Friday, 21 August 2015

BLOGSALE: DEPOP ITEMS








Hi lovelies! Today, I wanted to share some items that are on my Depop right now! You can check it out here. I'll be adding more very soon but wanted to share as I desperately need a clearout and want my items to go to a fab new home!

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Friday, 14 August 2015

REVIEW: ARBONNE MAKEUP PRIMER



Hi lovelies! I don't know about you guy, but something I've always struggled with in the past is finding the perfect makeup primer. I've tried almost every single hyped up primer on the market and to be honest, while some are definitely better than others, I've always been left slightly disappointed. As a beauty therapist and qualified makeup artist, a good primer is absolutely essential to me and to clients and something that really bothered me was having to carry around several different ones because no one primer seemed to suit every skin type. Until now.

I was recently introduced to Arbonne and to be honest, I hadn't heard too much about the brand before now, but through talking to a lovely lady (who was actually one of my salon clients!), I learnt more and more about the fab products, I knew I had to try them out for myself! I'll be doing a few reviews of some of the products that I've been loving but I wanted to start off with this one as I think it's honestly a product everyone needs to know about!

Arbonne products are all 100% Vegan and are botanically sourced and hypoallergenic, meaning no matter what skin type you have, these products will be safe for your skin. I definitely want to review some of the skincare line, (and definitely leave me a comment if that's something you'd like to see!) but for now, let's get started with the fab primer!

As I mentioned, this is completely vegan and hypo-allergenic, so very safe for those of you who struggle with your skin reacting to products, then this will be perfect. What I love with this, is that due to the carefully chosen ingredients, not only does this make a fab primer, it also doubles up as skincare. It helps to plump and smooth skin slightly and stops any makeup you put on after from clogging your pores. I have to say, since using this, I've noticed a huge reduction in clogged pores, which is something I really struggle with. It keeps my foundation perfect for 8 hours easily, I've tried this with several foundations and while higher end foundations do last better, it kept every foundation on throughout an entire day at work, which is very impressive.

Honestly, if I could just recommend one product this year, (or maybe just this season, a beauty blogger can't commit to a whole year!) it'd be this. It has literally transformed my makeup routine, obsessed!

This primer can be purchased here for £27, which for this, is an incredible price. A tiny amount goes so far that this will last you twice as long as a regular primer. What I love about Arbonne, is as they don't really advertise in a conventional way, their prices are fairly reasonable while the products are an outstanding quality.

P.S. quick tip, if you love the sound of Arbonne products, you can sign up here as a 'Preferred Client' for £17 for one year and you will receive 20% off everything and plenty of special offers too!

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Monday, 10 August 2015

PINTEREST PARTY PLANNING




Hi lovelies! It's summer, which for me, is party season! (After Christmas of course!) Weddings, BBQ's and summer parties all over the place and right now, I'm planning a party for my Chihuahua's first Birthday (yes, really!) so I've looked to sites like Pinterest for inspiration! Of course, in true blogger fashion, I got carried away and ended up planning a puppy party, several birthdays and a wedding before I knew it, so I thought I'd share a few photos of my favourite party bits!

As you may have noticed, I love a decorated chair, I think these are just gorgeous for weddings, but also a regular party - as who ever has enough chairs! You can hire chairs like this at Top Table Catering Hire, saving the old BBQ request BYOB and a chair! Or perhaps it could be something to look into if you are planning a wedding.

Are you planning any parties in the near future? If so, do you look to Pinterest, tweet me your party boards @chloesway!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

BRITNEY SPEARS FANTASY INTIMATE EDITION EDP REVIEW




Hi lovelies! If any of you have been reading my blog or following me on Instagram for a while now, you'll be aware that around a year or so ago, I had a bit of a mad obsession with perfume and literally bought dozens in the space of just a couple of months, so for quite a while, I've been on a bit of a perfume ban in the hopes that I'd start to use up some of the perfumes I already had. So, despite giving a couple of perfumes away to friends and family, I never actually finished up any of the scents I'd already bought, but when I was out shopping with my lovely boyfriend and he offered to buy this for me when I spotted it, I just couldn't say no!

Britney Spears Fantasy Inimate Edition is a take on the original Fantasy, which I'm sure we all know. The original is a defintie nostalgic scent for me, it's super girly and very sweet and reminds me of candyfloss, cookie dough and sugar! Despite absolutely loving that scent still, I do think that sometimes it can be a little much day to day. In my job as a beauty therapist, I'm often up close and personal with people doing things like lash extensions, waxing and facials and when someone is that close to your face, you don't necessarily want them to smell strongly of funfair snack stalls! However, while I do love a fruity floral or fresh scent, sometimes I do like to wear something a little sweeter without being overpowering and this perfume defintiely ticks all the right boxes.

The official description says that this scent 'opens with a fruity zest of litchi combined with the elegant scent of violet leaf and sunny lemon. Airiness originates from ozone notes which cool down and refresh the floral heart encompassing lily of the valley and elegant jasmine, with a hint of gourmand chords of brown sugar and animal chords or genet. The base is warm, comfortable and creamy, decorated with a blend of vanilla, heliotrope, Laos, benzoin and sensual white musk.' First up, 'genet' is a new one to me and while the little cat like animals are cute, it strikes me as very odd that they can/ would want to get the scent of a mammal into a perfume. This is one note that I cannot or don't know how to detect, so for now I'll ignore that one! I do agree that the opening is fruity and while I do get the Violet in the opening, I also detect it in the dry down too. A few seconds after spritzing, all I can smell is the ozonic notes for a little while, followed by a slightly fruity, slightly floral and subtlety sweet scent. 

This doesn't dry down very musky on me, however I can detect the white musk, which is something I wouldn't generally like, but the vanilla and brown sugar slightly counteract this, leaving you with a sweet, but not too sweet lingering scent. Honestly, it depends when and where I spray this as to what I can smell, for example, on my skin, this stays fairly fruity floral, however on my hair and clothes, the vanilla and sugar notes really come out, making it blend nicely together to create a very feminine, subtle scent. 

The lasting power on this definitely isn't as good as the original Fantasy when applied on the skin, however one spritz on your clothes or hair and you'll be getting little whiffs of this all day long! What's nice about this, is that it's subtle enough that you can re spray a few times during the day and it'll never really be too overpowering or strong, which is a risk you take with the original. 

Before I end this post, we can't ignore the bottle can we? If you know the Fantasy fragrance line, you'll know that they've never strayed from the classic Fantasy Shape (Naughty and Nice editions aside) and this one has to be my favourite one yet, the Pinterest perfect white bottle with rose gold and pink detailing is just gorgeous. They were very clever this with this one as I'm sure many girls will buy this for the bottle alone as it just looks so perfect on any dressing table!

Overall, I would say if you don't do sweet scents at all, then probably steer clear, however if you do like something sweet, or fancy something a little different to your usual florals or fruity scents, then this will be absolutely perfect for you! At £30 for 50ml or £23 for 30ml, this isn't the cheapest celebrity scent, but it doesn't smell like a typical, cheap celeb scent either, so you're getting a fab quality scent for a great price.

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THE GREAT BRITISH SURGICAL STATS - MY VIEWS




Hi lovelies! Recently I was sent this infographic from New Birkdale Clinic on cosmetic surgeries and the 'surgery trends' in the UK. I was actually quite surprised by some of the statistics and numbers on these, particularly the above about the number of surgeries on Women vs Men. I guess I expected there to be more surgeries on Women, however I think the difference here is huge!

In my opinion, as much as the idea of cosmetic surgery terrifies me, I do understand why people do it and disagree with anyone who says it's wrong. I do think the number between men and women is slightly alarming, as I know there are a lot of pressures on women to look a certain way and I don't think surgery is the answer if your reasons are because you're jealous of girls in magazines or of Kylie Jenner's lips, however if you are insecure about something and surgery would make you feel better and more confident, then I personally don't think anyone should tell you that that's wrong.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you ever consider surgery for anything?

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