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Last month I got the chance to attend the Maria Grachvogel SS15 Bloggers Preview. It was a lovely evening filled with beautiful dresses, macaroons and champagne. 
I have admired Maria's designs since I came across her work at University. While at Uni I also got the chance to work backstage at one of her shows, which was an exciting and fabulous experience. 
Maria is known for her classic jumpsuits, beautiful silk draped pieces and her eye for creating clothes that flatter a women's shape. 
Her SS15 collection was made up of stunning dusky pinks, lilacs and greys with beautiful flowing watercolour statement prints throughout. Lace cutout work also made a subtle appearance with classic red and black dresses making a sophisticated but fashion forward statement. 










So this review is very overdue, I received this sample of the REN Hot Cloth Cleanser with InStyle magazine a few months ago. I really wanted to try this product out as I am such a fan of REN products and their business ethics behind natural skincare.
I knew through trying other REN products that the cleanser would smell beautiful and it does, very fresh and natural and definitely no nasty synthetic scents!
The sample came with a free mini flannel which was super cute!
When first using the product it did feel strange applying the product straight to the my face without any water but it felt beautiful on my skin.
I usually use a cleansing oil first to remove my eye make up and then use a cleanser, so I did not test its effectiveness on removing make up, but I was very impressed how fresh and revived my skin felt.

Since, trying the REN Hot Cloth Cleanser sample I now have the 50ml sized product that I received in a REN Gift set that I have a post about coming soon!


Thought I'd pop a post up from a trip to Brighton I made a few weekends ago with my boyfriend. I have only been to Brighton a few times before and it had been a while since I had last visited.
I love how close Brighton is from London, moving away from Dorset has really made me miss the seaside and it was so lovely to be back beside the sea. 
Our trip to Brighton was really lovely and relaxed and of course involved popping in to the lovely individual shops that they have. I had never realised how many amazing homeware shops they have! - I will definitely be popping back to a few shops especially Unlimited and Edited, so many amazing prints!










Outfit: Trench (current favourite piece in my wardrobe atm) - Topshop // Top - Topshop // Jamie Jeans - Topshop // Necklace - Alex Monroe // White Converse // Watch - Marc By Marc Jacobs // Navy bag - Zara //
It's been a while since I posted a Instagram diary, so some of these images go back a month or two, but here are some insta's from what I have been up to in London!




From Left to Right - Visiting 'The Corner Shop'  felt exhibition in East london by Lucy Sparrow // The South Bank looking beautiful at night // Battersea from the train // My cat Tiggy <3 // Brunchin' by the beach // Me in Notting Hill // The Hampton Court Flower Show - Liberty sculpture // Cocktails on my Birthday // More from the Lucy Sparrow Felt Exhibition // Birthday Cards // Being back by the beach for a weekend // :)

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When Rimmel first launched Apocalips I was a big fan, so when I saw that they were launching Apocalips Matte, I needed to try them, especially as the colours looked so intense and beautiful.
The trend of matte lips is big this season, and so of course this was another reason I needed to get my hands on some!
So after trying a few of the shades they have launched (there are 4 shades in the UK), I have to say they are great! The formula feels so smooth on your lips and lasts all day. My favourite shade has to be Orange-ology (image shown below) the colour is so on trend and looks fab worn as a bold lip. I will definitely be wearing them all through Autumn/Winter as they are so moisturising!






First Image is Orange-ology shade #405
Apocalips Matte is £6.49 in Boots.


Hello!

Oh my, it has been a while since I have posted on my blog. A lot has happened in the last few months and quite frankly I have been so busy that I have not had time to sit down and blog. But I really enjoy blogging and after reading a few of my favourite blogs (to name a few - Essie Button & Vivianna Does Make up, and Ivory Avenue ) It has definitely inspired to get back to it!
So to update you, since July I have gradated from my Fashion Promotion degree down on the south coast and have moved up to London and started a new job.
It's all been very busy and such a change to 6 months ago, but its all very exciting!
So here we are, I'm back, and expect to see some new posts coming your way, stay tuned!

Chloe :)


This is the final post from my series of GFW posts. This is the outfit that I wore on day three of GFW 14. I went for my J.W.Anderson Topshop Collaboration quilted paisley top, (which in hindsight wasn't a great idea on a hot day in London, as it felt as though I was wearing a duvet!) with a short sleeved white shirt underneath to smarten it up. I teamed this with my black Jamie Jeans from Topshop and my new black slip on trainers from Office. I kept accessories simple with my initial bracelet from Urban Outfitters, my black Zara bag again and my Asos sunnies. 


This is my second post from Graduate Fashion Week, and it's an outfit post. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to get a picture of my outfit from the first day, but this is what I wore on the second day!  I kept this outfit very monochrome, wearing my checkered black and white trousers from Topshop, a grey tee from ASOS, my & Other Stories black jacket and then my black and white pointy Zara shoes. On my lips I wore my Laura Mercier lipstick in Mango to add some colour and I kept accessories minimal, with my black bag from Zara, a Topshop rose gold and silver necklace and my ASOS sunnies as the sun was shining away!


