Thursday, 2 July 2015

SUMMER LOVIN'


Hi lovelies! I don't know about you guys, but I am just loving the summer trends this year, fringing, suede, off shoulder style tops, denim, crochet, embroidery, it's all very hippie chic and I for one am just obsessed with it! There are just so many things that I'm absolutely loving this year that I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of some of the bits and bobs that I'm loving right now. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my picks!

This stunning playsuit from Miss Selfridge is unfortunately out of stock in my size online but if I see it in a store I'll definitely be picking it up as I'm just obsessed with it! I have a button front denim mini already, which I absolutely love, but I really want to get a white one like this one from Topshop now. I think the A-line style is just gorgeous and white is by far my favourite shade to wear in the summer. I recently bought a tan suede skirt which has quickly become one of my most favourite items in my wardrobe so I think this tan suede dress from Topshop would make a fab addition to my summer wardrobe! I can't imagine it's the coolest thing to wear, so may have to be saved for those not quite so hot summer days but I love it none the less!

The off the shoulder, bardot style dresses and tops are popping up everywhere lately and my wardrobe is slowing getting more and more full of them! This Embroidered one from Topshop is one the prettiest I've seen and I think it would be so beautiful and easy to wear for the summer time. I'm loving the open toe boot trend and these fringed ones from Topshop are just amazing. I love that they're open at the back so they won't feel too hot, but still give the look of a pair of boots. These suede Nine West flats from Kurt Geiger are currently on sale and proving very difficult to resist too! I'm not really one for smaller bags generally as my MK collection is my pride and joy, however I am getting into smaller bags more for the summer as carrying a big heavy bag can make you feel even hotter on a hot day! This black fringed one from New Look is beautiful and would go with just about any outfit for the summer.

What do you think? What are you loving lately?

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

LOVING LATELY

Hi lovelies! If you follow me on Instagram, (@chloesway, cheeky plug!) you'll know that I've been a bit of a shopaholic lately, it was my Birthday recently (okay, over a month ago now) and the weather has finally been getting warmer, so I decided it was definitely justified to treat myself a bit! So, today I wanted to share with you a few things that I've been absolutely loving recently.

I got both of these super cute pairs of loafers from New Look recently and I'm obsessed with them. I don't wear a lot of flat shoes like this, apart from sandals so it's nice to have an alternative when I don't fancy open toe shoes! Both of these are from New Looks Wide Fit range, which I absolutely love. I don't have particularly wide feet, but I do find wide fit flats much more comfortable than regular. Maybe I have oddly shaped feet, I'm not sure, but I'd definitely recommend checking these out if you fancy a super comfy pair of flats.

Can we just take a moment? I actually won this bag on eBay, which was super scary for me, as I was slightly concerned I'd end up with some super cheap knock off, but the seller was really good and has lots of great feedback and when it arrived, I was thrilled and relieved to find it was 100% authentic and 100% beautiful. I am in love with this. The style is the medium Selma bag, so it's just the right size for everyday without being too big or too teeny tiny.

Baby blue is one of my absolute favourite colours for Summer and these accessories are all super cheap from New Look. I think these look gorgeous with a fairly simple white outfit, to give it a little bit of colour without being super bright.

How cute are these little dainty necklaces from Primark? I'm loving Primark jewellery for the summer as it's so cheap and affordable and they have so many options. These were from £1 to £1.50 each which is fab, I get bored of jewellery really quickly so it's great to have some super cheap options to switch it up a lot.

Yet another MK bag might seem excessive, but I saw this on Brand Alley with around 30% off and a discount code, so I got this super adorable little cross body bag for around £72 instead of £110. How amazing is that? Again, it's the gorgeous baby blue colour that I've been absolutely loving lately, as with most MK bags, it has the stunning gold hardware, which will look stunning with gold jewellery. This really is a tiny bag, but it's fab for your phone, a mirror, keys and lipstick, which is all you need on a night out generally so that's perfect!

What have you been loving lately?

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

FONE ANGELS FOR YOUR PHONE EMERGENCIES!

Fone Angels

Hi lovelies! Recently, I dropped and smashed my old iPhone (luckily not my current phone!) and it got me thinking about how much we rely on our devices and what on earth we'd do if we were without them for a few days! If you don't have phone insurance, or if you need your phone or device fixed by a reliable company, then Fone Angels may be what you're looking for!

FoneAngels offers an express same day repair service or 3-5 day repair for most devices if you're not in too much of a hurry. you can send your device off or have it collected by a courier, you'll be given a 1 hour collection slot so you'll know exactly when they'll come to collect.

Not only do they offer repairs for everything you could think of (cracked screen, water damage, buttons, screen damage, sound.. and many more!) they also offer colour changes for some models. This isn't available on all iPhone models yet, but you can send off your iPhone 4 and have the colour changed, how cool is that?! If you're unsure of what the problem is, they offer a free diagnostic service, where they will check out the problem for free, then send you a quote for repairs needed.

So, check out Fone Angels here for more details and pricing for repairs. There are several fab reviews on the site, so you can be confident that your phone is in good hands. You can also arrange an appointment at their repair centre in Hertfordshire to have your device repaired there and then, rather than waiting for it be returned.

What do you think? Do you think this service is a good idea?

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

NAILBOX - THE NAIL POLISH MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOX


Hi lovelies! As a Beauty Blogger, not a lot excites me more than brand new monthly subscription box, so when I was contacted by Nailbox asking if I'd like to give one of theirs a go, I was absolutely thrilled! As many of you will know, I'm a Beauty Therapist, so my nails are kind of a big deal to me. As I have my own little salon and do clients nails and other beauty treatments 5 days a week, keeping my own nails looking good is very important. So, when I read into nailbox, a monthly subscription box containing five full size nail products every month, I was intrigued! 

The box costs £15 and in past boxes, including the May Box, which is the one I received, you get four full size polishes and one nailcare item, such as cuticle nippers, cuticle pushers, files etc. While getting 4 full size polishes is obviously well worth the money already, I actually find little tools like these really useful and as I work in the Beauty Industry, they're actually quite exciting for me to try out! So, as you can see, the products come very well packages and protected so they won't get damaged by careless postmen and inside, you get your polishes along with the nail care tool. I've been told that in other boxes, you may also receive nail accessories such as decals, diamant├ęs and such, so if you love experimenting with your nails like me, that will be perfect for you!  


In my box, I received four colours all from very well known brands and all perfect for the Spring/ Summer season. I can tell they've definitely tied in the shades they chose for this box with the season so that's fab. The first polish is 'Lucky Lilac' which is a Rimmel 60 Seconds shade, the second is 'Status Symbol' by Essie, 'Fiery Orange' which is a Chunky Glitter Orly Color Blast polish and 'Alex By The Books' which is from the Modern Family Collection by Nicole by O.P.I. 

 The tool I received was this Elegant Touch Professional Cuticle tool. As I wear gel polish a lot, metal cuticle pushers are fab for quickly pushing back the cuticles before application and for removing gel polish after soaking. However, a good metal cuticle pusher will be rounded with no sharp, potentially damaging edges. I have actually properly tested this and can happily report that this one in particular is very gentle on the nails and perfect for getting the job done quickly and safely. The key is not to work too rough with these and don't apply too much pressure to the nail and you'll be fine! The other end is also super handy for cleaning under the nails and pushing back cuticles right in the hard to reach corners, particularly useful on the toenails! 

 First, we're going to talk about 'Lucky Lilac', generally, I don't go for purple shades on my nails, but this is just the right amount of pastel without being too light and bright without being too 'Cadburys Purple'. For me, this is a fab toenail colour in the summer! This applies smoothly and easily thanks to the wide, flat brush. I love brushes like this and even when I tested this polish on my little fingernail, it was just as easy to apply. I should say that I can't comment just yet on the lasting power of these polishes as this is purely a first impressions post, however I will do full reviews of these if you'd like me to, so let me know if that's something you'd like to see! However, I can comment on dry time and I must say, this was pretty impressive. I applied one thin coat and let that dry for 60 seconds, then applied another and while I wouldn't say it was 100% dried solid, it was definitely very quick. I would say though that if you're using a top and base with this (as with any polish) it's best to let each coat dry individually for a faster drying mani. This is a fab shade if you tend to shy away from bright purples, but fancy something a little different for the summertime.

You can't beat a classic hot pink in the summer months and Essies 'Status Symbol' is the perfect warm toned, 'bright but not neon' pink. It's perfect for everyday wear as it's a bright, seasonally appropriate shade without being so bright that it'll look odd with half your wardrobe! Again, this has a wide flat brush, making application quick and easy. The brush isn't quite as wide as the Rimmel polish so for this reason, I actually slightly prefer the Essie brush, as I would imagine the Rimmel Polish wouldn't be so easy if you have teeny tiny nails. Dry time with this polish is fantastic as the coats apply so thin. The first coat of this looks slightly streaky but with two coats there's not a single streak or line in sight! Once again, leaving each coat to dry for a few minutes makes for a  much more hassle free mani, as this does dry fairly quickly.

I have to admit, when I first laid eyes on 'Fiery Orange', I thought 'Oh my god, what the hell is that?'. Bright orange glitters have never ever been my thing and in the bottle, this looks very misleadingly watery and honestly, slightly cheap. While I do like the bottle itself (I think the easy grip lid is a fantastic touch!), I almost didn't even want to try the product inside. Almost. But as a beauty blogger, curiosity got the better of me and of course, I like to give everything a fair test before I banish it to the drawer of no return. How wrong I was! Despite not being a shade I would have ever gravitated towards, I was actually shocked at how much I genuinely liked this shade. Not only does it apply surprisingly opaque in two coats, but the glitter also spreads so evenly over the nails (despite appearances in the bottle!) and the shade is actually really quite flattering. Honestly, this wouldn't be something I'd wear on my nails usually, but I think this would make a fab colour for the toenails, particularly if you were going on Holiday and wearing bright coloured sandals (preferably with a tan, of course). So, this is definitely a 'don't knock it 'til you've tried it' shade! 

I was very excited about this shade, partly because the day I tried it, I was wearing a top that matched it exactly and partly because I have a huge love for Modern Family. 'Alex By The Books' is a stunning pastel mint green colour, a bloggers dream. This again has a wide, flat brush and applies very smoothly and evenly. When I applied this, I could actually have gotten away with just the one coat, but I'd always apply two to ensure a longer lasting 100% opaque mani. This would look stunning on almost any skintone and I think it would look particularly gorgeous with a tan! The dry time for this was probably a little longer than the Rimmel and Essie Polishes as it's slightly thicker, but less than the glitter, but I always find glitters take a little longer anyway. Again, applying one coat at a time and letting them dry means this won't take too long at all to dry and leave you with a gorgeous minty mani!

Each of these colours was completely opaque in just two coats and as you can see above, this even applies to the glitter polish, which I think is seriously impressive for a glitter. I can tell the polishes that have been picked were chosen for the season, which I love, as I definitely go for a seasonal mani all year round.

Nailbox costs just £15 per month for a month to month subscription, however, you can save even more and prepay for several months. Check out the price plans here to decide which is best for you. I think this is actually better than many other subscription boxes because you know you're getting your moneys worth, whereas other boxes often have several samples that you just don't use. However, with this you're guaranteed full size products and useful nailcare items every single month - how amazing is that?

Overall, if you love nail polish and like to change up your mani depending on the season and love trying new nail products, then I cannot recommend Nailbox enough! Four polishes and a Nail Tool for just £15 is just fantastic! (This particular box was worth nearly £40 retail value, so you're getting an incredible deal). 

What do you think? Is Nailbox your kind of subscription box?
Which of these shades is your favourite? Let me know! 

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

BODY CONFIDENCE -PRIMA DONNA LINGERIE

Hi lovelies! I wanted to share this little slideshow from Blossom Lingerie with you all, as I think it has a really good message. Prima Donna Lingerie began in the 1800s and by the 1900s was branded a 'Beautiful and Luxurious' lingerie brand. The reason I wanted to share this with you is mostly due to the info on slides 7 onwards, while super skinny models were being promoted everywhere in the 1970s, Prima Donna was different, their ads used naturally curvy women, not necessarily plus size, but 'normal' women.

Don't get me wrong, as someone who is naturally not too curvy and a clothes size 6, I'm fully aware that I'm not one to be harping on about the use of skinny models in magazines and ads, however, the reason I enjoyed these slides is because it made me realise how far the media has actually come in terms of advertising. Yes, I do think there's room for improvement, but women of all shapes and sizes should be celebrated, not just skinny or just plus sized, but regular, beautiful women of all dress sizes should and now are being used in advertising and I think that's fab!

So, click through to check out the amazing Prima Donna Journey!


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