Sunday, 2 September 2018

August 2018 Favourites


I hope you're all doing good, as you've seen from the title, this is my August Favourites post!
Keep reading to see what I've been enjoying this month! There's not many beauty favourites as I've not really bought anything new (I went on a bit of a spending ban!) and I've not worn makeup much lately. This is quite a low maintenance Favourites as it goes, but I hope you'll stick around and read anyway!!

Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Shampoo
Here is a shampoo I used to use literally all of the time however, they have actually changed the shampoo to something else now which is a little different and doesn't quite work as well on my hair as it used to. Upon coming home for uni, I realised I still had some of the old formula! I've been using it when my hair has been particularly greasy and it's worked nicely!

Johnson's Baby Softwash
I think I mentioned this product last year as I loved it, it's so good for instantly giving you smooth skin! I ended up buying this last year after I dealt with an allergic reaction and needed something extremely gentle to use to clean my skin whilst it was still very much angry! As I guessed nothing harsh would be used on a baby's skin, I opted to go for this and it worked so well for me!

Recipe Books
I've actually been reading a lot more recipe books and recipes both online and in magazines! I am the definition of a beginner in cooking but it's been interesting seeing all of the different meals and things I could make and will possibly try to make!

Charli XCX - No Angel
Charli XCX - Dreamer
Hilary Duff - Reach Out
Jax Jones ft Mabel & Rich The Kid - Ring Ring
The Saturdays - Work
The Saturdays - Gentleman (Signature's Back To The 90's Vocal Remix) (this remix is a banger!!)
Ciara - Bang It Up
Dannii Minogue v Flower Power - You Won't Forget About Me
Ariana Grande -  Successful
Ariana Grande - Better Off
Ariana Grande - Breathin'
Javine - Real Things

Mollie King
I've enjoyed supporting Mollie King this month, as she's been on Radio 1 and also been guest presenting on This Morning alongside Ben Shepard, Matt Edmondson and Mark Wright. I've been a fan of Mollie since The Saturdays and she has a very warm personality and I find her very entertaining and it's fab to see how much she's progressing and all of the things she is achieving in her career! Follow Mollie's insta here.

Fantasy FootballI've done the Fantasy Football for a few years now but never really had much luck!! I'm trying to beat my past points this season so we will see how that goes!!

Thank you so much for reading! Hopefully you still enjoyed this Favourites post even though it's a little smaller!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Let's Talk About: Are YouTubers Undermined?

Hey everyone!

I was inspired to write this post upon the announcement of Joe Sugg taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year. Joe is a vlogger I've been a fan of for a number of years, he comes across really nice, genuine and funny in his videos and overall he's someone who I feel is very influential and always tries to have original content which I think is hugely respectful.

As a big fan of Strictly, this news was right up my street, Joe was actually someone I did really want to do the show, but wasn't sure if he ever would! One of the big things being said everywhere was that he wasn't a celebrity, which I'd say would be arguably wrong! He's an established vlogger and author, he's done presenting too. I would say generally, he's one of the most successful YouTubers to come from the UK and seems like a really lovely guy too, but none of this seemed to be getting recognised. However it wasn't just this which was starting to get a bit infuriating for me.

I read a comment recently basically backing up the fact YouTube is not that complicated.
At the level some youtubers might be at, yes it is! You can buy all the camera equipment, have a fancy editing software, but investing in yourself takes time and effort! There are thousands of people uploading videos to YouTube every single day and I imagine there's a huge, huge, portion who don't get the amount of views Joe Sugg does.
To get to the point, I actually couldn't believe how much they were simplifying YouTube.

The quality of YouTube content has increased so, so much over the last 10 years, webcams have been upgraded to professional video cameras, natural lighting substituted to ring lights, and content and video planning has become a huge, huge part of how fast it's changed. It's a competitive industry, and I would say that's something that has added to this change. Not everyone does YouTube as a hobby these days, for some it's their main source of work/income.
Building an audience is hard! It can take so much time and effort, producing and editing content to try and get somewhere. Obviously, some people do get that success a lot quicker than others but it shouldn't be put forward as a generalised thing, because YouTube and blogging are not as easy as some people make out!