Thought I would do a post on Graduate Fashion Week as I was so happy and excited to be selected by my University to show my portfolio on our course's stand. For the last three years I have attended the Arts University at Bournemouth (AUB) on the Fashion course, specialising in promotion and I've loved It. It seems crazy how quickly the last three years have gone, but I'm excited for the future! In case you didn't know Graduate Fashion Week or GFW showcases the work of fashion graduates from Universities across the UK and Internationally attracting over 20,000 guests each June. 
This years Graduate Fashion Week was held at the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in London and I had a really great time. It was so exciting seeing all the Universities stands, the street style and the AUB Fashion show! I have a further two outfit posts from what I wore at GFW, so make sure to look out for those! Below are some images from the weekend that I took, hope you enjoy! 

Chloe :)

















I thought I would do a post on some beauty bits that I bought last month, with the craziness of third year I have not had the chance to post but I am now finished and am looking forward to getting back to my blog! Also, I have now had the chance to try all these products and so will give you a rundown on my thoughts.
First was Boots, I did have a list of some purchases that I needed (well..wanted) although I ended up getting purchases that were more spur of the moment buys. Whilst in Boots I was walking past the Max Factor counter and noticed their wild shadow pencils and was drawn to a metallic bronze shade (shade number 05). As soon as I got home I wanted to try this pencil as was really intrigued with the colour, the consistency is really creamy and blends beautifully to create a smokey eye effect. I have used this pencil a few times now blending it with the bronze eye shadow from my MAC Veluxe Pearl fusion Shadow palette. 
From my boots shop, I also purchased the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter which comes in jumbo crayon like packaging. I have been really impressed with this product and its so easy to apply! This will definitely be a repurchase. Next I popped to Topshop as I had not checked out their Make Up in a while. I came across a highlight palette, which I have used a few times and not been overly impressed the consistency, its very thick and hard to blend, so not so keen on this! The final bits that I picked up on this shopping trip were the H&M brushes which I had seen Dolly Bow Bow talking about on her Youtube channel so thought I'd try them out. I already have the real techniques brushes and really love these, but wanted a few extra ones especially for eyes, I purchased the eyeshadow and the blusher brush, and have been really happy with the eyeshadow brush, its very soft and so far none of the bristles have fallen out at all whilst applying product, however,  I have not been so happy with the blusher brush, as the bristles pick up minimal product if any and its just generally hard to use.
In a separate shopping trip, I was treated to a beautiful Laura Mercier Lipstick in Mango, which I LOVE! This is my first Laura Mercier product and definitely will not be the last, the consistency is so creamy and lasts for ages. 
The final products that I wanted to write about were the lip glosses that I made. As part of my final major project I developed a natural make up line and as part of the project I wanted to create some of the products to learn all about natural cosmetics. The course was so interesting and fun to learn about all the different processes to make a lipgloss. I went to a course run by Herbal Harmony, but I'm sure there are lots of different business that run them. 

Thats all for my new products for the last month, I have popped a picture below.


Chloe :)




Last month I was browsing on twitter and came across a competition to win a beautiful necklace by a brand called Wolf and Moon, I'd come across this brand before visiting their site and seeing all the lovely bits they did. Anyway, I thought that I'd re-tweet thinking I'd never win.. but I did! Oh my is this necklace beautiful!
The brand was created by British designer Hannah Davis and all the pieces are hand-made in their London studio! I won the beautiful Crystallized Necklace but all their other lovely products can be found here!

Thank you very much Wolf and Moon! 




For a few Spring seasons now we have been seeing the pastel trend making a reappearance, and this Spring they are back again, thanks to Celine and Calvin Klein. Personally, I don't mind a pastel shade, I think worn correctly these shades can look great especially teamed together. Below are some of my favourite high street pieces that I have come across.


From left to right // Coat - Topshop // Bag - ASOS // Bag - H&M // Shoes - ASOS // Leather cuff - Whistles // Sunglasses - Topshop // Jumper - Topshop // 
Last summer I was on the hunt for a new everyday mascara that didn't clump and after having a look in boots, the No7 lady said that they had just brought out a new mascara that tubed the lashes rather than painted them (a bit like the blinc mascara's). The mascara was water proof, humidity proof, flake proof and and could be removed with just warm water, I thought that this sounded great and so gave it a try and have brought 4 tubes since then.
 I really love this mascara due to the fact that if you get caught in rain it really does not come off, and it doesn't have the harshness of a waterproof mascara that always seem impossible to remove! 
The mascara goes on very nicely and although the effect and separation is not quite as great as my Chanel inimitable intense mascara, it still lengthens my lashes as well as holding a curl. Definitely worth a try. 


No7 Stay perfect long lasting mascara is £12.95 and is available here
Thought that i would do a post on the Rituals scrub's as i am in love with these scent's at the moment. I only came across Rituals last year through Jessica French's blog, and have become a little obsessed with their products and scents (as they smell A-mazing).
The first product that i brought from Rituals was bizarrely a deodorant, but the reviews from Jessica French made me really want to try it especially as the brand doesn't test on animals. I ended up purchasing two of the deodorants (in different fragrances) in the end as i was impressed by them and i will do a post on them soon! Anyway back to these scrub's! They have a lovely texture and unlike some scrubs which i find can be too scratchy (yes i know this is kind of the point, but these don't actually hurt your skin). The fortune scrub has a beautiful, fresh fragrance that really wakes you up in the morning. The second, i received for Christmas and this also smells amazing but more of a sweeter fragrance. I really want to try more of the Rituals products and i currently have their yogi secret foot scrub and honey touch body cream that i got for Christmas to try so i will do a product review soon on those! 


February so far has been a busy month, i was glad to see January out the way with the hectic deadlines that i had with Uni! I thought that i would share some recent photos that i have taken out and about. 






Left to right // Paul Smith Exhibit - Highly recommend! // Crashing waves after the storm // Make up shopping at Liberty's // Cute vintage shop that i found in a local town // & other stories bits // Me in London the other weekend // Shopping in Zara (phone case Robyn Northover Design) // The 1975 in Bournemouth (they were amazing) // Mojito at Wahaca in Soho (highly recommend these restaurants) // London looking lovely at dusk //


With New York Fashion Week over and London Fashion Week in full swing i thought i would sum up my favourite collections from NYFW. I always think NYFW can be quite safe in terms of design (especially compared to London) however saying that Jeremy Scott does always produce some wacky collection that shocks. 
There are certain designers that produce beautiful collections every season from New York that i always have to check out and below are the collections that stood out for me. 

J.Crew 
The use of textures and prints within this collection was what really stood out for me, i loved the brocades against the chunky knits and the brushed mohair with the puffa jackets it a pairing that i wouldn't expect to work but it does and J.Crew have done it again, oh.. one day i will own one of their beautiful necklaces!




Proenza Schouler 
This collection really stood out for me, i loved the use of jacquards, volume, bright and bold prints,  and the emerald greens and cobalt blues that were weaved throughout the garments. The collection had a slight 80's influence, from the use of peplums and volumous shoulders, to the end of the collection where we saw metalics making an appearance through prints, and a strong use of many textures. 




Rodarte 
The final collection from NYFW that i really liked was Rodarte, i didn't feel that the collection was particularly cohesive, but it sure did impress; with coloured parkas, a heavy use of lace combined with embroidered mesh and embellishment and Star Wars printed silk gowns. I have to say i was not overly blown away by these gowns, but this could be due to not being a Star Wars fan in the slightest (no offence made to Star Wars fans). As side from that i love Rodarte's style and am seriously in love with those SPARKLY PARKAS! <3




All Images from Style.com 



I came across Seche Vite dry fast top coat when my Mum told me about a new nail product that prevented chipping that she had read about. We purchased a bottle from QVC and now I would not use any other top coat. I have only just finished my first bottle and both me and my Mum have just purchased another as we have been so impressed with it. Their product i believe, is one of the most durable on the market and has definitely given my nail polish a extra few days than any other top coat i have ever tried, it also provides a really nice finish on the nail. 
After their success with the dry fast top coat they brought out a line of coloured nail polishes which incorporated their product technology. I purchased a Seche polish from Asos in the colour versatile and again have been impressed with how long the product lasts, however i would say that they don't quite have the same finish that the top coat provides and they don't seem to last as long as using the dry fast top coat.  

Seche Vite can be purchased from ASOS and QVC for £10.95


With Spring approaching (although currently it feels very very far away) it is time to brighten things up. I always think that Topshop do the best prints for Spring/Summer and this season is no let down. Bold graphic floral prints are big this season and Topshop have channelled this trend very well. I spied the bottom left top on Lllymrs youtube channel, and this has definitely gone on my wish list for spring! Below are some of my favourite print pieces for S/S 14 from Topshop







After Christmas, i was browsing the feel unique sale and i came across this Decleor set of the aroma cleanse cleaning milk and toning lotion, i already knew that i loved Decleor from a spa i visited last year, the products smell beautiful and feel amazing on your skin and this particular set is for all skin types. I brought the set and have been so impressed with the products! They contain no parabens which i would expect from a brand that is slightly pricier, but still, it does shock me that i still see some high end skincare that still contains such chemicals, but moving on.  The cleansing milk contains neroli essential oil to moisturise and sweet almond oil to help remove makeup. I have been using the cleanser in the evening to remove make up with a flannel and also in the mornings to cleanse and also using the toner in the am to wake my skin and moisturise it. The toner also contains neroli essential oil and i cant get enough of how beautiful this product smells and reminds me of being at the spa!
Overall, i have been really impressed with these Decleor products and i think they will last me a while being 400ml bottles! ..Definitely recommend!
This set is now out of stock but the products are still available on feel unique here