Tuesday, 22 November 2016

My Favourite Hair & Beauty Products!

Good evening! 

So 2016 is kind of coming to an end incredibly quickly! Where do the days go?! It's a good time of the year to review everything of that year so a few new blog posts that I put up will probably be related to that in some way. I've had a few ideas for quite a few blog posts throughout December... I say this now, I hope I don't regret it! (I said this for October.. and look what happened!) 

I recently had to think of a few products that I think are well worth the purchase, and it got me thinking.. why not write a post about some of the products. Here are some of my favourite products I have used throughout this year that have been fab and well worth purchasing!


1. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara. 

I remember when I first bought this, so there was a deal on because it was a brand new mascara, and I can't really remember what the deal was exactly... but it was something like if you spent over a certain amount on Rimmel London products you got this for free, and not so long ago they had it on offer for buy one get one free I think. So I went into Boots just getting the things I needed and as I saw I could get this for free, I thought, may as well! And I've literally been using it ever since... it's SO good. It makes your eyelashes really long and also I love that it doesn't leave your eyelashes looking clumpy. At the moment I wouldn't change my mascara because I love this one too much, but if you're looking for a new one to try, even if this one isn't a new one out anymore, this is a great mascara. I think it's either £7.99 or £8.99 which is a decent price and it lasts for ages, I don't really have to buy mascara that often. I also got my Mum into it and now she also uses it all the time! 


2. Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation.


I know I just spoke about a Rimmel London product but this is also one of my favourites of this year. I always find foundation one of the trickiest things to buy because, one, there's so many different ones, and two, I feel like you don't know what it's like until you try it yourself...even if a friend tells you it's amazing, I feel like everyone's skin is different and takes to them differently. So I guess me telling you that this is a good product kind of makes me a hypocrite... but maybe some of you may agree with me. I have actually gone through a few different ones this year because I found some were too heavy on my face, some really affected my skin and made me quite spotty, but this is the one I stopped at and was happy to use. It blends into your skin well, it covers all your blemishes, it lasts longer, and also it's a decent sized container so it actually takes me a little while to get through the whole thing which is nice. I think the price is again £7.99 or £8.99, I'm so bad at this I know! I honestly can't remember what the range of skin colours they have with this foundation, but I get the lightest you can.. I'm so pale its embarrassing. 

3. Nice n Easy Hair Dye. 


So I've actually been using this for like, 3 years... and I haven't ever changed to a different hair dye. So I'm naturally brunette but I've been blonde for the past 3 years (life would have been so much easier if I was naturally blonde.) At the moment I don't think I'd ever go back to my natural hair colour... I think I look horrible with brown hair so that's me dying my hair for the rest of my life. But anyway, this brand has never disappointed me. My hair looks so natural, people are generally shocked when I mention that blonde isn't my natural hair colour, that's how good this hair dye is. I know many people worry about hair dye ruining your hair, but as I said, for the whole time I've been doing it my hair still looks healthy and always feels soft. The usual price in most shops is £5.99 but I used to buy it cheaper at Body Care, but there's always a deal on with this hair dye brand, most of the time you can buy 2 or £10 so it's quite helpful if you have long hair and need two bottles of it. They also have a root touch up as well so if your roots start showing but the rest of your hair is fine it's a handy thing to buy! (I actually had a facebook memory today saying that I'd gone and dyed my hair blonde.. and here I still am continuing to dye it blonde! So it really is 3 years to this day!)

4. Colour Freedom, Crimson Red.


I love this product. If you're looking to dye hair a different more vibrant colour than just blonde, black, brunette etc, these are such good dyes to use. If you want to dye your whole head a different colour or even just have a bit of dip-dye and you want something that comes out after some washes this is a favourite product of mine to use. I decided to dip-dye my hair, and I wanted a pastel colour to begin with and I chose a light pink as I have blonde hair and didn't want to go too bright to begin with. To make it a pastel colour I just mixed it with conditioner before brushing onto the ends of my hair and it works a treat. I've also now done it without conditioner and had bright red dip dyed ends and I'm just in love with doing it. It's non-permanent and comes out after so many washes, it depends how dark or light it is, so when I didn't add any conditioner and went for the red colour it took a lot longer to wash out (I dyed it on the 29th of October and it is still in my hair now - 22nd November, obviously a lot more faded) but it also looks quite nice while its slowly fading. There's a range of colours which I would love to try at some point, Magenta, Pink, Crimson Red, Blue, Silver Blonde, Purple, White Blonde, Rose Blonde, Aqua, Grey and Blue Denim. You can either have them as the colours you see on the box or make them pastel colours by mixing conditioner. Also they're £6.99 and lasts for ages... especially if you're just using it for dip-dye, I still have my original dye I bought... but I guess if you do dye your whole head then depending on your hair length you may end up using all of it.

