September Goals

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hello Lovelies!

It's finally Autumn!! I am so happy September has finally rolled around. I love Autumn, I love everything about it. From the darker reading filled evenings to spiced scented candles. I am planning on taking September by the balls by working my ass off to work towards the bigger picture I want to achieve. 

Blogging Goals

1. Be more active in the pod

I am involved in an Instagram pod, I'm sure you all know what pods are. I am in one filled with so many lovely talented ladies which is why I want to be more on top of their content. I work a lot as I have mentioned before which makes blogging etc a little more difficult which is why I have been struggling with pods. I am going to try extra hard this month to keep up to date with their content because it really is amazing. 

2. Work on social media engagement 

My engagement the past couple of months has dramatically dropped and the only explanation is I haven't been engaging myself. I want to put an end to that, I miss interacting in the big blogging world and I miss seeing lots of engagement on the posts I work so hard to create.

3. Concentrate more on the blog 

This is a major one I need to concentrate on. I used to be all about my blog I used to spend so much time in making my blog the best it can be for me. I have noticed my blog has been shoved on the back burner recently because I have been so concentrated on my social media. I need to put more of my time into my blog to get it back to where it used to be. To make it something I am proud of again. 

Life Goals

1. Eat healthier 

I have been on a healthy lifestyle kick / weight loss journey for about  month now and I have been doing so well until recently. I have been falling off track a little to often, thankfully I haven't gained but I haven't lost anything either. So this month I want to really concentrate on getting back on track.

2. Exercise 

This goes hand in hand with eating healthier I have never been one to exercise but I really want to start. I am hoping to start working out at least once a week at home to ease myself into it, hopefully I will start to enjoy it after doing it regularly enough. Well thats the plan anyway!

3. Read More

I have a goal to read 55 books this year which I am not going to achieve as I just haven't had the motivation to sit down and read I have been more interested in sitting on social media. However I have recently started reading again and I have been really enjoying it so I want to take this month to read as much as I possibly can to get as close to my target as possible. 

Twitter Dramas: Are They Worth It?

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to share this post with you as I have noticed Twitter Dramas in the blogging community have become a daily thing. Now I wont bullshit you or act like mother Theresa and pretend as if I haven't ever been involved in any blogging dramas, because I have. 

A couple of days ago a certain blogger was dealing with a rather rude girl via email, she even went to the extent of creating an Instagram account and stealing other bloggers pictures.  Now I won't go too much into detail as it isn't my story to tell however something was posted on Twitter which exploded into this huge Twitter spat. Unfortunately I was involved in it. I believed what a lot of other people were saying, I retweeted and tweeted about it myself. Granted It wasn't as bad as some of the things being said BUT I was just as guilty as the rest of them. To cut a long story short said blogger shut down the allegations with the truth, which essentially made me feel like an asshole. I was involved in something which upset someone else and for what? NOTHING! What was being said wasn't even true so the only thing achieved was hurting that person. I have since apologised and can only hope she knows that it was sincere. 

This situation however got me thinking, how many of us have been involved in social media drama involving other people. How many of us have jumped on the band waggon without knowing all of the facts? I know I have. In some cases the shit being said might well be true but is it really worth getting involved in, in case it isn't? Is it really worth the risk of unnecessarily hurting another person? I certainly don't think it is. Now I know Twitter drama can be exciting and funny but how do you think the person on the other end of it feels. We have no clue as to what they deal with on a day to day, we have no idea what their mental state is. The backlash of publicly humiliating someone can be catastrophic. 

I won't pretend to be a saint, I won't act as though I have never been a bitch because I have. I am a very upfront and honest person but that doesn't mean I'm a bad person, I make mistakes. I hate upsetting other people. I'm not going to say I won't ever be involved in a twitter drama again because I don't have a crystal ball. But I am going to, in future think before I Tweet. I am going to think of the repercussions and affect things like this can have on other people. As bloggers we should be building each other up not pushing each other down, we should be helping each other. Blogging isn't easy we all know that so why should we go out of our way to make it harder for others? I will be thinking before I tweet, thats for sure. If we all tried to think before we act the blogging community would be much more positive.

