Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June Favourites: The Skincare and Beauty Edit.

June is pretty much over, it's flown by, but as always, I have a small pile of the bits I've been enjoying throughout the month to share with you. I've decided to just streamline this post down to just skincare and beauty bits, but if you want to see the rest of the lifestyle bits I've been loving, my full June Favourites video is below.

Molecule 01 Escentric Molecule Perfume - The wasn't included in my favourite video, mainly because I forgot about it, but at least it gives a added bonus to the blog post. I wear this perfume most days and always get told I smell nice. I love the scent and people have commented saying it smells like me - I like that idea of having a signature scent.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - I just like how simple this is, and it seems to really do the job.

The Body Shop Skin Clearing Mask - Since I've been using this more I've noticed a real difference in my skin, plus it feels very refreshing.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser - I've been really enjoying washing my face using this recently, and my skin seems much clearer since I have been using it.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream - It does exactly what it promises. Your skin becomes better. There's good coverage, it feels light on the skin, and there SPF in it.

Marc Jacobs The Bronze Brush - The quality and shape of this brush make it perfect to apply your bronzer flawlessly.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette - Despite everyone telling me I'd never use this palette and look ridiculous when I do, I get so much use of out it, and always get compliments on my eye makeup when I do. I wrote a full post on it here.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these products if you've tried any of them out.

You can find my June Favourites Video below which includes some other lifestyle bits and bobs (and one more beauty product because I accidentally missed it out here).

I hope you had a great month!
Chloe x


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Single Girl Thoughts on Dating Etiquette.

Who fancies a bit of dating chat from somebody who can't remember the last date they went on?! Because that's something I feel like discussing today.

So a bit of background, I am single, very single, it might be a yearly occurrence thT I steal a kiss from someone in a night club and if I do that's groundbreaking news in my life as a 25-year-old, so much so that I need to text my closest friends to let them know all about it. Yup. When I say single, I mean single, no dating anyone, not texting anyone, not even snapchatting anyone, and most certainly not sleeping with anyone.

Now, this is not entirely by choice, I'm not unhappy, but at the same time, nobody wants to be alone. I could also probably be more proactive about finding someone - but it's a lot less romantic dating someone that you hunted down.

My last relationship was a serious 3-year one which I expected to last forever, but it didn't and I ended it because something in my gut felt wrong. I'd fallen from love and stayed from habit. But it ended on good term, there was as little drama as you can get waving goodbye to three pretty happy years, and I stayed friends with my ex-boyfriend, because I still liked him as a person, and I wasn't going to just forget that. That was in 2014.

I came out of the relationship not looking for a new one, but open to finding one. Let's just say, I kept the door open and my legs closed. But nobody used the door.

And now, here we are. 2017.

Now, I am clearly not a dating expert, as I would assume that requires actually dating. But there are two pieces of dating/meeting people wisdom, I like to settle with - Firstly, if you have not read He's Just Not That Into You (v old full book review here), you need to. Stop making excuse for people to feel better about yourself, if someone is into you, you will sure as hell knows about. Secondly, don't play games, it's confusing and frustrating.

Recently, I decide I want to be a bit braver, and dip my toes into the dating sea. I very anti-dating apps, I just don't enjoy them, but I'm trying to be more open to meeting people, which is all good and well until I noticed some confliction in my two pieces only two pieces of 'wisdom' I have on the subject.

I definitely do not think, I should wait three days after I see a guy who's on my radar to text him, it's stupid and I cannot be assed, plus that's a game, I'm not playing. But surely if he were interested he'd be texting me anyway? Because that's what you do when you like someone unless you're playing games, and as much as I don't want to play games, I don't want to date someone who does.

How low on your sleeve should you wear your heart? Sure, show you're interested. That way everyone knows where they stand, plus it's fun to be interested in someone.  However there nothing worse than making tonnes of effort with someone who makes a minimal effort back. Nobody wants to be, or date that girl. So you've got to hold back, slightly, because you can't be too keen - but now you've stepped straight back into the game playing danger zone.

