My makeup collection (most likely a lot smaller than other bloggers) is a mixture of both drugstore and luxury products. I have always said that you can find hidden gems in the drugstore and terrible high-end products and so price doesn’t really matter! Having said that, here are 5 high-end products that I think are totally worth the splurge and don’t disappoint (well for me anyway).

Urban Decay – Naked heat palette £39.50

All of the Urban Decay palettes are known for being quite pricey! But for the beautiful colours, stunning pigments and excellent blendability they are brilliant value for money. I believe that all of the Naked palettes can make this list, but I narrowed it down to the most recent palette… The Naked Heat! With 12 fiery, earthy shades, this palette packs a punch! There is a mixture of mattes and shimmers, with shades that can complement any skin tone. Working out at just £3 an eyeshadow, who can complain?!

Benefit – Hoola Bronzer £24.50

If you read my Favourite makeup of 2017 post, you will know that I absolutely love the Benefit Hoola bronzer. This is the only bronzer that I have re-purchase time and time again (as you can probably tell from the shiny new one in the picture). I have a very pale complexion and so many bronzers can make me look like I work at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! This is the only bronzer that I have come across so far that does not make me look ridiculously orange, and, with a slightly more cool tone, it is perfect for contouring. The Hoola bronzer lasts me forever, it took well over a year to hit pan despite me using it every day and so you really are getting a lot of product for your money!

YSL – All hours foundation £35

This is a relatively new purchase of mine, and I love it. You have probably seen a lot of hype over this foundation… and rightly so! It has a full coverage, matte finish, lasts all day and makes the skin look flawless! What more can you want? I mainly wear this foundation for nights out or special events as it is too expensive for everyday wear (unless you are rich af). But every time I do wear it, I get so many compliments. I got a brilliant shade match for my pale skin (BD20) which makes me feel so much more confident when wearing it. It also comes with a pump, which many other high-end foundations don’t have (I’m looking at you Nars Sheer Glow) and so you can control how much you use at any one time and prevent wastage!

Laura Mercier – Loose Setting Powder £20

An oldy but a goldy! The loose setting powder in Translucent has been all over the Internet for years, which may give you a hint that you should buy it! It sets foundation beautifully without giving you cake face! It is very finely milled and so is great for baking under the eyes and dusting all over the face for makeup that will last all day long! Also, the translucent shade means that it doesn’t alter the colour of my foundation (one less thing to worry about). This is another product that I have had for a really long time and I havn’t hit pan, proving that it is great value for money.

Too Faced – Hangover Primer £27

Last, but certainly not least, is the Too faced Hangover primer! I hadn’t used this primer for a while but after my skin getting drier over the winter months I thought I’d dig it out again. I am so happy that I did! This primer is sooooo moisturising and makes my skin feel so lovely and soft. It leaves the skin feeling slightly tacky and so no matter what foundation I use, it lasts all day long. It also smells of coconut – a great bonus!

So those are 5 high-end items that I believe are worth the extra money! If you have any cheaper alternatives to these products please leave a comment down below, I am always looking for a good dupe! Thankyou again for reading!

Hello lovelies! Today is the last day of January meaning I have successfully been blogging for one whole month! It has been the most incredible month so far and I am so proud of how far I have come, deciding to blog has been the best decision I have made in a long time.

Throughout this month there are so many things I have learned about the complex world of blogging (and a lot that I haven’t), so here are 5 things that I now know! Let me know in the comments what the biggest thing you have learned so far about blogging.

1. Blogging is time consuming! Time management is key.

When I first started blogging, I didn’t think that it would take up so much of my time, mainly because I thought no one would read my little blog and so I wouldn’t have to post as regularly as others. Well, now there is quite a lot of you who follow my blog and read my ramblings and I am so eternally grateful. It means that now I don’t want to just post for myself but for you also, to produce quality content that others can read, enjoy and learn from. This year I am working full time and so posting twice a week has been a bit of a struggle but I am starting to understand what works best for me.

I am becoming a lot more organised when it comes to planning blog posts, taking photographs and doing everything I can in advance to make posting day a lot less stressful! I now write down my blog ideas, take my pictures at the weekends were I know I will get the natural light, and schedule my posts in advance… all of which make blogging so much easier and much more fun!

2. I am not very Tech-savvy

Before blogging, I thought I was pretty techy, and that blogging was as simple as writing a few words and clicking post. News flash: Its not. There is a whole world of blogging terms out there from self hosted to SEO, and hey even widget (yes I didn’t know what a widget was). Even something as simple as creating a bloglovin account I found difficult, and so blogging is definitely a learning curve. I am constantly learning more about the internet and the more you learn, the more there is to know!

3. Social media is extremely powerful 

This is arguably the biggest thing that I have learned since starting to blog. I realised that I could have the best blog content in the world, but if no one knows it exists, it will just stay tucked away unread. I now always promote my blog across many forms of social media, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (usernames: Being_Chloe96) and get so many more engagement. I used to think people would find me promoting my blog really annoying, but hey if I don’t, who will?

I still don’t know how to use Pinterest to promote my blog (annoyingly I got blocked after pinning one post… still annoyed) but I am hoping it is something I can learn in the upcoming months.

4. The blogging community is lovely

One thing that I love the most about blogging is how lovely and supportive the blogging community it is. Whether it is a like, a comment, a follow or an award nomination… all of them make me extremely happy and want to continue blogging. You are all always there to give me advice when I need it, or help when I don’t understand something, and it’s because of you guys that being-chloe.com continues to grow and improve as time goes on. Love ya!

5. There is so much that I don’t know… and that’s okay!

One thing that I 100% know, is that I don’t know everything. But I am fine with that! If i knew everything about blogging it wouldn’t be as enjoyable and I have you guys to learn with me. For example, I don’t know:

  • Whether to go self-hosted or not
  • How to use bloglovin – really does confuse me haha!
  • How to use pinterest
  • How to increase domain authority
  • How to take good pictures!

Thankyou all so much for following my blog over the past month, or if you’re new… Hi! I am proud of what I have achieved in such a small time and it is all down to you guys! Thankyou for reading!

Chloe x

Makeup Revolution was a brand that I never considered to buy, I always assumed that the low price meant that the quality of the products wouldn’t be up to scratch (a bit too snobby I know). After all the hype recently over the brand, I couldn’t resist and did a mini haul!

I thought I would do a little first impressions of the products I bought, If you would like a full review, let me know in the comments!

Unless you have been living under a rock recently, you will have definitely heard of the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer. This product has been all over YouTube, Instagram and Twitter and has been named the dupe of the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. If you know me, you will know that I cannot resist a hyped over product… I ALWAYS have to buy it just to see if it is worth all of the buzz!

One of my first thoughts about this product was that it had an amazing shade range … a total of 18 shades ranging from the very fair to the very deep. For a drugstore brand, I think this is brilliant and more higher known brands (*cough* Tarte) should definitely learn something from this release! I have very pale skin and so I got shade C2 (unfortunately C1 was sold out on Superdrug) but lucky for me its a great match!

I never did buy the Shape Tape concealer, mainly because it was difficult to shade match online for the price and so I can judge this concealer as a stand alone product with no expectations. I am pleased to announce, this is my new favourite concealer! If you follow me on twitter you will know that I have been quite sick recently, and this product has made my dark under eye circles completely disappear! It has great coverage and blends beautifully without creasing… and for £4 what more can you want!

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I also thought I would purchase some of the Makeup Revolution Reloaded eyeshadow palettes. After much deliberation I decided to pick up the Iconic Vitality and the Iconic Fever palettes. Both of these are only £4 for 15 eyeshadows (WHAT?!), which at only 26p per eyeshadow is INSANE.

I have only played with these palettes a few times so far, but as first impressions go I am amazed! The shadows are Sooooo pigmented and blendable and exceptional value for money.

Iconic fever is a beautiful warm toned palette filled to the brim with beautiful burnt oranges, reds and purples which are perfect for all year round. There is a great mix of mattes and shimmers to create a wide variety of looks that work for both day and night!

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Iconic Fever

Iconic Vitality is very similar to the Fever palette with again some beautiful burgundy and brown tones, but also the addition of a beautiful black to create some smokier looks. There are also some cooler toned colours in this palette and so has something for everyone!

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Iconic Vitality

Both of these palettes have beautiful, high quality eye shadows at such a great price point and I cannot wait to use them more to see exactly how they compare to the more expensive palettes in my collection.

Have you tried these palettes or any other makeup revolution palettes? What are you thoughts? Did you succumb to the hype of the Conceal and Define concealer, do you love it as much as I do? Would you like a more detailed review of any of these products?

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below! Thanks again for reading!

Chloe x

If you have been on twitter or Instagram over the past few months, you might have noticed The HiSmile Teeth Whitening kit craze, with everyone from Kylie Jenner to Connor Mcgregor raving about how amazing it is. I drink a lot of tea and coffee and as a result my teeth can become quite stained. I thought I would treat myself and try out the kit and test it to see if it is overhyped or actually worth the money!

fullsizerender-1The Kit:

The kit, is undoubtedly beautiful. Often when I have bought teeth whitening kits in the past I get ugly mouth guards that never quite mold to my teeth and strange teeth whitening pens. This one has a lovely pink and white theme which screams luxury! The kit includes 3 x HiSmile gels (2 uses per syringe), 1 x LED light, 1 x mouth tray, 1 x shade guide, 1 x instruction manual. At a retail price of £49.99, this is considerably more expensive than other teeth whitening kits I have purchased in the past. Despite this, it is still cheaper than getting your teeth whitening professionally, and hey if it works, it works!

