Everyday Face

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I’m a firm believer in consistency, and if something is efficient – why change it? Some of these products however, were trials for reviews but I’ll clear that up below.

Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour £7.99

I’m very much a full coverage chick, and with this beauty I certainly received that. I’m in the shade 100 Ivory and it’s the perfect match! I’m always so stressed with shades in the drug store, because what if it’s completely wrong?! I’ve already repurchased this product twice and will continue to do so, I had no breakouts or creases throughout the day and the lasting strength is definitely up there with the high ends, but for the 25 hours I’m unable to comment on. The texture is rich but not suffocating, and goes on beautifully with a damp Beauty Blender.

Concealer – Collection Lasting Perfection £4.19

I will rave and dance and sing all day about this concealer (much like every other Bblogger..) and with my 7th tube down, I’m due to repurchase another soon. A really blendable, full coverage concealer that is suitable for all skin types. My shade is in Light 1 and could’t be more accurate for my colouring. I have yet to find a concealer that beats this one, but i’m open for recommendations.

Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte £3.99

I’ve dabbled in and out of pressed powders like there’s no tomorrow, but always end up running back to this bad boy. Super light weight and no sign of ‘cakiness’. I pick this up in Transparent 001 to apply little to no colour, but the variety of options are semi decent for this brand. Overall, a truly excellent (and holy grail) makeup staple. My only concern is the packaging, I refuse to now take these on nights out and just deal with blotting my face throughout the night rather than hoovering my bag out the next day..

Contour – Collection Contour Kit £4.19

Currently £2.99 over at Superdrug

Having already featured this in another post, Berry Wine. Therefore, I won’t waffle on other than to say ..

Collection I ♥ You!

Highlight – MUA Undress your Skin £3.00

Another truly loved product that hasn’t left my side (or my blog posts) and will never be missed out from my makeup routine.. like ever.. Such a gorgeous glow to the cheek bones, and instantly illuminates your face and finishes off the entire look. I get complimented on this highlight continuously, and you’re literally paying pennies for this product.

Bronzer – No.7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer

My No.7, when opened, can be described as very loved.. as I’m scrimping and scraping for the last pigments to swish around my face. Apparently I have to buy a new one *rolls eyes*. This product gives a super natural holiday sun-kissed glow to my temples, neck and hollows of my cheeks. If I skipped this step, I’d definitely resemble a Zombie for sure. The texture of the powder is soft and quite cream based, so if you apply too much it’s easily blended.

Primer – Rimmel Stay Matte Primer £5.99

Not long after photographing these images, I made a firm decision to cut this out completely. Unfortunately I wasted my money with this purchase, and here’s why.. The texture feels like glue, and I almost felt like I had a gel face mask on under my makeup. It also broke me out, and within a few hours too, not just overnight. The overall lasting power wasn’t strikingly noticeable either. Such a shame.

Eyebrows – Collection Eyebrow Kit in Brunette £3.99

I use the Rimmel pencil to quickly comb through any stray hairs and then the lightest shade to fill in the sparse areas. Truly pigmented shadows, and also lovely on the lids. The gel provided is super handy as it really does keep them in place and the double ended brush is efficient too!

Mascara – Clinique High Impact Mascara £17.50 (Full size)

To clear up, I have the mini tester tube that was free in Glamour magazine but refuse to buy a new mascara just yet as 1. I’ve not seen one that takes my fancy and 2. I’ve never tried Clinique products before, so I thought I’d review it. First off, I wasn’t massively impressed. I found myself needing to curl my eyelashes each morning because this mascara just wasn’t efficient enough on it’s own. I then found that the seperation wasn’t fantastic either and needed tweezers handy to then split my lashes up myself. I can definitely say that it thickened the hairs but thinking now, maybe I should get hunting for a new mascara.. Oops..

Lip Combination – Nivea Lip Butter £2.00 / Essence Lip Pencil £1 / Revlon ColorBurst

The Nivea Lip Butter smells amazing but come to think of it, it doesn’t do a fantastic job at hydrating at all. Maybe I should search for a new balm.

I absolutely adore this ‘soft berry’ lip liner shade, personally I would state it to be more brown than berry, but any-who. I find it hard to wear colours than genuinely suit me, but from the compliments I have received, I can presume I did okay.. right? It applies so gently and the lasting power is phenomenal, you wouldn’t think it was £1!

