School Bag Beauty Essentials!

When i'm at school I always like to be prepared for any 'beauty emergency' I (or one of my friends) may have, so in my school bag, I always have a kit of beauty essentials. As we're getting closer to the start of the new school year, I thought i'd share with you what I have in my kit!

Hand Wipes
It's always good to have some wipes in your bag, as you'll never know when you'll need them!
Hair bands
I carry hair bands with me everywhere I go! And seeing as my school are silly and don't let us wear a hair bobble on our wrist if we're also wearing a bracelet, I always keep a few in my bag.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I love love love dry shampoo! It's a really easy pick me up for your hair after PE or if you're just having a bad hair day.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that this is one of my most favourite makeup products in the history of the world. I keep it in my bag so if my skin is looking shiny (particularly in the summer months) I can pop some on.
Dove Deodorant
This is a pretty obvious essential... I particularly love the scent of this Dove 'Go fresh' deodorant, and it does it's job really well!
Soap and Glory 'Hand Maid' Hand Sanitiser
If you're like me and can't stand the smell of hand sanitiser on your hands then try Soap and Glory's 'Hand Maid'. It smells gorgeous whilst keeping your hands super clean!
Topshop Strawberry Mini Milk Lip Balm
Another beauty essential is lip balm! One of my favourites is the Strawberry Mini Milk lip balm from Topshop. I wrote a bit about this in my 'London Beauty and Jewellery Haul' post but this is the loveliest tasting lip balm ever ever ever.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
I seem to spend most of my day reapplying my concealer (oh the joys of having bad skin) so I always carry some around and this is my favourite concealer ever!
Soap and Glory 'Hand Food' Hand Cream
I find that my hands get dry quite easily so I have to keep applying hand cream. The 'Hand Food' hand cream is such a fab product - it works so well and it smells delicious so I can't recommend it more!
Hair Grips
It's always really handy to have a few grips in your bag in case you need to pin your hair back!
Topshop Clear Nail Polish
Clear Nail Polish is fab for applying to any holes in your tights as it stops the hole getting any bigger so I always keep some in my school bag. I also wear it on my nails during the school week as it's clear so the teachers can't tell that i'm wearing any nail polish!
Soap and Glory 'Mist you Madly' Body Spray
Another obvious one! I love this spray so much that I spend my whole life spraying it on myself and it drives my friends insane! It's not the cheapest of body spray but it lasts for ages so it's worth it!
What are your school bag beauty essentials?
Lots of Love
Chloe xxx

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely Lizzy (go check out here blog - it's fab) to do the Confessions of a Beauty Blogger tag, and it looked fun so i'm going to give it a go!

1) How many hours a week do you spend writing/editing posts?
To be honest it depends on what sort of post i'm doing! For example, it doesn't normally take me as long to do tags as it does to do posts with lots of photos or really wordy posts. Most of the time I spread out the writing over a few days so normally it takes between 1 hour and 2 to write and edit a post.

2) Are you a spender or a saver?
I'm a bit of both really. If I know i'm going on a big shopping trip in the near future I will save my money but if not I tend to spend most of it quite quickly!

3) When is it easier for you to blog?
I find it easiest to blog when i'm home alone or at night when i'm the last one up because there's no there to distract me! I also find listening to music helps me to focus and makes the whole process more enjoyable (because as I think most blogger will tell you, blogging can get a tad on the boring side when you've been doing it for a few hours straight and you're having a bit of a mental block).

4) What makes writing behind a computer comfortable for you?
I find it comfortable writing from behind a computer because I know that the people that are going to read my ramblings are people who share the shame interests and (most of the time) opinions as me. I don't really have anyone that I actually know that I could have a proper beauty conversation with where as on here, I have lots of lovely people. 

5) What's your worst makeup/hair habit?
Dare I say it? Oh go on then... I sometimes blend my concealer in using my fingers. Yes yes I know that I should use a brush (and I do most of the time) but I find that when I use my fingers my concealer blends in much better than it does when I use my brush! Does anyone else have this issue?

6) What's one quote you wished the world would live by?
 Well (and I know this is really sad) most of my favourite quotes are from my all time favourite musical Wicked - mainly from the song Defying gravity - and I try to apply them to my life so I guess these are ones I wish the world would live by! I know there's more than one! If you tried to make me choose between them we'd be here forever! ~

"It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap"
"I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game"
"Everyone deserves the chance to fly"
"I'm through excepting limits cause someone says they're so"

7) How long do you spend getting ready every day?
On a school day it takes me about 1 hour to get dressed, do all my skincare stuff, put my makeup on, do my hair and have breakfast. There is a lot of procrastination in there too though.

8) Who's your favourite blogger?
Zoella! Personally, I can really relate to Zoe when it comes to lots of things, for example: anxiety and panic attacks. Zoe has written some incredible blog posts (and make an amazing YouTube video) about those issues in the past and as a suffer of both, those posts have really helped me. I also love Zoe's personality and the way that that comes through in her posts. I've been reading her blog for a few years now (I started reading not long after she started blogging) and I won't be stopping anytime soon!

