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How to; be happy 

Okay so let’s just like chill for a sec. Whatever may be going on, or whatever you are worrying about, forget it, block that out of you memory just for a sec. Now, soak up your surroundings. I mean I’m in work but we have really bright and matching highlighters that make everything look lovely, people playing all kinds of instruments at all different levels of ability, and a glimpse of the trees outside. For just a second, you can make all those little things matter, you can appreciate them and think about how everything that you do is ultimately your choice and we are so small and insignificant in proportion to the rest of the world. You have to appreciate everything, let yourself  smile at the simplest of things, it’s okay to be happy. So many people are negative about people’s looks, interests, and even the fact that they seem to be getting some sort of joy out of life but that doesn’t reflect on you, it reflects on them. Be that person who smiles at strangers, pulls funny faces at babies, smells the flowers on their journey home; make the most of your surroundings, even if it takes you 10 minutes to think of something even slightly positive. If you constantly tell yourself everything is awful, it most likely will be, but if you have a positive mindset and lift your mood, I can guarantee it makes things SO much easier. Do things for yourself, not for someone else. You matter, you are important, and you need to be happy. You only get one life (supposedly), live it how YOU want to. Be positive, be accepting, and be happy. I may still have 3 and a half hours left of work but I’m fortunate to have a job, with some great people, and be able to watch children and adults learn. And I can just picture giving my boyfriend a great big hug when I get home! Goodbye for now little buns, much love 

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How to: be sick, wait what?

Hello! I’m ill. As you probably guessed, but I’m gonna tell you how to be ill and be okay with it. This also works for when its THAT time of the month. You’re welcome.

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First things first, treat yourself. And more importantly, your skin. I like to start with a face mask to give my skin a little boost and to make me feel all pampered. While this is on I like to do something productive like wash my make up brushes or something so that I feel a little bit better about myself.

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Then I like to have a lush bath because the scent is amazing and makes my skin feel lovely jubbly! I like to use the Daddy-O shampoo to make my hair less brassy and the Happy Hippy shower gel which smells like lemons, yum!

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I then use a bath bomb to treat my skin and make my bath a little bit more interesting! This is “the experimenter” and kind of smells like smoke, but in a good way! There is a video on my instagram if you are interested!

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I then like to use a deep moisturiser to help my skin out, it always gets super dry when I’m sick. I couldn’t recommend this moisturiser enough! It is pretty pricey but boy is it worth the money! Keep a look out for it if you go on holiday because they have some fab sales in duty free!

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Then its time for “netflix and chill”.. I always like to stick  film on while I am again doing something productive and enjoyable like editing a youtube video or something. Oh and also eating, that is great. Be sure to stay hydrated, if you have a sore throat don’t have too much dairy (even though it feels temporarily soothing) and try hot water mixed with some honey and lemon juice!

And last but certainly not least- NAP TIME! Naps are the best when you are sick, and because you’ve already been kind of productive, it is completely justified.

I haven’t done the last step yet so I better be on my way! Goodbye for now little buns!

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How I whitened my teeth! (and review)

Hi guys! This has been a very long awaited post and I just decided that now is the time to do it. I know this all sounds very dramatic and like I’m moving half way across the world or something but I have a lot of teeth and corner of my mouth (they get very dry.. not my teeth, the corners of my mouth) insecurities so please be gentle…

So, getting on with the post! There is absolutely no surprise as to what I used to whiten my teeth as I think everyone and their dog has used these.

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TA DAAa- how surprised are you? Come on, I know there was a little gasp somewhere. As you can see these are the crest 3D white luxe professional effects whitening strips. That was a mouthful and a half. I chose these ones as they remove 14 years of stains and me being 18 next week, that’s like three quarters of my life. and in case you couldn’t tell- I have a couple scars on my teeth from when I was a baby and I fell over and my teeth went through my bottom lip, yep.

The box arrived a little battered because it had travelled from America but the contents of it were fine so I’m not too bothered.

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You get 20 sets of strips in total and as you can tell I have “used” 14. I use the term used kind of loosely because the last four times I have done it it has hurt and I have had to remove the strips immediately. Not so good. However, I don’t think I have used them in at least 7 months and my teeth have stayed white which is great!

You just pop them on the front of your teeth and then fold them underneath. Leave them for half an our before you take them off and then boom you’re done! I wash my mouth out afterwards to get rid of any gel that has stuck to my teeth and then I just carry on with my day.

Obviously you cannot eat whilst you’re wearing them but drinking water is fine (and quite refreshing) whilst you have them on.

So here is the before-

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Aaaand the after

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I know that the first one was taken with the flash on because I took it when I got them (my birthday last year) but hey what can you do about it. Also its really difficult to smile and show your top and bottom teeth without looking like a bit of a weirdo.

As you can tell my teeth are significantly whiter and my scar on my front tooth is a lot less noticeable than it was (YAY). In between my two front teeth is still a little dark but its confusing because its also a little gap so there is always a shadow as well.

I do plan on using the rest of the strips but I am just going to use them on the odd occasion as my teeth are naturally really sensitive. Like, watching someone bite ice cream makes me cringe.

Overall I would give these whitening strips a 7 out of 10- I knocked points off because of the fact that it began to be painful, they taste a bit funny and I think they’re about £50-£60. I know that it is cheap compared to getting your teeth professionally whitened but for that price I want them not to hurt and the box to be well packaged.

So that is all for today, Goodbye for now little buns!

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How to & review: Eylure Pro Brow dye kit

Hi everyone! Today I tinted my eyebrows so I thought I would make a post on it I mean, why not? I have used this a couple times and also done my Mums eyebrows with it so I felt like now was a good time.

As you all know I do suffer from bald spots in my eyebrows, its a horrible disease that many people are effected by but it can be disguised and tinting those almost white hairs that  are the only things that sit in your bald spots is absolutely necessary.

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It comes with the colour, the activator, a little white stick which I just use to mix it together and a handy dandy spoolie which helps for a quick and easy application.

Me being me, I lost the instructions a while back, so I just use the “sensitivity test” on the back of the box as a guideline. It says to mix 1cm of colour with 3 drops of the activator so I did just over 1cm with 4 drops because I like to really slap it on- like this…

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I just use the spoolie to comb it through my brows and then clean up with a cotton bud if necessary. I think I left it for 5 minutes last time which for me wasn’t enough, so this time I left it for 7 minutes before washing it off with a flannel and warm water. It doesn’t really stain your skin so don’t worry to much if your application was a little messy, like mine.

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Et voila! My brows still look natural but a lot fuller, which is what I am after! And I know its hard to tell in the photo but the tail of my brow is a lot more visible! And I don’t quite know why my face is so red on the first picture but it does kind of make my bald spots harder to make out, which I didn’t notice until now- well done Chloe, well done.

The actual colour of them is a lot more of a rich, warm brown rather than a mousey, dirty brown- which is always nice! It also makes it a lot easier when I am colouring my eyebrows in. It lasts for up to 6 weeks which is great as we all know I am super lazy so I can just forget about them for a month and a half!

The tint doesn’t really have any smell to it so it won’t make you hesitate before putting it on your face. I think the kit cost me £7 but it will probably last me until near the end of this year so I don’t really mind at all!

Overall I would definitely buy it again and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy eyebrow tint to do at home!

Now- a little explanation as to where I have been the past few weeks.. About 2 weeks ago I had a talk with my boss about college and told her how it makes me feel uncomfortable and I panic and panic about it from Tuesday to Sunday. I also had to tell her about my treatment I am getting and exactly what for and how that is making college even more difficult to attend. Luckily she is very understanding and kind and has offered me part time work, starting this week, while they look for another apprentice, so last week I was in work 5 days, sorting out avon, going to my therapist and still trying to see friends and go to rehearsals, hence the very short post! I was also supposed to have my last therapy session the other day but my scores are still too high so I have to go on another waiting list to see someone who is higher up and can offer me more sessions that are longer too! So everything has been pretty hectic but everything should be back to normal now!

If you managed to make it to the end of all my waffling then well done! I hope you all have a great week and take care of yourselves, good bye for now little buns!

PS. I think I might get a Hamster

PSS. What should I call it? My last one was called flump so if you can think of any cute, weird names then I would be super grateful if you left them in the comments below.

PSSS. Look out for my lil hammy on my instagram and probs in my next post!! Okay I’m leaving now…

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How to: Clean your room!

Hello everyone! Today I am going to give you some tips on cleaning your room, mainly because I needed to clean it and I’ve had a bit of a mental block and can’t think of what I want to post!

Here’s what my room looked like before (brace yourself)…

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So as you can see, I had a lot of work to do! You can also see that none of my room matches because I was waiting to get it redone after 7 years so I didn’t really mind about it not matching for a “few weeks” which turned into 6 months… SOME DAY

Before doing anything, I lit a candle and stuck some tunes on to keep me going. And when I say “some tunes” I mean the same few songs on repeat for an hour and a half because I am obsessed.

I started off by making my bed as that is in the centre (and takes up most of) my room so I’ll feel like I have made progress and won’t give up after 20 minutes.
So that I didn’t get too overwhelmed with it all and again give up after 20 minutes I decided to make a mental note of which order I was going to clean up in.
I started with the two tall drawers next to my wardrobe and binned things I didn’t need but for some reason I had kept, like Costa receipts, plastic bags and little notes. I then put away my sheet music, placed my jewellery on the other side of my room to deal with later and arranged everything in a nicer fashion. I then cleaned it with some tissue and polish because ew dust.
Then I moved onto my dressing table. It was in a pretty bad way. I started by putting away groups of things, for example my make up, then hair related things, then random things like a towel and Goat Simulator, and also two mirrors because for some reason I had three on my dresser as well as the big mirrors right in front of my face, why I don’t know. I then dedusted it (I’m making that a word..dedusted. So aggressive) and moved on to my chest of drawers next to my bed.
Fun fact, I used to think “a chest of drawers” were called “chester drawers”.
I started by putting away the various hand creams I had sprawled across it and moved the teddies back onto my bed. Then I sorted out my jewellery which I had just left in front of my 6 billion year old jewellery box rather than putting it in it and binned any of the gift boxes they had come in because they are lovely but I’m never going to need a cardboard box the size of half a fish finger. I then stuck some candles in front of my extension lead because although I need it out I don’t wanna see it! And obviously dedusted that too.
THEN I moved onto the floor. Not as in I just sat on the floor like “yep, that’s enough”, I just made that my last thing to do because I couldn’t see it as much as I could see all my ‘surfaces’.
I’m not sure if this is a common thing or not but when I’m putting away my washing I like to go through it and split it up into different, smaller piles that are easier to tackle than one big mound that’s been building up for weeks. For example, I split it up into underwear, socks and tights, T-shirts, leggings, pyjamas and then things that need hanging up. Then I can pick up the little piles and put them away in one go! Then I hoovered and changed my bin et voila! DONE

After…

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So then obviously I got myself a banana and some peanut butter to eat whilst I wrote this, it was nice. Also, for those who are interested in my progress since my last post, I have lost 4lbs! 😀

And for those interested in one of the songs I am obsessed with, it is “Get loney with me” by George Ezra who the lovely Fiona introduced me to. You should all check out her blog by the way, that’s another thing I’m obsessed with!! So that’s all for today, Goodbye for now little buns!

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How to: Get/stay motivated (losing weight)

Hi guys! So today is the today that I am deciding to lose weight “once and for all”. What I really mean is once every few months I give myself a kick up the ar*e and decide it’s time to shed some pounds. So here are my tips for getting and staying motivated!

1. Do what works for YOU- It’s all well and good deciding that you are going to go sober or eliminate chocolate out of your diet but are you really going to be able to keep it up? You have to do what will work for you, I couldn’t go on a no carb diet because I don’t eat meat so I would find it very hard to have a variety of meals and make it long lasting. For me, I know that I can lose weight easily by using Slimfast shakes and then slowly but surely transitioning to meals, the shakes make my stomach shrink back down to normal after Christmas and give me the kick-start that I need. I get down (but I get up again) if I can’t see a difference instantly so I need that couple weeks of large weightloss to keep my spirits high!

2. Plan- You can’t just hope for the best when it comes to losing weight. If you know you are going out for tea, maybe don’t have such a big lunch or try and exercise that day. For example, I know that I will use Slimfast for a short period of time and slowly transition to solid food because I know that works. I wouldn’t just be on Slimfast and then once I have lost my desired amount of weight go straight to eating ‘normal’ because I know I would just put it all back on again!

3. Don’t postpone your happiness- I think a lot of people (myself included) wait until they have lost weight to feel good about themselves. You can’t think like that. If you are constantly unhappy or beating yourself up about your weight then your aren’t going to lose it. You need to lose weight for yourself and because you love yourself. You need to want to be healthy to reward your body and because you love it and appreciate all that it can do. Be happy!

4. Have your goal in sight- Remember your goal and why you are doing this. Because you want to be healthy, you want to lower your risk of heart disease, or maybe you just want to fit into the dress you have had for years and refuse to throw out! Keep little reminders around so that you are getting little bursts of motivation throughout the day. You could make fun posters (or just use mine), have an alert on your phone set with a motivational quote, or  even have your ringtone set as a song that makes you feel happy and ready to “face the world” aka go outside…

5. Stop comparing yourself to others- Focus on yourself. Your 100% might be someone else’s 60% and that is okay! I know that sometimes its hard when you are panting after a 10 minute jog and the person next to you has been running for an hour and hasn’t even broke a sweat but you have to ignore them and be proud of your little achievements. GO YOU!

Just as a little disclaimer- I am NOT saying that anyone has you lose weight. Everyone is beautiful as they are, whether you’re a size 2 or a size 22 you are an amazing, amazing person and I love you! I think that there is nothing more attractive than confidence and I love it when I see plus size women/men walking round like they own the place! I just know that some of us aren’t that confident and losing weight will be a little helping hand. Everyone should have a positive relationship with food and be able to eat without feeling guilty, and even if I could help one person with this post, that is enough for me. I hope you all have a great week, goodbye for now little buns!

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How to: Recover from a broken nail

Guess who’s back (back, back), back again (gain, gain) Chloe’s back (back, back), tell a friend… Okay no seriously tell all your friends. They should come visit me too.

ANYWHOOOO, you may have seen on my instagram that I was cleaning my room before and broke a nail, *sigh*. I don’t think I have ever seen a blog post about broken nails so here I am, #trendsetter.

I’m just going to slip in a little disclaimer here. I am not a nail technician nor are my nails the most perfect things you have ever seen. I can’t even paint my nails without painting all the skin around them. Okay so now that you can’t hold anything against me, let’s begin.

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Here’s the “before” picture, wasn’t really thinking about the background all that much at this point in time, please forgive me.

If you just stumbled across this post and want to do it along with me, here are the things you will need:

  • nail clippers
  • nail file
  • nail buffer
  • hardening base and top coat
  • any nail polish of your choice.

That last one is optional but everyone likes painted nails, don’t they?
The first thing you want to do is cry. Okay I’m joking but seriously like I grew them myself and was so proud and then the end just flung off, what else do you expect me to do?

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Start by clipping off all of the other nails that you spent so long trying to grow, you might also want to cry a bit when you do this. They don’t have to be neat at all, just shorten them so that your broken nail blends in more.

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Then use your nail file to neaten them up, make sure that there are no sharp edges, and eliminate any thin parts of the nail that are also prone to breakage.

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Then use a nail buffer to smooth over your nails. Pay particular attention to the bottom of the broken nail so that there is no distinct change in texture as layers of the nail may be missing from where it has snapped off unevenly.

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Then you just want to paint them- neater than I can. I just used the Barry M “3-in-1 nail hardener, base coat and top coat” and then the new(!) Barry M gelly nail polish in “Cardamom”. So Autumn.

I hope I helped someone out there, even if it was 1 of 7 billion people that could possibly have read this. (If that is you, you’re so welcome).

As you have all probably been able tell by now, I love Barry M nail polishes. Would you guys like to see my collection or is that just boring? Just let me know and if so I will have it up asap. Have a great day/night/week/month/life. Goodbye for now little buns!

-psssst, I have soundcloud!-

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