Monday, 14 September 2020

August 2020 Favourites:

Hi everyone!
Welcome back to my blog!

I hope you're all doing really well! I feel like it's been such a disorientating year as it feels so slow but so fast at the same time!

Here's my August Favourites!

Beauty:


Garnier Honey Repairing Hair Mask
I experimented with this hair mask, in place of conditioner during the month as I felt like my hair really needed something to give it a bit more life especially as I've got a lot of split ends at the moment! This hair mask smells absolutely amazing and made my hair feel so much softer and silkier! I'll continue to use it but I feel like I can tell the difference straight away!

Music:
The Vixen - Magic
The Vixen - Unicorns
The Vixen - We
Gunna ft Travis Scott - Top Floor
Cardi B ft Megan Thee Stallion - WAP
Abba - Voulez Vous
Drake - Fire & Desire
Dua Lipa ft Madonna & Missy Elliott - Levitating (Remix)
The Plug ft D-Block Europe & Offset - Rich
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Black & White Sunshine
Girls Aloud - Damn

Other:

 
Kenco Iced Lattes
I think this was actually supposed to be in my July Favourites but I accidentally forgot to include them. These are so nice and so easy if you want to make an iced latte but don't have a machine or any ice available for use! They're tasty and I'm glad that they were a discovery! They do vanilla lattes as well which I've tried (and I believe coconut and also a Salted Caramel but I've not tried them) but I think the original latte flavour remains my fave!

Selling Sunset
I'd been seeing a lot of hype around this show and a friend and I had discussed it and therefore I decided to have a go! I'm so pleased I did! It's very addicting once you get into it! It did take a few episodes to click for me although I felt like I knew it would be a show I'd be hooked on!

The Voice Kids
I have watched a number of the Voice seasons in the past, I think just one of the Kids seasons, however the talent this year is outstanding! Absolutely incredible!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you've all had a nice month!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx



Wednesday, 26 August 2020

July 2020 Favourites:

Hiya everyone!

I hope you're all doing really well! This is my July Favourites post, I hope you all enjoy reading.
Thankfully, I've got a couple of beauty faves in this post! If you want to know what I've been enjoying, keep reading!!

Beauty:



Imperial Mermazing Leather Bath Soak
This bubble bath smells absolutely divine (but don't get me to describe it because I am so bad at that and it's a hard smell to explain). It's Fijan Water and Lotus Flower. It makes a very refreshing bath and it's really lovely! It's also a gorgeous colour!

Rimmel Ring A' Ring O' Roses Nail Polish:
I''ve been looking for the perfect baby pink polish and here it is I found it! The cutest colour and applies so well too, really happy I  have it in my collection! It's one I can see myself reaching for a lot!

Music:
Dimie Cat - Glam (Electro-swing remix)
Lily Allen - Cake
Ava Max - Kings & Queens (now I finally now it's sampled I feel like I can enjoy it cos I'm not sat trying to question myself lmao)
Katy Perry - Smile
David Penn - The Heat
Miz Cracker - She's A Woman (On Top of The World)


I hope you enjoyed reading this month's Favourites post.

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 31 July 2020

June 2020 Favourites:

Hey guys!

I hope you've all had a lovely month. I cannot believe June has now been and gone too, this year really is continuing to be the weirdest one to live through. However, saying that, I do have my monthly faves post for you all today. I hope you enjoy!




Beauty:

I actually don't have any Beauty Faves for this month as nothing has really changed and I don't actually feel as though there's anything new to add! Hopefully, I'll find some new/rediscover some love on some beauty products soon!!

Music:
Lady GaGa - Replay
Lady GaGa - Babylon
Lady GaGa - 911
Lady GaGa & Blackpink - Sour Candy
Lady GaGa - Alice
Lady GaGa - Free Woman
Lady GaGa - Money Honey
Doja Cat - Boss Bitch
Lil Mosey - Blueberry Faygo
Ciara - Bang It Up
Shea Coulee, Gess and Mykki Blanco - Collide

Other:

TV:

Football (Returned)
The premier league returned this month, as well as the FA Cup, which was so strange to have back, but it's been interesting to see them all back again and it feels like it never left. I'm a NUFC supporter and we've had quite an interesting start so far but I really hope we'll continue to get points and hopefully finish the season either in the top 10 or the upper end of the top 20 if possible! Howay the lads!

Peter Kay's Carshare
I remember seeing vaguely some of the episodes of this series when it originally aired, but I've been watching it through whilst it's been on TV (and iPlayer) and it's so simplistic yet so funny and easy to watch. John and Kayleigh are such funny characters and I really enjoy the show.

Koppaberg Cider
I'm not even usually much of a cider drinker as it fills me up and sits in me so I can only really manage one (lmao i know) but I've really been enjoying it lately!! The Strawberry and Lime, Raspberry and Blueberry and Kiwi have been my faves. I think I've made my best friend proud as she is cider kinda lass!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog post and that you're all doing really well!

What's been  3 of your favourites during June?

