Tuesday, 23 September 2014

BEING A BLOGGER AND HAVING A FULL TIME JOB


Hi lovelies! A bit of a chatty post coming your way today, I hope you don't mind. This is a post that I've been planning on doing for some time now as it's a topic I've struggled with in the past. 'Maintaining a blog when you work full time'. As, for most of us blogging is a hobby, we have to fit it in around everyday life, whether that be work, uni, school, actually having a social life etc etc, it can actually be kind of difficult to do. Let's face it, if you start a blog, as a hobby, with the intention of turning it into a full time job or for a project for school, whatever the reason, you probably want your blog to be successful right? You want people to read it, you want to gain views and followers and comments, because let's face it, it's nice to know that people enjoy what you do.

Let me make one thing quite clear, I do not consider my blog to be 'super successful', It isn't, nor do I want it to be, my full time job, I don't earn huge amounts of money every week from sponsored posts and advertising and I certainly don't have a fan base to rival One Direction, but for me, my blog is a personal success. I have a fair amount of followers, I get to go to cool events and meet amazing people, I get products, clothes, accessories and other more random items sent to me fairly regularly, and sometimes, my monthly income is sometimes boosted by the fact that I am 'A Blogger'. However, to get the perks of being a blogger, I've had to put in a lot of work and while for others these achievements may seem small, to me they are as I said, a personal success.

As I said though, being a moderately successful blogger, whatever your view of blogging success may be, takes a lot of work and dedication. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and I don't consider it 'hard work', but what blogging does take is time, so today I thought I'd share my tips for managing your time and being a blogger when you have a full time job as some of you will know, it's not that easy! This will also apply to those at Uni, College or School, particularly if you have a job alongside, basically, if you feel you want to have a blog, but don't have the time, read on!

Utilise your free time.
One of the more obvious points I'm going to make I admit. However, it can be really easy to forget to do this. I work as a beauty therapist and am generally in the salon 5 days a week and sometimes do private beauty work for friends and family at home too. However due to the nature of my job, I don't work a normal 9-5, I work Saturdays and often have a day or two off in the week and sometimes work nights, freeing up my mornings. It is so easy to spend your time just chilling watching TV or generally wasting time in the mornings, late evening or on days off, but use them! Even if you just spend a free lunch hour jotting down ideas for blog posts, it will make it much easier on your when you do get the time to sit and write and you won't find yourself staring at a blank screen so much! 

Keep notes.
As I said in my last point, spending any little time you can jotting things down can be a huge help in future. Even if you're at work and an idea for a post pops into your head, pop it in your phone, then, whenever you have time, expand on it, brainstorm that idea. If it's a product review, write down your thoughts, does your new foundation last through your whole day at work? Did anyone comment on your perfume today? Inspiration can be taken from anywhere - just make sure you remember it.

Take photos in bulk.
This is something that I find helps me a lot when I've got a particularly busy week at work. Taking photos can take a long time setting up your background, sorting out good positioning etc, once you've set up that space, photograph as many products as you can. If I have several products I want to review, I'll wait until I have some free time (and preferably good lighting!) and I'll set up, then photograph them all at once. This means when it comes to writing up blog posts, the hard part has been done beforehand and all you have to do is write. It's also a good idea to have a folder on your computer full of these product photographs, as this way, when blogger's block hits, you'll have a whole range of products ready to be reviewed.

Write, write, write.
Similar to taking photos in bulk, writing posts in bulk can be a good idea too. Some posts are spur of the moment posts and are best written and published straight away, but other posts, such as product reviews, advice posts or tags can be pre-written and published later, on days when you just don't have the time. I tend to do this when I have a day off, or in the evenings. However, I'll only do this when I'm really in the mood to write, because if you're forcing it, you'll end up with a whole load of half hearted posts and that's definitely not what you want!

