Saturday, 16 September 2017

Tips for Starting University | Moving into Halls






This time last year I was moving into halls and starting university so I wanted to write this post for anyone who's about to do the same!

First things first it's alright to be nervous, for me this was the biggest change in my life! You're moving away from home and living with strangers but trust me they won't be strangers for long, when they say you meet friends for life at university they aren't wrong.

You will probably get a lot of people telling you how quickly the next year is going to go and they are so right so enjoy every second of first year. 

This is your chance to be whoever you want to be and having space away from friends and family will change all the relationships in your life. Don't neglect friends from home but remember everyone is busy and meeting lots of people and making an effort really counts during this first week.

If you love going out freshers week will be right up your street and even if you don't push yourself a little bit and just go out and have fun. Nights out in the first week are when initial friendships are tested and formed! 

Living in halls requires patience and it's ok to not always get on with your house mates you become a little family and what families don't fall out now and then!

Don't be nervous for lectures, everyone's in the same boat just do your best! You only need to pass this year and then the real work starts. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Top Tips For Online Dating | Tinder


To me the concept of online dating was middle aged singles with outdated photos,  even when joining Tinder myself I didn't view it as online dating probably because of its reputation. You know what I mean young people just looking for a shag or for their moment to send a picture of their penis to anyone they can find.

Top Tip number one, whatever reason it is that you find yourself on Tinder just have fun with it. There is no point taking it too seriously! When I joined Tinder I was in the mind set of how nice it would be to meet someone but I didn't have high expectations.

If you are looking to meet someone off Tinder because you want a relationship I would definitely say don't get easily attached just relax and have a laugh with people. By doing this you quickly realise what you don't want making that right person much easier to find!

Use Tinder as a confidence boost and a chance to practise, talk to lots of different people and maybe give people a chance who you might not instantly think is the right one for you. This way it is a win win if nothing comes of it you have probably learnt the things you will and won't say again and you are one step closer to finding the right person for you.

This next one has to be my top tip out of them all,  be honest.  If you are serious about meeting someone you don't want to be in the situation where you are nervous that you don't look like what they think you look like. Of course have a lovely photo but have a range of photos of you! Also before meeting anyone or to take the chat further move onto snapchat which is also the perfect way to get a realistic view of what you both look like. Not that looks are everything but no one wants to feel mislead!

For safety I would always make sure you snapchat or even FaceTime or video call whoever you plan on meeting. I'm not saying that just seeing someone makes them automatically safe to meet up with but it's a good place to start. Of course remember the basics, meet up in public places and let people know where you are going you know this stuff always go by gut feeling.

Only ever do things because you really want to, only say the things you want to say! A great thing about online chatting is that if at any point you want to stop talking to someone or someone makes you feel uncomfortable you can stop talking to them whenever you please.

A Tinder profile tells a lot about a person! If you are unfamiliar with how Tinder works you create a profile and can add as much information about you as you choose. You have a chance to write a bio, this is your chance to show a little bit of your personality which lets be honest Tinder is lacking! I wouldn't recommend group photos. One it's really annoying when you have to try and figure out who's account it is and this is just about you so make it all about you!

You also have the chance to set age and location settings. Be realistic with location but for the best chance of meeting new people go a little further then just your town, and remember location moves as the person holding the phone moves so they may appear near but check where they live.

I got Tinder back when I was in Sixth Form and the number one reason my friends took their time getting the app was that moment when you are swiping and come across someone you know! Just remember one have no shame and two they are also on it if they find you!  I feel like this opinion has definitely started to change and now just about everyone I know has used it at some point and I must add I know lots of successful Tinder relationships including my own.

The only online app I have experience of is Tinder but a close friend of mine has used Plenty of Fish and had a relationship from it and has used it as a way to meet quite a few people if you know what I mean ;) ! Her advice is "you need something in your profile that people will ask you about, be different, put an honest photo" I love her point of putting something to spark a conversation this will encourage people to message you and give them a good place to start.

 One final piece of advice especially if you are a woman don't sit around waiting for everyone else to message you, if you want something bloody go for it, what's the worse that can happen? A friend of mine messaged her boyfriend first on Tinder and a year and a half down the line they have just moved in together!

Have fun!

