So if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette! I was super excited to try this palette as, believe it or not, I haven’t tried any of their palettes before (Gasps in horror). I always wanted to try Modern Renaissance but just never got round to buying it, and so when this palette was released I just had to have it. So I ordered my palette from the ABH website but you can also purchase it now on Beauty Bay. I have been testing it for the past 5 days so I thought I would give you the rundown of my thoughts. Is it worth the money?

Cost

The Soft Glam palette retails for £43, the same as all of the other ones from ABH. This may seem quite pricey, but for 14 eyeshadows it works out at only £3 each, far cheaper than some single shadows. I tend to compare all of my high-end palettes to Urban Decay Naked palettes as I think they are the standard high-end price. This palette is £5 more expensive than the UD ones, however, with 2 extra eyeshadows, I think it balances out. This palette also comes with a double -ended brush which I think is a nice extra touch. I am always willing to pay a little bit more for good quality shadows and so I don’t think this palette is that bad.

Packaging

I think every man and his dog has seen this palette floating around the internet so I haven’t inserted a picture of the packaging (but it is not hard to find on google). I actually love this packaging. Like… a lot. Like all the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes, it is a suede material. I do understand the issue that some bloggers have with this, as I am sure it will get so grubby so quickly. But I don’t care. I think it is so unique and I don’t have any other palette with this type of packaging. I also love the feel of it, so soft! The goldy-beige colour makes it look so luxurious and sophisticated and it isn’t chunky like some of my other palettes. Like most palettes, it has a magnetic clasp so eyeshadow won’t go everywhere when you travel and it feels really well made.

Eyshadows

Okay so lets get to the nitty gritty – the stuff you are actually here for. As I said before this palette comes with 14 eyeshadows that are arranged in squares. Each eyeshadow is 0.7g and so is quite a bit smaller than the Naked palettes (1.3g) but as I will explain later, a little goes a long way! As a whole the palette is quite warm with the occasional cool toned shade thrown in. I am a warm tone gal so this palette is perfect for me, but with cool shades also I think this palette could cater for everyone. There are 9 mattes and 5 shimmers and so you can create a variety of looks, for both day and night! I love the versatility of this palette.

The shades:

  • Tempera – a light beige matte- perfect for highlighting the brow bone and as a transition shade
  • Glistening – A pale gold shimmer with a hint of pink  – looks fab in the inner corner and as a highlighter (Two jobs in one)
  • Orange soda – A peachy matte shade – great as a transition shade in the crease
  • Rose pink – Rose gold shimmer – beautiful all over the lid
  • Sultry – warm chocolately brown shimmer – great if you want a smokey look
  • Bronze – A bright gold shimmer – great to pack on the lid
  • Mulberry – Matte berry shade – great for adding definition to the crease
  • Dusty rose – matte cool toned pink-lilac shade – awesome for a more cool look
  • Fairy – A light gold shimmer – great for the inner portion of the eye
  • Burnt orange – Deep orange matte – great to build up definition in the crease
  • Sienna – matte brown for a smokier look
  • Rustic – matte cinamon – perfect for a more subtle matte look
  • Cyrpus umber – very dark matte brown – a good way to get a smokey look without going for the black! Looks great with gold
  • Noir – as the name says – a matte black – great for added smoke or as a liner

PS. I am sorry that there is no eye look picture in this post, I struggled to get a decent picture of my eye haha! Seriously though… if anyone has any tips on taking pictures of eyshadow, please let me know in the comments. The struggle is real.

I was concerned that I would have trouble with kickback that I saw lots of people had with the Subculture palette. I will admit there was more than I was expecting with this palette, so don’t tap too heavily in the pan. But it is not as big a deal as I thought it would be. A little goes a very long way with these shadows as they are soooo pigmented. I didn’t need to use a setting spray with the shimmers like I often like to do, they look great on their own. Despite the kickback, there was little fallout and all of the shadows blended seamlessly with very minimal effort. I was very dubious when I saw the kickback but once I saw these shades on my eye, It doesn’t bother me, a light hand is all that is needed!

All in all, an absolutely gorgeous palette and I can tell that it is going to become  staple item very quickly! Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this palette! Have you already bought it – did it live up to your expectations? Are you dying to buy it and give it a try?

Thanks for reading, as always!

Chlo x

Hi lovlies, I’m back again! This week I asked people on Twitter whether they would like a skincare routine post and lots of you said yes! I have been going back and forth about doing this post for a while… but it is finally time! I would like to say that my skincare routine changes quite a lot but these are the products that are working for me right now. My skin is normally combination, but recently my skin has been so dry. I hope this post gives you some skincare inspo, but we all have different skin types so take it with a pinch of salt!

Makeup Removal

So we all know how important it is to take off your makeup before bed… and it really is! But I think we can all agree it is such a chore. I’m gonna come right out and say it, I sometimes forget to take off my makeup (I know its terrible), but I’m only human. I like taking off my makeup to be as quick and easy as possible so here is what I have been using recently!

My favourite way to take off my makeup is by using micellar water. I find them so much more gentle on the skin and take off my makeup beautifully. I don’t have a particular favourite but the one that I use the most often is the Simple micellar water. It takes very little time and every bit of my makeup is removed, especially that pesky mascara. I normally load some up on cotton wool pads (you can get them anywhere, even Primark) and just swipe it over my skin. Bob’s your uncle, your makeup’s off! If I’m ever travelling I much prefer to use makeup wipes as they are so much more convenient. Again, I choose the Simple makeup wipes as they don’t irritate my skin and get the job done. I like to incorporate a more thorough cleanse into my skincare routine and so around 3-4 times a week I use the Liz Earle Cleanse and polish cleanser. This product is a miracle worker, it seriously cleanses your skin. After I use this product, my skin feels so beautifully clean, soft and so much brighter!

Exfoliation

So as I said my skin has gotten so dry recently that it is making my foundation look terrible, all flaky and gross (TMI? yeah). I have had to up my exfoliating game, and if you read my Feb Faves post you will know that the L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub is my new favourite. I won’t go into too much detail, all you need to know is that this exfoliator is INSANE. I love it. A lot. Its really gentle and so doesn’t feel like sandpaper on my skin but really does get rid of all the flakiness happening recently. It is also bright orange on the skin (the clay does that) and so you know exactly where you have put it. It also cleanses at the same time, so you get a double whammy for your money! Whenever I want to mix up my skincare, I also use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit scrub. It smells delicious. It exfoliates, cleanses and prevents spots…what more could you want?!

Toning

Okay, I’m gonna be real with you… I never really tone. It is just an extra step in my skincare routine that I occasionally throw in, I just find it a lot of effort. If I ever use a toner, I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. It does make my skin feel lovely, and I do like it, I just very rarely tone. If you think I am making a terrible life choice by not regularly toning, let me know in the comments!

Moisturiser

There is one recent moisturizer that I have been loving. I love it a lot.  My go to is now the Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser. It feels soooo thick and luxurious, it feels like such a treat to put it on my skin. It is so hydrating, my skin literally laps it up at the minute, literally a moisturise boost! One thing I don’t like is the smell, I find it quite strange but the miracles it works on my skin is worth it!

What is your skincare routine right now? Are there any holy grail products that I NEED to try?

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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!

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