Decide what your idea of 'success' is.
When starting your blog, or developing your existing blog, it may be a good idea to know what you want from your blog and why you're doing it. For me, my blog is a hobby, the perks I mentioned above are great, but they're bonuses, ultimately, I blog because I like to write. I enjoy sharing my views with like minded people and getting to know people with similar interests. That's not to say though, that if you want to blog with the intention to eventually be a full time blogger, that you shouldn't do it. However knowing your goal will help you prioritise. If blogging is really what you want to focus on, dedicating more time and energy to it will be more important to you than if you're a blogger that's blogging for fun. However, do not take this as an excuse to lose focus on your job or education in the name of blogging! Unless you do become super successful and can blog full time, your blog will have to come second to things like work and school, but that does not mean you can't dedicate a lot of time to it if you are determined to succeed. 

Take the pressure off.
To repeat what I said above, your blog, sometimes does have to come second to certain things. Sometimes you will just be too busy to blog and that's okay. Sometimes you won't be able to post every day or every other day but your loyal readers won't go anywhere if you don't. When I first started Chloe's Way, I blogged every single day and it was hard going. I was at college and had a part time job and eventually I realised that it was too much pressure. After decided to stop blogging on such a strict schedule (every single morning, usually before 11am), I actually found my posts got better as I only wrote when I wanted to and that definitely came across in my posts. 

Love it!
Honestly, whatever your goal, if you don't love blogging, there's no point. If you're starting up because you love the idea of free stuff and easy access to catwalk shows and parties, then you'll be bitterly disappointed. Those things all come with time and effort and don't happen overnight. Write because you love to write, write about things you love and enjoy it. Running a blog can take up a lot of your free time and if you don't enjoy it, then that's a lot of time wasted!

Let me know your thoughts, are you a blogger with a full time job? 

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

£5 AND UNDER HAUL







zebra dress - £5 primark sale
grey dress - £3 primark sale
essence all about nude palette - £3.50
essence quattro palette - £3
essence eyebrow stylist set - £2.50
essence long lasting eye-liner pen - £2.50
MUA undress your skin highlighter - £3
MUA velvet matte lip lacquer - £3
make up revolution iconic 3 palette - £4
make up revolution primer - £5

Hi lovelies! I'll be honest, I love a bargain in the clothing department, but when it comes to make up, I can be a bit of a snob, and tend not to trust cheaper brands, however, I set myself a little challenge this weekend, as I was in a serious shopping mood but have been a bit naughty with money this month, so I decided to buy nothing above £5. It was actually kind of fun hunting around for bargains and setting myself a little challenge to find quality items at a low price. I think this is a fab idea for anyone, particularly if you just want to treat yourself, but don't want to spend too much money! Anyway, I've had a little play with everything and I just had to share everything I got with you guys! So I'm just going to give a few first impressions and will hopefully feature some (or all!) of these in future posts, so let me know if you'd like to see anything reviewed in full.

This time of year, as the seasons are changing, lots of stores have some pretty good sales and absolutely nothing beats a good old Primark sale. They had loads of pretty dresses, but very few size 6's left, so I ended up going for this super adorable black zebra print cut out sleeve dress for only £5 and a cute, casual grey dropped waist dress for just £3! I thought these would be fab for more casual looks throughout the A/W and for those prices, how could I say no?

Moving on to the biggest and most exciting part of this haul, make up! I picked up a few items from three different brands, Essence, MUA and Make up Revolution, all brands that are very competitively priced and all brands that, despite the low cost I've heard great things about. First up, Essence. I think this brand is fairly new to the UK and my local Wilkos has recently got a huge stand full of Essence make up, so I thought I'd pick up a few things to try. I got the 'All About Nude' eyeshadow palette, 'Quattro' eyeshadow palette, 'Eyebrow Stylist' set and 'Longlasting Eyeliner Pen', I'll probably review most of these in full anyway, but I've had a little go and so far I'm seriously impressed! Eyeshadow is actually something I'll usually spend a fair bit of money on my favourites being MAC and Urban Decay, however I thought I'd give some of these a go as a cheaper alternative.

All I can say, is I was definitely wrong to write off cheaper branded shadows, as these are amazing! The 'All About Nude' palette, is made up of 6 cool toned nudes and the 'Quattro' palette is a 4 pan palette made up of slightly warmer toned shades, so I thought I'd give both a go, just so I'd have options depending on how I wanted to do my make up that day! These are both fairly slim and travel friendly, so I'll definitely be keeping both of these in my make up bag! I'll definitely be doing a full review once I've used these a little more, but all I can say now is the pigmentation looks fab and the texture and colours are gorgeous - all for less than £4 a go! I needed a new eye-liner pen anyway and for just £2.50, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I picked up the 'long lasting' one. At that price, I'll probably be repurchasing this over and over if this lives up to it's claims! Lastly, as I've been a bit brow crazy lately, I decided to give the 'Brow Stylist' set a go, I got this in the shade 'blonde style' and the colours look great. For only £2.50, I think this is amazing, as it comes with brow stencils as well as a little instruction booklet along with the two gorgeous shades. Again, if you'd like a review of this, definitely let me know and I'll get on it!

As for MUA, a few things caught my eye, but I have tried a couple of things in the past and have found it to be a bit hit and miss, some things they do seriously well and others, not so much. However, this gorgeous highlighter caught my eye right away and after swatching it in store, I knew it had to come home with me. The design is absolutely gorgeous and the soft pink colour is a nice change from my usual Topshop 'Sunbeam' powder highlight. The texture and consistency seems lovely, perfect for adding a subtle glow to any make up look. I also decided to try a 'Velvet Lip Laquer', I've tested this a little and the texture and pigmentation are lovely, however I can't comment on how long lasting this is, so I'll have to update you all on that. I chose the colour 'Tranquility', which is a nude, but it's darker than it looks as the bottle is frosted and they had no testers, so that's something to bear in mind. However the quality is lovely so I'll probably try more colours anyway!

The final brand I shopped was one I've heard lots about lately and luckily, one my local Superdrug has recently started stocking. That brand, is Makeup Revolution. There was so much to choose from, but as I've not tried anything before I decided to just pick up a couple of bits and see what I think before going mad on too many items that will end up just sitting in a drawer! So, I picked up the Redemption palette in 'Iconic 3', which is full of both warm and cool toned shadows in shimmer, satin and matte finishes. This is a supposed dupe for the Naked 3 palette. I have to say, the shades do look very similar, so we'll have to see if the quality matches up too! I had a quick play and the pigmentation looks fab, so I have high hopes! Finally, I needed a new primer, so I figured for only £5, I decided it was worth a shot. I tried this on the back of my hand only, but it seems quite nice for the price, it's is a clear liquid that seems to blur the look of pores and smooth out skin texture. It has that typical silicone feel, which I do quite like in a primer, so so far, I'm impressed. Once I've given this a proper go, I'll let you guys know my thoughts.

Do you like going bargain hunting every now and then? What's the best bargain you picked up lately?

Let me know your thoughts!

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

NEW LOVES: TREACLE MOON SHOWER GELS




Hi lovelies! Let's be honest, generally, shower gel is not that exciting. You use it everyday and it's just a boring essential right? Wrong. I have recently decided that I am never again going to just buy whatever shower gel is on offer (this was on offer, but that's not the point), or the shampoo is cheapest at the time, I won't be picking up any old lip balm or the same old makeup remover again and again. I am going on a one woman mission to make the mundane everyday essentials a little less dull. 

If you're anything like me, little things like pretty packaging a cute pastel colours can make even the most basic product seem a lot more fun. So when I was in tescos and in need of a new shower gel, I was immediately drawn to the several shelf of 'Treacle Moon' goodies. While it was a brand I'd seen before. I hadn't seen either of these beauties and after a lot of sniffing and umming and ahhing, I decided that at £2.49 each (usually £2.99), I had no choice but to bring them both home with me (they just look so good together, I couldn't split them up).

After sniffing several scents, I was, as I said, torn between two scents, 'Marsh Mallow Hearts', which smells literally just like marshmallows, with a hint of candy floss (amazing) and 'Sweet Sugared Almond', which smells just like a Bakewell tart! Both are absolutely gorgeous scents, so you can understand why I just couldn't decide! Don't get me wrong, I'm aware that shower gels don't need to be fancy. The scent generally doesn't stay on your skin for too long and as long as it's cleansing, it's doing it's job. However, this doesn't mean that pretty bottles and gorgeous scents should be ignored. These beauties not only look fab on my bathroom shelf, but they also fill the entire room with scent when you use them. While the scent doesn't really linger on your body after use, it definitely does in the bathroom and I absolutely love that.

