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All About My Septum Piercing


Before anyone asks, yes it is real.
If i got a penny for every time someone asked me if my septum piercing was real, I'd be one very rich gal.

Anyway...

Last September I extremely spontaneously decided I wanted to get a septum piercing. I have no clue why because I had never even thought about wanting one before or, nor did I even think they were that great of a piercing to get. But 8 months on, I'm still here with it in. 

Since septum piercings aren't overly common, I thought I'd share my experience and answer some questions I'm usually asked about the process! So if you're thinking of getting one, or just nosey (join the club) then keep reading!



WHERE DID YOU GET IT DONE?
I got my piercing done at a place called Holier Than Thou, in Manchester's Northern Quarter. To be honest I didn't really do much research into the best place to get it done because there's loads of trusted piercing places in Manchester, and I already knew some people who had gotten piercings here.

HOW MUCH DID IT COST?
For the piercing alone it cost £20, but obviously you had to buy jewellery alongside that to be pierced with which was an additional £15, so it cost a total of £35.

DID IT HURT?!
Okay, this is probably the most frequent question I'm asked about my piercing.

Before the woman stuck a huge needle through my nose (just think about how thick the cartilage in your nose is, and then picture what the needle must look like) she explained the whole process of how it was going to be carried out. She explained that it would be painful but OH MY GOD, actual tears started streaming down my face. I am a drama queen, but I'm not going to lie that this piercing did hurt a lot. I have had rib tattoos, 6 lobe piercings (two of which I did myself), my helix pierced, and my conch pierced, and this was by far the worst pain out of them all. I do have quite a high pain threshold, but I would have to give the pain about an 8/10. In my experience, there was no blood when it was being pierced. 

WHAT WAS THE HEALING PROCESS LIKE?
You are advised not to play around and move your septum piercing after you get it done. But me being me couldn't resist and played with it a lot, which really didn't help.

After being pierced, it did sting for a while, and I was walking around Manchester looking like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. But it was just a subtle sting, nothing excessive.

Once I got it pierced I ALWAYS forgot it was there, which led to me knocking it several times when I went to go blow my nose, wash my face or do my makeup. Knocking it in the first few weeks of having it done is horrendous and extremely painful, so if you are going to get it pierced, be wary of that!

I was told to keep my jewellery in for around 6 weeks before I could change it, but me being me changed it about 4 weeks after. I was pieced with a horseshoe barbell piercing, and I didn't really like the look of it on me, so I decided to buy a circular hoop of the same thickness and swap it. Despite swapping my jewellery before I was supposed to, nothing happened and it continued to heal as normal.

3 months after I got it pierced I stared a new job so I took my piercing out and wore a clear retainer in it so no one knew it was pierced. 3 months later in March I put the jewellery back in and my piercing did become slightly infected on the left side of my nose which was quite uncomfortable. However, it healed naturally over the course of 2 weeks.

WHAT SIZE SEPTUM DO YOU HAVE IN?
Personally I like the more smaller and dainty looking piercings. 
As I said before, I started out with a horseshoes barbell which I didn't like, and I now wear and 8mm diameter surgical steel circular hoop with a 14g gauge.


What do you think abut septum piercings?

My Top 10 Looks From The Met Gala


Okay, maybe this post is a bit overdue, but I just had to do a review on some of my favourite looks from the 2018 Met Gala because I can't stop looking through all the amazing looks from incredible designers. 

If I did a post on all my favourite looks I think we'd be here for a long time, so I've chosen my top 10.

All images are taken from Vogue.com.

10. Gigi Hadid
Wearing: Versace


 9. Cardi B
Wearing: Moschino

8. Cara Delevingne
Wearing: Dior

7. Rihanna
Wearing: Maison Margiela for John Galliano

6. Hailee Steinfield
Wearing: Prabal Gurung

5. Kim Kardashian
Wearing: Versace

4. Migos
Wearing: Versace

3. Nicki Minaj
Wearing:Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany and Co

2. Zoe Kravitz
Wearing: Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent

1. Irina Shayk
Wearing: Versace

What were your favourite Met Gala looks?

The £110 Jeans & Why You Should Invest in Denim




Sustainable fashion is becoming more and more on trend, with people willing to pay that little bit extra for pieces that will last longer, rather than opting for fast fashion options. I've had my fair share of cheap jeans which after a while fade in colour, shows signs of wear, and become subtly baggy around the legs. The price tag might be a bargain but it is reflected in the lifespan of the item.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying everyone should ditch fast fashion all together, as some pieces do go in and out of style, but for staple pieces such as denim jeans which go with absolutely everything and will be worn over and over again, I believe it really is worth investing in a more expensive pair.



