats, how cute this tea light holder?

Yet more pillowcases. I only have a single bed, and obviously there are two of these to be displayed, so I can't really get these, but how cute are these? I feel like it would be impossible to wake up/go to sleep sad with pillow cases like these.

I love this cushion! It's so bright and up lifting.

I think this trinket dish would be such a cute finish on my bedside table - it gives me somewhere to keep little bits and has a nice message too!

I hope you liked seeing the little homeware bits I have had my eye on. 
What's on your current wishlist?

Love Chloe 
xx



A Blog Make-Over

As I have recently found myself taking blog more seriously and enjoying writing posts almost daily, I thought it was about time my blog appearance followed suit and reflected how much time I spend blogging, the enjoyment I get from it and more more of who I am. My previous blog theme was something I had installed for the meantime so I could enjoy blogging but never intended to keep, as I felt it was boring, not at all personal, had no relation to myself, blog content or anything for that matter - it was just plan, and also looked unprofessional. I felt the weakest part of my blog was the theme.

So I decided to change it... originally I tried to do this myself, however I just found myself become frustrated and as I found my blog was slowly beginning to look worse rather than better. - That's when I realised I needed some help.

I however did not want to spend much money on my blog make over as I am not earning any money from my blog, nor do I have much to spare.

 I ended up contacting Trisarahtops Smiles who redesigned my blog for me. I paid £15 in total, £5 deposit and £10 more once I was happy with the overall design, which I think is great value considering what some people charge for blog design.

The process was so much easier than I imaged - I contacted Sarah about how the process worked and she responded helpfully and almost immediately. She told me that she had some other blogs to work on but as soon as she had finished those she would start on mine, I expect to be waiting a little while before she have a chance to get started on mine, however it was only a week or so later that she contacted me with an initial banner design for my blog.

I've got to admit I was very surprised by how accurate the first draft of my banner was, it was very close to what I was looking for which I didn't expect, especially as I felt the descriptions I gave were not the most clear.

I gave Sarah a few small changes to make, which she made immediately, and very shortly email I new draft of the banner over to me to see if I was happy with the changes.

Once Sarah sent me the initial banner design it only took a matter of days before my completed blog design was ready and installed. I was so impressed with how quick the process was, how understanding Sarah was of my ideas and how much was communicated with me throughout the proccess.

I absolutely love my new blog design, it's nicer that I could have imaged and is exactly what I was looking for. If you're looking to have your blog redesigned I would strongly recommend going to Trisarahtops Smiles!

I hope you all like my new blog design as much as I do!

Love Chloe

xxx


ps this post is not at all sponsored and I have not been asked to write this, I am just so happy with my new blog I wanted to talk about the process of its make over :)

Mini Haul

I found myself picking up a some little bits in town a few days ago, nothing big just a some odd bits and bobs, however I thought it was worth sharing with you nonetheless.


I didn't spend much money at all, I just picked up a few little bits and bobs.



I got these two candles scented candles from Primark. I literally couldn't believe how cheap they were, the small one was 80p and the bigger one was £2, what a bargain! I have lit them a few times, and so far I have been impressed, next time I'm in a Primark I am going to get some more as I would like to give some of the other scents a try, and you can't exactly go wrong with those prices!



While I was in Primark I also got a few other small bits. I decided to pick up a beanie, mainly for practical reasons, I wanted to walk around town a bit more but I was feeling the cold, so at £2.50 I had no reason to not get myself a knitted hat to warm myself up a little. 
... and on my way to the till I found myself picking up a Hot Vanilla Fudge face mask, as it was only 80p so I thought I may as well give it a try.

As well as having a look in Primark I also popped into Superdrug where I picked up a Colab Dry Shampoo and Tanya Burr individual lashes.

I don't usually bother much with dry shampoo, I find it usually leaves so much white powery stuff in your hair it always seems more hassle than it's worth, however I've heard so many good things about Ruth Crillys dry shampoo range Colab that I wanted to give it a try to see if it lives up to the hype. I gave all the scents a little smell in the shop and decided to go with the Rio Tropical scent as I like it more - however I didn't dislike any of the scents, so if I like this product I will definitely be giving the others a try too!

I don't usually wear fake lashes but once again curiosity (and my love for Tanya Burr) got the better of me so I have decided to give these a try. As I am having a night out with friends to celebrate mine and two friends birthdays, so I thought as I have a night I want to make an effort too look nice, if I want a night I am going to try false lashes that is the night.

Last but not least, I couldn't not pop into a lush store while I was shopping...
In Lush I decided to get this butterbear as it was pretty cheap and I wanted something nice for my bath without spending too much.

You may see some of these product pop on my blog soon if I fall in love with any of them and decide to review them.

I hope you've all had a lovely day.

Love Chloe 
xxx

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