Love & hugs,

Claire

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

The Lockdown Tag

Hey everyone!

So I saw this interesting tag on Hannah at LuxuryBlush's blog, which you can read here and thought it would be fun to complete myself, as I'm always on the lookout for new tag posts to do!

This is the Lockdown tag!


1. Come on own up.. did you stock pile anything?
I didn't necessarily stock pile as such, but I did try and be a bit more logical in some of the things I bought.

2. Have you discovered a new hobby?
Not entirely, but I did order some wordsearch books and I've found that they are great for chilling me out, so maybe that's something for the future!

3. Where is the first place you will go once the restrictions are 100% lifted?
Probably the pub! I can't wait to go back to my uni accom though and see my friends back there.

4. Loungewear or normal clothing for a day of isolating?
Loungewear! I've basically been living in joggers and leggings and hoodies, although to be fair, that isn't much different anyway!!

5.  Have you been wearing makeup whilst staying at home?
Mostly no, although I have put makeup on a couple of times just because I miss doing it and for Easter. I've left a few of my palettes in my uni room though so I can't do many looks!

6. How many zoom quizzes have you done, and did you enjoy them?
I've done 0 lmao!


7. Did you give into the hype and bake your own banana bread?
I actually haven't! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see the only thing I've really made is some Frozen cupcakes from the box, and I tried the Dalgona coffee trend, which I didn't enjoy!

8. Were you still ordering takeaways, if you did which was your first one?
I haven't actually had takeaway in ages, but the last one I did have was a Dominos and it was literally right before lockdown, but I had a half/half Texas BBQ/Veggie Supreme pizza and I think I got doughballs too!

9. Has your blog/Instagram content had to change since lockdown?
I feel like it has a bit, as I'm so used to posting new location pics and I've done a couple of throwbacks but a lot of the time they've been flatlays!

10.  Are you waiting until the hairdressers re-open or have you cut/dyed your own hair?
I've not done anything with my hair although I've been tempted to dip dye it but I couldn't find the right hair dye for my dark blonde hair. They were all sold out. And to be honest, I could have got my mum to do it as she's done mine before but I've just been growing my fringe out a bit.

11. Who have you missed seeing the most?
Everybody really. I just miss hugs!!

Thank you Hannah for this tag post inspiration, I really enjoyed doing it! I would like to say a special thank you to all the key workers and NHS workers who have done amazing during these circumstances.

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

My Fave Nail Polishes Atm

Hey everyone!

Now, I'm gonna say it at the start, but I'm not always the most on it with my nails, I don't get them done, even though I think they look absolutely gorgeous, I feel like I would not enjoy the practicality of the longer nails, however I do go through phases where I love painting my nails.
Evidently, through lockdown, it's returned and I'm loving it again. I do have quite a few polishes to choose from, but I do have some particular favourites I thought I'd share with you today!

Without further ado, let's dig through them!

 

Technic - Flamingo
This is the most bright, bubbly, nail colour and I absolutely love it! I think I mentioned on here that I'm getting a weird obsession with the colour pink atm and this fully enables me to fulfil the pink love! I'm obsessed! Such a summery, big bright pink!

Rimmel 60 Seconds Polish - Azure

An absolutely stunning shade this one, Azure provides you with a sparkly blue shade which reminds me of when you look at the sea on a really sunny day, and it's sparkling and glittering in the sunlight! It's such an eye-catching colour and I would not want to be without it in my polish collection!

Barry M Molten Metals - Purple Frost
I couldn't not include a purple shade, as purple is my fave colour! This shade is so gorgeous, dark yet sparkly and even though it's more autumnal than this season, it's still a firm favourite and I love how it looks! There will always be some kind of purple shade in my recently used polishes!

Technic - Bubblegum
A simplistic dolly pale pink, Bubblegum really caught my eye because I wanted a very discrete pink shade. It's light but it looks so undeniably pretty on. I've worn it multiple times during lockdown and I feel like it's one you can go back to regularly because it works so well.

Miss Sporty Lasting Colour - 150
Everyone needs a go-to red and this is undeniably mine. I mentioned this in my Favourites post and the formula is absolutely unreal - you can 100% go for one coat and it looks so opaque! The shade of red is so up my street too, I love it. You can't go wrong with a classic red!

W7 - Flambe
This polish right here? She slays!! I think this makes an absolutely gorgeous colour for toes but this shade gives me serious summer vibes and I always love wearing it and it makes me feel very happy because it's just so sunny and cheerful! The perfect shade for this time of year!


I hope you've all enjoyed this little post, including some of my favourite nail polishes I've been enjoying throughout lockdown!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 7 June 2020

May 2020 Favourites:

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my blog, I hope you're all doing well and feeling good. This post is my May 2020 Favourites. There's been a few bits and bobs that have been my highlights for this month and I'd like to share them with you, as I always do. So without further ado, let's get into it!

