Peace In Love Gig Birmingham O2 | Hello I'm Clo

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Hi Guys! 
Just realised I hadn't shared with all you blog followers my YouTube Vlog of when I went to see Peace at Birmingham's O2 Academy a few weeks ago! 

 

Here is the Hello I'm Clo Vlog of the day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axwPB5UiThE


They were EPIC. Like so so good. Their debut album is one of my all time favorites. They're pretty difficult to describe but go and check them out there stuff is the biz.

Indie rock come 70's free spirit fashion EXPLODED across Birmingham that night when 3,000 people rocked up to mosh with the local band.

"As rejuvenating as a wash of zesty orange juice over a crushing hangover"

Doug, Harry, Dom, Sam,

Band members...
  • Harrison Koisser – lead vocals, guitar
  • Samuel Koisser – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Douglas Castle – lead guitar
  • Dominic Boyce – drums, backing vocals

Check out their debut album: my favorite tracks are Drain and Waste Of Paint - Warning though, they are very catchy.



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The Definition Of Beauty - Hello I'm Clo

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Today, as the title suggests the topic is, The Definition Of Beauty.


As a beauty student this discussion comes up time and time again with the girls. What is beauty? What makes someone attractive?
So when I stumbled upon this tonight it bought to mind lots of different view points and ideas.

You can't control what you're born with. You can't determine your race, height or eye colour. These aren't environmental factors that are dependent on the world around us. I have one thumb drastically bigger that the other (1.5cm to be precise) Someone I used to know once made a really big deal and created a scene about it some time ago whilst on a night out with some friends. My thoughts at the time and still remains;

1. What's it to do with you?
2. It ain't something I can change so WHATEVER.
3. What are you so insecure about that you feel the need to pick on me for no reason and publicly degrade me in front of friends? - Like; who does that?

I no longer feel self conscious about my thumbs, my mole on my neck with a black vein through it or my man feet; because if i could do something about it, i would have by now and if i can't change why try!? What a waste of time and energy; and I don't like waste.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time someone called me beautiful or complimented on the way my features naturally are, not even when I was in my last relationship which, in hindsight is very sad.  I, as do many other girls my age feel inferior to others looks and natural luck when it comes to skin because it seems life would be easier if we were flawless.

I guess I bring my personality to the party! WhAAAAY! Although, last week I rather rudely got informed by someone who is for very obvious reasons not part of my life, that my personality was the worst thing about me. Said statement was swiftly contradicted by a YouTube viewer telling me how awesome my personality is. US GIRLS GOTTA STICK TOGETHER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOjE6VXgHgY

Rocking my personality, is to me the way forth. There's not a lot I can do about my face. There is nothing I can do about the fact I would trade faces with my friend Georgia in a heartbeat beacuse she's pretty and everyone tells her so. I suppose it's the little girl inside of me that secretly wants to be a Barbie doll and live in a plastic, easy world. Its that little girl that creates inner jealousy of others and sparks problems.

We are all different for a reason. I've said it before and i'll say it time and time again. Perfection as it's perceived in magazines and amongst our peers; Is overrated. 
Everything happens for a reason and this to me seems like something i've got to overcome, learn to love and develop feelings for as a normal human being. 
Of course I don't want to swap faces with G, I just need to learn to love what I have, make the most of it and be confident in my own skin, that way others will follow my lead and will too appreciate my own individual beauty.

Beauty is what you make of it. Don't live your life in fear of the beauty your inner voice tries to hide.
We only have one life, so we better bloody live it.

Isn't life funny.
Just some thoughts, Speak soon.

Toodle Pip,

Clo : -)

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Hair & Make-Up The Definitive Guide To Looking Good - Hello I'm Clo

Hair & Make-Up The Definitive Guide To Looking Good

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Tuesday mornings are fast becoming my mini Lazy day as I have the morning off. I say off, what I really mean is working from home. No rest for the wicked.
Last night whilsy waiting for Made In Chelsea to pop onto my TV screen and being without internet on every apple device known to man, I resorted to an ancient past time. The reading book.



I'm not one for 'Reading,' as in reading a fictional story. That's just not me. I like reading facts, expanding on current knowledge and feeding my brain so It can grow. No I don't want to be a big head!I have an abundance of hair, make up, beauty, fashion and style books that i've compiled. I'm up to about 25, it's just finding time to take out of my busy schedule and chill, relax and take a bite of booky knowledge.

The lack of connectivity to the outside world, combined with the inaccessibility of time travel to see Made In Chelsea meant I had time to take a peak at one of my books.



Hair & Make-Up The Definitive Guide To Looking Good 

By Jane Campsie

It's a stunningly layed out book. A glossy info packed book that really draws in the eye. 
I'm only on the first couple of pages ( I like to absorb it all!) It's got just the right amount of sciency bits so you know what you're looking for within your make-up. 
Bite sized chunks of info that you can read at a glance, then sip coffee whilst not loosing your place is my kinda book!

Although the read info so far is well constructed and jam pact full of things every girl should know (LADIES i'm talking to you! ) The application techniques explained in the book are contradicted by many other books and my tutor at college (I'm studying Theatrical make-up) (If you're new to Hello i'm Clo - HELLO!) When discussing this with my mum we discussed the idea that you can be given techniques on application or on anything in life, but it's the way you interpret them and make them work for you that is important. So in the case of make up...