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fuck Anxiety



Anxiety then and now

Sitting on the floor down a school corridor not understanding what it was about that lesson that pushed me out the door crying, shaking, hyperventilating. Feeling physically sick until I got out of bed for the third time to go and check that the taps were turned off. Cancelling plans with friends again because I didn't want to leave the house. Going to pick up the phone my heart beating too quickly my hands feeling so weak like I couldn't even pick it up let alone talk. Being too scared to walk first into a room filled with people. Having difficult conversations shaking, feeling like I couldn't breathe, just wishing I never said anything at all. Overthinking absolutely everything

Trying to explain how you're feeling to be greeted with such a lack of understanding and a stiff upper lip. Taking yourself to a doctor who can tell you about cave man times and explain you are flighting not fighting but just being sent off with a "come back if the anxiety gets worse". Having a name for it didn't make it any easier.

Finding someone on the internet who has anxiety too but knowing that I'm not the only one doesn't stop the embarrassment or doesn't stop being labelled an attention seeker. Left sitting in a medical room at school being reminded to breathe when in my head I'm absolutely fine.  

Relief comes when you find those people who know you don't want a sip of water or a bag in your face but who are just there by your side.

 Maybe it's a bit of my mother in me but I had enough, not sad but angry.

Not feeling sorry anymore but feeling pathetic.

I can't put my finger on when it changed for me but any time I felt that little part of me feeling anxious I intentionally made myself do whatever it was that I didn't want to do. Faking it till I made it became my goal.

Walking with confidence, being the first to the phone at work, getting up and doing every presentation I could, saying everything I wanted to say, walking into every restaurant first.

I can't convince myself all the time and don't get me wrong I have lots of wobbles but it feels alright to let it out now, I can have panic attacks but know that at the end it will be ok.

 I have a boyfriend who understands me and knows not to go even when I push him away. Friends who read me better then I do. I'm now in my second year of university renting my first house, still faking it but definitely making it. I have learnt that my anxiety is a part of me and I wouldn't be without it because it makes me work harder everyday.


"Anxiety I will transform you into something useful and productive, I will not bow down to you" Jaeda Dewalt

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette | Review | Evening and Day Time Looks | Easy, Achievable, Realistic Eye Makeup


I am a huge fan of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes I own all of them but I have to admit the Naked Heat has changed the game for me. With autumn coming up I was desperate for some warm, orange, red and purple shades that I had always felt were missing from the other Naked palettes UNTIL NOW.

My lovely boyfriend treated my to this palette, after a lot of checking on when it was back in stock, and I haven't worn anything else since!


I wear this palette for a range of looks and thought for this post I would share both an evening and a day time look.

DAY


1 Ounce is a gorgeous highlighting shade which is what I wear on my brow bone and the inside of my eye.

2 Chaser is the lovely soft beige shade I put across my lid.

3 Sauced is blended out with Chaser and applied in the crease.

4 He Devil is the beautiful deep orange/red shade I blended with Sauced on the outer corner of my eye.

5 Ashes is a lovely purple shade that I used under my eye and to darken around the crease slightly.


EVENING 

For the evening look I used very similar shades with Ounce on the inside corner and brow bone.
6 Dirty Talk is a gorgeous shimmer shade which I think are perfect for evening looks. I put this across my lid.
I then used He Devil on the crease again.
Once I applied the eye liner I then built up the flick with Ashes. 



Tuesday, 29 August 2017

New House | Home Sense Haul




I am just about to move into my new house and I have been slowly building up a collection of new things. I am planning to write a series of hauls on the bits and bobs I have picked up. This post starts with Home Sense. 

This was my first ever trip to a Home Sense as there has never been one near where I have been living before. I walked in and instantly fell in love with just about everything!! I was a little hesitant as I am not a Tk maxx fan at all, and they are owned by the same company, but I was pleasantly surprised. 

I am so excited to show you a few of the gorgeous things I picked up.

The first is the metal storage box. This could be used for so many different things but it just suited my kitchen and by storing some bowls and mugs in it I have gained space in the cupboards! - £4.99

This lovely little yellow candle has a gorgeous wooden lid with a sweet pattern on. I am obsessed with yellow at the moment and for just £2.99 I couldn't resist. 

The second I saw grey, pink, marble triangles and a wooden lid I was buying it no matter what! It was just lucky for me this container is perfect for tea bags, sugar, biscuits or whatever it may be. - £4.99

They had such a great range of little terrariums and for £4.99 I had to have this little square one,  I have definitely been caught up in the succulent trend!!

I recently bought a new vase for my room, which will be featured in a room tour post coming soon, so I was on the look out for some artificial flowers. They didn't have a huge range but for £1.99 I was happy with two of these pretty pink ones. 

