Sunday, 10 May 2020

My Little Coco Whipped Coconut Conditioner Review

Hey everyone!

It feels like a very long time since I've reviewed a product in a post like this, but I thought I'd have a go of this! This post is all about the Whipped Coconut Conditioner from My Little Coco!


My Little Coco is a brand new hair range from Rochelle Humes, who was in The Saturdays and even more, I admire the journey that she went on to promote curly hair and ensuring it can be looked after properly. Rochelle has already mentioned how her book about curly hair for children, was inspired by her daughter Alaia Mai, who was unhappy with her curls. I think it's so lovely for Rochelle to do her best to not only inspire little ones to love and accept themselves, but to produce a range to allow caring for their hair a lot easier.

Now I'm probably not the immediate target audience for this product as it seems to be predominantly aimed at kids but I understand it can be used by anyone with curly hair or sensitive skin as it's vegan and cruelty free. I also don't have the curliest hair, I used to have quite curly hair when I was younger, but now it's thick, frizzy and wavy, with a tendency to get greasy. That in mind, I still thought I'd give it a go! Also as it gets a bit frizzy, I wondered if it would tame the frizz a bit.

As I loved Rochelle in the Saturdays, I wanted to get behind her in this product and decided to give it a go and I'm very glad that I did!

Although I don't think it works best for my hair type, I enjoy using this conditioner as it smells so creamy and gorgeous, thankfully not too overpowering, but a perfect level of coconut scent. It's a lovely consistency and I love the packaging, with the little pump as it makes it so easy to use in the shower, without having to faff about with undoing a lid!


Overall, it makes my hair feel a lot silkier and I do really like the smell, which I was apprehensive about as coconut isn't a scent I'm that fond of, but this really is very creamy and lovely.

In conclusion, I'm really glad I tried this conditioner and will definitely have a little look into some other of the My Little Coco products!

You can purchase My Little Coco from Boots.

Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope you're all well!
If you want to see more of me, follow my Instagram @eclairscares!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 3 May 2020

April 2020 Favourites:

Hi!

I hope you're all doing good! Sending so much love to all of the NHS workers and key workers during this time, I feel like I cannot get through this post without saying that. You are all blessings and thank you so much for the bravery, strength and energy.

This feels like a very different Favourites compared to usual ones, but I do believe there's a lot less beauty favourites as I've not really been wearing makeup or using anything particularly different as I've not been out to buy anything. But none the less it still remains a jam-packed post!

Edit; for some reason there has been issues with the text in this post for some reason a couple of bits of text have changed fonts?! I haven't copied and pasted anything for it to change it so I've no idea why it's done that but I apologise!

So without further ado, here is what has made it to my April Favourites.

Beauty:




Technic Pretty Pastels Polish- Bubblegum
I love this gorgeous pastel pink shade, I've been really painting my nails recently and I would say this is one of my favourite shades of late. A super simple shade but one I feel like I'll be reaching for regularly!



NYX Buttergloss - Fortune Cookie

To be honest, I haven't really used many lip products this month but this lip gloss has stood out to me as I've used it those times when I have. It works well on its own and as a top lip gloss coat, I really like how it's glossy and not sparkly, as well as smelling amazing! NYX definitely don't disappoint and I'm glad to have this product!



My Little Coco - Whipped Coconut Conditioner
I've got a review coming up this month about this product! I picked the Conditioner up as I needed a new one and really was intrigued to try the brand! I have definitely enjoyed using it but I won't discuss too much with you currently as mentioned I have a review on it! But it's made it to the Faves!


Music:

Drake - Toosie  Slide
Little Mix - Break Up Song
Charli XCX - claws
220 Kid & Gracey - Don't Need Love
Kid Ink ft Reo Cragun - Ride Like A Pro
Olivia - Special (Forgot to include that a couple of months back)
Busted - 3AM
Blue, Stevie Wonder & Angie Stone - Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours

Other:

Ru Paul's Drag Race:
The new series of Drag Race has hit Netflix and as you could expect, I'm enjoying it! My favourite is Heidi N Closet, I think she seems so sweet and lovely and makes me laugh a lot too! However, Jaida Essence Hall is my second favourite, I find her absolutely hilarious and in the latest episode, we really saw a different softer side to her too, which was really lovely. This season has been so exciting so far and I will continually pray for Heidi and Jaida to go as far as they can!

Don't Tell The Bride
I've been binge watching Don't Tell The Bride on 4Music, during the end of March. It's a very interesting show although I can say I've learned a lot from watching it! It's a show that's so easy to just stick on.

Quiz
This fascinated me as I remember the controversial event it is portraying, which is the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire cheating scandal, which happened in 2001. I found the programme very interesting, although was a little confused about bits of it and had a lot of unanswered questions! Overall, I do think it was a great programme though and enjoyed watching it over the 3 nights.

The Customer Is Always Right

If you've been a regular reader of the blog, you may remember me mentioning this series back in August last year. To my happiness, a second series arrived of this programme during April, featuring more budding inventors showcasing their products and featuring reviewers giving their verdicts on the inventions. To my surprise, The SacconeJolys, who are one of my favourite YouTubers, are actually featured in this series, so that is a nice touch. It's still very entertaining and it's been keeping me occupied during lockdown!

So that's it for the month of April! Sending you all best wishes and love and hope you're staying safe!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Makeup Bag Throwback #2

Hi guys!

A while ago, I started a series on my blog titled 'Makeup Bag Throwbacks'. The aim of this post is to look through old staples in my makeup bag and discuss whether I'd use the product again or whether I've found something brand new! As I'm trying to not spend much at the moment, it makes sense to have another little snoop around my makeup bags again! So without further ado, let's have a delve...!



Product 1: L'oreal Lip Paint 208 Off White
I remember buying this in an offer, but the nude shade did not suit me that well and I didn't like how it sat on my lips. It was a shame as I was hoping that I would love it.
Would I use it again?
No. I wouldn't repurchase again as even though the formula is nice, as I have a purple one which I love,  there's nude shades I prefer over this particular one and sit nicer too.

Product 2: MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer - Dash
I completely forgot I had this in my collection. I feel like that kinda sums up how I feel about it, as I don't remember it being my favourite liquid lipstick, but it's still a lovely shade.
Would I use it again?
Maybe. I wouldn't write it off. I would maybe give it another chance.

Product 3: Dirty Works Skinny Dip Lipgloss
Another one I forget I have, it's actually the type of lipgloss I like, providing a glossy look and not a sparkly/glittery look which some lipglosses have.
Would I use it again?
I would use it again but I don't know if I'd be able to buy it again as it was in a set.

Product 4: Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer
A concealer I remember using a few years back, I do remember it being quite thick and difficult to blend which made me struggle to know whether I'd use it again.
Would I use it again?
I'd maybe say no, just because I feel like i prefer liquid concealers now, although my Collection one has its flaws, I feel like the formula is preferred.


Thank you for reading the next post in the Makeup Bag Throwback series!
I hope you enjoyed! Stay safe and until next time...

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 5 April 2020

March 2020 Favourites:

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my blog and the March edition of my Favourites. I hope you've all had a safe month, despite everything that's been going on with coronavirus. Although I've not got many Beauty favourites, I've decided to put up this Faves post anyway, as I still would like to publish them, so if you want to find out keep on reading!


Beauty:

Technic Party Brights Nail Polish in Flamingo
The name is very me, but I've really loved how bright and fun this colour is, especially at the moment. It's a fun popping hot pink colour that screams summer and joy.

Sleek - Birthday Suit
I wish I could remember which lip pencil I wore this with, but at the very start of the month before we got into lockdown, I wore this on a night out and fell back in love with how amazing it is! 100% one of my favourite shades of all time!

Vaseline Healthy Hands Hand Cream

As I've been washing my hands a lot more this month, I've felt the affects of it on my hands so I have had to invest in a more capable hand cream which I felt would do more than just give my hands a gorgeous scent. Luckily, this has been working well for me and I'm glad I picked it up.

Music:
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Come On Outside
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - In The Heat of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Ballad of the Mighty I
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Fort Knox
Demi Lovato - I Love Me
Razorlight - Before I Fall To Pieces
Young T & Bugsey - Dreadlocks

Other:

EastEnders

Don't get me wrong I've been watching EastEnders for years, but they are absolutely killing it at the moment! I'm hooked and eager to know what will happen next! Unfortunately episodes have been limited as they've had to postpone filming, but I know it will still keep me entertained!