Sometimes, I do enjoy a subtle sheen to my lips to appear more healthy. With the Revlon ColorBurst in ‘Sunbaked’ I get a tint of mauve purple and juicy looking lips, beautiful. The pigmentation of this product is stunning, and could easily wear it alone for those quick and effortless makeup days. I was so annoyed to not be able to find more online, not even the Revlon website has the option of purchasing! I brought my last ColorBurst over the Christmas period, so that’s strange and disappointing (I just hope they’re not discontinued).

So that’s everything! A lengthy post for sure, but if you managed to stick around this long I am truly grateful. Speak to you soon,

Lots of love, Chlo x

Modelling ..

If you didn’t already guess, the title is an absolute joke. I would never consider modelling let alone give up all the carb loaded foods to eventually become a model! Funny.

This post is just a light-hearted, photo filled insight to what I’ve been getting up to at University after my Christmas holidays. I arrived back into my Halls of Residence on the 17th of January, and have been back to back with plans; talks and events for bloggers. (I’m going to an Alexander McQueen function this evening and couldn’t be more excited).

The newest addition to my timetable would be photography, and as I’ve already included a post about my first taster session with Gino (tutor) I wasn’t convinced that I should include these, but our gorgeous snapper Safi (HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARLING) did such an excellent job that there was no hesitation to upload these images.

There is some gorgeous shots of a friend, captured also by Safi, but I’m sure they will soon be uploaded over on her blog.

First off, this entire day was getting a feel of the camera one and one, to learn the basic settings and then dab deeper into the complicated techniques that we will use in various locations. Giving us access to studios, and obviously the outdoors, we needed to have knowledge on all the features that the camera could offer.

I’m a huge fan of photography and being behind the lens, but there’s no denying that modelling (prancing around and attempting to be some what serious) is something I thoroughly enjoy.

So without needing to blabber on for much longer, here are the images.

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Still awaiting the birthday girl’s first blog post, but when it arrives we all know to expect nothing but excellence. So here is Safia’s blog. Watch out for big things, from beauty tips and tricks to ethical debates and society issues.

Thank you a bunch for staying until the end! I know it seemed like an awfully vain blog post this week, but I can do my best to convince you that this was not the case. Enjoy your week!

Berry Wine : Lips and Eyes

Having to budget as a student can be disheartening, especially when you look up and every female in sight is a part of that warm and inviting maroon makeup trend. Don’t worry, I got you.

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With M.U.A still full-filling my cheap makeup dreams, i’m pleased to share these gems with you. I have been slowly finding a love for glossy lips, but often find myself giving up when battling the winds and dig the matte shades from the bottom of my bag. With the new Shine & Matte Duo for just £2.50, you can switch it up all day long! This product is basically a two in one, a deep plum matte lipstick on one end; and a gloss on the other. The lipstick is super creamy and easy to apply, with buildable pigmentation. The gloss has a tint of purple, with moistening elements, enabling enough colour to create an impact without going too bold. The shade is in Persian Plum and under the Lip Switch collection.

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Berry Wine!  Unfortunately not in alcoholic form but still impressive. For £1 I am loving this colourful winged liner that brings something different to my all black attire. No tugging or pulling on my eyelids were necessary. A sharpener is included with the price which is handy for traveling and chucking in your clutch bag.

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(The top swatch being the eyeliner)

To bring back a little bronzed glow to my face over the colder months, I picked up the collection highlight and sculpting kit for £4.19 (but is currently available for £2.99 from superdrug). I have been addicted to this duo as everything I need is in one small palette.

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The highlight is more visible when applied with an index finger, but I prefer to run my ‘duo-fiber face brush’ by Real Techniques through the product and dust it onto the highest points of my face because I typically use two highlighters daily. A girl can’t have too much! Right?..

The contouring shade is completely matte and is the perfect brown for my complexion, with no orange undertones at all. It applies so easily and blends really well with my ‘duo-fiber contour brush’, also by Real Techniques. I find that it lasts all day and doesn’t fade after a few hours like some I have found! (Not cute with my chubby cheeks). I often use this product as an eye shadow in the crease of my eye as it compliments the neutral shades that I often navigate towards.

