Giorgio Armani Si Perfume Review

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hello lovelies!
Todays post I thought I would review Si by Giorgio Armani. For my 20th birthday the other half, otherwise known as Scott gave me money as he had no idea what to get me (lol, typical man), So I thought I would by a new perfume, naturally. I always see this gorgeous little bottle on Instagram which Intrigued me to look more into it.

I am quite easy when it comes to perfume as I like, fresh, sweet, fruity and musky scents but I do tend to lean more towards sweet fragrances. I had a look online at the notes and really liked the sound of them, I then did a very brave thing and ordered it without smelling it first!

The notes are as follows:
Top Notes; Cassis
Middle Notes; Freesia & May Rose
Base Notes; Vanilla, patchouli, Ambroxan and woody.

When I first spray this perfume It smells quite floral but not over powering, I really don't like perfumes which smell as if you've been slapped in the face with a bouquet of flowers lol! The floral scent to it is really light and very pretty! After the perfume has settled more on my skin you can really smell the sweetness of this perfume, it isn't a sickly sweet either which I love. After the perfume has been on my skin for a while I really notice the woody notes in it, I really like sweet warm fragrances which this one definitely is!

Not only does this perfume smell incredible but it is also very long lasting, I can spritz some in the morning and still smell it on my skin at the end of the day which is essential for me, especially when I am working long shifts. Since wearing this perfume I have received so many lovely compliments on it too which is always nice when buying expensive perfumes. Aside from the great scent the bottle is bloody beautiful! It feels so luxurious and weighty which you would expect as it is a rather pricey perfume not to mention it is just so damn instagrammable (obviously a must).  

I have to say the only and I mean ONLY negative thing I have to say about this perfume is I love it so much I'll definitely continue to purchase it, which won't be great for my bank balance haha!

I bought this bottle from Fragrance Direct as it was a lot cheaper than else where! I paid £46.99 for the 50ml bottle but it usually retails for £54.00. 

What is your favourite perfume at the moment? I'd love to know!

April Goals & March In Review

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Hi Lovelies!

Todays post I am updating you on how my March goals went and telling you my goals for April. March was a relatively good month for me goals wise and because it was my 20th birthday. I know most of you won't see a 20th birthday being a big deal but for me it was a huge deal! I cannot believe I am no longer a teenager! saying I'm 20 out loud makes me sound old. Like I really do have to be a grown up now haha!

March In Review

1. Become More Dedicated To Bullet Journaling
I feel as though I have well & truly completed this goal, I have had so much fun this month researching ideas on Pinterest & watching plan with me videos on YouTube. I think I have really found my style in bullet journalling now and I am loving it. I love how in the future i'll have my bullet journals to look back on.

2. Read More
Again I think I have completed this goal too, don't get me wrong I haven't read a huge amount but I did read 3 books this month. So far I have read 7 books this year which isn't great as I still have 48 books left out of my 55 book target this year. There are so many amazing books I want to read this year so I look forward to reading more.

3. Look For Instagram Photo Props
I'm not too sure about this goal, I mean I did technically look for props but I didn't actually find any I liked. The hunt for props will continue though!

4. Lose 10lbs Before My Birthday
My birthday was the 31st of march so I had plenty of time to lose 10lbs but I failed miserably! And thats the end of that HAHA!

April Goals

1. Read Even More
I have loved reading these past few weeks so I want to make it my goal to carry it on, to read as many amazing books as I can. I love reading & I love the feeling of getting lost in a book, I'm surprised at how many people I know that don't read!

2. Pre-Write Blogposts
I really want to start pre-writing blogposts again, now I am working a lot pre-writing posts is essential for me now. I used to plan and pre-write blogposts all the time which I found gave me so much more time to work on other aspects of my blog making it all feel less like a chore.

3. Home Decor
This month I really want to work on adding decor to my house. All of the rooms in my house are only half done, they have the main bits finished like the furniture etc but the small decor pieces are missing to finish off the rooms completely.