Jeans - Calvin Klein
Top - Berhka
Boots - Bershka

I recently invested in these Calvin Klein Mid Rise Skinny Jeans for £110. For premium denim this isn't totally expensive, but it's not cheap either. Like all denim, at first they felt a bit uncomfortable while breaking them in, but after a while they gave way and started to suit my shape becoming much more comfortable. 

After working in a high end retailer which sells denim, I know that the less you wash jeans, the longer they last in regards to their colour and shape. You should never wash jeans over 30°, and NEVER tumble dry them (this is a lesson I've learnt several times). Premium denim will also last through several more washes than your standard denim too.

Some of the best places for premium denim are:
- Levi's
- Calvin Klein
- Armani
- PAIGE

What are your thoughts on sustainable fashion?

The Soft Pink Lip


I hate wearing lipstick. 

Not really the start of a blog post about lip colour you were expecting, huh?

I've never really been a big fan of lip colours on my myself. Don't get me wrong, other people slay wearing a bold lip or a subtle pop of colour, but I can't stand feeling the consistency of lipstick on my lips.. And with the state my brows are in at the moment, I only end up finding myself resembling a clown...

But since the weathers been warming up recently, I thought I'd try something new with my makeup. I was having one of those days where I was getting fed up of wearing the same look everyday, so I decided to try out a lip colour. 

I didn't want to try anything too bold, so i opted for a Kiko lipstick in the shade 309 after I lined my lips with the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Liner in 110 Rich Wine.


I decided on a deep pink, borderline purple colour rather than a red tone as I thought it would suit my complexion better. When I first applied this combination, it was quite dark to start. So after getting rid of the excess, I applied translucent power on top to lighten the colour and also help set the product for longer.

I'm still not sure if I've been converted to wearing lip colours, so you definitely won't be seeing me rocking a bright lip just yet. But what do you guys think?

ps, anyone know any good places in Manchester for me to get my brows done before I go on holiday, please hmu xox

What I Eat In A Day Abroad


There's nothing in this world that makes me happier than food.

I'm one of those girls that if I'm in a mood, take me out for food and I'll instantly be in your good books again, and whenever my food arrives in a restaurant I do a little happy dance. You know them ones.

Whenever I go home to France I always find myself eating so much healthier than when I'm in the UK living off pasta, because you know, uni life... I did a post on what I (typically) eat in a day 2 years ago! So I thought it was long overdue that I did an updated version.


PS. Please bare in mind that I am not a food blogger, therefore my presentation of some food is not up to Jamie Oliver standard. Okay, fab. 

B R E A K F A S T


This is probably my favourite breakfast choice of all time when I'm abroad. Streaky bacon, avocado smash, and one (or 3) waffles. 


Bacon (yes, I'm bacon obsessed) and rocket baguette, because France, duh. 


This is usually something I'd have for brunch if I've decided to be lazy and get up around 11/12 (and blame it on that one hour "jet lag"). Mozzarella with a tomato and cucumber base. Trust me, this tastes SO good. Sometimes I top it with 2 layers of prosciutto and a balsamic glaze if I want a more substantial meal.


Can I also just clarify that I don't have 3 breakfasts a day, these are the typical options I chose from. Just in case you thought I was an extreme pig. 

L U N C H


Yeap, that's me, just chilling being a chef.

I tried to replicate these smoked salmon avocado stacks after having them in a restaurant one time, and I think I did a bloody good job. 

To make them, scoop out the inside of an avocado and refill adding smoked salon, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, mixed herbs and lemon juice. You can even be boujee and add drops of balsamic on the side for presentation.


More salmon. This time a salmon fillet, grilled with lightly salted butter, lemon juice, and basil.


Of course you can't be in France and not take a trip to the patisserie. I always get a mille-feuille because they're literally my guilty pleasure!

 D I N N E R
dinner / tea / supper / whatever you want to call it.

Usually when I go home, we eat out quite a bit for dinner. 


Salmon (again) tartare, with fresh bread and an avocado paste.
Truuuuuust me, this is to die for.


Prosciutto and tapenade bruschetta. 
The menu said this was for sharing, but obviously I finished it all to myself. After having this I've become obsessed with tapenade, and I've even started making this for breakfast sometimes while I'm in uni (but a smaller portion, obviously).


So now I've made myself hungry by writing this post and I'm off to get some food.

I'm always wanting to try out new meals, so make sure to tell me what your favourite things to make are!