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Eyebrows! I have been longing for a kit that has everything I desire and not have to fiddle around in the bottom of my makeup bag for my gel, my comb, my shadow and the brush to apply it with. Collection do it again, and with a current sale on too. I purchased the eyebrow kit in brunette for £3.99, and Superdrug are practically giving this item away for £2.99. You receive a gel to comb through your eyebrows and keep them in place without looking forced down or unnatural. You also get three different shades of brown, to cater for a wider audience and a small double ended brush that surprisingly does an excellent job. I was completely reluctant with the brush as most palette brushes are totally useless and aren’t worth bothering with, but I promise you this one is a handy little guy. One side is angled, and the other is flat (which I like for cream highlighter for my brow bone). The shadows are crazy pigmented and a little goes an awfully long way. They’re really blendable, and if any mistakes happen – easy to fix! However, once the gel is combed through your brows they won’t be budging for a few hours so make sure you’re content before sealing them off. I beg you!

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Those are the four products I have been worshiping over the festive season as red just isn’t my thing, and I’m sure you all will agree. None of these items are sponsored, I’m just a die hard fan of both M.U.A and Collection products. Thank you for reading! Enjoy your week.

 

The Pointy Patents

With the patent and PVC trend being stubborn this season, there was no denying that I would fall hard and end up purchasing some for myself. Who would have thought Peacocks would be the company to fulfill all of my requirements? I wanted points, I wanted sleek, I also wanted sustainable patent and good quality for a relatively cheap price. With Peacocks accepting ‘Student Discount’, I had the advantage of 10% off my purchase, but with these beauty’s totaling to just £26, you just can’t say no.

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This was a complete love affair from the day I locked eyes on these boots, but with Merry Hill shopping center not able to provide my needed size, I cried a little deep inside. I held strong and thought I would be able to grab myself a pair when I headed down to Southampton when my weekend home was over. Again, no luck. A month later, my second trip home came around, and after searching two stores I had my own customer hold label stapled to the bag, sat patiently waiting for me. All mine.

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I am still suffering to walk in these for longer than 10 minutes at a time as I underestimated how much patent needed some loving, but plain is pleasure – and all that.

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For this particular look, I threw on my black swing dress and dusty pink silk scarf to inject some colour into this outfit. I obviously layered my winter staple on top to keep me protected from the cold. I can’t thank Primark enough for this grey gem. I stuck to skin toned tights to keep my boots a main feature, and to not be drowned in all black. I quickly shoved this bag onto my shoulder as I had convinced myself it would match the shade of my scarf, I was mistaken. I also thought this would be ideal to carry my laptop and notebooks as I had University on this particular day, that was also a mistake. Shoulder pains for days. I then later got home to realise how decayed the bag actually was, not cute.

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M.U.A Review

The cheapest makeup brand on the market, but is it efficient?

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Mystic Marsala

With the lipsticks starting from just £1, there’s no denying my holder is rammed full of every shade they have released. Fortunately for us budget finders, they are incredible, to say the least! Super pigmented and lasting for hours on end. I personally prefer the matte shades, launched recently in white packaging, as I am confident that nothing will smear once applied. The texture is admittedly very creamy with no tugging necessary, which I have found with one or two Rimmel lipsticks..

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£1 – Mystic Marsala

Highlighter for days

If ya’ll know me in real life, or even seen me in the street (hopefully) i’ll be shining brighter than a Christmas tree because it’s my favourite step of my makeup routine. This one, has been my go to for almost 6 months and still no major damage done to the product. The ‘Undress’ collection is something I highly recommend to anyone that want’s to get way more than what they’re paying.

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Undress your skin – £3

Urban Decay is that you?

That fixing mist! The idea behind this had potential, and I was willing to give it a go. Lusting after the Urban Decay setting spray I assumed this was be the perfect dupe to give me a ‘taste’ of the more expensive product. For this being just £5 I didn’t see any issues, applying it was a little odd as my face instantly felt drenched, but I had just sprayed a liquid onto my fresh makeup? Until the morning I did genuinely enjoy using this, as it kept my makeup on for a few hours longer than usual. However, I broke out like crazy with painful zits that were just way too stubborn for my liking. Binned..

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Fixing Mist – £5

Green concealer? Are you mental? 

