Liquid Eyeliner Routine

For ages, I was terrified to do winged liners, purely because I knew I would mess up and ruin my entire eye look. So, I avoided them for a long period of time but eventually, I started to try and trust me when I say they were awful to begin with, and took a lot of practice to get it right. I know I’m making it out to sound like a massive deal when it’s just makeup but there really is a great feeling of satisfaction when you complete a perfect wing.

So, here is my step by step on how I achieve my winged eyeliner.

Note to self – I almost never perfect my eyeliner every time I apply it. My wings are very unpredictable. Sometimes they’ll come out more curved, sometimes more straight and others it completely messes up. But that’s the beauty of makeup, you can just take it off if it goes wrong.

Love, Chloe

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Step 1: I work my way from the outside of the wing first. Using a very small liner brush, I draw a line from the outer corner of my eye to the angle and length that I want my wing to be. There’s no real guarantee of getting the wings identical unless you use tape or other forms of guidelines, but I find it much easier to free hand.

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Step 2: This bit took some getting used to, simply because the movement felt wrong and my hand struggled to start with. I begin to draw a line from the outer corner of my eye to the center, forming the shape of the wing.Step 2

Step 3: I then draw a line from the inner corner of the eye to the center of the eye. This often won’t line up perfectly with the rest of the wing but can be easily fixed later. You can draw your lines as thin or thick as you want. I tend to draw mine as thin as possible because I have hooded eyes.Step 3

Step 4: Following the outer line, I reconnect it to the inner line (if necessary), to make sure that the line is straight. I then fill in the wing and perfect any little areas that need it. If any lines are not straight or how you want them to be, you can always go in with concealer on a small brush to clean it up. Step 4Step 4.2

Eyeliner used: NYC Liquid Liner.

A Day at The Zoo

We got free passes to Twycross Zoo for our photography module, so today we headed out. We spent 6 long and cold hours here so I thought it may be worth sharing some of the hundreds (not an exaggeration) of photos I took.

p.s. It’s extremely difficult to take pictures of animals when they’re inside glass enclosures.

Have a good weekend!

Love, Chloe

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5 High-End Products Worth Buying

I put together my 5 high-end products that I think are worth the money. These products work amazingly for me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for everyone else, so keep that in mind!

Happy Spending,

Love, Chloe

  1. Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light Contour Palette’. £37 at Debenhams.
  • I was in desperate need of a new contour palette and luckily enough my sister was heading to America. She brought me back this palette and I use it every day without fail. There are 3 lighter shades for highlighting the areas where you would put concealer, and 3 darker shades for contouring. It’s a good palette to have in your collection if you are a make-up artist as you would put good use to all of the colours, but if you’re only using it on yourself then you may see it as a bit of a waste if you’re not going to use the colours. They do have the individual colour refills available but as far as I am aware these are only available in America. The pigmentation is strong and the colours are very blendable. They have a range of cool and warm tones which works great to complement your skin tone. contour
  1. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop. £32 at SpaceNK.com
  • I’ve been watching Jaclyn Hill’s videos since before I can remember, so when I heard she came out with a highlighter I had my money ready to purchase. Of course, it didn’t become available to UK sites for ages after release and by which point it was constantly sold out. I eventually got my hands on it and it quickly became a staple in my make-up collection. The pigmentation is amazing and you can wear it with any look. I would 100% recommend this highlighter.champagne-pop
  1. Benefit Porefessional Primer. £26 at Boots.
  • I have the mini size of the porefessional primer and I’m already on the hunt for a new one. It fills in all your pores and makes foundation application so much smoother. It feels great to apply and is weightless on the skin. If you’re looking for a good primer and aren’t worried about the cost, I highly recommend this one.porefessional
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Heathers. £20 at Anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk
  • I’m not a big lipstick person. I don’t know why but 99% of the time you’ll see me in red lipstick and in particular, Heathers. It’s applied easily and lasts all night. And by all night I mean alllll night. It takes a lot to get it off but a bit of baby oil and some cotton pads and you’re good to go. ABH has a huge range of colours to suit all skin tones. Another red I love is the Jeffree star Designer Blood liquid lipstick. heathers
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. £41 at Cult Beauty.
  • Although I don’t personally own this palette myself, I have used my friends. It was one of my favourite makeup looks that I’ve done (shown in the featured picture). It’s full of beautiful pinks and oranges and browns. It has great pigmentation and the shadows are easily blendable. It’s definitely a warm tone palette (which I love) but there are a number of different shades that you can use for any make-up look. I highly recommend this palette and I will be purchasing it myself soon enough.mr

What are your high-end products worth buying?

Would Things Be Different?

Going to my friends’ show on Thursday really made me miss being creative. I used to do drama in GCSE and it was my best grade along with maths. I’ve always loved singing and dancing (not that I’m any good at either) and it made me wonder what my life would have been like if I continued down that path.

I wanted to continue with drama in A level but it clashed with geography which was my favourite subject. I was gutted for a while but I got past it. Now, seeing my friends show made me wish I had continued and been more involved in school productions. Emily would regularly ask me to get involved but I think I may have used the ‘stage fright’ excuse one too many times. The closest I’ve been to a show is my primary school’s production of Alice in Wonderland, where I played middle sized Alice (it wasn’t very good and I can’t say that I was fit for the role).

If I had stuck to the arts I wonder where I’d be and what I’d be doing. Would I be studying in university doing a relative course or something completely different?Or would I not be doing anything at all. It’s always weird thinking about how your life would change if you were to go down a different path. I’m not saying i regret all my life choices thus far, more along the lines of I wish I had done just that little bit more.

We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it and change our future. Moral of the story is to never lose touch of the things you enjoy. If you want to get back into something, there’s nothing stopping you but yourself. For me, after being away from the arts for so long, I think I’ll start with a salsa class or two.

Love, Chloe

My Most Used Beauty Hacks

There are hundreds of beauty hacks floating around the corners of the internet, some extremely bizarre like using cutlery to contour your face and some more reasonable.

Here are some of my most used hacks,

What are yours?

Love, Chloe

  1. Re-hydrating Gel Products – I have had the ABH Dipbrow for months and I only use it when I go out. So, there are periods when I don’t use it at all and it dries out and becomes unusable. The easiest solution to this is to add 1 or 2 small drops of baby oil to the gel and mix it in. Make sure not to add too much as this can cause the product to become very runny, so a tiny drop will do.
  2. The Many Uses of Translucent Powder – If you want to do your face makeup before your eye makeup, set a thick layer of translucent powder under your eyes after doing your foundation and concealer. This way it both sets the liquid and if you have any fall out you can just wipe away the powder and nothing will be ruined. You can also use it when doing a cat eye. there are a number of different tips and tricks around like using tape etc. however, it tends to fall off if you take too much of the stickiness off or hurt if you don’t take off enough. Instead, take some translucent powder and put it where you want your eyeshadow to blend to. That way you can just wipe it off when done and still have the desired blended look. (this trick I learnt from Jaclyn hill)
  3. Keeping Your Oldie but Goodie Brushes – I have been using the same eyeliner brush for years (don’t worry I wash it regularly). I refuse to part with it because it helps me get an extremely accurate line and it’s small enough for me to have a steady grip. When you overuse a brush the bristles can start to fray and stick out all over the place. Instead of getting rid of the brush, just cut off the hairs that are stray using eyebrow or nail scissors.
  4. Creating A Matte Lipstick – if you have a lipstick that you love that isn’t a liquid lipstick or matte formula, then you can simply place a single piece of tissue (pull apart the tissue so it’s one ply) against your lips and tap it with translucent powder. This is a great tip if you have loads of non-matte lipsticks lying around. I’ve tried this trick a few times will some old lipsticks, but I don’t use it as often anymore as I just purchase liquid lipsticks instead.
  5. Different Liquid Liner Colours – If you want to do a different coloured wing liner, but don’t want to go out and buy new colours (student life), then you can simply use any liquid lipstick and an eyeliner brush of your choice. It works well and it lasts all day.
  6. Removing Liquid Lipstick – getting a good liquid lipstick means suffering the consequences of trying to take it off. Makeup wipes and micellar water certainly don’t do the trick for me. Take a bit of baby oil and rub it into the lips. It instantly loosens the liquid lipstick and allows easy removal. It can be a little messy but it works. I also tend to use a couple of drops of baby oil on my skin at night before my moisturiser to hydrate my very dry skin.

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

There isn’t anything I dislike about photos. I love how photography has evolved, I love keeping (hoarding) photos and I love the memories behind each photo. My camera roll on my phone is full to the point where I have no storage and I have a one drive account for all the pictures I just can’t let go of. I am indeed one of those annoying people who constantly take photos wherever they go. Guilty. And before you say anything, yes, it’s important to make sure you’re actually living the memories rather than just taking a few snapshots and going about your day, but to me, I want to be able to look back at all the moments I’ve had. Whether I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps and need to remind myself of the good times or looking back at memories and thinking of how much I’ve changed since then. And just think, when you slowly start to lose your memory, you’ll be able to have proof of all the good times you had, even if you don’t remember what happened.

The point is, I got a little excited about getting my new camera sooo.. I went on a little walk around the campus lake and put my camera to the test. I loved the results and thought I’d share them. There will be plenty more photography related posts to come as I get to grips with my camera and start taking pictures of everything. Plus, I’m doing a photography module this semester and will be happy to share my work.

Happy snapping,

Love, Chloe

123456Camera: Canon EOS 700D.

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!