Wednesday, 9 October 2019

September 2019 Favourites:

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my monthly Favourites, this one being September! It's absolutely crazy to see that we're heading into the autumn/winter season! How are we nearly at the end of the year already?!

It's been a quiet month for Beauty Faves, but there's one that I can't not mention!



Beauty:

Revolution: Blush Goddess Palette
This palette is a blush and highlight palette, 4 of each but I have to say I'm leaning towards the highlights more than the blushers. The highlight shades are stunning and they are definitely my favourites in the palette. They are beautiful and give such a radiant glow! I'll try and give the blushers a go so I'm using the full palette, but it wins solely on the highlights so far!

Simple De-Stress Sheet Facemask:
I used this for the first time the other week and oh my gosh!! It felt so peaceful and luxurious, I felt so chilled. It smells so gorgeous too and I genuinely didn't want to take it off! As it's Simple as well, it makes your skin feel so rejuvenated afterwards too.


Music:
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
Beyoncé - Don't Hurt Yourself
Yves ft Afrojack and Icona Pop - We Got That Cool
Normani - Motivation
Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray - Don't Call Me Angel
Charli XCX, Kim Petras & Tommy Cash - Click
Charli XCX, Clairo, Yaeji - February 2017
Duran Duran - Girls On Film
21 Savage - ball w/you

Thank you so much for reading! If you've had any of these Faves during September let me know!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 4 October 2019

Personalising Your Uni Room (With FunkyPigeon.com)

*gifted*

Hi everyone!

I mentioned in my last post some of the must haves for your uni room and the importance of making your room comfortable and homely! And what better way to make your room cute and comfortable than personalising some of your items?! It's a fab way of making your room more personal and fitting with your style. Making your room a comfy living area is so important for moving away to uni, as it's your main safe space and you want it to be as homely and happy as you can. If you're in a happy living area, you're more likely to feel positive and in a happier mindset, which you need at uni especially if you're in a new environment. I know this is something I've always tried to do when moving out at uni!!

FunkyPigeon.com recently published a blog post, where they discussed some of the amazing personalised products you can buy, which make perfect university room decorations! They're perfect for if you've gone back to uni and want to treat yourself to room décor. Or better still, if you know someone who's starting or going back to uni and want to give them a little gift before they go on their travels! What better way to give them a cute moving in present?


They very kindly gifted me these items, which included a personalised gin glass, which says " 's gin Hands off", a personalised "C" cushion and a photo block which you can personalise with either hearts or glitter.

The gin glass is pretty self-explanatory but as I accidentally broke my last gin glass, I've been on the lookout for one for a while, so this is exactly what I needed! It says my name, which I love, especially for living in student accommodation, you won't get anyone stealing your glass if it has your name on it! It is so cute!


The cushion looks so classy and gorgeous on my bed, which I'm so glad about! I love the marble grey and the rose gold contrast within the cushion and it feels so comfy! I love the "C" lettering too, it just feels that more personal. It fits perfectly with my room and feels so soft too.


 
 

The photo block is such a lovely addition to my room as well, as I chose a photo of me and my best friend and the addition of glitter adds that extra little touch. It makes displaying your favourite photos that little more special, this would be a perfect little going-away present. It sits perfectly on my wall beside my window. I'm so happy with it!

Please excuse my duvet, I was there straightening it for hours but it wasn't changing!


I hope you've enjoyed reading this post! I'd also like to say a massive thank you to FunkyPigeon.com for kindly gifting me these items, a pleasure to work with. I'm so happy with the items I received, they're 100% making my room feel more homely and personal to me. If you'd like to have a little browse on what they offer you can do here.
Thank you so much for reading! And thank you so much to FunkyPigeon.com for gifting me with these amazing items! Head over to their website to check out the full range of products available!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Back To Uni Clothing Haul

Hi everyone!!

Welcome back to my blog! This post is a Back To Uni haul as I'm actually heading back to my uni to do a Masters degree. This is the weirdest feeling to start a new degree but here we are! I wanted to do a little haul of some of the things I've bought before uni! I've actually been super sensible in clothing buying recently and have barely bought anything over the last few months! So this uni haul is somewhat long-awaited!



George Asda Black Skinny Jeans (Short) - £10.00
I've been wanting to get another pair of black skinny jeans for a while and while my other black pairs are from George Asda, in previous trips I'd not found a pair I'd found fitted me well, until these ones. They aren't as thick as my others but they're such good quality and I know they'll last well as my others are still lasting and I've had them a few years now. They're super comfy also!