What's your opinions on Twitter dramas? Comment below or tweet me @chloedentonxo

What Am I Doing With My Life..?

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hello Lovelies!

I am currently laying in bed with a decaf cup of tea, at 10pm writing this impromptu post. This week so many amazing people received their exam results and it has got me thinking, what am I actually doing with my life?

So a little background about where I am currently at with my career, or should I say lack there of and how I got myself in to this situation. So in 2008 I started secondary school as the uncool chubby kid, my first year and a bit I did okay and my behaviour was relatively okay too. However my behaviour started to change quickly for the worse. I got involved with the wrong crowd (yep, that cliche) and I turned into someone I'm really not, I became the gobby loudmouth with a bad attitude who had basically no respect for anyone or myself. That continued pretty much through out my entire secondary school life. A managed move and a couple years down the line I find myself at 16 and doing my GCSEs, my dad had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and I started to buck up my ideas. I changed, I had no choice but to dramatically change. I didn't do the best in my GCSESs I missed a couple of exams due to having to care for my dad. As you can probably guess my results weren't great.

I managed to get into college and I studied level 2 business, I was actually one of three to pass which was a big deal for me. I then didn't really do anything with it. I am now working as a retail supervisor, the pay is terrible and to be honest it is something I am not interested in. Growing up I always had huge dreams and aspirations which amounted to nothing, thankfully I am only 20 so I have time to turn my life and career around.

Now, onto the real reason for this post, I have been considering and looking into some online courses. As a blogger I am obviously very interested in social media and all that goes along with it hence why I am looking at social media management and digital marketing as career choices. I'll be 100% frank with you, I don't have a clue where to start but I am certain it is something I want to achieve. I am honestly so unhappy with how my life has turned out, don't get me wrong I have an amazing family, boyfriend; bestie, house etc which I am thankful for...but something is missing. I am sick of letting my life fly by and essentially amounting to nothing. So many people I went to school with have started amazing careers and are doing incredibly well for themselves and it gets me thinking, what have I achieved? What have I got to show for all those years in education? A name badge reading 'Chloe, Sales Supervisor' it doesn't seem too appealing to me. Don't get me wrong I am proud of my job and I enjoy it but I think thats simply down to the insanely hilarious, lovely people I work with.

It is time for me to grab life by the balls, jump in head first and get that career I desperately want and need. It's just figuring out where to start.

Apologies for this extremely rambled, all over the place post but it is something I needed to get off my chest. Do any of you have any advice for me or changes you want to make in your life? Let me know in a comment below or tweet me @chloedentonxo.

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Review*

Friday, 18 August 2017

Hello Lovelies!

Skincare is something I have started to take more of an interest in recently, I never used to bother that much with looking after my skin which is so annoying as I think it is why I tend to get a lot of breakouts. I am now 20 so it won't be too long until I start getting wrinkles if I don't start taking better care of my skin now. The lovely people at Super Facialist got in contact with me and asked if I would be interested in trying their products out, I had seen other bloggers raving about their products so I thought I would try them out myself. They asked me what my skin type was and then chose the best products for me to try out.

Since receiving these products I have been using this wash every day. It is formulated with salicylic acid and Niacin (Vitamin B3) to help detoxify and deep clean your skin of day to day impurities and excess oils without irritation. With regular use this foaming facial wash will leave your skin feeling balanced and looking healthier and clearer. I can 100% say it does exactly what it claims. Since using this products my skin has had less blemishes and overall looks much healthier. It is also infused with Elderflower which gives it a spa like scent which I really enjoy.

I have been using the scrub every two days with my evening skincare routine, I have noticed since using this my skin is much smoother, brighter and clearer. It is designed purify and thoroughly cleanse, it is so gentle on the skin with the little beads which is great as some facial scrubs I have tried have been far too abrasive. This scrub is enriched with biodegradable micro beads, Niacin and salicylic acid which combined helps eliminate dead skin cells. The combination of grapeseed oil and elderflower helps the skin retain its moisture balance.

This mask is a detoxifying clay mask used to unclog pores and let skin breathe. It clears excessive oils and toxins which lead to breakouts, it also contains oil-absorbing dead sea mud rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron for a facial detox at home. It also includes Avocado oil which is rich in vitamins A, D and E with Acacia Honey to help the skin rebalance itself. I have been using this mask every two to three days and my skin is loving me for it. Since I have been using these products together my skin is much smoother, clearer and brighter with less blemishes. I am in love with this brand and will continue to use them.

Super Facialist are a well loved brand in the blogging community and I now understand why, their products are amazing quality and their packaging is gorgeous. They has so many different ranges to cater for any and all skin types.

Have you tried anything from this brand before?

Revuele & Pretty Smooth Skincare Review*

Friday, 11 August 2017

Hello Lovelies!

A few weeks ago a lovely company called Quest Personal Care contacted me about reviewing some products they stock, their website is currently being constructed but you can view their latest stock catalogue.

Revuele Argan Oil Cream-Butter 

The first product is from the Revuele Argan Oil range, this is a 5 in 1 hand and body cream it is revitalising, regenerates, anti-ageing, smoothing and has nutritional values for your skin. When I first used this product I thought it smelled like a mens aftershave but I couldn't put my finger on what one it was, after using it a couple of times I realised it smells exactly like Jean Paul Gaultier. Although it has a very masculine scent to it I actually really like it. It isn't as thick as some moisturisers I own which I really enjoy for using day to day if my skin is feeling particularly dry or I'm having a pamper evening I would probably use something a little heavier as this one is very light weight. My skin definitely feels very soft and hydrated from using this.

Revuele Argan Oil Day Cream 

Like the body butter the day cream smells like Jean Paul Gaultier which I must say did worry me, I have used a scented face cream before which majorly broke me out, thankfully this one didn't. I have been using this every morning since receiving it and I cannot get enough. The day cream is supposed supposed to promote cell regeneration, it is oxygen infused, has an SPF of 16, it is anti wrinkle and is for Normal, Dry and Sensitive skin. Before using this cream I would always have an issue with my foundation splitting and wearing off in patched after a few hours no matter what foundation I used, which I found out was because my skin was very dehydrated. I love this product and will definitely continue to use it.

Revuele Argan Oil Night Cream 

Again this product has the scent of Jean Paul Gaultier aftershave, but it has increased nutrition, this cream is designed to fight signs of pre-mature ageing. It is also designed to decrease redness and dull looking skin, redness is something I have suffered with for a long time along my cheeks, and I can honestly say since using this night cream my redness has calmed down a hell of a lot. I still have redness but it isn't as obvious to the point where I will leave the house without wearing any foundation.

Revuele Black Mask

This is one of those gross but awesome black head masks. These masks are super popular in the blogging community right now, I have tried two or three different ones but I can honestly say this one is the best I've tried. This mask is a pore cleansing peel off mask with activated carbon, zinc and silver ions Ag+. It is designed to clear acne and blackheads, it is deep pore cleansing, regulates sebaceous gland function and leaves your skin matte. I can honestly say it does all of those things, don't get me wrong I do still have blackhead but that is because I had a shit tonne in my T zone, but everytime I use this mask it gets rid of loads more. I'll be honest if you would want to use this on your entire face it will hurt as it will pull out the fine little hairs but I promise you it is worth it. Those cheap Biorè strips are nothing compared to this mask.

                                                       Pretty Smooth Eye Patches

Finally the love people at Quest personal Care sent me 3 types of eye masks from Pretty Smooth. I have used a couple of eye patches before but I never really thought much of them. They sent me the Argan Oil hydrating ones, the Snake Venom to reduce the appearance of wrinkle and the Collagen ones to hydrate and brighten. I really enjoy using these eye masks when I am having a pamper evening as they are so cooling and relaxing under the eyes especially after a stressful day at work. Out of the three I think my favourite ones were the Collagen ones as I definitely see a difference in my dark circles 

Overall I am so impressed by these products, there isn't one I dislike. I think the favourite item they sent me was the pore mask as it knocks all of the others I've tried out of the park. I am so grateful to Quest Personal Care for being so generous, you should definitely check out their stock catalogue as they have some amazing products and brands on there.

What product did you most like the sound of?

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