Thursday, 28 January 2016

Starting a YouTube Channel...

I hope you are all doing really well - I want to say a big thank-you because this past month I have reached the most views in a month that I have received since starting this blog! I was so completely surprised and thank-you to everyone that has taken the time out of their day to read my posts and sorry if I ramble on or go off on tangents, I'm so bad for that. Guilty as charged!
Something I had been thinking about towards the second half of 2015 and most certainly this year is about starting a YouTube channel. I have always loved writing and so that's why I decided to get back into blogging. As I mention in pretty much every single blog post (booorrring), I have watched YouTube for so long, and it's definitely adapted itself as part of my normal lifestyle.
I would be lying if I said I didn't ever think about starting a channel, but at the moment I feel the worries overrule the willingness and so I'm stuck in a muddle.
I have wanted to start a YouTube channel from the day I started to get into YouTube but never thought that I would ever consider doing it. It hasn't been until I started this blog that I have thought about it more and more.
But where do I even begin?
My biggest fear starting a channel is my anxiety. I have a fear that I would get completely set up and film a video and then spend 3 days being too anxious to put it up. I also worry that people might find me uninteresting, boring and might genuinely not connect with me. My friend Meg has a channel and she said that she felt the same kind of things before starting. I also read a comment somewhere stating "if you're not sure whether to do it yet, you're probably not quite ready".
I used to edit a lot of video footage at college for both Media and Photography - but will it be the same kind of idea?
Has anyone else been in the same situation? Did you go ahead and start a channel? Should I do it?!
Let me know!
Lots of love
Chelsea x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Lottie London Makeup Brushes Review

Hi Guys!

No this is not an optical illusion, not a dream, not a past memory. Don't faint, but yes, this is my second blog post in TWO DAYS. I am literally so gobsmacked at myself and its only day 2 of 2016!

Today's post is a review of the Lottie London Best of Brushes Collection. I have wanted these brushes for SO long. The main reason? Well, they're pastels and pretty colours, so why wouldn't I want them?!

Superdrug stock Lottie London products, and when I was browsing on Asos the other day, I noticed they sold them too. I decided that the next day on my trip to Superdrug I would finally pick them up and give them a go. Before purchasing the brushes I tried to have a read up online for some reviews on these, but I couldn't find anything at all, so, here we are today, I decided to write a post in case anyone else was trying to find a review for them too!

These brushes are currently retailing at £19.99 from both Superdrug, Asos and I'm sure there are other places selling them too. Click here to browse these on the Superdrug website. 

Lottie London - Best of Brushes Collection. 

The brushes come in a pack of 5. They are literally the prettiest pastel colours ever! Lottie London stock a lot of other make-up brushes, but I decided to purchase these ones in particular as a trial, just to get to grips with them y'no! 

Each brush is as follows:
- Blue Brush - Powder Brush
- Pink Brush - Shade and Shadow Angle Brush
- Red Brush - Eyeshadow Brush
- Yellow Brush - Eyeshadow Blending Brush
- Green Brush - Foundation Brush

They are all very basic but must-have brushes. I currently use Real Technique brushes, so bearing in mind through this post these are what I currently use, and my opinion is on using the brushes for the first time. 

As I always mention, I am no expert when it comes to make-up brushes whatsoever, it is just my personal opinion and how I found them!

Powder Brush.

The first brush in the collection is the Powder Brush. This brush is a beautiful baby blue colour and this is hands down the best powder brush I have ever used in my 22 years of life. Wow. The coverage of this brush was incredible and it was SO soft. I felt like it held a lot more powder that any other brush I use and the coverage it gave was perfect. I would definitely recommend this brush out of the whole collection the most. It is a must have for every beauty guru's makeup bag/drawer/cupboard/loft!

Shade and Shadow Angle Brush.

The second brush in the collection is the baby pink shade and shadow angle brush. This brush is for applying eyeshadow and when I used it I used it for the inner corners of the eyes when applying a lighter white colour when creating a smokey eye. I found this brush really easy to use, it was simple, straightforward and created the exact look I was going for. The bristles didn't feel either too thick or too thin, and I felt they helped apply the shadow precisely. Again like the previous brush, I couldn't fault this. It ticked every single box on my list!

Eyeshadow Brush.

After using the angle brush I then used this eyeshadow brush to apply the outer colour of my eyeshadow. This brush is a like coral/red sort of colour which is super pretty and this is also one of my favourites out of the 5. I'm not really an eye shadow kind of girl, and I can never find a brush that helps me apply the shadow properly without making a complete mess. I found that this brush is the perfect shape for me. It helped me apply the shadow neatly and was also the right shape to help define the crease in my eyelid. I am super impressed with this brush, this one would be brilliant for those of you that are a bit pants with eyes, like me! 

Eyeshadow Blending Brush.

This brush is the eyeshadow blending brush in a pastel yellow colour (by far the cutest brush of them all!) I used this brush to blend in the outer darker colour in with the more shimmery colour on top. I found this brush really useful, although I wouldn't say it stood out massively to any other brush I have used like the others did, but it definitely did the job I will continue to use this over and over again.

Foundation Brush.

The last brush in the collection is the mint green coloured foundation brush. I knew before purchasing these brushes that this would be the brush I would use the most. All of the brushes in this collection are super soft and this one didn't let me down. I use the MAC Pro-Longwear Foundation in NW15 and I applied a little to this brush and began to blend it into my skin. I felt that all of the foundation went onto my face rather than being soaked into the brush like a lot of other brushes tend to do. I was overall really happy with this brush and I liked the fact that the tip of the brush is really quite thin, enabling you to get into all those little hard to reach creases! It's a yes from me! 