A recent photo set up from one of my previous blog posts.

I know this isn't the case for everyone, especially when starting out, but a lot of the time you're also doing many jobs yourself too. You do the social media promotion, the photography, the writing, the editing, the planning, a lot of the time single handily, meaning you either need a variety of skills initially or develop them along the way.
I feel like it's an opinion formed by people who are unfamiliar with YouTube and how it works, but I feel gutted for vloggers and to be honest bloggers too, when I see these kinds of things written down and said.

It made me really think about how I think the media still undermines YouTubers and bloggers alike. The truth is, there are so many hugely hardworking, inspiring and original creators who do their best to be the very best in their field.

Personally, I feel it's a shame that this field is getting overlooked and underappreciated in the media! As a media student myself, you've got to admire the effort and the skills that come with blogging and vlogging alike. I know myself and a few others have put across our views on YouTubers and vloggers while on our uni course and I still think that it's very misunderstood.

Do you think YouTubers/bloggers are undermined? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 5 August 2018

July 2018 Favourites


It's time for my July 2018 Favourites! I hope you all had a lovely July and here you can have an insight into what I was loving during the month! I feel like July went extremely fast! However, I hope you enjoy reading!

Beyoncé Heat Rush Shimmering Body Cream:
Heat Rush is such a summery scent in itself, but the body cream with the set is a summer's dream!! Not only does it smell gorgeous and moisturising, but it's shimmering too, so it makes your skin glow even more! Definitely an ideal product for the summer season!!

Zoella Beauty Botanic'eau Body Mist:
Ultimately if you read my review which you can read here, you'll know I absolutely loved this body mist!! It's a scent Zoe has never really done before and I love how refreshing yet musky it is! Absolutely perfect for summer and the packaging is so stunning!!
Primark Lemon Flip Flops
I bought a new pair of flip flops from Primark for less than a pound and I adore them!! They are yellow and patterned with lemons and I think they just give off major summer vibes and I think they're so cute!! And let's not forget the fact they were also a bargain being under a pound (I can't remember if they were 80p or 90p!)

The Lightning Seeds - 3 Lions (It's Coming Home)
Charli XCX - Focus
Demi Lovato - Ruin The Friendship
JoJo ft Wiz Khalifa - Fuck Apologies (yeah I know it was only in a few months back!)
Nile Rodgers, Chic, Mura Masa, Cosha, Vic Mensa - Till The World Falls
Christine & The Queens ft Dam-Funk - Girlfriend
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Cardi B - I Like It
George Ezra - Shotgun
5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
The Saturdays - Ladykiller
The Saturdays - Why Me Why Now
The Saturdays - The Problem With Love

World Cup 2018 & Love Island 2018
I know I mentioned these in the last post too, but I've literally been enjoying both so much. England did absolutely amazing and literally all you could hear was 'It's Coming Home' non-stop for the start of July! We came 4th in the end and it was amazing to watch. Love Island also ended up being very entertaining again and Dani and Jack were the absolute CUTEST!

I've recently seen this being shown on ITV 2 and I've found it quite entertaining, I love Amy's character and think the dynamics between all of the different characters work really well!

Love Cally

I hope you've enjoyed reading my Favourites post for this month!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Monday, 30 July 2018

Zoella Beauty Botanic'eau Body Mist Review


It's been big news in the beauty/vlogging world, as Zoella recently released another beauty collection, this one being titled 'Splash Botanics'.
As always, I was intrigued by the collection, as the majority of them have been some of my favourite products to use as they are fab quality and the packing is so intricate and cute. Her last summer release 'Jelly and Gelato' didn't excite me as much as the other collections had done because as exciting as the products were, the scent just wasn't my favourite compared to some of her others. Snowella (her last release) soon arrived to restore my love for a new Zoella Beauty collection, as you'll remember I absolutely adored that scent!

Splash Botanics, which is heavily influenced by tropical designs and botanics and infusing a very fresh scent within it.
I tested sprayed Botanic'eau in Superdrug when it first came out to see how the scent was and was very surprised! It's honestly like nothing Zoe has released so far, it's a little musky in my opinion but extremely fresh!! Therefore, I decided to make it my first purchase of the collection and I haven't looked back!!

The spray itself is very stunningly packaged and I love the tropical leaf detailing covering the bottle, it makes it fits the theme of the collection and makes the bottle that bit more pleasurable to look at.
In the fragrance there's notes of freesias and iris, which together both encapsulate a beautifully refreshing and tropical scent. I would also say it's probably the most sophisticated of all of Zoe's fragrances so far.
It's scent seems quite strong when you first smell it, but it's actually a lot lighter than I expected when you're actually wearing it. I normally top it up during the day to keep it going a little longer.

In terms of the rest of the collection, I think Zoe's done a great job and they all seem to be perfect in time for the warmer summer months!
I would actually love to try the lip oil from the collection as it looks like it could be great!
If you'd like to purchase Botanic'eau (it costs £8) after reading this post, you can do so here or on the FeelUnique website.
Have any of you guys tried Splash Botanics yet? Let me know your thoughts!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Aaliyah For MAC Try Again Lipstick Review

Hi everyone!

As you'll probably know if you've been a reader of my blog for a while, I've been a huge fan of Aaliyah for a number of years now. Entering my teen years, I became a lot more into the R&B genre and her music was one of my favourites. One In A Million is one of my favourite albums of all time and I really wish we could have heard more from her. Her style was very classic and she always managed to look incredible and she 100% had a massive influence on R&B music.

When the petition came round of fans wishing for an Aaliyah for MAC collection, I had hopes that it would someday happen, but the fact that it did is amazing. What I also think is amazing about the collection is that Aaliyah's brother Rashad and her family worked alongside MAC to create the collection and make sure it was keeping true to Aaliyah and her style and how she would have wanted it, while still keeping her memory alive and keeping her legacy. Rashad discussed that they had been involved since Day 1 which I think is absolutely incredible and shows that there was so much love and thought in the collection.

Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the whole range, but I picked up the Try Again lipstick (£17.50) from the collection, which coincidentally also happens to be my favourite Aaliyah song!
From pictures I'd seen, I noticed the lipstick was a muted beige nude and it really intrigued me to see what it was like!

Firstly, I think the packaging is absolutely beautiful, I've never owned a special edition MAC lipstick before but I really do think that it looks very pretty and Aaliyah's signature on the side of the box is a nice touch.

The lipstick itself is a very lovely muted beige and I think I'm going to get loads of wear out of it, the shade reminds me of some of the brown toned shades from the NYX lip lingerie collection. I wasn't sure how it would look on my skin tone as I have extremely pale skin, but it doesn't wash me out too much thankfully! It has a matte finish which I found to be very long-lasting and also wasn't too drying either!

I've worn it a handful of times so far and I've been impressed with it each time, I have a feeling it's going to be a very popular lipstick in my collection! I'm so, so tempted to buy one of the lipglasses as well and the Hot Like.. lipstick looks absolutely dreamy which has also caught my eye!!

Here is a small swatch of the colour, I compared it to MAC's Honeylove as I wasn't sure if they would be similar or not, but Try Again is the above shade and the bottom one is Honeylove, which is more of a peach toned nude. Try Again is definitely on the brown/beige side!!

I know a few people have been disappointed by the collection and some people think it doesn't represent Aaliyah well, to a certain extent, I think the collection could have included a few more bits to make it easier to recreate some of her music video looks, but I do think the collection is still good! I think the only issue with the UK's collection is we didn't get the lip liners on the website, which is strange as lip liner was a huge part of 90s makeup and definitely Aaliyah's too. Not sure why they aren't available here?
But as I only own the lipstick, I proper love it and I can't wait to get some wear out of it! It's also obviously a very special lipstick as it's from the Aaliyah collection as well.

If you fancy shopping the collection yourself, you can do here!

Do you own any of Aaliyah for MAC? Let me know what you think!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub Review


This post is centred on Simple's Smoothing Facial scrub, which I actually picked up a few months back and haven't actually discussed properly on my blog yet! Continue reading to see what I think of it...!

