Monday, 14 April 2014

YVES ROCHER SEXY PULP MASCARA REVIEW*





Sexy Pulp Mascara in Black available on YvesRocher.co.uk

Hi lovelies! Being someone who is very fickle, but very fussy with mascaras, I am constantly on the hunt for 'the one'. I can honestly say I've only ever purchased about 3 mascaras more than once as I try new ones all the time and very rarely stick to one for very long. Recently, I was asked if I'd like to try the 'Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara', which apparently was raved about by Youtube sensation 'Zoella' and as I was beginning to run low on my current mascara, I decided now was as good a time as any to give a new one a go!

Yves Rocher is not a brand I'd had any experience with before and honestly, I hadn't heard a lot about their products at all. As first impressions go though, this definitely raised my expectations for other products from the brand! There are three main things I want from a mascara, length, volume and super black lashes. This mascara gave me all three! As you can see from the photo, the brush is kind of curvy, which, from trying similar shaped mascara brushes recently, has become my favourite kind of brush as it not only gives length and volume, it also adds a slight curl to the lashes without having to faff around with eyelash curlers (no fun at 6am), as it curves to fit the natural shape of the lashes.

In just one coat, this mascara separates, lengthens, adds volume and makes my lashes really black. This one isn't waterproof, but it doesn't move all day. It won't smudge under your eyes or flake off as some mascaras do. I won't bang on too much as I honestly think the picture speaks for itself. If you want a simple, no fuss all in one mascara that gives a false lash effect with just one or two coats this is definitely for you!

Let me know what you think. Have you tried Yves Rocher products before? Let me know if you have any recommendations!

*Mascara was sent to me for reviewing purposes, however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

WISHLIST - GEORGE AT ASDA


Hey Beauts! I wanted to do a quick wishlist post for you all today, as the weather has been beautiful here today and whenever we have lovely summer like weather, I find myself outfit planning! Somewhere that's surprisingly impressive with it's spring/ summer picks lately is George at ASDA. Whenever I go into Asda, I actually find myself browsing around the clothing section lately. People can be a bit funny about supermarket clothes, but they've seriously upped their game, so don't knock it!

This particular outfit I've put together is a bit different for me, as I don't usually go for Midi-Skirts, but this one really caught my eye. Perhaps it's because I'm an Essex girl I'm getting drawn to Leopard print!! I want to be a bit braver with fashion too, so maybe I'll give one a go.. let me know your thoughts! This skirt is only £10, which is incredible for such a gorgeous statement piece. I've put the skirt with neutral colours so that the main focus is on the skirt alone. The simple black cami is just £6 and would be great with this outfit and many others too, you really can never have too much black in your wardrobe in my opinion!

As for accessories, I chose a gorgeous gold statement necklace, which is a mere £6, some classy nude heels, only £16 and this stunning nude and black leather look bag. I think the bag may be my favourite part, it's so sophisticated and looks much more expensive than it's £14 (yes, you read that right!!) price tag.

So, George at Asda, I am well and truly impressed. Anyone fancy a trip to the Supermarket?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

KATY PERRY KILLER QUEEN OH SO SHEER REVIEW


Killer Queen Oh So Sheer - Only £20 for 100ml at Superdrug!

Hi lovelies! Today, I have yet another perfume review for you all! We've all gathered by now that I love perfumes, so this probably won't come as a surprise to the more regular readers of my blog. Today, I wanted to review one of the most recent additions to my collection, 'Katy Perry Killer Queen Oh So Sheer', which is the limited edition Spring/ Summer version of her Original 'Killer Queen' scent for 2014.

I've found Katy Perry perfumes a bit hit and miss so far, oddly enough her first fragrance 'Purr', was a bit 'meh', for me, but then the sweeter adaptation 'Meow' is one of my absolute favourites! Then when I tried the original Killer Queen, I liked it, but not quite enough to buy it, but then when I tried Oh So Sheer, it was literally love at first spray! The  notes of this scent are mulberry, elderberry, black current, plum, jasmine, freesia, red velvet flower, plumeria, kashmir wood, praline, caramel and patchouli.

Like the original Killer Queen, Oh So Sheer is a fruity, sweet, woody caramel scent, but fresher and less spicy than the original. So, if you tried that one but found it a bit too spicy for your taste, I'd definitely recommend trying this one instead. On the first spray, this scent is very strong and slightly sharp as you get a lot of the fruits, however this quickly calms down to a pretty fruity floral scent, with hints of the caramel beginning to come through right away. The fruity floral sticks around for a short while, perhaps an hour or so before settling down to a fruity, woody, caramel scent. It's a sweet drydown, but in no way sickly or overpowering. It's sweet and definitely a gourmand scent, but soft and pretty, hence 'sheer' I suppose!

The lasting power of this isn't best, but it certainly isn't the worst. I get a few hours out of this before it becomes undetectable to my nose, but still slightly noticeable to others. This is the kind of scent that sits close to your skin, so people will only smell it if they're fairly close to you. This makes it a great every day scent, particularly if you're at work, school or college and don't want to choke everyone in the room with your perfume! That said though, I have received a lot of compliments when wearing this, particularly if I've been in a car with someone or up close to them. It's soft and pretty and absolutely perfect for this time of year. If you've smelled 'Pink Friday' by Nicki Minaj, I would actually say it's fairy similar to that, but longer lasting and slightly more sophisticated. To be honest, if I'd tried this first, I probably wouldn't have bothered with Pink Friday.