5. Rimmel London Soft Kohl black Eyeliner Pencil.


As you can see, I'm very impressed with Rimmel london products. I've been using this forever really, I've tried other eyeliner's before and even though they say they're black sometimes they just don't seem the black shade you want. This product is a really good black, and I also find it super easy to put on. I know some eyeliner's you can find quite difficult to put on or at least make a neat wing (doesn't doing wings just stress you out sometimes?!). When the pencil is sharpened well I find that it's so easy doing wings and it always looks quite neat. Unless I'm in a rush or you just have one of them days where you literally just can't get your eyeliner exactly how you want it. It's only £2.99 which is such a bargain! Especially because out of all my make up eyeliner is something that I buy the most frequently so it's nice not having to buy something quite pricey all every month or so. 



So that's a few hair and beauty products that I've loved using this year, what's your favourites? 

As always, chat soon! 

xx   

Friday, 11 November 2016

Christmas Show: Birmingham

When is it acceptable to start celebrating Christmas?  Many people have different views when asked this question, some would say as soon as Halloween finishes... and others would say, a few days before Christmas Eve.. which end of the spectrum are you? 

Well I went to a Christmas Show on Thursday the 10th of November, of course there was Christmas music playing, there were tons and tons of stands that were selling various gifts for you to buy as Christmas presents, there was also a giant snow globe that you could stand inside, and many many Christmas decorations everywhere. Even though it was fun looking at all the gift ideas, and it did make me happy seeing all the pretty decorations and hearing the jolly Christmas music... it didn't make me feel 'Christmassy'.. is that weird? After I had finished or even while I was there I had no excitement for Christmas, I had a good day of course, it just had no effect on me! Maybe it's a bit too soon for me.

This made me laugh, it's SO true.. right girls??
I didn't actually buy any Christmas presents so maybe that's why, or maybe it was just too early for me to think about it. I know it's always good to buy presents early though, get in before the rush... but to be honest I'd rather buy gifts online, so much less hassle, I know I'm boring. 

Well here's a little post on my day out at the Christmas Show in Birmingham at the NEC. It's on over the weekend I believe, so you still have the chance to get yourselves there! You do have to pay for a ticket, but it's not that expensive, it's also cheaper if you buy it online rather than when you are there, if I remember correctly it costs £8 online and £11 if you buy the ticket on the door. Although I would suggest getting it online because of how crazily busy it'll be at the weekend. Also if you're struggling with gift ideas for anyone this will help you out, there's so many goodies, for adults to children, there's everything. Also a favourite thing of mine was that for most of the stands they're hand made gifts that the people running the stand has made, so it's all pretty cool stuff. 


Worst. photo. ever.

Examples of things you can buy are... kids toys, a range of different flavoured alcohol (my favourite thing was that most stands with food or drink always have a tester bit, don't you just love free stuff?), handmade Christmas decorations, Make up products, Cheese, Chocolate, Jam, Skin products, Books, Garden items, Household items, Christmas cards, Wall art, there was also stands where you could sit down and get things done like curl your hair, polish your shoes, do you make up, try out some virtual reality goggles etc, sponsor stands for animals, driving experience sign ups, candles, and so much more... I can't list it all, if I actually had a notebook and noted down all the stands then sure, but I didn't. 


I took a few pictures so you get the idea of what it is, there was also some singers that sung throughout the day, I was told that one of them was an X Factor contestant from last year but I don't watch it so I have no idea who he was! If you don't like busy 'market' like shopping experiences then you probably won't enjoy this, it was extremely busy and this was a Thursday, I dread to think what it will be like this weekend. One guy at a stall actually said to us that he was running low on stock, he best get re-stocking... 


It's something fun to do with friends or family, and as I said before if you are unsure on what gifts to buy this place will give you so many ideas, especially if you're looking for something more quirky and different as well. 

If you go along let me know what you thought, or if you've been before. This was my first time going, and I think I'd go again next year and buy some Christmas gifts too! 

As always, chat soon!

xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

How to make: White Chocolate Cookies!

Good evening, hope you all have a great day! 

I should probably mention that I have dropped from doing a few posts a week to just one... I've just been a little busy, and soon I'll probably be busy nearly like every day but I will always do at least one post a week! Adult life, it's not fun. Of course I'm joking, but having this blog while at University was easier to maintain than it is now. 

Anyway enough of that, I decided to write a blog post on something that I've baked as it's been a little while since I've done a little cooking post. I used to make these all the time when I was younger and so I thought I'd bring it back and make them again! I've chosen white chocolate but to be honest you can do any type of chocolate, milk, dark, mint, even go crazy and use some white and raspberry chocolate (madness). 


Here's what you'll need: 

115g of soft butter
115g of light brown sugar
1 egg
250g of self-raising flour
125g of white chocolate (which you'll chop up) 

So it's quite a basic recipe and quick and easy to do... probably why it was something I loved making when I was younger! 

Here's the steps and some pictures of me making them... 


Step 1. 

Preheat the oven, put it on about 190 degrees. Also to get you all prepared get some large baking trays, this will make 24 cookies, and when you put them in the oven they expand so you'll need at least two large baking trays with grease-proof paper on them, if you're worried that they may stick still you can put some butter on to grease it a little more, but just normal baking paper does it fine for me. You'll probably find that you'll cook a bunch on the trays and then will spoon some more of the mixture onto the tray and cook them separately... I guess it depends how big your oven is.