I tend to be pretty open about my feelings, and I think that it is more than acceptable for the girl to do the date asking, but at the same time, I want to date someone who likes me enough to ask me themselves.

And there's the whole humiliation v you'll never know unless you ask struggle. I'll sleep better if I ask someone whatever it is I'm holding back on because I feel like now I know, I can I move on, or take whatever my next step is. But the majority of the time my gut will tell me the answer, and so does the person, just without saying the words, sometimes in the silence. So is that piece of mind worth putting yourself out there, when they answer is in the air, do you want confirmation, that no, the boy you could possibly fancy one if he gives you the chance, won't give you the chance to fancy him.

People are just people, we should be able to speak to them like people, but sometimes we already know that answers so that doesn't matter regardless. But since when did having a crush on someone mean putting them so high on a pedestal that you can't have a normal adult conversation with them? And who the wants to date someone you've already decided is out of your league and you cannot talk to?

Also, men tend to assume if a girl show interest in them, she is, of course crazy - which is the most backwards thing I've ever heard. They are simply insulting themselves. The literally are saying someone must be losing their marble to like them. Girls get called obsessive, but I'm just going to say, as human, we obsess over things, and people naturally, if we like someone we think about them because we like them. I understand no one wants to feel like a museum exhibition, but we do get a bit giddy when we're feeling the start of romantic feelings. There is literally science to it. And why is it so offensive that somebody might want to invest there thoughts/time/emotions into you? No one wants to be branded the crazy girl - yet, it seems to me, the crazy girl isn't actually the one playing games. She crazy because you know damn right how she's feeling. And yes that can be intimidation, but at least you know where you stand.

In conclusion, the whole idea of attempting to date is bloody confusing, and I have no idea how to do


Monday, 26 June 2017

Finally, a work space.

If you watched my bedroom tour on my Youtube channel, you'll know I still live with my mum, and I have the smallest single bedroom - which is maybe a bit of a squeeze, but I love my little space. However I always felt the need for a desk, especially now I'm spending more time than ever blogging, and thinking about taking my first steps into the freelance work - of course, I always assumed I fitting a desk in my diddy bed was unrealistic, as I really don't have that much space.

However one day I leaving M&S and started eyeing up a pink lamp (we all know I've got a thing for pink), when my Mum pointed on what it was sat on... this desk - was small enough that it would actually fit in my little room, leaving me some space, and it matched room too - it was a no brainer. I measured up the space in front of my window to check and sure enough, it was going to fit with plenty of room to spare, so when payday came by I placed an order.

On arrival, I excited screwed the leg on and popped it in my room - it was a perfect size and the mixed of white and brown wood tied together the furniture I already had in my room. I bought a few little bits to help me organise the space, and search through my drawers for the stationary I have, that had been abandoned due to being hidden away in the draw.

My put my desk in front of my window, mainly because it's the only place I had room for it - I then realised I have space on my window seal, which is pretty much an extension of my desk, so my 'work' space feels a lot roomier than it actually is, and it's nice to look out of the window while on my laptop.

I really love this space! I feel a lot more productive and organised when I sit her, and I think it's just a really cute area of my room. What do you think?

Lamp (similar)
Paper Tray (John Lewis, not online)
Phone Stand
Diary (Kate Spade, Old)
Bullet Journal
Magnetic Lists
Little Book of Hygge
Almost Adulting
Zoella Lifestyle Stationary Book
MacBook Skin (20% off with the code chloeharriets20)


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lipstick Collection.

If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know I'm a lover of lipsticks. Red lips, pink lips, nude lips, purple lips - I'm in. I love the way a lipstick can transform your entire look, and there are so many options.

On my Youtube channel today, I decided to share my lipstick collection with you. I originally I filmed a lipstick clear out - after getting rid of 7 of my 47 lipstick, I'd realised I'd filmed it all on a busted memory card, so frustratingly had to refilm, minus the clear on aspect. But I'm glad I did it, just I've to share them all with you, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I thought I'd write a blog post with the lipstick details and notes on, so you have all the info you need.