Of course, we have to discuss the practical bit, do they actually work in terms of cleansing and actually making your body clean? The short answer is yes, they do! The long answer, yes they do and they lather up into a very satisfyingly thick foam, while filling your shower with absolutely delicious scents. They also feel moisturing too, which is great, as so many shower gels can be drying, however these leave my skin feeling soft as well as super clean (and did I mention they smell beautiful too?). 

Finally, we can't not talk about the packaging can we? Like I said, these are pretty cheap, their regular price is £2.99 and for that you get a super generous 500ml of product. So, unsurprisingly there are no fancy glass bottles or luxury packaging here, just a basic plastic bottle, but as basic plastic bottles go, these ones are pretty adorable. With pretty pastel colours, cute little images and sweet little mini story's (that, admittedly, don't make a huge amount of sense), on each bottle, they're definitely a welcome addition to my bathroom shelves.

What do you think? Do you enjoy cutesy shower gels like these, or are you more of a basics babe? Let me know your thoughts! 

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

CONFESSIONS OF A BEAUTY THERAPIST: THE TRUTH ABOUT SHELLAC/ GEL NAILS


Hi lovelies! Some of you may have seen my previous 'Confessions Of A Beauty Therapist post, all about becoming a beautician, so if that's something you'd be interested in, you can check that out here. Today though, I wanted to talk about Shellac or Gel Nails as I have a lot of clients as well as some of you guys asking me on a regular basis what they are, how they work and generally just wanting more info on the treatment, so, today I thought I'd write up a little info for you all, so that you can decide whether or not gel nails are for you.

To start off, I'd like to clear something up. When I say 'gel nails', what I mean is gel polish. The difference between classic gel and gel polish is that the original gel products are an acrylic product, however gel polish is a lacquer that is applied over the natural nail. I don't personally use acrylic gel, so I this post, when I say gel nails I am referring to gel polish. Another thing I'd like to make clear, a lot of people ask me the difference between shellac and gel nails and to be honest there is no difference. Shellac is simply a brand of gel nail lacquer, just like Gelish, Jessica Geleration or Gellux. All have a similar application and removal process, the only real difference is the brand. Some may find certain brands work better for them, just as with regular nail polish. So, if a salon offers 'gel nails', chances are they are offering a gel polish manicure with a product such as shellac, but if you're unsure it's always good to check.

Gel polish is applied in thin layers and cured under a UV or LED lamp after each coat. First, your nails will be prepped, filing, buffing etc, some salons will involve some cuticle work too, but if your nails need a lot of work, it may be an idea to ask to book in for a full manicure with gel finish as generally gel nail treatments do not include much manicure other than shaping, buffing and pushing cuticles back. Your nails will then be wiped to ensure there is no oil on the nail, a primer is then generally applied befor base coat (some salons/ brands do not use a primer), a base coat is then applied and cured under the lamp. Each coat of colour is then cured individually under the lamp and the a top coat is applied and cured. Finally, the sticky residue is wiped away with a cotton pad and nail cleanser and then your nails are finished, super shiny and 100% dry! 

When your gel manicure is finished, you are then free to go about your day as normal, as there is no dry time with gel nails. Gel nails are a lot more long wearing than regular polish and properly applied, it generally will not chip. The only reason you may find that your manicure chips or flakes, is if your nails are flaky or peeling underneath. Usually though, chipping should not be an issue unless you are particularly hard on your nails. Generally, I would say that most gel manicures tend to last 10 days to 2 weeks before they need removing or replacing, as the nails will start to grow out and you'll get a line of regrowth around the cuticles. Some people can go longer than this, others, particularly if your nails aren't in great condition to begin with, may need them redone sooner. To get the most out of a gel manicure, it is a good idea to try to get your nails in good condition first, so booking in for regular manicures or even just using a cuticle oil at home will help to improve your natural nails. 