Primark Grey Winnie The Pooh T Shirt - £6.00
I noticed these on Instagram before actually seeing them in Primark and I thought they were so cute! I loved the black polka dots with some of them showing Pooh's face and some his bottom, it reminds me of one of the episodes I used to watch where he gets stuck in Rabbit's house. It fits perfectly and I think it's so cute and good quality material.


Primark Leopard Print HairBand - £2.00
I'm someone who's quite partial to a hair accessory and although I'm not the most avid leopard print wearer, I was drawn to this little hairband, found it so cute and couldn't resist picking it up! Quite a few of my hair accessories are from Primark as they have pretty good prices and they have some nice bits!


ADIDAS Trefoil Lilac T Shirt - £14.00
I've been peeking around on the Adidas website for a while now, as I loved the design of these tees but was having trouble choosing the colour. Once I saw the lilac one was reduced a little and with student discount, I manage to bag myself one. I decided to make it a bit of a treat to myself for my dissertation result and I'm so happy I bought it. It's really comfy and very cute and easy to wear. I saw on the website it says to size up, and I'd recommend that too for this particular tee.



I bought these last two tops from my university's Vintage Sale, which they regularly offer alongside Vintage Vera. I thought they were pretty cute and I'm loving the ADIDAS brand at the moment so I was so happy to pick the two of them up, I only paid £5 for both, as they didn't weigh as much as a kilo. I'm really happy with them as they're going to be great casual wear tops and the black and white one gave me NUFC vibes!

That's all my of my clothing for my Back To Uni haul! I hope you enjoyed reading! I was actually intending to buy a couple of bits from Boohoo for this post, as I've had my eye on a couple of things for a while, but I never got round to it, so I guess that'll be saved for another post, another day!

Thank you so much for reading!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

8 Must Haves for a Uni Room

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! So I've actually got myself another university related post today, this is actually the fourth time I've moved out for uni, so over the years I've definitely gathered some ideas on must haves for my rooms. I've had a range of rooms over the last few years, some more spacey and easier to decorate but it just means I know what works and what doesn't (and what to avoid doing to make sure you don't get charged additional costs from landlords!)



* Photos
I feel like this is a must have for a lot of students, but I've had photos up in my uni accommodations previously. The key thing here is to make sure you try and choose surfaces that won't stain and I recommend white tack over blue tack! Wardrobes make good places for photos. I have 2 selections of photos, a place for photos with friends and family and then another spot for aesthetic scenic photos I've taken that I want to look at. I find them very relaxing and if you've seen my Instagram (@eclairscares, shameless Instagram plug sorry!!!) then you're probably a little familiar with these types of photos already!

* Bed Accessories
By bed accessories, I mean a variety of different things for your bed, I wouldn't necessarily recommend bringing them all from home as there's space to think of too, but I personally love having a throw or two, maybe a couple of cushions and a cuddly toy/plushie make it feel that little bit cosier! And sometimes after a long day of lectures you might just want something cosy to get snuggled up into to have some chill time!

* Fairy lights of some kind/reasonably short
I didn't have any kind of additional lights in my first 2 years at uni, but after buying some lemon fairy lights prior to starting 3rd Year, I decided I'd take them along with me and try and figure out a place to put them! They ended up giving me a gorgeous cosy yellow vibe on the evenings, where I'd catch up on my YouTube subscriptions. I feel like they give a gorgeous touch! I'd recommend trying to find reasonably short ones as the rooms are quite small so you might struggle to place them if they're too long!

* Plastic Set of Drawers
I was quite slow in getting an additional plastic set of drawers, but they make so much difference in keeping things tidy and stored away nicely! They're super cheap too, Wilko have some and I'm questioning why I didn't buy a set before as I even have a set at home but I think it only works if you've got the sufficient amount of space to fit them in!

* Small food storage box
If you're anything like me and like having snacks within reach, or have trust issues with leaving all your food in the kitchen, you're going to want a small storage unit for any food snacks you can't or won't store in your kitchen. For me, I have snack items and cereal because most of the time I eat my breakfast in my room and it's easier. Having a storage unit to keep them in is super useful which is something that has taken me 3 years to realise, (regrettably!).

* At least 2 alarm clocks
So even if you have your phone's alarm waking you up on a morning, I'd highly recommend having at least one or maybe 2 alarm clocks in your room if it's an important day for example presentation or deadline! Let's face it, who wants to sleep through and miss their commitment?