Sponges? Brushes? Fingers?

It's a case of personal preference, trial and error over and over again if necessary. What ever works for you works for you.


It's interesting though the thought process behind putting something in a book and publishing it. In order to fully support your idea and put it in print, you must really believe in that way of doing things, If someone has taken the time and effort to share their ideas, I suppose the least I could do Is try them. 

So I shall continue reading now I've waffled on at you all, Hope you're all good! 



Lots of love, Toodle Pip!

Clo : -)

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What is Theatrical and Media Make Up ? Hello I'm Clo


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Today’s topic, as the title suggests is - What is Theatrical and Media Make Up ?

So! As many of you already know (If you don’t check my Hello I’m Clo bio!) I’m a trainee make up artist. I’ve been so psyched about learning as much as possible since finding out I got on the course last July. My course started in September and I’ve so far loved every moment.

I now feel I’ve learnt enough techniques and theory to help you guys. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learnt on here and on my youtube. That is once I’ve tidied my bedroom so it’s fit for the world to see!
I’ve waited what seems like a long time to start my make up tutorials, this is due to the fact I didn’t want to give you the wrong info or advice, so now I’m in the know we’re all good!

Many people automatically judge and categorize beauty students. I used to too. However, I really have been surprised at how much information beauty students have to take on board, process and put into practice. It’s not as simple as opening a pot of paint and whacking it on someone’s nails! You’ve got to know what type of nail the client has, how there skin will react to a products and what to do if God forbid, something goes wrong.

When people hear I’m on a make up course they automatically think face painting and “Why do you look like that if you’re a make up student!?” Haha and haha to both of those I say! It’s really in depth and requires a lot of skill, the same as a hair dresser or computer programmer.

Here is a little insight into what I get up to and create on my course. With each topic we have input and theory in how to use, apply and remove a product as well as aid with our techniques and application development.

For Media Make Up that covers everything from runway fashion, fashion photography and studio looks, everyday and bridal.

Theatrical is a little more full on! We study multiple topics from Disney inspired stuff to character and fantasy make ups. We also study camouflage make up for covering up skin conditions, burns, bruises and imperfections.
Blood guts and gore are thrown into theatrical too, casualty, fake blood and creating imperfections. Special effects, airbrush and 3D make up is insightful and incredibly stretching.

It’s astounding really how much prep and effort goes into creating theatrical make up and make up looks in general. It really is an art. Amongst my friends at college we joke how our friend Georgia was born to be a make up artist her attention to detail, creativity and precision is just astounding and within just a few short weeks on the course she created a show stopping industry level piece. If I have a picture I’ll show you!

I found them after sorting through what seamed like thousands!
 




Getting your hands dirty is mandatory, hair style study is compulsory and putty, prosthetics and wax are all dealt with!



It’s a really great course. I’ve learnt a lot and will learn a lot more over the next two terms. There are no creativity boundaries. Your creative ideas come to life through the medium of make up and there really is no better feeling than seeing your creation come to real walking, talking life.

 That's it for today, speak soon!

Toodle Pip!

Clo :- )




Cross Fashion and the Arch Bishop of Canterbury.

Does fashion devalue the meaning of the cross?

Hello I'm Clo, Hi all!

So today, whilst browsing the Vogue website for the latest fashion updates for my daily dose of fashion news I came across this bad boy piece.


"Are we now living with a symbol emptied of power by time and fashion? Christianity with a powerless Cross is Christianity without a throne for Christ or an aspiration for Christians," he continued. "A Cross that has no weight is not worth carrying."


So fellow fashionistas - Thoughts ? Views? Opinions?

Now i'm an inner indie kinda gal. I like free flowing indie and indie grunge fashion. I see how the Arch Bishop of Canterbury is entitled to an opinion, afterall he is a figure head, however I can't help but wonder if this whole senario is debatable.

I came to the conclusion. It is.
Now, as this touches lightly upon religion, I don't want anyone to be offended or think i'm trying to dis the Arch's comments or get all up in his grill. I'm not, this is just my personal opinion.

Does it not promote Christianity to an ever disbelieving atheist society?


http://www.axparis.com/products/Cross-Faith-Vest-Top.html?aff=awin&awc=3334_1385846099_fcec5fe3d8d96cf04bb81c6016d041ec


This one is controversial.


 http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/philipp-plein-teddy-bear-and-cross-print-t-shirt-item-10561040.aspx

I've been very bad

First and foremost, my apologies. I have been a very bad, very naughty blogger.

It's now sat in Pret, Selfridges. That I find myself lacking motivation, spark and get up and go. 

I received bad news this morning, on my way into Birmingham. It doesn't effect me personally but it knocked me for 6 and shook me to my core.

Life really can change so very quickly, one quick devotion can change everything. 

So after hours of what seems to be aimless wondering. I find myself waiting. Waiting for the meeting I predict may not happen.

Oh, how so much has occurred. Since we last spoke.
Basically, as many of you know, I'm behind the online fashion retailer - I'm sorry what did you say!? Business and college, doing my make up course has taken off, blew up big time, simultaneously leaving me very busy, very go, go, go. Ironic that I've today been aimlessly wondering. 

I'm here there and everywhere, ridiculously busy.

I digress. 