How to use it:

The kit is really simple to use and includes a total of 6 daily applications. All you have to do is load 1/4 of the gel into the mouth guard, pop it into your mouth and switch on the LED light. This is the part that you have probably seen all over Instagram and Youtube. You simply wait 10 minutes for the LED light to do its thing and bobs your uncle, your done!

My Experience:img_1003-1

I was a bit hesitant to order this kit as I have heard that it can take weeks for your order to arrive. I decided to order the kit anyway, and luck was on my side, with my order taking only 1 week to get to my doorstep!

I was slightly disappointed with the indicator chart as I found that many of the stages showed pink toned teeth, which I don’t think ANYONE has! This made it much more difficult to judge what my starting point was and how my teeth changed colour throughout the process. I found that a simple white backdrop worked much better!

I have used the kit everyday without my teeth feeling sore or sensitive which has always been an issue when I have whitened my teeth in the past! HiSmile claim that you can see a difference after just 10 minutes (1 application), although I don’t think this was the case for me. After 6 days, I did notice that my teeth were whiter than before I started the process, and they certainly felt cleaner… but I was hoping for a much larger impact! I started the teeth whitening at around a 4/5 and I feel by the end I was maybe a 2 or a 3. I did continue to drink tea and coffee whilst using this kit which obviously didn’t help, so if you are not a big tea drinker like me, this may work much better for you!

Overall, this is a nice kit for teeth whitening if you want a gradual change. If you are like me and wanted pearly whites even though you drink your body weight in tea everyday it may not work as well as you would like! For 6 days worth of whitening, I do feel that £50 is quite expensive, however as I now have the LED light I am considering buying the top up gels to do once a week. Fingers crossed I will have celeb worthy pearly whites by the end of the year, and I will continue to blog my progress as the year goes on!

Have you used the HiSmile teeth whitening kit before, did you see a big difference? What other teeth whitening kits have you been loving?! Comment below and let me know!

Chloe xx

January can be a difficult month for lots of people. Once the excitement of Christmas and New Year has died down, many of us are left without any money and feeling quite glum. 2017 was a tough year for me, I found myself spending most of my days feeling down and not wanting to speak to anyone.

I was determined to make sure that I was much more like my normal self in 2018, however despite my best efforts, today was a tricky one! Instead of letting these emotions get the better of me, I thought I would make a post to help others beat these January Blues, and to give myself something to look back to on my sad days.

Here are the 5 ways I am going to beat this horrible month: Hopefully they will help you too!

1 Focus on my blog 

If you read my first ever post on ‘Being Chloe’ (Here), you will know that the whole reasoning behind creating this blog was to give me something positive to focus on. Some of you might think that avoidance is not the best way to deal with any sad feelings, but for me it really helps. This month, I am going to properly focus on blogging, with 2 new posts every week to keep me busy and make Being Chloe the best it can be! I am proud of what I have achieved so far with this blog, and I am excited about the direction in which it is heading.

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Meet my dog Millie!

2.  Long walks

Also in my ‘Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018’ post I said that one of my goals for the year was to walk my dog more. I am happy to say that I have stuck to this resolution so far! Long walks are good for clearing my head, getting exercise and seeing Millie loving life! This can be difficult to do with the short days and the bitterly cold weather, but I love how happy it makes my dog.

3. Read more

Towards the end of 2017 I spontaneously bought a kindle in the hopes that I would start to read more. I used to read all the time and I loved it! But sadly, Uni got in the way and so I didn’t have enough time to get really into a good book. This was a nice thought, but I only went and lost the charger and have yet to finish one book! Luck was on my side in 2018 and I found my charger, and so to beat the January Blues I am going to read more, especially on my train commute to work every day.

4. Keeping things tidy 

With it being a new year, I thought this was the perfect time to declutter my room and make it much more neat and tidy! I now love spending time writing my posts in my room, and with the addition of a couple of (read: a lot of) fairy lights, it is very relaxing to be in here. This is something that is very easy to do, and you know what they say ‘Tidy room, Tidy mind’!

5. Being Positive

I know this is something that is probably very easy to say but difficult to do BUT I am determined to stick to it. I am trying to focus on all the good things I have in my life, my family, friends, job and of course my new blog instead of the negative thoughts that troubled me in 2017. I will try to find the good in any bad situation, and fingers crossed I can get through the bloody month! I also want to go with the flow this year with the ideology of ‘What is meant to be, will be’.

What are you doing to beat the January blues? Do you have any tips for staying postive or any book recommendations for me to read? Comment below!

Thankyou for reading, Chlo x