* Plastic Wallets/Magazine folder box for important sheets of paper!
I can't recommend enough to have a specific place to keep all your important pieces of paper, maybe to do with your uni course or student finance etc, in one place! Nothing worse than needing something and having to sort through about 20 freshers flyers and random sheets of paper to try and find it (trust me, yes I've been there). Storing them in a specific drawer if you have space or a magazine rack or plastic wallet can be the saviour you need to keep important papers in place!

* Medicine drawer
You're unfortunately very likely to get ill at least once during the academic year so it's always handy to make sure you have a few bits and bobs in case it hits you out of nowhere and leaves you bedbound (which can happen, trust me!). I feel 100% more prepared if I know I've got a few bits and pieces of medicines! Your flatmate who's got a banging hangover will also thank you if you have a spare paracetamol or cooling sheet (which is coincidentally SO soothing for a hangover, pro tip!)

So that's my post, I would recommend making it as cosy and homely as you can as it's your own space and I feel like you need to make it the most positive and comfortable place you can, especially if it's your first time moving home. At the end of the day, the best person to know what you need for your comfort is you!

Thank you so much for reading this post! If you're off to uni or have just moved to university, let me know how you're getting on!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Let's Talk About: University & Graduation

Hi everyone!

This is one crazy post of mine to write, for so many reasons! I've mentioned a little part of this last year in my Let's Reflect post and it deserved its own little chapter. I realise it's a little later than it probably should be but its because I wanted to properly articulate everything I wanted to.

For a lot of my life, I've not been the most academic person. I realised that exams never really gave a true depiction of my skills and as my anxiety grew during secondary school, I found them really difficult to sit through. Struggling to sit through them made me understandably not achieve my best as I spent a lot of time in the exams panicking or feeling uneasy.

I've mentioned that I took a gap year because I felt burned out after leaving sixth form. I'd felt distracted after everything that happened in my personal life and I'd not really thought properly about my plans for finishing my A levels. I'd applied to university, as my school had really pushed us to apply, but I'd never really felt the excitement of going and didn't really allow myself to think about it. After receiving my results and realising I'd been accepted onto my university course, I thought about university but it still felt so weird to think about and after careful consideration I decided to defer.

Deferring was 100% the right choice for me personally, it allowed me to take the time out to focus on my mental health, work out what I wanted and also gain some volunteering experience. During that year out, I saw everyone else off to uni and once I'd had the time to think about it, I decided I really did want to go, and I wanted to challenge myself and push myself to go. I remember reading a quote around that time which was something along the lines of "If you want change in your life, you have to change things in your life". That quote really hit me at the time and made me want to change my life and try something new, even though it was going to be the craziest thing I'd done so far.

Arriving at university was honestly the most nerve-wracking and terrified I've ever been in my entire life. I had no idea of what was to come and I was doing this all on my own and old enough to be completely aware of it all too. I don't think I'd fully anticipated just how different things would be as I'd not really thought about it fully, so I suppose everything was completely different. I definitely felt out of my depth in the first few weeks, but one of my good friends honestly helped me through by continually reminding me how strong I was.

I've definitely said this before in another post, but I really can't express enough how proud I am of myself for setting up my own little life away from home, growing as much as I have done over these past few years. I arrived at uni completely under-prepared in almost every possible way and gradually built myself a life there.

I can't say it's been easy because believe me it hasn't! My mental and physical health has been tested to extremes I can't even explain, it's been a huge whirlwind of emotions both good and bad, but to see what I've actually managed to achieve is incredible. I've had some of the most amazing experiences at university, from nights out and just the freedom I was definitely craving. It was so refreshing and provided me with some amazing memories.

And to come out with a First Class Honours Degree? The actual proudest moment of my life. I had no idea I had it in me, as I mentioned earlier, I've never been someone to get amazing academic grades, so receiving that degree honestly had me bursting. I feel like my dissertation was the main reason for that grade and writing it was where I noticed my growth in terms of how far I'd come with my writing from the very first essay I submitted back in First Year! Finally, I felt academically proud of myself.

A very happy me post-graduation but still in my Grad dress, which was a beautiful little navy floral bodycon dress from Boohoo!!


Graduation was such a special event to me, even though my anxiety was threw the roof, being able to celebrate with my coursemates the success we all had and the good times we shared was so precious. Slipping that gown on and popping that hat on was a surreal feeling and I remember looking at myself like eh.. what?! It didn't feel real but it most certainly was!

I've low key learned so many skills since coming to university and I'm sure that plenty of them will stay with me (hopefully!) for the rest of my life.

So now, typing this, I'm actually heading back to the same uni to do a Masters degree! A decision which I think was in the back of my mind but I decided to take the step and go for it. It's another media related degree, which is where my passion lies. I don't quite know what to expect from this journey, but I'm sure you'll find out via this blog.

And that's the story of Graduation and university! I hope you've enjoyed this blog post!
Don't forget to follow my Instagram @eclairscares for more updates.

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2019

August 2019 Favourites

Hiya!

Welcome back to my blog! As you can see from the title of the post, we're back for the Monthly Favourites, this time August! I had a nice month and have quite a variety of different favourites this month, mostly from things I've been watching! Without further ado, carry on reading to discover what I've been enjoying!!

Beauty:

L'oreal Infallible 24 Hour Stay Fresh Foundation - 015 Porcelain
I've been using this foundation for around a year and a bit now and I've been so impressed by it! It's probably my favourite foundation now and I love the coverage it provides and how long lasting it is too! I would say it's medium coverage and feels very light on the skin too.

Zoella Beauty Botanic'eau Spray
I've been back using the Botanic'eau spray, I love wearing this in the summer because it's so fresh and if you remember how much I loved this last year, it's managed to stay just as loved this year too!

Zoella Beauty Let's Spritz
Similarly, this spray screams summer to me, it has a distinct fruity scent to it which I always wear during the summer months. As these are discontinued now, I feel like I'm going to be missing these in years to come and therefore had to make the most of them this year.



Music:
Young T & Bugsey ft Aitch - Strike A Pose
Ms Dynamite - Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
The Killers - The Man
Pink - Trouble
Skepta ft Nafe Smallz - Grease Mode
Ariana Grande ft Victoria Monae - Monopoly
Lizzo - Juice

Other:
FabulousHannah
I've been loving watching Hannah's videos lately, I love her humour and I just find her so entertaining to watch and someone where you think "I'd love to be friends with her!" She's so funny and I really enjoy her content and personality. Honestly, find her so refreshingly funny. Potentially my current favourite YouTuber!

The Customer Is Always Right
I've really been enjoying this, it's essentially a programme where 3 inventors have their products tested and reviewed and rated by a selection of people. It's very interesting and reminds me a little of YouTube style reviews and it's quite an addictive programme to watch once you're into it. It's so interesting seeing what products have been invented and if I'd use them myself.

Lizzie McGuire
I think I last binge watched this a few years ago but I've recently been binge watching it again. It was one of my favourite programmes growing up and I still adore it today. Hilary Duff is one of my favourite actresses and I've really enjoyed rewatching the episodes, especially as there are definitely a few I missed out last time I binge watched!
> Side note, I wrote this out before news of Lizzie McGuire's reboot came out, but I'm buzzing about this news!! I still can't believe how coincidental this is!!

That's all of my Favourites for this month! Thank you so much for reading and I'd love to know if you share any of these faves too!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Girls Night Pre-Drinks Playlist

Hey everyone!

I thought today I'd share a girls night pre-drinks playlist, although I don't have this exact playlist saved on my Spotify, I do love these tracks and these would be an ace playlist even if you're just having a night in with drinks. These are the ultimate tracks to get you into that upbeat mood!
Now without further ado, pour yourself a cheeky pink gin and turn these up!




Katy Perry - This is How We Do
Maggie Lindemann & Cheat Codes & Cade - Pretty Girl (Remix)
Cheryl - Call My Name
Wynter Gordon - Dirty Talk
Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor
Lizzo - Juice
Zara Larsson - Lush Life
Bebe Rexha - Last Hurrah
Anne-Marie & Marshmallow - Friends
Carly Rae Jepson - I Really Like You
Rita Ora - How We Do (Party)
Beyoncé ft Jay Z - Upgrade U
Demi Lovato - Neon Lights
Ariana Grande  - 7 Rings
Lady GaGa - The Fame
Rihanna - Cheers (Drinks To That)
Nicole Scherzinger - Your Love
Charli XCX - Girls Night Out
Ciara - Goodies
Miley Cyrus - Mother's Daughter
Alexandra Burke - Broken Heels
Little Mix - Bounce Back
Britney Spears - Work B*tch
Girlicious - Baby Doll
Jax Jones ft Mabel & Rich The Kid - Ring Ring
Jennifer Lopez - Love Don't Cost A Thing
Nicki Minaj - The Night is Still Young
Fifth Harmony - Worth It
The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For?
Kelly Rowland - Like This

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe feel a little inspired to make a new playlist of your own!
If you need some entertainment to go along with your night, why not try the Prosecco Drinking Games book, I checked it out from The Works, it features a variety of different games suitable for pre-drinks or nights in!

Any of these gals night tracks that would make a feature? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you so much for reading!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx