Twenty Three

Last Wednesday, January 24th 2018 I turned 23. In 2017 I read an article stating that 23 is supposed to be one of the happiest years of your life. I hope this is true and the next 365 days bring lots of excitement and happy memories for me.

If I’m being honest I wasn’t overly excited for this birthday. It was the first one without Tango (who recently had to be put down) and I’m still finding it hard without her. Despite not being able to celebrate with Tango and cuddle her I knew she would still be with me throughout the day.

I didn’t make any special plans. Both my boyfriend and I were working and I didn’t get to see him until Thursday night because he works evenings. I did decide I wanted to have some treats and after I finished work on Wednesday I bought a six pack of donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts and mum and I had fish and chips for dinner.

On the Friday, (January 26th) my boyfriend and I went to the cinema to see The Post and afterwards we got Dominos. The pizza and garlic bread was SO GOOD!

It’s a tradition on Chanelle Hayley to share a post about my birthday with plenty of pictures so here it is!


I had a sponge cake. The unfilled sponge, cream and strawberry jam were bought on Tuesday and my mum made the cake on Tuesday night. I had cake for breakfast on Wednesday.


I don’t often have donuts and wanted to treat myself. Flavours left to right, top to bottom: Vanilla Frosted, Bavarian Kreme – my favourite – (x2), Strawberry Frosted, French Cruller and Cinnamon.

Birthday Makeup:

Products Used:

  1. MAC Studio Moisture Cream
  2. Rimmel Professional Brown Pencil in 002 Hazel
  3. Max Factor CC Cream in ’40 Fair’
  4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10
  5. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte
  6. MAC Tan Pigment
  7. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara
  8. Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector
  9. MAC Show Orchid



I filmed a video to show you the presents I received. You even get to see my face this time!

Thank you to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday!

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I’m 21! + 21st Makeup Menu

I'm 21!Hello beautiful people! I am extremely jolly this Monday as it was my 21st birthday yesterday and I had the most amazing day! I think it was probably my best birthday yet and I feel incredibly spoiled. A huge thank you to my lovely blogging friends for their birthday wishes and as I was eating cake I was thinking of you. Today I’m sharing my makeup menu with you and a selection of pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

The Menu21st Makeup MenuFor my 21st makeup I knew I wanted to keep things quite simple and really make a statement with my lips. I only had one request and that was for my face to look nice (you know those days where for some reason your makeup doesn’t look as good). Luckily, my prayers were answered and I was very happy with the end result.

Face Title

21st Face MakeupProducts listed in order of application:

1. Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser – Normally I use Simple’s light hydrating moisturiser but I have noticed my skin has been drier than usual so have switched back to the replenishing rich one. At the moment this seems to keep my skin supple and moisturized for longer.

2. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – I purchased this foundation two weeks ago and somehow I have failed to mention it on my blog. I wanted a change from my Rimmel Match Perfection and I am loving this one. It provides a fuller, more matte coverage but is still hydrating and lovely on the skin.

3. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair – I must say this every time I do a makeup menu but this concealer is so good. The shade is perfect for my skin and I had a spot on my chin I wanted to conceal and this did the job. It never clogs pores or makes spots worse.

4. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer 01 Light Matte – If you saw my Birthday Body Shop Haul you’ll know this product is a new addition to my makeup drawer but a welcome one! This bronzer adds a beautiful glow and is so easy to apply without going overboard. I applied this to my cheeks, forehead and jawline using my Real Techniques Blush Brush.

5. Dainty Doll Powder Blush 004 You Are My Sunshine – I was worried about my blush, bronzer and bold lip all competing with each other but I think all three look nice together and compliment the look I managed to achieve, it didn’t look like I went overboard. The golden shimmer of this blush just gives the top of the cheek bones that something special. I actually prefer to apply this blush with a Real Techniques Setting Brush as it is very pigmented and it allows me to use a lighter hand.

Eyes Title21st Eye Makeup1. Chi Chi ‘Heiress’ Billion Dollar Palette – I used a shimmery light pink all over the lid before sweeping a light brown over the outer edge of the eye and through the crease.

2. Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara – This mascara is hands down my favourite out of all of the ones I’ve tried and owned so of course I had to use it in this makeup menu. The wand is so light and easy to hold and I love the volume and lift this mascara gives my lashes.

Eye MakeupLips Title21st Lip Makeup1. Dainty Doll Wonderbalm – I use this as a lip primer 20-30 minutes before I apply lipstick, especially if a lipstick is on the drier side. It helps the lipstick apply smoother and doesn’t make it look glossy or distort the colour.

2. MAC Ruby Woo – I made my mind up weeks ago I wanted to rock MAC’s Ruby Woo on my birthday. This colour is bold and beautiful and lasted amazingly well throughout the night. My perfect red – I think so!End Result

Finished Face 21st

My Birthday In Photos:

21st Birthday Collage1. Birthday Nails | Emotions from the OPI and Mariah Carey Holiday Collection. 2. Badge | I bought this badge to wear last year but ended up celebrating early and didn’t feel right wearing it. I took full advantage this year and a few kind strangers even wished me Happy Birthday. It also got me free entry into a club. 3. Presents Galore | I got home from clubbing to find the table and living room decorated with balloons and presents.

4. Birthday Balloon | My mum dashed off on Sunday morning to purchase this and get it filled with helium. 5. Lunch | Lunch was pretty low key as I went out for a meal with family and friends on Saturday night but we had yummy savouries and grape juice! 6. Happy Birthday To You | After lunch came the cake, a chocolate sponge filled with fresh cream and strawberry jam. It was absolutely delicious and the candles looked magical.

I can’t even begin to explain how thankful and lucky I am to everyone for their birthday messages, presents and all the effort they put in to make my day special. I know I didn’t share what presents I received but I think I’d need an entirely separate post for that and I’m sure a few of the items will pop up in favourites posts throughout the year. As always, thank you for reading!


Week In Review: October 20 – October 26, 2014

(I apologise in advance for the lack of pictures this week).

I post an update here every Sunday giving an overview of my week. Accompanying photos from my Instagram are also included. Here’s the latest:

Monday was Dannii Minogue’s birthday and I posted about the gifts I sent over to Australia for her. I’d been tweeting her the link to the post all week and I know she has seen it as she favourited my tweet and tweeted me on Friday. This marked my 20th tweet and 6th favourite from Dannii. I’m extremely grateful for each and every one and that she takes time to reply to fans.

Nails and The Road CodeI started the week off by reading more of The Road Code and painting my nails with OPI’s Pink, Yet Lavender from the Mariah Carey Collection. This polish is absolutely gorgeous and the photo doesn’t do it justice. The base is clear with flecks of light pink hex glitter, small lavender glitter and holo glitter. It’s very easy to apply and dries super quick.

At the beginning of the week I wasn’t feeling the best, I felt a bit down and lonely but by Thursday my mood perked up. Mum and I went shopping (I didn’t end up buying anything) and the weather was iffy so I wore my Diana Ferrari Onix boots for the first time. They looked great and were really comfortable. I enjoyed the noise the heel made as I walked too. Later that afternoon, I received a phone call from one of the supermarkets I took my CV into last month asking if I could come in for a job interview next Wednesday.

This morning I attempted to make a banana cake but it didn’t turn out very well. I followed the recipe but I don’t think I included enough milk and butter. There was one silver lining, the cake didn’t taste too bad. I ended up breaking it into pieces and feeding it to the birds, I hope they get some enjoyment out of it.

Fingers crossed next week is more successful!

Chanelle x