4. Finish My Office Space
If you have read my previous posts and/or follow me on social media you will know our 2nd bedroom in our house is our spare room and my dressing room, the 3rd bedroom is Scotts space which I steer clear of. I am concentrating at the moment on splitting my vanity into an office/blogging space too so I have somewhere dedicated to blogging giving me the correct head space and motivation to get what I need done.

So theres all of my goals for the month, what goals have you set yourself this month?

How To Increase Instagram Engagement

Monday, 27 March 2017

Hello Loves!

Todays post I thought I would share with you how I increased my Instagram engagement. Instagram is becoming increasingly difficult to build your following and engagement. The standard on Instagram is insanely high now, with there being so many beautiful accounts out there you really need to be on the ball!

1: Post Regularly 
Posting regularly is very important if you want to increase your engagement. By posting regularly you are constantly going to pop up in your followers feed. By doing so you people will start to recognise your photography style and account.

2: Use Hashtags!!
Hashtags are so important when you're trying to build your Instagram. I'm sure you all know what hashtags are and what they do on Instagram (if not leave a comment). Instagram give you a 30 hashtag limit, I don't quite use the entire 30 but I do use a fair few! I researched what hashtags work well in my niche & then wrote them in a note on my iPhone. Which makes my life much easier as I can simply copy and paste when I post a new photo. One thing I have changed doing is posting my hashtags in the description. I found posting them all in the description made it look very crowded + irrelevant. So now I post them all in the comment section.

3:Join An Instagram Pod
Instagram pods are a group message on Instagram filled with people who will like and comment on you posts. What you do is share your posts with the pod and they will head on over to the post and leave a comment and a like, and you obviously so the same for the others in the chat. Also try to make sure you leave a good comment not just a spammy one. I have only recently joined a pod and so far I am really liking it all of the girls in the chat are so lovely and have amazing feeds. 

4: Comment & Follow
Leaving comments on other peoples posts is so important, you can't expect to get loads of likes and comments on your posts by not doing the same for others (well unless you're a Kardashian). By commenting good/worth while comments you're putting your name out there. Good comments spark an interest which could lead to a comment back or even a follow. When leaving a comment don't just put 'love this pic or 'great feed!' because that just shows you really aren't bothered. make sure to read the description to allow you to post a genuine comment. I would also recommend for you to follow a few people each day, now don't just follow 200 people and then unfollow as thats pointless. Follow a select few whose feeds you really like, that way you know you will engage with them. 

Basically, to increase your engagement YOU have to engage. Ironic right?

If you have any other tips on increasing engagement, comment them below! And of course check out my Instagram @chloedentonxo

Everyday Skincare Routine

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hi Loves!

Todays post I thought I would share with you my updated skincare routine. To be quite honest there isn't much to my skincare routine. I find my skin reacts better to a simple routine rather than one with 10 steps, you get my gist.

The first product I like to use is the Bioré deep pore charcoal cleanser. This facial wash is what I use in the morning and at night. I have oily/combination skin which tends to leave me with relatively large pores so I always seem to go for charcoal washes as I find they work best for my skin. I have been using this particular face wash for about 4 months and I am really enjoying it. My pores appear so much smaller since using this product, which helps with applying my makeup. Theres nothing worse than visible pores under your foundation!!!

Next I use the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pads, These cleansing pads are so far my most favourite part of my skincare routine. I started using these about a month a go and I can see such a huge difference in my skin. Since using these in my routine my skin has less redness and my complexion is much brighter. I usually only use these pads in the evening before using my toner, which is making me want to try out the intensive night time pads which are similar to the ones I am using now. 

I then go on to use a toner, I used to use one from Lush until I started to see this one everywhere. I had wanted to try it for quite a while as I'd heard nothing but amazing things about it @beautybythebunny on Instagram is to blame for this purchase haha! She has nothing but amazing things to say about it. I haven't been using it for very long so I can't really say if it has done amazing things for my skin as of yet but, it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and nourished. Keep an eye out for a full review once I've been using it a little longer. 

okay, so this moisturiser for me is the best thing since sliced bread! I have never in my life used a better moisturiser. It's cheap and cheerful from Nivea but it is so amazing for my skin. It is an oil free moisturiser which I find works best for my oily skin that also is supposed to reduce shine. I have been using this moisturiser for quite a while and it has left my skin feeling so bloody soft and much less greasy. What I love about this product is I can use a normal amount day to day but then slather it on when my skin feels dehydrated and no matter how much you use it sinks in to the skin beautifully without feeling sticky which a lot of moisturisers tend to do. 

Finally we have this cheap eye cream from Superdrug. I have bee using this for a couple of months and I am almost finished with it. I like it for under my eyes but I'm not blown away by it. My under eyes are rather dark so I really wanted an under eye cream to brighten my eye area. I thought I would just try a cheap one and see how I get on with it. I have to say it does feel amazing on my under eyes it leaves them very soft and hydrated but I really don't think It has brightened my eyes at all so because of that I won't be buying it again after its all used up. I mean I will finish it because it does do something to my under eye area it just doesn't do what I want it to. 

What is your favourite skin care product? leave a comment below. 

p.s. Can any of you recommend a brightening eye cream? either leave a comment below or Tweet me @chloedentonxo 

March Goals & February In Review

Friday, 3 March 2017

Hi loves!

Well another month of 2017 down. February was a pretty good month for me goals wise, I feel as though I achieved them all which is surprising!

My February Goals Were...

1: Learn To Manage Money Better
Okay so this one I feel as though I did achieve although I could have done a little better, Initially I wanted to try and save some money which I didn't achieve, BUT I did manage to last until the end of the month. I am the worst for spending money, It's like I have an addiction to online shopping and usually I end up absolutely skint before the last week of the month, which didn't happen this month whooo! Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up!

2: Cook More
At the beginning of February I said I wanted to start cooking more because I had become so lazy and would just opt for a greasy takeaway instead of cooking. But this month I did cook more which I am so happy about although I would like to cook even more as we did have a few takeaways this month.

3: Keep On Top Of Housework
I am really happy with this goal, as I think I done so well at sticking to it even though I have been working a lot recently. I feel so much better in myself and a lot more productive when my house is clean. Scott and I actually stepped it up a notch because we have bought a Summer house for the hot tub and are getting on really well with decorating it!

4: Interact With Other Bloggers
I feel like I have been doing well with this one too, I have been making more of a conscious effort to read other blogs and comment on them. I have also been so much more active on Instagram which has helped a lot with my engagement!

Now For My March Goals

1: Become More Dedicated To Bullet Journaling
I have recently started bullet journalling and I am really enjoying it, Not only is it helping me stay organised and motivated to do what I need to do but it is also such an amazing thing to keep hold of a look back on. Bullet journalling allows you to document wha you like and to get creative with it too.

2: Read More
At the start of the year I set a goal to read 55 books this year. I started off really well but I feel as though I have slipped a little, I have been feeling really unmotivated where reading is concerned. So on top of reading more I would like to read at least 3 books this year.

3: Look For Instagram Photo Props
my Instagram photos are lacking creativity, I am getting so bored with the way my photos are looking so I am determined this month to concentrate on finding new photo props to liven my Instagram back up.

4: Lose 10lbs Before My Birthday
my birthday is this month WHOOO! I am going to be 20 on the 31st of March and to be honest I am kinda dreading it because turning 20 means I really need to be an adult LOL! I don't know what I want to do for my birthday yet but I do know that I want to lose some weight!! I have wanted to for a while so why not use my birthday as motivation!

Hopefully I do just as well with this months goals as I did last month! What goals have you set yourself this month?

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