Bye clxelouise - My Break From Blogging


When I first started this blog I gave it my complete dedication constantly uploading, networking, and finding a true passion. When I moved to university 6 months down the line, I put blogging on hold so I could get used to my new life away from home and in a new country, and this is something I've always regretted. 

Two years later and my blog uploads have been erratic, with working 2 jobs alongside university and trying to maintain a social life finding the time to work on my blog just wasn't possible (because it's way more than just taking a photo, writing some words and uploading it like many people think...) Blogging was always at the back of my mind as something I knew I wanted get back into. Even though I haven't been posting I've continuously been thinking about content ideas, ways to reinvent my blog, and loads of other things.

My passion for blogging hasn't faded one bit, and it's something I know I want to take seriously and continue with, whether successful or not. For that reason I'm promising myself to rebrand my blog and take it seriously from now on. 

In order to rebrand, the first change I am making is switching my blog name from clxelouise to chloelxuise (okay not a major transformation, but since noone could grasp the idea of clxelouise stood for chloe louise, but without the "h" and the "o" being an "x", it needed to change...Okay, actually I guess that was a bit confusing...).  I've changed the names of all my social medias to match this, and even bought my own .com domain (aye, get me going all professional). 

I've got so many blog ideas lined up for the next few months and a certain blogging project in the pipeline with other bloggers that I'm SO excited to be sharing over the next year!

I'm so excited to be back and I'm more motivated than ever. 
4pm every Thursday. 

My Travel Beauty Essentials



As much as I'd love to, every time I go back home to France I can't take my whole beauty collection of haircare and skincare with me (partly because it would be too heavy and partly because I couldn't fit them into my suitcase with the amount of clothes I take), so I've got to carefully select what makes the cut. 

Since I go back every 3 months or so I've found myself always reaching for certain products when packing, and I'd definitely label them as my essentials. 



Zara Oriental Eau Du Toilette

With this fragrance, I think I've found my scent for life. This eu du toilette is so unique that whenever I wear it, I always get complimented. Even Uber drivers have said I smell nice quite a lot, which not going to lie, I find kind of freaky. Not only that, but for a fragrance so cheap, it really does stay on the skin all day. Zara has seriously outdone itself with its fragrances in my opinion. 

One of the best features for me about this fragrance is that it comes in two size, 100ml and 200ml (which can I stress, is only £2 more expensive), which means I can purchase it in a smaller size for when I'm travelling, and also I can fit it in my handbag when I'm out and about and it doesn't weigh a ton. 


 Natural World Brazilian Keratin Treatment Oil

What was I even doing with my hair before I was introduced to this?! Ever since I've been using this product, my hair has improved so much in appearance. Despite being an oil, it does not leave my hair the slightest bit greasy and absorbs into the follicles super fast due to being natural and organic, something I love when it comes to purchasing beauty items. I always use it on my hair straight when I get out of the shower, and also if I appear to have any frizz or fly aways. This product has seriously changed the hair game for me. 

You can find this product in UK stores, but you can also find it on the internet for ridiculously cheap! 




I've only just recently been introduced to this product a couple of months ago after the beauty company Wishtrend kindly sent it to me to try out, but it has 100% already turned into one of my favourite face masks. 

Due to being extremely blessed that I don't have skin which tends to breakout anymore, I don't need to use specially formulated products to help my skin. However, when I go to France I always find that my skin turns more dry and sometimes breaks out (I blame the change in the water balance), so I always go prepared with skincare products I know are going to help my face. I find that less is DEFINITELY key when it comes to skincare for me, so when I do choose to use products on my face, I prefer them to be 100% natural so I know nothing is going to disrupt the pH balance of my skin.

This mask is completely natural containing vitamin C, Niacinamide and Adenosine which are used for hydrating and improving the skins appearance. A tiny bit of this product goes a long way and gives my skin an instant glow once I've washed it off.



Aussie Miracle Recharge Conditioning Spray

If you haven't heard of Aussie haircare then where have you been? two words for if you have curly hair- game changer.

When I go back home I always get my hair cut and I love to wear my hair natural so it really has some time to repair itself. Hence why if you go on my instagram half the time my hair is straight and the other half of the time it's curly. 

Because I've spent the majority of my life straightening my hair, I've completely damaged my natural curls so rather than it being ringlet curls like I used to have, its more of a lose wave which is left permanently dry and damaged. My hair needs a lot of TLC, so along with the keratin oil, I also use this leave in conditioning spray which also helps prevent frizz. Leave in conditioners are a must if you have curly hair as it's harder for the natural oils your hair produces to reach the ends. You can never use too much of this product too, which is a bonus!


What are your travel beauty essentials? I'd love to try out some new ones!
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