Isn't it funny how we pass hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. Every single day- yet we have no idea what their lives are like, their problems, what they're going through. Their thoughts and emotions. 

Oh. I've lost concentration again and let my mind wonder. How the bright lights and decorations of Selfridges captivate the eye at this time of the year. 

Sometimes certain things make you happy.


Speak soon,

Toodle pip,

Clo :) 

50 Things I Learnt From My Ex

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Todays post is a little different, if it were a song it'd be chompy, stompy a little bit angry, passionate yet composed. It's a reflective post about the things i will take from my last relationship, It's aim was to be positive, however there are a fair few jibes in there. I hope you find this helpfull or funny! Either or!

 The song I've chosen to acompany this post ironically is "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift.


 Just over a month ago, my [Then] boyfriend and I parted. I was then to discover by reading something on someone elses phone that he'd slept with someone who at 20 has 4 children and has also slept with over 80 women (Go Figure) this happened just hours after I cried in his arms after discovering the news of my cousins sudden death at the age of 31. He denied it, we reconciled, I found out he lied and things got ugly.

So- thinking the other night as i was cleaning my room about the things i need to take from the relationship  i compiled a list. Here. We. Go.


1. Guys are bad at Monopoly.
2. Guys are bad losers. It's their nature.
3. Girlfriends and pals perhaps sometimes know too much about a situation.
4. We are all, deep down, close to our mums in some way, shape or form.
5. Guy friends (That are straight) are imperative, essential, gotta be done. You need them.
6. When the shit hits the fan you really need phone credit. - as no one pre-books shit hitting the fan.
7. Shouting along to Taylor Swift tunes helps. Fan girl or not.
8. Never change who you are to suit someone else.
9. You need a girl who's got your back, not a knife.
10. There are good girls and bad girls
11.Stand your ground take no shit.
12. Thinking and re-thing is totes normal.
13. Love is hard.
14. The friend with the most issues, usually gives the best advice.
15. Shopping will never ever help, or cure a broken heart.
16. You will never be able to erase the time you spent together - so why try?
17. Don't hide away.
18. Voice your side of the story.
19. People talk, you'll never stop them.
20. Blood is thicker than water.
21. Pets, know the feels.
22. 'Friends' take sides.
23. Karma is one mighty bitch.
24. Seeking a replacement is a straight up no-no.
25. Everyone is a liar.
26. Honesty is the best policy.
27. Words once spoken can not be taken back.
28. This break-up is not the be all and end all of life as you know it.
29. Get yourself tested. Especially if they've done the dirty.
30. Have no shame.
31. There is nothing you could have possibly done to stop this.
32. Religion is not the way forward.
33. Do not burn or deface their belongings.
34. Just give them back their bloody Skins box set. It'll save ALOT of hassle.
35. You can't tarr everyone with the same brush.
36. Have 'Me Time' if you need to get away to be somewhere quiet. Go and be somewhere quiet.
37. Do not take a leap of faith.
38. Leave the Ben and Jerry's alone. Put it down. Now. Hey! I've told you!
39. See point 38.
40. There are plenty more fish in the sea.
41. Learn to hold some things back, next time around, don't give everything.
42. Guys find it near impossible to admit they're wrong.
43. Do not wink/ lingerie/ naked snapchat/ innuendo or otherwise. They lost that privilege and are now an ex for a reason.
44. You are brill. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
45. Do not be afraid to be on your own.
46. Breath, breathing is good.
47. Dirty dance in your bedroom naked. Let it all out. Bang on the tunes.
48. Do your ironing.
49. Do not call him.
50. Life goes on! No one is worth your tears!

Avon Haul Video | Hello I'm Clo



Hello I'm Clo!
Today it's all about my Avon purchases! Sorry It's quite a long one, guess I, as ever had a lot to say!

French Manicure Set, Nude and White tip polish from Avon's Nail Expert collection Y160713

Caliente Couture, deep purple nail varnish from Avon's nail wear pro collection.

Nail Art Brush - Avon's nail collection accessories.

Avon Colour Collection stick concealer in 'Light' F3242900

Kohl eyeliner with smudge end, Black Avon's Kohl eyeliner collection

Avon Colour Collection colour mascara in Cobalt blue Z2090813 and Famously Green Z110713

Think Fast Pink Lipstick from Avon's Colour Collection WE070613

Nude flash lipstick from Avon's Colour Collection WE270613

Turquoise eyeliner from Avon's Colour Collection IY040713A

Midnight Blue eyeliner from Avon's Colour Collection IY230113A

Dark Brown eyeliner from Avon's Colour Collection IY020513A

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Let's Talk About Eczema | Hello I'm Clo

Hello I'm Clo and I have Eczema.

What is eczema?
Where do you have it?

Eczema Is something I have battled with for most of my life. Come to think of it I can't actually remember a time I didn't have it.

My first memory of Eczema is from my early childhood, school years. The boys in my class called me "Eczema Girl" because my skin was different to everyone elses. Snake like, easily broken and often open and weeping. My hands were often bound or lathered up to high heaven in some so called 'Miracle Cream' that, unfortunately for me, never did work. This made me stick out like a sore thumb, pardon the pun, made me different.

Many people with skin conditions, or other obvious, visible medical conditions say their early childhood years were the worst dealing with their conditions because they were different and because of that, combined with the lack of understanding and the general curiosity of children, made things difficult and made them feel uncomfortable.

