Sunday, 28 April 2013

Favourite's Of The Week

From Top Left:
Quote: Stay Positive! - Smile. It looks great on you!
Made Me Smile: My Best Friend and her boyfriend had a Baby Girl on Monday 22nd April, Meet my God-Daughter Alexa Jean.
Picture: I love roadtrips & adventures which was when this picture was taken of my friend and I on our travels around and outside London on the weekend. 
Song: I love every song that Bri Bry writes but this week I've been really loving Adventure Time & Child, Not only does he write and sing , he also has a YouTube series called 'Things to do before you die'. 100% of the revenue made from his videos will go to the charity he runs called #CutCakeNotWrists 
Nail Polish: Rimmel London 60 Second Nail Polish - 315 Ready, Aim, paint!
Food: Pasta bake & Salad - Story of my life.

You can check out my favourite's from last week, week #1: here
Got any questions? Let me know in the comments :)

Adios Amigos 
Chloë x

Friday, 26 April 2013

My Most Used Nail Products

From back left:

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Sprayhere - I've used this Quick Dry spray for a few years. It claims to dry nails in 60 seconds,  if you touch your nail after this time you will notice that you will leave a finger print mark in the nail due to it not being fully dry underneath. I don't think it's ever dried my nails in 60 seconds but it does work very quickly to dry the top layer of the polish.
How to use: Apply polish as normal, Spray approx 10cm from nails, leave to dry naturally.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover: here - This polish remover claims to remove nail polish in 1 second per nail, slight exaggeration, maybe 5 seconds, but this remover works amazingly, I wish I had found this sooner than a few months ago. No need for cotton wool and no mess!
How to use: Dip one finger at a time into the sponge, twist a few times and remove.

Cutex Nourishing Polish Remover For Weak Nails: here - If I'm not in a rush to remove my nail polish I will use this one because I like to give my nails a break from the Bourjois Nail Polish Remover and I feel it's very strong for my nails, this polish remover is deigned for weak nails which I defiantly have, I feel  my nails are a bit more healthy and strong after using it.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  - I bought mine from a local store in Ireland 2 years ago but you can check it out: here - I bought this because my nails have a habit of breaking very easily when I was working in a hostel doing housekeeping so using the chemicals and bleach made my nails really weak. This Nail Hardener works so well, I was very impressed even after the first use my nails felt stronger and healthier looking than before. My bottle is nearly out but I'll defiantly be purchasing a new one!
How I use it: Using on clean nails I apply 1 coat to my nail, around the edges and even under the tips, letting this dry I will then apply a second coat doing the same.

Barry M All In One: here - As it says this polish is an All In One meaning its a Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener. I use this mainly as a finishing top coat for my nails, I feel that this keeps my polish from chipping and peeling off. I haven't noticed this being effective as a nail hardener so I cannot comment about that.  
How I use it: Using this polish as base coat to protect my nails from staining or becoming damaged by the colour polish I may use, I let it to dry, apply my main colour, and then apply 1-2 coats as a top coat.

Seche Vite Fast Dry: here - Being a really impatient person when it comes to my nails drying I have always been all about trying products that will dry my nails fast, just like the Elegant Touch Spray. It most defiantly works but this fast drying polish is slowly becoming my BFF. I feel this bottle is quite pricey but if it works then it's worth it, and it will last me for about 2 years then I don't mind the price.
How to use it: After applying my main polish colour I apply 1-2 coats of this and leave it to dry for approx 30 seconds. Great if you're in a hurry or just really impatient like me!

Sally Hansen Nail Growth: here - As I've said my nails are very weak and break easily. Since I started using this polish 1 1/2 months ago my nails have not broken or cracked. I use my nail growth polish every day along with my nail hardener and my nails have never felt as strong before. 
How I use this: Every day on bare nails I apply 2 coats of the nail growth polish and leave to dry naturally.
(Some people may think that having to take off your polish every day to use this nail growth might be a bit of an annoyance but believe  me once you see the results you will think it's worth it)

Do you use any of these I mentioned? What's your opinion of them ? 
What products do you use for your nails? Let me know in the comments!

Adios Dudes & Dudettes x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

My Most Used Hair Products

Aussie Luscious Long Shampoo: here
Aussie 3 minute Miracle Frizz remedy: here
Aussie Anti Frizz & Conditioning Milk Leave In Cream: here
Aussie Heat Protection: here
Schwarzkopf Got2b Big Volume Hairspray: here
TRESemmé Argan Oil: here I also done a separate post: here
Batiste Floral Dry Shampoo: here