The Nudes
- Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Gloss in 316 French Tickler (£22) - I know this is technically a gloss, but it's the only gloss I have so thought it was worth a mention. It's virtually a clear gloss. Not at all sticky, comfortable to wear and minty.
- Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist (£3.50) - Hydrating and Comfortable to Wear. More details in this post.
- Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lip in Candy K (17usd -worth taking shipping costs into consideration if you're UK based like me) - Would recommend using a liner (I bought the lip kit). A little drying but really long lasting. More details in this post.
- Estee Lauder Signature Lipstick - 09 Venetian Rose (discontinued sorry!)
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in 38 (£5.50) - I wouldn't say it's really got much of a lasting finish
- MAC Matte Velvet Teddy (£16.50) - One of my favourite nudes. Fairly long lasting without being too drying. Full post here
- Chanel Rouge Coco in 402 Adrienne (£28) - Hydrating and comfortable to wear. One my favourite nudes.
- Charlotte Tilbury Sexy Sienna (£24)
- MAC Matte Whirl (£16.50) - One of my favourite darker nude shades. Long lasting and comfortable to wear. Full post here.
-Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in 230 J'Adore (£25) - This is my favourite lipstick formula - really long lasting and hydrating - This is also one of my most worn colours - I go into more details on it in this post

The Pinks
MAC Satin Pink Nouveau (£16.50)
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 37 L'ExubĂ©rante (£28) - Comfortable to wear and hydrating for a matte finish.
Chanel Rouge Allure 136 MĂ©lodieusen (£28)
MAC Amplified Girl About Town (£16.50) - One of my most worn pinks. Full post here.
Clinique 47 Matte Peony (£19.50) - Full post here.
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in 216 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (£25) - Again that great Marc Jacobs formula
Soap and Glory Pom Pom (link is new formula but similar) (£9) - A really great lasting formula for a high street Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Peony (£19)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney (£6)

The Reds
Dior Rouge Dior 858 Royale (£26.50)
Nars Heat Wave (£21) - Long Lasting Hydrating Formula. One of my favourite Orange toned red. A full (very old) Post here
MAC Matte Lady Danger (£16.50)- Another one of my favourite orange-red lipsticks. Full post here
Kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 03 - Smudges easily - would recommend using a liner with it.
MAC Matte Russian Red (£16.50)
MAC Ruby Woo (£16.50) - Very long lasting but also quite drying
Boujois Rouge Velvet 20 Poppy Days (£8.99) - Full post here
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 08 Tesoro (£16) - It actually stays all day and smells like cakes.
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mary Jo K (17usd and be aware of shipping costs) - Really long lasting and quite drying. A bit of a pain to apply - needs liner really. Also smells very sweet.
Clinique Chubby Stick in 05 Chunky Cherry (£18) - Feels nice, is not long lasting.
Kiko Vivid Colour Lipstick Pencil in 09 Matta Rossetto
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in 200 Oh Miley! (£25) - One of my favourite Reds.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 38 La Fascinante (£28)
Clinique 12 Red-y to wear (£19.50)

The Purples
Matte Retro Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama (£17.50) - Very drying, patchy and difficult to apply, but I love the colour
Gosh 171 Twilight (£7.99)
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Perfection Lipstick in 30 (£5.50)
Chanel Rouge Coco in 21 Rivoli (colour discontinued, sorry!)
Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry (£24)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (£6)

Please let me know which are your favourite shades and make sure you watch the video below for swatches!


Monday, 19 June 2017

Afternoon Tea

As one of my best friends Jaynie, who was my drinking partner is now pregnant, Our once crazy (well not really, but there were shots) Saturday, have no been swapped for much tamer daytime activities - which I do not mind one bit.

This weekend, we traded in the vodka shots for tea, cake, and sandwiches, and it was pretty damn great.

My friends Jaynie, Steph and Georgina and I decided we fancied afternoon tea, because who doesn't tea and scones? We went to Patisserie Valerie, simply because there is one in our local Mall, and you didn't need to book, so it just seemed convenient. I didn't necessarily go in with high expectations, I guess mainly because it's in the local shopping centre which I always go to - however, I was pleasantly surprised.

Afternoon Tea for 2 was £25 - so we ordered two between the 4 of us, and there was definitely more than enough food. I'm pescetarian which I didn't even consider when ordering - although it wasn't a problem - Gina simply ate the meaty sandwiches - and there were plenty I was able to tuck into - the egg one was delicous.  We had four mini scones with jam and cream two with fruit, two without - they were all lovely and the perfect size. The cake selection was once again was great - all the mini cakes were super yummy - however the only kind which they were two of was the eclair - the rest there was one of each flavour - which wasn't a problem, it just meant having to discuss who getting which one - being the most indecisive person - I had to let Gina choose which she wanted because I couldn't decide.

We were seated on a pretty small table - however, the service was great, and the lady bought a table to put beside ours so that we had somewhere to put one of the afternoon teas.

And as for the company - it was a nice chance to catch up with the girls and have a laugh - I never realised what a good chit chat opportunity afternoon tea is before. It was the perfect way to spend my Sunday afternoon!

I also vlogged the day so if you fancy a watch, here it is...


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Reading and Reflecting.

It has been a while since I've written a little Sunday reading post, I just wasn't completely happy with the quality of them, so decided to take a little break from them - however as I really enjoy writing them, they are back, yet they might be a little more sporadic as I don't want them to lack in quality because they're been rushed some weeks.

Life, Thoughts, Feelings.
So, if you regularly read my blog, or have spent some time with me, you'll know recently my mental health hasn't been at it's greatest - there is a post all about it here - however over the past 2 weeks or so, my mindset seems to have completely flipped and I'm feeling happier and more determined than ever - I think I'll going to write a full post, or maybe even do a blog series on this so keep an eye out. I am feeling very content at the moment.

Out and About.
I've recently visited Wild Place with my friend Matt (vlog here, and post here), which was lovely, so much better than I expected. I went shopping in Cabot Circus and tried Bagel Boy (post here) with my friend Hj (vlog here), and has afternoon Tea and catch ups with my friends Jaynie, Gina and Steph (vlog and post coming soon - keep your eyes peeled!) All of which filled me with joy - I'm feeling very thankful for my friends.

My Blog
I've been making an effort to take my camera everywhere - even if I don't have plans to blog, and although my bag is a whole lot heavier I am so happy I've decided to do it, it means I get to practise my photography and am gaining much more blog content, and capturing memories.
I'm feeling very happy with everything I've posted recently. I definitely want to start posting some more reflective stuff on the blog soon (I've been watching a lot of One Tree Hill and feel inspired by Lucas's writing/voice overs).

My Youtube Chanel
I have been really enjoying vlogging recently - so there are quite a few new vlogs up on my channel - my vlogs seem to get fewer views - I don't know whether that's because of the 'Dear Dad' title (I explain that here) or they're just not reaching people - but I put tonnes of effort into them, and it would be great if you could check them out. I feel like my style is really developing, and I'm feeling pleased with how they are turning out.

My main videos have taken a bit of a back seat because of this, however, I have a few exciting ones planned - including a lipstick collection and clear out coming Wednesday (hopefully, I having a few technical difficulties getting the footage to my laptop at the moment!).

You are Badass by Jen Sincero - It's not secret I love a good self-help book and this one is really inspiring so far.
Wish Wish Wish - Red Rock (Beautiful Photography!)
Amelia Liana - 25 Thoughts on my 25th Birthday (Happy Birthday!)
Sprinkle of Glitter - Baby Pentland is on the way! (Congratulations!!)
Cassidy Lou - On having it all together (can relate!)

One Tree Hill - because who doesn't love Lucas Scott! I've just finished season 4.