To begin with, I'm quite an avid Simple user, I used their face wash and one of their moisturisers and their face wipes are the ones I swear by, but when I saw this scrub reduced, I thought I'd pick it up and have a go, as the face wash I'm using by them isn't actually a scrub wash.

What drew me to it is it's got rice granules, so it's completely good for the environment as it doesn't have those beads which are environmentally unfriendly. Some scrubs include them but luckily Simple provides a friendlier alternative that doesn't break the bank!!

In addition, it also features 2 sources of vitamins, providing you with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E.
Describing itself to "remove dead skin cells and keep your skin brighter and more evenly textured' I'd say it definitely does what it says on the tube.

I can assure you it feels great and incredibly kind to my skin, perfect for those like me with sensitive skin!

It honestly works a treat and I've really loved using it. I'd fully recommend this to anyone who wants to treat their face to being smoother and softer alongside their normal skincare routine. What I love about it is it does the job but is extremely gentle and not too harsh!

Simple have definitely not let me down here!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post and let me know what you think!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

June 2018 Favourites


Welcome back to my blog! As always here is my monthly favourites of everything I've been enjoying throughout the month of June! There's quite a lot of music Favourites this month actually, so much that I had to cut the list down a little.

Pro:Voke Liquid Blonde Colour Infusion Shampoo
Admittedly, I'm not sure if you'd call my hair Caramel Honey or Golden blonde, but I've certainly got a bit of blonde in my hair. I've been kinda wanting to have my hair a bit more blonde (or just change it up at least) and thought I'd just see and use this shampoo to see if it did lighten my hair at all. I've not noticed an immediate huge difference but the blonde bits in my hair are deffo visible! I have enjoyed testing it out like!

Beyoncé - Heat Perfume
This is probably my favourite perfume, but I recently opened my new bottle of it and I've just been enjoying it so much. It's such a gorgeous scent! I find perfumes sometimes hard to describe but I'd say it's a very sweet fragrance and it lasts so well!

Boots Soltan Aftersun Cooling Gel
This is a product I'm sure I'll be using throughout the entire summer, as I decided to try and sit out in the sun a bit towards the end of June and managed to get heat rash or possibly sun hives. This was so refreshing and cooling to put on when it was itching and I love the consistency, that it's not greasy, dries quickly and really soothes the skin and hydrates it when it's sunburnt! It smells really good too as it has Aloe Vera in it. Deffo a good grab for the summer!!

Dr. Organic Pomegranate Hair Conditioner
Look out for a full review of this coming soon, but I've actually been enjoying the condition of my hair recently and I'm thinking there's a good chance it's down to me starting to use this. My hair is a lot fluffier and just generally looking a lot nicer than it usually does.

Khalid ft Normani - Love Lies
Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning
Britney Spears - Circus
George Ezra - Paradise
Lily Allen ft Giggs - Trigger Bang
Lily Allen - Come On Then
Lily Allen - What You Waiting For
LMC & Mark McCabe - Time To Groove
Beyoncé & Jay Z - Apeshit
Bodybangers - Gimme More
Demi Lovato - Sober

World Cup 2018
I've actually really enjoyed watching the World Cup this year and have properly been getting into it!

Love Island S4 2018
I've become obsessed with this series of Love Island, while I'm not sure it's as good as last year's, I'm actually in love with Dani and Jack. Dani Dyer is such a natural treasure and she's so sweet. As I write this, this past week has COMPLETELY flipped things, so I'm interested to see how it goes from here!

Bubble Tea
Since coming back home from uni for the summer, I've been closer to Bubblecha, where I purchase Bubble Tea! I absolutely love it and it's so gorgeous. My favourite go-to is Blueberry with strawberry toppings, but I've also been loving the kiwi one and also the pomegranate one was beautiful too! If you'd like to find out more about bubble tea you can do here. Basically it's fruit flavoured green tea but you can't taste a lot of the tea which is just as well as I'm not the biggest fan of the taste of tea!

80s Mix Purse
I bought this for £3 in Primark because I wanted a little purse which I could fit in my handbag on a night out instead of bringing my big purse. It works so well and is so cute!

Thank you so much for reading this post and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx