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!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Chats With Chlo | Glorifying Obesity and Body Shaming

I rarely ever have an opinion on anything topical. And even when I do, it's pretty neutral! I see the good and bad, pros and cons in most subjects. But I felt, as a person who's struggled with weight loss and gain before myself, I wanted to tackle this. I didn't want to talk a lot about this, just wanted to chuck in my 2p's worth!

A while ago now, Tess Munster was signed to a major modelling agency. Some people were over the moon, saying how it was about time that the bigger women were being represented, and other people saw it as glorifying obesity and how it shouldn't be celebrated. And here I come in with my absolutely neutral opinion... both sides are right and wrong. I'm a UK 18-20 and I have been as slim as a UK 12, which is below the 'national average'. There are always going to be medical implications of being too fat and too skinny, and of course you're not immune to any medical risk being an average body type. What I'm trying to say is, health risks are not always specific to your size. Anybody can have a heart attack, regardless of your size.

Some people don't find big to be beautiful, they want to be (or are attracted to) slim and angular - and that is absolutely fine by me. I'm not going to be offended that someone doesn't find me attractive due to my size - because I know that there's someone else who will. Life isn't about being attractive to people - it's about being happy with yourself. I'm not the first to say that I wouldn't drop a few dress sizes if I had more motivation, but to be honest... I'm quite healthy, the clothes I wear look nice and most of the time I'm actually quite happy. Which is exactly how I felt when I was a few sizes smaller! And with the same mindset, some people are all about the big life, and find slimmer people to not be attractive. It's all preference. At the end of the day, we like what we like. But there is absolutely no need to shame the people you don't like based on their body type, or anything for that matter. I wouldn't dream of going up to somebody and calling them fat, just as much as I wouldn't say 'Eww you're so skinny, please eat this big mac, for christ's sake.' Absolutely not. The world would be unrecognisable if we just didn't put each other down, and focused on ourselves and our own happiness.

It doesn't matter whether you're a UK 30 or a UK 6, your body is beautiful. Your body is your business, and nobody else's. Nobody should ever tell you how you should look, whether you're larger or smaller. If you're happy with yourself, or if you're close but not quite there yet - then that is something of great achievement. Some people never get there. Even if you are upset with how you look or who you are, it's all up to you - if you want to change, you can. Change isn't always a bad thing, you just need to embrace it.

Whether you're more like Tess Munster or Kate Moss, your body is your own and if people shame you for being who you are, these people aren't worth noting. I hope one day that all body types will just be accepted - you don't have to like it, you just don't have to say anything if it's not encouragement or empowerment. You can just scroll past, walk past, until you see what you like, and you can go and celebrate that. Is that not fair enough?

Feel free to leave a comment below, and let me know where you stand on this topic. Toodle-pip bloggerinos!