Considering I have super long hair I tend to use a lot of hair products to try to keep it tamed and as  'normal' looking as possible.
 I don't use these products all the time together, but they are the products I use on a regular basis.
 I've never dyed my hair and for that reason I do consider my hair to be in quite good condition. I don't straighten my hair too often, and I try to give my hair a break from the hair dryer when I can, and let it dry naturally.
I've never been to a hair salon to get my hair cut before, my mother is a hairdresser and has always done my hair. From when I had the slightest bit of hair up until the time I moved to London in early 2012.
Now that I live in a different country to her I obviously can't get my hair cut as frequent as I use to so that's left me being terrified to go to a hair dressers.. I can't even imagine what I'd ask for if I went in..silly Chloë! My mother gave me her old scissors a couple of years ago because I've always been into chopping into my  hair, even though I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing or how to even hold a hair scissors properly, I use to have a tendency to give myself a full fringe (bangs) and then hate it after 10 minutes, but it didn't stop me from doing it on multiple occasions!
So until I go on my visits home I guess I'm in charge of my hair and how it turns out.
So far so good.. I guess!
Here are some pictures of my hair at the moment :)

Adios Dudes & Dudettes x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Favourite's Of The Week

I may make this type of post into a weekly thing. I love sharing what my current favourite's are and doing the 'Monthly Favourite's' posts are ones I really enjoy to do. I think I'm going to try and keep these weekly posts more of a 'Random'/'Non Beauty' type and leave the more beauty side to the monthly posts. 

From top left -
Quote: I think it really explains itself. I really like this quote!
Made me smile: My Best Friend moved to Greece on Monday, I met her in Heathrow Airport for her 2 hour layover and I gave her the phone cases I bought for us both.
Picture:  I went out for my flatmates birthday on Thursday. They were playing Charades and I just think its such a happy picture.
Song: I've always loved Paramore but their new song 'Still into you' is pretty awesome!
Nail Polish: Maybelline Colour Show Ocean Blue 661, such a beautiful colour.
Food: I think in the past week I've had pizza & salad about 4 times..slight addiction, maybe?

Got any questions? Let me know in the comments :)

Adios Amgios
Chloë x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Small E.L.F Haul

Firstly I apologise for the bad quality of the photos, they captured fine but seemed to loose quality once I uploaded them to this post.

I quite enjoy buying from the ELF website, it's easy, convenient, reasonably priced and there is so much to choose from. There has never been anything I've bought from here that I've been really disappointed with. To be honest I don't have the highest expectation for some products due to the pricing but usually I'm fairly surprised. by the quality.

What I bought:
Fan Brush - £3.75 here
*Translucent High Definition Powder - £6.00 here
Baked Eyeshadow - Enchanted - £3.75 here
*Clear Eyebrow & Lash Mascara here
Eyebrow Kit - £3.75 here

* Ive used the High definition powder before which I mentioned in my Empties post here & also the Clear Eyebrow & lash mascara which I have used for a couple years, I've never used the lash mascara because I'm not quite sure why you would use it but I use the eyebrow gel almost every day.

Do you like to buy from ELF? Do you like the quality?
If you have anything you would recommend me to buy then let me know.

Adios Amigos x

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

What It Means To Me

The top picture I took in Northern Ireland, summer 2011
I know a lot of people have quotes that they live by or just really love and I am no exception. I could sit and read quotes all day long and be quite content. I have a few quotes that stick out to me as being my 'favourite' or that mean something to me in some way. I wrote a post about some of my favourite quotes a while back, you can check that out here if you like. 
I chose this quote above mainly because it's very true. 'We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail'. I'm sure many people have different ideas as to what this quote means to them as most quotes do but for me this is what it means.
  • Surround yourself with people who will point you in the right direction as sometimes life may have its ups and downs.
  • You may experience some bumps along the way to your destination but keep your eye on the goal you will eventually get there.
  • If you have something worth achieving then go for it, people or life may get in the way sometimes but keep your eye on the finish line and strive to get there.
  • Although you may not think what others are doing is right you can control your own actions.

Share some of your favourite quotes. I'd love to hear them.

Adios amigos x

Monday, 15 April 2013

Mini Haul

I went to Superdrug & Boots recently and I thought I would share some of the things I had bought.

Revlon Photoready Foundation - Vanilla here
Revlon Photoready Primer - here
Sally Hansen Maximum Nail Growth polish - here
Cutex Nail polish remover - here
Soap and Glory Flake Away here
No 7 Stay Perfect Lipstick - Coral Rose here
Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat - here
Real Techniques Stippling Brush - here

Have you tried any of the things mentioned? Did you like them? 
Let me know x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

25 Facts About Me

1. I hate the sound of somebody brushing their teeth.

2. You will never see me without my tub of Vaseline being very close by.

3. I moved out of home when I was 17 to go to college to study photography.

4. I have 7 tattoos and a few piercngs.

5. I went to an all Irish speaking school..yes Irish is a language.

6. I've been vegetarian for 10 years.

7. When I was younger I went to Disneyland Hong Kong & Paris..both are equally awesome!

8. My favourite food is Macaroni & Cheese.

9. When I was 16 I was in Intensive care with double pneumonia..
not fun!

10. I have a really bad memory which means 'What was I going to say' seems to be something I say a heck of a lot!

11. I am from Ireland and I was born in Dublin City on the 8th November 1991

12. I bruise really easily but then again I'm just clumby and walk into random objects.

13. I LOVE to travel and going on adventures!

14. I only started liking anything to do with Orange food or drinks last year..

15. Concerts and gigs are things I love to go to.

16. Discovering new or local bands is something I really enjoy.

17. Onions and mushrooms are absolutely gross.

18. I've never been to a hair salon to get my hair cut before.

19. I don't like the ocean, if I can't see to the bottom I am not getting in.

20. Having my room organised is a must.

21. If my parents didn't call me Chloë they were going to name me Phoebe.

22. I take a lot of photographs!

23. Making 'To do lists' keep me sane and very happy

24. I eat way too much junk food.

25. Family camping holidays in France were my favourite.

So whether it was useful or useless information you now know a little bit more about me.

Adios Amigos x

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

No.7 Cleansing Face Brush

No.7 Cleansing face brush - HERE

I've been looking for a good cleansing face brush for a few months and it seemed that every one I found would have cost an arm and a leg.. so expensive! I really enjoy using a lot of No.7 products and since this brush was not on the extremely expensive side I thought I would give it a whirl. This Brush retails at £24.95 but I had a £5 off voucher for No.7 so this product only cost me £19.95..hurray! It comes with 1 cleansing brush head and includes batteries. You can buy the cleansing brush heads separately for £8 but again I had a £5 off voucher so it only cost me £3.
 It is recommended that you change the brush after 3-4 months but me personally I would change after 1 1/2-2 months due to using it on a regular basis. If you shop in boots frequently you will know that a lot of the time they will give you a voucher for No.7 products at the till when you're paying and honestly last year I use to throw them away with my receipts thinking I would never ever use them but my gosh I would have saved so much money using them.

How I use it: 2-3 times a week
I take my eye make up off using Nivea Visage cleansing wipes for sensitive skin
Dampen my face 
I use my No 7 Foaming Cleanser concentrating on my forehead, cheeks and chin - avoiding your eyes and mouth at all costs.. it doesn't taste too good!
Then using my Cleansing face brush I will use the first of 2 speeds and gently massage the cleanser into my face for 1 minute and then using the second speed I will cleanse for 30 seconds.
I then wash away the cleanser using my face cloth and warm water in a patting motion.

Results - I feel this removes all the dirt and make up off my face leaving it feeling cleansed, smooth, clean and fresh. 
It doesn't leave my face feeling dry or irritated, it unblocks my pores and doesn't leave my face looking shiny (which is something I really dislike).
What cleansing brushes have you used? Where they worth the money?

Adios Amigos x


Monday, 8 April 2013

Bio Oil

I bought this bottle about 8 months ago

Bio Oil is something I only discovered in the past year and half. Since finding this amazing creation I have been using it weekly as a 'deep moisturizer'  and also daily on my scars, to calm redness and also uneven skin tones around my nose and cheeks. I advise using this oil when you have a spare few hours to let it sink into your skin.

Over the past 8 years I have gotten many different piercings, including 7 lip piercings, eyebrow, belly button and hips.. yes hips! As much as I loved/love all of these piercings and never have I regretted any of them I have now been left with some nasty little scars that I wish were not there. Since using bio oil I have noticed how drastically my scars have faded, mostly my eyebrow, hips and 2 lip piercings. 
For a big change to be noticeable you need to use this oil twice a day for at least 3 months. I know that sounds like a heck of a long time to apply oil everyday but honestly it's worth it when you start to see the results. Depending on the size of scaring you may be able to see results after 2 weeks which was the case for me and my hip piercings. 
My eyebrow scar and also 1 lip piercing have completely faded to the point where I can barely see it anymore and 1 other lip piercing has faded a huge amount. 

I use this oil twice a day to help with redness and uneven skin tone around my nose and cheeks, again this has been a huge help in keeping the redness down particularly around my nose as this is the worst spot for me and I have seen a definite improvement in my cheeks also. 

Usually once a week I will 'deep moisturize' my face by using a face cloth to dampen my face, take a small amount of bio oil in my hand, rub together to slightly heat it up and while my face is still damp I will evenly spread the oil all over my face. You may not look too appealing and you may look kinda sweaty but if it's doing your skin wonders well then who cares.. :) & relax while this sinks into your skin.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a moisturizing, uneven skin tone, scar-fighting oil.

Have you tried this oil, what did you think? Or have you tried any other oils or creams you would recommend?  Let me know, I'd love to hear x


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Musical Sundays

Howdy Dudes & Dudettes 

This is a new weekly series on my blog where I post some of my favourite songs of the moment.
They could be new songs or old songs, from known artists and unknown artists. Everything goes here.

You can check out the first Musical Sunday: HERE
Enjoy x

Leave me any music you're loving at the moment. I'd love to hear it.
Adios Amigos x