24 May 2015

Favourite Solo Eyeshadows




Before I start, I just want to say sorry for the lack of posts over the past month! I've been really caught up with my exams, which end in mid-June, so once they all finish I will be back to normal. You may have noticed that I've had an overhaul of my blog design too (I've changed everything except the header) and I think it looks much cleaner - I'd love to know what you all think! Also I've changed about my photos a little bit (I finally got those two clique H&M marble plates - yay), which means a new background and editing them a little differently. 

I thought that today I would do a post on my favourite solo eyeshadows, because since I started blogging I seem to have amassed quite a lot of them. When it comes to any eyeshadows I am very much a neutral shades girl, as you will probably realise from this post, so definitely don't expect any bold shades from me!

Probably my most worn shade out of these four is MAC Sable! This shade is very popular as it's a gorgeous light bronze with a burgundy tone, from the frost line. The powder is super soft and blends nicely, making it a great essential eyeshadow to have in your collection!

Next is the Maybelline On And On Bronze Colour Tatttoo, which again is one of those staple products that everybody seems to own. It is a satin bronze shade, which is wrapped up in a soft cream formulation - perfect for when you are applying your makeup in a rush! I would recommend using a primer with this though, especially if you have oily eyelids, as it does have a tenancy to crease.

When it comes to cream eyeshadows there is one line that hands-down beats any other that I've tried, and that is Chanel Illusion D'Ombre! My favourite shade is Chanel Initiation* which is a dreamy, slightly bronze, earthy brown shade. The cream formulation is light, extremely soft and blends amazingly. It is quite glittery though, so I find that isn't really a daytime shade, otherwise I would be wearing it constantly! 

Lastly, a new favourite of mine is Clarins Aquatic Rose Ombre Iridescente*, part of the summer 2015 collection. If you have already read my review of the collection you will know that I fell in love with this eyeshadow! It is a stunning rose gold toned champagne shade, in a velvety soft shimmery powder, which is quite different to any other shades that I own. Plus it blends nicely and has pretty rose gold packaging - what more could you want? 

What are some of your favourite solo eyeshadows?

26 April 2015

Twitter Chats - What & When? // TIPS & TRICKS

I would say that my number one source of blog traffic is from Twitter, largely thanks to the various blogger chats! If you didn't already know what a blogger chat on Twitter is - you use a certain hashtags at a set time on a set day and talk to other bloggers using the same hashtag. The chats typically last an hour long, and are at the same time every week. There are lots of chats for all sorts of bloggers and vloggers, whether you write/talk about fashion, beauty, lifestlyle, parenthood or food, anything really!

There will often be a topic, picked by the chat host, such as your favourite summer travel essentials, but the topics vary for every chat and for some chats there is no topic at all, you just have a general talk. At the end of the hour you then share you link out with anybody who asks (a little tip - if you only want to see the tweets of the people asking for links, let's say in the #fbloggers chat, just search "#fbloggers links"), which is a great way of getting your blog recognised, especially when you're a newbie! You may also find some new reads of your own, because I know that I definitely have.

Aside from the traffic side of things, Twitter chats are also an amazing way to make some new blogger friends and find people with similar interests to you. I will often ask during the #bbloggers chat for product suggestions and opinions on any products that I am on the lookout for, maybe a nice MAC eyeshadow shade! Although be warned that you may come away from a chat with a very big blogger-inflicted wishlist.

There are loads of blogger chats, so I've written a list of some of the main ones and a little information about each! As a note too, when I say there is a topic every week this is usually true, but the person who runs the chat may decide that it's just a general chat that week, so keep any eye out for that.

Monday:

7-8pm BST - #bdib (bloggers do it better) - For all types of bloggers interested all sorts of topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @Blogsdoitbetter.

8-9pm BST - #healthyselves - For those who like to discuss health, be it mental, physical or fitness - Topic every week - Hosted by @chathealthy.

8-9pm BST - #fbloggers (fashion bloggers) - Various fashion topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @BeckyBedbug.

Tuesday:

7-8.30pm BST - #craftblogclub - Various craft topics for craft bloggers - Topic every week - Hosted by @CraftBlogClub.

8-9pm BST - #fblchat (fashion, beauty, lifestyle chat) - Various topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @fashbeautylife.

9-10pm BST - #bloghour - For all types of bloggers interested in all sorts of helpful topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @UKBlogAwards.

Wednesday:

7-8pm BST - #lbloggers (lifestyle bloggers) - Various lifestyle topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @Lbloggerschat.

8-9pm BST - #bbloggers (beauty bloggers) - Beauty chatter - No topic - No host.

Thursday:

8-9pm BST - #vloggerschat - Various topics for vloggers - Topic every week - Hosted by @whatshedidx.

9-10pm BST - #cfbloggers (cruelty free bloggers) - Various topics for cruelty free bloggers - Topic every week - Hosted by @CFbloggerschat.

Friday:

6-7pm BST - #beautychat - Various beauty topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @BeautyHigh.

7-8pm BST - #bdib (bloggers do it better) - For all types of bloggers interested all sorts of topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @Blogsdoitbetter.

Saturday:

6-7pm BST - #socialbloggers - Various topics for all bloggers - Topic every week - Hosted by @Noor_Unnahar & @skinnedcartree.

Sunday:

7-8pm BST - #lbloggers (lifestyle bloggers) - Various lifestyle topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @Lbloggerschat.

8-9pm BST - #bbloggers (beauty bloggers) - Various beauty topics - Topic every week - Hosted by @bbloggerschat.

9-10pm BST - #pbloggers (parent bloggers) - Topic every week - Hosted by @pbloggersnet.


What's your favourite blogger chat on Twitter?




22 April 2015

Clarins Summer 2015 Collection - Aquatic Treasures // REVIEW





In the past couple of years Clarins have seriously upped their game, which is why they have become one of my favourite brands, so whenever I have some new goodies from them to try out it is very exciting. This summer's collection is called Aquatic Treasures (pretty name, right?) and it contains lots of glowy and golden products to help you look your best this summer! This collection is available from May, hence the lack of links to any products, but I reckon that it will sell extremely well because there are some gorgeous products.

Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-To-Powder Eyeshadows* - Aquatic Rose (01) & Aquatic Grey (03) - £19 
I own a few Clarins eyeshadows already and they are beautiful shades, with equally great pigmentation, and these two are definitely no exception! One of the things I love about the Cream-To-Powder eyeshadows too is that the powder is very soft and smooth, which makes the application of them really nice.

Aquatic Rose is a champagne-rose gold shade, with a shimmery finish, which I seriously adore as it's just such a gorgeous shade! It has a pretty dimpled rose gold lid too - I mean who doesn't love a bit of rose gold?! Aquatic Grey on the other hand is a shimmery, slightly navy, dark grey, with the same dimpled lid but in navy. I don't know if these coloured lids are a new thing for Clarins eyeshadows, or if they are exclusive to this Ombre Iridescente line, but I love them!

As I said, the formulations of them are gorgeous as the powder is very finely milled and soft, so they are a dream to apply. The lasting power is great too, and lasts perfectly throughout the day!

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base* - Golden Bronze (05) - £26
Another couple of products in the new range were two new shades of the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base! I am a big fan of the original shade Rose, so I was looking forward to trying one of the two new shades, Golden Bronze. This one is a dewy, well, golden bronze shade, that has a very similar formulation to Rose.

It "illuminates and corrects" and helps to reduce the appearance of pores, so it does the same job as a primer, whilst giving a gorgeous glow! You can wear it by itself, or mixed with your foundation to give you that bit of extra colour. I will admit that as soon as you pump a little bit onto your hand it does look extremely daunting, but once you blend it out it turns into a pretty light golden shade!

Currently I have only been using it for contouring, but during the summer I barely tan on my face, because there is SPF in my foundation, which is what would make this perfect for getting rid of that white face-tanned body problem! 

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact* - £30
Every summer Clarins release a new bronzer, and this year it is a big round compact with four different shades, ranging from a fair bronze to terracotta, with a pretty marine montif. It has a lovely, soft and blendable powder, which is always great because it makes application very nice. Also, as a little note - I did try to get a photo of the swatches of all four individual shades, but for some reason they all showed up the same colour on the camera, so I just did a swatch of them all mixed all together, but each shade is quite different to the other! 

£30 may be a fair bit of money for a bronzer, but this is honestly a massive compact, and you are in effect getting four different bronzers for the price of one! 

Clarins After Sun Shimmer Oil* - £32
Strangely I'd never tried any skincare products from Clarins, so when I saw that I had been sent the After Sun Shimmer Oil I was really looking forward to trying it. It is a "fine, lightweight beauty-enhancing oil with subtle iridescence that nourishes and illuminates the body with a soft golden shimmer" which describes it perfectly! 

It contains hazelnut oil, helping to replenish the moisture your skin loses whilst tanning, and it also has lots of shimmer, as you've probably noticed from the photos, so it really helps to reflect light off your skin to help emphasize your tan. Even though this is an oil it doesn't have a particularly "oily" feel either, more of a dry oil, which is nice!

Admittedly I haven't had much use out of this yet, since I haven't spent enough time in the sun to account for using it, however I can't wait to get using it more throughout the spring and summer. I reckon that this will be one of the biggest selling products from the range! 

Again, I think that this is another great collection Clarins! I'm really excited to see the autumn collection now (oh no, we are almost 5 months into the year), as there will hopefully be some more lovely products. Definitely have a look at this collection if you spot it at a counter from May, because I'm sure you will love it just as much as I do!

What is your favourite product from the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection?