Hi lovelies! Today’s post will be a chatty one, I will probably ramble on for far too long, but I will try to keep it as short as possible! I have been blogging for almost three months now and it has been one incredible journey! I did a post similar to this after my very first month of blogging, so I thought I would do an update on what has happened over the past 2 months.

Going Self-hosted 

If you have followed me from the very beginning (well done for putting up with me for that long), you will know that I was originally on the wordpress.com personal plan. I still had this domain name and so not much may have changed for you, but for me, everything has changed. After the first month, I made the spontaneous, bold choice to make being-chloe.com self-hosted! That’s right, this baby is all mine! I won’t go into too much detail, as there is a whole entire post on my reasonings and the process. Let’s just say I am super happy with my blog now! Back then, I liked my blog but I hated how it looked. I wanted full independence to brand this blog to my tastes and make it.. well Chlo! Now I like looking at my site, and going self-hosted has motivated me more in making my blog a success! I strive to take better pictures, write better quality posts and actually promote my blog. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am so happy that my post has encouraged so many of you to take the plunge and helped you with the tricky process.

I have learned so much

In my last post, I said that there were so many things I didn’t know about blogging… and that’s still true! Let’s take a look and see if any of them have changed!

  1. Whether to go self-hosted – Done! Clearly, I made the right choice!
  2. How to use Bloglovin – I am not gonna lie – still confuses the hell out of me! My followers have grown on there since I started, but I very rarely check it… is it still a thing?
  3. How to use Pinterest – Done! I am actually quite proud of this one, Pinterest now brings the most traffic to my blog, and I have become quite obsessed with looking at pictures of makeup and cute skirts.
  4. How to increase Domain Authority – Done! I wouldn’t say I sought out to learn how to do this, it just kind of happened. When I went self-hosted, I installed the Yoast SEO plugin which has really helped me to optimise my posts! Since going self-hosted I have increased my DA from 1 to 16 in the space of around a month. I am so proud of that!
  5. How to take good pictures – eh kinda! I do think my pictures have improved a lot since my first posts (I know they’re bad). They are by no means amazing, and I am looking into buying a camera/lightbox, but they are so much better than before! I now love taking photos for my blog and I am always on the lookout for more props! You can see my before and after below.

Blogging

So I guess you could say, for the most part, I have learned so much in the past few months. There is still so much to learn, but I am very excited to carry on the adventure!

Engaging with you lovely lot!

When I first started blogging, I did enjoy speaking to other bloggers but it did scare the hell out of me! It still does sometimes! But since then, I have interacted with so many of you, and can even tell who’s post is who’s by just a photo. Everyone is so supportive and I love that you guys are on the ride with me. I may not be the biggest blogger, but that doesn’t matter as long as my posts help someone, somewhere.

The little blog is growing

I see everywhere on Twitter, people saying that numbers don’t matter and that if you care about numbers you are blogging for the wrong reasons. I will admit when I see these posts I get so angry. Don’t get me wrong, numbers don’t matter. It doesn’t matter whether you have one follower, or 1000. Whether your insta post has a few likes or 100s. It doesn’t matter. But I think we all can secretly agree, that we get happy when we reach a milestone, or get a comment on a post, or more views than normal. And that’s great! There is nothing wrong with celebrating statistics!

My blog isn’t massive at all. But it is growing. Some days are good, some bad but that’s life! I like to look at my stats, as it helps me set goals and want to improve my posts. Believe me, I write what I want to write and that will always be the case, but it is nice to know there are lots of you enjoying my stuff.

I am actually quite proud that I have managed to keep up blogging for so long. I have never been any good with hobbies, I always tend to quit quite quickly. But this hasn’t been the case with my blog because I truly enjoy it. I love thinking of what posts to write, and how I am going to take blog photos, and speaking to you all, and I hope It will continue for a long time.

I would like to take this moment to thank all of you who come and read my posts. This may be your first time, or 25th (I can’t believe I have written 25 posts wow) but thank you for taking the time to read. I didn’t think anyone would read my ramblings but I am so grateful for all of you who do.

Thank you for reading as always,

Chlo x

Hi lovelies, I am back again! So recently I took a trip to Primark (like I always do) and noticed that they had really expanded their makeup selection. I have never tried Primark makeup before so I thought I would pick out a few items. Do let me know in the comments if you want a testing Primark makeup series! One of the first things to catch my eye was the Primark PS amber palette… it has serious Naked Heat vibes going on. I had to try it out to see if it is as good as my trusty Urban Decay palette. Is this a cheaper dupe of the high-end favourite?

Packaging

The packaging of the PS Amber palette is very similar to the Naked Heat with lots of vibrant fiery reds, and stunning, simple gold writing. I do really like the packaging design of the Amber palette, it’s simple and to the point but clearly shows what type of colours you will find inside. I also really love that it has the shade names of all of the shadows on the back, which is a nice extra little touch that I didn’t expect to find on a Primark palette. One thing I will say is that the cardboard packaging is quite flimsy and so may not hold up well for travel but it does snap shut with a magnet which I think is great! The £4 Makeup Revolution palettes are considerably more sturdy than this one, but for £4 who can complain!

Shadows

Okay, so let’s dive into the bit I know you’re actually interested in reading… are the shadows actually any good?! The PS Amber palette includes 5 mattes and 5 shimmers, all of which are fiery red-orange-purple tones. Perfect for this time of year! I can definitely see why the palette is called ‘Amber’ it reminds me exactly of Bonfire night. There is 10 x 2g worth of product in this palette which is pretty good considering the Naked Heat has 12 x 1.3g. You are getting a considerable amount of product for such a small price point. Total bargain.

  • Marshmellow – Icy white shimmer.
  • Cream – Champagne coloured shimmer.
  • Mirage – Stunning vibrant gold shimmer
  • Saffron – Matte pinky-orange shade
  • Tuscany – Bright pink matte
  • Burnt amber – Bright orange matte
  • Tan – cool toned taupe matte
  • Persian Rose – Berry toned shimmer
  • Spice – Deep purple shimmer
  • Rust – Warm brown matte

This palette is very warm toned with the exception of ‘Tan’ and so if you are cool toned gal, this isn’t the palette for you. So let’s just say this palette is a mixed bag. Some of the shadows are insane… others not so much. As you can see from the swatches some of the shadows are more pigmented than others. In particular ‘Cream’, ‘Mirage’ and ‘Spice’ are sooooooo pigmented I was so impressed. I squealed when I saw how rich in pigment spice was – its stunning. Many of the mattes were also pretty pigmented but Tuscony had like zero pigment whatsoever. All of the shadows blended really nicely and with minimal fall out so all in all not too shabby!


Eyeshadow look

As you can see in the picture below, I did a quick and simple look using only this palette and I am pretty happy with it. I used Tan in the crease as a sort of transition colour with rust on top to add some warmth and definition to the crease. Then I put Mirage all over the lid with a small bit of cream to brighten it up. I then put a mixture of Marshmellow and Cream as a brow bone and inner corner highlight. I do like the way the look turned out but I do think it needed a darker brown or black to give a bit more definition in the outer corner of my eye. The look took only a few minutes and looks like something I would achieve with a more expensive palette. Ps. Please excuse the dodgy brows and lashes!

Is it a dupe of Naked Heat?

As you can see from the swatch comparisons I wouldn’t say this palette is an exact dupe of the Urban Decay palette but it is very similar. Anyone who is familiar with the Naked Heat palette would see the Amber palette and know instantly what it is trying to be like. The shades are slightly different with the Primark Amber palette being more orange based and the Naked Heat palette being red-purple. They are both very similar in that they are fiery earthy tones. The most similar shades are Scorched from Naked Heat and Spice from PS Amber. From a price-point perspective, the PS Amber palette is ~£34 cheaper than the Urban Decay so if you are wanting to try these types of shades definitely try this palette first.

Overall 

Overall I would say this palette is pretty decent. You get some beautiful shades for the price point that could transform any look. I do think some of the shadows are not as pigmented as others and there is some patchiness eg Burnt Amber. I would still reach for this palette for a quick and simple look but would have to use other palettes to add a bit of depth and definition.

Do you have this palette, what are your thoughts? Are you thinking of trying it out for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

One thing that you should know about me is that I love eyeshadow palettes… it’s a bit of a problem really! I prefer them so much over eyeshadow singles as they are so convenient to create lots of looks very easily and great for travel. However, I do buy too many and I’m trying to limit how many I buy! I think I have a quite a large palette collection but nowhere near as big as other bloggers I have seen! So I have narrowed them down to my 5 Favourite eyeshadow palettes, let me know if they’re your faves too.

1. Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette

If you read my 2017 favourites you will know that this is an amazing palette! It is extremely pigmented and blends like a dream. I normally don’t really buy beauty collabs because I think they tend to be overpriced for what you get but this has been my exception. There is such a wide colour range so a variety of looks can be created. Despite this, I am still too scared to use the bright colours, but they’re so stunning that I hope to be brave enough to use them soon. Love this palette!

2. Urban Decay – Naked Heat palette

I recently did a post on 5 high-end products worth the splurge and the Naked Heat palette made the cut! If you love fiery warm tones then this is the palette for you. Every man, woman and child have raved about this palette and for good reason. Obviously, Urban Decay is known for great quality, and this palette is no exception. You can create looks for both day and night with mattes and shimmers to choose from. The shimmer shades are great all over the lid, and the mattes are stunning in the crease to create definition. An overall sound palette.

3. Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette

This palette was on my 2017 Christmas wishlist as I had heard so many amazing things about the product. I was NOT disappointed! If beautiful shimmery shades are your thing, you absolutely need this palette. Like seriously, you need it. They are incredibly pigmented and so a little goes a long way. The clue is in the name with this palette, it is perfect for the fall time, but, with a wide range of colours, I think it is great for all year round. It is such great value for money, 35 eyeshadows for a little over £20 on Beauty bay bargain of the century.

4. Urban Decay – Naked original

An oldy but a goldy… it’s as simple as that. The original naked palette has been around for years now, and still remains a cult favourite for most beauty lovers. With lots of new palettes obviously been released since then, I neglected this palette a little bit. But recently I thought I would give it another try, and I have fallen in love with it all over again. Gold eyeshadows are my thing. They are so easy to wear and I think they look great no matter what time of year it is. This palette is a gold lovers heaven, they are probably the most pigmented eyeshadows I own and last incredibly all day long. Some people think these palettes are overpriced but considering how long I have had it, and I have used it to death, I haven’t hit pan. That’s insane.

5. Morphe 15D Day slayer palette. 

I did a review a few weeks ago of this palette, you can check it out here. In such a short space of time, it has become one of my all-time favourites. This is 100% a warm-toned palette, so if you are more of a cool toned kind of gal, I would avoid this palette like the plague. But if you’re like me and love warm oranges, browns and golds, you need this palette in your life. For 15 eyeshadows it is only £15 – yes you read that correctly. £1 per eyeshadow. And they are bloody brilliant. It has a mirror unlike the other Morphe Palettes and so it is perfect for travelling, I always take it with me when I stay at my friend’s house now. It is such a bargain, how can you turn it down!?

Reading back through this post, I have realised that Morphe and Urban Decay are my favourite palettes ahha! Oh well, stick to what you know! I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you palette inspo! Let me know in the comments your faves and any recommendations that I should try out!

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

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!