A question I get asked all the time is 'will shellac/ gel ruin my nails?' and my answer is always the same. If they are applied and removed properly, they should have no effect on your natural nails. Some people complain that their nails were ruined by gel polish, however, pretty much every time someone complains of this, it is due to improper removal. Gel needs to be removed using acetone and it just be soaked off. This can be at home or in the salon and is very easy to do. You can sit your nails in acetone to soak them, however this can be dying to the skin, so the way I do it (and recommend my clients do it, if they wish to remove them at home), is the cotton and foil method. To do this, you buff over the gel to remove the shine, then soak small pieces of cotton wool in acetone, then place it on the nail, then wrap the fingertips with tin foil. (You can look this up on youtube for a visual demonstration). This should remove all traces of gel in around 15 minutes. If the gel does not come away easily, you will need to wrap them for slightly longer - never pick or pull gel from your nails. The number one reason for damaged nails after a gel mani is when clients peel the gel off the nails, as this can remove layers of the natural nail. After a couple of weeks, the product may seem to come away easily when you pick at it, but avoid temptation! If you find your colour is lifting, get soaking!

Personally, I find that gel nails actually improve the quality of my nails, as the gel provides a fairly thick, protective layer over the natural nail, meaning they are less likely to break or split when accidentally knocked. I also find that my nails grow much quicker and much longer when I have gel on them, as they are protected and therefore don't break off! Working as a beauty therapist as well, I feel it's nice to have nice looking nails and with a regular polish, I'd generally be worried about chipping and flaking, which is definitely not a good look. However, with a gel manicure I don't have to worry as out that at all.

If you are unsure about whether or not shellac/ gel is right for you, there are a few things to consider. If you're happy to stick to one colour for a couple of weeks and don't like having to touch up chipped nails, or hate waiting for your nails to dry, then gel nails really are a godsend. I absolutely love that I can do my nails then not have to think about them for two weeks. However, if you like to switch up your colour a lot, they may not be for you, as regular nail polish remover will not touch gel nails and it does need soaking to be removed. However, normal nail polish can be applied over gel nails for a quick change and provided you remove it with an acetone free remover, you won't affect your mani at all.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had gel nails? Do you like them?
Let me know! 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: MANE N' TAIL DEEP MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER




Hello lovelies! I cannot express to you all just how excited I am to be writing this post today. Most of you have probably heard of Mane n' Tail and if you're anything like me, you were probably intrigued and little confused about the hype around horse shampoo. I mean, it's for horses, no matter how many times I'd heard about it, it still just seemed weird. After searching through pages and pages of rave reviews claiming it's a miracle in a bottle, giving you super soft, nourished, long locks, I decided it was finally time to give in to the hype and give the strange products a go.

Searching through several versions of the product on Amazon (who knew horses had so many options?), I decided to go for the 'Deep Moisturizing' version, because who doesn't want their hair to be deeply moisturised? I'll admit, I'm not entirely sure if this may have been reformulated or re-branded to make it seem a bit less weird for use by humans, or if it is actually just a straight up horse shampoo but either way, it definitely seems a little different to anything else I've ever used. I've been using these for about a week so have used them a few times and thought I'd give my first impressions, then perhaps if you guys are interested, I'll do a little update in the future to let you all know if it's helped with the condition long term, or if it really does live up to it's miracle growth claims.

For a start, the packaging, clearly it's nothing to shout about, let's face it, it wouldn't look out of place in a stable (and it wouldn't be out of place either!), but as they say, it's what's inside that counts and with these babies, that is certainly the case. Both the shampoo and conditioner are a bright swimming pool blue colour and are actually strangely quite similar in consistency. The shampoo lathers up really well and makes your hair feel seriously clean as you're washing it and actually does seem to be moisturising on it's own. I can't confirm this, as I've not actually used it alone, but my hair definitely feels smooth in the shower after use. Like I said, the conditioner is a similar consistency and feels quite thin for a conditioner, which initially worried me a bit, as I'm used to thicker conditioners and felt like it maybe wouldn't be as nourishing. How wrong I was! Funnily enough, the instructions said to massaged the conditioner into the roots as well as the ends, which I thought was kind of odd, but as I wanted to give it a fair test, I got on with it anyway and applied the product all over from root to tip and left it for about 3 minutes. Despite what I thought, my hair wasn't even slightly weighed down after blow drying and the difference in my hair was immediately noticeable.