Often it is said that as you grow older, you grow out of your skin condition. That hormones kick in and over ride skin symptoms and in essence balance it all out. Unfortunately once more, that was not my case.

I never felt as a child that my skin condition effected me, my personality and what I could and couldn't do. However over the years, and now with calm reflection I realise just how much eczema has effected and in many ways controlled my life.

Those early day comments never really bothered me or irritated me to my recollection, however the fact I can remember them says something about my sub-conscious memory.
Early day Eczema was very much lived behind closed doors. Not in the sense of hidden beneath clothes. My Eczema has always been visible. In the sense that it didn't effect my time at school or have such drastic changes so quickly that it automatically caused havoc with what ever I may have been doing at the time, like it does now.
Nights were always the worst and how my parents coped with their child being in so much pain I just don't know, no parent should ever witness that. I will never forget their support throughout the many nights of pain I suffered as a child, as now I suffer them alone. I went through a faze when I was about 7 where the itchiness of my Ezcema would be too much and I would scratch, scratch, scratch. I would never have any nails, as that wasn't allowed and was counter productive to my skins healing plan.
Because of the constant itching to try and alleviate the pain It would crack the skin more and it would bleed, to stop the skin becoming infected and permanently damaged creme or ointment would be applied. So that would be the first middle of the night job Apply Ointment no more than two hours later I'd be literally crying out in pain. My skin was burning.

I've spent many 3 o'clocks in the bath, bathing in ice cold water, removing the ointment applied just hours previously because It had literally reacted with the skin and burnt. That's when my skin started to peel off.
I would cry and cry and even water would give the sensation of burning. Everything was so hot, never cold or cool my skin had one temperature. Hot. There was nothing that would cool me down.





I have tried every creme, potion, lotion, steroid and pill going to treat Eczema and in the last 10 years have tried over 18 different medical prescriptions that's without counting the countless diet changes, herbal remedies, au natural subtenants and generally trying to be more chilled, in order to calm my skin down. However, now 18 my patience is wearing thin and these products with 'Miracle clams' have no avail. Failier to materialise and live up to expectation is a re-occurring theme with my Eczema treatments.


So we come to now. Present day and it has honestly never been so bad. It's out of control and spreading like wildfire and there is nothing to tame the beast. I am loosing skin so rapidly that the skin can't grow back quick enough to replace its predecessor.

I can't touch plastic without aggravating it. Public transport, coffee shops or toilets are a simple no go area zone.  Supermarkets are the worst. I touch one things and my hands fire. You never can figure out what it is that's upset it as there is too many materials and germs in a supermarket in order to narrow it down.

It's not like I can go around though with a sign saying:
DON'T TOUCH ME

I'd love to wear white cotton gloves all day ever day but I have an Iphone and it simply isn't practical (Have you tried typing with gloves on!?)  Not only that but it is just a fashion sin. Of course I'm being faceicious and health comes way before fashion on my current list of priorities, but you have to see things from my point of view. I have to live like this, suffer the aggravation and pain all day every day. 

My current main concern is the change of hands. I now have it on both hands which I haven't had in a few years and have never had to this extent. Being truthful, my main concern is other people. I am very self conscious about it but I generally feel for other people more as after all it's something I've had to deal with a hell of a lot longer. Like the people on my Theatrical Make-Up classes, I have to literally be all up in their grill all day long, with my hands on their face.
The make-up may be burning my hands and making them swell, but they have to have contact with my hands and skin. 
If they don't fully understand what my condition is about then may not want to get close.
However I don't want to be like:
"Hello I'm Clo I Have bad, seriously off putting swelling oozing hands that I'm going to touch you with."

It's just one of those things I guess. Damned if I do. Damned if i don't

I'm more than happy to answer people's questions, however I really dislike it if someone singles me out in a group of people. That happened to me a few months ago by someone who is so insecure about herself and her body that she will actively dress you down, pick faults and highlight things to others about you, in front of your face. I felt like a piece of gum on someones shoe and one day I will discuss at length with this girl this particular incident. 
After all someone who isn't as strong willed or body confident as I am, could have taken it in a very bad way and the knock on effects are just unthinkable . With the highest rates ever of teen suicide you just never know when someone is going to be tipped over the edge. Always think before you speak.


Yesterday (This was written a while ago! About three weeks) I wore cotton gloves for the first time to college. My hands are in pain and the general germs and grime that is everywhere gets into the open cracks on my hands. Wearing them keeps the skin tight and the germs out.
It was whilst sat reading my issue of 'Glamour' magazine I popped my headphones in to cancel out the canteen noise. Nothing was playing in them and now I wish I had of had music. Once my headphones were in, a girl on an adjacent table started to discuss the gloves and potential reasons why I wore them. General curiosity is fine, and I appreciate that I am doing something different but the audacity of some people! Don't mind me love... Chat away!

I could have made things really awkward by looking their way, headphones still in, or gone over to them. I didn't as I thought about the other girl and how she would be really put on the spot. Because I'm nice like that, I treat others like i'd like to be treated.

Present day 10th October.

This post was originally written before my 18th Birthday, It is now the 10th October and I feel, I can once again type out my thoughts.

My hands look like Nicki Lauda. That is the best way to describe it. It's swelling, it's growing and it is damn firey. It has travelled to my thighs and the redness and throbbing is the most un sexiest thing in the world.

