I am back again, continuing the ‘Testing Primark Series‘, and this week I thought I would give you the low-down on the ‘My Perfect Colour concealer’. This Primark concealer is only £2 … yes, you read that correctly, only £2. As concealers go, this is not just cheap but super cheap. But is it any good?

The Packaging:

I actually really like this packaging, I think it is very similar to most drugstore concealers, a thin plastic tube with simple black lettering. I love the fact that it is clear and black packaging as I personally think it looks more sophisticated. The narrow tube means that it doesn’t take up loads of room in both my collection and makeup bag, something that I really appreciate. The packaging also displays key information such as shade, volume and the important claims. This Primark concealer has a simple doe foot applicator which I don’t think is the best. For £2 I will let it slide, but I would prefer a larger, more cushioned applicator for quicker and smoother application.

The Concealer

This concealer consists of a total of 7.8 ml (or 0.26 Fl Oz). To put that into perspective, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, which I think is probably has the most similarities to the Primark version, is 6.8 ml. So you are getting a considerable amount of product for such a small price point. The My perfect colour concealer range has 8 shades, ranging from the very fair to the more deeper skin tones. I chose the shade ‘Ivory’ as I am basically a walking, talking milk bottle. I will say I was limited by my Primark’s stock, and if I had more choices I would have chosen a paler shade, eg. porcelain, as this one is slightly too dark for under my eyes.

The claims:

There aren’t many claims listed by this Primark concealer, but here they are:

  • medium coverage
  • Contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera

My thoughts:

So, as I said before, this concealer reminds me the most of the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, and I would say it is a good dupe. This concealer is definitely not full coverage like the Makeup Revolution one but is more light-medium. It feels very lightweight underneath the eyes, but doesn’t cover all of my dark circles, but the majority. Nonetheless, I do like this concealer for a no-makeup, makeup day. Like I said, I definitely got the wrong shade, and so I’m sure a lighter shade would be much more brightening underneath the eyes. In terms of the vitamin E and Aloe vera claims, obviously I can’t really prove that, but I do think it is a nice touch. Vitamin E is great for anti-ageing and so if you have more mature skin and want a light concealer underneath your eyes – this is the one for you. Aloe vera provides moisture to the skin. I can’t say that this concealer added moisture to my under eyes but it didn’t make them feel dry which some concealers do. All good! The Primark Concealer didn’t crease on me and lasted a good few hours.

Would I buy it again?

Overall, I did enjoy this concealer for more of a lightweight makeup day. I do wish it did more for my dark circles, but I think getting the right shade would make my undereyes brighter (my bad). If I was ever in my local Primark, I would pick this concealer up again, and for £2 … who could blame me?!

Have you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts?

Chlo x

Hi lovelies, I’m back again! I have been blogging for just under 2 months now and although I absolutely love it, I have found it difficult to manage my blog whilst working full time. I have been so unorganised and I think my blog could be so much better if I planned a little more in advance! So I took to Twitter and asked for advice for a great blog planner… and I was not disappointed! A few people recommended the DotCreates planner, I loved the look of it and bought it straight away!

Planner

One thing I loved immediately about this planner, is that the monthly sections are undated so that you can start whenever you like (Like I did). Each month contains 16 planning pages and so there is room for up to 16 blog posts. As I post twice a week (Sunday’s and Wednesday’s if you didn’t know) I decided to use two pages per post.

Each page includes the date, post date and title so you can plan what post will be published on what day. And then there are lots of lines available for a post plan, and checkboxes at the bottom of the page so you can make sure that all the words, links and photos are included! And a final checkbox for when your post is published!

Blog Post-planning

For the first blog plan page, I jot down all of my ideas for a post with what I want to include, including links and photo ideas. I also write which category a post will belong to so that I can keep track of what types of posts I write the most. I also note down the Tags that will go with the post so I don’t forget to include them (which happens a lot).

As I write ~8 posts a month, I use the second page of the planner as a ‘To Do’ list (shown in the picture). I tick off all of the things that need to be done before I hit publish; including taking and editing photos, tags and categories. I also make sure I have done a Grammarly and Yoast SEO check. Then I schedule the post for the day I want it to go live and I’m done! I don’t have to worry about having wifi when I want to post which is great. I make sure that I highlight any important points so I don’t forget to do them, plus, it adds some colour!

Social Media Sharing

I also include a little checklist for daily social media posting! This includes Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Stumbleupon. This way I can keep track of how often I promote my posts and on what platforms so no social media is neglected.

We all know how time-consuming promoting blog posts on social media is, and it also means less time to interact with other bloggers! To make life a little easier I often use Social Media Scheduling apps such as Buffer and Preview. These are my favourite as they are so simple and quick to use. Buffer is great for scheduling tweets, I usually do this when I have some free time so I don’t have to worry about blog promotion during work. I tend to do around 3-4 a day focusing on different posts both old and new. It is also great for posting whilst I’m asleep so that people in different time zones don’t miss my posts. Another great app is Preview which is awesome for editing and scheduling Instagram posts in advance. It also gives you a preview of what your post would look like next to your other pictures (Handy if you want those insta themes). These apps are so handy for busy people so that your posts don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Other ways to keep track!

The DotCreates Ultimate Blog planner also comes with a ‘mini’ daily diary so that you can plan what needs to be done. I use this section for listing which Facebook groups are running a daily thread so I can make sure my posts get lots of exposure to different groups. I also highlight key things such as post days, photo taking days etc so they are very useful! The planner also comes with monthly social media stats trackers, and although these are really handy, I wanted something where I could track my progress easily. I created a print out which allows me to track monthly all of my social media and blog stats. This way I know how my blog is doing (not gonna lie, I know its simple but I love this).

If that’s not enough, the planner will also keep you motivated with monthly inspirational quotes that I love sooooo much!

So that is how I have been keeping my blog organised so far. It’s not perfect yet but I am getting there slowly! I am in the process of creating an excel sheet that shows when posts are published and their categories.

How do you keep your blog organised? How do you plan blog posts? Is social media overwhelming you? Let me know in the comments!

Chlo x

So a bit of background information about little old me before I get into this post! I am currently in my 3rd year of studying Pharmacology at the University of Manchester, Uk. Most of you may be thinking, wow, you’re nearly done! Sadly not. I am actually on a placement year working in a lab to get experience for the big scary world out there. After this year I will go back to studying for a year before I finally graduate. I think after 3 years of university so far, I have a lot to share about what University actually teaches you.

1. You will make a lot of friends, and lose a lot of friends!

The first thing you will realise at uni is that you will meet a lot of people, and I mean a lot. I think in my first week I must have talked to hundreds of people, and I  don’t remember half of their names. You will quickly see that everyone is trying to make friends as soon as possible and some of them will stay with you for your entire university journey. Some you will lose… and that’s okay! I changed friendship groups soooo many times in the very first semester, but I soon found out who I loved spending time with.

2. How to live by yourself

Okay, so you will learn LOTS of things at uni, how to shop, cook, clean (maybe) and basically how to not starve to death whilst away from home comforts. I am sure many people, don’t really learn this and still get babied by their parents but I for one made it on my own! Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect, but I can cook (kinda) and clean (sometimes) and not fail all my modules. Pretty successful I’d say!

3. The importance of milk

Milk is important. In fact not even milk… butter, bread or any food for that matter. It will be the start of so many fights. If you buy some you are a hero, if you buy your own it will get stolen, if you don’t buy any you will face many snide comments until you give in.

4. How to survive off very little money

You have no money…ever. When at uni I basically live in my overdraft and never leave it until my next student loan comes in! It sucks, but you do learn how to make £10 last for a week’s worth of meals, 2 nights out, and a takeaway on a Friday night. You get very smart when it comes to budgeting but can also blow £100 on one night. It’s a see-saw basically.

5.How to ‘clean’ the communal kitchen.

News flash… you won’t. Despite the complaints from the halls cleaner, several fines and the potentially deadly fungus growing out of the mugs, that kitchen will not get cleaned. It is actually hilarious how crafty you can be. Instead of being productive and actually cleaning, you hide the pots and pans in a bin bag in a cupboard. Yes, that is a thing… its universal. Instead of cleaning you will also spend your time complaining how the cleaner will not clean unless the kitchen is also spotless… again universal. You will learn not go in the kitchen barefoot, how to use pans as bowls and not die from the mouldy crockery.

So that’s uni! The real-life lessons you actually learn are priceless. Uni can be the both the best and worst time of your life but 100% worth it.

What did you learn from uni?! Comment below!

Chloe x

Hi, lovelies! I hope your year is going great so far! January was a great month and I found so many beauty products that have now become my staple items. If you want to know what I loved in January, keep on reading!


Beauty Products:

One of my new favourite products this month HAS to be the Morphe continuous setting mist. I often have a love-hate relationship with setting sprays, I always want to use them but find that many of them leave droplets on my face. I mean I have just spent ages doing my makeup, I don’t want to then drown my face. Luckily, I don’t have this problem with the Morphe setting spray. It really is a continuous mist, that gently sprays across my face rather than coming out in sharp bursts! It leaves my skin looking beautifully dewy and my makeup lasts all day long.

This past month I have been LOVING makeup revolution. If you read my first impressions of the brand, you will know that I initially loved three of their products, two of which made it into my January favourites. Naturally, the makeup revolution conceal and define concealer has become my all time favourite concealer. It is full coverage, brightening and blends like a dream, I know that I am going to repurchase this concealer time and time again… and at £4, I am definitely willing! Another obsession is the Makeup revolution Reloaded palette in Iconic Fever. I get so many compliments whenever I wear these shadows, they are extremely pigmented and the warm shades are perfect for this time of year! Again at £4, who can pass over this bargain!

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Another concealer that made the line up this month is the Maybelline fit me concealer. I had heard great things about this product and thought I would test it out for myself. It is not as full coverage as the makeup revolution concealer but it is very brightening under the eyes. I use this concealer on days where I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup and it does the job brilliantly, it provides just enough coverage to give me much more confidence when leaving the house!

The last beauty product I loved in January is the Stila Stay all day Liquid lipstick in the shade patina. I did a full review on this lipstick here so I won’t go into much detail… all you need to know is that I love it! I would definitely recommend it.

Other favourites:

One of the goals that I set myself for 2018 was to read more. My Kindle has become a lifesaver so far this year. It makes it so much easier to read, as it is so lightweight and so great for transport. I have downloaded so many books… I am currently loving Game of Thrones and hope that I will continue the series in the upcoming weeks. Instead of scrolling through my phone on my commute to work, I now have unlimited books at my fingertips.

My final favourite of January is the Galaxy chocolate bar. I have always LOVED galaxy chocolates but for some reason, I have become obsessed with eating them this month. My new thing is to dip the chocolate bar in my cup of tea (weird I know), it makes the chocolate melt and it is so creamy and chocolately! A strange favourite for the month but I can’t help it!

Thank you for your ongoing support, I hope that you liked this post! Let me know in the comments what your favourites have been in 2018 so far!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x