Sunday, 6 September 2015

A BEAUTYful Little Surprise | Beauty Haul

Hello my loves! I hope you're all doing well. It's been a little while now since my family came to visit me, and my mum got me a cute little makeup/travel bag with some little beauty essentials in it, so I just thought I'd show you through some of my favourites!

So here's a little overview of everything inside. The things I didn't take close-up pictures of, are the scope mouthwash (because you all know what mouthwash looks like!), a little teeny bar of hand soap, a Merlot Skincare Moisturiser, and some Bvlgari cotton pads. Lovely additions to a little beauty package! The bag itself is a Clinique make-up bag and I absolutely LOVE the print on it - so light and colourful - and the perfect size for travelling. 

 So inside the Clinique makeup bag are three little bits of Clinique makeup. There's a little tiny Clinique Lash Doubling mascara which I've yet to try, but have heard fab things about.  The blusher is in shade A5 'Sunset Glow' which is a darker pink than what I'd normally wear but it will look nice in Winter when my pale skin really comes out. The lipstick is in the shade 74 'A Different Grape' and it goes on like a DREAM. Its very moisturising - I'd have taken a picture but my lips (and upper lip!) aren't too beautiful looking at the moment, so I hope the swatches will do!  

Now this product is my absolute favourite, and I've since decided to stock up on the full size. As you can see I've used a fair amount of it, but the Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover is to die for. When I wear a full face of make-up, I have light coverage on my skin and usually pile it on my eyes - and honestly, this takes off all my eye makeup in two swipes with a cotton pad! It leaves my eyes feeling super soft and I just love it. Step aside, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish because Clinique is taking over!

And lastly, I was given a trusty Chocolate Montagne Jeunesse face mask - I've loved these ever since I was younger, and they were a staple at any sleepover. They always left my skin feeling nice and soft so they're a lovely little addition. I've always seen Mum have Bvlgari products in her bathroom, and I've since learnt that some of their skin products are discontinued?! (Say it isn't so!) because this Bvlgari body lotion smells absolutely divine. It's lightly scented of a cream/milk with a really soft floral scent that I can't quite work out! And a product I'm yet to try is the Bvlgari Bath Tea Bag. But if it smells anything like the body lotion, then I'm in for some pretty sweet smelling bath time later!

So I hope you liked this little post, if theres any products you think I should do a full critique on, tweet me or leave me a little comment. Thank you mum for the lovely present! 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

FOTD: Family Visit!

Hello lovelies!

Some of my family (Mum, Nan, Brother and Nephew) have made the trip to Huddersfield to come and visit me and I am SO EXCITED. I rarely ever wear make up much nowadays, so I wanted to make a little effort! I went for light coverage foundation, as I've got a busy day ahead of me and it's going to be hot and humid today in Huddersfield... and the last thing I need is my make-up to be running halfway down my face!

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
Collection Big Lash Mascara
Urban Decay Naked 2 in Shade 'Tease' (Base Colour)
Urban Decay Naked 2 in Shade 'Chopper' (Outer Corner)
Urban Decay Naked 2 in Shade 'Foxy' (Inner Corner/Brow Bone)

Simple Kind To Skin Light Moisturiser
Beauty UK Cosmetics High Brow Kit in Shade 'Brunette'
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Shade '52'
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Shade 'Ivory'
Sleek Contour Kit (Bronze, Highlight and Blush)
Rimmel Apocalips in Shade 'Celestial'

As I post this, they've just got home and I'm so sad that this trip wasn't as long, but it won't be long until I see them again - hopefully!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Chats With Chlo | Going To University

Hello lovelies! Today is A-Level results day in the UK, and the one word on a lotta people's lips is 'University'. I am pretty confident in saying I'm a seasoned University pro. Without going into telling you my whole life story, lets just say I've been there, done that and got all the T-shirts. And bags.  So I have some little tips for you!

Think really long and hard about what you want to study at Uni.
Number one. I know that you should go to Uni and enjoy what you do, but really think seriously. This decision can impact a lot of things, and if you get down the line and realise you didn't enjoy it as much as you should, you might end up feeling you've wasted your money and time! Aim for something that you think you can make a career out of, but still enjoy it all the same.

Put yourself out there, and try your absolute best to meet new people and try new things.
I can say from experience, Uni life is so much easier and lots more fun if you meet loads of people and try new things. I have a friend who joined an archery society at Uni, and he'd never really done it before - now he loves it and he's got a whole new circle of friends! I know sometimes this is easier said than done, but Uni can be a lonely place even if you're surrounded by people. You may as well try and have those surrounding you to be your friends, right?

Go to your lectures. Seriously.
You are paying a lot of money! It's my biggest regret, palming off my lectures and telling myself 'Oh I'll catch up with the stuff I missed next time!' No. If I had my time again, I would be so diligent. I worked out that my tuition fees are £8190 so roughly, missing a lecture in a 43 week University year (if you have 6 modules and 2 lectures a week per module) is £15 a class... and it'll add up. Go to your lectures and be a good student!

Save money, if possible. Or get a part time job.
If you don't get a lot of maintenance during your time at University, try and get a job. Don't always rely on your parents, because it's just not a way to live. When you're away from home and living independently you may as well do it whole heartedly! Having a part time job can be great, but only get one once you know how to balance time between your uni work and job.

Do not buy every book on your reading list.
Discuss with other people who are starting the course and try and decipher which ones you think you're gonna need the most. It's so sad to see when students spend their last £1 on buying hundreds of books, when they'll only actually need 5. Bringing me swiftly to...

Find the Facebook group with people from your accommodation/course. Get to know who you'll be spending time with!
I couldn't stress this more. Have a look on Facebook, or the University Facebook, and get into the pages! Once your room assignments come flooding in, you'll be able to piece together who lives where - or who lives with you. It also comes in handy later down the line, because people will post when they're having parties, or if you've missed any work people you can ask people on the page for some help.

Well that's it for now I guess! I didn't want to overload you with info - but I think I've covered the things I wished I'd thought about before starting Uni. If you don't know what exactly to take with you, I've got you covered. Click HERE for my University Moving In Checklist. Congrats on your results, everyone, I'm sure you'll have done fantastically!