In the past week I've had it on my chest, my boobs and under my boobs on my stomach. This shit is just not on.

I'm wearing Latex free gloves now for about 15 hours a day, when I remove them germs get in and the outside temperature effects how my hands look and feel.

Last week after another trying session at college, applying make-up to someone with my gloves on (It's simply the only way) I'd had enough. I called my parents and off we went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. What an absolute waste of my god damn time.Hilariousi

Having Eczema can piss you off at the best of time but when someone in a medical role has no inclination to help that tips you over the edge.

Not only did the A&E doctor not show any empathy to the fact that this is now ruining my life, he also and frequently forgot my name. Not cool. Didn't build any rapport with me there.
His advice:

"Wait to see your specialist next week" 
Despite the fact my skin is burning, it's ruining my life and is spreading by the day. You just sit back and relax, whilst I go stress out and make it worse, as you Mr doctor, behaved catagorically appailingly.
We come to now. I am emotionally raw. Girlies, Imagine the worst period ever but it not going way, the attitude, the pain. As well as being visible on your skin for the world to see. That Is currently how I feel.

Words sometimes don't fully describe what I'm going through, so I'll compile a little video for you all of some of my video diary entries to show how aggressive the growth is.

















Eye Shadow Colours To Suit Eye Colour | Hello I'm Clo

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Did you know the colours used on your eyelids really can make the difference between a great look and a drab look?

When applying eye make-up, It's important to take into consideration your eye colour, Which will lead you to select the correct colours to compliment your eyes. In order to make you look fabulous!


Blue Eyes
Never use blue eyeshadow on blue eyes. The use of blue eyeshadow, or blue liner or mascara on blue eyes makes them look dull, it is also very aging. Making you look old, well before your time.
The best eye colours for blue eyes are taupes, different light brown shades which bring out the blue in the eyes and make them glow and sparkle. Blue eyes can also pull of pinks, golds and cream colours.

Using three brown colours on the eyelids and using your blender brush to softly blend, creates a very wearable, complimentary make-up look for blue eyes. Very natural.


Green Eyes
Beautiful green eyes are able to pull of multiple colours and shades. They have multiple colour choices for both day and night make-up looks. Mauves and purples will bring out the green in your eyes, green eyes also pull of pinks, golds and creams.


Brown Eyes
Most colours will suit a dark brown eye. However be wary of overdoing a dark smoky effect, as the result can potentially give the effect of receding eyes!

Silver and gold, look simply stunning on striking brown eyes. Their colours encompass the light and highlight and compliment the eye colour perfectly.

The colours you use on your eyes are vital, however the application and lid preparation are also vital. An great eye primer I've found that really holds everything in place is Number 7's Eye Primer. A great handy piece of kit! Once you start using it you'll soon notice the difference, the eyeshadow pigment stays longer and holds in the place you put it in the first place! See more here £7


Always make sure you a complimentary colour on the lid, then use a strong co-ordinating colour for the socket line. To define the eyes and complete the make-up look. It's all about looking the very best. Getting the most out of your make up.

When you want to incorporate eyeliner into your look, try to co-ordinate the liner colour with the colour you've used on your lids and eye sockets. Try, if you can to avoid black if you have light eyes / hair/ skin, as it can look too severe, also try not to use black if you're over 35, use a dark brown. Dark brown provided the same effect as black, yet is softer looking and kinder on your complexion.
Dark green and grey, are also options, other than black, however, are not widely available.

The same colour rules apply to mascara colours.

When doing make-up for stage, theatre, dress up or photographic / fashion purposes the rules do not apply and in theory anything goes!

Hope you found this helpful! If you'd like to know anything, or want me to cover something let me know, in the comments below!

Toodle Pip!

Clo := )


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Chanel Le Rouge | Hello I'm Clo

Hello I'm Clo!
Today I'm talking about something that recently caught my eye.

Idea Spark- Glamour magazine - Le Rouge Chanel Ad


Prim. Precise. Proper
Effortless. Elegant. Elite

Flawless skin, aligned and pruned hair. Evenly spaced lashes: the envy of every woman who passes.
Beautifully bronzed brows with the appropriate amount of 'The Cara' bush brow. Perfectly lined succulent lips.



*Sudden flash of Waitrose rotisserie chicken advert at the thought of 'succulent'*

Liner easily blends with block lipstick colour, neatly and strikingly set in place. A painted porcelain doll, in a wearable assessable fashion. It's wearable . Fresh. Appears somewhat effortless. It's Chanel Rouge.

The advertisement is simplistic, striking and obviously stunning, after all. This is Chanel.

This season it's all about the lips. With the change in weather, it's all too easy to shun your lips or just whack on the Chapstick or the latest 'baby lips' balm and think ;
"That'll do."


But really, this simply will not do. As Gok Wan says;

"Why look just good when you can look fabulous!? "
Match your new season wardrobe with a new season lip colour with an ultra nourishing moisturising boost built in to keep your lips soft and kissable, a real winter wonderland.
The colour will help you beat the winter morning blues, put a colour on your lips and a smile typically comes free!

Toodle Pip, Speak soon!

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Alzheimer's You Bitch | Hello I'm Clo

Hello I'm Clo!

This is a short ranty post. Apologies in advance all! But this has to come out, or I'll bust.