Friday Night Dinner
Because of everything going on, I decided now was the perfect time to properly get Netflix for myself as I've been missing it ever since moving out from my previous uni accom last year. I remember watching a few eps of this and quietly enjoying it a little and I ended up binge watching it through and I have to say I loved it. The dry comedy really appeals to me and I just find it so interesting and easy to binge! A new season has just started on Channel 4 too!

Iceland Mango Juice
This is a random fave and I'm still not really sure why I picked it up in the first place but it's absolutely gorgeous! I really feel like it's one of the best fruit juices now and probably an underrated fruit!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Please if you have a quick moment, follow me on @eclairscares Instagram!!

Love & hugs (and keep safe!)

Claire xxx

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Let's Talk About: Life Update

Hi everyone!

I was a little bit thrown when deciding which blog posts to write, as I've been feeling a little bit of writer's block recently, as I've been trying less new products and a few of the posts I had lined up were quite deep and emosh and I have held them back because I'm just not sure it's what we need at the moment.

I hope you're all well, first things first. A lot of crazy things have happened in the world this month and I know for a fact I've never really experienced anything like this in my lifetime. Secondly, I hope you're keeping safe and sticking to your government's guidelines.

As mentioned, I've not felt anything like this in my lifetime before so we're all a little bit confused.
My mental health, has definitely been hit hard by all of this. I've been experiencing very tense panic, which I've not felt on that level in a long while. It was a bit off before this kicked off, so it's definitely been hit hard by this all. At the moment to cope, I'm just trying to keep myself as upbeat as possible but I do have moments of the day where I'm hit and reminded by it all again. I've got the anxiety documents that I got from my therapist a couple of years back and I feel like I've looked at them more recently than I have done in a while.

I've been watching a lot more TV/Netflix to combat this. Getting lot in series' is actually really helpful. I've been watching loads of Disney films this month too and this is before Disney+ came about! I've also watched the Shrek series too.

Currently, obviously a lot of my plans are unknown. All I know is, I have a load of university deadlines, currently essentially on lockdown, and my mental health is tripping a bit.

I'm very much missing University because everything's just literally stopped with little to no warning and I miss the little things. I'm feeling for the Third Years however as I cannot imagine how they must be feeling right now.

I know I need to try and exercise a bit more even if just a little bit in the garden because I've really not done a lot of movement at all in recent days. I know a lot of celebrities are doing exercise routines and some of the Strictly lot are doing tutorials on Instagram so I'm feeling like maybe I'll have to join in a little!

I'm still planning on uploading blog posts, hopefully some more ideas will come to me but I have my March Favourites post coming up this week so that'll be exciting! Hopefully my motivation will be restored! Thank you so much for reading this post!

How are you currently keeping yourself occupied and healthy? I'd love to know in the comments!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Monday, 16 March 2020

How I Self-Care

Hi everyone!

I see a lot of posts about self-care and some advice on ways to self-care and I feel like it's very individual to each and every one of us which are the best ways to self-care. I thought I'd discuss some of my own personal ways in which I self-care. Obviously, this may not apply to everyone but if you need ideas, you may take some. Self-care really reflects best on who you are as a person and what really makes you happy and relaxed. So take a moment to really connect with yourself and see what you do to chill out and take that extra bit of care of yourself!



READ FEARNE COTTON'S HAPPY BOOK
This book has given me so many positive vibes ever since I picked it up at the start of the year. It hooked me on to Fearne's writing style and I love the outlook she has on life and the mindsets she discusses. Sometimes if I need to, I'll just pick it up and refresh my mind on it.

TAKE A WALK

Sometimes all it takes is getting out of the house, but mostly, a lovely walk around nature can really help me and boost my mood. It's refreshing and I love finding aesthetic areas to take photos of, as it really satisfies me. It also works quite well as exercise too!

TAKE A CHILL DAY
Often, when I have a lot of plans, they can take their toll on my mental and physical health, as I personally do struggle a bit being consistently busy on days together, so it's always handy to have a bit of a chilled/calmer day in between if possible! I find this hugely helpful because it gives my body time to adjust if it's been stressed out from situations or plans the day before!