Overall I am so happy that I decided to purchase these brushes. They are so affordable and so good. I have to say that I think they are potentially one of the most underrated brands I have ever used. When I originally saw them, I thought they might have been designed for younger girls, maybe for girls first trying out makeup, but I disagree now that I have used them and think they would be suitable for all ages, and lets be honest, they have got to be some of the prettiest brushes out there! I will one million percent be purchasing the other brushes by Lottie London!

I hope that this review might be of some use to some of you, and if you fancy trying out some new brushes, these are the ones to go for! Please let me know if you have tried these brushes and what you think! I love hearing all about what you have tried and what you think! 

Thanks again for reading, I hope you are all having a productive 2016 so far! 

Until next time...

Lots of love

Chelsea x 

Friday, 1 January 2016

My Facial Skincare Routine

Hi Guys!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I am wishing you all the very best for 2016! I decided today to write my first post of 2016. I have been dying to get a post up, and I'm really disappointed because I had SO many posts ready to write for December, but December turned out to be an awful month for me and kind of ruined all blog related plans that I had made. On now to 2016 and my new years resolution is to definitely keep up the posts!

I decided today to write a post on my facial skincare routine as one thing I always search beauty blogs for is a good ol' skincare routine and because I am an absolute sucker for a skincare product! Guilty as charged...

I love reading about what other bloggers use, what products they would recommend and what ones go straight in the bin! I find that skincare products work completely different with different skin, and so I find that when people leave reviews about the product, I can usually learn about the way they work, and then figure out whether they will work well with my skin. 

Personally I'm not the type of person that tends to get a lot of outbreaks. I tend to get a couple of bigger blemishes in one hit, but I find that my skincare routine definitely helps to keep my skin under control.

I have included links to all of the products I use for you to have a read-up or search through should you wish to!

Step 1 - Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water
The best thing I ever decided to do was to stop using face wipes. Although these work great for some people, for me they just didn't. I have fairly normal skin, not too dry or oily, but I found that these took out all of the moisture and goodness in my skin. I use the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water. This can be purchased from any UK drugstore or supermarket e.g. Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco etc. This is priced at around £3.50-£4.50 for a 400ml bottle which you get around 200 uses out of, however a LOT of places always have this on offer, so keep your eyes peeled and stock up when they do! I put a couple of drops of this onto a clean cotton pad and scrub. I find this leaves my skin feeling super soft and it gets all of my mascara off good and proper. The water is not perfumed so I find that this doesn't irritate my skin in any way. This is currently on sale at Asda for £3.50 for 400ml..

Steps 2 - Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser
Once all of the make-up is completely off I then apply a thin layer of Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser. I purchased this from Boots and it was £3.29 for 50ml. Although this can feel quite greasy when applying it, it is an actual god send! It puts all of the moisture back into my skin and I feel completely hydrated. I leave this on for 5-10 minutes before washing this off with a clean flannel and warm water. This is currently still selling for the same prices in Boots.

Step 3 - Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser
Once I have rinsed off the Ponds cream, I then apply the Clean & Clear moisturiser all over my face and neck, (except my eyelids!) This moisturiser is so good because it tingles your whole face, and you can almost feel it tightening up your skin and it just feels so refreshing. I probably wouldn't recommend using this moisturiser if you have quite sensitive skin. I find that when I put this on my eyelids it burns them slightly with the tingling, so I try to avoid those areas (do let me know if you also use this moisturiser and if the same thing happens to your eyelids! If you use another product or perhaps an eye cream instead on your eyelids, please let me know of any recommendations!) I again purchased this from Boots and they currently have this on offer for £2.13 for 100ml!

Step 4 - Clean & Clear Energy Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub
And the award for the longest face scrub name goes too....
The next morning when I have a shower I rinse my face thoroughly, and then apply a little of the Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub (that's easy for you to say!) You only need to use the tiniest little drop of this, it goes a long way! I apply this to my face (excluding the eye area) and massage it into my skin in a small circular motion. I then wash this off with a shower puff (those scrunchy looking things that nobody really knows what to use them for!) This then leaves my skin feeling super soft after a shower. I also find that when applying make-up it goes on so smooth and silky after using this face scrub, and it smells incredible too which is a bonus. This can be purchased from Boots, it is also currently on offer at £2.80 for 150ml.

Step 5 - Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom
After my shower before I apply my make-up I always use the Grown Alchemist day cream before applying a primer. This has got to potentially be the best smelling day cream to have ever existed. This cream keeps my skin completely hydrated all day long and it feels so soft after applying. This cream is quite pricey, but I think it is definitely worth it! I have always purchased this from Feel Unique. Unfortunately they are out of stock at the moment, but there seems to be many other places online selling this too. This is currently selling at £29.00 for 65ml.

As I mentioned when I first started my blog, I am by no means qualified in any way/shape/form with regards to any beauty products (as you can probably tell since I referred to a shower puff as a 'scrunchy looking thing!') but this is my personal skincare routine which I follow and I'm sure it will be completely different to many others, so please do let me know of any other great products that you may use, and whether these products have worked well or maybe not so well for you.

Thank you again for reading as always, and I look forward to speaking with you again.

Lots of love

Chelsea x
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