No, we’re not, and here’s why.. Having being a sucker for piling on the makeup in my young teens, I’m now suffering from horrendous scared skin that won’t cover easily. Green concealer cancels out redness, and I too was reluctant to try this. Having had a negative experience with the previous product, I was put off from trying this one. Then I thought if my skin is already poor, what worse could happen? Wise words.. (Don’t follow this advice, but in my case I was successful). I used the yellow concealer to fade any dark circles underneath my eyes and then caked my face in green. This product dries fairly quickly so you need to move fast. I then continued my normal base routine instantly saw a difference. There was no visible traces of colour (from red/green/yellow) other than my bronzed hairline. Winning. I’m still yet to trial the other shades, but with the help of MUA and their online tutorials I’m sure I’ll suss it all out soon.

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Base Prime & Conceal Palette – £4

So, to refer back to my first question, is it efficient? Absolutely. I would soon rather head to Superdrug and browse through M.U.A to spend a total of £10 on numerous products than force myself to splurge on £20+ for just one product of high end makeup. But that’s just me *angel emoji here..*

To clarify, this post isn’t sponsored, I’m just a hard core fan.

Thank you for reading!

The Pinafore

Having still being completely besotted with Alexa Chung and everything she has ever worn, there’s no doubt a pinafore would be included in my statement wardrobe pieces.

With the weather dropping, my favourite way to wear this cross back, black short attire is by layering. I stacked on some thick tights, a black throw (which admittedly isn’t visible in any images but let’s pretend) and my trusty grey tailored knee length winter coat.

Being one of many to love the neutral palette trend, I obviously had to chuck on a camel top to fit underneath the pinafore. This is actually a cropped top, but I opted to go a few sizes up as it’s Winter and i’m not about that exposed life.

My Topshop boots from at least 3 years ago are still soldiering on and in good nick too! With the cutout sides and a simple thin leather ankle strap, it brings a feminine balance to the footwear. Breaking that “Chelsea boots are solely for men” rule. These shoes absolutely murdered my feet for the first few weeks, and was adamant I wouldn’t cope too long – now I wouldn’t live without them. Referring back to Alexa Chung, in 2012 she was wearing this exact pair of boots as she was snapped on the high street clutching a mulberry bag and a coffee cup. So, obviously I had to get them? Right?

To finish the look I packed my go to black leather Topshop bag with all of my essentials. Having two compartments enables me to cram all of my junk in to then later convince myself that of course it was worth hefting it around on my shoulder, because you never know when you might need 5 different shades of red lipstick or an entire bottle of Chloé. (I’ll learn one day).

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Top – Primark £4

Coat – Primark £25

Pinafore – Topshop £20 (Sale)

Boots – Topshop £70

Watch – Marc Jacobs £260

Thank you for reading, all my love. Chlo x

 

Herbalism

Having tried a heap load of facial products and getting little to no where with my skin clearing up, I decided to do some research. What’s better than to head to the blogging community to get the best beauty advice?

I was recommended to take a trip to Lush by a handful of lovely viewers and I haven’t looked back since.

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£6.95 & Vegan

On that trip, I did bombard to poor employee with a book full of questions as I didn’t want to spend nearly £10 on a product that would only be wasting my time. The young lady pointed me in the direction of a pot full of green gritty scrub that smelled like grass and I just stood still for a moment because I thought she was having me on. However, she was incredibly co-operative and offered me a few sample pots to get me by for a couple of weeks to give me time to decide.

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I came back in just 6 days to purchase the full size as it cleared my skin up almost immediately. I haven’t used a product quite so odd or as miracle working to this day. I’m aware a chunk of my viewers are a young audience and heading through the stresses high school, worrying about everything from your drop-dead-gorgeous crush to the horrid zit on your forehead. I got you!

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With Herbalism, you take a small pea sized amount of product from the pot and drip some water on top to then mix into a paste. Slathering a thin layer onto your face evenly, to then take it back off with a clean flannel. A little really does go a long way but consider the use by date as the label gives appropriately two months.

