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My Goals For 2017

December 12, 2016


2017 is looming very close, a new year, a fresh start is the way I see it. I know you shouldn't have to wait for a new year to change certain things or set certain goals but as its right around the corner it only seems natural to do so. On reflection of this year, I've realised I haven't done very much with my time, hardly any exciting things happened which are worth sharing (nights out don't count Chloe). So I will be using this list to help me get the most out of 2017 because lets be honest with ourselves here we all could do more with our time on the earth. 

Photo cred: Maisie Leavy

Life

  • Start eating healthier, yes I've become one of those people who say they will eat healthier who knows if it will happen but its worth a shot 
  • Join the gym, same as above but also its a good way to loose some of the pounds I've packed on at Uni
  • Make decisions that will benefit me and not other people, revolutionary for me (I have one very big decision to make, which I will update you on once I've made it in January some time)
  • Caring less what other people think, my life my business 
  • Travel more, whether its the UK or Europe It all counts (I have a few trips planned already EEE!!!)
  • Do more photography, there's nothing more satisfying than taking a really good picture after all 
  • Learn to drive, its been put off for so long now I think 2017 is the year to finally do it

Blogging 

  • Create and try to stick to a blogging schedule, it makes me happy blogging so why not do it more often 
  • Meet some other bloggers, I've heard its a friendly community so I would love to branch out and meet some others in the same boat as me 
  • Do a giveaway, I love seeing people happy so expect a giveaway in this space at some point in 2017 
  • Increase the number of people reading my blog, as much as I love writing it really warms my heart to see that people actually read my posts
  • Collaborate with brands at some point

Beauty

  • Try new brands, I'm a sucker for sticking to what I know whether its films food or make up, so branching out will be great for me 
  • Improve my make up storage aka actually store it properly 
  • Find a natural skin care routine and stick to it!!! 
  • Go to Beauty Con London 
I'm going to look back on this and hopefully will have made some progress part way through the year. It's really important to set goals for yourself because life is precious so we might as well make the most of it ey! What are your goals for 2017?

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2016 - My Year In Review

December 06, 2016


So 2016 has been a pretty tragic year in terms of politics, celebrity deaths and acts of terrorism, some may even label it 'The Worst Year In History' which in many ways is true. However reflecting in a more positive light there have been many great things to come out of this year for me personally which is what we shall focus on. You know what they say surround yourself with positivity and all that jazz...

Photo Cred: Maisie Leavy
As hard as it is to think all the way back 12 months when I can hardly remember what I did last week is proving a challenge... However with a photographic memory my iPhotos will help me along the way.

January

Right at the start of January (the 1st to be precise) I no showed to my McDonald's job, and someone snitched on me so a cracking start to 2016. Apparently the rest of this month just consisted of many many many nights out. Do you ever learn Chloe? January was the month I began to really enjoy make up and putting it on for no reason, I guess thats pretty significant to this year! I also celebrated my 19th birthday which was probably one of the nicest birthdays I've ever had, many thanks to family & friends & Alfie & his family for that. I also got an unconditional offer to my favourite university, RESULT! Mentally, January wasn't the best month for me at all, probably one of the worst of my life if im completely honest. It's so strange speaking about this on here as I've never mentioned it before but it makes me quite sad to think back on it again. I'll cover this in more detail in another post when I feel its appropriate! 

Photo Of The Month


February

Pretty exciting month to me because I got to celebrate Valentines Day for the first time in my life! Even though on the day we were too hungover to do anything, we bought Iceland food (how romantic) and we dragged ourselves to the cinema to watch Deadpool, top notch film I have to say. Overall lovely day, typical of us to be dying but you know live fast die young. Not quite the romantic date you see in movies, but is it ever like the movies? I think not. I also quit my McDonald's job in this month on a very informed decision whilst drunk that I didn't want to go in ever again, so thats what happened I blocked their number and continued life as usual. Probably not a wise decision?Other than that a pretty average month of going out many times and spending the remainder of my money on food...

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March

Yep. you guessed it many more nights out. No wonder I've gone off the idea of going out now! So in the rest of March not very much happened AGAIN (recurring theme and incite into my boring life). I got a job at B&Q which was a perfect timing considering I was running very low on money from stupidly quitting my previous job whilst drunk... I also visited Leeds properly for the first time with Alfie, which was exciting as this was the place I had decided to go to University at. Mentally, I was slightly better by this point in the year but still not at my best. I was kindly sent some help for this by a very good friend which I will insert below. 

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April 

I don't even need to mention it again but yeah NIGHTS OUT GALORE. I started my job at B&Q loving it at first and then hating every aspect of it very quickly, you only have to walk inside a B&Q and you'd understand why. Due to getting this job I had to quit my 4 year Saturday job I got from work experience at school at the florist, very sad times indeed :( Alongside leaving my Saturday job I also left college early due to large amounts of anxiety surrounding it, but hey ho I'm at Uni now so that didn't matter too much. My time was pretty much all consumed by this so not much else happened, surprise surprise... 

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May

So in May I bought lots of new make up and really got into it all, guess thats interesting? The best part of this month was a wedding which I was kindly invited to, which was one of Alfie's family friends. First wedding I've been to that I am actually old enough to remember and enjoy which is pretty odd. Beautiful day overall. I was really feeling my own outfit for the first time ever! Slightly less interesting part of this month was finding somewhere to live in Leeds, it had to be done and I was so glad it was sorted to rest those anxieties! Alfie and I also celebrated our 1 year anniversary on the 31st of this month! 

Photo Of The Month


June

PARKLIFE! Very long anticipated throughout the year but it was such an amazing festival, only downside being the 2 hours sleep I had over 2 days! More nights out were also involved in this month... Work Work Work also which consisted of angry supervisors due to me leaving in 2 months time for Uni, whoops. Just to add work was such a chore at this point taking up all of my time, when you're just working to pay rent and having no leftover money it begins to feel awful.

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July 

Flower arranging for a hen do was the highlight of this month, sounds sad I know, heard it all before! But yeah as I said I had previously worked in a florist for 4 years so it was nice to be arranging some flowers again and seeing how happy the bride to be was with them! This month included lots of chilling outdoor with friends, something I don't usually do because ahem.. ginger and anxiety? Mentally a very strong month for me, which made a pleasant change.

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August

A last minute drunken decision meant I now had a ticket to Leeds Festival, after swearing the year before I would never go again I had massively gone back on myself (something I wish I had stuck by). As it was so muddy it bought a downer on the festival to me and being without Alfie sucked (when your other half is also your best friend it makes it so much worse) so I didn't enjoy it half as much as I should've. But it was an experience none the less. Friendships ended this month also, which was a long time coming in my opinion. I feel I had really grown up at this point as these friendships ended without any bad will intended on the counterparts. (I wish you all the best if you're reading this)! There was also another wedding in this month which is pretty exciting! I also quit B&Q which seemed to annoy people there that I didn't choose checkouts over a career but whatever I'm over it. To end on a more positive note my braces were taken off which was a godsend!

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September

So September is where this blog started up if I am correct, I was absolutely terrified to publish my first post due to caring what others thought but thats not something that bothers me anymore! I moved to Leeds this month with Alfie also, which terrified me again but eventually when settled in I was fine and the irrational fear was gone! When the student loan dropped I'm pretty sure Alfie and I ate at 90% of the restaurants in Leeds City Centre... I think thats where all my extra weight has come from :( On a positive note the going out has pretty much stopped now !!!

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October

A really really good month, everything went perfectly! I finally got into the groove of blogging and caring less about other peoples opinions because it made me happy, thats the main thing anyway! This month is written about in more detail in my 'First Month At Uni' post. I find it hard to make really good friends with people in such a short amount of time so it didn't bother me too much that I didn't really have any at this point. 

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November 

So by November I was in a love hate relationship with uni, I really didn't want to be there so most of it was spent staying in my room for 7 days a week which really doesn't help the situation. But alongside this my mind was in a happier place, I had learnt by this point that negative thoughts was not the way to go about helping myself. The first year of uni academically isn't too hard but mentally it is, I guess its only normal to feel so trapped. But on to more positive things now :) 

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December

So we're only a week or so into December but I know the outline of this month which I'll just add now to make life easier! I have a job at the moment which is based on serving and helping run Christmas parties which is pretty fun even if I am only serving people food. So Christmas is being spent away from home for the first time in 19 years which is pretty exciting, instead I will be in Somerset with Alfie's family and I cannot wait! New Year will also be spent away from my own family, again with Alfie's in Nottingham which is as equally exciting, they know how to throw a party! 

Photo Of The Month



Overall, I'm pretty proud of myself (and my blog) and where I have come over the last year, I am definitely a lot stronger than I lead myself to believe. I'm hoping 2017 is going to be a much better year overall, so next time I do this type of post I will have more to say than 'went out a lot' and 'didn't do very much if im honest'! I will be writing a goals for 2017 post in order to motivate myself to do more with my time. Thank you so much to all of you who read this, I never would've thought people would actually be interested in me! I love you all !!!

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Lifestyle

10 Stocking Filler Ideas For Him

December 05, 2016

Following on from Fridays post, I've decided to come up with 10 stocking filler ideas for him because men are incredibly hard to shop for FACT (although the same could be said about us females) and we can't go about discriminating against the male population now, can we? hmm.

Lush Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Cream // £7.95

Buy it here 

Christmas Tree Socks // £9

Buy them here


Mountain Mug // £9

Buy it here

Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang Noir Candle // £9.99

Buy it here



Mixed Sweets Hamper // £14.99

Buy it here

Selfie Phone Clip // £5.99

Buy it here

Men of Style // £19.95

Buy it here

Pocket Pub Quiz // £2

Buy it here


Phone Power Bank // £4

Buy it here


Poo Emoji Slippers // £13

Buy them here  


I hope these have helped give you some ideas on stocking fillers for him whether its your boyfriend or your grandad! 

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10 Stocking Filler Ideas For Her

December 02, 2016



I have to admit I'm a sucker for stocking fillers at Christmas, theres just something about them I love. I think of it like someone has had to choose all of these little gifts for you with their own time, like they say it's the thought that counts (AND IT REALLY DOES)! I've come up with 10 stocking fillers for her, because let's face it we all struggle at times to think of stocking fillers.


Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar // £6

Buy it here

The Vintage Colouring & Craft Book // £2

Buy it here


Pack of 3 Yankee Christmas Candles // £4



Buy them here


Cat Socks // £1.50



Buy them here

Unicorn Slippers // £15


Buy them here


Sticker Mug // £12



Buy it here

White Feather Fairy Lights // £8


Buy them here


Raspberry Prosecco Humbugs // £6.95


Buy them here

iPhone 6 Flamingo Glitter Case // £10

Buy it here


Bomb Cosmetics Bath Bomb Trio // £7.99

Buy them here

I hope these have helped you all in some way when shopping for stocking fillers! As most of these are under £10 they make perfect little gifts for 'her' whoever she may be! Visit again soon for '10 Stocking Filler Ideas For Him'.

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Festive Hot Chocolate Recipes

December 01, 2016



Now everyone loves a hot chocolate and everyone loves Christmas (so I hope, scrooges please exit for your own benefit), the two best things of the winter season in my opinion. I've found a couple of recipes whilst browsing through Pinterest which can help spruce up your average hot chocolates for a low cost, I am a student after all! I'm going to be sharing a couple with you just because its nearly Christmas and we can do what we like on this blog. So without further ado... The recipes shall commence!








Simple flavours yet effective! If you try these out, let me know how they went for you. 

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Beauty

Real V Fake: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

November 18, 2016

CAN YOU SPOT A FAKE DIPBROW POMADE?


I am pretty curious about fake makeup, I have bought some in the past knowing they were fake to see how they turned out, I can safely say they are in the bin after reading some stories about fakes. I still have so many questions about it and why people make them. How do they make them look so legitimate? What on earth is in them? Why do they attempt to sell them off as the real thing? Do they really swatch like the real thing? Can they actually harm you?

So, about a month ago, I purchased a fake Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade from Ali Express, knowing it was fake so I could do this comparison as I've read a lot of stories about people paying the full £15 plus postage + packaging for a fake under the impression it was real. Luckily I only paid around £1 for this fake out of sheer curiosity as to how similar they really could be? Here are my findings.


Packaging:

The Lid
As pictured below, the packaging is pretty similar overall but on the fake (to the right) you can see the logo is not as smoothly printed on, it has some small indents on it. In comparison to the real one (to the left, to the left) which is very smoothly printed on. Also, on the fake you can see that the going through the 'A' isn't joined up properly like the real one. 

Left: Real Right: Fake


The Bottom
I bought the one from Ali Express in a different colour to ensure I didn't get them mixed up in the end. So the differences here are huge and no we aren't talking about how mucky mine is (It's how I roll) or the fact the label is peeling slightly due to having it for a while. Firstly, the fonts are very different, on the real its quite thick and easily read due to the text being bolder. On the fake the font is very thin and almost unreadable on the ingredients (which are clearly not the ingredients in the pot). 

Left: Real       Right: Fake

The Pot

So with the pot there isn't too much of a noticeable difference, but if you look closely you can see the real logo is more sharp looking with a bolder font compared to the fake one. On parts of the fake one its almost as if some of it has rubbed off.

Left: Real      Right: Fake


Swatches:

When doing the swatches I noticed that the fake was very hard to get anything out of, it was the consistency of almost set clay, which isn't what anyone needs when trying to fleek the brows. So the real is a very strong colour, a tiny bit of product goes a long way just proving itself to be as amazing as ever (we love you real dipbrow). The fake was very crumbly and took 3 attempts to create this flaky swatch. May I add the colour is nothing like the real thing either, you can find an image of the real swatch here.

Left: Real      Right: Fake

Final Verdict: 

Overall I found this product to be pretty convincing by the packaging, on closer inspection you can see its defects. It's not worth purchasing for the product that is in there (when it actually comes out that is). There are many other dupes for this product which are safer for you and do the same job such as: The Make Up Revolution Pomade , The NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade or Milani Stay Put Brow Colour

 THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR READING THIS U RULE X


Beauty

Autumnal Make Up Look

November 03, 2016


So I recently did a blog post about my favourite things about the autumn months and mentioned my favourite look for make up in this season. I thought I would do a spin off from that post with slightly more detail on the look as I know its quite vague on there (in no way do I think I'm amazing at makeup, I was just pretty proud of myself with this look) So here we have it... drum roll please




Products Used...

Eyes
Venus 2 Palette by Lime Crime 




Lips
Shroom Velvetine by Lime Crime 


Face





Brows
Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills

The Eyeshadow Look...

To create the smokey eye effect I used the shades Mustard (a yellowy matte mustard colour, who would've thought it), Jam (an orange toned matte shade with hints of red) , Mud (a deep matte burgundy shade) and Fly (a shimmery highlight colour) from my Venus 2 palette.(listed below in order)




1. Firstly I used the shade Mustard in my crease in order to make a transition colour (to help blend later on so I am told, cheers Becky) This is done using a blending brush I have. 

2. Secondly, I went in with Jam just below the crease and blended up slightly, to begin the smokey look 

3. Then I took Jam again with a flat brush so I could completely pack it onto the lid (God knows of the real terminology here, just proving I'm no professional). I blended this up slightly to meet the first bit of Jam (sounds odd right?) 

4. I then went in with Mud in the outer corners of my eyes (you know what I mean) and then blended this into the rest of the eyeshadows. I took this same colour onto my lower lash line to and smoked it out (as Jeffree Star would say)

5. Finally I went in with the shimmery colour Fly in the inner corner of my eye and blended that into the corner.

6. I'm almost certain there was an extra top of colours where I thought it needed it, so an extra 20 mins of finalising and WE ARE COMPLETE! 


So there we have it, the products used for this autumnal look with a bit of guidance on the eyeshadow front, A M A Z I N G. 

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