Simple Brow Routine

Brows for me, are one of the most important features of my face. Over the years I’ve gone from having very thick brows to plucking them super thin to my current brows. I get my brows threaded by Celyn at Salon Nia and I honestly don’t trust anyone else with them (It’s gotten to the point where I have to wait until I come back from uni before I get them done again). If I’m going to lectures, I don’t have the time to do my brows so I’ll simply put on some clear brow gel and go about my day. However, when I do decide to do my brows, I usually switch between a simple brow routine using just a brow pencil and a more detailed brow routine when I’m going on a night out.

Here is my simple brow routine step by step.

Love, Chloe

Firstly, here is a guidance of where to place the product. You can follow this guideline to make sure that your brows fit the shape of your face perfectly, but at the end of the day, you can draw them as you please. (it was a little difficult to explain this easily, so I have inserted pictures below)

  • Take any small make-up brush to be your guideline.
  • Place the brush on the edge of the bridge on your nose. Follow your brush up to your brows and this is where your brows should begin.frontguidance
  • Place the brush on your tip of your nose at an angle that goes through the center of your pupil. This is where the arch or high point of your brow should be.archguidance
  • Finally, place the brush on the side of your nostril so it passes through the outer corner of your eye. That is where the end of your brow should betailguidance

 

  1. Before I start, I brush through my hairs with a spoolie brush and pluck any strays. I’ve started doing this pretty much every time I do my make-up now because my brow hairs grow pretty fast.
  2. Taking the spoolie, I brush all my brow hairs upwards. This way I can see the natural shape of my brow underneath. I draw a line across the bottom of my brow using a very light and steady hand.step1
  3. Then I brush down my hairs and do the same for the top, following the natural hair until I reach the end of my brow. The hairs at the end of my brow are pretty sparse, so this is where I choose my own shape. You can do whatever shape you want.step2
  4. Once I’ve got an outline of my brow I then go in with hair like strokes, to fill in any areas that are sparse. The lighter hand you use the better.step3
  5. As I go along, I will continue to brush through my brows with the spoolie in order to make sure that I have no harsh lines or concentrated product.
  6. Depending on how neat my brow is, I will go in with concealer on a small brush and clean up underneath my brow. I don’t usually clean up the top of my brow unless I am going on a night out.step4
  7. Finally, I set my brows with clear brow gel.step5

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Products used: Brow Pencil – I switch it up between Anastasia Beverly Hills brow definer in ebony and Benefit precisely brow pencil in shade number 5. Brow Gel – Anastasia Beverly hills clear brow gel.

 

Morphe 35O Review

If you’re a make-up lover, then you will know that the Morphe 35O palette has been a constantly sold out item for the past 2 years. Morphe brushes is an American brand, which makes it 10x harder to get hold of the palette in the UK, However, more sites are now selling the palette although it remains sold out on almost all of them. I kept my eye out for the palette since it launched until finally, I was able to purchase it at glamsaidey.com. The palette has 35 different eyeshadows, some matte and some shimmer. Morphe also came out with an entirely matte and entirely shimmer version of this palette, neither of which I have tried. The palette is £21 for 35 shades. This is an absolute steal of a price, but is it worth it?

Here is my honest review on the palette,

Love, Chloe

Pigmentation – The majority of the shadows have medium pigmentation. Some are extremely pigmented (these tend to be the shimmer ones) and some have hardly any pigment at all. But considering you’re only paying £21 for 35 shadows, you can’t expect them all to be of high pigmentation. All of my favourite shadows in the palette (which are shown lower down) have very good pigmentation.

Colour – the 35O stands for 35 Orange and it certainly meets its name. This palette is warm tone heaven. There is a wide selection of reds, oranges, neutrals and browns. Everything you need for the perfect fall or all year round make-up look. This isn’t the palette for you if you like bright make-up looks, but if you’re me and you feel out of place when you don’t have warm shadows on, then this is perfect for you. This is my favourite colour scheme ever and what I love is that there’s an even amount of matte and shimmer shadows.

Sizing – when you hear a palette has 35 eyeshadows in it and is only £20, you can’t help but think that the palette is going to be tiny and not worth it. But, with this palette, every single eyeshadow is the size of a typical eyeshadow i.e. they’re pretty much the same size as MAC individual shadows. The palette is huge. This is a good thing in terms of the shadows itself because it means you have a lot of product for your money, however, this palette is not travel-friendly. Trust me, when you’re on a 3-hour train journey home with nothing but a small bag it’s very hard to find the space to pack your giant palette in.

Formula – some of the shadows are so buttery and easily blendable and others aren’t (what you would expect from most palettes anyway). Some of the deeper shades are a bit harder to blend, but it’s also important to have the right brushes (Morphe make amazing brushes for reference). Some of the shadows also have a lot of fall out, so make sure you tap the excess shadow off your brush before putting it on your eye. You can also easily prevent fall out from ruining your make-up by doing your eyes first or putting a layer of translucent powder under the eyes which you can just wipe away once your eye-makeup is done. The longevity of the shadows is great as well. They last just as well as all my other shadows.