Beauty:

Once again, not really been using many beauty products in particular besides nail polish;



Miss Sporty Lasting Colour Maxi - 150
I forgot this was in my collection, but I decided to pick this as a gorgeous red shade. It's amazing quality, in one coat is enough and looks so professional, my mam even commented saying it looked like more than one coat. I used to use Miss Sporty nail polishes all the time, and this made me want to go back onto their website and check out their other shades again! 100% recommend looks very professional!

Maybelline Colour Show - Broadway Blue
I completely forgot I had this nail polish in my collection and I'm really glad I decided to use it. It's a gorgeous blue colour and even though it doesn't hugely fit with this season, I love rocking any kind of colour any time through the year so it doesn't really matter to me!


Music:
Mel B - For Once In My Life
Ariana Grande - R.E.M
Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne - High School
Girlicious - Stupid Sh**
Charli XCX - 7 years
Charli XCX - c2.0
Charli XCX - Pink Diamond
Girls Aloud - Thank Me Daddy
Girls Aloud - Control of the Knife
Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 12 Cast: Las Vegas Medley
KSI ft Swarmz & Tion Wayne - Houdini
Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Go Outside

Other:


Nestle Gold - Irish LatteI've been drinking a lot more of the flavoured coffees recently and this Irish Latte is one that I'd never tried before, but actually is a dream!! If you like Baileys then I feel like you'll like this as it reminds me of the taste although it contains no alcohol! It's a very dreamy and tasty drink, I tend to save this as a treat instead of having it regularly. But a definite yay from me!


Television:


Richard Osman's House of Games
I actually am a little surprised it's taken me this long to mention this show in my faves, but it's honestly a very addictive show! Presented by Richard Osman (yes from Pointless), essentially, 4 celebrities play a series of games to win points to potentially win the show and take home a prize (themed on Richard himself). The same 4 celebrities play for the entire week (5 episodes worth) and at the end of the week, the celebrity with the most combined points out of all of the days wins a trophy. Some of the mini games are so fun and easy to play along with. I think it's a fab show!

Keeping Up With The Kardashians
To be honest, this could have been included in last month's favourites, but KUWTK is one of my guilty pleasures. I do love watching it. I find the show so interesting and even though I don't necessarily agree with them all of the time, I think they're great and obviously very inspirational. I would probably say either Kim or Kourtney is my favourite Kardashian (in case you wanted to know lol)

Ru Paul's Drag Race
I know I mentioned this last month, but I had to include it again, Season 12 has been amazing and my favourite so far! The cast were all absolutely incredible! Every single person was so individual and so memorable. I'm gutted it's over! But Heidi N Closet and Jaida Essence Hall smashed it and I'm so proud of them! I was so happy with the result.
I'm also watching Season 9 and I'm enjoying that too!

That's it for my Favourites this month. I hope you're all keeping safe!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Let's Talk About: Being a Uni Student During This Time

Hi everyone!

I was a bit inspired to write this post today, about how it feels to be a university student during the current pandemic. I also feel like this might be an interesting post to read in a few years' time.

What I can say is well it's pretty crazy. I expected us to be near the bottom of the list, especially as I'm currently a Masters student, and do have a degree already. However, at the time uni shut for students, was at a time where even though we were around 3/4 of the modules, was still an important time, especially for one my modules.


Doing a creative degree, during a time where it feels very uncreative has been a bit of a struggle too. Luckily, I've been able to temporarily download some of the software we've been suggested to use, so I've still been able to do my work (however slowly, due to my forgetfulness of the software and how it's slowed my laptop!)

I guess it's just very stressful and weird. I'm used to spending a lot of my time in my university's library to complete my assignments and I find that really useful for me personally, but obviously that's been off the cards.

It's been tricky feeling so distant from all of my university life really, I even don't like emailing lecturers really, as I feel like I'm bugging them and feel like I have a lot to ask but not enough time to email every single little question.



I'm really hoping that universities are a bit more considerate when marking the work from this term as honestly, if you can't get a bit of consideration during a worldwide pandemic/country lockdown when can you?! I've been really worrying about my grades lately as I've definitely found the Masters a lot harder in terms of the marking/getting to the level required in Masters work.

For the first few weeks of initial lockdown, the initial kick-off, I really struggled to get my mindset into throwing myself into doing work. I was a lot more anxious at that part and I just felt like the only thing I could do at that stage was work on making myself feel better. I know I wasn't the only one that felt this way. It was weird adjusting to not being able to chat face to face with my lecturers too, lectures just suddenly falted and it's weird because I'm never going to have another lecture again.

I do miss my university life and have been thinking about it a lot in recent days, I was always worried to actually leave uni and I knew I'd miss certain aspects of it, but I've started to quite strongly miss even the smallest of things so far. I did have a big thought a few nights ago where I thought to myself how gutted I was to be missing quality time of being in the uni bubble.
I've had feelings of frustration and sadness about missing out on time I would really have been treasuring. It's a weird time and I guess I've been trying not to let it take over my time too much, thinking about what could be happening and just focus on just even the smallest positives you can from each day!


Are any of you currently in a similar situation?
I hope you're all keeping well!

Love & (cyber) hugs,

Claire xxx