The other day while doing my weekly binge watching of Youtube videos and reading through posts, I noticed something about some of my favourite blogs. I realised their designs were very minimalistic and simple, while mine was full of colour with lively scrolling Instagram posts here there and everywhere. There was a lot happening on the page- which may have been taking away from the content of my posts. 

As I want this year to be a really good year for my blog, I've decided to refresh it with a new clean-cut design. As I'm constantly trying to make it more professional, I decided a makeover was a must. I've kept the colours simple with black, white and subtle tones of grey and incorporated colour only in the blog logo to make the blog name more rememberable...why do I sound like an art student writing an essay? 

Tell me what you think of the new design in the comments! Do you prefer it now or the way it was before?
Cloe xox

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Skincare is one of the hardest things to get right, but once you do, it's a blessing. 
After trying countless face washes which have either left my face either dry or oily, I've finally found a select few which work a treat!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Shine & Pore Exfoliating Gel : 9/10
Garnier Pure Active Purifying Face Wash: 7/10
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: 7:10
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash: 8.5/10

If you suffer from acne I would highly recommend using the Brand Neutrogena as all of their products are developed with dermatologists, and since using them I have noticed a huge improvement with my skin!

What are you favourite face washes?
Cloe xox

Happy birthday to my blog
Happy birthday to my blog
Happy birthday dear blog
Happy birthday to my blog.

I cannot believe that a year ago today I spent the whole day setting up a blog and decided to press publish on my first post; What I Hope To Achieve In 2016!
I get bored of things very easily so I never thought that one year later I'd still be blogging and have a huge passion for it. I'm so proud of the 77 posts I wrote this year and keeping at it despite a few negative comments from some negative people in my life at the time.

I've been able to meet amazing people, build connections with amazing brands, speak to my idols who inspired me to start blogging, and even get job interviews due to my little space on the internet. It's mad to me how people like to read what I write and take time out of their day to comment, follow my Bloglovin' account, etc, etc, and I know it's not a lot but It's crazy how far my little blog has come in a year, and I'm so so proud of it and what it has achieved.

Here's to a lot more blog posts to come!
Happy First Birthday clxelouise!
Cloe xox

Is New Years even New Years without a resolution to get fit and healthy? ... Nope, didn't think so. So if you've decided to join a gym this year (I'm with ya gal!) I've got my top 5 essentials you shouldn't forget to put in your gym bag!

1. Water Bottle
Ok, so let's state the obvious, right? But the amount of times me and my friends have turned up to the gym just to realise we've forgotten our bottles of water is ridiculous. I'd recommend always keeping an empty one in your bag for those just-in-case times, and then try to remember to add a fresh water bottle in there too every time you go.

2. Face Wipes
When you work out you get sweaty and hot which opens up your pores. So an amazing thing to do once you finish your workout is wipe all those impurities away with a face wipe! These can also come in very handy too if you've forgotten to take off your makeup before you work out as you should NEVER work out with makeup on. 

3. Deodorant
Sweat shows you've had a good work out, but no one else appreciates it. Never forget to pack deodorant and quick tip - men's deodorant works better than females, and girls admit it, we all secretly love the smell of mens deodorants...

4. Headphones
How annoying is it when you've made your very own gym playlist for motivation, get to the gym and realise you've forgotten your headphones?! I'd suggest investing in a pair of headphones that you never take out of your gym bag, so you never forget them and have to be stuck listening to the gyms own radio station!

5. Towel 
Going along with point 3, sweat making your clothes stick to you is the most disgusting thing ever, so make sure you bring a towel to sort ourself out! Also many gyms say it is compulsory to bring a towel to wipe down machines after use for hygiene reasons, so don't be caught out as the one making the machines reek!

What are some of your gym essentials? I'd love to know!
Cloe xox

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I left people, relationships, arguments, poor decisions, hate, mistakes, and sadness in 2016 and entered 2017 with a smile on my face and surrounded by my best friends. Don't get me wrong, 2016 was an amazing year in my life in which so much changed; I got my first ever tattoo, graduated the International Baccalaureate, moved out and went back to England for uni, and started my blog!
I want to fill 2017 with as many amazing memories as possible, try new things, meet new people, go to new places, learn new things, and laugh and smile every day.

Improve my university attendance.
Not live off takeaways when I'm at university.
Become more confident and happy with myself.
Never miss a blog upload (new schedule will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday).
Read more.
Meet new people.
Start saving money and stop spending it on pointless things when I'm bored!
Stop worrying and stressing so much about other people's opinions.
Spend more time with people who matter most to me.
Make the most of my first year of university and the freedom.

Reach 300 Bloglovin' followers.
Get a job.
Reach 59kg or less.
Get another tattoo.
Get another piercing.
Finish the first year of university with a 2:1 or above. 

Cloe xox