I am a young carer. My Nan has onset Alzheimer's I live with her for 3/4 of the week in order to care for her.
I do everything, from shopping to gardening, to entertaining. I am her source of information. To her I am the outside world. Her world.

I'm the one to tell her the time. Keep her tablets all in check. Her tea with fresh milk. I'm the one who'll lock all the doors. Draw the curtains. Be there for her when she's sad. When she misses grandad. When she misses Adam. Kiss her goodnight and give her a hug.

To watch the strongest person you know fall asleep and awake, unaware of what day it is or what they've had for breakfast. It breaks your heart.
The slightest, simplest thinks we all take for granted. With this vile disease are taken away. You don't even notice it's happening. But the people around you, loved ones really do. Over time it takes its toll. 

It's a ticking time-bomb and a buckle in waiting game.

I sit here writing, whilst nan reads the T.V guide. Not the stories about the programes on the box. The timing breakdowns. It's sad. There is nothing I can do. That is something I struggle to come to terms with.

She struggles with the fact I can't hear through headphones. She just forgets. She will talk when i'm clearly on the phone and forgets what an Iphone is.
There have been numerous occasions when I'm filming that she wonders in and starts having a full blown conversation. Whilst I'm filming. My viewers think it's funny. It is, but it's also my life.
 

The sense of guilt I feel when I leave her is overwhelming. It's a very strong emotion. I have to take a break though. It's draining and it's not until you leave do you realise it. I get one day a week to totally chill the F out. Lie in. It's bliss.

Nans just asked me what I want for breakfast. I HAVEN'T EVEN GONE TO BED YET!


So in summary Alzheimer's you're a bitch.

Life is so hard. Life is just so precious.



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A Really Great Day | Hello I'm Clo

Hello I'm Clo! 

Today has been a really great day.

I'm currently sat crossed legged in the middle of my bedroom, In my pants and my beloved Superman tee, eating left over brownie bits. Sipping 'Waitrose' (Like it makes a difference) apple juice, pretending I'm sipping white wine.

I'm suddenly conscious of my craving for Wine now i've hit 18. Do I have a drinking problem? Am I pregnant- is this my craving and sign of new life!?
 No, No. It's all good. Phew. 

'Royals' by Lorde is playing on repeat in my ears. The fairy lights illuminate my shoe shelves. My forever friends.

My day started with a very rude awakening. That followed by a very heated, both emotionally and vocally discussion at work. A lot was said and feelings were revealed. It felt good to get everything out in the open in stead of hiding or shielding things away. As at the end of the day, It's not productive or helpful to any involved party.

I've finished the brownies. Lorde is on loop 3.

After a heart to heart on life at work we had the usual whopper Saturday breakfast. Sausage, egg and mushroom sandwiches. Lush. Pure savory indulgence.

The afternoon proved more proactive and productive. After recycling some old clothes at H&M's clothing bank. I spent some time at a charity book store, then Waterstones. Checking out what's new and about on the scene. I picked up a few books, which I will inform you of in due course!

I then made my way to my somewhat curve-ball meeting. Meet-Up with the Ex.
It's honestly the best therapy I've had.

By far the best decision I've made recently.

What appears to be so much time has gone by since we parted that I thought it was about time we sat down for a coffee and catch-up one on one.
Now, many of my early followers will know I've previously had plenty to say on this matter. However. I feel now that I'm emotionally in a different place. Kinda like pregnant women in their different trimesters.

God I'm mentioning pregnancy a lot in this post. 

Seeing him face to face was weird to say the least. It's like the time I spent with him, those long nights, trips and jokes we shared has just been condensed and labelled as a 'Piece Of Time' in the history of my life.
It's just so bafflingly odd

When I look at him now. I don't see or remember us together. But I don't remember why we didn't speak for so long either, which is to me a huge bonus. He is not defined by what he did or did not do anymore.
It's like a blank canvas that has been drawn on in pencil, then erased. When you look closely you can still see those faint lines that won't disappear, those instinctive thoughts. They will always be there.

When i see him now I don't want to scream and shout or dish out a piece of my mindful wisdom filled pie, like I did. I now think...

  • Your jeans are too tight. 
  • Your face is so flawless. Christ, Can we swap skins
  • You have a manbag. Really? I mean REALLY!? 

Conversation flowed easily and once again took its form in trimesters of topics, the first half an hour was about venting for him. In a non threatening, 'I need to say this' way.

I'm never easily intimidated. I take no shit. I know him better than he thinks and know exactly what his triggers and danger 'I'm gonna flip' points are. I didn't go to piss him off, neither did he. Perhaps that's why it went so well.

What was nice was that we could reminisce without trying to forget the past, laugh and acknowledge that we did indeed have something special. Weird, unusual. How we ended up together in the first place is beyond me.

It is so refreshing to mend broken relationships. Life will be smoother now knowing that I've well and truly closed that door. On our time as a couple, together. You and I.
Our friendship will continue. Gently does it, it will take time to be all hunky dory and rebuild.

I think in time it'll be a friendship I truly treasure.

You can't turn back time. So why try?
Why fight something you just can't change or control?

Overall a lot of emotions and much needed thoughts were released, as a result it made a great day.

I feel strong, empowered and back on track. After what has been a mental week. I Might even see an improvement on my Eczema now I've confronted some demons!

Today I was rocking a different get up to my usual 'Preppy, proper self' I turned heads and grannies didn't like it. But it matched my mood. OOTD coming soon! It also matched my music. Lorde is officially my new obsession at 16, that girl has a cracking voice. Real soul. Lyrics are real and pretty much sum up teen life.

That was in short my Saturday!





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What Is A Cleanser? | Hello I'm Clo



Dictionary Definition
Cleanse: Make clean. Purify from sin or guilt.

Beauty Definition
Cleanse: Clean skin from dirt, oil and environmental grime. Removes impurities from the pores.

From basic soap and water, skincare has, overtime developed and become sophisticated. Today’s skin-care ranges are vast and have a large selection to suit your own needs. What works for one person, will not for another.

As part of a daily skin routine, along with toning and moisturising cleansing is the base. Without it, the others will be unable to perform and produce the desired end results we all look for from a skincare routine.
It’s important to find the correct cleanser for you. The look, feel and overall end result you’re looking for as well as what suits your skin type and your environment.

There are lots of different cleansers, from facial wash cleansers to foaming cleansers and typical wipe on wipe off cleansers all available online and in store. If you have a favourite brand of skin products, you may find your skin type is suited to that brand, so more susceptible to the addition of that brand’s product into your routine.

Cleansing bars are often favoured instead of soap. Ordinary soap is too drying for most skins. However, now you are able to lather up, just like you would with traditional soap, yet with all the nutrients and moisture your skin requires by using a cleansing bar.
They’re particularly refreshing for oily skin types and help prevent spots and blackheads developing and re-occurring.

For dryer completions, a cleansing cream is advisable. Cream cleansers cleanse and nourish skin simultaneously.  They typically have a light, fluid consistency, which makes them easily spreadable and ideal to evenly apply to the face.  Creams contain oil to dissolve surface dirt and make ups and give positive results when applied with cotton pads. You can also create a fresher faced look by simply using dampened cotton wool when applying your cleanser.

The products I have researched are all readily available. An accessible price and are suitable for an everyday homecare skin care routine.  







Name: Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
Store/Brand: The Body Shop
Sub range: Aloe Collection
Skin Type: Sensitive
Price: £4/100ml 200ml £8
Availability: In store and online
USP: Cleanses without skin irritation.


What it’s users have to say:

I have combination skin and I bought the small bottle to try combat redness and irritation. I wasn't expecting much as it is a cream and I thought it would make my skin oily.” – Tea Leaf

Have used this before and it is gentle and has minimum drying effect. Does not irritate my sensitive/rosacea skin...it is a little drying for me....but non stinging, irritating and probably one of the best cheaper face cleansers” – JMG1956





This skin kind lotion is made with sensitive skin in mind. In order to correctly use this product from The Body Shop simple apply a ten pence piece worth of the lotion to a clean cotton pad or freshly washed and sanatised hands. Then apply to the face evenly. Due to its calming nature, you can apply this product on acne, open skin, abrasions and spots. Once applied, take another fresh cotton pad and remove the excess off the face.  Daily grime will be visable on the removal pad.  Repeat this process if in a dusty or grimy environment such as the underground, and if you’re wearing make-up.

This product is in eco packaging and is not tested on animals at any stage. You can use your body shop points, vouchers and cards on this range of ‘Aloe’ products.

Butylene Glycol is used in this product, typically people find Butylene Glycol to be very drying. However the other ingredients added to make this cleanser counteract this, such as Aqua (Water.)  Butylene Glycol is a thinning agent, which aids the smooth and seamless lotion
 application and removal. It’s conditioning agent qualities is what makes it a suitable addition to the lotion. This combined with Aloe barbadensis keeps the skin irritation free, hence the label ‘Sensitive Skin’
From a manufacturers point of view, Butylene Glycol is used to keep the product intact and usable for longer periods and in higher temperatures.

Butylene is the least irritating of the Glycols.

This product is Ideal for summer use, however. Due to its drying ingredients, is not suitable for everyone.
During the winter period, sensitive skin needs something more hydrating that retains moisture and leaves skin less exposed and more protected from the environment and ever drying air.

Full ingredients list:
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Elaeis guineensis (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Orbignya oleifera (Babassu Oil) (Emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium Phosphate (pH Buffer)






Name: Cucumber Cleansing Milk
Store/Brand: The Body Shop
Sub range: Cucumber
Skin Type: All skin types
Price: 250ml £10
Availability: In store and online / Now discontinued
USP: Refreshes and lightly moisturises.


“This is a good make up remover, it smells nice too” – Pink Diamond

“I use make up every day and find this cleanser the most gentle but effective I have ever used. Was devastated when it was taken off the market, but delighted when came back as a limited edition. Please keep it in stock as I am lost without it.” – Friendly Shopper

 

“I thought I would try this and I am so glad I did! It is fantastic! Removes all make-up and leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. I did not find it greasy as some I have used. Try it!” –Fnicole


I personally have used this cleanser. As an Acne and Eczema sufferer, I find it difficult to find a product that will hydrate and help heal the broken skin.
This cleanser, from one of my personal favourite stores ‘The Body Shop’ really does calm the skin down, especially after heavy make-up has been removed.
The cucumber cools and sooths any problem areas. I don’t find this lotion to be tingly once applied like similar cleansers.
A small amount applied to a cotton pad, then the facial area is enough for a standard morning and night cleanser, however you can add more to the pad if needed.
The use of Glycine Soja in this cleanser conditions and helps lock in skin hydration. As this product is marketed as an all round skin type cleanser. It’s paramount that it is suitable for just that. Lack of hydration is a re-accruing skin issue to many people, so something to sooth and aid that is very much welcomed.  The cucumber range, of which this cleanser is part of is highly recommended for people who have dry or highly sensitive skin.



Indredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Triethanolamine (pH Adjuster), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Lanolin (Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Juice (Natural Additive), Fragrance (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Green 5 (Colour), Yellow 5 (Colour).




Name: Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean
Store/Brand: Estee Lauder
Sub range: Perfectly Clean
Skin Type: All skin types
Price: 150ml £22
Availability: In store (Department Stores) and online
USP: Foaming Luxe Cleanser

 
Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser is a duo product incorporating a purifying mask into the product. This formula from Estée Lauder is designed to unclogs pores, it leaves skin healthy with a  fresh and luminous glow.
Used with water, the creamy formula rapidly lathers into a rich foaming cleanser that works for all skin types and is ideal for combination skin without drying, leaving skin soft, smooth and supple.
The foam lather that cleanses the skin gently feels refreshing, yet thoroughly removes excess make-up and environmental impurities.
The two ways to use this product: Morning and night as a daily cleanser to purify skin and rid it of dirt.  Or twice a week as a 3-minute purifying mask use more often, as skin requires.
“PURE PERFORMANCE
Our advanced, proprietary technology Calms, Comforts and Clarifies your skin, reducing irritation that can accelerate the appearance of ageing.
This next-generation cleansing technology combines natural skin-loving botanicals and minerals with our proven skincare expertise. Gentle enough to use daily, powerful enough to transform your complexion. Beautiful skin begins now.” -  Estée Lauder
This appears to be a love/ hate cleanser. Ideal for mature (Over 35) and wrinkle, or ageing prone skin. Younger skins, judging by reviews are unable to cope with the mature, rich in depth ingredients within the splash away wash.






Name: Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleansing Mouse
Store/Brand: Clinique
Sub range: Cleansers
Skin Type: Normal
Price: 150ml £17
Availability: In store (Department Stores) and online
USP: Part of Clinique’s 3 step skin care programme.


The rinse off foaming cleanser effectively removes long-wearing makeup, sunscreen and grim quickly and gently. Skin feels moist, clean, and fresh. Contains chamomile. Concentrated formula is long-lasting.
As a Clinique product, it is fragrance free 100% and is allergy tested, due to the sensitive nature of the product.
The application of this product is designed for home, facial recreational use. Simple lather the cleanser between two, freshly clean hands and apply to the facial area, avoiding open blemishes or scars. Massage then rinse thoroughly.
This product from Clinique is Ophthalmologist tested, which means it has been specially tested around and on the eye area, this is a form of medical testing. The product itself is tinted pink.
The Chamomile is used as a soothing agent, to calm skin and make it usable on sensitive skin, without stripping skin or being too harsh.



As the winner of ‘Best Cleaner’ 2011. It was only natural that I investigated. Just what makes this cleanser so popular!?

Name: Simple Cleanser Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion
Store/Brand: Simple
Sub range: Cleansers
Skin Type: Any
Price: 150ml £1.50
Availability: In boots, Superdrug and online
USP: Uses minimum ingredients to help even sensitive skin.





For the very best results apply first thing in the morning and last thing at night, simply apply to cotton wool and gently cleanse with an upward and outward motion.

The reason so many people opt to use this simple cleanser as part of their daily skin care routine, is due to the fact it is skin type versatile. It can cope with areas of dryness as well as normal skin types. It targets those dry areas to help nourish and improve their look and textural quality.

This simple cleanser contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Bisabolol and Allantoin, which helps to soften and gently cleanse the skin.

I have tried several different cleansers from different brands but this is the best one I've come across so far! As i have combination skin but also often get dry patches of skin this cleanser is great at removing makeup and general day-to-day grime and leaves skin soft and moisturized (no more dry patches!) - will be repurchasing!” Emma


Full ingredients list: Aqua, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crospolymer, Bisabolol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, 2Bromo 2 Nitropropane 1-3 Diol, BHT, EDTA


Conclusion
Overall, before you dive into a skin care regime, or change your current one. Write down what you’d like to gain or achieve by the changes. You also need to be fully aware of the key benefits of products you may potentially use.

Check the ingredients list, and research anything that stands out to you, or that you don’t understand.

Budget is a priority factor when looking to change your skin regime. There are many multipurpose, award winning high street ‘Budget’ cleansers like the simple one which are under £5 and readily  available in supermarkets and drug stores.

It’s often a case of trial and error. In order to find the perfect cleanser you may have to try a few. Once you’ve found the one that suits you best, make notes of any changes to your skin. Your environment, lifestyle and weather can all effect your skin and the cleanser’s performance on your skin.
You may find during the winter months your skin requires a more hydrating, longer lasting formula in order to keep it looking smooth, even and fresh throughout the day.


Without a cleanser in your daily skincare routine, you will not get the best out of your skin. Using a cleanser refreshes and hydrates your skin. It also treats and aids problem areas such as rough patches or sores.


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