I actually really like the bottle, the bottle itself is clear glass, with a light purple liquid, which looks really pretty placed next to my bottle of Vera Wang Princess on my shelf, silly I know!! I'm not exactly sure what the bottle is supposed to be, if it's actually supposed to be shaped like something, so if you do know, tell me in the comments as I have no idea! It is pretty though and it's very different from everything else I own as it's resting on its side rather than straight up, which I actually quite like. Being a bigger size, this really isn't very travel friendly, but that doesn't bother me as I tend to use my Travalo for that anyway!

So overall, if you like sweet, fruity, caramel scents and want one that's not too heavy for spring/ summer time then this will be absolutely perfect for you!

What's your go to summer scent? I'd love to know! Comment below and let me know!

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DRINKING IN VS DRINKING OUT


Hi lovelies! If you know me at all, you'll know I love a night out, getting dressed up, high heels and lipstick etc, etc. And of course, on those occasions, I like to have a drink, or a few drinks, as I'm sure many of us do. Of course, we're all aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol, it's fair to say the odd night out once a week or so isn't going to do much harm. However, what about the alcohol we intake at home?

In all honesty, as much as I love a few cocktails on a night out, I'm not actually generally one for drinking at home. Whether it's a friends house, family members house or my own, unless it's a very special occasion, I rarely drink unless I'm actually out. However apparently, in a recent survey by ECigaretteDirect.co.uk they found that 6:52pm was the average time that Brits open a bottle of wine of an evening. The study also found that on average, people drink 2.7 glasses of wine per night, with an average of just two 'alcohol free' nights a week.

This information to me seems absolutely mad, possibly because I'm not a wine drinker, but the idea of drinking alcohol every night of the week seems crazy to me! Though saying that, I do know people who do it and I'm well aware that a glass of wine is how a lot of people like to end their day. One woman in the study actually said "There is something very special about the first glass of wine of the night. I only ever have one and a half glasses if I’m drinking in the week, but that is just enough for me.”And another said, “The first glass of wine signals the point when your day is officially over and you can enjoy your evening. For me it is usually around 7:15pm. By that time the children are in bed, the kitchen has been cleared after dinner, and my work phone is officially switched off, in fact there are some days when the weather is brilliant where all I can think about after 4pm is heading home and enjoying a chilled Chablis in the garden.”

I guess I just wanted to get a few opinions on this, because to me, this seems excessive, but I know to others it's the norm. So, let me know your thoughts, do you drink at home, or do you save the alcohol for a night out or special occasion? 

Let's get a discussion going in the comments!

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

GIVEAWAY: HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY CHLOE'S WAY







Hey beauts! Guess what?! It's Chloe's Way 2nd Birthday!! Or 'Blogiversary' if you will. Two years has absolutely flown by since Chloe's Way was born and so much has happened in such a short time. I've been nominated for a Cosmo Blog Award, attended several different events, got a few freelancing jobs, had the chance to work with loads of amazing brands and met so many lovely people. Starting a blog has literally been one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life and I'm so glad that two years on, I'm still loving it just as much as I was at the beginning!

So, as a little thank you to those of you who have joined me on my blogging journey, be that from the beginning or just from today, I wanted to say a huge thank you. It's mega clichéd, but none of what I've been able to do through blogging would've been possible without those of you who comment or click the follow button. So, what better way to say thank you and Happy Blog Birthday to me, than a 'Chloe's Way' themed giveaway! I wanted to choose prizes that I thought you'd all love, but also kind of represented me and my blog. These prizes are special to me as I actually own each and every one myself, so we'll be matching! Of course, all the ones you'll win will be brand new and totally your own!!

With this in mind, I picked up another Barbie Catseye London makeup bag (as you all loved it the first time round!)and some Barbie socks, as I love a bit of Barbie and I'm sure you all do too! You'll also win my favourite Bomb Cosmetics Candle 'Love Rocks' along with a Rimmel Apocalips lip Lacquer in one of my favourite shades 'Luna', which is fab for Springtime! And last, but certainly not least, the gorgeous pastel statement necklace, also perfect for the time of year.

So, all that's left to do now is enter using the Rafflecopter form below, good luck!
P.S. This Giveaway is open internationally, so wherever you are in the world, get entering!

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

PARIS SHOPPING SPOTS YOU CANNOT MISS


Paris... Who wouldn't love to visit the splendid City of Love? And of course, Paris is not just about the Eiffel Tower and Louvre... It is without any doubt also one of the world’s best shopping destinations. The chic French capital is home to a staggering number of elegant boutiques selling beautiful dresses, vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories and on-trend cosmetics for the fashion-conscious consumer. Doesn't it all sound irresistibly? If you are currently thinking of a trip to Paris, you don't even have to worry to find high accommodation prices like in London, so luckily you will be able to spend more money on your shopping tours. Thanks to modern booking sites (see for example venere.com) that permit you to find and book your accommodation in Paris ahead, the only thing you will have to think about is your itinerary! Ready for your next shopping trip? Here is a little guide to shopping locations you definitely cannot miss.