Jaynie Shannon - Weekly Vlog
Zoella - Boxes Bugs and Bees
The Michalaks - A Very English Seaside

Emma Gannon CTRL ALT DELETE with Otegha Uwagba
Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton At Home with Madeline Shaw
Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire Crash on My Couch
Ingrid Nilson and Cat Valdes - Ladies Who Lunch on Bisexuality.

I hope you've all had a fab week!

All my love,
Chloe xx


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Reflecting on Identity.

 Something I have been thinking about a lot recently is my identity, the identity of others - who I am and who the people around me are, and how the time changes us, and everything else.

In a recent conversation with a friend I heard myself saying "I don't even relate to the person, I used to be" which is completely true. I've changed, and I've grown. I think as a young person it's easy to look for ourselves in others, rather than within our own being. We find ourselves getting lost amongst crowd because as a young person the way we form our identity, is often through others.

Once upon a time, I would have defined myself by the people I surround myself with, but several broken friendship later, I'm not so sure that's the case. These once friendships have actually helped me to shape the person I am today as I've realised I should rely on others when in search of myself.

I used to hide from myself and try to be like others - it's taken me until 25 years to release me and my sister have very different personality and that's how we're supposed to be, rather than feeling envious of her very busy social life, I can appreciate that I would not enjoy that.

I think we gain small pieces of our identity from the media we consume, the characters we fall in love with and the music we listen to. Some characters I've found myself relating to including Peyton Sawyer, Aria Montgomery, and of course Luna Lovegood - however, although I might comfort find fragments of these made up people, they don't build up the whole picture. There are so much more details to every being.

Everything we experience builds us up to who we are. But our experiences will lead us to live like the person that's are our core. We are in there somewhere, our experience help in the search of self-awareness.

There was a time I hide the things I loved because I was ashamed of who I was. A fear of not being cool enough, which is 100% ridiculous. I'm not long embarrassed to spend my evenings writing poetry rather than drinking alcohol with 15 friends - but there was a time I used to be, and that version of myself was a lot less content.

Passion is strange on when faced with the question what do you want to do with the rest of your life at 18 because sometimes we forget it and panic, we think what should I do rather than what I want to do, we often think to outwards rather than inwards. Our passion is in our actions, I want to write, I do it every day, through choice - that's not something to be disregarded.

Our passions make us who we are. How we spend our downtime, and how we act in the face of trauma determined how unique we truly are. Something we should embrace.

We are more than just one thing, we are not as simple are we pretend to be. Something to remember next time you think your friends has changed or feeling pressured in making plans you don't want. You do not know every aspect of everyone's identity, both your own and your friends. There is so much more to people than meet the eye. You'll only discover who you are by spending time with yourself.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Wild Place.

My friend Matt and I recently spent the day visiting Wild Place. I've got, to be honest, I had my reservations beforehand - I don't love the idea of Zoo's and usually end up feeling sorry for the animal. Plus I also got the impression Wild Place pretty much just for toddlers. But with a £8 entrance free, with a percentage of is gift aided, I felt I had nothing to lose. 

I was pleasantly surprised - although Wild Place is small, there is plenty to see. It feels intimate and  does not feel like a zoo.  The animal all have plenty of space and are far from caged in. It is the most open animal based family attraction I had ever been to. We spoke to one of the volunteers who was very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. He told us about us about the different animals, and what Wild Place is doing to help save animals from extinction - so I learnt to visit us actually a lovely thing to do. 

There are different animals from Giraffes to Wolves.

Beyond the animals, there was a little more to see, from pretty wildflowers, a monument, and of course, a gift shop. There were an ice stand and an adventure park for children.  The grounds are just lovely to wander around in general.

I'd recommend visiting! 

Bag - Whistles (different colour option)
Necklace - Old (sorry!)
I did also vlog this day, so if you would like to see more of it, subscribe to my Youtube Chanel to see when the video goes live, it should be up this week!

Chloe x

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