Overall this is probably my favourite palette, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Morphe is a great brand and I will continue to buy palettes and brushes from them.

Below I have inserted swatches of most of the shades in the palette (the ones that showed up on my skin) and a make-up look I did using the palette as well as my favourite eyeshadows to use.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with University

I am currently in the middle of revising for my January exams, which has me stuck in my house sitting at a computer for hours on end, contemplating why I’m doing this. I have a lot of different thoughts on University and it wasn’t until now that I really thought about it. I was thinking about all the work and revision I have yet to do for my upcoming exams, when I realised that they are such a tiny part of my life, and even though they may help my future, I don’t need to slave away trying to nail every exam that I don’t have much interest in.

Everyone has their own opinion, so here’s mine.

Love, Chloe

  1. First Year Should Be Free (I know it’s probably not logical as universities would lose so much money, but it’s just an opinion).
  • One day, I was walking home from Uni and my friend Joe said to me ‘If the first year of university was free, do you think more people would drop out?’. My first instinct was yes they would, and then I started to think about it and it made so much sense. In Wales, we have been lucky enough to pay only £3,000 per year instead of £9,000 per year in England (this has now changed), however, it’s still a lot of money.
  • Firstly, in most universities, your grades in your first year don’t count towards your degree and the main purpose is to brush up on your knowledge and make sure everyone is on the same page.
  •  A lot of people carry on their course into the next year because they are afraid to drop out due to fear of having spent a lot of money ‘for nothing’. Not only do you have the cost of the course, you also have accommodation costs etc to worry about.
  • Lecturers always say that the first year is about finding your feet, getting used to the university and making new friends, and less about the course itself. So many people either change courses within the first year or want to drop out in general. If the first year was free, people would feel less restricted and would be able to explore more and really get a feel to see if going to university is for them.
  • Making the first year of university free might also encourage people to go. So many people each year don’t want to spend the money on going to University when they’re not sure if it’s for them. If the first year was free, it might give more people the chance to try it out and explore their options by experiencing it first hand, then deciding for themselves if it’s what they want to do or not.
  1. Exams
  • I don’t think exams should be abolished completely because they’re a good way to challenge yourself and really see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. However, the amount of exams (in my course anyway) and the state of the timetable is awful. At the end of each semester, I have approximately 5 exams, with a total of 10-12 each year. This is ONTOP of coursework, laboratory work, and tutorial essays. All 5 exams occur within the space of two weeks, and more often than not they are days after each other, giving no space to really breathe after your last exam.
  • In the first year, I understand the number of exams as we needed to have a variety of modules so that we could find our topics of interest. But, being in the second year now and still having the same number of exams with almost double the content is not pleasant. My brain can only fit so much knowledge in and I often find it difficult to learn and concentrate on multiple modules at once. This causes me to revise just the exam I’m doing in the next few days, then when that’s over, move on to the next exam. With 3 exams in the space of 3 days this year, this is not an efficient way to bring out the best of my knowledge.
  • A lot of the time I wish I could go back and change my course, but I have no idea what course I would do instead.
  1. Social
  • My favourite part of going to university has been meeting my friends and getting to spend time with them. I am fortunate enough to have a group of people on my course who I get along with, as well as others from different courses who I’ve met through friends etc. I’ve made some friends that I will keep forever and I can’t believe that we are already halfway through our university journey.
  • I’ve never been a big ‘clubbing’ person, I’m more of a cocktails and tapas kind of girl. However, I’ve found myself going out more than usual over my Uni years. Whether this is just going to the pub for a few drinks, having movie nights or going to Rock City on Saturday (best place to go out in Nottingham).
  1. Independence
  • I think this is probably what I am most thankful for. Obviously, it’s not university alone that gives you independence but this is how I gained mine.
  • Learning to live on your own is a process, but once you get used to it, you’ll be thankful for everything you’ve learned. It’s not just things like learning to cook my own meals and do my own grocery shopping but I feel like I have matured in the process.
  • Moving into my second-year house has brought the most out in me. From sorting out our own bills and broadband to making sure we keep up with buying new toilet paper. I’ve found myself better at budgeting money and cleaning after myself which makes me really appreciate all that my parents had to do and put up with when I was living at home.

Conclusions – I’m extremely happy that I have had the opportunity to go to University when so many in the world don’t. My Universtiy offers a huge range of courses to suit anyone’s wants, many international programs and endless amounts of societies. My emotions towards it are very mixed, but I’ll always be grateful for the things I’ve learned and the people I’ve met along the way. I’ve still got a year and a half yet to go so my opinions may change completely. We shall see!

NYE Inspired Glam

I pretty much do the same make up every New Year’s eve and it always involves going big and going glittery with a full face of makeup to last me through the night. I put together a makeup look inspired by the New Year. This is just an idea that you could use to fuel some inspiration, to recreate or just as an idea for a future event you might want to wear it do.

Welcome to 2017!

Love, Chloe

  1. Eyebrows

I use 3 products on my eyebrows. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Ebony, Dipbrow pomade in Ebony and the Clear Brow Gel. Brows are different for everyone. For me, they are quite a statement part of my make-up so I tend to take my time filling them in. This doesn’t mean you have to fill them in or do anything to them if you don’t want to.  When doing my brows, I shape them first with the brow definer, then I will fill them in with the Dipbrow. I’ll make sure that when dipping in the product I start at the tail of my brow where I want the most product to be, then as the product gets less on the brush I’ll move towards the front of the brow. I make sure to brush them out with the spoolie to create a gradient. Once they are done I’ll carve them out with any concealer and a brush and then set them with the brow gel.

  1. Eyes

When doing an eye look that involves lots of glitter and different shadows, I tend to do my eyes first, so that I can clean up any fall out before doing the rest of my face. You don’t have to do this, you can also do your face makeup first then place a few layers of translucent powder under the eyes (baking) which will catch the fall out and then can be swept away. Before putting on shadows I use a concealer to cover my lids, acting as an eyeshadow base, then set that with any light shadow. I started with a few lighter transition shades in the Morphe 35O palette. Then I worked my way through darker colours in my crease to create dimension. The darker the shade, the lower down in my crease I will place it. I go back and forth between lighter and darker shades to make sure there is an easy transition in the crease with no harsh lines. Then I took a concealer with a flat brush and carved out my crease, giving the cut crease effect. I have hooded eyes so I create a new crease by carving out just above my natural crease. I then set the concealer with any white/light eyeshadow in order to make sure that it doesn’t move around. For my base before the glitter, I put Mac ‘Nylon” eyeshadow on the area which I just carved out. I then went in with my NYC liquid liner and drew my wing where I wanted it to be. I do this before the glitter because once the glitter is on, it’s harder to draw the perfect winged liner. I then used a flat brush and the Too Faced shadow insurance glitter glue and placed it on the lid. I then topped it with my Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter in the shade Distortion. I then went over the eyeliner one more time. I went back in with a few of the shadows I used in order to make sure there was a transition with the glitter and the crease colours.

  1. Priming

It’s important to prime your skin when doing makeup that needs to last all night. It will not only help keep the makeup on, but it will make application of foundation etc so much smoother. I moisturised my face with the Body Shop Tea tree pore moisturiser and then went in with the Benefit porefessional primer.

  1. Foundation and Concealer

Once the primer had set in I took the NYX colour corrector in orange and covered up my dark areas under my eyes and around my mouth. I then went in with my L’Oreal True Match foundation in the shade Cappuccino. I blended it with a Kabuki brush and went over it with the beauty blender to take up any excess foundation and to make sure all of the colour corrector is covered. I layered this a few times to give that full coverage effect. I then went in with the Urban Decay Naked Weightless concealer under my eyes and under my cheek bones and blended it out with the beauty blender.

  1. Baking

This is all optional but I tend to bake when I’m doing my makeup to last all night. I took any translucent powder (a healthy amount) on the beauty blender and placed it under my eyes and along my cheekbones. I left it there for about 5-10 minutes to “bake” then brushed the excess powder away.

  1. Contour and Highlight

I went in with my Kat Von D shade and light contour palette with a real techniques brush and bronzed my cheekbones, jawline and around my forehead. I then went in with the lighter shade in the palette and placed it under my eyes and below my cheekbones to ‘carve’ them out. I then went in with the bronze blush shade in the Sleek Contour Medium palette and placed it along the apples of my cheeks. Finally, I went in with the Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Champagne pop and placed it along the high points of my cheek, inner corners of my eye, the cupid’s bow, the bridge and tip of my nose and just on my brow bone.

  1. Lower Lash Line and Lashes

First I lined my lower lashline with a black eyeliner and blended it out with a brush. I then went in with a pencil brush and the darker shades that I used on my lid and blended them out on my lower lashline to create a Smokey effect. I then went in with my Ardell lashes in Demi-wispies and some DUO lash glue. I then went over my eyeliner one last time to make sure it was as black as it could be.

  1. Lipstick

I used to line my lips then use my liquid lipstick, but a lot of the time now I just go straight in with the liquid lipstick as they tend to have an applicator that’s quite easy to use. I used the Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Designer Blood for this look. It’s a deep red shade with a tint of gold.

  1. Setting Spray

The last step is important to keeping your makeup on all night. I went in with the NYX matte finishing spray (a lot of it) to make sure my makeup stays on all night.

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