9) Who is a blogger you read who you think deserves more subscribers than they have?
 There are so many bloggers who deserve more subscribers than they have! One of my favourite smaller blogs is Rosie's and it's one that I've been following for ages! She definitely deserves more subscribers! Another blog, that I've only come across recently is Tasmin's and she writes another great blog that really deserves more subscribers than it has!

10) What's one thing you're excited about in the upcoming year?
I have quite a few things i'm really excited about that are coming up! One of these things is the holiday to Turkey, with my family, that i'm going soon. Yay!

11) What's your most awkward blogging moment?
I haven't really had one yet! And fingers crossed I won't be having one anytime soon!

12) How long does it take you to prep for a post?
 With most posts I start planning for it a few weeks (possibly months) before I actually start writing! I have a notebook where I put all my ideas for the post on a page, and sometimes I do a sort of mood board on polyvore with all my ideas. Then i'll do all the photos and photo editing before I actually sit down and write. From then it can take up to 2 hours to complete.

13) Are you wearing pants (trousers) right now or are you actually wearing pyjama bottoms or sweatpants?
I'm wearing my pyjama bottoms!

14) What are you most proud of in your life?
I can't really think of one particular thing that i'm most proud but (sorry this bit's cheesy) i'm really proud of myself for overcoming some stuff I thought I wouldn't! I won't go into too much detail but the last year or two have been tough for a few reasons and I think I've dealt with it all well.

15) Who do you tag?
 I tag these lovely ladies to do this tag ~

Lou Bluebird

Thanks again Lizzy for tagging me! It was so much fun doing this tag and I hope all the girls I've tagged enjoy doing it too!

Lots of Love

Chloe xxx

London Beauty and Jewellery Haul!

So yesterday I went to London with my two lovely friends Leonie and Alice for a little shopping trip to celebrate Leonie's 15th birthday. It was a fab day but i spent far too much money buying so many lovely things!
First we went to Camden! I absolutely love Camden and all it's great markets so I had to put a little spending ban on myself because I knew that if I didn't, I would probably spend most of my money in Camden, leaving me with no money to spend everywhere else! However I did break this ban once and I brought a lovely vintage photo for 50p.
Then (after a 30 minuet walk because the tube station we needed was shut) we went to Covent Garden, which is one of my favourite places in London! I love the atmosphere there, and it has so many amazing shops!
I popped into the Covent Garden Lush (which is like the best lush ever - most of the shop is in a sort of cellar, and it works so well) and I picked up two things ~

 Amandopondo ~ Bubble Barr Slice
I actually prefer the Lush bubble bars to the Lush bath bombs as I feel they make the bath nicer! And also you get more for your money as you can break this bar up and use it in a few baths. At £2.75 this is fairly cheap for a Lush product and they tend to work really well so I can't wait to try it out!

Soft Coeur (The Honeymooner) Massage Bar
 I've been wanting to try out a massage bar for ages and this smells incredible so I really can't wait to use it!
(I'm planning to review both these products when I get round to using them so keep your eyes out for that!)

The other shop I love in Covent Garden is Sass and Belle. It's a lovely little shop full of shabby-chic style items, mainly for the home. Everything in there is so well priced and it's all so beautiful!
Here I picked up a simple "Reach for the Stars" small decorative sign.

"Reach for the Stars" sign ~ £1.99

 This is in the shabby chic style and it looks so lovely hung up in my room with all my other shabby chic items!
Then we went over to Oxford Street and spent about 5 hours in various different shops!
First we went to Boots, where I picked up a salt spray that's been on my wish list for ages ~
L'Oreal Paris Studio Matt & Messy Shine Free Salt Spray ~ £3.69
 I have seen so many bloggers rave about this product and as you may know, i'm a huge lover of the whole beach tousled waves look, so I thought i'd give this salt spray a try! I think it's reasonably priced compared to other salt sprays I've seen and I can't wait to try it out! I'll make sure to do a review and tell you all what I think!
After Boots we went into Topshop. Now, I love the Oxford Street Topshop! It's literally like Heaven! I had to be careful though as could have easily spent all my money in like 5 minuets.
I went to the Topshop Make Up section, where I picked up these lovely items ~
Topshop Nail Polish: Flamingo Coral ~ £5.00
 The minuet I saw this polish I literally fell in love with the colour! It's a stunning coral pink colour that is just gorgeous! I've wanted a topshop nail polish for ages but the range of shades my local Topshop store does is a bit pants so I was so happy that I was able to buy one, and I can't wait to try it out! 
Barry M Lipstick: Pink Suede (150) ~ £4.49

 A Barry M Lipstick is another thing I've wanted for ages! I tend to not wear lipstick much, simply because I haven't found one that I really like but I love the shade of this product and I can't wait to try it out!
Lip Smacker: Strawberry Mini Milk ~ £2.50 

 Strawberry Mini Milks are one of my most favourite ice creams ever ever ever so I was so excited when I saw this! They had a few other ice creams such as Feast, Fab and Chocolate Mini Milk so I might have to buy myself some more next time i'm in London!