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The scent is exactly what it says on the tub, herbal. Which bothered me for all of 2 days, and now it’s a comforting smell to me. (My new best friend)

I wasn’t going to write a review on this product because

1. I don’t own any before and after images

2. If I did, I would be reluctant to post the before image, however helpful it may be, as my skin is a huge insecurity of mine

3. This review is already out on the web

So why am I sat here typing this up? Recently I headed home for the weekend and was all out of my go to, so I ended up picking up the Nuage Skin Facial Scrub for just £0.99. Cheap, but certainly not cheerful. Half of my face broke out the morning after and from then I just knew I had found my Holy grail item. My skin craves the natural ingredients that are packed into this little black pot, and as I dig my way through my third tub, I’ll be singing my praises to Lush.

Chloe ♥ Herbalism.

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Christmas Wishlist

After some serious digging over around a 6 month period, I have managed to narrow it down to 8 (potentially  OTT) gifts that I would like to either treat myself to/receive from family members. I just want to throw a disclaimer in here and clarify that this isn’t me ‘begging’ ‘bragging’ ‘hinting’ for presents, it’s just an online Wishlist for the viewers that requested it.

First off, if Santa would like to drop down a Sony A5000 Compact Camera down my chimney then that would be fantastic.. preferably white to match my laptop and printer. This is something I am personally saving up for, as I know the quality will do wonders for my blog and will encourage me to snap more photographs. The idea behind this is that you have all the features a DSLR can offer, but in a smaller and more portable version. You are able to change the lenses to create the effect you’re after and I know InTheFrow is a huge fan too.

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Secondly, I have been trying to find different ways to express my creativity and haven’t succeeded until now. I am not a brilliant hands free drawer and have always loved the extra help that digital illustration software’s gave me. So stumbling across the Intuos Draw Pen Tablet was everything that I needed to bring my ideas to life. For the product, the price tag is such a steal. I expected to pay at least £150, but for just £54.99 I was singing my praises.

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Every girl loves a set of underwear to be waiting under the Christmas tree. For me, a red or even sparkling glitter pair of CK’s would be beautiful.

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The trend I have been lusting over recently is the over the knee boot. Kourtney Kardashian set it straight for me, and from then I have been dreaming of the Stuart Weitzman Highland boots in grey suede for days (literal dreams I’m not kidding). However, some of us poor student folk can’t afford the £650, so I managed to find an exact dupe from Public Desire for £39.99. Thank me later.

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Spontaneous shopping trips with my Mum are always a favourite of mine. After walking in TK Max, I expected to find nothing but a few Nars lipsticks. Boy. I. Was. Wrong. The most perfect Lauren by Ralph Lauren bag was perched waiting for me. All cream and gold detail. Such a classic statement piece that would chic any outfit.

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I spent the recent weekend back home, and did nothing but slouch around in my mum’s clothes (of course I didn’t underpack..). I couldn’t help but fall in love with the fragrance she had drenched on every item she owned. Either i’ll purchase Gaultier 2 for myself or keep pinching hers, I’ve not yet decided.

As a keen blogger, I would love to purchase my own domain soon. But with Christmas, a house deposit and a whole pile of payments coming out of my bank account – a domain is not top of the list right now.

The final item on my Wishlist is a black patent crocodile skin laptop sleeve. Mouthful, and breath. Simply because I am sick of a bright blue case ruining every outfit whilst it dangles from my shoulder. A simple sleeve can be slotted into my bag and that’s the end of it.

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I promise I’ve been completing all of my Uni work and eating all of my fruit and veg, Santa.

Thank you for reading!

Tweet me at @Ch1oeleigh telling me what is on the top of your Christmas list this year.

Thinking I’m a Model

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In the first few weeks of University, we were introduced to a Photography session by a lovely man named Gino! This was just a taster of what we will be taught in January, and I am way too excited for it to come around. I enjoyed myself far too much and knew I wanted to use the images for blog headers and social media if they turned out okay (I am not photogenic at all). After being pleasantly surprised by the outcome, excluding that dreadful blonde bobble.. ew, I threw them straight into a post to share with you guys.
Behind the scenes looked a little like this..
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I had to take the images myself using a Bluetooth controller, following Gino’s instructions – he knew what he wanted from each individual and my photo’s have a clear statement of ‘I think i’m sassy with my leather jacket and heavy watch, but i’m innocent really’ ACCURATE.
If I had the qualities to become a model, I wouldn’t hesitate. I was completely at ease and felt comfortable throughout the process. Roll on January.