Step 2. 

Measure out the sugar and butter and put them in a large bowl, so that's 115g of both the butter and the sugar. If you have an electric whisk then beat that mixture until it's fluffy and if you have to do it by hand, it shouldn't take too long. 

Sugar & butter mixed

Step 3. 

Crack an egg into a jug and lightly beat it and whilst you beat the sugar and butter mixture gradually add the egg into the bowl. 

Beaten egg added & mixed

Step 4. 

Sift 250g of flour into the large bowl and again mix it well, so it's all blended together. This is where it looks less like a normal cake mixture as it's less creamy and well, more cookie like...(explained well there). 

Sifted flour added & mixed

Step 5. 

Get 125g of white chocolate and chop it into smaller chunks, not too small, you want to bite into the cookie and have a good little chunk of white chocolate. Stir the chunks in well so they're all spread out, you don't want to find that you make a cookie with no chocolate in it at all. 

White Choc chopped

White choc added & stirred in

Step 6. 

Get a heaped spoonful and place it onto the baking tray, you don't need too much because as I said before they will expand, so don't put too many on the tray either and make sure there's a big enough gap between them all. 

Heaped spoonful evenly spread

Then place them in the oven for about 12 minutes and keep on eye on them, if they look golden brown then they are all done and ready to be put on a cooling rack. 

And that's it! 24 yummy white chocolate cookies, and as I said before you can do different types of chocolate, you could split the recipe and do half with white chocolate and half with milk. 


Done!

They only take about 20 minutes altogether to get them prepared and cooked, quick and easy! You can use a cookie shape cutter so when they cook they make that shape, or if you wanted them circular shaped you can use one, I used to use a circle shaped one when I was younger so that they were perfectly round like normal cookies, but I didn't today... still taste good though!

Hope you enjoyed my post, and if you make these, hope you enjoy them! As always, chat soon. 

xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Things I love: October Edition

I usually do this at the end of the month but we're only into November by one day! Here are my monthly loves, enjoy. 


What I watched: 

Something that I have enjoyed this month is Stranger Things. I feel it suits the month well, a bit spooky, goes well with a Halloween themed month. I have done a post on my favourite Netflix shows recently which this is on, you can read about it >here< but it's so so so so good.  All the characters are great, every episode is tense, you can't guess what's going to happen, and it just draws you in so much, it's very hard to just watch one episode and not the rest with it... I'd recommend anyone to watch this if you're looking for something new to watch. 


What I snapped: 

I feel like there's a lot to pick from this month... firstly, I have a new cat called Otis and so I have taken a good amount of pictures of him, I just can't help myself and try to take selfies with the cat, anyone else do this with their pets? He clearly had enough in this one though... 




I also had a little Halloween party and so here's some pictures from that. 






What I wore: 

Well I have quite a large bundle of clothing that I bought last month so there's a selection, I might actually do a little haul of the clothes I got at some point. But for now I'll say my new black lace playsuit... I got 2 one with short sleeves and one with long, they aren't exactly the same but they're both black lace with the back being lace as well so they're see-through but they are very pretty. I wore one for my Halloween costume as you just saw. One was from Primark which is the short sleeved one, and the other was from Forever 21, both decent prices. 

What I did: 

I'd say the week up to Halloween weekend and that weekend was all pretty good. The weekend before was a good one, a tad busy, but me and my boyfriend went into town to get halloween decorations, costume stuff, and just general halloween things and it was quite fun. Then of course the next weekend we spent a lot of the day getting it all ready, carving pumpkins, making cakes, and the best bit getting into your costume. 


What I ate: 

The best thing I ate is probably a burger from Buddies. I went to Buddies for lunch with some friends and they have the best menu. The burgers are always amazing, weird names, but tasty. I had a beef burger with two hash browns, bacon and sauce... I know that's not a great description but I can't remember it all to be honest.But if you have Buddies by you and you haven't been before you should go. It's an American style restaurant so the portions are big, and you can pay extra to have bigger burgers. 


What I drank: 


Tea. Lots of tea. Recently I've been feeling so tired all the time and the only thing that wakes me up and gets me motivated is a good ol' cuppa. I'm probably addicted to tea now but oh well, it just tastes great.

Where I went: 

I haven't gone to many exciting places this month... I actually spent about 3 weeks of it really ill and couldn't eat without being sick and couldn't stand up without almost fainting, good times. So I'd say just being at home recovering was nice, that's as good as this part gets.

What I used: 

The app I'll choose this time is Tuber Simulator which is a game by the youtuber Pewdiepie. It's so addictive, I can't stop going on it. You're basically a youtuber and you can buy things to make your room look cool, you create videos and gain more and more views and subscribers. You also have quests to complete daily, and sometimes there's some cool events on too. I, of course, have called my channel "chloe chats" maybe that dream will come true soon... once I'm not too scared to make a video and have the right stuff so it doesn't look rubbish. 

Thanks for reading, what's some of your October favourites? As always, chat soon!

xx