Finally, we went to Forever 21! The store is at the other end of Oxford Street than Topshop so we had to get on the tube and then walk a bit (we got off a stop too late oops) before we got there. Forever 21 is one of my most favourite shops ever and I really wish they had more stores in the UK!
I picked up a lovely top (that I forgot to photograph so it won't be in this haul oops) and a few jewellery pieces ~
Red Heart Necklace ~ £1.65
 This necklace is so cute and for £1.65 I couldn't not buy it could it?

 "Oui" Necklace ~ £2.40
(the lighting went weird in this photo - sorry)

 I really love this necklace! It's so simple yet so cute and I think it's going to be one I wear when I go back to school!

Rings ~ £3.90

I've got a new obsession with rings! Literally! Over the last few months I must have brought almost 50 new ones or something silly like that! Forever 21 doesn't have sizes on it's packaging though so I've had to guess and hope that the one I've picked up fits my incredibly small fingers. This is a 3 piece set, with one little bird ring, and two open heart rings.

So that's everything I brought in London! If you like haul posts like this, let me know and i'll do some more!

Lots of Love

Chloe xxx

Summer 2013 Nail Polish Wishlist

I am a little bit of a nail polish addict. I love using new shades. The only bad side is i'm really inpatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry! 
This summer brands seem to be releasing more and more gorgeous shades! Here's my Summer 2013 nail polish wishlist. Some are new shades, others have been around for a while but I think they're all perfect for summer.

1 ~ Topshop "Blue"
2 ~ Essie "Sunday Funday"
3 ~ Models Own Scented Fruit Pastel Polish "Apple Pie"
4 ~ Topshop "Parma Violet"
5 ~ Essie "Secret Story"
6 ~ Models Own Scented Fruit Pastel Polish "Banana Split"

What's on your nail polish wishlist?
Lots of Love
Chloe xxx

Button Swaps

So I've decided to start doing button swaps as I think they're a fab way of sharing all the lovely blogs that are out there, with other bloggers!
I'm going to put all the buttons on my 'Favourite Blogs' page (i'm still getting it up and running though so there's no buttons on there yet). I know most bloggers choose to but them in the sidebar but my sidebar is already full to the brim!
If you want to do a button swap either email me or comment on this post and we can arrange something!
Lots of Love
Chloe xxx

I Heart Summer Tag

Libby from Life of Libby did this tag last week and I thought it looked fab so i'm going to give it a go!
Favourite Bronzer for Summer?
I'm not really a bronzer person but when I use it, I use the Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder. It's really cheap and works amazingly well for the price.
You're relaxing on a hammock on a tropical island, what would you be sipping on?
Either a cold chocolate (like a chocolate milkshake but better - I live on them when i'm in Greece) or a mango smoothie!
Favourite Summer Lipstick?
I don't really use lipstick so I can't really answer this question...
Pool or Beach?
Hmmm hard question! Possibly the beach? I'm not sure!
Summer = crazy hair. What's your must have styling product?
The Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Mist! It's so good for a loose tousled beach style!
Sunbathing or Fake Tan?
Sunbathing! I've never used fake tan because I think that you can't get a better tan than a natural one.
Favourite Summer Nail Polish?
The Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish in Mint for Life! I did a whole review of it here!
Any Summer Traditions?
I always visit my family in Yorkshire for the last week of August, and the bank holiday! Sadly though I don't think i'm going to be going this year, for the first time in years, as I'm supposed to be going abroad somewhere that week.
Favourite Summer Scent?
It's not a perfume but I'm absolutely in love with the Soap and Glory Mist You Madly spray!
Favourite BBQ food?
Chicken Drumsticks all the way!
Favourite Summer Proof Makeup?
I find the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer perfect for summer as it's so light on your skin!
Any Summer Vacations planned?
Just a few little trips around the uk - Devon, Brighton, Surrey etc. And possibly a trip abroad at the end of the summer, fingers crossed!
I tag you all to do this tag!
If you give it a go make sure to comment the link so I can give it a look!
Have any of you got any nice summer plans?
Lots of Love
Chloe xxx

Summer Wardrobe Staple ~ Playsuits

I am absolutely in love with playsuits. Literally. In my opinion, a girl can never have too many playsuits (although my bank balance may disagree). They're so practical and versatile - you can wear them for all occasion! And you can wear them throughout the year. In Winter wear them with tights and boots, and in Summer, with sandals!
In my opinion, you can't beat a good old highstreet store, as a place to buy playsuits. All the designer ones are all too fancy and formal - completely ruining the point of a playsuit! So here are my top 5 highstreet playsuits!
1 ~ Miss Selfridge
2 ~ River Island
3 ~ Topshop
4 ~ Miss Selfridge
5 ~ River Island
You might have noticed a little pattern in the stores? All these playsuits are from what I call the 'holy three' of high street stores (although other people may disagree) - Miss Selfridge, River Island and Topshop. If I had my way I would buy all my clothes from there but sadly my monthly fashion budget doesn't stretch that far!
What do you think about playsuits?
Lots of Love
Chloe xxx