1) Come on Eileen
This splendid boutique may appear to be chaotic from the outside, but once inside you will have no problem finding fantastic designer pieces by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent at unbeatable prices. If you’re looking for a bargain, you will surely find something special here.
2) Ding Fring
This is one of Paris’ only charity shops, and behind its shabby façade Ding Fring is home to a goldmine of second-hand vintage and designer pieces at very affordable prices. The items are all colour coded making it easier to find what you are looking for.
3) Viseart
This fabulous make-up bar is a wonderful place to find reasonably priced quality cosmetics in Paris. The assistants are all fully-trained make-up artists and offer additional services including a forty-five minute makeover and a ninety minute make-up master class. 
4) Gaia
This quaint store is home to a great collection of woman’s clothing and accessories. The items on offer include both second-hand pieces and brand new garments at excellent prices. The store itself is elegantly furnished and clients even have to ring the shop doorbell for admittance.
5) André
This fashionable shoe shop boasts its own range of economically priced footwear alongside those by up-and-coming designers such as Bali Barret and Katherine Pradeau. André is the perfect place to shop if you are looking for en vogue shoes and bags without overspending.
6) Sessùn
This is a wonderful place to find boho chic clothing, accessories and homewears. In fact, the owner opened shop after an inspiring trip to South America and this travelling spirit can be seen in Sessùn’s collections displaying casual tassels, neat tailoring and natural fabrics.

You will no doubt find yourselves spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in this fabulous city. For more information about Paris' amazing fashion shops, hair salons and much more, have a look at this website . Just remember to shop around in order to find the best bargains and one-off pieces hidden in Paris’ quaint and luxurious boutique stores.

*Post written by Mary, travel and lifestyle blogger.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

CLOTHES I SIMPLY CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT


Hey Beauts! So, the gorgeous Georgina from Georgina Does recently tagged me to do this post 'Clothes I Simply Can't Live Without', which is a fab idea for a post anyway, but when I got an email from Rare London letting me know that this was actually a competition with them, I knew I absolutely had to do this post! So, without going into my usual intro rambles, I'm going to share with you the items in my wardrobe that I absolutely can't live with out!

First up is an example of a style I can't live without, t-shirt shift dresses, these are my absolute favourite kind of dresses right now. They're the perfect choice when you're going on that kind of night out where you don't know if it's going to be a casual pub night out, or if you're gonna end up on the floor of a club. They're just the right amount of cute and sexy that you'll pretty much get away with it anywhere - perfect! Following from that, my cute little ankle boots are also perfect for the pub or club night out. They can be dressed up or dressed down and are literally the most comfortable heels I own.

And of course, what wardrobe is complete without a good leather jacket? This pretty baby from H&M has served me for about 4 years or more now and it just seems to get better with age. At least that's my excuse for wearing a beat up pleather jacket that I've had since I was 16! Perfect under the trusty old jacket, is my favourite t-shirt. T-shirts can be so blahh, but this beaut from SheInside is the ultimate tee, the length is perfect for wearing with leggings, but also looks amazing tucked into skirts. The 'Coco Made Me Do It' slogan adds just a touch of class, which makes you look a lot more 'put together' than if you just had a regular white tee on. This is my go to on the weekends and honestly, I am going to wear this baby to death.

We all know I love my high heels and mini skirts, but I have a secret for you all, I also have a serious weakness for a good pair of Nikes. Particularly a candy pink pair. I couldn't live without these because pretty workout gear seriously motivates me when it comes to fitness. Honestly, if I went to the gym in baggy joggers and a dodgy t-shirt, I'd probably last about 10 minutes before sulking into the wall to wall mirrors and going home. I don't care what people say, the gym is as much of a fashion show and the rest of the world, and I'm gonna rock some pretty clothes and cute trainers, even if my catwalk is a treadmill.

My leather mini skirt is my absolute go to for a night out. You know those nights where you don't really have time to put a lot of thought into your outfit, but want to look like you made a whole lotta effort? Well, my Coco tee, cut out boots and this leather skirt have been my saving grace many a time. Quick slick of red lippie (not too quick, you might get it on your teeth) and you're good to go. Funnily enough, despite basically not being a lot more than a black mini skirt, this draws a lot of compliments when I go out. It's edgy, it's fun and I love it to pieces.

As spring's coming up, I'm loving pastels, but sometimes it's difficult to find shoes to pair with pastels, step in (get it?) gorgeous nude wedges! These bad boys were from eBay and only set me back £15, whaaat? I have these in nude and black and again, they get worn to death and I love them dearly.

Finally, My Little Pony PJs. Because I can't live without PJs for a lazy day and these ones have My Little Ponies on them. This needs no further explanation.

What do you think of my picks? I'd love to know what clothes you couldn't live without, let me know in the comments!

I tag Ellie, Sophie and Becka to do this post!
Check out Rare London's Competition page here.

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