PUT SPOTIFY ON
I love putting a good playlist on to make myself feel more upbeat. I have made several playlists on Spotify and music honestly is such a happy influence on my life. Having a little Spotify listen really uplifts my mood. A few months back, during a break in my lectures I literally climbed into bed got all cosy and put Little Mix's LM5 album on and totally chilled out. I also love Shagged Married Annoyed podcast, so if I'm feeling a little down, I'll always find a laugh in one of the podcasts!

LIE DOWN
Having a lie down is such an underrated form of self-care, in my opinion, just zoning out and getting cosy in your bed on the sofa with a blanket or fluffy throw, it totally makes you feel good, being so snug and comfortable. Very underrated! But it works!
 

FACEMASK AND MUSIC
Recently, I've been using Simple's DeStress Facemask, as it's my favourite ever face mask and lay in the dark with some music on and it's been the biggest chill time for me! I'm really enjoying it. It's been a recurring form of self-care for me.

CATCHING UP ON YOUTUBE
One recent self-care I've developed is getting my tea sorted and putting something on my laptop, whether it be an old episode of one of my fave programmes, or just my subscriptions box on YouTube. I find it so good to chill and catch up on something while eating, it doesn't really happen anywhere else but uni as usually at home we just have the telly on.

MARIO KART
Sometimes when I'm feeling a little tense, I'll whip out my Nintendo DS and play a bit of Mario Kart. It weirdly works! It makes me feel better and takes away some of my tension. I have the older DS but I still love playing the game. Also, I'm 99% of the time playing as Yoshi in his egg kart!

FIND A WAY TO TREAT MYSELF
One of the ways I've really tried to put positivity and good vibes in my life, is when I wake up in the morning, work out how to treat myself and make myself feel good that day. Whether I'll make myself feel good by buying a cheeky lil cake whilst doing the food shop, or wearing my hair in a cute hairstyle or some way to brighten up my day that bit more, I'll try and see what I can do to input the good vibes in!

Thank you so much for reading this post! I'd love to know what you do to self-care as everyone is different! Please let me know in the comments below - and follow @eclairscares on Instagram!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxxx

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Let's Talk About: Living In The Moment

Hi everyone!

Another big Let's Talk About topic today, an important one I feel! It's all about my recurring struggle with living in the moment and essentially enjoying the moment!



I feel like my mind has always struggled to absorb the moment, probably going back to dealing with anxiety, as when you're anxious you're literally just waiting for it to pass, so I spend a lot of time getting through things and forgetting to enjoy the moment because I'm so wrapped up in trying to keep myself together. Feeling like you're waiting for it to pass, can mean you're wishing away your time and it can be frustrating cos for me personally anyway, I don't want to be sat wishing my life away, I do want to take in every moment as it comes!

It can be hard, trying to live in the moment and enjoy the moment but it's something I don't stop working towards.

I end up wanting to be in so many different places at once, I want to experience about ten different things at once, I'm really nostalgic, so I really want to do things again or re-live them again but then it's crazy because as mentioned, I want to live them all at once. I don't know if that makes any sense?

I guess I never just appreciate the there and now, the moment that's right in front of me, until it's too late and it's added to the list of nostalgic things I want to experience again. And it can be quite a whirlwind of emotions, dissecting all of these emotions and understanding what and how I feel at one moment. I'd love to just press a button and chill myself a little and just take everything in, of the moment and enjoy it. Life is all about the little moments, as I remember Jonathan Joly used to say in the SacconeJolys videos, and it's so true! Life is not always about the big moments, it can be about the little moments along the way that build you up to those bigger moments. Essentially, it's about  making sure to find joy in the moments that you are given.



That being said, I feel like I've done so well and massively adjusted myself a little, I try when I wake up in the morning these days, even if I feel really shit, to think about how I can make my day more exciting and more interesting. One quote I have started trying to live by is "Make the most of everything" which I do try and remind myself on a regular. I do feel like there's been a part of me which has started somehow taking note of this. I'm very determined to keep it up!

And I feel like I've been taking in appreciation for things around me in the moment, which as mentioned has been a recurring battle for me over these few years. Appreciating everything in that moment and showing gratitude can be a huge mood booster, as I've found myself.

And even though, I have improved, it is still something I do struggle with sometimes. Does anyone else feel this way?! I'd love to know what you think of this!

Let me know in the comments below!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx