Friday, 31 July 2015

July Round-Up

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is thinking this but, how is it already the end of July?! July has been a very busy month for me, blogging five times a week and going on a few trips along the way so I thought today, I would do a little round-up of my month.

After finishing my first year of sixth form near the beginning of July, my family and I headed of to a slightly rainy Amsterdam. You can read more about my trip here and here but in short it was an amazing, busy, fun-filled trip and I can't wait to go back there some time in the future. Amsterdam is also a very beautiful city, perfect for a few Instagram snaps!

As I mentioned at the start of this post I have been posting five times a week during July, trying to post on weekdays but occasionally going into the weekend due to not having enough time in the week to write! Doing this really made me admire anyone who posts daily or just anyone who posts five time a week because it is hard work! I am going to try and continue posting five times a week throughout August too because, even though it is hard, I do love posting more often.

What have been some of your highlights from July?

Chloe
xoxo

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Instagram Lately

For the past few weeks I have been posting daily over on my Instagram (@chloe_louisa) so today I thought that I would show a few of the photos I have been posting lately.
From left to right from the top:
♡ New clothes from Topshop  The Sleek Eyebrow Stylist  Frozen Yoghurt  The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ♡ Hair Inspiration ♡ Relatable quote that made me laugh Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes  OOTD featuring some pretty flowers  Gorgeous house in Amsterdam ♡ TBT from Santa Monica last summer  Yummy chocolate covered flapjacks  Summer OOTD  Sunny day by the pool  View in Amsterdam ♡ The best pancake ever from Amsterdam

Chloe
xoxo

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Review || Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Review || Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue


If you are in need of a lightweight, dewy summer base then the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue might be the perfect product for you. I love lightweight bases as I don't usually need a lot of coverage and I don't like the look of most full coverage foundations on my skin, so when I picked up this Bare Minerals product a little while ago I was very excited to try it as I had heard it was a light weight product with a dewy finish, aka my perfect base.

First things first, the shade. The shade I picked up is Opal which is the palest of the shade and is a perfect match for me, even though I am very pale, so if you are pale, like me this shade should be perfect. I often struggle to find the right shade, especially in tinted moisturisers so to find a shade that matches perfectly was amazing!

Review || Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue
The product itself is a gel like consistency and not at all thick or heavy feeling. I tend to apply it with the Sephora Multitasker brush as I find it blends it in really easily although you could definitely apply it with your fingers if you preferred. When you apply this product it almost disappears into your skin. You cannot see it at all on the skin yet it has left a bit of coverage and a gorgeous dewy finish to the skin. I really don't know how it does it but it is undetectable on the skin but it seems to even out my skin tone and make my skin appear flawless. The fact you can't see it on the skin is really my favourite part to this product as I hate it when products sit on top of your skin and are really obvious.

It also seems to last all day on me, even if my skin gets a little oily in the afternoon and by the time it comes to take my makeup off there is definitely some of this product coming off on the cotton pad which I take to mean it has lasted all day on my skin!

The packaging is very travel friendly as it isn't in a glass bottle like a lot of base products, instead it is housed in a plastic tube that it relatively thin, so won't take up too much space in your bag (allowing you to take the 10 lip products you definitely need to take!).

Overall I have fallen in love with this product and I will be using this as part of my everyday make up routine for a long time from now!

Have you tried this product before?

Chloe
xoxo

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

An Eyebrow Pencil for Redheads: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

An Eyebrow Pencil for Redheads: Sleek Eyebrow StylistHaving red hair means that eyebrow products can be a little difficult to find. They are either too blonde, too dark or too grey toned. However one product that I have found that is a really good colour for us red heads is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Medium

An Eyebrow Pencil for Redheads: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist
First of all if you don't want red toned brows this might not be for you, however there are other shades that might be more suitable. This product is the perfect mix of a red-toned medium brown, not too blonde and not too dark either which is perfect for creating a natural looking brow for me. It can be built up which I love for days when I want a stronger brow, but for an everyday look, this is perfect for creating a natural, slightly more defined brow. It is also very soft so doesn't create any harsh lines.

An Eyebrow Pencil for Redheads: Sleek Eyebrow Stylist
The application of this product is very easy as it is a slanted rectangular pencil so you can create the appearance of brow hairs so your brows don't look too drawn on and fake. Another great thing about this product is it comes with a spoolie so for travelling I don't have to remember to take a separate one. 

Have you tried this product before?

Chloe
xoxo

Bedroom Redecoration Inspiraton

As you read this I am about to start my third day of decorating my room. I'm not going to lie, I am looking forward to finishing it now and putting the paint brushes away for good but I am very excited to start putting my furniture in again and have a newly decorated bedroom. Although I won't have a lot of new pieces of furniture, my room will look very different and hopefully over the next few months I can put the finishing touches to it. Today I thought I would share some of the photos that I have been taking inspiration from and give you an idea of how I would like my room to look eventually!

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I am planning to do a blog post when my room is finished to show you the new interior but until then you will find me painting my walls white and reorganising all of the things that were in my room originally.

Chloe
xoxo

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Curly Hair Tips

Curly Hair Tips

Curly Hair Tips

As a girl with curly hair I know just how difficult and unpredictable it can be (unless, of course, you have been blessed with curls that always fall into place perfectly). Today I thought I would share a few tips on how to tame and manage your curls (or at least attempt to...)

1. Choose the right products
This one might seem obvious but if you are not using the right products your hair might not do as you want it to. Choose products that are moisturising as curly hair is more dry than straighter hair. Some of my favourite products are the Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Restorer range, John Frieda Frizz Ease range and the Aussie Frizz Miracle range. All of these are good at moisturising the hair and reducing frizz, a common problem with frizzy hair.

2. Cold water
As unbearable as it can be, washing your hair in cold water can really help reduce frizz and define curls. I've read this a few times and after a hot day a few weeks ago all I wanted was a cold shower. I washed my hair in the cold water from start to finish and it dried almost completely frizz free and the curls where a lot more controlled and defined. There were no other differences in my routine so I put it down to the cold water. I tried it again the next few washes and the results were the same so it is sometimes worth dealing with the cold water in order to have easier to manage hair.

3. Serums and oils
Similar to point 1, serums and oils can really help curly hair look how you might want it to. They can help smooth out frizz and define curls. My absolute favourite is the Garnier The Sleek Perfector Oil (which also smells amazing!). It has made my frizz decrease a lot since I have started using this after washing it. John Frieda also do some really good serums that I used for years before I found the Garnier one.

4. Air Dry
For most people with curly hair, hair dryers will make us resemble Hagrid from Harry Potter. The frizz can get out of control so I recommend where possible air drying your hair to avoid the extra frizz that hair dryers can give.


I hope some of these tips are useful. Have you got any other tips for curly hair?

Chloe

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Travel Bucket List: Part IV

Today's post is going to be Part IV of my Travel Buck List Series and this one is going to focus on cities rather than just countries so lets begin!

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Barcelona, Spain
I have been to Spain many times and have been to various parts of the north, south and central Spain but I have never been to Barcelona. After seeing a few bloggers going to Barcelona recently (mainly Suzie from Hello October) it has made me want to go there even more. The gorgeous beaches look like the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun. Other than sun I would also like to soak up some of the culture Barcelona has as I have heard there is quite a bit!

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Vienna, Austria
Austria is another place I have visited many times for skiing holidays with my family. I think Austria is stunning and Vienna also looks like it would be a beautiful city to visit. To be honest I am not really sure exactly what I would want to do in Vienna but I'm sure there are loads of amazing things to do and it would make the perfect city break.

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Dallas, Texas, USA
Other than to visit Southfork Ranch from the TV show Dallas (I watched re-runs with my mum, who was a big fan of it when it was originally on TV, a few years back and loved it!) I would love to do some shopping, visit the Dallas Zoo and go to another baseball game, which I loved when we were in America last year. I would love to go to Texas in general but Dallas sounds like a good place to start!

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Edinburgh, Scotland
After reading a lot of blog posts about trips to Edinburgh I really want to visit it for my self. I would love to visit Edinburgh Castle, walk through Edinburgh Old town and maybe get a bus tour. Although the only thing that puts me off is the weather, I've heard it is just as bad, if not worse, than the part of England I live in!

Have you visited any of these places?

Chloe
xoxo
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