Thank you for reading,

Chlo xx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Lindos, Greece | The Perfect Holiday | How We Booked Our Holiday













Me and my boyfriend Jack were so lucky to spend a week in Lindos this summer and there is something magical about that place that you can only truly experience the second you arrive there. 

Lindos is a town on the greek island of Rhodes. We stayed in a lovely little apartment actually in Lindos but even if you are staying somewhere else in Rhodes Lindos is the perfect day trip. Whether you are there for a look around the gorgeous little shops, choosing one restaurant from such a great selection or a day on any one of the incredible beaches you won't be disappointed.  

This was our first holiday abroad as a couple and the process of booking a holiday was slightly daunting, it all couldn't have been made easier once we found the travel agents Exclusively Lindos. A live chat appears on their website as soon as you are on it and all I had to do was say what we were looking for at what price and when.  I was sent a choice of three different places to have a look at with more available if I wasn't pleased. I think it was the first one she sent over that I just fell in love with. All  I had to send was "book it" and it was done they also booked our flights and transfers to and from the airport. It couldn't have been made any easier. When we arrived at Lindos a member of the team were there to meet us and walk us to our apartment as our bags were taken there for us! If you are planning a holiday to Lindos I would highly recommend booking it this way! 

If you have any holiday destination recommendations please leave them below!! 

Chlo xx  


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Get Ready With Me | OOTD | Evening Makeup Look

In this post I wanted to share with you an outfit of the day from a trip to Brighton and an evening makeup look! 



I recently spent a night in Brighton with my gorgeous little sister! I went on a little shopping trip before going and picked up this top! It was from New Look for £19.99. It is light and I love the colours! I think it's just perfect for summer evenings.


This makeup look does give off a more autumnal feel, and it is definitely too hot for makeup these days, but for evenings I love this look! 


Foundation: MAC Studio Fix 
Concealer: Rimmel Match Perfection 
Powder: Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder 
Blusher: My usual blusher broke in my suitcase so I found a really cheap one in my collection I don't even know where it is from!!!
Bronzer: Soap and Glory Wonderbronze
Eye Brows: Soap and Glory DIY Brow Bar 
Lipstick: Mac Matte Taupe 
Eyeshadow: Naked One Buck and Virgin and Naked Smoky Thirteen and Whiskey
Eyeliner: Soap and Glory Supercat 
Mascara: Soap and Glory Thick and Fast 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Get Ready With Me





Boohoo is my go to shop especially in my last minute clothing needs as there always seems to be a great deal on next day delivery. This top and skirt are both Boohoo pieces, the skirt is a summer essential for me as I can pair it with just about every top I own! This top I actually picked up for my sister but of course I have already stolen it as it is quite big for its size. 

This evening makeup look features a few of my makeup favourites. Lets start with the bits from MAC. I have been very conflicted when it comes to Mac in past because I had alway been told that they use animal testing and as a vegetarian this is something I would never support. I recently did a little bit of research and " MAC does not test on animals and we never ask others to test for us. If a regulatory body demands it for it's safety assessment, an exception can be made". This made me want to know more about these regulatory bodies and found that MAC states that China is the only country that tests on animals as part of it's safety assessment. Now we have cleared that up lets get on with the products. 

Foundation: MAC Studio Fix 
Eye Primer: MAC Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot 
Lipstick: MAC Matte Taupe

I am a huge Rimmel fan and on a day to basis use Rimmel foundations as well as these great value products:

Primer: Rimmel Fix and Protect 
Concealer: Match Perfection 
Powder: I have featured the Rimmel Stay Matte powder as well as the Pixi Flawless Finishing Powder. This Pixi powder has a shimmer to it so I don't like to cover my whole face in it so although I used it for this look I would choose the Stay Matte. 

Soap and Glory:

I love love love Soap and Glory and the products I have featured have lasted me such a long time!

Bronzer: Soap and Glory Wonderbronze, this bronzer combines beautiful shades of pink, gold and white shimmer. The little blusher is a natural collection blush, it has somehow lost its packaging but I love the shade too much to stop using it!!

Mascara: This Thick and Fast mascara is an all time favourite of mine and I am yet to find another one that beats it.

Eyebrows: The DIY Brow Bar shades are the perfect, the lighter one for day to day and the darker for evening looks as shown in this post. I love powder for brows as long as you have the right brush!

Urban Decay:

Eyeshadow: The eyeshadow shades for this look are from the Naked 2 and Smoky palettes featuring Half Baked, Chopper and Whiskey. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

Chlo xx