Honestly, I've never been so impressed so quickly with a hair product. After just one use, my hair felt softer and smoother and was shinier than I'm pretty sure it's ever been. Getting shiny hair is a tough battle for us blondies but this fabulous duo make it easy to look as though you've stepped straight off a L'Oreal ad. Not only does it feel and look incredible, but I genuinely think that this is actually already improving the quality of my hair too. When I brush my hair, I get a lot less falling out than I ever used to and it definitely seems to stay nicer between washes. As I wash my hair every other day., my hair usually gets super dry the day after I wash it, rather than getting oily, however with this, my hair seems to stay clean between washes without going dry and frizzy at the ends. Yet another bonus that I've already noticed is that my hair seems to dry quicker too, whether I let it air dry or dry it with the hairdryer, the dry time is definitely much shorter, which I love. 

Overall, as you can probably tell, I'm absolutely bowled over by this strange little horsey duo. My hair has genuinely never felt better - if you've been thinking about giving this a go but have even the slightest doubt, try it, I promise you will not regret it!

Let me know your thoughts, would you like an update once I've finished with these bottles? Have you tried Mane n' Tail? I'd love to hear about your experience!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

MAX FACTOR SKIN LUMINZER FOUNDATION REVIEW*




Hi lovelies! As summer starts to slowly fade away and the weather begins to get cooler, I often find my skin loses the glowy look that it gets in the warmer weather. No I don't mean the sweaty shiny look, but with the help of a bit of sun, my skin generally just seems perkier. As much as I love autumn and winter, I do not love how dull my skin starts to get at this time of year. While I do generally use a gradual tanner year round, I still feel as though my skin needs a little boost and my usual matte finish foundations just aren't going to cut it.

So, when Max Factor very kindly sent me their new 'Skin Luminizer' foundation to try out the timing couldn't have been better! This product claims to be 'the secret to healthy looking, flawless skin' and contains light reflecting particles that create a healthy glow. I have to admit, I was slightly skeptical when I first saw the product, while the white liquid (the 'luminizer', I assume) swirled with the foundation looks pretty, I thought it was perhaps a bit of a gimmick and was worried that it would make the foundation look pale or too glowy, aka disco ball face. However, I swatched it on the back of my hand and was pleasantly surprised to discover a colour that was very true to the one in the bottle and luminous without being glittery.

We all know that a back of the hand swatch is all well and good, but what about the face? Well, I'm oleased to report that this foundation is a winner in all areas. It's an absolute dream to apply and blends so easily. I apply with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which is perfect for the the job, but it blends so nicely, I think you could just as easily apply this with your fingers if you wanted to. The colour (shade 55, beige) matches my skin perfectly, like seriously perfect, as I think the luminous liquid (probably not it's technical name) helps it to adapt to your skin. The product comes in several shades, luckily including a very light one, 'porcelain', which Max Factor also sent me and while it was far too light for me, it was perfect for my sister, who is very pale and struggles to find foundations that don't look orange on her. This however matched her skin tone beautifully, leaving no telltale streaks at the jaw line, #pethate. 

So, it applies beautifully, the colour match is fab, but does it live up to it's claims? Is it really the secret to gorgeous, healthy, glowy, flawless skin? Honestly, I think so. Don't get me wrong, it's not going to replace a good skincare routine and a little fake tan for me, but it definitely gives me the glowy skin that I so desperately seek at this time of year and that's good enough for me. The coverage is medium, possibly full when built up, but the product itself is super light, so it doesn't look or feel cakey and gross. The light reflecting particles also draw attention away from flaws such as uneven skin tone or dark circles, so you can get away with less product, even if you have problem areas. It's lasting power is above average but nothing to shout about. It will last you through a day at work/ school etc, but will need touching up if you plan to go out afterwards. Set it with a good powder and you're good to go for at least eight hours.

Overall, if like me, you like a little pick me up in the winter and find that your skin gets dull and loses it's glow in the cooler months, this is definitely one to try out. Also, an added bonus that I forgot to mention, this foundation claims to contain a hydrator, to help improve skin condition, so that's fab if your skin is dehydrated after the summer (weeks of lying in the sun anyone?). I haven't been using this quite long enough to comment on that yet, but I can say that my skin definitely feels nice when I use this and doesn't get that dry, flaky look by the end of the day. 

Let me know your thoughts! Have you tried this foundation? Do you like more of a dewy, brightening foundation at this time of year? 

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

BENEFIT COSMETICS MAJORETTE REVIEW AND #CHEEK2CHEEK TAG*








Hi lovelies! If you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen that Benefit surprised many of us lucky bloggers lately with these gorgeous personalised packages centred around their newest release, 'Majorette'. Majorette is a gorgeous 'poppy pink-peach' colour cream 'booster blush' that can be worn alone or under another blush for 'an instant pep-up'. As you can see, in my adorable rose gold box, I found a hilarious 'Take a Peek at Those Cheeks' mug with my name on it (I was thrilled with this) along with Majorette and the lovely Dandelion 'Box O Powder', which I've had my eye on for ages, so I was over the moon that this was the blush in my box!

So, as I hadn't actually heard a great deal about Majorette, I wasn't really too sure what to expect, but I'm so glad to have been able to give it a go because I am now officially in love. This is a gorgeous colour alone and blends like an absolute dream, even when I forgot to put it on and applied it over powder, huge bonus for a cream blush! The texture is gorgeous and it gives a light, but buildable flush, so it's fab worn alone, however when you layer another blush, it really does make it pop. I've been wearing this with Dandelion layered over the top every day this week and I've absolutely loved it. It brings out the colour of any blush you wear and as it's a cream, it gives it something to cling to and makes it much more long lasting, which is fab for long days at work.

Benefit have created a 'Cheeky Tag' in honour of the gorgeous new product, so, these are the questions!

1. How do you apply Majorette?
As I said above, I use it with blush over the top, but I love it alone for a more natural look.

2. What Box O' Powder do you wear Majorette with?
I've been using this with Dandelion, as it's only Box O' Powder blush that I have, but I've also given it a go alongside Hoola, which I absolutely love. I think the peachy colour of this goes gorgeously with Hoola bronzer.

3. What's your top tip for beautiful cheeks?
I'd say apply a little cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, with a powder blush to set over the top. Then, to really make your cheeks pop, add a little shimmery highlight to the cheekbones for a pretty, glowy look that lasts all day!

4. What's your cheekiest nail colour?
I wasn't too aware that nail colours could be cheeky! However, I love wearing a bright, barbie pink gel with gems for a super flirty, very Essex look! Does that count??

5. What's the cheekiest thing you've done?
I'm not sure I could pinpoint one 'cheeky' thing, as there's a fine line between 'cheeky' and just plain bad or wrong!! However, something cheeky I do frequently is hint to get what I want! I know, it's terrible, but I'm a hinter. For example, if I fancy a back massage, I'll tell my boyfriend that my shoulders really ache and I've had a really long day... The system works.

6. Who's the cheekiest person you know?
That'd be my Mum. Where do you think I got it from?? My things often disappear then later on, I'll see my Mum and she'll be wearing my favourite shoes, or she'll have a very familiar bag on her arm. At least it means I can borrow her stuff without feeling guilty!

7. Who's cheeks would you sneak a peek at if you could?
I don't actually really get what this means, assuming it means bum cheeks, if I'm honest I see far too many bums already with my job (I'm a beauty therapist, before you start thinking that sounds strange), so I really couldn't care much less!!!

8. What cheeky movie character do you like the most?
Fat Amy. All. The. Way. Crushed it.

9. Have you ever rubbed cheeks with a celebrity?
I actually don't know that I have. I've met a few very briefly, but not really to talk to. Unless Jeff Brazier coming into the salon I used to work in counts? It doesn't, does it?

10. What's your favourite cheeky song? (Basically a guilty pleasure!)
Let it go, duh.

11. Who do you 'pass the baton to' (tag?)
Everyone! Particularly if you've had the chance to try Majorette, but even if you haven't, you could perhaps answer what you would use it with if you did give it a go!

Let me know your thoughts! Have you tried Majorette yet? Would you like to?

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